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Bitter Woman From Hell Extra IPA - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Bitter Woman From Hell Extra IPABitter Woman From Hell Extra IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

73 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.98%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 08-28-2003)
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Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head holds on nicely, with plenty of hearty lacing. Aroma is creamy malt with light hops fruitiness. Flavor is kind of balanced for this to be BWFH's big sister, ample grains upfront countered with green hoppiness. Bitterness in the aftertaste does redeem itself slightly. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, especially for the style, and drinkability is good as well. Nice beer, just not the "extra" IPA that the label indicates.

ppoitras, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of trep
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle Thanks to mr. JeffKrenner

Clear golden honey body typical of IPA's, creamy off-white head. Not much carbonation rising, and no sediment. Head dissipates to leave but a thin ring around the glass. Aroma is a bit funky for an IPA, smells almost musty. However, there are some nice citrusy notes, but hardly any malt aroma.

Very aggressive bitterness, but also alot of citrus hop flavor. Pretty decent malt profile as well. Lots of orange and grapefruit with some peach flavor and caramel malts. Finishes with some fresh grape-like flavor. Reminds me of an incredibly bitter Dreadnaught. Not bad, not great. Just wish it had some more malt to balance it.

Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Not so easy to drink due to the massive bitterness, especially for a regular ole' IPA.

trep, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color smaller beige head due to slow pour to keep the yeasties out.

Aroma is nice citrus with good grapefruit riding on some toaasted malt. Not to complex but good.

Taste is all hops its big grapefruit bitterness some malt is noted under neath and adds some body and a little toffee sweetness, but not much else. Finish is lingering grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is about medium mostly all hops some lingering malt but hops don't have much body.

Drinkability is nice a bitter IPA with loads of hops. Thanks go to dirtylou for this sample.

mntlover, Oct 17, 2006
Photo of IntriqKen
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks nflmvp for this brew.
Pours a dark orange or light amber topped with a white full finger that melts to sticky lacing.
Aroma is pure citrus and piney hop, but not as intense as I expected.
Taste is first sweet amber malt that gets completely buried by a complex array of pine and citrus peel. Pine resin, orange peel, then grapefruit and finally bitter grapefruit peel.
While a DIPA will have a considerable sweetness from the malts to boost the ABV, this beer is like double the hops without an increase in malt sugar. Leaves your mouth with hop bittering aftertaste and drying an no sugar cloying.
For hop lovers everywhere
TRY THIS!
It may be just what you are looking for.

IntriqKen, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of terrabyte
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very speckled amber brown with a white frothy head.

Smells like a muted Hop Whore from same brewery. A little bit of grapefruits and pine.

Tastes citrusy, with a tart aftertaste of grapefruit and pine. A very muted version of Hop Whore. Which begs the question, why bother?

Body is smooth, well carbonated. A bit oily with nice dry finish. A tart, and VERY bitter after-aftertaste lingers just shy of forever. Brewed from the tears of divorced husbands everywhere? Could be. Depressing. Nice job.

Not my cup of tea, though.

terrabyte, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance
Nice looking IPA, poured a coppery amber. Half finger light beige head that wanted to stick around. Finely carbonated, well laced ale.

Aroma
Light scent of caramel malts covered with a musty grapefruit, orange and pine resinousness.

Taste
Resinous hops. Theres some thin caramel and nutty bready flavours at the start that get blown away by an astringent, almost metallic tinged bitter resinous blast.

Mouthfeel
This one leaves me with a dry, resinous and lasting bitter pucker. Too hops centered to be balanced, the hops just blow away the malt character of this ale.

Drinkability
Can think of much more sessionable IPAs, although this may be just the hopblast some hop heads crave. Ive had DIPAs that were much more sessionable than this.

demcorhip, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle into a pint glass.

Bitter Woman from Hell's main body was a light orange but a more golden around the edges. Big 2+ finger creamy billowy head. Lacing is very sticky and lasts throughout the drink. It looks pretty good except it's FULL of big particles floating throughout. I think this takes away from the appearance. It looks like it'd be clear except for the chunks. It looks like pulp floating in there.

The smell is big on this beer. Tons of sweetened grapefruit. Must be where the pulp came from...There's also a little dampness or mustyness coming through at the end.

The taste is like taking a bite of grapefruit with some sugar sprinkled on top which is the main flavor coming through. It's followed by a little earthyness into a assertive bitterness that pleasently lingers.

The mouthfeel is good. Coats the mouth like it should. Not exceptional but good.

I'm going to drink a few of these tonight. It's a good drinker that leaves you wanting more.

Overal it's a good beer from Tyranena. I have just recently been introduced to their beers and the few I've tried have all been good.

Slainte!

joe1510, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of carln26
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Realale for bringing this bottle back from Wisconsin. Dark copper color, reasonably clear and topped by a chunky off white head. There is a lot particulate settling in the beer as I take a look. The nose is dominated by citrus. Lots of grapefruit followed by some mandarin orange (simcoe in this beer?). There is just a little bit of light caramel on the finish. The flavor has a real punch in the mouth of citrus, a balance of mandarin and grapefruit. It’s offset well by some light caramel. The bitterness really lingers in this beer. It lasts long after I finish the drink. It finishes almost peppery. The mouth feel is slick, and a little astringent. Decent drinkability.

carln26, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer came my way as part of a trade with dhchatfield. In a follow up beermail on the trade. Dan asked me, "how do you like my mother in law." If this is your mother in law she is always welcome to stay with me. Thanks alot Dan this is one tasty beer! The beer was served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a very pleasing clear coppery coloration. The head was two fingers high with a copper tinged biege head. The head never resolved in the entire session. Thick rings of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: This beers is loaded with shredded pine trees. This beer is seriously piney. The beer has a bit of citrus and malty caramel undertones.

Taste: The beer delivers on a major oily pine cones and needles. This beer almost has a entire Christmas tree in it. The maltyness consist of a thin caramel.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a medium body. The hop attack is dam near perfect. This beer is like a sessionable Ruination. I really enjoyed all the bottles of this beer I have drank. A bit more maltyness and this beer would be busting into the 4.5 - 5.0 realm.

nlmartin, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of laintringulis
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pubglass.
Pours a solid amber color with large light beige head. Large loose carbonation bubbling throughout. Exceptional lacing.

Smells like fall. Grassy, earthy, lemony with caramel malt undertones.

Tastes as smells. Hits you with grassy/piney hops hard up front and has a brief caramel maltiness and finishes with a pleasant citrus dryness. The pine flavor was surprisingly clean and didn't taste like pine-sol.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated. Brief pleasant oiliness with a refreshing dry finish. Alcohol presence is well balanced within the hops. Easy to drink. If you don't like extra pine flavor, don't drink this.

laintringulis, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
2.8/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured with a big, off-white/light-tan head that reduced pretty quickly to a thin film across the top of the beer. The color was an orangish-amber and there were a lot of floaters in the beer. I looked on the label to see if it was dated, but to no avail. The nose was slightly hoppy, but underlain with an unexpected sweetness, like coconut (?!?). Bizarre. The mouthfeel was medium and I got a blast of hops up front, accompanied by a smokiness, like that of a dry stout. The finish still evidenced hops, but I continued to experience other flavors that seemed out of place. Interesting, but not worthy of another.

woodychandler, Sep 14, 2006
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden with a large 2 finger fluffy white head that left globs of lace as it settled into a soapy-like top.Piney hop dominates the nose buts it not overpowering a noticable sweeter caramel malt base is there with a unique hard water/mineral elemant.The hops are not as big as one might think with namesake of this brew the piney flavors are there but there doesnt seem to be a spine to this beer the malt is to lacking and the hops are not big enough to hold their on in my mind.Some brews can hold up being uneven in the hop dept this one although not bad is not one of them.

oberon, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a low, light tan colored head that soon recedes. The beer itself is a slightly aged copper in color.

smell: Huge, green hop aromas upfront with notes of fresh, bursting hop cones and steeped hop matter. A moderate caramel note from the malt gives a light sweetness. Smells great.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a lighter medium, and the body medium.

taste: The hops dominate this one...big, juicy flavors of boiled PacNW hop pulp with a considerably evergreen character. Hop tea with some malt sweetness, if you will. There's just a touch of caramelly malt sweetness to counteract the hops. After the swallow, the flavor soon becomes that of only hops with a considerable bitterness then taking over, lingering until it is the only thing left standing. No balance here, and I like it.

drinkability: quite easy, I must say, though slightly limited by the huge bitterness. A little more malt, and some 5's would come into play.

one of two bottles given to me by dirtylou, smuggled back from Wisconsin

blackie, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear light copper with a quickly disappearing white head. A ring of bubbles does remain and leaves some light lacing.

Aroma is fairly balanced between the caramel and pine. Not as hoppy as I expected and definitely has more of a malt presence than anticipated.

Taste is somewhat bitter but I have ran into women that were a hell of a lot more bitter than this is. Some pine and citrus with some sweet malts in the middle. Must admit it does get more bitter as it warms...and a bit tastier as well. It still isn't the hop bomb I had hoped for, though.

Medium bodied with the carbonation lacking a bit. Not a bad brew, but I was expecting more. I will finish my four pack and be happy to have tried

Imstillthegman, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, my 2nd beer tasted in this new series.

pours a deep orange, almost-reddish color. clear with visual density, looks more like concentrated beer nectar than actual beer. the head starts out fluffy and thick, ends up a hazy spatter with bubble clusters meandering. curvy lines of lacing, nothing to indicate supreme sticketivity.

sweet hop aroma with burnt caramel base. amarillo juiciness. some spiciness, reminiscent of a cinnamon-heavy carrot cake. not huge or overwhelming nasally, and thankfully absolutely no wafts of alcohol coming from this brew. expected something as abrasive as devil dancer, and got something that winks at me coyly.

well, this is undoubtedly a bitter beer. first sip fills my mouth with a waxy, acerbic coating. the bitterness here is equivalent to the even burn of a mild habanero sauce. surprisingly, it disappears almost immediately, after a second or two of gland-exciting hoptasticness. the base flavors are hard to identify due to the jolting nature here, but what i read between the lines tends to reek of everyday west-coast inspired ipa. with the exception of the intentional overkill, the flavors here of citrus, malt, etc. are really run of the mill. nothing deserving of such a crazy, threatening name.

the beer itself could stand to improve from a denser body and a tad more carbonation. perhaps i just want this beer to be bigger, and its not. not a bad thing, and i probably would have raved it a little more in a plainer, more low key 'tyranena ipa' type situation. but no.. bitter. hell.. extra. nope.

worth a try, will revisit if offered, looking forward to the double ipa for the fix of what i expected here.

goodbyeohio, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very dark, hazy amber, almost red. There's a respectable, retentive white head.

Very, very strong hops. Wine, pine, flowers, and citrus. Layered and poured on in bucnhes against a great chocolate malt. Oh, I'm in for a treat...

...Or not. Starts with big, but not huge, hops. Mostly dry, a little funky. No citrus or floral complexities. Caramel malt runs in a bit near the middle, but the end--and what serves to balance out the hops--is a not very nice alcohol burn. Uneven.

Wow. The nose was so great. What happened?

In spite of its mediocre flavor and (presumably) high alcohol, it wasn't hard to finish. Still, not all that great.

mynie, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of thaichile
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a amber with a quickly disapating head. Nose is full of hops. This woman is definately bitter! Bitterness is throughout and where I don't typically like bitter, I actually liked this brew. A hophead's delight, grapefruit and pine with a sprinkle of sweetened malts but surely not enough to tame this bitter woman from hell. Thanks to JeffKrenner for the bottle.

thaichile, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of granger10
2.9/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This Tyranena offering pours a beautiful semi hazed flourescent copper color with a medium to large sized foamy slight tan head. Head recedes with sheets of lacing forming around the glass. Looks awesome. Quite a hoppy, resiny smell. A touch of caramel and lots of pine and straight forward hop bitterness. A bit of spice in the as well. Taste just didn't live up. I get almost no malt flavor and hardly any backing. Hops just come out strong, but not from hell. Very bitter, slightly resiny, not the most flavorful really. A bit floral and herbal but then it's just bitterness. A sheet of malt lays across my tongue only to combat the hops, no real flavor. This needs more body, more alcohol, better malt bill, better finish, etc.

granger10, Aug 15, 2006
Photo of kmpitz2
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby. The beer flows into my glass a light copper color, with a finger of just off-white head that settles at a very modest coat over top. The clarity is excellent, and there is a moderate carbonation streaming up in rivets from the bottom of the glass. The aroma is very sweet caramel and lots of piney and earthy hops. It seems to be lacking any sweetness or juicyness from the hop...something I think needs to be there in this brew. Flavor is caramel, moderately bready, strong earthy from the hop, with a strong bitterness that is a little harsh on the aftertaste. The bitterness is not bad, just a little more harsh than I like. Mouthfeel is pretty solid, with a light to moderate carbonation. Overallm this brew is okay. It has some nice strong and bold flavors, but it almost seems a little too much of an in your face assault. It lacks refinement, but with the name of the beer and the name of the series it came from, I'm not all that surprised that it is a more rough beer.

kmpitz2, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My last remaining bottle from our 1st anniversary trip to Wisconsin. Split it with a friend who didn't like it that much which makes me sad because i gave away half of this good beer. Pours tan/orange with a nice head and some grainy sediment. Smells like oranges, hops, alcohol. Taste is citrusy, hoppy (both hop leaves and oils), kind of bitter but actually mellower than the regular bitter woman. smooth mouthfeel and quite tasty. Bitterness actually becomes more pronounced as the drinking progresses, which is counter to a lot of other IPAs. Quite good though and im glad i was able to find this during the trip.

aforbes10, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of expatsteve
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper orange color over brown hues. Low visibility. 1/2 inch head subsides to heavy suds. Medium viscosity.

Aroma: Grapefruit, cantaloupe, citrus zest - orange and pine in the nose as well. Some hints of fresh ginger. Amazing fruit nose.

Taste: Surprisingly simple after such a complex nose. Initially, some ever-so-slightly bready malts and some black pepper and pine resin. Interesting butter and sage notes on the front palate that I can't remember having before in a beer. A touch of sweetness in the development with caramel malts. Bitter finish, but not as aggressive as I expected, and not as much by way of floral or fruity hops as the nose advertised.

Mouthfeel: Light body carries a dry pine finish with an awesome malt aftertaste. Eminently quaffable.

Drinkability: This was great the first time I had it - on tap at the brewery - with lots of fruity hops developments. But definitely not as impressive from the bottle. Very drinkable, but lacking in the development and hop-wallop I expected from an extra IPA.

expatsteve, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of shbobdb
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was very excited to try this brew. I mean, I've heard people rant and rave about it.

What a neutral beer! I was expecting the hop-bomb to end all hop-bombs and this ain't it. My major problem with this beer, I suppose, is the lack of end-boil hops. I mean, take a whiff . . . you got nothin'. Taste it. Sure, it is bitter enough, but it lacks finishing hops to make me think: WOW this is HOPPY.

Instead I just think, "Eh, bitter."

A major letdown. And I paid what? I coulda gotten 1.5 NG Unplugged for that. I guess this just re-affirms Tyranena's place as a second-rate Wisco brewery.

shbobdb, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear amber color with a wonderful milkshake looking white one finger head. Great retention on this bitter woman. Tons of bubbles rising to the top. A full glass length coating of lace.
S: Pine and grapefruit aromas with a little grassyness in there also.
T/M: At first, theres not much in the taste department, though very, very, very bitter. This bitter woman makes you smack your lips a lot. Slight metallic taste thats not very pleasing. As it warms resiny oily pine and grapefruit hops become more noticeable and rear their ugly heads. Bitter aftertaste with a hint of citrus fruit. Kind of light and fluffy in the mouth with a big dry aftertaste. Abv must be a little higher than the usual as it warms the chest and belly.
D: Drinkable, but I think the orignal bitter woman is a better offering. Though the bitterness is strong, I'm not sure it makes the beer better. I think it takes something away from the taste.

bjohnson, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head poured out a big beautiful head that had a light copper color the same as the color of the beer. I see sediment in the beer floating around. It left a lacing as it fell.

Smell is like a lager yeast strain, but with a great bitter hoppiness.

Taste is slightly flowery before a big hit of bitter hops. It's not complex, but it is very enjoyable and full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth, and crisp.

Overall very good, I enjoyed this and would like another.

Erdinger2003, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of maundythirsty
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber beer fluffs a tall, dry, off-white head with pretty impressive retention.

The smell is all sappy and resinous pine hops.

The taste is an overpowering and sweet version of same, plus a little peppery finish. All pine needles, and they just get stronger.

It's bubbly in the mouth, and light.

That's it. Bitter Woman from Hell has but one gear. In small, scientific sips it is an interesting experiment. As a bottle of beer it doesn't work. I'll move on from here.

maundythirsty, Jul 14, 2006
Bitter Woman From Hell Extra IPA from Tyranena Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.