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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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3/5  rDev -20.8%

thereal_adam, May 31, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

mattviator, May 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

July2Nov, May 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Dutch55, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

CRon_T, Apr 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Getalegup, Apr 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

zbooks, Apr 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Thanx4AllDaFish, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of Atlas1
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had plenty of this beer over the last year, but haven't reviewed until now. Since Ranger Creek's bottling line is up and running (thank you, Kickstarter), it's now easier to find their stuff in local shops.

Pours a light amber brown color with a small one-finger head. Nothing special about the appearance. The nose is nice enough, if unspectacular. Sweet malts, faint fruits (pear, apple) and an earthy herbal note. The taste is quite good, though. Sweet up front with a nice balance of fruitiness and maltiness, with a dry, clean palate and a dry, slightly bitter finish. Very nutty. Really good stuff. Mouthfeel is suitable for the style.

On the whole, I really enjoy this beer. I'm glad there are local breweries in SA these days that are brewing good, quality beers with consistency. This may well become my local session beer.

Atlas1, Mar 29, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Furley80, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bundy462, Mar 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

ChrisKuhns, Mar 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

TastyIsBeer, Mar 11, 2014
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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4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

J85jam, Feb 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

bkeller04, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a clear light orange with frothy white head that left glass-coating lace.

S- Big bright citrus notes floral and bready notes.

T- Citrusy and floral hop notes, bready notes, and oats. Light bitteness but lots of hop character in the flavor and aroma, very well balanced.

M- Very creamy, smooth, soft carbonation, and dry. One of the creamiest and smoothest drinking pale ales I have ever had.

O- Very balanced pale ale with an incredible mouthfeel that went down very easy.

Hoptometrist, Jan 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

layinbrix, Jan 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

vmdominguez, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

isaackaiju, Jan 10, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

blastoderm55, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

JGlitz87, Dec 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.5%

jlee185, Dec 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.8%

greenspointexas, Dec 14, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is perfectly clear and a very attractive copper, orange color. The head is a light tan color; very creamy and thick at first. It recedes to a thin layer across the beer and thick ring around the edge that builds into curtains of lace.

S - Aroma is dominated by resiny, American "C" hops, but I can't identify the specific variety. The hops aromas don't seem harsh. Somehow they "round out" or fade into a more earthy note. At the very edge of detectability I get a bit of malt and grain.

T - The flavor is dominated by hops and bitterness, but there is a solid backbone of biscuit malt. There is a bit of butterscotch underneath. As you'd expect, the flavors are focused on sharp, grapefruity, piney, Northwestern hops. Still, if you look past the resiny hops, it almost reminds me of an English IPA with the soft malt.

M - Medium body. There is a creaminess to the mouthfeel that is not only from the carbonation; I assume that comes from the oatmeal. The hops bitterness is high but not harsh. No alcohol burn.

O - I like the beer. It reminds me of some of the hoppier examples of English IPAs that I've had fresh over there. I don't think that was the intended style, but the malt flavors, butterscotch and creamy mouthfeel lean it in that direction for me.

Radome, Dec 14, 2013
OPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
85 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.