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Rio Grande IPA - Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)

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Rio Grande IPA
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BA SCORE
78
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32 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande) visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A complex, layered hop mixture makes this a well rounded IPA with strong grapefruit and pine flavors with a hint of pepper. This beer has great head retention and strong hop aroma.

78 IBU

(Beer added by: htomsirveaux on 01-31-2009)
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Reviews by OneBeertoRTA:
Photo of OneBeertoRTA
2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

OneBeertoRTA, Oct 02, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Head and lacing shake hands with the head, hazed brassy amber color. Faint grapefruit and tobacco hop aromas meet a toasted bread and honey malt nose. Thick medium body with a oily resin hop mouth feel. Hops are here and an IPA it is, that resin lingers on the palate for a good while with citric rind and blond tobacco flavors. Oily hop continues on, maltiness is a bit layered with sweetness and suggestions of toasted bread. Kiss of yeast and fruity esters middle to end. Hoppy fruity finish.

Pretty good, lots of IPAs out there though. Worth a try for the true hophead / IPA hunter.

Jason, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Dinkel
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Dinkel, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, rose a medium to small white head that settled into a decent lacing. Clear reddish amber colored.

Smell: Hops and a light sweet citrus aroma.

Taste: A light bitter hops, with a sweet caramel to citrus taste.

Mouth feel: Medium, decent IPA feel.

Drinkability: A little weaker than most IPA's, maybe a good IPA to start out on, but not really for hop heads.

After Taste: A light dry hops to sweet caramel after taste.

Serving type: 12 oz. Bottle

LXIXME, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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....

russpowell, May 04, 2011
Photo of UncleBuccs
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

UncleBuccs, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of scooter231
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy brown with a tinge of red in there, almost rusty. Some decent poofy head, some lacing. Very cloudy. Nose is hoppy and grassy, some lemony citrus stuff in there as well.

Not a whole lot of citrus in the taste; lots of bitter hops, a little malty. There's a nice breadyness in here. It's not the most flavorful IPA I've had all around- in fact, it's kind of a "safe" IPA flavor profile- but it's solid, it works.

Mouthfeel is sudsy, not too thin. Overall- a decent IPA, not outstanding, not at all bad.

scooter231, May 25, 2009
Photo of scottyshades
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tanks to knm for the bottle

A: Pours a slightly hazed caramel color with a small sopay cap, retention is decent

S: mellow nose, piny and resinous, caramel malts, and earthy yeast. Pretty malt forward, kind of grassy

T: interesting flavor..not really what you would expect from an IPA, but more pale ale like. Lots of malts, caramel, grassy and herbal hops. Bitterness is lower than normal

MF/D: Medium body, herbal/vegetal finish, carbonation is nice. Pretty drinkable but not really typical of the style

scottyshades, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a hazed amber color with an attractive, frothy cream-colored head. Retention is above average and the lacing is outstanding. A great looking beer.

Nose is piney and earthy hops with plenty of grainy malt. It could be in my head, but I smell cactus here, prickly pear to be specific...and yes, they do sell it at the local grocery stores. A little English leaning with a nice malt balance.

Earthy hops and caramel malt combine for a surprisingly decent beer. Most of the focus is on bittering hops, but there is a little bit of piney hop flavor as well. Malts play a big role in this beer and provide some sweetness. It certainly is not the best IPA out there, but this is not a bad quaff if you find yourself in New Mexico.

twiggamortis420, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Thehopluver
1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

Thehopluver, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Lunny777
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Lunny777, Dec 30, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

SportsandJorts, May 22, 2013
Photo of thereal_adam
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

thereal_adam, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

ZenAgnostic, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

buckyp, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

rorjets, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of knm
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first taste this beer is bitter, which I like. By the second sip it rolls off your tongue like its been part of your life for a while! Color is a mild copper, with little haze. A light head, with good carbonation. Smell is mild, but sour. Overall one of my favorite local IPA's.
This beer is made by Rio Grande, the same people who make Sierra Blanca and Alien Amber. Theres is now also ABQ BrewPub-which serves these brews and is another branch off.

knm, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of mjurney
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick bright white head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Piney, citrus, sweet pale malts.

Taste:
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.

Verdict:
It's good, but not the best.

mjurney, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of HamGlade10
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

HamGlade10, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of substanceD
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

substanceD, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of MWilt
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

MWilt, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of MemphisKev
3/5  rDev -10.2%

MemphisKev, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

WDJersey, May 15, 2013
Photo of bayougutter
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bayougutter, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Belittle, Jul 14, 2014
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Rio Grande IPA from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
78 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.