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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: 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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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to armock for this!

Best by 03.09.09:

Pours golden amber with a fluffy off-white head. Web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is grassy, lemony/citric with a grainy malty aroma.

The taste is grainy - towards caramelish - maltiness balanced by zesty lemony citrus and grassy/herbal bitterness. The Czech Saaz hops, while mild, add a nice twist to a well-balanced, mild but tasty brew.

It has a light-to medium body that is crisp and refreshing. Light, but not watery - holds together well with medium carbonation. Smooth.

An easy, yet tasty, "sessionable" ale. I like the Saaz twist, though mild it is enough to give it a "something different" character that works well here.

jwc215, Feb 19, 2009
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.

Hojaminbag, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange, and cloudy. Creamy head falls down into a thin covering that lasts throughout. Think Dead Guy Ale as far as color is concerned, these are almost identical.

The nose is is grassy and weak, not a whole lot of smell, probably the weakest aspect of the beer.

The taste is malty and grassy as well, but it is a pleasant taste. The mouthfeel is full of carbonation which aids the mild spiciness of the beer.

Definitely drinkable, I reviewed this Feb, but it seems to me that this would be an exceptional summer beer.

joshuadlight, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/24/2009 (bottle BB Feb):

Pours a very clear amber colored body with a small white head. Malty grainy fresh malty aroma. Fresh grainy taste. Somewhat watery body. Sweet spiciness. Almost like a peppermint taste. Fresh tasting, reminiscent of summer. Sweet tasting. Very carbonated.

jujubeast6000, Feb 01, 2009
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.

spithrash, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of HoustonTX
3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rio Blanco Pale Ale pours a pale golden color. With a thin frothy white head.

Aroma is of light florals and spice.

This beer is pretty malt forward. Big earthiness, upon a layer of doughy bread. Floral and spicy hops take the back seat and really only provide balance. Finishes clean, with more earthy malt.

Not a bad beer, just nothing spectacular.
The flavors in general never get too intense, especially the hops.

HoustonTX, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Somewhat hazy golden orange appearance with very little head.

S- Not really much of a scent detectable here. Smells very faintly of hops and spices.

T- Kind of a weird taste here. Not really very hoppy at all. Honestly this tastes more like a light lager than a pale ale.

M- Smooth beer, but not the mouthfeel you would expect from a pale ale.

D- Very smooth and very drinkable.

Overall sort of a weird pale ale. I wouldn't even really call this a pale ale. Very bland and not hoppy at all.

Bagman007, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of Jablonski
3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A slightly below average pale ale. Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: clear golden color; decent head but no lacing

S: hops dominate the smell; there is a faint smell of honey and some spices as well

T: Not as strong of a pale ale as I would have liked. Hops and spices make up this beer, but the spices are too overpowering. I could barely taste the hops at all. Also leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.

M: The beer is too watery, but the carbonation is good

D: The bad aftertaste makes this beer not very drinkable. One is okay, but no more.

Jablonski, Jan 11, 2009
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.

JohnGalt1, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of everetends
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle I got as an extra in a trade with hopsleeroy. Served up in a shaped pint glass from DFH.

A: Pours pretty nice, dark orange color that is actaully pretty damned hazy and has some debris in there. Got about a finger of bright white head that quickly diminishes to a thin ring. The head and ring both leave some decent lace on the glass. Good amount of carbonation movement going on in here as well, creating some nice swirling effects. Pretty good looking brew.

S: Not a whole lot going on here at all. The first thing that hits me is mostly sweet corn and a lot of it. Smells dangerously like a macro. There is touch of spicy and lemongrass notes coming from the hops I imagine. Pretty weak.

T: Taste also has some of the sweet corn hitting you first as well. Really pale malts coming out with a touch of sugary sweetness. Hops are very muted and take a back seat to the malt. A touch of peppery spice and lemony notes come out a bit. Zero bitterness in this at all. There are also a touch of fruitiness going on here with some melon and maybe a touch of peach?

M: Light side of medium in body with just a slight slickness to it. Carbonation is pretty high and really has a nice refreshing, thirst quenching crispness to it. ABV is no where to be found and there is barely any aftertaste to mention in this clean finisher. No real bite at all in the palate.

D: Well this beer is not very challenging but very accessible. It goes down easy, has some pretty good flavors going on and is high drinkable. This is a good brew to get a sixer of (depending on price of course) and drinking during a game or something. It doesn't have the greatest of aromas or flavors, but still it does the job as an easy drinker that doesn't taste like cardboard. Pretty nice.

everetends, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of drxandy
4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in trade from ben4881, 12oz to standard pint, pours a really nice looking semi-opaque reddish peach, foamy white head

smells of crisp, sweet, citrus, nice malts, spicy saaz, smells fresh and flavorful

taste is of good sharp citrus, biscuit maltiness, hops play in nice, lots of good flavor, smooth and sessionable, refreshing, not too overpowering but loads of flavor

mouthfeel is of good weight and carbonation, spicy finish, blended nicely

drxandy, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of zdk9
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours pale orange w/ a half finger of head that leaves just a touch of pocadotted lacing.

S- Touch of corniness pervades a good malt flavor and a smidge of earthy hops.

T- Somewhat weak on the tastebuds. There is a bit of malt, and a bit of hops.

M- Average.

D- As I look over this review I notice how many diminutives I used and I think that really sums up this beer. It's not particularly bad just quite underwhelming.

zdk9, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, amber body with a smallish, whitish head.

Smell: Nose of pale malts, grassy Saaz hops, and fine fruity notes.

Taste: Customary pale maltiness with a pinch of sugar sweetness. Pleasant fruitiness displaying flavors of apricot and even a bit of melon. Saaz hops bring a spicy taste of lemongrass as well as a mild, slight bitterness. Short, bittersweet, but crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A tasty, well-balanced, highly drinkable pale ale utilizing Saaz hops instead of the standard American hop profile. I can dig it. This one stands to lose much of its subtle charm due to lack of freshness, so, provided you can find a fresh sample, I rather recommend it.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 21, 2008
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.

maximum12, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of hoplover82
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light pale color with a light bubbly head that goes away fast.

The hop character was way too subtle for me...(being and American pale ale)I believe an APA should have at the least a pronounced hop character. This doesn't have it much.

The aroma is pale malts and a wee little bit of hops.

The flavor is ok with average pale ale characteristics.

But it had a nice spicy lingering aftertaste.

Very drinkable

hoplover82, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a thick two-finger tan head. Has great retention with thick sheets of lacing left behind. Smells good and a little more robust than most pale ales, with your malts, hops and sweets all fairly noticeable. Tastes of sweet malts with a good hop kick at the end as well as some spice and maybe caramel and honey. Very tasty and very drinkable. Perhaps not as good as the Full Moon Pale Rye, but a few steps above decent.

stephens101, Nov 22, 2008
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

blackie, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Non-twist cap. The front label had a "best if consumed by" month notch. It was a dark honey color with some carb and slight lacing. It had a small light beige head that quickly faded into a broken foam.

The aroma Saaz hops and sweet malt. Not very strong but was very pleasing. I do like the gentle hop hit after plowing thru so many hop bombs lately. The taste was also really good. Not a knock you off your feet flavor hit but what is there goes a long way and goes down smooth. Very drinkable and mild. This would be a good session beer especially on a hot day. Also would be good to transition friends into better beers.

Overall, a nice solid drinkable APA. Recommend. Could see a sixer or two a year for me.

TexIndy, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of Squelch
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden colored, crystal clear. Fleeting head.

Smell: Malts and esters. No hop aroma. Only flaw in this beer.

Taste: Spicy. Rye malt? nice hop bitterness balance. No hop flavor. Interesting grainbill but it somehow works.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied. Plays wonderfully to the spiciness. Excellent.

Drinkability: would buy again. Nice beer

Squelch, Nov 09, 2008
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Only an inch of quick fading off white head is achieved with a strong pour. Body is a murky honey amber. Nose is very sweet for a pale ale with some sugered citrus based hops, really juicey. As first sip hits the tongue it is very thin and realativeely clean with some creamy malt balancing some citrus rind hops that are very soft. hop feel turns to a bit of a mineral front with a dusting of bitterness. Mouthfeel almost shows a hint of German yeast. This beer is really easy to drink but not all that interesting.

SPLITGRIN, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of grs8313
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: 12oz bottle with a best by month clearly marked. Pours a clear copper color with minimal white head, and no lacing.

Smell: Malts, and hops that combine to create an oily, almost peanut oil smell. This could be the smell of Czech Saaz hops, but I am not sure.

Taste: Lemon/ citrus, and malts. I cannot taste much more than that. I am missing the hops. The bottle advertises the Czech Saaz hops and I would like to taste them more, but I do not detect them, until the aftertaste, where they are minimal.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a slight carbonation. The beer leaves the mouth slightly dry. I really enjoy the mouth feel of this beer.

Drinkability: A drinkable beer, but this is not what I want from a pale ale. I cannot detect the hops as much as I would like, and I want to. this would be a good summer beer, but it will not become a standard in my fridge.

grs8313, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of joepais
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to mhewes for this one
Bottle poured into a standard pint glass produced a thin white head that went to lace, on a slightly hazy light copper body.

Aromas of bread and a light hoppiness as well filled my nose

Flavors of the brew are nice mild malts and hops; mouthfeel is light and crisp as well

Easy to drink it was a chore not to kick it back and guzzle. I had better pales even from Texas at that .Not to much of a pale ale in my mind a very average brew

joepais, Sep 26, 2008
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of xare
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear caramel color with a soapy head that laces somewhat but not always.

Smell is of Saaz hops and smells very clean and inviting. Nothing outstanding though.

Taste is of a bit of malt, a nice hit of Saaz hoppiness, and has a nice earthy flavor all together.

Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and has a bitter finish that goes away immediately - doesn't overstay its welcome nor is it too bitter.

Drinkability is good - but might be a bit on the lower end for sessioning, I would definitely try to find more of these if I'm back in Texas but it isn't world-blowing that I have to have another one of these, it's a solid beer all in all.

xare, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of csmiley
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopsleeroy for this extra

A - Pours clear and deep gold. Head was only able to muster a thin white cap on the beer that fades to a slight halo. Lacing is spotty and average.

S - A thin hop aroma starts out the smell but fades quickly to allow some malt come through. Caramel with a hint of roasted nuts are apparent midway through. Some breadiness is at the end.

T - I'm pretty sure a touch of hops starts out the flavor as well. Very mild and hard to pick out any characteristics. Malt shows strong with caramel and bread crust. Some roasted notes finish the beer out.

M - Medium to light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Finish has a slight bitterness that ends clean and quick

D - Drinkability is good. This one is relatively light without much going on in the way of taste. That does help this category a bit. It goes down quick and smooth. Too close to average for my taste but still glad I got to try it.

csmiley, Sep 03, 2008
Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.