Long Haul Session Ale
Two Brothers Brewing Company

Long Haul Session AleLong Haul Session Ale
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Style:
English Bitter
Ranked #151
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
81
Ranked #41,412
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 11.67%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
217
From:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
81
Good
Long Haul Session AleLong Haul Session Ale
Notes: "Ale aged a minimum of 4 weeks in French Oak Foudres."
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 217
Reviews by falloutsnow:
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3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Body is orange-copper in color, fairly light. Transparent, lots of active carbonation. 1cm head, white, quickly recedes to a ring around glass. Thin wisps of lacing hang around after each sip.

I detect smells of caramel, vanilla, and oak, lightly floral hops, with a mineral-like faint undertone. Dominant is the malt sweetness - caramel and the woody or oak scents. Good, but may appreciate a bit more oak or hop character.

Taste is of biscuity malt flavors with some bitterness from hops. Slightly oaky, but would like more. Mostly malt sweetness and hop bitterness, not much of the complexity from the nose. Aftertaste is very nice, of light, wood-aged beer. Very smooth, with mild hop bitterness.

Light to light-medium in body, beer foams up in mouth due to carbonation. Feel that it's slightly overcarbonated, finish is dry, from hop presence.

This is an ok beer. It's sessionable, but the fairly lackluster taste and foaming mouthfeel are a turn-off. If you want a sessionable ale, Two Brothers' pale ale is only slightly more alcoholic and boasts more complexity to this.

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Smell: Malt, hops, oak, vanilla.

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Long Haul Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 217 ratings