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

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59 Ratings
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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:
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(Beer added by: RuckusDu on 05-24-2012)
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Photo of DRyan


3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 03:02:39 | More by DRyan
Photo of dumptruck81


4.25/5  rDev +20.4%

10-20-2012 18:07:54 | More by dumptruck81
Photo of FosterJM


3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 14:37:58 | More by FosterJM
Photo of JohnBender


3/5  rDev -15%

09-27-2012 00:51:09 | More by JohnBender
Photo of ReyG006


2.25/5  rDev -36.3%

09-17-2012 13:26:24 | More by ReyG006
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 03:59:19 | More by brentk56
Photo of CelticAleMan


3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

09-04-2012 06:53:30 | More by CelticAleMan
Photo of bum732


2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

09-04-2012 02:10:26 | More by bum732
Photo of GRG1313


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

09-03-2012 07:23:51 | More by GRG1313
Photo of pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 06:19:58 | More by pmarlowe
Photo of ChanceK


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

08-24-2012 22:57:18 | More by ChanceK
Photo of TX-Badger


3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 01:34:47 | More by TX-Badger
Photo of omnigrits


3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
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'.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 03:22:46 | More by omnigrits
Photo of duceswild


3/5  rDev -15%

07-31-2012 14:44:05 | More by duceswild
Photo of jordanmckell


3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

07-26-2012 19:03:31 | More by jordanmckell
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:50:59 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis


4/5  rDev +13.3%

07-15-2012 23:43:31 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Photo of champ103


3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 18:38:15 | More by champ103
Photo of TXhomebrewer


4/5  rDev +13.3%

07-14-2012 13:27:05 | More by TXhomebrewer
Photo of wagenvolks


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
Photo of beeragent


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 07:51:20 | More by beeragent
Photo of Mora2000


3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
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.]

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 18:41:40 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Texasfan549


4/5  rDev +13.3%

07-03-2012 01:54:24 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of Atlas1


2.6/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 00:46:18 | More by Atlas1
Photo of drpimento


2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Friend Paul brought this for us to try. Poured at a good temperature with a nice medium sized, foamy, off white head that slowly settled and some lace. Color is a hazy apricot amber with sediment and no bubble trails. Aroma is citrus, oak, hop, malt and all mild. Flavor's way different and much more bold than the nose. Heavy oak, yeast, hop, also citrus and malt. Body is soft and carbonation good. Finish is like flavor, long, and altogher too heavily flavored with the oak and yeast. One and done.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 00:57:40 | More by drpimento
Small Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPA from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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