Rio Grande IPA | Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)

BA SCORE
15.2%
Liked This Beer
3.34 w/ 46 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
New Mexico, United States
sierrablancabrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A complex, layered hop mixture makes this a well rounded IPA with strong grapefruit and pine flavors with a hint of pepper. This beer has great head retention and strong hop aroma.

78 IBU

Added by htomsirveaux on 01-31-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,943
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
46
Liked:
7
Avg:
3.34/5
pDev:
14.07%
Alströms:
3.55
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
8
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of LXIXME
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass, rose a medium to small white head that settled into a decent lacing. Clear reddish amber colored.

Smell: Hops and a light sweet citrus aroma.

Taste: A light bitter hops, with a sweet caramel to citrus taste.

Mouth feel: Medium, decent IPA feel.

Drinkability: A little weaker than most IPA's, maybe a good IPA to start out on, but not really for hop heads.

After Taste: A light dry hops to sweet caramel after taste.

Serving type: 12 oz. Bottle

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Photo of largadeer
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a choice between this & the Pils, IPAs are harder to screw up, sooo. Cryptic (sorta) date date code of 0111 me thinks

Pours an effervescent apricot/amber with 3 fingers of pillows cream colored head. super lacing & head retention

S: Grassy, floral & bready

T: Grassy & woody hops up front, some breadyness & tangerine up front, along with some dryness. Grassy & herbal hops mix with dry biscuitty malt, some woody notes as well, a whisper of toffee as well. Finishes floral, woody with some dryness & leafy hops as well

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, nice balance

The sum is greater than it's parts IMO, a damn sessionable AIPA IMO....

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Head and lacing shake hands with the head, hazed brassy amber color. Faint grapefruit and tobacco hop aromas meet a toasted bread and honey malt nose. Thick medium body with a oily resin hop mouth feel. Hops are here and an IPA it is, that resin lingers on the palate for a good while with citric rind and blond tobacco flavors. Oily hop continues on, maltiness is a bit layered with sweetness and suggestions of toasted bread. Kiss of yeast and fruity esters middle to end. Hoppy fruity finish.

Pretty good, lots of IPAs out there though. Worth a try for the true hophead / IPA hunter.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle without a freshness date. Pours a hazed amber color with an attractive, frothy cream-colored head. Retention is above average and the lacing is outstanding. A great looking beer.

Nose is piney and earthy hops with plenty of grainy malt. It could be in my head, but I smell cactus here, prickly pear to be specific...and yes, they do sell it at the local grocery stores. A little English leaning with a nice malt balance.

Earthy hops and caramel malt combine for a surprisingly decent beer. Most of the focus is on bittering hops, but there is a little bit of piney hop flavor as well. Malts play a big role in this beer and provide some sweetness. It certainly is not the best IPA out there, but this is not a bad quaff if you find yourself in New Mexico.

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Photo of PatGreer
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of rorjets
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of HardTarget
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sampler in airport

Appearance Slightly hazy, doesn't hold a head

Aroma Full hope note, a bit harsh, citrus, mostly grapefruit

Taste Bitter hops overwhelm the base, and there is a slight soapy note.

Feel Medium body, oily finish

Overall Not bad but a little one dimensional

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Photo of thereal_adam
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of MidwestBA
3.96/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label says Rio Grande but phone number(505-832-BEER) and website (www.riograndebrewery.com) both point to Sierra Blanca.

12 oz. bottle reviewed 28 Sep 2008.

Poured into a shaker pint. Medium foamy white head. Almost flat. Clear bright burnt orange color. Very sweet aroma with a hit of resin and citrus. Starts nutty and bitter with some caramel. Slight bit of resin in middle. Aroma much stronger than the taste. Some vegetal flavor in the finish. Alcohol weaker than expected.

No real reason to get this again.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of scottyshades
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tanks to knm for the bottle

A: Pours a slightly hazed caramel color with a small sopay cap, retention is decent

S: mellow nose, piny and resinous, caramel malts, and earthy yeast. Pretty malt forward, kind of grassy

T: interesting flavor..not really what you would expect from an IPA, but more pale ale like. Lots of malts, caramel, grassy and herbal hops. Bitterness is lower than normal

MF/D: Medium body, herbal/vegetal finish, carbonation is nice. Pretty drinkable but not really typical of the style

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Photo of Unchi
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of GatorCoop
3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mjurney
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Deep golden color, clear. Lots of small bubbles rising up. Thick bright white head. Leaves a nice lacing behind.

Aroma:
Piney, citrus, sweet pale malts.

Taste:
Mild hop bitterness up front, mostly citrus-pine. Bready malt that balance the beer, sweet, caramel. Bitter, crisp and dry finish. Medium bodied, smooth, sharp carbonation.

Verdict:
It's good, but not the best.

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Photo of k3ve
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Rio Grande IPA from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
Beer rating: 15.2% out of 100 with 46 ratings
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