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Rio Blanco Pale Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Reviews: 251
Hads: 497
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 20%
Wants: 3
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-17-2001

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Photo of AlexFields
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to OakedCanuck for sending me this as an extra. This will be my first beer from Real Ale. (But not my last--I got two others as extras too!)

Cloudy amber and orange clolor, can't see through the glass at all. Pours with a nice thick head which dies down pretty quickly.

Nice aroma. Somewhat floral, a fairly rich hop aroma for a pale ale. A hint of orange. Not an extremely aromatic beer but pretty nice for a pale ale.

Taste is not aggressively hoppy in the way you'd expect an IPA to be, but it's definitely bitter. A hint of orange once again, and faintly floral. Bitterness is the dominant flavor, and the bitterness is separate from the other hop flavors in a weird way rather than being well integrated with them, the bitterness covers up the more pleasant hop flavors. Some grainy/bready malt flavor too but nothing very sweet. It's hard to explain but I find the pure bitterness a bit off putting even though it's a pretty mild flavor. It's almost sour or tangy rather than hoppy...a bit like unsweetened biscuit dough.

The mouthfeel is very nice, excellent carbonation despite the quickly disappearing head.

Overall, a decent pale but not a very well balanced flavor profile and not the beer I'd go for if I were looking for a sessionable pale.


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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" beige head over the cloudy light amber brew. Big old head lasts and lasts, leaving hunks of lacing here and there. Aroma is pale grains, but dominated by citrus. Taste is light maltiness upfront, lemony fresh in the middle, and a crisp hoppy close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, I would prefer a bit more malt presence to balance the citrus somewhat.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Really nice orange copper color, with average head.

Smell- Hops mainly(piney), but some enjoyable sweetness underneath

Taste- Starts fairly hoppy, without too much bitterness, and finishes moderately sweet. I think I detect citrus and honey.

Drinkability- I really dig this beer right now. It is full bodied, but not too filling. I will definently buy this in the future.

Overall- A great beer from the Real Ale Company. I think this has become an instant favorite of mine.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of gtermi
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice cloudy orange body with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: Has a nice bread smell with a strong amount of malt. Also a slight bit of hops.

T: To me this tastes like a bisquit. It has a decent malt taste, but the hops are not there at all.

M: A lot of crispness on the back of the mouth and tongue. Doesn't go down as smooth as I would like.

O: A decent beer, but nothing to ride home about.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.07/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale light orange in color, with about a finger of white head that laces alright.

Faint malt sweetness, caramel, and some slight earthy hop notes.

Nice malt sweetness, touch of caramel, with a nice little hop bite finish and linger.

Feel is light, creamy, and a little bubbly.

Decent pale; nothing really special. Definitely not my favorite from Real Ale, but not bad.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good pale, would make for a nice session brew.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle bottle. Green label with the main layout of Real Ale bottles, a bit lazy, and a poorly draw rendition of the Blanco river presiding it. Notes that is accented with Czech Sass hops. Back label offer a small narrative about the brewery, main ethos and brewing process. Shows best by date (05.01.11) and encourages to drink it soon. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy medium amber pour. Nice early frothy head, fair retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Fresh and soft hoppy notes, citrus and resin.

T - Gentle hoppiness, citrus, pine and a soft malty touch in the backbone.

M - Medium/light body with medium carbonation, and a fair creamy sense held by a soft bitter finish.

D - Nice pale ale, matches good US version of the style, is quaffable in a soft sense. I would not mind having this around to offer it to general non beer guest as an accessible quality entry point.

Notes: Glad to try some stuff from Texas as a result of this trip. Nothing magnificent but what Real Ale does here is pretty solid and quality. I had the opportunity to try some other of their brews and they were pretty pleasing. Worthy of note for future reference was that Sisyphus from 08, which was pretty rich, although I took insufficient notes to review it.

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Photo of alexgash
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

4/3.....dark copper color, layer of white foam. Islands sit on top. Fruity nose. Grassy taste, odd bitter. Sharp citrus close. Fairly nondescript pale

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.13/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rio Blanco Pale Ale has a thin, off-white head and a sort of murky, yellow-orange appearance, with many lacing rings, streaming bubbles, and some relatively large chunks floating about. The aroma is very muted, but with deep inhalations, one can detect some sweet malt. The taste is of sweet, sugary, medium-roasted malt, a bit of hop sting, and bread. Mouthfeel is medium, and Real Ale Rio Blanco Pale Ale finishes mellow, easy drinking, and delicious.


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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.