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Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 1

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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Our first Small Batch Series release is an Oak-aged Rye OPA. It is a resurrection of UNO, our one-year anniversary beer released on draft in November, 2011. We took our signature Oatmeal Pale Ale, added rye to the grain bill, and aged it in oak barrels for a month. The resulting beer has a soft malt sweetness highlighted with spicy and earthy rye malt, toasted coconut, soft pineapple, apricot, citrus, floral hop flavor and aroma with a dry finish of oak.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2700) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from South Lamar. Orange pour with a white head. Aroma is super citrus, dry spice, and alcohol. Taste is spicy, fruity, weird hops, and a finish that's pretty great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6030) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2012
hazy golden color with fleeting head. Pale malt, dry wood, spicy aromas. medium body. Nice pale malt, peppery, spicy, citrus fruit, dry wood flavors--good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle thanks to thirdeye11. Dull copper pour, slight white head. Nose has a wheat bite, some oak, slight rye spice. Flavors of citrus, some wood, brett.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10314) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
375 ml waxed bottle poured a clear golden amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of bread, barnyard, pear, yeast, white pepper, pineapple and light banana. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of straw, earthiness, lemon zest, barnyard and white pepper with a crisp dry lingering funky earthy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Mini Belgian Bottle in a trade from Jamil. What a weird beer, but boy, did I enjoy the experience. Cherry, banana tart scent with a hoppy, musty funk. The scent presented contradictions and complexities. The pour was a burnt orange, bronze, with a white head to ring. Light feel, slightly bubbly, with a dry finish. The taste was an odd mix, first oat and hop with a musty, almost basement, funk, then the oak came through, and the rye shined on the finish, a nice compliment. Much like Neil Young’s singing, at first this beer is an odd and uncomfortable experience, but then somehow, you get used to it and end up loving it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ttoadee (739) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2012
Slight orange hue, small head. Fruit and yeast in the nose. Sweet on the tongue. Citrus fruit, soft malt and citrus hops on the way out. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEpeeist (3414) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2012
12.7 oz bottle. Misty orange brown with an ivory head that leaves lacy veils. Nose is yeast, oak, parsley and dried apricots. Funky, plastic notes creep in. Medium body, oily, resiny, light carb with lingering bitterness. Taste is grapefruit peel, lemon zest, yeast and basil. Some off notes but not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2012
375 ml bottle sent by a buddy in League City- thanks again, Bryan! Pours a hazy orange color with a small, soft, creamy off-white head that sticks around the whole way down. Aroma of oak, apricots, oats, rye, floral hops, caramel malts, orange citrus, and a wee bit of funk. The flavor follows the same lines. This treatment on this beer gives it an almost saison-like quality, like a big barrel-aged saison. Medium-bodied, with a spicy, juicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really nice, unique beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2012
Bottle:   Dark straw, orangish, dirty and hazy, moderate foamy off-white head, clingy lacing.   Woody nose, a little tropical, make that a lot tropical.   Otherwise it seems citrusy and coconut like.   Very woody and mealy up front.   While the aroma is rather nice, it comes across a bit more meek and deflated.   On the tongue its very woody, oakish, but without all the fruity nuance.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, a bit bubbley, not at all rich like I was expecting for the style.   The maltiness and body weren’t there.   Finishes quick, strong oak lingers.   The nose lead on that this would be a wonderful fruity type woody aged beer, but the fruitiness never materialized and I was left with some plain ole beer that sat on oak.   Not bad, but damn... I wished that nose had delivered in flavor and body.   Thanks Bill for this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (6259) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2012
9/15/12. 12oz bottle with big thanks to Walt! Very hazy orange pour with a small but lasting khaki head that laces a teensy bit. Spicy, malty aroma with oak, citrus, definite lemon, plenty of sourness, some cream, and touches of caramel - when I first got a whiff of this, I thought it was a sour/wild ale at first... probably some infection growing in there from the barrels? Malty, bitter flavor up front with hop character, plenty of oak, spicy rye for sure, and more of that lingering lemon sourness (though less prevalent in the flavor because of the maltiness and bitterness). Not bad, but we may have an awesome sour on our hands in a couple of years. Cheers!

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