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Rio Blanco Pale Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Ratings: 462
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 2
Gots: 29 | 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 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 05, 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
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

EnojysAnyBeer, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of BryanCarey
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BryanCarey, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of mentor
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mentor, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of beersheppard
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

beersheppard, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

vickersspitfire, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of omnigrits
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

omnigrits, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of midaszero
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

midaszero, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of jordoo
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jordoo, Jun 30, 2008
Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 462 ratings.