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

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Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien AmberSierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Gusler on 07-22-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
148
Avg:
3.1
pDev:
25.81%
 
 
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 148
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose is malty with some chocolate roast and slightly hoppy/herbal. Smells pretty good.

Pours clear amber, mild head. Looks pretty good.

Mild malt with soft roast. Moderate bitterness. Tea-like herbal hoppiness. Soft tartness.

Pretty good. A fun theme beer.

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Photo of mjurney
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Deep amber color, some haziness. Lots of bubbles. Small foamy head, lacing looks pretty decent on the glass.

Aroma:
Aroma is very sweet. I get caramel malts, nuts and a little buttery.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Bready up front, caramel, hazel nut and a little touch of butter. Hop profile is mild, herbal/tea-like. Body is light-medium. Carbonation is very light, almost flat.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Really smooth finish, aftertaste is tea-like dryness.

Overall Impressions:
Pretty decent for an Amber Ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber clear color with a quickly dissapearing pale head. The aroma is sweet and malty with with a caramel note, a hint of cinnamon, and perhaps a hint of hops. The taste is lightly sweet and finishes with a bit of malty, caramel-type nuttiness. This beer is pretty light, and quite quaffable. There is a light, spicy bitterness in the finish that serves as a pretty good foil for the the malt notes that dominate this beer. All in all a simple quaffable brew.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with an off-white head. Virtually unnoticeable presence of co2, slippery lace and poor head retention. Pretty subtle aroma: smells sweet, with a little caramel and fruity esters, and some hop notes. Flavor is sweet and the mouthfeel is livelier than expected (but not much) ? some fizz and a hop finish that takes up the rear after a few sips. All in all an ok drink for The Land of Enchantment, but nothing to write home (or any other planets).

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a clear amber color with a thin beige head that rapidly dissipates. Very thin lacing. The aroma is earthy malt and sweet caramel. Medium-bodied and skewed toward a sweet malty flavor, but with a light hops presence now and then. That's really about all the beer offers flavor-wise. The finish is fruity with a touch of hops. Pretty straightforward Amber, but I don't see anyone beside Mulder going back to this one regularly.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up over the summer because I've never had a beer from the Land of Enchantment and like others, I feel for the marketing hook once I saw the name and label. Sure enough, this went down easy and was a typical Amber Ale that fit in well with the summer. Nothing memorable but it wasn't anything "alien" or foreign in the taste department either.

The pour was standard - mahogany with average head and lacing. The carbonation and mouthfeel were light as well, with the taste being a bit closer to a Brown Ale than I imagined. There were hints of a nut brown ale and some currant but by no means was this spicy. Not a lot of hop bitterness to be found here at all - whether that's a good or bad thing is up to you but I didn't have a problem with it. I think the heat was getting to me and I just needed a beer to quench it!

Sure, this would be a good session beer and I guess I could see myself drinking a few of these in one sitting. I prefer my beers to bit more bold if they're going to be an Amber and in the sea of them available, this is pretty generic. If you're from New Mexico or love aliens, give it a go. Otherwise, pass over it...there's a lot of other choice out there, even in the southwest.

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Photo of Bcant
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head made of small bubbles that dissipates rapidly. Sweet bouquet, toffee notes but not overpowering. The Alien is sweet from sip to swallow but the aftertaste is sour and very slightly metallic. This beer is not very refreshing but is modest alcohol contest and its lack of palate complexity do not make it particularly hard to drink.

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Photo of mactrail
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of nukem5
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Hazed reddish amber color, lacing is ok. Fruity and caramel nose with some toasted biscuit. Smooth and a bit slick, waffling medium body. Dry-ish toasted malt flavor, hint of caramel within but more of a fermentation twang on the palate that drops some fruit and nutty yeast. Timid hopping here. Flavors seem not to mesh here. Ok, nothing bad but easy to move on to another beer before the beer is even finished.

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Photo of cgmees
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle bought on impulse for the name.

Appearance was an amber color with white head

Smell sweet malt with a light hops

Taste was a mix of oak, vanilla and some smokiness to it.

Mouthfeel medium with some carbonation feel

Overall not bad but nothing that really stands out except the name.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The after is escape from the 12 ounce brown bottle pours a translucent deep amber to mahogany color, the head is modest and frothy, the color a nice light tan, as it dissolves the resultant lace leaves a fine sheet of lace to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet malt with a citrus like crispness; fresh and clean, start has a nice light sweetness, the malt adequate and the top light to medium in feel. Finish is mild in its acidity, the hops light to the palate, dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, and it goes down nicely in this 113 degree weather.

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Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured an amber color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is pretty light some sweet malt

T - Follows the nose with the sweet malt not much going on

M - This beer has a lighter body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is one of the most average ho hum beers out there I like ambers but this was like a light version but its also a beer that I could drink a few of while hanging out playing darts

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of light caramel malts.

Tastes of nutty caramel malts with little to no hops. This beer is malt dominant with notes of caramel and some toasted nuttiness. Hops are barely noticeable with some herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to drabmuh for this beer. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a clear golden-amber color with a small white head and a collar as it goes down. The nose brings forward some very light caramel along with a bit of lightly-toasted bread. The flavor is mostly defined by the malt with some toasted bread and the slightest bit of caramael. Some very light earthy hops in there as well. Light body with fizzy carbonation and an oddly-dry finish. Okay, but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of rowew
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: This was part of a random purchasing spree on a quick trip to Santa Fe. I was trying to get different brewers, and I admit the gimicky label is the reason I picked this one over other Sierra Blanca beers. The label is blue with an alien and space ships on it.

Appearance: Yep, thats an amber. Slight haze to it, average head, not much retention.

Smell: A bit of caramel malt, but the dominate aroma is cooked vegetables.

Taste: Very average flavors - a bit of bready malt, very light hop presence.

Overall impression: This is a pretty generic amber - not bad, but certainly nothing memorable.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for the beer, Nick!
Clear reddish amber. Holds a good collar of head, with splotchy lace. Caramel malty aroma, definitely one-dimensional. A bit of nut and pear fruitiness. Doughy yeast presence. The flavor starts out malty, and continues malty all the way through. Doesn't change much or offer anything in the way of complexity. A bit watery and light, with a doughy, yeasty presence throughout. Softer carbonation. Some fruity esters come through by way of pear. Finishes off with toasty caramel malt, underscored by minimal herbal, grassy hops. Overall on the sweet side. It's got flavor, but kinda bland and reminiscent of unbuttered bread. I'll definitely drink the whole sixer, but I wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of arizcards
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of Alien Amber from AJ's in mid August for $1.59.

Poured a cloudy red color with a small head but decent head retention. Nose is different, heavily weighed by caramel malts and too much of a toffee nut influence. Taste is heavily weighed by the toffee nut and not enough hop counter-balance. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, beer is pretty lively. Overall drinkability is not great, the brewery needs to scale back on the nut influence.

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Photo of eclaycamp
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look, I’m just going to come out and say it. I bought this one because I’m an X-Files geek (or an X-Phile to those “in the know”) and I just couldn’t resist a bottle with a green alien head on it. I have high hopes for this beer just based on bottle design alone, so let’s see if it can live up to them. Pours – well look at this – amber. Beer looks like it’s filtered or they use finings – it’s damn clear. I could probably read a newspaper if the light was a bit brighter. Beer comes out lightly carbonated and the head disappears fast and pretty much without a trace. Aroma is malt backbone – again I’m travelling and my sinuses can get me gummed up from time to time, so this could be on me – and faint. Smells pretty good, actually. Very inviting malt aroma. My fist impression on my first taste is of forward malt sweetness, but there’s this (sorry for the cliché) alien thing going on in the finish. Something’s sticking out and I’m not quite sure what it is. It’s like this metallic / green apple / sour grape / fruit mineral thing. Maybe chewable vitamins is a good description? It’s out of place with this beer, which calls for a clean finish that this beer just doesn’t have. Seems like they tried to mask things by making it sweet, as the beer leans that way, for sure. It’s almost too sweet. It really has a cumulative effect as you continue to drink it and becomes somewhat cloying. More carbonation would scrub the palate a bit more, making the drink more enjoyable in the process. The best part of this beer was the beginning, including my anticipation of the first pour and the first sip before I got the weird fruit thing gong on. Overall I’m nonplussed but I’ll still likely pick up a bottle for the wife, as she’s an even bigger X-Phile than I am.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw the label and, being a New Mexican at heart, just had to buy it. But was it worth it? The beer was a clear, amber/copper color upon pouring with a two finger head of white foam. Spotty lacing and decent retention. The aroma was malty, mostly caramel and sadly one-dimensional. The flavors were similar, caramel malt and some dry nuttiness. But the hop character was unfortunately misplaced and the beer was slanted accordingly. The mouthfeel was average but the body thin for an amber. Have to say, I shared the rest of this sixer and didn't feel any loss.

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Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
3.1 out of 5 based on 148 ratings.
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