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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

395 Reviews
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Reviews: 395
Hads: 730
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 35
Gots: 52 | 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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Reviews: 395 | Hads: 730
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)

Photo of oline73
3.01/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber color with a finger and a half of off white head. A layer of head remains along with some lacing.

Smell: A very faint smell. I'm picking up some malt along with some hop bitterness. The malt dominates the aroma.

Taste: The hops definitely have a larger part to play here. I'm still picking up some bready malt. After that the citrus peel hop bitterness dominates. Not bad, but not a whole lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium and the carbonation is on the higher side. The finish is dry.

Overall: I'm not super impressed with this one. It wasn't bad or anything, just not very interesting. (714 characters)

Photo of cocogan
3.27/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Gold with copper hues. half finger head that recedes to thin froth. white sticky lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit and mint

Taste: This is definitely a hop forward beer. Earth, bit of bready malt, grapefruit, wood, toasted grain in the middle followed by an alcohol warmth, finishes with pine bitterness.

Mouth: Creamy from carbonation, not much else to say.

Drunkability: Definitely hop forward. I would like a bit more of a malt base or at least a stronger citrus taste. The earthen character to this beer is overpoering when backed with the big time bitterness. Also aftertaste is a bit to alcoholic. O well still not bad. (630 characters)

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with some slight haze. White head that is initially quite lumpy, but dies down to form a nice little cap of head over the beer. Some lasing present.

S: Citrusy hops with some sweet, caramel malt background.

T: First you get a lot of sweet malt taste. The maltyness is comparable to an amber beer. Then the hops come in full force. This beer is quite bitter like the name suggests. The bitterness kind of reminds me of Dale's Pale Ale... it gets slightly annoying after a while.

M: Medium.

I've had worse IPAs, but I've also had better. This one had this amber malt taste that personally, I do not find appealing. (628 characters)

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

Cloudy amber-gold, with a fair head of white bubblies. Fairly ornate lace.

Citrusy aroma...a good start.

Taste is, appropriately enough, bitter. Citrus hops dominate, with a little sweetness, then a bitter finish. Enjoyable.

Absolutely nothing wrong with this tasty IPA. Delicious, drinkable, and as sturdy as can be. I'd put this one against most any American IPA. (368 characters)

Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange-copper with a mild soapy head, and slight lacing.

Aroma is metallic, toasted caramel malt with pineapple and orange notes. Hops are subdued for an IPA, and have a herbal character.

Taste is exactly what the nose suggested. Toasted caramel malt matched with citrus/herbal hop. Finish holds a lingering oxidized mineral quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a very balanced and mild version of an IPA. More like an ESB really. The oxidized quality is prevalent, dominating other flavors. (514 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice clean copper color with a light off white head. Little retention and almost no lacing.

The smell was very lemony citrus, almost not hoppy a bit pledge like.

The flavor is thin, very light bready malt body with light juniper hops, very mild flavors an more balanced than I would expect and IPA to be.

The mouthfeel had a medium thickness with some nice resin.

With so many really good IPA's available this one really falls the back or middle of the pack. (471 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not the most impressive, but it has a good orange-brown color. Foam is lacking, but good lacing.

Smell: Pretty light based on IPA standards. Some honey and hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically your run-of-the-mill IPA for taste and feel. Nothing specially but nothing bad.

Drinkability: Harmless.

Overall: A tame IPA. (329 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from via trade from ughsmash, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, piney hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is a bit on the thin side for the style but it works well for this beer as there’s a pretty good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA worth drinking for a whole evening. (885 characters)

Photo of richkrull
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I scored a case of this stuff from the brewery.

Pours a transparent copper color with some nice off-white head and good lacing. Good light hop aroma, not a whole lot else coming through that I can tell. Taste is great! Hops throughout with a bitter finish. Medium bodied beer that goes down easy. I really like this beer overall and as long as the price is right, I'll keep this on hand for my go-to IPA. (406 characters)

Photo of doucmehu
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into pint glass. 1 finger medium density head, nice amber, touch cloudy

S: Citrus hops, sweet and a hint of malt, typical solid IPA. Well rounded nose

T: Nice Midwest take on west coast IPA, not too bitter, sweet earthy hops, solid all around beer.

M: Smooth and a bit creamy for IPA, good carbonation, good dry bitter finish

D: Good IPA, I will be buying this again. Solid all around, good hop nose and full flavor. Very sessionable brew. (453 characters)

Photo of JLeege
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Pours a clear orange to copper color with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

Smell- Strong herbal hops, with a very present bready malt backbone.

Taste- Hoppy throughout with a strong doughy backbone. Very herbal and flowery hops in this one. Slight citrus, orange and lemon. Some cat pee in there too. Lingering bitter on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, a tad bit grainy.

Overall- A very different IPA, not a ton of citrus or pine to this one, rather much more herbal/flowery/perfume-y. Above average beer, but there are lots of IPAs I would choose over this one. (651 characters)

Photo of flyingspatula
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I need to try this again, but I think I've just found one of my favorite IPA's ever. This was great!!! Up there with 60 Min IPA, and any other great IPA I've tried. The taste was GREAT! I will definitely buy this again. Six-Pack? Yes. Twelve pack? Yes. Keg? Perhaps. Great smell and wonderful drinkabailty. Good malt and hops flavor. Fruitiness, wonderfullness! (361 characters)

Photo of exonthebottle
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for awhile now I am glad I did this beer is balanced and bitter just the way I like.
appearance cloudy amber nice short head and leaves nice lacing
smell bitter citrus-y bread malt
taste this beer tastes bitter but not overpoweringly so it also maltiness helps the hops balance out
mouthfeel creamy nice medium carbonation feels fine
drinkability I say this session-able beer it goes well with my burrito I won't say this beer amazing but it is a good comfort beer. (509 characters)

Photo of DoctorDog
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: From a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for his near-continual beer mule-ing for me.

A- Hazy amber. Pours with ~1 finger of off-white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap.

S- A bit of citrus hopiness at first, though a fairly herbaceous, tea-like presence dominates as the head dies. Solid biscuit and caramel sweetness come through as the drink warms a bit.

T- Quite a resinous bitterness gives it a bit of hoppy punch up front, which is quickly balanced by a solidly sweet caramel malt.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium-full feel.

D- Good. Pleasant, if unspectacular, on all fronts, and quite easy drinking.

Future outlook: Solid, enjoyable beer, though not one that rises to the level of being worth seeking for someone like me who can't get it readily. (800 characters)

Photo of TheDTrain
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've always loved the name and artwork of Tyranena Bitter Woman. I hadn't had this brew in years so I was excited to revisit it now that my beer intelligence has grown. Very inviting clean bright amber pour. The taste was not as bitter as I remember it....not anymore hoppy and bitter than most IPA's. Great blend of pine, hops, orange, and lemon. My only problem is the sweetness actually overpowers the hops.
Nevertheless, a smooth, creamy well crafted IPA. (460 characters)

Photo of GrainDamaged
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, honey color, abundant fountain of bubbles stream up from the bottom. A full half inch of luscious foam laces gently down the sides.
Rye bread and soap, maybe a hint of citrus and pine on the nose, a touch of lemon. Not too much till it warms up, then it emphasizes more of the same.
Amazingly smoothe on the tongue, creamy and luscious. Mildly malty at first, a hint of caramel, followed by a fine blend of bitter hops. Good medium bodied beer that goes down fast, and finishes with a quick shot of bitter hop then clean.
I could go through a few of these! (563 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow with orange hue, nice fluffy up + down head, occasional lacing evident.

S - citrus, pine, malt and grain.

T - sweet citrus, grainy, earth tones with solid bitter finish, but not overpowering.

M - med/light body, big carbonation, slight tongue prickling.

D - Very sessionable IPA and nice offering by Tyranena. Not a must have, but worth giving it a try. (378 characters)

Photo of Estocker
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, light amber color. Decent head, some retention.

... bottled October 09. It's over a year old.

Hops smell has faded. It smells mostly earthy and piny maybe with a bit of citrus. I'm getting a decent amount of malt, although nowhere near as much as I'd expect from such an old IPA. Although the nose is very subdued, this actually smells decent.

Tastes better than it smells. More pine flavor comes through, and the malt is actually a nice balance. Not what I look for in an IPA but this has aged pretty well I think.

I will definitely have to seek this out again and have it fresh. (592 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a decdent head and lace
Earthy hoppyness dominates but a sweet malt is also aparent
This is a fully hop flavored IPA. The hop taste isupfront with a slightly harsh carbonation but it dissipates revealing a large bitterness

The mouth is smooth and it isn't dry
This has a lot of bitter hops for those who don't like it stay clear (351 characters)

Photo of twoheadedboy
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive lightish amber. Smell was very citrusy and hoppy, nothing terribly unusual for the style.

They tout the beer as being almost painfully bitter, but really the bitterness was kept to a surprising minimum. Dry toasty malts balanced the very sharp, fruity hops but mostly left them alone. Some piny, very earthy qualities added an interesting component to the citrus and resiny flavors.

A very good brew; ipas aren't my favorite style but this one was both very enjoyable and easy to drink. This'll be a top choice for me when I'm craving hops. (564 characters)

Photo of nitro0292
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a case at discount liquor in Milwaukee after a recommendation from the folks @ Northern Brewer.

Aroma was of hops, mostly citrus, detected grapefruit. Carbonation is light and head suffered as a result, but hop content left solid lacing.

Taste is malt up front followed by piney, grapefruit hops and bitterness. Definitely hop-dominated.

Mouthfeel is a little light for an IPA but given the abv it is expected. This is very drinkable IPA.

Not as bitter as the name would suggest, but good- plus I have 10 more. (525 characters)

Photo of cpolking
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a light copper in color. It has an intensely hoppy aroma of tropical fruits and citrus. It is extremely hop forward with tons of hop fruit, flowers and citrus. It is like a hop-tropical fruit punch. It has just a tad of hop pine bitterness, but it is a more fruit forward hoppy beer than a totally bitter IPA, despite its name. This is a damn fine hoppy American IPA. (383 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a copper color with a light off white head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings forward some good notes of grapefruit rind, citrus, and pine. The taste is a bit of light pale malt, but is mostly all the citrus and pine hops. Good body with nice bitterness. Good beer all around, though nothing earth shattering. (335 characters)

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

Poured into a Lambeau Field pint glass.

A - Pours a nice strong copper color with some slight orange hazy color to it. There is a thin .25 inch head after a vigorous pour that is off white and pretty dense. It recedes fairly quickly and leaves some nice sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Grassy fresh hops with some nice citrus hints as well as slight delicious pine notes. Slight pale malt sweetness and bread notes are present as well. Pretty crisp and clean hop aromas.

T & M - Very nice malt backbone starts off nice and bready with great earthy tones. Then a nice hop kick comes in near the middle and is quite piney but also has some nice citrus fruit character. There is some nice orange and slight grapefruit. These hop flavors blend so well with the malt and grain notes. Its a great balanced AMerican IPA. Nice crisp notes and a medium-light body with a nice hop bitterness and dry citrus finish.

D - Very refreshing and a lower ABV make this a great every day IPA. (992 characters)

Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.