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Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 1

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RATINGS: 56   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6625) - 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 (7887) - 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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Pours a bright copper color with a finger of white head. Nose opens with caramel and toffee with lots of oak and vanilla. Hint of orange and lemon peels with just a light spiciness. Some toasted bread in the background. The flavor has a light bitterness along with a strong wood note. Touches of vanilla, citrus peel hops, and a decent malt sweetness to it. Overall, not bad, just sort of okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhamp9 (1671) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 28, 2012
Pours cloudy orange with a thin white head that fades to a ring. Aroma is oak, pineapple, lemon zest, and a little funky. Taste is spicy with a bit of tartness. Citrus and oak come through. Dry finish with a lasting spicy aftertaste. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (23044) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours a golden orange color with a small white head. Has fruity malty spicy oaky aroma. Fruity malty spicy flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty spicy yeasty oaky hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Thanks to rougeau13 for the trade. Smells lightly fruity, some oak and hops. Flavor is fruity (apple, pears), then some oak. Very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dfinney23 (2854) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Pours orange-amber with a fairly substantial white head. Aroma is tart citrus and pine. Taste is sweeter and oaky.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3570) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Bottle-purchased in Austin TX June 2012-pours lightly hazy apricot hue with a small sudsy white head eround the rim of the glass that lasted the whole time. nose is cool-wood, oak, lite peaches, lite bright grape note, but the oak really shines through here. at first i thought it was a bit odd but i have grown to like it over the course of the beer. flavors exhibit the big oak flavors with a very pronounced resinous bitterness with lite leafy/tobacco character. lots of pine/resin hop flavors with the woody undertones from both the oak and hop flavors. unique and cool brew here glad i picked up a couple of these in Austin. For some reason, i was thinking this was going to be a sour beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Had this late Saturday night at BCTC. Pours a hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Big musk, faint acidity, musk and lemon. Musky citrus and funk. Medium bodied, citrus and funky malt. Lemon, thin funk, citrus, soft esters and long musk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2012
12.7oz bottle-shared by jtclockwork and thanks to Tim-pours amber with a tight retaining light tan head. Aroma is rye/spice/pine, medium malt, whiskey, wood. Taste is rye, coconut, pine, whiskey, light/medium malt, peat/wood. Back end is wood only.

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