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Hop Whore | Tyranena Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 666 |  Reviews: 361
Photo of vitrael
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into conical pint glass. Cloudy dark amber white small white head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: The anticipated and celebrated floral aroma of a good Imperial IPA. Makes me thirsty.

T: Zesty hop bitterness, quite a bit of spiciness. Slightly sweet malt background balancing, and a fairly clean finish. Mmm!

M: Medium body and perfect carbonation.

D: Average for a beer of this size. You wouldn't want to pound these.

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Photo of whoneeds8
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from winning the Sunday Night Football Squares LIF.

Poured into a tulip glass dark burnt orange with a one finger white head. Good lacing all the way down the glass. The scent has some faint hop notes that are over powered by the carmel malts. The taste is about the same as the nose. There is a strong carmel flavor with not enough hop presence for the style. This is stronger than an IPA but not enough for a IIPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with not a noticable alcohol presence. Carbonation is a little low. The lower alcohol makes this fairly drinkable, but it still isn't much of a IIPA.

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Photo of jera1350
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper color with a foamy and frothy tan colored head that contributes a good deal of lacing.

Citrus, pineapple and fruit along with some floral notes. If only it were a bit stronger.

Big bitter hop presence that also adds notes of citrus and pine. Solid malt backbone adds caramel sweetness. A real nice depth of flavor with a nice hop bite finish. A little alcohol peeks through, but not much.

Smooth with a body that is on the upper end of medium. Nicely dry and clean finishing.

A really nice all around DIPA from a great brewery that just seems to nail everything they put out. I could put a couple of these back with ease and will go for this one again.

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

The color is a light ruby and dark copper combination with less than one fingers worth of head and OK bubbling.

The arom has lots of resiny, thick orange peels that were maybe thrown in a toaster oven and removed after a minute. Add to tha some caramel and toasted crystal malt smells.

The taste has the strong, lightly toasted, orange peel hop bitterness throughout the palate. The toasted malts add some caramel and sweet biscuit flavors to balance the citric flavors. There is a soft, earthy pipe tobacco flavor hidden in the middle of the palate as well.

The mouthfeel is syrupy and resiny, the the alchol leaving the tongue with a soft, lingering warmth.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
3.22/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a rich hazy amber hue, with a very light tan creamy head of about two fingers. Head really stands up. Half way through the beer, and the head is still a dominate presence.

Aromas of currants, citrus, and honey. Not as aggressive as I would expect for a DIPA, rather tame, even for an American IPA.

First sip is of sweet malt, currants, figs, a honey sweetness. Not quite bracing bitterness lingers on and on. Again a little weak for the style.

Mouthfeel is medium/light with some chewy malts and a not quite puckering bitterness. Ditto.

Very drinkable beer. Despite the alcohol level, very sessionable beer. Not as aggressive as I would expect for the style, a little subdued. A DIPA should really punch you in the face with hops, aroma, flavor and bitterness. This is very subdued in all three. A rather timid attempt.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a my perfect pint glass. Thanks to NuBrewm for this bottle as an extra.

A: A wonderful amber orange color with a single off white head. Minimal glass lacing.

S: Hops come through up front with herbal and pine, but a malt sweetness really comes through.

T: Piney and herbal hops that get preceeded by the huge caramel and toffee malts. Mid palate keeps the hops with some added floral notes and some slight citrus. Nice balance on the finish with little bitterness. Nice.

M: Medium and creamy with no hint of alcohol. Nice balanced finish.

D: Medium to high. A very smooth and drinkable DIPA.

Overall a really good solid DIPA that I wish I could get here regularly. Very nice, I loved it.

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Photo of mondegreen
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz into an Allagash Tulip. Bottled on August 31, 2010 - right at 4.5 months old.

Pours a clear copper/amber with very little head and no lacing. A little too dark for the style, but not unappealing.

Nose is subdued earthy hops and a touch of sweet malt. Pretty weak for a DIPA, more along the lines of a standard IPA.

Taste is a balance of bitter and sweet. A little too much residual sweetness, but overall very good.

Mouth is medium full. Pretty smooth. Would like this one a touch drier.

Drinks nice, but overall this is a confusing beer. It looks like an amber, smells like an IPA, and has a sweet finish. I enjoyed drinking it, but would not call it a DIPA. Thanks to StayWhatYouAre2 for sending it as an extra.

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Photo of GrainDamaged
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My what a fine foamy head, magnificent lacing, persistent cavitation. Clear as a bell, deep ruby amber punctuated with the finest trickly carbonation.
Yeasty, astringent hops, and a toffee sweetness. Hints of grapefruit and lemon, oak and pine
Solid hop bite, moving swiftly to a pungent malty backbone, the toffee persists in spirit and finds a home as it finishes.
Smoothe and luscious on the tongue, little to no tingle but the sense of it's presence remains throughout.
A truely exceptional IPA, bursting with being!

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.83/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 1/10/2010. Bottle thanks to Skyview. Pours a cloudy light brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma is mostly all caramel malt and some prunes. Flavor is also dominated by caramel malt with some bitter hops in the finish. Unfortunately this one hasn't held up so well with age in terms of hop profile -- it's hardly hoppy at all. Syrupy mouthfeel. Would like to try this again fresh and I will rerate.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.87/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. From The Tick!!!

A: Pours a very dark, but ultimately clear, maroon-amber body with a small off-white head. Retention is medium, and the head leaves very nice lace down the sides as it falls.

S: It's not very pungent at all. Kind of a stale citrus aroma and some caramel.

T: Some caramel, but a general sweetness to the palate; it is immediately detected as a distinct sugar element on the tip of the tongue. Hops are decidedly lacking or even absent; I pick up some elements of citrus (mostly grapefruit and orange) with a touch of pine. They are more noticeable in the finish, but they can't even pull into the aftertaste because of the lingering sugars.

M: Medium-plus bodied, but it's unnecessarily sweet for a DIPA. Some DIPAs have a lot of residual sugar (Pliny the Younger), but they integrate it better with the hop flavors. This one doesn't pull that off.

D: It's subpar.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
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 Brent
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big, hoppy beer. Double IPA? Seemed to fall a bit short of that mark. Interesting hop profile - lots of English tea, with a touch of Earl Grey. ABV was not evident and worked well with the moderately sweet malt body. Nice beer, but the name oversells.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber body with a white head and even lace.

S-Smell of hops with citrus notes. Sweetness of molasses.

T- Taste of hops with citrus like grapefruit and orange peels notes

M-Carb to the nose semi-dry

D-Very good IPA Wisy. Worth another try.


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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My friend picked me up a pretty fresh 4pack when he visited Tyranena. Date on the bottle was August 10, 2010. Poured into a pint glass:

A - Golden in color, light amber. Half inch white head that sticks around for a while. Lacing retention is good. Sticky looking.

S - Nice floral smell and pine. Sweet malts and citrus notes. Resienous smell.

T - Pine notes with a bitter bite. Grapefruit and strong citrus flavors. Sticky resien.

M - Perfect carbonation which leaves a tingly feeling in the mouth. Little dry in the finish.

D - Great imperial IPA. Presentation, smell and taste are all top notch. This is one of my favorite IPAs. It is just fantastic fresh.

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to BarrytheBear. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours amber with a half finger of white foam that settles quickly.

Smell: Sweet grapefruit, pineapple, piney, biscuit malt.

Taste: Bitter pine and hops, grapefruit and pineapple. Nice malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth.

Drinkability: Enjoyable DIPA from Tyranena. Have only had one other of their beers and I've enjoyed both. Would have again if I saw it in my travels.

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Photo of thetomG
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber clearish pour with a layer of foamy white head.

Aroma is mostly malty with a nice bitter hop finish. Flavor follows the same course but with a nice battle going on between the hops and malts. Definitely tasty with the bitterness winning out slightly. Smooth on the palate with the carbonation seeming right on.

Excellent beer and one I'd definitely drink again.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear deep orange liquid with a thin but creamy off-white head.

S- Pungent aromas of flowers, pineapple, caramel, vanilla, and Swiss cheese. Smells a little old school but at the same time exciting and new. Surprisingly aromatic considering the ABV.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma but maybe a bit more fruit. For a DIPA, this is very well balanced. Malty and bitter, but restrained.

M- Slightly oily body with a dry finish. The sweetness keeps the bitterness in check.

D- Very drinkable for the style and strong flavors. I am impressed.

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Photo of jsh420
3.66/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours clear amber copper with a 1 finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smell is faint - but i pick up some pine grapefruit and malt - reminds me of SN Celebration

taste is solid and very balanced - reminds me Green Flash ipa with lots of malt - grapefruit pine some orange with lots of sweet caramel malt to counter the bitter hops

mouthfeel - medium body with ample carbonation to give it a very smooth creamy finish

drinkability is ok - but for a beer that is a seasonal release in a four pack that sells for 10 bones i want something better

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Photo of salvo
4.52/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep orange with crimson highlights into a goblet. Little lacing etches the glass, but there isn't much head at the start and what little there is collapses quickly.

Smell is pine, orange, grapefruit with a sweet malt back of honey, biscuit, and bitterness. First taste is bitterness and then warm alcohol as the pine begins to assert itself. Complex and unfolding, there is a bitterness mid-palate recognizable as the spot English IPAs generally tip my palate, but then the American hops also chime in, deepening the bitterness and expanding the hops into pine and citrus, pulling the palate-slapping around to the back of the throat and up into the roof of my mouth. Undulating, turning bitterness that ends up drying. Wonderful.

Rich, thick mouthfeel without edging into heaviness, drinkable while satisfying me in almost every facet of what I'm looking for.

I don't know how the Tyranena guys do it. This is an amazing bottle of beer, and I have simply loved everything rolling off the "Brewers Gone Wild" series line. This beer, hop whore, is beautiful; it's a huge hoppy double but it is balanced. The flavor and smell linger and unfold as the beer warms, it fills the mouth with incredible flavors and textures. Just an incredible, amazing experience. Too bad I'm unlikely to get to try it on tap, but to dream, to imagine, to hope: Tyranena dreams. Thanks: I'm looking forward to the outcome of your next "gone wild." Tyranena may be becoming my favorite brewery: look out Sun King, 3Floyds, and Founders. These dudes are playing the game at a very high level.

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Photo of MillRat
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A good effort on an Impy IPA that isn't an attempt to push every single face as far as it can go. Plenty of American citrus/pine hops, but not so many your face gets sucked into your piehole, Solid malt body, but not needing the overdose of hops to keep it from sticking your tongue to palate like health-food store peanut butter, and an ABV onder 10%. In short, an IIPA that you can have a second or third. If you don't go in expecting this to push the envelope so hard it shreds, you won't be disappointed

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Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of many new ones...

Poured a dark golden orange with medium head and good lacing. Nose is pine and lots of it.

Taste is also good with citrus oil and rind, grapefruit and malt thrown in. Overall a very refreshing DIPA. It is fresh and that helps. Mouth feel is quite creamy if the head is stirred up. Medium carbonation otherwise. Quite easy to drink due to freshness, flavor and medium alcohol content. I call this a first rate offering.

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Photo of dontcostnuthin
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this offering from Tyranena. The beer pours a deep red orange hue with a finger of dense head on the surface. Spotty clinging lace is left behind with each progressive sip. The nose on this beer I though was incredible. It had on of the sweetest grapefruit aromas Ive encountered. Hints of pineapple and other tropical fruits come through. Alcohol is faintly present but does not negatively affect the beer. I am excited to try this.

Unfortunately the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. The citrus hop presence is certainly there, but not as juicy as I would have anticipated with the smell. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Sweet malt backbone makes it go down pretty easily.

Really happy I snagged a bottle of this beer, may have to get one or two more next time I swing by the store.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Chaney
3.06/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium dark orange color with a nice foamy one inch head. Carbonation is generous.

S: Not much here.... It is very reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale: a bit of floral notes with a bit of maltiness mixed in. However, the nose is very subdued.

T: Hmmm.... This is the one of the most bitter things (if not THE most bitter) I've ever tasted. Not much in the way of maltiness and the grapefruit notes are super amplified!

M: Because there is not much of a caramel backbone to balance out the hops, the booze is very transparent.

D: I didn't find this one pleasant in the least due to its cloying hoppiness. I'll try it one more time when I score some more from my Midwest connections.

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Photo of Soonami
3.63/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tyranena Brewing Company is brewery that is new to me and obviously so is Hop Whore. This beer is on the smaller end of DIPA, and has an overpromising label description, "Overpowering perfume, dripping with luscious hop flavor. And, oh what a body. You're in for one helluva experience." This is a pretty fresh beer too, brewed on 8/31/10, so not too old, it just doesn't have the big hop nose or flavor that I'm hankering for. It does have a modicum tangerine and grapefruit aroma, tropical fruit flavors and solid bitterness, but when Pliny the Elder or Ruination are the standards, this beer comes up short. The body was okay and it was fairly drinkable. I just want a lot more hops and less alcohol burn.

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Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 666 ratings
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