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Brown Fox Session Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Brown Fox Session AleBrown Fox Session Ale

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BA SCORE
81
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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002)
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Reviews by RickS95:
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown, fairly clear liquid. There's some red in it to lighten the color and it ends up being a shade fairer than a cola. The head is relatively thin and dissipates quickly. No lacing worth a mention.

It's got a slightly floral, crisp pilsner scent to it. Malt forward, proven by the 8 malts used in the beer.

Has an earthy taste to it. Lots of malt flavors going at it, both on the pilsner side, as well as the darker, roasted side. It's an interesting play. Has a bit of an aftertaste that kind of stays with you, like a combination of dirt and dark fruits. As it warms, a cracker taste sneeks up on you.

Light bodied, but with lots of taste. Some sweetness early, as well as some bitter and carbonation on the back side. Cleansing feel, makes you ready for the next sip or the next bite of something.

I like higher ABV, but this beer could work for me in certain circumstances. For a light, low alcohol beer, there's a lot of flavor. I think it would pair with a variety of foods. Overall, not too bad at all. A good beer to sit back and drink all day and not worry about jail time.

RickS95, Oct 23, 2012
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +13%

Guinnsslvr, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of ADR
2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear dark red/brown color. Initial head of 1/4 inch thins in a minute or so. A bit of chocolate smell, some peach. Jeez, not very pleasant malt, cut by a lot of wateriness early and often and leavened with an ice tea and (?)dandelion-like flavor. A little sourness to the citric hop finish -- I prefer more flowery hops in lighter styles. This beer is not a good "session" choice for me, Two Brothers does better stuff. Better out of the bottle, the neck keeps the malt from "spreading out" into wateriness.

ADR, Nov 22, 2002
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a deep mahogany brown clear body with a nice light tan creamy head.

S-The beer has a slight fruity pale malt aroma with some faint notes of toasted malt and a light roastiness also.

T- The taste is a nice caramel malt with more complex hints of chocolate and a bit earthy. It has a slight sour taste with a hint of grassy or pine hops.

M- This beer has a medium full mouth feel with some light fizz but no alcohol warmth

D- This is a unique beer with some original malt complexity that is hard to describe. The hops are very faint and hard to notice until it warms a bit. Interesting for a taste but a bit to strange for a session.

rhoadsrage, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Delicious little brew here.
Pours out a deeply hazed scarlet-brown. Small beige head fades to an edging, but continues to lace nicely.
Powdery cocoa on the nose.
This powder-like chocolate appears on the taste buds, with faint coffee roastedness. All of this is intermingled with the tea-like hops that assert themselves in a major way. Finishes iced-tea-like with some slight lingering herbal bitterness.
Simple, but quite effective.
Somewhat thin in the mouth, but smooth and creamy as well.
Ridiculously easy to drink. Yes, this is most definately a 'session ale".

cokes, Sep 16, 2002
Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fox Brown is back on tap at the Two Bros Roundhouse and it is a Very nice session ale. The color is a clear brillant brown with white head that left a lace on the glass. The smell was nice english malt with a touch of sweetness. The taste followed the smell. The body was medium to light with good carbonation. Overall it was a very tasty ale. highly recommend.

WoodBrew, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of fishkab
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

fishkab, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at South Water Market, downtown Chicago. It's exactly as advertised, a decent “session” beer and much to be thrilled about. A thin head that leaves rings above a pleasing dark brown body. Slightly fruity ale nose. The agreeable roasty malt flavor that has a peek of darker roasts, like it had rubbed elbows with a porter on the subway. Discernable English hops balance the malt sweetness. No more or less than a good session ale.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clean dark amber with some dark walnut highlights, a light creamy tan head with very thin almost nitro like bubble consistency.

The smell is lightly malt with a touch of coffee and roast.

Nice flavor, malty without being sweet. Has a nice bit of crisp brown malt dry coffee flavor with a bit of light smokeyness as well, just a touch of bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and very dry.

Very nicely done session beer at less than 3.5% this has a ton of flavor and very drinkable.

bashiba, Jul 28, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky, semi-cloudy brown, razor thin head. Virtually no aroma detected, malts and maybe some nuts as a far stretch. Up front, a definitive malt-based body, quick English hops detection. Their ‘true-session brew’ is somewhat thin throughout, perhaps some biscuity/bread notes to define the character. Rather dull and unimpressive, the label states ‘eight malts’ – where are they at? Yet another plain, boring offering from Two Brothers.

GeoffRizzo, Apr 18, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ShutOutTheSky, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Chrixsus
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Chrixsus, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of fattyre
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear dark red/brown color with a moderate sized tan head. It has a pronounced roasted malt smell. The taste is chocolate, roasted malt with a resinous herbal hoppiness and a surprising oily mouthfeel. I am impressed that they were able to get this much character from such a low alcohol beer but still not something I would seek out.

fattyre, Feb 21, 2003
Photo of krantul
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown Fox is fine brew, to be sure, though it suffers a tad by its own definition. Two Brothers is a fairly creative brewery, and they've gotten rather fancy with the malts on this beer; as a result, they have created something quite unique and inarguably tasty, but it deviates somewhat from the standard of a traditional session beer by virtue of its own complexity. If you like a sweeter, rich-tasting beer, by all means check this one out. While I wouldn't regret purchasing some six-packs of this beer, I'd be slightly less inclined to drink it all in one go.

Appearance: It's brown! Brown Fox is brown, who'd have guessed. Well, it's a bit darker than I might have expected, but even a little dark malt will heavily tint a beer. Poured no head at all, hardly a bubble to be seen.

Smell: The beer has a nice, sweet smell, predominantly caramel, but not overwhelming.

Taste: For a session beer, it is especially rich and malty, but nothing I wouldn't have expected after the smell. It is a very sweet brew, with virtually no noteworthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Although low carbonation is standard for the style, it's uncommon to see an American brewery follow that guideline, especially in a bottled beer. But Brown Fox definitely has that silky, British body, undisturbed by fizz. The sweetness leaves a residual tang in the mouth, though.

Drinkability: The hallmark feature of a session beer, and Brown Fox doesn't fall short. It's predominantly the lower carbonation level that makes this beer so eminently quaffable, and the rather moderate 4.2% alcohol by volume will keep you conscious should you make a night of it. The malt profile, however, might get to be too much after too many of these; while a serviceable session beer, it falls short of a proper Fuller's bitter when it comes to fearlessly knocking back a dozen pints.

krantul, May 19, 2006
Photo of Jaycase
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Jaycase, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Resurrected for the 15th anniversary series, served on draft in a 12 oz. footed goblet. The tap handle reminds me of the time a fox crossed my path one night, less than a block from this very bar.

Body is a dark copper color with high clarity, a thin broken skim across its surface, and lots of spotty lacing around the edges. Aroma of husky toasted grains, lightly yeasty also.

Malty, husky dry flavors of toasted grains, with a light lingering bitterness that lasts into the aftertaste. Light bodied with a smooth feel, it lives up to its name in the sessionable department. A simple, unfettered brown ale for easy drinking, pairs well with a variety of food.

emerge077, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is a toasty coffee/chocolate/caramel mix with a touch of dry cocoa powder-like notes. The body is a dark ruddy brown and holds a rapidly diminishing, wispy tan head. Lots of sweet caramel, choclate and coffe with some peanut skin notes and a dry, but lingering malty sweetness in the finish. Very intense flavor concentration. It really packs the tastebuds with gobs of flavor...primarily the coffee notes, but some sweet dark fruit, chocolate, nuts, cocoa and caramel are there as well. This is very tasty and has a damn nice mouthfeel. I haven’t had enough Milds to know if it is a good Mild, but it’s a damn tasty brown ale/light porter and I think most everyone in this thread is insane to rate it so low. This beer tastes great.

Jredner, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of coffygrinder
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

coffygrinder, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep brown with no real head but small spots of lace on the glass.
Aroma of malt, some chocolate, slightly sour and molasses notes also present.
Flavor is a variety of chocolates, some honey, grain and a twist of grapefruity bitterness.
Mouthfeel is sweet to start moving to a lightly sour note and finishing a tad bitter. Transitions are a little bit off and dont' quite work.
Drinkability is decent but nothing to seek out.

CRJMellor, May 17, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a deep garnet, clear; the head is mountainous with thick sheets of clingy lace. Nose malt, somewhat sweet, hints of ripe fruit, caramel. Front begins sweet, waterish top, minimal hop presence, carbonation is light to moderate Not a bad beer, but lacking any real character that would make it stand out.

Gusler, Nov 01, 2002
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2.79/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Not really brown in color. It's more of a clear copper amber. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: Dry toastiness, a bit grainy, cocoa powder, and a touch of caramel. Something along the lines of mineral, but not exactly mineral - something more earthy. Light floral hoppiness. I know this is a session ale, but it's not putting forth enough quality aroma to do it for me. I'd had enough session beers to know that you can still get a complex, powerful nose from them and this fails at that.

2.75 T: Like the nose, this lacks depth of flavor and complexity. Earthy mineral quality is back again. Light toast, grain, caramel, and quite dry.

2.75 M: Light body. Good moderate carbonation. It does have a nice creaminess to it, but it's like creamy water instead of creamy beer. This doesn't need to have a higher ABV, but it does need more malt.

2.5 D: It's goes down easy, but I really wish I didn't have another half of a bomber of this. I can't wait till this is over and I can pour something more flavorful.

DavoleBomb, Feb 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

pathman, Jul 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ackeeper, May 21, 2013
Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown colored ale with a minimal head formation. This is a clear ale with a good red color when held up to a light.

Smell is a little sweet with malt and a strong slightly charred aroma of dark roasted malt. Slight sour smell to it from the malt.

Taste is just a little sweet at first but this quickly disappears. Slightly fruity in flavor the taste of coffee quickly overcomes any sweetness and leaves a slight char in the after taste. Not a lot in the flavor department but it is mild and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is good.

Terribly average and non-offensive ale. Not worth a lot of effort to get but certainly easy to drink.

Zorro, May 13, 2006
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4/5  rDev +13%

3agle87, Oct 12, 2012
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Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.