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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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700 Ratings
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Ratings: 700
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 32 | 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 Goliath
3.9/5  rDev +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.

Goliath, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

Vancer, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of uwmgdman
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%

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!

uwmgdman, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

BeerTruth, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of pwoods
2.05/5  rDev -45.3%

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.

pwoods, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of ultralarry2006
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

ultralarry2006, Dec 05, 2007
Photo of Sigmund
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Sigmund, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of jpkoch1962
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

jpkoch1962, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.6/5  rDev -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.

prototypic, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%

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.

BattleRoadBrewer, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of hammer09
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

hammer09, May 26, 2007
Photo of diego
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%

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.

diego, May 24, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

scoobybrew, May 21, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

akorsak, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Duster72
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

Duster72, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of 86sportster883
4/5  rDev +6.7%

The Bitter End Pale Ale is an American version of an English Bitter that is exceptionally drinkable. The taste is very well balanced with a firm pale malt base that's inevitably overridden by a good dose of hop bitterness. The end is certainly bitter, but is much less noticeable after the first couple of swigs. I really found this to be a very enjoyable beer, and I would love to find this one on cask

86sportster883, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of arizcards
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%

Part of the MicroBeerClub's February shipment received at the beginning of March.

Beer poured a golden orange color with a decent white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is classic APA, very bready with a hint of grassy hops. Taste is a bit malty, very bready up front, somewhat biscuity, a hint of citrus, with a nice grassy hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and nicely carbonated. Drinkability is good. This is a very enjoyable beer that i would recommend to APA fans.

arizcards, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of beveritt
1.38/5  rDev -63.2%

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label depicts someone shaking the last drop out of a pint of beer. It also bears the freshness date of best before 5/4/07.

Appearance: Pours with very little head, maybe 1/4 inch of off white foam. This settles quickly into almost nothing, just a slight ring around the glass. The beer itself is a light copper in color and perfectly clear.

Smell: Strange smell, not a whole lot of malt or hop, but a very powerful musk melon smell. Almost like a rotten pumpkin! Slight hints of banana-like diacetyl, almost like a hefe.

Taste: All right, I don't know what's going on here, but this is disgusting! I could only choke down a few sips. Taste reminds me of when you bring the rotten pumpkin off your porch two weeks after Halloween. Hints of bitter hops in the finish, but nothing about this beer is good.

Moutfheel: Average level of carbonation. Body is average.

Drinkability: Holy crap, this is my new worst beer.

beveritt, Mar 26, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Selection of the Beer-of-the-Month -Club
Poured a clear amber color woth moderate off-white puffy head.
Smell is a pleasant combination of bread-like malt mixed with piney, grassy hops.
The taste also blends the hop and malt in a suprisingly nice mixture.
Rich and full with good taste retention.
An easy drinking beer. Would be nice to session.

tgbljb, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Alkey
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%

I received this beer in a trade with mlh1227 and I was pretty excited because I've been drinking alot of East End's The Bitter End.

12oz. bottle poured a reddish/orange sunburst color with a thin layer of head that leaves some specks of lace. Smell has some sweet malt and citrus hop scents. Taste has some citrus and floral hop flavors with an underlying sweet malt. The after taste has a bit of dryness and bitterness that lingers on till you take another drink. The feel is light with out being watery. This brew is very drinkable if you like bitter beers and I could see myself drinking this as a regular session beer.

Alkey, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of tugdriver7
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Poured a hazy gold/orange in the glass with a nice foamy head that laced the glass nicely. A touch of floral (APA) hops in the nose but the taste was a bit more citrusy. Nicely citrus, actually. Mild yet flavorful. Decent mouthfeel and great drinkability. One I'd buy if I could find it here. It was a gift from someone's "... of the month" selection. Thanks, N.

tugdriver7, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Minkybut
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%

Poured this beer from bottle to tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer had a red tint to it with a low height white head. The beer had a fresh hoppy smell that was veary pronounced. The beer was ver hoppy tasting with a bitter finish typical of high hopped beer. A bit of a piney taste also. Beer was crisp I'll give it that and the lacing was actually not bad. I will not buy again.

Minkybut, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of hero27
4.2/5  rDev +12%

12 oz bottle.
5.1% abv.

Two Brothers has been kind of hit & miss with me in the past, but this is a pale ale that surprised me (in a good way). A nice malt backing to keep the hops honest, but the hoppy edge this beer has is really it's selling point.
Says on the label that three varieties of hops went into this..I believe it. That being said, even with the noticeable hop flavor, it is not over-the-top and actually compliments the malt very well and still keeps the beer very drinkable.

I can imagine this being very refreshing and delicious on a warm day. This is definitely a pale ale that I will be enjoying more of this summer.

hero27, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of BeerHonky
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%

Poured into a nonic pint glass. Pours a nice golden amber color with a fluffy vanilla pudding colored head. Very clean, grassy, lemony hops in the nose. Slight notes of malt sweetness as well. Tastes similarly with a nice bittering effect as the hop flavors subside. Smooth and easy malt backbone that lays down a slight doughy or bready aftertaste. Clean, smooth, light-medium mouthfeel. A very approachable and accessible beer that is very well balanced.

BeerHonky, Feb 25, 2007
The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 700 ratings.