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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: 730
Reviews: 306
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 43 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-14-2002

13.5 Plato and 30 IBU
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Ratings: 730 | Reviews: 306
Photo of tayner
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with best by 11-15-08, courtesy of scoobydank, thanks!

poured an orange amber color with a small head that gave decent lacing

very floral in smell with a hint of sweet malt.

taste was a floral, grassy hop flavor with some grapefruit pithy flavor as well that made it more bitter. there was some malts present, but not quite enough to balance, but true to its name it had a bitter finish

mouthfeel was oily but a tad thin too if that is possible.

I think it is a bit oily and could use a tad more carbonation, but it is reasonably easy to drink.

Photo of ETF5000
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Almost no head on this one, poured about about a knuckle high and quickly died down to a thin film hovering over the beer. There is some substantial lacing, whatever is left of the head really sticks! The beer poured a cloudy amber, looks like there is little activity going on as far as carbonation is concerned, but the color is very inviting.

S: Some distinctive floral notes with some sugary smells coming in later. Certainly inviting.

T: Very good indeed. A nice smooth sip yields a caramel, bready first observation with an immediate kick of hops to wash down the sip. Very balanced, not too adventurous though.

M: From the appearance I was afraid there may have been too little carbonation, but there was plenty to make this beer feel alive.

D: Nice smooth drinking, you could easily drink this at a party with some of the lads, not much of a session beer though.

Photo of hylton44
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small half-finger head, leaving a rapidly receding lace as it's tipped back. Pumpkin-orange hue. Taste is on the "bitter end" of the Pale Ale spectrum, so to speak. Malt is syrupy/sugary with the predominant fruit taste being marmalade. Very reminiscent of the Surly Bitter Brewer (which is not bad), only not as good (which is too bad). Still, a nice balance of bitterness and tangy sweetness; an enjoyable enough beer, if a bit of a departure on the style.

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

Pours a clear amberish orange with a fairly creamy cap of dirty-orange tinted cream.

Sweet orangey citrus smells along with biscuity malts.

Flavors of orangey citrus and lightly toasted biscuits along with some orange rind and grassy-piney bitterness.

Medium bodied with a decently smoothish, creamy feel to it.

I really like most of the stuff that 2Bro's does. This one just didn't do much for me.

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. I might call this an East Coast pale ale, as the malts are a touch darker and richer than the crisp SNPA-like brews of the West. Instead of the light, biscuit malts, this has a bit more light toffee barley. The hops are also a more rounded (not a sharp bitterness) with grapefruit dominating and a little spice around the edges. A worthy session beer.

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

This beer poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a very thin, foamy head. Aroma was fruity and sweet, with hints of vanilla and oak.

Almost like a refined American pale ale, this beer has muted but noticeable hop traits. Earthy, pine hops shine through, with just a touch of caramel and citrus sweetness. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied. Overall this is a solid ESB worthy of a try.

Photo of 0110x011
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from Younger35. Thanks!

Pours a pale orange-yellow into a Boston Lager glass. Thick frothy head refuses to fade, leaving nice chunky lacing behind. Nose is fairly light, with earthy & floral scents from thee hops, and a hint of caramel. The floral character is virtually lost in the taste, with the pine & earth dominating the hop profile. Biscuit, caramel, and grass in there as well. Mouthfeel is crisp & dry. A fine session beer, great for a summer afternoon. Tasty, but not enough for me to actively seek out again.

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from bgramer (thanks Brendan). Served in a nonic. Best by 11/15/08 printed on the back label. Poured a hazy copper with a 1.5 inch rocky off-white head and copious amounts of tiny bubbles present in solution. Cap reduced to half its size within a minute before eventually settling into a consistent quarter-inch skim of foam. Some spotty strands of lacing present during the session. Aromas of floral hops is in the forefront, with pale malt in the background. Taste consistent with nose, but some citrus also detectable towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent, and almost creamy, with a bit of astringency at the back of the throat that lingers between quaffs. Good drinkabilty but a little hoppy for an english bitter; closer to an APA/IPA hybrid in my opinion.

Photo of Biggness
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this cask this evening @ Once & for all in Patchogue. This cask poured a dark amber with a very minimal white head. The smell was nice with the main thing I caught was hops. The tast was very pleasant, on cask this is a wonderful beer, I have never had it on tap or in bottle. It was beautifully meshed betwwen the bitter hops flavor with the wonderful malt flavor. This beer was quite comfotrable in my mouth and it is something I could see myself drinking all night

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
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
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
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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...

Photo of Rzzzzz
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
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
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
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
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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