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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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002)
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Photo of falloutsnow
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: 14112A1P0527 stamped on bottom
Glass: Standard US pint

Brown Fox is an enjoyable brown session ale with distinct toasted malt and nut characters that do justice to both brown and session ales. Definitely a malt-forward beer I would keep a supply of in my fridge, if it were available regularly.

Pours a 1.5cm head with medium to large-size bubbles and light tan in color. Head has poor retention, quickly fading to a thin ring around glass, while leaving minimal to no lacing. Body is a surprisingly dark brown color, with amber hues; light brings out the amber-red tints present in the beer. Body is transparent, with minimal visible carbonation.

Aroma is primarily of toasted malt, hazelnut, and caramel, with a bit of mineral character.

Taste has strong nutty, caramel, and toasted malt flavors with a slight mineral and iron note. Sweet, fairly minimal hops are in the back during the mid and back palate to add just a hint of bitterness and balance. Surprising amount of flavor for a session beer. Aftertaste of toasted hazelnuts, malt, and slight coffee-like bitterness.

Beer is medium-light in body, with a medium-light carbonation level that results in a smooth, non-foaming mouthfeel that's somewhat crisp. Closes wet, with some minimal stickiness on the palate.

falloutsnow, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
4/5  rDev +13%

jaidenjb, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of McCranky
4/5  rDev +13%

McCranky, Aug 07, 2012
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 nheinzie57
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

nheinzie57, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a clear dark copper with a 2 finger tan head. Small blotches of lacing remain.

S- caramel, toffee, roast

T- toasted bread, toffee, bit of sourdough.

M- light body, medium carbonation. Crisp and very drinkable.

O- nice session ale, but not one I would drink too often.

kawilliams81, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of pschul4
4/5  rDev +13%

pschul4, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
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.

WoodBrew, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of bashiba
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.

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

Jaycase, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Chrixsus
4.75/5  rDev +34.2%

Chrixsus, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of wallyworld68
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

wallyworld68, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of illini4x4
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

illini4x4, Jul 21, 2012
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 Stevie_Janowski
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Stevie_Janowski, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

Jredner, Nov 15, 2006
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 ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, May 18, 2006
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 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 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 beveragecaptain
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

beveragecaptain, Oct 26, 2005
Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.