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OPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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BA SCORE
85
very good

143 Ratings
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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.19%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Texasfan549, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

kjkinsey, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing, Bobby.

Pours cloudy orange in color with a massive white head. A rather funky nose to this; I’d almost believe it was a saison. Floral and grassy hop notes with a hint of orange peel. Bread and cracker malt aromas are present as well. The flavor is a bit yeasty with a heavy floral and orange peel character. Slightly sweet from the bread and cracker flavors. I don’t really get all that much oatmeal. Rather highly carbonated, too.

womencantsail, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

SocalKicks, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Beer is amber, lots of yeast goes right into the glass almost making the beer brown. Very hazy. Nice head though. Good carbonation and some lacing.

Aroma is sweet, grassy, cascade ish hop aroma.

Beer is medium in body. It tastes a little old but the hops are still there. A little fruity, a little grassy, nice finish. I'd have it again. I truly enjoyed it.

drabmuh, Feb 15, 2012
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 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
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
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1.5/5  rDev -60.4%

drummermattie02, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Durge
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Draught House Pub in Austin, Texas, this hoppy oddity shows a slightly cloudy copper color with just a whispy off-white film on top and very little lacing. The aroma brings a decidedly skunky sour mash with a vague caramel sweetness trying to fight through. Odd but not necessarily time to panic. The flavor has an interesting lemon hop bite that is working with a caramel-toffee bread background. The skunk is still there a bit but it's decorated nicely with bubblegum wheat germ ideas and a hint of thyme perhaps? Drinkability is plenty good, medium bodied with a smooth feel. A little different. Not sure I can identify with the oatmeal quotient, but I liked it and would drink again. The aroma might put some folks off but it's just a little unique, not bad at all.

Durge, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some nice lace is left behind.
S: Kind of neutral. Some citrus, melons, and grass. A light bitterness lingers. Toasted and sweet malt.
T: Plenty of hops. Citrus, melons, lemon, and grass. A big toasted malt flavor with some oatmeal cookies. The oatmeal is light, but a nice compliment to the malty flavors.
M/D: A medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Ultra smooth and creamy. Just silky smooth from the oatmeal I would assume. So easy to drink. I had two pints and could have had more without a thought.

An excellent pale ale. I was not sure what to expect from an Oatmeal Pale Ale, but this works really well. A well done and unique beer. Something I would highly recommend. I can't wait to see what comes next from Ranger Creek.

champ103, Nov 29, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Gagnonsux, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

AgentMunky, Nov 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

gtermi, Oct 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

birchstick, Apr 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

threedaggers, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jenray, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

IrishColonial, Dec 28, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

TX-Badger, Oct 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

wagenvolks, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was one of 12 Texas craft beers on tap at the Esquire in San Antonio.

It was served in a shaker glass; the beer is copper with a clingy off-white head.

The beer has a nose of pine and a hit of caramel malts.

First impression is cascade hop pale ale, but the oatmeal adds a bit of sweetness and the malts a bit of grainy counterpoint. There are hints of citrus, toffee and grass, but the hops rule them all.

The mouth is oily and coating.

I really enjoyed this one and would love to have access to it on a regular basis.

Redrover, Feb 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

duff247, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

zonker17, Jul 07, 2012
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OPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
85 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.