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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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640 Ratings
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Ratings: 640
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 29
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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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Photo of BlindPig


3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Thin white head on a clear copper body.
S- Really big grapefruit and citrus hops, sweet malt body under it, grapefruit skin, and a hint of pine.
T- Follows the aroma. A nice size bitterness is left behind. It reminds me of the celebration ale. Pretty basic but very tasty.
M- Medium body with medium carbonation.
D- Like it says above, very tasty but just a simple IPA. Something I would buy a 6-pack of every once in awhile if I could find it. Just don't think it's worth paying to much for since it reminds me of some other IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 02:11:16 | More by BlindPig
Photo of ggaughan


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife was kind enough to pick up a six pack of a couple midwest beers while out visiting her cousin. This is one of them. The Bitter Woman poured a mostly clear golden color into my tulip glass with a slight white head that left pretty quickly. The nose had some subtle citrus and caramel notes in it. The taste is a good balance of caramel malt, hop bitterness and a touch of citrus as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 01:12:44 | More by ggaughan
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, some retention, great lacing.

S: Big grapefruit aroma, toffee & cotton candy esters.

T: Assertive bitterness, pine, grapefruit, toffee & slight biscuity malt. The bottle seems to have a little more depth than the tap (which was mainly grapefruit).

M: Moderate body & carbonation, smooth, slight hop acidity.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 01:30:27 | More by Derek
Photo of MrMcGibblets


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i was pleasantly surprised at how good this beer was, as the only other tyranena brew i've had was an old, off bottle. poured into a nonic, this was an attrractive clear amber with off-white lacing and a diminishing head. the aroma reminds me of a good octoberfest with some citrus thrown in-nice clean, almost lager-like sweet caramel malts and resiny grapefruit. taste is a nice balance of moderate malt sweetness and moderate to full bitterness balancing it out. nice, long bitter finish with a bit of astringency. almost medium in body with creamy, lively carbonation. this is very drinkable as it brings a lot of flavor to the table and manages to weigh in at under 6%...a sessionable ipa if that makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 01:15:47 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of KarlHungus


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear bronze color. The head is one inch in size, fluffy, nad recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit and pine. The taste is like the aroma. Bitterness is rather mild for an IPA; it is there but it is not much stronger than an APA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a nice IPA, but there are a lot of better ones out there. I would drink it again, but it would be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 00:06:38 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of FightingEntropy


3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a medium white head that falls away slowly. Good hop smell, spicey, with a sizable amount of sweet malt underneath, almost buttery or biscuity, that seems stronger than the color suggests. Tastes lives up to its name with a clear bitter taste immediately pauses a bit before a sharp after taste that lingers nicely with a hops hanging around the back of your throat--maybe even wafting up to the nose because I swear I can still smell it after a drink. Mouthfeel is a bit light but fine. Good beer for the true hop head--not for the neophyte or the undecided. Pure hop character with little restraining it.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 18:18:56 | More by FightingEntropy
Photo of happygnome


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice clear amber color with about an inch of head that didnt dissapear fast and left lots of lacing
s: very floral and piny, little malt undertones very nice
t: starts off bitter, with sweet malt undertones. bitterness intensifies
m: medium bodied beer with a lot of carbonation that seemingly adds to bitterness

overall, wow this is truly a great beer fairly sessionable and not too pricey, a mainstay in my fridge

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 18:33:23 | More by happygnome
Photo of Atron67


3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- an amber clear body topped off with a big off-white head that left big lacing down the body

S- big piney hops provide the bulk of the scents, some strong malt undertones, however there is a big majority of floral hops

T- the bitterness starts off from the beginning, with malty undertones playing a nice part, the hops roll in getting steadily stronger untill the end. piney notesp provide the bulk of the flavor, a nice malt presence but it is a little one dimensional,

M- sharp carbonation and a medium body that rolls smooth, nice

D- a sweet session IPA, at 12 a 12 pack its great too

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 00:14:38 | More by Atron67
Photo of lonestar4lunch


3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I brought back a couple of Tyranena offerings and this is the first of the two. Pours a darker orange & hazy hue. The aroma isn't really overpowering but is well done. Light citurs and very earthy. The taste pretty much follows the aroma. Some what big bitter bite starts off then comes the hops. An almost buttery dryness finishes and hangs around for a while. A good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2007 04:36:06 | More by lonestar4lunch
Photo of ryantupy


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a dark orange almost copperish hue. It has a nice off white head that is fizzy and fades out to a nice lace.

S- The hops have a very earthy aroma hints of pine, citrus, floral hop bitterness. Malts are very mild and sweet.

T - Naturally nice a bitter with a good hop bite. The earthy pine comes into play backed with sweet malts, silky rose pedal soft with a bitter punch hops.

M - This beer is consistent and a very medium bodied IPA. Nice and silky smooth mouthfeel like rose pedals.

D - Overall, good beer. To be constructive however...This IPA does not stand out amongst the best. Almost every brewer makes an IPA so im rather picky when it comes to IPA's. I think a better malt character and use of some more defining hops would greatly add to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 21:55:45 | More by ryantupy
Photo of umustdrink


4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark orange/light brown color. Offwhite head fades to a thick film. Medium to strong lacing.

S - Very spicy piney hop flavor, pungent and bitter. Also a faint toasty malt background with hints of brown sugar.

T - Starts very bitter, slightly oily, then into a very piny hop flavor. Finish is sugary and hoppy-like bitter.

M - Medium consistency with medium to high carbonation.

D - Definitely a hop bomb! Super bitter and hoppy, my kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 19:52:30 | More by umustdrink
Photo of brdc


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful appearance, dark golden, some reddish hues, a thick, foamy whitish head that never leaves, and coats the glass.
Standard but very fresh, fruity hoppy aroma with some buttery, malty hints around it.
Firm and somewhat refreshing, it lacks balance in my opinion.
It should be a hit for hop lovers, since it is loaded, but I really can't taste anything else but hops and more hops here.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 23:01:20 | More by brdc
Photo of WeymouthMike


4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall, a great beer. Pours dark for an IPA with a creamy head that retains through the last sip. Tast is very balanced not overally hopped as advertised by the bottle but hey its from Wisconsin not Ca. If this were available in my area it would have an everyday spot in my fridge alongside 60 minute or Leatherlips.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 22:29:38 | More by WeymouthMike
Photo of drpimento


4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very fresh serving. Has a nice foamy off white head and plenty of lace. Good carbonation. Orangy amber clear color. Hoppy nose that's not citrus, more piney. Flavor is the same and good hearty, earthy, chewy character that more noticible in the fresher hoppy beers. Nicely balanced. Yummy finish. Great burps too!

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2007 22:27:23 | More by drpimento
Photo of ikats

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Bitter Woman IPA is our Wisconsin variation of an India Pale Ale."

Light amber in color, slightly hazy. White head dissipates to a nice cover. Wonderfully hoppy aroma. Mostly floral notes, but I feel some citrus as well. Sweeter than your usual IPA. It might've been "intensely bitter" when the bottle was fresh, but my bottle is a bit older. Despite it's age this IPA is very drinkable and with pleasant mouthfeel (for a hophead). Bitterness definitely sticks around. Light to medium body. Very enjoyable.

Here's to Aunt Cal!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 04:05:23 | More by ikats
Photo of Cresant


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Stone IPA glass. The body was clear golden amber. The minimal head left some lacing.

Smell was bitter hops. Husky. Zesty and leafy. Funky hops. Nice and pungent without being unappetizing.

Taste was green grassy bitterness. Mild spiciness. There was an underlying sweetness shich complimented the raw, refreshing bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 02:38:19 | More by Cresant
Photo of BeerTruth


3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cheers to Monsone for this one!

12 oz. bottle poured into the "special" Sam Adams glass.

Appearance is a clear light copper hue with a fluffy white one finger head that dies down to a thin layer of bubbles soon after pour. Lacing is decent, spotty here and there. Smell is a bit weaker than I had anticipated, but good. Mild citrus hops, mostly grapefruit, with a bready pale malt scent. Taste starts off fresh with an earthy/grassy hop flavor that soon turns bitter and remains bitter towards the end as well as in the aftertaste. Buttery malt flavors appear but don't stand out so much. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very balanced, very enjoyable, leaves the mouth feeling dry and wanting more. The scary old biatch on the bottle keeps staring at me, it's a bit sketchy. Pick this one up as long as scary old hags don't creep you out.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 00:29:38 | More by BeerTruth
Photo of joe1510


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Ahh the Bitter Woman. Pours a clear clean copper with very few carbonation bubbles. A 1+ finger white head formed on the pour that fell to a thick cap and stayed put. Leaves sheet lacing after each sip. Nice looking beverage.

Sweet biscuity malt starts the aroma off. Somewhat doughy as well. Fresh cut grass and hay are the dominant hop aromas and they show themselves pretty quickly. Good but nothing spectacular.

Very pale biscuity malts kick things off. The hops come around mid palate but ae somewhat weak. Very balanced IPA but I'm more into the lopsided hoppy IPAs. It's definately a good beer and I drink it whenever I get to Wisconsin but it can be a little dull at times.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth and somewhat creamy with a medium body. Low carbonation lets the beer roll through on it's own. Mild bitterness.

Definately a sessionable beer. Balanced enough to drink a good quantity in one sitting.

Tyranena makes some damn fine beers. On a hot summer day Bitter Woman does the trick. Most of the time I'm looking for hopsided IPAs. Again, definately a solid brew from Tyranena.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 01:39:36 | More by joe1510
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Clear, dark gold. Large, creamy, ivory colored head.

Aroma yielded citrus - grapefruit - and pine. Bread. Pepper. Hops aroma seemed to decrease about half way through.

Taste was nicely hopped - grassy - lingers well. Bitter more than sweet. Nice biscuity middle, hint of sweet caramel.

Medium body with medium + carbonation. Dry.

A very good IPA. I would drink this routinely if I didn't have to fly to Chicago to get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 19:04:29 | More by
Photo of Rennpferd


3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a room temperature bottle into a clean 12 oz pint glass.

It poured clear and amber with a slightly off white 1 inch head. After a few moments the head shrank down to just cover the surface of the beer while leaving a grabby head along the sides of the glass.

It gives off a moderate, crisp smell of hops.

It has a robust taste of hops that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. It is medium to full bodied.

It has a unique taste to it. I find it slightly different than other IPA's that I have drank. It's drinkable. I remember it being better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 02:25:54 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of msubulldog25


3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. Received this one in trade from JeffKrenner.

A: Hazy light auburn, with quite a bit of suspended tiny particles creating that haziness. Thick, creamy nearly 2-finger head which slowly dwindles to a splotchy, soapy film. Terrific-looking sheets of lace and adequate streams of fairly lively carbonation.

S: Hoppy nose, bitter & slightly acrid. Contains a good amount of grapefruit (cascade probably) and a bounty of biscuit-y pale malt aroma.

T: Whew...starts fairly tamely then develops to a pithy, bitter citrus hop overload. Whatever grain and caramel malt is hidden under there is pretty well overshadowed by the hops. It's a very flavorful IPA, no doubt, but is maybe imbalanced on the bitter side.

M: First sip was light, almost benign. About 10 seconds in the jolting hop burn begins to fill the mouth. Clinging to the cheeks and back of the tongue, this spicy/dry hoppiness takes minutes to fade and much longer to recede entirely. Good carbonation, medium body.

D: As flavorful as this is, I found it overwhelming. After a while, it became all bitterness with little complexity. Still it's a memorable IPA and one worth seeking out...it just may not be one I have to have again, if that makes sense.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 05:18:14 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of HopasaurusRex

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle received in a trade with BA DavidEddie:

Clear golden amber. Spicy nose of citrus and pine needles. Fruity and bitter hop flavor. Sticky resins linger on tongue. Jammy, juicy notes of apricot, peach, and mango. Very drinkable West Coast style IPA from the Midwest.

Cheers to Wisconsin!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 21:27:41 | More by HopasaurusRex
Photo of WeisGuy

New York

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this extra in a great trade.

a - pours a burnt orange color with a one-finger off-white head, decent retention and lacing, lots of suspended sediment

s - mixture of piney and citrusy hops, decent malty aroma as well

t - sweet citrusy hop taste, slight maltiness and nuttiness in the body, end is intense bitterness

m - lots of carbonation, light-to-medium bodied, quite dry finish

d - fairly drinkable b/c the alcohol is not noticeable and the taste is interesting, but the intense bitterness and dry finish may limit somewhat

Solid IPA overall. Nothing spectacular, but I would drink this regularly if it was local.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 02:05:04 | More by WeisGuy
Photo of akorsak


3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 800th review, a 12 oz bottle from JAYW.

A: The IPA pours a brilliant amber color, showing off almost equal parts red and orange. The head was vigourous, a full fingers worth of billowy white head that laces sporadically.

S: The aroma is strong grapefruity citrus and grainy biscuit malts.

T: The beer is very strong on the hops, providing an intensely bitter grapefruit tartness. They come across as green, almost too powerful and fresh. The hops sit on a mild grainy malt body that can't quite contain the hops. I really find the taste to be uneven, despite the promising start in the nose.

M: The mouthfeel is a very astringent hop character that drowns out all other characteristics.

D: I am torn on the ale, its hop strength is pleasant but it seems to go over the top. Having had this and Hop Whore though, I can say that Tyranena is making some great beers for Midwest Hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 00:45:35 | More by akorsak
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to murrayswine - Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a deep copper, very slightly hazy with an inch of off white foam. Smells first of sweet malt then of citrus and pine. Taste is of lemony hops with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with above average carbonation. A tasty IPA and one that I would drink again were it available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 04:24:12 | More by ClockworkOrange
Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 640 ratings.