Farmer's Tan
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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American IPA
3.45 | pDev: 12.75%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

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Photo of Naugled
4/5  rDev +15.9%

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. ;-)

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Photo of brentk56
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color tinged with gold; the head piles on at the three finger level and settles in for the duration, leaving shards of lace

Smell: Hints of floral citrus and grass, but the biscuity malt more than holds its own

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with the shortcake sweetness building through the middle; at the same time, the hops bring some citrus to the front end; after the swallow, the sweeter malts continue to build and a new, grassy, hop element emerges; somewhat grainy in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: After five months in the bottle, I suspect this one has lost a bit of the hop profile; still, I can't help but think that other session IPAs I have tasted have been far better than this one would have been in its prime

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale gold with an airy head that fades after about 30 seconds.
S: Nice hop aroma, quite floral, delicious to smell.
T: Plenty of bitterness up front without being overwhelming, very light malt that still gives a little bit of underlying sweetness, and hop flavor offering a fruity, floral bouquet. The taste is well-balanced
M: Light, of course, and spritzy with carbonation.

One of the better session IPAs lately. I like that it's under 5% and the brewers understood that kind of strength can't stand up to really really high bitterness.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.62/5  rDev -24.1%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of HuskerTornado
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into sensory glass. Pours a medium honey-burst color with a good sized white head that slowly dissipates until there is about a quarter inch left, leaving a fair amount of lacing.

Smells of honey and hops come through with some sweet biscuity malt.

Taste is a sweet and citrusy IPA, medium hops throughout with a decently bitter finish. Light to medium in body and smooth in the mouth, this is well balanced.

Overall, as the bottle says, this is a session IPA, not one designed to be hugely hopped or be heavy. Well executed for their intent, this is a good summer beer.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy amber/honey color with thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing on side of the glass is excellent. Aroma is mild, though. Citrusy hops. It is very faint. You really have to sniff to get the aroma. Citrus malty taste up front followed by moderate grassy hop. Not very strong, but there is a nice bitter aftertaste at the end. Good session IPA but there is definitely a lot better out there.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.21/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is my first review of a Southern Tier beer on here. I have to say...I think this one is rated way too low on here, there are much worse IPAs rated higher. Had this poured out of the growler into a mug. Big hops flavor. Mostly citrus. Comments on here about not much carbonation, but my glass had a fair amount. Pretty good stuff.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Sky
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

New to southern tier brewing company but it's got me interested. Picked up a bottle of it at a local beer store. Looks like a nice golden ale, with a floral scent. Off the first sip you get a nice bite of the hops and malt. A firm punch to the tongue. Goes down easy and I would compare it to a huma by shorts brewing. I would buy this again, but not too much of it because it seems to sit somewhat heavy.

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Photo of NathanBunn20
4.27/5  rDev +23.8%
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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Photo of Treyliff
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of patre_tim
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +15.9%
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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Photo of StJamesGate
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Pourhouse, Bayside, NY.

Lagery brass with trailing snow – very light.
Cut grain and slight lemon zest.
Table water crackers and a cantaloupe and lime hop hit.
Slight floral end and tight linger.
Crisp, light, fizzy.

Session IPA is no excuse for something this pale. Got that musty pils thing. Interesting hops, but just not enough going on.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- clear dark gold color with a large white head that fades slowly and leave a lace
S- hop, malt, and citrus aromas
T-malt and hop mixed together that fades to a bitter hop aftertaste that stays with you til the end
M- light body and high carbonation
O- very good IPA, has the good hop aroma and flavor that I enjoy in and IPA

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.32/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.71/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the 2014 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a clear dark orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, yeast, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.06/5  rDev +17.7%
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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Photo of gonzo000
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Farmer's Tan from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 368 ratings