Two Brothers Brewing Company

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #1,187
Ranked #25,928
3.8 | pDev: 10.26%
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: From the moment Pinball is shot out of the can, this Pale Ale takes your taste buds on a flavorful ride. Bounced between bumpers of tropical and citrus fruit, Pinball perfectly rides the rail between hoppy and sweet.
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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass.

L - Pours a clear copper-amber color with a little less than an inch of off-white head that dissipates and leaves a thin lacing that sticks pretty well to the glass.

S - Tropical fruit, citrus rind, slight earthy hops, caramel malt, that slightly dank artificial sweet scent I can only equate to Juicy Juice.

T - Tropical fruit, tangerine, honey, Juicy Juice, sticky sweet up front with a slight bit of hoppy bitterness and an astringent alcohol bite towards the end but leans towards the sweeter side.

F - Light-to-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slightly oily coating but finished smooth. Very drinkable.

O - This is the brewery that apparently bought Nimbus so I thought I'd give them a try. This is a good example of a very drinkable, malty-sweet-over-hoppy-bitter APA. I'd try it again.

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Photo of Wanzuki
4.52/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just a wonderful IPA. Not too zingy, not too dull. A traditionalist would not call it well balanced, but that’s the traditionalists’s problem. It’s great.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can - Tilt by 06/10/2019 stamped on bottom:

Pours golden with a thin white lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus with some pine and floral notes.

The taste is of citrus, touch of pine, slightly watery finish.

A bit thin - a light APA.

A pleasant, light APA.

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Photo of mistahclutch
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap. Really surprised me. Great juicy American pale ale that tasted a lot like orange crush or orange soda. If you like that you will love this beer!

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Photo of JLaw55
2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The complete opposite of a juicy pale ale. This was bitter, harsh, and abbrasive. There was not even a hint of fruitiness, juiciness, or sweetness of any kind. This was just pure bite through and through.

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Photo of Weinerdog43
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark golden; mostly clear.
I'm outside, so nose is hard to tell.
A very, very good pale ale taste, but it seems a little bit thin. Perhaps just me.
Good mouthfeel. Not an overpowering alcohol note.
I will be happy to drink these anywhere. I'm in Wisconsin, and it is good to have Illinois and Minnesota beers around for comparison.

Alc. : 4.9%
IBU : 31

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Photo of GreenDragonPurse
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bright, medicinal, not deep flavor but in its absence, an undefinable fresh perkiness. A mango smell, and faint tart apple taste. Goes down smooth but has a lingering bitter aftertaste, like an apple picked too soon. I feel like this would pair really well with steak right off the grill.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Most reviewers were commenting on the date descriptions. I lost count at three: "best by; swirl by; enjoy by". To those variations, my can adds " tilt by." And my can offers the best instructions for this beer: for most. it is a beer to tilt during a session.

But I brought it to a BYOB pan-Asian restaurant and Pinball suited that purpose also. It Looks like a versatile amber.Smells give me all the Tropical fruits described by others and some malt (this is an ale) after all. Tastes start to move me from Paradise to something more familiar. As a session, my mouth detects more bitter than it likes.

But I was eating spicy food and my low personal threshold for bitter soon gave way to the need to quell the fire of spicy food. A job well done in calming my palate. I think I will call on Pinball to complement this situation again.

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Photo of Act25
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a) Dark clear golden body with firm lacing and lasting white head.
s) Malt first, too faint, cookie, biscuit, mango, pine, bitter.
t) Follow smell, but bigger more malt than most APAs, but a solid hops / fruit / flowershop profile
f) Thinner and less stick than Dales.
o) Great every day APA that finished in quality company mid-pack.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Two Brothers Brewing Company "Pinball"
12 fl. oz can, "SWIRL BY: 04/16/2018 09:51"

Notes via stream of consciousness: Did the bottom of the can really say "SWIRL BY"? Maybe I'm misreading it. I don't see why you would, there's no yeast in here, it's crystal clear. I can even see my fingerprints through the glass. That's fine by me, I just assumed it would be cloudy because of that, and because it's a "JUICY HOP PALE ALE". The body is a deep golden, and the head was a creamy bright white before I let it sit too long while writing this and now it's just a thin surface covering surrounded by a thicker collar. The aroma mainly expresses pineapple and melon, but there's also a light bit of soft citrus. It's pleasant enough, but not really bold. The flavor brings in a grainy malt, some more grassy hop flavors, and a stiff bitterness (31 IBUs as listed on the can). It's medium-light in body and crisp with a standard carbonation. At this point, although the hops are a bit different (they seem like Belma to me), it screams American pale ale and I doubt anyone in a blind tasting would interpret it as any other style. With that said, it's enjoyable, easily drinkable, and somewhat different although not really the juice bomb you might be expecting.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours clear copper with a medium, frothy off-white head, medium retention. Aroma is moderate citrus, fruity and floral hops with medium bready malt. Flavor is medium citrus and fruity hops and bitterness with medium bready malt and a balanced, dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a gorgeous golden copper color, nearly clear, with an off-white head. Aroma is slightly dank, with bright citrus notes of tangerine and passion fruit.

The taste is citrusy hops, with tangerine flavors prominent, and there’s also a subtle malt note that is nice. This would be an excellent lawnmower beer, IMHO, especially if you wanted something with a little bite.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soapy, resiny head. Bright, citrus aroma. Clear, golden copper color. Starts with an interesting mix of citrus rind and sweet orange. There is then a maltiness that comes through. The finish is citrus rind hop bitterness over malt.

This is pretty tasty, but not as "pale ale" as I was expecting. A pleasant drink nonetheless.

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Photo of Tone
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of spicy hops, citrus hops, slight earthiness, slight sweet malt, and a hint of alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of citrus, slight spicy hops, citrus hops, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, hint of earthiness, and a hint of black pepper. Overall, good aroma, blend, and body, but average appearance and feel.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I bought a can of this off the single shelf at Binnys....poured a hazy orangish with white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent and taste were of an over primed can and was crap. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with big carbonation. Overall it was poop.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2017-09-13 in Warrenville, IL on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings

Clear copper light tropical and biscuit aroma. flavor is pineapple, pine and grassy spice. Light dank. Crisp. Balanced. I enjoyed this.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very light for something that has hoppy in the name. Has standard hop notes, but more malt. The finish is rather smooth and balanced, with a medium mouthfeel. If you tell me juicy hop, you need to delivery though.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, some citrus. Taste is citrus, malts, some tropical fruits, a hint of pine, no bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid and highly crushable beer.

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Photo of Phishagonia
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into tulip. Pours an amber-orange transparent hue, with not much of a head or lacing to mention. Smell is of bland malt, a bit of a tropical hop note, but with a weird cardboard smell. A few sips in, I'm getting some standard hop notes, but more malt. The finish is rather smooth and balanced, but I'm left wanting more depth from this beer. While the "juicy hop pale ale" tagline caught my eye, either I got an old batch, or this one just doesn't compare to many of the lower ABV NE-style juicy pale ales I have been sampling these days. There is a chance try this again, if I see a fresher batch, but I don't think think I'm going to be running out for this one.

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Photo of jkrich
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. freshness dated can: brilliant and clear, deep golden to orange hue with a foamy, sustained white head; a very impressive pour.

The aroma explodes with bittersweet, tropical fruits.

The can describes this as a "juicy hop pale ale" and I must agree. The citrusy hops are prevalent from the first sip - orange and marmalade flavors dominate while a soft and mellow malt keeps everything in balance.

Initially I thought the ale was a little too thin bodied but upon a few sips with the ale warming in the glass, the body became soft and supple with a well-rounded mouthfeel. There is a faint bittersweet flavor that lingers on the palate.

Overall, this is a refreshing, somewhat dry, quaffable pale ale that is ideal for the very warm weather down here in Florida. The ABV percentage is low enough to enjoy several in one session. This is a repeat.

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Photo of BJB13
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a nonic style pint glass.

The crystal clear golden orange body looks nice and refreshing and has a one inch fizzy white head that quickly diminishes leaving only a bubbly ring. The moderate strength nose is tropical and hoppy with some biscuity malt aroma as well. The taste follows suit with a nice amount of bitterness. Body wise, I'll say to the high end of light with medium carbonation that feels just about right. It drinks easy and is refreshing.
This is a decent APA but the can advertises "juicy hop pale ale", I find it lacking in the juicy department and more in line with a traditional APA.

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Photo of BB1313
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 9/12/17. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with nice clarity and transparency; small white head that quickly fades leaving okay retention and lacing. The aromas are floral and citrus forward. Subtle hints of grapefruit and orange. Some fresh crackers are there. Some mild hints of caramel. Malts are there. The flavors are refreshing and somewhat bold. Lots of citrus. Orange and grapefruit is there along with some hints of lemon and lime. Some fresh grass. Mild resinous notes in the finish. Moderate bitterness. Malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's light with moderate to active carbonation. It's slick but fluffy. Pretty smooth and easy to drink.

This is a solid pale ale. It's not flashy and is more on the traditional side, which works. Nothing crazy, but it's nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light toasty biscuit caramel malt note with fruity hops with additional orange and grapefruit citrus and pine. Too heavy on the caramel malt or an old example. Light bodied with low carbonation to give a soft rather than spritz feel. Good but kind of plain.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: Crisp citrus hops balanced by malt backbone. Smooth and dry finish. fresh hop and yeast bread nose. Dark amber, clear, smaller head minimal lace. Very drinkable, I had it go well with pizza. 31 IBUs

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Photo of Redrover
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up a Binny’s after seeing it plugged by several friends on social media.

Poured from a can into a nonic, the beer is copper with a dense beige head. The head looks like the chiffon on a pie.

You can smell this one as soon as you pop open the can. I get lots of citrus and pine.

The taste is less bitter than the smell would leave one to believe. There is some nice caramel malt, a bit of toasted bread and pine and citrus and something a bit earthy in the finish. I see it has 31 IBU, seems about right from drinking several of these.

The mouth is slick with a bit of coating to it.

This is an easy drinker. I wonder if it is the replacement to Sidekick or an additional stablemate. I like it, but think I prefer the Sidekick.

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Pinball from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 144 ratings