The Bitter End Pale Ale
Two Brothers Brewing Company

The Bitter End Pale AleThe Bitter End Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,554
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
85
Ranked #33,010
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 11.17%
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
748
From:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
  47
SCORE
85
Very Good
The Bitter End Pale AleThe Bitter End Pale Ale
Notes: 13.5 Plato and 30 IBU
Reviews: 306 | Ratings: 748 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Bierwolf:
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Bierwolf from Missouri

2.97/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours amber with about one finger of foam,light beige that does not retain and leaves minimal lacing. Clear with decent carbonation showing.

Aroma: Light citrus hop aroma but I did not detect much anything else.

Taste: A mild citrusy hop flavor but not big like a lot of APA's. Overall this beer is pretty mild. Crisp and clean, the hops do linger.

Mouth Feel: Smooth and crisp with a light to medium body. Finishes dry.

Overall: Not a bad beer but I was hoping for a little more out of it. Certainly would drink it again.

Jul 07, 2014
More User Reviews:
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hoosier222002 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Aug 03, 2014
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seanhug from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Apr 30, 2013
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Onenote81 from North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice thoughtful extra received from akokandy in a recent trade. Thanks, Adam!

Pours a deep orange-gold with a massive ivory head on top. Great retention, but no lacing whatsoever. Smells of minerals, malts, and biscuits. Good.

The mouth is very thin on this. Carbonation presence in the mouth is zilch. Disappointing. With that aside though, I love the flavor. Great balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. Bready and satisfying. I could drink a few of these for sure. They just need to tweak the mouthfeel a bit.

Jul 08, 2009
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neckbracesub from Indiana

3/5  rDev -20.2%

Aug 01, 2013
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Dec 04, 2011
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jzlyo from Iowa

4/5  rDev +6.4%

Nov 18, 2014
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dmfrench from Indiana

3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thin, overly carbonated forgettable bitter, fruity APA
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A: Clear light copper/orange body with a somewhat persistent one finger off white head.

S: Nice mix of resinous, dusty, and spicy hops, sweet apricot, and caramel malt

T: Not horrible, but quite a letdown after the beautiful nose. Very top heavy with potent embittering hops, mostly of the resinous variety, but the fruit and malt are all but missing, possibly masked by excess carbonation, which also gives a slightly metallic taste.

M: Excessive carbonation and a bit thin.

O: Drinkable, but would not seek it out.

Jul 23, 2012
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Davit from California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Mar 31, 2012
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
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.

Feb 10, 2006
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ROBORB from North Carolina

3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Mike B., thanks man!

Poured into a regular pint glass this beer produced an orange hue with a light, quickly dissipating white head. There was a nice aroma of pine, hops, and grapefruit. The carbonation was just right for a pale ale. This was a very drinkable pale ale and I would like to try it again sometime.

Mar 17, 2009
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dlin0sbb from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Jun 12, 2012
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a wonderfully smelling brew with great complexity to the aroma, which includes strong and somewhat sweet floral backed by citrus. Good full head and dark gold to orange tinted color. Unfortunately, the taste isn't as deep or complex as the aroma. The taste is enjoyable enough with light qualities of the aroma, especially bitterness and slight citrus taste, but just too weak. Seems to lack a richness a little more malt would bring. Mouthfeel is good for style, finish is surprisingly short.

Jul 05, 2002
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ryanpj from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Aug 19, 2012
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countchunkula

4.25/5  rDev +13%

Apr 26, 2012
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ZAP from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm pretty impressed with this one....tremendous fresh hop aroma...I really love beers that smell like this one..nose is of much stronger hops than the actual taste which is pretty balanced..I'd like to match this one up next the Summitt Extra Pale Ale for a blind taste test....body is just bit thinnish/watery...taste is not loaded with flavor but is enjoyable...like I said it is balanced but the hops edge out the malt in the battle for dominance...a nice hop flavor...fresh, floral tones with just a tich of good bitterness...a very good APA..not spectacular but definitely well above average..a nice lace along the glass as I drink it too...

Jul 02, 2002
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imperialking from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Feb 21, 2012
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Matthewpakula from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Jan 29, 2014
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Bighuge from Minnesota

4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a beautiful clear copper hue. A medium sized head disintigrates into an edging of off-white cream that laces nicely. This brew smells exceptional. Dry hopped to perfection. Very nice humulene aromatics present. Just an amazing fresh hop smell here. Surprisingly, after such an abundant smell of hops, the taste isn't over-ridden with hops. They are there and very nice, but the beer is somewhat balanced. There's a good bitterness present. Not IPA bitterness, but good nonetheless. Malt balances everything out very nicely in this brew. This is a very drinkable APA. And very delicious. I'd have to say that this is one of the few elite American style Pale Ales that I have tried so far.

Jun 14, 2002
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cnally from Indiana

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bitter end, a fitting slogan for so much of our lives...yikes, I think I am getting a bit too deep for my own good.

The beer is a nice radiant orange color with a barely present head.

Aroma is very floral, nice and malty.

Flavors kick with a very sweet caramel malt and a good dose of butterscotch.

Mouthfeel is a little watery, but about the right carbonation level.

Decently tasty and a pretty easy beer to drink but a little underwhelming. Still good though.

Jul 21, 2010
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Stevie_Janowski from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

May 03, 2012
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ADR from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber, good head of 1/2 inch of medium-bubbled head. Definitely a hoppy aroma. Very grapefruit flavor, flies close to an I.P.A. -- like a Three Floyd's Alpha King or a Summit A.P.A. does. The quality and richness of the malt, in contrast to the hops, is a little lost in the flavor. That and the light mouthfeel don't make it distinctive enough to call the brew really well balanced. I can drink beers like this in quantity, but my evaluation overall place this as closer to the heavy hop "end members" in the American Pale Ale scene.

Aug 05, 2002
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TheSSG from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, dense, resiny head that is persistent and creates nice lacing. Nice aroma is dominated by an orange rind hop aroma, with a backing of malt. Golden-straw color with a touch or an amber-honey. Starts off with a nice grapefruit hop flavor, surprisingly not-too-bitter (for the hop aroma/flavor), though. This builds into a medium bitterness, with malt breaking through after the bitterness peaks. I detect a quick, actually pleasant metallic flash (so fast, you'll probably miss it) as this transition occurs (first time I can recall feeling that way about a metallic flavor). As you sip it, and it warms, there is a more noticeable pine aspect to the hops.

Overall, a well done Pale Ale.
I, always, have a preference for the aromatic Pales, and this one is aromatic enough to make me content. A good hop flavor, and I love that it's not overly bitter; a textbook definition for a winning Pale Ale.

Dec 29, 2012
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illini4x4

4/5  rDev +6.4%

May 02, 2012
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cokes from Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid APA.
Pours an amber body with a thin off-white edge of a head. It sticks around and leaves some nice lacework.
Smells beautiful. Hoppy with pine and citric notes. So fresh! I wish I could get a Bitter End air freshener!
Carmel malts and resinous hops battle for control. Ends in a draw, and it is pretty well balanced. Not as complex or hugely hoppy as the smell would indicate, but quite tasty nonetheless.
Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Maybe a hair on the thin/watery side. Minor complaint..still lovely to drink.
One of the better APA's I have had in recent memory.

Many thanks to Mr Bighuge.

Jul 23, 2002
The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 748 ratings