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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: 455
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 2
Gots: 28 | 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 stephens101


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

11-22-2008 22:44:36 | More by stephens101
Photo of blackie


3.83/5  rDev +12%

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

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


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

11-12-2008 02:34:18 | More by TexIndy
Photo of Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.33/5  rDev -2.6%

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

11-09-2008 03:42:53 | More by Squelch


3.35/5  rDev -2%

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.

10-08-2008 15:00:59 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of grs8313


2.78/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

10-08-2008 00:12:56 | More by grs8313
Photo of joepais


2.88/5  rDev -15.8%

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

09-26-2008 20:51:30 | More by joepais
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

09-05-2008 23:21:24 | More by xare
Photo of csmiley


3.43/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

09-03-2008 01:32:12 | More by csmiley
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer


4.18/5  rDev +22.2%

Clean and balanced, but nothing really special.

A- Amber pale ale. Transparent with a loose head composed of varying bubbles

S- Smells like a malty, bready pale ale with a good spicy hop character. hint of butter?

T- Taste is real clean and relaxed with bready malt upfront and hops to back it up.

M- Feel is exceptionally clean and smooth. Moderate body and silky bubbles

D- Drinkability is good. Goes well with just about any food.

09-02-2008 02:55:08 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
Photo of BryanCarey


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%

Very light copper in color with some golden hues around the edges, Rio Blanco Pale Ale offers a lightly spiced and slightly sour aroma. There is little carbonation in this ale and these factors lead to a less than spectacular head of foam, even though it does manage to leave some lacing on your glass.

This pale ale offers a taste that combines some biscuit- like and caramel malts with some dry hop flavor. The hops create a small amount of bitterness, and they impart an earthy character to the flavor. The body of this pale ale is on the thin side, but the tingle of the hops does manage to stick around for a while after you finish drinking.

Real Ale Rio Blanco Pale Ale is a pretty good pale ale with some nice, earthy hop character balanced by biscuit- like malts. It isn't a classic by a longshot, and it is a little lacking in body. But it does offer some pleasant flavors and an easy- drinking style.

07-27-2008 21:01:02 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of mentor


3.13/5  rDev -8.5%

Thanks to HardTarget for the opportunity. July hashmark notched on side of label. Pours essentially no off-white head over a cloudy copper liquid. Smells mild overall. Biscuit malt, cherry ester, oranges, and earthy hops. Mild grassiness.

Tastes wet sweet start that dries due to surprisingly medium carbonation. Earthy hop flavor mixes with earthy malt flavor. Undertones of crisp toast are present, but are swamped out by sticky caramel sweetness. Minimal light cirtusy hops also can't penetrate to appreciation. Near the bottom, once the beer had warmed, I did get some tin-like of saaz hop flavor. Mild grassiness in the aftertaste. Hop bitter is absent, the only sting is from the surprisingly sharp acrid of the medium carbonation. Almost comes across as peppery, graet finish. Medium drinkability, but got better as it warmed. Serve at cellar temp rather than slightly warmed from the fridge.

07-22-2008 10:38:46 | More by mentor
Photo of beersheppard


3.73/5  rDev +9.1%

Smell: malty and caramel notes.

Appearance: clear copper color. Light beige almost white head which lasted only a few seconds. Little carbonation.

Taste: British pale ale style. Not hoppy ate all. Caramel flavors with a very slight notes of banana and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: slight tingle on tongue. Watery feel in mouth.

Drinkability: a decent brew. I would have preferred a stronger hop presence. A good effort by Real Ale. I would get it again in the future.

07-22-2008 04:13:19 | More by beersheppard
Photo of vickersspitfire


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%

Used an aggressive pour to get a semi-thick white head that was very bubbly, white and completely covered the top of the ale; even after it thinned out. The body is a burnt orange/gold color and is a bit hazy(chill haze) but it clears up after a bit. There is some very good lacing and this looks like a vey inviting beer. There are some slight alcohol and hops aromas coming through, it also smells mildly dry and has some floral aromas too. It has a really smooth taste and feel on the tip of your tongue and it is smooth through out; mild hops can be detected, along with some spices; it has a mildly dry aftertaste and is semi-crisp over all.

07-15-2008 07:16:57 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of omnigrits


3.98/5  rDev +16.4%

Don't expect anything more than a thirst-quenching drink from this beer, but in the Texas summer heat it's exactly what you want sometimes. It's nicely balanced with a tendency towards malty sweetness rather than hoppy bitterness. In this respect it could be a little more refreshing, but I can find no complaint there and I'm happy to run through a six-pack in short order. It's very easy to drink. Leaves a nice aftertaste on the tongue which invites you to crack open another one. A very pleasant session beer.

07-04-2008 02:22:44 | More by omnigrits
Photo of midaszero


3.58/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - Slightly cloudy golden orange tint with only a tiny bit of white head and a little lacing

S - Nice strong caramel malt smell with a little funk that I can't seem to place

T/M - Fair body with crisp taste. Little if any carbonation

D - Enjoyable to kick back with on a summer day when you don't have any wheat beer around. Overall enjoyable.

07-02-2008 01:15:10 | More by midaszero
Photo of jordoo


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

Got this one in a trade with mhewes, thanks!

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

PAle deep yellow with orange outlines. Not much head to speak of little lacing. Smells like bready malts and some sweet as well with a hop sent that is understated, possibly noble? Taste is mainly bready malts up front turning sweeter through the end withe some spicey hop in th efinish and a hint of like overripe plumb. Its a very ballanced smooth flavor, good mouth feel and goes down easily.

06-30-2008 13:37:15 | More by jordoo
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a clouded amber with gold tones. Very little head. Nose is dough/bready. Flavor is a bit tangy and carries an even mildly bitter tone. Not overly complex. Liquid is smooth on the feel and the carbonation is lower, but still nice. Easy to drink and another of the Real Ales I think would be nice on cask. I guess they don't call it real ale for nothing', eh?

06-28-2008 06:26:02 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of bbothen


3.4/5  rDev -0.6%

Thanks to mhewes for the opportunity to try this.

Pours a darker than expected orange/amber color. Small soapy 1 finger head. Looks like a IIPA.

Smells of clove, spice, a fruity sweetness, & mild hop aroma.

Sweet fruity & caramel malt flavors with a mild citrus hop finish. Very flavorful. Not as hoppy as you'd expect.

Medium bodied. Lush. Full.

Nice tasting, flavorful brew. Super drinkable. Gimme a bunch on a hot summer Texas day. While watching a baseball game. Or BBQing in the yard.

06-27-2008 00:32:35 | More by bbothen
Photo of DrDogbeer


3.18/5  rDev -7%

Thanks to Mhewes for the chance to try this one. Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a hazy light orange with an off white head. Somewhat hazy. Smells of bready grains and malts. Little to no hop presence in aroma or taste. Tastes like an english style ale. Earthy, bready and grainy. Not a bad session beer, not something I would single out, however.

06-20-2008 12:36:06 | More by DrDogbeer
Photo of beachbum1975


3.85/5  rDev +12.6%

I acquired this one in a mixed 6-pack trade from brewdlyhooked13 on his recent business trip to Texas. I really like the gentle waterfall drawing on the label mixed with the white background. It tooks like a place I wanna be at right now (versus building IKEA furniture for my son at the moment)... :)

Freshness date on this 12 oz bottle has July etched on the side, I guess it's fresh!

Appearance: Pours an attractive, lightly cloudy, dark orange which fades to dark golden at the bottom of my Imperial pint. Light lacing and average ½ inch off-white head.

Smell: Light citrus, honey and sweet malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Much like the nose; lightly toasted malts balance well with the mild citrusy hops, (likely the inherent flavor of the Czech Saaz hops). Good carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Perfect light pale ale for a summer day. Highly sessionable.

Drinkability: Very easy to put down when you are craving a refreshing, crisp and easy beer. Not complex, straight forward and enjoyable. Can't wait to crack the next one from Real Ale Brewing Co.!

Thanks again, brewdlyhooked13 - glad I had the opportunity to try this one!

06-18-2008 22:04:38 | More by beachbum1975
Photo of Oxymoron


3.38/5  rDev -1.2%

The green guy on Mortal Combat right? Pours a darker yellow color with a orange hue throughout. Even with a good pour is very cloudy but did leave a soft white head with good staying power. Although the foam did hide to the edge of the glass but did not dissipate entirely. Decent lacing.

The nose limited overall but a nice balance. Some grainy generic malt notes with a mostly citrus but some light earthy notes as well. As it warmed some lighter biscuit notes as well. Some yeast aromas as well, with a little bit a fruit, pears and bananas in particular.

The taste is more present than the nose indicated. The malt is light with hints of bready and biscuit notes but some soft pale malt notes as well. Subtle but balanced well with a citrus hop note. Some cascade flavors for finishing. The yeast notes come on stronger as well. Some fruity notes with pears, apricots and lemons. A minor peppery note as well. A bit too much with the yeast notes.

The body is light to moderate with a good carbonation. Easy to drink with some nice soft flavors and balance but some overly yeast notes is a bit of a deterrent. No really.

06-17-2008 17:08:53 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of errantnight


3.18/5  rDev -7%


It doesn't bother me as much as some other Pales with which I find fault, but it doesn't really seem like it knows what it wants to be. It lacks the hop character of a good American pale, or the toasty malt or fruity esters of a good English pale... it's its own peculiar beast.

A golden slightly amber with thin head and not much in the way of lacing or retention... which kinda sets the tone.

Aroma is peculiarly yeasty, a bit fruit... although there's a nice hop note, that is more spice and earth than citrus.

Flavor is well balanced. Bready malt characters and hops, mixing with an extremely yeasty character. It doesn't really coalesce. Clean finish, nicely carbonated.

I'd drink without complaint, but while I often like (nay, love) beers that defy description, this seemed convoluted and a bit flat, and when dwelling in those special realms between distinct styles, that's a flaw, to my taste.

Still, if this is the worst beer I've tasted from this brewery of the three, it's still eminently drinkable, and I'd like to try some more.

06-17-2008 05:58:53 | More by errantnight
Photo of ckeegan04


3/5  rDev -12.3%

A - Dark orange/red color with ridiculously huge lumpy light brown head. Excellent retention and good lacing. One carbonated beer.

S - Funky hop aroma. Very earthy. Something just doesnt quite smell right but I cant place what it is.

T - Strong malt backbone with an earthy hop bitterness. Hops come on very strong at the end.

M/D - Medium to full bodied but way overcarbonated. A decent pale ale, nothing more, nothing less.

06-07-2008 02:14:18 | More by ckeegan04
Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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