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

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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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Photo of nje123
4.66/5  rDev +39.9%

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.

nje123, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of tjsdomer2
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.

tjsdomer2, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of beaulabauve
4/5  rDev +20.1%

beaulabauve, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of mjurney
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

mjurney, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of beergoot
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.

beergoot, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.78/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

drabmuh, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of javlin624
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

javlin624, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

rorjets, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of FriedGold2112
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

FriedGold2112, May 31, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
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.

BeerAdvocate, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

LXIXME, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of James_Stahl
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

James_Stahl, Jul 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

omegaman, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

warpedrevolution, May 12, 2014
Photo of TasteFiend
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

TasteFiend, Aug 16, 2013
Photo of SportsandJorts
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

SportsandJorts, May 22, 2013
Photo of Belittle
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Belittle, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of Kemmerlin
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.

Kemmerlin, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of diamondc
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.

diamondc, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

buckyp, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Reagan1984, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of HRamz3
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

HRamz3, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of LarryKemp
3.23/5  rDev -3%

A deep copper clear beer with an anemic head that was little more than slight foam on top of the liquid.

A very nice mixture of the woody hop aroma with a sweet malty background. The aroma makes up for the lack of apperance. Makes for a very interesting drink and increases the anticipation.

The taste was weak and sort of watery. The roasted malts came through particularly in the first couple sips. The hops were added little if any bittering and did not off set the malt sweetness. The finish was sweet and not very crisp. Not anywhere did I really feel a hop bitterness. There were no off flavors

The mouthfeel was somewhat light with little carbonation.

This beer has all the maltiness required, but somehow left the hops behind. It was all aroma and not much else.

LarryKemp, Nov 22, 2004
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Rio Grande Outlaw Lager from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
78 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.