Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No. 1

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.

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boto (2283) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - AUG 6, 2013
375ml bottle: Thanks Kaggie! The first think I liked about this was how easy it was to get the wax off to pop the cap! The beer pours a fairly clear amber color. There was a small off-white head that doesn’t linger long. An interesting aroma. It is befinitely old and musty smelling. Pineapple, citrus and oak dominate the nose. A bit of rye and spices in there also. The taste is good. Definitely dry and oaky flavors. Rye, some malts, spices, hints of fruit (pineapple and apricot), and a few other subtle items. Very nice!

Cavie (4874) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle from Fratto. Pours a cloudy murky yellow orange color with a light head. Aroma is citrus orange, yeasty notes and sweet. Flavor is very yeasty and woody, with dry dry finish. Light fruit flavor. Dry bitter finish.

Fratto (2845) - 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.

AmEricanbrew (7080) - 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.

Dixonian (1657) - 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.

Ratman197 (15628) - 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.

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.

ttoadee (1665) - 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.

TheEpeeist (3709) - 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.

phaleslu (10899) - 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.

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