I picked up this pale ale as part of a mixed 6’er, it included a brown and rye ale as well. This is from a small brewery in Blanco Texas with about 52,000 to 70,000 barrel output a year.
According to their website, this is the description of their pale ale:
Deep golden and malty, with a spicy hop flavor and well balanced hop bitterness, Rio Blanco is a uniquely Texan interpretation of an English-style pale ale. Czech Saaz hops provide a crisp finish and delicate aroma.
This was a cloudy copper color that had little to no head. About 1/8 inch white head at max that didn’t last.
A slightly sweet, malty scent with a noticeable lack of hops which would match a lighter english style pale ale.
Matching the description and aroma, this had a malty back that over-rides any hop bitterness, or flavoring. The malt sticks on the tongue after it’s gone.
This is an easy drinking session type pale ale, if one exists. I much prefer American pale ales over the malty english styles, but this is overall a clean simple beer worth keeping around as a light introduction for non craft beer friends.
Today I put together my 5 gallon ‘Home Depot’ water cooler mash tun. Took a little bit of work but was done in a relatively short time. I used the below video as my guide, and it worked well.
Once I got it together the leak cheak came out good, not a drop getting by!
Inside the new mashtun
No leaks at the 1/2 drain valve
Some of the parts used
I have seemed to have found a new favorite Texas beer. Last night I had a nice glass of Southern Start Buried Hatchet Stout at a local beer bar.
This came across as a good chocolate nose with a bit of hops. This went down smooth with some definite coffee flavor at the end and it was good. It was slightly dry which I think lent the bit of hops present to be noticed. A obviously dark black color with a small 1/2 inch tan colored head, this beer tasted every bit as good as it looked. The stats of this beer put it pretty close to a “Foreign Extra Stout” category, 13D in the BJCP guidelines. Beer Advocate currently has this at an A-, and deservedly so.
There is a nice article from the Houston Chronicle that came out earlier this year on the new brewers, a good read.
Well, it has been about three years since I’ve home brewed, and I am on my way to making my re-start. I have decided to start THIS blog as a way to chronicle my home brewing adventures, log my craft brew tastings, and keep track of other misc things such as my recipes, nights out, and general craft brew & home brew news I find interesting.
I don’t expect this blog to be widely read, or read at all. If that is the case, I am OK as it is mainly for my notes. Instead of just relying on a spreadsheet for my tasting notes, some software to keep track and formulate my home brew, I will compile all things BEER for me, here.
Over time, I imagine I will have pictures of my brewing, beers I drink and other additions to this site (like a feed of my tweets). I also will figure out the customization of the look of this site as well.
I welcome those who do find this site and browse over it, and raise a pint to your interest!
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