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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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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Ratings: 748 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an amber color with a 1/2" offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an exceptional pale and bisquit malt scent along with some noble hops and light esters in the nose. The taste is good. It's extremely smmoth with loads of malt flavor and a solid hop bitterness. It goes down easy and finishes thin with a wonderful bisquit malt taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer. It's well brewed and true to style. A great bitter!!!

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Photo of starofindia
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Minimal head which receded immediately. Spotty lacing as we went along.

Aroma is amazing, very intense and heavenly grapefruity hops. Very American IPA'ish. Not much in the way of malt on the nose. Maybe a little malty sweetness at the end.

Taste surprised me. It was bitter, even delightfully so, but not was I was expecting from the aroma. I was expecting a hop bomb. Hops are very earthy and resemble some of the fresh hop/wet hop beers I have had. Just a hint of diacytal which is allowed in this style.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, lower carbonation may be the cause. Light on the mouthfeel.

Overall decent. The aroma was the highlight for me. Expected more bitter as suggested by the name, but still a good beer. I have to remember this is an English Bitter, not and Amer IPA. Got better as the glass went along. I'd have another.

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Photo of adamette
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap about 45 minutes ago at La Cave du Vin in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Learned about this place here on BA. This was one of the 6 or so beers they had on tap there. Served in a clean, clear pint glass.

A Generous but short lived white head supported by a cloudy, pale orange but mostly translucent body.

S Some hops but also maybe some citrus and fruitiness.

T Bitter hops were my first taste but that quickly took its proper place in the overall taste which I think is well balanced by grains, some citrusy malt. I think this is a well balanced pale ale.

M Light but with some hops bitterness that keeps if from being anywhere near too light. Mouthfeel was very good for the style.

D Good. I could have a few of these for sure.

Notes: An enjoyable minimally hoppy beer.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy,yellow color with a foamy,bubbly head. Good lacing action.

The aroma of floral hops,grapefruit and malts.

The taste is hops,some sweetness,citrus hints and mild malts.

The feel is light body,smooth,low carbonation and very drinkable. Only mild bitterness and very sessionable.

Notes: A solid beer and one worth having. Maybe it is not special,but it was good and I would have it again anytime.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a cloudy amber color with about two fingers of light tan colored foam. Smells of mildly toasted malts, and citrus hops. Tastes of pine, lemon, and caramel malt. Medium in both body and carbonation. Very easy to drink and sessionable by my standards. Certainly worth a try.

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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 supercolter
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is rather bland, pretty pale and no real head or lacing. Smell and taste are nearly identical, with some slight citrusy fruit up front and slight hops at the back end. The two complement each other pretty well. Mouthfeel is light to medium in body which is a bit thicker than the other bitters I've had. Drinkability is pretty good, finishes easy and doesn't leave a lot of skunk in the back of your throat.

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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 KarlHungus
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright red color. The head is half and inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into decent lacing. The aroma is of vibrant cirtus and grapefruit with undertones of caramel malt. The taste is very balanced. There is a lot of citrusy/grapfruity hop flavor, and an equal amount of caramel/toffee malt. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a nice pale ale. I could easily drink this again.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a deep golden with a soapy offwhite head. Smell is a nice combo of citrusy, resinus hops and slightly sweet caramel malt that is a bit toasty and nutty. The flavor is much the same with the citrusy hops coming to the forefront and is complemented by a slightly sweet crystal malt flavor. The mouthfeel is light in body and carbonation which makes for easy drinking. Overall, a solid beer.

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Photo of Yesac
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours almost clear and is semi copper/orange in color. Unique color, I haven't seen one like this. A small off-white head stays throughout.

S - Not much aroma going on here, just a bland ale smell. Slight sour hints of hops.

T - Up front there isn't much there, bitterness throughout but the finish is complex with hops, malts, spice, yeast.

M - Medium carbonated, medium bodied. Leaves a nice even coat on the palate.

D - Smooth, but the after taste isn't that great. Easy drinker though.

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

a: pours a medium orange color with about a quarter inch of head that quickly dissapears leaving a bunch of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass that stays and grows as the level of beer remaining decreases
s: slight earthy hops, citrusy hops with a nice caramely backbone towards the end of the aroma
t: caramel malts with slight citrusy hop bitterness
m: medium bodied beer with little carbonation

overall, i really enjoyed this one, a very nice sessionable bitter

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: snifter. nice burnt sienna color with great clarity. nice white head. mild retention and nice lacing.

S: nice fruity bouquet, nice hop aroma but subtle. rich malt aromas.

T: good bitter flavor. malts are mellow and the bittering hops are dead on.

M: medium bodied. mellow carbonation level. smooth.

D: very drinkable, not really my style, but it is good for an english bitter.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dun with dark amber highlights, topped with a thick finger of off-white head; good duration and moderate lacing give a good first impression. The Bitter End lets down a bit with the smell, which is oddly maltier than hopped--nice, but this is a pale ale? I'm confused.

Good, malty taste--caramel, a hint of coffee--but again, this could ue more hops. I like the beer and think it's certainly worth trying. I'm just missing where this fits as a Bitter Ale, a Pale Ale. It's more of an Amber Ale, and would be a pretty good one as such in taste and mouthfeel. How about some more hops?

As it is, this is a breeze on the palate--delicious and creamy. Its identity crisis aside, The Bitter End is anything but. You might be disappointed if expecting a bitter ale, but not with the product itself. Good stuff.

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Photo of hopsleeroy
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to to dob for this one!

A-Slightly AMber/Caramel orange, small white head that didn't last
S-Slightly bready, earthy type hop, not alot of aroma
T-Mild grain with bready biscuit flavor, mild earhty hop, easy bitter finish
M-Thin to medium with good carbo.
D-Very sessionable easy drinking beer but not interesting enough to really keep drinking alot of them

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Photo of BeenJammin
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - There was a finger sized head to this brew. Semi hazy amber in color. Lacing is not present.

S - I can smell a bit of hops but there isn't much aroma here.

T - There is a good bitter hoppy taste to this brew. To me it seems like it is hopped similar to an english pale or bitter. There is a hint of sweet, biscuity malts.

M - Has a good amount of carbonation, is medium bodied and goes down pretty smooth.

D - This beer is very drinkable for me because of it's nice hop characteristic and it's relatively low abv.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber in color. There is no head that forms, but plenty of sticky lacing coating the entire inside of the glass. Not too much in the smell. A subtle amount of malt and hops in the flavor. Pretty thin and smooth on the tongue. A very easy drinking pale, but nothing in the flavor to make me want another.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Best by date 1.15.09.
Honey with very small, ring like head. Very light soapy lacing.

S - Mostly orange, and some bready malt.

T - Very bitter on the sides of the tongue, come sweet malt mid taste, ends on a bitter note.

M - Medium body, fair coating, plenty of carb.

D - Very sessionable - not tiring and not high ABV.

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Photo of tayner
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with best by 11-15-08, courtesy of scoobydank, thanks!

poured an orange amber color with a small head that gave decent lacing

very floral in smell with a hint of sweet malt.

taste was a floral, grassy hop flavor with some grapefruit pithy flavor as well that made it more bitter. there was some malts present, but not quite enough to balance, but true to its name it had a bitter finish

mouthfeel was oily but a tad thin too if that is possible.

I think it is a bit oily and could use a tad more carbonation, but it is reasonably easy to drink.

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Photo of ETF5000
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Almost no head on this one, poured about about a knuckle high and quickly died down to a thin film hovering over the beer. There is some substantial lacing, whatever is left of the head really sticks! The beer poured a cloudy amber, looks like there is little activity going on as far as carbonation is concerned, but the color is very inviting.

S: Some distinctive floral notes with some sugary smells coming in later. Certainly inviting.

T: Very good indeed. A nice smooth sip yields a caramel, bready first observation with an immediate kick of hops to wash down the sip. Very balanced, not too adventurous though.

M: From the appearance I was afraid there may have been too little carbonation, but there was plenty to make this beer feel alive.

D: Nice smooth drinking, you could easily drink this at a party with some of the lads, not much of a session beer though.

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Photo of hylton44
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small half-finger head, leaving a rapidly receding lace as it's tipped back. Pumpkin-orange hue. Taste is on the "bitter end" of the Pale Ale spectrum, so to speak. Malt is syrupy/sugary with the predominant fruit taste being marmalade. Very reminiscent of the Surly Bitter Brewer (which is not bad), only not as good (which is too bad). Still, a nice balance of bitterness and tangy sweetness; an enjoyable enough beer, if a bit of a departure on the style.

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Photo of Slynger
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amberish orange with a fairly creamy cap of dirty-orange tinted cream.

Sweet orangey citrus smells along with biscuity malts.

Flavors of orangey citrus and lightly toasted biscuits along with some orange rind and grassy-piney bitterness.

Medium bodied with a decently smoothish, creamy feel to it.

I really like most of the stuff that 2Bro's does. This one just didn't do much for me.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at Liberty St. Tavern. I might call this an East Coast pale ale, as the malts are a touch darker and richer than the crisp SNPA-like brews of the West. Instead of the light, biscuit malts, this has a bit more light toffee barley. The hops are also a more rounded (not a sharp bitterness) with grapefruit dominating and a little spice around the edges. A worthy session beer.

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

This beer poured a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a very thin, foamy head. Aroma was fruity and sweet, with hints of vanilla and oak.

Almost like a refined American pale ale, this beer has muted but noticeable hop traits. Earthy, pine hops shine through, with just a touch of caramel and citrus sweetness. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium-bodied. Overall this is a solid ESB worthy of a try.

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Photo of 0110x011
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from Younger35. Thanks!

Pours a pale orange-yellow into a Boston Lager glass. Thick frothy head refuses to fade, leaving nice chunky lacing behind. Nose is fairly light, with earthy & floral scents from thee hops, and a hint of caramel. The floral character is virtually lost in the taste, with the pine & earth dominating the hop profile. Biscuit, caramel, and grass in there as well. Mouthfeel is crisp & dry. A fine session beer, great for a summer afternoon. Tasty, but not enough for me to actively seek out again.

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The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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