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Farmer's Tan - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Farmer's TanFarmer's Tan

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40 Reviews

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Reviews: 40
Hads: 368
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 40.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Blaze5445 on 04-02-2014

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Reviews: 40 | Hads: 368
Reviews by ryan1788a5:
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4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: It's dimly lit, but to the best of my ability I will describe it as brassy golden with a mild haze. The frothy off-white head retains very well. Rings of lacing stripe the glass on the way down.

S: Dank nose full of pungent and sweet hop aromas. Sweet sticky bud. Brimming with tropical hop tastes as well,with a sort of hop-derived tartness at its core. Pineapple, mandarin orange, honeydew melon, the mildly tart white part of the watermelon rind. Floral too. Light toast and dried caramel malt scents.

T: Earthy pine, hop oils, sticky bud. Fresh grass clippings. Ample bitterness. Tropical hop tastes of tangerine, honeydew melon,and subtle watermelon rind. Maybe even a slight blueberry skin sort of flavor? Toasted grain, bone dry malt base. Dry grainy and toasty finish with earthy hops lingering.

M: Light in body (duh). Mild frothy creaminess. Sharp scrubbing carbonation makes it crisp and refreshing. Gritty and enamel-raking hop astringency and hop oils impact the mouthfeel, but stop just short of being off-putting.

O: The nose really pops. Overall a great session IPA. I've been pretty vocal about my criticisms of the style as a whole, but I actually found this one to be pretty drinkable. One of the better session IPAs around at this point in the game.

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3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #89 (June 2014):

Bitter, Light, Trendy

Without a doubt this substyle of the IPA is one of THE trends of 2014. Farmer’s Tan runs well within the same vein being light bodied with an overly aggressive hoppiness for its size. Any easy hop fix without paying the toll of being a bigger beer though these beers tend to be less interesting, sort of a one sided brew.

STYLE: Session IPA | ABV: 4.6% | AVAILABILITY: Summer

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of NathanBunn20
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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3.2/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of CloudStrife
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.17/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Farmer's Tan from Southern Tier Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.