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

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by cratez on 05-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 236 |  Reviews: 136
Reviews by RichScherle:
Photo of RichScherle
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a gorgeous IPA like lager that really showcases hops from the noble line.

A - Beautifully bright pale golden which is nicely cloudy. The head is meringue like foam very thick and persistent.

S - Subtle yet powerful aromas of noble hops - most of the hops used in this beer are descendent of hallertau and it shows - a wonderful slightly grassy/piney nose.

T - This beer tastes like heaven I say. Nice frontal sweet malty notes (but not cloying)which transition into tropical fruit notes - possibly pineapple-like or passion fruity. Then the noble hops take over and leave a supremely refined bitter finish that is to be savored. Piney and grassy as opposed to citrusy imo. To my taste the alcohol is there but in a good way - adds nicely to the way the hop and malt flavors glide on the palette. Very dynamic in the way the beer starts and ends with the taste - first with the fresh barley notes then a juicy middle of tropical fruitiness, then fades to dryness with noble hop character dominating. A+

M - wonderful texture in the mouth. Nice full bodied feel.

D - I found the alcohol to be fairly well hidden - poking out only where it should to add in flavor. Also, I managed to get 6 of these bombers at $4/bottle which is outrageous for a beer this great! I'm not complaining - extraordinary value for the price.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a pilsner glass this beer was golden colored with a good two inches of white head. Plenty of lacing.
Floral aroma, sweet malt.
Piney hops, earthy. Biscuit taste.
Very nice mouthfeel. You would never know the ABV was 9%.
I could drink this beer anytime. Very nice.

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Photo of generallee
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 650ml bottle into a Pilsener glass. The bottle has a nice description of the beer along with a list of ingredients and its abv (9%). There is however no freshness date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: The body has a clear and bright but deep golden color with an average two finger head on top from an aggressive pour. The head soap white head settles quickly and sets up a small ring of foam that does manage some lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: It has a decent white bready/biscuity maltiness with an odd, sort of boozy, sweetness. From this sweetness I get some notes of red apple skin. Backing up all of this maltiness are equal parts of citrusy and earthy hops.

Taste/Palate: It starts with a layer of pale malty, bready, biscuity flavor with sort of viney and citrusy hops for balance. Sweeter boozy notes move into the middle and add some warmth. Dryer pale, almost wheat like, maltiness rounds out the finish along with some lingering earthy and light citrus hop bitterness. The palate is smooth and lightly carbonated which along with the noticeable abv takes away from its drinkability as a summer time seasonal.

Notes: I'm kind of on the fence with this one. It is interesting but I don't see myself going back to get more of this one.

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Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, hazy, orange/gold in color

Smell: toasted pale malts and citrus hops

Taste: toasted pale malts, alcohol, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter, moderate carbonation, and light bodied

Drinkability: Truth in advertising. It tastes like a high alcohol pale lager. The alcohol jumps out in this one and makes it a bit harsh to drink. If they toned down the alcohol some, I would revisit this one, but otherwise I will pass.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Osiris9588
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a straw color out of a 22oz bomber. It smells more like a German pils than a lager, with strong notes of corn and sulfur. The taste also resembles a classic pils. It is nicely hopped, very drinkable, yet round and flavorful. It is a great summer beer. Oh yeah, oh yeah.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice straw yellow color with a two-finger thick white head that retains well and leaves thick ribbons of lacing.

Aromas of bready malts, grass, citrus hoppiness and slight alcohol burn.

Taste is loaded with citrus and grassy hops up front, followed by bready pale malts and wheat taste. The pilsner malts come thru in the finish along with alcohol warmth.

Mouthfeel is medium with crispness up front but has a slight sticky and dry finish.

Overall, this beer has a lot of things going on that don't exactly marry well together. The high ABV % is obvious in the nose and taste, and doesn't help this brew from being a "one and done".

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of crisp pilsner malts with large amounts of citrus hop aromas. As it warms hints of tropical fruit hops join in as well.

Tastes similar to how it smells though not quite as robust. Light malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by good amounts of citrus and lightly herbal hop aromas. Midway through the sip the hop flavors fade a bit, allowing the malts to carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was expecting more malt influece from this bad boy but was pleasantly surprised by the bright hop influence. I'd certainly call this an imperial pilsner over an American Pale Lager but either way it's a nice and hoppy beer that's well worth a shot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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 alamode
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a mason jar
style listed as "American Pale Lager" at time of review

A - clear, gold, with a 1 inch white head that reduces down to a ring of tiny bubbles until gone...I think the presentation is awesome, considering...

S - nothing to write home about...I expected this to smell similar to the other IPAs from this series...instead, there is some bread... slightly sweet...with a hint of grass...kinda boring, but this style usually is... If this were poured from a bottle adorning a label reading "American Pale Lager," I would be kinda impressed

T - cereal grain, some bitterness and a presence of alcohol (without being hot)...more flavor than other examples...

M - heavy for the style...carbonation is restricted due to this...neither exciting or disappointing.

D - If this carried a lower ABV (but stayed above the norm for the style) and came in a can...I could have a new lawnmower beer. This, arguably, does everything a wee bit better than most well-trained "American Pale Lagers..." Drinkable and amusing, considering the style...I am glad I tried it! I would recommend it, if you find it reasonably priced.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a head of snowy white sea foam, atop a shiny gold color showing ample bubble activity rising up to meet the head. Lots of lace cling.

Bright hops in the nose, super-clean and lemony. Mildly astringent, a little bit of alcohol creeping in, and something very fresh and pure, like fresh-baked white bread.

A bold lager here, that's for sure. Some sulphur, some alcohol, some citrus, biscuit dough, green apple, honey, and bright hops. Sulphur/mineral, honey sweetness and hops linger most in the finish.

Body is medium and reaches for crispness, although the bigness of this beer gives it a sticky slipperiness, and if that sounds like an oxymoron, maybe so, but it's an usual texture that suits this mutated monster lager.

Farmer's Tan drinks more like a Euro pale lager--big, bold, and sweet. It's enjoyable, and I dig the name and label (a rooster with a farmer's tan!). Clearly not the refreshing quaff that its lower-ABV counterparts are--this being pretty sweet, bitter and alcoholic--but it's an interesting lager all the same, and one that pushes boundaries. To that I say two things: 1) why not? and 2) cheers!

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Photo of cokes
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly smoky pale brass colored with a proud rise of even white foam. It lasts as a crown for a good while, before sinking down and blasting the sides of the glass with lace.
The nose is doughy, with some sweeter pastry notes. There is a touch of lemon bars, from the wheat/hop interplay, along with a more assertive grassy bitterness, and some rather strange woody, cedar nuance.
Wheat comes a bit earlier in the mouth. Still doughy, and a lightly sweet, but the soft, neutral lemon-tinged wheat bread wheatiness stands out. Hops add mint oil, hay, and lemongrass, and some low-level citrus peel bitters. Alcohol delivers a late, bitterly dry booze tremor. For what it is, and at 9%, it's not especially hot, but there's just no place for it to hide...especially as it warms.
Big bodied, with a peppy upfront carbonation that grows steadily more sluggish as it sits.
Yes, the alcohol could (and should) be toned down. But it's relatively drinkable. Krampus was a disaster because it totally missed the mark of its base style, whereas I can see where this one comes from...a little. Let's call this what it really is: a craft-brewed malt liquor.

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of whatname
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tdm168
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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 prototypic
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Farmer's Tan pours a light gold color. Backlighting gives it a very bright look. It's haze free and couldn't be any clearer. A soft, white head caps it and stands about a finger or so tall. It's quick to recede, and leaves light, spotty lacing in its wake.

The nose is alright. This is my first 'Imperial Pale Lager,' so I don't have anything for a comparative review. Overall, it smells a tad weak. There's a decent, sweet malt presence that takes up the bulk of what's here. It's a tad cracker-y and Pilsener-esque. Light earthy notes are secondary. There might even be a hint of floral hops. Alcohol is buried, especially for a 9% beer.

The flavor is step above the nose. It doesn't come across weak. It has a nice sweet, malty base. It is somewhat reminiscent of a Pilsener. It's a little earthy, and somewhat grainy, throughout. Fortunately, it's not inundated with a less than endearing corn flavor. I'm not getting that at all. Light, floral hops are noted on the back end. Alcohol is more noticeable here, and may be a tad too strong. It doesn't rise to the 'hot' level, but it's close to warm.

Farmer's Tan has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation is light. It has a nice feel for a lager, imperial or otherwise. Drinkability is surprisingly good. I like the flavor more than I anticipated. It goes down easy for a big beer.

I'll 'fess up. I didn't expect to like Farmer's Tan, but it's actually a pretty impressive 'Imperial Pale Lager.' It's tasty. I like the big, smooth feel. I can take or leave the higher alcohol. It works, but it isn't what makes this beer work. That would be the full flavor and nice feel. Recommended.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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 russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

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Photo of fgmiele
3.35/5  rDev -8%
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 morimech
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, true golden color, with a big, thick head that had excellant retention. A thick cap eventually forms. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Beautiful looking lager. Not much going on with the aroma. The one unique aspect with the smell is the slight citrus hop aroma. Otherwise, basic pale malt is all that I detect. For being an Imperiala beer, there is not much going on with the flavor. What I think is going on is that all the hops and malt that it takes to make this an Imperial, is washed away too quickly by the alcohol. The alcohol is by no means overpowering, but it is a dominating flavor from middle to end. The malt charactor, as it is, is not very interesting and hardly detectable. The hops due add some charactor. Some nice pepper and citrus notes. Bitterness is high by lager standards. Medium body and nicely carbonated. Good texture. Another Southern Tier Imperial that I do not think works all that well. Still quite drinkable despite its shortcomings.

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Photo of mfunk9786
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Spotted this at the local Whole Foods and had to give it a try.

A: Pours a nice gold with soapy white head into a 22 oz Pilsner glass. Nothing exceptional but better than expected for a beer with this much booze.

S: Adjunct all the way, but very fresh. A bit of hops and some sweetness, but a lot of toasted grain.

T: Taste is interesting, the pluses are that there is some nice hop character, but the minus is that the 9% ABV makes itself known with a very chemical burn. I'm curious about how this beer would do if aged, but this just isn't a great brew when compared to other imperials one can purchase in a 22 oz. bottle with 7 or 8 bucks.

M: The alcohol burn diminishes the mouthfeel majorly, though it doesn't linger.

D: Drinkability, at the end of the day, is very good, just like it is with a bottle of Hurricane. This is essentially a very fresh-tasting bottle of malt liquor. I'd compare this one to Rogue's "Daddy's Little Helper" Malt Liquor, in that it's brewed to represent a very fresh and high quality malt liquor, but at the end of the day... it's malt liquor. You might want to save your money and buy a giant bottle of Hurricane if you're looking for a beer like this. No offense to Southern Tier, of course.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw-colored, with ample head and foam retention. Subtle grass-like nose; freshly mashed grain is there, too. Body is much thinner than expected, but that's okay. I don't want anything too viscous when it's 82 degrees. Assertive maltiness at first, followed by even more assertive bitterness. Very dry. Wonder how this will taste next summer if properly cellared. A little more hops up front would be appreciated, but the bitterness is rather intense. There's a bit of alcohol burn, too. Overall, reminds me of a hi-test Baltic lager, but drier and more bitter. I don't know if I'd try this again, maybe on tap, but I like the silk-screened label.

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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 236 ratings