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Hop Whore - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 84
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: murrayswine on 09-15-2006)
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Photo of dfried
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

Rich orangish toffee color, 1cm meringue colored head. The aroma is (as expected) packed with pungent hops. A lot of citrus, oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, along with some perfumy floral notes. Tiny bit of syrupy malt pokes through, caramel and pale malts. The taste is about what you would expect from the aroma. Big hop flavors leaning to the citrusy side but floral and resinous notes are more than detectable. Again the malt does show up at times, but you can mainly find it my licking the stickiness off your lips. Dry, tart, acidic mouthfeel from all the hops.

Overall: on par with what is becoming a standard style of beer for many breweries to put out. Nothing about this beer disappointed me, well worth the 7 something I paid for the four pack. But then again, not much to separate it from the pack.

dfried, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of ballenc
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

My first experience with Tyranena - while not blown away by this beer, it definitely has enough there to interest me in trying others from this brewery.

A - Pours an orange-tinged amber color - very little head and even less lace. Not the appearance I was hoping for with a DIPA

S - Definite hoppy/piney resinous nose but still not the sinus-clearing hop punch the beer's name leads one to expect - strongest at the beginning

T - Same hoppy resin with hints of caramel malts - more balanced than I expected but was hoping for a bit more hop bitterness with a DIPA.

M - Again, more smooth and balance - leaves a bit of lingering hops on the tongue but nothing overwhelming. Not a thick as I would like with a DIPA.

D - More drinkable (from a session standpoint) than other DIPAs I've had. Doesn't seem to have a huge ABV factor (at least from the taste). A pretty well-rounded beer.

Although billed as a DIPA, this beer comes across more like a better IPA instead. A beer that's worth trying from a brewery that I hope continues to flourish.

ballenc, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Pitmonkey
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

Since I am new to reviewing, I wanted to try reviewing two beers at once so I had some kind of control to work against. I happened to have 2 Imperial IPAs on hand, Hop Whore and Dogfish Head 90 Minute. This may be totally wrong, but I comparing them, side by side as I write up the reviews. I did taste them separately.

A- Deep copper/amber, pour from 12 oz bottle into glass mug didn’t form much of a head, but the thin cap persists with some amount of lacing. Although it doesn't describe itself as unfiltered or bottle conditioned, there is sediment in the bottle which remained suspended after the pour for the entire drinking session.

S- Crazy hop nose! Smells so good I am reluctant to drink it. Halfway down the glass it is still nothing but hoppy florals.

T- There has to be a heavy malt load to carry all these hops, but it is quickly overwhelmed in a good way.

M- Big malty at first quickly replaced by hop everywhere! My mouth is a hop cave… and I love it. Dry finish and there is a definite alcohol kick peeking out from under all those hops. The hops really linger in the mouth, a minute or more. I won’t know because I need another drink. Wow.

D- Very enjoyable, but as I feel an Imperial IPA should be, it leaves you ready to move on. If this was the UFC, my mouth just got submitted by the Hop Whore. Even so I will revisit this Imperial IPA whenever I need a good hop-kickin', for as long as it is available.

Paid 7.99 for a 4 pack.

Pitmonkey, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a clear red hued orange amber color. The first mouthful through that large, loose (no pun intended) light tan head is really creamy. A little less lacing than anticipated. The aggressive piny hop scent got me at a foot and a half from the pour. Full bodied, the mouth feel is nicely carbonated and conditioned primarily by a solid piny hop wave. There is a nice malty character that plays deep second fiddle. The hop bitterness lingers significantly...Woo Hoo! Not absurd by any means, but right up there with "the Nectar". Quite drinkable, obviously can't speak to the alcohol%, but you could hide an elephant beneath them there hops. What a whore!

jjayjaye, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of mnstorm99
4.15/5  rDev +4%

Bottle poured into a 22 oz. globe wine glass.

Nice thick white head that never completely goes away, lacing is as it should be on this beer (sticking all the way down). aroma is wonderful, hoppy and sweet. the taste is a very good balance of hops and malty sweetness and a nice grapefruit, apricot flavor to balance it out nicely. this is a very drinkable DIPA and a very solid beer in general.

mnstorm99, Sep 26, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours a golden apricot with a finger of creamy head that dies to sheets of lacing. Smells of huge piney, floral and citrus hops. A touch of grapefruit. Taste is of bold mutiple fresh juicy hops with a touch of malt to provide a weak backbone. Medium in the mouth with a nice carbonation tickle. Extremely crisp, refreshing and drinkable. No apparant ABV. A very good brew that is worth seeking out, especially fresh like it is right now.

franksnbeans, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.55/5  rDev +14%

A- About a 1/" off white head on a kind of clear amber/copper body.
S- Smells just like a big whiff of hop juice. Big grapefruit and pine in the nose along with a hint of sweet caramel body.
T- Very big up front hop flavor that just drys the mouth out. Pine, grapefruit, grass..it's all there. Just a really strong nice fresh hop flavor with caramel peaking around the corner.
M- Huge sticky hops that just stick all over the mouth and leave it very dry. Full body with low carbonation.
D- I love the tons of hops they use for this. Just a great flavor and love the mouthfeel.

BlindPig, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
3.95/5  rDev -1%

Thanks to Initiative for including this great extra.

Hop Whore pours a rusty red color. It has a decent amount of foam with an attractive white ring circling the glass. The aroma is more malty than hoppy. There are some big roasted and biscuit malts with a good dose of citrus and pine scented hops. I'd say this one leans a bit more to the malt profile than to the hops, it reminds me a bit of Goose Island IIPA. Tastes bitterer than the aroma suggests. It has a great bitterness followed closely with the hefty malt. Mouthfeel is affected a bit by a tad too much carbonation.

seaoflament, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of Homerbag
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

I finally found a four pack tucked away at my local store. (Sorry for saying I couldn't find it Rob)

Dark amber comming out of the bottle with a thin head that sticks around good enough to lace down the glass.
Citrus and pine is the first assualt on the senses followed by some nice malty aroumas. Like most whores, it does not let you know what it's capable of by smell alone.
Hops attack the tounge like a 20 pound sledge. Good citrus and pine resin tastes follow but leave no assumption that this beer is about hops and a lot of them.
Coats the tounge and sticks around perfectly. Not watery and not too thick. Feels better than any whore should.
Very good beer and I will keep looking for this. Job well done.

Homerbag, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of hellcatsjg
3.83/5  rDev -4%

Appearance: Dark amber color with a very thin head. No lacing, which was a surprise given that's usually a given with IPA's.

Smell: Much more faint than expected. I got a bit of citrus and bitter hops, but not much else. Perhaps I will get more with my other bottle, in which case will edit. Initially disappointed though.

Taste: This is more like it. Starts off tasting like it smell. Good blend of citrus hops to start and big bitter taste at the end. As it warms, you lose a bit of the citrus, but still get the big bitterness. In a good way, that is. Good balanced taste here.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness and smoothness. Coats the mouth well and leaves it's flavor around for a good long time.

Drinkability: Good taste, good smoothness, low ABV. All these add up to a high drinkability.

hellcatsjg, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of YonderWanderer
3.63/5  rDev -9%

Thanks to Initiative for sending this my way!

A: Pours a strong copper with orange highlights. Thin layer of foam leaves nice sticky lacing.

S: Piney, resiny hops are there, but not as strong as one might expect. A bit mellow. Upon cracking the bottle they assaulted the sense, but are mellower once poured into a glass. Hints of grassiness and citrus are also present.

T: This is one hoppy beer - the hops hit you up front in a mellowed but firm assault. Again, the piney, grassy, resiny flavors come through. Aftertaste is bitter, but after about 10 seconds it leaves a really nice taste.

M: A bit thick for an IPA, but still fairly good. Decent carbonation. Drinks like a heavier beer, but very good overall.

D: This is a tasty DIPA and worth a try. Not my favorite, but a really solid offering.

YonderWanderer, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.75/5  rDev -6%

This beer was very similar to a hoppy barley-wine; and didn't strike me much like a DIPA. It didn't have a sweet hop character; instead it seemed very malty and balanced to me which while tasty, seems a bit of a disappointment for a beer of this style with this name. I was expecting a citrusy/piney/grapefruity/sweet punch of hop, and instead I got a very balanced beer with a lot of malt.

Appearance was bright orange with about 4cm of head (perfect for a 12 oz beer in a 16 oz glass). This beer smelled like a hoppy barleywine; there was a syrupy (yet not sweet) hoppiness balanced with malt. Flavor was as I described above. Mouthfeel was somewhat sticky and pleasant.

BeerBelcher, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a small head with average retention but some good lacing. Aroma of hops is dominated by sweet malt. Taste is a balanced mix between sweet malt and a medium bitter finish. I thought this was close to the limit between an IIAP and a barley wine. Body was about average with some medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Nothing earth shattering but an interesting beer nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.55/5  rDev +14%

Appearance - dark orange pour, showing off an impressive malt bill perhaps? Smallish head, attractive sticky lace. Sheets all the way down. Clouds up considerably with that bottom ounce poured in.

Aroma - steady, sweet, roasted caramel malt and flowery citrus with some mild pine.

Taste - biscuity chewy malt followed by a nice truck load of juicy hops. Real good balance. Turns intensely bitter, grapefruit rind on the aftertaste but stays palatable somehow.

Mouthfeel - very smooth. full body, perfect.

Drinkability - a fine brew this one is, big props to jj21 for the hookup.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of Lexx
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours an extremely hazy reddish orange color. Tight, frothy cappuccino foam colored head.
The scent is somewhat piney, a whooole lot of rich, full toffee, brown sugar and caramel notes, but there's also a nice, light citrus to it. At times, it actually smells a little like a pecan pie.
WHOA. Way hoppier in the taste than the scent makes out. Tastes a bit like french bread, and a little bit of the toffee rolls through to the taste. Rather enjoyable, actually.
I'd say a nice, medium bodied beer.

Lexx, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Received via BC2 from Mr. nlmartin!

Pours a cloudy orange/brown combo, thick off white head, pretty lacing, great retention, it doesn't quit. Smell is very fragrant, sugar, big pine, grapefruit, citrus blast, dark fruits, alcohol, very interesting mix, smells pretty nice. Taste is insane hop blast, malty, caramel, pine/grapefruit, dry roast, nuts, grainy finish, very bitter, very citric finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, nice. Thanks Nate!

Viggo, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

12oz. bottle courtesy of flyingbison

Slightly hazy, amber/orange liquid. Medium sized, creamy, light tan head. Big lacing.

Smells great! Pine, honey/molasses, peaches and grass.

Wow - the taste shows a huge malt backbone - caramel and biscuit. Supports a strong hop presence - herbal & floral, hard to make out. Peaches and other fruits. Nice lingering bitterness in aftertaste.

Medium to heavy body. Medium, at best, carbonation. Very "wet" for an IPA.

This is really good. A well balanced beast!

, May 18, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Thanks FlyingBison for the great trade.
Pours a nice clear ruddy garnet with little head or lacing. Smell is wonderful and full of hops, earth, malt, alcohol.
Taste is wonderful as well. Earthy and rich, the malts are strong enough to balance the grassy and piney hops. Alcohol makes itself known in the finish, which is just fine with me. Rich and dark, this can stand up to 70% dark chocolate easily.
As a double it is easy to drink but you need to be in the mood for a massive brew. Tonight I am. Lucky me.

kirok1999, May 18, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

blitz134, May 14, 2007
Photo of SacoDeToro
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Poured a nice amber color with a small foamy white head.

The aroma had some hops, but this beer was probably about a year out so nothing was bursting forth. Some alcohol and light caramel was in the nose. Faint vinous notes were also present. Perhaps a slight hint of oxidation as well.

The flavor of the beer was reasonably bitter with mostly citrusy and herbal hop flavors. The malt profile was slightly caramelly for this style IMO. Following a bottle of 3F Dreadnaught, this beer fell flat. The beer lacked any kind of broad hop profile, which the masters (Pliny, Dreadnaught, Maharaja) posess.

The carbonation was fine and the mouthfeel was a little thin and watery for the style.

This beer was pretty average for a double IPA. Nothing too impressive here.

SacoDeToro, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a dark amber color with a touch of cloudiness to it. Fingers worth of light tan head leaves leopard print lacing.

Aroma has a mixture of caramel and both pine and citrus hops. The smell could have more of a presence, though. I really had to get my nose down into the glass to get a good whiff of it.

The taste follows the smell with sweet caramel up front quickly chased away by the bitter grapefruit and pine hops. The sweetness returns at the end. I'm not sure what the abv is on this one, but I don't notice it in the taste at all.

Thick and slick in the mouth. Resiny oils coat the inside of my mouth giving a slickness to the dry tongue smacking that's going on. Just how I expect my DIPA to feel. Nicely bittered aftertaste isn't lingering. This is very easy to drink being a DIPA. I only wish I had another one to drink.

Imstillthegman, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

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!!

orbitalr0x, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%

Pours a dark golden amber color with a slight head.
Smell is not overly hoppy. In correspondance with the name "Hop Whore" this beer does have a cheap, perfumey, floral scent.
Taste is very flowery as well. This isn't a hop-bomb. It's very balanced and isn't very hoppy.
The mouthfeel comes across more bitter than the hop presence would suggest.
This beer is thin and smooth enough to make it highly sessionable. I could see myself knocking down several of these on a summer evening. Not close to the best DIPA I've had. But not horrible either.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Received in a trade with JAYW. Thanks for the opportunity.

A: Murky amber color that sports a thin off white head. Slight retention. Carbonation making it's way to the top. Frostlike lacing down the glass.
S: Floral and citrus fruit hop aromas. A leafyness also, almost like tea. Nice malt profile rounds everything out.
T/M: Nice and bitter right from the get go. Citrus fruit hop flavors meet slight sugary malt notes with an explosion of bitterness that dances on the tongue well into the aftertaste. Sugary malt takes away from what could be an even bigger hop bomb. Citrus notes are very prevalent throughout. Dry in the finish, but nice and soft. Medium bodied.
D: A very nice example of the style. Quite hoppy and bitter. Seek it out as it won't disappoint. Not sure of the abv, although it doesn't really matter as this is a pleasure to drink.

bjohnson, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

(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.

rhoadsrage, Feb 13, 2007
Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.