Hop Whore - Tyranena Brewing Company
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1.78/5 rDev -55.5%
I am rating this beer in comparison to other Imperial IPAs, which I would have to say this is not. I think this beer has more in common with a barleywine style like Lagunita's Brown Shugga, as opposed to an Imperial IPA. The name is misleading; it has almost no hoppyness to it whatsoever.
Being in California, we do not get Tyranena out here, and I ordered it from a company in Illinois. I am used to West Coast styles of IPA such as Stone Enjoy By, Russian River's Pliny the Elder and Firestone's Union/Double Jack. Those beers are more traditional IPA with a strong hoppy flavor, bite, and substance. Those beers pour with an orangish hue and have a impressive and powerful aroma.
Imperial IPAs kick it up a notch and typically pour browner than regular IPA. They keep the hop flavoring, but lose some of the aroma.
Hop Whore is neither of these descriptions. It pours brown, like a barleywine style. It has a sweet and strong molasses odor, and tastes like sorghum and yeast. I don't get any hoppyness from this at all, which really makes me question the name. If this were described as a barleywine, it would be more appropriate, but lacks the oomph to compete with beers on that level. This beer is really a conundrum to me as I don't know how to classify it, but it is a terrible Imperial IPA.
06-06-2014 14:46:13 | More by cjnuxoll
1.83/5 rDev -54.3%
Chilled bottle into a glass. From The Tick!!!
A: Pours a very dark, but ultimately clear, maroon-amber body with a small off-white head. Retention is medium, and the head leaves very nice lace down the sides as it falls.
S: It's not very pungent at all. Kind of a stale citrus aroma and some caramel.
T: Some caramel, but a general sweetness to the palate; it is immediately detected as a distinct sugar element on the tip of the tongue. Hops are decidedly lacking or even absent; I pick up some elements of citrus (mostly grapefruit and orange) with a touch of pine. They are more noticeable in the finish, but they can't even pull into the aftertaste because of the lingering sugars.
M: Medium-plus bodied, but it's unnecessarily sweet for a DIPA. Some DIPAs have a lot of residual sugar (Pliny the Younger), but they integrate it better with the hop flavors. This one doesn't pull that off.
D: It's subpar.
12-20-2010 04:21:15 | More by Arbitrator
2.33/5 rDev -41.8%
Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was murky, dull amber. The modest khaki head faded slowly.
Smell was whole wheat bread dough. Fruitcake. Where are you hops?
Taste was too balanced for an IIPA. Plenty of maltiness. I hope this is just an old bottle, otherwise they should take the "Hop" part out of the brand name of this one.
Mouthfeel was medium to full. Medium to mild carbonation. I would like to try this again when I know it is fresh.
03-24-2009 13:00:07 | More by Cresant
2.73/5 rDev -31.8%
Pours a little bit of head that goes away leaving a lacing with bubbles. The smell is a bit pilsner-ish. Taste is a little funny and pilsner-ish. It has an aftertaste of funky skunk to it. The mouthfeel is lacking a little bit and the overall drinkability is pretty low. I don't know how this brewery keeps in business because the only stuff I tried that wasn't skunked was an IPA that was ok.
01-04-2007 10:49:07 | More by Erdinger2003
2.73/5 rDev -31.8%
Bottle into pint.
Looks really dark. Like burnt orange with amber hues. Head is really off-white, but looks white as flour compared to the dark body on this one. Some spotty lacing.
Smells... Like Graham crackers. Kinda-sweet malts. Floral, some
Citrus, and piney hop notes. Lots more malt than I expected.
The taste has some sweet caramel malt plus a little graham cracker note with lots of hops-- but the hops are more of the bittering variety and not enough of the flavor/aromatic type. Floral hops lead the charge, and amidst the ruinous bitter bite some citrus appears briefly, and some pine lingers.
Body is syrupy and thick. A little more carbonation could go a long way.
Overall.... Meh. I will pass on this one in the future. It isn't balanced very well-- now don't get me wrong, I LOVE a crisp hop bomb... But this beer is too malty to be that, and too bitter to be really flavorful. It isn't entirely unpleasant, but it just has nothing that actually gets me excited to drink it.
10-18-2011 01:57:10 | More by AleWatcher
2.8/5 rDev -30%
From notes on 8/2/2014
Had this last year and wasn't impressed. Decided to give it another chance. Slightly better, but still not great. Little more flavor than I remember. Still not sure why it is so highly rated. --- Nice golden brown color with a foamy white head. Little disappointed that the bottle has a screw top. Not much of a smell at all. All I really taste us a light bitter flavor. Definitely had better, but it isn't bad.
08-03-2014 03:25:15 | More by kkleu357
2.8/5 rDev -30%
Reviewed on 1/10/2010. Bottle thanks to Skyview. Pours a cloudy light brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma is mostly all caramel malt and some prunes. Flavor is also dominated by caramel malt with some bitter hops in the finish. Unfortunately this one hasn't held up so well with age in terms of hop profile -- it's hardly hoppy at all. Syrupy mouthfeel. Would like to try this again fresh and I will rerate.
12-23-2010 17:20:12 | More by LilBeerDoctor
2.88/5 rDev -28%
Tyanena's Hop Whore IPA pours a good two fingers of head over a slightly cloudy
amber brew. Carbonation is active and steady, and the nose was pretty much dominated
by grapefruit like hops. The flavor is dominated by those very same hops as well- the citrus
throughout with more herb/grass in the finish. There does seem to be some kind of maltiness
up front but it's almost totally masked by those hops. Mouthfeel seems fairly round, but again,
the hops prove to be a real distraction. I have really grown to like hoppy brews but unfortuanately
this experiment went a few steps too far- there simply wasn't any balance. I would recommend
this only to real hopheads. To be completely honest, the label went a little bit too far as well.
Tyranena makes some really nice brews- but this one just doesn't make it. I literally couldn't
finish it. Perhaps aging will help- so we'll try it again in a year or so.
11-06-2007 09:10:38 | More by shadow1961
3/5 rDev -25%
Pours a dark amber with a half inch medium tan head. Aroma is pine, and mild scent of yeast bread. I've let this warm for about 30 minutes to get more out of it, and the bread aroma comes forward a bit.
First taste is a hop forward flavor. Bitter sour citrus. Sharp biting astringency. Follows with an underwhelming bready malt flavor, that I wish was more assertive. It would certainly help to balance this beer.
Medium to thin mouthfeel, pretty decent. Dry, puckering finish.
Overall, I won't be buying this beer again anytime soon. A very unbalanced, one dimensional offering from a usually solid brewery. I can't remember the last time Tyranena let me down, but this one did immensely.
I do have 2 of these remaining that I'm going to cellar for a month or so. I'm hoping Hop Whore is a little "green" yet, and that a short maturation period will do her some good.
09-23-2008 02:10:26 | More by dancinwillie
3/5 rDev -25%
Hazy dark orange with a two-finger head which looks nice, but the smell is overwhelmingly resinous from the get-go. I find the beer very unbalanced--so bitter I kind of frown while I'm drinking it--and too syrupy, needs more carbonation to break the heavy hops up. We may have gotten a bad batch but I'm thinking it would be too bitter for my taste anyway.
04-07-2013 03:11:03 | More by lstokes
District of Columbia
3.05/5 rDev -23.8%
A: Pours a crystal clear medium dark orange color with a nice foamy one inch head. Carbonation is generous.
S: Not much here.... It is very reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: a bit of floral notes with a bit of maltiness mixed in. However, the nose is very subdued.
T: Hmmm.... This is the one of the most bitter things (if not THE most bitter) I've ever tasted. Not much in the way of maltiness and the grapefruit notes are super amplified!
M: Because there is not much of a caramel backbone to balance out the hops, the booze is very transparent.
D: I didn't find this one pleasant in the least due to its cloying hoppiness. I'll try it one more time when I score some more from my Midwest connections.
11-03-2010 00:00:45 | More by Chaney
3.13/5 rDev -21.8%
I poured this one into a perfect pint glass.
A: It was a cloudy amber with no head to speak of surprisingly. all that remains is a thin layer of lace.
S: The smell is a fight between some serious maltiness and some floral hoppiness, with the malt winning out.
T: It is slightly soapy and very malty. May be a bit past it's prime. The malt is very sweet with lots of toffee and caramel notes. The hoppiness is not very bitter, just a bit perfumy.
M: It makes my mouth tingle a little, but just isn't very creamy or full.
D: Meh, One was fine.
This is a beer i plan on trying again when it is fresher.
09-09-2009 23:16:05 | More by mikey711
3.18/5 rDev -20.5%
12 ounce bottle given as an extra from lordsloth, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this DIPA, consumed 10/2/08, reviewed from notes, poured into my Duvel tulip glass
A-Mix between a copper and light brown, 3/4 inch off white creamy head that goes away fast, not much retention, very little lacing
S-Orange peel, biscuit, grapefruit, piney hoppiness, sweetness, tangerine, toasted malts, bitterness, and some booze
T-Most IPAs and DIPAs have a hop welcoming the instant you take your first sip but not this one, instead it was sweet fruit, the middle had some toast and chewiness, then the finish finally had some piney hops but they were very weak and did not stand up to the rest of the flavors, got sweeter as it warmed, needs more dryness for some balance, too much malty reliance, has too strong of a fruit character too
M-Sweet, bitter, and fruity mouthfeel, moderate level of carbonation, medium bodied, wish taste did not last so long
D-Could not drink more than a bottle of this and barely got through this one, ABV seems high even though it is not listed, probably in the ten to eleven percent range, not smooth, too sweet, heavy on the stomach
I expected big things from this beer because the other brews in the series are awesome, I was pretty disappointed and really turned away by the overly sweet malt presence, almost traded for more of this before trying it and now I am glad I did not, would not drink again, still worth trying probably
10-09-2008 16:14:48 | More by Floydster
3.2/5 rDev -20%
Poured into a pint glass.
Pours a rich hazy amber hue, with a very light tan creamy head of about two fingers. Head really stands up. Half way through the beer, and the head is still a dominate presence.
Aromas of currants, citrus, and honey. Not as aggressive as I would expect for a DIPA, rather tame, even for an American IPA.
First sip is of sweet malt, currants, figs, a honey sweetness. Not quite bracing bitterness lingers on and on. Again a little weak for the style.
Mouthfeel is medium/light with some chewy malts and a not quite puckering bitterness. Ditto.
Very drinkable beer. Despite the alcohol level, very sessionable beer. Not as aggressive as I would expect for the style, a little subdued. A DIPA should really punch you in the face with hops, aroma, flavor and bitterness. This is very subdued in all three. A rather timid attempt.
01-17-2011 02:42:27 | More by JamnesCameron
Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
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