Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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4.05/5 rDev +10.7%
his is a Texas Farmhouse Saison ale. 375ml bottle poured into snifter. 7.7% ABV.
Appearance: Pours a yellowish-golden color. Carbonation looks extremely high. Thick 2 finger white head forms and goes down to a steady .5 inch. This beer is ever so slightly cloudy, but clear for the most part. This beer looks warm and inviting. Can't wait to dive in!
Smell: Sweet and smoky malts. Cannot detect much of a hop smell. I'm getting a nose of light colored fruits like banana, clove, esters, bubblegum, and maybe some coriander. It smells very similar to Blue Moon.
Taste: Banana, clove, citrus are upfront with a hint of lemon. It has a dry, smoky, earthy flavor that I really like.
Mouthfeel: Likely overcarbonated, but it is not unpleasant. Medium-bodied with a somewhat watery/light feel to it.
Overall: I love this beer. I'd rate it a 9 out of 10. This is LEAGUES better than Ranger Creek's Small Batch Series #1. Will definitely consider buying again, perhaps even aging a bottle or two for a few months. Apparently I loved this beer so much that it's almost gone by the time I post this review
01-14-2013 01:09:51 | More by Clonies720
2.44/5 rDev -33.3%
Acquired via trade
(Aged for 1 year)
A pretty enough saison. Mildly hazed golden with a persistent, moderately-sized off white head of large bubbles. Not a lot of lace left down the glass, but there is definitely some. Pretty and appropriate.
The aroma is fairly standard for an American saison. Dried grass and hay. A very mild citrus note in the background. What is strange about this brew is there's a bit of a meat/pork character in the aroma. This will really come to light in the flavor, though it's still relatively mild in the aroma, even after some significant warming. Fairly standard, but nothing to write home about, either.
The flavor doesn't come away nearly as unscathed as the aroma. This tastes like a smoked pork saison--which, unfortunatley, aren't flavors I typically look for in my local farmhouse style ales. Moderate bitterness. Lingering meat. I don't care for this.
Medium bodied with near-high carbonation. Appropriate.
A very interesting, but, overall, not a very good saison.
07-02-2013 03:52:57 | More by ehammond1
3.6/5 rDev -1.6%
Bottle Date: 7/19/2012
Pours into a tulip glass a murky orange-brown color. HUGE froathy white head with good retention and lacing.
I can't get much of a scent, but I have a lack of ability to smell things.
Taste up front is a sweet smoked flavor. Then the spices and belgian yeast come forward. The smoked flavor is a nice change of pace for the style, but overall the taste is textbook farmhouse.
Mouthfeel is pretty solid, almost creamy. Carbonation is great.
09-30-2012 00:46:59 | More by whoneeds8
3.95/5 rDev +7.9%
Poured from bottle into Jester King Farmhouse glass. Pours a super murky orange/brown color. Looks like Orange Juice gone bad. Just so cloudy, and looks like it has the thickness of a fruit juice. Smell- yeasty bread, nice sweet fruit flavors like peach, banana, strawberry. Very subtle campfire smoke. Very interesting, smells awesome. Taste- first, this has a super creamy, thick mouthfeel. Tight carbonation. I get some really nice sweet fruit flavors, peach again, and a very subtle smoke flavors on the end. This is a really unique take on a saison, and I love the fact that it has really factored "Texas" into it with the fruit woods they chose and the smoke factor. Great stuff.
08-14-2012 22:54:22 | More by lnashsig
4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
Pours out a muddy and hazy burnt orange color topped off with a nice thick white head, roughly one and a half fingers thick. The head slowly thins and covers the ale in a light layer of bubbles with some decent lacing. Light coriander, spices, mild citrus fruit and wheat aromas come through. The spices and yeast present up front and the citrus fruit flavors become active as it hits the side of your mouth. Light fruity flavors, mostly citrus and lemon rind. It has a medium mouth feel, but is crisp on the tongue and goes down pretty smooth.
08-13-2012 02:32:38 | More by vickersspitfire
3.65/5 rDev -0.3%
A: The beer pours a cloudy golden body with a thick white head that slowly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.
S: There is a little wheat smell, with some fruity yeast and sweet grain.
T: I am picking up some sweet fruit, banana, wheat, funky yeast and a bit of tartness.
M: Strong amount of crispness and carbonation. It is amazingly creamy. I really enjoy this.
O: This isnt more than a decent beer.I really enjoy the other Ranger Creek beers, but this isnt one of those that hits the spot. Not too bad, but not amazing.
11-01-2012 04:07:31 | More by gtermi
3.45/5 rDev -5.7%
A- Good looking pour into a snifter. A honey color that thickened near the end of the bottle, minimal sediment. Head was light and bubbly, that cleared almost instantaneously.
S- Mild scent, underlying citrus.
T- Tart, but not too powerful. Very well-balanced, with most of it's strength in the middle. A little too much carbonation, hiding the alcohol.
M- The carbonation is a little too much for my style. You would also expect it to feel a bit thicker, based on it's color and pour.
O- Not a bad effort from the guys in San Antonio. I probably won't buy another SB#2, but look forward to what other small batches they put out in the future.
08-25-2012 03:52:21 | More by genitempo
Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
83 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.