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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale LagerFarmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager

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229 Ratings
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Ratings: 229
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cratez on 05-27-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -17.6%

radek's bottle. Pours apple juice colour, almot no head, though much carbonation bubbles. A mild lagerish taste, drinkable on a hot day, carbonation felt above average, Nothing special.Clean taste, a drop of yeast, only the faintest sign of grassy hop.

Sammy, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

t0rin0, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +9.9%

djrn2, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.33/5  rDev -36%

Reviewed from notes. On tap at Rustico - Alexandria.

Pours a pale grain color with a fairly decent white head that doesn't have much retention or lace power. Nose brings quite a bit of grain and a bit of creamed corn along with an astringency that I can't place my finger on. The taste adds in a slight amount of bitterness, but there is now a strong alcohol burn. The body is full and nice, but the heat really kills any soothing effects. This is something that I really just couldn't find much to appreciate about.

Thorpe429, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly faded away and left some lacing on the surface and down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of floral hops in the nose along with some notes of pine resin.
T: The taste is quite malty and has some associated sweetness along with notes of piney hops and hints of alcohol. The taste of alcohol becomes more prominent in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is somewhat of a slow sipper given its strength and alcohol content.

metter98, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

Burnished gold with lemon peel highlights and nearly half a glassful of parchment colored meringue that develops even more character as it melts. A surprising amount of lace, in small chunks and sudsy sheets, sticks to the glass.

The brewery thinks of this offering as an Imperial pale lager, but it really does smell like a double pilsner. There are no Saaz in the house. Magnum, Sterling, Santium and Mt. Hood deliver a somewhat similar aroma, with less grassiness. No appreciable alcohol is a major plus.

My fear was that Farmer's Tan would taste like malt liquor. It doesn't. And the reason it doesn't is a generous amount of hop bitterness and flavor, even though this is a May release. Man oh man, it must have been a hoppy humdinger back in the Spring.

Malt contributes a background sugar cookie sweetness and very little flavor. No surprise with a grain bill that includes pale, pilsner and white white. The hops are spicy and herbal and bitter grassy. This isn't my preferred hop flavor profile, but it works pretty well given what the brewers were (presumably) trying to do.

As in the nose, alcohol is masked acceptably well. A lack of heat is commendable, but ST has traveled down the high-ABV road several hundred thousand times before. Warming opens things up a little and allows the flavors to get even more comfortable with one another. Ignore the 'best at 38 degrees' on the label as the ravings of a madman.

The mouthfeel is a pleasant (if you're a big beer lover) combination of firmness and malt sugar plushness. Sappier and stickier wouldn't have worked as well and gentle bubbles help the cause.

Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager is not for everyone. It's actually more enjoyable than expected and came close to earning the next highest scores for flavor and drinkability. Even though this will be my first and only bomber, it has turned out to be pretty good high-octane beer.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

A very fragrant pilsner of extreme proportions, Farmer's Tan exhibits the clean pilsner flavor that's fond to the rural workers on the land but in a strength and boldness that they deserve. I'm not one of them, but that's awful nice of the brewers of Southern Tier brewers.

The beer pours with a bright strong straw color with greater visual weight than a typical pilsner. A thin sheet of foam coats the glass but the disipates to a dainty decoration around the glass. No lace and fair retention speaks to the weight of the beer and is fairly standard for the style.

Aromas are very floral, perfumy, and fragrant with the boquet of flowers, herbal grasses, and honeysuckle. Very appetizing with the mix of hops giving the floral, grassy, and spicy scent; but then with the background bready, grainy-sweet scent that rounds out the full aromas.

Flavors start with the floral perfumes found in nose, just before the taste of raw barley, fresh baked breads, and yeasty bread dough round out the early and mid palate flavors. A slightly phenolic, soapy taste jumps in right before the finish but then abandons ship just before the finish. The hop flavors that delivered all that aroma and initial taste fades into a crisp and sharply and pleasantly grassy finish.

Medium-full in body, the beer carries a heavy weight compared to ordinary pilsners. Slightly oily and robust in texure, the weight is lifted as the carbonation disipates and the hop bitterness and alcohol set in. Never completely dry, crisp, or clean (as is expected in classy lagers), the beer only hits the moderate range in each of these catagories which lead to a prefered feel, but hurting overall drinkability.

A very good pilsner of the imperial style, but the confussion of hop intensity, which interferred with the balance, helps aroma but hurts flavor and feel. Also that soapy taste could be done without. Regardless, this is a solid beer and is worthy of a transition from a lighter lager and into a stronger ale.

BEERchitect, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%

Not a huge fan of the sty;e with only a couple I would ever revisit. but poured into a pint glass anyway

nicelight amber with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of citrus, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background. Quite nicely done I have to admit. Warming seems to bring out touches of pear and apricot flavor finishes it off rather nicely

mikesgroove, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.9%

A: quarter finger head yet decent lacing. Golden and clear, typical pilsner appearance.

S: bready and grainy. some orange citrus notes.

T: This beer is sour tasting but in a good way. alcohol esters arent as prevalent as in My Antonia by Dogfish head. Noble hops and some citrus note.

M: moderate carbonation and medium body.

Overall: This one is good but not a repeat buy for me. Southern tier either makes very drinkable beers or one time tries but this one I am sort of on the fence about. Worth trying for sure.

kylehay2004, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

10 ounce goblet - $7.25 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Crystalline, mead-colored body (according to TheLibrarianGirl) with a scant, white head.

Smell: Largely aromatic, able-bodied floral and distinctly pilsner malt scents with a few liquidated cough drops and alcohol tossed in for either fun or spite, I'm not entirely sure.

Taste: Crisp, categorically pilsner maltiness, some malted wheat, and touches of sweet wildflower honey and firm graininess. Slight apple fruitiness. Distilled, condensed floral hop character with a hint of citrus and a moderate degree of bitterness. Light alcohol on the tail end, thankfully not expressly fusel. A bit more florals on the drying, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. The mouthfeel, yes, it is smooth.

Drinkability: Personally, I find it hard not to think it a seven-buck malt liquor, and as such goes down about as easily as the price for it.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%

Tried this at the 2010 ACBF and found it to be a little boring. The color was a golden yellow color with a thick white head. The smell was like a typical lager with some additional alcohol on the nose. The taste of the beer brought along the same qualities as the nose did. The mouthfeel wasn't much thicker than a regular lager in my opinion. Overall, wouldn't need to have this one again. Some beers just don't need to be Imperialized.

Knapp85, May 31, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

An imperial pilsner,there are a few out there and I have been less than impressed with most I have tried,this I liked.Poured into a pilsner glass a clear shimmer medium gold with a nice one finger white fluffy crown.Aromas toasted grain,light floral and piney hop,and a tinge of honey sweetness.Flavors are quite crisp and pretty dry for such a big lager,lightly toasted and doughy flavors up front with a mild sweetness,a peppery-spicy finish that lingers well.A well made lage beer not to sweet and a shot of hops in the finish, not to mention very tame alcohol.

oberon, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.93/5  rDev +8%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Oh, how many times I've gotten a farmer's tan... This brew pours a clear pale straw topped by fluffy finger of white macro-foam. The nose is heavy on the hops, with pine and citrus (particularly grapefruit) taking the point, and a decent amount of flowers bringing up the rear. Some super-sweet caramel lies in the background, trying its best to balance out the hoppy elements, mostly in vain. The taste mirrors the smell, with heavily resinous pine notes duking it out with deep caramel notes. The balance is much better than the smell, with each side gaining the upper hand at different points, only to relinquish it to the adversary in short order. The body is a solid medium, with a moderate carbonation and a surprisingly crisp finish. Overall, a decent brew, strong in many respects. Perhaps too strong in several to lend this brew to sustained drinking, but a gem for certain occasions.

TMoney2591, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of emerge077
2.68/5  rDev -26.4%

On tap at Four Moon Tavern, 12 oz. pour.

Bright clarity, brilliant gold. So clear you could read the newspaper though it. Sticky white foam, it leaves a drippy crown around the edges, and retains some skim on top.

Very muted nose. Dull and somewhat boozy, vague apple, nothing really stands out though, which is rare.

Ugh. Tastes dull and full of alcohol unfortunately. Reminds me of licking envelopes while drinking Slivovitz plum brandy. It numbs the tongue with alcohol. Lagers don't hide flaws well, and this one leaves nothing to the imagination. There's a mild bitterness in the aftertaste, but aside from that, there aren't any typically associated flavors of maltiness or hops. The body is somewhat heavy and flaccid for a lager, and just feels like an alcohol delivery device in short. Unbalanced and one dimensional.

Will never drink this again, and plan to warn friends against it.
Not much redeeming about this, they really should scrap it from their lineup.

emerge077, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.75/5  rDev +3%

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It left little to no head.

S - It smelled boozy and sweet. Some caramel and grain aromas.

T - This is very spicy upon first sip. It had a slight wheat flavor with some pilsener-like taste.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

D - This is an interesting Imperial Pilsener. It has a lot of heat and booziness.

zeff80, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -17.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

On-tap 7/10/2010 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, lager yeast, citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts with a burst of alcohol and a brief bite of hops bitterness. The some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. There is some malt and lager yeast breadiness that are a bit over-powered which detracts from the balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, odd representation of style which can happen when certain mild types of beer are taken to an "imperial" level, overall it's a decent stronger beer to drink for a while, but nothing extraordinary.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%

Pours a bright golden with a nice honey orange haze effect going on, big foaming off white head looks like rising bread daough. Chunky sporadic lacing lines the sides of my pint glass. Aroma has a citric/grassy hop profile with big biscuit malt undertones. Aggressively bitter hop profile with citrus/grassy tones and a bit of a floral finish. Alcohol is there but pretty well hidden compared to most of the Southern Tier offerings. Seems like there's a bit of age on this bottle, proabably not ideal for the style but still an enjoyable experience. Body is medium bodied as it warms the malts seem less dry than the initial sips at cooler temps. Carbonation is even nothing cloying definitely drinks well for such a big beer. Hop oils are evident this is a big imperial lager, more than just your typical malt lager this has character.

WVbeergeek, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

Picked this up at Macadoodles in Jane, MO

Pours honey colored with 3 fingers of fluffy pearl colored head, Great lacing & head retention

S: Faint grassy notes. breadyness picks up once warm

T: Honey malt, pears & apricot with grassy & herbal hops up front. Some grapefruit sneaks through as this warms, plus grainy crackery notes, honey notes mix with a hint of green banana as well. Finishes with woody hops, lemony & grainy notes, on some rough edges

MF: Very chewy, lightly carbonated. nice warming sensation, but turns too grainy at the end

I tend to like my Southern Tier stuff Uber Dark/Malty or uber hoppy; this is neither. Alright, not great. This needed more of both to win the day. Nice beer, but nothing to write home to Mom about...

russpowell, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. This was opened during our New Years Eve tasting.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a half finger of white head that leaves a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: This beer is a bit fruity with some sweet malt. The smell kind of reminds me of apple juice. There is a strong yeast presence as well.

Taste: There is a stronger hop presence than I expected. Sweet and fruity, the apple juice from the smell is definitely there. The finish is bitter from the hops.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is just alright. The apple juice notes were something I could have done without. A bit odd, I don't think I'll have another.

oline73, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice, dry pilsner malt scent along with a nice noble hop aroma. There is no alcohol aroma. The taste is great as well. This is a 9% beer? It's smooth and easy drinking with just a touch of warmth in the finish. It's light with a touch of grainy pilsner malt character. The hops provide a noticeable bitterness, but it's within style. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine beer. These guys have produced a top notch pilsner that's powerful and tasty with little evidence of inflated alcohol content.

WesWes, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is bready malt with some piney, flowery and perfumy hops. The flavor is wheat, pilsener malt, grassy hops and some more of the perfume notes from the aroma. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Had on tap at the Galaxy Hut.

a - Pours a golden color with no head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of wheat, citrus hops and faint fruity malts. Not too strong.

t - Tastes of wheat, fruity malts, and citrus hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - an ok pale lager, but nothing special. I thought the smell was kind of weak and it was a typical pale lager with nothing standing out. Wouldn't look to have again

mdfb79, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +3%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 10, 2013
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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager from Southern Tier Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.