Farmers Friend | Palisade Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Palisade Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-20-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by marcobrau:
Photo of marcobrau
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark red ale that pours with a bright white head. Smells like Wonder Bread. The first sip is full of juicy, fruity (strawberries?) flavors remisicent of Juicy Fruit gum. This beer has a decent malt backbone and smooth mouthfeel with a rather balanced, tart finish. A fine tasting amber-red ale. I like the tart finish and fruity flavors balanced by just enough hops. A very good everyday sort of brew.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark reddish brown with a large creamy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet caramel and toffee malts and grains.

The flavor is some light sweet caramel and toffee malts, nuts and grains and a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, it's an OK but rather subdued malt forward beer - not too interesting.

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Photo of cokes
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bronze-hued body that leans golden. A bleached beige head above.
The nose is largely vacant. Completely vacant, in fact, initially, but mellow caramel nougat sweetness begins to assemble with increased temperature.
Begins malty. Lightly nutty. Moreso bready. More of the caramel nougat appears. It is background player- actually, hardly noticed- but quite attractive. On the whole, this is anything but sweet. Grainy throughout, but not coarse. Maybe a touch of illusory butter near the swallow. Hopping is plenty adequate and exclusively herbal.
Medium bodied, with a light but steadfast carbonation. This is downable.
An enjoyable, if standard, red ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/copper with 2 fingers od creamy tan head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Metallic hops & a whisper of biscuitty malt

T: Some caramel, a bit of biscuitty malt, light apple/pear fruittyness & a bit too much metallic hops up front. Becomes grainy as this warms, some caramel helps the cause. Finishes dry, with some astringency, & fruittyness

MF: Creamy, medium bodied, turns slightly astringent & thin as this warms.

This is an alright red ale, but either needs hops or malt to come to the fore, did they market this for the Utah market? Sure has some thiness. Not recommended

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Photo of toolbrew
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this from a liquor store in Montrose, CO, part of a make your own 6er.

It poured a deep reddish brown with a thick white head. Not much lacing.

The brew has a sweet malty smell.

The malts show up well in the taste. There was a slight hip finish, but not overly present.

Light body for an amber and not overly carbonated.

Definately tastes like an amber despite being labeled as an 'Irish Style Ale'. Drinkable, and I could easily have a few in one sitting.

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Photo of sweethome
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber/red. Small head that dissipates to a swirl of bubbles - nice...

Big malty nose - toast, tea and a freshly opened bag of malted barley. Medium mouthfeel. The malts attack well. A beer for malt lovers, little hop (which is to be expected for the style). Nutty flavors backed with a husky astringency. A very malt oriented beer. Well done.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a good, steady-as-she-goes Irish-style ale this is.

Appearance: Deep bronze color, poured nicely with right CO2 for the style. Good head retention.
Smell: Peaty, toasty malty smells (nice). Low-key, but well-placed, hop (perhaps English) aroma, too.
Taste: Biscuity, complex maltiness, without being too sweet up front. Buttery middle. Nice, dry finish. Probably a well-attenuated brew.
Mouthfeel: Very well-balanced. Not at all cloying, but a good, sturdy body.
Drinkability: High. This is the only bottle I have (unfortunately). Should've picked up a sixer of this stuff. Nice, come-down beer from a hard day.

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Photo of Winter
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper in color with an off-white thin head. Aroma of honey soaked biscuits, malt and caramel. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Rich semi-sweet malt flavor upfront. Hop bitterness emerges toward the back along with a slight fruitiness. Small hint of alcohol can also be detected in the finish. Pretty average red ale overall.

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Photo of benito
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Palisade strikes again. It's beers like this that make me wish I lived farther west in Colorado...

First off, this should really be classified as an Irish red. That's what the brewery calls it, and the taste/looks/aromas of Farmers Friend give it away as one--and an excellent one at that.

It is a deep red with a very thin head and tea-like aromas. The flavor has a nice mix of tea sweetness up front with a buttery center and a slightly dry finish. There's almost no hop presence and little room to hide any flaws; fortunately, the balance of flavors makes for a creamy and very refreshing session brew. The buttery flavors are a little overwhelming at times, but were the Palisade folks able to reign them in, they would have an even-more-exceptional beer on their hands. As it is, it's a quality example of a rarely-produced style, and it sits comfortably along their Orchard Amber and Red Truck IPA as a beer that should make Colorado's Western Slope proud.

Be sure to try this if you come across it.

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Photo of ATGHomebrewer
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle in Denver, Colorado

Appearance: Medium red/brown color. Farily dense looking. Not much head when poured, and dissapates quickly. Lacing not very sticky.

Smell: Not much smell to speak of. A bit malty and sweet aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Heavy malty flavor with a bit of grain husk flavor coming through. Slight hops at the end. Average carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable. Dense enough that it may not be a session beer, but light enough to have a few on a cool spring evening.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep clear red color. Poured a 2 finger tan head that dissipated. Laced in thin, even rings. Decanted continually.

S: Sweet, biscuity malts, light caramel. Bittering hops and slightly mettalic.

T: Sweet caramel and some biscuitty malt. Light fruit lingers in teh middle with wet grains more prominent as it warms. Finishes crisp and dry with some lingering light fruit.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation gives it bright, crisp feel.

D: A mild, easy drinking amber ale; just nothing special.

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Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy nut brown with mild carbonation. Rocky cream head has OK retention and leaves a fine lace.

S: Toffee and sugar sweetness in the nose. A little grass cuts the sweetness.

T: Somewhat smoky with a toffee sweet malt palate that's a little nutty. Bitterness balances, but only adds a bit of peppery flavor. Semi dry finish has a lingering toffee quality.

M: Medium body is a little slick and has the right level of carbonation.

D: Very nice session brew that's worth a revisit.

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Photo of KUpolo
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a nice dark amber color with a small head.

Smell: Hint of an Irish Ale, but on the whole not very strong.

Taste: A little bite of bitterness, but the overwhelming taste is from caramel malts. Very smooth. This is a nice beer and I'm definitely going to pick up another six pack

Mouthfeel: Slightly more than average carbonation that seems to fit the beer nicely

Drinkability: This is where I am scoring this beer the highest. It doesn't blow you away, but it is a very easy to drink beer. Nice work Palisade!

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Photo of poppyjohn
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of yemenmocha
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Mohagany in color. Thin white head doesn't last long.

Malty overall in the nose with a tea bag note in the background. Not especially impressive.

On the palate it's all malty sweetness with a toasted bread or cracker taste that fights with the bitterness of the hops.

Rather full bodied and somewhat drinkable. Worth a try but not a beer I will seek out again.

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Photo of donaldchapman
2.36/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear golden to orange color, with a slight head.
S - Mineral aromas, accompanied by a slight malty sweet aroma.
T - Slight oxidation, beutric, with a slight astringency. Slight malty sweetness, very little hops.
M - Good body, appropriate carbonation.

I was not impressed with this beer. While not undrinkable, the off flavors and aromas in the beer make it undesirable.

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Farmers Friend from Palisade Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 16 ratings