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Farmer Brown Ale | Great River Brewery

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3.82/5
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93 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great River Brewery
Iowa, United States
greatriverbrewery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

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.

Added by beerdown77 on 06-19-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,293
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
93
pDev:
11.78%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4
Gots:
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, brown color with a small, off-white head of foam. It smelled of caramel and toffee. There was a slightly nutty aroma, too. It tasted malty with some sweet caramel. It had some earthy/grassy character, too. It was fairly crisp and sharp. A light to medium bodied brown ale.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Thanks to GraniteSkunk for this extra.

Appearance - Pours a deep brown with a khaki head. Not too big. I like pouring pint cans into British pint glasses because it leaves room for the head, but this one doesn't use all the extra space. No real lacing.

Smell - Nutty caramel and chocolate. Slight hop presence. Biscuity malts as a base, but the darker malts really stand out.

Taste - Solid nutty caramel and biscuit malt flavor. Light on the bready flavors and much more of an emphasis on the chocolate malts. Hop flavor that transforms to bitterness in the finish. Really nice flavor for a brown.

Mouthfeel - Light, but slick enough to keep the flavors around. I find myself gulping this down. Decent carb, but maybe a little bit lower than average.

Overall - Solid brown ale. I like it. Reminds me that there are plenty of not-so-extreme beers out there that taste great.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was poured into a mug. The appearance was a fairly dark brown color with a thin almond colored foamy head. Light speckled lace. The aroma had a good rich sweet to roasty nuttiness bold and up front with a balancing caramel/toffee malt backbone. Light earthiness. The flavor blended the nuts to the malts fairly nice, sweet and roasty. Earthiness was somewhat light. Nice aftertaste of nuts and malts. Clean roasty to sweet finish. The feel was about medium bodied with a decent sessionability about it. Good carbonation and the ABV felt as suggested. Overall, whatever government standards Great River was supposed to meet for this to be organic, I guess they did.

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Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of an off-tan color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight piney hops, slight yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight piney hops, slight yeast, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, average brown that is a decent offering.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great River Farmer Brown Ale, Great River Brewery, Quad Cities, USA. AKA Davenport, Iowa.

rich brown, nearly black, with a thin cocoa toned ring of foam, soon gone.

Aroma: ah, lovely stuff: cocoa, nuts, rich malt, little hints of coffee and toffee, sweet and malty.

taste: More of the same, now in the mouth. A little bit of bitterness bumps up into the sweet malt. The ballet continues, with sweet flavors of mocha and caramel in command. Full-bodied, long, malty finish. Rich and complex, satisfying all the way through.

What do they say? "These days, people are more and more concerned about the food and drink they are consuming, 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 rom people we know and trust. The result is robust, rich and nutty brown ale dominated by a complex malty flavor."

Well put. But, does anyone really say "wholesome" anymore?

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3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is nutty, malty, chocolate. Taste is malts, chocolate, smoke, some nuts, a touch of sweetness,tasty. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

reviewed from notes taken 6/23/12.

tallbou can poured into glass stein.

Appearance: lite black bodied beer with a dark brown hue towards the side of the beer stein. 2 fingers of head that leave a heavy lace.

Smell: Its roasty and nutty with a hint of sweetness. You get a hint of the oats also.

Taste: nice balance of roasty and nutty malt flavors. You get the oaty flavor from the oatmeal used to brew the beer. The beer finishes with just a mellow bitter bite from the hops. This beer is all about a nice robust brown ale with really great balance as all the flavors dont overpower each other.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer drinks like it 5% no alchol is sensed. Smooth, slightly creamy, and carbonation is done right.

EDIT- beer advocate lists the ABV as 6.2% when it is written as 7% ABV on the can.

Overall: havent been impressed by a brown ale in a long time, but this beer does! At 7.99 for a 4pk of tall boys; I will be revisting this beer often throughout the entire year. Not only because its a great price point, but also because its a damn tasty brown ale. It would probably pair nicely with a burger right off the grill on a hot summer day. I love Great River Brewery and I am lucky to have them as a solid local beer option!

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Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It seems like there was a time when every microbrewery made a worthy brown ale. Lately, it seems like a neglected style. So, it's is nice to see a solid, accessible, and enjoyable example. From a tall can, this brew is deep brown with a cream colored head. The aroma is of roasted malt...backed by fruit. I get toasted wood, dark berries, malt, but limited hop scents. The taste is balanced. It has a finish that is punctuated with malt and a little bitterness. Enjoyable, and I wish that more breweries embraced this style again.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BDeibs
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Gotti311
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of morimech
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No mention of "Organic" on the can. Not that I care. Also the can lists 7% ABV and 22 IBUs. Pours a dark brown color with a massive tan head that quickly settled to a thick cap. Lacing is not sticky to the glass very well.

Big malty aroma. Rich with caramel and toffee. Hints of chocolate, tree nuts, and earthy/floral hops.

This is a big brown ale. I taste caramel, toffee, a touch of roast, nuts, and finishes with some floral, earthy notes. Brought the malty goodness a lot better than the stout I just had.

Bigger body than what typically is found in brown ales. A little overcarbonated but not much to complain about.

Great River beers are becoming regulars in my fridge. Farmer Brown will get plenty of action as well. I believe I paid $5.99 for this 4-pack of pint cans. A tremendous value when you consider Surly Bender is generally $3-$4 more for the same volume. Great River can really produce well-crafted, affordable beers.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Farmer Brown Ale from Great River Brewery
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 93 ratings
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