Ranger Creek Small Batch Series No.2: Texas Farmhouse Ale

A: Pours a murky, dark pale orange color. At first a massive white head forms, but recedes to a second to a ring. Not much lace is left behind after a few minutes.

S: Light Belgian yeast, wood, spice, phenols. Mediocre.

T: Spicy and phenolic yeast up front. Light fruity flavors, mostly citrus and lemon rind. Smoke could do with out not very well balanced.

M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. Crisp and dry, but way to thin for my liking. Not hard to drink. I will finish the bottle, but not something I will come back to.

I found this pretty standard. Especially considering all that went into making this. Like most of Ranger Creeks latest offerings, needs work but better than the last one.

North Coast Le Merle

North Coast Le Merle, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

A: The pour is a cloudy golden orange color with an huge white head that eventually dies down and leaves some nice lacing.

S: The nose is driven by the cracker and bread malt aromas along with a strong yeast presence. Some light citrus zest along with some pepper and banana. Not all that much that says saison.

T: The flavor is similarly boring. The intense carbonation mutes what flavor is there. Again, this beer is mostly wheat bread and yeast (almost doughy) with a light citrus component.

M: Over-carbonated to say the least. The body is medium, but the intense carbonation is just a bit too much.

D: This is a rather mediocre beer. North Coast gets a lot of notoriety because of Old Rasputin and Old Stock, but I’ve found most of their other beers to be mediocre.

Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale

Boulevard Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, originally uploaded by adambarhan.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light honey-colored body with a tall, dense, airy, white head that’s long-lasting due to high carb.

Smell: Spicy, citrusy nose with finely-ground white pepper. Farmhouse smells.

Taste:. Light honey taste in the front. Peppery spiciness throughout. Hints of apricot. Crisp, nicely drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: Tasty, refreshing, well-balanced, easily drinkable after a long hot ride in Texas. Pairs well with our Pizza.

Serving type: bottle, Poured in Brooklyn tulip at 49 degrees. Split with Ashley