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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

699 Ratings
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Ratings: 699
Reviews: 396
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.43%
Wants: 33
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 blitheringidiot
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Label Lingo and bottle babble: BA brownie points for the label. Freshness cryptic stamp “Mar 04 0004826” uhhh…wuheet? Includes a story about the character on the label as a local spinstress.

Golden amber hues with plenty of champagne bubbles rising up under a scattering thin spumescent craggy off white head cap.

Bright orange juicy spicey grassy hops scents. Delicios aromatic characters. Nearly DFH 90 minute.

First Swigs: Pine sappy spicey hops with a lingering impressive hops aftertaste. Malts get kicked to the curb. Some Pex candy powdery notes in the aftertaste nodding towards delicate malts letting hops barge through. Honey tea and grapefruit peel.

Crisp sizzle and welcomed harsh acidic bite on the tongue. These could be a serious session in a heartbeat.

Last Swigs: Orange and grapefruit soft blend. Reminds me of Avery IPA. Not an assault on the enamel, mind you, but a great IPA interpretation. Thanks to BA Buckeyenation for the trade. This is a find that I could go for. A bridge betwixt 60 and 90 minute DFH. Too bad it isn’t local.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.8/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the second or third one I've had from my 6 pack I grabbed in Wisconsin over the Thanksgiving Holiday. The beer pours a hazy orange color with minimal head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is beautiful. A beautiful dance between sweet caramel malts and even sweeter grapefruity hop. I love it. The flavor is equally as well balanced. There is a ton of hop flavor, but not a lot of bitterness to linger and the caramel actually comes through secondarily after swallowing the beer. The feel is just where I want it. Nicely creamy feel to it and good thickness. Damn nice beer. Drinkability is top of its class. I could sit and drink this beer all day long.

Photo of Morris729
4.69/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange-copper color with a sticky white head that leaves spiders webs of lace across the sides of the glass as it recedes. Nose is quite zesty and fruity with notes of fresh citrus and pine oil—quite “sniffable.” A solid malt-backbone supports the strong bitterness with flavors of grapefruit rind, orange pith, fresh lemon, and raw hop leaf oils and tannins. The bitter hop resins remain in a lasting aftertaste that lingers until the next sip. A truly marvelous IPA—one of the finest I’ve had the pleasure to drink. Thanks to bditty187 for the sample!

Photo of bditty187
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, coppery-bronze in hue with a tawny-amber highlight; not much animation was noticed in the liquid. The head was off-white in color, at the apex the foam was about a finger in height and then it faded, quickly, to a thin cap before turning soapy. This soapy residue lasted the entire consumption. Subsequent lacing was unorganized and webby. It is an attractive looking beer. The nose is bright with a caveat though. Sure, there is a blast of pine, grapefruit flesh, wild flowers, and lemon juice. Lovely. These aromas are vivid but beneath are a grimy, cheesy, earthy smells that are, surprisingly, very lovely! I really like how the hops counteract each other in the nose. I found hints of honey, caramel malts, fruits like pears and peaches, and oily leaves. I don’t like cheesy hops by themselves but I do like the depth they add to this IPA. The potency is modest but the bouquet is still inviting. The palate is everything the nose said it was. I’m surprised really; I didn’t think the earthy-cheese would play so loudly or so well with my tastes. However the citrus zest and grapefruit flesh is a tickle louder, which is a good thing with me. Bitterness is moderate for an IPA, sure it is bitter but it doesn’t rip your face off. Which can be a good thing. The malt is secondary but it is a noisy minority, it offers some sweetness and hints of toffee. Random flavors like peaches, wild flowers, honey, grass, and crackers all find a brief home on my tongue. By the aftertaste the cheese is thick, smoky like Gouda. For some reason I’m digging it. This is a very good IPA; it is unique in some regards and not overly alcoholic either. I could really sit back and quaff a good number of these dandies, especially if I have a plate of cheeses, some apples, and a good steak. Medium in body, moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is good but ordinary. Damn this beer is very drinkable, between beer trades and my hophead girlfriend I only had one bottle to try from the six-pack I purchased in Milwaukee, WI. I’m glad I was able to enjoy it. While it might not be any better than the many other great IPAs it does have enough distinctiveness that will make it memorable for me. I do want more. Recommended.

Photo of meathookjones
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out clear amber with a half-inch of foamy white head atop the body. As the head collapses down good lacing was left to decorate the glass. Big hoppy nose is full of strong citric notes along with floral and piney scents. Not much malt to smell here. The taste starts off with a big grapefruit bitter bite that is plenty kicking. A brief moment of malt sweetness comes through to soothe the bitterness before it picks up again. Aftertaste has a lingering light hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is prickly with hop bitterness that coats the tongue and about a medium body to it. Very drinkable stuff here it is quite hoppy while not going overboard. Something I would make a regular if it were available around here but alas its not. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for the chance to try this.

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

Clear, golden-copper body, lots of sparkly, and a fluffy, light-khaki head. Good lacing.
Nose-wise, big citrusy hops all over the place! Two-tone juicy grapefruit and white pine needle infused sugar/fruit malt. Excellent.
Grapefruit hops explode right out of the gates and sting my tongue. Good carbonation. The sharp, acidic grapefruit backs off and lets some mildly-fruity and toffee flavors come in. Big time bitterness kicks in at the same time though providing balance and then some. Finish is bitter (like the old woman on the bottle) and deliciously appetizing.

Photo of redmosquito
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden to copper color with very little head, and some lacing. Nice hop aroma, citrusy and floral, some malt and then a little diacetyl. Monster bitterness up front, there is a little maltiness, and some hop flavor, but the bitterness is on top of this beer. It has some body to it as well which helps balance the hops, and I think this is a good choice for any hophead out there.

Photo of freed
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clean and golden body with a thin but bright white head. Stately even.

The aroma is of sweet and slightly noble hops and fresh malt. Delicate and delicious.

The taste seems to be a deliberate and well planned combination of the same fresh, sweet malt flavors and a gentle hop bitterness. The overall presentation is of an excellent loner beer. Its quite drinkable though, so it would be difficult to turn another down.

Thanks to weefisheads on this.

Photo of aracauna
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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
3.87/5  rDev +0.5%
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
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
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
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
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
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
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
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
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
4.94/5  rDev +28.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7%
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
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
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!!

Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 699 ratings.