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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 krantul:
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krantul

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 21:00:24 | More by krantul
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Phocion

Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from phone, reviewed May 16, 2014. My bottle said 3.4% rather than the 4.2% listed on here, a proper session ale. Two Brothers "Retro release."

Bomber poured into a nonic glass. Thick and very retentive frothy dark beige head covering a dark copper/brownish body. Huge lacing. Very attractive beer.

There's a lot of flavor for a brown, and a surprisingly high amount of malt noticeable for such a low gravity beer. Very nutty. Roasty biscuit and dark fruit (plum, fig). Toffee, cocoa powder, and a touch of woody aromas, plus a subtle hint of earthy and floral hops.

The surprisingly complex nose, unfortunately, can't quite keep up with the flavor. It's very light on the palate. Dark roasted malts and just a touch of sourness, plus some earthy hops. Tastes like just another fairly thin brown ale, which is sorely disappointing considering the nose.

Thin, watery mouthfeel which isn't necessarily a bad thing, except that it's a bit over-carbonated for this beer. Slick and light-bodied.

The appearance and nose had me expecting a lot, but unfortunately this beer is more bark than bite. Not terrible, but didn't really deliver. The carbonation and mouthfeel doesn't make this particularly sessionable, even if the ABV does. Overall, it's worth a shot if you're into English styles, but it underwhelms.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2014 17:00:07 | More by Phocion
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thewimperoo

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

01-12-2014 03:37:17 | More by thewimperoo
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vinny21bal

Illinois

2/5  rDev -43.5%

12-02-2013 01:16:09 | More by vinny21bal
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Vixie

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish brown color with an inch or so of off white head that lingers a bit, leaving some nice lacing.

Very malty smell, a little bread like with a hint of fruit.

Fairly sweet up front, but not overly so. The taste reminds me a bit of a cola drink, although not quite as sweet. There is also a bit of caramel in it, and finishes with just a hint of hop bitterness.

Feel is ok, nothing to complain about there.

Basically a decent, easy to drink beer. Nothing really outstanding about it, and no serious flaws either. This would be a good beer for a hot day, as it goes down smooth and easy, and the ABV is low enough to be able to drink more than one. Just a nice refreshing beer for when you want something simple and basic.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:20:32 | More by Vixie
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-05-2013 02:07:36 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

07-15-2013 23:03:04 | More by pathman
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jschott75

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

07-04-2013 01:25:56 | More by jschott75
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

05-31-2013 02:01:23 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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ackeeper

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

05-21-2013 01:20:03 | More by ackeeper
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coffygrinder

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

04-23-2013 11:11:10 | More by coffygrinder
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vande

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.3%

03-30-2013 19:45:18 | More by vande
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Guinnsslvr

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

03-07-2013 03:13:54 | More by Guinnsslvr
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Dark copper color, with a short head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, faint chocolate
Taste-More of the same: toasted malt, subtle chocolate, faint oakiness. A bit light-bodied but very nice flavor for a "sessionable" ale at only 4.2ABV.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 23:18:59 | More by hosehead83
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 00:56:50 | More by DavoleBomb
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TheSSG

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

01-20-2013 18:40:36 | More by TheSSG
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ShutOutTheSky


3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

01-17-2013 03:16:27 | More by ShutOutTheSky
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RickS95

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2012 02:38:52 | More by RickS95
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Caterwaul

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

10-23-2012 01:12:24 | More by Caterwaul
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3agle87

Illinois

4/5  rDev +13%

10-12-2012 03:30:50 | More by 3agle87
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denimdemon

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

09-08-2012 03:42:41 | More by denimdemon
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beagle75

Iowa

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a nonic glass.
According to the label it is 3.4% abv.

A: Clear, light brown color with one finger of persistent off-white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Brown malt is a bit unfocused, made more so by the detectable carbon dioxide. It hints at chocolate and earth, but is never very convincing. A trace of butterscotch is also present.

T: Begins dry, with lightly roasted malt that is more substantial than suggested by the smell. Acidity is mild into the middle, where mixed semi-dark fruit becomes well-established. The finish is soft, suggestive of chocolate pudding.

M: Medium viscosity, very soft and smooth on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: Another sessionable brown ale from Two Brothers, coming on the heels of their dark mild. The smell is a little weak and misleading, but otherwise it is approachable and very representative.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 17:43:22 | More by beagle75
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KingBiscuit

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

09-02-2012 23:00:50 | More by KingBiscuit
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fishkab

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

09-01-2012 04:35:09 | More by fishkab
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Rmatuszak2

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-26-2012 20:29:25 | More by Rmatuszak2
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Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.