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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 30
Gots: 29 | 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 timbro81
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertracker for the opportunity. No bottle date noticable. Pours a nice copper/orange with a nice little head that settles to a fine ring that hangs around for the duration of the beer. Good carbonation and lacing. Smells faintly of grapefuity hops but grainy malts override. Light mouthfeel that is quite vivid with hops and carbonation. A flash of malty sweetness flashes before some big piney/grapefruity hops overtake the finish. Not too balanced overall. Would like to try this fresh from brewery.

timbro81, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of cookin420
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into a pubglass.

Amber-orange with medium haze. Average head.

Intense florals. Cascades, Amarillo, yes? Plenty of caramel in the nose and some chive.

Tasty. As described, this is bitter stuff. The bittering addition wraps my toungue in swollen hurt. Flowers and lime. Not much of a malt presence. Slightly metallic, maybe even medicinal. Phenols are here.

Feels just right for the style

A bit harsh maybe to session, and I session some intense stuff. Sasisfies my bitter jones but lacks smoothness.

cookin420, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of theformula
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #45 in my 366 Days of Beer Quest, tasted on 2/14, Valentine's Day. Ha, it's a hilarious coincidence but I didn't plan to drink "Bitter Woman" today. Appropriate.

A: Dark copper body; a 2" off-white head froms w/ good retention; body is slightly cloudy. Decent lacing.

S: Nice aroma, but it's not really impressive for an IPA. Piney, citrusy hops dominate but aren't very fragrant. Grains & bready malt along w/ caramel & light toffee balance, but overall it's simple and soft.

M: Light body, med. carbonation. Firm body, very light & crisp. A bit thin.

T: It is assertively bitter but that's nearly all that's going for it, almost. Sticky, piney hops & citrus (orange) stay around for awhile. Caramel, grainy malts can't hold up to the alpha acids, so it could use more balance.

D: A decent IPA and tasty for sure, but it doesn't quite do it for me. The aromatics need some work and it's bitter, yes, but it's not outstading in a sea of great IPA's out there. Worth a drink.

theformula, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a growler of this fresh from the brewery and I'll be a sinner if I say that this was not one of the finest beers I have ever had.

Thick pillow head that retained wonderfully. The aroma of spicy, grapefruit like hops was upfront with a balance of sweet malt. Taste was a mix of piney and citrus with damn near perfect balance of malt that made it very smooth and refreshing.

The head on this was amazing, the taste was was damn good. I've reviewed this before, but fresh from the tap (I had my kids with me so I couldn't enjoy it at the bar) in a growler was a different animal. I normally take a couple days to polish of a growler, this was too good and finished it over the course of the night. If you see this on tap get it, you will not be let down.

Homerbag, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of drseamus
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Tyranena tasting room.

Pours a nice amber color with a quickly disappearing white head. The aroma is strong and very grapefruity. Smells like a good west coast IPA. Not suprisingly at all, it tastes like one as well. There is a strong initial blast of grapefruity hops with a good intense bitterness, but everything fades pretty quickly leaving only a touch of bitterness. Medium bodied with good drinkability.

drseamus, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of bboven
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium-light hazy copper body with a finger of head that lasts and leaves a lot of lacing.

A surprising amount of malt in the aroma, the hops definitely take a back seat. This wouldn't even be right for an English IPA.is
The flavor is a bit more balanced, though leans too much to the malty side for the style. Big bitterness at the end though.

Mouthfeel is moderate/high carbonation, a little drying.

This beer needs some dry hopping and a little more hop flavor to be truly to style, but a very good beer in and of itself nonetheless.

bboven, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of HumuloneRed
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Bottle - The aroma is crisp citrusy with a good bready malt presents.
The beer pours a clear orange with an off-white head and and soapy lacing.
The flavor is nice and balance with emphasis on the hop bitterness. By and large a drinkable and well made IPA.

HumuloneRed, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of gpcollen1
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber into my Nonic Imp Pint. Head is a soft dirty white 1/2 cushion. Aroma is lightly sweet with an earthy hoppy aroma.

This one is soft on the mouth, delicate almost...until the sweetness transitions into some more robust hoppiness...then again countered by and increasing sweetness and then to a dry and hoppy finish with the bitterness riding in nicely.

This is a fun and drinkable IPA that I could enjoy often. Nothing over the top but very good.

gpcollen1, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of botham
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a deep amber color with garnet highlights, and a few fingers of off-white head that remain for a couple minutes and leave moderate lacings.

aroma is hoppy, with a spicy character and a bit of caramel from the malts. a coniferous character forms the base, with the aromatic hops refining it.

taste is more of the same, with a smoother hop character. though hoppy, the brew remains smooth and drinkable. not overpowering, but hoppy enough to make it a true IPA. finishes on a hoppy note.

mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a light bite from CO2. finishes dry with lingering hop bitterness.

drinkability is great (for an IPA). the hops are aromatic and pleasant, but smooth and refined on the palate. an elegantly crafted IPA. maybe one of the best from Tyranena. cheers!

botham, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of Slynger
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one appears to be clear and bright pumpkin in color. A good amount of fuzzy white head sets atop.

The smell is all hoppy. Sweet citrus, orange and pineapple, along with grassy, earthy hops. There may be some malts lying underneath, but my nose chose not to notice.

Less sweet citrus in the taste than the smell, but it's still there. Lightly sweet of those oranges and pineapples. Toasted and biscuit malts show up to the party for good measure. The finish is bitter, but far from overpowering; citrus rinds with bitter, earthy hops.

Medium to light in body, and full of fresh, smooth carbonation equals high drinkability.

Bitter Woman is a well-named and well done beer. It's kind of like that old hag that lived next to me as a kid. She'd yell at me for cutting across her lawn, but once you bring her the paper she'll invite you in for some beer and pretz--I mean milk and cookies.

Slynger, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of DontCallMeSurly
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a few extra sitting in the fridge and decided to review.

Poured out a nice burnt orange/amber color from a 12oz bottle. The pour left little head, maybe a quarter of an inch. Kind of disappointing, but maybe it was the way in which I poured. Scent was dominated more so by malts than by hops, which was interesting indeed. Finding the right sequence of words is alluding me as it's hard to describe the taste of this. Again I tasted a lot of malty flavors up front, then slowly subsiding and finally giving way to a pleasant, bitter aftertaste. Very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is clean and smooth, very easy going. I was very pleased with this beer and I can see myself drinking it quite frequently.

DontCallMeSurly, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of scaliasux
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Reddish-brown. Hazy. Tall off-white head.

Smell - Grassy hops predominant. Very crisp smelling.

Taste - Moderately sweet malt quickly overwhelmed by strong hops. Crisp.

Mouthfeel - Medium.

Drinkability - I'm not a big hop head yet, but this is tolerable, even refreshing. Like most of Tyranena's beers, this features a fun back story.

scaliasux, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of seaoflament
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scoobydank for this extra.

Pours an amber, dark orange, color. About half an inch of foam quickly forms and sustains itself for some time.

Toasted bread, pine, and grapefruit upfront. Decent smelling IPA; there’s a fruit cocktail aroma with some peaches and cherries, orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest follows. The fruitiness settles and fades away but the malt profile takes a step forward. There are notes of caramel, toast, and heavy, dense, bread. I’m also picking up some earthy tones.

Toasted malts and grains upfront with a pine and slight lemony finish. Some hop bitterness in the finish but the finish is mostly clean and a bit dry.

Average to very good mouthfeel, and just the right amount of carbonation as well. Nothing too fancy but a solid IPA nonetheless.

seaoflament, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of ncvbc
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty clear and a great looking amber orange. Smell is of light grapefruit and a floral/piney scent lingering as well. Taste is much of the same. Amarillo hops for sure and reminds me somewhat of the Smutty Finest Kind. Light malt to back it. Clean and crisp, not extremely bitter. Fairly well balanced brew all around and easy drinking. I could have a few but would take others before it.

Thanks to cburian for this in Secret Santa '07.

ncvbc, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of BeerZack
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz screw-off cap

Dirty amber-brown color with one-finger head that fades fast to a small bubbly covering; great lacing sticks around.

Intense citrus and mineral perfumey hop nose. Sweet orange and earthy notes, some roastiness.

Roasted grain, earthy and floral hops, caramel, bit of orangey citrus finish.

Fine bubbles give a soft mouthfeel.

Overall a very good and drinkable IPA, but nothing exceptionable about it. Nothing really stands out for me in either the nose or palate.

BeerZack, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange-ish/ yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, HUGE grapefruity hops. In the taste, bitter grapefruity hops. A nice bitter mouthfeel and a dry bitter hoppy aftertaste. A small sweet hop rides all the way through, and a nice bitterness.

OWSLEY069, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of shadow1961
3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA pours two fingers of loose foam over
a cloudy amber brew. Lot's of little floaties are in evidence. The
nose is dominated by grapefruity hop aromas. The flavor is a little
sweetish malt up against those omnipresent citrus hops- not bad,
but I like a little more malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an ale, and a
bit dry as well. All in all, an okay IPA. If you're into more hop than
malt, this one's for you. The bitter woman on the label is another
character from the Lake Mills Wisconsin area, purportedly a former
girlfriend of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

shadow1961, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of Tolann
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby in color with a white foam. Somewhat hazy with some sediment. Head fades leaving a tight lace on the glass

S - floral and citrius hop notes. very pleasant for a 'bitter woman'

T - Sweet and very hoppy. Not too offensive. Hops lingers nicely.

M - Medium body and small bubble carbonation. Not too smooth, but not overly bubbly.

D - A good IPA. Good amount of hops and bitterness for the style. Nicely balanced with the floral and sweetness. It's not a big hop kick in the teeth, but rather easy to drink.

Tolann, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of mjryan
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A recent arival to my neck of the wooks and a welcome one at that. Poured a nice thick lacey head that stuck around till the finish. It's kind of a burnt gold colour with brilliant clarity. Has a moderate citris/pine hop aroma accompanied by a bit of bready malt. This beer is pretty bitter with a great juicey/sweet malt character to back it up. It seems that the hops are there mostly for bitterness and aroma, but not so much for their non bitter flavour. I like this beer a lot. It's an excellent example of a good old fashioned Amercan IPA.

mjryan, Dec 22, 2007
Photo of budgood1
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

pours out of the stubby twist off bottle a hazy copper colour with a good deal of floaties milling about. a nice half inch tan head appears and sticks around for a good amount of time. plenty of chunky lace. caramel malt nose, with a good deal of pine forest hops...spicy, earthy...the pungent and citric. not a nose hair singer by any means, but quite aromatic. tastes of caramel malts, and lots of hop bitterness. the fruity, citric aspects of this bitter woman aren't lost on me...but the malt bill seems so much more interesting than other IPA's. the complexities of the malt really make a nice pairing with the tongue searing, lip puckering bitterness of the hops. hops come across as there for intense bitterness rather than for flavour or aroma. juicy but damn bitter. anyway i like it, because the body seems really full, and the mouthfeel is lively due to the bitterness. very nice! drinkability is great due to the fact that this comes off as a nicely crafted and well thought out IPA.

i liked this beer a lot. a hop head must try. it's definitely a bitter woman.

budgood1, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of pwoods
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Scoobydank for this extra.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours a golden, slightly hazed, orange. 2 big fingers of eggshell pillow-y head. Some decent retention. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Mostly grapefruit. Not very pungent but straight up grapefruit. Just a touch of yeast.

T/M: Pretty weak for an American IPA. More along the lines of an English IPA. Some mild hop bitterness and weak citrus. Body is kind of light. Finishes dry with some lasting bitterness.

D: Weaker ABV would also suggestion English IPA(even though it's within American IPA range). It didn't taste bad, just very weak and unimpressive. Easy to drink and lower ABV helps its session ability?

pwoods, Dec 16, 2007
Photo of Dotcubed
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A single I picked out driving threw southern WI on my way back to Metro Detroit.

Pours a peachy copper crystal clear glass. Not very much lace or bubbles makes it less than perfect.

Smells like marvelous hops & enough malt to make it inviting. Tropical fruits.

Fills up my pallet with a bit of froth & hoppy resin. Plesantly girly floral notes. Clean Finishing with lasting hints of bitter. Kinda good. Well balanced. Probably good with Black Pepper Cheese curds.

I think the twist off cap cheapens it a bit. And I wish I knew when it was brewed to judge the lasting effects, as according to the lable it's "Intensely bitter with a mighty hop flavor & aroma."

Buy it. 6 at a time. I think you'll appreciate the craftmanship.

Dotcubed, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought to Boise from some of the best coworkers available... this is my last bottle. Enjoyed very much out of my shaker pint. Listenting to the end of the James Zabiela Alive mix.

Crystal clear medium amber... good head retention and lacing.. tan mop last through the entire glass.

Big biting hop nose... wow... fruity pineapple aromas... good maltiness... toasted grains and lite caramel.... very nice.

Very bitter off the front.. maybe a little out of balance... all kinds of hoppy flavors meld well with the malts... fruity hops.... thick in all the right ways. Good to great balance... my only drawback is, the flavor is back and forth and back and forth.... but balanced toward the hop flavor... it really needs more malt toward the finish.

I've had a few Tyranena beers and a few more tucked away for rainy days or a time where I need a palate cleanser ... this is the one... very nice IPA, and from my experience, a pretty good brewing company that I wish I could get locally.

JohnGalt1, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of morimech
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear copper color with a foamy 1 inch foamy head that leaves a lot of heavy lacing. It eventually settles to a thick cap. Lookes absolutely great with many tiny bubbles being continuously released.

The aroma is total hop bomb. The piney hoppiness is proudly featured. Maybe a little malt is allowed to show its presence in the background.

The hops are again featured in the flavor. A little sweet fruitiness is first noticed only to be smashed by the hop bitterness leaving a heavy pine thickness on finish. Great medium to light body and great carbonation finish this beer off. This is not a beer for everyone but hop lovers will adore this beer. Good for a couple of bottles but then many drinkers may prefer to move to a less intense beer to finish a session. Tyranena beers are starting to make there way to Minnesota, I just wish more stores would carry them. I will take one bottle to my local store to give to the owner. He will have this beer for me in the future after he samples this.

morimech, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of zook74
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This was my very first IPA and one of my first real forays into craft beer just a few short years ago. I tried Bitter Woman on a whim and was very surprised by what I was drinking. Keep in mind I was coming off of many years of drinking beers like Rolling Rock, St. Pauli Girl & Heineken nearly exclusively. Back then my idea of "stepping up" was to grab a four pack of Guinness. Boy was I in for a surprise with this one.

Nothing really spectacular about the appearance, but the smell was the first thing to hit me. Damn! Bit me in the back of the tongue before I even took my first drink. I was definitely intrigued.

Slow, even drinks...allowed to warm slightly on the tongue really brings out the bite in this IPA and felt great on the tongue.

Drinkability was very low for me as I was not prepared for what I was getting into. I didn't even know what an IPA was at this point.

I'll definitely need to snag some more of this tasty brew now that my taste buds have matured.

zook74, Nov 22, 2007
Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.