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 ktrillionaire
2.08/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This brew is a new entrant into my pantheon of beers vying for the title of 'worst beer ever.' On-tap at CCB. CCB brews ridiculously good beer, but I gotta say that the tap room's guest taps are often horrendous. Farmer's Tan is the latest debacle.

A - BMC look. Pale straw yellow, fizzy. No head or lace hanging around.

S - There is a generally sweaty smell, wow, this is just obviously bad.

T - This is basically straight garbage. I am getting the terrible taste of bitter melon, mushy peas and alcohol. I don't get how a brewery like ST makes something as good as Choklat, and also something as bad as Farmer's Tan.

M - Blehhhh.

D - No mas.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Notes from 10/16/2010:

22 oz. bottle at 42* into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: This pours an absolutely clear, piss-yellow color with a finger of soapy, foamy head.

S: It smells like strong pilsner malts, orange, grapefruit, biscuit, and some medicinal and soapy notes.

T: This is really bad. Stong pale malts dominate along with grapefruit, floral hops and more boozy, soapiness.

M: It is medium-thin and slightly watery at first but becomes foamy later. The aftertaste is a little perfume-like.

D: Prior to the second pour, I vigorously rinsed the glass, thinking that the glass may have had some lasting soapy residue from washing it. After the next pour, however, I realized that the beer just sucks. This is an atrocious intro to Imperial Pilsners.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.55/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Farmer's Tan has a Crisp, clear golden body with a small white head. The head manages to leave a little bit of lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a bunch of pale malt along with some darker, sweet malts. A hint of of hops.

Farmer's tan is a big beer, that's for sure. Really, it tastes a little bit like a double American Pale Lager. I'm not sure thats a good thing. A punch of pale, sweet, malts that overall have a biscuit-like quality are the biggest flavors here. There are also sweeter malts involved, which provide a little bit of a caramel taste. There is a hint of bitterness at the finish, with a pretty noticeable alcohol flavor.

The mouthfeel is pretty full for the style, with moderate carbonation.

I love lagers and pilsner, especially in the summer. I figured with a name like Farmer's Tan, this one would be right up my alley. It really isn't. I understand that it is an American Pale Lager, but I also don't think it is any better than other Pale Lagers I've had. In fact, most of the cheaper examples I've had (although mostly not reviewed) are at least as good; one thing they have going for them is that they are refreshing and I can drink a few. Farmer's tan doesn't even have that, as the 9% ABV is pretty damn big. Who wants to sip on one of these for a significant length of time? Also, the craft offerings of the same style that I have sampled have been much better (and still cheaper).

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.63/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at 3 sons and have been looking forward to trying it.

A- Body is a completely transparent golden yellow hue with bubbles steadily rising to the top. No head.

S- A hint of hops, a lot of pilsner malt, and a hint of wheat. Nose is pretty mild overall.

T- Flavor is very pale lager. Mild, vaguely hoppy, full of corny pale malt, and some pilsner malt. Kind of Vienna lager meets mild pilsner to me.

M-Body is pretty much spot-on for a pale lager. Light, drinkable, effervescant, mildly refreshing.

D- What IS impressive about this brew is that other than a slight alcohol heat this brew drinks like a 4% pale lager. Other than that this is a really boring, unimpressive brew from ST. This 1. Officially makes summer the worst time for ST seasonals (creme brulee and farmers tan). 2. Makes me a lot more disapointed that they d/c'd Uber Sun (my favorite from the ST lineup). Very disapointing coming from one of my favorite brewing companies.

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Photo of jsh420
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

pours bright yellow gold with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smells fruity bready and boozy

taste is like the smell fruity hops some spice and funk next to the bready malts - but what kills this beer is the booze

mouthfeel - well it was hard to take a big sip with this being so hot but its overcarbonted and heavy

drinkability is not good - very boozy hard to drink - 1/2 the bomber was drain pour

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Photo of kbnooshay
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label has a chicken with a farmers tan.

This poured a nice clear golden color with a large frothy white head. Insanely speckly lacing going on here. Aroma is malty, sweet and smells kinda like apples. Not too much hop aroma here.

Taste is pretty heavy on the alcohol. Its not well hidden. This tastes like half fancy lager and have Steel reserve. This need some hops.
Feel is moderate. Not drinkable.

i LOVE this brewery, but this is a miss. Wayyyy to hot.

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Photo of emerge077
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of rand
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

From Bomber to pilsener glass

A: Pours a clear, bubbly light orange. The sparkling carbonation forms a 2 inch head in the pilsener glass

S: Sweet, grainy malts combine with alcohol. There's a bit citrusy tone in the backdrop, almost tropical.

T: A grainy, almost creamy malt sweetness meets the front of the sip. This combines with dry, grassy hops with a lemon-citrus edge. Unfortunately, the flavor profile fades to corn cereal slightly warmed by the alcohol. The malt finish lingers through the finish and the hops have a drying effect, but a slightly astringent adjunct tone marks the end of the swallow, reminding me of malt liquor.

M: Creamy and oily. Normally a complexion I would commend, but it seems a little disjointed from the flavor profile.

D: The flavors here are fairly subdued and, when served cold, this beer goes down fairly easily, especially given the ABV. The beer's astringency increases as it warms though.

N: I'm a little conflicted on this beer. There are aspects that are interesting and I had to take a few sips before I came to my final conclusion. But for a Southern Tier offering I'm disappointed. The brew just doesn't pop - the few beers I've tried from ST had that wow factor, and this is simply mediocre, even if fairly drinkable.

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Photo of jwinship83
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle picked up on clearance for $3. drank from my samual adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a clear straw colored body with large foamy bright white head. the head lasts for a surprisingly long time before falling. small rings of lacing are left behind. pretty nice.

S- pale malts are the first thing i notice. theres also plenty of sweet bready malts and cereal grains in here too. as for hops, theres a little bit of earthy and grassy. reminds me of noble hops.

T- the pale and bread like malts start this one off. after that comes some noble hops. spicy and earthy with a little bit of grass. somewhat of a metallic taste unfortunately.

M- medium bodied. too heavy for the style. a lingering metallic aftertaste.

D- i think this time i got what i paid for. not one of southern tiers better works. i dont think ill be drinking this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of tigg924
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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 Spica66
2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle during Southern Tier tasting at Pat's Liquors in Porter, IN on 7/23/10.

A: Dark yellow/pale gold color, nice head formation. A goodly amount of carbonation.

S: Very malty aroma. No hops on the nose. Smells like malt liquor.

T: Tastes like malt liquor. Not very appetizing.

M: Smooth, good carbonation.

Overall, I lie the idea of an imperial lager. Could give the chance to have really clear malt flavors. But there has to be less than 9% alcohol involved. This really tasted like malt liquor. It was a tie between this beer and Phin & Matt's for the least pleasing beer of the tasting.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.84/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 22oz bomber to pint glass on 4/6/11
*From notes

A: This is a good looking Pils - it's slightly cloudy and pale golden. A good pour yields a massive and fluffy 2+ finger head. Spotty lacing remains.

S: Rubbing alcohol. It's prevalent through and through. With this being such a delicate style of beer, all of the little nuances that I look for are completed demolished by the high gravity and EXTREME nature of this brew.

T: Solid nothingness, just flat. Until that ol' so and so Mr. Alcohol shows up. It's a 9% ABV beer, there is simply no way to hide the brash nature of this alcohol bomb. It scorches the palate from the early mid on through to the finish and beyond.

M: I will say that this is one of, if not the creamiest Pilsners/Pale Lagers I've had. It's rich and thick, making me wish that some of the big boys would take note.

O: I'll be honest - this is not my favorite beer. In fact I had a hard time getting through it. I like the idea of Southern Tier's Farmer's Tan, but I genuinely feel this gimmick beer is disrespecting the foundation of what a Pils should be. All of the subtlety is thrown out the window in favor of what, exactly?

I guess the real question is: who was clamoring for an Imperial Pils anyway?

*Paired with a steamed Italian sub

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Photo of jmdrpi
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
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 Onenote81
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a dark gold with a thick white head on top. Great sticky lace along with excellent retention. The nose is full of big citrus hops, with tones of floral and grass. This reminds me of an APA. The mouth is pretty heavy for a lager, albeit Imperial. Mellow finish. Admittedly, I'm not a huge fan of the style. This is very boozy, in my opinion. Faint citrus hops bitter this one up, but the booze overpowers. Mild grains noted as well. This beer is just too hot for me. I understand this is a weird hybrid/Imperial-ized version, but when I want a lager, I want something that is refreshing and easily drinkable. This was not.

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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 gatornation
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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 mtnbikerpa
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber sized bottle that I split with a buddy. Deep tan, ruby color with no real noticeable head. The flavor is very heavy, lots of malt, caramel, and minor hop notes. Mouthfeel is heavy even slightly oily. To me it was not as refreshing because of the heavy mouthfeel. I was disappointed by the drinkable nature. I was glad I only had half a bottle.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz Bomber poured into an Imperial Pint

Part of a Christmas gift, consumed while watching a Pawn Stars/American Pickers marathon ... in the true spirit of Christmas.

L: Healthy and retentive 4-fingers of head. Unfortunately what lies beneath is a limp-hay colored affair, which is a touch light and a touch thin.

S: Sweet and thin with some light floral hints in the back. Not much going on here.

T: Light and crisp with a soapy middle and a citrus-y-floral finish. Not unappealing but not interesting either.

F: Thin and a touch under-carbonated but not a complete loss.

D: Ok, and certainly palatable, just uninspired.

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Photo of Lldeegan
3.05/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden blonde with a stark white puffy head.

Bright and husky aroma with some citrus hop notes and booze.

Sweet pale malt with some orange, strawberry, bready, citrus hop notes and a wheat twang most likely from the wheat grain addition.

A tad creamy, light on the palate but the high alcohol content might slow down your sips.

It's pretty drinkable, not too many strong flavors but has a nice balance. The alcohol is a little much and isn't masked very well. After a hot day, this might sound good, but the booze will have you dozing off pretty quick.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Viggo
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from Buffalo.

Pours a clear light golden yellow, a bit of light amber, medium sized white head forms and settles to a medium ring and layer around the glass, decent lace sheets stick, looks alright.

Smell is weird, kind of skunky and grassy, very sweet and sugary, a bit of apple juice, some herbal hopping, a bit of caramel, light toast, fruit, some apricot, wheat, kind of strange.

Taste is sweet and boozy, like a high quality malt liquor, a bit of corny sweetness, honey, a bit of sugar, some floral, grassy hops, alcohol, lightly fruity, herbal bitterness, weird but not bad.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low carbonation. A little too thick and sweet for me.

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Photo of mfunk9786
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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 david18
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a twelve ounce pour of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I usually have trouble with lagers that are very strong. The cleanliness of the beer (not much yeast character and not a lot of hops) doesn't do well to offset the alcohol and it ends up just tasting strong. I'll definitely try this again but my first impress is not outstanding.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 7-4-10

Pours a very clear and clean golden yellow color, with lots of bubbles rising to the top. A thin but pleasant white head is on top, with big rings of lacing.

Smell is light hops, a little pine and citrus, with a nice sweet malt underneath. There's a slight adjunct edge at the end, and a boozy kick.

Taste is adjuncty malt followed by a brisk hop flavor and bitterness. The citrus flavors are nice, but give way to an extremely bready finish. The alcohol adds an almost sour flavor that is not particularly enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is very thick and syrupy, and conflicts the light hoppy flavors.

Drinkability is not very good, the thickness and sweetness get old quickly.

Overall, this would have been a good beer if it wasn't so booze heavy. Just hoppy malt liquor.

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