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Hop Whore | Tyranena Brewing Company

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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 JoEBoBpr
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tyranena Hop Whore

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a mostly clear dark amber color with some nice off-white .5 inch head.

S - Aroma starts with some awesome sweet grapefruit up front. Citrus and herbal notes a plenty with some tropical hints as well.

T & M - Flavor starts off similar to the nose with great tropical and citrus fruit notes. Some nice peach and tangerine notes are all over. Nice dry citrus notes are intermingled well with the actual fruit flavors. Now this is where this beer shines. After all this hop flavor there lies and awesome strong grain and earthy presence with some nice malt and bread notes that balances well with the hops. Mouthfeel is a bit on the lighter side but it is quite crisp and clean with some nice dry bitterness.

D - Pretty good DIPA overall. I personally don't have more than one or two on a night based on ABV and intensity of flavors.

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Photo of biggred1
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a fat, pockmarked head of creamy eggshell foam that leaves sheets of sticky lace on the glass. The aroma is hop forward with pine and grapefuity notes and a whiff of pale malt. Pine sap and orange pith with a bit of sweet pale maltiness. The mouthfeel is downright sticky and full bodied with some slippery hop oilyness. The best Tyranena offering I've had.

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Photo of chicano4craft
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber in my tulip. Big, soapy three finger head.

Nose is strong fresh cut grass. Slight citrus. Alcohol is present in the sweet malt. The alcohol and hops come together to give off quite the fragrance.

Good balance in the taste. Hops are powerful while the sweet malt shows up just in time. But the hops still stay on the taste buds long after.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel. Not to heavy for an Imperial IPA. The hops defintely leave there mark, but it only makes me want another.

I had this on tap at the brewery and thought it was awesome. Out of the bottle is still quality, but on tap seemed more flavorful. Either way...one memorable beer.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle picked up as a single. drank from a standard american pint glass.

A- this one pours out of the bottle a a rich deep amber colored body with a rather large off white head. the head takes a while to fade and leaves behind small rings of lacing. pretty nice looking.

S- the main attraction here are the hops (surprise). theres a lot of resiny pine and grapefruit coming from my glass. after that i get a touch of orange zest. finally, i smell a little bit of caramel and toffee malts.

T- the sweet caramel and toffee malts i could smell come through for a second before the hops hit. a strong blast of resiny pine and grapefruit. some fruity mango and orange zest sneaks in also.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. sticky on the palate. lingering aftertaste and nicely bitter.

D- i love the brewers gone wild series. this is no exception. glad to see that this one has made at least a second appearance. heres to hoping it becomes a seasonal. its also nice to see a DIPA that isnt so strong a second one is out of the question. check this one out.

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Photo of bonkers
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce glass into a SA perfect pint glass. The pour is caramel orange with a very sticky white head. Lots of citrus on the nose with a resiny pine backdrop. The taste follows the nose. It finishes with a sticky piney residue coating your mouth. A very respectable DIPA, but not in the upper class. Thanks to florida9 for this one.

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Photo of aasher
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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 kylehayworth
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer I have had from the brewers gone wild series aside from the chipolte porter.

A: It pours a dirty yet vibrant copper color. The head is actually pretty impressive, sticks a round for a little while then gives way.

S: I can get a bitter scent, plus all of the citrus fruits. There is a mild malty sweetness in the nose as well.

T: I had this really fresh, and I could taste a little bit of the hoppy citrus profile, but it was muddled with the bitterness while in the mouth and very shortly there after. As soon as it went down the taste went away instantly.

M/D: Normally, I enjoy a really bitter intense beer. This one had a strange mouthfeel and texture that missed the mark for me. While it was in my mouth it seemed fine, but as soon as it went down it turned really dry.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle that should be fresh as can be.

Amber pour into a snifter. Clear, quite filtered, with ruby highlights when held to the light. Head is thin and whispy and refuses to coat the entire surface.

Smells of syrupy sweetness with a medicinal quality that's hard to pin down. There's a promising layer of floral hoppiness here that seems subdued by distinct whiff of rubber balloon. Not quite what I remember, but more on that later.

I'm not sure how much of my tastes are changing or how much that Tyranena is not making their beers to the level at which I remember them. Hop Whore was a personal favorite and a beer I used to turn a friend on to bigger IPA's. Nearly everything here feels watered down. Their Scurvy, which used to pop with a bitter orange peel felt the same way this year. Just a hazy shadow of what used to be. But, I digress. The pleasant bitterness and floral hops are certainly carried through by a significant malt presence. It's like watching a David Lynch movie. You really want to like it and you know there's a history with promise, but go back to Twin Peaks damnit! I want Agent Cooper, not some flippin' Moby video.

I'll finish it, but I'd prefer spending my time in the Black Lodge.

Edit: a second bottle yields a fresher tasting, more vibrant Whore with a more tropical bend. I'll bump appropriately at attempt to split the difference at what seems to be a quite discernible bottle variation.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/19/10

A:Poured a see thru amber color with a small white head that leavves nice lacing down the glass

S:Makes up for the pour. Smells of strong skunky grapefruit and citrus (almost weed like) hops which is actually really awesome and interesting

T:A little bit of smooth malt up front then a sweet kick of hops on the palate, taste really
well if you're a hop head, a nice hop resin is left on the palate afterwards leaving the
tongue begging for another sip

M:Nice body with good carbonation, hops lingers around on the palate

D:Brewers gone wild is the perfect title for this one, because it is very unusual type
of brew. Like a really fresh or wet harvest ale but some of the characteristic that are
not there (such as no head or lacing, along with very low carbonation). But in general
very tasty and interesting, had a one at my nieces cencieta and one the next day but it looks like I'm gonna have to get a few more to really determine whats going on with it. Go try this one

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Goose Island IPA tulip

A - Dark amber with a modest white head which leaves behind excellent lacing.

S - A bouquet of hop flowers, a drip of honey, and zest of grapefruit.

T - Floral hops are evident right away, and a rich caramel maltiness hits directly afterward. The middle is progressively malty, but there's enough bitterness to keep it from becoming detrimentally sweet. The end is wildflower honey-covered grapefruit. Pronouncedly tasty.

M - Quite heavy for an IPA of this ABV, but it's not bad. Ample carbonation and acidic.

D - Pretty rich, but I could have another for sure.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a medium amber with ruby highlights and one finger of creamy beige head

Smell -- Tropical fruits dominate along with pine resin citrus, husky grain, and caramel malt.

Taste -- Still plenty of tropical fruit as in the nose, but pine resin is much more forward, as with grapefruit and a bit of menthol in the finish. Malts are nicely caramelized and a bit husky. There's also a bit of diacetyl in the mix. Long grapefruit and resin finish.

Mouthfeel -- The body is pretty full on this one, and a bit viscous, with moderate prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Great flavor, well-balanced. Incredible hop flavors. I enjoyed quite a bit, although it was a bit heavy. Very nice, though. A must-try if you have the opportunity.

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

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Deep amber body, sits under a white foamy head. Nice thick lacing is left behind.
S: A steady stream of hops come from the aroma, mostly citrus and fruity hops. A nice malt presence is also found in the aroma. There is a good intensity to this aroma that does not make the search hard to find layers of flavor.
T/M: The nose suggests just what this beer brings to the table, a hop forward brew that has nice malt undertones. A thick mouthfeel, holds citrus hops and a nice roasted malt.
D: I like this brew for the up front flavors, but I have had stronger, more flavorful IIPA's that were not as heavy on the way down. All around good brew, but not sitting on the top for the style.

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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 doubleipa
4.48/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On my list to taste during my trip to Madison. Creamy head and dark amber color. Aroma is light malt, heavy hoppiness, perfume, grapefruit and orange. Kind of an oily texture. Moderate sweetness initial and through the finish. Really good for the style. Can't taste the alcohol.

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Photo of grub
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another one courtesy of EliteDigger. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 8/2010.

pours crystal clear deep orange, not quite red, with a thin fine light tan head. the head drops quickly and leaves lots of spotty lace.

aroma is good. big bright citrus. candied orange and tangerine. grapefruit. bit of pine. powdery and slightly resiny. bit of honey. caramel. white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. light alcohol.

taste is good. medium-high bitterness level. grapefruit. orange and tangerine. less candy character than in the aroma, more just caramel. more resiny than powdery. light alcohol. whole wheat bread. cracker. bit of biscuit. bit of floral character.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. medium carbonation level, very fine and smooth.

drinkability is good. well balanced. good depth. a tasty dipa.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a short 12oz bottle into a tasting snifter. Pours a hazy golden color, with a creamy off white head with decent retention. Leaves nice lacing all over the sides of the glass.

Aroma is very nice. Very fruit forward. Grapefruit and yeast notes. Booze isn't an aroma factor.

Flavor is tasty, grapefruit, hops, slightly malty...crisp. Unfortunately the aftertaste lacks a little. Finishes dry. Decent carbonation, light to medium body. If you like hoppy beers, this one has a great hop characteristic. Once again, just something about the aftertaste lacks for me. Overall though, a very good IPA.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.47/5  rDev +12.6%
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 cpetrone84
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a reddish amber colored liquid that is completely clear with a very light tan head, tons of it and its dense and creamy leaving a huge lace.

S-the nose is solid, caramel malts balance out a nice juicy, oily pine hop character, notes of cedar in the back.

T-the taste follows the nose with a nicer malt balance. the caramel malts have a great hold throughout, lots of oily pine resin, notes of cedar, some pale malts in the back and a touch of grapefruit. the bitterness is light and lingers for a moment.

M-very smooth on the palate, good medium body, soft feel. the carbonation is nice, holds throughout and gives a prickly feel on the back of the throat.

D-this is a pretty solid double ipa. good balance, nice hop presence and light lingering bitterness. woody with a good malt base.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber and orange pour, average head and good lacing retention. Aroma, very luscious, perfumy wet hop feel. Very enjoyable.

Taste, big pungent hop feel to it. Malt backbone ample, yet remains slanted to the hops as it should. This is not a style that should be balanced. Bready if you can discern it a bit through the fantastic hop bill. Not overly bitter. A little caramel, not overly thick. Hides alcohol good, hops do not diminish downward. Good price, 7.99 for 4 pack.

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Photo of jampics2
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great extra from a kind trader - thanks!!

12oz bottle into a snifter. Shared with Paulie before heading to the Grateful Dead's Crimson, White, and Indigo movie on the big screen on 4/20/2010.

Pour was nice, an amber colored liquid with nice head and lace.

Nice citrus and pine hops in the nose but a tad muted. Caramel malt as well, wonder if the hops have faded a touch.

Taste was really nice. This reminded me of a beer I homebrewed a long time ago. Bright citrus (orange, grapefruit) and some caramel, buscuit, and toasted flavors. Not a ton of bitterness.

Mouthfeel was a touch too heavy for how I like my DIPA's but was acceptable.

Overall I liked this and would try again, but not seek out. Went down nicely and complimented our pre-show-movie celebration.

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Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a very nice package from my man Roburg, thanks!

Appearance- Poured a mildly surprising darker shade of golden amber. Gotta say though that this beer had an amazing three fingers or so of really creamy white head that lasted forever. Probably still had a finger of it on top by the time the beer was done. Lots and lots of sticky lacing and a fair amount of carbonation in the body of the beer as well. Quite a looker.

Smell- Wow, really really fruity. I get an interesting note of a lemon citrusesque hop profile right off the bat that I'm not necessarily used to. Interesting though and combined with great notes of orange cream and grapefruit rind. Smells quite nice.

Taste- More notes of tropical fruits. Lots of oranges and cream and grapefruit flavors predominantly. Get a nice bite of piney resin in there as well however along with the fruit flavors. Lots of sweet malts showing through towards the finish however and take away a bit from the initial flavor profile.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Because of the sweet malty finish, I found that the beer got a little overly sticky towards the end, though it wasn't a major issue on the whole. Drinkability was decent for the style as well but the sweetness got a touch cloying.

Overall, a solid DIPA, though I felt that its look and nose were actually the high points for me. Give it a shot though if you get the chance.

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Photo of levifunk
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just found a few bottles of this at a random store. date on the bottle is 9169, so June 18th 2009. This has 10 months on it.

appearance - looks really good. ruddy in color (red). a bit of head.

smell - wow, hops is still huge. piney hops.

taste - hops is still vastly predominant, but I am able to pick up a bit of the malts, and almost a caramel sweetness in the middle, but then ends bitter.

mouthfeel - good carbonation, refreshing. a bit on the thick side.

overall - I really like the taste of this. Never had it fresh, but this is a great where it is.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a nice light amber-orange color. A little hazy or almost cloudy. 3/4 inch thick, creamy, slightly off-white head.

s: Fairly subdued. Piney and floral hops in the background, but I get more malt than hops.

T: Hops continue to be fairly subdued up front with a decent amount of bready malt flavors and some caramals flavors. Eventually some floral hops come into play and even out the balance a bit. Finishes nicely with a touch of hop bitterness, but not overwhelming.

M: Medium body, medium to low carbonation. Fairly light for a DIPA.

D: This is a decent DIPA that is really more of an IPA by most standards. Very easy to drink. Not in the top 10 list, but something I would trade for again, especially if I knew it was fresh. I imagine this fresh on tap would be much better. Not sure on age of the bottle.

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Photo of mbudner
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to jwelsh for tossing this in as an extra from my wants. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy amberish-orange with minimal white head leaving some lacing.

S- Not sure how old this one is, but I'm getting a lot more of the caramel malts on the biscuity side more than any appreciable hop aroma. The hops that do come through are on the floral side.

T- Definitely tastes like this is on the tail end of what it once was. The hop bitterness is still there on the finish and lingers almost uncomfortably, but none of the floral hops from the aroma come through. The malts definitely dominate the initial flavor before giving way to the bitterness.

MF- Solid mouthfeel. A little stick which I always like in an DIPA. Not too carbonated either.

D- Not great simply due to the very underwhelming hop flavor followed by an unwanted lingering bitterness in the finish.

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

Pours a very cloudy brown with minimal head. Some viscosity here with legs lingering up the side of the glass.

Smells sweet and boozy. Definite fruity, citrusy aroma. Something else there hard to describe, yeasty. Almost like cookie dough.

The initial flavor leaves me wanting, but as it hits more of the back of my mouth I can catch way more of the bitter hops. Yeah, the hops get much more aggressive further in to drinking. That cookie dough taste doesn't go away. I can definitely taste the booziness too.

I really love Imperial IPAs, but this one lacks a balance of bitter and sweet that I'm accustomed to in my favorite Imperial IPAs.

I like it, but I don't love it. Would I buy a four pack seasonally? Yeah, probably, but it wouldn't be a go to Imperial for me by any stretch of the imagination.

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