Hop Whore - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Reviews: 355
Hads: 627
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.22%
Wants: 83
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 355 | Hads: 627
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour on tap

A- pours a golden dark orange color with a 1 finger white head that recedes to a fresh collar

S- was pine, citrus, and tangerine hops some caramel malts

T- followed the nose nice tropical hops with sweet caramel and baked bread,pine hops with a dry hoppy finish

M- was dry and clean with pine and citrus hops

O- a good 2ipa but there are alot to choose from this one is tasty and good but it could get lost on the shelf for me..a recommended one to try (475 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Muddy orange brown pour with a nicely sized white head. Retention is ok, lacing is good.

S: Piney, citrus hops. Smells very grassy and fruity with some caramel malts and perhaps some molasses. Something is adding some weight to the smell.

T: The grassy hops really take this beer over in a dry, delicious way. The citrus hops provide a sweetness that helps balance the taste with some caramel malts.

MF: Medium body with a very clean finish, dry from the hops, but sweet from the citrus. Good amount of carbonation.

O: This was quite tasty. Great hit of hops, while remaining balanced enough to keep it really drinkable. (627 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (598 characters)

Photo of nitro0292
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a gold-rimmed Stella stem. Dark burnt orange hue that reminds me of pennies. Barely transparent. Head was about 1 finger with an off white hue. Head receded fairly quickly but never completely. Left sticky lacing all the down. Appearance, unfortunately is the best attribute.

Smell was some pine and citrus hops, but they are muted. Caramel malts are apparent.

Taste is similar to the smell, but with more pine than is evident in the aroma. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. I would prefer a more hop forward DIPA with a dryer finish, but not bad and not a malt bomb.

Mouthfeel is moderate heavy for the ABV, with light carbonation. Just enough bubbles to sting the tongue.

Overall this is not a bad beer, but I was expecting a little more. Probably would not buy again unless it is reformulated as there are more hop-forward beers of this strength out there. (889 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (998 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
3.36/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of AleWatcher. Thanks Jeff!

A- Deep coppery, almost red color with a finger of dense off- white foam. Head sticks around for awhile. Excellent lacing.

S- Citrus hops and pale malt in the nose. Tangerine, and orange melded with caramel and sugar cookies. Some pine is evident.

T- Orange peel bitterness up front, balanced by a nice malt backbone. Bitterness increases a bit towards the finish, which is semi-sweet. Aftertaste is a lingering mild bitterness.

M- Full bodied, thick and chewy feel. Medium level of carbonation.

O- A middle of the road DIPA. A bit on the malty side for my taste. Everything works well together, but no single aspect stands out. Glad I had the opportunity. (713 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat cloudy copper/orange color with a 1.5 finger off-white head leaving lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells of tropical fruits, caramel malt and a little bit of pine.

Nice citrus/tropical fruit hops hit the front of the palate. Loads of caramel/toffee sweetness balance this out in the middle and leaves a sticky piney bitter finish. Ver well balanced.

Stick and well carbonated.

Why is it brews with extreme names tend to be the most balanced? There are definitely lots of hops in this promiscuous beer, but the malts come close to balancing them out. A little bit too strong of a malt presence and a slight astringent aftertaste are demerits, but overall a good beer. (687 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear, copper to light crimson color. One inch white head that leaves sticky lacing down entire glass.

S. Big citrus hop profile here will some grassiness underneath. Some malt notes also appear.

T. This is a well hopped beer that stays away from being overly bitter. Though citrus aromas are prominent on the nose, the palate has much more pine to it. The finish is clean with nice lingering bitterness to it. Alcohol is present, but more from a feel vs. taste standpoint.

M. In a word - creamy. This stays away from being too heavy by a slightest of margin. It works for me.

O. I like this beer a lot. It's my favorite non-porter/stout from Tyranena. It may not be in the same league as many more hyped DIPA's, but I guess that is part of the charm of this beer. Worth seeking out. (794 characters)

Photo of amcmaho1
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Brian (bpfush) for this awesome trade extra. Thanks again Brian!

No discernable indication of freshness, poured into an imperial pint glass...

Appearance: Very deep crimson/amber colored body, topped by an impressive frothy white head. Great head retention and really great lacing (both of which lasted the duration of the beers consumption).

Smell: Lots of esters on the nose with some prominant alcohol astringency, followed by massive grapefruit and citrus notes. Pine, and an earthy almost garlic smell also come through (perhaps a large ammount of simcoe was used?). Balancing out the nose is some really strong malt which comes off kind of sweet and bready.

Taste: There's a great pronounced bitterness right away, with a nice earthy element about it. As the nose suggested, the grapefruit and other citrus comes through coupled with the pine, and lots of malt towards the end of the taste. This is really an exceptional IIPA, with a real wide spectrum of flavors going on.

Mouthfeel: This maintains a pretty big body, which is a bit syrupy at times, though the balanced carbonation makes it feel much more smooth than syrupy. It finished bitter and dry, as an IIPA should, and it has really affecte my ability to taste anything following this beer...

Overall: Another great regional IIPA that is worthy of much praise. I would easily drink this regularly, given the opportunity. This is a greatly crafted beer, and one which I enjoyed more than many other IIPAs i've had recently. (1,508 characters)

Photo of Wrexali
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the big, floral hops flavor. Not as bitter as some Imperial IPA, a bit darker in color and more full-bodied. Makes me think a little bit of Alpine's "Hoppy Birthday" but it's been a while since I had that so it's hard to compare. Will definitely drink again. (265 characters)

Photo of Badbobx
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - An aggressive pour yielded only about 1/4 inch of head. The beer is a lovely clear dark copper.

S - The aroma is a pleasant grapefruit hop experience.

T - The taste a nicely hopped IPA, hints of grapefruit and just a touch of malt.

M - Nice carbonation experience despite the lack of head.

O - I enjoyed this brew and will gladly have another. Not a bad price for a good drink. (430 characters)

Photo of davidbowers13
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A medium pour didn't yield much head. Less than half of one finger's worth of off-white head that disappeared quickly. Hardly any lacing that stuck to the glass as well.

S - A good mix of pine and grapefruit. Not too strong or over-powering.

T - Pine and grapefruit with a nice malt profile to help balance it out. A little alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is a little overwhelmed by the amount of carbonation. Just a touch more than I'd prefer. In addition, there's a little alcohol heat on the finish too.

O - Not my favorite IIPA, but it's a good beer that is worth trying. It is well balanced and smooth, but is lacking in a few areas that would make it an outstanding beer in my opinion. I would try it again. (777 characters)

Photo of Chris585
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Great Dane Pint Glass from 12oz bottle (four pack).

First pour was awesome. Great look and color. Deep golden with a bright Head. Retention wasnt awesome, but...SMELL. WOW. This is one great smelling beer. It almost reminded me of FFF Zombie Dust. Citra Hops? Im thinking there is a big dump of Citra here. First taste was great, not what I was expecting from the smell but exceptional. A bit warming, but very sweet: pineapple, melon, hint of pine, small hint of phenol. More sweet than piney hope profile. AWESOME. Taste was not as good as the smell. although, it warmed good, the alcohol up front smothered the taste for a second but then is balanced out by the malt then the carbonation. It starts off great then goes down from the balance of hop to alcohol, but a great finish. Pineapple, melon, pine, then alcohol, then malt and carb....YUMMM. I normally dont review that way, but I figured this beer could be my favorite really quick over some others but the warmth just kept it back JUST a bit. EXCELLENT quality, very clean. Grab it if you can find it. I saw plenty of boxes of this locally but never could get it in stock, finally opened my mouth and the store owner grabbed me some from the back...I guess its a little more sought after than I realized. In my top 5 2IPA! (1,295 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a beautiful and warm ruby red with a slight mahogany character, pours with very little head, perfectly clear, leaves very little lacing
S: great grapefruit hop scent with a slight scent of brandy and a nice sweetness to level it all off
T: great hop character, very little of the grapefruit taste seen in the scent, a nice sweetness like cane sugar works its way in, overall smooth taste
M: hits with carbonation and a slight alcohol burn in the forefront, then really levels itself out and ends perfectly smooth
O: a great imperial ipa, i would have liked to see a bit more citrus in the taste but it was just entirely smooth so i had no room for complaints (693 characters)

Photo of SGplayer84
3.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle, into a 16oz pint glass. Had the 2nd weekend of September 2011.

A-Looks clear, Reminds me of a red ale, good amount of carbonation and head retention for the style.

S-Hoppy, Pinecombs, Citrus, Grapefruit all hit the nose and almost the same time. I do enjoy my strong american hops.

T-The smell was amazing, but the taste was not as forward as the smell. I do get a great amount of hops, just not as what im use to in an DIPA, such as Hop Stoopid or Artic Panzer/Dreadnaught. Slight sweetness from the malt does balance out the hops though, which was nice and to be expected from a DIPA.

M-Light body, and very drinkable. Mouthfeel is light and pilsnery. I can drink lots of these guys.

O-The smell and aroma was amazing but the taste didn't follow through. I did like this beer well though and the body and sweetness to the malts paired worked well with this brew. It just isn't going to be my defacto DIPA. Worth a try, however... (958 characters)

Photo of CorneliusBunker
4.7/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

im new to reviewing, but ima give it a shot

Hop Whore poured from bottle into an Founders Imperial pint glass. Pours a nice looking copper with a small head. Hops, hops and more hops in the nose, along with some citrus notes as well. The taste is all hops up front. Bitter, but not overly bitter. Finishes really nicely. Easy to drink and enjoyable as well. I really enjoy this beer. (384 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an Extra in a trade. Pours a nice dark copper Orange, slightly hazy, with a half inch Off white head and great lacing. aroma is interesting with unique spicy, floral hops, citrus, a touch of tropical fruit sweetness. Big citrus hop bitterness up front, notes of pine, and a bit of cinnamon with an interesting, doughy malt flavor on the Finish. Palate is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and very easy to drink. overall, an excellent brew. I need to put up a trade to get more from Tyranena. (504 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived in an awesome package I recently received from aasher. Al - huge THANK YOU for knocking this one off my wants.

Pours a brilliantly clear, medium-orange color. A tight, off-white head formed on top, perhaps a finger and a half thick. The foam settled down quickly but left some lacing along the sides.

Huge hops in the nose. Picking up a lot of fruit. Cantaloupe hit me first followed quickly by nectarine. Certainly appears to be a fair amount of alcohol in here, too though it's not in any way unpleasant. There's a persistent sweetness, almost honey-like but I think that's the fruity hops continuously asserting their dominance.

Floral and fruity hops collide on the palate but this is one hell of a crash. A peach-like fruity hop character is powerfully pungent and the high levels of bitterness grab a hold of the tongue and linger long into the dry finish. Maltiness seems mostly neutral though there are some caramel undertones that won't go unnoticed.

Surprisingly well-bodied for an IPA or at the least, quite a lot more body than I would expect. There's a certain oily thickness with is really holding these flavors together. Carbonation is moderate and continues to percolate the aromas into my awaiting palette.

She had me at hello. And while she might be a whore, I'd still dress her up nicely and take her home to meet the family. It looks and smells outrageous and the flavor doesn't disappoint in the least. It's also quaffable as hell and the kind of beer I could spend all night imbibing….at the risk of that unavoidable feeling of regret when I wake up the next morning alone. (1,615 characters)

Photo of phishisphunk
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hop whore:
Poured from the bottle into a DFH sniffer. 
Hop whore pours a beautiful deep amber and burnt orange. Appears like a BW. A khaki head recedes to leave a thin layer of bubbles over the liquid. Spotty, gossamer-like  lacing is left around the glass. Beautiful and inviting.

The nose is deep and lucious. Greets you with hints of wild onion, floral aroma, and grapefruit rind. You can smell the sticky hop resin as well. 

Hop whore is well balanced between the malt body and the hoppiness. I'm pleasantly surprised by the taste as it's not aggressively oniony. As present in the nose the taste is aggressively hop forward with predominant grapefruit. The malt is slightly bready, slightly sweet. The finish is dry and semi-sweet and a bit piney.

Those sticky hop resins coat the finish. Carbonation is par for the style. 

I'm pleasantly surprised by this one. If you enjoy DIPA seek this one out while it's fresh. Well done Tyrenena.  (950 characters)

Photo of manitouman84
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent copper/orange with a thin head that leaves a nice lacing as it goes down. You get a nose full of hops with this one, lots of pine, some faint citrus and malt in the background. Hits your mouth first thing with pine as well, fairly strong with the pine, citrus and grapefruit follow. Pine flavors are balanced by a nice malt caramel presence. This beer is hoppy but by no means a whore as advertised. That being said it is very well balanced for how much the hop character comes forward at first. Bitter on the tongue but finishes very smooth, medium malty body sustains the hop, finishes clean. Not very oily for all the hops on the tongue. Very drinkable. Excellent. (687 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Whore

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear copper with a two-inch, white head that looks dense and creamy. Above-average effervescence. With each drink, foamy rings collar the glass' interior. 

S: Grapefruit and spicy herbs carry the load. Additional aromas include wild onions, flowers, and alcohol. 

T: Malty sweetness is present, and onions are thankfully absent. Otherwise, the tongue follows the nose quite faithfully. Smooth hop detergent. Medium-high bitterness relative to style. Spicy, herbal finish. 

M: Medium-high body and medium carbonation. Smooth and pleasant mouthfeel. A touch warming.

O: Hop Whore is a solid take on the style. High drinkability, too.  (696 characters)

Photo of jhp40219
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Amber/copper colored with a nice white head and sticky lacing. Good amount of carbonation bubbles floating up.

S - Fresh hops, pine, tangerine, caramel, strong malts. Beautiful! I wish I could find this smell in a candle, I'd burn it all day!

T - Fresh citrus (grapefruit/tangerine mix) up front with delicious malts. Definitely taste the fresh hops, but they're not overbearing as most Imperial IPA's tend to be. Definitely taste the caramel in the background. Slightly sweet/slightly bitter taste that lingers long after you've taken a drink. Amazing!

M - A heavier medium body with an excellent balance of carbonation. A dry finish, but what a great aftertaste!

O - Excellent drinkability. I'd have to say that this is my favorite Imperial IPA by far. Probably my favorite IPA overall. Perhaps one day Tyranena will make this year round, as it is superior to their Bitter Woman and Scury IPA's. Another winner for the Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild series! (1,005 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: orange/golden body, 2 finger head, amazing lacing

S: peach, mango, grapefruit, pine, malt

T: grapefruit, peach, mango, pine, malt, oily long
bitter finish

M: med body, smooth, oily mouth

O: Tyranena, another hidden gem,
that I love to enjoy. Taste is big, but
goes down smoothly. Recommend it to
beer lovers new to Imp IPA.

VERY NICE, WORTH GETTING! (358 characters)

Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a teardrop wine glass.

A - Pours a quite clear dark copper, little darker than most IIPAs. Solid white head that lingers and leaves lacing on the glass.

S - Piney hops with a little touch of sweetness stinging through. Can almost smell those malts coming through the hops as well giving a small dark touch to the nose.

T - Hops are pretty slight, but some bitterness pokes through later rather than upfront. Taste upfront is a little lacking I think, but has a nice malt character that goes throughout. Those piney hops are coming through more as it gets warmer. Enjoy this more as it gets close to room temp, becomes more complete with those hops really playing with those malts to make a nice complete flavor.

M - Appreciate those malts creating some body throughout, but mouthfeel seems a little lacking. Good carbonation, but the mouthfeel feels a touch thin to me in the initial taste. The hops do a nice job of lingering. The mouthfeel when close to room temp was better though and saved it a little.

O - I'll have to remember that cold is the enemy of this IIPA. I really liked it warmer when the hops and malts were able to play with each other and make a more full bodied beer and flavor. Good use of piney hops with those malts to give a more bitter and earthy IIPA. (1,307 characters)

Photo of adman08
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear, slightly reddish amber color with a small amount of head that leaves a thin layer of foam on the surface of the beer and leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S-Strong aromas of grapefruit with some noticeable herbal notes.Quite a lot of malt aroma and a hint of pine.

T-Dominant grapefruit hop flavor with a good balance of pine hop flavor and malt flavors as well. I detect a bit of toasted malt flavor.

M-Nice thick malt body. Very good carbonation, not too much, just the right amount. Almost a little sticky due to the large amount of malt but finishes a little dry due to the hop bitterness.

Overall, a very good example of an IIPA. I love the balance of hop and malt flavors and the balance of pine and citrus hops. I've had IIPA's that have only grapefruit/citrus hop flavor and it ends up being too much. This is a big, heavy beer, despite it's relatively low alcohol for the style, with lots of body but the hops still dominate. (961 characters)

Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 355 ratings.