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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: 712
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 33 | 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 bluemoonswoon
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A: Clear, slightly hazy (we'll see whether or not that clears up when the beer warms, it remains hazy) copper and golden amber, topped with a loosely packed, sandy white, half an inch head that fades into some lattice work lacing and a sort of spotty cap of a head. No lacing to speak of apart from a few specks here and there.

S: Fruity, slightly mango mixed with that ever elusive "citrus" charter that is nearly impossible for me to assign to a particular fruit, mixed with a mildly piney, mildly biscuity sweetness that I am having a very difficult time trying to find fault with. I suppose it does not have that traditional English Bitter aroma and leans more to the American Pale Ale side, but there is enough malt character built up here to make it stand just slightly apart from such a distinction.

T/MF: Opens quickly on the bitter side than just as quickly is joined in and barely overpowered, or perhaps more correctly, plays a bit downstage from the sweeter, maltier aspects this beer has to offer. The bitterness lingers on the sides of the tongue long after the beer has departed and makes you believe that this beer is more bitter than it actually is. This beer plays quite nicely against itself, a well struck balance between sweet and bitter yet this is where it ends, there is little complexity after the honey caramel sweetness and that hoppy "citrus"/earthiness that play well with each other but leave me wanting a bit more.

D: An easier drinking and almost sessionable, I wish it would weigh in just a bit lower in the ABV department because this might have a constant home in my fridge if such a thing were to happen. Worth a shot, a very well put together beer from the folks in Warrenville.

bluemoonswoon, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of beermanbrian
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a thin whispy white head. Spotty lacing. Smell of earthy hops and biscuity malt. Taste is also on the malty biscuit side of things. Faint bitterness in the finish that drifts into earthyness. Full malty flavor but somehow manages to be watery. Not enough substance to get excited about this one.

beermanbrian, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of giblet
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was a nice surprise. poured nice into the glass. smooth creamy head of an inch. smelled nice of faint hops. this is not as dry and bitter as i expected - i am a hop head. but it was a nice tasting and refreshing beer to drink. pail in color and nice steady carbonatin with good lace down the glass. nice dry finish. good enough to have two in a row.

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of confer
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer in a variety case.
It pours a dark gold with a a very minor head that dissapated quickly.
The smell gave away the flavor. You can smell very strong sweet hops.
The flavor again was very hoppy. It is that tangy sweet hoppy taste that I think has become the favorite of a lot of hopheads, but not overpowering. The flavor mellows as the beer warms and becomes tastier.
Felt heavily carbonated and dry.
This one is not really for me.

After another tasting this beer is much better than I previously stated. this is the current review.

confer, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of ROBORB
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Mike B., thanks man!

Poured into a regular pint glass this beer produced an orange hue with a light, quickly dissipating white head. There was a nice aroma of pine, hops, and grapefruit. The carbonation was just right for a pale ale. This was a very drinkable pale ale and I would like to try it again sometime.

ROBORB, Mar 17, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice light copper color with about a one finger of white rocky head (was a vigorous pour). Decent head retention with minimal lacing to it. Nose is of citrusy and floral hops - floral hops come through more so. Taste is full of citrus and floral hops blended with a malt backbone. Definitely lighter bodied beer, crisp and refreshing on the tongue with no bitter aftertaste. Overall, this would definitely be a nice session beer.

Jayli, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of Florida9
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this at 2 Brothers tap house. This was my second beer. First was the Heavy Handed which was, by far, the superior beer.

Served in a pint glass. Arrived with a thin layer of head. No lacing.

Color is bronze-golden and clear.

Virtually no aroma as far as I could tell, though I will admit the taphouse itself has a distinctive bacony aroma to it, which was not by any means unpleasant.

After the Heavy Handed, this beer tasted weak. A little bit of malt and then finishing with a good dose of bitterness. However, aside from the bitterness, there was a distinct lack of hop flavor for an PA.

Overall, a thin-ish, everyday, average pale ale. Not offensive, but lacking character of it's own. Couldn't see drinking it if there were better beers available. I must confess, I believe drinking the Heavy Handed first ruined me on this beer and I would like to give it another chance.

Florida9, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of kbnooshay
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange golden color with a very small off white head. Aroma is of strong citric and floral hops. There is a nice doughiness to the nose. Taste is similar. Very doughy and grassy with a good amount of hop bitterness. There is a little malt flavor to balance this. Feel is kinda on the thin side but slick and slightly creamy. To me this is super drinkable and balanced. I could drink a 6 pack of this in no time. The hop bitterness isn't necessarily potent but it is very full.

kbnooshay, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of drunkmonk
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler recieved as an extra, from DavidEddie. A surprise growler as an extra, unbelevable. You the man Dave.

Crystal clear copper, nice thick off white lacing with a huge sheets of cling lasting all the way down. Aroma's of toffee, caramel, and light orange rind. Flavors are all much the same, with a lemon drop sweetness mid way through. Tobacco, herbal, leafy, tea like hops, and a kiss of tangerine finish things off. Bitterness is there but understated. This goes down effortlessly and begs for the next pint, and the next.

While I love to have my tongue blasted with hops just as much as the next hop head, it's great to have a nice easy drinking session pale ale. A great example of an English pale.

Has a blast draining this growler, and I still feel semi balenced.

Thanks again Brau

drunkmonk, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, best by 12/19/08. Pours a clear orange with a thick white head. Aroma of caramel malt, sweet floral hops, and a slight hint of fresh oranges in the finish. Flavor of sweet malt, orange zest, grassy hops, mint leaves. Nice pale ale with a citrus kick. A solid beer.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of albern
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In addition to a really nice taste and mouthfeel, high marks to the brewery for having a clear expiration date, ABV, Plato, and IBU labeling. That is rare indeed, and more breweries ought to follow suit. The beer pours a nice amber color with a white soapy head, with lacing and retention. The nose is earthy grains, florals, and some nice hop presence. This is a bready inviting beer. The taste follows suit. There is a touch of lemony tartness that complements the bready malts, and the hop bitterness is just right. There is a slightly buttery, sunflowery ginger like taste to the beer, that adds character and makes it an interesting and fairly complex beer. There are enough flavors cascading on the palate to keep it interesting. The finish gets a bit tart, maybe a tad too drying and tart. This is a nice find.

albern, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Gmann
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a smallish white head that settled into a sparse cap. The aroma is of a grassy hop and sweet pale malt. The taste is more of a spicy/bitter/lemony hop with a sweet biscuity malt, perhaps a touch buttery. The Bitter End has a nice full feel, chewy, with mild to prickly carbonation, finishes with a slight dry bitterness. A nice simple bitter ale. Good balance between the malt and spicy hops

Gmann, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of williamherbert
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Halfway between red and orange. Clear and a flat look. One finger of white head. Steady as she goes.

Strong estery and citrusy hop aroma, just this side of an IPA. Astringent alcohol aroma. Sweet bready pale malt at the second sniff. Bursting with aromas.

The malt comes through in a nice, slightly bitter way. Caramel and a hint of mocha in the malt. Very bitter on two fronts. Quite dark for a pale. Roasted and sharp both.

Creamy with a medium to heavy body. Remains bitterly on the tongue. Bitter in hops and malt both. Lives up to its name. A nice, happily bitter beer.

williamherbert, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of slyke
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Bitter End pours with a brilliant copper color and a half inch of slightly off-white head.

The smell has notes of herbal/floral hoppiness, a touch of citrus, and a bit of grassiness.

Taste is mellow in light of what I expected with the smell. Herbal and floral hoppiness prevails, but malt is evident too.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style, it has a lingering hop flavor.

Drinkability good for this beer. It is a good example of the style, but will not become my first choice for an English Bitter.

slyke, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of WesWes
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!!!

WesWes, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of starofindia
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Minimal head which receded immediately. Spotty lacing as we went along.

Aroma is amazing, very intense and heavenly grapefruity hops. Very American IPA'ish. Not much in the way of malt on the nose. Maybe a little malty sweetness at the end.

Taste surprised me. It was bitter, even delightfully so, but not was I was expecting from the aroma. I was expecting a hop bomb. Hops are very earthy and resemble some of the fresh hop/wet hop beers I have had. Just a hint of diacytal which is allowed in this style.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, lower carbonation may be the cause. Light on the mouthfeel.

Overall decent. The aroma was the highlight for me. Expected more bitter as suggested by the name, but still a good beer. I have to remember this is an English Bitter, not and Amer IPA. Got better as the glass went along. I'd have another.

starofindia, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap about 45 minutes ago at La Cave du Vin in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Learned about this place here on BA. This was one of the 6 or so beers they had on tap there. Served in a clean, clear pint glass.

A Generous but short lived white head supported by a cloudy, pale orange but mostly translucent body.

S Some hops but also maybe some citrus and fruitiness.

T Bitter hops were my first taste but that quickly took its proper place in the overall taste which I think is well balanced by grains, some citrusy malt. I think this is a well balanced pale ale.

M Light but with some hops bitterness that keeps if from being anywhere near too light. Mouthfeel was very good for the style.

D Good. I could have a few of these for sure.

Notes: An enjoyable minimally hoppy beer.

adamette, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy,yellow color with a foamy,bubbly head. Good lacing action.

The aroma of floral hops,grapefruit and malts.

The taste is hops,some sweetness,citrus hints and mild malts.

The feel is light body,smooth,low carbonation and very drinkable. Only mild bitterness and very sessionable.

Notes: A solid beer and one worth having. Maybe it is not special,but it was good and I would have it again anytime.

Lexluthor33, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a cloudy amber color with about two fingers of light tan colored foam. Smells of mildly toasted malts, and citrus hops. Tastes of pine, lemon, and caramel malt. Medium in both body and carbonation. Very easy to drink and sessionable by my standards. Certainly worth a try.

ClockworkOrange, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of UA8
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a copperish straw color with a light off white head.

S- Mmm over bounds with scents of citrus and floral hops along with a slightly sweet malt scent.

T- Initial taste is of spices a touch of clove and nutmeg. then moves on to citrus hops finishes dry with piney hops and a touch of spice.

M- A bit heavy on the carbonation but has a nice refreshing finish.

D- This is a really tasty and above average brew with a nice added spice character. Its a bit different from the average pale le but definitely something I will seek out again.

UA8, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of supercolter
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is rather bland, pretty pale and no real head or lacing. Smell and taste are nearly identical, with some slight citrusy fruit up front and slight hops at the back end. The two complement each other pretty well. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body which is a bit thicker than the other bitters I've had. Drinkability is pretty good, finishes easy and doesn't leave a lot of skunk in the back of your throat.

supercolter, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice amber color with minimal sediment. Nice 1 finger head and good lacing

S- Nice pear, pine, grapefruit, and a sweeter malt profile.

T- Nice dryness off the bat with pine, slight apple. The finish is mainly dry with some residual malt feel.

M- Nice low carb but a big mouthfeel over. A surprise based on the 5.1% ABV.

D- Very sessionable Bitter. I will definitely be drinking more of this.

Greggy, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright red color. The head is half and inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is of vibrant cirtus and grapefruit with undertones of caramel malt. The taste is very balanced. There is a lot of citrusy/grapfruity hop flavor, and an equal amount of caramel/toffee malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice pale ale. I could easily drink this again.

KarlHungus, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of gmfessen
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep golden with a soapy offwhite head. Smell is a nice combo of citrusy, resinus hops and slightly sweet caramel malt that is a bit toasty and nutty. The flavor is much the same with the citrusy hops coming to the forefront and is complemented by a slightly sweet crystal malt flavor. The mouthfeel is light in body and carbonation which makes for easy drinking. Overall, a solid beer.

gmfessen, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of Yesac
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours almost clear and is semi copper/orange in color. Unique color, I haven't seen one like this. A small off-white head stays throughout.

S - Not much aroma going on here, just a bland ale smell. Slight sour hints of hops.

T - Up front there isn't much there, bitterness throughout but the finish is complex with hops, malts, spice, yeast.

M - Medium carbonated, medium bodied. Leaves a nice even coat on the palate.

D - Smooth, but the after taste isn't that great. Easy drinker though.

Yesac, Sep 24, 2008
The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.