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Hop Whore - Tyranena Brewing Company

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608 Ratings
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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 353
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 Buebie
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown twist off bottle. Poured into a snifter.
The color on this deep amber with a copper sparkle and transparent.
Head is 2 fingers deep off a rigerous pour. White fluffy head,thick lace rings followed by draping lace. Nice thin layer of retention.

The aroma off this beer is sweet, pungeant and awsome.
Big grapefruit hop aroma, tangerines, pinnaple, some doughy bready caramel roll aroma.

Aww man, the taste is to die for! Not overwhelming in the hops department as the lable might indicate.
Big juicy tangerine marmalade flavor, followed by pinnaple, grapefruity hops, some mild pine.
Some carbonation up front, melting into a thicker mouthfeel. Finish is very sweet, some caramel lingering flavors, roasted grains, delicious.

The boys at Tyranena keep outdoing themselves,it just gets better and better.
Not sure what the abv is, but I'd guess it to be in the 10% range. Some alcahol warming at the swallow and a bit of fumieness at the knose.

Must try!

Photo of russpowell
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from feloniousmonk, cheers Al!

Pours a semi-hazed amber/orange with 1 finger of sand colored head. Cleared as this settled down, Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Toffee, cakeyness, tangerines in abundance, plus some leafy hops

T: Cakeyness, leafy hops, orange slices & grapefruit up front. Pineapple, toffee, & tons
of dates & figs as this warms. Finishes with citrussy & earthy hops, plus tons of orchard fruit & a kiss of orange peels, plus much grapefruit down the throat

MF: Chewy with minimal carbonation, nice stickyness, skews fruitty, with very good balance

This one grew on me as this warms, the hops uncover a bit late IMO; a bit restrained up front, but nicely executed

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy dark amber color and a modest head; splashy dots of lace

Smell: Plenty of grapefruit pith and pine sap wafts upward; atrociously bitter

Taste: After an initial burst of caramel, the fruity grapefruit and pine flavors rush forward. To aggressively solicit the tastebuds; after the swallow, the bitterness continues the assault and lasts a long time, although there is considerable residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just a bit too sweet and sticky for my palate, but that is nit-picky, I know

Photo of dancinwillie
3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Properly imperial styled dark amber hazy body. Hosts a solid inch of light tan head with excellent retention. A wall of lace is left as it fades. Nose is very soft but does show a nice balance between sweet syrupy hops and rich malt with a bit of minerals. With first sip the hop presence is initially juicey with a bit of citrus sweetness. With following sips the middle of the palate yeilds more of a piney mineral based bitter feel to the hops. There is a nice but subtle malt balance throughout the palate that helps to make this a very creamy brew. Mouthfeel is on the sweet and creamy side with some attractive bitter feel. Sensationably drinkable.

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Poured a rich copper-amber w/dense of-white head. Very nice retention w/a creamy cap that lingers. The lacing is also impressive.
S-Sweet toasted and biscuity malts, bitter hops, citrus tangerine, pine resin, and hints of dried fruits. All sensations are potent, but an equilibrium exists despite balanced out by the two extremes.
T&M-Sweet toasted malt upfront w/light earth tones blend with fresh bitter hops and dried fruits midway. The rich pine, orange, and grapefruit dominate the palate, and impart a slight sensation of oils at the finish that complements the strong malt. Good balance of sweetness, bitterness, velvety body, moderate carbonation, and fruit character.
D-An excellent quaff. Another great delivery from this brewery.

Photo of guntherhophead
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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 Lothore
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a deep reddish orange with a nice 2 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly.

S- Smells consists of: strong floral hops, light candied apple aroma, hints of mixed spices.

T- Taste starts out with strong floral notes brought forth heavily in the nose which back off into a deep breadiness followed by hop bitterness that latches to the tongue and grasps on for dear life.

M- Medium bodied with quite a bit of carbonation.

D- This is definitely a drinkable DIPA. Not too thick, the flavor profile throws you for a loop from what youd expect out of an average DIPA and it is all around balanced minus the expected hop bitterness.

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.

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!!

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.

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!

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).

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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!!

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.

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

Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.