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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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Ratings: 718
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | 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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy and scotch aroma, 3 hops and at least two of the Cs. Light, caramel, pleasant bitterness/spicy bite, lace. Not much head in glass. It's a attempt at a good American pale, maybe if more hoppy. Drying metalic finish. Drinkable but passable.
Five years later, had it again, creamy and bitter, a little stringent and while 3/8 inch hrad, medium yellow.

Sammy, May 26, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

spycow, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

djrn2, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours golden with a white head. The nose brings some earthy spice and a bit of some herbal characteristics. Really light grain and a bit of caramel. The taste is slightly bitter with some floral and earthy characteristics. Light and slightly dry with good carbonation. Drinks quite well, although not as sessionable as it could be.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left lacing.
S: There are light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is rather malty with flavors of caramel and some associated sweetness; however a mild to moderate amount of bitterness develops towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the taste has a good balance between the malts and hops.

metter98, May 30, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a decent head and some lacing

Smell: Toasted bread, toffee and fruity/earthy hops

Taste: Starts out with a toasted malt and toffee character that verges into a fruity bitter aspect; by mid-palate and after the swallow, pithy hops emerge though the toffee sweetness continues to dominate through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent APA that borders on an English Pale Ale; thinking of it as a hybrid makes it more interesting and enjoyable as it doesn't stand up to the purer examples of the style

brentk56, Apr 23, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Standard, simple, and pure- It's a beautiful thing to make a blanced Pale Ale with no frills, bells, or whistles; just high and effortless drinkability. Two Brothers gets it right.

A mostly clear (light haze) copper-amber hue carries a froathy off-white head that retains the session and laces very well. The beer does everything it's asked to do, at least to the eye.

Balanced aromas of graham crackers or caramels swirl with citrusy-grassy hops for bold but alluring scent. Low on esters and super clean, the beer fits the bill.

Again, balanced flavors of caramel (butterscotch) graham crackers, and raw barley sets the pace while an equal and opposite reaction of grapefruit, orange zest, and fresh cut grasses round out a bittering and flavoring zesty finish. If anything, a cola-like taste comes in the finish and gives more rise to the sun-kissed grain character of the barley.

Medium throughout, the beer starts moderately creamy and froathy, but fades evenly into a drying malty, bitter, and fleeting finish. Very consistent and easy to drink.

Though I prefer my Pale Ales a bit on the drier and hoppier side, this beer demonstrates a balance that is right down the center of the style. ...just a pace off of classics like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

BEERchitect, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfocused kumquat-amber containing particulates of various sizes and shapes. The head is the color of a cue ball and displays small craters on its lumpy, bumpy surface. It isn't a great lace generator, but is an adequate one.

Hops are dominant in the nose, no surprise there. It smells like an Anglo-American effort with the Yanks assuming the upper hand. I've just noticed the label, which states in part, 'three American hop varieties' were used, so I guess I'm wrong. I could swear though that Fuggles are present. In any case, it's a decent enough nose.

I'll check again, but I'm pretty sure this beer is called The Bitter End, not The Sour End. I don't know that I've ever had an English bitter that was as tart as this. It isn't an altogether pleasant characteristic, yet it doesn't ruin the flavor profile. There's an acceptable amount of malt that has no trouble supporting the modest amount of hops (that taste more like sour lemon and orange than they do grapefruit).

The beer is only minimally sweet and moderately bitter. They're both subservient to the tangy tartness that rides herd over each mouthful from start to finish. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and the amount of carbonation is on the low end.

The Bitter End is a great name for a hoppy beer. Too bad this beer is neither great, nor very hoppy. It's a pleasant enough ale, but I won't be looking for a return engagement.

BuckeyeNation, May 07, 2005
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev 0%

kylehay2004, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i grabbed this one in a trade an cracked it open to mess around on the grill. served cold and poured into a pint glass,

nice golden yellow pour with a huge amount of carbonation that was streaming up from the bottom of the glass and reached the top to form a huge head of white that towered over the rest of the glass.

aroma is light herbal hops, lots of wheat and grain, hints of grassy notes and herbals that blend with a light spiced rye note and a really well done light floral finish. perfectly drinkable this was simply an amazing pale to drink on the first 85 degree day. long finish of light hops and grains that rolls through slightly dry but clean and crisp.

overall an amazing choice that i was so happy that i made. i was just immensly impressed with this beer.

mikesgroove, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I love the random fridge-pullings. This one pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a relatively short-lived finger of lightly dirty foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light lemon zest, flowers, light greens, and a pinch or so of light coriander. The taste holds notes of bitter orange rind, light caramel, light buttery biscuit, and what seems like some peppery rye bread in there as well. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a nice pale, nothing truly special, but a nice beer to just sit back and enjoy without pretense. Something like that.

TMoney2591, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of those ubiquitous beers that I never got around to reviewing until now for some reason. Poured into a mug with a frothy head of soapy foam. Lots of lace in the glass and lasting head retention. Bright clarity, deep orange hue.

Caramel malt sweetness with a little tiny bit of dried orange peel and funky yeast aroma.

Flavors are similar, caramel malt is a little tired out, mild to moderate bitterness after a bigger sip. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation, lingering grassy bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a passable beer, pretty standard for the style, not especially hoppy or unique.

emerge077, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly auburn color with a two-finger, off-white head of khaki colored foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine with sweet caramel notes.

T - It had a nice piney bitterness with a citrus kick. Good burnt toast maltiness with caramel and toffee flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty APA. Another good one from Two Brothers.

zeff80, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bitter End, like all of the Two Brothers Beers, delivers an accessible and drinkable APA with enough character to appeal to the cogniscenti as well as the novice.

Its clear, glowing, auburn-copper body reveals streams of very tiny bubbles rising steadily towards the creamy off-white head above. The head retention is very good, and it leaves some very nice lace about the glass.

The bright, fresh nose entices you with a combination of bready/biscuity malt and citrusy/spruce-like hops.

In the mouth its crisp with a medium-light body and very fine, median carbonation.

The flavor is very nicely rounded with notes of yeasty fruitiness, bready/biscuity malt, citrusy and piney hops, and a rock solid bitterness. It finishes short and dry with some lingering piney hops and a bitterness.

Nice. It's refreshing and drinkable. Well done!

NeroFiddled, Jun 19, 2005
Photo of WVbeergeek
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.

WVbeergeek, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering burst of floral hops bitterness. Then there is a hearty but not too heavy malt character that comes in followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are several others in the style that I would choose first.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A creamy and fizzy head rises to almost a finger and fades slowly. The beer is very hazy and yeast chunk filled.

The nose brings some light grassy and herbal hops, a mild hop aroma, some light chewy hops, sweetness, almost a caramel and honey aromas, and a light fruit aroma too.

The taste is more malty, with some crystal malts, some Munich I think too, light toasty. Some light hops too, grassy and herbal, a little spicy and chewy hops as well. A nice pale hop flavor, and mild bitterness. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that intensifies a bit but never gets overwhelming. A light sticky feel too.

THe mouth is medium to lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

It has a decent drinkability, clean dry finish but a light sticky feel. It also has a light bitterness making it pretty drinkable.

jlindros, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

re-reviewed, 12-23-2008:

Clear and golden, almost apricot, with an implacable ivory cap. Lookin' good.

Loud and lively hop aroma, bitter pine needles, grapefruit, tangerine, slightly sour and musky. Pithy, juicy, just right.

Bitter hop smack visits the palate, makes a mark, then slides off smoothly. Next sip, it hits again, then the caramel malt makes the scene, and all is mellow.
Easy drinking but full of hop flavor. Nice.

What we have here is an excellent pale ale/ bitter, and this review replaces the poor, ill-conceived assessment I provided in my nascent BA days. If you ever read it, just put it out of your mind. It never existed.

feloniousmonk, Dec 18, 2002
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Belgium tulip.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent amber color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, pine hops, bready malts, and a bit musty.

t - Tastes of citrus and pine hops, fruity malts, bready malts, grain, musty. Very slightly bitter.

m - Medium body and moderaye carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy.

d - A pretty good pale ale. Some mustiness to it but also some nice bready malts and citrus hops. Would have again.

mdfb79, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev 0%

DrunkinYogi, Jan 14, 2014
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The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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