Bitter Woman India Pale Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company
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Reviews by salvo:
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Tyranena's Bitter Woman has been recommended to me many times, and I always seem to get to the store just as the last six are walking out the door. Today I was the victor waltzing out with the last six.
Poured clear orange/brown into a standard pint with a quarter inch of light off white head. Smell was all bitterness. As the beer warms, more light biscuit and carmel malts begin the peak through in the nose, but this is all about bittering with English style hops.
All bitterness in the first cold sips. As the beer warms, there are some deeper hints of sweetness -- and a little rye would go a long way here, and I'll look for that variation. As it warms, the astringency turns more to dry pepperiness and spice, it warms and unrolls on the tongue rather than cutting, and starts to move towards sweeter as the palate adjusts to the bitterness, but don't expect anything actually sweet here. It's very dry. Earthy and herbal, like leaves crunching underfoot in fall: I taste no citrus, no pine, no grapefruit.
I would call Bitter Woman a really complex, unfolding IPA that rewards savoring. My advice to disappointed drinkers of the bitter bitch is to let the glass of beer warm a bit. An ice-cold bitter woman will not release complexities or flavors on the tongue. She'll just slit your throat. The bitterness creeps all over the throat up to the roof of the mouth when warmed from 38-42 to 55-60 degrees F. Nice.
I've recently been sampling a few different beers from Tyranena, and hearing good things about the Bitter Woman. I'm looking forward to trying her "in the rye," hoping a little more malt sweetness will come through the bitterness, as this really is a specialty taste. As bitter as an IPA comes, and parching dry, the malt is just barely enough to keep up with the hops.
Serving type: bottle
09-18-2010 20:36:16 | More by salvo
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3.29/5 rDev -15%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 00:25:00 | More by KFBR392
Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
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