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

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BA SCORE
78
okay

32 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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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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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

thereal_adam, Jan 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

rorjets, Jan 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

OKCNittany, Jan 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Lunny777, Dec 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Dinkel, Oct 17, 2013
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
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

UncleBuccs, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

SportsandJorts, May 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

WDJersey, May 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

2beerdogs, Apr 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

PatGreer, Mar 19, 2013
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
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

buckyp, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

jbarra101, Dec 26, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

Thehopluver, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

FriedGold2112, May 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

substanceD, Feb 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Unchi, Jan 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

MemphisKev, Nov 16, 2011
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 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
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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
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Rio Grande IPA from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
78 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.