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Hop Whore - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 569
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 84
Gots: 34 | 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 alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +1%

Picked up at Riley's in Madison. After the disappointing QC problems I tasted in the Spank Me Baby, I'm a bit leery of this one. We shall see.

Served at 45-50 degrees.

Medium-dark amber-copper body with a large, towering, glass-lathering, light sandy brown head. Nice. Nose seems to be lacking infections! Woohoo! In fact, the nose is quite nice; very perfumey hop aroma, herbal, and heavy pine. Ahh, but there's also some malt: sugar cookies, butterscotch and rummy fruit. I swear I can smell some spice too. Taste showcases the bitter, resinous hops right away! Numbing and tongue-bruising. Very Scotch tapey, piney and herbal. Toasted caramel and butterscotch malt shines through, along with some fruitiness. Alcohol is there, but the hop bitterness takes over the finish. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. This one's all about hop bitterness, and I like it.

alexgash, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Thanks to Boolshot for this brew.

Pours a nice clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy creamy tan head, some islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet malts, slight hops, citrus, and caramel. The taste is sweet malty, hoppy, with a nice touch of caramel in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, so far I really like what I've had from this brewery, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jan 26, 2007
Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev +0.3%

#3 in the Big, Bold, Ballsy Beers of the Brewers Gone Wild series from Rob Larson. Pours a sort of glowing orange in color with an ample off-white head. Nice aroma consisting of juicy citrus and piney hops with caramel malt behind it. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Hop taste is bold and assertive, as expected in a Double IPA. Grapefruit and citrus upfront with decent bitterness, but not puckering. Caramel malt supports it beautifully. Hops return and linger into the finish. This went down smooth and is a great DIPA.

Winter, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of rayjay
3.83/5  rDev -4%

Just got my first bottle via trade with JAYW. Very robust shade of carmel, with highlights of red and brown; carbonation is there and the head is firm, but the beer doesn't seem very alive. Cascade nose, relatively faint. Very delicious, with a full dose of C-hops; the body is there in the perfect proportion, although the mouthfeel is a bit thin. Carmel and pale malts are predominant, maybe rye is in there too. Everything-the bitterness, the carbonation, the big ale body- all posess a gentle elegance, making it desirable for hopheads and the timid alike. Subtle yet stable bitter rye bread fallout. Very good beer which I'd recommend. Cheers!

rayjay, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

Warmly glowing sunset orange with infusions of red and bronze. I don't know about the flavor (yet), but the color is certainly 'big, bold and ballsy' as the label states. The head is a looker as well. It's a firm, tight-bubbled crown of creamsicle orange that is leaving delicate doodlings of lace all over the glass. I'm pretty sure there will be nothing about the aroma or the flavor that will qualify as delicate.

The nose isn't quite as explosive as I had hoped. It's still damn good, it just doesn't blow me away. A meager amount of caramel malt is noted in the background, while a moderate amount of pungent, cheesy, citric fruity hops occupy the foreground. I wish I knew the hop bill because I don't feel confident enough to make any guesses.

Hop Whore has some of the attributes that I like in my DIPAs... and it has some that I don't care for. On the good side, there's very little, if any, caramel maltiness to get in the way of the hop love. On the not so good side, there's too much pale malt and the beer is too sweet as a result. In that sense, it reminds me of Stone 10th Anniversary; although that beer was even more sweet than this one.

It's obvious that large truckloads of hops have been added. The trouble is, they have to fight through the sticky, sugary maltiness in order to bring their full weight to bear on the palate. Both hop flavor and hop bitterness take a hit in the process. On the finish, once some of the malt sugar has dissolved, the alpha acids do a little victory dance. Trouble is, I want a 'bigger, bolder, ballsier' hoppiness.

As far as specific flavors, white grapefruit pith, bitter orange and pine are most prominent. Alcohol is masked acceptably well for a beer that is probably in the shadow of 10%. Hop Whore isn't far from earning the next highest flavor score. As I get into the bottom half of the bottle, I'm tempted... but I just can't pull the trigger.

As expected, with so much malt in the house, the mouthfeel is prodigious. It's unquestionably full and probably even qualifies as sappy. Not only does a thick film form on my mouth and tongue with each mouthful, but my lips are becoming sticky as well. A restrained, yet still enlivening amount of carbonation is perfect for the task at hand.

I like each and every one of the Brewers Gone Wild! series beers that I've had so far. Only Spank Me Baby Barleywine still eludes me. None of them, however, really knock my socks off, as I thought they would when the series was first announced. If I had to choose just one beer from Tyranena, I'd still go with good ol' Bitter Woman IPA. Thanks to terrabyte for the hand-delivered bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.43/5  rDev -14%

Copper orange with a one finger head that leaves weak dots of lace on the glass.

Huge hop nose. There's tons of fruits (grapefruit, mango, fresh oranges). The smell also reminds me of pine sap on my hands after handling pine wood.

Big hoppy taste which is sweet and fruity at first but turns very piney and dry. Good but not great. Many thanks to dhchatfield for this one.

timtheenchanta, Jan 20, 2007
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +0.3%

appearance: Pours a low, off white head that soon recedes to a ring and a thin layer. The beer is a deep, woody amber in color.

smell: Boiled and steeped hop flavor upfront. Floral hop tea. Candied fruits and flowers. Lightly toasted malt with some toffee notes. A little earthy and leafy, with just a touch of ethanol.

mouthfeel: The carbonation and the body are both medium.

taste: The first thing I notice is the most tealike hop flavor I've ever experienced, from just after the swallow well into the finish. The flavor is pretty big, and easily overpowers the lightly toasted malt sweetness. The bitterness is surprisingly tempered for a dipa.

drinkability: easy

Shipped down by dirtylou

blackie, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
2.73/5  rDev -31.6%

Pours a little bit of head that goes away leaving a lacing with bubbles. The smell is a bit pilsner-ish. Taste is a little funny and pilsner-ish. It has an aftertaste of funky skunk to it. The mouthfeel is lacking a little bit and the overall drinkability is pretty low. I don't know how this brewery keeps in business because the only stuff I tried that wasn't skunked was an IPA that was ok.

Erdinger2003, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

This was an imperial IPA that I really enjoyed, a pleasant fragrance, a golden yellow colour, the proof in the taste, not too bitter, malted and not the feeling they had to dump in malt to offset the bitterness. In a word, great hopping. Carbonation was a bit active but it worked. Very smooth drinkable experience. Thanks a million jpm30.

Sammy, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of soulgrowl
4.15/5  rDev +4%

Appearance: Clear, rusty brick red-brown body. Stained ivory head displays a struggle between volatile alcohol and sticky, hop oils; tall after a vigorous pour, then develops craters that turn to holes, then collapses into a few bubbly clusters. Overall, fair retention.

Smell: Raw, solid hops, predominantly fruity with notes of passion fruit, dragonfruit, and lemon. Resinous undertones add a woody presence. Malts shine through with a toasty caramel sweetness.

Taste: Hoppy, but not ridiculously so; piney with a spicy edge accentuated by the heat of a presumably high ABV. Plenty of toasty, nutty malts hold things together. Finish is dry yet juicy, with a bitterness that puckers first and then makes the mouth water. Nutty, resinous, and spicy notes linger long after you swallow.

Mouthfeel: Feels a little too airy, but the body is nice, medium-to-heavy, with no syrupy feel despite the high level of everything in this beer. Alcohol is a bit tingly.

Drinkability: Yes, it's big, but it's also quite nice. The alcohol is detectable but not overpowering; it feels more like an integral part of the flavor profile than a byproduct that needs to be covered up. This is a very nice brew.

soulgrowl, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

The label is right on this one. The hops perfume is way over the top. If you like floral hops and then some, this is a beer for you. Otherwise, still to the pine and citrus DIPAs. Although the perfume was a bit much, this was still a pretty drinkable and tasty DIPA. While I wouldn't recommend roaming the earth for it, if you're in WI, try it out.

tempest, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of malcontent
3.95/5  rDev -1%

Hazy orange liquid with visable bubbles rising to the creamy, clingy head that stands firm. Great looking DIPA.

Slightly sweet smelling, almost malty in nature which seems odd considering it's a double IPA. Certainly, the hops are out there, too, I'm just surprised by the other scents. There's a nice floral quality to the nose that I do like.

Tart grapefruit, pine resin, bitter hops with a somewhat astrigent finish that lingers a little too long. Still, I think it's pretty yummy.

Ever so slightly on the oily side, but that seems to be the case with a bunch of this beers' peers. Other than that, can't complain too much and I don't get much of a heavy feel here which means, if you don't pass out first, you could probably drink a number of these.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for the taste.

malcontent, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of akorsak
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with JAYW.

A: The ale is amber colored with a thick head that laces well.

S: The aroma is wet, hoppy boldness. Pine resiny thickness is intense and dominating in the nose. The pine is complimented by citrus notes.

T: The flavor is a bit of a surprise. My first sip showed a clear grainy malt body before the hops kicked in. When they do finally kick in on the second sip it becomes obvious that this is a hop bomb with apricot, tangerine and grapefruit all present in the body. After that poundng of fruity hops, some pine pops up too, adding an astringent note.

M: The hop mouthfeel is astringent and wonderful, a big murly mix of bitterness.

D: A delicious and well-crafted IIPA, I could drink these all day long.

akorsak, Dec 10, 2006
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%

Caramel color with a goopy head that breaks, sticks, and blotches in irregular ways, finally dissipates to scantily bubbled film.
The smell is a very raw, resinous bittersweet pine smell similar to such visited by many a plastic baggie in the parlance of our times.

The fact that this came off with a blast of hopped bitterness came as a surprise. Yeah, a total shock, never would have guessed it. Anyhow, one thing that stands out is like a secondary, bitter kick that is somewhere in the realm of dandelion juice, that really makes you pucker up. I thought you had to pay extra for that.

Some contemporaries of this hop whore are sometimes a little thin or gaunt seeming. Probably due to a poor diet/lack of protien/meth addiction. This girl seems to eat alright, has it in all the right places. A little junk in the trunk, even. Dig it.

Bottle asks "shall we?" Fuckin' A.

Photo of mcallister
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

A mean look is expressed by this IIPA. Deep mahagony with a yellowish highly frothed head that leaves a thin layer of lace to tease you.

Very earthy, and piney hop aromas. Hints of floral as well. The only signs of any fruit I gather is some dried fig. Some malty aroma as well.

Big and full bodied. Very rich, nice complexity and a bastardizing hop finish. Long hop finish of pure pine and resin oil. Malt finishes on the mid palate to finish things out. Again a very earth driven IPA.

mcallister, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%

Sampled through the kind efforts of jj21 and the Simply Beer BIF.

A careful pour gives me a snifter full of clear walnut brown colored beer with not much head to speak of. The color is exactly the same as cognac or old whiskey.

The aroma is intensely of hops even from a distance. The main aromas here are grapefruit and pine with melon being the sole other aroma that can push past the strong odor. Ethanol carries the scent of pepper and lemon deep into my sinuses. A strong smelling beer to say the least.

The taste begins quite intensely of pine and grapefruit and bitterness. More complex flavors develop quickly. Lots of woody flavor but subtleties just never seem to develop this just stays intensely bitter.

Mouthfeel is good.

Another member of the super IPA club and unfortunately not one of the top ones. This is just a one trick over hopped pony that needs a few more tricks.

Zorro, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz stubby, thanks to kmpitz2

glistening auburn glow, heady froth full of viscous bubbles and surrounded by fiery, curved lacing streaks. looks serious, smells serious. aroma reminds me of three floyds' behemoth. unsweetened grapefruit juice infused with sweet-sappy tree bark. brown sugar syrup rounds out the smell and brings forth evidence of stature.

woody.. dry. hell, this is a bitter ass dipa. but it finishes a bit on the easy side.. it makes for easy drinkin', and the sweetness doesn't overwhelm. after having the bitter woman, i expected more of a mess.. especially since this beer claims to be bigger and hoppier. it's not a mess. it's a brisk, floral dive into the hop pool.. and you emerge clean, with a few drops of oily resin flowing off quicker than mercury. this beer leaves many mysteries, one of which is "where is the punch?". now, don't get me wrong, i like the idea of a milder dipa.. but this beer is a ghost, a skeleton of a big beer. and i can't say i dislike it for that.. i'm just slightly disappointed.

my mouth resonates with a dirty coating of botanical underripeness and salty pine cone esters. but why? i don't remember tasting the prerequisite hoppy citrus or crazy bitter earthiness. way to shoot for an excess of balance, and manage to bizarrely overdo it.

still, a brewing achievement. stick to malty beers, tyranena!

goodbyeohio, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of clickpush
3.95/5  rDev -1%

Pour: 12oz bottle to tulip glass. Lays a nice one and half finger tan head over a translucent ruby body with tiny bubbles streaming up throughout. Head sticks along sides of glass with an average speed of descent to thin lacings and a hefty halo along the rim.

Nose: Warm alcohol notes present. Sweet malt tones up front of maple syrup, caramel, and pears. Hops extremely evident in back with pine aroma.

Mouth: Starts sweet and fruity, of peaches and brown sugar and touches of dark cocoa. Excellent hop bitterness of pines which lasts long beyond the swallow. Grass and herb notes add complexity to the hops and a bit of a smoked flavor compliments the aftertaste, grâce à the malts. An excellent combination of roast malt flavors and strong hop bitterness. Mouthfeel about average as it enters highly carbonated but loses its steam at the end.

clickpush, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%

Drove to WI just to find this beer. 12 oz bottle, bottled on 07SEP06, poured into a pint glass

A—pours clear copper orange with a 1 inch tan fluffy head that lasts several minutes before collapsing into a cloud like blob, lacing is thick and abundant. A beautiful beer.

S—Hops a plenty. Pine citrus, floral, perfume aromas all mixed together and very strong. Just a hint of sweetness lingers

T—Wonderful. A hop head’s dream, Pine, citrus and floral flavors are dominate with a hint of sweetness, just like the smell. Excellent

M—sharp and maybe a bit raw, medium bodied, perfect carbonation

D—Great. I wish I would have bought more 4 packs of this. I need to make a return trip to WI for sure.

hanco005, Nov 06, 2006
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

A: Hazy copper raspberry with just a few bubbles. Head is white with just a slight pink hue to it. Decent

S: Pink grapefruit, plum, strawberry, sappy aspen and some aged apple core.

T: Extremely sappy with syrupy hop resin. Some kiwi caramel things going on with low level orange, slight candied ginger and bitter grapefruit rind. Progressively sweet backbone with a solid redwood streak to it. Finishes with lingering lychee and grapefruit.

M: Medium with a full figured feel to it.

D: This is a nice beer with a really nice flavor. It does lack some complexity that the other high level DIPA's offer...which is keeping it from a 4.4 or higher rating.

Westsidethreat, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

Thanks to dickinsonbeer for sharing this one...
Appears a hazy, light amber with a small white cap that slowly fades out into a tiny cap. Tons of scattered lacing is left all around the glass.
Smell is of biscuits, fruit, hoppy resin highlighted with citrus, pine, and oak.
Taste is of the earthy, woody hops with plenty of yeast and citrus standing out amongst the flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, yeasty, bready, bitter, and semi dry with a light fruitiness on the swallow.

weeare138, Nov 03, 2006
Photo of trep
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

12oz Bottle courtesy of JeffKrenner

Clear burnt orange body with a foamy vanilla head. Head fades quickly. Amazing hop aroma. Sugar-coated grapefruit and peaches. Not much malt in the nose. Delicious hop aroma though.

Perfect combination of bitter and fruity hops. Citrus hops are abundant. Nice caramel malt in there, although its not too pronounced. A little spicy also. Me likey. Finishes bittersweet with a bitter hop aftertaste.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Brutally bitter aftertaste makes this one lose a point or two on drinkability, although for the style its probably about average.

trep, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of sponberg
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Guy on the bottle looks like me. This scares my ass. "Shall we?" Yeah, I believe we shall... deep red-amber with an offwhite head, fine bubbles, dissipates to a thin layer that hangs on a while. Aroma of good weed, grapefruit, and a hint of cedar - not hamster cage cedar, but walking thru a forest cedar. Almost catty but not quite.

Whoaaaa... what was that? This is not a charade. Starts with a syrupy, red-ale caramel malt sort of maltiness, then the hops just explode on the palate - first citrus in the flavor, then a vaporous, spicy, all over the tongue bitterness that grows, bringing along with it a damned tasty alcoholic warming surge. Before it ever hits the back of the throat the alcohol vaporizes. Neat trick. Finish is all kinds of neat flavors that I just can't quite categorize - dunno what hops are used in here, but the flavors are this huge blend of medium toasted chewy malt, alcohol, and citrus/pine hops. Great body, completely appropriate to the brew. I wanna drink more just to figure this one out. This is a beer of extraordinary magnitude.

Damn. yet another dimension to the style, and a highly enjoyable one at that. Thanks to BA JeffKrenner for the bottle!!

sponberg, Nov 01, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured a clear amber ale with a 1-2 finger very pale tan head. Finely and decently carbonated, with thick and creamy lacings.

Hops totally buried the malts, but what wonderful hoppy scents of pine, grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Couldnt smell the malts at all.

Finally noticed the low key malts. Lightly buttered and toasted biscuit with just a hint of caramel sweetness. Good hop wollop very similar to the nose, with a MILD lingering bitterness. Very nice hop flavours, but this is no hop bomb (and i dont consider myself a hop head).

Very nicely balanced and crafted IPA. Barely a double IPA. Main reason hops so noticeable is due to the thin malt backbone. But this beer has a kick ass hop hit with great flavours which tries to stick around as a mild lingering bitterness.

Very drinkable and tasty brew. Tyranena finally got it right with this IPA. Much tastier and more pleasant drinking experience than the BW and BWFH. Wish this was the IPA they produced year round. Wish it was bigger all around, especially since big DIPAs can be very drinkable if done right. Unfortunately i bought the last two 4 packs at the only local store ive seen it at. If i see it again ill grab some more.

demcorhip, Oct 31, 2006
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Burgandy. Clear. Bubbly off white head. Lace is moderate yet intricate. This has got that great dirty-ass pungent fucking pot smoking aroma that I love in DIPAs. Oh, and a little caramel and toffee mixed in on the nose as well. Bring that bong resin right over to the palate. It's there and I fucking love it. Resinous, grassy, oily and pungent. And who wouldn't love it?!?! The malts are toffeeish in nature and in the background. Drinkability outstanding. Great DIPA from the producers of one of the best IPAs around. Doesn't surprise me and definitely doesn't disappoint me.

Bighuge, Oct 31, 2006
Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
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