OPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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2.98/5 rDev -21.4%
I previously had this beer on draft and recently had it from the bottle and all I can say is it's not as I remembered. There are definitely carbonation issues with the bottles. Way too carbonated, you can tell from the pour and the taste which throws the mouthfeel off a little. Overall the beer itself is decent and something new. The oatmeal adds a creamy, nuttiness to what would be nothing more then an average pale ale. The citra hops shine through but somewhat clash with the oatmeal taste. Overall, not bitter at all just a light fruity tasting pale ale with a creamy texture.
01-24-2012 20:57:50 | More by zander4dawin
3/5 rDev -20.8%
Had on tap at the Austin Flying Saucer
A - Slightly hazy copper will only the faintest hint of what was once a head, though I suspect this is more the result of the environment (packed Saucer, busy bartenders, busy waitresses) than the beer itself.
S - Light to moderate citrusy hop aroma with nutty, bready malt character. Slight aroma of band aid phenol.
T - Good American hop flavor and bitterness for a Pale Ale, not too over the top. Interesting balance with the malt character and the unique twist of the oats. Unfortunately, the band aid phenol is more present than in the aroma, so I had to knock it a little bit.
M - Has the nice "soft" mouthfeel I expect from a pale ale with a unique creaminess from the oats. Very nice.
D - Quite sessionable though the band aid would keep me from drinking too many.
Good effort from this new Texas brewery, looking forward to more by them.
12-31-2010 01:34:21 | More by spaceycasey
3.1/5 rDev -18.2%
Smells like bananas. At what temp did the bottles condition at? Estery - Aunt Ester estery. Smells like one of my homebrew screw-ups when I failed to control my bottle conditioning temperature. I hate you sometimes, Aunt Ester.
Big creamy head that looked good, if not a bit dirty, and I could not smell many of the hops. At least they're there. Somebody said they're Citra, so I'll go with that.
Cream-sicle mouthfeel, and I like that. It's pretty to look at at first, but the second pour was uber-cloudy and on the unappetizing side. It was gold in color before it got dirty witht he yeast and hops and whatnot.
01-24-2012 22:05:25 | More by specksnreds
3.25/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
03-19-2011 21:44:22 | More by nickhiller
3.25/5 rDev -14.2%
Cloudy orange color with a massive head that last a long while (pour this one very gently!), leaving globs of suds on the side of the glass. Maybe the stickiness is from the oatmeal?
Very yeasty aroma - fruity, spicy, citrus, a lot of banana. I suppose the hops may contribute some, but the nose seems to just scream yeast character.
The same yeasty notes dominate the flavor. The sharpness of the yeast is balanced by a creaminess from the oatmeal. A bit sweet.
Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Overall a refreshing beer. A lot more like a Belgian pale ale than an American one.
Thanks to kjkinsey for introducing me to a new brewery.
02-02-2012 23:31:33 | More by CliffBrake
3.48/5 rDev -8.2%
On tap at Whip In, 26 Feb 2011.
Small slightly off white head. Fairly cloudy, lightly carbonated. Orange brown in color. Aroma is slightly sweet, floral. Light caramel to start, becoming moderately hoppy through the middle and finish. Not much oatmeal in the body or flavor. Finish becomes a little bitter and orange. Medium body, moderate alcohol.
A says slightly watered down.
02-26-2011 21:13:10 | More by htomsirveaux
OPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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