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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: 718
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 35 | 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 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.

Brian700, Aug 21, 2005
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.

thechaacster, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic styled label touting 5.1 % ABV and 36 IBUs. Best by 08-01-2005. Just made it. Shew!

Peepers: Crystal clear amber hues topped with a frothy wafer thin head cap met with a marching string of sporadic bubbles.

Schnoz: Clean citrous lemony peel scents evaporate into the ole nose.

Kisser: Malt light background meets up against a lemony citrous and peppery pale. Lolipop Jolly Roger malts and brisk 7-Up lemony and grapefruit light bite. Well balanced and even handed. Clean as a whistle aftertaste leaving no finish.

Grip: Light to medium body with firm carbonation.

Gulp factor: Goes back like lemonade on a hot day. Clean and refreshing. A top notch English Bitter.

Hangover helper: Two Brothers makes quality brew at a decent price. Here's to more Dos Bros in Yuengling-ville.

Beer is good. Happy hoppy beering.

blitheringidiot, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Bitter End, like all of the Two Brothers Beers, delivers an accessible and drinkable APA with enough character to appeal to the cogniscenti as well as the novice.

Its clear, glowing, auburn-copper body reveals streams of very tiny bubbles rising steadily towards the creamy off-white head above. The head retention is very good, and it leaves some very nice lace about the glass.

The bright, fresh nose entices you with a combination of bready/biscuity malt and citrusy/spruce-like hops.

In the mouth its crisp with a medium-light body and very fine, median carbonation.

The flavor is very nicely rounded with notes of yeasty fruitiness, bready/biscuity malt, citrusy and piney hops, and a rock solid bitterness. It finishes short and dry with some lingering piney hops and a bitterness.

Nice. It's refreshing and drinkable. Well done!

NeroFiddled, Jun 19, 2005
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

"lost notebook" review of '04
An aggressive pour produced nearly nil for head. Deep pale gold color.
Hoppy aroma.
Overall a very enjoyable crisp, hoppy flavor. Not very bitter, but a little. I really dig the flavor here, actually. But it's got no carbonation. Zip. With some CO2 or on tap, this would be great. But alas, the flatness makes it mediocre. Too bad too, because it's close. Very close. Will try again to check if it was a lousy bottle/improvements made.

Photo of Gritsak
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- looks good..copper body with a small off white head that goes away fairly quickly. laces well

S- smells awsome...lots of hops and spice

T- water start leading to mild hop bitterness

M- body is a little weak. beer seems a little watered down

D- despite the lack of hop presence that i expected, its very refreshing to drink. taste isnt bad at all, just lacking in depth.

overall its a decent beer. i expected a little more hops and bitterness, but with that i wont turn one down. im looking forward to drinking the rest of the six pack.

Gritsak, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy and scotch aroma, 3 hops and at least two of the Cs. Light, caramel, pleasant bitterness/spicy bite, lace. Not much head in glass. It's a attempt at a good American pale, maybe if more hoppy. Drying metalic finish. Drinkable but passable.
Five years later, had it again, creamy and bitter, a little stringent and while 3/8 inch hrad, medium yellow.

Sammy, May 26, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unfocused kumquat-amber containing particulates of various sizes and shapes. The head is the color of a cue ball and displays small craters on its lumpy, bumpy surface. It isn't a great lace generator, but is an adequate one.

Hops are dominant in the nose, no surprise there. It smells like an Anglo-American effort with the Yanks assuming the upper hand. I've just noticed the label, which states in part, 'three American hop varieties' were used, so I guess I'm wrong. I could swear though that Fuggles are present. In any case, it's a decent enough nose.

I'll check again, but I'm pretty sure this beer is called The Bitter End, not The Sour End. I don't know that I've ever had an English bitter that was as tart as this. It isn't an altogether pleasant characteristic, yet it doesn't ruin the flavor profile. There's an acceptable amount of malt that has no trouble supporting the modest amount of hops (that taste more like sour lemon and orange than they do grapefruit).

The beer is only minimally sweet and moderately bitter. They're both subservient to the tangy tartness that rides herd over each mouthful from start to finish. The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium and the amount of carbonation is on the low end.

The Bitter End is a great name for a hoppy beer. Too bad this beer is neither great, nor very hoppy. It's a pleasant enough ale, but I won't be looking for a return engagement.

BuckeyeNation, May 07, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light/medium bodied, hazy bronze/amber color with a moderate white head.

The aroma is citrus/herbal hops with just a bit of fresh bread in the background.

Taste is the same, just a bit of leafy grassy taste. Hops dominate but are not overpowering. Finishes dry and crisp with a lingering grapefruit aftertaste.

Very nicely drinkable and refreshing.

whynot44, May 01, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- clear golden orangish body with a good number of tiny bubbles and a big soapy head that last and last.

S- Rich hop aroma with citrus hops, floral hops and a slight hint of pale malt.

T- big chewy hop taste. citrus hops but with more depth. a slight resiny hoppiness that taste just a bit like very faint mint but in a good way. the malt at the finish is very light and gentle.

M- medium light body with a hint of fizziness. No astringency or alcohol warmth. Very gentle.

D- The malt is hiding in the background but it sets up a wonderful base for the diverse hops flavors. Very nice beer with good complexity and balance.

rhoadsrage, Apr 20, 2005
Photo of gimmehead
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber with a nice off-white head and decent lacing. Aroma is mainly citric and floral hops during the pour, becoming maltier as the head dissipates. There are also some fruity and woody notes and a fresh lemony zest that is quite nice. Flavor is dominated by citric hops, with a bland malt character underneath. Medium body with a bit of a grainy texture. Rather boring and one dimensional. It would however make a decent session brew.

gimmehead, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of bditty187
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes…

Best By 2/28/05

Tawny-gold in hue, largely clear, the liquid is pretty and typical of the style. The head was just slightly off white; at the apex the bubbles reached about one finger in height. Head retention was very good; it slowly faded to a soapy cap. There was some subsequent lacing, it was webby, unorganized, but it clung poorly. The nose says, “I’m a run-of-the-mill APA that could be brewed by any number of microbreweries.” Specifically, the bouquet offers hints of caramel malt; at least the malt has something to it, which is a step in the right direction. The hops supply some spicy citrus zest, hints of pine needles, wood, and grapefruit flesh. At the back there is some light ale fruitiness. The potency is low but I’ve heard this song and dance before. Maybe I’m feeling a little jaded today. Maybe the nose just isn’t that impressive. Let me think for a moment… yeah, not that impressive. The palate is decent but so damn ordinary. The hops are cheesy at the back and that is not a good thing in my book. Woody. The citrus qualities of the nose are not found in any significance on the tongue. The malt supplies some caramel and a smattering of biscuits. Dry. I’m bored with this beer, there is nothing wrong with it but there isn’t anything I’m going to remember about it. The finish is warm and bitter; this saves the beer from a complete yawn-fest. It would be good with a burger or some basic cheeses. I wouldn’t suggest anything fancy here. Simplistic. Medium in body, firm carbonation, the mouthfeel is rigid. It is very easy to drink. Would I drink it again? I guess. I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so. Yawn. I purchased this bottle in Iowa City, IA. Skip it.

bditty187, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of RoBotGod
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Everything I was looking for in a pale. There is sort of a citrus zing that trickles down your mouth. The nose will also reveal this taste. Hops stick out in the smell and complement the almost hint of lemon. When poured it had almost a slight shade of dark yellow varied with amber. The after taste had a refreshing finish that makes it stick out from other pales. Although I did have a few of theses that were near dated a little while later and the quality had gone down quite a bit. If your a fan of pales this is a must try.

RoBotGod, Mar 07, 2005
Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a 1/6-barrel for the home kegerator. Poured into an Imperial pint glass, the beer is a burnished bronze with a dense off-white head. Very nice lace patterns.

The aroma is of hops (citrus & pine notes), some malty grain and a bit of fruit (apple).

The taste is tart and refreshing. Lots of good bitterness with a sharp citrus undertone. Some fruit (apple again) and more than a dash of malts. Beer seems fairly well balanced. The only thing that keeps the score from moving up is that a very slight chalkiness emerges ¾ of the way through. Still a nice brisk beer.

The mouth feel is soft & creamy. Drinkablity is high. This is a good session beer & I’m glad I invested in a keg! Beer is decent with most food (except perhaps tomato based sauces) and holds up well to spicy dishes.

All-in-all I’m very pleased with this beer.

Redrover, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kmpitz2 for this beer. Pours a standard amber color with no head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is mosty comprized of a caramel malt with a touch of hops. The flavor has a spicy and dirty hop that I don't care for with a caramel malt in the back. The mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not a fan.

clvand0, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours an amber orange color with no real head to speak of. The nose is a nice sweet caramel with a slight hop in there. The flavor is full of dirty hop, but with a metallic bit and a slightly peppery aftertaste on the finish. I'm not too crazy about it. The feel is rather watery, not nearly thick enough. Drinkability suffers from the lack of body and off flavors. I'm still looking for that great beer from Two Brothers.

kmpitz2, Dec 29, 2004
Photo of jackscrow
4.88/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not a "reviewer". I do know what I like. I love this beer.

I had it brought in to my home tavern. It feels lighter in body than most bitters style ales and seems much more drinkable. It must be an anomaly, because nothing else Two Brothers makes struck me like this, and I try many different types. And it may be imagination, or just the temperature difference, but the label is right; you do taste the "Bitter End".

Does not seem to have much carbonation, which I also like.

Most beers of this type are not the kind you can consume in quantity. This beer is. Thank goodness.

Update yer damn web-site Two Brothers....

* Addendum: Had to stop using this beer at my tavern several months ago. Too many quality issues.

Unfortunately this beer does not have a very long shelf life. I was getting too many that had already soured in the bottle while still within the "use" date.

Replaced it with Bell's Third Coast Beer.

jackscrow, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.50 for a 12 oz. bottle.

Eh. Nothing special here. Looks nice and red-orange in the glass. Decent head. Taste is pretty standard pale ale, maybe a bit too bitter for a lighter pale ale. I enjoyed this beer well enough, but it's your very basic pale ale. I would rather have a different brand.

benmiliron, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light amber with a nice white head, that left minimal lacing. The aroma is fairly fruity and hoppy, with a nice buttery maltiness in the mix as well. The taste is hoppy up front, fruity in the middle, and clean and dry in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and the drinkability is good as well. A fairly uninteresting, yet tasty, pale ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company.

francisweizen, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of allengarvin
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very high head. Pleasant pale-golden color.

Citrusy hop character. Some fruity notes. Lingering dry finish. The bitterness is definitely at American pale levels, more than English, but not as high as some west coast PA's go.

A decent drinking beer, though it's carbonated on the high side, for a "session" pale ale. After 2 or 3, you can feel the gassiness.

allengarvin, Jul 22, 2004
Photo of Ahhdball
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper tone and a decent head, good lacing left behind.

High citrus, decent "hoppibility" followed with a rich almost molassas aroma.

Delicious hopps coated well. A small amount of fruit (maybe grapefruit) finishing with a smooth malt flavor. Unfortunately it watered down at the last minute.

Decent mouthfeel and drinkabilty, smooth but like I said a little little watery in the end. Nothing dissappointing and I'll have it again.

Ahhdball, Jul 11, 2004
Photo of GreenWBush
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a casual, unpretentious look. Carry around a glass of this and you won't be branded a drinker of that "dark shit". Maybe you like that title. Maybe you don't want to be one of the pack. Light copper/amber beers are not often the realm you dwell frequently. But the hoppy aroma is different.

There is a nice bit of fruity, citrusy hops on the nose juxtaposed with a rich malt backbone.

The first sip of this brew is an uplifting discovery paired with a disappointing crash. At first I thought I had finally found a hoppy low ABV session beer. Now I have doubts that i'll ever get it again.

There is a nice rich and smooth consistency to the mouthfeel. The malts are a little rich - bordering on 'bubblegum' - and the yeast is just the worst part of the whole experience. Butter. This one is just far too buttery for my tastes. Dial the Ringwood back and you'll reel me back in.

Brothers - There is a place in the world for your brew! We need more hoppy-ass smaller session brews! Cut the diacetyl and spread the word!

Oh yeah, and fix your website. Last updated in 1998, Jeezus.

GreenWBush, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of stewart124
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy ruby golden color with a little head that eventually leaves nice lacing. The aroma is of slight floral notes and a nice fruity smell. This is a dry tasting pale ale and reminded me more of a ESB. Good tastes of citrus and exotic fruits. Not overally hopped but a nice blend. This is a tasty brew but not what I was expacting from a pale ale.

stewart124, Feb 19, 2004
Photo of Riggo
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, golden-copper in appearance, this ale is topped with a sturdy white head that drops to a thin collar and leaves good lacing. Aroma is green--mint, lemon, and pine sap. That fresh, leafy hop smell dominates. On palate, the green hops element is up front, yet balanced with a subtle maltiness. This brew accomplishes big hop flavor while avoiding astringency, despite the name. The thing is, the end result lacks character. It's a bit of a one-note song (green hops), despite being balanced. Still, a good, drinkable pale ale, fresh-tasting, and clean.

Riggo, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice pale that has a decent look and good flavor. The copper body is overlayed with a decent just off-white head that leaves a little lacing. The nose includes citrusy hop notes and impresses of a clean malt base. The flavor is malty and does include a nicely bitter finish, short of grapefruit, but citrus in sense. The feel is a bit carbonated and fizzy. Easily drinkable.

AtLagerHeads, Oct 26, 2003
The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 718 ratings.