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Farmer Brown Ale

Old Capitol Brew Works
Iowa City, IA

Style: Ale

Baby-Boy’s Rating:
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When Jill and I headed to the Iowa City Brew Fest, we got to town the night before the event. So, the only thing to do was some warm-up drinking.

We headed over to the Old Capital Brew Works at 525 S. Gilbert in Iowa City. While it doesn’t currently sell outside of the pub, if you find yourself in Iowa, it is your duty as a beer dork to head over and see what they have to offer.

This was a nice, dark ale. Brown, almost black, with a sweet smell that reminded me of molasses with a hint of bananas. There was something about it that made me think of breakfast—maybe it was a reminder of eating hot cereal as a kid.

While it was a full-bodied beer, it was not too thick, so it doesn’t quite pass my used motor oil test. But its sweet, malty flavor was agreeable.

Reviewed by Baby-Boy Jackson on October 9, 2007.
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