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Hop Whore - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 82
Gots: 37 | 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:
Beer added by: murrayswine on 09-15-2006

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid amber color, one finger head.

S- Herbal/grassy hop aroma coupled with an underlying light malt sweetness which then helps to bring out more of the citrusy hop notes.

T- Hop flavor and light bitterness nip at you from the get go. The hoppiness, while staying dominate does not overpower, it gets balanced out by a pleasing almost biscuity maltyness. A lingering hop bitterness carries through the finish.

M- Medium bodied and fairly smooth, good carbonation.

D- Good balance = good drinkability.

Not quite the "hop bomb" I was expecting. It still scratched my hop itch nevertheless. If you want a good IPA that has a little more balance this is a good pick.

Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of objectivemonkey - thanks!!! Poured into an Allagash flute, which I think is now officially my favorite glass for non-22 oz. beers.

Appearance: Great striated-lacing effect - that sort of thing where a ring of lace is left after each sip, very cool - left after a small, tan, creamy, one-finger head with average retention fades quietly.

Aroma: A solventy leafy note, coarse, almost nose-hair burning, with lots of roasted doughyness, citric notes ... you can almost smell the bitterness! Hop Whore indeed.

Taste: A huge, rough bitterness is the most noticeable thing about the flavor profile on this one, kicking in pretty early and hanging around well past the end of the sip. Sticking its head through are all sorts of tasty notes, though - grass, grapefruit, pineapple, basil, mint, and various and sundry other vegetal, leafy notes. There's a malt backbone here, but it's tame, meek - the caramel and breadyness are crushed into submission by the huge alpha acid content of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Prickly, but because of the bitterness or the carbonation? I think it's the former, because the rest of this beer is very creamy, smooth, and balanced. It's a little thick, though not syrupy or cloying.

Drinkability: Whew, that one was one hell of a bitter beer. I'm a huge fan of Tyranena (the Devil Over a Barrel is unbelievable), particularly the BGW series, and this is a fine addition to it. Who knows how high the alcohol is, but I'd guess it's about 9% - certainly not outlandish for a DIPA. This one's intense, flavorful, creamy, and definitely one to give a try to, even if I don't see it as a "go to" DIPA. Recommended.

Photo of pwoods
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. stubby brown bottle with a twist off cap, purchased from either Zipp's or one of the many Minneapolis beer stores we hit, poured into a snifter.

A: Pours an semi opaque burgundy, ruby tinted color. Short head on a semi rough pour. Little retention but decent lacing.

S: Some citrus and resinous hops, not really piny. Sweet, thick malt dominates most of the hops. Pretty strong fusel alcohol.

T/M: Decent bitterness level for a DIPA. Pungently acidic citrus pricks hard at the tongue. Still a bit resinous and still lacking some of that piny-ness. Malts are still big time and at least balance the hops out for most of a drink before a long bitter finish. Alcohol is still pretty damn high. Body is medium full and a bit sticky.

D: Alcohol has to be very high, or it's not hidden very well. Interesting DIPA.

Photo of schellsbeer
3.26/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Good IPA. The best from Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild Series....No way.

I was very impressed with the appearance of this beer. Beautiful dark amber color. Exceptional. However, the appearance is a not high on my list for why I love a good beer.

Smell was good. Your run of the mill hops smell. We all know what it smells like and this beer being an Imperial IPA, you would expect a strong hops smell.

As far as the taste, not as complex as many IPAs. The bite of bitterness was present but mostly this beer was only singled layered. Never changed as I progressed through it.

Mouthfeel was the least impressive characteristics. It was VERY thick. I felt like I had cotton mouth while drinking it. At times, it felt like a thick cough syrup.

Would I seek this beer out again? Probably not. But for $1.70 for a single bottle, worth trying. Love the rest of the Brewers Gone Wild line. Just need to wait this one out.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew in a trade with eyncognito, Thanks Ian!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange/copper color with a small beige head that fell to a light layer leaving tiny bubble lacing.

S - nice citrus hop aroma.

T - well balanced brew, starts out with a strong citrusy taste and then the sweeter malt taste balances things out before finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with a clean feel.

D - easy to drink and quite tasty.

Photo of Fatduck
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these last night and got pretty drunk, so you know its strong, though it hides it well.

A - Very nice, clear with a small, but nice head.

S - Great, but quite common aroma of west coast hops, citrus, pine...

T - Its good, malty, sweet, and very well hopped. Its balanced and crisp, you can feel the alcohol in it, but you cant taste it.

M - Medium fullness, smooth and lightly carbonated.

D - Tasty smooth and no sign of heat from alcohol, its easy to drink, and good enough to make you want more than 2.

Photo of mjryan
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber colour with a firm head. Good retention and lots of sticky icky lace. Smells like resinous pinecones and grapefruit with a slight malty sweetness coming through in the end. Flavour is big pine hops and caramel. Has an abundant bitterness that is formidable yet smooth. Finishes slightly sweet with that pine sap character sticking to your mouth. Carbonation was medium and the body is smooth and oily. Overall a highly drinkable, and hoppy IPA from one of the best breweries in existance!

Photo of KeefD
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with no head and no lacing. Doesn't seem to be much carbonation coming out of this one. Should've expected that since there was no fizz when opening the bottle. Nice aroma op hop resin, forest pine and citrus backed up by a bready malt nose. Very flavorful, lots of pine sap and lemon/grapefruit citrus flavors going, and a very nice caramel and biscuity malt backbone. Bitter, but not overly so. Slick oily mouthfeel. Carbonation is far too weak. Alcohol seems high and is noticeable. This beer would have been much better had it been bottle conditioned and would have added a whole other complexity and better mouthfeel.

Photo of Floydster
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a much fresher 4-pack of this, thanks brewcrew76.

Aroma is much fruitier, with the backing hop resin packing an herbal punch. A touch of alcohol is noticeable. Flavor has a distinct tangerine citrus quality, with a strong herbal middle and end. Leafy and resiny. Long trailing earthy bitterness. Hints at sweetness, but the bitterness reigns supreme here. Dry finish. Easy enough to drink, one or two at a time.

Original review:
B / 3.6 look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | drink: 4

Four pack from Riley's in Madison.

Pours a caramelized amber, fluffy bubbles of foam, with alot of hazy, suspended sediment.

Initial whiff of cannabis and resiny hop oils. Second inhale of citrus rind and some musty malt.

Taste has the requisite load of hops and pale malt to back it up. The carbonation is low, giving it a sort of watery feel unfortunately. There is still a long lingering and leafy (!) hop bitterness, which makes me think it can't be *that* old. Still it has many admirable qualities of a DIPA. Webby lacing, thicker body, punchy fruity hop flavor. Somehow this has left me wanting more.

Looking at the first reviews, it seems this bottle may be a year old now. It's a shame I didn't have the chance to try it fresh!

Photo of kmeves
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap, deep amber brown color. Aroma is very fruity and sweet (coats the nostrils). Thick amber head which dissipates slowly. Healthy amounts of crystal malts are prevalent as well as fruitiness on the back of the tongue (rhubard and raspberry). This is balanced by a healthy amount of Cascade and Amariilo hops. Nice contrast. Call this one "Bitter Woman on Steriods"!

Photo of Buebie
4.32/5  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
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.32/5  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
3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

4.57/5  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 +1.5%
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 +12.6%
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
4.42/5  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 +1.5%
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
4.36/5  rDev +9.8%
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 -8.1%
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
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.72/5  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 -0.5%
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.

Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.