OPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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OPA - Oatmeal Pale AleOPA - Oatmeal Pale Ale

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Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JonathanL7890 on 11-26-2010

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Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of four core beers Ranger Creek brews, their Oatmeal Pale Ale is a clever take on a brewhouse staple. I like to think of it as a gateway beer: it’s a quality craft beer that’s an easy drinker and just the sort of thing to win over folks used to BMCL (the L is for Lonestar—this is Texas!).

This beer pours with some cloudiness and a tan/straw color. A muted pale ale aroma. Very effervescent. Mellow flavor that I’m attributing to the oatmeal. Not a hop forward beer, but definitely a light (not in the Light beer sense) and easy drinker.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Red's Porch.

A. On the red side of copper with almost no head, but I think the waiter was simply trying to give me as full a pour as possible.

S. Very little head leads to not much aroma. Some biscuity malts and a promise of hops.

T. This is where the beer really took off for me. Sorry to steal a line from another brewery (Wychwood) but the only way to describe this is big, round and fruity. The maltiness reminds of so many good English bitters, but the American hops give it a very different character. The finish is both sweet and bitter.

M. Medium bodied, carbonation not excessive. Smooth and creamy.

O. A very well built beer, and at 5% definitely sessionable.

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Photo of Durge
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Draught House Pub in Austin, Texas, this hoppy oddity shows a slightly cloudy copper color with just a whispy off-white film on top and very little lacing. The aroma brings a decidedly skunky sour mash with a vague caramel sweetness trying to fight through. Odd but not necessarily time to panic. The flavor has an interesting lemon hop bite that is working with a caramel-toffee bread background. The skunk is still there a bit but it's decorated nicely with bubblegum wheat germ ideas and a hint of thyme perhaps? Drinkability is plenty good, medium bodied with a smooth feel. A little different. Not sure I can identify with the oatmeal quotient, but I liked it and would drink again. The aroma might put some folks off but it's just a little unique, not bad at all.

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Photo of nickhiller
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear, Pinesol colored with a smidgen of head, no lacing.

S: grass, very malty in a Whoppers/Maltesers kind of way.

T: Necco wafer big time, like those little candy cigarettes, very piney, really its like biting into a pinecone, grassy.

M: medium body, the carbonation leaves something to be desired, very dry, piney finish.

D: I keep saying it but this really tasted like a pine tree. There was also no suggestion of the oatmeal, I mainly ordered this out of a curiosity for what an "oatmeal pale ale" would taste like but was left pretty underwhelmed, not sure what makes this pale ale different than any other, maybe they just liked the name--but if that's the case it is rather misleading. And the carbonation was disapppointingly low, seems like a pattern for this brewery. It kind of makes me wonder if they have faulty kegging technology. Anyhoo, I'm less impressed with this than the smoked porter.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Whip In, 26 Feb 2011.

Small slightly off white head. Fairly cloudy, lightly carbonated. Orange brown in color. Aroma is slightly sweet, floral. Light caramel to start, becoming moderately hoppy through the middle and finish. Not much oatmeal in the body or flavor. Finish becomes a little bitter and orange. Medium body, moderate alcohol.

A says slightly watered down.

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Photo of spaceycasey
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Austin Flying Saucer

A - Slightly hazy copper will only the faintest hint of what was once a head, though I suspect this is more the result of the environment (packed Saucer, busy bartenders, busy waitresses) than the beer itself.

S - Light to moderate citrusy hop aroma with nutty, bready malt character. Slight aroma of band aid phenol.

T - Good American hop flavor and bitterness for a Pale Ale, not too over the top. Interesting balance with the malt character and the unique twist of the oats. Unfortunately, the band aid phenol is more present than in the aroma, so I had to knock it a little bit.

M - Has the nice "soft" mouthfeel I expect from a pale ale with a unique creaminess from the oats. Very nice.

D - Quite sessionable though the band aid would keep me from drinking too many.

Good effort from this new Texas brewery, looking forward to more by them.

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Photo of JonathanCrites
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Flying Suacer in Houston.

A - Pint pours a nice copper color with a white head that leaves lace as you drink.

S - You can smell the hops clearly but they don't overwhelm. Definitely getting a strong citrus aroma.

T - Very good hoppy ale with a nutty taste that must come from the oats. The hops were strong but not astringent and is well complemented by the oats.

M - So smooth! Just like in an oatmeal stout this beer is so creamy from the oats.

D - Medium body that goes down easy, at 5% I could easily have had several more.

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Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear copper color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some nice lace is left behind.
S: Kind of neutral. Some citrus, melons, and grass. A light bitterness lingers. Toasted and sweet malt.
T: Plenty of hops. Citrus, melons, lemon, and grass. A big toasted malt flavor with some oatmeal cookies. The oatmeal is light, but a nice compliment to the malty flavors.
M/D: A medium to full body and moderate carbonation. Ultra smooth and creamy. Just silky smooth from the oatmeal I would assume. So easy to drink. I had two pints and could have had more without a thought.

An excellent pale ale. I was not sure what to expect from an Oatmeal Pale Ale, but this works really well. A well done and unique beer. Something I would highly recommend. I can't wait to see what comes next from Ranger Creek.

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Photo of JonathanL7890
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow -- I guess I get to be the first to review this beer. Yay!

Appearance: copper - amber, somewhat cloudy, absolutely no head. They must have rushed this to market a bit early before the carbonation is complete. Anyway, this is an easy thing to dial in.
Smell: aroma is melon, pineapple. moderate to strong.
Taste: Somewhat grainy. Very silky in the mouth, a bit of a sweet impression but also a good amount of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: the mouthfeel on this beer is amazing! very silky and just a hint of graininess which I would describe as spectacular. It is a bit undercarbonated ,
Drinkability: This may be the one of my top pale ales. I can't wait to try this when it becomes properly carbonated.

Overall, I am very impressed. If the rest of their beer line is like this I will be a big fan.

Good Job Rob!

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