Fox Farm Brewery

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Fox Farm Brewery
Connecticut, United States
American Brown Ale
Ranked #29
Ranked #6,638
4.13 | pDev: 5.57%
Oct 20, 2023
Nov 03, 2017
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Rated: 4.21 by vfgccp from New York

Oct 20, 2023
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Reviewed by woodchipper from Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
3.9/5 rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 16-oz can purchased cold at the brewery yesterday, stamped CANNED ON 10/11/23 to a tulip at fridge temp.
The body is surprisingly pitch black in the glass. An off-white head sits above, fades quickly but laces with a nice scattered pattern.
The aroma is really mild, but there are hints of malt and earth.
Sips are impressive, mild malt sweetness in the front, dry chalky finish. There are hints of dried fruit in between, prunes, raisins but that is subtle. Really impressive for something labeled Brown Ale.
The mouthfeel is almost stout-like but thinner of course. The chalky finish (which I like) kind of changes everything at the end.
I’m not a fan of sweet stouts/porters/brown ales, I really enjoyed the dryness of this beer.
Oct 15, 2023
Rated: 4.32 by SpaethJam from New York

Apr 22, 2023
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Reviewed by woemad from Washington

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16oz can courtesy of Roguer. According to the stamp on the bottom of the can, this was canned on either June or August 31, 2022.

Poured into a nonic pint glass, this was a very dark shade of brown, virtually black. Held up to direct light, it gave away a slightly lighter brown color at the edges. Modest, light tan head.

Roasty nose. Fairly bitter aroma, hinting at black coffee, but with a sweetness reminiscent of cocoa as well.

Quite a flavorful brown ale. Almost porterish. Coffeeish roasted malt flavor up front that gives way to a light but well balanced sweetness reminiscent of cocoa and brown sugar.

Medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouth feel.

Nice robust brown ale, one that drinks very nicely, indeed, on a cold winter evening. This would be a regular winter player in my fridge and at local bars if it were available, locally.
Dec 16, 2022
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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!
Nov 28, 2022
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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 Maine

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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