Tractor Pull
Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery

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Style:
English Strong Ale
Ranked #20
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #14,139
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 7.99%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
15
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Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
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Notes: This hardy dark ale starts with a heaping addition of rye which is reinforced with organic cinnamon and vanilla bean powder, giving it a creamy, spice-forward nose. Despite its rough-and-tumble name, the beer is balanced by a long boil of specialty malts that create a foundation of sweetness and roast, so that the rye and spices don’t come off as too heavy-handed. Still, save this beer for last, or have your dessert first.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 15 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a dark golden brown color, with a small white head, and not much lacing.

This smells like cinnamon, spiced bread, rye, very light vanilla, and caramel.

This is really nice- the spicing is done really well- the rye and cinnamon play well together. There's not a ton of sweetness, just a bit of very light caramel sweetness. There's some light honey too, and bittersweet vanilla. The rye and cinnamon are definitely the dominant flavors, though.

This is medium bodied, and a little bit of creaminess runs through it, though not as much as I'd want. It's pretty drinkable.

I had heard some reports that this may be infected, and luckily this bottle was very nice.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Speiglau stout glass.

Look is a darker cola colored with an offwhite head.

Aroma is a little vanilla and sweet malt.

Taste is a little thin, and maybe a little too over spiced. Nice use of cinnamon.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

$ 15.70 (Including shipping)/capped 500mL bottle ($ 0.929/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Undated bottle. Stored at 42 degrees prior to consumption and served at 55 degrees in a hand-washed and hand-dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown, opaque, slight effervescence. When held to the light, some penetration occurs at the top. There is sediment in the bottom of the bottle (bottle conditioned).
Head – Large (Maximum 4.3 cm, aggressive center pour), high density, tan, average retention, diminishing to an irregular two to four mm ring fed by effervescence and a complete layer with rocks. Following the second (final) pour, dark reddish-brown stains are present on the layer, hopefully cinnamon or vanilla powder.
Lacing – Good. Complete sheet of tiny bubbles.
First pour – Light amber, clear. Second pour brown and cloudy.
Aroma – 4 – Weak malt, vanilla.
Flavor – 4 - Begins with some cinnamon and a bit of rye spiciness and flavor. Vanilla hovers in the background as does the slightly sweet maltiness. It ends with just a bit of hoppy bitterness and flavor. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 2.75 – light, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 – Once you get past the thin and watery palate, so atypical for an English Strong Ale, and allow the aroma to shape your expectations, this becomes a good brew, no matter what style you call it. The vanilla and cinnamon work well with the rye spiciness and flavor to balance the malt sweetness and the terminal hop appearance makes a pleasing finale. A bit of diacetyl would have been an acceptable addition with the cinnamon.

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Photo of degueulasse
3.64/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep caramel brown with a soft, thick head that sticks around for a while. It smells like vanilla and tastes malty, with hints of birch, caramel, and vanilla. It's a little stickier than I might like, and I've never been a huge fan of beers with solid components at the bottom, but this is still rather delectable.

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Photo of beergoot
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky, dull brown body; thick, dense and creamy head. Sweet, spicy and boozy aroma; cinnamon, rye, bourbon. The taste reflects along the lines of the aroma; a bit of roasted grain; a low-key hop bitterness; phenolic. Medium bodied; very soft and smooth; some malt sweetness coats the tongue, but overall a dry finish.

This beer brings some interesting things to your senses. It definitely has an intriguing complexity of muted yet spicy flavors. The mouthfeel is quite soft and soothing on the palate. Well-worth trying out...

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Photo of John_M
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery yesterday.

The beer pours a fairly dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive and spice filled, as I pick up molasses and milk chocolate, with considerable vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg as well. Frankly, to my nose and palate, this comes across as a strong brown ale, with a considerable dollop of vanilla and spice. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this well crafted ale, and while it's a bit on the sweet side, the abundant spice counters that sweetness quite well. Mouthfeel is what I would describe as medium bodied, though there's something of an underlying grittiness that I found intriguing. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and drinkability is quite good.

Very nice beer from the folks at W & P.

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Tractor Pull from Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 15 ratings