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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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691 Ratings
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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 8
Gots: 31 | 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 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.

08-23-2007 18:44:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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.

07-14-2007 19:12:17 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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.

05-26-2007 03:36:31 | More by hammer09
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.

05-24-2007 03:10:30 | More by diego
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.

05-21-2007 01:52:12 | More by scoobybrew
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.

04-30-2007 01:29:21 | More by akorsak
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.

04-17-2007 22:02:32 | More by Duster72
Photo of 86sportster883

New Jersey

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

04-10-2007 02:00:20 | More by 86sportster883
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.

03-28-2007 00:45:45 | More by arizcards
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.

03-26-2007 23:52:40 | More by beveritt
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.

03-18-2007 21:47:28 | More by tgbljb
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.

03-17-2007 23:44:58 | More by Alkey
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.

03-14-2007 01:12:01 | More by tugdriver7
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.

03-03-2007 14:43:15 | More by Minkybut
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.

02-26-2007 04:23:47 | More by hero27
Photo of BeerHonky

New York

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.

02-25-2007 23:16:26 | More by BeerHonky
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.08/5  rDev -17.9%

This beer has good aroma, but I feel that the flavor doesn't really deliver...it smells hoppy enough, but the flavor is a bit weaker than I expected.

This beer pours an orange color that is easily transparent, with a solid qhite head with some soapiness in its appearance. Aroma is very hoppy (my guess is Cascade). Flavor is a bit lighter than I expected, with some hoppiness, but the beer has bitter flavor up front, but very little on the back end. Mouthfeel seems a bit thin. There is something missing from this beer.

02-20-2007 03:28:39 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of kimcgolf


2.98/5  rDev -20.5%

This started out a little strange, pouring with about half foam, although It hadn’t been shaken. Settled down to have a nice orange-red color, with thick off-white head that lingered thru the entire glass and left excellent lacing. Aroma tried to be hoppy grapefruit citrus, and though detectable, was not real dominant. Likewise, the flavor was muted, and the palate tried once again to be bitter like its name, but tended to be as much stale and sour as it was bitter.

I expected more from my first Two Brothers offering, and was frankly disappointed.

01-17-2007 03:01:19 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of rousee


3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Never had heard of this brewery before so I tried it. Pretty decent American interpretation on the british pale ale style, Not quite as good as a Smuttynose Shoals but it definitely reminds me of it and it is almost as good but this is a bottle from IL and Smutty is usually a fresh keg from NH. Not exactly a fair comparison

Pours gold-amber -no head or lace but it does hold a small amount of foam around the edges of the glass. Fairly hoppy and dry. Some what woody tasting and chalky. Dry. A good beer and I bet my sample is not the freshest available but i gots to score it as I see it.

01-12-2007 01:27:31 | More by rousee
Photo of woodychandler


4.08/5  rDev +8.8%

This produced a thin, bright-white head that reduced to wisps in seconds. The nose had a floral, hoppy quality. The color was a slightly cloudy deep-amber. The mouthfeel was thin, approaching medium. I got a real burst of malt in the mouth, like the smell coming from the brewhouse during the initial boil. Quite unexpected, but pleasantly surprising. The finish returned to the hoppy bitterness that I had noted on the nose.

01-09-2007 00:12:20 | More by woodychandler
Photo of StolidWaffle


4.5/5  rDev +20%

12 oz bottle
This is one beer I always come back to, with more than any one flavor at any given moment and a unique hops. Have tried warm and cold, prefer it cold.
Appearance: Golden brown.
Smell: Hopy
Taste: Organic, complex, not too much hops as to taste bitter, and not sweet either.
Mouthfeel: Light, fluid, sleak
Drinkability: Always goes down well, matches almost any meal, usually ramen in my case, and never too filling.

12-18-2006 10:50:18 | More by StolidWaffle
Photo of Rennpferd


4.55/5  rDev +21.3%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Pours a beautiful golden amber color with a creamy white one inch head that settles down to about a quarter inch after a few moments. Active carbination moves up the whole length of the glass to the top.

It has a great hops smell that is robust and easy to detect.

A very strong taste of hops that leaves a slight bitter taste in the mouth. It goes down smooth.

This is a very tasty beverage that I could drink all day.

11-30-2006 05:31:02 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%

Appears to be a cloudy copper gold color, many bubbles, very active with a n average size white head.

Smells of grains, wheat and an overall herbal hop scent with the malt not to far behind.

Taste's include a hearty wheat and slightly fruity bitter hop flavor that is very well balanced out with some mild malt that seems to be just right for the style. This is a very multi-hopped tasting Pale indeed with a bit more bitterness than usual.

Feels very crisp and clean that really seems to pop on the palate. It also displays a rather heavy and thick feel for this this style, it really lets you know it's there.

Very easy to drink, and I enjoy the array of hop flavors in this one.

11-24-2006 21:21:18 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of Westsidethreat


3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

Courtesy of NucularGeorge

A: Light copper with a vibrant titian hue. Undramatic off white head leaves only a somber ring and just a few streaks across the crown.

S: Some tomato, strawberry, orange and lemon.

T: Begins with some copper moments mixed with orange and vinous veggies. Solid earthy bitterness, limestone with a vitamin B background rounds out the flavors. Finishes with creeping grapefruit with a pronounced bitter wash.

M: Medium, sort of hard water feel with a fuzzy carbonation.

D: Not bad. Certianly drinkable but bitterness tastes a bit "dirty" to me.

10-11-2006 04:19:29 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of Osiris9588


3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

12oz bottle, best by 1/12/07. Pours a light bronze with golen overtones. The head is two finger, off-white and rather creamy. Shows decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

The aroma is of hops, spice, lemon peel, malt, some pine and grass. The flavor features some light malt, some citrus, then a pretty healthy dose of hops, and a piney, herbal qulity on the finish.

The mouth is medum-bodied with decent carbonation. It's not very complex, kind of a one trick pony with the hops. I could drink this all night, because I like the style, but I don't think it's an exceptional representation of it. It's not even all that bitter, considering its name.

Overll it's a very solid, enjoyable brew, as I've found most from Two Brothers to be.

10-10-2006 15:18:04 | More by Osiris9588
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