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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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 23
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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.61/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Friend Paul brought this for us to try. Poured at a good temperature with a nice medium sized, foamy, off white head that slowly settled and some lace. Color is a hazy apricot amber with sediment and no bubble trails. Aroma is citrus, oak, hop, malt and all mild. Flavor's way different and much more bold than the nose. Heavy oak, yeast, hop, also citrus and malt. Body is soft and carbonation good. Finish is like flavor, long, and altogher too heavily flavored with the oak and yeast. One and done.

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Photo of Atlas1
2.63/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchased one bottle of this at Central Market here in SA last week. I was interested that I'd never seen it before, but also by the fact that you can't tell from the label what style it is. You can scan the label with a smart phone or you can check the Ranger Creek website.

This "oak-aged rye oatmeal pale ale" is an ambitious brew, if nothing else. The bottle is coated in wax, and the cap was a pain to get to, but otherwise it's a nice presentation. The beer, poured into a belgian snifter, appears a dark apricot color. A bit cloudy. Not much lace to speak of, except for some soapy looking spots on the side of the glass. The nose is nice, but odd. Faint, but noticeable hoppiness, some light citrus, and some funky scent I can't quite place. Herbal oatmeal? Strange. Not bad, but strange. The taste, unfortunately, does not live up to the big name here. It's underwhelming in its delivery of hops, rye, and oatmeal. A definite earthy, bread flavor rises up, and the aftertaste, while hoppy, doesn't seem congruous with the rest of the beer. Mouthfeel is thin and watery.

I can't quite figure out what happened here or where they went wrong, but this beer, in my mind, should have been so much more. Maybe it's the yeast they use or the fact that they simply attempted too much in one style here. But the fact is that this beer falls short. I'll be interested to see what Ranger Creek does with Small Batch #2, but I won't get my hopes up based on this effort.

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2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle dated 4/9/12.

Appearance - Deep golden clear body. Nice white head. Retains a thick collar and some wisps.

Smell - Yeasty, sweet, kinda Belgiany. Some oak and sweetness. Maybe rye?

Taste - Malty, like a belgian pale. Lots of esters. No rye. Slightly sweet and oaky. Slight medicinal note in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Way over carbonated. Medium body.

Overall - Very meh. Not a lot of rye. What the hell is an OPA?

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Photo of roblowther
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy golden in color with a dense, thin off-white head that settles quickly. Smells of hops, oranges, and leather. Taste is slightly funky, with peppery notes and a sharp finish. The rye shows up but the whole affair is a bit astringent. The aftertaste gets a bit harsher as the beer goes down, hops and slight barnyard. ish. Mouthfeel is nicely slick but a tad less carbonated than I would prefer. Overall, not one of my favorites. Tastes like they were going for an interesting combination that just didn't quite gel.

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3.19/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml "baby belgium bottle." Gift from mhenson42. Thanks!

A - Poured about a finger of mostly white head which quickly disappeared. Body is hazy and a little burnt orange in color. Only slight lacing.

S - Light fruit notes which combine sweet and sour. Orange, pineapple, strawberry, and delicious.

T - Just too many competing flavors that don't go well together. The rye is prevelant with a smooth hops profile. This is offset by a sweet fruit flavor of orange/grapefruit. I am getting some oak but it hides in the rye and hops.

M - Nice carbonation but body is a little lighter than I would like. A little drying.

O - An okay beer. It is definitely refreshing which I normally don't get from a barrel aged beer. There is just too much going on and it doesn't all fit together.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma has some tart wheat and a bit of toffee, but overall is a little faint. The flavor is more pronounced. I get quite a bit of lemon and other tart wheat, as well as some oak and a hint of funk. While I like sour beers, this one comes across as a bit harsh and makes it a bit difficult to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

[After reading some other reviews, I am not sure if this beer is supposed to be a brett beer or supposed to have any sourness/tartness to it, or if it was just an infection due to the oak aging. Not really sure what to think of it, although I didn't mind it overall.]

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3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a bright hazy orange/red color. A two finger white head forms that sticks around for a minute. The head gently recedes to a ring and rings of lace are left.
S: A big fruity aroma up front. Mango, peaches, and a great bready/biscuity rye aroma.
T: That mango, peachy flavor that was in the nose is up front. Biscuit, rye malt comes next for balance. An incredibly odd bitterness/woodyness lingers on forever. I really puckering/bitterness/dryness in the aftertastes that I am not really enjoying.
M/D: A medium body and good carbonation. Really dry and puckering, and a little thin. The odd mix of bitter/woody/dryness makes this a little harder to drink and enjoy than I would like.

This does not seem to be infected, but the odd wood flavors and strange bitterness makes this a one and done.

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3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a 375mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - This beer pours a hazy blood orange with some white head, but not much. The head dissipated pretty quickly.

S - A good amount of rye and spice on the nose with just a little fruitiness, and then a smidgen of oak/cedar.

T - I mainly get on the palate that which I smelled on the nose, rye, spice, and some citrus and hops. On the finish, there is a little oak, reminiscent of the barrels it was aged in.

M - Light to medium - bodied, not very chewy.

O - I enjoyed this beer, but I think that it could have used a little more depth for what it is, a rye OPA. I guess I expected more out of a small batch series than what I was presented with in this beer.

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3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled 04.09.12. Tulip glass.

A: Pours an opaque golden with a half finger of snow white head, receding to a sloppy foam on the ring and surface.

S: Lots of brett and lemon, new oak and a little vanilla and spice and rye bread.

T: Dry and kind of a harsh wood tannic quality foremost, a little sour citrus. Taste is kind of off, maybe under attenuated?

M: Medium body and light carbonation.

O: Nose is good but taste is lacking.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1562nd Review on BA
Bottle to Woodshop Snifter
375 Ml Waxed Bottle

Bottled 4-9-12
Thanks to Shoky01 for this

App- A bit of a multi-colored orange with some popping colors. A bit clearer in the glass with a small 1" head that was a bit quick to leave. A nice bit of lace and cling down the glass.

Smell- It was okay. It was a bit of an off malt with some stinging booze. The deep citrus was a nice touch, but overall these aromas seems to work against vs. with eachother. The barrel added a good depth of a charred wood and the rye added a decent spicy nose.

Taste- I thought it was alright. Glad it came in a 375 vs. a 22 or a 750. I think that wouldve been too much for this beer. Similar to the nose, the flavors of this one compete to much. A big rich caramel base battles with the hops and citrus flavors and the barrel adds like the nose a bit of char and the rye seemed to be an afterthought.

Mouth- I didnt really care for the feel on this one. It was a bit too light and prickly. The body was a lighter-medium with a pretty steep carbonation level. Residual flavors were of the spice, malts and deep citrus zest.

Drink- It was okay. Not something I would revisit.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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