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Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 2

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
This Texas Farmhouse Ale is a traditional Wallonian-style saison brewed with spelt that has been smoked over 4 Texas fruit woods. The use of peach, apricot, apple and plum woods add a subtle smokiness and light fruit texture to the earthy-sweet spelt, and marries well with the complexities of the Belgian farmhouse yeast. Earthy, peppery spice, herbal notes, soft ripe fruitiness and light smoke phenols come from fermenting at high temperatures and create a deep, refreshing character. Highly attenuated for a quenching dryness, this traditional saison is an esoteric seasonal thatís made for the Texas summer months.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BigHoss (171) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Hazy orange color and white med head. I smell pepper, citrus, and fruity sweetness. I taste the same with smoke, yest and orange. Damn nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Pours dirty gold with a lasting white head. Aroma of earth, hay, sourdough bread, and pepper. Flavors of earth, hay, sharp cheddar, dust, pepper, and a slight champagne-like quality. Finishes dry and citrusy with a linger earthy funky bitterness on the throat (lemony in the nose). Highly carbonated, itís too much so to be creamy in the mouth cause itís too darn bubbly! Otherwise, easy to drink. A damn good take on a saison from a brewery who is pretty new. I expected less, but this is good. Unfortunately, itís not nearly as unique as all that "smoked spelt over 4 fruit-woods" talk makes it sound.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (2308) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottled 7/20/12 Pour is peach with some flakes with a rocky white head..Nose is fruits,wood,more fruits,yeast..Tasts is chalky,tropical fruits,yeast,wood..Palate is dry and frutiy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5218) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Sampled at GABF. Yeasty with odd apricot taste that left me a little not sure about this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dyetube (1373) - Hurst, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Bottle from Choice Beverages, McKinney. Date conditioned: 7-19-12 Batch: 001. Pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. Aromas are yeast, funk, orange peel. Mouthfeel is lively and zesty with a medium body. Good brew! Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crajun (1101) - , Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2012
really enjoyed this; aroma was slight fruit, wood. ought pour with big white head. taste was light; slight fruit; slightly creamy. good version of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2012
bottle, hazy orange color with short white foam, aroma is yeasty fruits, flavor is good smoke, orange peel, yeasty bread, substantial finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5063) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2012
hazy gold with a puffy white head. nose is earth, light smoke, spices, yeast, herbs, and faintly sweet. very smooth on the palate, heavy yeast flavor upfront backed by fruit, spice, pepper, and earth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a cloudy straw yellow with fizzy white head. Aroma has hints of farmhouse, grass, citrus, just a bit of vegitable and earthy. Flavor is very much the same with a bit more kick that includes a graininess with hints of white pepper and very Smokey. Light-medium mouthfeel with spritzy carbonation. Overall, solid stuff!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Bottle thanks to Hopper. Pour is a very hazy copper cold, with a lasting billowing white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. Kinda muddy looking with lots of carbonation. Aroma is quite nice: lots of white fruit, light pepper, slightly burnt white sugar, cool mix of phenolics and floral sweetness. Slightly grassy and herbal/bitter green veggies. I actually really dig this aroma, which opens up to a bit more smoke it warms. Unfortunately, the taste really falls flat. Starts with muddled smokiness, moving to flat metallic tones. Fruit and pepper present in the nose just doesnít come through. Too bad. Slightly thin. Just ok. EDIT: OK as this warms up closer to room temp, the body fills out a bit more, and the pepper and stone fruit is back. Still not great, but not as off as when cold.

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