Thursday, September 15, 2011

Real Ale Brewing Company - Rio Blanco Pale Ale; Lost Gold IPA; Oktoberfest; Firemans #4 Blonde Ale

The Real Ale Brewing Company is in Blanco, Texas, in the Texas Hill Country.

Rio Blanco Pale Ale - This beer pours an orange-copper in color and is slightly hazy.  There is a small head of off-white foam that leaves sticky lacing of medium density down the glass.  The aroma is light, fruity, a nice and light touch of zesty yeast, and a toasted malt base.  The taste is fruity, plums and pears, with a nice base of toasted and nutty malt.  It has a smooth and round mouthfeel.  There is a pleasant medium bitterness in the aftertaste.  This is a delicious beer.

Lost Gold IPA - This beer pours a hazy orange-amber-copper with a slight off-white head.  The aroma is lightly fruity, floral honey and apricot, a touch of orange.  The taste is richly malty, with sweet, yet tart fruit.  The mouthfeel is slightly metallic and light, the only drawback to this beer.

Oktoberfest - This Bavarian style lager pours a burnt orange-amber brown, almost a hint of red.  There is a slight off-white head.  The aroma is malty, caramel and over-ripe fruit.  The taste is rich and malty, caramel, roasted and nutty.  This is a delicious Oktoberfest beer.

Firemans #4 Golden Ale - This beer pours yellow honey golden in color, lightly hazy.  There is a small head of white foam.  The aroma is grain, pumpkin and spice, coriander and cloves.  The taste is light malted grain and citrus fruit, with a medium bitter finish.  The mouthfeel is a little light.  Not incredible, but quite tasty and very drinkable.

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