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Hop Whore - Tyranena Brewing Company

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600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 83
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: murrayswine on 09-15-2006)
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Photo of joe1510
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby
$7.99 4-Pack
Steve's Madison

Tyranena's Hop Whore fills the pint glass amber with fine, tiny suspended particulate. When backlit the tiny particles refract the light and add orange highlights throughout. A standard pour produced a healthy two finger head that left incredible lacing down the glass as it slowly settled to its lowest point. The lowest the head settles to is one finger. This is an excellent looking beer!

As soon as I stick my nose in the glass I'm greeted by sweetened grapefruit and a piney hoppiness. Every now and then I even get a blast of nectarine. The citric hops take lead but the pine has a solid presence. The caramel maltiness is big to the point it almost balances this beer out. The caramel combines with a biscuity maltiness and comes close to matching the hop profile. I usually enjoy the mouth numbing unbalanced IPAs but this one seems to be calling my name even though it's more balanced.

The flavor follows the nose stride for stride. The caramel maltiness almost catches up to the hopping but just falls short. The citric hoppiness has a level of sweetness that brings it to the point of tasting like candy. As a matter of fact the candied hoppiness combined with the caramel maltiness and creates an entire drink that's candy like. Usually this isn't my style IPA but I'm really enjoying this one.

This beer has a medium body with a touch of clean alcohol heat on the swallow. The carbonation adds a really nice smoothness that keeps things moving. There's a moderate bitterness that builds on the swallow.

I'm not sure of the abv although it is labeled as an IIPA but this beer is incredibly easy to drink. I can't hardly keep this beer in the glass long enough to review it. The balance is what makes the drinkability as high as it is.

Hop Whore is another winner from Tyranena. The first bottle I had was ok; the next couple were very good. Like I said a couple times the balanced IIPAs aren't my favorites but this one just seems to hit the spot.

joe1510, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle from joe1510. Thanks Joe!

It pours a hazy amber with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell hsa big nose of piney hops but it's almost matched by the caramel malt. I wonder if it will be as balanced tastewise.

First sip reveals the answer. Yep, or just about there. The malty sweetness actually takes center stage but gives way to a nice pine hop flavour that works very well with the malt and gives a good no, very good balance. Ok, so forget about my comment about it being "about there". ;^)

Nice medium thick mouthfeel and the carbonation is lightly done. The finish is where the pine really shines and I'm not usually that big a fan of pine hop flavour! That's a testament to Tyranena's brewing skills.

I can't really say that I detect the alcohol(whatever abv% it may be) at all so I'll have to say that the drinkabilty is *very* good. A brief return to the appearance...the foam shrinkage during the session is very minimal and there's a ring around my glass after every sip. Cool!

I see that this beer is retired but I'm hoping that there's enough still left on the shelves for fellow BAs to find some. IMHO, this is one hell of a DIPA!!

Bitterbill, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool from a brown twist-off bottle into a Boston Lager glass.

Color is dark amber approaching copper. Pours with a modest head helped along with aggressive pouring. Hazy with floating hop chunks--next time I'll take care to leave the dregs in the bottom of the bottle.

Aroma is big with honeylike sweetness, some grassy hoppiness. Some hint of fusel alcohol, too, not too bad.

Flavor has plenty of honey and caramel, not to mention hop flavor in spades.

Plenty of body reflected in the mouthfeel, along with strong balanced bitterness, a bit of a sour finish and saltiness on the lips. Slick with hops, too.

Overall, pretty drinkable, but really sweet and honey-like. Worth trying, but not worth buying twice.

BattleRoadBrewer, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of uwmgdman
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This BGW ale pours a nice light amber/copper with a bit of hop particle in suspension. The head is thick and white with good lacing. The aroma is intensely hoppy; floral, citrusy and a bit piney. The flavor is a punch in the mouth of hops - a good punch. There is a subtle malt backbone with high bitterness. The beer finishes with a lasting bitterness and hop flavor, spicy and piney. The mouthfeel is full and carbonation moderate. Overall an impressive IPA with its strength well hidden. Drinkability is a tad low with the intense, lasting piney hop flavor. If you can still find any, buy it!

uwmgdman, May 31, 2008
Photo of hero27
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.

Pours a hazy amber with a TON of floating sediment...wow, I mean, seriously..did I pick up the "chunky-style"? A creamy, eggshell-colored head rests on top and leaves a thin coat of lacing.
Aroma of fresh hop resin, pine needles, and grapefruit.
Heavy, sticky, syrupy sweetness from the caramel malts..huge, unrelenting pine-y hop bitterness. Juicy, bold, and alcoholic for sure..certainly lands on the "big" side even as double ipas are concerned. Needless to say, the mouthfeel is full. Fairly drinkable, but this beer has a certain stickiness to it that is hard to get around, and some of the flavor seems to get muddied in the booziness. It will certainly wreck your palate, but I guess they delivered on their promise, because this IIPA is big & ballsy (just like it says on the label).

hero27, May 29, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden with a higher viscosity then you see with most beers. Just a small cap forms after the pour. Some sediment is seen floating about. Some lacing is left on the glass.

Heavy hop smell and some sickly sweet malt in the background.

Mostly citrus hop flavor with a little pine hop flavor playing secondary. The sweet malt gives this beer a firm backbone to support the hops. Not as big flavored as other IIPAs but nicely balanced.

Full bodied with almost syrupy consistancy. Carbonation helps lighten the feel.

A nice IIPA but not one I can drink a lot of in a sitting. I suspect the ABV is on the high side as well.

morimech, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of JDV
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle courtesy of emacgee. Thanks man!
Pours betwween a maroon and semi hazed amber with a lasting beige head. Smell is vibrant, sweet fruity hoppiness with an almost tropical leaning. Taste is fruity and hoppy, with lasting bitterness. Some pine and tea flavors as well. Medium bodied and appropriate carbonation. Nice strong bitterness with no astringency. Very clean and easy drinking and although it could be a slight bit richer, this is a fantastic double IPA!

JDV, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of dogger6253
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A beautiful, amber color with a light film on top. Strong grapefruit hops upfront in the smell, a little bit of honey, caramel and brown sugar too. There is also a tiny note of alcohol.

Very strong hops flavor, floral and citrus come out. There is a nice malt backbone adding caramel and honey to the palette. Then a little pine swirls in with another assault of hops, but then malt calms it back into sweetness. A nice dance of flavors going on here.

This is definitely crisp and bitter, the taste lasts long. The body is pretty moderate and there was barely any noticeable carbonation. I thought this was pretty good, but felt it lacked the immense depth I expect out of an IIPA.

dogger6253, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark amber body with a nice off white head. The head was achieved by an aggressive pour and there wouldn't have been any otherwise.

S: Piney hops and sticky sweetness blast out of the glass.

T: Nice blast of bitterness right up front fading into a ton of pine and a bunch of sweet malt. The bitterness lasts a while without being too much.

M: Nice and full bodied, very nice indeed.

D: I generally prefer citrusy hops over piney hops, but this beer is very good in spite of that.

drseamus, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of EStreet20
3.3/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got my hands on a few of the Brewers Gone Wild series. Figured I'd start with the Hop Whore.

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce "tulip" shaped pint glass.

A - Nice look. Pours out a golden color that has some orange tint to it. A little less than a finger of off white head. Like the color here. Lacing rings form on the glass.

S - Smell actually has more malt presence than I expected here, with some sweetness and fruits. Some hops on the nose as well.

T - Taste is not quite as in your face hoppy as I expected. The sweetness gets to be a bit much. It's not a bad tasting beer, but for the style needs more.

M - Smooth. Low carbonation.

D - A little out of whack here flavor wise.

EStreet20, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a soapy, small head. It left a good deal of sticky lace.

S - It smelled very floral and of grasses. Also, a fairly malty nose.

T - It tasted very bitter with grassy hops. A nice roasted malt taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a very nice beer. Too bad it was brewed just once.

zeff80, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of cokes
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly blurred scarlet-orange-sienna with a healthy buttercreme topping.
Hopping blasts through the nostrils, with pineapple, pine sap, reefer, lime juice, rusted metal, and pureed herbs. Backing this is a sugar cookie maltiness and traces of fruit punch (think plums and mangoes, if that's possible).
Malt enters the mouth full of sugar and fruit, again in a fruit punch fashion with date, black cherry, and pineapple...which will be featured and expanded upon hereafter. Sugar cookie dough provides further sweetness and girth. Now the hops pelt down segueing directly from pineapple, into orange zest, lime juice, ganja resin, pine ooze, and quinine. It strikes an interesting balance between fruity and dank, especially since grapefruit is largely left out, though it is still plenty citric and acidic. Alcohol is only evident in vague rum flashes.
Beefy in body, but fleece-like in texture. It's bold and brash, yet soft, and that makes it perilously drinkable. It's not over-the-top in DIPA standards, but it is very solid within them.

An interesting aside as of 2/14/08, several months age on this brings a decided bent toward brown sugar and dark fruits. Hops are still there with a gusto, but danker yet, as the more tropical hues have ebbed. Had I tasted this blind, I'd peg it as a barleywine, and actually, a damn good one. Tyranena's don't tend to age very well long term, but this (relatively) short term transformation is noteworthy. I like it about the same overall, but it's character has definitely changed.

cokes, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of maximum12
4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Thomas Liquors in St. Paul, MN. Until I looked at the reviews I didn't know this was a discontinued brew.

Poured with little or no head, the beer is a light amber in color. Beer is running, bubbles flowing up from the bottom, & there appears to be tiny chunks of sediment drifting in the beer. Cool!

Smells like, well, hops, though my nose is terrible. The taste is really good. The immediate slam is the hops, and they run all the way onto the back of my tongue. The feel is very dry, once swallowed, I want to take another drink right away. The alcohol, while I can taste it, is well-masked.

This might be the first 'big' hoppy beer I've had that I'd consider sitting down with for a 'session'. It tastes really good, but is easy on the palate. Goes down a little too fast! I'll be back to snag at least another four pack & maybe more.

maximum12, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of botham
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a hazy amber-caramel color with a single finger of off-white head that remains for a couple minutes. moderate lacings.

aroma is overwhelmingly of hops, both bitter and spiced, giving a coniferous character to the brew. there is a base of sweet malts as well, mainly a distant caramel.

taste is strong on the hops, with a base of earthy fruits, notes including plum and raisen. otherwise the brew is just hops. both bittering and aromatic, this brew is hoppy, to say the least.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a creamy texture among a moderate CO2 and alcoholic bite. finishes smooth, on a dry note.

drinkability is decent. after one of these, the palate is already dead, so why not have another?

botham, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of timbro81
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pitmonkey for the opportunity, big thanks. I think this beer is about a year old from what I remember in a beermail, still really good though. Pours an orange amber color with a minimal head. smells of wet, piney and citrus hops with a nice caramelness in the background. Taste is of big piney, tinglely hops. Like pins and needles having a party on my tongue. Aftertaste is GOOD, lingering hops and some booziness. Throw me a towel and leave the money on the dresser because I am a hop whore!!

timbro81, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of shlub
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz bottle poured into 20 oz Nonic pint glass
Pours with a ¾” head of foam with a slight beige tint. The foam quickly decreases as the first sips are taken. It is a dark amber/copper in color and has a fair amount of suspended sediment.
Initial hop smell is piney along with some citrus.

First taste is an initial hop blast that progresses into a not unpleasant bitter bite on the tongue. There is very little malt and it seems like it less alcohol than I expected from a DIPA. As it warms the hops shift some toward more of an earthy taste.

The mouth feel is a little thinner than I would like.

I like this beer; it’s the best of the Tyranena line I have tasted. I think it could have benefited from a little more malt in the balance, but I was looking for more after the one I had.

shlub, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Atron67
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a pretty dark amber, almost brown, but really just a dark golden color, had an inch or so of fluffy head on top. as it slowly settled a decent lace laid on top too.

S- piney hoppy scents throughout. light malt but dominated by a heavy heavy delicious hop scents.

T- awesome, a delicious hoppiness. many many hops throughout.

M- pretty full body for an IPA, but it works well

D- awesome

Atron67, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of scaliasux
4.8/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Cloudy. Medium reddish-brown. Thin, quickly dissipating off-white head.

Smell - Hops prominent. Faint barleywine-like maltiness present.

Taste - Barleywine-like malt flavor quickly cut by strong hoppy bitterness. Difficult to describe, but tasty to drink.

Mouthfeel - Full.

Drinkability - Very interesting beer and style. Repays the thought one puts into drinking.

scaliasux, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz screw-off cap

Pours a dark amber with a nice one-finger head that settles to a nice bubbly coating; nice sticky lacing.

This has got to be pretty old by now, but its holding up great- still lots of citrus and pine hops in the nose, with some sweet caramel edging in.

Definitely some aged caramely malt thats a bit out of place, but still a nice hoppiness throughout; starts out more citrusy then gets into earthy and woodsy hop flavors. Very drinkable; balanced, with a good hop kick-in-the-tongue.

Soft almost creamy mouthfeel from the fine bubbles.

Would have loved to try this one fresh, probably not as balanced as it now is, but this is a great easy drinking DIPA.

BeerZack, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- great looking caramel chestnut. Excellent clarity for such a big beer. Some head initially that doesn't hang around. Nose- sweeet and leathery malts with piney hops. Taste- I thought this was very well balanced. Oily mouthfeel with a grapefruit punch offsett by caramel cookie dough malts. Very nice mouthfeel and has a very dry woody finish. Great stuff

oakbluff, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as part of BC2 from nlmartin. Thanks Nate! Slightly hazy and a pleasant orange/amber colour with a short, light beige cap. Decent head retention with some lacing. The aroma was very piney as soon as the bottle was opened. After that it was more grapefruit and caramel, a nice balance of malt and American hops. Solid bitterness kicked things off, followed by grapefruit and pine resin. The maltiness grew into a mouthwatering caramel and biscuit flavour with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Grapefruit bitterness lingered as well. Medium bodied with some warmth and moderate carbonation. A tasty beer with decent balance for an IIPA.

DrJay, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one comes from franksnbeans. Best name for a beer yet.

A: Pours a nice golden amber color with a nice puffy head that dies down. Some lacing left behind and ample carbonation to keep bubbles rising to the top for sometime.

S: Nice floral hoppy aromas. Fresh cut grass and grapefruit mostly, but there is something lingering beneath giving off a nice mild sweetness.

T: Nice hoppy taste. Citrus first and foremost. There is a biscuit like maltiness to it as well. Hints of caramel sweetness and a bit of pine make this one ultra enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied and very filling.

D: Very drinkable for a DIPA, this one should come in a bomber.

Overall: The bottle says brewer's gone wild, I agree. It's not overthetop by DIPA means, but it is rather enjoyable. The beer is very flavorful and well crafted. It is very drinkable and very enjoyable. The characters on the bottle ask "Shall We?" She's a hop whore, damn right we shall!

tpd975, Dec 12, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to todd1 for this one.

12 oz. stubby bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a dark copper hue with a one finger off-white head that dies down to a thick, creamy layer of bubbles. Stickiness is pretty good with some solid layers on the sides. Smell is a slick earthy hop aroma with a citrus kick. Slight caramel malt and a hint of alcohol int he nose as well. Slick pine flavors up front with a bitter citric kick. Some rich caramel malt taste makes its presence known, a nice surprise actually. Aftertaste is pretty clean with a somewhat drying effect. Nice medium bodied mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. Doesn't kick the shit out of your mouth like most DIPA's seem to do now a days. I put this one away pretty quick, very enjoyable brew.

BeerTruth, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of ZAP
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Bronze colored....big (too big) white fluffy head

S-Certainly fragrant...hops are citrus (mild grapefruit), floral and piney...malt impression is toffeeish...

T-Pretty balanced DIPA....hops exert their presence more on the finish than the beginning...hop flavor leans toward a milder grapefruit and the malt remains more an english bitter like toffe style...piney hops emerge on the finish and add a strong dose of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied...smooth drinking with a strong bitter, dryish finish.

D-This is solid...there are better...not nearly in the same class as Bitter Woman but a solid effort that I would certainly recommend.

ZAP, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of shivtim
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's pint glass, for some good Midwest synergy. Looks like dense translucent ruddy iron ore water. Medium/small tannish head that slims down to a thin sheet, but doesn't entirely disappear.

Nose is a beautiful strong syrupy cascade hop rebellion, with a couple interweaving layers of lighter hops.

Taste is super hoppy. Malts up front, with a bit of sweet bread, then long lingering sticky hops. Very slight alcohol mixes with the hops for a nice finishing tingle.

Mouthfeel is quite good, as is drinkability. An excellent IPA overall.

shivtim, Nov 09, 2007
Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.