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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: 453
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | 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:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-17-2001)
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Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Csims for the brew.

Pours a cloudy deep orange color, nice carbonation, nice two finger foamy white head, which then leaves some islands and sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrusy, and slight caramel. The taste is very nice, hoppy, malty, and slight citrusy. Medium body, nice balance between hops/malts. Drinkable, a very nice APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 01:03:50 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ppoitras


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 18:26:58 | More by ppoitras
Photo of BillRoth


3.25/5  rDev -5%

12-28-2013 20:30:18 | More by BillRoth
Photo of John_M


3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber gold color with fairly good head retention and some light lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with honey, corn syrup and cherry. So it's pretty clear just from the aroma profile that this is going to be a fairly sweet beer. To no great surprise then, the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet ale. While the flavors are appealing, the sweetness is just a bit much. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the beer delivers plenty of flavor. However, the sweetness wears on me a bit, and in my opinion hurts this beer's drinkability.

While a decent beer, it really could use a bit more hoppy bitterness to counter and balance the sweet malt. It's fine for what it is, but I really can't see myself having more than one at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 15:28:03 | More by John_M
Photo of rab53


3/5  rDev -12.3%

03-20-2012 00:25:07 | More by rab53
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -12.3%

12-28-2013 19:48:16 | More by LXIXME
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprising 12oz received in trade from Wasatch.. very nice.. Thanks a bunch John... Poured into my shaped SA glass.. Relaxing and listening to Digweed's Transitions 3.

2 finger head was very nice.. meringue.. foamy and pretty nice lace .. the brew is slightly hazed deep golden honey.

The nose is dominated by bready pale malts.. no caramel.. just doughy malts.. spicy hops are there and add a great compliment but more are needed... quite a bit of yeasty fruits.. apricot.. but not fresh apricot.. sorta smells stewed..

The flavor is better.. there is a honey essence that moves from front to back.. the same bready maltiness is there but lesser.. spicy and grassy hops flavors are present. but again.. more are needed to ramp this one up.. the yeasty esters are too much.. apricot and yellow peach with a weird honeydew melon quality... the finish is short lived with minor spicy hoppiness and again. the yeasts.

body is fairly nice.. I am liking a sorta thicker mouthfeel and the carbonation is on the light side for the style.. really.. this is a pretty good brew. but it needs some work.. drinkability is fairly high..

Thanks John.. this is one I've wanted but probably never would have traded for..

Edit: my review was pretty shitty.. the brew is much better, it just should not be in the APA category.. I'm not sure what else.. just definitely not an APA.. and the exclamation of Saaz on the label should be screaming move me somewhere else.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2009 10:50:11 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of glid02


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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 20:59:11 | More by glid02
Photo of dmorgan310


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

06-21-2012 04:09:33 | More by dmorgan310
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 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 drummermattie02


4/5  rDev +17%

12-07-2011 23:19:40 | More by drummermattie02
Photo of harpus


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

03-19-2014 03:38:41 | More by harpus
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 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 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 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 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 RBorsato


3.25/5  rDev -5%

10-16-2013 22:03:42 | More by RBorsato
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 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 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 IPAchris


3.25/5  rDev -5%

02-14-2014 15:30:37 | More by IPAchris
Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 453 ratings.