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Hop Whore - Tyranena Brewing Company

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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 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.

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of shadow1961
2.88/5  rDev -27.6%
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 -2%
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
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
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
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
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
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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
3.93/5  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.

Photo of Pitmonkey
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of mnstorm99
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of BlindPig
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of seaoflament
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of hellcatsjg
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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