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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
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59 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 17%
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 wagenvolks:
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml waxed bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Do not smell the wax...you have been warned.

Pours with a hazy, burnt orange hue that fades to golden edges. The foam holds up nicely, leaving a wisp and ring of small khaki bubbles along the edge of the glass. Aroma suggests lighter notes of tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, pear), while the malt is clean and simple with a kiss of rye bread. Brett in the nose adds a nice layer of funk to the background.

The crispness of the rye shines in the flavor, with a snappy bite that compliments the chewy smoothness of the oats. Hops are citric and bitter, and the Brett adds a dry funkiness to the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a tight, light carbonation level. All in all, a tasty anniversary release from Ranger Creek. Whether the Brett was intended or not, it still turned into a quaffable beer. Not sure how it will age, though. Also, CHANGE THAT WAX! :D

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 04:40:15 | More by wagenvolks
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3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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?

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3.91/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle: Thanks Kaggie! The first think I liked about this was how easy it was to get the wax off to pop the cap! The beer pours a fairly clear amber color. There was a small off-white head that doesn’t linger long. An interesting aroma. It is befinitely old and musty smelling. Pineapple, citrus and oak dominate the nose. A bit of rye and spices in there also. The taste is good. Definitely dry and oaky flavors. Rye, some malts, spices, hints of fruit (pineapple and apricot), and a few other subtle items. Very nice!

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jlindros

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4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UPDATED: May 2013

With a year on this the color and appearance are impressive as it pours a solid auburn amber hue with thick creamy foam.

There’s a subdued aroma with some floral notes come out.

Because of some of the criticism I’ve read I was surprised how well the flavor held up, with a filling spiciness from the rye and a noticing contribution from the French oak. A surprising winner. Makes me wish I had another to check out in four more years.

Original review:

The first thing about this beer is the horrendously nasty smell of … the wax. Yes, the wax. People have commented elsewhere about how the wax smells. I laughed it off—and then I smelled it for myself. Honestly, I thought something had rotted in my fridge. Turned out it was just the wax on this bottle. Cut it out, peel it off, wash your hands, and don’t let it touch the beer.

Ahem.

All that said, this poured a warm golden amber color with lasting foam. It has a floral character to it, with a light aroma that hides some hints of tropical fruit under the floral, spring-time aroma. It has a real pleasing flavor with a pleasant effervescence that keeps the flavors lively on the palate. Lightly hopped, in many ways reminiscent of a Belgian IPA in that the hop presence is balanced or complemented by the characteristics of the yeast (in a ‘Belgian IPA’) or, most likely in the case of this beer, the qualities from barrel-aging. That barrel-aging in French oak imparts a good deal of zestiness, some spice, and the floral notes. Finishes dry.

Not a bad beer. The 375 mL bottle was about $6. Which is more than I tend to pay—but, ironically enough, if this was in a 750 cork and caged bottle I wouldn’t think twice of paying $12 for it. Go figure. Stink wax aside, the contents were really enjoyable. It resembled Ranger Creek’s Uno, which resembled their OPA, but this beer was distinct enough to stand on it’s own. Like a relative where you catch the family resemblance but realize it has its own personality.

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A – Body is translucent orange/brown/copper with two fingers of white head that cling a little bit to the glass I’ve seen better looking beers for certain, but this looks pretty nice.

S – There is a wonderful spicy rye aroma in the head backed up by hops, and an earthy/grass clippings element as well. It smells very nice actually.

T – Very fine! Very interesting! It comes on tangy, sweet and fruity, before the bitter and spicy rye/hops overtake it and gradually provide you with a dryer finish. The beer changes dramatically in your mouth. I haven’t tasted anything quite like this before though and I have to say this is pretty gosh darn good...as time passes though it becomes a little bit cloying and I don't really love it. Not bad though.

M – The mouthfeel is medium with about medium carbonation as well. Nothing special though.

O – This is definitely a very interesting beer, and a hell of an attempt. There are parts of each of the individual aspects that I really enjoy, but overall it doesn’t quite come together for me. Bravo for the effort, and with some tweaks this could be really good, but for the moment I’m just going to say it’s at least good and definitely interesting.

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