Long Haul Session Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Long Haul Session AleLong Haul Session Ale
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Long Haul Session AleLong Haul Session Ale

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

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."

Added by marcobrau on 03-21-2010

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Ratings: 216 |  Reviews: 83
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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of lackenhauser
2.28/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy, somewhat coppery color. decent head on top. Astringent and detergent like aroma. More of the same flavor wise-very soapy and detergent like flavors. A lot of sulfur and yeast. Overly hopped and bitter. No malt to balance anything against. Ok body. In a word-BLEH. Homebrew gone bad. I would give these guys another chance but this was plain lousy. Would not buy thats for sure.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.49/5  rDev -30.6%
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.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
2.52/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

What the Hell did I just get myself into? This beer pours a cloudy amber hue with a thick head that slowly settles. Lacing is sticky and coats the glass. Smell is somewhat off, with a cider-like aroma and some caramel malt. Almost like oxidization of a wine. Taste is a bit better, with some caramel malt notes, along with some floral hops. Creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish express the style, although the smell and flavor didn't do it for me. Session ale? no. This beer just seems wrong in many ways. Sorry, but maybe a third brother could come in to make this beer right.

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Photo of Erish
2.67/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into an English pint glass.

A: medium brownish-amber, some haziness, a one finger head that vanishes quickly into a thin cap, lacing is adequate.

S: toasted grains, yeast funk, caramel sweetness, earthiness.

T: lots of yeasty funk, earthiness throughout, the oak comes across more woodsy than vanilla, toasted-burnt caramel sweetness, band aids, the middle pops with medicinal hops, there is flash of soy sauce, the finish starts metallic, then goes earthy, and a tart sweetness hangs with just a twinge of hop bitterness.

M: watery, adequately carbonated, there is a slight oiliness in the finish.

D: for as many flavors as I was able to pluck from this beer, I can't say I enjoyed this one.

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2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: hazy deep copper/amber. nice billowing thick chunky head.
S: aroma is big for a lower abv beer. nutty caramel and toffee dominate with some earthy, resiny hops and some hint of oak/wood.
T: caramel and toffee again, hops bring balance. oak/wood notes give both smoothness and a woody astringency (generally not my thing and certainly not for a session beer). finish is almost fully dry and long for a lower abv beer. strangely, this drinks like a small version of a barrel aged strong ale. not necessarily what i'm looking for in a session beer.
M: smooth, supple, a bit oily. seems much fuller-bodied that the abv would indicate. again, not necessarily what i'm looking for in a session beer. lacks a crispness (probably mostly from the oak aging) that i prefer in a session beer.
D: i like that they made a lower abv session beer. i like that they tried something different with the oak/barrel aging. i just didn't like the result too much.

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Photo of BrewIrish98
2.85/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Much darker than anticipated after pour. Minimal head, but enough to get a few frothy sips.

S: Oaky, not a whole lot going on here. It has a grainy aroma. Curious to know how long its aged in french oak?

T: Not exactly sure why this is classified as an english bitter but Ill go with it. The best I can say it is sessionable, but their isn't enough here to want to continue to drink more than a few of these. Clean finish.

M: Standard mouthfeel, can't complain can't say its got something special. Very clean, goes down smooth.

O: At 4.2, you can have all you want and still not tie one on. It's a good practice beer.

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2.98/5  rDev -17%
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.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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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.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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Long Haul Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 216 ratings