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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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691 Ratings
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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 32
Gots: 31 | 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 aracauna
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear peachy-gold-amber body with a dense white foam head. Very pleasant aroma. Apricot and orange fruitiness melds nicely with citric and floral hops. The flavor is soft and relatively low in bitterness, despite a fairly large hop flavor. The malt has a biscuit-like quality that makes for a tasty little beer. I likes and I’m glad I decided to pull this one to drink after a lousy day.

Photo of UnionMade
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this in the mail today from an amazing BA and beer trader, and I just had to try it as soon as it chilled.
The beer pours into my willibecker glass a rich amber, touching upon gold, capped with a thick ivory froth. Plenty of belgian lace sheets the glass, the head holding strong the whole time. Nice clarity, with perhaps a bit of a naturally settled chill haze. The aroma is powerfully hoppy, huge grapefruity citrus wafting up to assault my nasal passages. Extremely fruity and vibrant, this is my idea of IPA. Floral and pine notes, as well. The flavor starts with the barest touch of toasty malt, explosive grapefruity hops coming through immediately. Just enough malt sits beneath to keep things in check. Soft peach and apricot esters add to the fruity and floral hop attack. Nice and clean, with softer, natural carbonation and a stick-to-your-ribs mouthfeel. Enough malt sweetness remains throughout to keep your eyes from scrunching up. The hops are so potent in the aftertaste that they almost approach a metallic astringency. The aftertaste sticks around forever, forging through tortilla chips and salsa I ate afterwards to hang around for a while longer, reminding me of what I can't just drive to the store and get again. Bless the bitter woman and her evil ways.
A very, very solid IPA, this is the stuff you want when you're jonesing for hops. I could take this stuff down all day. Next time I'll have to ask for a keg! The label has a little blurb about Aunt Cal, which is pretty humorous. I'd like to try more from this brewery.
Thanks to Bditty for the bottle! I loved this stuff!!

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BUCKEYENATION for the trade sample.Poured out a nice somewhat coppery gold color.Little head though theres some nice lacing going on down the glass.Extremely hoppy aroma-citrusy and spicy.Big bitterness upfront.Touch of caramel sweetness.Nice body-somewhat oily.A damn good beer though I personally dont find it as drinkable as some other American IPAs.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an absolutely brilliantly clear copper-gold color and is topped by a fully tan head that quickly disappears. The aroma is at first citrusy, but then takes a right turn and develops some strong toasty biscuit notes, the nose then finishes with a dank herbal hop note. The beer is lightly sweet up front with a complimenting citrus hop note. It is very light on the palate, in fact it seems this beer has been filtered a bit too much. There is also this really weird funky note here, that I can't quite place, and is not really all that pleasant. The finish is moderately bittered for an IPA. Overall a bit disappointing, I was expecting a bit more from this beer, though it is enjoyable enough and I will definitely have this again.

Photo of rotsaruch
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW, if you can spell the name of a town in the panhandle of Texas, you can appreciate this brew. HFS, I was really not expecting this overwhelming hop hazard experience, but I really need to appreciate and understand why this brew is called BITTER WOMAN. A dark amber brew topped with an almond head that fades to a thin, but persistent collar.The aroma has a strong floral, pungent fragrance. Very noticeable, a calling card for what's next. This brew is all about the hops. The malt is truly in a cameo role. Well, welcome to Texas because Amarillo hops is what this brew is all about. The bitter babe is the big A from bittering to aroma. It reminds me of Brian O'Reilly's varietal Amarillo IPA at the Sly Fox. A wonderful IPA. Thank you maybrick for sharing this beauty with me.

Photo of BierReise
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottled 10Jun04 Pours a clear copper color with a head comprised of miniscule bubbles that settles down to a thin head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus, fruit, dough and yeast notes. Flavor is an even bitterness that at first seems as though may be more powerful than it actually turns out. Some good hop flavors but also slightly metallic. Body is medium and well carbonated. Leaves a nice webbing of lace around the glass. Overall a decent IPA but nothing outstanding.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light caramel copper hue with a largely bubbled cream tan head, sticks around for quite awhile leaves behind a nice collar of lacing. Aroma: Deep pine cone whole leaf hops very fragrant slightly floral and citrus toned heavily caramel malt base nice balance here. Great hop aromatics definitely an awesome smelling brew, let's see how it tastes. Taste: Thick resinous wads of hop bitterness with some earthy pine cone flavored hops with a touch of caramel malts bringing just an edge of sweetness to the overall flavor profile. Big hoppy IPA bitter as the woman it was named after. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied oily texture that slides across the palate dredgingly leaving your tongue coated with hops nice perfect carbonation level great stuff. Drinkability: Wow, this is a nice IPA wish I had more accessibility to this nectar but thanks to BuckeyeNation for taste I did have of it, highly reccomended in my book.

Photo of ppoitras
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with garthwaite. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/2" of off-white head over the clear amber brew. Dense head, laces excellently. Aroma is dominated by piney hops, but the malts are in there, lurking. Taste is all about the again piney hops bitterness, but a smoothness and depth of flavor offered by the back seat malts. Mouthfeel is great for such a hoppy IPA, and drinkability is almost as good. Have to keep an eye for this one again somewhere in my travels and trades.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured clear golden with an amber hue. The head was just off white and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was grassy and pleasant with a slight citrus. Nothing but fresh hops to lead you into the flavor.

The flavor was bitter and citrusy (grapefruit). The malt is there to even out the flavor and keeps the hop flavors and bittering from becoming overdone.

The finish was dry with lasting grapefruit long into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle, thanks to Skidz and BIF10. I had this beer once on tap at the Tyranena tour and it was great. At the listed ABV, this would be legal in NC, wish it were distributed here.

Photo of Sixpack595
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Damn fine IPA. Hoppy and full of character without being over the top. Aroma is citrus and pine hoppy with a bit of bready malt sneaking out. Taste is hoppy with grapefruit and a strong but not overwhelming bitterness. Mouthfeel is just right for the the beer. Bitterness is strong but not to the detriment of drinkability.

Photo of ZAP
4.55/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh from the tap this bitch is ornery and out to kick some ass...the nose is incredible...I damn near thought I was in the pacific northwest...huge citrus and piney smell....looks the part as well....the taste is very strong on the hops....certainly not for those of you who prefer a balanced IPA that tastes more like a Pale Ale...this is a hop heads crack....damn near like drinking hop juice....it's lovely....wish it had a little more body...not much, just a tad more would make this really shine...overall the thinner feel drops the drinkability a little but this is really something fresh on tap....in the bottle it mellows with age but fresh offf the tap this is a serious bud blaster....

Top notch...this is what I envision IPA's to taste like....If I want a Pale Ale I'll reach for something else...If I want an IPA I want HOPS>>>and this bitch has it...

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pristine peachy orange-amber. The bone white head is medium-large, firm and persists admirably. Once it does deflate, never lower than one finger, the glass is coated with a copious amount of lace in delicately speckled sheets. I've seen better IPA eye candy, but Bitter Woman's appearance is top notch.

I continue to be amazed at the myriad aromas that beer of this style can possess. They all use (basically) the same ingredients and even though there are many different varieties of hop, certain ones get used again and again. I've had dozens upon dozens of IPAs, but this one has a distinctive aroma. Like Hop Wallop, it smells more tropical than most. Anyway, it's different and it's great.

The flavor is easily the equal of the nose. Lovely, sweetly fruity hoppy goodness fills my mouth with each sip (okay, gulp). It tastes like a tropical fruit juice-beer cocktail with elements of pink grapefruit, pineapple, orange, papaya and passionfruit. I'll have to remember this combination of Amarillo and Cascade; it's a corker. There's no doubt that Bitter Woman is highly hopped, but isn't even close to over the top as far as I'm concerned.

And, unlike the lovely lady on the label, it isn't bitter. At least not as I define bitter. Very little malt is noticeable in the flavor profile; just the way that I like it. Unbalanced? Absolutely. Damn tasty and addictingly hoppy? Oh yeah. The body/mouthfeel is tremendous. It's slightly viscous and lightly sticky, a perfect compliment to the resinous hop flavor.

Attention all hopheads! Bitter Woman is a great IPA that can take its place beside some of the best that either coast has to offer. It makes me proud to be a Midwestern boy, born and bred. Now if you'll pardon me, I've got five more of these bad boys (bad women?) to drink and then I've got to find some more. Highly recommended.

Photo of garthwaite
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden with a minimal white head & very active carbonation. Mild & subdued, but pleasant aroma of citrusy hops and a touch of sugar. In the mouth, this brings an immediate hop hit of grapefruit and lemon - a real nice initial kick. There are hints of toffee-like malt making a brief appearance, but this one stays nice & bitter. Mouthfeel is great - relatively full with sticky, sticky hops & an everlasting bitter finish. Nice IPA.

Photo of Foxman
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear, glinting golden amber. A single finger of spongy white head creeps up then pretty much disappears. Sparse lacing flecks the inside of the glass.

The aroma delivers a gentle toasted malt sweetness along with a slight hint of fresh brewed tea. A somewhat subdued but quite present hops perfume floats citrus and flowery traces. Soft sparks of fruity sweetness drift about that the close.

Upon sipping, a mellow malt sweetness carries swirling notes of berries and a slight lemony tartness. A dry citrus presence of hops combines with a measured piney perfume to brighten the middle. More berry-sweet highlights blink on toward the end, soon accompanied by a soothing spicy hops perfume. A rounded dry bitterness lingers at the finish. Overall, the blend is smooth and seamless, nimbly caressing the palate.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt and hops join hands to project an almost tangible texture, coating and ebbing in a pleasant cycle.

There's something to be said for a beer that pats the palate instead of punching it silly. There's no sharp edges here, so it's simply very pleasant, with sweet and savory elements blending into a fully flavored beer that drinks silkily and smoothly. From the first sip to the last gulp, it stays steady and damned tasty. It may never really soar, but it gets mighty close, and unlike many that soar so high, it never has any low points. That's a splendid state of affairs. Oh, and that's one superior hottie on the label!

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the epitome of a true IPA. The properly appointed name is as accuarate as you can get. The hoppiness is phenomenal but your mouth is left with a very sweet finish. The only reason I didn't give this a full "5" was because the head on it disappeared very quickly. This beer is so perfectly crafted that it will definately find itself in my fridge in the future.

Photo of PartyHatjo
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jeffboo for this exceptional IPA...

Appearance: Pours orange with some cloudiness that makes it look a little more tan. Head is slightly off-white and was about a half-inch thick; it died down to a thin layer of foam quickly.

Aroma: Citrus-hoppiness with a bit of honey in the background. Toasted malt is prevalent

Taste: Honey-like maltiness hits my tongue first, followed by a slight grapefruit hop character. Toastiness comes out when it sits in your mouth, along with a bit of hop spiciness. I'm huge into hop flavor without an overbearing bitterness, and this seems to hit it right on.

Mouthfeel: Medium body brew with alcohol presence subdued. Carbonation could be higher (probably caused the smaller head and deficiency in retention).

Drinkability: High, more drinkable than most IPAs (likely do to it's lower ABV), bitterness doesn't get to you and the hoppiness doesn't kill your taste buds.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 ounce rather squat brown glass bottle. Unlike the other Tyranena beers that I have had, the Neck label is not generic in presentation, for it has a picture of an old woman on it, and no discernable date on it like the others. The main label lists the beer as ‘Bitter Woman IPA’ and has a picture of seriously pissed looking “vinegar tits” old woman. Lots of marketing blurb to the left of the label and a simpler explanation to the right “Bitter Woman IPA is our Wisconsin variation of an India Pale Ale. This beer is intensely bitter with a mighty hop flavor and aroma”. No listed strength.

Appearance: Slightly hazed orange-amber body with a ferocious off-white foamy head that leaves a dirty looking spider-web lacing on the Glass sides. Appearance settles to a gorgeous looking fruity beer with a lovely uniform head that is reinstated at regular intervals with a quick swirl of the beer. Below average conditioning.

Nose: My fourth Tyranena beer and this has by far the best nose of all of them. My California hop senses are positively tingling. Holy shit this smells extremely good. Liquid garden fresh hops sat in a nicely stewed toasted malt and alcohol body, with sprig of whole hops and some Hummulus Luppulus seasoning to boot.
Deeply Inhale, inhale, inhale……hop-tastic!!

Taste: Freshly squeezed hop juices sat in a medium thick but lightly toasted malt skeleton. Luscious fruity hops, fresh green cones, astringent middle, scrumptiously bitter ending that seems to linger forever. Wow, this is a ‘sit-up-and-take-note’ beer if ever I had one! A real eye opener for my first of the night that’s for sure. Beautiful. Sub 6% means that it steers away from being an oily glandular irritant. Nicely balanced, a decent strength, bags of hops, a shed full of bitterness and a nicely smoothed out “I’ll return for just one more pint” feel that invites excess. Very tasty and nicely assembled. I’m impressed.

Mouthfeel: This is a Session IPA that could rival the better IPA’s out there. Perfect feel, thick but not oily, rasping bitterness, fresh green hops and a balanced toasted malt profile. Lusciously fresh and fulfilling, with an organized hoppy profile and a feel much bigger than its strength.

Drinkability: Sinkable, Drinkable, Quaffable, Liquid Orange Hop Gold, a Hop Head Imbibers Dream……….can I say more. Damn this is good and mightily impressive for a 5.75% IPA.

Overall: An excellent IPA. Perfectly in tune and well-balanced to make it a great session IPA that I could (oh so very easily) overdose on.

Probably my favorite from Tyranena so far.
Bitter Woman, my arse. Nice one BigHuge!!

Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Best bitter with American citrus hoppiness. Not mouth puckering, though grapefruit citrus, nor outstanding flavour. Just a good interesting mouthplay. Hat off to feloniousmonk for sending the requested sample.
Three years later a bottle from solomon420.A great bitterness.

Photo of slushthelush
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this one out I had to notice the citrusy,cascade like smell. It had good carbonation with little head retention and lacing. I had to smell this one about 5 different times "I just love the smell"
The taste is awesome also. It might be perfect except it needs just a little more body and alcohol. I would definately buy this beer again ...and I do because I live in Wisconsin. The beer drinking capital of the U.S.A.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. squat bottle. Quite humorous blurb about Aunt Cal and her supposed fling with Mr. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. "We brewed our Bitter Woman IPA the way we imagine Aunt Cal may have been: very fruity and intensely bitter."

Poured a very attractive near-clear honey color with a huge amount of very, very fine yeasties that stay suspended in the beer. Very large and impressive layer of slightly off-white head does a great "I think I'll hang out for awhile" impression and left thick and soapy rings around the glass. Very nice.

Aromas are a tanker truck of grapefruit juice dumped on your head. Intense to say the least. Acidic, bitter, harsh, resinous...I love it. Flavor is more of the same, with an acidic grapefruit/citrus front, tart fruit middle, a dash of honey-caramel sweetness just before you get pounded in the face by another grapefruit. I did detect an unpleasant metallic flavor in the aftertaste, and it was so prominent that it knocked 0.5 off of the taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability. It just didn't sit well with me. Just a tad off but very close to being a real favorite for me.

Huge thanks to PhantomVoDoo for this and also to AKSmokedPorter for holding this for me.

Photo of Hopster
4.85/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time I ever tried this delicacy was at the "Dells On Tap" beerfest, in Wisconsin Dells. Right from the start I could tell that little six ounce glass was holding liquid gold.

The smell was, pardon the pun; "intoxicating", the taste was oh so bitter, and very refreshing. Like a potato chip can't have just one.

However I have also had this beer in the bottle and unfortunately, for whatever reason it just isn't the same.

Thankfully, I only live twelve miles from the brewery/tasting room:)

Photo of yankeeheel
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear champagne gold with a formidable dense wite head. Outstanding retention and alcing.

Smells quite hoppy and estery.

Wow. A very nice clean well balanced IPA. Starts of with some lightly sweet pale malt that ramps up to a dry middle. Then the hops just unload at the end. You are left with a very spicy citrusy burn. Finishes with a good oak character.

Mouthfeel is moderate with a hint of carbonation making itself known.

I'm sure the hop heads are all over this one.

Photo of grynder33
4.9/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My friends and I had this at a beer festival last year, I thought it was great but extremely hopped. My friends complained they couldn't get that taste out of their mouth the rest of the night. Over the course of the winter I became a shamelessly addicted hophead, and tried this again. Wonderful full hop grapefruit aroma amber orange color, rich full hop slightly sweet citrus taste,with the best aftertaste I have experienced in my beer drinking days. And surprise, my friends have jumped aboard my hop train and passionately crave this brew themselves. Currently my absolute favorite beverage, hard to find in stores because it sells so quickly, I can only imagine what kissing the Bitter Woman From Hell, what I assume Is Tyranena's Imperial IPA, but seldom available must be like.

Photo of Skidz
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Shines and gleems like polished brass with an light white head that fades to the sides leaving a light skim. Nice lacings all around.

Smells quite strongly of hops, very strong hops...wow. Fruity, mainly citrus pulls out alongside; grapefruit, lime and a dash of oranges. Thick and full feeling of hops, chewy if at all possible. Taste is still quite fruity, those citrus hues come out like a racehorse, but the strong bitterness wins this race as it slaps you across the face like a blind date gone wrong. Very refreshing, the tangy fruitiness meshes extremely well with the strong bitterness that makes you want to take another. Finish is well bittered with plenty of lingering hop flavors, just enough to make me never want to stop drinking this beer.

Nice body, good carbonation and built quite well. Easily consumed and enjoyable so.

EDIT (11/10/04): Updated review a bit and boosted score. This beer is probably my favorite of all WI IPA's, citric hop flavors are to die for, and so it's become a staple in my diet.

Photo of abents
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an golden amber color that is clear. Small white head with good lacing prevelant.

Smell: Very hoppy and citrus fruity. Slight sweetness detected as well.

Taste: Bam! the bitter hops hits your mouth right away followed by a cirtusy hops flavor that stands out above the rest. Slight malty sweetness there and then the bitter cleans it out and lingers in the mouth a long time.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Extremely bitter, but still satisfying. I could drink a whole lot of these!

Overall a great IPA a little lighter than what I usually perfer in an IPA, but still a great beer.

Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.