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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Reviews: 306 | Ratings: 747
Photo of RoBotGod
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.18/5  rDev -15%
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.

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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 benmiliron
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Paid $1.50 for a 12 oz. bottle.

Eh. Nothing special here. Looks nice and red-orange in the glass. Decent head. Taste is pretty standard pale ale, maybe a bit too bitter for a lighter pale ale. I enjoyed this beer well enough, but it's your very basic pale ale. I would rather have a different brand.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light amber with a nice white head, that left minimal lacing. The aroma is fairly fruity and hoppy, with a nice buttery maltiness in the mix as well. The taste is hoppy up front, fruity in the middle, and clean and dry in the finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy and the drinkability is good as well. A fairly uninteresting, yet tasty, pale ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very high head. Pleasant pale-golden color.

Citrusy hop character. Some fruity notes. Lingering dry finish. The bitterness is definitely at American pale levels, more than English, but not as high as some west coast PA's go.

A decent drinking beer, though it's carbonated on the high side, for a "session" pale ale. After 2 or 3, you can feel the gassiness.

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Photo of Ahhdball
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper tone and a decent head, good lacing left behind.

High citrus, decent "hoppibility" followed with a rich almost molassas aroma.

Delicious hopps coated well. A small amount of fruit (maybe grapefruit) finishing with a smooth malt flavor. Unfortunately it watered down at the last minute.

Decent mouthfeel and drinkabilty, smooth but like I said a little little watery in the end. Nothing dissappointing and I'll have it again.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a casual, unpretentious look. Carry around a glass of this and you won't be branded a drinker of that "dark shit". Maybe you like that title. Maybe you don't want to be one of the pack. Light copper/amber beers are not often the realm you dwell frequently. But the hoppy aroma is different.

There is a nice bit of fruity, citrusy hops on the nose juxtaposed with a rich malt backbone.

The first sip of this brew is an uplifting discovery paired with a disappointing crash. At first I thought I had finally found a hoppy low ABV session beer. Now I have doubts that i'll ever get it again.

There is a nice rich and smooth consistency to the mouthfeel. The malts are a little rich - bordering on 'bubblegum' - and the yeast is just the worst part of the whole experience. Butter. This one is just far too buttery for my tastes. Dial the Ringwood back and you'll reel me back in.

Brothers - There is a place in the world for your brew! We need more hoppy-ass smaller session brews! Cut the diacetyl and spread the word!

Oh yeah, and fix your website. Last updated in 1998, Jeezus.

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Photo of stewart124
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy ruby golden color with a little head that eventually leaves nice lacing. The aroma is of slight floral notes and a nice fruity smell. This is a dry tasting pale ale and reminded me more of a ESB. Good tastes of citrus and exotic fruits. Not overally hopped but a nice blend. This is a tasty brew but not what I was expacting from a pale ale.

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Photo of Riggo
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, golden-copper in appearance, this ale is topped with a sturdy white head that drops to a thin collar and leaves good lacing. Aroma is green--mint, lemon, and pine sap. That fresh, leafy hop smell dominates. On palate, the green hops element is up front, yet balanced with a subtle maltiness. This brew accomplishes big hop flavor while avoiding astringency, despite the name. The thing is, the end result lacks character. It's a bit of a one-note song (green hops), despite being balanced. Still, a good, drinkable pale ale, fresh-tasting, and clean.

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

A nice pale that has a decent look and good flavor. The copper body is overlayed with a decent just off-white head that leaves a little lacing. The nose includes citrusy hop notes and impresses of a clean malt base. The flavor is malty and does include a nicely bitter finish, short of grapefruit, but citrus in sense. The feel is a bit carbonated and fizzy. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of Jon
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After trying this in the bottle and being quite disappointed, I decided to give the draught version a try. From the tap, it poured a golden hue with a sturdy head leaving minor lace down the glass. The nose was of subdued floral hops and just the slightest hint of caramel malt. Taste-wise, nothing exciting is going on here. While the hops and malt profiles are fairly well balanced, neither are pronounced. The Bitter End? Where are the hops? Drinkability is pretty good, though, all things considered. This would make for a fine session ale, but what's in a name after all? In this case, not much, and far from my favorite brew from Two Brothers.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.87/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: This pours a hazy golden color with a ridiculously large head.
Nose: It's aroma is a little bit malty, a little bit citrusy
Flavor: The taste has some lemon/citrus notes w/ some hints of maltiness, but the big thing that you notice is how fizzy this beer is. It's far too fizzy for me.

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Photo of drewbage
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on a fresh cask at The Map Room in Chicago. (During the 2003 AHA National Convention Pub Crawl)

This beer pours into the glass as a pale tan that reveals an burnished amber color as the cask bubbles recede.

Aroma is resiny American hops with a fair sense of cedar closing the nose.

The malt body is soft and eminently approachable as a cask should be. The body is smooth and with just a pricking of CO2 behind an increasing perfumey and zippy citrusy hop bitterness.

Absolutely fantastic beer and a wonderful beer to knock back with friends.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

When this brew was poured it had an off-white creamy head with small bubbles that mostly diminished. There was good lacing with this brew and it had a mostly clear amber body. The aroma was light and moderate amounts of hops. The bitter taste of this American Pale Ale definitely lingered.

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Photo of TheDM
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a small mostly diminishing head of medium sized white bubbles which left a good lacing. Its body was a transparent amber color. I felt its taste was a medium strength bitter hop flavor throughout and lingingered an average amount of time. Its plalate was somewhat dry and fizzy. THe aroma of this brew was very light with notes of light bread and moderately hopped.

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Photo of jaz
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled clear deep golden with a huge head. Aroma was mild and sweet. The taste was instant bitterness with a little sweetness at the start, fruity in the middle and a sharp bitter finish. I was a little disappointed by the somewhat watery mouthfeel. The lace on the glass also disappeared very quickly. However, the bitter-sweetness of this beer made it very appealing.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color with a decent size tan head that leaves some lace.
Good aroma shows a blend of hops. Citrusy and floral.

Taste is dominated by the hops, but the smooth, toasty malt presence is sufficient to adequately balance the beer. Citrusy and floral hop notes. Finishes pretty cleanly with a nice level of bitterness.

Good mouthfeel. Somewhat creamy with sufficient body.
Smooth and drinkable.

Overall, a good APA well worth trying.

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

Copper in color with an off-white head. Good lace-work. The aroma is of light fruitiness, spicy, with a light malt aroma in the background. The flavor is spicy, with a light malt flavor in the back, which flows to a light fruity, dry bitterness. This brew is nicely balanced; not overpowering in the hops, but still leans more to the bitterness. Not a bad pale ale.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Fairly clear golden in color with some yeast chunks floating about. The aroma is super pleasant and citrusy. It's one of the best pale ale aromas I have smelled. But the taste is subpar. It doesn't live up to what the aroma suggests. You think you'll get something close to an IPA when you smell it, but what you get is a slightly watery mouthfeel and a slightly citrusy taste and finish. It's not bad by any means. This is a highly drinkable ale and I really enjoyed it. It's not exciting, but it's a solid pale ale.

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Photo of zerk
4.17/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent pale copper with a thin but persistent white head that leaves trails of lace on the glass. Nose is a wonderful blend of floral and grapefruit aromas with a toasted malt backing. Flavor begins with a grainy malt flavor, then becomes sligtly sweet and resiny, with a bitter, but not overpowering, citrus finish. Has a medium body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This is on the tame side for an American Pale Ale, but would make for an excellent session brew.

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Photo of jackndan
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Two Brothers: The Bitter End: you are damn straight it is, this is as hopped up a beer as I’ve ever had. Perhaps you do not believe me, than permit me to quote my actual beer review notes: “ holy x-mas; hops to the front, left, right and center.” That’s the good news, the bad news is it burned a hole in my belly, and I’ve had better (i.e. balanced) hopped up beers. Hops for hops sake.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

re-reviewed, 12-23-2008:

Clear and golden, almost apricot, with an implacable ivory cap. Lookin' good.

Loud and lively hop aroma, bitter pine needles, grapefruit, tangerine, slightly sour and musky. Pithy, juicy, just right.

Bitter hop smack visits the palate, makes a mark, then slides off smoothly. Next sip, it hits again, then the caramel malt makes the scene, and all is mellow.
Easy drinking but full of hop flavor. Nice.

What we have here is an excellent pale ale/ bitter, and this review replaces the poor, ill-conceived assessment I provided in my nascent BA days. If you ever read it, just put it out of your mind. It never existed.

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The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 747 ratings.
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