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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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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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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 12:05:53 | More by zeff80
Photo of ferrari29


4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a conical shaped Pint glass

A - Beer pours with a copper colored body; beautiful creme/off-white colored head rocky head forms from pour; one finger size head, which held very well; visibly well-carbonated body; no lacing though

S - Subtle hints of caramel malt, mostly at the end of every draw; citrus hop front; pine and green grass

T - Quick light pale malt taste, followed up with a caramel and roasted flavor that precedes the hop and pine finish; light citrus tart taste; crackers and biscuit

M - Creamy and bitter; not very overpowering in bitterness; moderate flavor profile making this a well-balanced beer; lingering tart bitter taste; not too extreme in the malt or hop direction

D - Good drink; easy to enjoy; not to heavy or light in the nose, taste, or mouthfeel category; not extreme, but pleasant; make this a staple in your fridge

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 06:54:06 | More by ferrari29
Photo of Schneic8


4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Best by date of 12/27/11.

Appearance: Has a copper/orange color with mild carbonation. Poured a slightly off white head.

Smell: Had a slight citrus and honey smell. I could also get some spice in there. It was very faint and not too strong.

Taste: Great taste. It is just slightly bitter and finishes well. I get a touch of the citrus, mild floral tones, and some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Initially smooth with a slight crispness in the mouth. Goes down easy and leave a mild bitter after taste. Very refreshing.

Overall: Great beer. The mild bitterness is perfect. There is a good balance between all the flavor which is great. It is also easy to drink and I look forward to drinking it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 22:13:38 | More by Schneic8
Photo of schoolboy


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I know I tried some two brothers before and I will have to check which. This one is a good one. I am looking forward to the other I picked up.

It has a nice hoppiness (not really too bitter) and a bit of a floral bite. It laces nicely and has a light reddish brown IPA look. I see the style here listed as APA - that seems right, and this is a good example of the style. Very drinkable and a definite one to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 18:14:11 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Ascender


4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I live in the Chicagoland area and I am a big fan of the Two Brothers Brewery in general.

Appearance: Darkish orange, slightly cloudy.
Pours with a thin head that quickly dissipates and light lacing.
Scent: Fruity with a bit of a floral note, light on the hops scent and some maltiness
Taste: An initial caramel touch with some slight malty notes and a citrus finish with a hoppy bite at the end. As noted, this is not an IPA in Pale Ale clothing, but a true ale.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, not overly carbonated. Round on the tongue
Overall: I love this beer. I can drink it all summer day long. The days are getting shorter and I'll be moving on to my heavier beers but it's a wonderful barbeque beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 01:02:23 | More by Ascender
Photo of McNealc31


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The light butterscotch from the malt coats the mouth, while the hops provide the requisite kick at the back end. And as promised, there is some bitterness in the finish, too.

This isn’t the most complex brew, but it’s tasty, boasts a great balance of malt and hops with neither being overpowering, and at just a tick over 5% ABV, it’s a great session beer.

Solid, if unspectacular.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 03:05:58 | More by McNealc31
Photo of gatornation


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from 12 oz bottle

A- pours a clear copper color with a quick receding head a touch of lacing

S- pale malts with floral hops and sweet malts

T- nice bitter hop start with both floral and citrus notes a nice balance of sweet malts and caramel finish this off

M- was a touch bitter with hops crisp light carbonation with a sweet finish

O- 2brithers makes some great brews and they get better every year,,try any of thier brews they are a solid brewery and one i try frequently

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 02:20:16 | More by gatornation
Photo of shanblur


3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by 9/18/2011 printed on botle. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A nice copper color with a fizzy white head which leaves moderate lacing.

S - Mostly sweet malts in the aroma.

T - Better than the smell. Starts with a sweet malt flavor, but this is balanced by a nice bitter hops finish.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

A nice beer for everyday drinking. Very nice for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 21:17:37 | More by shanblur
Photo of falloutsnow


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

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.

Pours a 3cm head, white to off-white in color. Fades in a few minutes leaving ring around glass and a few islands of foam. Lacing is good, with dots and streaks. Beer is a transparent amber-orange in color, with plenty of carbonation visible.

Smell is of light floral hops, citrus-grapefruit hops, mineral undertones, mixed with light malt in the back. Everything in good proportion, I can't find fault with this, but maybe slightly more maltiness in the back would be great?

Pleasantly hop-forward with herbal, floral, and citrus tones leading the taste and remaining throughout, until the end. Second half of taste features a malty, somewhat bready flavor. Aftertaste is of citrus rind, somewhat bitter.

Medium bodied, with adequate carbonation. FInish is expectedly dry.

Drinkable, good ABV, so sessionable, an overall great drinking beer. Will definitely pick up more of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:35:47 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of flocculate


4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours sharp and clear
S: soft hop bouquet appropriate for a pale
T: equally soft bitter hop notes. I like because its a pale as I used to know it. (considering today's pale's are now yesterday's IPA)
M: light and dry
O: a pale as it should be. not an closet IPA.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 17:19:01 | More by flocculate
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

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

Served in a pint glass

A: pours a perfectly clear light golden color, pours with two fingers of pure white head that lingers a bit
S: nice hoppy scent with bright herbal notes
T: nice taste with bitter hop notes, a nice underlying sweetness and great overall hop presence
M: smooth, very slight carbonation tingle, slight foaminess left on the tongue
O: a great representation on the style with great hop notes, crisp taste and wonderful clarity

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 01:49:52 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of WoodBrew


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

Two Brothers Bitter End Pale Ale used to be a favorite of mine. But it seems that when Two Bros moved to their new location the Bitter End has eroded in awesomeness. Over time I have had bottles that have been over primed, this bottle that I am reviewing now has floaties....I hate floaties. But in the bitter end the Bitter End is a decent Pale Ale. The appearance is a rich copper color with decent white head that is lacing nicely. The smell is malt and hop with sublte undertones of pine and citrus. The taste starts light with pine and citrus then converts to more dry malty finish. The mouthfeel is very good and this is a proper session beer. definitely worth a taste!!!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 03:09:57 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of cagocubs


3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a darker honeycomb amber with a thin white bubbly head that recedes to a thin film and laces glass.

S: Sweet malt (caramel), strong hops, citrus (grapefruit), pine, earthy. Nice smell to this apa, strong, but not overpowering.

T: With a name of "The Bitter End" I was expecting a much more powerful hop bite. The hops are present, but not kick you in your mouth. With that being said the beer is well balanced between the bitter hops and sweet earthy taste. An easy APA to drink and enjoy.

M: Carbonated tingle present, good mouth coating and bitter hops give it a nice dry finish. Body is fairly light.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 02:24:26 | More by cagocubs
Photo of Kylito87


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heres we Goes!!! Poured into my Boulevard Pint glass

Appearance: Hazy amberish orange. Pours a prominent sticky off white 2 finger head. Settles into a nice cap with a lot of lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy hop aroma with a some sweet caramel malt back drop. There are some slight green apple and pine resin. This one is not over powering but very pleasant.

Taste: Very malt forward in flavor. Nice clean hop bite with a some herbal floral notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation. Sort of sticky at first and then dries out in the finish. Very smooth well balanced APA.

Overall: Very decent APA. Not my favorite but it is a solid example of the style. Well done 2 Brothers you never disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 01:02:07 | More by Kylito87
Photo of titosupertramp


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber in color, slightly hazy. A finger or so of white head. It leaves a decent amount of lacing and an attractive film with large bubbles throughout.

S: Mostly malt in the nose. Bready and caramel. The hops aren't terribly present in the nose, but I do get some grassy or pine like smell...hard to pick up.

T: Taste seems to be a little more balanced than the smell. Bready and caramel malts are present with grassy and herbal hops flavors. Has a bite to it, but I'm not sure what to attribute it to. Rye maybe? At any rate, this is a pretty tasty beer.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated...slightly bitter and dry finish.

O: The Bitter End is a really nice pale ale that seems to focus more on the malt side of things, but of course, that isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'd buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 00:59:16 | More by titosupertramp
Photo of JamnesCameron


4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Holland Pint Glass. Pours a clear, light copper, with a two fingered light tan head that slowly drops, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of citrus, bitter grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice, caramel malt.

Flavors of firm citric bitterness, grapefruit peel, fruity yeast esters. Short finish, with emphasis on the bitter.

Mouthfeel is slightly astringent, good bitterness, good level of carbonation.

Overall, a very nice APA. Nothing too aggressive or out of place. But nothing to really make it stand out from the others.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:45:44 | More by JamnesCameron
Photo of kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle BB 8/14/11 chilled to 4C poured into a tulip. 
A: Orangey-red and clear with a nice fluffy white head that retains well and leaves light lacing. 
S: sweet caramel malt at the forefront with grapefruit and citrus hop aromas playing nicely with each other. 
T: Fairly straightforward APA, but this is not meant as a slight. Lightly sweet body balanced well with a lingering bitterness and a nice level of American hop flavours. 
M: Strongly carbonated, with a little too prickly a character for my liking. Good lingering finish. 
O: A solid and enjoyable APA I could definitely consider drinking a whole host of...

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 16:26:35 | More by kjyost
Photo of stercomm


3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle

A - Hazy golden almost honey in color.

S - Get strong malt, maybe some slight pine.

T - Not very complex or deep, some malt on the front end, a bit of hops on the back end.

M - mild bodied, mild carbonation.

D - Okay, could use a bit more depth and character.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 22:02:09 | More by stercomm
Photo of steelerguy

New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden, moderate carbonation, just off white, sticky head. Head lasts for a good bit and fades to a healthy covering that leaves nice lacing.

S - Lacking, a little grassiness from the grain, a touch of sweetness, not much in the way of hops.

T - Good solid light malt base, some sweetness from light crystal malts, a nice bitterness from the hops, wish there was some more hop flavor and not just bitterness.

M - Light to moderate body, refreshing.

O - Good beer, would rather have a Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 23:21:58 | More by steelerguy
Photo of 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
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice dark, hazy orange with a chunky head. There is decent lacing and retention as well. The smell is more potent than I was expecting for a pale ale. The citrus and hops are obvious, as well as the malts and sweetness. This has a very well rounded hop/malt complexity. Before it dawned on me what the name meant, I was thinking to myself that just about when you expect this beer to bring that sweet malt flavor through in the aftertaste, it truly does finish bitter.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 18:14:22 | More by beerdown77
Photo of morebeergood


3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Remy's Fenway before the Sox/Cubs game on Sunday. Served in a standard pint glass. Nice golden sunshine colored body. Moderate carbonation, and a little lacing. Smell had a nice honey and malt aroma. Taste was very appealing. Very mild taste of fruit, like apples and grapes, balanced well with just enough malt in the back. Surprisingly though, not a lot of hops present here. Would have categorized this as more of a golden ale. Still, very smooth on the palate and quite drinkable. This may be my new drink of choice near Fenway, replacing GI Honkers Ale as my pre-game libation.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2011 23:43:26 | More by morebeergood
Photo of RA1NMAN1205


3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden/amber color with a light bubbly head which it loses quickly except for the very minimal ring left around the top, and a very thin, stain-like middle.

S: Malty and hoppy with citrus and pine notes.

T: Balanced flavors of malt and hops, starting a light sweetness and finishing with a light bitterness. I also tasted hints of orange, caramel, and bread.

M: Average. Light carbonation. Nothing special.

O: Easy to drink. To me, it is a little above average for a pale ale. Nothing special, but all in all it was enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:12:39 | More by RA1NMAN1205
Photo of argock


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-cask from beer engine into a clear imperial pint glass at Clark Street Ale House (Chicago, IL).

A: Burnished amber with tightly bubbled, 1-2 finger maple-wood colored head with great retention and nice caking of lace down the imperial.

S: Citrus and pine sap are understated but present, and the maltiness is strikingly nicely complementary with a nice kick of toffee-caramel and some biscuity elements.

T: A really nicely drinkable pale ale which, but for the slight citrus components could go for an English IPA on cask like this. The citrus and pine meet more herbal, grassy flavors and the maltiness again brings wonderful balance with nice toffee, caramel, and a little crackery-biscuit to the mix.

M: The cask delivery is a great way to give this brew a whirl -- smooth and layering on the palate with a nice crispness despite the low carbonation.

O: A real highlight of the night, a surprising pale ale which packs a lot of complexity and a brew I would try again on cask given the chance.

Serving type: cask

05-08-2011 20:58:44 | More by argock
Photo of 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
The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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