Long Haul Session Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Long Haul Session AleLong Haul Session Ale

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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: marcobrau on 03-21-2010

"Ale aged a minimum of 4 weeks in French Oak Foudres."
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Ratings: 214 | Reviews: 83
Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

06/12/12 On tap this is a genuinely pleasant surprise. Humidity outside is 96% so this truly refreshing brew hits the spot. At only 4.2% I could drink this all day...& probably should, but some brawnier cousins are calling.

Photo of DeFaz
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Fairly small head leaves decent lacing. Color is amber. Looks alright.

Smell: Malt, hops, oak, vanilla.

Taste: Quite complex for a beer this easy to drink, there are flavors of oak, vanilla, fruit, malt, and hops. The beer finishes dry. Nothing is stellar here at all, but it is flavorful.

Mouthfeel: As it's a self-proclaimed "session beer", the mouthfeel is naturally on the thin side. Carbonation is moderate.

Overall: While it's not something I'll necessarily seek out, I respect it for what it is: a truly sessionable beer that manages to offer considerable flavor and some degree of complexity. Not everything works perfectly, but it's better than about 90% of beers in its ABV range and that are as thin, and that's saying something.

Photo of rlee1390
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear amber, almost ruby, one finger head, slightly sticky

S-Malt, some grass, slight oak, caramel, very malt forward, not much else though.

T-Poor balance, there are oak, malt, caramel flavors all fighting with one another. No bitterness, the poor balance is throwing everything else off. Some vanilla.

M-Light, slight to no carbonation, tad watery as well.

O-The lack of balance really hurts this beer. Would not recommend.

Photo of grandbeerdaily
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Two Brothers
Long Haul Session Ale
4.2% ABV 27 IBU

Appearance: Amber color, crystal clear. 2 1/2 inch off white, yellowish head. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Bready malt with a subtle earthy, spicy hops. Creamy and toasty with a slight hint of rye. The oak is apparent but shines in the background.

Taste: Spicy hops similar to black pepper. Minimal esters that are bready and yeasty rather than fruity. A hint of cocoa and biscuits with a kiss of caramel. A very dry finish with smooth bitter that is accentuated by the french oak which is quite prominent.

Mouth feel: Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Very drinkable with a sharp acidity, but not too much.

Overall: Balanced and drinkable. Plenty of flavor but goes down smooth. The malt is central but the noble hops truly shine as a supporting role in this session. I always find french oak to be very subtle but imparting strong vanilla notes. This is an incredibly intriguing, drinkable beer.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Golden copper with good foam.

Smell: Caramel and oak. Very subtle.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Subtle oak flavors with some vanilla. I quite enjoy the flavor, but miss the bourbon that traditionally accompanies oak. Too thin for a bitter, but it is clean and there is a decent light-medium body.

Overall Drinkability: I appreciate this beer a lot more after drinking it. A nice change of pace for oak-aged beer fans.

Photo of BierStein711
4.37/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into nonic.

Two finger off white head

Dark brown in color with an amber hue at the top and the bottom.

Carbonation is slightly heavy, but not as heavy as a pilsner or BMC

Taste: fuggle, herb, sharpness, with an oaky finish

Aroma: oak and hop

Mouthfeel: great, not too thick, not too thin

Overall, this is a beer worth getting a six pack of. I strongly suggest giving Long Haul a try. It is more than just a session al.e

Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About 2 months past best buy date. I won't hold that against this.
Poured into bar wine glass from my father-in -law. May he RIP on this wonderful fall Sunday with all sorts of football on the tube.
Light and thin looking as would be expected for a session ale. Brownish and off-white head that takes its time settling out.
Soft malt aroma with even lighter hops and hints of the oak aging. Pleasant.
A little tickle on the tongue and soft malt flavors. Dries out quite a bit on the finish and is quite long. Nice streak of English hop flavor through the middle and a contributing lingering bitterness on the finish. More of the oak seemed in the aroma.
Bigger body than anticipated. Probably enhance somewhat by the bigger than normal of very soft carbonation for style. Nonetheless a nice mouth feel.
This is a solid beer. Nice complexity for a beer clearly labeled "session beer". Nicely done. Good fall beer for afternoons of getting stuff done.

Photo of matjack85
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this single 12oz brown bottle as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. It has today's best before date on it, so I figured I better drink this one up right away.

The beer poured a cloudy golden/orange color with a nice 3-finger white head that hung around awhile and left some spotty lacing. After reading other reviews, I am curious as to why half of us got a cloudy pour and the other half say this beer is clear. I wonder what accounts for the difference.

The beer has a nice bready malt smell to it with a lot of fruit in it as well.

Nice mix of sweetness and soft bitterness here. Caramel and vanilla are the predominant flavors, but there is also some oak woodiness and some soft but spicy hop bitterness for balance. (Just 27 IBU's) The fruit I picked up in the smell also lingers in the background.

Light bodied with low carbonation.

This is a very unique tasting beer, well worth a try.

Photo of bnes09
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color and perfectly transparent. Big frothy head with good retention and patchy lacing.

Funky yeast smell which is mildly repulsive.

Mild bready malt, hints of barley and rye. Somewhat assertive herbal and spice hop. Ginger and nutmeg notes. Flavor is mellow and balanced.

Light to medium bodied. Smooth throughout with a clean, dry finish, adding to the drinkability.

Quite sessionable. Descent flavors and well balanced. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice

A: Pours a dark amber, copper color with a fizzy head that takes on a shade of dingy white, like dirty underwear.

S: Aroma is lightly sweet with malt and a touch of peach fruitiness, almost Belgian but subtle all around.

T/M: Carbonation is pretty high and the fizz lingers on the tongue for a good bit yet the flavor is pretty light beyond that, like an amber mixed with an American lager. Just a hint of bitterness balances out the faint maltiness and finishes clean.

It's pretty typical for a session but is still kind of bland.

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Photo of dexterk1
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a pint glass with a medium thick head and a reddish-brown/ dark copper color. Looks a little more carbonated than normal.
Odor is light. Has floral and some toffee notes.
Taste has a floral hit right from the beginning. Some malty notes appear near the end.
Mouth feel is light and pretty carbonated. It is a little light on the tongue and seems to disappear a little fast.
Overall still a pretty darn good beer.

Photo of Kc4shore
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This brew was a pretty cloudy off-amber with a small head with next to no retention. To be fair, it wasn't my greatest pour ever.

Smell: Nice balance of wheat and oaky maltiness. The wheat gives way to a refreshing bananna-ish aroma and a minimum of citrus notes, however the malt is what really comes through. Nice and nutty

Taste: Very rich oaky nuttiness right off the bat here. The kicker with this bitter ale is the balance that the high hoppage and the strong use of wheat creates with the malt. Overall, this is a really freakin smooth beer with great balance. Extremely drinkable. I guess the bottle name "Session" says it all.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A cloudy amber with a half an inch of head that turns to a sticky lace ring.

S - Not too much maybe some sweet malts and grains with some hops. Smells rather good.

T - Ow wow ew. I get sort of a bitter tart flavor like sour lemons with a bit of hop bitterness. After a few the flavor does get a bit more balanced but it's really not a good beer.

M - Light to medium but soured.

Overall definitely not the best idea or ale they had. The same french oak on IPA does wonders but these bitters aged just made it tart and unenjoyable.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a medium golden color that is crystal clear and has a ton of carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of pure white head that is quite fluffy and only lingers for a little bit, leaves spotty lacing around the glass
S: definitely a subdued nose but it is still nice, hop bitter notes
T: hmmm a pretty nice and interesting taste, bitter yet sweetly malty, leaves kind of an odd taste on the palate like cherrios that have been soaking in water for a really long time, nice taste, refreshing and crisp
M: intense on the carbonation, leaves the mouth feeling dry, kind of a thick mouthfeel like apple cider
O: a nice brew, drinks crisp and smooth, good taste, overall enjoyable could find it better on a very hot summer day after, or while, mowing the lawn

Photo of Infamous7100
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a pristine, amber to brown color with a one finger white head.
S: a lot going on here. I pick up on the sweet smelling malt first, but can definitely smell some of the oak which this was aged in. I also get whiffs of spice and hops. Nice mix.
T: starts out sweet as the malts really come through then fades into some bitterness at the back. A bit earthy would be a fit description. Would like to have more of the oaky flavor come though.
M: light and low carbonation. A dry and slighty bitter hang at the end.
O: obviously a sessionable beer and you could do a lot worse than this. However, based on the look and smell, I expected more in the flavor. I think this could use a tad more malt or some more of the oak to cut what I believe to be a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

Photo of treque
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a nice amber color, completely traslucent, the head is off white but dissipates quickly, there is no carb at all

S: caramel malt, floral, pinus and some citrusy from the hops

T: there is sweetness, floral, nice bitterness ending pinu a little bit earthy, the final is long bitter tasting, a little bit dry

Photo of jmarsh123
3.32/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amberish color with a 3 finger sticky off-white head leaving lots of lacing down the glass.

Some bready malts in the aroma with some subtle spicy hop tones.

Starts off with some earthy sharpness. A light bready malt flavor in the middle. Finishes slightly bitter and somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel is thin, to be expected and carbonation levels are medium.

I think this beer succeeds in what it's trying to be. This is definitely tasty enough to be a true session beer, but I've had other lower ABV's that have packed in better flavor.

Photo of dorianmarley
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is translucent chestnut brown, with creamy foam and nice lacing.

Nose is lots of sweet malt, crusty bread, sour candy, and tart fruit.

Taste is a maple-sweet malt, sour wood from the oak barrels, subtle bitter hops, and a pecan finish.

The mouthfeel is exciting in how light it is, completely carries the sharp flavors.

Overall, this beer will make you realize how great common, American session beers could be, but are not. This is a wonderfully executed brew.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, gingerbread like malt and a small oak note. In the taste, quite oaky and a gingerbread malt that goes from sweet to dry. A small bite amd medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread like malt aftertaste. Quite English, and a nice mellow oak.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Body is orange-copper in color, fairly light. Transparent, lots of active carbonation. 1cm head, white, quickly recedes to a ring around glass. Thin wisps of lacing hang around after each sip.

I detect smells of caramel, vanilla, and oak, lightly floral hops, with a mineral-like faint undertone. Dominant is the malt sweetness - caramel and the woody or oak scents. Good, but may appreciate a bit more oak or hop character.

Taste is of biscuity malt flavors with some bitterness from hops. Slightly oaky, but would like more. Mostly malt sweetness and hop bitterness, not much of the complexity from the nose. Aftertaste is very nice, of light, wood-aged beer. Very smooth, with mild hop bitterness.

Light to light-medium in body, beer foams up in mouth due to carbonation. Feel that it's slightly overcarbonated, finish is dry, from hop presence.

This is an ok beer. It's sessionable, but the fairly lackluster taste and foaming mouthfeel are a turn-off. If you want a sessionable ale, Two Brothers' pale ale is only slightly more alcoholic and boasts more complexity to this.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy caramel color with a one finger caramel-tinted off-white head, and no lacing.

Nose is roasty, grainy, caramel-y, dark berryish and slightly sweet.

Taste is grainy, slightly sweet, roasty, oaky, and with a bit of honey.

Mouthfeel is sweet and somewhat slick, with medium carbonation.

Overall a good beer. Nothing exceptional, but a great amount of flavor for a session beer. Would drink again, but won't seek it out.

Photo of Tballz420
3.27/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Long Haul Session Ale is a brown colored ale, with a small bubbly white head. The body is pretty clear with just a slight haze. The aroma of this brew has both caramel malt and bitter hop elements to it. Maybe a bit of fruit as well. As I take a sip and look into it, I find out that the beer is oak-aged for at least a month, and that oakiness comes through. I would say that flavor dominates the rest, which consists of light hops and a bit of bitter hop. Some apple comes through as well. Medium bodied and very sharp on the tongue.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two Brothers Long Haul Session Ale

Pours a pale copper color with a nice foamy head. Very light aroma, some malty sweetness and hints of vanilla. In the flavor, pale malts, mild caramel sweetness, and definate oak presence. Chalky yeast and tannins coat the palate. Still, mild in its flavors, simple, but a nice session brew at 4.2%. The lightest oak influenced brew I've come across as well.

Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for pawning this off on me, Bobby.

A: The pour on this beer is amber in color with a thin layer of off-white head.

S: A really funky nose on this beer. Some light tartness and fruit with quite a lot of oak. There is a bit of hop character and some sweet bready and toffee malts. Not sure what to make of this.

T: The flavor is actually sort of nice. Some lightly tart apple flavor which is quite enjoyable. A light maltiness of bread and toffee. Again, there is a big time oak character.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium carbonation.

O: Really a strange beer. The idea just doesn't make any sense to me.

Photo of herman77
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber, lighter brown with a light khaki head that lasts.

S: Lightly toasted malt with a surprisingly decent amount of sourness to it. A bit of oak as well.

T: More lightly toasted malt, a bit of fruitiness and a little more sourness. You can slightly pick up the oak notes as well. The hops are there, but not much of it.

M: Lighter body, moderate to softer carbonation.

O: A very flavorful session beer. The oak aging really ads a lot. Good drinkability, though it is a little more sour than I would like it.

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Long Haul Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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