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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

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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2/5  rDev -43.5%

vinny21bal, Dec 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

illini4x4, Jul 21, 2012
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 Dogbrick
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a very mild and uninteresting beer. Chestnut-colored with almost no head. Aroma of brown sugar and light malt. Flavor was malty with a nutty finish. This seemed a watered down to me but I have had worse.

Dogbrick, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of DavoleBomb
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
Photo of vande
3/5  rDev -15.3%

vande, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown color, light malt nutty aroma with a small white head,very light body, watery and thin mouthfeel, pretty bland overall has some light nutty malt flavors, a very mild lite brown ale, still as good if not better than Newcastle, I would not buy agian, then agian I don't care for this style.

maxpower, Jan 07, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a deep dark brown, head is large, firm, creamy, tan. Not a great deal going on, aroma-wise, some nuts, vanilla? Loads of malt, and just a sprinkle of hops, here and there. Yes, you could probably drink a lot of this, during some sort of "session", but I'm not sure why you would want to. There's very little of interest here, no spark, no pop, no zing. Am I asking too much? Maybe...

feloniousmonk, Mar 07, 2003
Photo of Realale
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark clear brown with an off-white fine head that settles to an incomplete cap.

Nose is slightly bready malt with a good dose of sharp roasted barley. Pleasant, but not compelling or complex.

Palate is on the thin side of medium. Roast malt defines the palate, and the bitterness seems quite sharp - perhaps the mineral treatment is accentuating the bitterness? Some bready malt is there, and somehow the alcohol pokes out with food. Its OK, but certainly not inspiring.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, but the mineral treatment is a bit too much. Certainly goes down easily without food, but not a good complement to a meal.

Realale, Dec 04, 2003
Photo of barnzy78
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, #7 of the 15 Beers for 15 Years Series
3.4% ABV

Pours brown with a fluffy beige head that holds decent retention, and leaves a little lacing on the glass. Aromas are brown malt, brown sugar, nutty. Tastes are mild with notes of brown sugar, brown malt, chocolate, grain, nutty, faint molasses. Body is thin-to-medium with good carbonation. Overall, this was pretty mellow, definitely sessionable, but a little on the sweet side towards the end. Glad I tried it, but wouldn't seek out another bottle.

barnzy78, 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
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
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
Photo of Bunnyhop
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear, dark brown-red "Session Ale" with a moderate tan head. The smell is of malt and raisin, and definitely a roastedness. The flavor is also very roasted, along with coffee, ending with a slightly strange bitter citrus; it does finish quite clean though. In my mouth it has a surprisingly oily feel. I don't care for the odd bitterness to it, therefore it is not my favorite beer, but, certainly not my least favorite.

As a side note 9.8 Plato, 13 IBU.

(source: Beers Across America)

Bunnyhop, Jan 29, 2003
Photo of pmatz2
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - dark brown, tan head, head disappeared quickly

Smell - roasted malt but not over powering


Taste - Had a coffe taste with a slightly bitter finish that I couldn't really identify ( sort of a citrus taste). I did finish very clean with no after taste.

Mouthfeel - It was very thin / watery. It felt like a watered down port

Drinkability - It does go down easy, I was suprised by the mouthfeel. I would drink it again but I wouldn't seek it out.

Not a great beer, not a bad beer

pmatz2, Nov 21, 2005
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 beerceller99
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle pours a clear garnet color with an off white head. Light bodied and light carbonation.Yeasty, earthy smell. Has a sour grain taste followed by sweet light caramels.Finishes with a bitter yeasty aftertaste. I’d try this again on tap but two bottles was plenty.

beerceller99, Dec 24, 2005
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ShutOutTheSky, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of ackeeper
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ackeeper, May 21, 2013
Photo of jschott75
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

jschott75, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Crosling
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Brown

Various malts provide mainly coffee but also nuts (pecans and peanut shells) and a small amount of chocolate and grapes in the nose.

Taste: Fairly distinct in its flavor profile. True to the style: sweet, nutty and full of various dark malt notes.. Carbonation to the extreme and a complete lack of body. Notes of grapes, coffee, almonds and chocolate.

Crosling, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Two Brothers Brown Fox is lightly nutty and chocolately. There's a hint of grain/toast that identifies this as a brown ale. The hops and noticeable and balance nicely with the malt, but ruin the nose. The malts are not deep and finish quick, leaving an unpleasant tannic residue. At times, this tastes like a solid brown and at times it reminds me of many extract brown homebrews I've had from fellow brewers. The grains might have been overextracted or the hop profile could be off; I'm not sure.

Though quite pleasant, I would hesitate to call it a session ale. The lingering hop greenness is just barely evocative -- enough to grab your interest, but not enough to hold it. The body is a bit too full -- not for a brown ale, but certainly for a "session."

A decent job, but ultimately thin on taste and amateur.

Relax, relax.
ng

ngandhi, Dec 13, 2003
Photo of circuitmonkey
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a creamy tan head… low head retention. Has a light malt aroma. Appearance is dark brown. Has a very complex malt taste with very mild bitterness. Overall it has a unique taste, but I would prefer something a little less complex for a session beer.

circuitmonkey, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in an Innis and Gunn cervoise.

Looks like this beer is making a brief return as part of the 15 Beers for 15 Years series. Hey, whatever gets the beer to me, amiright? It pours a clear amber-sienna topped by a finger of sandy khaki foam. Lovely. The nose comprises light and wispy maple syrup, nuts, light oak, and a kiss of cocoa powder. The taste holds notes of wood, odd nuts, dark greens, hard water/rocks (you know, lots o' minerality in there), and a vague sense of buttery stone fruits layered throughout the background, sparse enough to be continuously overlooked, yet just bold enough to be occasionally noticed (something like that). The whole combination comes out a bit off in some way. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, an interesting beer, indeed, one that appears to be a fine little sessionable brew, but one that then turns around and surprises you...

TMoney2591, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Vixie
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.

Vixie, Nov 19, 2013
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Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.