Real Ale – Rio Blanco Pale Ale

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.

Appearance:

This was a cloudy copper color that had little to no head.  About 1/8 inch white head at max that didn’t last.

Aroma:

A slightly sweet, malty scent with a noticeable lack of hops which would match a lighter english style pale ale.

Taste:

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.

Overall:

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.

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