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Hop Whore - Tyranena Brewing Company

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623 Ratings
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Ratings: 623
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 82
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: murrayswine on 09-15-2006

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Ratings: 623 | Reviews: 357
Reviews by salvo:
Photo of salvo
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange with crimson highlights into a goblet. Little lacing etches the glass, but there isn't much head at the start and what little there is collapses quickly.

Smell is pine, orange, grapefruit with a sweet malt back of honey, biscuit, and bitterness. First taste is bitterness and then warm alcohol as the pine begins to assert itself. Complex and unfolding, there is a bitterness mid-palate recognizable as the spot English IPAs generally tip my palate, but then the American hops also chime in, deepening the bitterness and expanding the hops into pine and citrus, pulling the palate-slapping around to the back of the throat and up into the roof of my mouth. Undulating, turning bitterness that ends up drying. Wonderful.

Rich, thick mouthfeel without edging into heaviness, drinkable while satisfying me in almost every facet of what I'm looking for.

I don't know how the Tyranena guys do it. This is an amazing bottle of beer, and I have simply loved everything rolling off the "Brewers Gone Wild" series line. This beer, hop whore, is beautiful; it's a huge hoppy double but it is balanced. The flavor and smell linger and unfold as the beer warms, it fills the mouth with incredible flavors and textures. Just an incredible, amazing experience. Too bad I'm unlikely to get to try it on tap, but to dream, to imagine, to hope: Tyranena dreams. Thanks: I'm looking forward to the outcome of your next "gone wild." Tyranena may be becoming my favorite brewery: look out Sun King, 3Floyds, and Founders. These dudes are playing the game at a very high level.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

100% clear reddened copper body with a thin off white head that quickly dissipates to a very thin skim. I would appreciate a thicker head and more lasting head the carbonation streams are great.

Aroma is dominated by fresh, juicy green hops. Juniper is present in hefty doses. Not as complicated as many DIPAs but it delivers the necessities in heaping portions.

Taste begins with pine sap and is followed by grapefruit. Really juicy and nice. Also limited in complexity and depth when held to the big 5 DIPAs but not without some great straightforward hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is light, spicy, biting, bitter as hell, and leaves a great tingly sensation in one’s mouth. Lacks the creamy, tongue wrapping quality of DIPAs like Dreadnaught but certainly bitter...really, really bitter.

Drinkable as a DIPA can get and lighter than almost any other DIPAs.

Seems more like a really hoppy regular IPA than a DIPA in some ways but great as either.

Photo of blackearth
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours a deep amber body with a white head. Aroma is of pine needles and a bit of citrus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a great balance between the bitter an sweet flavors. It has a lasting hop presence that isn't over the top. Not my favorite double IPA, but a good one.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle that I picked up last time I was up in Wisco. Pours into my glass a clear deep amber orange with red hints. A half inch of creamy head sits on top. Aromas start with lush hops, super citrusy with lots of grapefruit and good bit of pine as well. Deep caramel malts underneath. A wonderful mix of hops that really jumps out at you. Good start....

First sip brings a blast of sweet caramel maltiness that's almost automatically met by a wall of bountiful hop flavors. Big green hop cones full of citrusy, grapefruit goodness along with some pine sap resiny flavors as well. Flows down with a big smack of bitterness that lingers and finishes with a bit of residual sweetness. No alcohol to be found here...just a tasty Imperial IPA all around!

Mouthfeel is nice and chewy with a good steady carbonation. This is not overly heavy and it goes down pretty damn smoothly. Easy to drink for a DIPA, I'm guessing there is a fair amount of alcohol here. Another tasty treat from Tyranena...I hope to see this one around again!!

Photo of blitz134
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper, caramel body. Half inch of nearly white head to start that reduced down to a skim layer of patchwork foam. A little foam clings to the glass.

Sweet bread malt aroma with some earthy and floral sweet aromas. Fairly straight forward but does have a little oomph to it.

Nice balance here, although I have had this one for a little bit it still has some hop aroma. Bready, dinner roll malts with earthy, herbal, peat-like hops. Pine resin in the finish. No alcohol to speak of.

Nice medium to full mouthfeel with lower carbonation levels, but still enough to evoke some feeling of crispness.

Pretty easy to put back. Nicely hopped flavor with a good amount of balance from heavy malting. A very nice beer.

Photo of sponberg
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Guy on the bottle looks like me. This scares my ass. "Shall we?" Yeah, I believe we shall... deep red-amber with an offwhite head, fine bubbles, dissipates to a thin layer that hangs on a while. Aroma of good weed, grapefruit, and a hint of cedar - not hamster cage cedar, but walking thru a forest cedar. Almost catty but not quite.

Whoaaaa... what was that? This is not a charade. Starts with a syrupy, red-ale caramel malt sort of maltiness, then the hops just explode on the palate - first citrus in the flavor, then a vaporous, spicy, all over the tongue bitterness that grows, bringing along with it a damned tasty alcoholic warming surge. Before it ever hits the back of the throat the alcohol vaporizes. Neat trick. Finish is all kinds of neat flavors that I just can't quite categorize - dunno what hops are used in here, but the flavors are this huge blend of medium toasted chewy malt, alcohol, and citrus/pine hops. Great body, completely appropriate to the brew. I wanna drink more just to figure this one out. This is a beer of extraordinary magnitude.

Damn. yet another dimension to the style, and a highly enjoyable one at that. Thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the bottle!!

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a mildly hazed copper amber body with a small offwhite head that gradually falls into sticky lacing. Aroma has pink grapefruit and grassy and leafy hops. Medium body has an ideal carbonation and an earthy hops bite. Taste features a spunky pine cone bitterness that is rounded by a citrusy sweetness of pineapple and orange. Lemon zest and spicy hop notes add dimension. Caramel malt backbone is subtle but provides a fine balance. Finishes dry and bitter with a lasting hop impression. I didn't notice any alcohol and really wondered if I was drinking a DIPA or just an excellent regular IPA. Very well balanced, overall, and quite tasty. Highly recommended. Thanks to dancinwillie for this one.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to jpm30 for this gem...wanted to try this one the minute I found out it existed.
Bright copper color with a half a finger or bright, white head...fades quickly and leaves some streaking lace.
Sweet caramel malt at first, but finishes with a heavy dose of citrus hop.
Grapefruit and sun tea mainly in the taste...wickedly bitter. Slight malt sweetness attempts to balance out this brew, but is not very successful...not a bad thing. Finishes very dry...the hops scraping the taste buds into numbness.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and the carbonation is a bit high.
I dig this one a bit more than the BWFH, but not a session brew for me (duh)...another hoppy treat from Tyranena.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to boolshot for a bottle of this gem. This my kind of DIPA. This beer has a strong hops smell & taste without too much bitterness. It goes down smooth without a hint of an alcohol taste. If I could, I would buy this beer on a regular basis and I am a hophead. Cheers.

Photo of danman83
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

Appearance - Holding the glass up to a light is like peering through a piece of amber. Pours a subtle head that leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Very floral perhaps corriander/lavender or jasmine with a grapefruit light undertone.

Taste - Upfront blast of hops that starts and finishes very smooth for the amount of flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium body to it without being heavy, not exceptionally bitter but with a great combination of hop flavors.

Drinkability - I'm sad that I only bought a 4pack! Fantastic beer that I love start to finish. Perhaps a bit too strong to be a session beer for myself but when I'm in the mood for one beer this is easily at the top of the list.

Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a very nice package from my man Roburg, thanks!

Appearance- Poured a mildly surprising darker shade of golden amber. Gotta say though that this beer had an amazing three fingers or so of really creamy white head that lasted forever. Probably still had a finger of it on top by the time the beer was done. Lots and lots of sticky lacing and a fair amount of carbonation in the body of the beer as well. Quite a looker.

Smell- Wow, really really fruity. I get an interesting note of a lemon citrusesque hop profile right off the bat that I'm not necessarily used to. Interesting though and combined with great notes of orange cream and grapefruit rind. Smells quite nice.

Taste- More notes of tropical fruits. Lots of oranges and cream and grapefruit flavors predominantly. Get a nice bite of piney resin in there as well however along with the fruit flavors. Lots of sweet malts showing through towards the finish however and take away a bit from the initial flavor profile.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Because of the sweet malty finish, I found that the beer got a little overly sticky towards the end, though it wasn't a major issue on the whole. Drinkability was decent for the style as well but the sweetness got a touch cloying.

Overall, a solid DIPA, though I felt that its look and nose were actually the high points for me. Give it a shot though if you get the chance.

Photo of Soonami
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tyranena Brewing Company is brewery that is new to me and obviously so is Hop Whore. This beer is on the smaller end of DIPA, and has an overpromising label description, "Overpowering perfume, dripping with luscious hop flavor. And, oh what a body. You're in for one helluva experience." This is a pretty fresh beer too, brewed on 8/31/10, so not too old, it just doesn't have the big hop nose or flavor that I'm hankering for. It does have a modicum tangerine and grapefruit aroma, tropical fruit flavors and solid bitterness, but when Pliny the Elder or Ruination are the standards, this beer comes up short. The body was okay and it was fairly drinkable. I just want a lot more hops and less alcohol burn.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber and orange pour, average head and good lacing retention. Aroma, very luscious, perfumy wet hop feel. Very enjoyable.

Taste, big pungent hop feel to it. Malt backbone ample, yet remains slanted to the hops as it should. This is not a style that should be balanced. Bready if you can discern it a bit through the fantastic hop bill. Not overly bitter. A little caramel, not overly thick. Hides alcohol good, hops do not diminish downward. Good price, 7.99 for 4 pack.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from winning the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF.

Poured into a tulip glass dark burnt orange with a one finger white head. Good lacing all the way down the glass. The scent has some faint hop notes that are over powered by the carmel malts. The taste is about the same as the nose. There is a strong carmel flavor with not enough hop presence for the style. This is stronger than an IPA but not enough for a IIPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with not a noticable alcohol presence. Carbonation is a little low. The lower alcohol makes this fairly drinkable, but it still isn't much of a IIPA.

Photo of mondegreen
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into an Allagash Tulip. Bottled on August 31, 2010 - right at 4.5 months old.

Pours a clear copper/amber with very little head and no lacing. A little too dark for the style, but not unappealing.

Nose is subdued earthy hops and a touch of sweet malt. Pretty weak for a DIPA, more along the lines of a standard IPA.

Taste is a balance of bitter and sweet. A little too much residual sweetness, but overall very good.

Mouth is medium full. Pretty smooth. Would like this one a touch drier.

Drinks nice, but overall this is a confusing beer. It looks like an amber, smells like an IPA, and has a sweet finish. I enjoyed drinking it, but would not call it a DIPA. Thanks to StayWhatYouAre2 for sending it as an extra.

Photo of jeonseh
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my FFF tulip

A - A dark orange with hints of brown and red blended in. Had a dirty white head that bubbled up to a finger and slowly dissipated leaving only a ring of foam around the end

S - There is definitely a mix of hops and sweeter malts here with the malts slightly dominating. I get orange peel, caramel malt, and, surprisingly, brandied dates. The dates were not expected for the style.

T - At first, I get a slight pine and grapefruit hops but they don't dominate as a malty sweetness comes through. There is a slight hint of lemon as well. Near the end of the beer, a big bitter, pine hop flavor comes through to remind you that this is a DIPA. The hops remain in the finish which is where I also get the brandied dates. Overall, there is a lot of flavor here but it doesn't integrate perfectly which prevents this from being a great one.

MF - thick body with enough carbonation to make this very creamy and smooth. Does have a slight alcoholic bite in the finish

O - An interesting DIPA that has a lot going on but it doesn't all blend together that well. That is one of the main complaints about the beer. The highlight is that it has a great, creamy mouthfeel that makes this super smooth.

Photo of guntherhophead
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Cloudy copper. Little to light head. Good retention.
S. Hops with caremel and raisins. Sweet and spicey scent.
T. Hops. Spice. A bit of raisin. Floral hints as well.
M. Great! Good amount of carb. kind of thick. Very smooth.
D. I was not disappointed. Once again this brewery has proven to be one of the best around. Wish I had a few more of these!

Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

This one just wasn't as balanced as many DIPAs I have had. Seemed to me to be too malt forward for my liking. Lots of hops for sure, but just too much malt. Would drink again though as their Brewers Gone Wild series is awesome.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm apricot colored body with a very slight hazy to it and a strong carbonation pushing through it. There is a thin light tan head that fades to a few spots soon after it is poured.

S- This beer has notes of sweet caramel malt followed by a green hop smell. As it warms there is a light note of citrus in the hops but it is mostly big green hops.

T- The sweet flavor of caramel malt comes through strong setting the tongue up for a crushing pungent bitterness of hops. The hops have a grapefruit flavor to them and a soft citrus zest hint as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture to it with no alcohol heat or fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a big sweetness and a bigger bitterness but not much depth to either of them. I like the flavors but they get a bit tiresome after one glass.

Photo of richkrull
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich amber/orange color with about a half inch of head. Great nose, full of hops. Looking forward to this beer. Tastes just like it smells, very hoppy throughout. Good lasting flavor that lasts a long time. Medium body feel. Very drinkable beer. I really enjoyed this one. Wish it was a little cheaper, but I'll definitely be buying it again regardless.

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

12oz. stubby brown bottle with a twist off cap, purchased from either Zipp's or one of the many Minneapolis beer stores we hit, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an semi opaque burgundy, ruby tinted color. Short head on a semi rough pour. Little retention but decent lacing.

S: Some citrus and resinous hops, not really piny. Sweet, thick malt dominates most of the hops. Pretty strong fusel alcohol.

T/M: Decent bitterness level for a DIPA. Pungently acidic citrus pricks hard at the tongue. Still a bit resinous and still lacking some of that piny-ness. Malts are still big time and at least balance the hops out for most of a drink before a long bitter finish. Alcohol is still pretty damn high. Body is medium full and a bit sticky.

D: Alcohol has to be very high, or it's not hidden very well. Interesting DIPA.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear dark orange/amber with a half finger off white head that melts to sticky lacing.
Aromas of both sweet amber malts and pine resin hops.
Taste is initally sweet and sticky but moves to citrus peel bitterness as you swallow. Light alcohol burn on the aftertaste along with the hop bitterness.
Hops taste sort of one dimensional in this Imperial IPA as if they only used one for dry hopping and then used it over and over.
Thanks to nflmvp for the opportunity to discover this brewer.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rather dark amber color with a small off-white head on top. Not much retention at all, but thin rings of lacing form on the glass.

S: A little bit of citrus, mostly grapefruit, as well as some caramel and bready malt which gives a slightly sweet aroma.

T: Not overly hoppy at all, seems more like a regular IPA to me. A little bit of citrus/grapefruit, and more caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter with a dry finish.

O: A decent DIPA. Not sure of its age, but am guessing that its not in its prime, but not over the hill yet either.

Photo of Mar02x
4.41/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer out of a trade from Schustar, thanks man for getting me this delight.

A - A perfect looking beer. A clear orange brown fluid, which appears to be filtered. A little carbonation stream is going upwards to the orange white head. The head is steady and turns slowly to fluffy.

S - A moderate pine forest, fresh citrus, pineapple, mango and some alp-grass.

T - A suburb brew, a little sweet upfront and than there is a long lasting bitterness lingering around along with some mango. One can certainly taste its fresh.

M - A little creamy and mostly oily, bitter lingering aftertaste. No alcohol to be discovered.

O - A great imperial IPA - it is lovely if you drink it fresh.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a very patient deliriumfest for sending this one my way with the boatload of surly.

Appearance is very intrigueing. a totally clear bright ruby red color with a nice white head that retains pretty well with a vigorous pour and leaves some good lacing.

Nose is weaker than i would like, but stonger than most. A good hop profile, smells like this is gonna be a spicier hop profile than it is bitter. Alot of flower and perfume in the nose, some slight bitterness, but alot of grassiness, and a bit of bready malt in there too.

Wow. This is a very nice DIPA. If you want a balls out bitter grapefruit west coast IPA, this is not for you. But if you want a very well balanced, more east coast style, spicy, grassy, flavorful IPA, this one is for you. One can learn to appreciate East Coast IPAs you know. They aren't all pussies! (Sam C. reference, no offense intended) A very interesting flavor hop profile, and there is more bitterness in here than the nose indicated. This is a very balanced IPA. I like the malt profile, its right where it should be. Some good bready and doughy malt, but not too strong as to upset the EC hop profile. A good dry finish, and lingering flavor and bitterness on the palate throughout the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice, but is just a touch water for me. Could use a tiny tiny touch more carbonation. barely any. A bit slick. Very nice dryness.

Drinkability is simply great here. Im assuming this is on the lower end of the abv scale for a DIPA, because it drinks like an IPA. I would guess this is in the 8% range and not much higher. I could defenitely pound a few of these ones.

Overall a very good DIPA, but you have to take it for what it is. If the only DIPAs you like are balls out bitter WC action, then this one might not suit your fancy, but when you learn to appreciate various hop profiles, and not just absurd grapefruit (which is still my favorite too, lets not kid ourselves) you will like this one alot. This is alot like a Double Flower Power would be. A good and enjoyable beer. My third from Tyranena, and i have yet to be dissapointed in these brewers gone wild. Great brew.

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Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 623 ratings.