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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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Bakerhead1979

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.7%

03-07-2014 05:51:51 | More by Bakerhead1979
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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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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +3.1%

CANQuest review # 999 coming right up! CANned beers have become my life's work and I thank Another6Pack for including this in a mixed box of CANs. I have had a lot of Great River's CANs over the years and I always look forward to Crack!ing open a new one.

From the CAN: "Farmer Brown Ale"; "Chocolately Nummiliciousness"; "Smooth-Rich-Malty-Nutty"; "Legendary Craft Brews Made in the Quad Cities"; "These days, people are more [CAN]cerned about the food and drink they are [CAN]suming, what's in it and what the origins might be. For our Farmer Brown Ale, we use honest, wholesome ingredients like 2-row barley and dark crystal, chocolate and biscuit malt from people we know and trust. The rsult is robust, rich and nutty brown ale dominated by a complex malt flavor."

The Crack! was nice a loud and reveled yet another brimful craft CAN! Have I been getting cheated all of these years? I am just not used to seeing that much liquid in a CAN before the recent craft CAN phenomenon. I employed an inverted Glug and the trick is knowing when to take your foot off of the gas. I got a great pseudo-cascade from the pour, resulting in three-plus fingers of dense, light-tan head with excellent retention. Color was a deep, dark-brown (SRM = 44), allowing zero light penetration. Nose was NOT chocolate - this was fudge! Holy macaroni, Batman! The reaper's scythe may be headed in my direction following this gem. Mouthfeel was full and viscous and the taste was very much dark chocolate with a slight tang. Definitely fudgy with smoke, charcoal and dried, dark fruits in the mix, even a little nuttiness. Wow! Finish was semi-sweet, which is a good thing for me since I usually eschew sweets, especially beers. Once more, the Iowans have found and hit the mark.

02-03-2014 17:19:38 | More by woodychandler
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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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Herky21

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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

Colorado

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-25-2013 08:38:35 | More by MarkyMOD
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hopley

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-23-2013 05:04:20 | More by hopley
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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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Cronkite11

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.5%

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

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.7%

07-29-2013 23:10:50 | More by RonKoch
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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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Chucker17

South Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

07-08-2013 03:14:16 | More by Chucker17
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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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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-24-2013 03:48:45 | More by MN_Beerticker
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egrace84

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

06-23-2013 08:06:57 | More by egrace84
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

06-04-2013 17:22:19 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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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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EROCK75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-01-2013 03:53:43 | More by Kunstman
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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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CopperMtnPlowboy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

04-10-2013 04:23:17 | More by CopperMtnPlowboy
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schoon

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-11-2013 22:15:39 | More by schoon
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jamiecoppin

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

03-10-2013 17:29:41 | More by jamiecoppin
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RobertW

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

02-15-2013 04:49:40 | More by RobertW
Farmer Brown Ale from Great River Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.