Small Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPA | Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling

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Small Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPASmall Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPA
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Small Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPASmall Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPA

Brewed by:
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by RuckusDu on 05-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.42/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a weizen pint glass. Hand-labeled bottling date 4.9.12.

Look- Hazy deep amber with three fingers of soapy eggshell head. Decent retention, nice dense speckled lace. Foamy cap persists until the glass has emptied.

Smell- Caramel, tangerine, fresh bread, musky, flowery, nutmeg, old ale, raisin, apple, warm spice.

Taste- Very mellow. Mild feel, strong wood flavor. Lightly bitter, distinct yeast twang plays well with the rye. Funky but not overwhelmingly so. Light hop presence doesn't overpower the sharper flavors. Very interesting. The usual Central Texas extra-hard water character is present but well-suited. Half of the flavor comes out in stages long after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Medium-full body, medium carb. Silky feel. Moderately dry.

Overall- A bit pricey for 12 oz., but hey, it's less than corn lager at a baseball game. Extremely well executed, and does an excellent job of balancing a number of often overdone elements. Worth trying, give it a chance to warm up and enjoy it slowly.

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4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#BOTG 54!

Whoa, the wax on this bottle is the smelliest wax I have ever smelled. Lots of chatter on this topic has been flying around twitter, and I've heard things like "if vomit had sex with burning plastic" to describe it, but this shit is so rank I washed my hands twice after opening it. Luckily after getting this bottle open, the smell didn't carry over. This is a crazy concept of a beer- an Oak Aged Rye Oatmeal Pale Ale. Appearance- after getting this into the glass, the color is cloudy orange, some white head leaves just a little lacing on the sides of the glass. Nice looking beer. Smell- a little sour citrus notes, some mustiness, earthy funk. Maybe some yogurt notes. Taste- super creamy mouthfeel, some wine barrel notes, a touch of funk, a really nice smooth fruity malt backbone, nice grassy hoppiness delivers some bitterness on the end. I'm a fan of this beer, and will try to pick up a few more to lay down. I usually find Ranger Creek to be pretty out there and experimental, sometimes putting out things that aren't ready for production, but this one works. Super smooth, good stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

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4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Interesting looking beer, thanks to ApostleBrewing

Pours a decent looking fizzy but thick 1 finger head that fades at a med pace with nice layered lacing, over a fairly clear golden slightly coppery orange colored beer.

Nose blasts with a rye aroma, so much fruity rye, and possibly bit of wild funk or good infection, a nice orange peel citrus hop, a big toasty oak with a little caramelized oak fibers like aroma, and little grassy earthy hop character. The more I nose it the more I think that possible wild character is just the crazy rye and oak characters coming through strong, but only the taste will tell.

Taste brings plenty of oak at first, a little buttery toasted oak, actually a lot of that. Rye is strong again with a big spicy and fruity character, but I also think there is some wild funk and little wild yeast character, I really think there Brett in this, I'm almost positive, as a horsehair funk starts to really come through, combines with the fruity rye and buttery toasty oak for a nice flavor. Some sweet caramel malts under all that, with a little toasty reddish malt too and almost syrupy. Finish is dry and quite fruity, some fruity slightly citrus hops kicking in, with more Brett funk and fruity rye lingering with a touch of sticky syrupy malt.

Mouth is med bodied, nice fluffy carb.

Overall if that's a Brett infection on purpose it's quite a nice beer, if not, then it's still good but not what they intended. A great rye character and nice buttery toasty oak, with decent malt to back it all up and very faint hops overall. The Brett really puts it all together nicely as it plays with the other flavors.

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4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

UPDATED: May 2013

With a year on this the color and appearance are impressive as it pours a solid auburn amber hue with thick creamy foam.

There’s a subdued aroma with some floral notes come out.

Because of some of the criticism I’ve read I was surprised how well the flavor held up, with a filling spiciness from the rye and a noticing contribution from the French oak. A surprising winner. Makes me wish I had another to check out in four more years.

Original review:

The first thing about this beer is the horrendously nasty smell of … the wax. Yes, the wax. People have commented elsewhere about how the wax smells. I laughed it off—and then I smelled it for myself. Honestly, I thought something had rotted in my fridge. Turned out it was just the wax on this bottle. Cut it out, peel it off, wash your hands, and don’t let it touch the beer.


All that said, this poured a warm golden amber color with lasting foam. It has a floral character to it, with a light aroma that hides some hints of tropical fruit under the floral, spring-time aroma. It has a real pleasing flavor with a pleasant effervescence that keeps the flavors lively on the palate. Lightly hopped, in many ways reminiscent of a Belgian IPA in that the hop presence is balanced or complemented by the characteristics of the yeast (in a ‘Belgian IPA’) or, most likely in the case of this beer, the qualities from barrel-aging. That barrel-aging in French oak imparts a good deal of zestiness, some spice, and the floral notes. Finishes dry.

Not a bad beer. The 375 mL bottle was about $6. Which is more than I tend to pay—but, ironically enough, if this was in a 750 cork and caged bottle I wouldn’t think twice of paying $12 for it. Go figure. Stink wax aside, the contents were really enjoyable. It resembled Ranger Creek’s Uno, which resembled their OPA, but this beer was distinct enough to stand on it’s own. Like a relative where you catch the family resemblance but realize it has its own personality.

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4.02/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Oak-aged rye oatmeal pale ale. This beer is a re-brew of UNO, Ranger Creek's one-year anniversary beer released in 2011, although the malt bill has rye added and the brew was aged in oak barrels for a month. Into a tulip.

Slightly hazed tangerine, with one finger of big-bubbled, shock-white froth. Remains as a thin top layer.

Good aroma, can be smelled from a foot away. Very floral, rose, lavender. Tangerine and honey blend. A touch of oaky vanilla.

Tangerine and lavender in the flavor, sweet and bright. Oaky as well, nice green wood flavor. Mild bitterness, fairly sweet.

Mild, poking carbonation. Medium-light, slightly watery body. Hops are almost spicy. 3

A very tasty pale ale. Complex, bright.

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4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml waxed bottle into a Brooklyn tulip. Do not smell the have been warned.

Pours with a hazy, burnt orange hue that fades to golden edges. The foam holds up nicely, leaving a wisp and ring of small khaki bubbles along the edge of the glass. Aroma suggests lighter notes of tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, pear), while the malt is clean and simple with a kiss of rye bread. Brett in the nose adds a nice layer of funk to the background.

The crispness of the rye shines in the flavor, with a snappy bite that compliments the chewy smoothness of the oats. Hops are citric and bitter, and the Brett adds a dry funkiness to the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with a tight, light carbonation level. All in all, a tasty anniversary release from Ranger Creek. Whether the Brett was intended or not, it still turned into a quaffable beer. Not sure how it will age, though. Also, CHANGE THAT WAX! :D

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3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ranger Creek tulip. Bottled 4/9/12, opened 11/26/12.

A: Pours a ruddy orange/gold with some thick white head that lasts for a bit and then laces
S: Reminds me of a Jester King Boxer's Revenge. Very "wild ale" barnyard funk sourness to the scent.
T: Opens with some funk, followed by a hop bite, and a little maltiness on the exit. The funk is very heavy in the aftertaste as well. Having had the fresh OPA on tap at Ranger Creek, I am completely surprised how much this is NOT like that! SB#1 is a completely different animal than the OPA on which it is based. A little bit of that is the addition of the rye, but the majority of the difference is from the aging in barrels and the introduction of some wildness from those barrels.
M: Spicy, zesty, it has fine bubbles that tickle the tongue.
D: Not one to be chugged. It is a fine sipper, and highly recommended for fans of wild ales.

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3.91/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

375ml bottle: Thanks Kaggie! The first think I liked about this was how easy it was to get the wax off to pop the cap! The beer pours a fairly clear amber color. There was a small off-white head that doesn’t linger long. An interesting aroma. It is befinitely old and musty smelling. Pineapple, citrus and oak dominate the nose. A bit of rye and spices in there also. The taste is good. Definitely dry and oaky flavors. Rye, some malts, spices, hints of fruit (pineapple and apricot), and a few other subtle items. Very nice!

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Small Batch Series No. 1: Oak-Aged Rye OPA from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
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