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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
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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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Photo of JDV
4.42/5  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
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +2%
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
3.33/5  rDev -16.1%
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
3.92/5  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 +4.5%
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 +5.3%
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
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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
4.42/5  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

Photo of scaliasux
4.78/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

Photo of BeerZack
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of oakbluff
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
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

Photo of DrJay
3.92/5  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.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  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.

Photo of shivtim
4.32/5  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.

Photo of shadow1961
2.93/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tyanena's Hop Whore IPA pours a good two fingers of head over a slightly cloudy
amber brew. Carbonation is active and steady, and the nose was pretty much dominated
by grapefruit like hops. The flavor is dominated by those very same hops as well- the citrus
throughout with more herb/grass in the finish. There does seem to be some kind of maltiness
up front but it's almost totally masked by those hops. Mouthfeel seems fairly round, but again,
the hops prove to be a real distraction. I have really grown to like hoppy brews but unfortuanately
this experiment went a few steps too far- there simply wasn't any balance. I would recommend
this only to real hopheads. To be completely honest, the label went a little bit too far as well.
Tyranena makes some really nice brews- but this one just doesn't make it. I literally couldn't
finish it. Perhaps aging will help- so we'll try it again in a year or so.

Photo of bennetj17
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper appearance, slight chill haze, thin tan foam with medium paced carbonation from below. Resiny hop nose with strong grapefruit and orange citrus character. Strong pine and fresh cut grass notes. Sweet caramel malt noticible also with the alcohol peering through a bit.

Tangy sweet caramel and fruit flavor with a heavy wet hop presence. The bitterness is moderate but almost needs more umph in order to balance out the sugary sweetness. Rich and syrupy mouthfeel, almost chewy, very coating. The carbonation is mild although it does seem to foam up a bit on the palate.

I still hope for drinkablility in my doubles and although the alcohol doesn't overpower this one, it is a bit cloying and not something I could have more than one of. Recommended for you hopheads...

Photo of brewdoc75
4.11/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this at the Autumn Brew Review Festival as a sample and now I found it in bottles.

Appearance: Soft, white head on top of an orangish/amber body. Some sediment seen floating throughout.

Smell: Lovely hop aroma. Fruity, piney, and very citrusy. If you enjoy hops (which I do), the perfume of this brew is heavenly.

Taste: Pleasant bitterness hits the tongue initially, followed by a medium body w/ mildly sweet malts. The citrus and pine aroma is carried over into the flavor. BItter, but not overly or overpoweringly so. Good balance between the hops and the body, but not great balance.

Mouthfeel: Sharp when it hits the tongue then finishes off clean w/ a little lasting bitters.

Drinkability: This is a pretty solid DIPA, however to me it tastes a bit more like an overhauled IPA. Its a little too much to put back more than one or two. It is definitely an ode to hops. Keep this in mind before you try this one.

Photo of faernt
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a fan of the name... I was at Murrays in Milwaukee and Chris opened the case with a recommendation. It pours with little head. It looks like a slight soap scum on top of the reddish orange body. The color is almost red which is unusually attractive.

The nose is a little wacky. It smells a little sweet and a little musty. The taste is mouthwatering (good taste).I don't usually care for the extremely hopped beers, but when they have a big body (this one is pretty big ) and a taste that is a changeling (from hops to barley to hops) I'm intrigued. I have four of these so I will post now and report back over the course of the four pack.

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

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.

Photo of ballenc
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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