Bitter Woman From Hell Extra IPA | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Bitter Woman From Hell Extra IPABitter Woman From Hell Extra IPA

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TastyTaste on 08-28-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 70
Reviews by grynder33:
Photo of grynder33
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

malt in aroma makes an appearance for a microsecond and then is quickly overwhelmed by a grain bag of amarillo and cascade hop. You home brewers know that addicting scent that you get from the bag just before you throw in your aroma hops,this is it. probaly the purest hop aroma I have smelled in a beer. Clear orange amber colored, An initial hint of malt and hop citrus is quickly smothered by delicious hop bitterness. The monster Magnum and Warrior hops are responsible for literally coating your tongue with a wrapping of bitter sensation. This is an IPA that will be sipped. So potent in the aftertaste,you might be able to handle only one a day.No balance here,its all about the hops,a hopheads dream. Problem is,I don't know if i ever will be satisfied with regular Bitter Woman once this is gone. Stunningly well done. All praise to Rob Larson for going to the hop limit,knowing it will offend half of even this community. Gutsy move to reject the first batch for not being bitter enough

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Photo of cokes
4.97/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Original, draught-only release...the BGW bottled version is different, and not quite as good.)

This is the leather-clad, whip-yielding roommate of the regular Bitter Woman. Not altogether different, but certainly more aggressive. If the Bitter Woman is one that you'd date on a frequent or daily basis. This is the lusty fling you try to hide.

She throws the door open. Tanned bronze. Heavily bleached blonde hair. With a slow rising exuberance expressed in sluggish bubbles.
She tosses you upon the floor and blows a pungent, resiny pot smoke Amarillo and Magnum cloud in your face.

It's time to begin.

She allows you to taste her now.
Her hop-augmented assets are bursting through the tight malt corset. Tattered toasted cloth does little to hide what's underneath. Strategically placed dry toffee and caramel biscuit are quickly torn aside. Same goes for the apricot g-string. It's all business now. This is what you paid for.
This is a dirty, bitter girl. Earthy in her hoppy come-ons. Sweet-talking piney with alluring smoky, resin filled eyes. She's hard-edged though. She's been burned, and she doesn't fool around. Her metallic razor blades chop lines of white powdered alum and roll herb into fat cigarettes. She is here to party. Her gin and tonic laced breath falls across your lips. The muscular, stream-lined body is yours for the moment. Curvy and full, yet slender, and probably more that you can handle, but you do all you can to satisfy. You are just lucky enough to be along for the ride. Your eyes roll back and you explode. This is too much...

It's morning now, and she is gone. You expected this, and it is for the best. Just a tingling body and a numbed mouth, and an empty growler trophy on the bed stand to show for the ordeal.
A long, hot shower does little to erase her from your mind.

Desire begins to seep in. You need more of this. And you need it now.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light golden with a large 2 finger fluffy white head that left globs of lace as it settled into a soapy-like top.Piney hop dominates the nose buts it not overpowering a noticable sweeter caramel malt base is there with a unique hard water/mineral elemant.The hops are not as big as one might think with namesake of this brew the piney flavors are there but there doesnt seem to be a spine to this beer the malt is to lacking and the hops are not big enough to hold their on in my mind.Some brews can hold up being uneven in the hop dept this one although not bad is not one of them.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

What a surprising beer. I expected to have my nostrils roasted like Jerry Stiller at the Friars Club. Instead I’m enjoying pleasant caramel and vanilla aromas. How on Earth is this 97 IBUs? I’m not implying that this somehow fails the style. It doesn’t. There’s plenty of pine and grapefruit to go around and I’m already burping juniper berries. Still, the balance is quite something.

I got an email from the brewer a while ago stating that this has 50% more dry hops than the regular BW and 29 more IBUs. He said it’s completely unbalanced. Well sorry Rob but you are completely wrong (in a good way). This beer is quite balanced. The malts are absolutely apparent in the flavor and nose. I almost think that hopheads will be under impressed by this. The finish is bitter as hell, especially as the beer warms to room temp but caramel is ever present. The effect of this balance for me is simply extreme drinkability. This IPA is nearly a double and I can just drink the hell out of it. It’s an excellent piece of work.

Now to appearances…BWFH pours a relatively attractive caramel-gold body with an expansive off white head. The crown is really spectacular for the style: thick, creamy, and lasting. Carbonation streaming is moderate but steady. As the head settles to a quarter inch, a sticky lacing forms pretty patchworks on the glass. As fine a looker as IPAs can be. If carbonation streams were more agressive, I would give it a 5.

My overall thoughts…Thank god I bought everything Riley’s had. I’m going to want to drink a lot of this. In fact, I’m going to Woodman’s tomorrow to buy some more. I’m really pleased with this beer and really proud that it’s made by a brewer just down the road.

Note: After drinking more than a couple, my tongue is getting a thrashing and the malt has suddenly disappeared. Now I get the name… Damn this is one awesome bitch!

Edit: 9-19-06 - I'm dropping this beer's smell and taste from 4.5 to 4 and it's drinkability from 5 to 4 because I gave this beer a biased rating the first time around and because Hop Whore is comparatively much better, yet I can't give it more than a 4.05 overall.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
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!

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Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dirtylou for this one...
Pours a honey amber with a half a finger of white head...almost all disappears within seconds. No lacing to be had with this one.
Sweet tea up front with a floral bouquet of hops in the nose.
The taste is fantastic...not a bombardment of any particular flavor, just a huge bitter hoppiness that is accompanied by a decent proportion of malt. Not one dimensional at all and a nice tangent on one of my favorite IPA's out there. Slight detection of the alcohol as it becomes warmer.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and average for the stlye...slightly high on the carbonation, but finishes very clean.
Hope to score more of this one soon...another solid offering from the folks at Tyranena.

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Photo of badbeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice amber color with a white head leaving excellent lacing. Nice smell of pine, citrus, biscuit and caramel. Nice smell, just doesn't shoot out of glass like I had hoped. Starts out with caramel but quickly pine and citrus take over. Pretty nice, but could be better. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Pretty good and would have it again, I just wouldn't go way out of my way for it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm light antique bronze body that is clear with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is an antique white head that is thick and last and last.

S- This beer has a big bitter green pungent hop flavor that has a hint of cat pee (in a good way) and notes of cat nip in the background. It smells very fresh and has some nice depth even though I can't really describe the flavors.

T- The pungent hop flavor really kicks you in the teeth with a faint pale malt flavor buried in the background. There is a soft bitter green hop flavor in the finish but after the finish the hop bitterness increases like some spicy hot peppers.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat or astringency in the finish.

D- This beer has great big hops that have nice original flavors and good complexity. I have tasted many AIPAs and this has some very nice originality and big flavors.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks nflmvp for this brew.
Pours a dark orange or light amber topped with a white full finger that melts to sticky lacing.
Aroma is pure citrus and piney hop, but not as intense as I expected.
Taste is first sweet amber malt that gets completely buried by a complex array of pine and citrus peel. Pine resin, orange peel, then grapefruit and finally bitter grapefruit peel.
While a DIPA will have a considerable sweetness from the malts to boost the ABV, this beer is like double the hops without an increase in malt sugar. Leaves your mouth with hop bittering aftertaste and drying an no sugar cloying.
For hop lovers everywhere
It may be just what you are looking for.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally picked up a 4-pack at Riley's here in Madison. Bring it on, baby.

Pours a golden-amber with a short off-white head that melts quickly to a scruffy skim. Nose singes with piney-citrus hop fire, with surprising undertones of vanilla-caramel. Taste launches an all-out hop assault on the tongue, citric acid chimes in with vanilla-malt making a feeble attempt to bring relief. Mouthfeel is medium and light enough to entice the drinker into more than one bottle. A hop-head's dream, yet still quite drinkable - I would drink several until I could no longer tell what I was drinking. A bitter woman indeed.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bought a 4pack at Riley's for 7.99 (later saw it for 6.99 at woodmans fyi)

appearance: poured into a chalice to get the full effect...pours a vibrant and full amber, very light beige head and only slight lacing left behind around the rim...a rather nice looking ipa

smell: very pungent hop aroma, juicy grapefruit-citrus, light apricot, pine resin, sweet caramel...not really as overpowering as expected but very well hopped

taste: flavours surely indicate a hop monster...very pungent and juicy, sugar covered ruby red grapefruit, citrus hops, a touch of fresh apricot...very strong hop bitterness, but not too much for my tongue...pungent pine presence, sweet caramel backbone...Another solid installment in the "Brewers Gone Wild" series...can't wait for the barleywine later this summer

mouthfeel: tongue numbing hop bite, stong bitterness

drinkability: enjoyable but the bitterness factor puts the limit at about 2 of these suckers

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of shbobdb
2.77/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was very excited to try this brew. I mean, I've heard people rant and rave about it.

What a neutral beer! I was expecting the hop-bomb to end all hop-bombs and this ain't it. My major problem with this beer, I suppose, is the lack of end-boil hops. I mean, take a whiff . . . you got nothin'. Taste it. Sure, it is bitter enough, but it lacks finishing hops to make me think: WOW this is HOPPY.

Instead I just think, "Eh, bitter."

A major letdown. And I paid what? I coulda gotten 1.5 NG Unplugged for that. I guess this just re-affirms Tyranena's place as a second-rate Wisco brewery.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of ClearDog
4.57/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance -- Lucid orange color. There are several columns of very small bubbles rising to the surface of the beer. One finger of velvety, white head.

Smell -- Rich, wet, citrusy hops. Just excellent for fans of the hop.

Taste -- Very hoppy. More citrusy than piney. Sweet malt backbone, but not too overwhelming. The malt really helps to showcase the hops. Tastes like fresh Bitter Woman but better.

Mouthfeel -- Medium . . . not too thin and not too heavy. Just right. One could easily throw back several bottles and not feel full.

Drinkability -- Very high. I absolutely love BWFH and am very happy I was able to purchase a case of it! I hope Tyranena brews this beer more frequently. This one is a winner!

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Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a low, light tan colored head that soon recedes. The beer itself is a slightly aged copper in color.

smell: Huge, green hop aromas upfront with notes of fresh, bursting hop cones and steeped hop matter. A moderate caramel note from the malt gives a light sweetness. Smells great.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a lighter medium, and the body medium.

taste: The hops dominate this one...big, juicy flavors of boiled PacNW hop pulp with a considerably evergreen character. Hop tea with some malt sweetness, if you will. There's just a touch of caramelly malt sweetness to counteract the hops. After the swallow, the flavor soon becomes that of only hops with a considerable bitterness then taking over, lingering until it is the only thing left standing. No balance here, and I like it.

drinkability: quite easy, I must say, though slightly limited by the huge bitterness. A little more malt, and some 5's would come into play.

one of two bottles given to me by dirtylou, smuggled back from Wisconsin

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The head poured out a big beautiful head that had a light copper color the same as the color of the beer. I see sediment in the beer floating around. It left a lacing as it fell.

Smell is like a lager yeast strain, but with a great bitter hoppiness.

Taste is slightly flowery before a big hit of bitter hops. It's not complex, but it is very enjoyable and full of flavor.

Mouthfeel is good, smooth, and crisp.

Overall very good, I enjoyed this and would like another.

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Photo of carln26
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Realale for bringing this bottle back from Wisconsin. Dark copper color, reasonably clear and topped by a chunky off white head. There is a lot particulate settling in the beer as I take a look. The nose is dominated by citrus. Lots of grapefruit followed by some mandarin orange (simcoe in this beer?). There is just a little bit of light caramel on the finish. The flavor has a real punch in the mouth of citrus, a balance of mandarin and grapefruit. It’s offset well by some light caramel. The bitterness really lingers in this beer. It lasts long after I finish the drink. It finishes almost peppery. The mouth feel is slick, and a little astringent. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.78/5  rDev -29.4%
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!

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Photo of mntlover
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Bitter Woman From Hell Extra IPA from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 73 ratings