Brown Fox Session Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Brown Fox Session AleBrown Fox Session Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-15-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
77
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
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1
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1
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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of pschul4
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.38/5  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

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Photo of Vixie
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish brown color with an inch or so of off white head that lingers a bit, leaving some nice lacing.

Very malty smell, a little bread like with a hint of fruit.

Fairly sweet up front, but not overly so. The taste reminds me a bit of a cola drink, although not quite as sweet. There is also a bit of caramel in it, and finishes with just a hint of hop bitterness.

Feel is ok, nothing to complain about there.

Basically a decent, easy to drink beer. Nothing really outstanding about it, and no serious flaws either. This would be a good beer for a hot day, as it goes down smooth and easy, and the ABV is low enough to be able to drink more than one. Just a nice refreshing beer for when you want something simple and basic.

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Photo of Phocion
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from phone, reviewed May 16, 2014. My bottle said 3.4% rather than the 4.2% listed on here, a proper session ale. Two Brothers "Retro release."

Bomber poured into a nonic glass. Thick and very retentive frothy dark beige head covering a dark copper/brownish body. Huge lacing. Very attractive beer.

There's a lot of flavor for a brown, and a surprisingly high amount of malt noticeable for such a low gravity beer. Very nutty. Roasty biscuit and dark fruit (plum, fig). Toffee, cocoa powder, and a touch of woody aromas, plus a subtle hint of earthy and floral hops.

The surprisingly complex nose, unfortunately, can't quite keep up with the flavor. It's very light on the palate. Dark roasted malts and just a touch of sourness, plus some earthy hops. Tastes like just another fairly thin brown ale, which is sorely disappointing considering the nose.

Thin, watery mouthfeel which isn't necessarily a bad thing, except that it's a bit over-carbonated for this beer. Slick and light-bodied.

The appearance and nose had me expecting a lot, but unfortunately this beer is more bark than bite. Not terrible, but didn't really deliver. The carbonation and mouthfeel doesn't make this particularly sessionable, even if the ABV does. Overall, it's worth a shot if you're into English styles, but it underwhelms.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Chrixsus
4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of Realale
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Caterwaul
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Rmatuszak2
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of coffygrinder
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of EGolfer4
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of 3agle87
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of fishkab
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of beesy
3.91/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of fattyre
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of gimmehead
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of ShutOutTheSky
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of McCranky
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Bunnyhop
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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)

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Photo of pmatz2
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
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

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Photo of wallyworld68
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of circuitmonkey
3.38/5  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.

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Brown Fox Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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