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The Bitter End - East End Brewing Company

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The Bitter End
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 6.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beergeek279 on 12-23-2005

A "small beer" brewed near year's end from the second runnings of the mash for Gratitude, a bit like a pale ale, but with a bitterness that just keeps on going and going... Since they're ready much sooner, small beers can be an excellent preview of what their bigger siblings will be like. Look for this beer in very limited supply in November and December.
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Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 12
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3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gotta love Scott Smith's creativity and passion for brewing in the Burgh...a one off beer. Let's see the last small beer I remember falling in love with was Black Ocean from you guessed it Tom Baker's Perkuno's Hammer. I don't know who rubbed off on who but these cats have collaborated with beautiful results, and when you make a barleywine turn into the hoppiest session ale ever than your doing something right. It's not an English Bitter, it's just the Bitter End let me explain. Appears with a copper orange semi cloudy body and is topped with a large white head leaving thick chunks of uneven lacing around my pint. Aroma has semi sweet biscuit and very mild caramel malt sweetness...but namingly what stands out is a floral perfumey hop explosion with mild grassiness and citrus peels. Flavor is balls out bitterness lgith biscuit malts and citrus peel grapefruit mostly with raw, raucously extreme hop profile that just coats the palate with bitterness, wow. Definitely bitter to the end and the mouthfeel is lighter bodied with moderate even carbonation levels and textured with a layer of lubicrant in this case hop oils. Drinkability is awesome albeit it will wreck your palate for most other styles of beer, I will definitely have this beer before supplies dry up go and try some great two for one Bitter End deals at Scott's growler hours, drink up.

Photo of Kolsch
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at home: figure I better review as this one is almost kicked.

Appearance: Clear and orangey amber. Small 1' head that slowly dissapated to 1/6' cusp that remained thru drink. Left nice leggings as well.

Smell: not much to the smell. I do pick up some hops but that is about it.

Taste: definitely on the bitter side but not at all mouth puckering bitter you may be thinking. I pick up some orange/citris accents that are quite refreshing. Malts do round out the taste. This would be great on Cask.

Overall: a great session beer. I took two growlers of this to a party and they were gone within an hour.

Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours with a thin film of loose white and sudsy bubbles, settling to a characteristic cask film and rinf. the beer is very hazy, light copper in color.

S - dominated by light toasty biscuits and grassy hops

T - bitter, not hoppy-type bitter but from sharp toasted malts. crunchy, slightly honeyed biscuits are joined by light yet bright grassy hops with a classic English aftertaste.

M - light bodied but very creamy, cut into nicely by malty bitterness (let's see how many time i can say that in this review). crisp and slightly dry finish.

D - this could go on and on and on. flavorful enough t keep your attention yet extremely light bodied and low ABV. growlers of this are a standard during football season but it was nice to try on cask.

Photo of Deuane
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden tinted orange-copper with a thin white ring for head that leaves spotty lace.

S-Musty oak and a touch of light spiciness and subtle sweet malt.

T-Sharp, tart, spicy, bitey--really nice for such a low ABV to have all of this going on.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp with surprisingly long lasting bitterness.

D-A most easy to drink and pleasant session beer. Better than a lot of places higher ABV hoppy brews!

Photo of sholland119
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this one.

A-Pours a hazy golden color with a fluffy white head and good lacing.

S-Rather buttery with some light citrus hop notes.

T-On the whole fairly mild with some bitter grapefruit hops in the finish.

M-Light bodied, good carbonation.

D-A pleasant easy drinker. Light and tasty.


Photo of sonicdescent
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden color with a really fantastic fluffy head and excellent lacing. Active carbonation.

Smells of fruity and piney hops with a slighty funky background.

Tastes fairly crisp, not as bitter as the name would have you believe. Only hints of the hops from the scent. Very pleasant, easy drinker.

Mouth is thin to medium with high carbonation.

Overall another good beer, a solid session ale from East End. On a side note, this makes them my most reviewed brewery!

Photo of tempest
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Bocktown Beer and Grill.

Interesting, the bartender called this an ESB and I can see that too I guess. It's got a hazy amber appearance and tastes like it's dry-hopped with a UK hop like Fuggles or EKG. It's super grassy but balanced with mellow malt and a citrus note and biscuit and caramel malts. It's different, it's tasty, it's worth a try.

Photo of letsgopens
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This APA pours a pretty bronze amber with an average sized off-white to slightly tan head. The foam displays decent retention and some spotty lace. I good looking brew.

Some very pleasing citrus hops accompany a strong malt backbone. Bitter orange peal and some floral, sappy pine. A bright graininess wraps up a well rounded nose.

A great balance of bitter, citrus hops and sweet, slightly fruity malt. Clean, crisp, and very flavorful. Superbly balanced and extremely palatable. A very drinkable rendition of the style.

Crisp and clean with a bright, slightly acidic citrus bite. A moderate and very suitable carbonation level as well. The finish is juicy and bright with a lingering bitterness. Certainly well rounded and an excellent session brew in my opinion.

Photo of Mattysox
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at the Sharp Edge.

I was very excited to try this since I'm a big fan of English bitters and I've been missing Oliver's ESB at the Wharf Rat in Baltimore since moving to Pittsburgh.

The beer looked great- cloudy orangey-amber color with a fairly thick dollop of smooth head on top. The head dissipated pretty quickly, but left some nice sticky lacing.

On the nose, there's a nice aroma of malts, with a slight caramel note. There's some hop presence, but it smells more like a west-coast US hop aroma than a traditional English hop smell.

Again on the palate, the hops just didn't make this beer taste like an English bitter. The malt character was right on, but the hops were incongruous to the style. After the first couple sips, I got used to it and I did enjoy it on its own merits. I was just a little disappointed that it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. All in all, though, not a bad brew, especially on cask.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out cloudy orange with lots and lots of thick fluffy foam that hung strong,(I actually poured this one a little faster than i should have so I had to taste it a little early) lots of lacing too!This one smelled very citrusy,the taste was not what i excpected, but was as advertised,I thought it would be more hoppy like an ipa but,I was pleasently tricked, the bitterness was unique enough that i enjoyed this one alot,it also had kind of an earthy dryness to it,lots of carbonation but it went well with the bitterness,I could definently enjoy this one again.

Photo of rabsten
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Sharp Edge Beer Emporium.

Poured cloudy amber with a thick, creamy, custard-like head. Thick enough to eat with a spoon. Laced continuously down the glass, so much so that I couldn't see though the glass once finished.

Slightly sweet malt smell with mild citrus hop quality.

Taste: Bitter End is right, Bitter through and through. Exactly what I look for in an English Bitter. Kinda reminicient of an Old Speckled Hen. Also, there's a bit of what I've come to think of as "East Endiness." An unidentifiable flavor I find in all EE brews except for the Blackstrap. Don't know what it is, but I like it.

Smooth on the palate and easy to drink, considering the high bitterness.

The growler I got last month of this was good, but the cask was very good. Enjoy it while you can. And Scott, please make this again next year. :)

Photo of beergeek279
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from an East End growler, purchased at the Map Room. The color is a nice copper with a nice white layer of foamy head. The smell has a good mix of a pale malt sweetness, surprising for a small beer, and a touch of hops. The taste consists mostly of bittering hops, with a creamy maltiness and a bit of tartness, with a long lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is about what one would expect. As for drinkability, could have a couple, but lingering bitterness cuts down the sessionability.

Quite a nice small beer from Scott, and definitely lives up to the name, since it is indeed bitter to the end!! Enjoyable, and I'd have it again (but really can't wait for the barleywine from the first mashing!)

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The Bitter End from East End Brewing Company
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