Long Haul Session Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Long Haul Session AleLong Haul Session Ale
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."

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 217
Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours darker brown than I expected with off white head; there is a little bit of lacing and good retention. The smell is pleasant malt but not too pungent. The body is medium but very smooth. The French oak aging has given this beer a nice tangy bite, but it isn’t near as noticeable as it is in the Resistence IPA. This is a great pale ale with a unique fruitiness and delicious malt finish, I could easily have a few of these.

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Photo of CPeterson
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -- A copper / amber brew that pour to a two finger off white head and settles to a thin skim, leaving streaky, spotty lacing.

S -- Light caramel malts, a twinge of sourness on the nose that imparts hints of green banana or papaya. A suggestion of citrus or piney hop characteristics.

T -- Light biscuity flavor, followed by a twinge of citrus or acid of some sort. A little like apple cider vinegar mellowed by earthy tones.

M -- Light bodied, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D -- Fitting to the intention of brewer, nice but not really grabbing me. Definitely more interesting than a domestic adjunct lager but nothing amazing.

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Photo of david18
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always try session beers because they give me the opportunity to drink while not getting too drunk too fast. I had a sixteen ounce pour of this at George Keeley's on Manhattan's Upper West Side. I wished I had liked it better than I did.

Pours a light copper color with plenty of carbonation that stuck around for a while.

Aroma was slightly malty but a little underwhelming...although not surprising.

Flavor was nice but, again, nothing to exciting. Bready,maybe like an english bitter or an english mild.

Overall I thought this beer was ok but I don't know that I'll order it again.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev +4.7%
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!!!!

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Photo of thebarnesbomb
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Rosy copper with slight haze, one-and-a-half finger head dissipates quickly into a thin layer. No lacing.

S- Initial smell of vanilla soft serve ice cream. Some hops pull through, but mostly it's DQ.

T- For an English Bitter, the malts are most pronounced in this brew. Vanilla bean and sweet amber/caramel malts, with a hint of hops in the back and aftertaste.

M- Creamy and smooth, and the French Oak aging really rounds it out.

Overall, a pretty good session beer, as promised. Worth a try, but Two Brothers have other better beers.

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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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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An oak aged ESB? A'ight, I'm down with that.

Pours nice and amber with a big head and a tiny bit of a pleasant haze. Smells like rounded, sweet barley with light nodes of caramel and chocolate. Like a more nuanced and well rounded Fat Tire.

Tastes, surprisingly, like a more nuanced and well-rounded Fat Tire. No ashiness, no sour hop bitterness on the backend--just lots of smooth, sweet malt. Starts off lightly floral and this moves quickly into biscuity grain, ending with light, dry european hops and a small amount of burnless oakiness.

I admire any brewery who, in this age of mindless hoppy excess, puts such care into building a flagship session. This is a very, very nice beer.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass, courtesy of lurchingbeast. Thanks!

Bottle says "best by 3/16/11." Well, no sense in holding it for a tasting now.

A: Pours a clear, but very dark, ruby-copper body that glows brilliantly against the light. It is capped with two fingers of off-white head. Good retention, with nice register marks and trails of lace down the sides of the glass.

S: I'm surprised to pick up a mild oak note. Serves me right for not reading the bottle description: this is aged on French oak foudres (casks). I guess that explains the tannins. It has an apple cider aroma that borders on tart, along with toast and grain.

T: Oak is stronger in the taste, though it's not harsh. It nicely accentuates the tartness I picked up in the nose: apple cider and dark fruit come to mind. I want to say grape. It has a nice toasted grain flavor; the grain in particular imparts a mild sourness, if that's the right description. Faint flavors of yeast.

M: Light-bodied. It has a dry finish with some mild bitterness. The pour seems to have extracted all the carbonation, as what's left in the body is mellow and supple. Well done.

O: Very tasty beer! I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of foogerd
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep orange almost dark brown, rich white head.

S- Smokey sweetened wood chips, light malts, and overall dryness.

T- Really delicious wood flavor almost like sucking a wood chip dry of all its sweetness, slight hop bitterness, over all malty brown sugar taste.

M- Full thick brew

D- This is what sessions are made of!

Great concept and brew from Two Brothers this would be something that would be excellent in an English Pub on cask, kind of underperforms in its current state.

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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 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.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very clear and active, light amber, modest white head falls and leaves just scraps of lacing.

Black tea grainy, and faint floral and malty sweet characteristics. Pleasant but thin.

Lightly toasty and caramel malty, sweet and grainy, with a hint of floral hops.

Medium carbonation, light/medium feeling body that is richer than expected. Crisp, clean finish.

Wicked easy drinking and totally poundable. Way tastier than expected, and nearly meets the "session beer" definition of <=4.0%. I don't often enjoy, or therefore even drink, beers this light. I was pleasantly impressed by this one recently and picked up some more to give it an honest review. And enjoy.

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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 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.

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Photo of CalhounJohn
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another nice, very drinkable beer from Two Brothers. This one is a good, solid beer all around. It has a nice color and the depth and aroma is very enjoyable. Its flavor isn't as deep as its color, but, in general, it's a simple, yet very enjoyable drink. This is a beer that I could stick with all night!

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4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Pours a deep golden body, with a light tan head. The body has a bit of a haze and shows low amount of carbonation. The head settles to a micro layer of tan head. The lacing is left in a small pattern where the glass had been drank from.

S: The aroma displays a blend of malts and a touch of hops. An oak backbone is displayed as well.

T/M: The front is a hoppy bitterness, that soon turns into a rich malt taste, that is layered. The mouthfeel is creamy, like most Two Brothers, but the oak adds a nice dryness to the finish on the mouthfeel. The oak adds a large roll in the overall finish of this beer. Rich and complex on the off tastes.

D: I find this to be extremely drinkable, it even tastes like there should be more ABV then there is. Great tastes and complexities. A solid session brew from Two Brothers.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dark copper/amber color with a short creamy head that settled into a light ring. The aroma is of a sweet bready malt with some brown sugar notes; perhaps a touch of vanilla as well. The flavor is of a steely caramel malt, some fruity and metallic notes, sour oak, grassy/earthy hops, and a bit of a brown sugar/brown ale thing going on. The feel is light to moderate with soft to tingly carbonation; generally sweet but has a touch of sour and bitterness to help balance. A very well made and solid feeling brew. A big plus for the 4.2abv.

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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.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at The Mark

A- Poured a apple cider looking color. One finger off white head shows medium retention. Nice web lacing on the glass itself.

S- Light darker fruits in the aroma with a hint of yeast. Bready malts come through as well with no hints of hops at all from what I could tell.

T- Big darker fruits come in the front of this with a light sweetness. Bready malts in the middle mix with a yeasty flavor to boot. No real hops in the backing except for a quick bitterness in the backing. Toffee flavors come and go through the entire beer. Mostly malts in the entire thing.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light for the beer...almost like a cask ale. Darker fruits and toffee are left on the palate with light alcohol in the aftertaste. Flavors were pronounced and well blended. Alcohol drying is medium on the palate from the beer.

D- The ABV on the beer makes this very drinkable. Although this beer is not my style at all and I don't really care for it flavor wise. This beer is judged on the style and not my personal preference though therefore it gets the marks it does.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Growler from Bierkraft poured into a tulip pint.

A--Dark copper, nearly chestnut body with a two finger fluffy eggshell head. Nice looking English-style ale.

S--Fruity, very much English ale-yeast driven. Muted apple, orange, and toffee. A little bit of dark breadcrust sneaking in there.

T--More fruitiness pulls through throughout the tasting. Same deal: apples, oranges, and then a sweetish honeyed toffee taste. Very much a malt-driven beer--the hops balance, rather than bitter, the finish. Maybe some spicy rye in there?

M&D--The mouthfeel is a little rocky-it's just not smooth enough for a low-alcohol beer. I taste some astringency and alcohol bite. The drinkability, though, is fine, as I can gulp this with no harm, no foul, and no regrets.

I didn't get the vanilla or oak notes that the liner notes herald, but I don't really expect them from this kind of beer. Which, by the way, I'd call an English Dark Mild, rather than a Bitter, because of the diminished hop presence.

Good, not great, for a session-a /real/ session ale for gonzo exxxtreme American beers.

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Long Haul Session Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 217 ratings