The Bitter End Pale Ale | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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The Bitter End Pale AleThe Bitter End Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
13.5 Plato and 30 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-14-2002

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Photo of ryseone
4.97/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Beautiful golden yellow with a nice creamy White head holds very stiff
Aroma: Very fruity and Hoppy with a hint of heather flower
Taste: Hoppy and fruity right up front with a good crisp refreshing low malt and nice floral refresher it is packed with all sorts of hops
Notes: Hops Hops Hops Hops heather flower Hops Hops Creamy head If you like this try Dead Guy Ale from Rogue. not as hoppy but still good

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Photo of jackscrow
4.85/5  rDev +29.7%
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.

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Photo of tronester
4.73/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Maproom 7/9/2009

Served in an Imperial Pint glass, around 55 degrees F. Orange/brown in appearance, with a fluffy off-white head. Smells faintly of grain and british yeast. Taste is bready, toasted malt, nice earthy hops, but a hint of citrus as well in the finish. Super velvety mouthfeel. Nice low carbonation levels that tickle the tongue. Crazy drinkability, this is a fantastic beer on cask. Takes me back to England and its cask ales. HIGHLY recommended on cask.

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Photo of cbutova
4.65/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is already got me thinking mini-Hop Juice, and I love Hop Juice. Pours a nice clear dark amber with a two finger head that has good retention. Leaves thick lacing as I drink this one away. Smells of great hops, light malts, and some sweetness, lots of hops for a pale ale but this one smells great. Taste is basically the same, lots of hops (good ones), sweetness, light malts and some pine hops too on the aftertaste. This is what I would want a pale ale to be. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a kick to the tongue of bitterness, smooth with good carbonation and no real creaminess. No off flavors or alcohol to kill this pale ale, flavors stay present throughout the beer. The hops might get taxing on the tongue after a while. Drinkability is good. Great taste, decent price, will buy this if I want a pale ale again, once again the hops might become overkill on this one. Probably buy it again if I see it around for a session beer.

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Photo of atremains
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a nice full golden orange with a pure white head that reduces to a ring around the beer. Smell is piney and citrus hops with a malt backbone. Taste is what I want in a pale ale. Crisp light and refreshing with a big flavor that doesnt tax the palate. The carbonation is a little rough but calms down as the beer warms. Drinkability is high here. If I can find this one I would make it my new session regular.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

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Photo of Ascender
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I live in the Chicagoland area and I am a big fan of the Two Brothers Brewery in general.

Appearance: Darkish orange, slightly cloudy.
Pours with a thin head that quickly dissipates and light lacing.
Scent: Fruity with a bit of a floral note, light on the hops scent and some maltiness
Taste: An initial caramel touch with some slight malty notes and a citrus finish with a hoppy bite at the end. As noted, this is not an IPA in Pale Ale clothing, but a true ale.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, not overly carbonated. Round on the tongue
Overall: I love this beer. I can drink it all summer day long. The days are getting shorter and I'll be moving on to my heavier beers but it's a wonderful barbeque beer.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jhauser3
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite american Pale Ales. I am biased as it is also local to me. It is exciting to live close to a place that makes such a good beer.
The beauty of this beer is really the last sip. As a hop head, the "bitter end" of the beer leaves a lasting impression that made me want to go back out and get more.
The nice part about this beer is that I am able to bring this home in mass quantities, knowing that most people will enjoy it. It is balanced and sweet enough that even my wife would drink it. The smell of hops on the nose makes me salivate as I try to figure out what type I am smelling.
Overall, this is a great beer!

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Photo of StolidWaffle
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of beerdown77
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a nice dark, hazy orange with a chunky head. There is decent lacing and retention as well. The smell is more potent than I was expecting for a pale ale. The citrus and hops are obvious, as well as the malts and sweetness. This has a very well rounded hop/malt complexity. Before it dawned on me what the name meant, I was thinking to myself that just about when you expect this beer to bring that sweet malt flavor through in the aftertaste, it truly does finish bitter.

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Photo of cokes
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of flocculate
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

A: pours sharp and clear
S: soft hop bouquet appropriate for a pale
T: equally soft bitter hop notes. I like because its a pale as I used to know it. (considering today's pale's are now yesterday's IPA)
M: light and dry
O: a pale as it should be. not an closet IPA.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a brilliantly clear deep golden/light copper color with a moderate off-white head (with nice lacing). The aroma is moderate-high citrus/floral hops and subtle, yet noticeable bready/slightly toasted malts. The flavor is moderately bitter with a medium-low malty flavor. There is medium hop flavor, spicy and citrusy. The mouthfeel and swallow is very smooth. The body is medium as is the carbonation. Overall a very impressive APA. The matliness in the flavor and aroma was a nice addition, a very drinkable and tasty APA!

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Photo of dsa7783
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single, twelve-ounce bottle bought from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Whether this beer qualifies as an English Bitter or an American Pale Ale, it still is a superb, flavorful brew... Really enjoyed drinking this one...
An aggressive pour resulted in an orange, tawny, ruddy, copper-hue with a nice-sized head that left quite a bit of lacing...
Orange and tangerine aroma, sweet, bursting with citrus and grapefruit nuances...
Excellent taste, filled with ripe fruit and fresh citrus, including lemons, limes, ruby red grapefruit and pines...
Crisp, refreshing, tasty stuff from Two Brothers...
Excellent pine flavor with a great level of drinkability...
Very good, bitter finish as well...

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Photo of UA8
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a copperish straw color with a light off white head.

S- Mmm over bounds with scents of citrus and floral hops along with a slightly sweet malt scent.

T- Initial taste is of spices a touch of clove and nutmeg. then moves on to citrus hops finishes dry with piney hops and a touch of spice.

M- A bit heavy on the carbonation but has a nice refreshing finish.

D- This is a really tasty and above average brew with a nice added spice character. Its a bit different from the average pale le but definitely something I will seek out again.

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Photo of ncvbc
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber, big bubbles of carbonation and a thin white ring. Sticky lacing on the glass. Smell is juicy and zesty citrus hops and a nice malt backing. Some caramel and light biscuity malt. I really like the taste. Lots of hop flavor and a good level of bitterness. Maybe a little more than the average but I'm liking it. Again, a nice malt to balance. Sweet, lightly sugared caramel. A pleasant biscuit taste more present than in the smell. Good tingling mouthfeel and a tad bit of creamy texture to it. Bitterness lingers in aftertaste. This one surprised me and was quite enjoyable, glad I had the chance to try it. Wishing I had more...the bitter end.

Thanks to lightindarkness for this UGLY brew!

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Photo of bashiba
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice amber color with a thick and sticky off white head leaving great lacing all the way down.

The smell had a nice bit of buiscuity malt with some nice fresh green hops.

The flavor has a nice toasted malt flavor up front with hints of sourdough and grain with a long even juniper hop finish. The flavors are very balanced.

The mouthfeel is light with some good carbonation and a lingering dry finish.

A very well put together Pale Ale, maybe a tad short on the hops, but very even and drinkable, a great session beer.

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Photo of Alkey
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Photo of morimech
4.24/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a short lived half-inch of head. Some sticky lacing is left on the glass. It has a pine and citrus aroma with a little musty malt lingering in the background. The flavor is grapefruit, pine, with a mild maltiness. There is a lingering bitterness after a drink. The body seems to be overly thin but carbonation is well matched. A nice bitter that I would not turn down if offered.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber, with a thick and rich head of tan bubbles. Spectacular lace. Definite points on presentation.

A nice, sweet, and floral/citrus hops aroma immediately permeates the air around this one. Certainly a promising opening!

Tastewise, it's a smooth and hoppy character with a well-balanced malty presence that counteracts the more acidic and bitter elements that other pale ales exhibit. Smooth finish, too.

A standout, and a fine example of the style. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of Schneic8
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug. Best by date of 12/27/11.

Appearance: Has a copper/orange color with mild carbonation. Poured a slightly off white head.

Smell: Had a slight citrus and honey smell. I could also get some spice in there. It was very faint and not too strong.

Taste: Great taste. It is just slightly bitter and finishes well. I get a touch of the citrus, mild floral tones, and some caramel.

Mouthfeel: Initially smooth with a slight crispness in the mouth. Goes down easy and leave a mild bitter after taste. Very refreshing.

Overall: Great beer. The mild bitterness is perfect. There is a good balance between all the flavor which is great. It is also easy to drink and I look forward to drinking it again.

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Photo of Greggy
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice amber color with minimal sediment. Nice 1 finger head and good lacing

S- Nice pear, pine, grapefruit, and a sweeter malt profile.

T- Nice dryness off the bat with pine, slight apple. The finish is mainly dry with some residual malt feel.

M- Nice low carb but a big mouthfeel over. A surprise based on the 5.1% ABV.

D- Very sessionable Bitter. I will definitely be drinking more of this.

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Photo of Biggness
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this cask this evening @ Once & for all in Patchogue. This cask poured a dark amber with a very minimal white head. The smell was nice with the main thing I caught was hops. The tast was very pleasant, on cask this is a wonderful beer, I have never had it on tap or in bottle. It was beautifully meshed betwwen the bitter hops flavor with the wonderful malt flavor. This beer was quite comfotrable in my mouth and it is something I could see myself drinking all night

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