Rio Blanco Pale Ale | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Rio Blanco Pale AleRio Blanco Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy amber body with a fluffy white head that has moderate retention and quite a bit of lacing.

S: Grass, lemon peel, yeast, mild hoppy aroma.

T: Looking for a classic interpretation of an English Pale Ale? Look no further. While I hold hops dear to my heart, one cannot help but appreciate this beer for its simple elegance and adherence to style. You will taste buttered whole-grain toast and mild fruit notes. Pale malts are the order of the day here, though.

M: No real complaints here. The beer comes off the palate a bit air-y but still is nice.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. I may not always drink English Pale Ales, but when I do, I drink Real Ale Rio Blanco Pale Ale.

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Photo of diamondc
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at The Ginger Man in Austin, TX.

Pint came with a thin but nice head that was white and almost creamy. The head did thin out, but a thin foam remained. Some nice lacing formed as you drank the beer. Beer was a light amber color with mostly orange tones... but a bit of gold shines through. No visible carbonation

Aroma was of light hops, slightly bready or dough like. Very slightly floral. Pretty fresh aroma.

Flavor is very clean and well balanced. Nice cracker/biscuit bread notes that are equally layered with some citrus hops and perfumy/floral notes. The hop bitterness is fresh and does not overwhelm and of the pale malt flavors. Finishes rather crisply and invites you back for another sip.

Sometimes BA folks ignore or lose sight of the well balanced and non-extreme APA's... I still enjoy this style and seek out the good examples. This is one of them. Does not have the depth of a Imp Stout, but it's not supposed to...

Light refreshing mouth feel and medium/light body. Carbonation bring the flavor to life, but stays out of the way.
Very drinkable. If I was stuck in Austin for a hot weekend, I'd pick up some of this.

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Photo of dbnarley
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like bread. Has a bread taste. Nice copper color. Not bad not great.

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of aristeros
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Bodum pint. Pours golden, with one finer of white head and good lacing. Good clarity to the beer. Smells of floral hops, some sweet malts, and cut grass.

Slightly sweet with a strong malt backbone. Low bitterness, with a crisp finish. It'd be a great summer beer. Watery mouthfeel, low ABV. Definitely wish I had six of em, rather than just two. Not quite as good as the pale ale with rye by the same brewery.

Part of a mixed six Real Ale sampler.

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Photo of Dubblebock
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This sample was the second of the Real Ale brews that I had tried out of their sampler pack. Real Ale Brewing Company is a small craft brewer located out in Blanco, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. Cool labels on the product, recycleable packaging, environmentally conscious local brewery.

The beer poured exceptionally well, leaving a thickly constructed head that lasted for quite a while. Orange colored, cloudy with floating sediments, very inviting appearance. Excellent carbonation. Very nice nose, with an almost fruity essence to it.

The taste was very balanced between the malts and the hops. This beer uses Saaz hops, and they add a hint of spice to the overall taste of the beer. Tart hops tingled the tongue while the malts brought the whole thing together. Faint fruit sensations kept coming to the fore. Plums maybe. Very smooth and drinkable. Good mouthfeel to this sample. It had a lot of body and character.

Good drinkability. It would be easy to lay a few of these down at one sitting. Would make a great session beer. I'd pair it with chicken or pork dishes.

An excellent offering from Real Ale. They put a lot of thought into this one.

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Photo of drxandy
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
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

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

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.

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

Pours a clear copper color with a very small, slightly rocky head. Apparent carbonation is low (I would hope so, with a label like Real Ale). Aromas of fresh-cut grass from the Saaz hops, along with a slightly sweet caramel-like undertone. Not sure what type of malt they used, but it smells like very good British malt.

The Saaz hits you over the head with its bold, assertive, distinctly grassy flavor, along with a beautiful bitterness that is really thirst-quenching. Malt is downplayed in this beer, as I would expected for an APA - however, it still makes an appearance towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little lower than your average American beer, which is a good thing. Wonderful dry finish with a trademark Saaz flavor left on the tongue.

Drinkability: This is a great easy drinking beer. A slightly higher alcohol content than a traditional session beer, but goes down easy nonetheless. I will be picking more of this up in the future.

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Photo of dcevans
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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

A- Little white head at first but steady replenishment allows it to persist. Hazy orange color with slight tendency toward brown.

S- Well-balanced. Sweet malt with some light floral hops and bitterness.

T- Sweet malt with floral hops followed by bitterness. Follows smell quite well.

M- Medium-bodied with evident carbonation. Sight bitter afterfeel.

O- Very good in all respects. Not groundbreaking but a brew and brewery I often pick up.

[Retried 8/2012. Similar, though I did notice a toastiness in the aroma and a biscuit-like component in the taste. Body seemed a little lighter than before. An especially good choice in the Real Ale 6-pack sampler.]

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Photo of goochpunch
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Ford
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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 batt6343
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.45 out of 5 based on 515 ratings.
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