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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Added by kbub6f on 12-17-2001

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Photo of Amalak
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of Mario
3/5  rDev -13%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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 bbadger
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of cisteve
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of conradh
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours yellow with a great white head and good lacing

Nose: Golden crisp fruit, sweet malt and light hop notes

Taste: Crisp malty flavor with some fruits and spicey hops, a nice clean finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit too bubbly, but a nice viscosity and finish

Overall: refreshing clean ale with some spice character

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Photo of rooost
4.82/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Most if not all of the products from RA Brewing are unpasteurized, therefor you guys that are too far from Texas or have mailed beer are not getting the best example.

Then add their flexibility within traditional styles and when compared to like style beers you get a different perception.

Taken fresh and with a clear mind (preferably in the Texas Hill Country on a spring day) Rio Blanco Pale Ale is as good as it gets!

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Photo of MaddDogg84
4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

Photo of beergoot
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking golden body with very thin, white head (doesn't last long...). There is a light, bright malt scent with a faint earthy hop aroma.

Taste is fair. Lightly toasted bread with a decent enough hop bitterness. Rather dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium with a fairly lively carbonation.

A decent but unexciting beer. Good enough to pull "session beer" duty.

UPDATE: the bottle did state best before 3/15/12, so I'm a little late on that...I'll revisit this beer pending a fresher sample...

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Photo of Robo
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -13%

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

Not a brew expert, but I love trying different beers. This is a Texas brewed beer that is not the best, but can hang with the tops. Lightly hoppy and smooth beer with a good taste. Don't like super hoppy beers because of the aftertaste, and this one is right in between. Would rate it 5, but I like a bit of a sweeter beer...damn close though.

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3/5  rDev -13%

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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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3/5  rDev -13%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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