Small Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPA - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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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
2.55/5 rDev -28%
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.
06-29-2012 00:57:40 | More by drpimento
4.43/5 rDev +25.1%
Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a weizen pint glass. Hand-labeled bottling date 4.9.12.
Look- Hazy deep amber with three fingers of soapy eggshell head. Decent retention, nice dense speckled lace. Foamy cap persists until the glass has emptied.
Smell- Caramel, tangerine, fresh bread, musky, flowery, nutmeg, old ale, raisin, apple, warm spice.
Taste- Very mellow. Mild feel, strong wood flavor. Lightly bitter, distinct yeast twang plays well with the rye. Funky but not overwhelmingly so. Light hop presence doesn't overpower the sharper flavors. Very interesting. The usual Central Texas extra-hard water character is present but well-suited. Half of the flavor comes out in stages long after the swallow.
Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, medium carb. Silky feel. Moderately dry.
Overall- A bit pricey for 12 oz., but hey, it's less than corn lager at a baseball game. Extremely well executed, and does an excellent job of balancing a number of often overdone elements. Worth trying, give it a chance to warm up and enjoy it slowly.
06-17-2012 03:14:14 | More by Lawl3ss
4.38/5 rDev +23.7%
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
3.1/5 rDev -12.4%
375ml "baby belgium bottle." Gift from mhenson42. Thanks!
A - Poured about a finger of mostly white head which quickly disappeared. Body is hazy and a little burnt orange in color. Only slight lacing.
S - Light fruit notes which combine sweet and sour. Orange, pineapple, strawberry, and delicious.
T - Just too many competing flavors that don't go well together. The rye is prevelant with a smooth hops profile. This is offset by a sweet fruit flavor of orange/grapefruit. I am getting some oak but it hides in the rye and hops.
M - Nice carbonation but body is a little lighter than I would like. A little drying.
O - An okay beer. It is definitely refreshing which I normally don't get from a barrel aged beer. There is just too much going on and it doesn't all fit together.
05-24-2012 00:25:17 | More by RuckusDu
Small Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPA from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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