Ranger Creek Blackberry Sour

Discussion in 'US - South' started by starkmarvelo, Aug 8, 2014.

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  1. blatherbeard

    blatherbeard Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2007 Texas

    Sounds like it was worse than my buddys "imperial stout" lol

    what say you #kmello69
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  2. kmello69

    kmello69 Initiate (0) Nov 27, 2011 Texas

    Thats a tough one. :wink:

    The blackberry "sour" was undrinkable. 5 different people poured it out, and not one of us seemed to enjoy it. So do with that what you will.
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  3. caffeineTX

    caffeineTX Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2014 Texas

    Just tried this last night. It was atrocious.

    It is a sour but it tastes like it was infected (like it wasn't meant to be a sour beer but ended that way). I was really looking forward to this after small batch 6 because that was a really enjoyable sour but this shouldn't have even been put on shelves.

    I'm almost kind of curious to see if it mellows out with age but at $7-8 a bottle and being this bad at release I'm not sure it is worth buying any more of and wasting cellar space.

    edit: after reading through this thread i'm kinda glad other people thought the same stuff about it that I put in my review so it wasn't just me.
  4. justin07

    justin07 Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2006 Texas

    Took one of their 1st beer tours years ago and tried their 1st 4 beers or so and always thought they were below avg. Was about to give this new one a shot and glad I read this thread first.
  5. BigBallaJett

    BigBallaJett Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2014 Texas

    Glad I read this thread, thought about going to pick one up but now see it isn't worth my time.
  6. mindswoop

    mindswoop Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2011 Texas

    You really need to try a Small Batch 4 before you start dogging Ranger Creek.
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  7. caffeineTX

    caffeineTX Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2014 Texas

    I also enjoyed 5, 6, & 7

    i unfortunately never had 4
  8. Longhorn08

    Longhorn08 Aspirant (283) Feb 4, 2014 Texas

    But all the cool kids do it!
  9. tx_beer_man

    tx_beer_man Initiate (169) Jan 22, 2013 Texas

    Hah! I had one beautiful bottle of it in 2012, as well as on draft. GLORIOUS. I had one bottle in 2012 that was awful, or as others may say "infected." Just opened up another RC SB4 this past weekend and it was yup...Infected.
  10. caffeineTX

    caffeineTX Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2014 Texas

    i remember having their smoked porter or w.e in my beer appreciation class and it had a little sourness that reminded me of a flanders, looked at the bottling date and it was done right after small batch 6.

    I think they just suck at sanitizing/cleaning their bottling equipment and it ruins batches. Certain bacteria used in brewing are very difficult to get rid of once you use them, especially brett. It is a very resistant bacteria that will take over equipment.
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  11. puddledynamics

    puddledynamics Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2009 Texas

    I haven't chimed in in forever , but holy shit...have people forgotten that they have access to almost all information in the world at their fingertips?
  12. jamescain

    jamescain Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Texas

    Brett is a yeast, not a bacteria. It's just as easy to kill as normal yeast with the right practices.
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  13. Wayne17

    Wayne17 Zealot (580) Jan 8, 2013 Texas

    Ok just tried this tonight... I kinda liked it. It smells like it would be very sour but it certainly isn't. It reminds me of cherry funk in many ways honestly, but I think I like this a touch more. I get blackberry jam flavor on the finish which i like. It's underwhelming but I don't hate it one bit.
  14. mindswoop

    mindswoop Initiate (0) Dec 22, 2011 Texas

    Sweet blackberry jam. Much too sweet for my tastes.
  15. TexasBeerGuy

    TexasBeerGuy Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2013 Texas

    Since we're talking about it, brett doesn't make a beer sour (some strains might create a perceived tartness under the right conditions, but a brewer could confirm the extent that it does), athough many beers soured by bacteria also use a strain of brett.
  16. jamescain

    jamescain Initiate (0) Jul 14, 2009 Texas

    Brett produced acetic acid in the presence of elevated amounts of oxygen, but not enough to sour a beer. Generally any beer that used pedio will also have Brett, because pedio produces diacetyl, which Brett will clean up with time.
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  17. TexasBeerGuy

    TexasBeerGuy Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2013 Texas

    Perfect, thanks for that. My understanding was that it's possible under certain conditions to create some acidity, but I wasn't sure if it was enough to give a perceived sourness. Good info, thanks for chiming in.
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