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Rio Blanco Pale Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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78
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470 Ratings
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 31 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-17-2001)
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Cvescalante, Aug 19, 2013
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3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very attractive orange kool-aid body with a thin, sticky bone head.

Aroma is mildly sweet and very faint. There are just restrained notes of malt and floral hops.

Taste is mild too. Unoffensive but not terribly interesting. It's bright with a light body and faint flavors of sweet malts. Finishes medium dry with floral/grassy hops. Clean and crisp.

Easy to drink and not off putting but I would not seek it out. Very average.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 26, 2008
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Tiernan, Sep 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

sbartnik01, Sep 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

dcevans, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops and bready malt. The flavor is earthy and grassy hops with some nice toffee and bready malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one of Real Ale's better beers, but not a bad beer by any means.

Mora2000, Apr 22, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

bpfrush, Mar 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17%

Dello, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Soonami
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks davacano for sending this in the Refreshing Summer BIF.

Poured into a 16 oz Brooklyn tulip. A hazy golden orange with a thin layer of head. The aroma is dominated by the Saaz, which is almost a little skunky, but definitely earthy. It's not an aroma I'm accustomed to in an APA. There is a bit of buttery, toasty biscuit in the nose too. The beer tastes kinda weird. It has a good bit of sweet, grainy malt, with a little citrusy hop and some herbal Saaz. To me it really reminded me of sushi rice. It certainly didn't taste bad, just interesting.

Not a bad beer, not a great beer, but no clear brewing faults--just not the recipe that does it for me.

Soonami, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of whoneeds8
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By Date 6/2/09

Poured into pint glass clear burnt orange with a one finger white head that lasts a good amount of time with great lacing.

There's a light floral scent, but not very strong at all. Taste has a slight malted sweetness upfront with a well balanced hop bite. Not much to it, but it's not bad either.

Mouthfeel is average, just the right amount of carbonation.

whoneeds8, May 30, 2009
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

valkyre65, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of jeonseh
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle with a best by July '08 and poured into a tulip Glass

A - A nice golden amber color that is rather clean looking and has a bit of a reflective sheen to it as well. Can see a good bit of carbonation floating up through this one. The head is about 1/2 of a finger of white foam one that sits on the top of that amber body.

S - Smell was surprisingly banana like. At first, It reminded me more of a hefe than of a pale ale. There was a hint of caramel malt in there as well and there is also a huge hint of lemon that cuts through all of it. It is not a pleasant citrus though but instead reminds me a bit of a household cleaner.

T - Hmm, the taste up front is just like a hefe. I get hints of bubblegum, clove and banana. The only thing that actually reminds me of a pale ale is a light hint of hops on that back end that give a slight hint of pine to the beer. That lemon that I got in the nose was still there but it really made the whole beer seem unbalanced in my opinion. There is also a bit of a floral hint to the beer as well but it only shows itself here and there and other times it manifests as bubblegum and clove.

MF - There is a light hint of carbonation to it. The mouthfeel is actually rather smooth and creamy. There is a nice medium body to it as well that seems to fit the style and this beer.

D - Overall an okay beer that was worth the try but I would definitely pass on this as my choice for an APA. I don't really care for the floral taste in this one and would rather go for a different kind of an APA. The lemon mixes in a bit too much with the hefe like flavors for my taste and makes the whole thing seem a bit out of balanced for me.

jeonseh, May 22, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed at Pedicab in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a clear light copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with hints of darker caramel malts and floral and leafy hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light pale malt flavors kick things off with just a hint of dryness. Midway through the sip leafy and slightly citrus hop flavors make their way into the profile and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. As the beer warms hints of light fruit flavors come out.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinakbility is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I think this beer could benefit more from a crisper profile than anything else. A little more hops wouldn't hurt either. Worth a shot if you see it around.

glid02, Apr 19, 2010
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

LXIXME, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of jbphoto88
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, it is a dark amber yellow with a full inch of fluffy cream/tan colored head. My first impression is that this doesn't really look like a pale ale but more like an IPA.

The smell is not great. I get a little nuttiness and some weak malts but they seem to fight each other.

Taste is much smoother and quite pleasing. Initially there is some nutty flavors that is followed by slight caramel and sweet malts. A slick mouthfeel that fades into a nice dryness.

I don't hate the smell and it doesn't ruin the beer for me. I think that this is another damn decent beer and not a bad one to offer friends that come over looking to try something more then Miller or Coors.

jbphoto88, Feb 01, 2008
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

cisteve, Apr 07, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Qabil, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of IntriqKen
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice golden orange tea color with a slightly off-white head about 2 fingers tall. Head slowly melted to very sticky lacing.

Aroma is very malty...sweet amber malts...almost like a red or brown with no noticable hops in the aroma.

Taste is sweet amber malt that finally is followed with a nice little hop bite, but not nearly as much as I am used to in an American Pale Ale

Mouthfeel is almost slippery-slick. Nice hops, however is all the memory you are left with in the aftertaste and it's very refreshing.

IntriqKen, Apr 24, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

jzandiz, Jan 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -12.3%

javlin624, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of Stigs
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a quarter inch of fluffy, white foam which quickly falls to a thin film and ring. the beer is slightly hazy, dark gold in color.

S - strong and potent biscuity malts, some honey and caramel add sweetness. some light noble, grassy hops dance in the background, only picked up if sought after.

T - noble hops are in the forefront, though come attached to a weird, wet grassy, hint of citrus hop profile the whole way through. tastes a bit "green" and sweet, like unfinished wort. grainy in the finish, with some light caramel and toffee.

M - medium, slightly oily body. carbonation flashes quickly before falling apart, perhaps overtaken by the rich malty sweetness. slightly dry and clean finish.

D - a little confused by this one, a bit of an overdone malt profile and lacking in American hops - not so much missing balance rather than personality. goes down easy enough, though.

Stigs, Nov 07, 2010
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4/5  rDev +17%

mhenson42, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Even a gentle pour brings up a full head of big-bubbled off-white foam over its hazy amber robe. The head holds well, however, and leaves some streaky lace throughout the glass. And that's the nature of bottle conditioned beers... some are very fine, and others are on the cusp of over-carbonation depending on how they've been handled. The nose is restrained for the style, offering only a mild fruitiness, a limited maltiness, and a touch of floral hops. It's crisp in the mouth and medium bodied. There's more caramelish malt in the flavor than the aroma suggests, and it pairs nicely with the unusual choice of Saaz hops that gives it a touch of grass, straw, flowers, and some very mild spice. Some yeast character is apparent as well. It's well-balanced with a solid bitterness, and it finishes short and dry. An easy-drinking pale ale with an unusual twist.

NeroFiddled, Oct 21, 2003
Photo of rooost
4.83/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Most if not all of the products from RA Brewing are unpasteurized, therefor you guys that are too far from Texas or have mailed beer are not getting the best example.

Then add their flexibility within traditional styles and when compared to like style beers you get a different perception.

Taken fresh and with a clear mind (preferably in the Texas Hill Country on a spring day) Rio Blanco Pale Ale is as good as it gets!

rooost, Mar 30, 2012
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Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.