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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

626 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 626
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2005 03:20:16 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 14:18:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 00:21:56 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

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; still, just a little

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 21:05:32 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 02:54:25 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 01:42:56 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 20:13:14 | More by metter98
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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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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 00:39:21 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 13:15:12 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2002 21:41:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 01:33:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 04:18:25 | More by emerge077
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an exceptional pale and bisquit malt scent along with some noble hops and light esters in the nose. The taste is good. It's extremely smmoth with loads of malt flavor and a solid hop bitterness. It goes down easy and finishes thin with a wonderful bisquit malt taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer. It's well brewed and true to style. A great bitter!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 01:47:14 | More by WesWes
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zeff80

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 12:05:53 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 01:32:57 | More by jlindros
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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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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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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Neutral amber color, clear. Mild head with even milder lace.

Strong malty aroma considering this is a bitter. The hop smells green, like freshly mown grass.

Nice fresh taste with a subtle dry maltiness on the initial sip. This quickly gives way to a very dry hop taste that lasts through the swallow and the aftertaste. Relatively thin body, high carbonation. The dryness leaves a lip-puckering quality to the aftertaste.

A relatively sharp pale ale without the smoothness of an English Bitter. Still, this is a flavorful beer that seems closer to its American pale ale roots.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 19:47:05 | More by smcolw
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. I might call this an East Coast pale ale, as the malts are a touch darker and richer than the crisp SNPA-like brews of the West. Instead of the light, biscuit malts, this has a bit more light toffee barley. The hops are also a more rounded (not a sharp bitterness) with grapefruit dominating and a little spice around the edges. A worthy session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 15:46:31 | More by tempest
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mdfb79

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 22:56:38 | More by mdfb79
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of brewcrew76.

A: The ale is amber orange in color, paler than I expected. The head was near 2 fingers and laces nicely.

S: The nose is full of earthy hops balanced by a strong biscuity malt presence.

T: The ale has a sharp hop bitterness on first sip, slightly citrusy. A thick biscuity malt body follows, with some chewy caramel sweetness that cuts through the hops nicely. The bitterness returns in the finish, adding a flourish of citrusy grapefruit.

M: The mouthfeel presents some big hops that never overpower the mouth. This is a good sessioner.

D: I traded for 3 bottles and will enjoy every single one of 'em.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 01:29:21 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer with "best by 7/9/08" dating on the rear label. Pours clear, dark orange amber, minor off white head, with initially equally minor lace. A vigorous swirl leaves behind nicely scattered sticky lacing. Nose is lightly of some hops and mild malts. Pleasant enough stuff. Decent bitter. Hop/malt fairly balanced and pleasant enough, would work as a respectable if unexciting sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 00:49:57 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- clear golden orangish body with a good number of tiny bubbles and a big soapy head that last and last.

S- Rich hop aroma with citrus hops, floral hops and a slight hint of pale malt.

T- big chewy hop taste. citrus hops but with more depth. a slight resiny hoppiness that taste just a bit like very faint mint but in a good way. the malt at the finish is very light and gentle.

M- medium light body with a hint of fizziness. No astringency or alcohol warmth. Very gentle.

D- The malt is hiding in the background but it sets up a wonderful base for the diverse hops flavors. Very nice beer with good complexity and balance.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 23:42:12 | More by rhoadsrage
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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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The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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