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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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of BeerNinja007
4.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a bomber of Farmer's Tan for $7.99 at Johnstown Beverage in Johnstown NY. Imperial pale lager, what the heck is that? Never heard of such a thing. Served cold in a Harpoon tulip.

This semi-cloudy pale yellow brew has abundant carbonation of tiny bubbles and from a moderate pour gives a very stable 1" of fluffy light tan head. Good lace. The smell is subtle but very pleasant: light perfumey florals, some sweet malt background, and a mild twang of hop and sour berries. Taste is a pungent but soft sour hop and a ton of floral elements on a background of light honey. No sign of EtOH. Jeez this is incredibly tasty and unique. Amazingly drinkable.

After it warms/ airs a bit some alcohol becomes apparent and the whole thing gets pretty pungent- the florals really intensify into some really strong estery notes. Serve it cold and watch it morph, really interesting.

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Photo of RichScherle
4.75/5  rDev +30.9%
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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Photo of Osiris9588
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
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 drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ho boy, great beer! Poured with a foamy, frothy, off white, medium sized head that settles slowly and some lace. Color is a crystal clear yellow. Aroma is malt, grain, cereal, grass, and hops. Flavor is like nose with the bittersweetness standing out along with more pronounced hop. Body is great and carbonation adds to crispness. Finish is fairly long and tapers from a short sweetness to long bitterness and lots of alcohol warming. Session beer. Excellent pils effort.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-very pale gold with a thin white head and fairly good lacing. lots of bubbles

S-smells like crisp grains and grass with a certain tropical fruits scent to it. mango, papaya, and the classical grapefruit scent. smells unique. medium strength.

T-hits the tongue with a crisp and slightly bitter grainyness. then comes a good splash of those tropical fruits i mentioned. those flavors extend out long and form a great after-taste accompanied only by a bit of bitterness. this is a really unique and good tasting pilsner. i wish the flavors were stronger, but they are nice.

M-medium carbonation that is soft, with a dry finish

O-well this has got to be one of the best imperial pilsners i've ever had. i'm confused by the other reviews. this isn't bland at all, in fact this is quite amazing. this really impressed me. a whole bomber is easily consumed by one's self/ i really hope to find this on tap somewhere at some point. i imagine it would be world class.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden yellow, much like a stop light yellow. Clear bodied with a few bubbles of slow carbonation. Nice capping of thick, frothy, gooey printer paper white foam that sits about an inch high and scrambles down slowly to a well coated skim and tons of heavy melting snow and icicled lacing.

Aroma is moderately set in a bold pale malt bready-like sweetness with a tint to some Pilsner malt tingeyness of dry grain and flour, snappy wheat hints, mildly set with some sweet candied citric hoppyness.

Mighty tasty with lots of sweet pale bready malt coated well with sweet, yet dullish lemon/mango/pineapple candyness swirled inside mixing with a bold body of hefty tone and length that seeps in the 'Imperial' notion of its 9% pretty quickly. A wonderful balance and incredibly well set in a full boldness. Fulfillingly rich with a nice touch to dryness of high ended wheat and some fluffy hops emerging along the tail end as it warms quickly behind the palate and down to the Ol' belly. Yum!

Bold, fairly full bodied with lots of warmth sitting in quickly with an ease behind its malty smooth and soft girth. Amazing balance with nice touches breathing in the back end of ghostly dryness with wheat grain, Pils malt, and hops.

Another yummy, solid treat by the folks at Southern Tier.
It's very drinkable, but much like most of the other ST goodies, its sneaky with the larger ABV and warm body.

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Photo of erosier
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours a clear golden yellow color with a very thick and tall off white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet toasted malts, some biscuit flavors mixed with a hint of alcohol and a nice dose of grassy, earthy hops.
T: Tastes of nice toasted malt, nice biscuit flavors, a touch of alcohol but not as much as I was expecting, then a nice grassy, piney, somewhat citrusy hop finish.
M: Crisp, fresh, refreshing, bolder than it looks, heavier feeling than it looks, perfecct amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, this one was a bit hot on the alcohol, but it was still not as detectable as I thought it would be.

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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 bomber, no freshness date, cool label.

Pours typical for a lager in color being golden to straw, very nice tight white head that is lacing well down my pint glass; visible carbonation rising up from the bottom.

Pilsner malts are first noticed apon sniff one followed by some spicy zesty hops with a lemon and grassy/earthy like quality. Very inticing.

Malts agian are on the frontline but not far behind a real nice hop bill that makes this beer dangerously balanced. Hops have a real nice spiciness that has a bit of a lemon kick, (nothing bad) earthy grassy and bitter. There is a little heat in the aftertaste but very well masked for the 9% ABV.

Medium-Full rounded mouthfeel with a little slickness from the hops, Bone dry finish that keeps you coming back for more and more.

Extremely drinkable considering how strong a lager this is, If i didnt know it was an imperial i would have never guessed. Way to go Southern Tier, highly recommend.

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - pours a bright golden color, partly hazy, with substantial white head that leaves lacing as it recedes to a creamy/soapy topping
S - Sweet malts, a touch of grass, sweet citusy scents, and subtle hops
T - hints of tangerine peel, sweet, sugary malts with a bit of honey maybe, hints of wheat and grass, and just a touch of alcohol
M - Medium-bodied and very smooth with a tingle of carbonation in the finish
D - About as drinkable as they come in my book

...reminds me of something in between a pilsner and a tripel, blended with a wit, retaining the abv of the tripel. Basically a damn good drinkable summer beer with a bit more of a kick than most

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Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a 650 ml./1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, pale golden yellow color with a stiff, bright white, sea foam head that slowly faded to a thick ring of froth. Big chunks of streaky lacing stuck all along the top half of the glass.

Crisp, grassy hops came through strong in the aroma. Rich, biscuity malts were noticeable as well. Slightly fruity and sweet. Really pleasant overall.

The flavor profile changed dramatically from start to finish. Initially, the beer was syrupy and almost cloyingly sweet, with strong honey-like notes. Crisp, grassy, noble hops came out in the center. Some bready, biscuity malts appeared as well. As the beer moved along the palate, the hops intensified, becoming quite piney, bitter and dry on the finish. The aftertaste consisted of a mix of piney, bitter hops and an almost adjunct-like sweetness. Overall, quite interesting.

The mouthfeel was creamy and silky smooth. Medium to full-bodied for the style with a fine, lively effervescence.

Drinkability was phenomenal. I have never before sampled a 9% ABV beer that masked its alcohol content so well. This is a dangerously quaffable lager.

The folks at Southern Tier have again pushed the limits of a style and created a great success. Definitely grab a couple of these for your next barbecue.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Cuzco
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up 4 bombers at the new brewery yesterday.

A: Pours a crisp golden color. Large pure white head dissipates slowly leaving a small ring around the top and leaves a nice lacing as you go.

S: This beer smells like what I believe a "non-skunked" lager would smell like. A hop presence as well as a hint of background spiciness. A small alcohol smell comes through as well.

T: This beer is what lagers can and should be. I bit of a Belgian style spiciness lingers on the tongue. Just a little bit "hot" due to the high alcohol content.

M: Excellent mouthfeel in this one. Very refreshing yet fuller mouthfeel than many lagers.

D: Overall a very drinkable. Honestly it may be TOO drinkable. The bottle mentions having one ready to go once the work is done. If you are going to drink it after a long day of work you better be ready to share it or hit the floor. This is a STRONG brew. I think the drinkability would be higher if the ABV was lower.

Overall this is an excellent break-away from the Imperial IPA's for ST.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden yellow body. Thick and frothy whipped eggshell colored head. Retention is great as is the lace properties. Aroma has a nice blend of bready malt and herbal hops. Overall, there's an overlaying sweet presence here, but the hops do come through as well. Bready and biscuity malt flavors mingle with some piney and earthy hop tones. Bold flavors really. This beer isn't shy. Body is damn near full. Moderately carbonated. Alcohol is really held in check nicely too. Leave it to South Tier. An imperial pale lager. Gotta love it.;

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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 zebco
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ouncer poured into a pint glass. Orange-amber in color with a clear lager look. Lots of lively carb bubbles. Very nice, grabby lacing as this beer went down. Gentle hints of hops on the nose coupled with a malty sweetness. That malty sweetness is definitely there with flavor, coupled nicely with the hops. For a 9% brew, I don't find that much alcohol in the flavor at all. Quite faint which is nice. It has a full-bodied mouthfeel and the bitterness from the hops kind of kicks in at the end. Very, very easy to drink for 9%. Kinda scary good in my opinion. Compliments to Souther Tier.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of bright white, foamy/creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of malt, hops, citrus, and a bready quality.

T: Tasted of hops, lemon, bread, and a malty backbone. Alcohol was much more prevalent than in other beers of this style.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: As American Pale Lagers go, this one is very drinkable.

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Photo of CTbeerboy
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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 smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large, four-finger nearly pure-white head. Large bubbled, but slow to recede (rocky as it settles). Leaves abundant lace on the glass. Mild haze to a darker straw/light gold color.

Classic paler malt aromas with a light hop spice. Very subtle.

Good grapefruit hop ending; the aftertaste is surprisingly short, although very bitter. The start is hard to describe: soft grain, a little grassy. The swallow features sweetness that is sweet, almost berry-like. This counterbalances the bitterness. Quite rich for the style with a below average level of carbonation.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow we actually got a southern tier release on time!

A:Failry clear golden color with a touch of copper thrown in for good measure. Poured with a quarter finger of white head and had some decent lacing.

S: Crisp malt right up front. Little bit of cereal grains. Just the faintest hop bite at the end.

T: Really well balanced. It almost has a touch of alcohol heat to it but it is 9%. Not hot just enough to let you know it is there. This beer is all about the malt and it does let it shine. Like the nose just a touch of bitterness in the finish but it does not linger for long.

ML Medium bodied. It is a little on the heavy side for the style but ABV needs body. The carbonation is great. Bubbly yet never prickly.

D: I like this beer. Great for a hot day. The ABV however is not. Save this one for after all the painting/gardening/ whatever is done. Or drink this before and make the day that much more interesting. I like this beer but RIP Uber Sun.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
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 stimulus
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz.

A: Pours a bright golden with a one finger white head.
S: That familiar pilsner smell with some piney undertones.
T: Solid malt backbone with medium hop bitterness and clean crisp finish.
M: Light bodied and highly carbonated.
D: This has easy drinkability, as it is light and refreshing and the high abv isn't evident at all.

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Photo of keepersj12
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Why doesn't Bud taste like this. Bud is a lager right? And a lot cheaper. This poured a pale yelloe with a small but lacing head. Malty sweet aroma that gives way to a bit of hops. The flavor is quite nice, sweet malt and then a nice hop bit. A bit of a kick as well. Good stuff.

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Photo of adamette
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 ounce bomber that I found at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage in Mentor, Ohio this week at a price of $6.99 into my Brewery Ommegang Witte tumbler (I have not used it in a while and I do not have an Imperial Pale Lager glass...incidentally the bomber label suggest that I use a pilsner glass). No observed "best by" date but this is a new release and the ABV is 9.0% so I do not think that it matters. Bottle also suggests that I serve it in a chilled Pilsner glass at 38 degrees F. Interesting.

A White creamy one cm head over a straw yellow body, looking much like a Budweiser might. 3.0

S Mmmmm....light malt and hops in what smells like a strong Budweiser...I like that! 4.0

T Well, like an Imperial Budweiser which is not all that bad. The light malt and hops were more like moderate malt and hops in the taste as the beer's boldness really comes through where the smell could not. There is a welcome citrus sweetness that I find pleasing as well and the 9 % ABV is not obvious at all. I like the taste of this beer with its multiple facets, deceiving ABV content and strangely familiar taste. 4.5

M Moderate with several tastes vying for your attention and a slight burn of alcohol but this is not a thick beer by any means. 3.5

D Very good for this level of ABV. I finished the bomber within about 10 minutes without much hesitation. 4.0

Notes: An interesting offering from Southern Tier that reminds me so much of an Imperial Budweiser I had to mention it three times in my review!

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance started good, plenty of head on a nice light and clear tan brew, but didn't leave a whole lot of lacing.

Smell was a touch of sawdust (that's a good thing) and plenty of dry grainy aromas, with a nice addition of hoppiness.

In the genre of imperial pilsners, I've got to admit that I'm quite a fan, and this one doesn't disappoint. Thick and oily-rich, yet highly pilsner like and very drinkable all at the same time. It's got a good hops thing going, but that's not to be overshadowed by the ample citrus and grain happenings. A tinge of spiced peppery-ness leaves you wondering just a little. However, deliciousness is not lost, as the flavor lasts in a lingering bitter and slightly oily finish.

Body is pilsner-like yet full, great stuff.

I think I'll try to get this stuff stocked at my local store. Great job!

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Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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