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)

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Added by champ103 on 08-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 85 |  Reviews: 20
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 ChanceK
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of ScubaSteve00
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of barbellsNbeers
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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 kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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 85 ratings.
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