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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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Photo of AudioGilz
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/amber with good clarity when held up to a light. The head is small and goes away fast. A mellow aroma greets you, nothing too exciting but some sweet malts and toasty nuts. It's pretty crisp for a brown ale with some zingy carbonation. It makes it pretty drinkable though. Toasty sweet malts is pretty much it for flavor. It's mellow for a reason I suppose since this is a "session ale." I could make a session ale out of it, but there is definitely much better to choose from for that purpose. It's still an above average brew.

AudioGilz, May 11, 2003
Photo of TheSSG
4/5  rDev +13%

TheSSG, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of Phocion
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.

Phocion, Jun 30, 2014
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 Chrixsus
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Chrixsus, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of moulefrite
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light shade of brown with splashes of amber and orange. Little to no head or lace, and I'm guessing this is staying true to the style of an English Mild? Soft aromas of roasted malt are followed by hints of dried cocoa powder. The beer is very light on the tongue, and the flavors are simple, and easy to put back. Again, roasted malt and lightly bitter cocoa-reminds me of a German schwartzbier to some degree. The beer finishes clean and dry. Kudos to the Bro's for having the passion to create and offer a brew of this little known style to Chicagolanders.

moulefrite, Mar 29, 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
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
Photo of Caterwaul
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Caterwaul, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Jaycase
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Jaycase, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Rmatuszak2
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Rmatuszak2, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of coffygrinder
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

coffygrinder, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of EGolfer4
4/5  rDev +13%

EGolfer4, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of fishkab
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

fishkab, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of 3agle87
4/5  rDev +13%

3agle87, Oct 12, 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 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 gimmehead
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown with a 2+ finger tan head

Smell: biscuity malts, buttery caramel, a hint of noble hops in the background

Taste: sweet caramel malts, a little roast bitterness, a tiny bit of hop in the finish; rather bland

Mouthfeel: thin, medium carbonation; fairly dry

They were shotting for a session ale and that's exactly what they produced. A little bland, but also inoffensive and highly drinkable.

gimmehead, May 15, 2005
Photo of ShutOutTheSky
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ShutOutTheSky, Jan 17, 2013
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 McCranky
4/5  rDev +13%

McCranky, Aug 07, 2012
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 wallyworld68
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

wallyworld68, Jul 22, 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 Kongquistador
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this because it was the cheapest micro in the store, and I had some spare cash, but not much. Given that inauspicious start, this turns out to be a decent beer, that gives more than its numbers suggest.

Pours a pretty standard brown, which becomes a little reddish when held up to the light. The small head disappears quickly, and leaves only a mockery of lacing. The aroma is a nice nutty smell, with a faint background of citrus, although the hops are not very significant, either for esthers or for taste. There is also some caramel malts, but nothing strong. Still, good stuff.

This beer is definetly not strong on the flavor, but what is there is nice and well balanced. Starts with a faint burst of citrus, before it moves onto the malts. Malt is the important element of this brown, and it has several characters that mix and match. It has a distinctly nutty flavor at times, which balances with a sweet caramel flavor. It also has some grassy flavors that move around, but they seem to be relegated to the reserves, without much role. The finish is not very hoppy, and seems to develop a slight sour note as the beer warms.

This beer is advertised as a session ale, and that couldn't possibly be a better description. This is highly drinkable and very smooth, although it sometimes feels a little watery. Otherwise, it is very well balanced, and although it could benefit from a little more assertive flavor, it doesn't really harm the brew, given that it is so light. Overall, a tasty drink, and one to search for later in the evening in a bar.

Kongquistador, Aug 15, 2003
Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.