Farmer's Tan - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Ratings: 365
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 5
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Blaze5445 on 04-02-2014

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Photo of NathanBunn20
4.27/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge fan of overly hoppy beers, but this was solid. A - warm rich amber look. S - floral, similar to a huma luma liscous. T - hoppy, not too bitter of a bite. M - Thick and creamy O - up there as one of my favorite IPA's, slowly starting to like IPA'S, will have to try this again.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a good amount of clingy lacing.

Smell: A floral and juicy hop forward aroma with hints of citrus and grass. Citrus hops with some hints of orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, and melon. Earthy and floral hops with some hints of damp grass and pine resin. Soft malt backing with hints of grains, biscuit, straw, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a floral and fairly juicy hop forward taste with notes of citrus fruit and grass. Earthy, floral, and herbal hop presence with notes of wet grass and slightly spicy pine. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, melon, and pineapple. Pale malt in the background with notes of grains, cracker, biscuit, straw, and yeast. A pretty nice laid back session IPA taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Nicely crisp, juicy, and drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a session IPA. Lighter but still has a good citrus and grassy hop presence.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great in the glass, I was super psyched to see a new Southern Tier brew under 5% abv Farmer's Tan marketed as a session IPA all the breweries are doing it c'mon man show me the the hops lite.

Well this one looks great, copper semi haze big ol' khaki colored head with chunky sporadic bands of lacing left on my chalice. Speckled with yeast particles hanging around in a suspension like manner. I don't mind the bottle conditioning, a good feature for such a delicate beer.

Let's get our noses into this one, nice big grapefruit citric nose with some herbal earthy dankness I like the combo only two hop varieties no clue on the hops used in this one. A bit of pale biscuit malts in the backend amongst the lite hop characters going on, no perceived sweetness just some grain and bready character.

Flavors have some unique hop notes, quite an aggressive punch of hop bitterness right off the bat. Yeast character brings some bready quality, pale malts are pretty clean, not much fruitiness. Citric rinds, floral earthy hop flavors add to the complexity but a clean lite hop finish.

Texture wise much lighter than your average IPA ample carbonation, light to medium bodied low level of slick hop oils really easy and refreshing to consume...I'm glad they revived the Farmer's Tan name considering the imperial pale lager a few years back left a lot to be desired.

Overall I'm intrigued by this beer and I'm definitely glad I picked up a whole sixer, it was worth the $9.99 investment seems like this one will perform well in the warmer seasons approaching.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.89/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottled 3/12/14

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a white head on top. The head sticks around for a while and leaves spots of lacing on the glass. Some visible floaties in the body.

S: Nice hop aroma permeates the smell. Floral and citrus notes along with some earthiness. Malts are just a hint in the background giving a bit of breadiness.

T: Hop forward flavor that doesnt dominate with bitterness. Focus is really on the hop with a very mild maltiness. Lingers with an earthy hop flavor well into the aftertaste. Lots of flavor for being so light.

M: Light body with a bit of creaminess to it. Crisp clean finish keeps this one very easy drinking.

Overall I am a fan of this offering. Very light and easy drinking with a good deal of hop character. Something that is perfect for the summer.

Photo of Capperryone
2.79/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Overall, this beer is very average. Session IPAs are all the rage right now, and I would say that this one is subpar. The appearance is fine, but the smell, taste, and feel of the beer just don't do it for me. The smell is nothing like an IPA of any kind should smell. The taste is over carbonated and maybe I am drinking a bad batch, but it tastes nothing like I imagine a session IPA to taste. Overall, I am very disappointed with this beer. I was excited about trying it, but it did not live up to the expectation that I had for it.

Photo of tempest
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Woodbines in LIC. I'm a big fan of the session IPA substyle, so I was excited to find a new one—though I thought this might the imperial lager of the same name. It was a decent pale ale, but the hops were mild without any big, bright notes. I recently had a Blue Point Mosaic Session IPA, for example, and it had bright, floral flavors. Farmer's Tan is a light pale ale, but nothing more. Nice, but meh.

Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

an ok ipa perfect for summer drinking but average at best

Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. 6/30

Pours bright amber with fluffy white foam. Sticks and recedes. Bright citrussy nose. Funky hoppy taste, ends clean. Little bitter hangs on. Floral taste. Almost like a hoppy saison. Good beer, easy drinking yet flavor rich. Nailed the right balance.

Photo of Treyliff
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/26/14, poured into a pint

A- pours a clear golden color with a two-finger foamy cream colored head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- citrusy hops with some fruity esters, herbal and earthy notes, biscuity malt and slightly sweet

T- sweet and bready malt base with a trace of fruity hop; mango & papaya. Bready malt continues to the finish with a muted finish

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a creamy and smooth dry finish

O- an easy drinker, but the hops are very muted overall, this drinks more like a pale ale. Would like a little more bitter hop bite

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on November 3, 2014.

The color is hazy orange to pale yellow with a long lasting head.

The aroma is a slightly muted hop sensation with a kind of apple influence. Mild malts.

The body is light to medium.

The taste has a modest malt character and a moderate slightly fruit hop character. It is a session IPA and is pretty straight forward.

Photo of Sensaray
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is clear golden amber
Nose is light with hints of citrus fruits, faintly floral
Taste is kinda citrusy with bitterness as a prominent feature
Mouthfeel is a tad bubbly for this beer but not bad, drinkable and dry finish
Overall fairly solid offering could be good to drink a sixer, good session hop fix

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle purchased at Nathaniel Square Corner Store in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy light copper, with a one inch head, and a little bit of lacing down the glass.

Smells kinda weak, some grassiness, and some light citrus.

The taste is similar. Lightly grassy, with some grapefruit flavor, and some biscuity pale malt flavor. Very herbal hop flavor overwhelms. Mildly bitter. Just a little bit boring, honestly.

Light bodied, crisp mouthfeel, medium carbonation, fairly drinkable.

Like most session IPAs for me, slightly boring. Pass.

Photo of Immortale25
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Base of bottle says DOB 03/19/14.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before dropping down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Sudsy non-resilient lacing. Little specs of sediment are seen floating in the body.

S- Floral, citrusy hop aroma that's quite sweet and a bit effervescent.

T- The flavor works off the bitterness more than the actual hop flavor but is still pretty moderate. As with other session IPAs, I'm trying to find some malt balance but there's not a lot there. As the drink wears on, each sip becomes less and less eventful. Just one-dimensional bitterness.

M- Sharp bite from the hops plus a bit of oiliness. Medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Glad I only got a single of this since it's one of the weaker Session IPAs I've had. Just nothing there to keep me wanting more. That said, it's still hoppy so I still somewhat enjoy it.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Southern Tier Farmer’s Tan Session IPA has a thick, white head, a mostly clear amber appearance, with lots of yeast sediment roiling about after the bottom contents are swished and poured in, and a bit of splotchy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of subdued pineapple and sweetness, and the flavor is of the same, with light, white bread and relatively low bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the light side, and Southern Tier Farmer’s Tan Session IPA finishes mostly dry and gulpable.


Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear orange, not much carbonation or head.

S-Rather malty, mainly malt. very slight grass and not much else.

T-Malty. Not much in the way of hops. There is nothing offputting but nothing good either. A very mild citrus.

M-Lighter, not much carbonation.

O-Although too malty and not enough hops the malt is dominating. But nothing makes it a beer worth drinking again.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.62/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

I picked up a bottle of Southern Tier's Farmer's Tan last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've never had this beer before, but since I've been trying a good amount of Session IPA's this summer I thought I would give this one a chance, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it's pretty typical for Southern Tier and I don't think it's too eye catching. It poured a nice yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with almost two fingers of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a somewhat lighter perfume like hop aroma that was a little unique and there was also a slight bit of floral hops coming through. Up next comes the malts which impart a light sweet malt, pale malt and grainy like aromas. This beer had an OK aroma, but the hops were pretty light.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they just impart a very light perfume like hop aspect that I got in the aroma and it doesn't show up too much at all and it's followed by a medium amount of bitterness. Up next comes the malts which are even lighter than they were in the aroma and they impart a watery grainy flavor. On the finish there's isn't much of an aftertaste with just a little bit of lingering bitterness. This wasn't a good tasting beer, it tasted pretty bland.

M- Fairly smooth, clean, fairly crisp, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of sweetness. This beer had a decent mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this wasn't a good beer and I didn't think it was a good example of a Session IPA, the hops are pretty light and they only seem to impart some bitterness when it comes to the taste and the malts don't bring anything to the table either. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, clean, fairly crisp, not too filling, but the taste didn't do a good job at holding my attention and I thought half the bottle was enough for me. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it looked pretty nice and it looked true to style. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it was very bland and it's not what I expect from a session IPA. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I would recommend it either since it's not a good example of the style. All in all I was let down with this beer and it left me wanting more in just about every aspect. This isn't my favorite Southern Tier beer and it's for sure not my favorite session IPA. better luck next time guys, this one needs some major work.

Photo of patre_tim
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper with almost no carbonation, lots of floating particles, 3 fingers of boiling sugar caramel off white head. Small and large bubbles.

S: Caramel, pine, honey.

T: Caramel, orange candy, pine, honey and an underlying fruitiness. Grapefruit pith. Solid dull bitter finish.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Resinous finish.

O: A good session ale. Got this thinking it was Southern Tier’s other Farmers Tan, supposedly and IPL. Anyhow, its not a bad session ale.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $1.99 for the single pity its a session IPA but I trust they make great beers.

A - Some floaties in the glass a surprisingly dark amber brown for a session ale. Head is decent a 1/4 inch that seems to stick around for a bit to make great lacing.
S - Smell is great a nice hop cone smell with some cracker like malts.
T - Huh its quite good just above a middle of the road IPA with balanced citrus and piney hops with a sweet cracker like body. No lingering hops.
M - Very Drink able with a light to medium body.

Overall a very tasty session IPA not too biter or lacking in bite. I would easily drink a six pack.

Photo of CabbageA19
4.32/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Southern tiers first session IPA that I am aware of and their first year for it. I just got the second beer off a just tapped keg off a great system. Rich orange with quarter inch thin head smell great floral hops. Weak hops initial taste, mild hop middle of the tongue, slight weak bitter finish. A southern tier you could drink all day and feel good.

Photo of gonzo000
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a. Watery in appearance, on the yellow side of golden. Head 2.5 fingers and it lasts. Yeast evident.

s. Malt smell

t. Some floral, some malt, some hops in the back end, but aftertaste of plastic-band-aid and very little to no body.

m. Lots of carbonation.

o. This is not the best southern tier offering. would not revisit.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 8/3/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains citrus, earthy hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with mildly sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a decent hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Photo of justintcoons
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint.

Pale gold with 2 fingers of light, fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Excellent clarity with moderate carbonation.

Grapefruit, candied orange, and lemon pith with hints of honey and greenery.

Grapefruit juice, lemon pith, and lighter notes of candied orange. Light backbone of biscuity malts and honey. Finishes with touches of pine and pineapple.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, semi-dry, and refreshing.

A decent Session IPA but doesn't hold a candle to Stone's Go To, Lagunitas DayTime, or Founders All Day.

Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Large, four-finger head poured from the 12 ounce bottle. After one minute, it forms a frothy dome. Chunky ring lace. The liquid is amber in color and clear (without any haze).

Refreshing smell of hop and malt blended nicely.

Middle of the road IPA taste, which is not a bad thing. Good malt base with an impressive hop bitter bite. Neutral body with a slightly elevated carbonation level. Bottom line, this IPA is a good set point for the style. This is a good introduction to the style if you are new. For those who like extremes, this will disappoint. Nevertheless, this is a good IPA in every way.

Photo of Naugled
4/5  rDev +16.3%

I'm surprised that the low rating this beer gets, I think it's one of the better session ipa's out there. The only flaw I would point out is that it's a session ipa. It needs more body, hops and abv. ;-)

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/19/2014. Pours moderately cloudy deep gold color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with bright citrus/grassy hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of floral/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, herbal, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a bit. Nice and pleasant flavors with solid robustness of bright citrus/grassy hops and light-moderate pale malt sweetness; with a very nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbon can light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.6%. Overall this is a nice and pleasant session IPA. Good balance and solid robustness of bright citrus hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Farmer's Tan from Southern Tier Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.