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The Bitter End Pale Ale - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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The Bitter End Pale AleThe Bitter End Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

685 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 685
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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08-18-2014 00:58:09 | More by KingStephenR
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08-15-2014 18:26:50 | More by JeffONeal
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JamesMN

Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%

Clearly labeled best by 6/27/14. Found this one in a dollar bin.

Appearance: Semi-translucent and probably would have been clear without the bit of sediment that came near the end of the pour, as is usual with unfiltered beer. Copper in color with a thin film of off-white foam and some lacing.

Aroma: Caramel malt dunked in orange, but lacking sweetness. Some bread, possibly yeast esters.

Taste: Immense bitterness right from the get-go. A bit of spicy/earthy hop flavor behind 30 IBUs that pack a serious punch. At 5.2% ABV and given how hop-dominated the flavor is, there really isn't any malt presence. The finish is smoother than I expected. By that point the bitterness has dropped off a bit and by the aftertaste it ebbs to a level that is easily manageable. There is a slight sweet orange flavor at times that I imagine is much more present in a fresh bottle. Definitely lives up to its name.

Mouthfeel: About medium, which is heavy for a 5.2% ABV beer so the malt is there, more so than in the flavor department. Good drinkability despite the ferocious bitterness. Sessionable is you are looking to give your palate a good thrashing. It would be difficult to follow this one up with anything lighter or less hoppy. A bit aggressive on the carbonation but nothing a good swirl can't remedy.

Final Thoughts: Quite enjoyable for a beer over a month past its best by date. Highly recommend for those who seek the most bitter beers while maintaining a need for a lower ABV. I especially appreciate the description on the label, "At the end of every glass you will discover how this pale ale got its name." And indeed that rings true. Would I drink it again? Yes.

08-12-2014 18:52:51 | More by JamesMN
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The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.