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Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber - Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)

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72
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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 17.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande) visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We have blended eight different types of barley to create this amber ale. It appeals to the largest segment of craft beer drinkers who enjoy a smooth, malty ale with no hop bitterness.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: Gusler on 07-22-2004)
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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%

A work trip to Roswell would not be complete without a sampling of Alien Amber, now would it? 12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a light copper color with a fine-bubbled beige head. Retention is average but does leave some nice lacing on the glass.

Nose is burnt toasty malts with a smattering of Cheerios and light floral hops. Fairly unique aroma, the biscuity yeast/malt combo is interesting.

Taste follows in the same direction with some hints of what I imagine oak bark tasting like and maybe even a bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel is about medium and the carbonation is about right. Hops along with the toasty malts balance out nearly all of the sweetness. I will concede that it is a bit gimmicky, but I like the label and the beer is not half bad.

twiggamortis420, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pretty deep amber/brown color with a small off white very creamy head. Nose has a light hop to it, mostly malty with a bit of a burnt note to it.

Has a similar character to Magic Hat, but it's pretty similar to a stout in flavor, it's got some smokiness to it and a pretty complex maltiness. It's got a nice full mouthfeel and a bit of a metallic finish but overall quite good!

kingcrowing, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +12.6%

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, amber color with a small, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of malty sweet caramel with notes of toffee and grassy hops.

T - It was nutty with bready malts. There was just enough grassy hops to add some bite.

M - Not so good. It seemed a little soft and thin. Not watery just weak. A light bodied ale.

D - Despite a weak mouthfeel, it tasted good and it easy-drinking. Worth a try.

zeff80, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
2.7/5  rDev -12.6%

12oz bottle into a Meantime snifter. Oh, impulse buys...

Imagine that--an amber ale with an amber color! Actually, thought not "out of this world", Roswell Alien Amber shows an attractively clear body the color of fossilized tree sap. The head is less spectacular, as big eggshell-white bubbles recede quickly to a tiny wisp and ring of foam. Can't really say much for the aroma either...it's sweet and faint, with hints of toasted caramel and amber malts, but there are a few notes that throw me for a loop. Smells a bit like white grape juice mixed with plastic and orange peel. Hard to tell if the citrus note is coming from the hops, the yeast, or...somewhere....ELSE??? *cues X-files music*

Back to the program. Flavor is flat and lifeless with the slightest hints of caramel and roasted malts trying in vain to make an impression on the palate. Where are the hops? Minuscule pin-pricks of bitterness 'probe' the back of the tongue, but there is very little hop flavor to be found. Body is thin and woefully under-carbonated, but in it's defense, Roswell Alien Amber doesn't have any detectable off-notes. It's just that it doesn't have many notes at all. Red Hook Light, perhaps? Pass on the sixer, but a single 12oz purchase wouldn't be a total waste.

wagenvolks, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of corby112
1.9/5  rDev -38.5%

Pours a dark amber/copper color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring.

Slightly sweet caramel malt aroma with subtle hints of biscuit and earthy/grassy hops. Kind of bland unfortunately.

Earthy dry hops up front whic taste very soily and dirty. Weird metallic adjunct astringent flavor which is pretty bad. Subtle caramel biscuit malt but overall very sweet with an unpleasant metallic Chemical flavor.

corby112, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of jmbranum
4/5  rDev +29.4%

Second review done on 12-4-2011: I decided to re-review this one, because this tasting was much better than it was before.

A little bit hoppier than I remembered with more fresh notes. Some copper in the background. Like it much better.

Review of 12-26-2009:

Old ratings: 3.5/4.0/3.5/4.0/4.0
A friend got this for me. I'm reviewing it poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass.

Pleasant amber color, mostly clear with a just a little bit of haze. Aroma is ok. Flavor is on the sweet side, lots of malt, some warm toasty notes, with a little bit of whole wheat bread flavor. There's a little bit of hops.

The main problem with this beer is that it is to sweet and leaves too much of a sweet aftertaste. But still a decent amber beer.

jmbranum, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of theboozecruise
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%

New on tap at the Chimes, figured I'd give it a try.

Poured a dark amber color, not a huge head, but that's how it goes at a bar... looks about average to me.

Not much smell to it, some light hops, and pale malt, but nothing strong.

The taste is a lot lighter and thinner than expected... tastes more like an Irish creme ale than an amber ale. The malt presence is weak, but the texture is real creamy and smooth. Compares to a Wexford Irish-style Creme Ale pretty well.

Very smooth and light, super easy to drink... not bad, a decent beer to get a pitching of and share because no one is likely to dislike it... just not overwhelmingly good either.

theboozecruise, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.1/5  rDev +0.3%

Picked this up over the summer because I've never had a beer from the Land of Enchantment and like others, I feel for the marketing hook once I saw the name and label. Sure enough, this went down easy and was a typical Amber Ale that fit in well with the summer. Nothing memorable but it wasn't anything "alien" or foreign in the taste department either.

The pour was standard - mahogany with average head and lacing. The carbonation and mouthfeel were light as well, with the taste being a bit closer to a Brown Ale than I imagined. There were hints of a nut brown ale and some currant but by no means was this spicy. Not a lot of hop bitterness to be found here at all - whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you but I didn't have a problem with it. I think the heat was getting to me and I just needed a beer to quench it!

Sure, this would be a good session beer and I guess I could see myself drinking a few of these in one sitting. I prefer my beers to bit more bold if they're going to be an Amber and in the sea of them available, this is pretty generic. If you're from New Mexico or love aliens, give it a go. Otherwise, pass over it...there's a lot of other choice out there, even in the southwest.

JerzDevl2000, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Squelch
3.55/5  rDev +14.9%

Appearance: amber colored. Slightly hazy. Slight head

Smell: smells of malts. No hop aroma

Taste: pretty tame but well balanced. Slightly sour.

Mouthfeel: puckering dry from the sourness. Light bodied. Med carb

Drinkability: I could put back a few of these.

Squelch, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.23/5  rDev +4.5%

12 oz. bottle tried 23 May 2008.

A small white head rapidly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Clear auburn brown color. Smells like almonds, caramel and sour apple. Starts appley sweet-sour. Some caramel malt. Sour fruity aftertaste. Light in body and alcohol.

Pretty average amber.

htomsirveaux, Mar 08, 2009
Photo of rowew
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%

Presentation: This was part of a random purchasing spree on a quick trip to Santa Fe. I was trying to get different brewers, and I admit the gimicky label is the reason I picked this one over other Sierra Blanca beers. The label is blue with an alien and space ships on it.

Appearance: Yep, thats an amber. Slight haze to it, average head, not much retention.

Smell: A bit of caramel malt, but the dominate aroma is cooked vegetables.

Taste: Very average flavors - a bit of bready malt, very light hop presence.

Overall impression: This is a pretty generic amber - not bad, but certainly nothing memorable.

rowew, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%

Saw the label and, being a New Mexican at heart, just had to buy it. But was it worth it? The beer was a clear, amber/copper color upon pouring with a two finger head of white foam. Spotty lacing and decent retention. The aroma was malty, mostly caramel and sadly one-dimensional. The flavors were similar, caramel malt and some dry nuttiness. But the hop character was unfortunately misplaced and the beer was slanted accordingly. The mouthfeel was average but the body thin for an amber. Have to say, I shared the rest of this sixer and didn't feel any loss.

thekevlarkid, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of Shredz
2.3/5  rDev -25.6%

A- It's an amber. It poured an amber color. Nothing too impressive.

S- Spices and a few hops.

T- Spice with an unpleasant hop finish. Not the good kind.

M- Not too much here.

D- I'll not be having another.

Definitely brewed for alien enthusiasts. Not a whole lot of effort here.

Shredz, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of UnionMade
2.83/5  rDev -8.4%

Thanks for the beer, Nick!
Clear reddish amber. Holds a good collar of head, with splotchy lace. Caramel malty aroma, definitely one-dimensional. A bit of nut and pear fruitiness. Doughy yeast presence. The flavor starts out malty, and continues malty all the way through. Doesn't change much or offer anything in the way of complexity. A bit watery and light, with a doughy, yeasty presence throughout. Softer carbonation. Some fruity esters come through by way of pear. Finishes off with toasty caramel malt, underscored by minimal herbal, grassy hops. Overall on the sweet side. It's got flavor, but kinda bland and reminiscent of unbuttered bread. I'll definitely drink the whole sixer, but I wouldn't get it again.

UnionMade, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.6/5  rDev +16.5%

Picked up at the brewery.

Pours amber/copper with a fluffy 2 fingers offwhite head. Minimal head retention and lacing

Smell: Sweetness, frutiness & caramel

Taste: Caramel, slight hop bitterness, and a sweet nutty finish

MF: A tad thin and slight under carbonation

Drinkable enough, but just another okay amber in a sea of them. According to the owner, they sell more of this than the rest of their beers combined, has to be the marketing hook.

russpowell, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of arizcards
2.88/5  rDev -6.8%

Picked up a bottle of Alien Amber from AJ's in mid August for $1.59.

Poured a cloudy red color with a small head but decent head retention. Nose is different, heavily weighed by caramel malts and too much of a toffee nut influence. Taste is heavily weighed by the toffee nut and not enough hop counter-balance. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, beer is pretty lively. Overall drinkability is not great, the brewery needs to scale back on the nut influence.

arizcards, Sep 07, 2005
Photo of Bcant
3.05/5  rDev -1.3%

Pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head made of small bubbles that dissipates rapidly. Sweet bouquet, toffee notes but not overpowering. The Alien is sweet from sip to swallow but the aftertaste is sour and very slightly metallic. This beer is not very refreshing but is modest alcohol contest and its lack of palate complexity do not make it particularly hard to drink.

Bcant, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev +2.9%

Pours an amber clear color with a quickly dissapearing pale head. The aroma is sweet and malty with with a caramel note, a hint of cinnamon, and perhaps a hint of hops. The taste is lightly sweet and finishes with a bit of malty, caramel-type nuttiness. This beer is pretty light, and quite quaffable. There is a light, spicy bitterness in the finish that serves as a pretty good foil for the the malt notes that dominate this beer. All in all a simple quaffable brew.

Gueuzedude, Jun 10, 2005
Photo of Dogbrick
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

This beer is a clear amber color with a thin beige head that rapidly dissipates. Very thin lacing. The aroma is earthy malt and sweet caramel. Medium-bodied and skewed toward a sweet malty flavor, but with a light hops presence now and then. That's really about all the beer offers flavor-wise. The finish is fruity with a touch of hops. Pretty straightforward Amber, but I don't see anyone beside Mulder going back to this one regularly.

Dogbrick, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of Zorro
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%

Nice clear dark amber brew.

Smell is mild and malty, a bit sweet smelling.

Taste is a dry caramel flavor and not much else at all. An under flavored beer.

Mouthfeel is thin.

A drinkable brew. If you buy this and expect a subpar gimmicky brew YOU ARE CORRECT! Not much to this one.

Zorro, Dec 03, 2004
Photo of SeanChouffe
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Virtually unnoticeable presence of co2, slippery lace and poor head retention. Pretty subtle aroma: smells sweet, with a little caramel and fruity esters, and some hop notes. Flavor is sweet and the mouthfeel is livelier than expected (but not much) ? some fizz and a hop finish that takes up the rear after a few sips. All in all an ok drink for The Land of Enchantment, but nothing to write home (or any other planets).

SeanChouffe, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of Beaver13
1.85/5  rDev -40.1%

The Roswell Alien Amber poured a light amber with a frothy white head that quickly went to a bubbly collar.

It had almost no aroma whatsoever. Very faint malt and toffee.

The flavor was some roasted caramel and toffee with a little metallic faint bitterness. It was pretty thin and watery.

Overall, this was a very bland "beginner" beer. Kind of like a bastard step-child of Fat Tire.

Beaver13, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -2.9%

The after is escape from the 12 ounce brown bottle pours a translucent deep amber to mahogany color, the head is modest and frothy, the color a nice light tan, as it dissolves the resultant lace leaves a fine sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt with a citrus like crispness; fresh and clean, start has a nice light sweetness, the malt adequate and the top light to medium in feel. Finish is mild in its acidity, the hops light to the palate, dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, and it goes down nicely in this 113 degree weather.

Gusler, Jul 22, 2004
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Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
72 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.