Farmer's Tan | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Blaze5445 on 04-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by StoutHunter:
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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.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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 -12.8%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3/5  rDev -12.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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.

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Photo of rwilde
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
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
Beer rating: 3.44 out of 5 with 368 ratings
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