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

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by champ103 on 08-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 84
Photo of Boto
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12.7oz bottle: Thanks Kaggie! This one pours a slightly hazy, straw yellow color. There was a HUGE frothy, fizzy white head on it that took awhile to go down. It has a nice nose to it. Pretty standard fare for a saison: grassy, a bit earthy, spices, some faint fruits, woody, lots going on there. The taste is also good. Some spiciness, faint fruits, wheat, yeastiness. A very nice beer.

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Photo of Radome
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted at the brewery in Oct 2013 as a 1 year aged bottle.

A - Deep golden color. Low white head. Good lacing. Just slightly cloudy appearance.

S - Grainy (probably pilsner) malt. Spicy black pepper note. Light smoky, woody note.

T - Grainy pilsner malt provides the backbone. There is a strong smoke note that is almost peat-like, but I'm assuming it is from mesquite smoke, as some of their other beers feature that. Spice notes are there but overpowered by the smoke. Some alcohol sweetness and residual malt sweetness in the finish.

M - Medium to full body. Moderate hops bitterness. Moderate prickly carbonation. Slight alcohol burn.

O - I find this hoppier and not as dry as a traditional saison. The smoke really stands out as non-traditional, but is not unpleasant. This is a complex, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.51/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, xpimptastikx!

(Aged for 1 year)

A pretty enough saison. Mildly hazed golden with a persistent, moderately-sized off white head of large bubbles. Not a lot of lace left down the glass, but there is definitely some. Pretty and appropriate.

The aroma is fairly standard for an American saison. Dried grass and hay. A very mild citrus note in the background. What is strange about this brew is there's a bit of a meat/pork character in the aroma. This will really come to light in the flavor, though it's still relatively mild in the aroma, even after some significant warming. Fairly standard, but nothing to write home about, either.

The flavor doesn't come away nearly as unscathed as the aroma. This tastes like a smoked pork saison--which, unfortunatley, aren't flavors I typically look for in my local farmhouse style ales. Moderate bitterness. Lingering meat. I don't care for this.

Medium bodied with near-high carbonation. Appropriate.

A very interesting, but, overall, not a very good saison.

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Photo of Dope
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date is 7/19/12, Batch 001.

A: Pours a clear gold with a big fizzy, almost soda-like white head. Head fizzes away quickly, zero lacing. Decent retention at least.

S: Heavy on the pears, apples and a little grass. Bready too.

T: Again with the pear and apples but the apples are a bit overripe. Decent wet grass too. Spicy belgian yeast with some breadiness in there. Bubblegum. Finish and lingering aftertaste has a bit of meatiness oddly enough. Kind of unusual.

M: Medium bodied, standard.

O: Meh. Decent saison but the meatiness is a bit odd, not sure what causes that. Otherwise flavorful and standard as far as saisons go.

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Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

375ml bottle into a tulip. The brew appears a hazed golden color with a big pillow-like whit head that is 3 fingers strong. A constant stream of lively carbonation surges to the surface in support of the cap that slowly fades leaving an uneven surface atop. Some stringy lace sticks to the glass.

The aroma initially is pleasantly fruity with notes of pear, apples, clove, bubblegum and an accenting note of fruity hops. Some tang and earthen notes are also present giving this a uniquely familiar character about it but I can't quite put my finger on it. As the brew warms up, it has a minor hint of sulfur and almost a mild smoky note.

The flavor of this brew has an aspect of pear and apple skins blending into a bit of clove and pepper. There is a touch of smoked aspect also present that I was not expecting. A bit of sulfur, funky cheese and earthen character takes this brew off in a wildly different direction than the first impressions would lead you to believe.

This is a medium bodied brew with an ample amount of lively carbonation. It is uplifting and tingly on the palate that helps move the flavors across the tongue. The alcohol is pretty well integrated but overall I found this brew to be a bit disjointed and confusing. Certainly unique and even after I finished my glass, I am left scratching my head trying to figure out if I really liked this or not.

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Photo of Clonies720
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

his is a Texas Farmhouse Saison ale. 375ml bottle poured into snifter. 7.7% ABV.

Appearance: Pours a yellowish-golden color. Carbonation looks extremely high. Thick 2 finger white head forms and goes down to a steady .5 inch. This beer is ever so slightly cloudy, but clear for the most part. This beer looks warm and inviting. Can't wait to dive in!

Smell: Sweet and smoky malts. Cannot detect much of a hop smell. I'm getting a nose of light colored fruits like banana, clove, esters, bubblegum, and maybe some coriander. It smells very similar to Blue Moon.

Taste: Banana, clove, citrus are upfront with a hint of lemon. It has a dry, smoky, earthy flavor that I really like.

Mouthfeel: Likely overcarbonated, but it is not unpleasant. Medium-bodied with a somewhat watery/light feel to it.

Overall: I love this beer. I'd rate it a 9 out of 10. This is LEAGUES better than Ranger Creek's Small Batch Series #1. Will definitely consider buying again, perhaps even aging a bottle or two for a few months. Apparently I loved this beer so much that it's almost gone by the time I post this review

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Photo of suspect
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 375ml bottle into a Central Waters Tulip. Thanks to nerdrocker101 for the Secret Santa BIF hookup. Love getting Texas treat.

A: Hazy, cloudy golden color. Relatively gentle pour leads to a monstrous three-finger rocky pure white head that fades very slowly leaving plenty of head in the middle and lots of sticky lacing.

S: Wheaty, funky, yeasty nose. Touch of clove and some sweetness of the malt in there.

T: Follows the nose for the most part but the sweetness fades, the maltiness shines and the yeast really comes up big here. Aftertaste is pretty non-existant and the funkiness kind of falls off the table. All in all, it's a very flavorful beer.

M: Big boy bottle-conditioned carbonation. Sharp crisp finish. No pucker...not bitter.

O: A really good example of the style. I'm really loving what's coming out of Texas breweries lately and this is absolutely no exception. Highly recommended.

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Photo of roblowther
2.72/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of fragilehearted
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of gtermi
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.59/5  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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of omnigrits
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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

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Photo of genitempo
3.44/5  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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.77/5  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.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.93/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a muddy and hazy burnt orange color topped off with a nice thick white head, roughly one and a half fingers thick. The head slowly thins and covers the ale in a light layer of bubbles with some decent lacing. Light coriander, spices, mild citrus fruit and wheat aromas come through. The spices and yeast present up front and the citrus fruit flavors become active as it hits the side of your mouth. Light fruity flavors, mostly citrus and lemon rind. It has a medium mouth feel, but is crisp on the tongue and goes down pretty smooth.

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Photo of champ103
3.22/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky, dirty looking pale orange color. At first a massive white head forms, but recedes in a second to a ring. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Light Belgian yeast, wood, spice, phenols. Enjoyable, if not particularly engaging.
T: Spicy and phenolic yeast up front. Light fruity flavors, mostly citrus and lemon rind.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Crisp and dry, but way to thin for my liking. Not hard to drink. I will finish the bottle, but not something I will come back to often.

I found this pretty standard. Especially considering all that went into making this. Like most of Ranger Creeks latest offerings, pretty ho hum.

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Small Batch Series No. 2: Texas Farmhouse Ale from Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
3.64 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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