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Farmer Brown Ale - Great River Brewery

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74 Ratings
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Ratings: 74
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great River Brewery visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This nut brown ale is mildly hopped to allow dark crystal, chocolate, and biscuit malt to dominate the flavor of this malt brew. A robust, rich, and nutty ale dominated by true malt flavor.

(Beer added by: beerdown77 on 06-19-2011)
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is the right beer? Doesn't say "organic" anywhere and the ABV listed is 7%. Poured from 16oz can to imperial pint glass:

Pours a dark inky brown with a medium, thick brown head - great lacing and low retention.

Nice, soft chocolatey malt presence. Nice and fresh.

Taste is all in order but a bit weak... tons of potential but it just seems dull. I'm doubtful that the ABV is as advertised.

I'll certainly revisit this one after they've got a better rhythm for it.

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3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with a small brown head and a lot of lace. Almost looks like a stout....it's that dark.

S - Milk chocolate, charcoal, a hint of campfire.

T - Woody and smoky for the style. Almost like a smoked porter's little brother. A little on the sweet side with some thin and reedy hops off in the distance.

M - Medium bodied due to what seems like a high sugar content. A little cloying at the finish.

O - Smokiness is odd for the style, but really interesting on the nose. Finishes thin and dextriny.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours almost black and seems a little under carbonated. The taste is slightly hollow, but drinkable. It is very dark and has a caramel smoky and slightly sweet flavor. I shared a growler of this and it just wears on you. It’s smokier and less sweet than most brown ales, but lacks in refinement.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, 7%abv, pours dark brown with a creamy, beige head, nice retention. Malt forward nose with bread crust, chocolate, biscuit, a little musty. Tastes are bready malt, biscuit malt, rich chocolate, molasses/brown sugar, earthy hop balances nicely. Super creamy mouth-feel ,hops linger a bit on the finish. Overall, good American brown ale, but I probably wouldn't seek it out in the future.

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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served on-tap at Old Capitol Brew Works into a pint glass.

Appearance- Not really any head on this thing, just some beige film. This has a really dark body for a brown, completely opaque with some ruby highlights. There is no carbonation noticeable in the glass.

Smell- This has a bread malt and slight caramel malt note. There is just a little roast poking through.

Taste- Roasted malt pervades the palate. Some vanilla pops out mid-drink. There is also a sweet creamer quality to the drink near the finish. You have to let it warm or it is just too roasted and caustic on the tongue.

Mouth feel- It is not quite medium bodied. The beer could be much creamier, with the smooth factor diminished a little. Just okay.

Overall- This brown's quality comes out a lot better once it warms. Everything is kind of average, and the flavor profile could be much more refined. Need more of that bread malt and vanilla. I like the direction they were going, just did not follow through.

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Farmer Brown Ale from Great River Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.