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Small Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPA - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Small Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPASmall Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RuckusDu on 05-24-2012)
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Reviews by omnigrits:
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omnigrits

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured into a tall goblet.

A. Hazy orange-amber with a white head. The head stayed around to the end and left some lace.

S. Plenty of rye spice up front with a little fruitiness but also a strong hint of mustiness and funk.

T. More rye spice, some citrusy hop flavours and more of that funk, but if there's brett in there it's relatively muted. A really nice dry finish.

M. A little on the thin side.

O. This beer started off really well but as I got further into it I started to feel like it could have been so much more. I liked both OPA and UNO, and if the brett in this beer was intentional, it would have been so much better had Ranger Creek gone for it with more gusto. The rye and the brett funk go together so well but it feels half-hearted, so for me it's 'close, but no cigar'.

08-06-2012 03:22:46 | More by omnigrits
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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

03-27-2013 02:51:47 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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Mora2000

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma has some tart wheat and a bit of toffee, but overall is a little faint. The flavor is more pronounced. I get quite a bit of lemon and other tart wheat, as well as some oak and a hint of funk. While I like sour beers, this one comes across as a bit harsh and makes it a bit difficult to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

[After reading some other reviews, I am not sure if this beer is supposed to be a brett beer or supposed to have any sourness/tartness to it, or if it was just an infection due to the oak aging. Not really sure what to think of it, although I didn't mind it overall.]

07-04-2012 18:41:40 | More by Mora2000
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lnashsig

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +23.7%

#BOTG 54!

Whoa, the wax on this bottle is the smelliest wax I have ever smelled. Lots of chatter on this topic has been flying around twitter, and I've heard things like "if vomit had sex with burning plastic" to describe it, but this shit is so rank I washed my hands twice after opening it. Luckily after getting this bottle open, the smell didn't carry over. This is a crazy concept of a beer- an Oak Aged Rye Oatmeal Pale Ale. Appearance- after getting this into the glass, the color is cloudy orange, some white head leaves just a little lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice looking beer. Smell- a little sour citrus notes, some mustiness, earthy funk. Maybe some yogurt notes. Taste- super creamy mouthfeel, some wine barrel notes, a touch of funk, a really nice smooth fruity malt backbone, nice grassy hoppiness delivers some bitterness on the end. I'm a fan of this beer, and will try to pick up a few more to lay down. I usually find Ranger Creek to be pretty out there and experimental, sometimes putting out things that aren't ready for production, but this one works. Super smooth, good stuff.

06-05-2012 01:12:18 | More by lnashsig
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jheezee

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

04-23-2013 01:20:35 | More by jheezee
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -13%

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 4/9/12.

Appearance - Deep golden clear body. Nice white head. Retains a thick collar and some wisps.

Smell - Yeasty, sweet, kinda Belgiany. Some oak and sweetness. Maybe rye?

Taste - Malty, like a belgian pale. Lots of esters. No rye. Slightly sweet and oaky. Slight medicinal note in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Way over carbonated. Medium body.

Overall - Very meh. Not a lot of rye. What the hell is an OPA?

08-12-2013 23:22:55 | More by Alieniloquium
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dumptruck81

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

10-20-2012 18:07:54 | More by dumptruck81
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JasonMinck

Texas

4/5  rDev +13%

09-08-2013 11:23:30 | More by JasonMinck
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bum732

Lesotho

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

09-04-2012 02:10:26 | More by bum732
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JamLand

Hawaii

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-03-2013 22:54:01 | More by JamLand
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

09-03-2012 07:23:51 | More by GRG1313
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Hopmodium

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

06-20-2012 00:53:14 | More by Hopmodium
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TheRealDBCooper

Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +13%

05-25-2013 06:11:20 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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ExaltedNecrosis

Texas

4/5  rDev +13%

07-15-2012 23:43:31 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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BGsWo22

New York

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

01-26-2014 15:51:44 | More by BGsWo22
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JohnBender

Texas

3/5  rDev -15.3%

09-27-2012 00:51:09 | More by JohnBender
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DC_Brah

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

04-22-2014 19:04:06 | More by DC_Brah
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channels321

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

05-25-2012 16:36:59 | More by channels321
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roblowther

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%

Pours cloudy golden in color with a dense, thin off-white head that settles quickly. Smells of hops, oranges, and leather. Taste is slightly funky, with peppery notes and a sharp finish. The rye shows up but the whole affair is a bit astringent. The aftertaste gets a bit harsher as the beer goes down, hops and slight barnyard. ish. Mouthfeel is nicely slick but a tad less carbonated than I would prefer. Overall, not one of my favorites. Tastes like they were going for an interesting combination that just didn't quite gel.

11-28-2012 00:16:46 | More by roblowther
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greenspointexas

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

12-14-2013 22:37:01 | More by greenspointexas
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +17.2%

Interesting looking beer, thanks to ApostleBrewing

Pours a decent looking fizzy but thick 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with nice layered lacing, over a fairly clear golden slightly coppery orange colored beer.

Nose blasts with a rye aroma, so much fruity rye, and possibly bit of wild funk or good infection, a nice orange peel citrus hop, a big toasty oak with a little caramelized oak fibers like aroma, and little grassy earthy hop character. The more I nose it the more I think that possible wild character is just the crazy rye and oak characters coming through strong, but only the taste will tell.

Taste brings plenty of oak at first, a little buttery toasted oak, actually a lot of that. Rye is strong again with a big spicy and fruity character, but I also think there is some wild funk and little wild yeast character, I really think there Brett in this, I'm almost positive, as a horsehair funk starts to really come through, combines with the fruity rye and buttery toasty oak for a nice flavor. Some sweet caramel malts under all that, with a little toasty reddish malt too and almost syrupy. Finish is dry and quite fruity, some fruity slightly citrus hops kicking in, with more Brett funk and fruity rye lingering with a touch of sticky syrupy malt.

Mouth is med bodied, nice fluffy carb.

Overall if that's a Brett infection on purpose it's quite a nice beer, if not, then it's still good but not what they intended. A great rye character and nice buttery toasty oak, with decent malt to back it all up and very faint hops overall. The Brett really puts it all together nicely as it plays with the other flavors.

06-13-2013 02:12:30 | More by jlindros
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Atlas1

Texas

2.6/5  rDev -26.6%

Purchased one bottle of this at Central Market here in SA last week. I was interested that I'd never seen it before, but also by the fact that you can't tell from the label what style it is. You can scan the label with a smart phone or you can check the Ranger Creek website.

This "oak-aged rye oatmeal pale ale" is an ambitious brew, if nothing else. The bottle is coated in wax, and the cap was a pain to get to, but otherwise it's a nice presentation. The beer, poured into a belgian snifter, appears a dark apricot color. A bit cloudy. Not much lace to speak of, except for some soapy looking spots on the side of the glass. The nose is nice, but odd. Faint, but noticeable hoppiness, some light citrus, and some funky scent I can't quite place. Herbal oatmeal? Strange. Not bad, but strange. The taste, unfortunately, does not live up to the big name here. It's underwhelming in its delivery of hops, rye, and oatmeal. A definite earthy, bread flavor rises up, and the aftertaste, while hoppy, doesn't seem congruous with the rest of the beer. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

I can't quite figure out what happened here or where they went wrong, but this beer, in my mind, should have been so much more. Maybe it's the yeast they use or the fact that they simply attempted too much in one style here. But the fact is that this beer falls short. I'll be interested to see what Ranger Creek does with Small Batch #2, but I won't get my hopes up based on this effort.

07-01-2012 00:46:18 | More by Atlas1
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-23-2013 19:06:06 | More by Hanzo
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TonyT013

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-25-2012 01:57:17 | More by TonyT013
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FosterJM

California

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%

1562nd Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
375 Ml Waxed Bottle

Bottled 4-9-12
Thanks to Shoky01 for this

App- A bit of a multi-colored orange with some popping colors. A bit clearer in the glass with a small 1" head that was a bit quick to leave. A nice bit of lace and cling down the glass.

Smell- It was okay. It was a bit of an off malt with some stinging booze. The deep citrus was a nice touch, but overall these aromas seems to work against vs. with eachother. The barrel added a good depth of a charred wood and the rye added a decent spicy nose.

Taste- I thought it was alright. Glad it came in a 375 vs. a 22 or a 750. I think that wouldve been too much for this beer. Similar to the nose, the flavors of this one compete to much. A big rich caramel base battles with the hops and citrus flavors and the barrel adds like the nose a bit of char and the rye seemed to be an afterthought.

Mouth- I didnt really care for the feel on this one. It was a bit too light and prickly. The body was a lighter-medium with a pretty steep carbonation level. Residual flavors were of the spice, malts and deep citrus zest.

Drink- It was okay. Not something I would revisit.

10-11-2012 14:37:58 | More by FosterJM
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Small Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPA from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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