shrubber85 (11806) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle. Light chocolate malt aroma. Medium brown with small head. Smooth nutty cocoa malt flavor. Nice body. A great straight forward mild ale - wish more US breweries would try this style. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 6, 2012
Bottle, Sweet brown sugar and roasty malt aroma, Clear chestnut with a moderate beige head, nice lacing. Sweet roasty nutty malt flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation. wlajwl (7356) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Aroma is toffee, coffee and malts. The flavor is toffee, mild sweetness, mocha/chocolate, undertones of fruit and a smooth finish. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Pours a darker clear brown with a frothy fizzy off-white head. Aroma of crystal malt and some nice sharp english hops, really nice dusty malt aroma. Flavor follows, well balanced richness, crystal and maris, light hop citrus, low bitterness, very enjoyable session ale that maybe a tad sweet to be sessionable. rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2015 I really enjoyed this. Smooth easy drinking, and some nice minerals. Mild on the hops and malt levels. Serving: Bottle
tibicinoid (26) - Wyoming, USA - AUG 18, 2012
From: Binny’s, Champaign, IL
Date: 14112A1P0527 stamped on bottom
Glass: Standard US pint
Brown Fox is an enjoyable brown session ale with distinct toasted malt and nut characters that do justice to both brown and session ales. Definitely a malt-forward beer I would keep a supply of in my fridge, if it were available regularly.
Pours a 1.5cm head with medium to large-size bubbles and light tan in color. Head has poor retention, quickly fading to a thin ring around glass, while leaving minimal to no lacing. Body is a surprisingly dark brown color, with amber hues; light brings out the amber-red tints present in the beer. Body is transparent, with minimal visible carbonation.
Aroma is primarily of toasted malt, hazelnut, and caramel, with a bit of mineral character.
Taste has strong nutty, caramel, and toasted malt flavors with a slight mineral and iron note. Sweet, fairly minimal hops are in the back during the mid and back palate to add just a hint of bitterness and balance. Surprising amount of flavor for a session beer. Aftertaste of toasted hazelnuts, malt, and slight coffee-like bitterness.
Beer is medium-light in body, with a medium-light carbonation level that results in a smooth, non-foaming mouthfeel that’s somewhat crisp. Closes wet, with some minimal stickiness on the palate. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Mild aroma of dark fruits. Pours a clear reddish-brown, with a full white head. Very light mouthfeel, with a touch of roasted notes. This as a flavorful beer for the low ABV, and a great beer to session. crossovert (14360) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2012
Kind of like a light brown ale. Zippy and pretty refreshing, def a sessionable beer, but not at the price/availability. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
22 oz bottle from Malloy’s (Naperville, IL). An Anniversary series release I was pretty excited about given the success of Dark Mild. Pours a rich deep brownish copper hue. No real haze, instead deep dark colors throughout with deep reddish copper glow in body and edges. A small frothy offwhite head sits atop and laces small, dies to a small loose ring. Aromas are sticky brown malts, earthy and carmelized. Touches of toffee, toast, biscuits. Gentle bit of dark fruit and mellow earthy hops. Kiss of cocoa, more biscuits and toast, with crisp maltiness, gentle carmelization grows as it warms, earthy. Initial is lighter bodied overall, a touch of girth into the middle from the darker malts. Offers toast and carmelized malts up front. Biscuits, mellow sweetness, earthy and a touch of caramel/toffee element. Pretzel elements, biscuits, toast as the middle shows a bit of cocoa, but not much, a good deal of earthy and semi-sweet darker sweet mellow brown malt. Earthy, touches of toast, caramel, bit of dryness and earthy hops, toastiness into the backend. Fairly easy going, lighter body makes it quite quaffable. A bit roasty/toasty with some mellow cocoa elements lingering into the backend and finish. Overall, I think Dark Mild was a better option but this certainly is a solid sessioner with a darker slant. Dark Mild had some more complexity from the coffee element, but this is solid as well. Another smaller beer solid offering from the Anniversary line that would be a nice regular session Brown Ale/Mild offering, I think. But Dark Mild was preferred. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2012
22oz bottle, 2012 retro release... I believe the ABV stated was 3.4%. Shared with my sister. Nice thin khaki head, dark clear brown color. Decent lace. Crisp moderate carbonation, but it’s a bit burpy. Dry finish. Good light bitter taste. Toasty malt aroma. Light chocolate malts. Some spicy hops. Doesn’t necessarily taste "light", which is a good thing. Maybe a tad bit watered down compared to your typical brown. Solid, creative session ale.