Bitter Woman From Hell Extra IPA
Tyranena Brewing Company

Bitter Woman From Hell Extra IPABitter Woman From Hell Extra IPA
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
American IPA
not listed
3.96 | pDev: 12.63%
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Bitter Woman From Hell Extra IPABitter Woman From Hell Extra IPA
Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed golden apricot color with about an inch of fluffy, lingering off white foam. Aroma and flavor are of pineapple, grapefruit pith, tangerines, sweet malt, and lightly toasted bread. At the very least this IPA is a notch better than medium bodied and amply carbonated. Glad I had the chance to try this one.

 380 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Wisconsin goodie I was able to try recently. I could not believe I had never had this one, so I needed to open it quickly to redeem myself. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/12/2008.

Very nice medium amber colored pour with a decent amount of cloudiness to it. A nice head of white reached up through the haze to a height of an inch and a half which hung around for a little while before settling back down into a small thin crown.

Nice rounded hop aroma here with nothing really crazy going on. Hints of pineapple and grapefruit, touch of sweet malts lying underneath. The flavor was more of the same, very sessionable, very nicely done IPA. Rich notes of hots coming through in the first sips, very fresh and bright with the grapefruit leading the way, this mellow to a light bready flavor and a hint of grain before diving right back in and bittering out on the final sips, drying the palate for what was to come. Obviously smooth and incredibly drinkable, this was definetely one of my favorite little IPA's I have had recently.

Overall I would love to have this one again. Went perfect with pizza tonight and not too heavy. A very solid beer here.

 1,202 characters

Photo of Buebie
2.7/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Update: 1/12/09 - Its been brought to my attention that this was brewed about two years prior to my consuming. So my review is biased based on this beers expiration.

Golden brown with a head that quickly vanished.
Little to no laceing.

Huge hoppy aroma, wiffs of Chinook and pungent centennial
Some sweet malty aroma as well, just a faint cry from the grain.
The smeel in this one is one of its only positive's.

Almost non-existant. Its bitter, but I usually like bitter. This is more of a sour, rotten cheese bitter, with chalky overtones.

club soda. Overlly carbonated

I loove IPA, and worship Furious. But this beer is awful. The wiff of malty sweetness I had early is non-existant in the taste. The mouthfeel is so overlly carbonated that it overlaps into the taste, along the lines of club soda meets pellett hops.
There is no balance, only overcarbonation, chalk, and hops.

I would not buy this one again. I bought it as a mix your own six pack with Tyranena's other brews, havnt tried them yet, but lets hope they are not this bad.

 1,156 characters

Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, very little retention, some lacing.

S: Pine, tangerine, toffee, grass & hints of biscuity malt.

T: Definitely more Pacific Northwest than midwest. Plenty of pine, grapefruit rind, amarillo-aspirin and a touch of tangerine. Plenty of hop flavour, with the malt to back it up (toffee & biscuity malt flavours). Assertive bitterness; alcohol is very subtle.

M: Slightly heavier than moderate body, moderate carbonation, well-attenuated with a dry finish, plenty of hop acidity.

D: It's big & bold, but it's good.

Personally, I prefer the cascade flavour in their regular bitter woman... but this is a really well-crafted brew.

 673 characters

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with thefatkid13.

A: The ale is a brilliant amber color, pale enough that it could be easily mistaken for orange. The ale had a large head, near two fingers, and laces nicely throughout the glass.

S: The nose is incredibly enticing, full of grapefruit and pine notes. They are thick and resiny, full of wet bitterness.

T: The IPA is nicely balanced between hops and malts. The caramel malts create a sweet character that provides a nice base on which to build the hops. Those hops are grapefruity, full of citrus notes that include some tangerine and orange rind. The flavors are vibrant without numbing the tastebuds. The finish of the ale, especially as it warms, is a strong citrus.

M: The hops are bold but not too bold, creating an even IPA that is solid from start to finish.

D: Another excellent showing from the Brewers Gone Wild! series. A good IPA that won't let you down.

 925 characters

Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Hogtownharry for this sample, bitter women from hell sounds familiar, I hope this is as good as the high Class broad though, I prefer those to the former...
Head would rise and mount, white in colour over a vlear golden body. Semi-clouded. Yum! A toasted malty aroma! Notes of citruis fruit (orange and the likes) but also hefty malt. Great smelling that's for sure! The flavour is awesome! Great texture/carbonation. A dryness that hooks the tongue in then offers up no shortage of long, lasting hops on the finish. Perfect level of roast to the malts, perfect blend to the hops. Simply great. Tyranena is fantastic. Hands down.
Bitter Women From Hell is welcome in my house. Anytime. Damn that's nice.

 713 characters

Photo of
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, light amber in color. Very large, creamy, light tan head.

Pine and grapefruit hit your nose first, followed by a good dose of honey/caramel. A bit of mint is floating around in there as well.

Bitter more than sweet, but very well balanced. Crackery in center, with a good amount of sweet caramel. Peppery at finish.

Medium + body. Medium carbonation. Dry.

A very tasty beer. Drank after the regular Bitter Woman, and while it is turned up a bit, difference is fairly small. Aroma is a little better, taste is sweeter and seems to have more balance, and the mouthfeel is a touch richer. The brewers didn't get that wild.

 662 characters

Photo of TheBungyo
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Flyingbison for this one.

Pours looks like maple syrup sitting in my glass. Tiny head. Tiny lacing too.

Nose mingles caramel, grapefruit, and toffee.

Taste is big on lemon and grapefruit with plenty of malt to offset it. Theres a fruitiness to it that is unique and not common in most IPA's. It reminds me of apple juice or maybe more aptly a slightly sour cider. It's very pleasing as you notice it just before the bitterness hits you in the finish. Well done.

Mouth just a shade below medium. It seems to work well.

I'd buy this again if it wasn't too expensive. If the price were just slightly high I'd probably look elsewhere even though this is a very good brew. Finding a satisfying IPA is pretty easy these days though.

 754 characters

Photo of malcontent
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange body, hazy in the center with clear edges. There ARE chunks of yeast floating throughout the glass. Just a little head to speak of. A bit of a goofy looking brew.

Heady, confident nose; orange peel, pepper, cedar. Interesting and appealing at once: good.

Piney hop taste with slightly bitter grapefruit (like eating the pith), smooth taste for a big beer although not that eventful either.

Mild oiliness although not a huge problem for such a highly hopped beer. Drinkability is high although if I weren't splitting this the hops would likely fry my palate for the night after more than one.

Thanks to kmpitz2 for sharing

 647 characters

Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle received in trade with BA DavidEddie:

Murky reddish-amber. Nice head of lacey foam. Hoppy nose of apricot, mango, and pine bark. Big mouth-puckering bitterness lingers to finish. An IPA and a half with notes of Juicyfruit gum, pine resin, and grapefruit. Big, brash, and bitter. The finish could be a little drier.

I like Tyranena and look forward to quaffing the Hop Whore.

 397 characters

Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Candy-licious orange syrup, sweet lime mist, and blood orange vinaigrette, with flowery resins and light caramel over wisping alder smoke. Dense. Crystal-clear ruddied orange tan, with golden fringe. Creamy top with sweet lacing. A mildly static first impression, then into sweeping hop symphonies and tart currents of resin and pine. A pungent mist of almond-like caramel toffee rises through the ashes of a thousand hops, oozing their sappy coatings on the tongue. Lots of pale spice in lime zest, coriander husks and light white pepper. A nice blend of differing hop characters. Luscious. Hops edge a little tart and metallic, but remain perfumy in the smack. Nice lemon character. A nice, rich deep-bodied hop blast.

 720 characters

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.78/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured golden brown with a slight half inch head that quickly disappeared.
Smell is piney hops. Not a whole lot going on in the nose.
Some light lacing going on around the entire glass.
Just like the Hop Whore that I drank last night, I was expecting a whole lot more beer/hops from these two. I love what Tyranena did with the Who's Your Daddy, but both of these being as old as they are the hop profile has diminished.
The taste is somewhat hoppy and astringent. Wish I had the chance to drink these fresh.
Still waiting for another batch of the Who's Your Daddy!

 571 characters

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahhhh....a prelude to the ever-so-great Bitter Woman IPA.

A-Nice orange amber color that seemed to glow in the light. Head was light and airy. I bit light on lacing for an IPA but nevertheless, decent.

S-Raw, full, fresh hops upfront. Doughy malt presence is there to ensure a nicely balanced beer that is not purely hops. Citrus is obvious element.

T-A great blend of bitterness and malt here. The sharpness of the hops are great but offset by the sweet malt presence which leaves you wanting more. A candy-like taste makes this stand out compared to many other ultra-dry IPAs out there. Alcohol warmth is there enough to be known, but not omnipresent.

M-I think this is a remarkably well made IPA that does a great job of excentuating the hops but bringing in the semi-big malt body. One thing that I really enjoy about this is the finish. It has all the aspects of a great IPA but with a little softer, sweeter end.

D-I must say that by the name of this beer and the verbage on the bottle, I expected a bigger hop shock, but it turned out the be a great drinking beer that I would love to try fresh and on tap. This beer went down quickly and I could easily see myself making this an all nighter. Great IPA from a great Brewery.

She may be a bitch, but I love that Bitter Woman!

 1,301 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you jpm30 for this tasty treat. Poured mahogoney brown with some head. Hop aroma. Its in the drink, like an ESB well malted, very drinkable smooth and satisfying. Not too American IPA bitter nor grapefruit. More herbal and spicyness, like white pepper. Had again a month laterand really noticed the large head.

 316 characters

Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Faro for bringing this one down to me on his beer road trip...much appreciated...

Small white head on the pour which reduced to a thin layer with randomly located large bubbles. Caramel colored body, clear but with chunks from where I dumped the yeast in. Looks good overall, but the head formation and retention is lacking.

Lots of floral and citrus hops pour out of this one. This hop combination hints at tropical fruits to some extent, but doesn't go too far in this regard. I'm not a fan of overly tropical IPAs. Caramel, crystal malts form a pretty solid base to the aroma as well. Good stuff so far...

Really interesting hop profile with this. It seems like nearly everything has been tossed in there...and while it tastes good overall it seems to lack focus. It starts out floral and somewhat sweet, citrus pith follows. Finishes out with grapefruit and some herbalness. Finish is bitter, but not over the top. Fairly balanced brew with the caramel and crystal malts again.

Good mouthfeel as well, medium bodied or so. Flavors coat the mouthwell and linger for a bit. Carbonation is a bit low though.

Drinkability is right up there with the rest of my scores for this beer. Nice hoppy, bitter beer that isn't really unbalanced. Easy to put down and something I'd drink again.

 1,308 characters

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Almost the color of a dull orangish rootbeer, the body is hazy and fairly inactive. Head was fizzy and peach tinted.

S: Orange, caramel, butterscotch and some pine.

T: Upfront a lot of caramel mixed with red fruit. Very sweet at the tip of the tongue. Moves towards some peach, apple and more caramel. Lots of fresh, raw dough flavors as well...sort of like a cinnamon roll. Bitterness comes on strong and sharp, like a knife. It doesn't necessarily linger for all that comes and goes quick. Finishes sweet, slightly cloying and slightly bitter.

M: Medium body, syrupy mouthfeel. Not bad.

D: Well, wasn't expecting this. Sort of tastes like it had been aged, I wonder when it was brewed. It certainly didn't taste "fresh".

 747 characters

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckEyeNation for this brew.

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden almost amber color, nice carbonation, tiny head, nice lacing though. The nose is of hops, malts, citrus, and slight caramel. The taste is hoppy, sweet, slightly malty, and a nice bitterness in the finish. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brewery, glad to have a chance to try them out.

 401 characters

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The Bitter Woman From Hell pours from the stubby 12oz bottle into my glass a deep copper orange with a half inch of small bubbled white head on top. Aromas of earthy, citric hops with some pine in there as well. A lightly bready, caramel malt background is there as well, but overall it's just not that cohesive. Just not drawin me in with the hop aroma unfortunately.

First sip brings a somewhat bready, lightly toasty caramel maltiness that's quickly followed by an earthy, piney, slightly citric hoppiness. The hops are actually more subdued that I would have expected and the mix of hops just doesn't do it for me. Flows down with a pretty brash bitterness that lingers on the back of the throat. Overall, an intersting IPA..but the earthy, dirty hops just fail to keep me interested.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a mellow carbonation. Has a pretty nice mouthfeel overall and goes down easily except for the big bitterness. Overall, I can't say I like this more than the regular Bitter Woman. The hop profile is just not as vibrant as it is in the former. I can't see myself going back for more here...I'll stick to Bitter Woman and Hop Whore!

 1,156 characters

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks to NFLMVP!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to pint glass. The liquid is a dark Orange with red high lights and good carbonation. The head is a big 2 fingers tan and rocky, It leaves some lace.

The smell is big time hopy bitterness, but an attempt at evening is somewhat detectable in a sweet malty note.

The taste is big grapefruit/piney hopy goodness, it fades of to what you think may be a too bitter hopy after taste but then the malt kicks in and BAM! Put a nipple on this baby because I don't want to put it down.

Mouthfeel is better then medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is great!. I could not put this down and wanted more. Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

 693 characters

Photo of orfeu
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to hoppymeal for including this "extra goodie" in the big box of beer he sent me in trade some time ago. Dated 16MAY06. Slightly vigorous pour into the nonic yields a somewhat hazy amber-bronze brew capped by a crater-pocked parchment-colored head. Zesty citrus and estery fruit aromas up front (apricot and pineapple, primarily). Wisps of alcohol vapor as well. Wow! This is incredibly bitter, with a very astringent under-ripe grapefruit pith hop flavor that barrels through the finish from mid-sip onward. The beginning is somewhat mellower, made up of a slightly boozy pineapple juice taste, spiked with pine essence. Sort of gin-and-juice like, I guess. Pretty impressive! I'm definitely someone who craves the extra hoppiness of double IPAs but doesn't really care for the syrupy thick malt structure of many hop bombs. "Extra IPA" is a good name for this beer, as they didn't exactly double everything (namely the malt). Medium body, juicy-dry mouthfeel with ever-so-slight alcohol burn. Man, if this was bottled in May and has remained this bitter, I can't imagine what this sucker tasted like fresh. That said, this is one DIPA that can withstand several months or more of cellaring. Rather good; very grateful for the opportunity to have tried it!

 1,269 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a frothy, initially three finger thick, light tan colored head, which even leaves a light layered lace pattern on the sides of the glass. The beer is a lightly hazy, amber tan color, through which bubbles, from a medium carbonation, slowly waft up from the bottom of my tulip glass. The aroma is purely hop driven; Notes of zesty orange, definite grapefruit, lychee, and even sweet tangerine form the citrus component, while a backdrop of herbaceous pine. The sticky hop notes are accentuated by the barely noticeable malt character, which leans towards caramelized notes and perhaps a touch of biscuit character. The malt helps to accentuate the hop aromatics, but is really only barely noticeable as a separate entity.

Quite a bit smoother up front than I was expecting, but the biting hops start to take hold by the middle and have a fairly solid grip by the finish. Not overly harsh, but this definitely has a hop astringency that is almost green. In combination with the bitterness, this forms a nice foil for the sweeter hop character notes. Citrus flavors abound, and are accentuated by a sweet (albeit a touch muddy, or is that green hop components) malt character that again plays a supporting role. Flavors of ruby-red grapefruit, lychee, and orange blossoms strike the tongue first before a solid hit of raw, green, grassy, herbaceous hop notes come through. Interestingly enough, despite the latter, the former linger on quite well into the long finish as well. As the beer warms it becomes a bit softer, the malt, while still completely subservient, helps to soften out the aggressive hop character. This is definitely a joyous celebration of hops, and I am certainly satisfying the hop-head side of my psyche right now.

 1,747 characters

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass chunky and hazy amber golden with an off-white, almost yellow, low persistent head which lasted enough to lace at the glass.

The aroma was citrusy, piney, grassy and resinous with hop presence and character. Behind that was a nice malt presence of caramel. The aroma was nicely fruity and interesting.

The flavor was bitter, yep, bitter, maybe not from hell, but you never know. Some diacetyl slickness was notable in the midst of all the hops invading the palate. The hop flavors were piney, grassy and cirtrusy. The citrus was grapefruit and even a bit of lemon. The malt just could not stand up to the hops, but was there trying to make it's presence known with some caramel flavor.

The finish was dry and bitter with most of the lasting portion into the aftertaste being comprised of hops and just a smidge of malt traveling along for the ride. The body was just above medium with a fairly low level of carbonation. A nice IPA with a strong bittering.

12 ounce bottle. Thanks afatty!

 1,030 characters

Photo of ppoitras
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" beige head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head holds on nicely, with plenty of hearty lacing. Aroma is creamy malt with light hops fruitiness. Flavor is kind of balanced for this to be BWFH's big sister, ample grains upfront countered with green hoppiness. Bitterness in the aftertaste does redeem itself slightly. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, especially for the style, and drinkability is good as well. Nice beer, just not the "extra" IPA that the label indicates.

 609 characters

Photo of trep
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle Thanks to mr. JeffKrenner

Clear golden honey body typical of IPA's, creamy off-white head. Not much carbonation rising, and no sediment. Head dissipates to leave but a thin ring around the glass. Aroma is a bit funky for an IPA, smells almost musty. However, there are some nice citrusy notes, but hardly any malt aroma.

Very aggressive bitterness, but also alot of citrus hop flavor. Pretty decent malt profile as well. Lots of orange and grapefruit with some peach flavor and caramel malts. Finishes with some fresh grape-like flavor. Reminds me of an incredibly bitter Dreadnaught. Not bad, not great. Just wish it had some more malt to balance it.

Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Not so easy to drink due to the massive bitterness, especially for a regular ole' IPA.

 805 characters

Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color smaller beige head due to slow pour to keep the yeasties out.

Aroma is nice citrus with good grapefruit riding on some toaasted malt. Not to complex but good.

Taste is all hops its big grapefruit bitterness some malt is noted under neath and adds some body and a little toffee sweetness, but not much else. Finish is lingering grapefruit rind bitterness.

Mouthfeel is about medium mostly all hops some lingering malt but hops don't have much body.

Drinkability is nice a bitter IPA with loads of hops. Thanks go to dirtylou for this sample.

 577 characters

Bitter Woman From Hell Extra IPA from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 73 ratings