Rio Blanco Pale Ale
Real Ale Brewing Company

Rio Blanco Pale AleRio Blanco Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,870
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
79
Ranked #48,272
Avg:
3.44 | pDev: 14.24%
Reviews:
258
Ratings:
530
From:
Real Ale Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  59
SCORE
79
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Reviews by garuda:
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garuda from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden copper, white head that retains and laces well.

S/T - Bready biscuit malts up front roll into a grassy, herbal hop finish. Slightly minty with some light grains.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation, finishes crisp. Lingering minty feel doesn't feel quite right though.

O - Finally had a beer from Texas. Standard pale, unique use of German hops in this one.

Dec 07, 2012
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KAF from Iowa

3/5  rDev -12.8%

Oct 14, 2014
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Cjalbers from Louisiana

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

Aug 23, 2012
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Dat from Texas

3/5  rDev -12.8%

Aug 23, 2012
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vcoggins from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Jul 17, 2013
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champ103 from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy copper/orange color. A creamy two finger, tightly packed, white head forms. Good retention, and some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Soapy and oily hops up front. Citrus and pine aromas. Light malty sweetness lingers. Just not a very big aroma.
T: Citrus, pine, grassy, and floral hops up front. A nice malty finish. Sweet fruity flavors of apples and pears. Some caramel malt as well. Bread and biscuit flavors. The malt and hops balance each other out perfectly.
M/D: A medium body and low carbonation. Though it is not under carbonated at all (like many cask beers can be). Really creamy and smooth. Incredibly easy to drink. I quaffed several with no problem.

A wonderful beer on cask. So many subtle complexities, and easy to drink. The hops are more assertive up front here than in the bottle or on tap. Though it is never overwhelming. Always in balance with the great malt flavor. Real Ale indeed. Reminds me of a good English Pale Ale or Bitter. If you see this on cask, get it.

Nov 12, 2009
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Ford from Texas

4/5  rDev +16.3%

Jun 03, 2014
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jdense from Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Apr 21, 2011
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fossage78 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +16.3%

Sep 29, 2014
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SargeC from California

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aug 06, 2018
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Red_Chaos1 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Sep 12, 2012
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grs8313 from Maryland

2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Oct 08, 2008
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Techichi from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Nov 18, 2014
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Amalak from New York

3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Hazy opaque copper color with some foamy white head and a decent lace.

S. Has a bit of an American macro malt scent.

T. Interesting. It has no real taste when it first hits the tongue but in the back of the mouth it has a tart candy taste. Malty.

M. Tingly with an odd grape-ish aftertaste.

O. It's a bit bland, but somewhat refreshing. It's just a bit too basic. Nothing jumps out. There's an odd metallic malt taste, but that's nothing great. But it's not a bad thing, either.

May 15, 2012
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Prestonlegal from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Oct 05, 2012
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spithrash from Texas

2.46/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Jan 25, 2009
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drinkAK from Alaska

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Mar 25, 2013
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3/5  rDev -12.8%

Dec 28, 2013
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Lukebell15 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9%

Aug 15, 2013
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Rustoleum from Texas

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Jan 05, 2012
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tastymug from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

May 06, 2013
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joepais from Maine

2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
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

Sep 26, 2008
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williamv0123 from Texas

2.96/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Feb 07, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to atxdelivery for this one.

Pours a big almost 2 finger fizzy head that fades semi quickly at first them med to slower pace, over a clear amber pale orange colored beer and a light lacing.

Nose has light grassy hops, light sweet malts, light toasty malts, and very light citrus.

taste starts with a gritty toasty malt flavor, and some light spicy and grassy mild fruit hops, a light sweet malt flavor, a bit of bitterness, little fruit and semi sweet almost syrupy flavor, a bit of lager fruity flavor even, a bit of a spicy almost rye like flavor but probably from the hops. Dry finish and gets a little more bitter, decent for an APA but not big, a bit of fruity hops and some malty tastes lingering. It starts to get a slight soapy hop taste later as it warms and I drink more of it.

Mouth is med to slightly light bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall decent, light malts, fair bitterness, decent but a bit on the lighter side for the hops, very drinkable though.

May 12, 2011
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jkn09 from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +9%

Mar 03, 2013
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