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

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 236 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.77/5  rDev +31%
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 +30.5%
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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Photo of Brutesling57
4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

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 getbehindthemule
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of drpimento
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
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 RandyBoBandy
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of Maximusmaximus
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of ceberly
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of cjgiant
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of AdamBear
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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 +20.3%
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 +18.7%
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 +18.1%
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 +17.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of lernerlift
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of bphlatt
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of artoolemomo
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of BrySoChi
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of MarvinSnyder
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 236 ratings
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