In February and March 2011, the band supported Parkway Drive on their headlining tour of the US. On March 14, "Start the Reactor" was made available for streaming, and it was revealed that the group's new album, titled Burning at Both Ends, would be released in the summer. Following this, the group went a North American tour with August Burns Red in March and April. On May 4, Burning at Both Ends was announced for released in June, revealing the album's track listing, and "Exit Summer" was made available for streaming. On May 22, "Certain" was made available for streaming. In May, the band went on a tour of the UK, and performed at Slam Dunk Festival. On June 8, a music video was premiered for "Certain" through Alternative Press. The video was filmed in May in Santa Monica, California.Burning at Both Ends was made available for streaming on June 21, before being released on June 28 through Epitaph Records. "Calaveras" was included as a digital download bonus track.
In late September and early October, the band toured Australia as part of the Soundwave Counter-Revolution festival. On October 5, a music video was premiered for "Certain" through Alternative Press. In October and November, the band supported New Found Glory on their Pop Punk's Not Dead tour in the US. In December, the band went on a brief holiday tour with support from the Story So Far, This Time Next Year and the Sheds. before supporting Four Year Strong on their brief holiday tour dubbed It's a Wonderful Gig Life. Following appearances at the SXSW and South by So What?! festivals, the group embarked on a headlining tour of the US. They were mainly supported by Cartel and Mixtapes, while Hit the Lights and Fireworks appeared on select shows. In May, the group went on a UK tour alongside Make Do and Mend, Spycatcher, Hildamay and Evarose. The group performed five shows in June as part of the Zumiez Couch Tour.
Burning at Both Ends received mixed reviews from critics. Rock Sound expressed "They’re back in irresistibly anthemic form, with just the right blend of punk attitude and pop genius. With ‘Burning At Both Ends’, the Bay Area sextet have further underlined their second-to-none pop-punk pedigree". Gregory Heaney of AllMusic said "While the album is a solid specimen of melodic hardcore/pop-punk, the one major misstep comes by way of “Product of the 80’s,” which feels more like forced nostalgia than a leisurely stroll down memory lane, cramming the pop culture of the '80s down the listener's throat without even a hint of subtlety" and continued "All blunders aside, Burning at Both Ends is an album that has a lot to offer for Set Your Goals devotees, and might even make converts out of the uninitiated".