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OPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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85
very good

31 Reviews
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Reviews: 31
Hads: 174
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 3.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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

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Beer added by: JonathanL7890 on 11-26-2010

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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 174
Photo of nickhiller
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (921 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (380 characters)

Photo of spaceycasey
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (891 characters)

Photo of JonathanCrites
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (557 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow -- I guess I get to be the first to review this beer. Yay!

Appearance: copper - amber, somewhat cloudy, absolutely no head. They must have rushed this to market a bit early before the carbonation is complete. Anyway, this is an easy thing to dial in.
Smell: aroma is melon, pineapple. moderate to strong.
Taste: Somewhat grainy. Very silky in the mouth, a bit of a sweet impression but also a good amount of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel on this beer is amazing! very silky and just a hint of graininess which I would describe as spectacular. It is a bit undercarbonated ,
Drinkability: This may be the one of my top pale ales. I can't wait to try this when it becomes properly carbonated.

Overall, I am very impressed. If the rest of their beer line is like this I will be a big fan.

Good Job Rob! (827 characters)

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OPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
85 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.