Long Haul Session Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Long Haul Session AleLong Haul Session Ale

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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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Reviews by bnes09:
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of blackearth
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Binny's Beverage Depot in Warrenville, IL. Pours a medium amber body with a thin white head. Aroma is of peach and fleshy fruit and lemon grass. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. The initial fleshy fruit flavors lead to a more caramelly and dusty finish. Very unique flavors. Good drinkability.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a brownish-amber color with a white head. The aroma is nice. I get some oak, vanilla, caramel and toffee.

The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of caramel malt, but it is accented with some maple, oak and vanilla notes. There is really a lot of flavor is this lower-alcohol, session beer.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After an almost never ending trip of bad tasting beer I can't believe how good this beer is. I love Two Brothers call me partial but I just proved why I love em. This is a nice dark session ale aged on French Oak Foudres...whatever it takes this beer definitely doesn't suck. Appears a dark caramel amber hue with a bright white head finely speckled evenly across my pint glass. Aroma has hints of apple cider, french oak, and fruity undertones. Flavor is wonderful dark fruit, raisin, tart apple and oak belonging on my palate as a comprehensive flavor profile with each sip. Carbonation is mellow has all get out, and it goes down smoother than any other barrel aged beer I've ever had. Extreme flavor but limited alcohol and body that doesn't outweight, long haul is a perfect concept meant for the craft beer revolution. Drinkability incredibly satisfying I can't get enough of this beer next time or if it ever comes into PA I will swear to buy cases of Two Brothers and drink regularly.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass) best before 8/13/10
A- This beer has a crystal clear brown body with a slight red hue and a light tan head that fades to lumpy clouds quickly. There is a strong carbonation of big bubbles.
S- This beer has a soft dry toasted note with a pungent hop hint in the finish.
T- The soft toasted malt note has a cardboard quality followed by a pungent green finish that is more bitter that flavor hops. There is a woody note that is soft but grows a bit as the beer warms. The hop finish is of Noble quality and a dandelion bitterness that stains the tongue after each sip.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a fizzy finish that cleans the flavors except for the hop bitterness.
D- Malt flavor is a bit old or dull tasting but it is quickly overtaken by pure pungent hops. This doesn't really taste like a session beer as the hops out of bounds compared to malt and other flavors.

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out a pretty golden copper with lots of cascading and plenty of activity. A white head sits for a time at around 2 fingers before dissipating, leaving a ring of lacing at the top of the glass and a few thin but sticky patches on the way down.
The aroma is moderate, not exactly faint but not particularly strong. There's a balance of caramel malts and floral hops with earthy and citrus notes and a certain herbal/mineral undertone as well.
I get more from the malts here, with plenty of a toasted biscuit and breads flavor from malts along with a light caramel sweetness giving way to a floral hops backbone. There's a very prominent green apple tartness to it as well, and right up front and lingering all the way through is a tangy flavor on the back of the tongue. The finish is tart and dry and lingers well, finishing with a mixture of hops bitterness and herbal tea leaf.
The body is on the light side of medium, plenty creamy with just a nip of crispness.
There's not much unsessionable about this one.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Bierkraft poured into a tulip pint.

A--Dark copper, nearly chestnut body with a two finger fluffy eggshell head. Nice looking English-style ale.

S--Fruity, very much English ale-yeast driven. Muted apple, orange, and toffee. A little bit of dark breadcrust sneaking in there.

T--More fruitiness pulls through throughout the tasting. Same deal: apples, oranges, and then a sweetish honeyed toffee taste. Very much a malt-driven beer--the hops balance, rather than bitter, the finish. Maybe some spicy rye in there?

M&D--The mouthfeel is a little rocky-it's just not smooth enough for a low-alcohol beer. I taste some astringency and alcohol bite. The drinkability, though, is fine, as I can gulp this with no harm, no foul, and no regrets.

I didn't get the vanilla or oak notes that the liner notes herald, but I don't really expect them from this kind of beer. Which, by the way, I'd call an English Dark Mild, rather than a Bitter, because of the diminished hop presence.

Good, not great, for a session-a /real/ session ale for gonzo exxxtreme American beers.

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.

4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a deep golden body, with a light tan head. The body has a bit of a haze and shows low amount of carbonation. The head settles to a micro layer of tan head. The lacing is left in a small pattern where the glass had been drank from.

S: The aroma displays a blend of malts and a touch of hops. An oak backbone is displayed as well.

T/M: The front is a hoppy bitterness, that soon turns into a rich malt taste, that is layered. The mouthfeel is creamy, like most Two Brothers, but the oak adds a nice dryness to the finish on the mouthfeel. The oak adds a large roll in the overall finish of this beer. Rich and complex on the off tastes.

D: I find this to be extremely drinkable, it even tastes like there should be more ABV then there is. Great tastes and complexities. A solid session brew from Two Brothers.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunday afternoon hockey...which is a rarity...usually we are at 10pm or later. So we make the most of it by having a BBQ afterward!! Our silky Defensemen stopped by Two Bros on his way to All Seasons to pick up two growlers of Long Haul...and they tasted mighty fine after a 6-1 win. The color was a nice carmelly clear with white foamy head. The smell was hinted with malt, other than that not much there. The taste was very well balanced and quite nice after sweatin my ass off. SESSION is a great description for this beer....could drink it in droves!!!!

Photo of beertooth
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hearty pour into an Imperial pint glass gives me three fingers of eggshell head that keeps it's form through most of the glass. The beer is a wonderful clear, golden brown color.

The nose is great. I'm picking out some rounded out bready malts and subtle grassy hops and maybe some brown spices. It's softened by the oaky notes that are present as well.

The taste is close to the nose, but is far more doughy. Very bready with light hits of herbal and grassy hops. It's also a little nutty. It finishes somewhat bitter and leaves me wanting more.

The mouthfeel is a little thin and soft with a medium level of carbonation that gives me the slightest bubble bite.

This is my second six pack of this stuff and it won't be my last. I'd love to try this on a hand pull.

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 bashiba
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very clean copper color with a thick and fluffy white head, good lacing, long retention.

Had a very light and minerally nose.

The flavor is light and very malt dominated with a toated grain taste and a very mild bit of citrus hops in the finish. A bit of a musty yeast flavor is also noticeable.

The mouthfeel is light with a good bit of carbonation.

Easy drinking, fits the name, its clearly a low alcohol session style ale, not bad.

Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark copper/amber color with a short creamy head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a sweet bready malt with some brown sugar notes; perhaps a touch of vanilla as well. The flavor is of a steely caramel malt, some fruity and metallic notes, sour oak, grassy/earthy hops, and a bit of a brown sugar/brown ale thing going on. The feel is light to moderate with soft to tingly carbonation; generally sweet but has a touch of sour and bitterness to help balance. A very well made and solid feeling brew. A big plus for the 4.2abv.

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

Best by date of 10/21/2010.

Pours a dark amber with a small head that did not last very long. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. In the aroma I pick up some diacetyl and a little acidity. A little vanilla comes out as well. I do not detect any hops which is unfortunate. I taste a lot of malt that gives this beer a bready nature. The diacetyl comes out again. Not a deal breaker in this style. Very balanced between the malt and hops. Hard to conclude that this beer has had any "special aging". I would place this beer more into the ESB style as it is more balanced than a Bitter. Light body with very low carbonation. Could of used a little more life in the body. About the only great thing about this beer is its low ABV which would make this sessionable. Just not that well crafted to want to buy this again though.

Photo of marcobrau
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a moderate amount of carbonation. Some lace sticks to the side of the glass. Smells a bit musty, which is interesting, but not entirely pleasant. Tastes a bit "tawny" with lots of caramel malt and a bit of oak fading into a moderate bitterness. It's just the right amount of woody character that mixes with caramel malts and hops in this session ale, although I think I'm drinking this a bit too cold. I think if it warmed up a bit the flavors would open up a bit. My guess is that I'm drinking this right out of the fridge at about 40 degrees. Going to let this warm up a bit.

Warmed up and the oak seems to express itself a little more with a very woody character, as opposed to the vanilla which it can sometimes contribute to beer. Overall, pretty tasty, and much bolder than it's alcohol content would suggest. Perhaps it could have a bit more body, at least up front, but I would drink this one again.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been knocking these out at an insane pace for a time now and thought it might be time to get moving on reviewing this beer finally.

12oz bottle goes into the New Belgium tulip.

A: Pretty beer, great color. A dark and clear maple wood brown, like this beer looks like it took its inspiration from a fancy, big city lawyer's desk. Head fades into a quarter inch cap in a minute or two. Leaves behind lots of sandy white lace.

S: Very doughy and rich, I believe the barrel aging lends some of this character to this beer. Lots of dough, light caramel, but big on sweet, doughy breadiness, maybe a little bit of a vanilla/nutty barrel character, but sweetness leads the aroma followed a little way behind by a light and crisp apple.

T/MF: This bottle is a bit different than I remember it from the tap and in past bottles, little bit of a washed out/slight watery flavor mixed in the with what is described in the aroma. A few more sips and I am getting more out of this beer. The barrel character comes out a bit more, slightly woody and a bit of vanilla/caramel sweetness. The driving force behind this beer however is that big (for a beer this size) sweet, doughy hammer. The feel reveals a bit more than the taste does in that it leaves a slight dryness behind on the tongue. From beginning to end though it is solid. Full feeling upfront and all the way to the finish. Carbonation is light and feels cask-like, pretty good all around.

D: An interesting beer to end up in a barrel considering the hyped up beers being put in them today, but I really like what the barrel has done to this beer and think that subsequent versions of this beer could get even better. There are some weaker points to this beer where it seems things tend to wash together midway though the drinking session, but otherwise this beer adds up to a fine session beer.

Photo of alleykatking
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Mark

A- Poured a apple cider looking color. One finger off white head shows medium retention. Nice web lacing on the glass itself.

S- Light darker fruits in the aroma with a hint of yeast. Bready malts come through as well with no hints of hops at all from what I could tell.

T- Big darker fruits come in the front of this with a light sweetness. Bready malts in the middle mix with a yeasty flavor to boot. No real hops in the backing except for a quick bitterness in the backing. Toffee flavors come and go through the entire beer. Mostly malts in the entire thing.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the beer...almost like a cask ale. Darker fruits and toffee are left on the palate with light alcohol in the aftertaste. Flavors were pronounced and well blended. Alcohol drying is medium on the palate from the beer.

D- The ABV on the beer makes this very drinkable. Although this beer is not my style at all and I don't really care for it flavor wise. This beer is judged on the style and not my personal preference though therefore it gets the marks it does.

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 emerge077
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Four Moon Tavern.

Tawny copper pint, some eggshell foam that laced nicely in concentric rings. Visible ascending carb trails.

Fairly nondescript toasted malt aroma, almost lagerish in a way. Not getting any oak here. Flavor is malt dominated, maybe a kiss of fruit from the yeast. Somewhat dry finish with mild bitterness. Easy going, light bodied, even carbonation. Searching for any oak character and coming up short. Fits the bill for a warm weather session beer, but not especially complex or memorable.

Photo of jsh420
3.19/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

best by 8/13/10

pours copper amber with a 1/2 finger off white head that fades and left some spotted lacing

smell - just not much to it - some malts?

taste is better - but this is a session pounder - some nutty pale malts very little hops - good flavor for a beer that is only 4.2%abv

mouthfeel is light and crisp

drinkability is good - yes i could drink this beer all day but just not at 9.99 a sixer

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

A- Rosy copper with slight haze, one-and-a-half finger head dissipates quickly into a thin layer. No lacing.

S- Initial smell of vanilla soft serve ice cream. Some hops pull through, but mostly it's DQ.

T- For an English Bitter, the malts are most pronounced in this brew. Vanilla bean and sweet amber/caramel malts, with a hint of hops in the back and aftertaste.

M- Creamy and smooth, and the French Oak aging really rounds it out.

Overall, a pretty good session beer, as promised. Worth a try, but Two Brothers have other better beers.

Photo of jbrown1
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Long Haul Session Ale delivers precisely as advertised. This is a nice mellow brown ale with a little bit of that oak finish. Its got a light alcohol content and indeed a long haul session beer.

This poured a rich brown, with a nice head and plenty of lacing. This is malt and barley, and the barrel aging only adds a bit of finishing rather than taking center stage. This is a very tasty beer considering how light it really is.

This pared real well with a cheddar burger. This beer won't be one of the bold and brawny standouts, but that isn't what its designed to do, so don't be put off by its rating.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 4.2% ABV, 27 IBU, Best by 10/5/10.

A - Clear and walnut brown in color, it's a bit of a vigorous pour out. A firm bone-colored head rises up. Low retention at first but the bubbly pile lasts for a while at a lower level. Some nice lace left over.

S - Tiny hints of vinegar and sourness are reminiscent of a Flanders Red. Lots of crisp oak in the aroma. Mild English -biscuity smelling malts. No hop aroma.

T - Great flavor for a session beer. A lot of the oak pulls out with low malt notes that don't really contribute much beyond a backbone. Well-balanced hop flavor on the finish. Mild overall.

M - Medium-bodied and round with a touch of carbonation tickle to the finish. Crisp like a lager with a nicely balanced bitterness to the finish.

D - Lots of flavor for a session brew. It wouldn't be a first choice for me honestly, but it has some nice balance going on with a good finish.

Photo of Erish
2.67/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into an English pint glass.

A: medium brownish-amber, some haziness, a one finger head that vanishes quickly into a thin cap, lacing is adequate.

S: toasted grains, yeast funk, caramel sweetness, earthiness.

T: lots of yeasty funk, earthiness throughout, the oak comes across more woodsy than vanilla, toasted-burnt caramel sweetness, band aids, the middle pops with medicinal hops, there is flash of soy sauce, the finish starts metallic, then goes earthy, and a tart sweetness hangs with just a twinge of hop bitterness.

M: watery, adequately carbonated, there is a slight oiliness in the finish.

D: for as many flavors as I was able to pluck from this beer, I can't say I enjoyed this one.

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Long Haul Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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