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Hop Whore - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 584
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.28%
Wants: 85
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 Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - dark orange pour, showing off an impressive malt bill perhaps? Smallish head, attractive sticky lace. Sheets all the way down. Clouds up considerably with that bottom ounce poured in.

Aroma - steady, sweet, roasted caramel malt and flowery citrus with some mild pine.

Taste - biscuity chewy malt followed by a nice truck load of juicy hops. Real good balance. Turns intensely bitter, grapefruit rind on the aftertaste but stays palatable somehow.

Mouthfeel - very smooth. full body, perfect.

Drinkability - a fine brew this one is, big props to jj21 for the hookup.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 13, 2007
Photo of Lexx
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely hazy reddish orange color. Tight, frothy cappuccino foam colored head.
The scent is somewhat piney, a whooole lot of rich, full toffee, brown sugar and caramel notes, but there's also a nice, light citrus to it. At times, it actually smells a little like a pecan pie.
WHOA. Way hoppier in the taste than the scent makes out. Tastes a bit like french bread, and a little bit of the toffee rolls through to the taste. Rather enjoyable, actually.
I'd say a nice, medium bodied beer.

Lexx, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received via BC2 from Mr. nlmartin!

Pours a cloudy orange/brown combo, thick off white head, pretty lacing, great retention, it doesn't quit. Smell is very fragrant, sugar, big pine, grapefruit, citrus blast, dark fruits, alcohol, very interesting mix, smells pretty nice. Taste is insane hop blast, malty, caramel, pine/grapefruit, dry roast, nuts, grainy finish, very bitter, very citric finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, nice. Thanks Nate!

Viggo, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of flyingbison

Slightly hazy, amber/orange liquid. Medium sized, creamy, light tan head. Big lacing.

Smells great! Pine, honey/molasses, peaches and grass.

Wow - the taste shows a huge malt backbone - caramel and biscuit. Supports a strong hop presence - herbal & floral, hard to make out. Peaches and other fruits. Nice lingering bitterness in aftertaste.

Medium to heavy body. Medium, at best, carbonation. Very "wet" for an IPA.

This is really good. A well balanced beast!

, May 18, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks FlyingBison for the great trade.
Pours a nice clear ruddy garnet with little head or lacing. Smell is wonderful and full of hops, earth, malt, alcohol.
Taste is wonderful as well. Earthy and rich, the malts are strong enough to balance the grassy and piney hops. Alcohol makes itself known in the finish, which is just fine with me. Rich and dark, this can stand up to 70% dark chocolate easily.
As a double it is easy to drink but you need to be in the mood for a massive brew. Tonight I am. Lucky me.

kirok1999, May 18, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear copper, caramel body. Half inch of nearly white head to start that reduced down to a skim layer of patchwork foam. A little foam clings to the glass.

Sweet bread malt aroma with some earthy and floral sweet aromas. Fairly straight forward but does have a little oomph to it.

Nice balance here, although I have had this one for a little bit it still has some hop aroma. Bready, dinner roll malts with earthy, herbal, peat-like hops. Pine resin in the finish. No alcohol to speak of.

Nice medium to full mouthfeel with lower carbonation levels, but still enough to evoke some feeling of crispness.

Pretty easy to put back. Nicely hopped flavor with a good amount of balance from heavy malting. A very nice beer.

blitz134, May 14, 2007
Photo of SacoDeToro
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber color with a small foamy white head.

The aroma had some hops, but this beer was probably about a year out so nothing was bursting forth. Some alcohol and light caramel was in the nose. Faint vinous notes were also present. Perhaps a slight hint of oxidation as well.

The flavor of the beer was reasonably bitter with mostly citrusy and herbal hop flavors. The malt profile was slightly caramelly for this style IMO. Following a bottle of 3F Dreadnaught, this beer fell flat. The beer lacked any kind of broad hop profile, which the masters (Pliny, Dreadnaught, Maharaja) posess.

The carbonation was fine and the mouthfeel was a little thin and watery for the style.

This beer was pretty average for a double IPA. Nothing too impressive here.

SacoDeToro, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber color with a touch of cloudiness to it. Fingers worth of light tan head leaves leopard print lacing.

Aroma has a mixture of caramel and both pine and citrus hops. The smell could have more of a presence, though. I really had to get my nose down into the glass to get a good whiff of it.

The taste follows the smell with sweet caramel up front quickly chased away by the bitter grapefruit and pine hops. The sweetness returns at the end. I'm not sure what the abv is on this one, but I don't notice it in the taste at all.

Thick and slick in the mouth. Resiny oils coat the inside of my mouth giving a slickness to the dry tongue smacking that's going on. Just how I expect my DIPA to feel. Nicely bittered aftertaste isn't lingering. This is very easy to drink being a DIPA. I only wish I had another one to drink.

Imstillthegman, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle that I picked up last time I was up in Wisco. Pours into my glass a clear deep amber orange with red hints. A half inch of creamy head sits on top. Aromas start with lush hops, super citrusy with lots of grapefruit and good bit of pine as well. Deep caramel malts underneath. A wonderful mix of hops that really jumps out at you. Good start....

First sip brings a blast of sweet caramel maltiness that's almost automatically met by a wall of bountiful hop flavors. Big green hop cones full of citrusy, grapefruit goodness along with some pine sap resiny flavors as well. Flows down with a big smack of bitterness that lingers and finishes with a bit of residual sweetness. No alcohol to be found here...just a tasty Imperial IPA all around!

Mouthfeel is nice and chewy with a good steady carbonation. This is not overly heavy and it goes down pretty damn smoothly. Easy to drink for a DIPA, I'm guessing there is a fair amount of alcohol here. Another tasty treat from Tyranena...I hope to see this one around again!!

orbitalr0x, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber color with a slight head.
Smell is not overly hoppy. In correspondance with the name "Hop Whore" this beer does have a cheap, perfumey, floral scent.
Taste is very flowery as well. This isn't a hop-bomb. It's very balanced and isn't very hoppy.
The mouthfeel comes across more bitter than the hop presence would suggest.
This beer is thin and smooth enough to make it highly sessionable. I could see myself knocking down several of these on a summer evening. Not close to the best DIPA I've had. But not horrible either.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of bjohnson
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with JAYW. Thanks for the opportunity.

A: Murky amber color that sports a thin off white head. Slight retention. Carbonation making it's way to the top. Frostlike lacing down the glass.
S: Floral and citrus fruit hop aromas. A leafyness also, almost like tea. Nice malt profile rounds everything out.
T/M: Nice and bitter right from the get go. Citrus fruit hop flavors meet slight sugary malt notes with an explosion of bitterness that dances on the tongue well into the aftertaste. Sugary malt takes away from what could be an even bigger hop bomb. Citrus notes are very prevalent throughout. Dry in the finish, but nice and soft. Medium bodied.
D: A very nice example of the style. Quite hoppy and bitter. Seek it out as it won't disappoint. Not sure of the abv, although it doesn't really matter as this is a pleasure to drink.

bjohnson, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm apricot colored body with a very slight hazy to it and a strong carbonation pushing through it. There is a thin light tan head that fades to a few spots soon after it is poured.

S- This beer has notes of sweet caramel malt followed by a green hop smell. As it warms there is a light note of citrus in the hops but it is mostly big green hops.

T- The sweet flavor of caramel malt comes through strong setting the tongue up for a crushing pungent bitterness of hops. The hops have a grapefruit flavor to them and a soft citrus zest hint as it warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slippery texture to it with no alcohol heat or fizz in the finish.

D- This beer has a big sweetness and a bigger bitterness but not much depth to either of them. I like the flavors but they get a bit tiresome after one glass.

rhoadsrage, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass, pours a nice copper orange, a very nice creamy inch thick head, good lasting power, with a whole shit-ton of lacing laid down in sheets, a very attractive beer. Aroma is good, lighter fruits, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and then gets into a piney citric hop. Taste is very well balanced, surprisingly, with all the bitterness, it being a hop bomb more or less, the hefty malt load doing its part. Very sweet fruits, lots of bitterness, pines, mango, pineapple, grapefuit, citrus, very similar to the aroma, but better. The body is medium, the right carbonation and warmth, could be a little creamier, maybe bigger body, but in all, very nice. Overall, this is my kind of DIPA, tons of hops, but a sizable malt profile to make something really complex.

This one comes courtesy of nflmvp.

objectivemonkey, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of TheBungyo
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thank you to Nlmartin for this one!

Pour is autumn leaves ablaze in crimson fire. Ok yeah, that was bit much but the orange body is something to lust after in terms of IPA speak.

Initially the nose was dominated by pine and grapefruit but as it warms the malt takes center stage.

Taste is gooey sticky cloying hops. Pine and grapefruit elbow their way forward with caramel and hints of toffee bringing up the rear. Finish is extremely bitter and lemony, like lemon zest. To be 100 percent honest this is one fine beer, much akin to something we on the west coast would be accustomed to.

Mouth is wonderful, absolutely full and rich. Decadent would be the term to sum this up.

I could reach for this almost every time I wanted a double IPA. It's really that good.

TheBungyo, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of alexgash
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 584 ratings.