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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: 747 |  Reviews: 306
Photo of woodychandler
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
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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Photo of StolidWaffle
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
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 Rennpferd
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
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 GratefulBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears to be a cloudy copper gold color, many bubbles, very active with a n average size white head.

Smells of grains, wheat and an overall herbal hop scent with the malt not to far behind.

Taste's include a hearty wheat and slightly fruity bitter hop flavor that is very well balanced out with some mild malt that seems to be just right for the style. This is a very multi-hopped tasting Pale indeed with a bit more bitterness than usual.

Feels very crisp and clean that really seems to pop on the palate. It also displays a rather heavy and thick feel for this this style, it really lets you know it's there.

Very easy to drink, and I enjoy the array of hop flavors in this one.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Courtesy of NucularGeorge

A: Light copper with a vibrant titian hue. Undramatic off white head leaves only a somber ring and just a few streaks across the crown.

S: Some tomato, strawberry, orange and lemon.

T: Begins with some copper moments mixed with orange and vinous veggies. Solid earthy bitterness, limestone with a vitamin B background rounds out the flavors. Finishes with creeping grapefruit with a pronounced bitter wash.

M: Medium, sort of hard water feel with a fuzzy carbonation.

D: Not bad. Certianly drinkable but bitterness tastes a bit "dirty" to me.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by 1/12/07. Pours a light bronze with golen overtones. The head is two finger, off-white and rather creamy. Shows decent retention and some sporadic lacing.

The aroma is of hops, spice, lemon peel, malt, some pine and grass. The flavor features some light malt, some citrus, then a pretty healthy dose of hops, and a piney, herbal qulity on the finish.

The mouth is medum-bodied with decent carbonation. It's not very complex, kind of a one trick pony with the hops. I could drink this all night, because I like the style, but I don't think it's an exceptional representation of it. It's not even all that bitter, considering its name.

Overll it's a very solid, enjoyable brew, as I've found most from Two Brothers to be.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Says best by 04/02/06...it's now 10/3/06. We'll see what happens.

Bronze brew with a very small, brief head and some very transparent lacing.

This one smells pretty good! Not skunky at all....looks like it might be ok despite the age. Very hoppy and lively with a very strong mandarin orange / orange soft-drink scent playing the lead role. Smells refreshing and interesting

Very sweet and pleasant with less hops than I would have guessed based on the smell. Initial sweetness has a definite orange soft-drink taste, follwed by some good bitter notes and a somewhat dry finish.

This is and interesting and unique bitter that would prove very very quaffable if I had more than one. Sadly I don't. Crap.

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Photo of maundythirsty
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber beer with a small white head that disappeared. Some lacing. Weak smell of malt and a little touch of pine.

Straightforward and uncomplicated taste. It's a little malty, with piney bitterness.

Middle of the road mouthfeel, heftier than I expected. Not a standout. Not one I would buy in a stocked store.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a pleasingly clear amber coloration. The head was a cream color two fingers high. The head had no staying power what so ever. Talk about a really limp one. The beer left no lacing on my glass.

Smell: The beer delivers a coniferous forrest of hoppy goodness. Sweet toasted caramel maltyness rises from the glass.

Taste: The hops primarily deliver pine resiney flavors. The malty sweetness peaks out from the pine forrest briefly. The beer finishes with a earthy hoppyness.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a nice medium body supporting the hops. The beer is slightly slick on the mouth. This is a enjoyable and easy to drink beer. This beer has something for the beer geeks and regular beer drinkers.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy caramel orange, topped with a small ivory head. Great lacing and head retention. Solid aroma, piney, floral hops dominate sweetish, caramel tinged pale malt. Soft pear esters, a bit on the citrusy side. The flavor opens with softly grainy pale malt, a touch of yeast character adding a crusty bread doughiness. Fairly clean, with a little bit of pear, leading right into a moderately hopped, floral and citrus finish. Good bitterness, balanced well, leaving off somewhat dry and crisp. Pretty mellow, sessionable stuff. Not crazy incredible, but I'd enjoy a few pints of this.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another find from across the Ohio River in Evansville, Indiana. This pours a hazed, apricot body with a small offwhite head that retains well and leaves some delicate spiderweb lacing.

Aroma features some distinctive butterscotch and caramel maltiness, backed by an inviting hops profile of red apples and floral herbs.

Mouthfeel is light medium, with suitable moderate carbonation.

Taste begins with floral and herbal hops bitterness that is best described as lavender and apple blossom. Caramel malt sweetness is a solid backbone. Tastes like a good English ESB, with notes of pear and golden apple. Nice!

Well crafted and very suggestive of a fine English ESB. Very sessionable with the moderate abv.

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Photo of mynie
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bitter or a pale ale? Pours like an APA. Ice tea orange, with a bright white head that sticks around for hours. Great lacing, to boot.

Nice blend of floral hops, citrus hops, and malts in the nose. Nothing really sticks out, but it's a great synergy, and intense enough to be an APA, certainly.

And the APA versus Bitter mystery comes back in the mouth. Dry floral hops start things out, but they get lost almost completely lost to a rush of huge caramel malt, which gives way to a crisp, almost vanilla tasting malt near the end that leaves a sour taste hanging in your mouth. Strange, and pretty dang good.

Everything here is moderate: moderate bitter, moderate sweet, moderate carbonation. Only, in all cases, that moderation is the good kind of moderation. It's easy drinking and very well balanced.

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Photo of MagicLantern
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint glass.

A: Medium head quickly settles to an 1/8" lace that evenly caps beer revealing big bubbles in the remaining head. Lace catches edge of glass as it's drunk, clinging to sides giving it a nice look.

Even carbonation through glass, a transparent amber color leaning towards orange. A slight haze to the beer when held up to the light. A good looking beer.

S: Subtle hops, that's about it. Nothing exceptionally good or bad, what little smell noticed was pleasant.

T: Call this beer Bitter begining middle and end. To be fair the hops are balance by a subtle malt that leans towards the front of the beer. So it has a slight sweet taste, quicky becomes bitter, and ends with a bitter aftertaste. Carbonation provides a slight bite. No noticible spices. Alchohol taste wasn't very noticeable.

Once you get use to the bitter, the flavors become more apparent and one can taste how the malts sort of up front in this beer. They do a good job of balancing the beer and make very nice once you get used to it.

M: Medium body, slighty dry. The malt counters the hops, but I wouldn't consider it balanced because there is a clear bitter after taste. I still enjoyed this beer, in fact it's growing on me as I try them.

D: If your in the mood for a bitter beer, this is one of them! The hops leave a strong bitter aftertaste. It also coats the mouth, in particular the tounge. These points lower the drinkability as the bitter after taste could cap your enjoyment. Typically I drink two. The first is better than the second, but my cravings over. I don't think I'm make this an all night drinker though. Maybe I should try? ;)

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Photo of FenwaySquid
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle, BBD of 2/25/06 printed on label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange color, the head was non-existent except for some lacing.

Smell: Piney hops.

Taste: Crystal malts flavors up front quickly dissolve into bitter hops, nice transition. The finish was dry and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: A little watery, carbonation was in good balance with the flavors.

Overall: As others have noted, this is an American Pale Ale, (and a pretty good one at that) not a Bitter Ale. Even though my bottle was past its Best Before date the beer was still quite tasty. Worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
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 bjohnson
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden color with an initial one finger off white fizzy, frothy head that dissipates to about a half. Nice lace
S: Aromas of biscuity malt with slight sweet notes, maybe butterscotch. Slight hop character also.
T: Slight and very relaxed bready malt taste--couple that with a metallic taste and you don't get a great introduction. Fizzy reaction on the side of the tongue, but not much taste. Slight hop effect with a bitter aftertaste that leaves the mouth dry. Not a very in depth beer.
M & D: Mediocre mouthfeel as this offering doesn't have much pop. Dry and not too smooth as it goes down. Not a very drinkable beer, I'd look for something else first because i got this one. Other TB offerings are better.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color yielded was a slightly pale amber with a little lacing. Head was only a thick film after the pour. Smell made me think this a smell more fitting for a bitter. But the balance between the crystal malts and hoppy, aromatic bitters was not true to the age old English bitter style. Taste was more like a pale ale, not a bitter. But still pleasant nonetheless. Well defined hopp flavor, very earthy. Plus some slightly tart malt flavors that really grabbed the old taste buds at the center of the tongue. Some pretty good carbonation really helped define the hop flavors as well. Very clean palate.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle into a standard pint ... poured an amber color with a decidedly redish hue. Moderate white head that did not linger long. Nose is both malty and hoppy, with some sweetness and floral notes. Palate is well balanced, with malt up front and the hops following behind. This is a well balanced APA, but a little deceptive with regard to it's moniker. This one doesn't have the hop profile the name implies. Thin mouthfeel with sufficient carbonation and a dry finish. This beer is very "user-friendly" and easy to drink, for certain. Not great in any way, but good.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
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.

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Photo of SupaCelt
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer emerged a lovely copper orange colour with a large but fleeting white head. Spitty foam dots the surface in the wake of the head and produces clingy lacing around the edges of the vessel. The body is a bit cloudy and appears well carbonated. The nose carries much breadiness and some honey as the main features that greet my face. There is a definite hop character that is detectable, however, it is not overly pungent. Vaguely citrus. The malt base is by far the most notable feature. The taste is much as the nose suggests with bready malt and honey. There is a light sweetness and some citrus hop sting and of course a pinch of bitterness that does seem to grow as the glass empties. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. The drinkability is good. This is a very mild beer. The bitterness is far from powerful, as this beer is mostly just an exercise in balance and light expression of character. Not bad, but not overly entertaining.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. Best by 4/2/06.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" off-white head over the crystal clear amber brew. Head remains about the same, with average to good bubbly lacing. Aroma is well balanced, but the hops are discernable and fruity. Taste is an assault upfront with hops bitterness, which then mellows with some malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and drinkability is great. Sessions could be made of this.

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Photo of smcolw
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of dirtylou
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's

best by 1/12/06...DAMNIT, 1 day late!

appearance: orange-amber pour into great dane imperial pint glass, light foamy beige head forms, frothy lacing round the rim

smell: zesty lemon, some other citrus - especially orange...smells of some dry spiciness. toasted malt, smells a little watered down

taste: did not see this coming....a delicately tart taste, dominated by sour lemon and cherry, mild grassy and herbal hops, delicate spicyness, lightly buttery, sour, mildly toasted malt....lies somewhere in between an apa and english bitter probably

mouthfeel: medium bodied, very tart aftertaste, somewhat dry finish as expected

drinkability: easily drinkable

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a slightly hazy orange brown color with an inch of head. Malty caramel aroma with some fruity hops. The flavor is sweet and sour. Sweet with caramel flavor. Sour with tangy fruit and weird tasting yeast. Balanced between the sweet and the bitter, but I'm not really digging the flavor. Mouthfeel is just a little too light. I didn't really like the sour flavors, and it could have been hoppier. Average pale ale.

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Photo of wedge
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange / gold with a small loose head. Smells of light citrus hops and pale bready malts. Taste is quite bitter as the name might suggest. Assertive citrus hops...kinda zesty with lightly sweet malts in back. Pretty light body with slow carbonation. Dry finish.

Contrary to what the bottle says, I found the beer to be more bitter in the beginning. In fact I think it was a bit overdone...I like more flavor with my hops.

Worth a try if your looking for something bitter.

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The Bitter End Pale Ale from Two Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 747 ratings
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