RATINGS: 355   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Deep golden and malty, with a spicy hop flavor and a subtle, well-balanced hop bitterness, Rio Blanco is a uniquely Texan interpretation of an English-style pale ale. The addition of Czech hops gives the ale a refreshing crispness and flavor that will satisfy you under the hottest Texas sun.

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Nuffield (4199) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2004
Solid hopping, giving it citrus and pine bites, but with Saaz? Curious production of flavor from that. Lingering bitterness, not "balanced" but muted enough to be interesting. Substandard palate--strikes me as thin very early. Amber-copper color, some head. I didn't get mine from fly. (on tap, Flying Saucer, Addison, TX)

adwoan99 (305) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2004
Ugh. I had to pour this one out. Mostly hops in the aroma and flavour, but for some reason, it also reminds me of the Hidden River B & T. Seems to have a slight spoiled green pea aroma. I repeat, 'ugh.'

matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2004
Thanks to FLY for passing this beer along to me… and for no reason other than - you’re a really nice guy!

A glowing copper body with a large rocky snow capped head. The aroma is light with hops, loads of caramel malt; actually far more malt than hops. A strange Pale Ale, unique and thirst quenching. Slight wheat suggestions, notes of banana and some light citrus peel. Oily palate with a dry crisp snappish finish…… seems like a cross between a well built Pilsner / German Wheat / and an APA.
I thought it was tasty and my girlfriend liked it very much….. I think she drank more than I did?

Dogbrick (13751) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2003
This beer is a dark golden amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Thin lacing. Lightly hoppy aroma. Medium-bodied and smooth with a decent hops and malt flavor. The finish is a little citrusy. Compared to their Rye and Sisyphus this beer isn't really remarkable, but it is a decent Pale either way.

TChrome (1481) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2003
Nice easy to drink pale. Nice malt flavor with a lite bit of hops. If you are in Austin, make a side trip over to see Brad and the boys in Blanco. They are really nice guys.

Aurelius (5570) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2003
Fruity, vinegar/yeasty aroma, not unlike their rye PA, but lighter. Honey gold beer, massive bone-colored head, moderately hazy. Not nearly as interesting as their rye PA. Lightly hopped, but really a Saaz PA? Fruity, mild sweetness, a little starchy/buttery, some sunflower seed or nuttiness in there. Medium citric finish. Very drinkable, especially cold on a 101° day in TX today, but not very interesting. Probably would go well with chicken, fish.

fly (1487) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2003
I wonder at times about the consistency in brewing quality at Real Ale. Perhaps this is unfounded. I have had this numerous times and don't recall liking it nearly so much as I did this time. If they hold this benchmark, I think I would say that this is rather wellcrafted. Full bodied with just enough malt and hops to please. A pale ale that I can enjoy all too easily. Please keep doing it right.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2003
Light cloudy bubbling copper color. Light sucrose malt aroma with some hop attributes. Strange complexity between a watery sweetness and a thicker sticky bitter finish. I even picked up some banana and chocolate amongst the citrus. Overall drinkable, but confusing and not very true to style.

omhper (25740) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2003
Sampled draught at The Flying Saucer, Addison, Texas.
Amber coloured. Flowery aroma. Clean. hard malt profile. Bitter finish. Good, but not very complex.

jazz88 (2699) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Bottle. A hazy golden color with a bubbly tan to yellow head that poured big and then laced. Not as interesting as their rye pale ale. This is more of a traditional APA with some citrus and hops providing some counter to the malts. A solid effort, if lacking distinction.

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