Hop Whore | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Hop WhoreHop Whore

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by murrayswine on 09-15-2006

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brown in color with an inch of densely packed and creamy light beige head. The aroma is of heavy pine to citrus hops and bready light malt. I'm tasting a nice wallop of grassy to piney and lightly citrus hops and crackery light malt. The mouth is very resinous, thick, and chewy.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour looks sexy as it comes in an orange and peach color, head foams up to about 1/3" and then the hop oils jettison that shit up and out. Aroma mixed some wet hop like green notes with a humid hangover.

Taste dropped lots of bittering hops, the malt bill is substantial without going into excessive roast or caramel like qualities. Alcohol stands down, hops stand up, nothing exotic, just a big medley here. Price is right too.

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Photo of SSS
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark orange, almost brown in colour, an off white head disappeared quickly
S-Some fruit character, but mostly light alcohol and a subtle sweetness
M-I quite enjoyed the medium to light body of this beer with a smooth carbonation
T-Very sweet upfront and as an after taste. The bitterness only comes in way at the end
O-This is a drinkable beer, too sweet for my liking, needs a little more bitterness to balance things out.

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Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Kegatron for the hookup on this. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip appears a clear burnt copper color with white head that fades.

This smells fruity and herbal with hops with some caramel maltiness providing contrasting sweetness. Slight solvent alcohol becomes increasingly noticeable as it warms.

The taste is bitter and burnt with abrupt bitterness almost resinous with hop flavors that are piney before solvent alcohol takes over.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. A very bitter, resinous brews that almost feels burnt or smoked at times but not quite.

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Photo of mschrei
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into wine goblet. Dark brown with minimal lasting foam. Nothing but malt and booze on this one, but not a bitter aftertaste. Reminds me of DFH 120 or Devil Dancer, but not as thick. Enjoyable, but not as good as Tyranena's Balling the Queen, the other one I had from their Brewers Gone Wild series.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light tan head, moderate, with a clear orange, brown body.

S - Primarily floral hop notes, a touch of lemon, and a strong malty core.

T - Follow the nose, with a honey hint, with a strong bitter kick in the close.

M - Crunchy and full, but only mild drying.

O - I suspect a slightly older bottle, but still a pleasant hoppy brew.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a vibrant, amber color with a a beautiful mound of sudsy, off-white foam. Fluffly patches of lacing adorn the glass as the head recedes. Sweet aroma smells of bready malt, peaches, pineapple, and pine resin. Hints of alcohol are also present in the nose.

The taste is a balanced blend of sweet, biscuity malt and tropical fruit. The hop bitterness is very muted, which leads me to believe this may have exceeded its optimum shelf life. That’s no great loss to me though since I’m not a hop maven to begin with. The mouthfeel is somewhat conflicted--tingly up front, but flat through the middle before resuscitating a bit on the back end. The medium body is appropriate, lending substance without diminishing drinkability.

Overall, this a is a gorgeous looking IPA that doesn’t clobber you with bitterness. If the mouthfeel was a little tighter, I would really be enjoying this. I’m not sure this bottle was putting its best foot forward, but it was still good regardless.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish-caramel color with a small, and not enduring, white head.
Smell is a good blend of malt, caramel, hops, and wood.
Taste is better still with malt slightly eclipsed by the fruity/herbal hops and caramel malt playing backup. Well done avoiding the hop bomb while still hitting the double.
Medium bodied, medium effervescence. Nicely drying from the middle on through the reasonably clean finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep copper with a lasting head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin, floral notes, perfume and some citric/tropical fruits. Caramel comes through.

The taste is of pine/resin with some citric fruits. It has a firm caramel backing.

Chewy and full-bodied but not thick.

This is an enjoyable, hoppy, but balanced, DIPA!

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Photo of beatenbyjacks
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

This one just wasn't as balanced as many DIPAs I have had. Seemed to me to be too malt forward for my liking. Lots of hops for sure, but just too much malt. Would drink again though as their Brewers Gone Wild series is awesome.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a tulip glass

L - It is reddish orange in color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped off with three inches of beige head that sticks around for awhile and leaves nice lacing.

S - I smell floral hops and caramel malt indicative of an old IPA.

T - Caramel malt is the first thing that comes through. Then some bitterness rushes in to cleanse the sweetness from my palate. It tastes old.

M - Medium

O - I hate buying singles of IPA's. I need to stop. I have been burned too many times. It tastes more like an American barelywine at this point.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.8/5  rDev -29.8%

From notes on 8/2/2014

Had this last year and wasn't impressed. Decided to give it another chance. Slightly better, but still not great. Little more flavor than I remember. Still not sure why it is so highly rated. --- Nice golden brown color with a foamy white head. Little disappointed that the bottle has a screw top. Not much of a smell at all. All I really taste us a light bitter flavor. Definitely had better, but it isn't bad.

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Photo of cjnuxoll
1.8/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am rating this beer in comparison to other Imperial IPAs, which I would have to say this is not. I think this beer has more in common with a barleywine style like Lagunita's Brown Shugga, as opposed to an Imperial IPA. The name is misleading; it has almost no hoppyness to it whatsoever.

Being in California, we do not get Tyranena out here, and I ordered it from a company in Illinois. I am used to West Coast styles of IPA such as Stone Enjoy By, Russian River's Pliny the Elder and Firestone's Union/Double Jack. Those beers are more traditional IPA with a strong hoppy flavor, bite, and substance. Those beers pour with an orangish hue and have a impressive and powerful aroma.

Imperial IPAs kick it up a notch and typically pour browner than regular IPA. They keep the hop flavoring, but lose some of the aroma.

Hop Whore is neither of these descriptions. It pours brown, like a barleywine style. It has a sweet and strong molasses odor, and tastes like sorghum and yeast. I don't get any hoppyness from this at all, which really makes me question the name. If this were described as a barleywine, it would be more appropriate, but lacks the oomph to compete with beers on that level. This beer is really a conundrum to me as I don't know how to classify it, but it is a terrible Imperial IPA.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is amber in color and poured a frothy two finger head.

Immediate bombardment of hops, slight citrus, but mostly hops.

Juicy, citrusy, bitter hops!

Mouthfeel is all hops, bitter and well carbonated.

Overall, this sure lives up to its name.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hop Whore pours a reddish color with a small but lacing head. There is a very harsh earthy aroma; some harsh hop. The taste has a large harsh hop flavor, strong earthy flavors. Strong flavors, good body, a bit harsh, but surprising drinkable. Overall its good but not my favorite.

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Photo of RuEXP1
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a nice dark amber color to it. medium/light bubbles forming inside the glass. Very minimal/almost no head formed. What did form was off-white. Has a bit of yeast sediment floating around, nice. Decent lacing.

S - The smell of this beer, to me, is very inviting. Considering this is a 'hop heavy' ale, the smell wouldn't tip you off to this. It has a sweet caramel smell to it.

T - The hops come through more when tasting. For a beverage called Hop Whore, you would expect it to be a bit more overwhelming with the hops. Not saying it's a bad thing, just noting... The sweetness that comes through while smelling is a nice counter part to the hops, which may be why it seems toned down a bit. Does not taste like it is high in alcohol content.

M- Creamy, but not thick. Nice tingle on the sides of the mouth if you let it sit in your mouth. Carbonation is good. Not overwhelming, but not lacking.

O - This is the first beer I have tried from this brewery. A gentleman was nice enough to let me sample all their beers before making a selection, and this one fit my style the most. Sitting down to really pick it apart still leaves me impressed. I will certainly go back to try their other beers.

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Photo of bigaltemple
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper color. One finger, off-white head is gone fairly quickly. Gentle swirl creates a flimsy cap that provides some decent lacing.

Not knowing a bottle date, this comes across really balanced. Actually get more of a sweet caramel malt sense before any hops kick in. Hops that do show up are floral, with a slight citrus leaning.

Taste matches the nose almost note for note. Great balance. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

Decent enough. Won't be obsessed with seeking out again, but would drink again if aware of bottling date.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.39/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Side Door Grill. Excellent. Gotta raise my original score from 10/2013 (which was "4.25") to 4.39

I mean, superb.

Significantly better than the Todd the Axeman I had just before it, which was probably a 4.10

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Photo of drpimento
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served a little too cold with a huge, cream-colored, thick, foamy,frothy, billowy head and loads of lace. Color is a clear deep copper amber. Aroma is mild for me, but my snooter doesn't work so well. What I could whiff was hop and malt. Flavor's like nose but with giant hop that has enough malt to compliment and excellent carbonic tang. Even though it's too cold body/carboantion are perfect. Finish is like flavor, taperes slow and is so drinkable.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 7/31/13.

Appearance: Dark caramel and translucent except for the unholy amount of sediment. Poured a one finger off-white head which has quickly dissipated leaving lacing.

Aroma: Dank hops sit below a somewhat sweet and fruity character.

Taste: Starts with a dank hop character (similar to the kind that accompanies an old IPA but with a little more life to it) that evolves into a light earthy flavor that has a bit of orange to it. The bitterness isn't all that harsh here which suits the beers overall flavor well because it balances nicely with the malt. There is a slight candy sweetness on the back end that is an interesting pairing to the nice heat from the moderate 7.5% ABV. It's usually a beers finish and aftertaste that keeps you wanting another sip but in the case of Hop Whore the best part of the flavor is the initial hop dankness.

Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body with smooth but lively carbonation and average drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild! series is always worth a try and in the case of Hop Whore the results were a bit below my expectations. The general flavor makes me think they were going for something similar to Sculpin or one of the other dank IPAs that are all the rage right now. Unfortunately, it only partially worked out. The first half is great very good and then the finish and aftertaste are like a totally different brew. I'd imagine this would have been great ultra-fresh. Would I drink it again? Sure.

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Photo of Ri0
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into Tyranena snifter. Bottled 2-3 weeks ago.

A - Dark rust/copper colored with a 2 finger white head. Maintains a nice thin cap and there are fat rings of lacing.

S - Big juicy dank hops dominate the smell. There is some musty grapefruit and heavy pine sap. The sweet malts come in with caramel and almost a dark brown sugar.

T - Dank, musty grapefruit and hops! Pine sap and some earthy hops are mixed in as well. The balance of sweet malts keeps the bitter from over powering this beer. I get some caramel, dark brown sugar, and dark honey. Finish is all bitter. This is well balanced and not high in alcohol.

M - Medium body with some stickiness and abrasiveness. Carbonation is spot on for the style. Bitterness lingers for awhile.

O - Make no mistake, this one is best drank within 2 months of bottling. Any reviews on here after October would be good reason for scores below 4. It is really a dank, juicy IIPA with a good malt backbone.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle with no date into snifter

look is a dark ruby with tons of chunks o' sediment. Smell is pine and candied malts. Taste is big on the malt, with an impressive amount of juicy dark fruits (hops). Very bitter finish, almost medicinal. Body is an enjoyable medium, not too slick.

Tastes like a beer of a much higher ABV. Comparable to Hoptimum.

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Photo of guityler83
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark amber pour with a finger of head. Heavily hazy when held to the light and a noticable amount of sediment floating around the bottom of the teku.

S: Raisins and prunes that remind me of a barley wine. Sweet with a hint of pine.

T: Dark fruit flavors come out heavily (plums and prunes). Strong up front pine and citrus bitterness. As the bitterness dulls a woody, earthy hop flavor is revealed. Caramel and toffee notes also.. very complex

M: Large amount of body on this one for an IIPA, moderate carbonation and a slight warming alcohol sensation.

O: Not what I was expecting.. This had more characteristics of an American Barley Wine then a standard DIPA. That said I did enjoy the flavor as it warmed up a few degrees. The aroma was my biggest complaint on this beer otherwise it was a nice change of pace from the west coast IPAs

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Photo of lstokes
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Hazy dark orange with a two-finger head which looks nice, but the smell is overwhelmingly resinous from the get-go. I find the beer very unbalanced--so bitter I kind of frown while I'm drinking it--and too syrupy, needs more carbonation to break the heavy hops up. We may have gotten a bad batch but I'm thinking it would be too bitter for my taste anyway.

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Photo of rundocrun
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - color is deep copper orange. The beer is hazy with particles of hop leaves (maybe) and yeast floating around. I'm not one to focus too much on appearances though, and I actually appreciate when I can see just how "unfiltered" a beer is. Makes me feel like they have done very little to alter it between the bright tank and the bottle. Two fingers of perfect white foam on top that leave tons of lacing on the side of the glass as it fades. Decent retention.

S - Candied orange, lemongrass, sweet citrus and undertones of slightly more earthy hops. Very enticing introduction to the "Hop Whore".

T - Balanced and slightly caramelized malt sweetness up front. Well balanced hop flavor that lends a citrus and tropical fruit quality to the malt. Hints of bready toasted malt in the finish as well as a pleasant and subtle hop bitterness. I like my west coast palate-crushing hop bombs just fine, but this is most definitely a refreshing take on the DIPA. Not too bitter, but very balanced.

M - Super thick and just a touch syrupy. Finish is semi-dry and has some lingering sugars.

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