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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

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 5
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: champ103 on 08-08-2012)
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Labeorphile

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-09-2012 00:36:09 | More by Labeorphile
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fragilehearted

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a tulip. Batch 001, bottled 7/19/12.

A - Hazy yellow-orange color. Not as cloudy as some other reviews indicate, but I was very careful when pouring, keeping an eye on the yeast at the bottom. Big fluffy 2 finger head, beautiful.

S - Yeast, banana, citrus, smoke, wheat. A little all over the place.

T - Smoke! There were several reviews indicating that it was subtle or not present, but it's definitely there for me in the smell and even moreso in the taste, along with the wood. Kind of fruity, like a light Belgian more than a saison, though I do taste a bit of pepper. I don't really care for the smoke. Not bad, but not exactly what I think of when I think of saison / farmhouse style.

M - Medium bodied, pretty carbonated. Booze isn't that well hidden.

D/O - One & done for me. Interesting to try, but I won't seek it out again. I realize I did give it low-ish marks, but that's mostly because I felt it wasn't the best representation of the style. Fine job for an experiment, just not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 04:40:12 | More by fragilehearted
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gtermi

Texas

3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 04:07:31 | More by gtermi
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Gagnonsux

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

10-27-2012 23:57:48 | More by Gagnonsux
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FosterJM

California

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1582nd Review on BA
Bottle to LA Teku Glass
12.7oz Waxed

Bottled 7/18/12
Thanks to Shoky01 for this one

App- A bit of a darker orange intermixed with some good yellows and golds in the glass. A bit dense in the center and produced a very lively and lovely 2 finger slow receding head with a good cling and lace behind it.

Smell- A little bit like some of the CCB Dos Costas Oestes variants. Had notes of being a little woody. (No pun inteded) had some fruits behind it but not much, a little bit of a marshmellow aroma and rounded out by a smoldering grainy ash aroma (<- Very faint though, on a large pull)

Taste- This was a nice little saison/walloon. Had a good amount of layering of flavors and a bit of a light ash flavor to it. A nice depth of flavor across the board. A bit of a suprise sipper at the 7.7%. You get a flavoring of the different woods that were used but not much and maybe a tinge of the fruits. This did have some of the requisite saison notes. A little bit of pepper, lemon, wheat and earthy flavors as well.

Mouth- A thicker light body. Id call it a medium body with a medium carbonation as well. A bit wet and a bit dry at the same time. Residual flavors of the ash stick around for a little bit but dont necessarily leave you saying too much. Nice and light.

Drink- This was pretty good. Way above average, but to call it a walloon doesnt the ABV have to be cut in about 1/2? Pretty tasty, but not sure I'd seek out again in trade.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 14:59:40 | More by FosterJM
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dumptruck81

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-20-2012 18:07:40 | More by dumptruck81
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Jmick28

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-15-2012 00:38:04 | More by Jmick28
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channels321

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-11-2012 05:14:19 | More by channels321
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Hopmodium

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-01-2012 04:36:04 | More by Hopmodium
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whoneeds8

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch: 001
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2012 00:46:59 | More by whoneeds8
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ReyG006

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

09-17-2012 13:26:59 | More by ReyG006
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bentwooke for this. Tulip.

A: Pours clear, light straw color with two fingers of fluffy, sloppy egg white head. Very good retention and some swaths of lace.

S: Lots of banana, smoke, and some pepper.

T: Like a blonde with some pepper, hint of banana, and smoke.

M: Very creamy medium-light carbonation, medium body. Has the oft flabby mouthfeel of a blonde or saison.

O: Decent blonde ale, or I guess saison. The smoke is subtle and adds an interesting dimension.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 05:50:30 | More by pmarlowe
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cthrockmorton

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-10-2012 03:31:51 | More by cthrockmorton
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omnigrits

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Red's Porch and Alamo Drafthouse S Lamar.

A. A hazy golden yellow beer with a thin white head. It's always difficult to rate the head retention at a bar if you don't know how long it was between being the beer being poured and reaching your table.

S. The smell is sweeter and less saison-ish than I was expecting. Mangoes, bananas, soft fruits. I don't get any smokey characteristics.

T. Again, sweet up front with those soft/tropical fruit flavours. Maybe starting to get the tiniest hint of smoked malts, and now there's some spiciness that I expect from a saison which is lending a pleasant bitterness around the edge of the tongue, but I'm not getting the characteristically dry saison finish.

M. Light- to medium-bodied and refreshing.

O. As an experimental brew or an interpretation of a style it's pretty good and I'd probably order again if I saw it on a menu, but I don't think I'd want more than one. Considering that the brewery emphasised that it was brewed with malt smoked over four different woods I think that aspect of the beer was just a bit too subtle. I wasn't looking for a Rauchbier but it could have been heavier on the smoke.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2012 17:41:03 | More by omnigrits
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arruves with a hazy honey color capped by an inch of foam that leaves plenty of streaky lace behind

Smell: Grainy and spicy, with a farmhouse yeast character

Taste: Spicy from the outset, with a white pepper and coriander tone buttressed by a tart lemony character; the tartness continues, after the swallow, though there is a bit of residual sweetness underneath

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation

Overall: A nice Saison with a bit of a tart lemony kick; a bit too high in ABV to be truly refreshing but still very good

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2012 17:37:24 | More by brentk56
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CelticAleMan

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-04-2012 06:53:48 | More by CelticAleMan
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-03-2012 07:24:24 | More by GRG1313
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videofrog

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.6%

09-02-2012 14:45:22 | More by videofrog
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duff247

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-25-2012 23:29:59 | More by duff247
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genitempo

Texas

3.45/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 03:52:21 | More by genitempo
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ChanceK

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-24-2012 22:57:47 | More by ChanceK
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ScubaSteve00

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-24-2012 04:06:41 | More by ScubaSteve00
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barbellsNbeers

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

08-18-2012 17:44:50 | More by barbellsNbeers
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Lawl3ss

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 12.7 oz bottle poured into a stemless tulip pint. Bottling date 7.18.12/batch 001. I recall that SBS#1 spawned a number of comments about the wax used to cap the bottles- it wasn't particularly odiferous to me, but it looks like they've used something different this time around.

Look- Pale straw, high carbonation is evident from the instant the bottle is uncapped. I could only get about a third of the beer into the glass due to the massive pillowy head. Looks like light maple syrup or hazy honey. A few chunks of particulate despite a careful pour.

Smell- Blonde aroma, bready, mild wet straw, musky. A touch of apple and white vinegar as it warms. Swirling brings out a spicy, savory aroma that reminds me of sautéed mushroom and lemongrass.

Taste- Spiced raisin, mulled wine, pear cider, underripe fig. Mellow tartness, peach pie level. Strong toasty flavor throughout. Finishes with graham cracker, chalk, and lingering straw.

Mouthfeel- Soft, full feel, mild prickle from the carbonation. Moderate boozy feel, fairly dry despite the melted ice cream consistency. Mild to moderate warming.

Overall- I liked it quite a bit, but at $5-$6/12.7 oz. bottle, it's not really showy enough to stand out or large enough to share. At 7.7%, I'm also a bit concerned about the long-term viability of this brew despite the aging recommendation on the bottle. Worth trying, but I won't be stashing a case of these away.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 02:44:10 | More by Lawl3ss
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lnashsig

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#BOTG 114!

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 22:54:22 | More by lnashsig
Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
83 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.