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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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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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Added by kbub6f on 12-17-2001

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Photo of stakem
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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 I would be hesitant to classify this as a pale ale unless this sample I had was outdated.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 rab53
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of AlexFields
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
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 RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clouded amber with gold tones. Very little head. Nose is dough/bready. Flavor is a bit tangy and carries an even mildly bitter tone. Not overly complex. Liquid is smooth on the feel and the carbonation is lower, but still nice. Easy to drink and another of the Real Ales I think would be nice on cask. I guess they don't call it real ale for nothing', eh?

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Photo of jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to armock for this!

Best by 03.09.09:

Pours golden amber with a fluffy off-white head. Web-like lacing sticks.

The smell is grassy, lemony/citric with a grainy malty aroma.

The taste is grainy - towards caramelish - maltiness balanced by zesty lemony citrus and grassy/herbal bitterness. The Czech Saaz hops, while mild, add a nice twist to a well-balanced, mild but tasty brew.

It has a light-to medium body that is crisp and refreshing. Light, but not watery - holds together well with medium carbonation. Smooth.

An easy, yet tasty, "sessionable" ale. I like the Saaz twist, though mild it is enough to give it a "something different" character that works well here.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a bright, hazy, peachy hue, with a smallish head, light and brief.
Aroma: nice, zesty hops right up in the nose, soft and wonderfully rounded, a bit tamed, but bountiful in fruit (peach, melon, pineapple, apricot, citrus), a sweet, beautiful blend, to be sure.
Hop assault in this ale is small, but the flavor is large and long.
A very delicious, and judiciously hoppy ale. The Saaz hops employed inject just the right amount of taste, without ever becoming too bitter. (Not that I object to that in an ale.) But it works wonders here: tangy, citric, yet sweet, happy, a perfect fruitiness, and a brew I could enjoy again and again!
thanks to kbub6f

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IPAchris
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to turbine2475 for the chancee to try this brew. Pours amber with virtually no head. Smells more like a lager than an ale, with lots of lagerish yeast and some pale malt in the background. The taste is a bit better. Still quite yeasty with some light malt, a light coppery taste, and somewwhat sharp herbal tasting hops that aren't all that well integrated with the rest of the beer, but at least give it some flavor. Fairly crisp in the mouth, but light-bodied. Quenching for hot Texas day, but lacks anything to sustain my interest.

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Photo of lupercmda
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is grassy hops and bready malt. The flavor is earthy and grassy hops with some nice toffee and bready malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not one of Real Ale's better beers, but not a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of John_M
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber gold color with fairly good head retention and some light lacing. The nose is sweet and malty with honey, corn syrup and cherry. So it's pretty clear just from the aroma profile that this is going to be a fairly sweet beer. To no great surprise then, the flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this fairly sweet ale. While the flavors are appealing, the sweetness is just a bit much. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, and the beer delivers plenty of flavor. However, the sweetness wears on me a bit, and in my opinion hurts this beer's drinkability.

While a decent beer, it really could use a bit more hoppy bitterness to counter and balance the sweet malt. It's fine for what it is, but I really can't see myself having more than one at a sitting.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surprising 12oz received in trade from Wasatch.. very nice.. Thanks a bunch John... Poured into my shaped SA glass.. Relaxing and listening to Digweed's Transitions 3.

2 finger head was very nice.. meringue.. foamy and pretty nice lace .. the brew is slightly hazed deep golden honey.

The nose is dominated by bready pale malts.. no caramel.. just doughy malts.. spicy hops are there and add a great compliment but more are needed... quite a bit of yeasty fruits.. apricot.. but not fresh apricot.. sorta smells stewed..

The flavor is better.. there is a honey essence that moves from front to back.. the same bready maltiness is there but lesser.. spicy and grassy hops flavors are present. but again.. more are needed to ramp this one up.. the yeasty esters are too much.. apricot and yellow peach with a weird honeydew melon quality... the finish is short lived with minor spicy hoppiness and again. the yeasts.

body is fairly nice.. I am liking a sorta thicker mouthfeel and the carbonation is on the light side for the style.. really.. this is a pretty good brew. but it needs some work.. drinkability is fairly high..

Thanks John.. this is one I've wanted but probably never would have traded for..

Edit: my review was pretty shitty.. the brew is much better, it just should not be in the APA category.. I'm not sure what else.. just definitely not an APA.. and the exclamation of Saaz on the label should be screaming move me somewhere else.

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Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of RBorsato
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of greenspointexas
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of weeare138
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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

Got a bottle from ballewblake as an extra. Thanks! Best by 3rd March, so this is probably on its way out.

A: Clear orange with a thin off-white head. . Retention could be better.

S: Mild citrus hops are present with a mild chalky character. Malt isn't really noticeable either, I'm not sure what to make of this. It's still OK, though

T: There isn't much going on here. It's an easy drinking pale, mild malt sweetness, some hop character that's mostly like oranges, and a drying finish. There's a mild bitterness on the finish that reminds me of Saaz, something the bottle advertises.This character gets to be more prominent as it warms up. Decent.

M: Crisp carbonation and a drying finish make this pleasing to the palate

D: I'd drink this again, and like the Full Moon Rye from RA, I'd love to try this fresh and not have to pay shipping.

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Rio Blanco Pale Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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