Farmer's Tan | Tractor Brewing Co.

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Farmer's TanFarmer's Tan

Brewed by:
Tractor Brewing Co.
New Mexico, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
23 IBU

Added by jwc215 on 08-28-2006

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Reviews by Lovely85:
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3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

The American Red Ale is a very broad style: some can be super hoppy and on the border of being a strong ale, and then there are some that scream maltiness.

Clear and bright tawny color with the pitch towards red. The tiny bubbled head is unwavering. Lots of malt in the nose, more caramel and sweet bread with a fruity yeast in the back. Firm smoothness rolls across the moderate body with a bit of crispness in the back of the mouth. Maltiness seems a bit wet at first, though as the beer unfolds there are layers of caramel and light roasted grain that gives off suggestions of burnt sugar, chicory and brown bread. Mild fermentation twang in the middle, almost apple skin-like. Hops are very modest with a thin blanket of bitterness and a faint citric tone. Slightly dry finish with toasted and mildly roasted grain flavors that linger for a good while.

Balanced but more to the tone of maltiness. This is an ale drinker's ale and not something for the über beer geek. An American session beer for sure. Malt lovers should seek this beer out.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.08/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap. Reddish amber color with a one finger head that leaves lacing halfway down the glass. Aroma is dominated by malt and has a touch of caramel in it. Taste follows the aroma: strong malt body with some breadiness and a touch of caramel in the finish. Medium body with medium carbonation and no aftertaste. The finish is a touch sweet.
It's an interesting amber that could do with some more hops. The distinct malt body was a nice change of pace from the usual style.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of m0unds
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.53/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tractor- Farmer's Tan

Appearance- Clear red with a decent frothy head.
Smell- Light caramel malt not much else.
Taste- Very watery caramel malt slight dry biscuity body.
Mouthfeel- The flavor is quite watered down, this one fizzles out at the end.

Overall- Bump up the flavor on this. A dummied down Red. This is what happens when you try to play it safe.

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Photo of achadwick454
2.06/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this beer at a local grocery store in Raton, NM. This beer looked good, smelled OK but the taste was bad IMHO. Actually, to say that this beer is bad is an understatement. In general, I'm a fan of New Mexico beers but not this one. Avoid.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.73/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a murky looking amber to brown colour with a thinnish off-white head that leaves a small amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma consists of a hint of general malt, a hint of caramel sweetness, and nothing else. It's very nondescript and lacking overall.

The flavour is more of the same and is only a slight touch bolder than the aroma. The caramel is still here at the beginning and is complimented by a pinch of roasted malt that comes through toward the finish. Other than that...nothing. Bland and boring. Mouthfeel is light bodied and far too watery.

Pass on this one. There's no character too it and it just doesn't get the job done in any regard.

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Photo of plaid75
3.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell was very subtle with hints of soft caramel malts and a slight flowery hop.

The taste was equally low key. Soft malts, light hops and well balanced. Decent dougy finish.

The mouthfeel was clean and a bit on the watery side.

Overall a very drinkable ale. Nothing too exciting in the flavor department.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.58/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison...
For an Amber Ale, this poured a very, deep-dark, ruby-red hue with an impressive-head that soon receded and deposited a nice amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Average grainy and amber aroma with hints of red licorice...
Taste was very unbalanced, nothing at all like the typical Ambers I've sampled, slightly tart with a poor overall level of drinkability...
Not recommended...

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Photo of jwc215
1.98/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured reddish amber with virtually no head - just a small white swirl and a white lace along the edge.

The smell was of mild, sweet caramel and a touch of grain/grassiness under a strong burnt toast aroma.

The caramel is quickly overtaken by sour apples and water. The flavors seem to be going in different directions, and don't mix well together. There was a bitter astringency mixed in with the sour notes so that the sweetness became almost lost.

The sweet, bitter, and especially, sour did not mix well together, leaving an odd aftertaste in the mouth. As the drink progressed, the sour took over, as did the large amount of water.

I suppose that they tried to do something unique, but their interpretation falls short of anything good.

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2.6/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of sulldaddy
2.24/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I am pouring a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is at cellar temp and pours a mostly clear garnet hue with several streams of bubbles rising rapidly to the surface. The streams suspend some small particles of sediment. A fluffy cream colored head of 1 cm foams up and rests effortlessly on the surface. The beer looks good to me.
Aroma is some caramel and biscuity malt and grassy, earthy hops. The hops tend to dominate but not very robust.
The first sip reveals a lite to average body with very fine and fizzy carbonation.
Flavor is not great. I get some brief caramel and then some tangy almsot tart notes mixing with a bit of general hop flavor, plant like is the best I can come up with. Overall the flavor isnt terrible, just not overly appealing. The beer advertised itself ok, just didnt come through in the end.

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Photo of John_M
2.67/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had some extra time recently at the Albuquerque airport and, as the local beer bar was out of the Route 66 IPA, went with this. All things considered, should have stayed with the tried and true Fat Tire.

The beer pours a brown amber color, looking more like a glass of Lipton's ice tea then beer. There is minimal head retention and virtually no lacing, and I'm guessing serving this beer ice cold is not helping it out any. I can smell nothing on the nose; nothing good and nothing bad. On the palate the beer has a very roasty and malty flavor profile, with a roasty dry-ish finish. The beer has a fair amount of flavor, and one gets a bit of apple and melon, but really this is a pretty one dimensional, uncomplicated beer. The beer is medium bodied and finishes OK, with a hint of dryness from the hops. Carbonation seems a bit low in this beer, and I get the impression it may have been on the gas too long. As the beer warms up it starts to show a sour component, and not in a good way. Even though the abv. is not very high, this beer quickly becomes tiring to drink and I push it aside after drinking half the pint.

This is not a very impressive beer. Too bad they were out of the IPA. Oh well....

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.02/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to mark, below, for this bottle to try. he told me it was good, but now i see his 3.3, so i'm wary...

pours, well, red. see-thru with gravitational distortion. head is a creamy haze which spends some time lingering. a cyclonic circle is left on top after a few, and tiny dots lace the glass.

smells pretty good too. caramel, carob and chocolate are accented by a fruity burst of aromatics. not much in the way of hops, but the sweet malt wafts are really inviting.

this is really a good beer. i am very surprised! mark, 3.3? c'mon! first taste is an explosion of fresh strawberries, aah.. the hops. and then the toasted sugar cane comes thru, and the beer washes down quick. fizzy with a bite, but light overall and extremely drinkable. i'll bet this is an excellent session beer fresh on tap in some new mexico watering hole. there isn't too much to say about this beer.. it's a thoroughly solid amber ale, with absolutely no off-flavors. it runs the micro average for the style with a bit more fruitiness and hop buzz. recommended.

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Photo of superdoopersauce
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of toothirsty
3.43/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WesWes
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark red/brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pale and roasted malt scent along with some fruity yeast esters. It's not your typical red ale aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a roasted and crystal malt scent along with a thin watery finish. The yeast esters are present again, providing a fruity finish which I'm not too fond of. The mouthfeel is not good at all. It is a medium bodied beer with too much CO2. This is a forgettable beer, much like their other offerings. I'm not trying to slam these guys. The beer just isn't quality.

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Photo of Dave56
3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NatChris
2.6/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy red hued brown that is pretty dark. Light tan head. Nose is sweet. Flavor is sweet as well with caramel tones and earthy leafiness. Pretty nice, but too tangy. Too much sweet bite. Feel is sticky on the liquid and the carbonation is okay. Drinkable, yes. It's pretty good, but throw a few adjustments in and you're drinking something on a whole different level.

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Photo of gotmics
4.05/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

like a more complex fat tire - that silky mouth feel of soy milk, with some maltiness to keep you interested.

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3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of UnionMade
3.42/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my pal Nick for bringing a couple sixers back from the great state of New Mexico!
Being a proud owner of a farmer's tan myself, I had good feelings about this brew. Red ale is generally not my most favorite style, but i can appreciate a good one. The folks at Tractor seem to have a sense of humor, what with the beer name and the URL.
Brownish red, good clarity, with a thin whisp of off white head. Minimal, amoeba-like splotches of lace. Almost a brown ale scent, what with the healthy amount of chocolate. Smells pretty much like a caramel apple, dipped in walnuts. The flavor follows suit, with caramel malt and moderate apple fruitiness dominating. Some walnut and bittersweet dark chocolate in the finish. Low on the hop biterness. Smooth, mellow carbonation, making this an easy drinker. Lightish medium body. Nice and sippable, but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
2.2/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear amber color with a 'blink and you missed it' head.
no head = no lace.

S - not much to smell here, very faint malt aroma.

T - like the smell, there wasn't really much to taste.
I thought, perhaps my taste buds had died, but after dumping the last 3 or 4 ozs of this beer I cracked open a Dub Dog to 'revive' my pallet... it worked!

M - thin (almost watery). very low carbonation (almost flat).

D - I couldn't finish the bottle, not because of the mystery abv, but because it really didn't tickle my fancy, or taste very good.

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Farmer's Tan from Tractor Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.13 out of 5 with 38 ratings