Long Haul Session Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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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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Photo of lackenhauser
2.28/5  rDev -36.7%
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 -30.8%
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 -30%
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 -25.8%
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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Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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 -20.8%
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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Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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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Photo of hawks10
3.09/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle (best by August 13th, 2010) poured into my Piece pint glass...

Pours a nice dark amber color with great clarity. An abundance of soft white head forms and leaves a lot of lacing and a cap of white haze on top of the beer...

Almost a rotten wood smell, something I can't quite distinguish but is pretty off-putting. Biscuity and caramel like malt aromas are somewhat subtle, mostly just getting a lot of weird woody character...

Bready, biscuit, somewhat chewy sweet malts, a slight hop bitterness, but really not much. Some wood character is there as well and dries the drink out a bit...

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation, more chewy than expected from a 4.2% beer...

Not really working for me, smell is a bit off and taste is mediocre at best...the Resistance IPA is a much better offering if you want to try the new Two Bros oaked beers...

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.17/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a chalice

A: Pours a dark amber, copper color with a fizzy head that takes on a shade of dingy white, like dirty underwear.

S: Aroma is lightly sweet with malt and a touch of peach fruitiness, almost Belgian but subtle all around.

T/M: Carbonation is pretty high and the fizz lingers on the tongue for a good bit yet the flavor is pretty light beyond that, like an amber mixed with an American lager. Just a hint of bitterness balances out the faint maltiness and finishes clean.

It's pretty typical for a session but is still kind of bland.


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Photo of Infamous7100
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a pristine, amber to brown color with a one finger white head.
S: a lot going on here. I pick up on the sweet smelling malt first, but can definitely smell some of the oak which this was aged in. I also get whiffs of spice and hops. Nice mix.
T: starts out sweet as the malts really come through then fades into some bitterness at the back. A bit earthy would be a fit description. Would like to have more of the oaky flavor come though.
M: light and low carbonation. A dry and slighty bitter hang at the end.
O: obviously a sessionable beer and you could do a lot worse than this. However, based on the look and smell, I expected more in the flavor. I think this could use a tad more malt or some more of the oak to cut what I believe to be a slightly unpleasant aftertaste.

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Photo of jsh420
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

best by 8/13/10

pours copper amber with a 1/2 finger off white head that fades and left some spotted lacing

smell - just not much to it - some malts?

taste is better - but this is a session pounder - some nutty pale malts very little hops - good flavor for a beer that is only 4.2%abv

mouthfeel is light and crisp

drinkability is good - yes i could drink this beer all day but just not at 9.99 a sixer

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: appears a brilliant clear copper with hues of red, creamy white 1 finger head, little lacing

S: the aroma is quite muted, not picking up much more than some sweet malts and a touch of caramel. Maybe a hint of hops at the end, but not very noticeable. Not picking up any oak.

T: well there is more flavor than the nose suggests, but not much. Some sweet malts up front with notes of caramel and bread, the oak is there but incredibly subtle and takes a backseat. This brew is refreshing and easy to drink, but there isn't a whole lot of flavor

MF: high carbonation, slightly sharp, very light bodied

D: this beer is intriguing in concept (oak aged session ale), but it falls short due to its lack of flavor. It is a decent session beer as it is easy drinking and low in alcohol, but nothing here stands out.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Long Haul Session Ale is a brown colored ale, with a small bubbly white head. The body is pretty clear with just a slight haze. The aroma of this brew has both caramel malt and bitter hop elements to it. Maybe a bit of fruit as well. As I take a sip and look into it, I find out that the beer is oak-aged for at least a month, and that oakiness comes through. I would say that flavor dominates the rest, which consists of light hops and a bit of bitter hop. Some apple comes through as well. Medium bodied and very sharp on the tongue.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amberish color with a 3 finger sticky off-white head leaving lots of lacing down the glass.

Some bready malts in the aroma with some subtle spicy hop tones.

Starts off with some earthy sharpness. A light bready malt flavor in the middle. Finishes slightly bitter and somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel is thin, to be expected and carbonation levels are medium.

I think this beer succeeds in what it's trying to be. This is definitely tasty enough to be a true session beer, but I've had other lower ABV's that have packed in better flavor.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A cloudy amber with a half an inch of head that turns to a sticky lace ring.

S - Not too much maybe some sweet malts and grains with some hops. Smells rather good.

T - Ow wow ew. I get sort of a bitter tart flavor like sour lemons with a bit of hop bitterness. After a few the flavor does get a bit more balanced but it's really not a good beer.

M - Light to medium but soured.

Overall definitely not the best idea or ale they had. The same french oak on IPA does wonders but these bitters aged just made it tart and unenjoyable.

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Photo of morimech
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by date of 10/21/2010.

Pours a dark amber with a small head that did not last very long. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. In the aroma I pick up some diacetyl and a little acidity. A little vanilla comes out as well. I do not detect any hops which is unfortunate. I taste a lot of malt that gives this beer a bready nature. The diacetyl comes out again. Not a deal breaker in this style. Very balanced between the malt and hops. Hard to conclude that this beer has had any "special aging". I would place this beer more into the ESB style as it is more balanced than a Bitter. Light body with very low carbonation. Could of used a little more life in the body. About the only great thing about this beer is its low ABV which would make this sessionable. Just not that well crafted to want to buy this again though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a medium golden color that is crystal clear and has a ton of carbonation bubbles, pours with a finger of pure white head that is quite fluffy and only lingers for a little bit, leaves spotty lacing around the glass
S: definitely a subdued nose but it is still nice, hop bitter notes
T: hmmm a pretty nice and interesting taste, bitter yet sweetly malty, leaves kind of an odd taste on the palate like cherrios that have been soaking in water for a really long time, nice taste, refreshing and crisp
M: intense on the carbonation, leaves the mouth feeling dry, kind of a thick mouthfeel like apple cider
O: a nice brew, drinks crisp and smooth, good taste, overall enjoyable could find it better on a very hot summer day after, or while, mowing the lawn

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Photo of jwinship83
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best before some time in august drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent copper colored body with a finger of quickly fading off white head. small spots of lacing are left behind. lots of visible carbonation.

S- theres a faint nose on this one. a little bit of toasted bread like malts up front. a little bit of caramel adds a mild sweetness. the oak aging is unnoticeable.

T- the taste is equally mild. faint toasted bread and caramel malts up first. still cant find any evidence of being in the oak tanks.

M- light bodied and well carbonated. a nice dry finish to this one.

D- easy to put back a couple, and with the low ABV it wouldnt be a bad idea. the biggest drawback is the price tag, at 10$ for 6.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark copper with a thick fluffy head.

Aroma is minerally caramel malt and a mild earthy, yeasty character.

Taste is grainy malt, a bit of citrus, and an odd metallic sourness. Finishes nutty, with some light earthy hop.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall...drinkable, but not memorable. Could do without the metallic quality.

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Photo of bnes09
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color and perfectly transparent. Big frothy head with good retention and patchy lacing.

Funky yeast smell which is mildly repulsive.

Mild bready malt, hints of barley and rye. Somewhat assertive herbal and spice hop. Ginger and nutmeg notes. Flavor is mellow and balanced.

Light to medium bodied. Smooth throughout with a clean, dry finish, adding to the drinkability.

Quite sessionable. Descent flavors and well balanced. I could drink a few of these.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a copper clear color with a 1.5 finger head of light tan that quickly settles, leaving some lace as it goes down. The aroma is that of sweet, lighlty toasted bread or biscuit. I don't pick up really any of the oak notes but it does have a ever so slight fruity aroma to it they may be caused by the oak. Medium/light mouthfeel. Sweet caramel like start with a light drawn out flavor that just sort of melts away. Nothing overpowering here in this one. Would like to see maybe a dash more hop character to this along with possibly more of the oak. Overall, not bad. The plusses are the looks and the light ABV which makes it a solid choice for a light beer.

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