Fox Farm Brewery

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Fox Farm Brewery
Connecticut, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #39
Ranked #6,828
4.13 | pDev: 5.57%
Monday at 11:14 PM
Nov 03, 2017
Notes: None
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Rated by foundersasap from Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is one killer brown ale, bordering on a porter, rich, complex, malty goodness!
Monday at 11:14 PM
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Beautiful beer, dark but quite clear, with good head retention.

Aroma is impressively balanced, giving the impression of a generously but carefully hopped brown ale.

It's a bit of a let down on the palate. Very expressive and flavorful, but the flavor balance doesn't quite work out as well as the nose implies. Very sweet, nutty, caramel-ly, with leather and bark from the hops.

This is a very good brown ale, and very flavorful.
Oct 15, 2022
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 24, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by acurtis from New Jersey

Apr 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Mbgreg from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
P: Pours a deep clear mahogany brown with reddish edges. Light tan head fades to a lasting fine thin ring leaving nice lacing all the way down.

S: First impression is roasty coffee with semi-sweet chocolate notes, light char or smoke, nuts, dark toasty malt. Burnt element increases with temperature, but never to detriment.

T: Flavor follows nose, doubling down on the coffee and char components, with chocolate lasting through to the end and adding a touch of sweetness as a balance to the more robust up-front flavors. The more I drink this the more I like it. Need to write quickly before it’s gone.

M: Medium body, light-medium carbonation that doesn’t call attention to itself but perfectly supports the flavors and textures. Long lingering coffee finish.

O: Love it (is Robust Brown a category?). And like everything other Fox Farm beer I’ve been fortunate enough to try, it’s quality stuff – nothing over the top or out of place, just super well-made, balanced and delicious. More please.
Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a golden dark brown color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This one smells like caramel, rye, semi sweet breadiness, and dark fruit.

This is quite nice, with a complex maltiness that reminds a bit of caramel, coffee, rye, breadiness, and maybe even some raisin. There's just a hint of hop character, nothing overwhelming.

This is medium bodied, creamy, but pretty crisp, and very drinkable.

This is a surprisingly complex brown ale, especially when you let it open up a little bit.
Mar 22, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by lic217 from Connecticut

Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours brown with close to two fingers of khaki-colored head. Solid retention and webbed lacing.

Rich, almost peanut buttery aroma (in terms of its mildly toasty smoothness, not any peanut per se) with coffee, cocoa, walnut and leather notes.

Not quite as robust tasting, but still quite good. Lightly fruity, lightly bitter. Earthy. Some moderate roastiness and lighter char lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with tight carbonation.

Maybe a little acerbic for a brown, but the smell and aftertaste are both marvelous.
Dec 22, 2021
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark coffee brown. Light khaki head in the Harbaughian hue. Coffee notes, caramel, graham cracker, blondie bar, dark toasted bread, a little hop earthiness. It's dry and drinkable. I'm at the bottom of the glass and haven't really thought too much of it.
Dec 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Scatter from Fox Farm. Received from @Roy_Hobbs in BIF #14. 16 oz can. Stored at home at 38 degrees. Reviewed 19/12/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on bottom of can “CANNED ON 09/2?/2021”(A bit smeared). Served at 46.5 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 54.5 degrees.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Deep Amber (SRM 15), clear.
Body – Brown (SRM 20), opaque. When rear-lite, red and translucent.
Head – Large (Maximum 4.5 cm, aggressive center pour), almond, average retention, diminishing to a five to thirteen mm crown fed by effervescence and a rocky, thick cap.
Lacing – As the head recedes, lacing of extremely tiny bubbles coats the glass. Evolves into torn curtains.
Aroma – 4.5 – Coffee, no malt, no hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4.5 – Taste follows the nose with some caramel as well, but becomes slightly bitter as it warms, no malt, no hops, no yeast. No ethanol (6.4 % ABV, as marked on container) taste or aroma. Mild gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl.
Palate – 4 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4.25 I have indeed kept it cold but didn’t drink it fresh so maybe that’s why it’s so coffee forward. Still, good.
Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Nov 29, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a dark brown reminiscent of the color of coca cola. Thin, weak tan colored head forms on the beer with little retention. Aroma has notes of dark bread, nutty malts, tobacco, wet leaves, a touch of pine, and maybe a little coffee? Its definitely got some hops coming through on the nose, but they are still secondary to the maltiness of the beer.

Taste follows the nose with notes of rustic bread, grain, tobacco, wet leaves, nutty notes, and some coffee. The back end has notes of wet grass or leaves and pine as those hops come through providing a pronounced bitterness on the back end. Feel is medium to fuller bodied carrying with it some heft. Mild carbonation, drier finish.

This is exactly what I think of when I think of an American Brown Ale - hoppier, but still clearly a brown ale. Delicious all around and perfect for the cold autumnal weather.
Nov 14, 2021
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Reviewed by TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On-tap 11/6/2021 at Bayberry Beer Hall in Providence, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a very dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains roasted malts, maple, brown sugar and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong hearty roasted malt character that is quickly followed by some sweet flavors of maple, caramel, coffee and chocolate. The hops presence is strong for the style and complementary, providing a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, decent kick, good representation of style. This is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.
Nov 07, 2021
Rated: 3.67 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours clear, dark brown in color with one third inch head. Taste is leather, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Medium body, moderate low carbonation, slightly bitter. Really good no frills English brown. I would get this again.
Jul 06, 2021
Rated: 4.37 by alexsergio from New York

Jun 10, 2021
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Reviewed by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can to tumbler; share complements of DC.

LOOK: almost black, but just dark brown color, with a big light brown head.

AROMA: Coffee. Raw AND roasted barley.

TASTE: Roasted malts, toasty breads, hints of raisin, fig.
FEEL: Super smooth, clean.

very Nice. great brown ale.

Jun 04, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

May 28, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by crobinso from Colorado

Apr 24, 2021
Rated: 4.42 by Sulty from Massachusetts

Apr 20, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by McSeal from Connecticut

Mar 14, 2021
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Reviewed by ouchiemomo from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Took the kids on a drive to Saw Dust Coffee House in Sturbridge to get out on a cold but beautiful Sunday afternoon. Could have stopped by Tree House because it’s so close, but was there a month and a half ago and wanted to try a new to me brewery that I’ve heard great things about. This was still a good 50 minutes away from Sturbridge through Connecticut. Hey, lovely day for a Sunday afternoon drive.

Got to the Farm and saw a Brown Ale available and was quite intrigued as I am getting burned out on all the hoppy beers. Bought a couple of cans.

L. Dark brown. From what I remember of brown ales, this probably should be a tad lighter. But it’s still brown so it fits the billing. Nice foam hanging on after the pour

S slight burned coffee and dark chocolate

T follows the nose. Burned coffee is dominant, but not acrid or cumbersome. Dark chocolate filled and compliments the coffee. Some sweetness on the backend after the coffee and chocolate notes. Enjoyed every sip

M this ain’t a pillowy kind of beer nor is it a thick drink either. Seems to be spot on for the style

O man oh man. This is delicious. Wish I picked up more than the two cans that I bought. Also wish Fox Farm wasn’t a two hour drive from my house. Will have to consider taking a day off from work and driving there myself since I won’t be able to convince the kids to make the trip again. Or the wife either.
Mar 08, 2021
Rated: 3.68 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Jan 18, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by smi69 from New York

Nov 05, 2020
Rated: 4.06 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Nov 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Jwale73 from Rhode Island

4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz. can served in a nonic. Pours a lovely chestnut brown with ruby highlights around the base when backlit. Head is 1/8th of an inch, tan and foamy and quickly dissipates into a sudsy slick. Nose reveals roast, toasted malts and a pleasant nutty quality. Taste consistent with nose with an earthy hop bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a carbonation shy of lively. Overall, a really nice example of a classic style.
Oct 26, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Jun 10, 2020
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a dark, dark brown with a fairly fluffy head that lasted longer than I expected base on how it poured. Spots of lacing that clung to the glass for quite some time. Smell is all roast, and fairly unremarkable. Taste is the feel. I suppose for the style, it's not out of whack. Overall, this is a very drinkable, if somewhat nondescript beer.
May 25, 2020
Rated: 4.23 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Apr 04, 2020
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Previously sampled on 4/27/18; below is a more updated, comprehensive review.

Canned on 3/11/20

Pours a tarry deep mahogany brown body topped with a finger of creamy, light beige foam; mediocre head retention, large paper-thin island of cap sits in the center while a thin frothy collar and comprehensive, splotchy layering of lacing cakes to the glass.

Aroma is intensely imparted with deeply woody, nutty roasted malts from the start, with burgeoning undertones of toasty milk chocolate as the beer warms; piney hops and suggestions of peanut brittle appear on the very back end. Blunt, with fleeting nuance but persistent satisfaction.

Taste brings roasty chocolate malt leveled by piney hops gently amplifying along the palate; toasted cocoa husk and a silky peanut accent an air of sweetness into a touch of smoked wood as the overarching roasty qualities remain persistent.

Mouthfeel offers a medium body topped with an effortless moderate carbonation fading into the background; a flaky crispness imparts a certain lightness to the body before regaining a robust yet nicely tempered grit past the mid-palate; rounded charry roast hits the swallow.

A roasty intensity superimposed on the drinkable brown ale template, this beer puts some of the bare bones qualities of malt readily on display; accentuated with a seamless hop touch, this is burly and direct, though a winner for the cohesion of the overall product.
Mar 22, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Celtics76 from Rhode Island

Feb 10, 2020
Rated: 4.24 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Dec 28, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by Magnapinna from Connecticut

Nov 13, 2019
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Reviewed by far333 from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Dark brown colored with a finely bubbled beige head of a quarter inch that lingers long. Low aroma of dark malt and subtle hops. Rich flavor of dark malt, roasty, leather, a bit woody, a touch of burnt bark. A bit of a style buster - pretty roasty for a brown, but an excellent beer and I’ll have another,
Oct 21, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by grahuba from Connecticut

Jun 25, 2018
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Brown color where light passes easily through the center. Good spots on the lace.

Strong coffee aroma -- far more black patent malt than most Browns. It doesn't have the creamy aroma I associate with stouts, otherwise I would be completely fooled.

The taste is similar to the smell with a dose of ash added. It's a stout wannabe. It's growing on me as I drink it. Normal body with a higher carbonation. Long coffee aftertaste.
May 27, 2018
Rated: 3.59 by swierczt from Connecticut

Apr 21, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by xtonytx from Connecticut

Mar 30, 2018
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Reviewed by SuomiHobbit from Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Very dark for a "Brown Ale". Tastes more like a porter, with a noticeable smoky flavor. Very enjoyable brew, but the malt flavor - which I was looking forward to - was hidden behind the smoke. Let's call it a porter and be happy.
Dec 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Taybeh from Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Into a snifter at the five horse, looks like a porter...dark mahogany with a 1 1/2 finger khaki head, modest retention and great lacing. Nose is very roasty and almost smoky, with some chicory and coffee earthiness...just a hint of dark chocolate comes out in the taste, and not as much coffee. Feel is semi-substantial, a little loose and watery for me...not quite up to the standard set by the rest.
Nov 19, 2017
Scatter from Fox Farm Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 41 ratings