Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale - Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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2.58/5 rDev -29.7%
Poured into a tulip glass. Very light, very cloudy gold with a thick soapy head that holds the lees I poured as a little brown island in a sea of bubble bath. Smells peppery and earthy, with a hint of banana. Taste is bananas and malt powder and starts to be great and then what the hell happened? The finish is like a mouthfull of dirt. Wow. Buried alive by beer. Its not nearly as great as you'd think. Ugh. The aftertaste on this just hurts. Wow. Mouthfeel is great, tingly and sticky. Did I mention the aftertaste? This beer is like the ex-girlfriend we all have. So good, and so scary. Sure, you go back for the post-breakup hookup, but you always regret it. I keep sipping it because I think, "the aftertaste can't be as bad as I remember." Sucker. No, no, no.
11-28-2012 01:16:25 | More by roblowther
3.2/5 rDev -12.8%
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.
11-01-2012 04:40:12 | More by fragilehearted
3.65/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
11-01-2012 04:07:31 | More by gtermi
3.8/5 rDev +3.5%
1582nd Review on BA
Bottle to LA Teku Glass
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.
10-24-2012 14:59:40 | More by FosterJM
3.6/5 rDev -1.9%
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
District of Columbia
3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
09-17-2012 05:50:30 | More by pmarlowe
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
09-05-2012 17:41:03 | More by omnigrits
4/5 rDev +9%
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
09-05-2012 17:37:24 | More by brentk56
3.45/5 rDev -6%
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
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