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Brown Fox Session Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

Brown Fox Session AleBrown Fox Session Ale

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81
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75 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.43%


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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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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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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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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GeoffRizzo

Texas

3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2004 02:54:34 | More by GeoffRizzo
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2004 03:12:32 | More by moulefrite
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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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ngandhi

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -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.
ng

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2003 22:39:39 | More by ngandhi
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Realale

Missouri

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2003 17:26:37 | More by Realale
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Kongquistador

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 04:40:40 | More by Kongquistador
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2003 17:55:38 | More by AudioGilz
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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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fattyre

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2003 15:56:12 | More by fattyre
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Bunnyhop

Georgia

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)

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2003 12:47:56 | More by Bunnyhop
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maxpower

Missouri

3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear brown color, light malt nutty aroma with a small white head,very light body, watery and thin mouthfeel, pretty bland overall has some light nutty malt flavors, a very mild lite brown ale, still as good if not better than Newcastle, I would not buy agian, then agian I don't care for this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2003 06:11:16 | More by maxpower
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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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Winter

Wisconsin

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown, almost black in color with a light brown head. Aroma conisted of roasted malts, mild coffee, a touch of caramel and a sweet nutiness. Medium, smooth body. Taste was of sweet roasted malt with a pleasant nutiness present in the middle. Clean finish was rather week and almost watery. The addition of the 8 malts definitely gives this session ale a sweet smoothness and enjoyable flavor. Lack of a good finish prevents this one from getting higher marks. Overall, though, a pretty enjoyable session ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2002 10:39:41 | More by Winter
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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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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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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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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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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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Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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