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 zac16125
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no born on date

Thanks to haveanother1 for sending this one over in a trade as part of an IPA tour of WI/Minn.

A: Pours a dark amber with the slightest red hues and just over 1 fingers width of light khaki colored head. Small amount of carbonation bubbles and fine sedimentation can be seen. Leaves tons of streaking lacing down the glass.

S: Wow, really nice tropical and sweet fruit notes. Peach and pineapple are out of this world. There is also some orange and tangerine citrus. Big juicy grapefruit notes and some caramel malt in the background. This smells amazing, really wasn't expecting this.

T: A citrus explosion. Tons of grapefruit and orange/tangerine. I also get lemon zest and orange rind. Some piney bitterness, caramel malt backbone, and a touch of booze accompany the citrus notes.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation on the heavier side of medium which is touch too much for my liking, quick drying finish. Drinkability is very good.

O: Overall, very good DIPA. Not mind blowing, but well above average with a great aroma and palate profile to back it up. Certainly worth a try. I recommend.

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Photo of AmitC
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle may be somewhat on the older side of things.

Color is nice deep amber with a good about two fingers thick off white head with good retention. Clear and excellent lacing. Not much suspensions. Some bubbles. Translucent.

Aroma is of earthy and spicy hops. Grapefruit. Strength is good but not that is very out of this world. Raw mango.

Taste is of moderate bitterness for an imperial. Upfront earthy and slightly citrus hops. Good malt backbone. Supports the whole beer really well. A hint of caramel or bready flavor. Finish is dry and bitter.

Mouth feel is slightly oily or resiny. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. No astringency as such.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Bottled n August, so it's a few months old at this point.

A - Pours a nice caramel color with a stagnate suspension of hazy specks throughout the body. About one finger of cream colored head that sticks to the sidewalls as it dissipates. Amoeba lacing down the glass.

S - Smells pretty sweet for the style. Orange and grapefruit are plentiful, along with some bready malts. Hints of pine hops float in the background. Not bad.

T - Starts with orange rind and earthy bitterness. Piney hop oils balanced with soft pretzel malts. The pine lingers on the tongue long after the swallow.

M - Excellent feel. Medium bodied and slick with good carbonation. Appropriately dry finish.

O - This a very good beer in that tweener-IPA category. It is packed full of bitter hops and citrus flavor and remains drinkable at 7.5%. I really enjoyed this one and I wish I had tried it when it was fresher (it got lost in the fridge for about a month). If given the chance, I would get it again.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ncketchum for the opportunity to enjoy this fine beverage. Poured fom a 12oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served lightly chilled.

A) Nice looking amber. Decent clarity as well. There was a finger of dirty white head, which settled quickly to a very thin dusting. Spotty lacing.

S) There is a bit of pine, and floral scent. I found the nose to be mainly ripe pineapple and other tropical fruit. There is also a rock candy sweetness. Smells nice...

T) Initially the flavor is a sweetness provided by the malt. A bit of caramel and brown sugar. The tropical fruit also comes through. The backend brings out the hop bitterness. Pretty well balanced. There's some booze on the finish too.

M) Full bodied with mild carbonation. This has a slick feel to it, but the lingering bitter and boozy aftertaste, keep it from being as smooth as I would have liked.

O) A nice Imperial IPA for sure, and I do remain impressed with Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild series, but this is not in the same league as for example, a Hopslam or Lake Erie Monster in my humble opinion. Definitely worth a try though....

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Photo of RickS95
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stellar looks. Very dark for an IPA, almost menacing which is reasonable for a double. Orangey copper color full of yummy stuff in suspension. The head is IPA 101. Foamy, craterous, thick, long lasting head. Just a shade on the dirty side of white. Great lacing.

Hop forward smell with a brief hit of floral and citrus, but mostly pine balanced by some bready, cracker like yeast and malt.

Wow. Quite tasty. Very malty and bready. The taste is like the opposite of the smell in that the yeast and the malts take over. Clearly a hoppy finish with pine but the maltiness never goes away.

For the style it's extremely smooth. Not quite sweet, the malts do just enough to balance out the hoppy bitter. Oh, it's still there, but is very much tamed by the malt. Heavy feel, with a bit of a sticky finish, the bitterness, while never overpowering, stays long into the swallow.

Overall it's a hell of a good beer. It's very easy to drink, everything balances nicely with everything else. Very glad I bought a six pack.

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Photo of kshizzle101
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this Hop Whore on tap at Timothy O'Toole's in downtown Chicago. Served in a 10z tulip glass.

Appearance - Caramel in color. A little light on the carbonation perhaps. About an inch of head which dissipates rather quickly.

Smell - Can definitely smell the piney hops right off the bat, also get a very strong malt scent. Surprising for a DIPA.

Taste - Much like the smell, the piney hops flavor is most prevalent, closely followed by a strong malt backbone. No booziness whatsoever.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth for a DIPA, almost has a buttery texture to it.

Overall - A very well-balanced beer. If malty DIPAs are your style, then this is a must-have.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a Tyranena snifter, bottled on 8/24/12

A - pours a dark copper, aggressively poured leads to a couple fingers of slightly brown head

S - piny hops initially, definite malt presence noted

T - definite hop bomb, piny hops up front followed by a good amount of cracker like malt

M - thick, chewy, bitter. The hops hide any burn of alcohol and linger through the backbone of the malt.

O - Great offering from Tyranena, between this and IIPA from NG, we had two excellent Imperial IPAs in WI this year. Happy to see this back and brewed again this year.

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Photo of pschul4
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark copper with not much head. Pretty standard here

S- Pretty malty for an IIPA, lots of booze in there too.Hops not taking charge like I'd hope. Can't say I'm too excited at the moment

T- Much better than the smell. Nice hoppy bite but the malts are the main thing here. Hardly any alcohol in the taste. The pale malts are hitting on all cylinders with the piney hops cleaning up nicely

M- Very smooth. Not usual for an IIPA but it works

O- I liked this beer, didn't love it but definitely liked it. If malt forward IIPAs are your thing this is right up your alley

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Photo of BasterdInABasket
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, "bottled on 14August2012" (about 1.5 months old), poured into Tulip
A- Hazy Brownish Red in color, nice two fingers slightly off white creamy head, nice retention throughout
S- Hoppy, Pine, some citrus, a certain earthy and herbal character is present too, overall just not a very huge aroma to it but what's there is nice
T- Starts out with Sweet malt backbone, some piney and citric bitterness comes into play more at the end
M- Medium-plus body, smooth and creamy in start to middle, a little sticky
O- A little too malt forward when it comes to IIPAs for me, hoppy bitterness comes in late but isn't overly impressive, a good not great IIPA

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Photo of mobius387
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 batch, FRESH, poured into snifter

appearance: dark golden brown, thin cream head, few bubbles, standard for your IPA

aroma: huge pine/earthy nose, big hop scents, some barely smells too, can smell this one from across the room folks!

palate: this is a big, boozy, thick drinking ipa, not for the weaklings thats for sure! palate wrecker with the stinging hoppy body

taste: like i said, this is a palate wrecker, big pines, earthy, and i get some oaky type flavors too, malty background, slightly sweet with some molasses tones

overall: a great ipa, perhaps the best in WI. not up to par with the big boys in the category (HT, zombie dust, pliny), but for the price and availability, this one is hard to beat folks. I've had this one tap too, and its even more of a palate wrecker. must try for all hop heads!

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from tasting notes.

Pours out an amber color with orange highlights, light hazing, and a nice tall three finger head that settles back over the course of three minutes while leaving pretty nice loops of lacing.
Smells of floral and resinous hopping over a medium-high level of caramel malt, tastes of grapefruit pith, peel, and a touch of orange peel as well. Medium body and carbonation level.
Overall, this is a well-balanced yet not terrifically complex IIPA.

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Photo of knepper
4.74/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Deep copper and brilliantly clear; rays of sunset orange bounce around when held up to the light.

Smell: Fragrant, floral, perfume just as described on the label. Hints of melon and caramelized sugars.

Taste: Jarred, sticky, sweet papaya and fresh pine highlight this one. A nice resinous bite follows through to leave a clean finish. The floral aromas linger, enticing you towards another sip. This is a special beer. Must buy more.

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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 n2185
3.49/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper with two fingers of off-white head that fades into a thin layer with decent lacing.

S: Loads of caramel malts on the nose with some sweet orange and citrus notes as well.

T: Caramel malts dominate here as well, but with a stronger hop presence. Oranges and grapefruit bring up the finish with only a slight bitterness.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit thicker than most DIPAs.

O: I couldn't find a bottle date on this, but I think it's an older bottle. Still, as a barleywine-like beer, it's quite tasty.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my FFF tulip

A - A dark orange with hints of brown and red blended in. Had a dirty white head that bubbled up to a finger and slowly dissipated leaving only a ring of foam around the end

S - There is definitely a mix of hops and sweeter malts here with the malts slightly dominating. I get orange peel, caramel malt, and, surprisingly, brandied dates. The dates were not expected for the style.

T - At first, I get a slight pine and grapefruit hops but they don't dominate as a malty sweetness comes through. There is a slight hint of lemon as well. Near the end of the beer, a big bitter, pine hop flavor comes through to remind you that this is a DIPA. The hops remain in the finish which is where I also get the brandied dates. Overall, there is a lot of flavor here but it doesn't integrate perfectly which prevents this from being a great one.

MF - thick body with enough carbonation to make this very creamy and smooth. Does have a slight alcoholic bite in the finish

O - An interesting DIPA that has a lot going on but it doesn't all blend together that well. That is one of the main complaints about the beer. The highlight is that it has a great, creamy mouthfeel that makes this super smooth.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, points for the gutsy name.

Complexion upon pouring is an opaque amber, with nice foam and a superb double-finger lace.

Nose is crisp citrus hops - grapefruit and floral. Very good.

Taste is sharp and bitter up front, with sour grapefruit tones running rampant. There's also a mild caramel malt presence underneath. But it's not enough, somehow.

This is a strong and hearty imperial IPA, but not as balanced as I'd like. Decent, but not world-class.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another review from notes: Hop Whore, tasted on-tap at Chumley's in Lafayette, Indiana on November 7, 2011.

A: Creamy eggshell head over a lovely auburn shine. Great lacing, smooth as can be.

S: A very mild nose: piney hops, but not much else. Light malts with a little caramel taste.

T: Big bitter grainy hops bitters and tart lemon rind/citrus, with some good fruity wheats and a decent yeast presence. It’s balanced, but not great-tasting – the bitters are a little too rindy to be super drinkable. Aftertaste is mild and prickly dry.

M: Feels thicker than I expected, light carb.

O: Good, but not great. I’d like to have in bottles, but it’s a little forgettable on tap.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer out of a trade from Schustar, thanks man for getting me this delight.

A - A perfect looking beer. A clear orange brown fluid, which appears to be filtered. A little carbonation stream is going upwards to the orange white head. The head is steady and turns slowly to fluffy.

S - A moderate pine forest, fresh citrus, pineapple, mango and some alp-grass.

T - A suburb brew, a little sweet upfront and than there is a long lasting bitterness lingering around along with some mango. One can certainly taste its fresh.

M - A little creamy and mostly oily, bitter lingering aftertaste. No alcohol to be discovered.

O - A great imperial IPA - it is lovely if you drink it fresh.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had Hop Whore in a nonic pint.

Appearance- Two fingers width of an off-white and dense foam rise slowly up the pint glass. After fading it leaves behind a little lace and just enough stuff to cover the lid.

The body is a semi-transparent amber with some copper and orange highlights. Only a small amount of carbonation climbs to the lid in the glass.

Smell- This one suggests sweet tropical fruits for the flavor hops. There is also a grassy/piney hint after a few more sniffs. Even honey is sticking out. The fruits are best described as pineapple, oranges, and even papaya.

Taste- The palate is not as distinguishable or sweet as the nose was. It is certainly bitter. This DIPA makes that apparent immediately. The flavors are more caustic on the tongue and take on very piney aspect.

There is now more grapefruit and lemon, only a slight pineapple flavor in the finish. Yeah, the resin and slight char is strong with this one. A little disappointing after all the goodness that was on the nose.

Mouth feel- Not many complaints to be found with the feel. It has a good medium body and enough carbonation to give it lift off the tongue, maybe too much lift as the bubbles do get distracting.

Overall- A good DIPA that could have been great if the palate could have imitated the nose. The sweet citrus, the honey, all lost on the palate, overwhelmed by oily resin and a slight char.

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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 ghostwalker
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from fourisbetter. Thanks for sharing the hop love!

Poured into my CBS snifter, maybe the best glass ever, just sayin... Beautiful and clear red-gold body. Light finger of frothy head. Not a lot of lacing, but who cares?

Nose is crusty hops with some creamy malt in the background.

Flavor is really smooth. Built on a foundation of light to medium-level malt, but still sweet and flavorful. Tangy and complex hops are everywhere, but not too much of any one thing going on. It's not a citrus bomb or a pine-cone, or an explosion of bitterness. It's just all hopped up and ready to rock; your taste buds, that is.

Mouthfeel is slick, creamy and coating. Really a nice drinking beer.

Overall is excellent. Fully lives up to the name of Hop Whore. Yep, I resemble that remark!

I've heard of Tyranena before, but this is my first beer from them. Very impressed!

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Photo of Shoo65
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up and some of the other Brewers gone wilds in a create a sixer at a local liquor store.

Its a very good IPA in my opinion, something I could drink every night. Just has a overall good feel but is lacking some of the things I enjoy in a great IPA. The nose is faint and doesnt grab my attention. The mouthfeel doesnt have the bite that I look for in a great IPA. Overall a good IPA but a little overpriced.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks zrab11 for this extra. Very nice!!

A - Pours a translucent amber color with a nice white head. Good lacing occurs and some suds stick around the middle of the brew resembling thin clouds.

S - Pine and hops front all the way on this one. Very faint on the citrus tones. No booze scents here either.

T - Hops, hops, and more hops. There's a reason this beer is such a hop slut. The best thing is its not an overwhelming amount even though its the dominant flavor.

M - Mild to Medium carbonation with a slight bitter finish. Feels very nice and coats the mouth very well.

O - A great IPA.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16oz Tulip Glass

Appearance - Fairly Hazy Dark Amber color with a more clear and brighter orange color near the bottom. Head pours around 1 finger with an aggressive pour that takes a minute to subside.

Smell - Piney Hops and Citrus are the dominant smells here, along with some malts and toffee/caramel in the background. I'm not sure if it's the citrus, but there are some sweet/fruity notes in here as well

Taste - They weren't kidding when they called this beer "Hop Whore", there are both floral and piney hops in here and they're easily the strongest flavor in here, but they're not what I would consider overpowering. The citrus and malt flavors add a dimension of sweetness and that keeps the beer from being too hoppy. Aftertaste is on the dryer side, consisting mainly of floral hops and some slight citrus.

Mouthfeel - It's got a pretty heavy body and it feels a bit thick, but the carbonation is well regulated and it feels pretty crisp. So overall, it's alright!

Overall - While not as hoppy as the name claims, this is still an excellent IPA to drink. It's hops and citrus/sweetness are very well balanced and it's pretty refreshing to drink, making this an easy recommendation to IPA fans!

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Photo of jegross2
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Hop Whore from the Brewers Gone Wild series by Tyranena Brewing Company.
Score: 83

2011 bottle served in a pint glass. Why a pint glass? Because the bar tender at the Old Fashioned -- which I have grown to hate more and more the more often I go there -- got hostile with me when I asked him for a tulip or Duvel glass for my beer. He insisted I take a hurricane glass or pilsner glass instead, claiming they aren't "the kind of bar" that has "elaborate" glassware. For a bar with 150 different beers, that's a pretty pathetic answer (and reality) if you ask me.

Appearance: Pours a half finger of creamy head that settles to a very thin layer and ring around the glass. Pretty transparent amber color. Slightly above average lacing. 3/5

Smell: Sweat and orange citrus upfront. Very earthy, dank hop resin. Hints of pine and apricot. I'm sure there's probably more (especially fresh), but a pint glass does not do justice to IPA aromas! 3/5

Taste: Bitter orange rind. Some grapefruit. A little dirt. Quite earthy and bitter. Very acidic on the mid-palate, and it only gets more acidic as the beer layers. Apricot comes through a few sips in, as does a touch of pine. Bitter caramel malts that tease with a little sweetness between the front and finish. The beer is loaded with hops, though time has clearly subdued some of their kick. Long, lingering finish of bitter citrus hop. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Very oily. If this beer was fresher, it would have a lot more zesty zing to the mouthfeel, but it's pretty solid nonetheless. Finish is very dry and bitter. 4/5

Overall: Overall a solid IPA, but nothing special. This one is obviously a hop bomb, but a lot of the citrus zing is lost in favor of heavy, earthy bitterness. I remember this beer being better when I had it fresh in September. I will have to revisit this review and try a fresh batch next season.

Recommendation: I would certainly recommend this one fresh to beer geeks, and it was not bad though a few months old. Probably too hop-forward for the casual beer drinker. This is one of the few Wisconsin-made beers I legitimately enjoy -- probably would have gotten a relatively high B+ rating if fresh.

Pairings: The grass-fed organic hamburger I was eating at the Old Fashioned.

Cost: $3.25 for a 12 oz bottle at the bar, $9.99 for a four pack.

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Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 657 ratings.
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