Long Haul Session Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Long Haul Session AleLong Haul Session Ale

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212 Ratings
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Ale aged a minimum of 4 weeks in French Oak Foudres."

(Beer added by: marcobrau on 03-21-2010)
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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first single purchased from the single's rack I just set up for my liquor store. A steal at $1.69 too.

A: Hazy light brown with a two and a half finger just off white head with some nice rolling texture on top. The haze is actually pretty slight, and when held up to light, the beer borders on amber golden. Lots of active carbonation. This looks pretty pretty to me. The head lacks dexterity and lacing though.

S: I was surprised at how the hops filled the air when I first opened this guy. They subside, though remain in a pleasant floral aroma, and a caramelized vanilla-y bread like aroma hangs over the pint. Maybe a little bit of cinnamon? I guess this might be a little too "sharp" though really it isn't sharp at all.

T: MMM. So flavorful for such a low alcohol brew, and yet so light. A lot of similar tastes as there are smells, though not much floral hops going on here. A mild oaky taste comes though, not oak like in a big RIS, more like what I imagine drinking from a fresh cut oak chalice would taste like...in a good way. But again, a little more bitter than I want in what I think of as more of a mild, though on this hot day, it's great.

M: Nice and sharp with a good carbonation.

D: Amazing. I can't believe this is only 4.2% abv. This is what craft brewers should be making to compete with BMC

Photo of BierStein711
4.39/5  rDev +22.3%
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 dorianmarley
4.38/5  rDev +22%
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 mynie
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An oak aged ESB? A'ight, I'm down with that.

Pours nice and amber with a big head and a tiny bit of a pleasant haze. Smells like rounded, sweet barley with light nodes of caramel and chocolate. Like a more nuanced and well rounded Fat Tire.

Tastes, surprisingly, like a more nuanced and well-rounded Fat Tire. No ashiness, no sour hop bitterness on the backend--just lots of smooth, sweet malt. Starts off lightly floral and this moves quickly into biscuity grain, ending with light, dry european hops and a small amount of burnless oakiness.

I admire any brewery who, in this age of mindless hoppy excess, puts such care into building a flagship session. This is a very, very nice beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of GDBEERMAN
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 garymuchow
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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 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 bluemoonswoon
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Arbitrator
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks!

Bottle says "best by 3/16/11." Well, no sense in holding it for a tasting now.

A: Pours a clear, but very dark, ruby-copper body that glows brilliantly against the light. It is capped with two fingers of off-white head. Good retention, with nice register marks and trails of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: I'm surprised to pick up a mild oak note. Serves me right for not reading the bottle description: this is aged on French oak foudres (casks). I guess that explains the tannins. It has an apple cider aroma that borders on tart, along with toast and grain.

T: Oak is stronger in the taste, though it's not harsh. It nicely accentuates the tartness I picked up in the nose: apple cider and dark fruit come to mind. I want to say grape. It has a nice toasted grain flavor; the grain in particular imparts a mild sourness, if that's the right description. Faint flavors of yeast.

M: Light-bodied. It has a dry finish with some mild bitterness. The pour seems to have extracted all the carbonation, as what's left in the body is mellow and supple. Well done.

O: Very tasty beer! I'd definitely have it again.

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

An oakey copper amber color with good bubbling for a bitter, shows itself after the pour. Pretty quick head though.

As the beer warms, the oak barrel lets you know it had a part to play in this beers aroma and flavor. But first, the aroma, with its oak breads and mild grass roots hops nose. This smells like an old school pub classic.

The taste has that oak character permating throughout the whole flavor profile, start to finish. Woody bread dough and faintly bitter hops. Hops that give the balance more so than adding a bitter flavor to the beer.

This a malty smooth, and faintly grainy feeling beer. A very flavorful and unique session ale that I would love to have on tap.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy amber color. The head is an inch and a half in height, and recedes very slowly into nice sticky lacing all the way down the glass. This is a nice looking beer. The aroma is of toffee, vanilla, caramel, a hint of cherry, and toast. This isn't the strongest aroma, but it has very good complexity. The taste is similar to the aroma, and full of wonderful subtleties. The finish is of lingering vanilla and very mild cherry. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good beer that I will surely drink again.

Photo of Alkiser
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This session ale is a light golden brown with a nice white head. The aroma is of slight citrus and caramel with enough oak to keep you intrigued. The flavor is crisp and clean with good oak character and fruity citrus highlights.

The label on this one tells it all, this is the session beer.

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.

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Long Haul Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.