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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
THE BROS
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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark walnut brown with a near conflagration of fiery red-orange highlights... unless backlit. Like many beers of this color, it becomes a uniform crimson when sunlight is permitted entry. Brown fox to red fox, in other words. The attractive looking lid of golden sand colored foam displays an active upper surface of bubbles and pits. Although some wispy lace sticks, it isn't abundant.

This is a good brown ale nose, no two ways about it. It has the power and self-assuredness of a porter; a definite compliment coming from me. There's a much greater degree of roasted maltiness than this style usually manages, with plenty of chocolate and mulitiple handfuls of oven-toasted nuts. Well done.

BFSA makes a minor misstep on the palate, but not an unrecoverable stumble. The flavor lacks the solidity of the nose, seeming less deep and less interesting. What malt is present has been heavily toasted/lightly roasted, providing a sufficient amount of flavor, while the actual amount of malt feels inadequate. Yet another beer that is too insubstantial in the mouth.

I'm reminded more of a watered-down porter than a brown ale. With time and warming, iced coffee waxes in intensity and cocoa wanes. There are hints of hoppy flavor that are easily exceeded by a hoppy bitterness that becomes bolder as the finish approaches. More malty sweetness would be my preferred fix.

Brown Fox Session Ale looks good and smells good, but that's where the party ends. While it gets points for flavor boldness, it doesn't back it up with substance. As noted, more malt is an easy remedy and would, quite possibly, allow this furtive little fellow to run with the pack of brown ale greats.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 14:08:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 15:18:05 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 14:46:58 | More by emerge077
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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...

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 01:21:24 | More by feloniousmonk
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

02-21-2012 05:08:13 | More by imperialking
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2005 01:39:45 | More by rhoadsrage
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Zorro

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 00:58:36 | More by Zorro
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 20:57:07 | More by ppoitras
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2002 20:29:09 | More by Bighuge
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Gusler

Arizona

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 05:17:49 | More by Gusler
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 09:00:10 | More by Dogbrick
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 00:34:14 | More by WoodBrew
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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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ZAP

Minnesota

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)..

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2002 21:30:23 | More by ZAP
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barnzy78

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 15:52:06 | More by barnzy78
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cokes

Wisconsin

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".

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2002 22:06:08 | More by cokes
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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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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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ADR

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2002 07:41:25 | More by ADR
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allengarvin

Texas

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".

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2004 01:34:25 | More by allengarvin
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Crosling

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 14:18:33 | More by Crosling
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Redrover

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck with the always classy two brothers label art (The design of their artwork is really top notch and classy in a very understated way).

The beer pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Not much light gets through this one.

The beer smells of roasted malts, some sweet chocolate and bits of fresh bread.

The taste is solid. Mainly roasted malt in the flavor profile. Very subtle coffee/toffee flavor. Hops seem to be well hidden. Please let this beer reach the proper temperature as the flavors are hidden if served to cold

My only complaint about this beer is that it has too much carbonation for a brown. Perhaps you could let the beer sit in the glass for a ½ hour or so before drinking it. The over carbonation cuts into both drinkability and mouthfeel. However it still is a tasty beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 18:43:42 | More by Redrover
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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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CRJMellor

Arkansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2004 03:13:01 | More by CRJMellor
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bashiba

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 22:15:13 | More by bashiba
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Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.