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 billab914
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured a clear, light amber color with a thin but sticky white head.

The aroma shows a moderate earthy and very slightly spicy Saaz hop profile to it. Besides that I get a grainy and slightly malty flavor coming through. Pretty light and simple, but not bad.

The taste shows a bit more of the spicy, almost peppery flavor from the Saaz hops throughout the flavor. More grainy flavors also come through with a bit of a sweet malt to it. Pretty light but also pretty balanced.

The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is average for an APA. It was easy drinking and also pretty well balanced but it was also pretty light on flavor compared to some of the best APA's. not a bad beer to have a few of on a hot day but also nothing that really stands out.

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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 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 jrallen34
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle drank from Narke tulip...Pours a nice dark peach with a full and creamy bright white head. Excellent retention and lacing...Aroma is almost like a pilsner, perhaps the Czech hops used; grain, barley, tart shart hops. Slight skunk but not enough to scare me away...The taste is much more of let down, more pilsner flavors, not at all a pale ale. Miller lite skunk finish.

If you want a good pilsner grab this, if you're looking for a crushable pale ale this is not your beer.

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Photo of JMad
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a dark golden color, sports a thick white head with big loosely packed bubbles, and lacing.
Smells of sweet malt lemon and pepper.
Tastes average for a pale ale, could have a lot more flavor. But it tastes of earthy hops, slightly bitter, malty, hint of bread and metal.
Feels smooth, medium bodied and dry.
It's ok beer gets better as it warms.

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Photo of zeff80
3.22/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, orange color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, white head of foam that left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of citrusy hops - mostly orange peel aromas. There was a sweet maltiness to the nose, too.

T - This is a really sweet malty APA. Too sweet really. Almost tasted like a malty amber ale. Very little hop presence.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is an okay ale. A little too sweet for an APA and not enough bitter hop bite.

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Photo of wca005
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grew up right outside of Blanco the town where the beer is brewed and this was the beer we drank when we had enough money to buy it in highschool. This was the beer that started me in my love for new beers beyond the regular generic light beer.

A- Nice golden color, straw, light honey

S- Floral Hopps, Grassy

T- Bitter, hoppy, slight grass taste, buttery

M- Crisp, well carbonated, light

D- Very easy drinking, goes great with some barbque

I buy a six pack at least every two weeks, Ive got most of my buddies hooked on this stuff. I recommend it to anyone lookin for a good beer made in Texas


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Photo of beerwolf77
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to exiled for this beer. Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear golden brown with two fingers of off white head. Solid retention. Lots of sticky lace left behind.

The aroma is a solid amount of citrus hops. Sweet malt then takes over and dominates the nose. A hint of grass and black earth can be picked put as well.

The flavor is quite grassy at first. Moderate malt fades into just a touch of citrus hops. Not huge in the flavor department.

Medium to light body. Light to moderate carbonation.

Overall just toss it on the pile of middle of the road pale ales. I would be hard pressed to pick it out against hundreds of other beers.

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Photo of John_M
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Mosstrooper
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into 20oz Guinness tulip pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep golden-amber color with a small, slowly dissipating white head that leaves a good bit of lace.

Smell: Sweet buttery aromas backed up by floral hops and a slight grassiness.

Taste: Sweet and buttery, with a well-rounded toasty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium, well-carbonated and crisp body with a very dry finish.

Drinkability: Overall a solid, well-rounded pale ale. Not the best one I've had, but it's definitely good and I would like to drink it again!

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a vigorous pour yields a fluffy two-finger off-white head that stays for a bit, then leaves a bit of sticky lacing.

floral and fruity hops with a bit of lemon and lime citrus. subtle melon, apples, and even a hint of banana. a bit of yeast and white bread, but the hops are definitely up front.

the hops are definitely the star. nicely balanced hop profile with good saaziness to balance the citrusy notes. the pale malt is subtle but everpresent to keep everything in line.

mouth is sprightly and almost a touch creamy. medium body for a pale with a good bit of bitterness and just a hint of resinous hoppy slickness.

All in all, a great hoppy pale with some interesting hop profiles and a pleasantly subtle balance. One I would definitely turn to again. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of tronester
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber, with a thin white head. Smell is of slightly woody hops. Taste is a clean malt beginning, with a very herbal, woody, and citrusy hop middle and finish. Strong hop presence for an APA. A nice long bitterness clings to the tongue. Mouthfeel is good, medium carbonation. Drinkability is good, refreshing and moorish. A good pale ale, I would get this again.

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Photo of Spineypanda
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a little head, did not last long.
Smells of hops, green hops. Some sweetness and citrus in the background.
Tastes a little stale but not too bad because hops have a nice taste.
Mouthfeel is not as carbonated as I would have hoped for but for a pale ale it makes sense.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robert for this one. I guess I never put my review of this one up on BA.

A: THe pour is a crystal clear golden color with a mild and short lived white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles emanate from the bottom of the glass.

S: A sort of subdued hop aroma with a definite sweetness from the malt. The hops provide a citrus and floral notes, but are not very pungent.

T: A fairly sweet pale ale up front with the caramel and bready malts shining through. Perhaps a bit of sweet oranges in there as well. The back end, however, has a nice bitterness to it and maybe a hint of fruit here as well.

M: The body is light to medium with a crisp and plentiful carbonation to it.

D: A very refreshing and easy drinking beer. I haven't been overly impressed with the Real Ale beers I've had to this point, but this one was quite nice.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes to Daniel for sending me some TX locals. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Best consumed by 6/20/2010 written on the back of the bottle.

A- Pours a semi-hazy golden, caramel color. Produced a fingers width of white head. Dissipated into a thin ring upon consumption.

S- Very hard to pick up anything here. Slight sweet malt base with a bit of grassy hops. Like I said, hard to pick the aromas in this one.

T- Wow, mildly surprised with one, especially after the mediocre aroma. There is a mild sweetness that definitely is at the forefront. Gives it a nice "carmelesque" type flavor...not overpowering in any way, just the perfect amount. Midway through to the finish, this base flavor is accompanied by a slightly bitter, grassy tone of hops. Well balanced. The aftertaste has slight hints of toasted wheat.

M- Light bodied and rather crisp on the palate. Good carbonation.

D- Very high. I had to control myself from taking large gulps.

Overall, a very solid APA in terms of flavor. This is what trying local beer is all about. Recommended.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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 glid02
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed at Pedicab in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a clear light copper color with a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of muted pale malts with hints of darker caramel malts and floral and leafy hop aromas.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Light pale malt flavors kick things off with just a hint of dryness. Midway through the sip leafy and slightly citrus hop flavors make their way into the profile and carry through to a mildly bitter ending. As the beer warms hints of light fruit flavors come out.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinakbility is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I think this beer could benefit more from a crisper profile than anything else. A little more hops wouldn't hurt either. Worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of theboozecruise
3.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one into a regular pint glass... it pours a dark golden color, clear with a creamy off-white head with good retention. A little darker than I was expecting, looks good, hopefully that's going to lead to a more balanced malt presence in this one!

The smell is still more hoppy than malts, which is fine... a little sweet, fruity hops smell and just a hint of some caramel malt flavors towards the end.

The taste is definitely hoppy up front... good grapefruit flavor to it and still just a hint of malts at the end.

I with the malt presence were a little higher and more balanced in with the hops, but it's still pretty solid. A nice crisp, hoppy pale ale and a great way to start off the night!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a bunch of Real Ale brews from Jeffers5000. Thanks man

Pours a cloudy golden color. No real head. Little bit of film on top. No lacing.

Not that much aroma. More malt aroma. Needs more hop aroma.

Taste is good. Tastes like a typical brew pub pale ale though. Nothing to set it apart. Needs a little more hop flavor and less hop bite. Good though

Mouthfeel is ok. Little viscous for a pale ale.

Overall an ok pale ale. Nothin special. No need to really seek it out. Typical brewpub type beer.

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Photo of Rbald42
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My uncle sent me these from Tx. Thanks Randy.
Appearance is a nice clear amber orange. Thin head that stays around the rim of the glass. Smell is grassy slightly flowery hops with malt backbone. Taste gets better as it warms, but its pretty muted. Some lemon and grass notes come through with a solid malt profile rounding out the flavor. Mouthfeel is a bit dry with a crisp finish. This beer is easy to drink and got better as it warmed, but nothing special.

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Photo of rexbock
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall not my favorite Real Ale BC offering thus far..

A - nice orange/yellow color, clear w/ 1/2 head, lacing is good through about half..

S - smokey hints, fresh woody/floral aromas, but little impact

T - small initial flavor, but manifests quickly.. deep malts & hops.. sharp, dry finish without much memorable qualities

F - creamy, but minimal carbonation, clean and smooth but with little body..

D - lingering aftertaste and a very easy drink

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Photo of jwillcourt
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap and very cold into a pint glass.

A - Golden-copper color. Finger-sized, off-white head consisting of fine-sized bubbles that leaves an average amount of lacing. The retention is above average for the style, as it settles into a 1/8 inch cap that lasts the entire drink. There is a lot of visible carbonation.

S - Overall pale malt smell, slightly bready and yeasty, with grassy hops.

T - Toasted malt up front. Hops emerge in the middle. The finish is dry, bready, and crisp. There is a slight citrus hop quality to the finish that adds brightness to the overall flavor.

M - Light to medium body with fairly strong, prickly carbonation. The mouth feel is wet although it is a little sticky on the lips.

D - I tried this on draft and found it very drinkable. It is dry, not too strong, and delicious when served ice cold.

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

Picked this up as part of a sampler pack from Sprouts; it was on sale. Figured it would be a good way to familiarize myself with one of Texas's emerging "craft" brewers.

Rio Blanco pours an amber-straw color, very slightly cloudy with little carbonation activity. A small white head appears, finely bubbled, before reducing to a collar. There are no legs to speak of.

Nothing much here in terms of smell. Typical ale smell, but weak and not distinct in any way.

The first taste is of sharp, bitter hops. Bottle says they're Saaz hops - good to know. Again, not super distinct. It's clear to me that I prefer the Northwest hops varieties and I shouldn't hold that against Rio Blanco. The bitterness snaps off cleanly, but then resurfaces as a yeasty aftertaste.

The brew is a bit watery-feeling, but coats pretty well nonetheless. Gave me more back-of-the-throat sliminess than I care for, but who knows if that's the beer or my neverending battle with phlegm?

Overall, a fair and quaffable offering, but not particularly memorable. Nothing wrong with that, of course, not every beer needs a gimmick, but there are a million pale ales to choose from these days. I have one more in the sampler that I'll gladly drink down and after that, it's take it or leave it for me.

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Photo of Chaz
3.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear golden-copper in color (almost a 'Maerzen'), topped with a pale tan head and abundant sticky lacing around the edge of the glass. Head recedes a bit faster than I'd expected. A bit of yeast in the bottom of the glass, but this appeared to be the clearest of the three bottles I sampled.

Saaz hops are all over this one, and I couldn't be happier with that! Lightly spicy, and mingling with yeast and a lighter, bready malt. I also get a metallic note, here.

Insistent, astringent Saaz on the first sip, with enough spice and bitterness to cut through almost anything you want to pair it with. The lack of Citrus hops in an APA is almost shocking at first, but immediately brings to mind some brands that have fallen by the wayside over the years. Prickly on the tongue and palate, scrubbing away at whatever memories I have of the Cascade-heavy offerings I normally encounter.

A bready, cracker-like character carries the malt profile forward from the mid-plate, but the lingering bitterness seems to dominate throughout.

A good mouthfeel and drinkability overall, with just the right heft for having more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of MOB210SA
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 finger fairly rich creamy head that is sticking around but is very slowly fizziling away. A Hazy golden-orange. Head became a nice small even cap.

The Czech Saaz hops are reminding me most of the noble hops in SA's Noble Pils. Fresh somewhat piney, and a little citrusy with a mild sweetness. Its fresh and clean smelling. Some caramel is present upon warming.

Light, maybe pushing medium bodied smooth slightly sticky with a alright lingering hop finish. Refreshingly smooth, these lightly hoppy beers will be great during the summer.

Pale maltiness with a good refeshing hop finish. Tastes are somewhat subtle and bland. Its a decent beer but nothing too fantastic. Def. worth a try.

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