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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: 12 | FT: 1
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RuckusDu on 05-24-2012)
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Photo of ThirdEyePA
1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

ThirdEyePA, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of roblowther
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

roblowther, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of DRyan
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ranger Creek tulip. Bottled 4/9/12, opened 11/26/12.

A: Pours a ruddy orange/gold with some thick white head that lasts for a bit and then laces
S: Reminds me of a Jester King Boxer's Revenge. Very "wild ale" barnyard funk sourness to the scent.
T: Opens with some funk, followed by a hop bite, and a little maltiness on the exit. The funk is very heavy in the aftertaste as well. Having had the fresh OPA on tap at Ranger Creek, I am completely surprised how much this is NOT like that! SB#1 is a completely different animal than the OPA on which it is based. A little bit of that is the addition of the rye, but the majority of the difference is from the aging in barrels and the introduction of some wildness from those barrels.
M: Spicy, zesty, it has fine bubbles that tickle the tongue.
D: Not one to be chugged. It is a fine sipper, and highly recommended for fans of wild ales.

DRyan, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of dumptruck81
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

dumptruck81, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

FosterJM, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of JohnBender
3/5  rDev -15.3%

JohnBender, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of ReyG006
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

ReyG006, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a very nice foamy head; plenty of squiggles of lace are left behind

Smell: The spicy rye aroma dominates, with grain and an earthy hop element, underneath

Taste: Tangy and spicy rye, up front, with lemony hops and a Bretty aspect that dominate the profile; underneath, there are subtle fruit flavors, such as papaya and pineapple but they appear mainly in the middle as the beer finishes as it starts

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting beer, but I think I would rack it up as an experiment that didn't quite work out; the website doesn't mention Brett but it is clearly in the yeast profile; somehow it doesn't all come together though it is not objectionable

brentk56, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

CelticAleMan, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of bum732
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

bum732, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

GRG1313, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of pmarlowe
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 04.09.12. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque golden with a half finger of snow white head, receding to a sloppy foam on the ring and surface.

S: Lots of brett and lemon, new oak and a little vanilla and spice and rye bread.

T: Dry and kind of a harsh wood tannic quality foremost, a little sour citrus. Taste is kind of off, maybe under attenuated?

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Nose is good but taste is lacking.

pmarlowe, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of ChanceK
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

ChanceK, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of TX-Badger
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a 375mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - This beer pours a hazy blood orange with some white head, but not much. The head dissipated pretty quickly.

S - A good amount of rye and spice on the nose with just a little fruitiness, and then a smidgen of oak/cedar.

T - I mainly get on the palate that which I smelled on the nose, rye, spice, and some citrus and hops. On the finish, there is a little oak, reminiscent of the barrels it was aged in.

M - Light to medium - bodied, not very chewy.

O - I enjoyed this beer, but I think that it could have used a little more depth for what it is, a rye OPA. I guess I expected more out of a small batch series than what I was presented with in this beer.

TX-Badger, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of omnigrits
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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'.

omnigrits, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev -15.3%

duceswild, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of jordanmckell
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

jordanmckell, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 7 held at Beachwood BBQ & Brewing in Long Beach, CA.

Bottled 4/9/12

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, spice, fruit, and yeast. Taste is much the same with a spice finish on the aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but not something I would most likely seek out again.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4/5  rDev +13%

ExaltedNecrosis, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright hazy orange/red color. A two finger white head forms that sticks around for a minute. The head gently recedes to a ring and rings of lace are left.
S: A big fruity aroma up front. Mango, peaches, and a great bready/biscuity rye aroma.
T: That mango, peachy flavor that was in the nose is up front. Biscuit, rye malt comes next for balance. An incredibly odd bitterness/woodyness lingers on forever. I really puckering/bitterness/dryness in the aftertastes that I am not really enjoying.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. Really dry and puckering, and a little thin. The odd mix of bitter/woody/dryness makes this a little harder to drink and enjoy than I would like.

This does not seem to be infected, but the odd wood flavors and strange bitterness makes this a one and done.

champ103, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of TXhomebrewer
4/5  rDev +13%

TXhomebrewer, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
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

wagenvolks, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of beeragent
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a glass from a bottle.

A - pours a hazy medium gold, forming a 1/4 inch white head, and a bit of sediment in the finish. Medium lace.

S - odd aroma. Slightly Belgian, like a saison. Not much in hops.

T - slight tartness from the rye. Very clean with some hop bitterness in the finish. Odd unknown flavor throughout that I can't seem to identify.

M - a bit on the thin side. Moderate carbonation.

O - I've had a few rye beers before, but none with as much tartness in the flavor. Very unique. Not a bad beer and goes down easy.

beeragent, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.]

Mora2000, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +13%

Texasfan549, Jul 03, 2012
Small Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPA from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
81 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.