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The Bitter End Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

The Bitter End Pale AleThe Bitter End Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

627 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 627
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%


Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
13.5 Plato and 30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-14-2002)
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beveritt

Ohio

1.38/5  rDev -63.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label depicts someone shaking the last drop out of a pint of beer. It also bears the freshness date of best before 5/4/07.

Appearance: Pours with very little head, maybe 1/4 inch of off white foam. This settles quickly into almost nothing, just a slight ring around the glass. The beer itself is a light copper in color and perfectly clear.

Smell: Strange smell, not a whole lot of malt or hop, but a very powerful musk melon smell. Almost like a rotten pumpkin! Slight hints of banana-like diacetyl, almost like a hefe.

Taste: All right, I don't know what's going on here, but this is disgusting! I could only choke down a few sips. Taste reminds me of when you bring the rotten pumpkin off your porch two weeks after Halloween. Hints of bitter hops in the finish, but nothing about this beer is good.

Moutfheel: Average level of carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: Holy crap, this is my new worst beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 23:52:40 | More by beveritt
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pwoods

Ohio

2.05/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint. Best by 1/31/08.

A: Huge carbonation crack when opening... and the easy pour was 100% foam... no liquid whatsoever. That's 2 beers today like that... different storage conditions, too. Takes 10 minutes to fully pour it. Deeper amber than expected. Lots of retention yet little lacing.

S: Crisp citrus hops. That's about it.

T/M: Light citrus hop taste and bitterness. Most of the taste is a combo of wet cardboard and styrofoam. I guess the bottle really is bad. The other brew that was fizzy like this didn't have the taste, though.

D: I'll have to review this one again sometime. If it's the same, then I can't recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 23:23:14 | More by pwoods
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.08/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had some odd metallica flavors going on in it. I was kind of turned off by this. Some beers have this happen and I try to look passed it. Sometimes it's easier said than done. The beer is a good APA overall. It's got a good color and aroma to it. The hoppy quality isn't too bad either. Just that metallica flavor I was getting killed this one for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2011 23:36:49 | More by Knapp85
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Ricochet

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Oh boy. A little face was made when I sniffed this for the first time. It didn't really smell of beer, but of something you'd eat, like stew. I sniffed again, and I think it's more like V8. A flat malt is all I could think of. Ick. Little head, but a lasting lace around the rim and cloudy amber is how it appeared. It's a little warmer, and I can pick out a little hops, but still. This may be a chore to drink.

Watery and thin mouth, no foam, almost no bitter at the back.

Flavors? Dull candy sweet like juju bees. Only a slight hops character with a back slap of malt. I'd be reaching if I said anything else.

This may be the kind of beer you drink fairly warm in a pub in London, but it's a really mild APA, and not worth my time.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 04:02:31 | More by Ricochet
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a three-finger bubbly white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Slight cloudy amber color. Hoppy nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Starts with the hops dominating, finish is bitter with bitter after taste. Typical English bitter. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Best by 1/12/2006.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 23:35:41 | More by jdhilt
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jtierney89

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Semi hazed tarnished orange. Big sticky and craggy mountainous head with an aggressive pour. Really sticky lacing. Sweet mixed fruit bowl on the nose. Good mix of malt and hop smells are detectable.

Reminds me of english ipa more than an american one. Very malt forward with a fresh soft biscuit like taste. Sweet breads are balanced by an underlying bitterness. Hops lend more to balance than flavor. Thins out on the finish. Interesting, very malty but has a bitterness too it. Not crazy about it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2012 03:38:56 | More by jtierney89
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer from bottle to tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer had a red tint to it with a low height white head. The beer had a fresh hoppy smell that was veary pronounced. The beer was ver hoppy tasting with a bitter finish typical of high hopped beer. A bit of a piney taste also. Beer was crisp I'll give it that and the lacing was actually not bad. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2007 14:43:15 | More by Minkybut
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TheDM

Indiana

2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a small mostly diminishing head of medium sized white bubbles which left a good lacing. Its body was a transparent amber color. I felt its taste was a medium strength bitter hop flavor throughout and lingingered an average amount of time. Its plalate was somewhat dry and fizzy. THe aroma of this brew was very light with notes of light bread and moderately hopped.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2003 15:20:05 | More by TheDM
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz amber bottle into a 12 oz glass.

Aggressive pour earned me only a modest head with slight lacing.

Sugary aroma of raw, unfermented wort dominates.

Notable bitter bite up front, with a biscuity flavor and musty hop finish.

Drinkability is poor. It's a muddy tasting beer, no crispness to complement the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 19:12:17 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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ChadQuest

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, two finger head with nice retention and lacing.

Citrusy and flowery aroma.

Sharp bitter Orange Rind, crisp hoppyness, a touch of grassy notes wafting in a breeze, and a hint of sweetness.

nice clean and crisp finish. session/summer beer. Name explains it.

Easy drinking like most pale ales, but maybe a bit easier then most as it's maybe a touch lighter and cleaner then some others that come to mind.

Good solid APA. Not the best in the mid-west, but pretty solid, especially for summer grilling.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 07:15:19 | More by ChadQuest
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jcalabre

California

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: This pours a hazy golden color with a ridiculously large head.
Nose: It's aroma is a little bit malty, a little bit citrusy
Flavor: The taste has some lemon/citrus notes w/ some hints of maltiness, but the big thing that you notice is how fizzy this beer is. It's far too fizzy for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 23:43:29 | More by jcalabre
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber in color. There is no head that forms, but plenty of sticky lacing coating the entire inside of the glass. Not too much in the smell. A subtle amount of malt and hops in the flavor. Pretty thin and smooth on the tongue. A very easy drinking pale, but nothing in the flavor to make me want another.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2008 13:51:59 | More by FtownThrowDown
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Rzzzzz

California

2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rather disapointing; had to have been a bad bottle. Poured into a pilsner glass: nothing but foam from top to bottom. Once it had settled--several minutes later--I was looking at a cloudy pale/amber brew with a constant onslaught of aggressive bubbles.

Aroma was mostly citrus and floral hops with a decent malt presence, but the flavor was just not there. Not horrible, but the expected bitterness came off as more of an off flavor than an asset. Astringent mouthfeel and excessive carbonation made this one hard to enjoy.

Could be this one didn't handle a couple of months of subtle temperature fluctuations as well as the rest of my stash. I'd certainly like to give it another try some day, but this one didn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 16:04:50 | More by Rzzzzz
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Florida9

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this at 2 Brothers tap house. This was my second beer. First was the Heavy Handed which was, by far, the superior beer.

Served in a pint glass. Arrived with a thin layer of head. No lacing.

Color is bronze-golden and clear.

Virtually no aroma as far as I could tell, though I will admit the taphouse itself has a distinctive bacony aroma to it, which was not by any means unpleasant.

After the Heavy Handed, this beer tasted weak. A little bit of malt and then finishing with a good dose of bitterness. However, aside from the bitterness, there was a distinct lack of hop flavor for an PA.

Overall, a thin-ish, everyday, average pale ale. Not offensive, but lacking character of it's own. Couldn't see drinking it if there were better beers available. I must confess, I believe drinking the Heavy Handed first ruined me on this beer and I would like to give it another chance.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2009 02:21:16 | More by Florida9
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kimcgolf

Georgia

2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This started out a little strange, pouring with about half foam, although It hadn’t been shaken. Settled down to have a nice orange-red color, with thick off-white head that lingered thru the entire glass and left excellent lacing. Aroma tried to be hoppy grapefruit citrus, and though detectable, was not real dominant. Likewise, the flavor was muted, and the palate tried once again to be bitter like its name, but tended to be as much stale and sour as it was bitter.

I expected more from my first Two Brothers offering, and was frankly disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2007 03:01:19 | More by kimcgolf
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted at the Barrelhouse Brewing Company Microbrew Fest on November 9. Amber with a thin white head. Decent hops aroma. Not really much hops bite, especially compared to their IPA. If you are going to have a cool name like "The Bitter End", back it up!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2002 08:45:23 | More by Dogbrick
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bditty187

Nebraska

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes…

Best By 2/28/05

Tawny-gold in hue, largely clear, the liquid is pretty and typical of the style. The head was just slightly off white; at the apex the bubbles reached about one finger in height. Head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a soapy cap. There was some subsequent lacing, it was webby, unorganized, but it clung poorly. The nose says, “I’m a run-of-the-mill APA that could be brewed by any number of microbreweries.” Specifically, the bouquet offers hints of caramel malt; at least the malt has something to it, which is a step in the right direction. The hops supply some spicy citrus zest, hints of pine needles, wood, and grapefruit flesh. At the back there is some light ale fruitiness. The potency is low but I’ve heard this song and dance before. Maybe I’m feeling a little jaded today. Maybe the nose just isn’t that impressive. Let me think for a moment… yeah, not that impressive. The palate is decent but so damn ordinary. The hops are cheesy at the back and that is not a good thing in my book. Woody. The citrus qualities of the nose are not found in any significance on the tongue. The malt supplies some caramel and a smattering of biscuits. Dry. I’m bored with this beer, there is nothing wrong with it but there isn’t anything I’m going to remember about it. The finish is warm and bitter; this saves the beer from a complete yawn-fest. It would be good with a burger or some basic cheeses. I wouldn’t suggest anything fancy here. Simplistic. Medium in body, firm carbonation, the mouthfeel is rigid. It is very easy to drink. Would I drink it again? I guess. I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so. Yawn. I purchased this bottle in Iowa City, IA. Skip it.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2005 21:25:29 | More by bditty187
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a slightly hazy orange brown color with an inch of head. Malty caramel aroma with some fruity hops. The flavor is sweet and sour. Sweet with caramel flavor. Sour with tangy fruit and weird tasting yeast. Balanced between the sweet and the bitter, but I'm not really digging the flavor. Mouthfeel is just a little too light. I didn't really like the sour flavors, and it could have been hoppier. Average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 01:43:22 | More by beveragecaptain
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very clear amber colored body, small bubbly white head. Floral hops on top of a pale malt body scent. Good lace. Light pale malt taste backed by a nice floral hop backing. Fairly thin mouth.

Nothing really special here, but its not bad by any means. Pretty much a standard pale ale

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 00:37:00 | More by Tballz420
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benmiliron

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.50 for a 12 oz. bottle.

Eh. Nothing special here. Looks nice and red-orange in the glass. Decent head. Taste is pretty standard pale ale, maybe a bit too bitter for a lighter pale ale. I enjoyed this beer well enough, but it's your very basic pale ale. I would rather have a different brand.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2004 02:46:24 | More by benmiliron
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lighty hazy, light copper body with a small white head.

Smell: Caramel malt aroma with a nice showing of citrus hops and a little bit of diacetyl.

Taste: Brief caramel sweetness and flavor upfront followed by an herbaceous, citrus hop flavor and a tart, exceedingly dry finish. Slight diacetyl all the while.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Slightly watery.

Drinkability: A decent beer, and one that has an appropriate moniker.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 18:44:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed over lunch at Redbones with WarriorSoul a few days back.

Poured a cloudy gold that almost seemed to glow when held up to the light. Thin head that disappeared altogether.

The nose was hops. But they came across as muted.

The flavor was not as bursty hops as I expected for the style. The hops came across as more flat and old. ade me think of the compost heap of ratting grass where I had to dump nthe lawn clippings when I was younger.

Mouthfeel was kind of what I imagined you would sqeeze out of a wet sponge. Kind of thick feeling but very watery. Medium body, but I really thought there were things floating around in there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2005 14:34:31 | More by MuddyFeet
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has good aroma, but I feel that the flavor doesn't really deliver...it smells hoppy enough, but the flavor is a bit weaker than I expected.

This beer pours an orange color that is easily transparent, with a solid qhite head with some soapiness in its appearance. Aroma is very hoppy (my guess is Cascade). Flavor is a bit lighter than I expected, with some hoppiness, but the beer has bitter flavor up front, but very little on the back end. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin. There is something missing from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2007 03:28:39 | More by BeerBelcher
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There seems to be carbonation issues off the bat with minimal head and fine speckled lacing, a clouded amber body . Aroma pungent pine and citrus hops with some turning of the hop profile going on. Semis sweet tones with caramel and malt blanketed with hops on the tongue and palate. Strong ample bitterness makes you forget about the rest of the beer's profile. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly slick with hop oils, carbonation is mellow maybe too much so. Drinkability overall is weak due to carbonation issues and slightly stale hop character I'll have to try more bottles to compare it to.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 06:45:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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Jon

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After trying this in the bottle and being quite disappointed, I decided to give the draught version a try. From the tap, it poured a golden hue with a sturdy head leaving minor lace down the glass. The nose was of subdued floral hops and just the slightest hint of caramel malt. Taste-wise, nothing exciting is going on here. While the hops and malt profiles are fairly well balanced, neither are pronounced. The Bitter End? Where are the hops? Drinkability is pretty good, though, all things considered. This would make for a fine session ale, but what's in a name after all? In this case, not much, and far from my favorite brew from Two Brothers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2003 05:31:28 | More by Jon
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The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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