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Long Haul Session Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Long Haul Session AleLong Haul Session Ale

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 215
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 11.94%
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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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +27.8%
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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Photo of mdwalsh
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
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

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Photo of BierStein711
4.37/5  rDev +21.4%
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

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
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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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

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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4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of beertooth
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.06/5  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.

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Photo of Alkiser
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep orange almost dark brown, rich white head.

S- Smokey sweetened wood chips, light malts, and overall dryness.

T- Really delicious wood flavor almost like sucking a wood chip dry of all its sweetness, slight hop bitterness, over all malty brown sugar taste.

M- Full thick brew

D- This is what sessions are made of!

Great concept and brew from Two Brothers this would be something that would be excellent in an English Pub on cask, kind of underperforms in its current state.

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Photo of grandbeerdaily
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear and active, light amber, modest white head falls and leaves just scraps of lacing.

Black tea grainy, and faint floral and malty sweet characteristics. Pleasant but thin.

Lightly toasty and caramel malty, sweet and grainy, with a hint of floral hops.

Medium carbonation, light/medium feeling body that is richer than expected. Crisp, clean finish.

Wicked easy drinking and totally poundable. Way tastier than expected, and nearly meets the "session beer" definition of <=4.0%. I don't often enjoy, or therefore even drink, beers this light. I was pleasantly impressed by this one recently and picked up some more to give it an honest review. And enjoy.

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Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a solid malt scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts. The hop aroma is adequate, but nothing too incredible. The taste is good. It has a smooth, somewhat bitter flavor that boasts of English hops and pale/crystal malts. It's an easy drinking beer that's well balanced and quite flavorful. It's a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a solid session ale. It's nothing bold, but drinks well and is accessible to most people.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown look, clear, with a decent head, looks like a american brown ale, but with more heft.

Deep malt nose, nothing stands out, but solid. Roasty, with notes of bread and earthiness, some notes of wood.

Taste is very deep for the abv, with a solid backbone and a nice balanced finish. Nothing great, but good complex tastes between the malt, some hops, and the French Oak. I can see this as a session beer to keep around, rivals their Domain Dupage which I like as well. Nice keeper for the abv.

Medium heft in the mouth, lightly carbonated, just a decent drinker for the seasons between summer and winter. Very drinkable, one to keep around as a regular. A very decent Bitter from this side of the pond.

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Photo of CalhounJohn
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice, very drinkable beer from Two Brothers. This one is a good, solid beer all around. It has a nice color and the depth and aroma is very enjoyable. Its flavor isn't as deep as its color, but, in general, it's a simple, yet very enjoyable drink. This is a beer that I could stick with all night!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Long Haul Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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