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Rio Blanco Pale Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

Rio Blanco Pale AleRio Blanco Pale Ale

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433 Ratings
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%

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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-17-2001)
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Photo of ccrida


3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark, burnt gold with an off-white head that leaves some creamy lace rings.

Smell is sweet malt with nice earthy saaz hops. They have a little stale citrus vibe to them I could do without, but the best by date is over 6 weeks ago so I won't fault them (I although I did grab it from a cooler at least, at Spec's)

Taste is similar, I like the punch of saaz on the fairly basic pale base.

Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, medium light bodied, a little slick from the hop oils.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's an interesting take on a pale ale for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:18:46 | More by ccrida
Photo of Dogbrick


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a dark golden amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Thin lacing. Lightly hoppy aroma. Medium-bodied and smooth with a decent hops and malt flavor. The finish is a little citrusy. Compared to their Rye and Sisyphus this beer isn't really remarkable, but it is a decent Pale either way.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2003 14:34:59 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to optimator13 for sending me this one as a part of The Small Aquatic Mammal BIF '11! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a half finger bone white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, fruit, citrus hop, and slight skunky hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. The flavors in this one weren't overly strong, but were definitely making their presence known. If they were a little more robust this would have been quite the awesome brew. Still pretty good nonetheless though. I would suggest giving this one a shot without hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 14:09:05 | More by thagr81us
Photo of twiggamortis420


2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by date of 11.04.09. Pours a mostly clear, medium golden color with a firm, ample white head. Retention is really nice when it drops to about 3/4" and Lacing is about average.

The nose is pretty balanced, as yeasty fruit aromas mingle with citricly floral hops and biscuity malts. Not an overly great smelling APA, as the hops are somewhat subdued and it smells like some higher-than-normal fermentation temps were in effect.

There is a bit of fruitiness in there that I am not diggin' on and it is only accentuated by the rough hops that are there. Not that there is that much hoppiness going on, but what is there lacks any sort of smooth quality, and I am completely baffled by the lack of deliciousness I usually find in a beer brewed with saaz (varietal used according to the website)! This beer reminds me of an average homebrew...not one of RA's finest.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 00:13:12 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of DefenCorps


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from ballewblake as an extra. Thanks! Best by 3rd March, so this is probably on its way out.

A: Clear orange with a thin off-white head. . Retention could be better.

S: Mild citrus hops are present with a mild chalky character. Malt isn't really noticeable either, I'm not sure what to make of this. It's still OK, though

T: There isn't much going on here. It's an easy drinking pale, mild malt sweetness, some hop character that's mostly like oranges, and a drying finish. There's a mild bitterness on the finish that reminds me of Saaz, something the bottle advertises.This character gets to be more prominent as it warms up. Decent.

M: Crisp carbonation and a drying finish make this pleasing to the palate

D: I'd drink this again, and like the Full Moon Rye from RA, I'd love to try this fresh and not have to pay shipping.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 00:21:59 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of jrallen34


3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from Narke tulip...Pours a nice dark peach with a full and creamy bright white head. Excellent retention and lacing...Aroma is almost like a pilsner, perhaps the Czech hops used; grain, barley, tart shart hops. Slight skunk but not enough to scare me away...The taste is much more of let down, more pilsner flavors, not at all a pale ale. Miller lite skunk finish.

If you want a good pilsner grab this, if you're looking for a crushable pale ale this is not your beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 22:38:27 | More by jrallen34
Photo of champ103


4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy copper/orange color. A creamy two finger, tightly packed, white head forms. Good retention, and some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Soapy and oily hops up front. Citrus and pine aromas. Light malty sweetness lingers. Just not a very big aroma.
T: Citrus, pine, grassy, and floral hops up front. A nice malty finish. Sweet fruity flavors of apples and pears. Some caramel malt as well. Bread and biscuit flavors. The malt and hops balance each other out perfectly.
M/D: A medium body and low carbonation. Though it is not under carbonated at all (like many cask beers can be). Really creamy and smooth. Incredibly easy to drink. I quaffed several with no problem.

A wonderful beer on cask. So many subtle complexities, and easy to drink. The hops are more assertive up front here than in the bottle or on tap. Though it is never overwhelming. Always in balance with the great malt flavor. Real Ale indeed. Reminds me of a good English Pale Ale or Bitter. If you see this on cask, get it.

Serving type: cask

11-12-2009 04:08:44 | More by champ103
Photo of blackie


3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: light head quickly dies back, the beer is the color of golden honey

s: honeyed pale malts with a snappy, pulpy noble hop nose, bready, not very common but it's a nice and simple combination

m: carbonation on the low end, medium body with a malty slickness, nothing really wrong but just a bit dull

t: nice taste, rich and grainy pale malt flavors sweetened with a low dose of caramel, well hopped with that grassy noble flavor and crisp, moderately bitter saaz finish, interesting twist on the style

d: simple and easy, would probably pick up a six if I had the chance

from mhewes in the Pre-Season Football BiF...notched as best by December

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 23:51:46 | More by blackie
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color, clear thin wet persistant head. Neutral aroma, a little spicy from saaz, a little yeasty fruit (but just a little). Flavor is balanced, a little saaz spiciness and maybe some grassy aftertaste. Not filling but not meant to be as an APA. Actually not a bad pale ale but perhaps more English than American due to the low hops presence. A good summertime beer for the deck.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 19:13:19 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of alexgash


3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Barely hazy dark golden body with a small, well-mannered, off-white head. Soapy, cookie dough, butterscotch and pear malts backed by pineapple and vague citrus hops. Toasted biscuit malt up front. Some butterscotch and fruitiness. Citrus and herbal hop bitterness in the finish with lingering toasted biscuit malt. Moderate body with a slightly thin mouthfeel. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 21:32:22 | More by alexgash
Photo of maximum12


2.65/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew ranks way down the list of fine pale ales for me.

Smell is a bit off-putting, like someone tossed a few hops into a Mich Light, not promising. Maybe I don't like Saaz hops & just didn't know it? Taste is about the same, light, dry, easy to quaff, but taste is scraping the bare underbelly of OK.

Glad to have tried it. Strictly average.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 01:31:41 | More by maximum12
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from kiltedtxn and aggieboudreux, Thanks Guys!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a fluffy white head that left a bunch of lacing.

S - smells more like a German import than a APA.

T - taste is also somewhat similar to that of a German import (Spaten).

F - light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

D - a tasty beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:06:19 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a nice golden pour, a faint trace of orange in there. A bit of head above, just enough to sustain a collar but not enough to lace.

Aroma - barely a scent at all here. Standard grain, nothing more.

Taste - good grain opening, a touch sweet and robust. The hops are light and citrusy, background pine and grapefruit that balance and flavor very well. The swallow is a little more bitter and dry, but still not overworking the palate.

Mouthfeel - medium-light body, carbonation is slightly crisp.

Drinkability - a slow start but this ended up being a fine session beer from the great state of Texas.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 03:25:45 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured slightly hazy copper with a white frothy yet somewhat low head which lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with a light spicy character and a low caramel. The fruity character contained a light pineapple and low graham cracker aroma.

The flavor was light caramel with low pineapple and other fruit flavors. The light graham cracker aroma carried through to the flavor.

The finish was dry with a fruity and lasting flavor and low caramel into the aftertaste. The body was medium. The flavor could certainly be a bit bolder and the entire beer more complex.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 16:52:59 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of oline73


2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. The head fades to a spotty layer on top of the pour.

Smell: Some bready malt with a mild sweetness. There is a very faint fruity hop smell as well.

Taste: A bit like the smell. There is more of a hop presence here, but still not enough. Bready malt and a very mild sweetness too. The finish is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with strong, fluffy carbonation and a finish that's a bit dry.

Overall: This is a pretty boring beer. Not bad, but quite boring.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 23:59:59 | More by oline73
Photo of billab914


3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured a clear, light amber color with a thin but sticky white head.

The aroma shows a moderate earthy and very slightly spicy Saaz hop profile to it. Besides that I get a grainy and slightly malty flavor coming through. Pretty light and simple, but not bad.

The taste shows a bit more of the spicy, almost peppery flavor from the Saaz hops throughout the flavor. More grainy flavors also come through with a bit of a sweet malt to it. Pretty light but also pretty balanced.

The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average for an APA. It was easy drinking and also pretty well balanced but it was also pretty light on flavor compared to some of the best APA's. not a bad beer to have a few of on a hot day but also nothing that really stands out.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:54:10 | More by billab914
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stuck in austin airport, might as well try a new beer. Poured a murky amber with a thin head. Classic malty pale ale smells, not bad, touch of citric. Flavor was a bit more lager like and malt heavy. A touch earthy and grainy. Standard feel and overall not bad but nothing special. Won't be ordering a second one.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 21:09:33 | More by cosmicevan
Photo of bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber with a rocky white head. The faint aroma of grass and spice lets you know that the beer is indeed accented with saaz hops. Underneath them there's also a pleasant fruitiness. The flavour is dominated by a strong grain taste, but this is rounded off by berry flavours, before tailing into a mild grassy and citric bitterness. Its well-balanced and reminds me a lot of an English approach to beer, but with a Czech twist. The body is medium to light and the carbonation is around medium... not to bad, about average for the style.

IU quite liked this... understated for an APA, but its a broad category. Thanks Bryan.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 20:19:13 | More by bobsy
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty clear copper body with a good amount of active, fast-moving carbonation bubbles. Only about a finger of off-white head, with some retention. Leaves some spotty lacing behind.

Smell isn't too impressive or strong, just a touch of fruity yeast and lemony hops that smell a bit musty.

Taste is surprisingly pretty good. Lots of fruitiness, as the aroma would suggest. Some of this fruit flavor is yeast, and some comes from the hops. The lemony or lemongrass flavor in here is definitely an attribute that comes from the hops. Just a touch of grapefruity bitterness too. Underneath all of that is a biscuity malt profile.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium body, but the carbonation is a little low. Maybe a little too low, but nothing that is terrible.

Pretty drinkable. I was pleasantly surprised by this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 21:54:19 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Reagan1984


4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at The Ginger Man in Austin, TX.

Pint came with a thin but nice head that was white and almost creamy. The head did thin out, but a thin foam remained. Some nice lacing formed as you drank the beer. Beer was a light amber color with mostly orange tones... but a bit of gold shines through. No visible carbonation

Aroma was of light hops, slightly bready or dough like. Very slightly floral. Pretty fresh aroma.

Flavor is very clean and well balanced. Nice cracker/biscuit bread notes that are equally layered with some citrus hops and perfumy/floral notes. The hop bitterness is fresh and does not overwhelm and of the pale malt flavors. Finishes rather crisply and invites you back for another sip.

Sometimes BA folks ignore or lose sight of the well balanced and non-extreme APA's... I still enjoy this style and seek out the good examples. This is one of them. Does not have the depth of a Imp Stout, but it's not supposed to...

Light refreshing mouth feel and medium/light body. Carbonation bring the flavor to life, but stays out of the way.
Very drinkable. If I was stuck in Austin for a hot weekend, I'd pick up some of this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2009 12:44:31 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of Crosling


3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark Peach.

Strong aroma of peaches, cantaloupe, spicy hops and fruit cocktail. Very nice aroma.

Lovely. Very fruity with notes of peaches, tangerines and pineapple. A pretty tasty treat in my opinion. Balanced well. Thanks to Aubrey for splitting this with me.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2004 20:54:50 | More by Crosling
Photo of bditty187


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, bright gold in hue peachy-tawny highlights, I really like the color of this ale, there is loads of animation racing northward. The head was massive in size; uncontrollable actually, it reached three fingers in size, easily. It was white in color, rocky, foamy. It took many pours to get all the beer into the pint glass. After a long while the head rested to a modest cap. This cap remained the entire consumption. There was no subsequent lacing. After a lengthy delay I got around to smelling this beer. The bouquet was weak; hints of sweetness dominated, some fruitiness too and the back was some Saaz hops aromas, lightly spicy, herbal. The hops were very faint. The nose is decent; I would never say the aromas are indicative of a Pale Ale. Apathetic. The palate is kind of plain. I get a suggestion that this was a Pale Ale, in like another life. I really don’t know what this beer is. The hoppiness is very soft, distant even. The bitterness is low. With Saaz hops added was expecting more pizzazz from these glorious hops, all I got has a hint of herbs and spice. Just like the hops, the malt is very soft as well. Pleasantly sweet which works in harmony with fruity notes of peaches and lemon. The palate is pleasant but it lacks bite or a leg to stand on. Everything is agreeable but way too soft. It is tasty and enjoyable but it is also close to boring. Medium/medium-light in body, the carbonation is very low, and the mouthfeel is weak and soft. It is too pliable. I didn’t find much about this beer noteworthy. It is almost a dud.

Thanks Morris729 for the sample!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2004 02:20:14 | More by bditty187
Photo of Redrover


3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Gingerman in Austin. It was served in a standard pint. The beer is copper with a chill haze and a smallish white head.

Nose of biscuits, grass and citrus. Fresh but a bit underpowered.

The taste is semi-sweet with building bitterness. Almost stealthy in how the pine taste sneaks-up on you. This beer is a strong finisher and become tastier as I worked through the glass.

The mouth is decent with a nice level of carbonation. It is an easy drinker that should pair well with pizza, bbq, etc.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2008 21:55:37 | More by Redrover
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 allengarvin


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been a few years since I last had this... it only recently returned to the Dallas market, but now it's city wide instead of just at Whole Foods. The pour, into a .4L chalice, is a lovely copper coloar with a solid topping of dense foam and excellent lacing. Nose is a bit faint and understated, with a nutty, earthy hoppiness. Good dry nutty, very lightly-caramel maltiness up front. Bitterness is moderate, more along the lines of an English pale ale than American, but with a noble hop flavor instead of English or American. Clean yeast character with a medium-dry finish. Neutral texture with modest carbonation.

A good every-day drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 20:15:12 | More by allengarvin
Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.