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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
good

77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.15%
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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4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Chrixsus, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Bighuge
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very clear, very nice looking dark burgandy. There's a creamy tan head that disappears within a minute, but laces the glass quite nicely during the drinking experience. There's some faint cocoa and java accents on the nose. This is fairly impressive for what the brewery was trying to accomplish - a session ale. This damn near tastes like it was hand pulled from a cask. There's very little carbonation and a creamy silk-like mouthfeel. The taste is very easy going. Nothing real overwhelming, but it tastes good nonetheless. Some mild chocolate and coffee notes. Dried prunes maybe. The English hops show their stuff sporadically throughout the drink, but never are they overbearing. Very mellow and highly drinkable. This passes as a session ale in my book.

Bighuge, Jun 23, 2002
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4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

pathman, Jul 16, 2013
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 ZAP
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a creamy small lace....mild cocoa on the nose....silky smooth in the mouth....nice light chocolate flavor notes...low bitterness but some dry hop finish...I think this is a splendid beer and would be an excellent session beverage(as the name suggests)..

ZAP, Jul 09, 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
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4/5  rDev +13%

Guinnsslvr, Mar 07, 2013
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
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
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4/5  rDev +13%

3agle87, Oct 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

jaidenjb, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

McCranky, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

pschul4, Aug 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +13%

TheSSG, Jan 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

EGolfer4, Aug 19, 2012
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 beesy
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. #7 of the 15years/15beers of Two Brothers.

A - pours a beautiful medium-light brown and it very clear when held to the light. A nice two finger, rocky, medium khaki head builds and falls to just a ring of foam within a few brief minutes.

S - malty, wheatly, slightly biscuit/bready (Victory or Biscuit malts) nutty, dirt.

T - Nice and malty throughout. Some nuttiness on the front end with some sweetness on the mid and late palate. There is just a lot of malt/wheat/bready flavors in the mid to late palate. Crackers. Walnuts.

M - it has a fair amount of body considering the abv. Slightly sweet.

D - fairly easy to drink because of the abv. The maltiness makes it drink a little heavier than what it is.

Overall, I think this is a great brown ale. Tasty, malty, easy to drink and the price point is right - $4.99/bomber. I admit I don't drink a ton of browns, but I think I enjoy this better that the Upland Nut Hugger I've had recently.

beesy, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: 14112A1P0527 stamped on bottom
Glass: Standard US pint

Brown Fox is an enjoyable brown session ale with distinct toasted malt and nut characters that do justice to both brown and session ales. Definitely a malt-forward beer I would keep a supply of in my fridge, if it were available regularly.

Pours a 1.5cm head with medium to large-size bubbles and light tan in color. Head has poor retention, quickly fading to a thin ring around glass, while leaving minimal to no lacing. Body is a surprisingly dark brown color, with amber hues; light brings out the amber-red tints present in the beer. Body is transparent, with minimal visible carbonation.

Aroma is primarily of toasted malt, hazelnut, and caramel, with a bit of mineral character.

Taste has strong nutty, caramel, and toasted malt flavors with a slight mineral and iron note. Sweet, fairly minimal hops are in the back during the mid and back palate to add just a hint of bitterness and balance. Surprising amount of flavor for a session beer. Aftertaste of toasted hazelnuts, malt, and slight coffee-like bitterness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with a medium-light carbonation level that results in a smooth, non-foaming mouthfeel that's somewhat crisp. Closes wet, with some minimal stickiness on the palate.

falloutsnow, Aug 19, 2012
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 beagle75
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.

beagle75, Sep 03, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-brown color with a good two-fingers head that quickly subsides. Hops are subdued. Malt is moderate, but it's not too sweet. What's odd is the sourness, especially at the finish. I was hoping for more an English mild or brown ale flavor, as is indicated by the name and the outward characteristics. The sour flavor provides a nice complement and balance to the malt, a job usually left to hops in American interpretations of this style. It's a beer that doesn't really fit into any neat category.

An interesting, fairly unique beer, but not a beer I would call a good "session beer".

allengarvin, Jul 22, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Jaycase, Jul 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

coffygrinder, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of ppoitras
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Best before 8/7/06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear burgundy brown brew. Head quickly fades to swirls of big and little bubbles, with average lacing. Aroma is roasty darkish grains with a slight hoppy tinge. Taste is dark grain upfront, not as hearty as the nose indicated, with some bitter coffee notes, and a light fresh hoppiness that lingers into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, and this one is certainly a nice session brew.

ppoitras, May 18, 2006
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

denimdemon, Sep 08, 2012
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Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.