Bitter Woman India Pale Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
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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