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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

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.15%
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 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
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of circuitmonkey
3.4/5  rDev -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.

circuitmonkey, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 02, 2005
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 DrunkMcDermott
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 01, 2004
Photo of Crosling
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.

Crosling, Jul 30, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
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".

allengarvin, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
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.

CRJMellor, May 17, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
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.

GeoffRizzo, Apr 18, 2004
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 Redrover
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.

Redrover, Jan 20, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
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

ngandhi, Dec 13, 2003
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 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
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 feloniousmonk
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...

feloniousmonk, Mar 07, 2003
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 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 maxpower
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.

maxpower, Jan 07, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 10, 2002
Photo of Winter
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.

Winter, Dec 08, 2002
Photo of ADR
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.

ADR, Nov 22, 2002
Photo of Gusler
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.

Gusler, Nov 01, 2002
Photo of cokes
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".

cokes, Sep 16, 2002
Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.