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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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47 Reviews
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 77
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 8.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 77
Photo of bashiba
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.08/5  rDev -12%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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... (932 characters)

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (745 characters)

Photo of krantul
3.92/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,851 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.77/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (558 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (651 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
3.22/5  rDev -8%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of pmatz2
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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 (506 characters)

Photo of beveragecaptain
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours out a very dark brown color with a small head. The aroma is a little bit of roasted malt along with some grain. Suprisingly rich malty flavor. Very roasty and earthy. Astringent, but it doesn't seem out of place. A little bit of cocoa flavor. Mouthfeel is thin. This beer is a bit of a surprise. It doesn't look good, doesn't smell good, but I like the taste. It's not amazing, but it's solid. Good drinkability. (435 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (1,683 characters)

Photo of circuitmonkey
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of gimmehead
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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". (599 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
3.57/5  rDev +2%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (843 characters)

Photo of ngandhi
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
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.
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Photo of Realale
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of Kongquistador
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (1,577 characters)

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Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.