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Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse AleSmall Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

82 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 08-08-2012)
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Photo of ehammond1
2.44/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, xpimptastikx!

(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.

ehammond1, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of TonyT013
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

TonyT013, Jun 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

TheRealDBCooper, May 25, 2013
Photo of zonker17
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zonker17, May 18, 2013
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ExaltedNecrosis, May 17, 2013
Photo of illy0sis
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

illy0sis, May 14, 2013
Photo of kevindp9
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

kevindp9, May 11, 2013
Photo of jl28r1
3/5  rDev -18.3%

jl28r1, May 10, 2013
Photo of rph97
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

rph97, May 09, 2013
Photo of bahnfire
4/5  rDev +9%

bahnfire, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jheezee, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of Dope
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date is 7/19/12, Batch 001.

A: Pours a clear gold with a big fizzy, almost soda-like white head. Head fizzes away quickly, zero lacing. Decent retention at least.

S: Heavy on the pears, apples and a little grass. Bready too.

T: Again with the pear and apples but the apples are a bit overripe. Decent wet grass too. Spicy belgian yeast with some breadiness in there. Bubblegum. Finish and lingering aftertaste has a bit of meatiness oddly enough. Kind of unusual.

M: Medium bodied, standard.

O: Meh. Decent saison but the meatiness is a bit odd, not sure what causes that. Otherwise flavorful and standard as far as saisons go.

Dope, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of SavvyStudent
4/5  rDev +9%

SavvyStudent, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

t0rin0, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle into a tulip. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a big pillow-like whit head that is 3 fingers strong. A constant stream of lively carbonation surges to the surface in support of the cap that slowly fades leaving an uneven surface atop. Some stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma initially is pleasantly fruity with notes of pear, apples, clove, bubblegum and an accenting note of fruity hops. Some tang and earthen notes are also present giving this a uniquely familiar character about it but I can't quite put my finger on it. As the brew warms up, it has a minor hint of sulfur and almost a mild smoky note.

The flavor of this brew has an aspect of pear and apple skins blending into a bit of clove and pepper. There is a touch of smoked aspect also present that I was not expecting. A bit of sulfur, funky cheese and earthen character takes this brew off in a wildly different direction than the first impressions would lead you to believe.

This is a medium bodied brew with an ample amount of lively carbonation. It is uplifting and tingly on the palate that helps move the flavors across the tongue. The alcohol is pretty well integrated but overall I found this brew to be a bit disjointed and confusing. Certainly unique and even after I finished my glass, I am left scratching my head trying to figure out if I really liked this or not.

stakem, Mar 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

ucsbmullet, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of drummermattie02
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

drummermattie02, Feb 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9%

wtkphoto, Feb 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

jwff, Jan 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Jspriest, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Clonies720
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Clonies720, Jan 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

WritersBlock, Jan 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Auror, Jan 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

ThirdEyePA, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of suspect
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Central Waters Tulip. Thanks to nerdrocker101 for the Secret Santa BIF hookup. Love getting Texas treat.

A: Hazy, cloudy golden color. Relatively gentle pour leads to a monstrous three-finger rocky pure white head that fades very slowly leaving plenty of head in the middle and lots of sticky lacing.

S: Wheaty, funky, yeasty nose. Touch of clove and some sweetness of the malt in there.

T: Follows the nose for the most part but the sweetness fades, the maltiness shines and the yeast really comes up big here. Aftertaste is pretty non-existant and the funkiness kind of falls off the table. All in all, it's a very flavorful beer.

M: Big boy bottle-conditioned carbonation. Sharp crisp finish. No pucker...not bitter.

O: A really good example of the style. I'm really loving what's coming out of Texas breweries lately and this is absolutely no exception. Highly recommended.

suspect, Dec 24, 2012
Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
83 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.