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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1/5  rDev -72.5%

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1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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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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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

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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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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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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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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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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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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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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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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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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3/5  rDev -17.4%

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