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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

705 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of KTCamm
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

9/1....Light amber pour, light peeks through, small white foam lid. Hearty grain bread nose, subtle orange peel too. Mellowed bitter up and then right back down. Citrus below. Bread and some lemon too. Cellared this for a bit which is suspect mellowed the flavor with good results. Good pale.

KTCamm, Yesterday at 09:50 PM
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

david18, Yesterday at 04:22 PM
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3.9/5  rDev +4%

Brams17, Friday at 08:25 PM
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

dmorgan310, Friday at 01:21 AM
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

birdsellam, Tuesday at 05:11 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Robloc303, Monday at 02:08 PM
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
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3.92/5  rDev +4.5%

Dlopresti34, Sep 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

jwmoore, Sep 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Ratten46, Sep 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

EmptyPockets, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Dinobambam, Sep 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

beerhast, Sep 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Wegs, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Jordanmtate, Aug 30, 2014
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3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

NateMac13, Aug 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

volatiler, Aug 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

malfunxion, Aug 28, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -12.5%

Beestin, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

KingStephenR, Aug 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Swane, Aug 17, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev -6.1%

JeffONeal, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of JamesMN
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

JamesMN, Aug 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20%

cardinals22, Aug 10, 2014
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The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.