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Rio Blanco Pale Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Rio Blanco Pale AleRio Blanco Pale Ale

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Ratings: 449
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of thetinymite

1/5  rDev -70.8%

08-19-2012 16:02:27 | More by thetinymite
Photo of poocheese55

1.75/5  rDev -48.8%

02-18-2013 16:46:33 | More by poocheese55
Photo of rhodeska


1.93/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really not a good beer.

A solid amber pour, with a little head. Looked kind of intriguing.

However, the taste was just off. I don't know what I expected, but it was just farmhouse and funky, not really like it was made right. Kind of bitter and hoppy, but mostly just funky.

not my style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 07:14:03 | More by rhodeska
Photo of Bob1966


1.98/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Copper colored, with thick white head, with lots of lacing. Seems over carbonated. Large particles settle out on bottom of glass.Very cloudy, more like a wheat beer than a pale ale.

Smell: Slightly sour, no real hop aroma evident.

Taste: sour, not at all like a pale ale should be. No grain or malt flavor evident. Hop bittering is evident, but overpowered by the sourness.

Mouthfeel: too much carbonation, there is a burning feel that comes from the carbonic acid.

Overall: not a good example of a pale ale. Perhaps this beer was spoiled or someone mislabeled this beer? If not, I can't recommend this beer. I will have to try another sample from a different source to confirm this.

Edit: after submitting this review I realized that the consume by date on this beer is 22 months ago.
So much for that. I will need to obtain a fresher sample. This was given as a present by a friend, who was no doubt unaware of the use by date.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 21:09:47 | More by Bob1966
Photo of GreatBloomer


2/5  rDev -41.5%

01-17-2012 02:22:33 | More by GreatBloomer
Photo of Pesci


2/5  rDev -41.5%

03-03-2013 14:31:01 | More by Pesci
Photo of monnik


2/5  rDev -41.5%

01-31-2012 12:36:45 | More by monnik
Photo of setexascustoms


2.03/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle, best before November.

A- Golden and pretty clear. One finger soda pop head that fades quick and leaves no lacing.

S- Very slight citris and grains, not much going on.

T- Again, very slight hop presence, not enough for an American pale ale. Dominated by grainy malts, with the slightest vague bitterness in the finish.

M- Light bodied with soda pop like carbonation.

O- This is my second beer from their variety pack, and I must say, I'm pretty let down. There is nothing exciting about this beer, it may be better than macro, but that's about it. Can't recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 03:27:22 | More by setexascustoms
Photo of hiikeeba


2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours up amber with gold highlights. The head is off white and dissipates rapidly.

S - Piney hops dominate. A hint of sweet malt. Not particularly appetizing.

T - The carbonation tingles the tip of the tongue and a slightly sour bitterness finish on the back of the tongue.

M - Very good.

D - This particular batch? Not very. It's harsh and unappealing. I'm disappointed. I've had this before and never thought it was bad. I almost want to erase all this and pretend I never drank this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 00:51:55 | More by hiikeeba
Photo of mcallister


2.2/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What you would expect from a pale ale. Nice mahagony caramel colored with a small white head with little lace yet good thick retention.

Pale ale all the way. Full of pale malts and aroma enticing hops that are laid back and ready for the taking. Than a bold whiff of piney, rustic, earth swallowing hop follows through the end. Everything is there just too laid back.

Malt is overly sweet and leaning towards caramel. Almost completely overpowers the forest induced hops, therefore no balance at all let alone complexity. Some stone fruits in the mid palate but nothing to destinguishable.

Mouthfeel is a little better but the cloying sweetness hurts it overall. It is full and rounded. Couldn't drink more than one of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2007 22:16:23 | More by mcallister
Photo of BlesstheHarvest


2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

05-20-2013 14:31:34 | More by BlesstheHarvest
Photo of Havion383


2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

05-24-2012 15:37:22 | More by Havion383
Photo of bastardface


2.25/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The Rio Blanco pale is not good. That wa my first impression of this beer when I first drank the first drink. THe color is an ugly yellow and he smell is that of bitterness, if that's possible. The taste isn't good and it leaves a bad taste in the mouth after ward. I guess it supposd to be made with Czech hops. It's difficult to finish but bareable. It has a harsh bite when it first hits your tounge. I would not recommend this beer. I personally can't wait to finish this one and then I'll chase it down wih a Tommyknocker. I'm out of this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2010 00:58:24 | More by bastardface
Photo of TenHornsProud


2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head that fades quickly.

Smells of sweet malt and some hop spice...noble hops for sure, but the aroma is minimal. Almost ketchup notes. Not a lot going on here.

Up front slight bitterness that goes into some malt, sweet character, bitter citrus character in the middle, and an almost astringent, clean finish.

Medium carbonation and thin body work fine for the style

There isn't a lot going on here. Some noble hop spice, slight malt sweetness, and a lot of astringency. Pile on the oxidized, cardboard note that I've found in almost all Real Ale beers...I cannot recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 02:08:27 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of SWMeyer4141


2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance-Hazy light amber with a 2 inch beige head.

Smell-Grain and a tiny bit of citrus. Quite skunky as well. definitely unappealing.

Taste-The carbonation bubbles kind of overpower the taste until the finish. Some bitterness and pine, and fairly dry.

Mouthfeel-Light body, lots of carbonation.

Overall-This beer is reasonable and available in texas, but so is Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and the same price. As long as Sierra Nevada is in bussiness, I won't purchase this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 20:06:51 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of 7ways


2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

If I drank this without knowing what it was, I'd say it was an American lager.
It looked decent, but the first whiff threw me off, kind of dirty, and the taste was about the same: old acidic fruit, some kind of evergreen other than pine, and a bit metallic. I would say grassy, but that element was more like a bitter weed than fresh cut grass. But really, it was just plain bland, hence the lager comment. Best thing I can say for this is that it had a pleasing level of carbonation.
What the hell, I'm still glad I tried it, thanks to JDV for the extra.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 07:38:52 | More by 7ways
Photo of spithrash


2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy deep gold color from a 12oz bottle into an American pint glass with approx 1/2 finger of off white head.

Smell is somewhat hoppy, but subtle. It's hard to put my finger on what I'm smelling, but it is telling me this is not going to be my favorite beer.

Taste is better than the smell. Starting with sharp spicy notes which then turn bready and malty.

Fairly light on the palate with the flavors lingering for a while after each sip. This is a drinkable brew, but I'm just not wild about it myself. Your milage may vary.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 00:11:53 | More by spithrash
Photo of Sazz9


2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

08-03-2013 23:02:50 | More by Sazz9
Photo of BeerCigar


2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

01-14-2012 20:11:44 | More by BeerCigar
Photo of bbadger


2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

04-07-2012 18:31:11 | More by bbadger
Photo of kspongeworthy


2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

01-11-2012 21:12:38 | More by kspongeworthy
Photo of BeerThursdays


2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

12-29-2011 03:30:08 | More by BeerThursdays
Photo of beertramp


2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Have had this on draft before, but bought a 6 pack the other day which was less than desirable. The bottle was flat - a slight pop from uncapping but then nothing - no head, no lacing.
Perhaps the lack of carbonation affected the taste. (I tried to different bottles and then switched beers.) The hop flavors that I was expecting were not there - it was rather malty and a bit acidic. Not sure why, but I will submit another review from draft.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 18:57:38 | More by beertramp
Photo of D11


2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from bottle into pilsner

A- hazy golden yellow with a white head that does not last long.

S- malty and some hops.

T- about the same as the smell. some hops, not too impressive imo.

M- decent mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

O- mostly was just malty with not enough hops or other spices/flavor imo. i really enjoyed this the first time i drank it, but after trying other hop ales i feel dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 04:02:20 | More by D11
Photo of cartdan


2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Slightly hazy, with a huge head. Definitely overcarbonated.

Aroma is very nice, surprisingly fruity, almost like a Belgian Pale.

Taste is pretty basic, almost like a lager. Basic malt profile.

Mouthfeel is medium light.

Overall it's different but nice, low hop bitterness, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 00:30:54 | More by cartdan
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Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.