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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: 703
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 33
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of gatornation
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a brown /orange color with a good head and decent lacing.. smell at first is hops and strong citrus smell mainly a grapefruit smell .. the taste is the same as the smell but with some malt,bread tastes it is some what bitter but not overdone it was good. the drinkability is very good and it tastes better as it warms the mouthfeel is hops forward bitterness with strong citrus mainly grapefruit rounded out with malt/ biscuit finish its good an drinkable and worth a try at a low 5.75 abv.... a solid B

Photo of DocTheDJ
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a 18oz cheapo "Bud" glass.

Looks: Looks good with a orangish/nut brown ale color, not very clear more of a haze for sure and definately some "floaters" in this one (unfiltered?). Soft somewhat prickly 1" head that slowly disapates. Okay carbonation look so far. Head is slightly sticky to the mustache.

Smell: Citrusy Hoppy melon & other citrus a bit of pine smell with a touch of toasted sweet malt and a bit of spicyness for sure slight tinge of woody oak or beach.

Taste: Bitter and Tangy a bit of lemon & melon?
Not much malty flavor to speek of since the hops quickly overwhelm. A bit of fruityness in the flavor and I cannot pin it down but the more I drink it them more I notice It and like it!
I haven't seen anybody comment about the slight cinnamon taste yet and I must say it is a nice addition in this one. Bitter for sure and I recommend trying this one after you've had something a bit lighter or blander in the ale catagory before you try this one, at the wrong temperature all you get is bitter! Wierd?!

Mouthfeel: about average for an APA but smoother as I go which is odd. Perhaps the "floaters" suspended in the mix give it a better mouthfeel as I go since I can easily see them getting more numerous (Unfiltered? again?).

It keeps its nice prickly burning carb. level to the last drink and its sugary herbalness comes out as you go. It realy reminds me of a hyped and hopped up Summit Pale Ale and some other beer? - anyway at the end of my session. I had to revist this one three times before I decided to review it. Now I am hooked! This old bitter woman IS Bitter and if you can only stomach (or bare to stand) just a couple you are missing out! I had two one evening and thought that stuff gets a B- at best! But I thought well I bought a sixer and everyone deserves a second chance and now WOW!

APA or IPA lovers will probable like this one but it is not a beer where you just jump on board and love it. Surely not for all beer drinkers but is damn good!

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color.

S: I get citrus, maybe some woody scents, and hop bitterness

T: This is on the more bitter end of where I like my APA's, but it's also called bitter Woman so I knew what to expect! It's good, the bitterness is very present and is the whole time but it's not overkill.

M: A little harsh, but not to the point of not wanting to go back. Kinda like a kitten that's curious, always going back!

D: I like this beer, I have others I'd buy but if I want a bitter APA this is where I go and it's easy to get!

Photo of orcasteve
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a orange color that reminds me of octoberfest. the head that rose was minamal at best, the sent was piney hops and a tuch of sour malt. the taste is light malt that is real earthey and their is strong piney hops with a dry finish, this is middle of the road for ipa but i would gladley drink more of these if thay were avalable

Photo of darklordlager
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-amber, with a 3/4" head that leaves some lacing as it goes down the glass.

Smell is of citrusy hops, a bit of malt, and some bitterness. Smells delicious

Taste is some grassy hops up front-lemon in particular, a taste of alcohol, and fading into hoppy bitterness. Very bitter. Did not deliver what the smell promised.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy. A bit thicker than expected.

Drinkability is limited due to the bitterness. Something about the taste of these hops I find undesireable as well... Tyranena's website says they use Cascade and Amarillo.

Photo of jjanega08
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a reddish orange color with a very appropriately sized head. sticks nicely to the glass.
S= very very earthy hop smell to it. A little sweet smelling as well
T= Hmmm... This is a toned down IPA if I have ever seen one.... This is a very good beer but not so much a bitter IPA like I was expecting. Earthy like I said and somewhat sweet as well.
M= smooth and crisp. very nice
D= Extremely high. Like I said this beer isn't so much an IPA in my opinion but it's very good... So I have to choose weather to rate it as an IPA or just a beer. I'll go with beer.

Photo of Wisconsin
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a white fluffy two finger head with a golden amber body that is slightly carbonated. Great looking beer.

S - Hops and a nice citrus sweetness.

T - Lots of hops and a citrus sweetness hit your mouth. There is a bitterness that hits your mouth as this beer finishes.

M - Again, hops with a nice citrus flavor hit your mouth early and it is finished with a bitter close. The bitterness is not overbearing but it is more apparent in this beer compared to other IPAs.

D - This is a solid beer. The only reason this beer isn't rated higher is because of the bitterness.

Photo of Larrytown
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber with a solid head that sticks around for a while and leaves a decent amount of lacing. The nose isn't overpowering, but gives a hint of the hops to come.

Taste is very nicely balanced for an IPA. The hops are clearly present and in the forefront, but there's plenty of caramel-like malt to keep things even. Nice and crisp in the mouth. I could have another. And I think I might.

Photo of Birchgrove77
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle picked up during the Tyranena Beer Run on November 5th.

Appearance - Beautiful amber colored, no haze to speak of. Beautiful two-inch head that fades to about a quarter-inch with some fantastic lacing.

Smell - Big grapefruit nose with some other citrus notes, but I seem to pick up a slight woodsy character.

Taste - Very piney bitter character, which fades to an almost sticky malt base. The piney character seems to transform to offer a hint of juniper on the back of the pallate. The bitterness sticks with you, but this beer begs you to drink more.

Great IPA, one of my favorites, but I think this could be a touch drier. Tyranena really puts out some great beer.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber with a 1.5 finger thick and creamy off-white head. The head fades slowly to a 1/8" coating that lasts the duration. Great lacing all the way down the glass.

Smell is mostly floral and piny hops, but there is some grapefruit rind and orange peel as well.

Taste is dominated by bitter hops. Pine sap and bitter grapefruit flavors are followed by a touch of toasted bread crusts. Finish is long and bitter with some drying citrus flavors.

Medium-bodied, crisp mouthfeel that is well carbonated. A bit oily from the hops, but extremely smooth.

Very high points for drinkability. This would be a staple in my fridge if it were readily available.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -19.3%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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 +6.8%
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 -7.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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 +4.2%
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
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
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 +4.9%
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 +6.8%
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
3.97/5  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
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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 +6.8%
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 -15.4%
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.

Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.