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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Bitter Woman India Pale AleBitter Woman India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

714 Ratings
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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 398
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 33
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-22-2002

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Ratings: 714 | Reviews: 398
Photo of Franziskaner
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold to light copper in color with a fingernail of off white head covering the majority of the top. The aroma is faint but pineapple to tropical hop scented. The taste is citrus hops and well balanced light malt. The body is slightly sticky and moderately carbonated.

Photo of SF_Posse
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Long lasting bitter aftertaste. Ok but would not buy again.

Photo of champ103
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazed copper/orange color. A minimal white head forms to about a finger, and recedes in a moment to a light ring. Some patchy lace is left behind.
S: Biscuit and caramel malts. Burnt sugars, lingering citrus bitterness.
T: Like the nose a substantial biscuit and caramel malt presents up front. Burnt sugars, and lingering bitterness. Orange rind and citrus fruits in the finish.
M/D: A medium body and moderate carbonation. Way to sweet for the style. Wish this was much dryer and cleaner. Not hard to drink at all. Easy to put a few away.

Certainly a sweeter IPA. At one point in my beer drinking, this was the type that I enjoyed more. Though outside of the mats, this is a little one sided on the hop front. Enjoyable to drink, but many other IPA's that are better.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange hue with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing. Can smell the citrus hops but not overbearing. Nice combination of the bitter hop with a clean citrus finish. A variety of citrus sits at front of the tongue. Mouthfeel is about as smooth as can be for an IPA. This one really came up and surprised me. Very solid beer.

Photo of G_Mad
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

was definitely bitter, liked it more than I thought I would.

Photo of stickyb
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

A good tasting beer I had on tap.Went well with my lunch and not too bitter

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Tangerines, oranges, cantaloupe, pine, dry barley and a bit of alcohol on the nose.

Called Bitter Woman for a reason, this is dry, bitter and astringent. The palate doesn't sense much fruit, like the nose, but more resiny Lupilin and pine needle. Some pithy grapefruit rind couples with a dry barley malt that at times seems biscuity. Not bad, and definitely bitter.

Photo of Danni
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Very consistent session beer - our staple on tap beer

Photo of Sageclaire
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this beer to have a nice balance of malt and hoppy bitterness. Beautiful golden color as well. But the flavor profile with the hops is pretty one-sided, like Cascade, sticking straight out of the maltiness underneath. So it just stings and goes away.

Photo of NODAK
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Interesting name, I'll admit that it makes me chuckle. I picked this up in Minneapolis, as they don't distribute anywhere near TN.

Nose has a predominant pine aroma to it, though not too pungeant. Mildly sweet perhaps...it isn't a very interesting beer as far as aroma is concerned.

Taste wise it's a fairly subdued IPA. Primarily piney and a bit malty sweet at the same time, it's never very bitter....although it does taste pretty good as a more laid back IPA. Not every IPA has to kick you in the teeth, after all. There's some resin that lingers after the drink as well. This went down very fast....certainly easy drinking.

All in all, a pretty good entry IPA or fallback IPA....and hey, the name is awesome, right?!?!

Photo of Carb-Overlord
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nice Everyman everyday sort of IPA. I could see swigging this drink after a hot day mowing the lawn. Better than average craft and slides down refreshingly well.

A: This pour a relatively clear amber/orange color a thin line of foam that fizzles clear in roughly 30 seconds. I personally enjoy beer with heady foam so this appearance detracted from my preference.

S: A sweet hoppy smell; not overtly strong as I experience them in other more hoppy IPA's.

T: Taste was pretty straight forward, nothing underlying or overtly interesting about the flavor. Refreshing wheat with a medium bitter hop flavor that lingers after every swallow.

M: This beer felt "refreshing," the effervescence was very nice making the physical texture feel light and crisp passing the tongue & palette.

O: I enjoyed this beer and would certainly serve this at a picnic. The flavors weren't overpowering, while they also weren't that interesting. However, the overall effect was of a refreshing spring or summer beer.

Photo of KFBR392
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: burnt orange color. Slightly cloudy body. Finger and a half of head on the pour which settled in but was present while drinking. Sticky lacing left behind at each level. Average active carbonation for the style.

Smell: Airy biscuity malt backbone hits the nose first. Some light tropical fruits pop up on the body but are stifled by substantial bitter pine. Caramelized malt is present and well integrated throughout. Accents of pineapple, kiwi, and peppery spices round this one out.

Taste: Mixed front on some medium bodied pine, light tropical fruits, and chewy caramel malt. These flavors are non-desrcript and nothing really pull the drinker in. An above average malt thickness takes over on the body and finish. Light lingering pine is felt on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Sweet malts, light to medium bodied lingering pine throughout. Carbonation fits the mission for this brew.

Overall: An easy going, malt forward IPA. Light fruits are picked up but hop profile comes off with more of a piney bitterness. Good starter IPA for an inexperienced drinker.

Photo of marcobrau
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A solid IPA. Looks fantastic with a rocky head that leaves lacing as the beer is sipped. A more subtle and mildly grapefruity hop aroma than one might expect. The first sip is delicious; toasted malts and spicy, fruity hops mix wonderfully together. Not much of a middle to it, but a long, tantalizing dry and bitter finish enhances drinkability. If there were ever such a thing is a sessionable IPA, this would be it. Delicious!

Photo of jwc215
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 24Sep13 (printed on neck of twist-cap bottle):

Pours hazed amber-orange with a thin head that becomes wispy. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin, some lemon/lime-like citrus with a hint of caramel.

The taste is of bitter, citric, piney, leafy hops with some balancing caramel, with a hint of tobacco. It has a dry, bitterish finish.

It is smooth, with nice medium carbonation.

A hoppy IPA with a firm caramel-like malt backbone. This is certainly enjoyable!

Photo of stewart124
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light amber or copper in color with off white head.

Citrus hops. Maybe centennial and cascade. Seems fairly basic. Nothing against the nose but it isn't overwhelming.

Good bitterness. Some pine and loads of grapefruit. Light caramel and biscuit characters. Lower abv than most IPAs and very easy to drink. Lingering citrus bite with a nice light touch of caramel.

Pleasantly surprised here. I need to try some more beers from this brewery. Bitter indeed.

Photo of RickS95
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look is classic IPA from the color to the head. The color is a light burnt orange, with just enough haze to keep the light out. The head is spot on. A very contrasting white, foamy and craterous, with a sticky lace.

The smell presents a nice combination of the hops and malts involved. First impression is from the malt, I guessed pilsner, but it's actually carapils...close enough. It stands out. Next impression was the Cascade hops. As the beer warms, the two impressions merge into one and both scents evolve into one.

Taste is similar to the smell as each ingredient is noticeable. You can, at different times during the sip, pick out the caramel, the pilsner, and the citrus hops. I don't care for pilsner flavor, but the caramel and citrus notes work nicely to keep the bitter pils in check.

A nice combo of sweet and bitter. The sweet is just a tease because the bitterness comes on strong quickly and builds well into the swallow. It's medium bodied, though it borders on a session with the only moderate ABV, a bit low for an IPA at 5.75%. So, it's sessionable if you can tolerate the just under 70 IBUs. The finish is dry and crisp, though it makes your mouth water slightly.

Overall, it's a good IPA and as mentioned, could be a session beer. It would go well at any time of the year and is simply a pleasant beer to sip on.

Photo of TheSSG
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soapy, white head that collapses quickly to leave a thin lacing. Nice, mellow hop aroma is dominated by grapefruit. Golden-amber color. Starts off with big notes of pine sap bitterness. Moves into a medium bitterness, and then the malt comes through right before the hops peak in a citrus rind flavor. The finish is lingering citrus ring atop biscuity malt.

Overall, very nice. A good balance of hoppiness, bitterness, and maltiness.

Photo of parejkoj
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Light amber, good head that lingers. Clear, no haze.

Smell: Citrus aromas, predominantly grapefruit. A bit of malt, Munich or Vienna malts used possibly? Could use a little more late addition/dry hop aromas.

Taste: Well-balanced bitterness and very clean. A little minerally toward the end that isn't necessarily bad as it pairs with the bitterness. Some malt up front but doesn't overwhelm the bitter character. Really nice lingering bitterness toward the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, not overly cloying or astringent. As far as IPAs go, it's about what I expect. Might benefit from a drier finish.

Overall: A nice IPA that is well-balanced and not too malt-heavy. Definitely recommended, it won't disappoint for those that like bitter, yet not overly aromatic, IPAs.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Acquired as part of Tyranena's The Legendary Collection assorted twelve pack. Twelve pack packaged on 04/02/2013. The final beer out of the six to be reviewed.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours two fingers of slightly off-white foamy head on top of a coppery orange colored body with lots of bubbles swirling and spiraling to the top, and some sediment floating down. Nice fluffy rings of lacing.

S - Citrus grapefruit & blood orange. Some acidity, and some light bready malts. Otherwise a pretty tame smelling beer. Hint of rye / cracked peppercorns.

T - Taste follows the nose. Blood orange. Grapefruit. Bready malts. Copper. Hint of rye.

M - Feel is more sticky and sugary than it is legitimately bitter. A peppery sort of aftertaste.

Overall, not the greatest IPA of all time, that's for sure. A little too bready and malty and not enough bright hops for my liking. Not Tyranena's best offering, but drinkable nonetheless with a nice 5.75% abv. Not one I will be going out of my way to have again, though.

Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA ---3.5/5

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3/4/13

Strait into the glass, a very clear light amber color, finger of fluffy off white head.

Smell is grapefruit rind, pine, citrus notes, just a hint of malt.

Taste is nice and clean, piney and resiny, a little citrus charachter, lingering malt

Mouthfeel is medium, medium carbonation and finishes slightly dry

Now this is a session ABV IPA I can get behing! While it is not marketed as one, I could drink a 6 of this and be very happy!

Photo of Ri0
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Fresh bottling just over 30 days old.

A - Light orange/copper color with a slight haze and 2 finger white head. Decent lacing.

Smell - A floral hop smell with more pine, bitter, and minimal citrus. Good amount of malt and gram cracker.

T - Bitter, pine hop forward changes into a nice mild malt, gram cracker midway. Finish is more pine and bitter. It is not overly bitter though.

M - Carbonated and bitter taste, some oiliness from the hop residue.

O - Enjoyable IPA from Tyranena that is year round and sessionable. Best to find it fresh before the hops give way to the malt.

Photo of zac16125
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no born on date

Thanks to haveanother1 for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a clear light amber with 1.5 fingers width of light tan head that has good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Grainy, sweet malts, hints of citrus. Very mild nose, with really very little hop aromas.

T: Sweet malts, some citrus rind and piney bitterness on the finish. For the most part its malts up front with hops on the finish. Taste pretty good, with a nice balance, but hop characters could be more prominent. It does grow on me as I continue to drink though.

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, good drinkability. Nice mouthfeel.

O: Overall, a little underwhelming. Hop characters could certainly be more prominent. Not sure if thats a result of a lack of freshness (damn breweries for not dating their IPAs!) , or if thats just the profile. Not bad though, at first I thought it was pretty blah, but it got better as I drank. It could make a nice session beer at a bar with limited craft offerings, but not something I would make a conscious effort to obtain.

Photo of Lemke10
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Located just east of Madison is Lake Mills which is home to Tyranena Brewing. With over 50 different recipes, their IPA named Bitter Woman is one of their most noteworthy. This is a must see brewery if you are already in the area visiting Capital, Ale Asylum, Vintage, or any of the Great Danes.

It pours a golden, amber color with a decent foamy head. The scent is rather simple but contains hops. It is what it is, simple yet good. Personally I like a strong hoppy smell with my IPA’s but it’s not required for a good tasting brew.

At the first sip you would find it hard to believe that this in an IPA but as the taste progresses, most of the bitterness comes from the after taste. The texture is smooth and invites one sip after another. Other than hops, you get hints of toasted malts and some caramel. It finishes with a dry, chalky after taste.

This is one of the backbone products that Tyranena offers year round. I remember sales on this use to be insane on this product and in the last year or two it has slowed down a bit. Certainly a unique tasting IPA with a smooth ale beginning and a bitter IPA finish. You can’t say you are a Tyranena fan without trying a Bitter Woman.

Photo of JackieTH
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-amber with good clarity. Transient khaki head, nice lacing. Smell is fairly nondescript mild earth, hay, grass and caramel malt. Taste is pleasantly bitter across the tongue with resin and floral notes, some roasted malt, earth and toffee malt fading into a mildly bitter finish. Good complexity of flavor and nice bitterness balanced with pleasing malt. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. The smell is a letdown, but the flavor is quite nice.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out an orangish-amber like most IPAs but with a half-cm foam lid that lasts for around two minutes and leaves only minimal lacing behind on the glass. Smells and tastes the same: A biscuit forward malt with equallly high levels of pine resin and grapefruit pith. As it warms up, the glass gains just a touch of herbal hopping as well. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Middle of the road for an IPA.

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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
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