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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

Bitter Woman India Pale AleBitter Woman India Pale Ale

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608 Ratings
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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-22-2002)
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4.15/5  rDev +7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 01:53:28 | More by marcobrau
Photo of jwc215


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 21:20:49 | More by jwc215
Photo of stewart124


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 02:05:32 | More by stewart124
Photo of RickS95


4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 03:27:11 | More by RickS95
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3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 02:11:35 | More by TheSSG
Photo of parejkoj


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 01:33:10 | More by parejkoj
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3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:03:10 | More by mfnmbvp
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4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 00:12:14 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of Ri0


3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 21:09:34 | More by Ri0
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 23:14:10 | More by zac16125
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:40:15 | More by Lemke10
Photo of JackieTH


3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 04:14:43 | More by JackieTH
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 20:25:42 | More by WastingFreetime
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass

A: golden orange color with a creamy off-white head, immediately coats the sides of the glass, unfortunately the lace doesn't last and the head recedes

S: hops come through the most, as would be expected, floral with a slight orange citrus hint, has some bready notes too

T: tastes hoppier than it smelled, a punch of resiny, piney hop flavor with a good dose of bitterness, it does have a malt backbone though, not present so much in flavor, but it allows the bitterness to slowly fade away rather than linger unpleasantly on your palate, does have some kind of hop flavor that I recognize but can't quite place...could be some grapefruit flavor that's coming out

M: medium body, good carb lightens it up a bit, but its a little full for how dry it is

O: a fairly easy to drink IPA, not out of this world in terms of flavor, but a solid IPA when you want something approachable

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 02:41:05 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of tigg924


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a frosted pint glass in LaCrosse, WI:

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: caramel, toasted malt, and citrus hops

Taste: caramel start with a big dose of hops dominated by citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter body and increasingly bitter finish, dry end, medium carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A really good IPA. I am really starting to like Tyranena. The bitterness really comes out as this beer warms. I nice combination of citrus and caramel. Both are very pronounced but neither seems overdone. Due to the bitterness one or two is the most I would have in a sitting, but I would get this again if offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 14:54:06 | More by tigg924
Photo of Knapp85


3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a nice looking copper color with a cream colored head. The lacing was light and a little on the sticky side. The smell of the beer has some earthy hop aromas and a grainy backbone. The taste of the beer gives off a toasted caramel flavor with a decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied with a good carbonation to it. Overall the beer was decent, could have been a little more hoppy in my opinion. Seemed more like and English IPA than an American one.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 23:03:24 | More by Knapp85
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy golden amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and a ridiculous amount of thick sticky lacing. smells of pine, garlic, grapefruit, orange peel. earthy bitterness up front followed up by a slightly herbal/spicy tone.. pine, burnt caramel, garlic, olives..
medium body with a nice creamy texture, mild carbonation.

this is a pretty good ipa, but i wish it were slightly more balanced.. a sweet tone would have made this even out perfectly yet still give off the bitterness you expect.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 20:46:21 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Bottled on 09JAN12 in black ink on the neck.

A - Brilliant clarity allows visibility through the deep honey golden beer to the stream of bubbles feeding the head. Dense cream foam floats on the beer slowly giving way to delicate curtains of lace shrouding the pint.

S - Aaah, Wisconsin-style IPAs...hop forward but balanced. Strong grapefruit and pineapple citrus mesh with pine above the grainy caramel malt base. Exceptional IPA nose!

T - A blend of resin-dipped pine needle and low fruity characteristics of citrus emerge first and foremost followed closely by pale malt. Graininess overlaps the soft caramel and toffee accents.

M - Well-carbonated, Bitter Woman assaults the tongue in more ways than one. While malty and medium-bodied, this IPA finishes out nice and bitter with a lingering flavor gripping the tongue.

O - One of the first polarizing beer experiences of my life, I remember my Dad really loving this beer in my early craft infancy. Despite my disgust towards it, he insisted it was fantastic. His instincts for great beer were just completely natural, something I wish I could enjoy now that I've reached a higher level of beer maturity. I've made it my mission to raise a pint or two of Bitter Woman IPA, a fantastic, well-balanced and easy drinking IPA, in his honor every year on March 8th. Cheers Dad, thanks for your wisdom and the role you played in ushering me into great beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 00:41:33 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of bierbrauer


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased locally ($7.99/6). Bottle dated 10/30/11, 53 days ago. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Clear, amber, with some suspended particles and occasional bubbles; with 1"+ fluffy, white head that drops slowly and leaves sparse lacing.

S: Restrained earthiness and citrus, with a faint bit of floral.

T: Malty, with caramel, then citrus & pine; moderately bitter; no detectable alcohol.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body, neutral finish.

O: An extremely drinkable, straightforward, go-to IPA -- one of my favorites. Well balanced, relatively light abv and a good value. I've been familiar with this for a while, but held off from rating it until I'd tried a range of other IPAs from various regions. Beyond the ale, I appreciate the dedication this brewery -- primarily local, no marketing, supportive of the community, emphasis on quality.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 01:47:02 | More by bierbrauer
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber/orange color with a thin white foam head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing left behind.

Citrus hop aroma that's slightly earthy with a pale malt presence. Strong grapefruit and citrus peel presence along with some grassy pine and subtle biscuit.

Medium bodied but on the chewier side with a complex hop profile that's countered by a pale malt presence. Slightly dry and not overly bitter with a decent piny flavor that is countered by lots of sweet citrus, especially grapefruit and orange peel. Well balanced with a faint caramel and biscuity malt backbone before finishing somewhat dry. Flavorful, refreshing and easy to drink, especially during the warmer months. Another solid offering frm Tyranena.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 22:50:59 | More by corby112
Photo of augustgarage


3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Princeton orange liquid with a champagne finger of cream fed by a surging fury of micro-bubbles. A pasty gradient of lacing rims the glass.

Crackery vaguely toasty malt base comes out in the nose along with an earthy, peppery, resinous burst of hops.

Pine and grass on the palate, along with a bit of grapefruit rind and passion fruit from hops. Moderate bitterness throughout balanced by a dry loam-laden malty finish. Potent and balanced all at once.

Well carbonated, medium-bodied, faintly oily - very nice.

Nice strong example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:58:49 | More by augustgarage
Photo of beagle75


3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with two fingers of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and small diffuse bubbles rise in the column.

S: Balanced caramel malt and hops that feature earthy herbaceous qualities. Minerality is sharp in the nose, touched perhaps by carbon dioxide but standing its ground.

T: Begins off-dry, with aggressive pale malt that is caramel at first, then giving way to pleasant breadiness. Hops play an accessory role here, kept carefully behind the malt characteristics. The hop component transmits a restrained combination of semi-dark citrus and other flavors that are similar to the hop-derived qualities of the smell. Acidity is mild into the middle where bready malt continues to dominate alongside weak yeast esters. The finish is earthy and moderately bitter.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This malt-focused IPA boasts a respectable combination of American and English qualities. While malt qualities and the smell of hops remind of English ale--not to mention the transient minerality that is cutting at times--residual citrus flavors and its overall cleanliness are more to the American style. However, in the final tally it is more convincing as an English-style IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2011 13:27:11 | More by beagle75
Photo of JayQue


3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice balanced IPA. Poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy orange color. BIG frothy white head, good retention and thick bands of lacing all over the glass. A very impressive looking IPA. The rest is more ordinary. Aroma is very mild for an IPA, a little hoppiness...thats it. Taste is fairly good, balanced between piney hops and bready malt. Flavors are ok but nothing stands out. Mouthfeel is adequate for the style, fairly crisp as well

Not a bad IPA but there are much better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 00:19:00 | More by JayQue
Photo of cagocubs


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice pale honey gold with a foamy thin white head that lingers without lacing.

S: Hops, citrus, juice, pine, and some malt.

T: Hops, citrus, bready, and some malt come through. Real balanced with a decent hop bite and mellow notes.

M: Light and crisp with nice mouth coating. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 22:35:49 | More by cagocubs
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4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitter Woman pours a darker copper color, with a small lacing head. The smell is hoppy, and nothing else. The taste has a nice hop bite, the malty backbone is very light, and just noticeable, blends very well. Nice to drink would love to have another, and has a nice aftertaste, and leaves just a bit of bitterness on the tounge. Overall I really enjoy this one, GREAT JOB.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 04:02:51 | More by vette2006c5r
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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.