Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by cratez on 05-27-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 234 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy golden straw color pour with a big fluffy , long lasting white head , medium carbonation , lots of sticky lacing . Aroma of spicy hops , yeasty fruit esters , apple skins, tangy wheat and toasted malt. Flavor is slightly fruity with spicy, earthy hops , wheat , lightly toasted malt with a bit of yeasty bread dough at the finish , lightly bitter with a hoppy finish , creamy mouthfeel , full body , quite sessionable and a quality brew , Nice

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit surprised when I first tried this so I took a look at the bottle and originally missed that this is a Lager.

A - Slightly hazy golden with a thin white head settling to a few strings of lace.

S - Crisp and grainy. The pilsner and wheat are noticeable. Earthy and citrus hops seem a bit out of place. For some reason I smell cilantro as it warms and it smells refreshing.

T - Citrus and fruity hops with cereal grains, grainy pilsner malt and a lingering lemony bitterness.

M - On the light side of medium with crisp carbonation. A full mouthfeel hop flavor lingers on the tongue.

D - Very unique. I have been thinking about homebrewing a IPA with lager yeast. Can't decide if I really like this one or not. Definitely worth a try though.

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Photo of avalon07
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
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 Axic10
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a lightish golden color with a two finger fluffy foam head that settles after a few minutes.

Smell: Very similar aroma to a pilsner. Some bitey lemon grass, lemon zest, earthy funk and nice balance between the malts and hops.

Taste: Biscuity malt, lemon zest, grassy flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and very crisp.

Drinkability: Another good summer beer by Southern Tier. I was skeptical going into this one, but this is very very good. Will be getting more.

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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 jsh420
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
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 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 BMoney575
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Hojaminbag
2.55/5  rDev -29.9%
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 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 BeerImmediately
3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great looking pour: 3F worth of white head over a deep golden body, with plenty of carbonation flowing up. Really nice lacing, too.

Aromas of orange zest, gingerbread, and piney hops. Interesting!

Rich on the palate, with plenty of spicey zest. Citrus fruit rinds, honey sweetness, and white pepper all apparent in the flavor. Grapefruit in the finish. This has a nicely balanced brew.

Drinkability is quite good for the ABV - like so many others in the ST lineup, this one pushes the boundaries of style with a strong, but well-hidden alcohol presenence.

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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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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 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 yesyouam
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Southern Tier Farmer's Tan is a clear, dense golden lager with a soft, dense, bubbly white head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has an aroma of hay and grass, with a touch of bread and sweetness. It's pretty full bodied and very smooth with a clean, dry finish. It's well balanced with a green bitterness and a peppery note. There's something a little corny in there. This is not unlike a malt liquor. There is a warm rumble of alcohol in the finish as the green bitterness lingers. This wasn't really a great choice for a lawn mowing beer but it wasn't unpleasant.

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Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone imperial pint glass. poured a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy, bright white, one inch head. The head faded a bit but left a nice covering on the beer throughout drinking it. It left some pretty nice lacing as well. Very good looking beer for the style.

The aroma shows more of an earth, herbal, pilsner type of hoppiness to it. There is also a sweet, malty, grainy flavor to it that comes through. A little citrusy as well. Pretty nice aroma for a pale lager, imperial or otherwise.

The hops come through pretty well in the taste with an earthy and citrusy flavor to them. The hoppiness almost seems like a mix between the earthy and spicy type hoppiness, and a citrusy, juicy American style of hops. There is also a sweet, grainy and malty flavor to the beer. The finish has more of a dry type hop bitterness to it. I'm surprised that at 9% abv I'm not getting much alcohol at all, I wouldn't have guessed it was that high at all.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the carbonation is moderate. Feels a bit heavy, but it is probably the biggest pale lager there is.

Drinkability is pretty good, it had some great pilsner type qualities along with some citrusy and sweeter malt qualities. I thought it was a pretty nice beer overall, the only major thing that hurts it is the alcohol content. I don't taste it that much, but a 9% pale lager is pretty huge for the style. I'd typically like these flavors in something I can drink several of as a refreshing summer drink. This feels much bigger then a refreshing summer drink.

Overall it was a very interesting beer with some good flavors. 9% is huge for a pale lager, but looking over some of the top in the style category I don't see many I'd choose to drink over this one.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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 zebco
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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 John_M
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. An imperial pale lager from Southern Tier. What a surprise. All I can say is what took them so long. On tap at Max's today...

The beer pours a glowing, fairly dark gold color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a lot on the nose, just some honey, and maybe a hint of cookie dough and orange citrus. The beer kind of smells as if it will be sweet and boozy. On the palate, there is some sweetness to this beer, but it's got considerably more hoppy bitterness then I was expecting. Otherwise, I get honey, vanilla and some citrus on the palate. The hoppy bitterness helps to counter the sweetness and noticeable alcohol (thankfully). Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is OK, though the alcohol is pretty noticeable and there's a touch of heat from alcohol.

Not sure I'd call this beer one of ST's bigger success stories, though it's tasty enough. Still waiting for that imperial mild from them.

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

A - Pours a bright golden orange color, clear, lots of nice, tight carbonation. A white foamy, rocky head gathers at the top after the pour and ever so slowly settles down to a thin even layer across the top. The foam sticks to the side of the glass. As the glass is swirled, the sticky foam turns to hundreds of very tiny bubbles that slowly "ooze" back down into the glass.

S - Smells astringent and pungent, it's obvious this is no "little" lager. Has some citric character hiding behind a grassy and bisquity malt aroma with a mild amount of spice added in. Dare I say it sort of reminds me of a really bold and heavy German lager or pils?

T - Very bold, forward, and carries a heavy lager taste that's very crisp, a little grainy, and has a slight touch of a hoppy pils added in for measure. A little grassy, a very faint tinge of lemon rind, some doughy malts, and there's even some sour green apple surfacing on the tongue. The hops flow over the tongue most of the way while a little malt sweetnees lies buried underneath trying to surface, but never completely does. Farmer's Tan finishes very crisp and coats the mouth with a solid dose of piney sour apple that lingers.

M - Has a very dry finish and literally sucks the spit off the tongue and even causes a puckering effect. The sour green apple really leaves the mouth ultra dry. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied.

D - Nicely balanced and quite bold for a lager. Is very drinkable but being a lager, I can do one bomber beore switching to something else.

This is a very ballsy beer! Definitely worth checking out, glad I snagged a bottle of this stuff.

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

Gold as gold in its appearance. This is, from my good buddy, the first bottled batch straight outta buffalo new york. Checked out the brewery and tried "EuroTrash" the pre-farmer-tan beer that this beer is based on.
Pours golden yellow with a nice head which settles into my goblet with it settlling small, foamy and white. Smells hoppy and light. Tastes like it smells, light, smooth, bit of fruity hops with a bready hint, but more spicy with an interesting musty-like taste which is suprisingly smooth. Solid carbonation and at 9% alcohol it's a bit too easy to down. I respect upstate New York. One of the greatest looking bottles as well. A chicken with a farmer's tan, amazing.

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Photo of stimulus
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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 portia99
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a 20oz Otter Creek World Tour tumbler.

A - Pours a perfectly "read the paper thru it" clear, pale golden color with a dense single finger cap of white foam. Head dies slowly leaving behind a bit of thin lacing.

S - Lots of earthy hops up front, some sweet bready malt, wheat, grainy cereal-like aromas. Has an appropriately "clean" aroma...smells European more than American.

T - Taste, however, is definitely more American and less clean. Citrusy hops up front are fruity and blends with the sweet aspects of the malt. Cereal-like graininess, wheat, alcohol, bready and sweet malt flavors round things out. Overall - this has the distinct "Southern Tier" flavor that I pick up in almost all of their hoppy pale ale/ipa offerings and some others. They are calling this a lager, but I wonder if it really is the same yeast they use in many (all?) of their other beers. This isn't a negative, just an observation. I find Southern Tier and Stone beers (more than others I've encountered) each have very distinctive brewery flavors that seem to be derived from the yeast.

M - Just light of medium bodied and mid carbonation levels that leave a good creaminess in the mouth. Alcohol is noticeable but not due to any heat. The "Southern Tier" yeast flavor persists through all other flavors and lingers into the aftertaste...and just stays there until you take the next sip.

D - Hard to evaluate this to a style since it has been made to an imperial level with its 9% alcohol punch. Smells Eurpean, tastes American - overall, an interesting beer and a good effort. Not quite quaffable in the summer heat after working outside, but full flavored and crisp. Might get some BMC converts and still will be satisfying to craft beer drinkers. I'd definitely have this again if somebody had some to share, but probably won't make my purchase list. I like this quite a bit actually, but it kinda falls in the middle of things - not up to IPA bitterness and hop character and too much to have during/after warm weather activities.

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Farmer's Tan Imperial Pale Lager from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 50.9% out of 100 with 234 ratings
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