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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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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 thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

thewimperoo, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of vinny21bal
2/5  rDev -43.5%

vinny21bal, Dec 02, 2013
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

pathman, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of jschott75
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

jschott75, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

bigbluebeerguy, May 31, 2013
Photo of ackeeper
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ackeeper, May 21, 2013
Photo of coffygrinder
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

coffygrinder, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of vande
3/5  rDev -15.3%

vande, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Guinnsslvr
4/5  rDev +13%

Guinnsslvr, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
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.

hosehead83, Feb 25, 2013
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 TheSSG
4/5  rDev +13%

TheSSG, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of ShutOutTheSky
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

ShutOutTheSky, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of RickS95
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.

RickS95, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Caterwaul
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Caterwaul, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of 3agle87
4/5  rDev +13%

3agle87, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

denimdemon, Sep 08, 2012
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

KingBiscuit, Sep 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

fishkab, Sep 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Rmatuszak2, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of EGolfer4
4/5  rDev +13%

EGolfer4, Aug 19, 2012
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Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.