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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: 727
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-14-2002

13.5 Plato and 30 IBU
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Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Photo of beveragecaptain
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.

Photo of wedge
3.15/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of karst
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Brian700
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of thechaacster
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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.

Photo of whynot44
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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.

Photo of gimmehead
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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.

Photo of RoBotGod
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.