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Farmer Brown Ale - Great River Brewery

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Farmer Brown AleFarmer Brown Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | 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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ackeeper

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

05-12-2014 19:06:50 | More by ackeeper
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ajzy

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

06-01-2013 13:31:31 | More by ajzy
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Beestin

Iowa

3/5  rDev -21.5%

05-03-2014 20:29:39 | More by Beestin
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mhaugo

California

3/5  rDev -21.5%

12-18-2011 19:55:34 | More by mhaugo
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Cronkite11

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.5%

10-01-2013 22:43:41 | More by Cronkite11
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%

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.

07-08-2012 04:32:52 | More by yamar68
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

01-22-2014 22:31:22 | More by pmcadamis
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bismarksays

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

03-02-2014 22:12:08 | More by bismarksays
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

10-01-2013 17:27:49 | More by nmann08
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Thompson

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

07-26-2012 04:38:05 | More by Thompson
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Herky21

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

12-28-2013 17:39:43 | More by Herky21
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Gobearswalter34

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

08-01-2014 18:53:08 | More by Gobearswalter34
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KAF

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

07-13-2014 00:59:45 | More by KAF
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beerdown77

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

06-19-2011 21:39:21 | More by beerdown77
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vidguy17

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-04-2014 20:19:53 | More by vidguy17
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skubas86

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-27-2014 21:03:55 | More by skubas86
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

07-28-2013 03:21:59 | More by sparx1100
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EROCK75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

05-17-2013 17:03:42 | More by EROCK75
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

07-23-2012 03:41:13 | More by fuzzcherry
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jzlyo

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

06-28-2013 22:37:57 | More by jzlyo
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

04-19-2013 11:24:41 | More by barnzy78
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

11-25-2011 20:48:22 | More by Pintofbrown
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slavall

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-02-2014 01:30:04 | More by slavall
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Rasmon

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

10-17-2013 23:40:29 | More by Rasmon
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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-08-2013 03:14:16 | More by Chucker17
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Farmer Brown Ale from Great River Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.