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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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670 Ratings
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Ratings: 670
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 msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

msubulldog25, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of HopasaurusRex
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

HopasaurusRex, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

WeisGuy, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

akorsak, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of BeerCheese
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Took a bottle from the fridge, let it sit out for about 20 minutes, then poured it into my glass. Golden/copper color - nice and clear. Couldn't smell much due to my cold, but did get a little whif of the hops which is impressive considering I couldn't smell anything in the last beer I rated. Whitish tan head held on for a few minutes and left some nice lacing. Medium/full body with medium carbonation. Not a lot of malt coming through the hops on this one - just the way I like my IPAs.

BeerCheese, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a welcoming copper gold with a lot of haze. Head is thick and creamy, a good inch of oatmeal colored bubbles. This beer is very still over all.

S: Grapefruit rind, caramel malt, OJ and fresh dough.

T: Begins with some green citrus rind across the front of the tongue, not very sweet just pretty much bitterness. Caramel malt and cinnamon roll dough move in next, only momentarily taking your mind off the bittering hops. Some lemon and grapefruit fall back into place after the caramel peaks. Finishes slightly tart and doughy with lingering bitterness.

M: Sort of thin and hard with moment of fuzziness.

D: Not a bad beer but lacks a lot of depth. The bitterness is fun and all but I would have liked some more hop character to go along with it.

Westsidethreat, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of Iguana
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JeffKrenner for the bottle via a trade.

Appearance - Poured a nice golden amber with a 1 finger white head that laced up pretty nicely.

Smell - Piney resiny hops, with a nice malty scent in the background.

Taste - Peppery hops, followed by some malty sweetness. A strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin, taste doesnt really linger very long.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. Refreshing. Good beer for a hot afternoon i'd wager. Definitly worth a try

Iguana, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of bobbyc881
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to todd1 for sending me this one! Beer trading is awesome.

Thin, white head, some lacing. Very clear... light copper. Aroma is very much pine and citrus, with the emphasis on pine.

Taste is very reflective of the aroma... piney hops up front, with a sticky, resinous middle, and some lingering bitterness. Very flavorful IPA for sub-6% ABV.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky with moderate carbonation. Coats the tongue nicely. Pleasant risidual taste.

Very drinkable. Could easily make a night out of a six-pack of this.

This was my first beer from Tyranena, and was a excellent first impression.

bobbyc881, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of woodychandler
2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This created a rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. The color was a slightly cloudy deep-amber. The nose was more sweet than hoppy, plus I caught a real whiff of straight alcohol that burned my sinuses. The mouthfeel was medium with a light hoppiness on the palate. The finish had a good bitterness, but it still did not seem hoppy enough to suit me.

woodychandler, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of klewis
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a typical golden color with a two-finger bubbbly head. Good head sustain with moderate lacing.

S: Citrus and pine. Classic IPA aroma.

T: Quite fruity for an IPA. Nicely balanced with a perfect amount of bitterness.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth in texture.

D: Quite a good example of the style, but even more, nicely-priced and extremely drinkable.

klewis, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of supercolter
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is decent. There is a bit of head that dissapates quickly, and no lacing.
Smell was good, a little light at first, but warms up quickly, nice and sticky smell. Very piney with a hint of lemony zest.
Taste is very good. Almost identical to the smell.
Mouthfeel is nice and syrupy with a bit of carbonation.
Drinkability is good.

supercolter, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd call it nice, but a touch over-rated. Poured a nice straw-gold color with some lacing. Smelled and tasted of piney hops. Definately the most pine I've had in a beer in a long while, I suppose it's at least appropriate for the holidays right now. With the hops there was a nice biscuity malt backbone. Worth a try if you're in WI.

tempest, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of EvilKeith
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter Woman poured into the glass lightly hazed and copper-amber in color with suspended fine particles. The head was a half finger of off-white foam that left copious amounts of thick and sticky lace.
The smell was cotton candy sweetness, bright pineapple citrus, caramel malt, grain husk, and pine resin. The taste, as the name would suggest, was all about the bitterness. There was an initial flash of caramel malt followed by hop bitterness, grapefruit citrus, pine pitch then bitterness, apricot fruitiness followed by bitterness. The finish was bitter and decidedly dry.
The flavors went through phases with each sip, incredible! The flavors evolve and seem to change with each sip!
The body is best described as medium with a fairly light carbonation. The mouthfeel had a lingering oiliness to it.

This is one hell of a different IPA. I don’t think I’ve ever tried another like this. This experience leaves me wondering exactly what to expect from their Bitter Woman From Hell. That one is waiting in the wings; I can not wait to have a go at that one!

EvilKeith, Nov 27, 2006
Photo of beveritt
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Lee for picking up some Wisconsin beers for me on a recent trip. Poured this one from a12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium amber in color with an almost white head. Head drops leaving a ring of foam around the beer.

Smell: Oh wow, lots of fruity/florally hops in this one. Literally bursting with hops, this is one of the best smelling beers I have ever run across.

Taste: A nice blend of the floral/citrusy flavor from flavoring hops and the bitterness from boiling hops. Nice bitter finish that stays around long after your drink is done.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level.

Drinkability: A great example of the style. Not a hop bomb just for the sake of being a hop bomb, this is a nice hoppy beer that is still well balanced.

beveritt, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of BrewnZ
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good beer from Tyranena Brewing Co. Pours clear copper with little head retention. Great citrusy American hop aroma, followed by big malt, esters, and hops!

Not so into the lable but I do like the beer. A Very nice IPA in a land of few IPA's. This was the best IPA I had in Wisconsin.

BrewnZ, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a golden amber color with a thin off-white head. Some light lacing rings the glass.

The smell consists of orange-citrus and pine hops combining with some sweet, bready malts and caramel.

The flavor starts sweet with caramel and doughy bread, but is followed by the citrus hops. Nice transition between the malt and hops.

Medium body with average carbonation. Creamy feel on the tongue. Slight hop bite and some dryness at the finish. Very drinkable beer. The abv almost makes this sessionable and I would go back for this if it was available in my area.

Imstillthegman, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of trep
3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to JeffKrenner for the bottle.

A perfectly clear orange with a foamy off-white head. Consistant carbonation rises to the surface. Head leaves nice lacing. Pungent citrusy hop aroma. Piney hops as well. A little malt sweetness, but mostly hop dominated.

Hop profile is mostly bitter, contrasting with the aroma. Nice malt backbone in there. Some orange citrus as it warms up a bit. Not as complex as I was expecting, in fact, its a bit watered down tasting.

Mouthfeel is thin and not too carbonated. This beer had all the signs of a good one early on, but somehow I feel disappointed. Luckily I have another bottle and i'm gonna let it sit for a week and try it again.

trep, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of nouseforotacon
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to Faro for this one.

Cloudy, burnt orange appearance, with a murky and thin white crown. Carbonation visible, small bubbles rising to a film, pretty standard looking IPA.

Tropical, pineapple, and sweet strawberries on the nose. A touch flowery, but more grass in the aroma. Hint of wet dog.

Upfront and personal hop profile. Hops are extremely bitter on the tongue, and heavy on the finish. Extremely grassy/earthy with a semblance of grapefruit. A touch of sweetness on the front of the tongue, reminding me of fresh strawberries again. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Lingering, unapologetic bitterness.

This a serious IPA. I've got their DIPA stored away, but I can't imagine the hop profile on that one. Definitely drinkable IPA, but am I the only one getting a little tired of this style? ... probably.

nouseforotacon, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent pour. Dark ice tea with good lacing but not much of a head of which to speak.

Smells friggin' excellent. Big huge grapefruit, sticky pine, and bready malt.

Tastes friggin' excellent. A bevvy of hops knocks you over and a tide of malt picks up you. Sticky icky grapefruit starts things out, leading into a bittersour citrus and ending on a dry, bread dough. Pine needles linger.


mynie, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of Redrover
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this on at the Bodega Pub in La Crosse. What a fantastic beer bar!!

12 oz longneck with a humorous label. I did not catch any freshness dating.

Poured into a standard pint, the beer is bronze with a beige head and sticky lacing.

The beer’s aroma was primarily citrus (grapefruit and a hint of lemon). There is some apple and hard candy in the background.

The taste as expected was bitter. The grapefruit flavor is very pronounced, but some sweet almost caramel notes from the malts add some balance to the beer. The apple from the aroma makes an appearance in the taste late as the beer warms and sweetens.

The mouth is pleasantly thick and oily. It coats your tongue. Easy enough drinker, it is a bit too one-sided to be a real session type beer. Still an enjoyable example of the brewer’s art.

Redrover, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of carln26
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper color, mildly hazy and topped by a light off-white head. The head leaves a delicate drape of lace on the glass as it recedes. The aroma is primarily citrus. There is a grapefruit character along with mandarin orange (Simcoe in this possibly?). Lightest touch of caramel on the finish. The flavor is mildly sweet, and very citrusy. The mandarin orange is more pronounced, and blends with the caramel to give this an assertive sweetness. The mouth feel is slick, slightly oily. Good drinkability. Nicely balanced IPA

carln26, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of longarm
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color with a healthy light cream colored head. Fine bubbles continuously carbonate and a thin lacing remains behind in the glass.

Relatively light on the aroma. Some grassy hops underlies well balanced malt. Nothing overpowering, but also not really enough to spark my interest.

On the palate, the hops really shine. Bright hop flavor in general runs the circuit from beginning to end. A strong hit of bitterness appears at the beginning of a sip. This doesn't linger in the middle, where a solidly dry malt backbone interestingly balances out the brew evenly from the middle of a sip until the end. A very clean finish both cleanses the palate with solid bitterness but noticeable hop flavor appears at the end as well.

Maybe it's the name, maybe it's just a damn good beer, but I find myself grabbing a sixer of the Bitter Woman more and more with each passing year. On some sips, it's a little out of whack, but one or two sips later, things fall back into place. In that sense, it takes a little more time for me to get the full perspective. Beers like this are fun to review and drink, not only because they taste good but they keep dragging me into more and more sips trying to figure-out everything that I like about them. Very well done and well worth the price.

longarm, Jul 06, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a copper color almost hinging on reddish with a nice frother one finger white head. Good retention and nice lace work.
S: Aromas of citrus fruit hops. Slight grassyness in there also. Soft smelling ipa.
T/M: Good sweet fruity hop presence hits you after a couple of sips. Piney notes in there too. Citrusy hop presence is the longest lasting. Malty background peaks in and out more as it warms. Initially slick through the mouth, but that bitter taste justlingers for a long time. Dry finishing ipa. Exceptionally well balanced with the malts being noticeable, but not intruding on the ipa's turf.
D: Definately a highly drinkable, session beer even. Low abv, with a great taste, makes this one a winner. Glad I tried this brew.

bjohnson, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I picked up a six pack of this in Hudson, on my way back home from playing golf. I had heard many good things about this one and have been looking for an excuse to get to WI to pick it up. I had some questions regarding the dates on the bottles so I emailed Stacey at the brewery. She replied with the answer quicker than any other brewery that I have contacted. Great customer service! On to the beer…12 oz bottle, with a bottled on date of 07 Jan 06. Also 00003895 was on the bottle.

A—pours a rusty orange color, slightly hazy with a 1 ½ inch sand colored fluffy cloud like head. The head slowly collapses into a pillow that floats on the top. The lacing that is produced is thick and resembles sea foam. Beautiful.

S—strong citrus and floral hop aroma, mild candy sweetness is hidden. My mouth waters as I smell it.

T—Wow! This is awesome! Not as bitter as the smell (or name) implies…it is balanced with a touch of sweetness. The bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Finishes a bit on the dry side as well. This is great.

M—crisp and clean, light/medium bodied, moderate carbonation

D—no question about it. This is my new favorite bottled IPA. I drove a little bit out of the way to find it and it was well worth it. The only downside is gas prices….because I will return to WI again and again for this one. I can’t wait to try Bitter Woman from Hell!!

hanco005, Jun 21, 2006
Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.