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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: 671
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:
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(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 10-22-2002)
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Photo of Hopster
4.85/5  rDev +25.6%
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:)

Hopster, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of yankeeheel
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

yankeeheel, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of grynder33
4.9/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

grynder33, Apr 01, 2004
Photo of Skidz
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Skidz, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of abents
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

abents, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hyper clear golden/light amber color. Small white head disappears quickly leaving minor lace on the side of the pint.
Aroma has pine-like hops with some grapefruit and bubblegum upfront with some sweet malt in the background.
Flavor is interesting mix of sweet and piney bitterness with some citrus grapefruit and caramel fighting it out for space in the back of the bus.
Mouthfeel is medium and and as a brief spicy hit on the palate but dominated by citrus sweetness and pine bitter.
Drinkability is ultimately high. This beer is highly quenching and bet you can't have just one.
God bless the Bitter Women.

CRJMellor, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle, twist off cap, no date.

This IPA poured a very slightly hazy, orange-amber color with creamy, off-white foam that settled but coated the inside of the glass. There was good bubbling from the bottom of the glass. The smell was fruity hops with some malt to back it up, but the hop aroma was very nice. The taste was dominated by fruity and bitter hops with a mild sweetness to back up the hops. There were notes of citrus and a hint of floral hops as well. The mouthfeel was smooth and tangy and hoppy with medium body and good carbonation. There was a mild and pleasing lingering hoppy flavor. This was a very good IPA.

Thanks to feloniousmonk.

UncleJimbo, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, after recently trying the Masala Mama, which is the number 1 ranked single IPA on BA, I now get the chance to sample #2, and see how they compare. With the "Mama" still on my mind, I popped the twist-off cap and poured this brew into my stone brewing co. shaker pint. The colour of this brew, was a slightly hazy peach/orange colour with a meringue like head of whipped, white foam. The aromas jumped out of the glass and consisted of fresh piney/citric hops, various fruits, a malty sweetness, and more! The taste was excellent and consisted of those same hops (I wonder what varieties are used?) up front, some jucy berry-like, grapefruit flavors in the middle, and a sweet maltiness that is shattered by a bitter burst of hops in the long, lingering, finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and perfect for a brew like this. As for the drinkability...simply awesome. I could drain these all night. Another great "session IPA" from the mid-west!

francisweizen, Feb 20, 2004
Photo of ADR
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orangey appearance, solid 1/4 inch head of very creamy texture. Thin spidery lacing qualities. Aroma is sort of subdued but what gets through is slicingly hoppy, like a perfume of essence of grapefruit. Flavor follows closely, juicy and acidic hops of a very fresh quality. Maybe a little unbalanced, the malt is shortbread and gives some bare substance but is a little overwhelmed. Similar to a lighter bodied SN Celebration Ale, tasty but perhaps not as creamy as, well, a cask pour of Town Hall Masala Mama...but that's a tough standard to match in a bottle.

ADR, Nov 20, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, bright, perfectly orange color, with a fresh and frisky layer of bone-white foam.
Aroma: Ooooo! Bold, bright, sharp, spikey, piney, grapefruity, exploding with citric emanations of every kind (add lemon, peach, pineapple!), vibrant and vivacious. This is the true ticket for every true lover of humulus lupus! Wow!
My kind of hoppiness, bristling with fruit and pine-resin.
Taste: BAM! WOW! Like biting into a grapefruit, but one made out of beer! Mouth-filling, with a full, sticky, resilient texture, long, tasty finish, never, ever giving any intention of quitting the mouth!
Bitter, yes, but lip-smackingly delicious! Fresh flavor bursts forth and floods through every gulp and swallow. A brew that just won't slow down.
Holey schamoley! Dammity, damn, damn! Wonderfully balance, too, the malt is adequate buttress, though the hops are running this show. You might put out your cup and beg for more malt, please, but you don't really want that, do you, because then this wouldn't be, you know, this ...THIS!
One of the most unique and outstanding IPAs I've ever come across!

feloniousmonk, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of lampkins
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While the name of this wonderful brew is Bitter Woman I personally think that it should be called pleasant woman for this is an IPA that is like few others.

The label artowrk boasts an eldery smug woman circa 1800's, but do not let this ward you off.

The pour of the beer creats a silly smooth, albeit, small head. The smell, as one would expect, is "hoppy." I know that this is not the most technical name for the smell, those familiar with the IPA style know what I mean. While there was a "hoppy" smell to the brew, unlike other beers it wasn't over powered by it. After the beer warmed a bit it reminded me of an american pale ale.

This beer was higly drinkable and a welcome break from all of the "extreme" beers that have currently flooded the market.

lampkins, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden copper in color. Off-white head that stuck around and left lace.
Bold citrus hop aroma with some floral and malt notes mixed in.

Big citrus hop flavor. A bit floral as well. Nice toasty, biscuity, caramel malt backbone that falls short of balancing this one. This one is about the hops. Plenty of bitterness to go around.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

A good, tastey, hoppy IPA that I'm told is now bottled year round. Took some much appreciated help from friends and some good people in WI to bring me this one as it's currently not distributed outside WI.

PhantomVodoo, Oct 18, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Woman is a medium-to-dark golden color, with a slight touch of haze. The just-off-white head is a creamy, fine, thin layer of beads, and lasts quite well. Lacing sticks to the glass very well. Nose is a fruity/hoppy combo, but could be a bit stronger. Body was more than medium, and the bier passed quite pleasantly over the tongue. Almost rates a 4.5 here, but not quite. A bit of underlying toasty malt greets the palate. Following the malt is a welcome fruity, hop flavor. Had sort of a peary/apple lean to it, and it lingers well. Has a smooth finish, with no trace of bitterness. Yet another good taste of the midwest from jeffboo! Vielen Dank, und Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


Bierman9, Sep 11, 2003
Photo of marc77
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden copper hue. Thick, massed ivory white head is nearly static in its persistence. Belgian lace remains. The aroma is a melange of freshly squeezed clementine whimsically sprinkled with lemon zest and pine needle. Medium lovibond caramel malt adds a rounding, mildly toffeeish contrast. Hoppy indeed, but relatively soft and welcoming aromawise. In flavor, incipient bready basemalt sweetness is tapered abruptly by assertive, yet integrated and inobtrusive hop bitterness. Dilatory hop flavor augments and surfaces in earnest mid palate, and is akin to slightly underripe tangerine juice tinged with bitter lemon. Malt character of a simple caramel and biscuit combination emerges late, lending an understated candied citrus peel suggestion. Gently dextrinous and smooth in mouthfeel, which helps lends girth to the malt backbone. Finishes cleanly bitter, with a snap of citrus pith yielding to fading hints of toasted malt. A hop driven, but well balanced IPA rich in "juicy" citrus hop flavor, but with moderate hop bitterness. Extremely clean, and potentially unparalleled in drinkability, but I would need at least another couple bottles to confirm. Donations for replicate sampling sent to me in Kansas are welcome. Big thanks to Feloniousmonk for the delivery of this fine brew. I can only imagine what this would be like on tap or cask.

marc77, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of jeffboo
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New 2003 edition and is now a year round offering.

Shiny orange/gold in color with a smaller, creamy head. Big chewy hop aroma here. Lots of citrus,pine, cedar, and fresh hop resins. A beer that is easy to just smell for a while. But drinking it is also on the agenda so...a very drinkable medium bodied brew with lots of complex hop flavors enclosed in a solid malt backbone. Hop flavors run lemon/lime and finishes dry and bitter- in a good mouth coating way with some toasty malt dragged along. The hop finish stays very long and is lemon rind-like. It is nicely balanced and very quaffable.

jeffboo, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.58/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark honeyish chill haze yellowish/amber with an inch tall yellowish creamy colored fluffy head that takes a while to finely settle to a fine skim thats always present and leaves super sticky strings of lace.

Smell is an incredibly nice and straight up piney resin, touching on some grapefruit and a nice caramel toasted background. Amarillo hops have grabbed across most of its helm and keeps a nice pungent freshness.

Super smooth caramel toasty front that doesn't last cuz thats where the hops come floodin' in with very mild easy pine riddin' hops, resin filled, fresh, dried and sweet, amarillo abounds this batch of lovely easy handled hops that have a super crazy smoothness and bittering sourness with a touch of grapefruit rinds; one hell of a very smooth bitterness. Wow. SmoOOoth. Emphasis on the second and third "o".

Solid feel throughout, smooth and nearly full from first sip to last and the finish makes for one fanatastic little gem of hop rendered sourness kissing on the lips with a grapefruit rinds and lime-like sourness. This stuff goes down so easy and smooth its quite amazing. No, its not quite a monster, but the overall smooth and easyness of this IPA puts it right up there with some of the top notchers. Super drinkable and enjoyable to the fullest.

Big thanks to jeffboo for the supply of bottles!

tavernjef, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of Winter
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear copper with a light tan head. Tantalizing aroma consists of pine, citrus and fruity pineapple. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Stinging hop bitterness pierces the tongue initially. Hop loaded front end. Flavor really seems to emerge more toward the back as the initial bitter shock to the taste buds subsides a little. Then flavors rush in from all directions. Hop bitterness, sour pineapple, all exist over a light malt backbone. This IPA really emphasizes the bitterness of the hop.

But rather than featuring the malt/hop relationship that a lot of IPAs have, Bitter Woman plays off the fruitiness of the ale to balance the aggressive hoppiness. Almost a ying-yang of the sweet-sour thing going on. The beer gets smoother as it warms and the carbonation has a chance to seep out. An excellent IPA.

Winter, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of Jon
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear orange/copper color with a bubbly, white head that retains beautifully. Rings of lace permeate the pint glass. Nose is like walking into a pine forest and a citrus grove simultaneously. Very aromatic, resinous hops make their presence known. The taste is an awesome balance between fruity, citric, bitter hops and a sturdy caramel malt backbone. Very nicely done, and not overly syrupy like some IPAs that have more than their fair share of hops. This brew fills the mouth with a variety of complex flavors and is appropriately carbonated. Hop burps abound long after drinking. Immensely drinkable, an excellent ale. Would work wonderfully as a session ale. I just wish this was readily available in my area.

Jon, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of inebrius
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

O the analogies my guttered mind conjures when tasting a bitter woman. Pours a hazy wafer capped peach jutting branches of wiry fine lace. Nose of tinned shortbread cookies opened under a fresh xmas tree. Pine makes its way onto the buds in maramalade on toast fashion for a superbly balanced brew that rivals the best of them. Creamy and painfully(in an I've only got one sort of way) drinkable. Like chewing sugared Kumquats while accepting the Pulitzer.

Thanks Ryan, for the best from WI!

inebrius, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy copper brew. Topped with a thin and somewhat bubbly tan head. The aroma is pungent, citric and oily. And strong. Excellent. This beer is all about the hops, although the malt backing is definitely sufficient. The malt characteristic is mostly toffee like. I must love Amarillo hops cuz I love this beer. They are like orange peel. They are oily. They are pungent and resin-like. That specific taste quality reminds me of the sweet resin-like smell of cannabis. The body of this beer is damn near full. Mouthfeel creamy and easy. What a nice IPA. Tyranena is a damn fine brewery.

Thanks a ton to cokes for the great West Coast, I mean Wisconsin IPA.

Bighuge, Jan 07, 2003
Photo of cokes
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serves out a deep-golden/amber glass with a milky head that stays around the duration. It leaves a milkshake-like trail down the sides of the glass.
Nose-tingling IPA aroma of pine forest, citric hops with floral hues. Toasty carmel underbelly. Absolutely wonderful. Likely the best smelling beer I've encountered.
The aroma gives a pretty good preview of the taste. Good hop bitterness. Juicy Grapefruit, with ample floral, pine, metallic and slightly grassy notes. You can tell that amarillos were used. A longitudinal survey of hopping. Delicious amounts unripened fruit, primarily passion fruit and pineapple. Malt is distantly secondary, but not forgotten. Sugar cookies and toasted caramel backing provide a sturdy (and fucking tasty!) foundation. A deluge of lime- and grapefruit- peel hops completes things.
Just divine.
Creamy and smooth in the mouth. Goes down faster than it should. Stay out a little too long while consuming these, and find out the meaning of the name.
Place this one in my upper tier of IPA's. Not as huge as some, but it doesn't need to be. Orgasmic session brew.

Update 3/25/03: Broke out one of my few remaining bottles to see if I still like it as much as I remember. I do. Though it shines slighter brighter on tap.
An all time favorite, IPA or otherwise.

cokes, Oct 22, 2002
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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 671 ratings.