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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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666 Ratings
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Ratings: 666
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | 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 pmcadamis


4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Says best by 04/02/06...it's now 10/3/06. We'll see what happens.

Bronze brew with a very small, brief head and some very transparent lacing.

This one smells pretty good! Not skunky at all....looks like it might be ok despite the age. Very hoppy and lively with a very strong mandarin orange / orange soft-drink scent playing the lead role. Smells refreshing and interesting

Very sweet and pleasant with less hops than I would have guessed based on the smell. Initial sweetness has a definite orange soft-drink taste, follwed by some good bitter notes and a somewhat dry finish.

This is and interesting and unique bitter that would prove very very quaffable if I had more than one. Sadly I don't. Crap.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 23:03:49 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of maundythirsty


3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber beer with a small white head that disappeared. Some lacing. Weak smell of malt and a little touch of pine.

Straightforward and uncomplicated taste. It's a little malty, with piney bitterness.

Middle of the road mouthfeel, heftier than I expected. Not a standout. Not one I would buy in a stocked store.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 01:43:04 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of nlmartin


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

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a pleasingly clear amber coloration. The head was a cream color two fingers high. The head had no staying power what so ever. Talk about a really limp one. The beer left no lacing on my glass.

Smell: The beer delivers a coniferous forrest of hoppy goodness. Sweet toasted caramel maltyness rises from the glass.

Taste: The hops primarily deliver pine resiney flavors. The malty sweetness peaks out from the pine forrest briefly. The beer finishes with a earthy hoppyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a nice medium body supporting the hops. The beer is slightly slick on the mouth. This is a enjoyable and easy to drink beer. This beer has something for the beer geeks and regular beer drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 13:02:02 | More by nlmartin
Photo of UnionMade


3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy caramel orange, topped with a small ivory head. Great lacing and head retention. Solid aroma, piney, floral hops dominate sweetish, caramel tinged pale malt. Soft pear esters, a bit on the citrusy side. The flavor opens with softly grainy pale malt, a touch of yeast character adding a crusty bread doughiness. Fairly clean, with a little bit of pear, leading right into a moderately hopped, floral and citrus finish. Good bitterness, balanced well, leaving off somewhat dry and crisp. Pretty mellow, sessionable stuff. Not crazy incredible, but I'd enjoy a few pints of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 12:05:39 | More by UnionMade
Photo of merlin48


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

Another find from across the Ohio River in Evansville, Indiana. This pours a hazed, apricot body with a small offwhite head that retains well and leaves some delicate spiderweb lacing.

Aroma features some distinctive butterscotch and caramel maltiness, backed by an inviting hops profile of red apples and floral herbs.

Mouthfeel is light medium, with suitable moderate carbonation.

Taste begins with floral and herbal hops bitterness that is best described as lavender and apple blossom. Caramel malt sweetness is a solid backbone. Tastes like a good English ESB, with notes of pear and golden apple. Nice!

Well crafted and very suggestive of a fine English ESB. Very sessionable with the moderate abv.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2006 00:11:49 | More by merlin48
Photo of mynie


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

A bitter or a pale ale? Pours like an APA. Ice tea orange, with a bright white head that sticks around for hours. Great lacing, to boot.

Nice blend of floral hops, citrus hops, and malts in the nose. Nothing really sticks out, but it's a great synergy, and intense enough to be an APA, certainly.

And the APA versus Bitter mystery comes back in the mouth. Dry floral hops start things out, but they get lost almost completely lost to a rush of huge caramel malt, which gives way to a crisp, almost vanilla tasting malt near the end that leaves a sour taste hanging in your mouth. Strange, and pretty dang good.

Everything here is moderate: moderate bitter, moderate sweet, moderate carbonation. Only, in all cases, that moderation is the good kind of moderation. It's easy drinking and very well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2006 05:27:53 | More by mynie
Photo of MagicLantern


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint glass.

A: Medium head quickly settles to an 1/8" lace that evenly caps beer revealing big bubbles in the remaining head. Lace catches edge of glass as it's drunk, clinging to sides giving it a nice look.

Even carbonation through glass, a transparent amber color leaning towards orange. A slight haze to the beer when held up to the light. A good looking beer.

S: Subtle hops, that's about it. Nothing exceptionally good or bad, what little smell noticed was pleasant.

T: Call this beer Bitter begining middle and end. To be fair the hops are balance by a subtle malt that leans towards the front of the beer. So it has a slight sweet taste, quicky becomes bitter, and ends with a bitter aftertaste. Carbonation provides a slight bite. No noticible spices. Alchohol taste wasn't very noticeable.

Once you get use to the bitter, the flavors become more apparent and one can taste how the malts sort of up front in this beer. They do a good job of balancing the beer and make very nice once you get used to it.

M: Medium body, slighty dry. The malt counters the hops, but I wouldn't consider it balanced because there is a clear bitter after taste. I still enjoyed this beer, in fact it's growing on me as I try them.

D: If your in the mood for a bitter beer, this is one of them! The hops leave a strong bitter aftertaste. It also coats the mouth, in particular the tounge. These points lower the drinkability as the bitter after taste could cap your enjoyment. Typically I drink two. The first is better than the second, but my cravings over. I don't think I'm make this an all night drinker though. Maybe I should try? ;)

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 20:48:53 | More by MagicLantern
Photo of FenwaySquid


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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, BBD of 2/25/06 printed on label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange color, the head was non-existent except for some lacing.

Smell: Piney hops.

Taste: Crystal malts flavors up front quickly dissolve into bitter hops, nice transition. The finish was dry and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, carbonation was in good balance with the flavors.

Overall: As others have noted, this is an American Pale Ale, (and a pretty good one at that) not a Bitter Ale. Even though my bottle was past its Best Before date the beer was still quite tasty. Worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 04:05:35 | More by FenwaySquid
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a decent head and some lacing

Smell: Toasted bread, toffee and fruity/earthy hops

Taste: Starts out with a toasted malt and toffee character that verges into a fruity bitter aspect; by mid-palate and after the swallow, pithy hops emerge though the toffee sweetness continues to dominate through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent APA that borders on an English Pale Ale; thinking of it as a hybrid makes it more interesting and enjoyable as it doesn't stand up to the purer examples of the style

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 21:05:32 | More by brentk56
Photo of bjohnson


3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden color with an initial one finger off white fizzy, frothy head that dissipates to about a half. Nice lace
S: Aromas of biscuity malt with slight sweet notes, maybe butterscotch. Slight hop character also.
T: Slight and very relaxed bready malt taste--couple that with a metallic taste and you don't get a great introduction. Fizzy reaction on the side of the tongue, but not much taste. Slight hop effect with a bitter aftertaste that leaves the mouth dry. Not a very in depth beer.
M & D: Mediocre mouthfeel as this offering doesn't have much pop. Dry and not too smooth as it goes down. Not a very drinkable beer, I'd look for something else first because i got this one. Other TB offerings are better.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 01:31:21 | More by bjohnson
Photo of scruffwhor


3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color yielded was a slightly pale amber with a little lacing. Head was only a thick film after the pour. Smell made me think this a smell more fitting for a bitter. But the balance between the crystal malts and hoppy, aromatic bitters was not true to the age old English bitter style. Taste was more like a pale ale, not a bitter. But still pleasant nonetheless. Well defined hopp flavor, very earthy. Plus some slightly tart malt flavors that really grabbed the old taste buds at the center of the tongue. Some pretty good carbonation really helped define the hop flavors as well. Very clean palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2006 04:14:16 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of beerphilosopher


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

From a 12oz bottle into a standard pint ... poured an amber color with a decidedly redish hue. Moderate white head that did not linger long. Nose is both malty and hoppy, with some sweetness and floral notes. Palate is well balanced, with malt up front and the hops following behind. This is a well balanced APA, but a little deceptive with regard to it's moniker. This one doesn't have the hop profile the name implies. Thin mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation and a dry finish. This beer is very "user-friendly" and easy to drink, for certain. Not great in any way, but good.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 19:04:10 | More by beerphilosopher
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a three-finger bubbly white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Slight cloudy amber color. Hoppy nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Starts with the hops dominating, finish is bitter with bitter after taste. Typical English bitter. $1.85 for a 12oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Best by 1/12/2006.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 23:35:41 | More by jdhilt
Photo of SupaCelt


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

This beer emerged a lovely copper orange colour with a large but fleeting white head. Spitty foam dots the surface in the wake of the head and produces clingy lacing around the edges of the vessel. The body is a bit cloudy and appears well carbonated. The nose carries much breadiness and some honey as the main features that greet my face. There is a definite hop character that is detectable, however, it is not overly pungent. Vaguely citrus. The malt base is by far the most notable feature. The taste is much as the nose suggests with bready malt and honey. There is a light sweetness and some citrus hop sting and of course a pinch of bitterness that does seem to grow as the glass empties. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. The drinkability is good. This is a very mild beer. The bitterness is far from powerful, as this beer is mostly just an exercise in balance and light expression of character. Not bad, but not overly entertaining.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2006 03:51:36 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of ppoitras


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Best by 4/2/06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the crystal clear amber brew. Head remains about the same, with average to good bubbly lacing. Aroma is well balanced, but the hops are discernable and fruity. Taste is an assault upfront with hops bitterness, which then mellows with some malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and drinkability is great. Sessions could be made of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2006 17:11:20 | More by ppoitras
Photo of smcolw


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Neutral amber color, clear. Mild head with even milder lace.

Strong malty aroma considering this is a bitter. The hop smells green, like freshly mown grass.

Nice fresh taste with a subtle dry maltiness on the initial sip. This quickly gives way to a very dry hop taste that lasts through the swallow and the aftertaste. Relatively thin body, high carbonation. The dryness leaves a lip-puckering quality to the aftertaste.

A relatively sharp pale ale without the smoothness of an English Bitter. Still, this is a flavorful beer that seems closer to its American pale ale roots.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2006 19:47:05 | More by smcolw
Photo of dirtylou


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

12oz single, Woodman's

best by 1/12/06...DAMNIT, 1 day late!

appearance: orange-amber pour into great dane imperial pint glass, light foamy beige head forms, frothy lacing round the rim

smell: zesty lemon, some other citrus - especially orange...smells of some dry spiciness. toasted malt, smells a little watered down

taste: did not see this coming....a delicately tart taste, dominated by sour lemon and cherry, mild grassy and herbal hops, delicate spicyness, lightly buttery, sour, mildly toasted malt....lies somewhere in between an apa and english bitter probably

mouthfeel: medium bodied, very tart aftertaste, somewhat dry finish as expected

drinkability: easily drinkable

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 04:59:10 | More by dirtylou
Photo of beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a slightly hazy orange brown color with an inch of head. Malty caramel aroma with some fruity hops. The flavor is sweet and sour. Sweet with caramel flavor. Sour with tangy fruit and weird tasting yeast. Balanced between the sweet and the bitter, but I'm not really digging the flavor. Mouthfeel is just a little too light. I didn't really like the sour flavors, and it could have been hoppier. Average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 01:43:22 | More by beveragecaptain
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange / gold with a small loose head. Smells of light citrus hops and pale bready malts. Taste is quite bitter as the name might suggest. Assertive citrus hops...kinda zesty with lightly sweet malts in back. Pretty light body with slow carbonation. Dry finish.

Contrary to what the bottle says, I found the beer to be more bitter in the beginning. In fact I think it was a bit overdone...I like more flavor with my hops.

Worth a try if your looking for something bitter.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2005 06:11:41 | More by wedge
Photo of karst


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

Attractive and informative front and back labels with clear best by date. 2/28/05
(reviewed from notes)
Pours a chill hazed copper auburn with small ivory head that falls immediately to naked surface surrounded by a small crescent sustained by beading. Little lace on the 0.4 L rastal sniffer's opposite wall. Aroma of citrus hops and some bready/biscuity malts.
Flavors are similar with bready/biscuity malt, fruity esters, citrusy and piney Cascade hops giving the finish a little bitterness. Slight crystal malt aftertaste.
Light body with a smooth mouthfeel aided by the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2005 18:51:02 | More by karst
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed over lunch at Redbones with WarriorSoul a few days back.

Poured a cloudy gold that almost seemed to glow when held up to the light. Thin head that disappeared altogether.

The nose was hops. But they came across as muted.

The flavor was not as bursty hops as I expected for the style. The hops came across as more flat and old. ade me think of the compost heap of ratting grass where I had to dump nthe lawn clippings when I was younger.

Mouthfeel was kind of what I imagined you would sqeeze out of a wet sponge. Kind of thick feeling but very watery. Medium body, but I really thought there were things floating around in there.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2005 14:34:31 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of weeare138


3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a glowing amber orange with a 2 finger creamy white head. Tiny amounts of carbonation slowly rise to the top. Spotty webs of lacing are left behind.
Smell is of low levels of floral and grassy hops with some hints of caramel and vanilla.
Taste is of the same aromas with a bitterness settling in the middle of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is creamy and bitter with some malt lingering.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 15:39:54 | More by weeare138
Photo of beerceller99


3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a clear amber color with a decent off white colored head. A lightly sweet caramel smell with a whiff of hops. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Has a cooked grain, caramely taste with a lightly bitter hop after taste to finish. A decent, average brew here.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2005 22:29:34 | More by beerceller99
Photo of Brian700


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

This beer poured an amber color and is pretty clear. The head disappeared fairly fast and there wasn't much lacing going on.

The aroma was mostly floral hops. Some maltiness.

The taste was nice and malty with a good amount of hop bitterness. There was also a touch of citrus.

The mouthfeel was decent. Medium body and medium/moderate carbonation

I would say this is a pretty drinkable brew. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 22:51:20 | More by Brian700
Photo of thechaacster


4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with very little head, but good lacing. Sweet and citrusy hop aroma. Bready maltiness provides sweetness, balanced by a generous amount of herbal hop flavor. One of the nicest American attempts at English flavor I've seen. This would make an outstanding session ale if you can get your hands on it. Another very refreshing winner from my favorite local brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 07:46:15 | More by thechaacster
The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.