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

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Rio Grande Outlaw LagerRio Grande Outlaw Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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

Added by rhoadsrage on 04-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
52
Reviews:
18
Avg:
3.26
pDev:
15.64%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -8%

Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was solid, not great had one with my dinner in Old Town ABQ

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Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of stevoj
2.45/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Malty and slightly sour lager, overall body is on the watery side. Dark amber with small foamy head, initial sourness in the aroma can be off-putting. Finish is mix of sour and bitter. This one may be a matter of personal taste.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.28/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

(Served in a 1/2 pint tumbler)

A- This beer pours a deep dark copper body that is clear but very slightly dense with a strong carbonation of big bubbles that support a thin cloud of white foam that last for a few sips.

S- The light pale malt aroma hint has faint notes of caramel malt which turns into a sulfur aroma and the overall smell is pretty clean.

T- This beer has a dry crisp sulfur flavor followed by a soft Noble hop bite at the finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a full fizz finish and no alcohol heat.

D- Even though this beer has a dark body the taste and aroma are very light and thin. Not that much depth and the sulfury flavor covers most of the flavors as the beer warms.

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Photo of beergoot
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.27/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of buckyp
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rorjets
3.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of denver10
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of thereal_adam
2.5/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of marc77
2.73/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bronze hue with a light haze. Lean foam collar leaves spotty lace. Weak woody hop nose combined with hints of medium lovibond caramel. Trace toasted malt hints. Middling aromawise. Incipient in flavor is dilute toffeeish sweetness, which leads into a combination of bitter black tea like and soapy hop flavors. Beefs up slightly mid palate, with doughy malt providing relief. Oddly becomes more watery as it warms. Lightly bodied and carbonated. Could use a touch more spritz and dextrin in mouthfeel. Finishes with a fading surge of biscuit malt and table salt. An odd, yet bland melange of flavors. Skippable, this one is.

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Photo of ElGordo
2.39/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a strange, slightly opaque copper-amber hue with minimal head. Nice deep aroma of sweet malt, with a hint of dark cherries, toffee, and oak. Thin, slightly flat mouthfeel. Moderately unpleasant palate belies the nice aroma. Slightly bitter taste, but not really from the hops. Malty notes, followed by a deep warming sensation in the throat. Not one I'd recommend.

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Photo of Belittle
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of mscudder
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HRamz3
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%

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Rio Grande Outlaw Lager from Sierra Blanca Brewing Company (Rio Grande)
3.26 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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