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Tractor Brewing Sodbuster Pale Ale



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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 2.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.53   ABV: -
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Rich and complex in malty sweetness, yet loaded with Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PocoTheWeisse (1) - - OCT 21, 2014 does not count
This is an interesting one. The bitter hops are present but the moment that they subside, the malts kick in, making for an interesting contrast. A good chunk of pale ales I’ve had in the past were either IPA’s disguised as a pale, watered down IPAs with only a few having an adequate balance between the bitterness and maltiness. I am horrendously biased when it comes to Tractor (it is one of my top two breweries) but I have to say this pale really balances the hops and malts. This is surprisingly refreshing with a pleasant amount of both ends of the tasty spectrum. I got a bit of a hint of apricot fruitiness underneath the more boisterous malts and hops. Oh! I think it is important to note that Tractor is apparently making a push to serve their craft brews in the proper vessel. Instead of the typical V-shaped pint glass, my pale was served in a glass that looked kinda like the head of Frankenstein. I asked the beertender and she said it was a “pub glass”, and after a little more research I found that it was an “English Pub Glass”. It’s neat that they try to give an enhanced experience for their brews. (Though, if you don’t want to drink out of Frankenstein’s head, they can give you the typical pint glass.)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ketchepillar (1171) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 16, 2012
On tap at the taproom. Bready, biscuity malt, but it's kinda dirty. Decently balanced. Boring. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomciccateri (1022) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 29, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 On draught at the brewpub. Marked as 6.0% on chalkboard. Pours a clear,deep copper color with only slight head. Mild hoppy aroma, with a slight malty aroma accompanying. Light-to-medium body with hop-over-malt flavor balance. Mellow hop flavor and bitterness along with slightly caramel maltiness. A nice light pale ale. Now marked as 5.5% on 23 December 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3505) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear burnt orange with a white head. Aroma of sweet fruits and pale malts. Flavor of toasted, bready malt and dominated by more sweet fruits. A good pale ale on the sweeter side. 7/4/7/4/14 [3.6/5]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2010
A very strong malty flavor with a hoppy finish. Caramel malts abd great head

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours copper golden body with a white head. Grainy dry and light, hop profile is earthy subdued and mildly grassy. Moth grapefruit. A miss for sure.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
phobos1031 (87) - Paradise, Nevada, USA - APR 25, 2009
12 oz bottle. THE single most foamy fuzzy froathy pouring beer to date. it took like 10 minutes to get it all out of the bottle. not much of and aroma. strong hop and wet paper taste. i see why it’s on "manager’s Special" at Lee’s Discount Liquor

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2009
12 oz bottle. Poured a hazy amber color with a two finger tan head. The aroma was a bit of sweet malt, with floral and citrus notes. The flavor was bland and watery, not giving quite the palate that the aroma suggested.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Hazy amber pour with a ton of fizzy tan foam. Aroma was very floral and sweet with a good amount of citrus mixed in. Flavor is equally as floral and citrusy with a good amount of grapefruit and hop flavors mixing with some apple skins and dry grass. Leaves a bitterness on the tongue that’s quite nice. The amount of foam mixes poorly with the beer and gives it a very odd mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Bottle: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with a thin, wispy-lacing white head. Aroma of mild grainy pale malt and some grassy citrusy hops. Body starts about average with a faint malty sweetness and some citric tartness before a blander finish. Pretty drinkable, but at the same time mediocre. Needs a fresher, more assertive hop profile.

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