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

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Rio Grande Outlaw LagerRio Grande Outlaw Lager

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36 Ratings

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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%

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.

04-07-2011 00:28:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
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2.25/5  rDev -32.4%

(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.

04-16-2009 17:08:57 | More by rhoadsrage
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New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

11-25-2013 02:15:07 | More by LXIXME
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

07-16-2014 02:56:11 | More by javlin624
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4.05/5  rDev +21.6%

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.

02-26-2012 19:38:44 | More by tjsdomer2
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2.33/5  rDev -30%

Pours a strange, slightly opaque copper-amber hue with minimal head. Nice deep aroma of sweet malt, with a hint of dark cherries, toffee, and oak. Thin, slightly flat mouthfeel. Moderately unpleasant palate belies the nice aroma. Slightly bitter taste, but not really from the hops. Malty notes, followed by a deep warming sensation in the throat. Not one I'd recommend.

05-31-2004 02:01:10 | More by ElGordo
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

07-03-2014 21:43:51 | More by James_Stahl
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

02-15-2012 18:49:01 | More by omegaman
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-12-2014 04:19:33 | More by warpedrevolution
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3.85/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

11-26-2011 00:27:32 | More by Zorro
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2.7/5  rDev -18.9%

Bronze hue with a light haze. Lean foam collar leaves spotty lace. Weak woody hop nose combined with hints of medium lovibond caramel. Trace toasted malt hints. Middling aromawise. Incipient in flavor is dilute toffeeish sweetness, which leads into a combination of bitter black tea like and soapy hop flavors. Beefs up slightly mid palate, with doughy malt providing relief. Oddly becomes more watery as it warms. Lightly bodied and carbonated. Could use a touch more spritz and dextrin in mouthfeel. Finishes with a fading surge of biscuit malt and table salt. An odd, yet bland melange of flavors. Skippable, this one is.

12-04-2004 08:56:14 | More by marc77
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

08-16-2013 09:30:39 | More by TasteFiend
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

05-22-2013 19:38:38 | More by SportsandJorts
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

04-30-2012 19:21:18 | More by beaulabauve
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

01-13-2014 03:30:09 | More by thereal_adam
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

01-28-2012 05:50:18 | More by guerocabral
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3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

01-18-2010 03:53:13 | More by zeff80
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3.48/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Amber red in color clear in consistency and a thin quickly diminishing white head.

S: You can immediately smell the hops and malts. Also a faint citrus like smell in the background.

T: You can totally get the malts used in this beer right at the front with some hoppy bitter flavor. Also some molasses and caramel to fill it out.

M: Good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish but it is a little watery.

D: I would definitely get this beer again. Probably will not buy this beer again in a little while but I would definitely get it again.

02-07-2008 02:09:07 | More by Kemmerlin
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

01-07-2013 01:31:18 | More by TheSSG
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3.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

07-28-2011 08:10:34 | More by diamondc
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South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

12-29-2012 01:47:04 | More by buckyp
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

01-12-2014 14:05:56 | More by rorjets
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2.3/5  rDev -30.9%

Clear copper color with no head and carbonation is void. The aroma is a bit toasty with some caramel malts. Hop aroma is nill. The flavor is of caramel malt, and a bit toasty. Again, not a bit of hop flavoring or bitterness. Light in body, and easy drinking... the best quality about this one. My suggestion is pass on this one.

11-29-2004 02:33:30 | More by BeerBuilder
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3.78/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

07-19-2012 01:17:14 | More by beergoot
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

06-20-2014 22:19:32 | More by Wservati
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Rio Grande Outlaw Lager from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
78 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.