Hop Whore | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Hop WhoreHop Whore

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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 Sammy
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was an imperial IPA that I really enjoyed, a pleasant fragrance, a golden yellow colour, the proof in the taste, not too bitter, malted and not the feeling they had to dump in malt to offset the bitterness. In a word, great hopping. Carbonation was a bit active but it worked. Very smooth drinkable experience. Thanks a million jpm30.

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Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy dark amber color and a modest head; splashy dots of lace

Smell: Plenty of grapefruit pith and pine sap wafts upward; atrociously bitter

Taste: After an initial burst of caramel, the fruity grapefruit and pine flavors rush forward. To aggressively solicit the tastebuds; after the swallow, the bitterness continues the assault and lasts a long time, although there is considerable residual sweetness

Mouthfeel: Thick and sticky, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Just a bit too sweet and sticky for my palate, but that is nit-picky, I know

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a much fresher 4-pack of this, thanks brewcrew76.

Aroma is much fruitier, with the backing hop resin packing an herbal punch. A touch of alcohol is noticeable. Flavor has a distinct tangerine citrus quality, with a strong herbal middle and end. Leafy and resiny. Long trailing earthy bitterness. Hints at sweetness, but the bitterness reigns supreme here. Dry finish. Easy enough to drink, one or two at a time.

Original review:
B / 3.6 look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | drink: 4

Four pack from Riley's in Madison.

Pours a caramelized amber, fluffy bubbles of foam, with alot of hazy, suspended sediment.

Initial whiff of cannabis and resiny hop oils. Second inhale of citrus rind and some musty malt.

Taste has the requisite load of hops and pale malt to back it up. The carbonation is low, giving it a sort of watery feel unfortunately. There is still a long lingering and leafy (!) hop bitterness, which makes me think it can't be *that* old. Still it has many admirable qualities of a DIPA. Webby lacing, thicker body, punchy fruity hop flavor. Somehow this has left me wanting more.

Looking at the first reviews, it seems this bottle may be a year old now. It's a shame I didn't have the chance to try it fresh!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a clear medium amber color ale with a small head with average retention but some good lacing. Aroma of hops is dominated by sweet malt. Taste is a balanced mix between sweet malt and a medium bitter finish. I thought this was close to the limit between an IIAP and a barley wine. Body was about average with some medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernable. Nothing earth shattering but an interesting beer nonetheless.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a soapy, small head. It left a good deal of sticky lace.

S - It smelled very floral and of grasses. Also, a fairly malty nose.

T - It tasted very bitter with grassy hops. A nice roasted malt taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This was a very nice beer. Too bad it was brewed just once.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from pochman, courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowy and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a good mix of fruity citrus, piney hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a nice burst of floral hops bitterness that is quickly tempered by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel, but not overly sweet. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and there's a mild alcohol sting. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is very solid 2IPA that is worth drinking for a whole evening.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Warmly glowing sunset orange with infusions of red and bronze. I don't know about the flavor (yet), but the color is certainly 'big, bold and ballsy' as the label states. The head is a looker as well. It's a firm, tight-bubbled crown of creamsicle orange that is leaving delicate doodlings of lace all over the glass. I'm pretty sure there will be nothing about the aroma or the flavor that will qualify as delicate.

The nose isn't quite as explosive as I had hoped. It's still damn good, it just doesn't blow me away. A meager amount of caramel malt is noted in the background, while a moderate amount of pungent, cheesy, citric fruity hops occupy the foreground. I wish I knew the hop bill because I don't feel confident enough to make any guesses.

Hop Whore has some of the attributes that I like in my DIPAs... and it has some that I don't care for. On the good side, there's very little, if any, caramel maltiness to get in the way of the hop love. On the not so good side, there's too much pale malt and the beer is too sweet as a result. In that sense, it reminds me of Stone 10th Anniversary; although that beer was even more sweet than this one.

It's obvious that large truckloads of hops have been added. The trouble is, they have to fight through the sticky, sugary maltiness in order to bring their full weight to bear on the palate. Both hop flavor and hop bitterness take a hit in the process. On the finish, once some of the malt sugar has dissolved, the alpha acids do a little victory dance. Trouble is, I want a 'bigger, bolder, ballsier' hoppiness.

As far as specific flavors, white grapefruit pith, bitter orange and pine are most prominent. Alcohol is masked acceptably well for a beer that is probably in the shadow of 10%. Hop Whore isn't far from earning the next highest flavor score. As I get into the bottom half of the bottle, I'm tempted... but I just can't pull the trigger.

As expected, with so much malt in the house, the mouthfeel is prodigious. It's unquestionably full and probably even qualifies as sappy. Not only does a thick film form on my mouth and tongue with each mouthful, but my lips are becoming sticky as well. A restrained, yet still enlivening amount of carbonation is perfect for the task at hand.

I like each and every one of the Brewers Gone Wild! series beers that I've had so far. Only Spank Me Baby Barleywine still eludes me. None of them, however, really knock my socks off, as I thought they would when the series was first announced. If I had to choose just one beer from Tyranena, I'd still go with good ol' Bitter Woman IPA. Thanks to terrabyte for the hand-delivered bottle.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rather dark amber color with a small off-white head on top. Not much retention at all, but thin rings of lacing form on the glass.

S: A little bit of citrus, mostly grapefruit, as well as some caramel and bready malt which gives a slightly sweet aroma.

T: Not overly hoppy at all, seems more like a regular IPA to me. A little bit of citrus/grapefruit, and more caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter with a dry finish.

O: A decent DIPA. Not sure of its age, but am guessing that its not in its prime, but not over the hill yet either.

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Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from feloniousmonk, cheers Al!

Pours a semi-hazed amber/orange with 1 finger of sand colored head. Cleared as this settled down, Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Toffee, cakeyness, tangerines in abundance, plus some leafy hops

T: Cakeyness, leafy hops, orange slices & grapefruit up front. Pineapple, toffee, & tons
of dates & figs as this warms. Finishes with citrussy & earthy hops, plus tons of orchard fruit & a kiss of orange peels, plus much grapefruit down the throat

MF: Chewy with minimal carbonation, nice stickyness, skews fruitty, with very good balance

This one grew on me as this warms, the hops uncover a bit late IMO; a bit restrained up front, but nicely executed

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a dark amber, almost brown color with a one finger white bubbly head. It had pretty good head retention and left some good lacing as well.

The aroma has a nice hoppy, citrusy smell but it also has a moderate bready, malty backbone to it as well. The taste is hoppy as well with citrus and pine flavors, but like the nose the malt also plays a pretty big role. It has more caramel then I expected, but it goes along pretty well with the overall hoppy flavor. It has a good amount of pine flavors coming through in the bitter finish as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I enjoyed drinking this one. It had a good flavor to it and went down pretty easy.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up along with a crap ton of new stuff from Tyreana lately. I had long coveted trying this one. Served lightly chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/12/2008.

The pour was very nice, rich dark amber in color with a billowing white head of foam. Super retention here as it just seemed to hang there forever, before settling down a thick crown that lay across the top of the glass.

The aroma as one might expect was deep, rich, resin filled hops. Super sticky and fresh, with a nice balance of malty bisuit like notes lying underneath. This carried over very well into the flavor which started with a nice resin like rush of bitter hops, sticky with a very nice medium bodied feel that was just about right, giving it that close to syrup like consistency. Nice carbonation and a long, drawn out finish was the capper on a superb beer.

Overall another winner here from this outstanding brewery. I love me a good double IPA and this was no exception. Solid all the way around.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to cvaypai for this bottle, which was an extra in a recent trade.

A: The pour is a hazy amber color with a thin off-white foam. The lacing is great.

S: The smell has a nice bit of grapefruit and pineapple from the hops and also quite a bit of caramel malt sweetness.

T: A bit disappointing, but that's to be expected from an "old" IPA. There is a nice bitterness and a sweet, citrus fruit flavor. The malt has begun to take over, but the hops are still there.

M: The body is medium and there is a great bitterness that lingers on the tongue.

D: Definitely a solid DIPA, but I can only imagine how much better it would have been a couple months back. Still easy drinking, especially for the style.

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Photo of orangesol
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in a recent BIF package from biglobo.

A - Pours hazy amber orange with a nice one finger tall white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of fruity hops, grapefruit, lots of caramel sweetness, and some fresh cut pine. Doesn't smell too old, lets see how it tastes.

T - Starts off with a bit of fruity hop bitterness quickly being enveloped by the strong caramel malt sweetness, never really fading from the picture. Finish is a mix of sweetness and dryness, lingering on the pallet for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Sweet, slightly bitter feel that clings to the pallet long after consumption.

O - While still fairly fresh, I think this one is a little bit past its prime. The hops have begun to fade from the taste, leaving it a little bit too malty for my liking. I still enjoyed it for what it was.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Been a while since last I busted out the snifter. Here goes: This brew pours a clear garnet-amber topped by about a half-finger or so of white-ish foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit peel (rind?), light pearl onion, and soft caramel, with some rubbing alcohol seeping through from a vent in the back. I hope this is not some cartoon super villain-style trap (I mean, Admiral Ackbar hasn't yelled out to me yet...). The taste does away with the onion, but apart from that keeps everything fairly static. The alcohol that was so strident in the smell has morphed into a kind of rubber cement flavor, though, luckily, this is kept to the far background and to an absolute minimum. The body is a stolid medium, with a light carbonation and a light syrupy feel. Overall, a definite sipper, not one of my more highly-regarded DIPAs, but not all bad in the end.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.23/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

The beer is dark amber hued with a thick white head. The aroma offers pine, malt, booze. Aggressive on the palate with prominent pine hops atop a sturdy malt bill. Some bready notes in there as well. Medium to full bodied. Drinks more like a hoppy strong ale than an IPA. Decent, but not what I look for in a beer of this style.

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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 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 feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange coloration, quite opaque, smallish creamy white head.

Aroma screams of hops, pungent pine, deep dark fruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, mango, banana, grapefruit, Delectable. Major malt is felt, as well, and it puts me in mind of a barleywine. Major alcohol smell.

Incredibly intense impression in the mouth. Huge hop blast, brilliant bitterness riding the tongue. Ripe fruit burst everywhere along the palate. Just delicious. And, although insanely bitter and hoptastic, it's remarkably easy to drink. Or maybe I'm just inured to the hops. That's probably it.

Full bodied, eternal finish. Not much going on in the malt department, not much you can taste, anyhow. Bitterness persists and rings fresh with every swallow.

Really tasty. My kind of Double IPA. Yum, yum.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewing this brew, as there is a new batch in Chicago. Served in a NotLA taster glass.

A - This beer is a lovely slightly hazed brown-orange-copper, with a slow-dissipating two-plus finger of foam. Lots of attractive lacing. It's one really good-looking beer.

S - The smell is much better than the faded old bottles I tried. Some nice citrus lemon hoppiness, with notes of pine and a touch of dankness. Not a ton of maltiness, which explains the minimal smell when the hops fade.

T - Taste is better than I remembered, although it's still a pretty balanced and somewhat underwhelming for a DIPA. There's some grapefruit and lemon flavor, with a touch of pine, and some bready malts. It's probably a 3.75, but since it's better than the old faded bottles I had I'm gonna round it up to 4.

M - Excellent viscosity, and moderate carbonation tingle up front. It leaves behind a sticky tooth-coating resin. There's a little bit of warmth to this one as well.

D - Goes down pretty easy, with the well-hidden booze and mild carbonation. Some pretty easy drinking stuff.

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark ruby red. Off-white one inch head that's leaving a gracious amount of lacing.

S- Citrus and caramel.

T- Sweet caramel-ish DIPA. This has been sitting for awhile (6 - 9 months?) so the super hops don't shine though, but the "malty backbone" sure does. Delicious.

M- Creamy+.

D/O- Overall this was a pleasant experience. Didn't know what to expect after it still being available to drink in my house. Still have one left. I've named September my official double IPA month because I've seemed to have a different one every other day and this one ranks right up there. As others have started, I'd like to compare it to a fresh Hop Whore.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a BIF box I believe. Poured into a Russian River tulip. Beer is dark amber and really hazy with a broken thin head of tiny bubbles, some lacing low carbonation.

Aroma is piny and very sweet and malty.

Beer is medium bodied with carbonation late on the palate, overall not a very appealing beer. It's very malty, very heavy, moderately bitter, but no hop flavors. It's heavy but drinkable. I probably won't have this again.

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Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a light and watery brandy in color with almost no head. The smell is overpowering and I could smell it the second I cracked it open. It is extremely floral and overpoweringly hoppy. The taste too is extremely floral, bitter, and has good sweetness on it to close out the flavor. This one is delicious. It reminds me of a less dry and less alcoholic Double Trouble, which I love. It drinks very well as it is light bodied, very crisp, and well carbonated. It is very, very drinkable. I wish I would've tried this one sooner.

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Photo of tempest
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The label is right on this one. The hops perfume is way over the top. If you like floral hops and then some, this is a beer for you. Otherwise, still to the pine and citrus DIPAs. Although the perfume was a bit much, this was still a pretty drinkable and tasty DIPA. While I wouldn't recommend roaming the earth for it, if you're in WI, try it out.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Boolshot for this brew.

Pours a nice clear golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy creamy tan head, some islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is sweet malts, slight hops, citrus, and caramel. The taste is sweet malty, hoppy, with a nice touch of caramel in the finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, so far I really like what I've had from this brewery, highly recommended.

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

Some shade of brick red that results from the blending of sun-faded terra cotta and a heaping teaspoon of pomegranate juice. Its colour swelters into the light as the dark, deep tone is kindled in a floodlight of warm, bright accenting. The beer looks toasty and tasty. Its head is thin as paper but seems to have outdone itself in the lace department; white strips entomb the glass like a mummy.

I don't think the contents of the bottle quite qualify as 'fresh' anymore and that is likely why its hoppiness is no longer really 'overpowering' as noted on its label. And while I doubt it's as perfumed, assertive or vibrant as it once was, the impression of bitter, acidic, resiny tropical fruit juice continues to live on in time. It seems as though it may be being surpassed, however, by a sweet and toasty malt bill reminiscent of burnt custard.

And those same notes are starting to claim the flavour as well. This chunky, toasty-rich maltiness likens the taste to a sugary pastry soaked in honey-sweet milk. It's delicious, to be sure, but wouldn't be nearly as appealing without the trace of citrus pith that accompanies the pungent herbal hoppiness. With a name like "Hop Whore" I expected the hops to shamelessly throw themselves at me but this seems to be a more malt-heavy DIPA.

That being said, the same hops - undeclared but undoubtedly of obnoxious, pungent American ancestry - linger side by side with the sweetness to procure an aftertaste that is as resiny/herbal as it is sweet/malty. Their presence is never forgotten, the bitterness lingers. I don't care if it is a *double* IPA, I could drink plenty of these. Hey, what is the alcohol percentage on this anyhow? My glass sure is emptying fast...

"We used to laugh at Grandpa when he'd head off and go fishing. But we wouldn't be laughing that evening when he'd come back with some whore he picked up in town." That's a "deep thought" from SNL's Jack Handy. Why do I mention it? Because Tyranena is a brewery I wish I could have on hand at all times, if only for those evenings when I stay in, cuddled up with a cold six pack and watch TV. Now *that* would be a wild time!

I need to thank MasterSki, my beer sugar daddy for this one!

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Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
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