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 | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 12-17-2001

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Photo of joepais
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
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

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Photo of jeonseh
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle with a best by July '08 and poured into a tulip Glass

A - A nice golden amber color that is rather clean looking and has a bit of a reflective sheen to it as well. Can see a good bit of carbonation floating up through this one. The head is about 1/2 of a finger of white foam one that sits on the top of that amber body.

S - Smell was surprisingly banana like. At first, It reminded me more of a hefe than of a pale ale. There was a hint of caramel malt in there as well and there is also a huge hint of lemon that cuts through all of it. It is not a pleasant citrus though but instead reminds me a bit of a household cleaner.

T - Hmm, the taste up front is just like a hefe. I get hints of bubblegum, clove and banana. The only thing that actually reminds me of a pale ale is a light hint of hops on that back end that give a slight hint of pine to the beer. That lemon that I got in the nose was still there but it really made the whole beer seem unbalanced in my opinion. There is also a bit of a floral hint to the beer as well but it only shows itself here and there and other times it manifests as bubblegum and clove.

MF - There is a light hint of carbonation to it. The mouthfeel is actually rather smooth and creamy. There is a nice medium body to it as well that seems to fit the style and this beer.

D - Overall an okay beer that was worth the try but I would definitely pass on this as my choice for an APA. I don't really care for the floral taste in this one and would rather go for a different kind of an APA. The lemon mixes in a bit too much with the hefe like flavors for my taste and makes the whole thing seem a bit out of balanced for me.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.86/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Clean balanced aroma, some hops noted, some toasted malt, but overall, pretty light.
Appearance: Great white fluffy head that laced a bit. Golden color with tons of tiny particles suspended in the brew.
Flavor: Nice pale ale taste, a good does of hops (Saaz I believe) but also a bit of oxygenized, maybe rubbery flavor too. Something is a bit off.
Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, clean finish.
Overall Impression: Very happy to see this brewery putting out good beers in Texas, but this one is just a touch off. Good pale ale with a flaw, I’m afraid from the brewing process, but it may just be a recipe issue.

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Photo of TwinButte
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap! Yeah!

Quick review before we leave. It's fizzy. It's yellow. It's a pilsner named after my Czech heritage. Hops are subtle but have enough bitterness to linger on.

Overall it's just a very basic pilsner but like that it uses authentic Czech Saaz. Won't order again.

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Photo of brentk56
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Pours a clear amber capped by an inch of foam; leaves some lacing behind

Smell: Grainy and grassy

Taste: Opens with a rather sweet, toffe/butterscotch flavor with a lemony/grassy flavor developing in the middle; the sweetness builds again, after the swallow with a bit of diacetyl in the finish that joins the grassy flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; just a little bit slick on the tongue

Overall: Certainly different, with Saaz hops being used in an APA, so I will give it some kudos for creativity but I cannot say that I particularly like the way this whole beer comes together

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found this beer to be rather mediocre. A tan/copper body with a medium amount of head made the promise of a good APA, which I felt was undelivered in taste and aroma. Odor was pretty much non-existent; the smell that was present was very malty and a bit sour. Flavor slightly sweet maltiness that was hard to place; still I was not a huge fan of the taste. Mouthfeel was unremarkable. This beer is just OK - nothing to write home about. I can't recommend this nor counsel you to avoid it.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.89/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by date of 11.04.09. Pours a mostly clear, medium golden color with a firm, ample white head. Retention is really nice when it drops to about 3/4" and Lacing is about average.

The nose is pretty balanced, as yeasty fruit aromas mingle with citricly floral hops and biscuity malts. Not an overly great smelling APA, as the hops are somewhat subdued and it smells like some higher-than-normal fermentation temps were in effect.

There is a bit of fruitiness in there that I am not diggin' on and it is only accentuated by the rough hops that are there. Not that there is that much hoppiness going on, but what is there lacks any sort of smooth quality, and I am completely baffled by the lack of deliciousness I usually find in a beer brewed with saaz (varietal used according to the website)! This beer reminds me of an average homebrew...not one of RA's finest.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.92/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by date: 8-26-11

A - Pours out a copper orange color. The head is off-white and has decent retention. Lacing is minimal.

S - Fairly light aroma. Some citrus up front. Orange peel mainly. There's also a pleasant bready biscuit background that gives it an earth like quality. Finish is bittersweet with some more citrus and sweet caramel malts.

T - A little too much on the sweet side. Could use more hop profile to balance it out. Mainly caramel malts in the taste with a slightly bitter/sour ending.

M - Mouth feel is ok for the most part. Bordering light bodied but with good carbonation. Not really too bad.

O - Not something I would by a six pack of seeing is there are better APA's out there. Although I don't mind receiving them in the Real Ale mixed six pack. Which is always fresh and very well priced.

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Photo of AlexFields
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to OakedCanuck for sending me this as an extra. This will be my first beer from Real Ale. (But not my last--I got two others as extras too!)

Cloudy amber and orange clolor, can't see through the glass at all. Pours with a nice thick head which dies down pretty quickly.

Nice aroma. Somewhat floral, a fairly rich hop aroma for a pale ale. A hint of orange. Not an extremely aromatic beer but pretty nice for a pale ale.

Taste is not aggressively hoppy in the way you'd expect an IPA to be, but it's definitely bitter. A hint of orange once again, and faintly floral. Bitterness is the dominant flavor, and the bitterness is separate from the other hop flavors in a weird way rather than being well integrated with them, the bitterness covers up the more pleasant hop flavors. Some grainy/bready malt flavor too but nothing very sweet. It's hard to explain but I find the pure bitterness a bit off putting even though it's a pretty mild flavor. It's almost sour or tangy rather than hoppy...a bit like unsweetened biscuit dough.

The mouthfeel is very nice, excellent carbonation despite the quickly disappearing head.

Overall, a decent pale but not a very well balanced flavor profile and not the beer I'd go for if I were looking for a sessionable pale.


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Photo of dirtsocks
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought in a real ale 6 pack sampler. it pours a golden color with little head that disappears quickly. Some lacing left in the glass and it has a slight aroma of hops. The taste is OK with this beer but it lacks taste in hops that most pale ales have. I would recommend this beer to someone that might not like strong flavors of pale ales and maybe a american macro drinker.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tumbler from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a light amber color with some golden hues on the edges. There is a half inch white head that forms and recedes quickly.

Aroma of typical APA. Pale malt notes with some slight grassy herbal hop notes. A very slight citrus tinge is present. There is some slight caramel and bready notes in the aroma.

Flavor is pretty nice, straight forward, refreshing and flavorful. Nice carmel malt sweetness from the pale malts and great earthy and bready grain. There is a nice spicy and slightly citrus hop note along the middle and all through the finish of this brew. The middle of the brew has some slight stickiness to it that quickly dissipates as some more APA type dry bitterness finishes the brew off. Mouthfeel is light-medium with some good drinkability.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Golden pale amber that pours an all too bubbly yellow. Doesn't smell bad, just doesn't have much smell.
Taste is balanced hops, light malt but not a lot of depth.
Leaves you with a bitter/acidic taste.

Moderate drinkability. Really just a fair beer. Try the Brewhouse Brown for a better beer from this brewery.

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Photo of Kromes
3.01/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with an average looking white head. Aromas are of sweet malt and a little hop. The aromas were a little hard to detect on this. The flavor followed the aroma, it is very muted except for the spicy bitterness in the finish. It starts with somewhat of a sweet malt flavor and the an earthy hop followed by a spicy bitterness in the finish. The carbonation might be a little too much, the spiciness it creates contrasts with the "light" flavors in the beer and leaves it a little unbalanced feeling. Drinkablility is ok.

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Photo of Ungertaker
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

A- golden with almost no head. Carbonation springs are random in the glass.

S- malts and piney hops. There is a very slight presence of orange.

T- bready malts, faint hops, a mild bitterness at the finish

M- medium bodied with a reasonable carbonation level.

O- this is an ok beer. I would offer this to friends who were not big into craft beer, since there isnt much going on.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rio Blanco Pale Ale pours a pale golden color. With a thin frothy white head.

Aroma is of light florals and spice.

This beer is pretty malt forward. Big earthiness, upon a layer of doughy bread. Floral and spicy hops take the back seat and really only provide balance. Finishes clean, with more earthy malt.

Not a bad beer, just nothing spectacular.
The flavors in general never get too intense, especially the hops.

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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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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 climax
3.05/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a murky amber. The head was relatively modest, considering how ambitiously I poured it. All that remained when it faded was a few clumps of bubbles.

The nose seemed relatively tame, uninspiring. Well balanced, but not the intensity of citrus/pine I enjoy from an AIPA. Some spice and diacetyl lingered through the finish.

The taste carried more sweet and buttery flavors than anything. The feel was viscous and a bit syrupy, with the right amount of carbonation. It is what it is.... average.

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Photo of gtermi
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice cloudy orange body with a thin white head that quickly fades.

S: Has a nice bread smell with a strong amount of malt. Also a slight bit of hops.

T: To me this tastes like a bisquit. It has a decent malt taste, but the hops are not there at all.

M: A lot of crispness on the back of the mouth and tongue. Doesn't go down as smooth as I would like.

O: A decent beer, but nothing to ride home about.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark orange/red color with ridiculously huge lumpy light brown head. Excellent retention and good lacing. One carbonated beer.

S - Funky hop aroma. Very earthy. Something just doesnt quite smell right but I cant place what it is.

T - Strong malt backbone with an earthy hop bitterness. Hops come on very strong at the end.

M/D - Medium to full bodied but way overcarbonated. A decent pale ale, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of Soonami
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks davacano for sending this in the Refreshing Summer BIF.

Poured into a 16 oz Brooklyn tulip. A hazy golden orange with a thin layer of head. The aroma is dominated by the Saaz, which is almost a little skunky, but definitely earthy. It's not an aroma I'm accustomed to in an APA. There is a bit of buttery, toasty biscuit in the nose too. The beer tastes kinda weird. It has a good bit of sweet, grainy malt, with a little citrusy hop and some herbal Saaz. To me it really reminded me of sushi rice. It certainly didn't taste bad, just interesting.

Not a bad beer, not a great beer, but no clear brewing faults--just not the recipe that does it for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rio Blanco is probably an average to above average Pale Ale. Comparisons to Sierra Nevada come to mind in the very first sip. A trademark graham cracker maltiness shows light caramels, sun kisssed grains, and subtle breadiness in taste while delivering a crisp, dry finish. Hops are a bit under stated but favor classic American Cascades. Bitterness definately balances the beer and keeps it from becoming malt-favored. A bit minerally at times, causing the beer to have rough spells. The yeast are not happy; I get a phenolic / plastic character in aroma and moreso in taste that provides the only real distraction. It goes to say that I am drinking this beer two days before its "Best by" date. The phenolic notes may be less aggressive and the beer may be more hoppy if consumed fresher.

Thanks Exiled!

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

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Photo of stakem
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a standard pint. The brew appears a hazed golden yellow with copper coloration towards the middle. A white froth fades to thin film with spotty lace sticking to the glass.

The smell is of toasty to bready grain with a hint of fruity pulp. Overall very mild and somewhat muted aromatics despite being allowed to warm up. Once the brew goes beyond ideal temperature, a hint of cheese comes out.

The flavor is buttery with a mild grain inclusion that is somewhat toasty at times. More sips reveal a mild citrus like pulp and herbal to grassy character that is very mild. The bitterness is also so mild that it is really only perceived as a means to keep the grain quality from becoming sweet. Somewhat cheesey with a mild yeasty aspect as it warms up.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It is crisp and easy dinking but had very mild character across the board. I would be hesitant to classify this as a pale ale unless this sample I had was outdated. Overall, this was a BMC substitute.

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Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this, and wasn’t expecting to be too crazy about it. Had a nice, apricot-like fruity nose, and poured a deep golden color with a white shorly lived head. Slightly bitter up front, with a juicy fruitiness, almost hefeweizen like taste. Very easy to drink, and a quick finish. Not too bitter, which is what I was afraid of. Would get this beer again. Looked and smelled great, and tasted good too.

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Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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