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
sierrablancabrewery.com

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
Ratings:
153
Reviews:
63
Avg:
3.1
pDev:
16.77%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
27
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0
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Photo of zeff80
3.49/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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

S - It smelled of malty sweet caramel with notes of toffee and grassy hops.

T - It was nutty with bready malts. There was just enough grassy hops to add some bite.

M - Not so good. It seemed a little soft and thin. Not watery just weak. A light bodied ale.

D - Despite a weak mouthfeel, it tasted good and it easy-drinking. Worth a try.

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Photo of k47k
3.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brewqueno
3.39/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lobina
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A work trip to Roswell would not be complete without a sampling of Alien Amber, now would it? 12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a light copper color with a fine-bubbled beige head. Retention is average but does leave some nice lacing on the glass.

Nose is burnt toasty malts with a smattering of Cheerios and light floral hops. Fairly unique aroma, the biscuity yeast/malt combo is interesting.

Taste follows in the same direction with some hints of what I imagine oak bark tasting like and maybe even a bit of vanilla. Mouthfeel is about medium and the carbonation is about right. Hops along with the toasty malts balance out nearly all of the sweetness. I will concede that it is a bit gimmicky, but I like the label and the beer is not half bad.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
3.29/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this guy sitting around in a box of beers that a friend had picked up on my behalf during a journey.
Not the freshest sample but age doesn't seem to have harmed this beer. Perhaps age has even mellowed this out to being more interesting that when it was fresh?
Pretty typical amber ale stuff going on without some of the characteristics I often find offputting about the style. Plenty of biscuit and caramel notes. Bits of sweetened black tea. Thin but light on the palate. Simple and easy drinking if you happen to be in the mood for something on the lightly sweet and totally non-bitter side.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Dface
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zillo043068
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of RBCORCORAN
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of mmmbeer89
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of kmos27
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of jbarra101
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 23 May 2008.

A small white head rapidly dissipates. Moderate carbonation. Clear auburn brown color. Smells like almonds, caramel and sour apple. Starts appley sweet-sour. Some caramel malt. Sour fruity aftertaste. Light in body and alcohol.

Pretty average amber.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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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 Jarrod_LC
3.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 Determined_021
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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Sierra Blanca Roswell Alien Amber from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
3.1 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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