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RATINGS: 309   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Neolithic humans evolved from nomadic hunters into a more settled agricultural society, changing life forever. The Ďfounderí crops they raised included wheat and barley. It is little surprise that the first examples of brewing appeared during this age. Brewers owe much to the epoch. Similarly, we thank our farmer friends of today for cultivating the ingredients the are responsible for the beers we now enjoy. Their laborious days spent ourdoors under the hot sun earn them respect, as well as a mark of distinction: the farmerís tan. Yes, the inevitable red and white hallmark of hard work.

Bricks' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (991) - Delaware, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Smells of pine, like an IPA. Nice thick palate, a bit maltier than I expected. Surprised itís listed as a pale lager. Very good.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nickls (2389) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Tap (from old notes, not aged). Very clear light golden yellow; foamy white head. Sweet malts, some grass and slight veg in the aroma. Very grassy bitterness, with hay and then gets really grossly grainy sweet. Medium to heavier body. Yuck.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5670) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2015
Crystal light amber in color producing a fluffy white cloud above that stays for a while. Aromas of pine/citrus/herbal hops that reminds of grapefruit, with some candy coated caramel behind. Flavors of sweet grain, dry citrus hops, sweet caramel backbone, slight hay. Sweet, slightly dry, almost crisp, malty feel yet hops come though overall. The more I sip the more I start to enjoy this. I feel like I should be on a farm when drinking this not just because of the name but because its just got that barnyard flavor(?). Kind of like a stronger version of the phin and matts. 3/10

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
hophead1234 (46) - - JUN 24, 2015
Hoppy aroma. I think really drinkable. Lovely hop too. I really like it. Love imperial lager. Just so drinkable for the strength. Discontinued though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2881) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2015
On tap at Alchemy, back log from June 2014, pours a clear copper amber with a thin white head, the aroma is zesty with some lemon and pine with a touch of hops too, the flavor has a hoppy and lemon lime flavor all at the same time, the alcohol is very well hidden, nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUL 24, 2014
The body has a clear and bright but deep golden color with an average two finger head on top from an aggressive pour. The head soap white head settles quickly and sets up a small ring of foam that does manage some lacing on the glass as I drink. It has a decent white bready/biscuity maltiness with an odd, sort of boozy, sweetness. From this sweetness I get some notes of red apple skin. Backing up all of this maltiness are equal parts of citrusy and earthy hops. It starts with a layer of pale malty, bready, biscuity flavor with sort of viney and citrusy hops for balance. Sweeter boozy notes move into the middle and add some warmth. Dryer pale, almost wheat like, maltiness rounds out the finish along with some lingering earthy and light citrus hop bitterness. The palate is smooth and lightly carbonated which along with the noticeable abv takes away from its drinkability as a summer time seasonal.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
solidfunk (7701) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUN 15, 2014
Pretty much a lager with only light hay notions that make it any kind of farmers tan. Finishes with some crispness, but nothing memorable here. Good that its retired. Tap at Black Squirrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
northropfrye (3297) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
Sweet, almost an apple cider element to this. Some hops. Not bad for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cards04 (2686) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
A solid beer. Pours a vibrant orange with nice lacing. Aromas are cardboard, masa, some apple. Grains, corn, some fruity sweetness. Very Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GreatDane1632 (1169) - North Dakota, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Rated from notes taken 22 Jun 2011, Southern Tier Beer Tasting -- Really good Pils, awesome bottle art. A shame it isnít still around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Benzai (14268) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 17, 2014
Bottle shared by Abijen @ weekly tasting. Slightly unclear yellow color, small white head. Light hoppy aroma, not much else. Taste lightly malts, nicely hoppy, moderately bitter. Not bad at all.

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