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Rio Blanco Pale Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Reviews: 251
Hads: 497
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 20%
Wants: 3
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-17-2001

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Reviews: 251 | Hads: 497
Photo of jdense
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Gabe's SAT mix 6-pack of Texas beers to watch Spurs game 4.20.11 Note the label artwork has changed.

3/4 finger white head, quick dissipation with minimal lacing. Clear deep gold body, several trails of carbonation. Pretty nondescript nose, some noble-ish hops, a bit sweet but no citrus or tropical profile, more floral, bready malts. Taste mirrors nose. Medium-light mouthfeel, average effervescence. A real session beer. To be honest, not all that great, very drinkable, though I've had the tap version in the past and IMO it is much superior.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with some sediment. Good head retention and lace. Earthy/grassy/grainy aroma. Not overly carbonated with a medium body. Malty middle, medium dry, slightly acidic finish where there is a fair amount of bitterness. I almost got a rye like flavor in the finish like a subtle version of their pale rye.

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Photo of baldben
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

With an average pour the head is one-finger which dissipates pretty quickly. Leaves some layers of lace. Dark golden-colored beer with a bit of haze.

Light smell brings to mind more of a pilsner than a pale ale. Somewhat hoppy but definitely mild.

Very well balanced beer and surprisingly tasty based on the aroma. The malt and hop are pretty equal up to the finish where the Saaz hop gives a dry finish to the light body. There is also a faint metallic hint at the back-end that lowers the taste score a bit.

What the beer lacks in complexity it makes up for in drinkability. Would make good session drinking or having a couple outside on a warm day. Both micro and macro drinkers could probably enjoy this one.

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Photo of soju6
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color with a decent head and some lacing.

S: Very mild aroma. Mostly cirtus with some fresh grain.

T: Again mild, flavor of citrus a trace of malt. a nice bitterness and quite dry finish. Very pleasing.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and refreshing. Seems to have a good balance.

D: Very drinkable. A good summer beer. A nice beer from the Texas hill country.

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Photo of sayerofthelaw
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a sort of light copper with a half inch of white head, about a quarter inch of it sticks around. Decent lacing.

S - Predominately citrus, maybe some strawberry, and some pine too. I can't smell any malt aromas at all. Overall pretty nice.

T -Dry finish on the back of the tongue, with some biscuity malt flavor, which I wasn't expecting. Hop bitterness is there, as are citrus flavors.

Overall, a pretty nice summer beer.

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Photo of BrewsCrewSA
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours coppery amber. Great look. Thin, dissapating head.

S - Smells hoppy, bright, zesty, almost citrusy. Good malty balance in the background of the scent.

T - Hits with a great balance of malts and hops, more so the latter. Bready malts follow throughout, balanced delicately with subtle hops underneath. Extremely well-balanced. Finishes zesty, not quite spicy, neither too much like citrus.

M - Feels great against the palate, extremely refreshing. The colder the better. A bit of a carbonated sting to begin with, but not bad enough to knock the whole beer.

D - Extremely drinkable - these were meant for sessions.

I think this last Rio Blanco may have changed my overall opinion of the beer. It's actually much better than the last few I've had, don't know what factor changed things; but, the one presently in front strikes me a solid B+ effort.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good pale, would make for a nice session brew.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle bottle. Green label with the main layout of Real Ale bottles, a bit lazy, and a poorly draw rendition of the Blanco river presiding it. Notes that is accented with Czech Sass hops. Back label offer a small narrative about the brewery, main ethos and brewing process. Shows best by date (05.01.11) and encourages to drink it soon. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Lightly hazy medium amber pour. Nice early frothy head, fair retention, good surface memory and lacing.

S - Fresh and soft hoppy notes, citrus and resin.

T - Gentle hoppiness, citrus, pine and a soft malty touch in the backbone.

M - Medium/light body with medium carbonation, and a fair creamy sense held by a soft bitter finish.

D - Nice pale ale, matches good US version of the style, is quaffable in a soft sense. I would not mind having this around to offer it to general non beer guest as an accessible quality entry point.

Notes: Glad to try some stuff from Texas as a result of this trip. Nothing magnificent but what Real Ale does here is pretty solid and quality. I had the opportunity to try some other of their brews and they were pretty pleasing. Worthy of note for future reference was that Sisyphus from 08, which was pretty rich, although I took insufficient notes to review it.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.02/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tsatem for this bottle.

A - A rich amber with hints of a deeper orange. Small white bumpy head, big bubbles.

S - some spice from the hops, mild citrus sweetness.

T - Spice comes through quite well. A small amount of bitter dryness. You get some malt sweetness towards the back. It is mostly the spiciness that you get on this beer. It's not bad, by any means. A light taste.

M - Fairly strong with spice and carbonation, fairly full body.

D - Pretty drinkable, very refreshing.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear deep gold with a small head white head.

Aroma is slight and malty. Flavor is understated but balanced. More an English style Pale Ale than an APA. Nice malt sweetness, light hops but they are there. Some resiny piny notes. Fairly crisp despite it being sweeter than expected.

nice full body.

A good beer. Not my favorite from Real Ale, but still very good.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to depechemode1983 for sending me this bottle. Pours a light amber color with a 1 finger white that leaves a little lacing. Smells of sweet malts with a little bit of hops. Taste is of sweet bready malt and saaz hops. Mouthfeel and carbonation are average for an APA. Overall, good beer, but it didn't knock my socks off. I wouldn't turn it down if I was offered another.

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Photo of rhodeska
1.98/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really not a good beer.

A solid amber pour, with a little head. Looked kind of intriguing.

However, the taste was just off. I don't know what I expected, but it was just farmhouse and funky, not really like it was made right. Kind of bitter and hoppy, but mostly just funky.

not my style.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale light orange in color, with about a finger of white head that laces alright.

Faint malt sweetness, caramel, and some slight earthy hop notes.

Nice malt sweetness, touch of caramel, with a nice little hop bite finish and linger.

Feel is light, creamy, and a little bubbly.

Decent pale; nothing really special. Definitely not my favorite from Real Ale, but not bad.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to oakedcanuck for this bottle!

A- Pours a golden amber color. One and a half finger head shows light retention. Light streaky lacing left on the glass.

S- Smell is pretty basic and simple. Citrusy hops are a little in the background but seems to me is the biggest aroma. Sweet caramel malts in middle and backing of the nose with a hint of grain lingering around the middle as well.

T- Bready malts start this one off with a hint of citrus hops. Middle of the beer is more bready malts a little stale tasting. Ending is well some light grains with more of a citrus hop burst than in the front. Short simple and sweet for the style.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light hops and sweet malts left on the palate. Aftertaste is more of a sweet malt and alcohol combo. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors are a little off balance to the style with malts showing more off. No off flavors could be found.

D- This beer was easy drinking and felt light in the mouth and on the stomach. The ABV is low enough that a sixer of this would be an easy goal. Not the most in your face flavorful beer but I could drink a lot of this during the summertime.

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Photo of jbsg02
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This almost seems like a Pale Ale Light to me. Hops are pretty mild and leave room for the malty character to come through. I agree that this beer almost seems like a hybrid Pilsner - Pale Ale. Not hoppy like a Sierra Nevada. Not my favorite beer, but a pretty good beer nevertheless. Its lightness makes it a very drinkable beer, you could have a few of these back to back.

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Photo of busternuggz
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Had a pint on cask at Ginger Man in Dallas.
Murky goldenrod color with a frothy 1/4" off-white head that settles to a thin film. Clings in sheets to the sides of the glass.
Well this is weird...a woody, nutty smell with some fresh baked pretzel and...Play Doh and fabric softener sheets? Maybe this has been in the cask too long? Admittedly I haven't had many cask beers.
More woodiness, like damp firewood or something, a taste like the papery skin from inside a walnut shell (oddly specific I know!), and more Play Doh. Some breadiness. A faint glimmer of citrusy hops in the middle.
Light bodied but soft, slightly creamy.
I'll finish this one ok but I don't need any more.
Yeah this was weird. The waitress (who seemed knowledgeable) said it smelled and tasted normal to her so I'm not inclined to think it was off. Wouldn't get it again, not on cask at least.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Snifter
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil!)

Appearance: The pour is an amber and burnt orange color with just barely a finger of head showing up after my aggressive pour. Plenty of splashes of lace sit on the side of the glass. The beer is just ever so slightly effervescent

Smell: The nose makes me think it has the body of an imperial IPA and not a pale ale, though the hop profile seems to fall in line. This is an actual pale ale; it's not a pale ale in disguise as an IPA like you might get from a brewery such as Three Floyds. There's a bit of caramel malt sitting up front with some earthy hops sitting in there too.

Taste: The caramel malt that I found in the nose doesn't come out during the tasting. Pale malt and just a bit of toffee comes through at the beginning, with a nice wave of earthy and spicy hops finishing off the tasting.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation level gives it a medium body feel, though I suspect this beer is more thin than it would appear. The carbonation level is a bit too high for my liking; I would have liked to have seen it lowered.

Drinkability: This is an incredible easy beer to sip on. It may not be the boldest pale ale I've had, but hey, that's okay by me. I think Real Ale got this one right, it's a good representation of the style.

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Photo of redraider2323
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - copper, amber in color, moderate foam and head retention

S - More of a European pale ale nose with a pleasant herbal quality from the Saaz hops.

T - biscuit malt, baked bread balanced by earthy noble hops.

M/D - medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Very drinkable and nice bready, tea-like flavors. Good session ale, although the ABV is probably a little high to be truly sessionable.

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Photo of mjurney
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber-golden color, clear. Some carbonation. Small head, white color.

Spicy-grassy and sweet malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Spicy-grassy hops up front, floral, touch of citrus. Semi-sweet malts, a little caramel. Slight fruitiness in the middle. Well balanced. Light bodied, carbonation is good.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Very crisp finish. Slight sharp aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Not bad at all. It's almost like a Pilsner-Pale Ale hybrid. Very sessionable.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured into a pint glass, a cloudy amber color under a broken and thin film head.

S: A moderate tangerine rind citrus note and sweet malt nose.

M/T: A sweet and sour blend of tangerine citrus and a significantly carbonated bitterness soon crashes into a hop loaded robust but "mineral-like" center and finish. Czech Saaz hops are prominently displayed throughout the bitterness here, especially in the brew's finish.

D: There's something overall here though that keeps from urging me on to make this something "I must have again." The palate is an ever changing and complex judge and at this point I felt like mine needed more or possibly less of something here to keep me coming back for more of this interpretation of this style. But that's just my palate and I will consider this worthy of another shot when I get the chance to try it again.

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Photo of bastardface
2.27/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The Rio Blanco pale is not good. That wa my first impression of this beer when I first drank the first drink. THe color is an ugly yellow and he smell is that of bitterness, if that's possible. The taste isn't good and it leaves a bad taste in the mouth after ward. I guess it supposd to be made with Czech hops. It's difficult to finish but bareable. It has a harsh bite when it first hits your tounge. I would not recommend this beer. I personally can't wait to finish this one and then I'll chase it down wih a Tommyknocker. I'm out of this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Received as an extra in s trade with SSW117; thanks Sam!

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one finger of fluffy white head with little retention and light carbonation evident. Light lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of wheat, grain, light citrus hops, and biscuit malts. Smells a little bit stale.

t - Tastes of bready malts, biscuit malts, grain, hops, and sweet fruit. Again, a tiny bit stale, but better than the smell.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

d - Pretty easy to drink, but not sure I would want to. Wasn't a big fan of the smell or taste; lots of stale bready malts in my opinion. Probably would not seek out again.

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Photo of Stigs
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a quarter inch of fluffy, white foam which quickly falls to a thin film and ring. the beer is slightly hazy, dark gold in color.

S - strong and potent biscuity malts, some honey and caramel add sweetness. some light noble, grassy hops dance in the background, only picked up if sought after.

T - noble hops are in the forefront, though come attached to a weird, wet grassy, hint of citrus hop profile the whole way through. tastes a bit "green" and sweet, like unfinished wort. grainy in the finish, with some light caramel and toffee.

M - medium, slightly oily body. carbonation flashes quickly before falling apart, perhaps overtaken by the rich malty sweetness. slightly dry and clean finish.

D - a little confused by this one, a bit of an overdone malt profile and lacking in American hops - not so much missing balance rather than personality. goes down easy enough, though.

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Photo of billab914
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from kiltedtxn and aggieboudreux, Thanks Guys!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear copper color with a fluffy white head that left a bunch of lacing.

S - smells more like a German import than a APA.

T - taste is also somewhat similar to that of a German import (Spaten).

F - light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

D - a tasty beer that goes down easy.

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Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.