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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
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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 DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.57/5  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
3.49/5  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 +16.4%
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
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of jlh8643
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, bottled on 12 May 08, into a generic pint glass. Bright, clear copper color with very little head retention. For an IPA the aroma is fairly subdued with some floral/herbal wafting around. I smell a bit more carmel malt than I do hops. The taste is fairly balanced with gentle carbonation. Some bitterness lingers for a minute on the tongue. A very sessionable beer.

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

Huge thanks to boilerbeer for this bottle! No notable freshness information, but it tastes pretty stinking fresh.

Pours a nice clear amber with an off-white crest that leaves some stringy lace down the sides.

Juicy and citrusy on the nose with a little cotton candy sweetness. Presents a lot of raw hop aroma for an IPA, with some resinous conifer scent, pine forest, a touch of stale hay, light floral sweetness, and some malty roasted nuts.

Taste floods onto the palate with a roasted nuttiness and a piny somewhat acidulous flavor. A decent light malt body capped with piny resin dominates the middle, emptying a little at the finish leaving a firm bitterness with juicy citrus and a wet grain flavor. Not as nutty at the end as I'd expected, leaning more toward grain-forward malt flavor, though very well hopped. Bitterness has a long lingering decay, nice but more intense than I expected.

Has a good feeling medium bodied feel with a touch of dryness and a surprisingly near-chewy film left over.

Drinks a little stronger than your average IPA, but a very nicely hopped one at that. More lingering aftertaste than many other IPAs, or beers at all for that matter. A very tasty beer that I'd keep on hand if it was local.

Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy amber with a nice tan head.

S-A nice mix of pine and citrus hops with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. Nice.

T-Nicely balanced with solid hop bitterness and a nice malt backbone.

M-Medium body with nice carbonation. A bit of lingering bitterness.

D-The good balance and slightly lighter ABV make this nicely sessionable.

Another good beer from Tyranena. Not a revelation like DOAB but very good for the style.


Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from MMAJYK in week2 powerball

Bitter woman pours a clear golden copper tint with a small cap of bright white head on it, and it left minimal lacing on my pint glass. I get a mild hop presence in the nose with hints of grass, citrus, and pine needles. I would say that the carmel malt has a bigger precense than the hops do on this offering. The flavor profile is where the hops come to life with plenty of fresh citrus fruit upfront and on the finish with the fairly soft caramel malt flavor coming in. The mouthfeel is good with medium carbonation, but I feel the body is rather thin on this one. The drinkability is pretty good for this offering, and would make a decent session brew.

Overall not bad medium of the road IPA.

Photo of KeefD
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. Poured a hazy amber color. Excellent two finger head with lots of carbonation, and an off-white cap that sticks around till the end. Smell is floral and sweet. Taste is quintessential IPA. Lots of grapefruit, grassy, hop character, perfect amount of caramel sweetness in the background, lots of hop oil to the coat the tongue, leaving a fantastic aftertaste for all us hop-heads. A great WI IPA, one that hangs tough with Rush River Bubblejack and New Glarus Hop Hearty.

Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks. Pours clear amber. Thin offwhite head atop. Smell is grassy hops. Flavor is grassy, thin hops and an even thinner malt background. Not too much flavor or anything going on to really make it stand out. Dry bitterness. Eh...

Photo of hylton44
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This seemed to me to be a solid, but not outstanding IPA, which seems to fall a bit short of some of the other reviews I'm reading, here. I wish I had been more blown away, as it is a regional brew. Anyway - I did note the color as being a little unique in its ruddy brown color and soft yellow head. The taste, while harboring the requisite IPA bitterness, also had a blunt sort of character (as opposed to crisp); the mouthfeel was, likewise, thick-ish and rather dry. Interesting, and rather good, but not to my personal Gold Standard level for this style.

Photo of tpd975
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden hue color that is crystal clear. Nice sized foamy white head with good lacing.

S: Nice mix of grassu hoppy and citrus fruits. Slight malty sweetness detected as well.

T: Nice bitter flavors right up fornt. This is a nicely hopped brew. It comes at you mostly citrus but there is a slight floral quality as well. There is some malt in there to cut thru making it rather good.

M: Medium in body with good carbonation.

D: Nice and drinkable if you like hops. It may be a bit too hoppy of an IPA for some, but for me it was wonderful. The hops are nice and crisp and really linger in the mouth. A nice drinking brew.

Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber pour, a finger of creamy foam, and lacing left behind.

Floral aroma with some light maltiness, not as pungent as I had hoped for.

Earthy hops, long bitter aftertaste, a little bit chalky. Citrus and pine are central flavors, standard for an American IPA. Pale malt in the background. Overall a good standby, it didn't rock my world though.

Photo of scootny
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of bdrc. Thank you. Poured into my tulip tumbler. A thick rich two finger head that has some staying power slowly fades away to a thick mound leaving lacing along the glass. Copper in color the glass has a touch of particles in suspension keeping it from being completely clear. Light carbonation is visible from time to time.

Smell is hoppy. A good mix of citrus and pine. A good malt note in the back with light caramel.

Taste is well balanced with a stronger malt presence that the nose would suggest. Indeed after the initial grapefruit barrage the malty caramel aspect rushes to the fore, hold up its head and then surrenders to a clean hop bittering in the finish. Crackers remain on the roof of my palate.

Mouthfeel is medium weight and spot on carbonation. Tingly and pleasant.

Drinkability is wonderful. easy to knock back as many as you want.

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance is a light copper with a head that leaves tons of sticky lace. Very nice, a beautiful beer.

Aroma is hops with caramel malts, grassy...lewisite, freshly cut alfalfa. Malts are subdued bu there.

Taste is hops up front, grassy, piney hops with a small malt in the background. Wow, the hops are there with this one. Hops are bitter and wonderful, strong and tongue numbing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is prefect.

Drinkability is good, very smooth.

I like this beer, the hops are a little over the top, there isn't much balance there, it's kinda thin, but good and refreshing.

Photo of WYVYRN527
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm looking at a pint glass with no emotion. The beer pours with a thick head that reatins at the top and sticks to the walls of the glass. The color is a dark amber with almost no motion to it whatsoever.
On the nose I smell a slight hop aroma with a bit of wood to back it up. The coniferous presence of hops shows itself at the very end.
While showing the IPA character this beer was trying to go for, it still lacked the bite that most have. The flavor is short lasting, with pine and a hint of citrus on the back of the tongue.
While full bodied, this beer shows almost no character. It is still, just waiting to be spilled.
I cannot say what I truly think of this beer right away because this is the first time I have tasted it. However, I am not impressed as of now. The flavor is there, but they need to work on the carbonation of the product. It also does not help that distributors are merging and have influence on the way the beers are produced.
Would I buy this beer again? Yes. Just to see if I had a bad sixer or if this is the way it turns out all the time. I'll give it another chance. I have not yet come across an IPA I did not like, and I'm not about to judging by the first experience.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear deep gold, half finger head.

S- Sweet citrusy hops.

T- Great balance, wonderful hop flavor throughout with just enough malt to keep it in check.

M- Light but not watery.

D- I put down a few pints here and there.

Just a great solid IPA, nice work.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to atron67 for this brew in a trade. Pours with a thin head than goes quick. Dark amber in color. Huge bitter citrus hops smell & taste. This is a hop bomb & not meant to be balanced. ABV is reasonable & this is drinkable for a hop head.


Photo of Deuane
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark amber with a thin off white head that left some lacing.

S-An upfront pine and citrus hop blast. A mild malty sweetness pokes thru at the end.

T-Nice, aggressively citrus and pine hop smack. Light caramel malt sweetness helps balance it out. Great bitterness in the aftertaste.

M-Medium body with nice carbonation and lingering astringency.

D-Totally solid product. I would be happy with this brew being my hometown go to IPA. Nice job.

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