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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3.74/5
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748 Ratings
The Bitter End Pale AleThe Bitter End Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrothersbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,684
Reviews:
306
Ratings:
748
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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9
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Ratings: 748 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of Sammy
3.79/5  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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Knapp85
2.15/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had some odd metallica flavors going on in it. I was kind of turned off by this. Some beers have this happen and I try to look passed it. Sometimes it's easier said than done. The beer is a good APA overall. It's got a good color and aroma to it. The hoppy quality isn't too bad either. Just that metallica flavor I was getting killed this one for me.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy light copper in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left lacing.
S: There are light aromas of biscuit and caramel malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is rather malty with flavors of caramel and some associated sweetness; however a mild to moderate amount of bitterness develops towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the taste has a good balance between the malts and hops.

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

Standard, simple, and pure- It's a beautiful thing to make a blanced Pale Ale with no frills, bells, or whistles; just high and effortless drinkability. Two Brothers gets it right.

A mostly clear (light haze) copper-amber hue carries a froathy off-white head that retains the session and laces very well. The beer does everything it's asked to do, at least to the eye.

Balanced aromas of graham crackers or caramels swirl with citrusy-grassy hops for bold but alluring scent. Low on esters and super clean, the beer fits the bill.

Again, balanced flavors of caramel (butterscotch) graham crackers, and raw barley sets the pace while an equal and opposite reaction of grapefruit, orange zest, and fresh cut grasses round out a bittering and flavoring zesty finish. If anything, a cola-like taste comes in the finish and gives more rise to the sun-kissed grain character of the barley.

Medium throughout, the beer starts moderately creamy and froathy, but fades evenly into a drying malty, bitter, and fleeting finish. Very consistent and easy to drink.

Though I prefer my Pale Ales a bit on the drier and hoppier side, this beer demonstrates a balance that is right down the center of the style. ...just a pace off of classics like Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of those ubiquitous beers that I never got around to reviewing until now for some reason. Poured into a mug with a frothy head of soapy foam. Lots of lace in the glass and lasting head retention. Bright clarity, deep orange hue.

Caramel malt sweetness with a little tiny bit of dried orange peel and funky yeast aroma.

Flavors are similar, caramel malt is a little tired out, mild to moderate bitterness after a bigger sip. Light to medium bodied, average carbonation, lingering grassy bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a passable beer, pretty standard for the style, not especially hoppy or unique.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly auburn color with a two-finger, off-white head of khaki colored foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine with sweet caramel notes.

T - It had a nice piney bitterness with a citrus kick. Good burnt toast maltiness with caramel and toffee flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is a really tasty APA. Another good one from Two Brothers.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a decent head and some lacing

Smell: Toasted bread, toffee and fruity/earthy hops

Taste: Starts out with a toasted malt and toffee character that verges into a fruity bitter aspect; by mid-palate and after the swallow, pithy hops emerge though the toffee sweetness continues to dominate through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A decent APA that borders on an English Pale Ale; thinking of it as a hybrid makes it more interesting and enjoyable as it doesn't stand up to the purer examples of the style

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/12/2014. Pours moderately cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, toast, biscuit, light caramel, floral, grass, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tangerine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, toast, biscuit, light caramel, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tangerine, grapefruit, orange/lemon zest, floral, grass, toast, biscuit, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of hop and malt flavors; with a great hop/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale ale. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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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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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A creamy and fizzy head rises to almost a finger and fades slowly. The beer is very hazy and yeast chunk filled.

The nose brings some light grassy and herbal hops, a mild hop aroma, some light chewy hops, sweetness, almost a caramel and honey aromas, and a light fruit aroma too.

The taste is more malty, with some crystal malts, some Munich I think too, light toasty. Some light hops too, grassy and herbal, a little spicy and chewy hops as well. A nice pale hop flavor, and mild bitterness. It finishes with a lingering bitterness that intensifies a bit but never gets overwhelming. A light sticky feel too.

THe mouth is medium to lighter bodied with decent carbonation.

It has a decent drinkability, clean dry finish but a light sticky feel. It also has a light bitterness making it pretty drinkable.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice looking beer, great for an APA. Amber gold body. Creamy off-white head has great retention and lace.

S - Nice nose, but relatively soft. Orange, coriander, and a touch of pine.

T - Delicious. Bright, clean pine hop flavor with a light malt and mineral backbone.

M - Light, easy drinking frame. Medium light. Carbonation.

O - A nice APA with a great pine flavor profile.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering burst of floral hops bitterness. Then there is a hearty but not too heavy malt character that comes in followed by some citrus and caramel sweetness creating a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent beer but there are several others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours golden with a white head. The nose brings some earthy spice and a bit of some herbal characteristics. Really light grain and a bit of caramel. The taste is slightly bitter with some floral and earthy characteristics. Light and slightly dry with good carbonation. Drinks quite well, although not as sessionable as it could be.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This produced a thin, bright-white head that reduced to wisps in seconds. The nose had a floral, hoppy quality. The color was a slightly cloudy deep-amber. The mouthfeel was thin, approaching medium. I got a real burst of malt in the mouth, like the smell coming from the brewhouse during the initial boil. Quite unexpected, but pleasantly surprising. The finish returned to the hoppy bitterness that I had noted on the nose.

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The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 748 ratings