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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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455 Ratings
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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 allengarvin


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%

Been a few years since I last had this... it only recently returned to the Dallas market, but now it's city wide instead of just at Whole Foods. The pour, into a .4L chalice, is a lovely copper coloar with a solid topping of dense foam and excellent lacing. Nose is a bit faint and understated, with a nutty, earthy hoppiness. Good dry nutty, very lightly-caramel maltiness up front. Bitterness is moderate, more along the lines of an English pale ale than American, but with a noble hop flavor instead of English or American. Clean yeast character with a medium-dry finish. Neutral texture with modest carbonation.

A good every-day drinking beer.

09-03-2007 20:15:12 | More by allengarvin
Photo of diamondc


4.08/5  rDev +19.3%

I got this one in one of Real Ale's sampler packs. The appearance is standard issue Pale Ale .. golden-orange pour, not that much carbonation, but the head did last all the way down to the last drop.

Couldn't smell much.. just some spicy hop aroma which is unmistakably Saaz.

Taste is bland, reminding me of slightly watered down orange juice, but drinkable thanks to the hop bitterness. Warming up just brings up a not so pleasant butter flavor, so this has to be drunk slightly cold.

Update: 06/11/08:

Upgrading old "C" grade

Something changed with my palate, they changed the recipe (doubt it ..), or maybe I just had a bad bottle on my first review.

This beer (best before Aug 08) had no trace of that butter flavor (diacetyl) and had a nice citrus aroma and taste too. A little less spicy this time around, this is a great example of an English Pale Ale.

07-24-2007 09:37:31 | More by diamondc
Photo of malcontent


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%

Hazy, off-orange body capped by a thin layer of head. Head retention is rather poor although the unfiltered appearance of the beer is interesting.

Nice malt quality to the nose; soft hop scent blends with a richer, honey aroma and musty grain hulls.

Solid taste; malt up-front with tingling bitterness on the finish. This seems to be more of a true pale ale in the English fashion than many produced here today. Sweetness is what separates this from its American contemporaries.

Mouthfeel manages to combine a thinness with a slick quality. Not a good partnership in my estimation. Drinkability on the whole though is fairly high and, if it's your style, you could polish of a few bottles with relative ease.

Thanks to chadspivey for the bottle.

06-16-2007 13:11:06 | More by malcontent
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.08/5  rDev -9.9%

this bottle courtesy of mushroomcloud, via secret bunny '07

A - dark golden yellow, near light brown, with a roacky foamy white head that is about a finger thick, surviving on plenty of swift carbonation

S - strong malt profile, with hoppy, floral notes with some sweetness as well, a strange nondescript sweetness, like generic candy

T - a sickly sweet malt profile, with a decent hop balance, not an even stage, but a nice balance, the floral notes add a strange but distinct note, a lemony sweetness seems to also be present

M&D - smooth, but a strange flavor combination, one that would be better a bit colder, a decent session brew, and a good summer beer

05-31-2007 19:59:06 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of ttu94


3.58/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance is a cloudy copper color. Darker than I expeced but nice. Head is small and retention is less, with slight to no lace, Smells good. Has a very citrus sense with a bit of roasted malt to it. Lemmony flavor wth an actually pleasant aftertaste. Not very hoppy in my oppinion. I could drink a few of these at a time, but I can drink a few of a lot of things.

05-22-2007 04:46:12 | More by ttu94
Photo of Bierguy5


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

12 oz. bottle, 5.2% ABV, best before June. Hazy copper color, with a thick foamy off-white head. Head holds together briefly, then disappears, leaving a few spots of lace.

Grassy, herbal, and slightly citrusy hops stand out in the nose.

Caramel flavor to start, and some odd slightly tropical fruit flavors. Malt seems bready, with an herbal hop character to balance it out.

Decent body and carbonation. Not bad, but not an abundance of flavor either.

05-02-2007 02:27:47 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of BeerSox


4.03/5  rDev +17.8%

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Slightly hazy deep amber color with a thin head that lingers for a bit. It finally settles to a thin cap.

Piney hops along with a sugary malt base, along with a hint of maple syrup.

Light and thin toasty cracker like malts lead off to a middle-of-the-pack bitter hop presence. A little bit of diacetyl can be detected. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is quick with some lingering maple flavor and a little bit of bitterness.

The Saaz hops mix well with the slightly toasty malts. It's not the best American Pale Ale I have had, but it's definitely a local beer worth supporting. It's very easy to drink and not overpowering like others in the same style.

04-23-2007 01:31:16 | More by BeerSox
Photo of mcallister


2.2/5  rDev -35.7%

What you would expect from a pale ale. Nice mahagony caramel colored with a small white head with little lace yet good thick retention.

Pale ale all the way. Full of pale malts and aroma enticing hops that are laid back and ready for the taking. Than a bold whiff of piney, rustic, earth swallowing hop follows through the end. Everything is there just too laid back.

Malt is overly sweet and leaning towards caramel. Almost completely overpowers the forest induced hops, therefore no balance at all let alone complexity. Some stone fruits in the mid palate but nothing to destinguishable.

Mouthfeel is a little better but the cloying sweetness hurts it overall. It is full and rounded. Couldn't drink more than one of these.

04-06-2007 22:16:23 | More by mcallister
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.73/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance: Poured a clear burnt orange color that was pretty clear overall, but I added a tad of cloudiness because there is some yeast sediment that I let through from the bottom of the bottle. There was a small head of off white bubbles on top, but this didn't stick around in its full form but for about 30 seconds.

Aroma: Some citrusy hops and a good bit of sweet caramel malt there to back it up. It reminds me a bit of their Rye ale in that I get a mild metallic bite. As the beer warms a bit, there is more emphasis on the hops, and they get a bit more citrusy.

Taste: The flavor is pretty well balanced with more hop emphasis in the flavor than the bittering which I find refreshing for an APA. There is a bit of oxidation to this beer, so this detracts from the hops flavors. The flavor starts out with a clean and sweet malt presence that has a subtle toasty bite. After the malt finishes with your palate, you get some of the bittering hops to give balance to the lead in to the finish. There is a bit of a struggle between the malt and hops in the finish, but the malt subtly wins out late in the finish. There is no alcohol apparent.

Opinion: I suspect that this metallic note must be the combination of the hops that they use that gives me this impression and this may be an interaction with the water they use as I don't get this in their Brewhouse Brown. Their water may need a bit of a rebalancing for the lighter beers, but it is still good. I would drink this beer again, and I would like to try it fresh in Blanco. We’ll see if that happens.

03-29-2007 00:35:33 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a good white head that sticks around a bit. Color is of a dark honey.
Not too much smell in this one, but it reminds me of a sparkling wine... a closed-up yeastyness and almost a steely maltiness with some generic fruit.
The taste is pretty malty sweet, but there are definately hops here. Not nearly enough to satisfy the hopheads but a good compromise beer for the malt lovers. If I were to order only one Real Ale, it would probably be the Full Moon Pale Rye, but if I'm drinking a whole 6-pack, I will likely go with the Rio Blanco 3 times outta 4. The drinkability of this beer is what makes it shine in my opinion.

03-24-2007 02:07:26 | More by BeerZack
Photo of Wasatch


4/5  rDev +17%

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.

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


3.15/5  rDev -7.9%

This review is based on a bottle, that has been aged at least three years. I aquired it when my brother-in-law had to move, and couldnt take his beer with him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a hazy yellow, forming a 1 inch fluffy head, that quickly faded, leaving medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet, smelling mostly of hops, and maybe a little fuit. The taste is a little less than expected. Not nearly as much hop presence as expected. Light hops, with an almost grainy aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty standard APA. Nothing really extrordinary about this one. A good brew though.

02-06-2007 06:37:01 | More by beeragent
Photo of JohnnyM2002


3.7/5  rDev +8.2%

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees. Picked up in a trade from Csims - thanks!!

A - Pours a hazy pale-golden color with a 1-inch, off-white head...no real retention, but a beautiful color for an APA. Good carbonation.

S - Smells primarily of malt, with a little hop tone in the background. Not too strong, but leaves something to the imagination...

T - Toasted malt and sweet fruit up front. Less hoppy than the aroma let off, but still a good balance of hops-to-malt.

M - Creamy, medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Unexpected warming feeling upon finish...good for an APA.

D - Very good session beer...could use a little more individual flavors (either malt or hops)...just a little more would put it in the upper class of American Pale Ales. Still, I'd pick one up if I saw it in the store.

01-31-2007 01:46:23 | More by JohnnyM2002
Photo of

3.9/5  rDev +14%

12oz. bottle at The Onion in Houston.

Slightly hazy, true gold color. Off-white head, medium in size.

Pretty mild aroma, beer is quite cold. Citrus like hops, and some spice - pepper.

Very well balanced in flavor. Malt slightly less prevalent than hops. Biscuity. Hops mainly at finish, citrus - lemon.

Medium in body and carbonation. Fairly dry.

A really good session beer. Great balance. Why do I find beers like this when I have to drive...

01-02-2007 21:48:44 | More by
Photo of goochpunch


4/5  rDev +17%

Pours out a dark honey to pale copper body with ascending bubbles that get bigger as they rise. Sturdy 1/2" head that leaves swirling lacing designs. Smells of sweet malts, with herbal and floral hop aromas. Flavors are a little lighter than I expected. The malt is there but seems to get washed out a bit too quickly. Hops pull through at the end with herbal and floral notes and a crisp finishing bitterness. I get a little citrus in there as well. Mouthfeel is smooth, having been bottle conditioned, but it's a bit too thin. This is surely a great session beer.

11-28-2006 06:37:34 | More by goochpunch
Photo of irishtimepiece


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a clear copper with persistent, short, white head. Laces here and there. A few bubbles rising in there.
Smell is quite average, some floral hops, some malt.
Crisp hop bitterness with a bready malt presence. Lasting bitter aftertaste.
Carbonation is on the low side, but is otherwise pleasant.
Overall, highly drinkable.
Not terribly eventful, but an accurate representation of the style.

11-28-2006 05:54:49 | More by irishtimepiece
Photo of Bierschenker


4.38/5  rDev +28.1%

I traded this bottle with HardTarget.

Pours in a misty peach and amber coloured beer. A small head slowly develops, and fades away just as slowly. A very thin and bubbly head stays on top. Still looks creamy.
There’s hardly any carbonation, but this beer doesn’t need that.
The beer has an overall soft odour. It has a full bouquet, while the hops are the strongest, many smaller elements bring life to this beer (peach, mint-liquorice, cinnamon,…).
Taste gives strong hops. Subtle watery bitterness. Peach, lemon and pumpkin.
Mouthfeel is strongly creamy.
The aftertaste lingers on: it’s creamy, mild and refreshing.

A super beer within it’s genre, give me more.

11-17-2006 17:39:56 | More by Bierschenker
Photo of pweis909


3.9/5  rDev +14%

Picked this up as part of an assortment pack while visiting Austin.
Drinkable pale ale. Hops are assertively aromatic and flavorful, but not aggressively bitter, and the malt flavor is nicely layered under the initial hop taste. There is some bitter to the finish, but it does not bite. This one works well with local Tex-Mex cuisine.

11-15-2006 15:16:42 | More by pweis909
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.7/5  rDev +8.2%

Pale yellow, with a deep light amber hue – high translucence – small head, quick to dissipate – mild carbonation activity

Balance of light malt and mild hoppiness – little alcoholic – light overall aromas

Mild bitter hops – mild sweet malt – very little alcohol flavor - mild bitter aftertaste

Pretty good carbonation – mild thickness

Not bad, not outstanding. The flavors and aromas do not try to be overwhelming or offensive. The ingredients seem to be natural and simple. It is a decent yet generic light pale ale. I think this brewery has potential; I look forward to trying their Sisyphus Barleywine.

Best if consumed before February (2007 I hope).

11-04-2006 22:14:27 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of AustinBeerLvr


4.05/5  rDev +18.4%

Just poured one of these from a mix six pack.

The beer pours a very clear amber/red color. Even with a fairly violent pour, it didn't have a that much head. As it's being consumed, it leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

The smell of this beer is pretty much fruity hops all the way. About the same for the taste, as I could sense the fruity hops all the way. I sensed a touch of honey as well. In the end, the hops really mellow out and clean things up nicely. My only complaint would be that it seems the beer's mouthfeel gets a little thin at the end, but it's by no means watery.

This is a very drinkable pale and has the advantage of not being too strong for the style. I look forward to visting the brewery in Blanco to taste one fresh on tap.

10-22-2006 02:19:06 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of ppoitras


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

08-19-2006 18:26:58 | More by ppoitras
Photo of weeare138


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks to witbier for picking this up for me...
Appears a hazy caramel toned orange with a small off-white head that quickly fades into a small cap. Streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet caramel malts, citrusy hops with hints of apricot and flowers.
Taste is of of the same aromas. Sort of a mix match of caramel sweetness and some honey. Not bad for an American Pale Ale.
Mouthfeel seems a bit homebrewish to me for some reason. Maybe it's b/c I've been out of the whole Pale Ale scene for a while but it just doesn't have that clean feel that you get from bottled brews outside of the homebrew realm. Slightly grainy and bubbly along the tongue with a gentle hoppy bitterness in the finish.

07-28-2006 20:56:52 | More by weeare138
Photo of russpowell


4.28/5  rDev +25.1%

Pours deep honey with bronze color with effervescence& a 3 fingers+ offwhite head. Very good head head lacing & good head retention

Smell: Sweet malt & floral hops. Fruittyness grows as it warms

Taste: Sweetness followed by piney & floaral hops. Slightly bitter & floral finish

MF: Great balance, medium body & very good carbonation

Very drinkable nice APA & a super session ale. This brewery really impressed me when I was down in San Antonio

06-28-2006 03:56:21 | More by russpowell
Photo of acrawf6


4.15/5  rDev +21.3%

Pours out a slightly hazy orange hue with a thick slightly orange head.

Smell. hops are dominant, but the saaz hops are smell quite balanced with the aroma (not overpowering). slightly citrisy, but also has a nice piney aroma to it as well.

Taste. Hops arent as present as i thought, but they still are, and it's nice. I guess i'm saying its a nice round balance in taste. Slightly fruity, but also has an earthiness to it. Hops here are a real compliment rather than the taste.

Mouthfeel is good. I think it has a very good balance, medium body- just slightly slick. Nice carbonation.

Overall I really enjoy this beer. Highly drinkable. Does it have the best hop character to it? No. But a great session beer. very nice balanced flavor.

05-02-2006 02:09:18 | More by acrawf6


4.3/5  rDev +25.7%

A - 1" cream colored fairly dense head. Hazy orang pale ale with a little golden tint. Some nice lace.

S - Caramel. Malt dominates aroma. Hint of citrus hops. Caramel dipped apple.

T - Malty. English Pale Ale maltiness. Subtle crisp hops. A little hop spice in the finish. Well balanced for an EPA.

M - Round mouthfeel. Full bodied pale ale. Relatively dry finish, not a lot of residual sweetness. Low to medium carbonation.

D - Great drinkability. Outstanding sessioner. Well made and fresh.

04-24-2006 02:16:10 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.