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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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 395
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 32
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-22-2002)
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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade with brdc (thanks Daniel). The beer is mostly clear (a touch of haze) and light orange color, with a thick white head that recedes to a film after about 1-2 minutes. The smell was bitter, not really fruity bitter but more like bittering hops aroma. The taste is good, a biting IPA or maybe a very bitter ESB. Very tasty, I was glad to have tried it.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.1/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light orange, with some suspended particles. Big active head, billowy and white. Head retention seems above average, with some big bubbles popping here and there. Leaves some attractive lacing around the upper rim of my glass.

Aroma is faint, but mostly citrus hops coming through.

Bitter hops, citrus in taste are right up front. As they fade away, you get a little taste of sweet, bready malt, but for my tastes, not quite enough. Noting too out of the ordinary here, a little 1 sided in my opinion however. A nice tasting beer that seems to be popular, and I could session this easily, but seems to be lacking something.

A little slick, not overmuch. A semi dry finish.

Overall, not something I grab for often. A very drinkable beer, just not for me. I always try to say something positive however, and I think that this might be a good "transition" beer for the drinker who only likes pale ale.

Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time trying this,poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed peach color with a tight formed 1/2 finger white head.Aromas were a little light but pleasant,piney/citric hop shows through the most with a tinge of biscuit malt.A solid IPA with generous hops,refreshing citirc qualities with the pine being more subdued,the malt holds well into the finish lending a lightly sweet caramel base.A solid IPA,other than the aromas being a little light there are no complaints here.

Photo of prototypic
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of jamal32. Thanks man.

Appearance: It's a little hazy and is primarily amber in color. It has a distinct orange tint to it. It's capped with an impressive off white head that stands two and a half fingers tall. It was very slow to dissipate and left waves of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: The nose is just a tad weak, but it's still a nice smelling beer. It's very citrus heavy and features the usual suspects of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. There's also a healthy dose of lemon and perhaps some others. Hops are strong, citric, and piney smelling. There's no question that hops are a focal point here. There's some light malt in there, but it's very restrained. Very promising. There's a light earthy smell to it in addition to a faint yeasty smell. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: This is a damn fine IPA. It is indeed very citrusy and fruity. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange, and lemon flavors are sweet and very satisfying. It even tastes like there's a touch of lychee or something comparable present. Hops are very strong. They're extremely citric and have a nice pine flavor. It's a very bitter flavor that is pretty aggressive. I love it. There's a little malt, but it's light and doesn't even come close to balancing it out. This one's skewed bitter in a big way and it's fantastic. It is slightly earthy. Again, no alcohol is noted. Finishes a little dry and very bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and is buzzing with carbonation. I like that here. The crisp feel complements the strong hop flavor very well. It's very smooth and goes down way too easy. Drinkability is very high. It's packed with so much flavor and features a low enough abv to warrant mass consumption. Damn Tyranena for not distributing in Ohio.

I don't think I've ever enjoyed the company of a Bitter Woman quite this much. Tyranena's got one hell of a nice IPA here. It could use just a little more strength on the nose. But, it's extremely impressive in all other respects. If you're a fan of IPAs, find this beer. Thanks for the treat, Jamie.

Photo of treyrab
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to scoobydank for this! Poured this into my pint glass while watching the Steelers...

A: Pours a crystal clear golden amber. It does not get more clear than this! Pours with a very rich and creamy tan frothy head that laces like glue.

S: The smell bursts out of the bottle as I could smell this three feet away. Very rich and robust bittering hops with citrus and pine. A very nice grapefruit scent also comes through. The smell is more bitter than sweet light fruits like other IPAs I have had recently.

T: The taste is very crisp and does not lack on flavor. The bitter hops really take control here with a perfect blend of citrus and pine. The pine hops I would say are more prevalent here, as this IPA is more on the bitter side.

Overall, this is a great IPA from Tyranena. I still think Scurvy is my favorite of theirs, but this one is not far behind.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: snifter. pours a nice opaque, burnt orange color. decent off-white head. moderate retention rate and mild lacing.

S: wonderful, bitterly acidic hop aroma. like batteries meet oranges.

T: bitter is the key with this one I guess. big bittering hops plaster over the sweet malts. hints of citrus, but mostly evergreen characteristics, like pine and spruce.

M: very dry mouthfeel. mild carbonation level and medium to low bodied.

D: very nice IPA, but its just a little too bitter flavor-wise for me. I like them a little more aromatic. It is tasty though, actually it has drastically improved as it has warmed up.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange color with very a big fluffy white head.

Scent of piny hops, citrus and caramel malt make up a nice balance.

Taste of caramel malts and hops start, hops character is not nearly as strong as the scent suggests. Finishes with biscuity malts and a faint hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy and slightly biting, but too smooth for an IPA.

Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Phocion - thanks!! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper orange amber, tons of crisp, slow-moving carbonation rises to the slightly off-white one-finger head with average retention that fades into a slick of creamy lacing. Lacing generally is pretty nice, sheet-like.

Aroma: Great hop notes here, with lots of pine, citrus, and a few light floral notes being the predominant notes,

Taste: Nice, and fairly bitter, more so than many IPAs. It's a smooth, even bitterness though, despite being "deep," if that makes any sense. A dry, biscuity maltiness, tons of piney and vegetal hoppiness, a few lighter citrusy notes ... but yeah, this one's all about those bitter, piney hoppy notes. Intense - Bitter Woman is very appropriately named.

Mouthfeel: Big-bodied, perhaps a little too big-bodied. Mouthfeel itself is fairly creamy, though there are portions of unevenness, lending a very fluffy, pillowy sort of feel. Carbonation isn't prominent but is noticeable, melding well with the bitterness.

Drinkability: An intensely bitter but nonetheless drinkable IPA - just south of 6% is perfectly fine for the style - from a great brewery. Interesting, complex, tasty, and solid across the board - recommended.

Photo of Soneast
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear with a nice deep copper color. Thick foamy white head, about 3 fingers thick that lasts quite awhile. Long lasting lace.

Very nice rich hop smell. Great floral spice, smells very piney. This makes my mouth water!

The flavor is pretty amazing. Well balanced. A strong floral background on the palate, the hops really hit you in the face, and just an amazing aftertaste on this. A delicious bitter grapefruit flavor, and I still pick up some residual pine flavors.

A really nice medium body, crisp, refreshing beer. I could drink a few of these and be really happy.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six of this while in Madison, WI last month.

Great stuff.

The beer poured with a big off white head that was about 2 ½ fingers in height. The head had nice retention and slowly faded away leaving a ton of lacing behind in the glass. This continued as I consumed the beer. Really intense patchy lacing left behind. The beer was a clear Amber color with some slight reddish tints. What's funny is that it really is the definition of "amber"

The aroma was wonderful and fresh. Floral, citrus fruit and spice. Some malty notes in the background but they clearly played second fiddle.

I really, really enjoy the flavor of this beer. Just great front to back and very well balanced. There is clearly a nice malt backbone behind the bold hop presence. It all works together. I am getting a quick burst of fruit that is quickly taken over by pine/citrus notes. These move towards a nice spicy hop finish. Behind this you can detect some nice malt notes and a bit of yeast and breadiness.

Mouth feel is light in body, bog on taste. Very drinkable. I like this IPA.

Glad I have a couple of bottles left.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Pat for bring this back from the Badger State... into the Goose Island tulip..

A - Light Amber body with some particles. Two fingers of white head, with some lacing.

S - Nice, piney and grapefruity, with plenty of bitterness. Smells refreshing. Sweet fruity esters are present and add to the nice pale malt balance.

T - Hops are present from start to finish, grapefruit and bitter orange/ coriander seem most present to me. Dry malt and sweet biscuit become more present at the swallow.

M - Pretty standard, mid bodied & crisp.

D - Hey, it's an IPA! Solid and bitter from start to finish, solid session brew. Maybe not the most complex, but still would drink often...

Photo of Zadok
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber/copper color with a one finger head that disappeared in a minute. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is of very piney and earthy hops.

First swig yields a tasty hop flavor of a diverse background, piney and earthy with a floral backdrop.

Crisp refreshing mouthfeel, low to medium carbonation.

A tasty beer indeed. Nice flavors and mouthfeel. Another in the line of great IPA's I have had in the last month.

Photo of grandq
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to brdc. Pours a dark hazy copper with a thick off-white head. Not much on the nose but some pine and caramel maltiness. Flavor is pretty heavy on the pine as well, with a fruit punch assortment of citrus fruits playing accompaniment along the sides of the tongue. Lemon begins to dominate after a few sips. Bitterness lingers along with the pine, continuing to obscure the doughy malt backing. Prickly carbonation and a slight sting of alcohol, vaporizing into a dry void. Finishes overwhelmingly dry and bitter - I kinda feel cottonmouthed after a bit.

Photo of tjkurz
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at local restaurant in Stone Bank, looks dark reddish amber with nominal head. This was brought to me from the bar to the restaurant area and the lighting was not the best. Smells florally fresh and hoppy with a taste to match - very hoppy and bitter - reminds of tasting my first bitter ale X3. Mouthfeel is great - smooth - not too carbed - and goes down easy - very drinkable for something so bitter - had two pints - could have easily had three.

Photo of Chugmonkey
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden hazy color, big poofy off white head. Aroma is strong piney hops and I swear you can smell the bitterness.

Taste is piney hops and an an extremely pronounced bitterness. Carbonation is too high, lager like and enhances the perceived bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and zingy and ends with a dry harsh bitterness. The bitterness really lingers. Sorry, but I just get way too much zingy bitterness to enjoy this beer.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from maximum12 in the Summer Beer BIF. Thanks, Corey! Bottled on 9th June 2008 so it's almost 3 months old. Yum - fresh IPAs! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Amber with a solid, one-finger off-white head. Nice retention and it leaves some very attractive lacework on the side of my glass

S: Ummm.. let me guess - Cascade? Bitter citrus rind and pine needles. I've said before that I'm not a huge fan of cascade beers 'cos they smell kinda powdery to me but this one is the best of the lot that I've had. No real sweetness.

T: Starts off pretty darned bitter with massive pine and lime rind bitterness that's truly puckering. There's not much flavor hops apart from a mildly citrus hop character. Sweetness is minimal and the finish is dry and bitter

M: Wonderful bitterness, finish and carbonation

D: The low ABV makes it easy to drink but the rather high bitterness would make drinking several difficult.

Notes: I usually like my IPAs balanced between the flavor and bittering hops and this is not one of them. If your in the mood for a bitter IPA, try this one

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this brew in a trade with Scoobydank, Thanks Bill!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear, orange/amber color with a beige head that left some lacing.

S - very nice floral/citrus hop mix in the aroma.

T - burst of bitterness, the hoppy flavors will numb your tongue.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Bitter Woman?... bring her on!

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a bright peachy kind of orange. A finger of soft creamy foam sets up and leaves a wake of rings behind as it recedes.

Aroma - grainy and soapiness mostly on the nose. Some light citrus comes out with warming, but not a lot.

Taste - bready, slightly crackery grain to start, a touch of soapiness. Grapefruit bitterness ensues, bordering on medicinal but checking up just as it begins to get harsh. Doesn't dry out as much as some bitter IPA's, giving the sweeter side more play at the end.

Mouthfeel - very crisp, smooth but fairly medium-bodied. Good levels.

Drinkability - good stuff, my stash is nearly gone. Thanks to brdc and mully for hooking me up with a box o' bottles at DLD08.

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

Bottled On: 21 Apr 08

A: Pours a shiny new copper penny color, with moderate carbonation, and a creamy and bubbly off-white head that leaves lace like crazy! After the head receded, I was left with a thick and bubbly ring and plentiful skim.

S: Big hoppy aroma. Alternating between pine and pineapple with elements of apricot, sweet caramel malt, mango, and toasted bready malt. Quite pungeant.

T: First sip is bitter pine sap hops. The more I drink of it, the more fruity and malty flavors begin to emerge. Delicious tropical fruit, sweet malts, and pine...what more could I ask for?

M: Very resinous. Juicy and oily hops lead to a dry, astringent middle. The finish continues along the same lines but with a stickyness that plasters that peppery bitterness to every square inch of the inside of my mouth.

D: If I didn't have to go up to Kenosha to get this, I believe this would be my staple IPA. Awesome!

Photo of trill
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Packforever1976 for this one, very nice extra.

This beer pours a very clear copper, with a soapy 1" head that leaves some lacing behind. The aroma is more earthy and spicy that citrusy, but there is a hint of grapefruit and some bready aroma from the malt. The taste is bitter but still balanced, and very dry (almost ashy) overall. The malt has a nice cracker-type flavor, and the hops are once again quite peppery and grassy. Mouthfeel is quite appropriate, medium-high carbonation with enough body to keep it from feeling thin. I could easily down a sixer of this one.

Photo of dbtoe
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.
A-Alight amber color with a finger of white head.
S-slightly sweet and fruity.
T-starts bitter than sweetens a little with a very big grapefruit finish that makes me want another drink.
M-I like carbonation and this has the right amount.
D-I could drink these all night. My favorite IPA.

Photo of ckeegan04
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orangish brown in color with foamy one finger off-white head. Decent retention and lacing.

S - Faint aroma of citrus and torpical fruit. Also a light caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T - Light sweetness (pale malts?) up front quickly overcome by a citrus hop blast. The hops are very pronounced without being overbearing. Finished with a light sweetness.

M/D - Medium bodied and very smooth. Very drinkable IPA with a nice citrusy twist.

Photo of guntherhophead
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Amber gold. Good head. Good retention.
S. Floral hints with some citrus (tangerine?) Somewhat spicey with the right amount of malt.
T. Like the name implies, bitter but not too bitter. Lightly hoppy with possible grapefruit/tangerine. Notes of toasty malt.
M. Wonderful! Perfect balance of body and carbonation.Very smooth.
D. This is a very good beer. My only regret is that when I visited the brewery with my buddy we did not buy more. If you are in reach of one drink it now.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena- Bitter Woman IPA

Big thanks to Sholland119 for this 1! Can't find this 1 in NJ!

A- Clear golden copper with a fluffy white head. Light lacing along the top of the glass.
S- Sure enough, bitter pine hops with buttery caramel malt.
T- Slight bitter biting oily pine hops start this 1 off but it quickly transforms into a smooth buttery caramel malt base. Finishes off bitter and dry on the tongue.
M- Gently flips from bitter to creamy, back to bitter.

Overall- I liked this beer, not dominating or overpowering but just enough to make it easily sessionable.
(Thanks Scott!)

Photo of iuhophead87
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks to Boilerbeer for bringing this back to Indy for the Indyhopolis crew.

For some reason I poured this beer into a tulip glass and I might say it does look rather delicious sitting there.

A- a very light amber color, that is very transparent. A very creamy white head that leaves an abundance of tracing on the glass.
S- A very sweet hoppy aroma with hints of pine. It reminds me of stepping out of a tent to a dew covered forest early in the morning.
T- The taste is almost exactly how it smells. A very sweet hop taste with a piney grapefruit aftertaste. It is obvious that this beer has extra hops, but in no way is it bitter or hop heavy.
MF- The taste is great, but it does leave a slightly sticky/gritty feeling in the mouth.
D- This is a great IPA that puts others in this price range to shame. I have had better IPAs, but for this price, you get your moneys worth and then some. I just wish I could get this beer more often. Boilerbeer you better go on another road trip soon because I need more of this hop heaven.

Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.