In this beer blog, we are going to sample Farmer’s Tan IPA from Southern Tier. This is the frist time Southern Tier has appear on this blog. Southern Tier was founded in Lakewood, New York in 2002. The brewery was founded by Phineas DeMink and Allen Yahn. They brew several different beer styles and has expanded their brewery a few times to keep up with demand. This brewery continues to grow to this day. Last year, they broke ground on a new brewhouse. Let us get into this Session IPA.
It has a clear copper color with a white constant head on this session IPA. The aroma has a floral to citrus notes. The taste has a light carbonated citrus notes with a nice dry hop aftertaste. It is an extremely drinkable to crushable beer.
Here is a description from their website (www.stbcbeer.com):
When the sun hangs high overhead and the stars don’t glimmer until well into the evening, there’s nothing better than grabbing another beer. We specially crafted Farmer’s Tan to be the beer you enjoy on those long summer days. At 4.6% abv, it’s one of our lightest, with a smooth body and easy finish. We carefully limited the ingredients to two types of hops and two types of malts for a perfectly balanced, “sessional” India Pale Ale. We’ve got the beer covered. It’s up to you to keep the sunscreen on.
ABOUT THE NAME: Pardon any confusion on the recycled name as this version of Farmer’s Tan is indeed a brand new beer. Long-time Southern Tier fans may remember it as an Imperial Pale Lager, brewed as a summer seasonal (2010-2012). Farmer’s Tan 2014 is a wholly new beer and is different in every way, save for the name.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Particularly tasty when paired with hot dogs, burgers and grilled foods. Cheddar and derby cheeses, pizza and summer fare.
AVAILABILITY: Spring/summmer / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / ½ keg, 1/6 keg
BOTTLE CONDITIONED: “For bottle conditioning, a small amount of sugar and yeast is added to the beer so that a small fermentation occurs in each bottle after packaging. This small fermentation does two important things: (1) it contributes carbonation to the beer and (2) it scavenges any residual oxygen that may have gotten into the beer during packaging. By further reducing the oxygen content of our packaged beer, the shelf stability of the beer is improved, making it taste fresher, longer. Bottle conditioning does result in a small amount of sediment in each bottle. This sediment is just brewer’s yeast and is completely harmless, tasteless, and odorless. If you’d rather not see it floating around in your glass, be sure to not agitate the bottle before serving, pour carefully, and leave a few milliliters in the bottom of the bottle at the end of the pour.”
ABOUT THE BEER
STYLE: Session India Pale Ale
BREWED SINCE: 2014
FERMENTATION: Ale yeast, two varieties of hops, two types of malts
COLOR: Pale Amber
NOSE: Citrus, floral.
FLAVOR: Light hops, refreshing.
BODY: Light, refreshing
SERVING TEMPERATURE: 40-45°F
GLASS: pint glass
AVAILABILITY: Spring/summer / 12oz (6pk and 24 bottle cases) / 1/2 keg, 1/6 keg
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In closing, I had several beers from this brewery. I have to say I love their IPA’s but the rest of their beers. I really do not know how I feel about them. I know their Pumpking that I could do without in my world. I know many people enjoy that beer and there is nothing wrong with it. I was at my local craft beer bar and I saw this on draft. I did not have to look at the rest of the beer menu. As many of you know, session IPA’s are growing at a rapid rate. It seems like there is a new one hitting the market everyday. The new ones are better than the last one. This one topped Sierra Nevada Nooner IPA or tied in my world. I really enjoyed this beer and love the hop notes. I highly recommend this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser