Long Haul Session Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Long Haul Session AleLong Haul Session Ale
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3.6/5
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Long Haul Session AleLong Haul Session Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
217
pDev:
11.67%
 
 
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 217
Reviews by bluemoonswoon:
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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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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.

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Long Haul Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 217 ratings