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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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659 Ratings
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Ratings: 659
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | 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 JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

12oz bottle, best by 7/9/08, served in a standard pint glass.

L - somewhat hazy, orange/yellow color with a fluffy white head which left good lacing.

S - earthy notes and floral hop aroma.

T - floral hop flavor upfront finishing with citrus hop taste and then some malty sweetness.

M - medium bodied with a mild carbonation feel.

D - good beer to have when you're just hanging out, drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 20:48:18 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of wyattshotmaker


3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

picked up a 6 pack from a local shop. beer poured a light amber color into a pint glass. the head was small,but honestly the appearance of a beer doesn't matter much to me.

smell-a good citrus/pine hop aroma,with a hint of...bread I would say.

taste-this is a highly quaffable beer.hop bitterness with a firm malt backbone. this would go well with just about any type of food,and i think it's a great summer beer.it's very...crisp i would have to say.

mouthfeel-slight amount of carbonation.added to the drinkability of these beer.

all in all,this is a pretty good beer.it's worth a try.i would like to pair it with a spicy thai dish next time i have it,but i feel it would go well with just about any type of food.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 20:06:19 | More by wyattshotmaker
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber, big bubbles of carbonation and a thin white ring. Sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is juicy and zesty citrus hops and a nice malt backing. Some caramel and light biscuity malt. I really like the taste. Lots of hop flavor and a good level of bitterness. Maybe a little more than the average but I'm liking it. Again, a nice malt to balance. Sweet, lightly sugared caramel. A pleasant biscuit taste more present than in the smell. Good tingling mouthfeel and a tad bit of creamy texture to it. Bitterness lingers in aftertaste. This one surprised me and was quite enjoyable, glad I had the chance to try it. Wishing I had more...the bitter end.

Thanks to lightindarkness for this UGLY brew!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 00:53:38 | More by ncvbc
Photo of lowbrau


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

A: Light amber color with moderate carbonation. Thin head that dissipated quickly. No lacing left on the glass.

S: Weak floral aroma with a touch of honey like sweetness.

T: Smooth, crisp, hoppy taste with a slight astringency. Little malt character. Some floral notes. Finishes dry with a watery aftertaste.

M: The body was fairly thin, and could stand more carbonation to emphasize the hops.

D: The clean finish would pair this beer well with many foods. A good palate cleanser.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 01:25:30 | More by lowbrau
Photo of DaggerEyes

New York

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

poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass a clear light copper with a thin fizzy white head that was roughly half a finger off the surface and quickly gave way to a thin soapy suds covering on the surface of the brew. A very pleasant nose. very malty, sweet honey and grain with some slightly floral hops that are very slightly herbaceous. Bitter on the tongue with some malt sweetness. Nothing too flashy or fancy on the taste, this is beer is just a solid BEER, very blunt taste, malty hoppy slightly bitter. Medium bodied, drinks easy. Won't light your world on fire but at the same time totally solid...this is a work horse, a good pinch hitter, a great long reliever, a beer that will never get a ton of attention but is for sure worth going to from time to time, I would love if I could find this in my local corner store

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 00:02:29 | More by DaggerEyes
Photo of JDV


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of drewbeerme. Thanks!
Pours a clear, filtered amber color with short lived white head. Smell sweet toasty, caramelly and hoppy. Very balanced with a mild hop nose but nice. Taste is refreshingly hoppy up front, followed by a slight quickly fading metallic flavor, and then a lingering pleasant sticky sweetness. Classic balanced pale ale flavor, and very sessionable. Slightly rich mouthfeel with lightly prickly carbonation. This is going down like water. A nice pale ale!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 19:27:43 | More by JDV
Photo of 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
Photo of beanbagg


3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass.

Poured a light amber color with a little less than a 1 finger head. Left a quit a bit of foamy lacing as I consumed.

As for the smell, I would say equal parts floral, fruity and biscuity

Not quite as bitter as I would have expected. Good malty mouthful with nice hoppy finish.

Won't make the top of my list but I could have a few from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 01:54:52 | More by beanbagg
Photo of marcobrau


4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Revisiting this beer that I haven't had in awhile. I picked up a lone 12-ounce bottle for this tasting and poured said bottle into a Samuel Smith's Imperial pint glass. The pour generated a LOT of carbonation...too much really, and the head never really dissipates. The aroma is quite good; flowery and citric hops with some honeycrisp appple thrown in there, too. The appearance is off though....this beer is quite hazy and has some "floaties" (protein?) in it, but the particles settle to the bottom of the glass. Improperly stored? The flavor is pleasantly hoppy, but no so much that it keeps the equally pleasant toasted malt character from coming through. A fruitiness is there, too, layered underneath the malt and hops. This is a tasty ale and a great session beer, but it is not that bitter, but more spicy (an almost waxy hop spiciness) in the finish. Points for a tenacious head and and lots of lace down the sides of my glass, helping pump up the appearance score despite the floaties.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 01:29:49 | More by marcobrau
Photo of Goliath


3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/copper color with a thin off-white head.

Aroma is hoppy with a nice bitter citrus character, noticeably grapefruit.

Taste is good. A nice bitterness with good citrusy flavor. The malt is subtle but apparent.

Seems nicely carbonated, but a little thin.

Pretty smooth drinking, could handle a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 03:40:58 | More by Goliath
Photo of Vancer


4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bros have kicked out another fine beer, this one a solid English bitter – not to strong, not to weak, just right.

Burnt orange brew, topped with a firm tan head that left a lace ring that stayed together the entire quaff.

A lightly hopped aroma of pine, citrus and malt. Transferred over to the quaff well, with the English woody vine making an appearance. Still there during the hoppy finish.

Freakin’ went well with the spicy burritos for dinner.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 14:12:59 | More by Vancer
Photo of uwmgdman


4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a brilliantly clear deep golden/light copper color with a moderate off-white head (with nice lacing). The aroma is moderate-high citrus/floral hops and subtle, yet noticeable bready/slightly toasted malts. The flavor is moderately bitter with a medium-low malty flavor. There is medium hop flavor, spicy and citrusy. The mouthfeel and swallow is very smooth. The body is medium as is the carbonation. Overall a very impressive APA. The matliness in the flavor and aroma was a nice addition, a very drinkable and tasty APA!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 21:29:52 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of BeerTruth


3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to pimpp for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Ok, I'm confused...it says Pale Ale in the title, but it's an English Bitter? Oh well...moving on.

Pours a somewhat murky dark orange hue with a huge three finger chunky off-white head that somehow quickly dies down to a full layer of bubbles that lasts. Stickiness is hit or miss with some decent spotting. Smell is light fresh grapefruit with a kiss of caramel malt. Citrus mostly in the nose of this one, and it's a bit funky. Some oily scents as well, not really diggin' the odor. Soft citric flavors mostly; grapefruit, lemongrass, and a hint of lime. Clean pine flavors emerge a in the middle but quickly disappear. Aftertaste is of melon and earth, not very appealing. Very light, puffy mouthfeel with a fitting carbonation, nicely done. This one seems to be all over the place, but it's worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 01:52:44 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of pwoods


2.05/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint. Best by 1/31/08.

A: Huge carbonation crack when opening... and the easy pour was 100% foam... no liquid whatsoever. That's 2 beers today like that... different storage conditions, too. Takes 10 minutes to fully pour it. Deeper amber than expected. Lots of retention yet little lacing.

S: Crisp citrus hops. That's about it.

T/M: Light citrus hop taste and bitterness. Most of the taste is a combo of wet cardboard and styrofoam. I guess the bottle really is bad. The other brew that was fizzy like this didn't have the taste, though.

D: I'll have to review this one again sometime. If it's the same, then I can't recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 23:23:14 | More by pwoods
Photo of ultralarry2006


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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a rocky tan head that has decent retention, and it leaves webs of sticky lacing. Body is a clear orange amber with copper highlights.

Smell - floral and citrus hops, with some pine, and toasty malt biscuits.

Taste - exactly like the smell. Floral and citrusy hops over a malt backbone of toasty malt biscuits. Finishes with a wash of hoppy pine resin.

Mouthfeel - full bodied, smooth, some hop oil slickness, and somewhat semi-dry at times, also from the hops.

Drinkability - this is a very good ale. Nicely balanced between hops and malt, and is very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 21:17:53 | More by ultralarry2006
Photo of Sigmund


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz bottle, thanks to BA richgo6. 12.5 degrees Plato, 36 IBU. ABV is 5.1%.
Amber coloured beer, decent off-white head. Very nice aroma of fruity hops, notes of grapefruit, rambutan and blackcurrant leaves, hints of toffee and resin too. The flavour is maltier and less hoppy than the aroma made me expect, but the hops are still noticeable. Moderate resiny notes, some sweetness, quiet finish. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 22:43:34 | More by Sigmund
Photo of jpkoch1962


3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit of chill haze when poured into pint glass. Somewhat overcarbonated as it gushes quite quickly. Neutral aroma. Whatever was missing in appearance was made up for in taste. Very pleasent bitterness dominated the ale without being overdone. The medium body provided enough malt to give the ale good balance. The finish was smooth and clean.

This beer was a bit too clean (lacking in esters) to be a classic bitter; however, I certainly wouldn't turn it away if offered.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 18:32:55 | More by jpkoch1962
Photo of prototypic


3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's a very nice looking golden color. Head is modest and about a finger. Short retention and a very light coat of lace glazed the glass.

Smell: It's got a pretty strong malty sweet smell to it. Light citrus scents are noticeable. Hops are nice and strong. Yeasty-biscuity aroma rounds it out.

Taste: Wow. Sharp, bitter hop bite initially. There is a good bit of citrus-malty sweetness blended in, but it's not enough to balance out that hop kick. Leaves a bready taste on the way down.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, carbonated well, and pretty smooth to drink. I could drink a few these pretty easily. Overall, it's a pretty good pale ale. There's better out there, but worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 01:22:28 | More by prototypic
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 18:44:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz amber bottle into a 12 oz glass.

Aggressive pour earned me only a modest head with slight lacing.

Sugary aroma of raw, unfermented wort dominates.

Notable bitter bite up front, with a biscuity flavor and musty hop finish.

Drinkability is poor. It's a muddy tasting beer, no crispness to complement the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2007 19:12:17 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of hammer09


3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a reddish/amber and slightly hazy. Very little head development; maybe 1/8". Smell is malty and sweet, with a light hop bitterness. Although this is marketed as a pale ale, and styled as a bitter (yes I realize that bitters are a subcategory of pale ales), it smells like a maibock. Taste is malty (like a maibock) with a mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is sticky, but well carbonated. Drinkability is quite good. I figured out why I keep leaning toward a maibock in my review. This beer reminds me of a Rogue Dead Guy Ale. I'd be interested to try the two side by side.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 03:36:31 | More by hammer09
Photo of diego


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

Light amber color with hints of pink and red. Straw colored head that sticks around. Floral acidic smell. This is a hopped-up beer to be sure. But, it isn’t as offensively bitter as the name suggests. It goes down nice. I’m glad I have a few more of these sticking around. This brewery is growing on me.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 03:10:30 | More by diego
Photo of scoobybrew


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

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It has a light, clear copper color with a nice head with excellent retention. The aroma is wonderfully hoppy with citrus-like American hops. The malt is also noticed in the aroma. It has a strong hop character with the malt very much in the background. It has a medium-light body with moderately low carbonation.

Overall, this is a good APA.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 01:52:12 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of akorsak


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
Photo of Duster72


3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper color with some sediment and two finger head that leaves little lacing. Aroma is floral hops up front with a subtle malt backbone. Taste is a blend of floral and pine hops with just enough sweetness from the malts to keep it from being too bitter. Exceptionally creamy mouthfeel lends to esay drinkability. Bitters hang around for a nicely pronounced aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 22:02:32 | More by Duster72
The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 659 ratings.