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

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Rio Grande IPA
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32 Ratings

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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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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

06-22-2012 19:12:18 | More by Thehopluver
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

01-13-2014 03:18:59 | More by thereal_adam
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2013 17:03:01 | More by OneBeertoRTA
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 08:28:17 | More by ZenAgnostic
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

04-06-2014 21:30:51 | More by HamGlade10
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-16-2011 03:19:02 | More by MemphisKev
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

01-01-2012 02:43:01 | More by Unchi
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3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label says Rio Grande but phone number(505-832-BEER) and website (www.riograndebrewery.com) both point to Sierra Blanca.

12 oz. bottle reviewed 28 Sep 2008.

Poured into a shaker pint. Medium foamy white head. Almost flat. Clear bright burnt orange color. Very sweet aroma with a hit of resin and citrus. Starts nutty and bitter with some caramel. Slight bit of resin in middle. Aroma much stronger than the taste. Some vegetal flavor in the finish. Alcohol weaker than expected.

No real reason to get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 15:17:58 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-17-2013 01:30:44 | More by Dinkel
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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

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 22:58:00 | More by scottyshades
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-30-2013 19:14:38 | More by Lunny777
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-29-2012 01:46:53 | More by buckyp
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-19-2013 21:11:46 | More by PatGreer
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 00:40:27 | More by twiggamortis420
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

06-19-2013 03:59:17 | More by UncleBuccs
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

01-12-2014 14:06:20 | More by rorjets
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

02-06-2012 06:33:05 | More by substanceD
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

03-23-2014 09:47:10 | More by MWilt
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

05-15-2013 02:15:29 | More by WDJersey
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 23:03:51 | More by bayougutter
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

01-07-2014 16:38:52 | More by OKCNittany
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

04-22-2013 03:54:59 | More by 2beerdogs
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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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2011 03:11:29 | More by Jason
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New Mexico

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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 21:04:45 | More by LXIXME
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New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2009 00:53:26 | More by scooter231
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Rio Grande IPA from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
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