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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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654 Ratings
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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 29
Gots: 26 | 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 Imstillthegman


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

10-29-2006 19:34:45 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of trep

West Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -21%

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.

10-28-2006 04:38:03 | More by trep
Photo of nouseforotacon


3.8/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

10-22-2006 18:32:28 | More by nouseforotacon
Photo of mynie


4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

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.


09-27-2006 04:28:39 | More by mynie
Photo of Redrover


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

09-26-2006 16:33:51 | More by Redrover
Photo of carln26


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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

09-12-2006 00:41:28 | More by carln26
Photo of longarm


4.3/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

07-06-2006 21:30:48 | More by longarm
Photo of bjohnson


4.47/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

07-05-2006 02:33:26 | More by bjohnson
Photo of hanco005


4.8/5  rDev +24.4%

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!!

06-21-2006 14:57:14 | More by hanco005
Photo of maundythirsty


3.98/5  rDev +3.1%

Pours amber with a tall, dry head that sputters in the middle, but clings to the walls of the glass. Smell is powerful hops in three directions -- pepper, citrus and pine.

Taste is just a touch of malt with pure grapefruit hops taste that gets peachier as the beer warms. Closes peppery and bitter. That taste hangs out in the mouth and grows stronger over the course of a bottle. Makes me wonder how many I would want in one sitting, but it's a very pleasing bottle of beer with a smooth mouthfeel.

06-18-2006 00:36:11 | More by maundythirsty
Photo of Mdog


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color.

Smell: Piney aroma, not overly strong.

Taste: Very bitter citrus with pine highlights. Initially I didn't get any breadiness, but as it warms up more breadiness comes through.

Mouthfeel: The bitterness sticks around for a long time after each drink!

Drinkability: Good stuff, you'll probably taste more malt after your tongue gets burned out after the first couple bottles.

Another good IPA, more bitter than most available in Minnesota. Recommended.

06-16-2006 01:34:55 | More by Mdog
Photo of aforbes10


4.65/5  rDev +20.5%

My first beer from Tyranena....tried to find Bitter Woman from Hell but this was all i got (at first) so i had to "settle." Smells very citrusy and hoppy, which makes me eager to drink it. Delicious taste. Really bitter grapefruit flavor with lots of hops as well. Sweet malts on the finish. Perfect, silky smooth mouthfeel with a tart sting. Absolutely delicious and im glad i have some more. I neeed to try more from this brewery.

06-05-2006 15:47:40 | More by aforbes10
Photo of znarf


4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

It is wonderful to discover a local brewery who produces an exceptional beer. First discovered this brew at the Wisconsin State Fair Beer Tent. What a surprise. This beer set me off on my current hop head revolution. Worth pouring for its strong citrus aroma. Bitter flavor with a clean finish. Nice on a humid summer day in your backyard. Try and enjoy at your own risk.

06-03-2006 19:51:50 | More by znarf
Photo of Dogbrick


3.9/5  rDev +1%

On draught at Bodega in La Crosse. Dark copper color with a thin off-white head. Thin rings of lacing down the whole glass. Bitter aroma of hops, pine and citrus. Medium body with a bitter hops feel throughout. Citrusy hops flavor, along with some bready malt and pine in the background. The balance is pretty good throughout. The finish is lingering bitterness, with the hoppy flavor sticking around quite some time. Solid from start to finish.

05-25-2006 20:37:55 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of rhoadsrage


4.28/5  rDev +10.9%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden orange body with a hit of brown. The head is a yellowish-white creamy pillow that last and last. There is a good carbonation of tiny bubbles that rise to the surface.

S- The smell of green hops with a grapefruit note has a faint earthiness to the hops in the finish.

T- The sweet lightly toasted malt has hits of crystal malt in the background which are quickly steamrolled by the big taste of big, bitter green hops with notes of pine resin. The hop bitterness hangs on the tongue for a good while after the sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel.

D- This beer has a nice big bitter flavor and not just the aroma and flavor of the hops that many AIPAs have. The sweetness of the malt really enhances the true bitterness of this woman.

05-23-2006 22:27:23 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of hoppymeal


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours light copper in color with a small off white head that fades quickly. Smell is slightly piney and also a little bready malt, but mainly citrus and floral hops. Wonderful aroma like an orange-pineapple fruit juice concentrate. Taste is also citrusy sweet with a mild and refreshing bitterness in the finish that lingers dryly on the tongue. Light to medium bodied mouthfeel with a slight peppery bite from the hops. Highly drinkable, I've only got two (thanks ThomasHardy) but I feel I could definitely session this one.

05-22-2006 22:41:31 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of HopHottie


4.85/5  rDev +25.6%

This is one of the best beers that I have ever had. Once poured into your glass there is a rich hoppy flavor that makes your mouth water for a taste. The color is rich orange with min. foam. The taste is a bitter citurs. As you are tasting the well crafted beer there is a rich fullness in your mouth. There is a delightful remembrance after every taste.
This is a great hoppy beer. Some who are not used to hoppy beers may want to use caution when drinking.
They don't call her a bitter women for nothing!

05-19-2006 17:39:30 | More by HopHottie
Photo of onehoppypoppy


4.83/5  rDev +25.1%

This is the all IPA's should be measured; it's color, wonderful citrus smell is only the begining. From the first taste you are engulfed with a burst of hop filled joy which made me yearn for yet another mouthful. Certainly not for the domestic beer pallet, but if you are like myself a hop crazed adventurer, you can appreciate what a creation this really is.

05-13-2006 15:59:54 | More by onehoppypoppy
Photo of murrayswine


4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

I have had this before but never actually reviewed it.

Pours a orange/flax with a slight head and healthy lacing.

Smell is light citrus hop, but dry, very dry.

The taste is loose and light, but bitter as hell, which it promises. It has a

Lighter body that allows it to be a sessionable beer.
I do recommend!

04-18-2006 00:27:15 | More by murrayswine
Photo of SethB2


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

Pours a transparent, clean looking amber with no head, even after an aggressive pour. No lacing at all, thought the entire glass. Smell is a very nice blend of sweet candy malts and bitter hops. Taste .... whoa. The name isn't misleading. She's a bitter bitch. The sweetness on the nose is hard to descern through the hoppy kick to the teeth this beer provides. Still, I do like the taste. Mouthfeel is also good. It has the right amount of carbonation. Drinkablity is OK, but for a session, I'd seek out something with a little more balance.

Overall, it is a good IPA however. One I wouldn't mind being able to get in California. Maybe someday ....

Thanks to wingnutter for the sample.

04-08-2006 22:28:58 | More by SethB2
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.68/5  rDev -4.7%

A nice IPA. Pours out to an auburn orange color with a vibrant head of white foam. Lots of lace, and I mean LOTS. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of hops are dominant, with some sticky pine traces in the background. Taste is medium bodied; flavors of hops, pine, citrus, light maltiness, the essesnce of beach sand. Mouthfeel was on the thicker side and slightly syrupy. Nice. Nearly dangerous drinkability. Thanks to grynder33 for the sample.

03-21-2006 00:37:16 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of BeerBuilder


4.08/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours to a clear copper color with just a ring of white for a head...leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is green and citrusy, grapefruit and lemon zest. Has a slight maltiness, but that is in the background compared to the hop aroma.

The flavor is of caramel malts and hop bitterness. I get a citrusy, green hop flavor, but I don't get a fruity break down. It is a bit spicy and peppery as well. It is medium-full in body and nice drinking. A nice change up.

03-05-2006 22:58:46 | More by BeerBuilder
Photo of Zorro


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Sampled through the efforts of Murrayswine and UTBIF!

Pours a clear orange colored ale with an off white head.

Smell is a good strong spicy hop scent. The acid edge in the scent reminds me quite a lot of wine, as does the woody aroma from the hops. There is a strong citrus aroma of lemon and oranges to this one along with a lesser scent of menthol. Lesser scents of vanilla and caramel makes me wonder if this was aged in oak.

Taste starts with a sharp sourness from the hops with a strong suggestion of lemons. After your tongue adapts to the sour zing other flavors come out vanilla, wood with a little caramel but this is decidedly a beer with a tart zing. The bitterness level is strong but not overpowering despite the lack of much malt in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

A very unique tasting beer, the tart zing really caught me by surprise. I don't normally go for sour beers but I do like this probably because is tart like a lemonade and not like vinegar. Quite a different IPA that I MUST try again when it gets hot this summer as this does remind me a bit of Belgian witbier.

02-21-2006 02:04:25 | More by Zorro
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.45/5  rDev +15.3%

Tyranena Bitter Woman: LOVE the label. Flat-out love it. Lady looks like one of my grandmother's cousins. Received via trade.

Appearance: Brilliant orange/amber with a white head that lasts for freaking EVER. It's still there, 1/2 hour after pouring it. Looks like it needs a good drinking. Don't mind if I do.

Aroma: Freaking A yeah - like rubbing a hop cone over a bowl of apricots. Haven't checked the website on this one, but I'd bet there are Amarillo hops in this one (checks website: HA!!! I knew it!!!). Faint toastiness and nose-hair-tingling bitterness in the background. Solid.

Flavor: if you like bitterness, you'll love this beer. I like bitterness. thumbup1.gif Starts with a dry apricot/red delicious apple fruitiness with a solid bitterness keeping things in balance. The bitterness just lasts and lasts in this one. Around mid-sip the flavor hops blast the tastebuds with an orange/graprefruit attack as toasty malts arrive. Seems strange, but the flavor in the middle is eerily similar to a good Viognier wine - intensely fruity yet dry. This is a very good thing. Finishes bitter, with a lasting citrus and toast flavor that's sooo tasty. Reminds me a lot of the Pale Ale here at Evans/Albany Pump Station - very similar hop profile, but this one's more bitter.

Mouthfeel: Any thicker and it's be cloying - any thinner and the bitterness would be abrasive. Would love to try this if it were around 6.5% - it may be lethal at that point.

Drinkability: Even I could tire of the bitterness after a while, but it'd be a long damned while. This here is case material according to my taste buds. Has that same bracing bitterness as Lake Placid Frostbite Pale Ale, a long time favorite. The lower alcohol content (for an IPA) increases the drinkability.

Overall: I'd have my beer fridge full of this in the summer if I lived in the distribution area. Solid, solid lower alcohol IPA.

02-19-2006 04:33:14 | More by sponberg
Photo of wingnutter


4/5  rDev +3.6%

Bitter Woman IPA acquired in a trade

Clear golden with a 1 finger head. Smells hoppy and floral/citrusy. Very juicy aroma. Decent lacing.

First taste: Intensely green and bitter followed by a citrus/floral kick. Very hoppy beer!

Some astringency after swallowing, but it fades after a minute and the aftertaste of green hops takes over. Very nice. Not a whole lot of malt to balance the hops, but the floral quality makes me not care. Great hop profile.

Medium mouthfeel, with a creamy feeling as it goes down. Smooth and easy to drink. Not overly carbonated - this beer doesnt need alot of bubbles.

Overall a pretty damn nice IPA, although 5.75 ABV is a bit weaker than I like in an IPA.

I give it solid 4's across the board. Id definately buy this beer if I could get it locally.

This one lives up to her name. Bitter is the key word here, but it comes across in a good way. I love hop bomb beers!

02-11-2006 01:28:00 | More by wingnutter
Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.