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Rio Grande Outlaw Lager - Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)

Rio Grande Outlaw LagerRio Grande Outlaw Lager

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31 Ratings

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 17.22%

Brewed by:
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande) visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
California Common / Steam Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This unique lager balances a rich caramel malt flavor with a smooth hop finish that keeps the palate crisp. Reddish-amber in color, this is a very complex California Common style beer with a great malt/hop balance.

34 IBU

(Beer added by: rhoadsrage on 04-16-2009)
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3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Visions of blazing six-guns taking down rows of empty bottles. Perfect clarity off of the copper-colored brew, and the decent- sized head leaves some patchy lacing. Clean malt nose of caramel and a hint of bread. Very, very smooth with a moderate- sized body. The palate is clean throughout, with a dry-ish malt character aside from a quick splash of caramel. Modest hop- ping goes right to balancing and retains a subtle herbal flavor. Hints of fruit and nutty, bready malt in the dry finish. A very tasty straight-up lager here--nothing fancy, just really good drinking.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:28:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

01-13-2014 03:30:09 | More by thereal_adam
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

01-12-2014 14:05:56 | More by rorjets
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

11-25-2013 02:15:07 | More by LXIXME
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

10-22-2013 13:24:18 | More by HRamz3
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4.66/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer! Bready, great malty smell, large malt taste with just the right amount of hops to balance it perfectly. Love this beer...it's the perfect starting point for a night of great beers.
They got it just right if you love a complex lager.
By the way, the brewer and owner are very hospitable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 22:12:25 | More by nje123
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-16-2013 09:30:39 | More by TasteFiend
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3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color, clear. Fair amount of carbonation rising up. Eggshell color head.

Toasted malts, caramel, some fruity ester.

Deep caramel, toasted malts, bready. Hop bitterness is medium, mainly leafy and herbal. Finish is very dry. Medium bodied, dry, easy drinking.

It's very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 15:59:31 | More by mjurney
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-22-2013 19:38:38 | More by SportsandJorts
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

01-07-2013 01:31:18 | More by TheSSG
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-29-2012 01:47:04 | More by buckyp
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

12-26-2012 22:39:23 | More by jbarra101
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

09-30-2012 14:39:05 | More by Bitterbill
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3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich amber color, excellent clarity, thin white head. Aroma comes across with sweetness and cereal notes. Bread-like taste, slightly fruity flavor blending in well with the overall bitterness. Light bodied, clean and dry finish.

This beer is a decent malt-forward lager, malt and grain flavors predominant. Nothing exceptional, but another easy drinking thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 01:17:14 | More by beergoot
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3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle served in a goblet, beer is a gusher so beware. Beer is brown and mostly clear with a big off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation, low retention.

Aroma is caramel and yeast, smells nice.

Beer is medium in body, creamy and has a nice finish on it, mildly bitter not grainy at all. A fine steam beer / lager. The munich malt comes through nicely and the finish is good. I'd have it again probably.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 02:40:36 | More by drabmuh
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

05-31-2012 03:37:32 | More by FriedGold2112
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

04-30-2012 19:21:18 | More by beaulabauve
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4.05/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice sudsy brown. In the bottle, so hard to see.

Smell: Nice refreshing brown sugar malt. Some faint bitterness, but mostly sweetness.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Very enjoyable beer. Great balance of brown sugar and smoky pepper. Awesome carbonation as well.

Overall: I had this a while back, but definitely enjoyed it. I think I have to try this again to get a more accurate idea.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 19:38:44 | More by tjsdomer2
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

02-15-2012 18:49:01 | More by omegaman
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

01-28-2012 05:50:18 | More by guerocabral
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3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A deeply amber colored beer with just a wisp of off-white colored head. This is so deeply colored I could see describing this as red in color.

Smell is malty with malt syrup and noble hops as the main scents. Mildly fruity with a mainly banana aroma.

Starts out malty with a faint banana taste and lots of toasted grain. A little sweet but it has just the right amount of bitter edge to balance it.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a very tasty and easy to drink beer. I recommend this one very highly.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 00:27:32 | More by Zorro
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3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, amber. Moderate lacing and head.

S: Big caramel notes on the nose.

T: More caramel, subtle hot nuts note in there. Aftertaste is a bit harsh, very herbal-y.

M: Easy drinking, maybe a bit cloyingly sweet.

O: Not a bad beer, could have had a smoother aftertaste and more fruit notes.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 08:10:34 | More by diamondc
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finger of foamy off white head settles rather quickly. Lots of lacing line the glass.  Slightly hazy orange/amber color.

Musty/earthy/ malty aroma. Deep caramel aroma.

Very fruity flavor with a deep caramel/malt character. Almost, but not quite smokey. Perhaps some earthiness again.  There is a moment of sweetness and a long chewy caramel aftertaste.

Very subtle carbonation. Medium bodied.

An ok beer, but not one I would pursue again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 02:24:15 | More by Reagan1984
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3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, this is a California Common/Steam Beer. I've submitted the change request.

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

S - It smelled very malty and sweet. Some mild floral notes emerged as it warmed up.

T - It tasted very sweet with caramel and touches of fruitiness. There was a mild hop spice, plus it had a slightly smoky flavor.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a somewhat dry finish. A light bodied lager.

D - This is a pretty good beer. It holds up well with other steam beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 03:53:13 | More by zeff80
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2.25/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Served in a 1/2 pint tumbler)

A- This beer pours a deep dark copper body that is clear but very slightly dense with a strong carbonation of big bubbles that support a thin cloud of white foam that last for a few sips.

S- The light pale malt aroma hint has faint notes of caramel malt which turns into a sulfur aroma and the overall smell is pretty clean.

T- This beer has a dry crisp sulfur flavor followed by a soft Noble hop bite at the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a full fizz finish and no alcohol heat.

D- Even though this beer has a dark body the taste and aroma are very light and thin. Not that much depth and the sulfury flavor covers most of the flavors as the beer warms.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 17:08:57 | More by rhoadsrage
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Rio Grande Outlaw Lager from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
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