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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

721 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 36 | 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 ryseone
4.97/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful golden yellow with a nice creamy White head holds very stiff
Aroma: Very fruity and Hoppy with a hint of heather flower
Taste: Hoppy and fruity right up front with a good crisp refreshing low malt and nice floral refresher it is packed with all sorts of hops
Notes: Hops Hops Hops Hops heather flower Hops Hops Creamy head If you like this try Dead Guy Ale from Rogue. not as hoppy but still good

Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeously clear medium to dark orange body with some moderate bubbling within. Medium sized capping of white foam sits frothy and free while fading slowly to skim an always present thick skim and heavy collaring. Tons of crunchy, crystalized lacing is strewn about in thick sporatic webbing-like sheets.

Pleasingly strong aroma of big biscuity malts and whole lot of sprucey induced pine. Quite dryish and woodish with a touch of deep orangified citrus squeezed in. Nice.

Taste is crisp and crunchy with a boldly rounded biscuit/bready malt firmness combined with a well-balanced portion of woody/spruced and orange oil hoppyness that eases into a faint but building dryness of pithy orange oil bitterness and dry wood notes.

Feel is about medium with a decently active carbonation and firmness to its rounded and balanced flavors. Has abit of a weakened middle area but then builds anew with a pleasingly fine array of hoppy bitterness and dryness in the finish.

A pretty solid pale ale hybrid of a bitter here.

Photo of morimech
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a short lived half-inch of head. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass. It has a pine and citrus aroma with a little musty malt lingering in the background. The flavor is grapefruit, pine, with a mild maltiness. There is a lingering bitterness after a drink. The body seems to be overly thin but carbonation is well matched. A nice bitter that I would not turn down if offered.

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

This very well might be my first English bitter review. Thanks for the extra!

Pours an orange amber. Nice white foam head. Smells like pine and floral hops, with maybe a splash of grapefruit. The taste is grapefruit, pine, some zesty citrus ... no real hops or tropical sweetness. Tastes very similar to an IPA/Pale Ale hybrid. Could be I don't know what to expect from the style. A bit watery.

Drinkable, good.

Photo of dsa7783
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle bought from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Whether this beer qualifies as an English Bitter or an American Pale Ale, it still is a superb, flavorful brew... Really enjoyed drinking this one...
An aggressive pour resulted in an orange, tawny, ruddy, copper-hue with a nice-sized head that left quite a bit of lacing...
Orange and tangerine aroma, sweet, bursting with citrus and grapefruit nuances...
Excellent taste, filled with ripe fruit and fresh citrus, including lemons, limes, ruby red grapefruit and pines...
Crisp, refreshing, tasty stuff from Two Brothers...
Excellent pine flavor with a great level of drinkability...
Very good, bitter finish as well...
Recommended...

Photo of Rzzzzz
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rather disapointing; had to have been a bad bottle. Poured into a pilsner glass: nothing but foam from top to bottom. Once it had settled--several minutes later--I was looking at a cloudy pale/amber brew with a constant onslaught of aggressive bubbles.

Aroma was mostly citrus and floral hops with a decent malt presence, but the flavor was just not there. Not horrible, but the expected bitterness came off as more of an off flavor than an asset. Astringent mouthfeel and excessive carbonation made this one hard to enjoy.

Could be this one didn't handle a couple of months of subtle temperature fluctuations as well as the rest of my stash. I'd certainly like to give it another try some day, but this one didn't do it for me.

Photo of brewdoc75
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never heard of this brewery before, but it showed up in my local liquor store.

First off, this brew pours a nice golden amber color. The head is mighty, fluffy and long lived. Reasonable carbonation lifts throughout. The aroma is great. A earthy, floral hoppiness flows out. There is a strong citrus aroma present. The only sad part is there isn't any maltiness in the nose. The flavors are great. There is a definite citrusy hop presence. The malts are ok, but a little underplayed. This is a hop showcase, which is a good thing (For me at least). The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. It finishes crisp.

Overall, a pretty damn good pale ale. The hops predominate. I like this about the beer, but I do feel it is a little unbalanced. I would have liked a bit more maltiness. However, I do highly recommend this to any hophead looking for a good session beer.

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

Poured from the bottle a light amber brown with a thinnish off-white head.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, bread, and citrus hops.

Tastes of caramel, sweet malts, orange peel, and bread.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

I really enjoyed this one. Nicely balanced. Definitely a great sessionable beer.

Photo of turbine2475
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Goliath for this brew in the Quick and Easy High card BIF:

A - Pours a transparent caramel brown with a two finger white head that disipated quickly into a heavy lace.

S - Earthy hops, both floral and piney with a malty accent that I can't place my finger on. All-in-all very light.

T - Small amounts of earthy hops and a light caramel/toffee malt. Taste is smooth and light.

M - Smooth and refreshing. Moderately low carbonation.

D - Very refreshing brew that is not too overwhelming on any accent. This is the perfect beer to have after mowing the lawn in the Texas heat, but it's not what I would call a pale ale. It resembles more of an ESB or hop heavy amber.

Photo of Larrytown
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It pours light orange-brown with tons of lacing lasting throughout the drink. The smell is pretty straightforward: some hops, maybe some biscuit but that might be my imagination.

I was confused when I took my first sip since the bar's menu described it as an APA. My initial impression was of an ESB so I'm glad to see that I wasn't way off base. It's got all of the characteristics of a bitter, but it never quite comes together. It's all present, but they don't interact with each other or counteract each other in any interesting way. The mouthfeel is smooth, which works reasonably well for the beer.

Nothing wrong with this one, but I probably won't have it again.

Photo of KeefD
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color with no foam and minimal lacing. Good burst of hop aroma followed up by some sweet malts. Taste is pretty similar. Nice use of hops, bitterness is not too heavy, and the malts make this one nicely balanced. An overall good interpretation of an English bitter.

Photo of plaid75
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent retention.

The smell featured a touch of sweet, maybe amarillo, hops with a doughy malt.

The taste consisted of a spicy hop, some earthiness and a full heavy grain.

The mouthfeel was a bit toward the fuller side for the style.

Overall a tasty and low key ale.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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.

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.

Photo of ncvbc
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!

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.

Photo of DaggerEyes
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

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!

Photo of Billolick
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.