Rio Grande IPA - Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
2.74/5 rDev -18%
Stuck in ABQ airport and the Sierra Blanca lineup is all that is offered in the only restaraunt inside the terminal, not even BMC.
The color looks pretty good, decent head dark yellow. Smell is actual nice, some grapefruit, pine, citrus, hops. Taste is just meh. Somewhat crisp but no depth, very light almost like one of Lawson's Finest 3 percent session IPAs.
Overall nothing special, lots of better choices out there.
10-02-2013 17:03:01 | More by OneBeertoRTA
3.73/5 rDev +11.7%
Deep golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick bright white head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.
Piney, citrus, sweet pale malts.
Mild hop bitterness up front, mostly citrus-pine. Bready malt that balance the beer, sweet, caramel. Bitter, crisp and dry finish. Medium bodied, smooth, sharp carbonation.
It's good, but not the best.
01-14-2013 01:49:13 | More by mjurney
3.5/5 rDev +4.8%
New beer to my area, so I will give it a try. Dated 05 11 and consumed 07-01-11. I like fresh IPAs and the ones with a few weeks on them. Poured a nice dark orange copper color with a decent enough head with good lacing.
The nose is mild citrus hops, then malt backbone, then some resiny hop aroma. Pretty good just not a lot.
Taste is about what I had expected with the hops faded. Still nice with some hoppy tastes, mainly piney/resiny. Good malt backbone. Would love to try fresh as its pretty good now.
Very drinkable, not a hophead beer with six weeks old, but I can enjoy a brew like this. Not one to seek out but worthy of a visit. I will try again fresh for sure.
08-30-2011 23:03:51 | More by bayougutter
2.75/5 rDev -17.7%
Label stamped 0311. 12 oz bottle poured into a dumb clear plastic cup. (sue me)
Appearance - Off-white head with stick. Low retention. Clear filtered apple juice amber body.
Smell - Maltiness up front with some low to moderate hop behind it. Apple. Very mild.
Taste - Moderate hop body. Almost like an ESB. Especially with the light sweetness in the finish. Tea. Honey. Not what I want from an IPA.
Mouthfeel - Watery. Flat. Not good at all.
Overall Drinkability - This should be an ESB. Not digging it as a beer called an IPA.
08-06-2011 08:28:17 | More by ZenAgnostic
3.65/5 rDev +9.3%
It was a choice between this & the Pils, IPAs are harder to screw up, sooo. Cryptic (sorta) date date code of 0111 me thinks
Pours an effervescent apricot/amber with 3 fingers of pillows cream colored head. super lacing & head retention
S: Grassy, floral & bready
T: Grassy & woody hops up front, some breadyness & tangerine up front, along with some dryness. Grassy & herbal hops mix with dry biscuitty malt, some woody notes as well, a whisper of toffee as well. Finishes floral, woody with some dryness & leafy hops as well
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, nice balance
The sum is greater than it's parts IMO, a damn sessionable AIPA IMO....
05-04-2011 03:51:04 | More by russpowell
Rio Grande IPA from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
78 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.