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OPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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OPA - Oatmeal Pale AleOPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

137 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 137
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JonathanL7890 on 11-26-2010)
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Reviews by LittleDon:
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3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Plenty of carbonation. Too much head, took 5 - 10 minutes to pour. Could have sat on it too long. Hazy, apple cider color. Grassy aroma. Very Belgian like. Spicy, fruity, earthy. Very bitter finish. Carbonation bite with medium body. One of the more unusual Pale Ales I've had.

LittleDon, May 18, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Tiernan, May 25, 2013
Photo of AdvocateFan
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Over carbonated, but not frothing out of the bottle, just takes a good long while to pour, even when poured very gently, angled down the side of the glass. Also cloudier than I'd like in any type of "pale ale". Murky butterscotch color; apple cider-like appearance to the liquid. The head is very foamy--like a cappuccino.

S: quite nice--grapefruit, general citrus, stone fruit, aspirin, dough, lemongrass. Reminds me of "old school" (sort of) microbrews from the mid-to-late 90s. Fresh. Yeasty. Wort. Feels like I'm at the brewery on brew day.

T: Prickly citrus notes (quite carbonated), pretty robust grapefruit notes, kaffir lime, quite bitter, but nicely done--there's enough malt backbone to keep it from running amok. Suggestions of kumquats and apricots.

F: Finishes quite bitter with a lengthy citrus fade (leaning toward limes.) Rather dry.

Overall: The bottle conditioning seems to be drying the beer out pretty quickly (mine was bottled only 31 days ago), and, over-carbonating it. That hefty carbonation is offsetting the fullness in the mouth that you'd expect from the oats. But not a bad beer at all. Though I have a feeling it shines on tap vs. in the bottle.

Note: my bottle says this is 5.8% ABV, not 5%.

AdvocateFan, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

SmellsofMahagony, May 04, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Whip In.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is full of orange citrus with some biscuit malt notes. The flavor is very similar. The grass and orange notes go very well with the biscuit and light toffee notes. There is a lot amount of bitterness, as well as some creamy and oat-like notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +5.5%

mjtiernan, Mar 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

CRon_T, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz undated bottle purchased from the refrigerator and consumed the next day.

Pours deep amber with a semi-durable head and very good laing.

Aroma: typcial hoppy APA

Flavor; some nice smoothness and oats, but mostly herbal/earthy hops. Feel: smooth and soft for style; medium carbonation.

O: a successful innovation, using oats; smooth feel in this bold IPA.

chinchill, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of bdk1417
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

bdk1417, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of cisteve
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

cisteve, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of Andyyyyyy
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Great beer! I do not like oatmeal beers usually, but this has a perfect blend of hops and oats to create a smooth beer with little bitterness. Definitely a great beer!

Andyyyyyy, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of mhenson42
4/5  rDev +5.5%

mhenson42, Feb 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

FartBoss, Oct 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

dumptruck81, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of bkeller04
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bkeller04, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of nickhiller
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear, Pinesol colored with a smidgen of head, no lacing.

S: grass, very malty in a Whoppers/Maltesers kind of way.

T: Necco wafer big time, like those little candy cigarettes, very piney, really its like biting into a pinecone, grassy.

M: medium body, the carbonation leaves something to be desired, very dry, piney finish.

D: I keep saying it but this really tasted like a pine tree. There was also no suggestion of the oatmeal, I mainly ordered this out of a curiosity for what an "oatmeal pale ale" would taste like but was left pretty underwhelmed, not sure what makes this pale ale different than any other, maybe they just liked the name--but if that's the case it is rather misleading. And the carbonation was disapppointingly low, seems like a pattern for this brewery. It kind of makes me wonder if they have faulty kegging technology. Anyhoo, I'm less impressed with this than the smoked porter.

nickhiller, Mar 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

zonker17, Jul 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

ByMySword, May 21, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Ffej for sharing this bottle, a bomber bottle.

A: The pale ale is coppery amber, clear with a robust head to it.

S: Creamy nose that has plenty of citrusy hops alongside a robust caramel biscuit backbone. The nose evolves, taking on mustier qualities that bleed into the taste. Well-balanced like a good pale ale.

T: Plenty of malts, caramel and breads with a floury biscuit finish. The lead-in to the hops has that smooth oatmeal flavor that I normally associate with a stout. The hops, following the malts, have citrus flavors - oranges, grapefruits, and apricots in tow. The end of the ale is where things get interesting, a Belgian mustiness emerges, not quite wild but fruity -- accentuating the hops. It's not wild but I like where it is headed.

M: The yeasty finish is a highlight, following a well-balanced malty body. Plenty of carbonation and a fruity spectrum.

akorsak, May 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of JonathanCrites
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Flying Suacer in Houston.

A - Pint pours a nice copper color with a white head that leaves lace as you drink.

S - You can smell the hops clearly but they don't overwhelm. Definitely getting a strong citrus aroma.

T - Very good hoppy ale with a nutty taste that must come from the oats. The hops were strong but not astringent and is well complemented by the oats.

M - So smooth! Just like in an oatmeal stout this beer is so creamy from the oats.

D - Medium body that goes down easy, at 5% I could easily have had several more.

JonathanCrites, Dec 17, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Hopmodium, Jun 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

XicanoBeerRun, Feb 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

gtermi, Oct 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

BockMan, Aug 02, 2014
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OPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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