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Sod Buster - Tractor Brewing Co.

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76
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16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.11
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tractor Brewing Co. visit their website
New Mexico, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
45 IBU

(Beer added by: jwc215 on 08-29-2006)
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Lovely85:
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

Lovely85, Dec 24, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%

Tractor- Sod Buster Pale Ale

Appearance- Light golden brown with no head.
Smell- A quick burst of vegetables? followed by a light caramel malt and weak cascade hop presence.
Taste- Light oily hop with a decent malt backbone.
Mouthfeel- Light dryness and the hop's weren't bitter enough.

Overall- A mediocre, at best Pale Ale. Again another dummied down beer from Tractor. I could polish off a 6er of this and then start drinking.

NJpadreFan, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

An unusual citrussy odd aroma and a muddled taste of tangerine and orange and some grapefruit. And an orangey colour to that effect. Not unpleasant but not what you expect. But a good bitterness with a tad sourness in the finish, with a tad of cream. Drinkable and.

Sammy, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured a clear copper hue with very little head. Obviously no retention and poor lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet grainy malt with some spotty aroma hop.

The taste consisted of a sweet caramel malt accented with a bitter green apple hop element.

The mouthfeel was average with a bit of an astringent finish.

Overall a subpar and uneventful APA.

plaid75, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from The Palisade Liquor Store in Jersey City...
A hefty pour yielded a rustic, light-brown color with massive carbonation, a big, foamy head, and a nice deposit of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Aroma replete with hints of malts, apples, pears, and grains...
Taste strongly complemented the aroma, with a sweet, green apple finish, malty backbone, with hints of pears, nectarines, and slight caramel...
Overall, this was a crisp and refreshing depiction of the style, yet, for some reason, this tasted way too much liked spiked applejuice instead of a classic APA... Bottle claims this was brewed with Pacific Northwest hops including Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial...
Wouldn't recommend this...

dsa7783, Jul 27, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +36.7%

Poured a hazy, almost murky, tea-like color with a very thin, patchy head that didn't fully cover the top. The white ring around the edge left slight broken rings of lacing along the glass.

The smell was of floral hops with a touch of breadiness.

There were assertive, bitter hops upfront. A sweet maltiness of caramel and barley balanced out the bitter, but didn't overwhelm it. A nice blend of citrusy orange and bitterness are given body by the malt. Very well-balanced and tasty.

The feel was both crisp and smooth. A tad bit of water slightly interferes, but the tastes linger and it goes down easily.

Despite the lackluster appearance, this is a very good example of an APA and a solid choice of a brew. Very enjoyable - will certainly be getting more of this.

jwc215, Aug 29, 2006
Photo of sulldaddy
2.83/5  rDev -9%

Cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a clear chestnut hue with fizzy off white minimal surface layer of head. The head does stick around throughout sampling. Aroma is floral hops from a distance but gets kinda pungent and old grassy and herbal with deep sniffs. First sip reveals ave to lite body with fine fizzy carbonation. Flavor is very mild but exudes a bit of toffee that rolls to some astringent bitey hops. not over the top hoppy with some doughy yeast and slightly drying on the finish. A fairly mild and overall ok beer. Not something I would quest for but certainly not a drain pour either.

sulldaddy, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Gavage
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange color with no head, just some surface spots of foam.

Smell: orange citrus is all that is picked up by the nose.

Taste: very light caramel malt profile here with a heavy lean towards orange and other ripe fruit sweetness. Very mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp from start to finish. Short orange citrus aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: so-so at best. A bland APA that needs a malt boost and a better appearance.

Gavage, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of John_M
2.38/5  rDev -23.5%

This pale ale reminds me of some of the less successful pale ales I tried in the early 90's, back when a lot of microbreweries were just getting started and were tinkering with their recipes.

Had this on tap at the Albuquerque airport. This is the second beer I've had from Tractor Brewing (both at the airport); neither were impressive. I couldn't finish either one of them.

The beer pours an attractive light peach/orange flavor, with fair head retention and OK lacing. Alas, this was to be the beer's best feature. I don't get too much on the nose; mostly just sweet maltiness. On the palate.... sigh... this beer is very sweet and malty, with minimal discernable hop presence. The beer is so sweet that it's really pretty hard to drink, and there's somethig off in the finish as well. There is a harsh bitterness in the finish, and it's not the sort of thing I associate with hops. The beer is light to medium bodied, but the excessive sweetness and other off flavors ultimately made it impossible for me to finish this beer.

I don't make it out to New Mexico all that often, so it would be nice to stay with something local while there. However, this is the last time I will get anything from Tractor Brewing. Enough is enough.

John_M, Sep 17, 2007
Photo of Suds
3.2/5  rDev +2.9%

This one pours a very hazy, milky brownish-orange color. The beer sports only a sliver of a head. The aroma is pretty nice: caramel and a little maltiness, mingled with a little citric hops. The flavor is similar, with just a little sweetness, balanced with a moderate hop bitterness. The finish is clean, and the beer has a medium body. It’s a little under-carbonated, and the flavors and aromas are on the weak-side of the intensity scale. The bottom line is that this is a drinkable, but mediocre-at-best ale.

Suds, Sep 30, 2006
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2.78/5  rDev -10.6%

The beer pours a hazy amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a fruity pale and crystal malt scent along with a decent hop aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a bitter hope bite balanced with some crystal and pale malts. It's got some weird yeasty finish that I'm not too fond of. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an average pale ale at best.

WesWes, Oct 16, 2008
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3.63/5  rDev +16.7%

Pours a fogged amber gold with a crème head. Nose is one dimensional and uneventful. Flavor carries much of the same with a grass tone and some citrus. Pretty earthy and robust, but a bit off balance and just a touch too much tang. Feel is decent on liquid and the carbonation is nice. Easy to drink, yes. A mass of character, no.

RblWthACoz, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours a cloudy golden. Fluffy white head,that lasted a long time,with nice lacing. Aroma is of sweet malts,and earthy hops.Nice,but on the weak side. Body is medium,with carbionation. Taste is sweet,but with a tart fruit edge. nice bit of hops in the finish. Worth a try for sure.

riversider76, Sep 09, 2007
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2.2/5  rDev -29.3%

Had on-tap at ABQ airport. slightly hazy, very light copper tint. Very scant head, with an inoffensive nose. Thin on taste, with a slightly metallic sourness. Lace was almost non-exsistent. I could barely finish this one as it came in a 20oz mixing glass.

mistermonkey, Feb 20, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev +4.5%

nickfl, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of almychristopher
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%

this beer pours a hazy golden color with an off white head with decent retention. the nose presents a slight hop aroma then a bit of yeast esters. the taste is sweet at the begining with a bit of malt and a light pine hop at the finish... not all that great. the mouthfeel was decent, medium with adequate carbonation. not a beer I'd buy a sixpack of.

almychristopher, Nov 11, 2008
Sod Buster from Tractor Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.