Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)

Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien AmberSierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,181
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
74
Ranked #48,504
Avg:
3.17 | pDev: 16.72%
Reviews:
66
Ratings:
158
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Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
 
New Mexico, United States
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Year-round
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74
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Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien AmberSierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber
Notes: We have blended eight different types of barley to create this amber ale. It appeals to the largest segment of craft beer drinkers who enjoy a smooth, malty ale with no hop bitterness.

15 IBU
Reviews: 66 | Ratings: 158 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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metter98 from New York

3.1/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at Little Anita's, Albuquerque, NM

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige he'd that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of pale and toasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of pale and caramel malts with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This amber ale isn't that difficult to drink on a hot summer day as it's not too heavy on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

May 23, 2018
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Radome from Florida

3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle bought in New Mexico.

L - Pretty copper color and very clear. Off-white head is low but stable as a thick sheet and sticky lacing.

S - Aroma is faint and hard to distinguish. All I get is a low cracked grain aroma and a low earthy hop note. There's nothing negative about the aroma, but there just isn't much going on.

T - Malt dominates the flavors, with a strong crystal malt twang and then some cracked grain. In the finish are some earthy, herbal hops. There is not much depth or complexity to the flavor profile.

F - Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Low to medium hops bitterness. No alcohol heat.

O - This is an OK, generally average amber ale. There is nothing wrong with it, but it is not distinctive in any way, either.

Apr 24, 2018
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Mitzvahman72 from California

4.46/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a pristine amber color, it has flavors of caramel, biscuits and a hint of apricot. It is nice and malty and is balanced from mouthfeel to aftertaste, albeit with a brisk carbonation. The aroma follows the flavor with little more apricot and yeasty bread, as we get to the nice bready aftertaste in the end. Overall, this is a great competitor to the Red Trolley Ale from Karl Strauss Brewery in San Diego, only in a different style.

Feb 25, 2018
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AaronChevard from Texas

3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I was intrigued by the look of the label, and I enjoy amber ales usually with dinner.
First sip I wasn't sure about the taste, the more I started to drink it I ended up really enjoying it. Kind of hoppy at first then really balances out with a sweet finish. Good beer.

Oct 11, 2016
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bigchiquilin from Texas

3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle definitely caught my attention, and knowing my love's aversion to IPAs, I thought an Amber would work nicely. Although I wasn't absolutely blown away by it's flavor or mouthfeel, I did find Alien Amber an easy-drinking beer that I'm glad I tried. I've gone away lately from tasting like a big boy and using a glass, and will instead drink straight from the bottle/can/whatever, so this review can be taken with a few grains of salt. Like someone else said, you could do worse.

Apr 19, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of bready malt, brown bread, dark fruit; almost a red ale profile. Flavor follows aroma, with bready malt with slight caramel, brown bread, suggestions of dark fruit; starts hopefully, almost like a mild dopplebock, but the flavor drops off rapidly to a dry, thin almost tea like finish. Lingering astringent bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Well, the start of this left me hoping that it would be the best of the three beers I got to try from this brewery, but the finish is just too stark. An average amber, drinkable but not memorable. Nice color and alien on the bottle, but that's all.

Apr 14, 2016
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Reddish Brown in color, thin off white head, spotty lacing

S: Bread, toast, slight hoppiness

T: Sweet, bread, malts, slight hoppy bitterness at the end

M: Light to medium

O: A pretty decent beer. I wouldnt think twice about ordering one of these again. Nothing special but it has a nice maltiness and a little hop balance just like you would expect from an amber ale.

Dec 18, 2015
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Gabriel_Vaughn from California

3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: bronze amber

S: carmel, malts, strong amber scent

T: Fruity, tad sour at first, aftertaste fruity and malty

M: smooth, medium full thick in the mouth

O: decent but not crazy about it

Nov 25, 2015
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

it has a nice amber look, a pretty good taste and it's fairly smooth. i've had it on few occasions and enjoyed it every time. you could do a lot worse.

Oct 12, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

New Mexico is known for a few things; nuclear testing, roadrunners, and aliens. How appropriate that one of those things is covered in a beer name. Unlike other Alien's, this is one which I welcome to Orange County. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

The color is sitting at autumn brown with red hues. Above it is an inch of head which drops with a pace to a paper-thin lace and leaves a few marks on the glass. A few whiffs of the aroma and It smells malty with a little rawness that could use extra squeezing. Grainy, some sweetness akin to a marzen, with a squirt of grassy hops, so it's a fair aroma.

Taste is fair. It's not offensive, and it's not the next Nugget Nectar. The flavor is a decent bready maltiness with a kiss of fruity esters, a pinch of bittering hops, and a sweet floral aftertaste. The beer is towards the lighter end of body, with a lower amount of carbonation.

End result; decent amber ale that's no frills and easy to drink. Could be worse; could be a strong, unbalanced mess.

Mar 18, 2014
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vickersspitfire from Texas

3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice light amber color, crystal clear with mild carbonation forming a thick light tan head. The head solely thins out into a layer of light bubbles with a thick wall of lacing. Light wheat and floral aromas come out first. Mild malts and hops flavors come through in even amounts, and the overall taste is rather sweet with a mild bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden.
Overall, this is a decent beer and worth trying just to add to your list of “I had this Beer!” I would recommend getting this as a single, or if you’re into the whole mixing thing this would be great for a black and red.

Mar 11, 2014
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ElCommodoro from Texas

3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Surprisingly, I found nothing bad or overly dull about this gimmicky beer. I like that it stays in theme. Seems the entire town of Roswell is a gimmick. Not that I have a problem with that. Anyway, onto the beer, it definitely stands out from the amber ale crowd. It's got a yeasty thickness and a distinct taste of wheat. It's got little to no hop bitterness. These are things I generally appreciate in a beer, but all in all, I can't really say I find anything pleasant about this beer. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I think it could use a hop or two. I would say this nice yeasty beer is basically "OK" as far as the flavour going on and I absolutely wouldn't suggest drinking it anywhere near Roswell. Not refreshing at all. Maybe up in the mountains, it'd be pleasant, but not at its craft brew price tag. I regret saying anything bad about a beer that's trying to stay away from hops, but I would not buy this again. It's decent, but not worth paying for.

Aug 20, 2013
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Reddish-brown, clear, decent head and sparse lace.

Aroma and flavor is quite malty, caramel malt, sweetness, a little herbal and a little earthy.

Body is pretty light, and despite the low IBUs, bittered enough to be pretty balanced. Carbonation is low but ample enough.

Overall it's not fantastic, but it's refreshing enough that I'll enjoy each of the six bottles quite nicely.

Jul 12, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dark amber in the pint shaker. Modestly carbonated. While the foam dissipates after a while there is a persistent tingle on the tongue.

Sweet and somewhat malty, though it's a prety light brew. Taste sort of lemony, for some reason, but actually rather pleasant given the sparse charms of the stuff. A little bit like herbal tea, but then it dawns on me there no actual hop flavor. A faint bitterness of some medicinal sort. Not much in the way of aromatics. Can't say this is one to look out for, but for a local brew it's what's on tap at Zia's Lounge in Albuquerque at the Best Western.

Feb 12, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

id say this is one of thie biggest pleasant surprises from bottle appearance to actual total quality. it looks all gimmicky in the bottle, with the 1999 alien head state fair thing, but the beer within is pretty decent. it pours a swollen dark amber color with a one inch retaining white head. the smell is sweet malts, on the red side, and a decent bit of hops all things considered. the flavor is good, starting a bit sweet and irishy, moving to an american hoppy vibe, finishing a positively roswell crisp and clean. i appreciate what this is, for what it is. not my favorite brew ever, but the carbonation is good, the body is medium, and its well refreshing. a little too much sweet, but its yummy in a lot of ways. get into it.

Oct 12, 2012
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Nerudamann from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - medium brown in color, with about half a finger's worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - malty, somewhat sweet like caramel or cookies.

Taste - much like the smell, it's definitely more malty, and it has an essence of something sweet like caramel in the back of the palate.

Mouthfeel - pretty well-balanced, but leans ever so slightly on the watery side.

Overall - not a bad tasting brew at all, but also not terribly intriguing to sample.

Aug 19, 2012
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beergoot from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden-amber body produced a pretty nice white head. Smell came across with a caramel/biscuit/slightly fruity (slightly apricot) profile. Taste is malty with a slight tartness, perhaps a bit of honey-like sweetness. No real hop bitterness noted overall. Mouthfeel is soft and wet, smooth with a nearly medium weight feel on the tongue.

A pleasant and unassuming beer. Overall seemed a little watery in taste, yet the light bread malt tone gently keeps you sipping along.

Jul 19, 2012
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle compliments of drabmuh.

Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head that fades to a thin collar. Nose of toasted malt, grains, slight caramel sweetness. Flavor has a little more malt sweetness and nicely balanced the toast and bready flavors with minimal hop presence. Full, creamy body, moderate carbonation and a clean finish. Don't really taste anything wrong here, seems like they hit their mark of making a mass appeal amber with little hop bitterness.

Apr 30, 2012
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a draft into a pint glass at ABQ Pub in Albuquerque, N.M., on April 21, 2012. It was tough to see with the lighting, but seemed to be caramel amber. About a finger of head once I got it. White, frothy lacing on the top. Wet, foamy and spongy film on the sides.

Worked hard to find a smell, but eventually got some roasty, nutty and toasty malts.

Tasted somewhat similar to the nose. Nutty, roasty malts. Seemed to get some light chocolate notes as well. Foamy and smooth.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Above average carbonation. Smooth, somewhat long finish.

It was an OK beer overall. It had its moments and I might have enjoyed it more (or less) if I wasn’t at a UFC fight.

Apr 25, 2012
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woosterbill from Kentucky

2.31/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into a tulip. Thanks to mnbearsfan for tossing this one in as an extra; state tick #40.

A: Clear reddish-orange body with a thin tan head. Meh.

S: Harsh, boring, rather terrible caramel malt. Sweet, sharp, and bad.

T: Sweet caramel, grossness, and some faint bitterness. Tastes like toffee, chlorine, and hell.

M: Light, frothy, creamy, smooth, and awesome.

O: This is not a good beer. Do not buy it, unless you want to get a laugh out of its absurd label. I'm sure New Mexico can do better.

Cheers!

Oct 29, 2011
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nukem5 from Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark color with no head what so ever.

S: Odd rich fruity figs plums raisinswith licorice taste not expected at all.

T: Same as smell this is not a bad thing just not expecting this for the style.

M: Medium bodied to heavy, no bubbles streaming to top or anything happening here.

O: Maybe with the right dish would be good but ok at best in this glass today.

Oct 28, 2011
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Pegasus from Texas

2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Slightly hazy medium reddish-amber in color, with a small white head, moderate carbonation, and thin, scattered lacing.

Aroma: Tart toasted malts dominate the aroma, with lesser notes of sweet caramel.

Taste: Opens with tart toasted malts, and understated caramel. The toasted malts dominate the taste throughout. There is a mild wave of herbal hops at the close of the taste.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with slight, stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Its not bad, overall, but could have been much better. Substantial additions to the malt bill are justified.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Aug 25, 2011
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depechemode1983 from Texas

2.92/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear dark brown with red hues. Head is off-white. Retention is something to be desired. Lacing is patchy and uneven, but its there.

S - Decent aroma. Picking up maple syrup, honey, sweet figs, bread and just a dash up citrus with some spice in the background.

T - Flavor is lacking. Sweet syrup upfront with honey undertones and just a bit of citrus hops to give it some bitterness. Not much. Seems watered down actually.

M - Medium bodied. Carbonation seems to be in the middle range. Maybe leaning towards low.

O - Nothing special here. Just a mediocre beer. I probably wouldn't buy it again. Glad I tried it though.

Jul 16, 2011
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

The beer appears orange, with 1/2" of head that leaves some random traces of lacing on the glass. The aroma is earthy, and piney, and malty. The flavor is balanced, with a bready, earthy taste being more present than the hop character. The feel is fairly light bodied with a buttery consistency on the palate. Overall, a decent brew. Nothing terribly exciting, but I'd have it again.

Jul 11, 2011
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kemoarps from Washington

3.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had minimal head and no lacing, but poured a rich caramel amber.

The nose comes across primarily as sweet, and a little flowery, toasty caramel malts.

The flavour follows the same essential profile as the nose, with a sticky sweetness, little to no hops, and a toasty followthrough.

Was a little more carbonated than I had expected, but not overwhelmingly so.
Overall, it was much better than I had originally expected (I picked it up for the fourth as a lowest common denominator type thing, and was pleasantly surprised), but definitely not stellar. I'd definitely drink it again if the situation arose, but I won't be going out of my way to find one. I am slightly surprised that it's gotten such negative reviews on here, however, but that could just be me.

Jul 06, 2011
Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 158 ratings