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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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BA SCORE
81
good

210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 4
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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2/5  rDev -44.3%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for giving me a few bottles of this. Served in a Surly pint glass.

Pours a moderately-dark copper color with a single-finger off-white head. A bit of spotty lacing and a nice cap and collar as it goes down. The nose brings some slightly-caramelized malt along with a touch of fruit and some toffee. The taste is mildly bitter and somewhat sweet, mostly focusing on bready malt with a bit of caramel. Medium body with lower levels of carbonation. Pretty nice all around. I'd certainly pick this up again.

Thorpe429, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.4%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high creamy off white head that died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: The smell isn't that strong but has a light amount of sourness due to the oak barrel aging.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a light to moderate amount of sourness, although it isn't quite like other sour beers because there's a slight underlying bitterness. There are also some hints of caramel and vanilla in the flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The low alcohol content makes this beer sessionable. I could easily drink more than one of these in a sitting because the sourness keeps the taste interesting.

metter98, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rusty pumpkin orange with bright tangerine edges and crystal clarity. Almost two fingers of golden beige fluffiness was produced on the pour. The foam looks good as it melts, as does a loopy necklace of delicate lace.

The aroma is primarily toasted malty with a modest earthy-herbal hop presence. Hard to say about the oak. If blinded, I never would have given it a mention. Not a great lead-in to the flavor, but let's let the beer speak for itself in that regard.

Two Brothers Long Haul Session Ale would be better beer if it dispensed with the oak and contained more hops. Then again, the brewery needed to distinguish this offering from the other 'J Series' brew, Resistance IPA. I'm not saying that oak aging and session ale don't go together, just that this one could have been done better.

The malts are gently toasted and caramel-like, while the hops (27 IBUs when fresh) add a balancing bitterness and less than abundant hop flavor. Probably something English. The beer has an odd sour fruitiness and a background phenolic quality that isn't vocal enough to completely ruin the choir. Probably a less than tidy yeast strain. Or a wild one. Come to think of it, I'm reminded of Blonde Bombshell from Indigo Imp out of Cleveland.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the ABV and the brewer's intent. It never descends into wateriness and the bubbles are neither too scarce nor too abundant. Slightly better than average sounds about right.

Although TBBC Long Haul Session Ale sounds good on paper, it falls a bit short when beer meets taste buds. It might be worth a brief jaunt (single bottle) if you're curious about an oak-aged English bitter from an American craft brewery, but it isn't worth a long haul (sixer) for this BA.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 01, 2010
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.

womencantsail, Jul 22, 2011
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.

emerge077, Apr 03, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

nickfl, Jul 17, 2013
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

WesWes, Jun 10, 2011
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.

Mora2000, Nov 13, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

imperialking, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

InspectorBob, May 19, 2013
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.

rhoadsrage, May 19, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light sour touch and a light caramel.

The taste consisted of a grainy crystal malt and a moderate sourness. Toasted malt at the finish.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a decent ale.

plaid75, Jul 31, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of Bighuge
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy coppery/scarlet red body. Thin beige head recedes to nothing quickly and the light rimming left behind leaves sparse lace. Aroma is toffee malts blended with nougat and oak tones. Base flavor is toffee/nougat malt base. Crispy and dry hop presence. Light oak notes. Everything is very even keeled and easy going. Decent enough.

Bighuge, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed on 3-14-2011

12oz bottled poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice brownish-amber color with a small light tan head.

S- Smells of brown sugar and wheat.

T- Tastes of Toffee and malts- carmel like.

D- Drinks a bit bitter.

O- Drinks easy, but I became tired of it quickly.

HuskyinPDX, May 12, 2011
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.

scruffwhor, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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!!!!

WoodBrew, May 02, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub as part of the tour as recommended highly by the tour guide...A light copper color with some ok retention...The aroma is super weird, malty caramel with spices, french fries, only a slight bit of oak...Taste is mostly malt a little oak, just boring. I'm senxing a trend here in their beers, light oak, not where would should be and boring.

jrallen34, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 11, 2010
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Long Haul Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.