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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88
very good

394 Reviews
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Reviews: 394
Hads: 727
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 34
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-22-2002

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Reviews: 394 | Hads: 727
Photo of facundoCNB
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Old Chicago

Orange-amber color typical of an IPA. 2 finger off white head with good lacing. Smell is tropical fruits and pine. Taste follows with piney fruity hops. Very fresh and clean taste.

Couldn't find any faults here but it didn't blow me away either. (277 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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! (1,476 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago poured in a pint glass. Pours a burnt orange color with just a thin head slowly developing. The aroma shows a bit of citrus rind, orange peel, and heavy caramel. Sweet caramel malty flavor with a decent hop bite. Again, a citrus rind flavor seems to stand out and is toe to toe with the caramel. Sweet tropical fruit emerges along with light grainy toast notes and a little resin. The bitterness is mild to moderate within the style, doing a fairly good job balancing the sweetness of the beer, but not much more than that. A decent IPA that is enjoybable enough. (585 characters)

Photo of bierbrauer
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.9/5  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. (751 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (620 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,349 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper orange with a thick three finger white head. Holds firm there. Several wisps of lacing.
S- The smell is balanced but still hoppy. Resinous pine with a touch of citrus, and a slightly toasted malt character.
T- At first it's a toasted biscuit before a nice bitterness takes over. Mostly pine but there is a touch of citrus sitting under there.
M- Light body. Smooth at first, then a solidly dry finish.
O- An easy drinking IPA that, though not particularly unique, is all around a well made beer. (505 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice medium to dark golden color that is only slightly hazy with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a thin finger of pure white head that is fine and bubbly and dissipates quickly, leaves a small amount of lacing
S: nice hop aroma, kind of a mix between citrus hops and deeper hop notes with a bit of wildflower mixed in
T: gentle taste, light hop and citrus taste, slight sweetness at the finish
M: medium carbonation tingle which sticks on the palate after the finish, smooth in the middle but a bit dry at the end
O: a pretty decent IPA, taste is not as impressive as i had hoped but overall its a pretty decent drinker (673 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a decent head that sticks around. Nicely crisp in the nose, with notably floral and citrusy hops. The taste plays up these same notes found in the aroma, with a surprisingly crisp but juicy combination of flavors. Amazing how refreshing this beer is while still offering some real depth. Dry, crisp, floral, and with gentle citrus notes, and a juicy sweetness on the finish. A fine beer. (405 characters)

Photo of 1Adam12
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very light in color ipa from what i'm used to. Very dark golden color, or very light orange, however you want to look at it. Floaties in the glass. Smells acidic like a grapefruit. Smells caramely as well. Taste is somewhat the same. Grapefruit, caramel, then the bitterness hits you. I should've checked the bottled on date for sure because this doesn't seem very hoppy to me at all. Not a bad flavor, just not very hoppy. Nice carbonated mouthfeel. Feels crisp. Overall, eh, middle of the road here. (511 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Tolann and her friends for sharing beers a month or so back at her basement party. This one poured a nice orange-amber color with a smallish white head. Aromas of citrus, earth and sweet malt. On the palate, this one was medium bodied with flavors of earth, citrus and sweet malt. (290 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely hopped IPA, but overall I suppose I expected a bit more horsepower from the hops. Moderate caramel malt body, with hopping that seemed to lean just a touch in the English IPA direction. Finish was clean but a bit nondescript. Overall, a very enjoyable but not impressive IPA. (284 characters)

Photo of shanblur
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. There is a 02 and 11 on the bottle, but in different places. Don't know if it was bottled in February of this year or if the numbers mean something else.

A - Nice copper color with a modest white head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

S - Smells of wheat and sweet caramel malts, which balances well with the citrus hops notes

T - Sweet tasting, but also a nice mouth filling bitterness from the hops. Very well balanced. Very smooth.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation

A very nice beer and one I would be happy to have again. (583 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Bitter Woman IPA from Tyranena Brew Co into a pint glass and the appearance is quite nice. The nice copper color was well carbonated which gave a nice foamy head. The nose offered malt and citrus (apricot). The taste isnt as bitter as I thought it was going to be...fairly smooth actually. The beer starts smooth with malty body which then yields to a tart/bitter citrus finish. The mouthfeel is good...not over powered by ABV....decent beer. (451 characters)

Photo of ChimRichels
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very clear orange/yellow color. Some yeast chunks made their way through the head to cloud it up after a couple seconds. Foamy head of a finger or so. Head is very "airy" yet holds on for the majority of the drink.

S - Very grapefruity, malt is definitely noticeable, lending a raw wheat/caramel smell. Hops still overpower it, however.

T - Hops provide plenty of bitterness right away and provide more pine/cedar like flavors. Malt holds strong, slightly bready.

M - Quite smooth, a lot more viscous than I was expecting.

O - Pretty solid IPA that isn't too complicated. Not the best I've ever had, but certainly one I would consider drinking again. (658 characters)

Photo of OttoBomb
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz (355m l) bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass (June 22, 2010). "BOTTLED ON 02MAR11" is stamped onto the neck of the bottle.

Eyes: Pours a slightly dark orange/amber. A generous pour produces a finger and a half of head, which laces moderately well.

Nose: Less potent than expected from an IPA, but nicely delivered. Slightly earthy, dry grapefruit, a modest grassy note. I just had Tyranena's other IPA scurvy and like Scurvy the nose seems to be muted but complex.

Tongue: The milder aroma belies the great flavor here. Ciitrus and sweet fruits abound, mild caramel with just enough bitterness.

Mouth: This is a smooth, silky beer with mild carbonation to carry the syrupy consistency.

Libation: This Bitter woman is very fruity with just enough bitterness to abate the sweetness and just enough carbonation to cut the thickness. Well balanced for one of the more fruity IPAs out there, a very complex for a beer with 5.75% ABV. (963 characters)

Photo of mooselvlt
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Nice orange-gold, clear with a beautiful 2 finger+ tan foam head. Magnificent looking. Excellent retention, great lacing. Impressive looking brew!

S - Picking up grassy-hops and grains with a hint of malts. Some citrus notes as well. Nice!

T - Malt starts the show with a very nice hop finish, mostly very earthy hops. Grassy feel, resin, bitter...yummy stuff

M - Its medium bodied and extremely smooth for the bold flavor. Drinkable too.

O - This has a lot to it for a 5.75% brew! The flavors are there for sure. And if you like a ore earthy IPA, you will really enjoy it. I know I do. (632 characters)

Photo of anglagard1
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer several times before, and it never seems to taste the same way twice.

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was nice in color, weak in head, solid in lacing.

Smell was very lacking. My memories of this beer were intense, whether good or bad. The smell indicated none of that intensity.

Taste was the best I remember it being. Very solid and balanced. In the past I recall being a bit overwhelmed by the taste. Perhaps my tastebuds are acclimating to good beer.

Mouthfeel=very good, a velvety smoothness that had body to it.

I usually buy this in a sample pack. I'll have to buy a six pack of it next time to see if it is this beer or me that is unpredictable. Either way, my opinion of it is favorable. (752 characters)

Photo of whitemomba
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from my 12oz bottle into my snifter.

A - Clear amber/copper color. Leaves little head that dissipates pretty quick. Some lacing sticks to the glass throughout.

S - I get a lot of pine and citrus.

T - Not as bitter as the name would suggest. Very drinkable/citrusy. Pretty sweet aftertaste. The bitterness does stick around though.

M - Nice amount of body. Medium carbonation.

O - Good brew. Very high in flavor. (425 characters)

Photo of seeswo
3.14/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orangey brown with a whitish head that drops quickly. The nose is inadequate - with only a small hint of biscuity malts. Really bland in the nose. This beers predominant flavor is flavorless bitterness, with a serious dryness and maybe a little bit of biscuity malt that provides inadequate balancing sweetness. Pretty mild, ultimately. Big carbonation accompanies a light body and a fairly dry finish. Actually kinda nice. Overall - well, this beer drinks pretty easily. I don't find this beer anything to get too excited about. (543 characters)

Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.