Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale LagerFarmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager
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American Imperial Pilsner
3.68 | pDev: 15.22%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale LagerFarmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager
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Photo of fgmiele
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep gold with a rich white foamy head. Surprising for a brew with a few years of age. Smell is faint..mostly a light boozy sweet smell indicative of age. Taste is bold like a lager with the malt at full flavor, again light booze sweetness lingering in background. Mouthfeel is thick for a lager..definitely heavy. Overall this beer is definitely a true lager, although it loses flavor with the age. Would like to try an imperial beer of this style when fresh.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 6 oz. brown bottle

Southern Tier Farmer’s Tan Imperial Pale Lager poured an orange gold color producing a minimal white head. The nose was floral; dominated by citrus, lemon and pine hops. The taste begins as the nose detected lemon, pine and citrus hops with a little malt in the background. The finish provided more lemon, and piney hops with a hint of spicy notes from the alcohol and lingering bitterness. Mouth feel is a little sticky but dry, with light alcohol heat.

Not being a hop head Farmer’s Tan Imperial Lager was a little too hop forward for me. If hops are your “thing” this American Double/Imperial Pilsner is for you.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another special offering at the World of Beers in Altamante Springs, FL (how'd it get retired so soon?)this one is a clear gold color with a fair but wispy white cover and great lacing. The aroma brings lemon rind and vague clove caramel wheat with some fruit nougat. Nice. The flavor brings a beautifully balance blend of wheat, maple malt. I get some nutty grass and more fruit nougat. It’s medium bodied with a delicate carbonation that gives a midland quality feel. An excellent brew but typically great stuff from Southern Tier.

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3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22fl. Oz. Bottle. Lager glass. Enjoyed on jan´12. Pale golden color. Chill haze. White color, close, dense froth. Lasting thin head. Floral fragancy, hints of licorice, subtle pine & cinnamon hues to the nose. Gentle malty upfront. Strong hop bitterness follows. Medium-full body, medium-high carbonation. Smooth lemon & fruity finish. Dry bitter aftertaste. Well balanced flavors with a nice mildy malt backbone. Flavorful, refreshing & drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pilsener glass straight out of the fridge; bottled 6/22/2011. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a dense 1-2 finger white head with nice retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice spotty lacing on the glass; with a decent amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of biscuit, lemon, pepper, herbal, grass, clove, and orange. Nice and well balanced aromas with decent strength and balance. Taste of big lemon, biscuit, pepper, orange, clove, grass, pine, and herbal hops. Nice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, clove, pine, grass, and biscuit on the finish for a good bit. A ton of flavor present here, with great balance of bitterness and malt sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy mouthfeel. Drinks dangerously smoothly for 8.6%; with only a slight alcohol warming after the finish. Overall this is a great imperial pilsener. Plenty of hoppiness and flavor; and very smooth to drink for such a big beer. It has definitely held up great since bottling last year; and I picked this bottle up for 3 bucks in the discount bin so it was a great choice.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall glass mug. It's a beauty; dark straw color with a thick three fingers of white head. The tall glass shows off the bubbles floating up and the tall head.

Quite fragrant for a lager. Strong malt/grain smell. A bit of ripe orange and pear.

Well, the taste is strong for a lager too; not up to an ale strong. Sharp bitterness from the hops. The pilsner malt is evident in a larger, strong quantity too. It's like a triple czech pils crammed into a normal glass. Lots of flavor.

Crisp texture, medium body and moderate carbonation.

A great job here. All the best of a normal pilsner brought out extra strong.

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.87/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle, date of 6/22/11. luckily it was in the cooler at the beer store.

appears bright yellow in color, just a little head that fades. very sweet aroma, corn, not really any hops. taste is definitely grainy and sweet. earthy. no booze, but an off aftertaste. thin to medium body, medium carbonation.

overall - not real good, but I guess an interesting style.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an Imperial Strange)

A- The crystal clear bright orange body has a thick creamy head with a bubbly layer on top that leaves a sticky lace after each sip. There is a twisting column of microbubbles gliding through the body.

S- The green pine hops is slightly pungent with a dry yeasty pepper ester hint that grows as the beer opens.

T- The full green earthy hops is piny and resiny with some gentle bitter hops in the finish. The pale malt and a cream note come through a bit as the beer opens. The bitterness really grows in the finish and is overpowering with a pungent flavor lingers.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and a dry finish with a soft alcohol heat.

O- There is some nice pale malt and a nice alcohol warmth. The bitterness is a bit overpowering and not a lot of other flavors can compete.

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Photo of fwiz
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pilsner glass. Third beer form Southern Tier I have tried.

Appearance: Golden color with just a little head, maybe only a half a finger.

Smell: Sweet malt with a nice floral hop backbone. Not over powering citrus in this one.

Taste: Same as the smell. Good hops with a candy like sweetness. Not what I was expecting.

Mouth feel: Medium body with nice carbonation. Very smooth on the way down. Slight dry finish. Nice.

Overall: Again not what I was expecting in a pale lager, but it was very good. Sweet with a nice hoppy punch in the taste buds and a nice dry finish. Good worth picking up when you get the chance.


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Photo of CTbeerboy
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Farmer's Tan pours just like any other lager (pilsner style) beer that I have ever seen. Beautiful golden color with two fingers of a bright white head. I got large bubbles in the middle of the glass and smaller ones around the edges with quickly dissappating alcohol legs.
S- Bready and yeasty with a very clean hop punch (which sets this beer apart from alot of other Pilsners). Lots of lemony grassy notes reminiscent of a Pale.
T- Sort of like Heiny with a strong hop-punch. Very floral and west coast piny tasting. Refreshing as well.
M- Nothing that surprising here. Aftertaste is mild, but you do get the hops on all sections of the tongue.
O- Farmer's Tan is a good take on a calssic style. I was pleasantly surprised by what I encountered when I enjoyed this beer yesterday evening.

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Photo of oline73
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of NODAK
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma smells a lot like most pilsners...toasted grain, grassiness and Noble hops. Nothing really makes it stand out as "imperial" as far as the nose is concerned.

Pours bright golden in the glass, true to style...decent head that doesn't last very long.

Initially the taste seems quite peppery, intermingled with some grassiness. This is where it departs from a more traditional pilsner...that, and the mouthfeel certainly is thicker than your usual pils. That said, the booze is hidden very well and I wouldn't have guessed as to its 9 percent ABV. On the finish, there's a nice Noble hop bitterness that asserts itself, which I would say is more strong than most pilsners, but not off the charts. Has a pretty good bite and lasts a little bit. This sort of falls in like with Southern Tier as a brewery, I suppose.

Pretty good and tasty, as a fan of the style I can appreciate that they tried a different take on it. In the end, it isn't THAT different from a standard pils....but it definitely packs a punch.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear solar yellow with a typical white head - average, but not off-putting. Aroma is strong and malty with a yeasty overtone. Edgy flavor has a malty core with a strong alcohol bite and fruity and yeasty tones plus a bit of a metallic zing. Body is average, and texture is edgy and a little fizzy. OK, I'm not a big fan of lagers, but this is acceptable.

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Photo of chickenflea
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. A vigorous pour shows a clear medium golden brew with a fluffy white head that laces a bit. The aroma is sweet, refreshing American hops with a nice pale malt backing. Smells a lot like a golden ale. Some apple and peach notes in the aroma. The flavor is big sweet with a metallic bitterness. Texture is a little light for an imperial. This beer is good for the style, but is an imperial pale ale really necessary. Still I enjoyed it and I loved the chicken on the front since I have some of those. But even if you don't like the style, Southern Tier produced it well.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear yellow color with almost no head

S: Malty and slightly sweet, no lager yeast which is a good thing. Some earthy hops. Alcohol. Possibly a little wheat in there as well

T: Grainy, with definite wheat. Not overly malty or sweet, but definitely drying and bitter towards the end and into the aftertaste. The hops have almost no effect on the taste, but man are they bitter. Fairly bland in the flavor department aside from the initial grains

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drying and leathery, which is odd for a pilsner

O: A very bland and odd tasting pilsner to be honest. I'm not sure if it's because it has gone past the best by date or what, although that's tough with the abv as high as it is. Not sure what ST was aiming for with this one, but at least it's the first beer from them I haven't cared for, and I've tried almost all of their line-up

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Photo of Jimmys
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: bright and clean gold. one figure white head has some retention but not a ton. some lacing.

S: corny and malty. maybe a little bit of honey. a slight vanilla and almond aroma as well. not getting slammed by hops, smells like a big lager though.

T: a sugary sweetness mixes with a slightly heated lager. a subdued floral hop lacking a significant presence. lacking a real complexity. slightly peppery in the finish.

M: vivid carbonation. spicy on the tip of my tongue. full bodied.

D: sort of bland for being such a big lager. as it warmed i got a bit more malt complexities, but i was hoping for a larger hop presence. not bad, just had some bigger hopes from southern tier.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - poured a three-fingers dense, white head into a weizen glass that left nice lacing and sheeting throughout. the body was a bright and bubbly gold color.
s - floral and sweet with a hint of orange peel.
t - floral and spicy with a crisp hop bite in the finish.
m - thick and viscous, slick.
o - i've only had a couple imperial pilsners (other being good people's) and i haven't been disappointed either time.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The brief label tribute to farmers and their tans seemed a bit odd. Poured a surprising clear and very light straw color - all the more amazing given the big flavor within. Up front mouthfeel is a little then and the a forceful whallop of hops lands on the tongue like a truckload of bricks. Unlike other imperial pilsners I've had, there was very little malty sweetness, giving this beer a decidedly hop-centric character. Bittering was blunt and the only criticism is that a little more depth of the profile would have been nice.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brewed with 2 row pale malt, european pilsner malt and white wheat. Hopped with magnum and mount hood in the kettle, and dry hopped with santium, sterling and mount hood.
8.6% ABV, OG=19P, 7.3ºL.
"Serve at 38F". Funny.

Pours out to a clear pale straw golden, forming a small white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. The aroma is of fresh piney hops and some crackery pale malts. Not much else there, but it's still good. Mouthfeel is crisp with a medium-dense body. The taste opens with fresh piney hops, followed by a pleasant but firm bitterness which lasts quite a long time in the aftertaste. Very cleanly fermented, with no appreciable off-flavors or aromas.

Basically, this tastes like a IPA with a lager yeast. It's a good beer, but I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer I had at the Rivertowne yesterday.

A - Clear pilsner in color, nice golden hue with a slight ring of lace (man they like filling the beer to the rim!)

S - Smells of typical pilsner with stronger hops for sure. To me it kind of smelled more like a pale ale with an aggressive pale malt. I then sip.

T - Not bad! I get the obvious pilsner tones but it's quickly wiped with a nice bit of citrus hops and a bit of an alchohol tone. Yeast is not very strong in taste making it enjoyable.

M - The alchohol is pretty masked though and it goes down smooth.

Overall I was a little reluctant to pick up a bottle of this (mostly since the price was 10 bucks) but glad to see it kept pretty well since it's summer release in the keg. If trying it now I would recommend "on tap" only!

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Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pure, clear gold with 1" of head. Great retention. Obvious carbonation bubbles. Hops are noticeable up front in the smell. There's a little yeasty smell as well. The head smells a little soapy. Taste is a traditional pilsner taste, however, the hops are far more intense and there's an added warmth from the alcohol. The lager yeast is also noticeable in the flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth, warm, and medium bodied.

The warmth from the alcohol limits the drinkability here. Though it may not be a sessionable beer, it's not a bad offering.

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Photo of gatornation
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from 22 oz bottle

A- pours a non descript clear yellow color with a 1.5 finger head with a touch of lacing

S- really nothing but boozy malts and faint citrus some bread and grass

T- a touch better with some pale malts and biting citrus hops with a touch of lemongrass

M- medium carbonation with lots of alcohol heat which dominates this PA

O- a boozy PA which offers mostly a high ABV..not much PA qualities like caramel malts baked bread and citrus/floral hops..will not buy this one again

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Photo of jsprain1
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden with a thick white head that lasts pretty well with just a couple notes of lacing.
S- Smell is sweet, with fruity aromas on the nose as well. Smells vaguely of peach. Despite it's ABV, I don't really pick up any alcohol notes.
T- Sweet, with a doughy, cookie kind of presence. There is a fruityness that lingers here as well. Apple and peach flavors are what I immediately pick up. Finish is somewhat grassy but still quite sugary.
M- Heavy on the palate by pale lager standards. The flavors linger, and it's somewhat oily on the tongue and not really all the reminiscent in this regard of a pale lager, imperial or otherwise. That being said, with the flavors, the mouthfeel worked.
O- A decent beer, but not one I'm particularly interested in revisiting.

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Photo of Phelps
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pilsner glass at MacKenzie’s in downtown Minneapolis.

Pale gold, perfectly clear, and topped with one finger of silky pure white. Big thumb-sized spatters and webs of lace.

Bright, floral, sweet nose. Orange blossoms, grass, apples, lemon peel. Light but good.

The flavor: lemon peel, grass, light hints of fruity wheat. Lingering fumes of dank, citrus hops, some tang and soft bitterness. Zippy finish.

Soft, massaging carbonation inside a runny body that’s about one rung above light. Pretty high bitterness.

Way more interesting than your average lawnmower beer. A biting, bitter yet refreshing lager.

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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 236 ratings