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

Big thanks to Eric for the bottle. Reviewed from notes.

Burnt apricot colored body, slight haze is noticed. A moderate pour produces a one and a half finger oatmeal colored head. The head recedes rather quickly leaving spotty patches of lacing clinging to the walls of the glass.

The aroma leans towards the sweeter side. Orange and Grapefruit citrusy aromas are complimented by a bit of a tropical fruit scent. Sweet pale malt with a touch of caramel. A bit of pinyness would be appreciated here for some contrast.

Hop Whores labeling puts it in a bit of a tough spot. If you are going to have a DIPA clocking in at 7.5% it better pack a punch. What I am tasting is a fine IPA but undershooting my expectations for a double. Sweet citrus and pineapple flavors great the tongue, followed by a balancing bitterness. The flavors are pleasant but lack intensity. Caramel flavors a bit more assertive on the tongue though are not obstructive.

Medium bodied beer. Carbonation is moderate and appropriate. Slight oily feel on the tongue. The finish is moderately dry, acceptable for the style.

Hop Whore is an enjoyable beer. My biggest gripe is that I perceive it to be mislabeled. If this beer were presented as an IPA it rates higher.

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Photo of rjacobs6
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Dieu du Ciel Tulip from bottle

A- A nice dark gold orange color with a 1 finger white head that dissipates to a lasting collar. Nice lacing coating the glass

S- Pine and citrus, definite caramel malts. Doesn't have that big hoppy nose that alot of DIPA's have

T- Citrus and hoppy flavor upfront. The sweet caramel maltiness is followed by a slight lingering bitterness

M- Crisp carbonation, Medium body, heavier than expected for the ABV

O- Not a hop bomb like a lot of this style. A very good DIPA by my standards but I enjoy my DIPA's to have a nice malt backbone balancing out the hop bitterness.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

ECE/SAE amber body with a thin yet lasting beige head. Sticky lacing, superior retention.

Hop oils are potently aromatic suggesting evergreen, passion fruit, and mint along with a catty note and just a hint of beet sugar.

Astringent, cutting palate entry with urea, pine, and grapefruit seeds. The hops unfurl becoming more tea-like and herbaceous mid-palate with a persistent bitterness. Finishes dry but with a gentle sweetness from malt as well.

Creamy, medium-bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel.

Hop heads only need apply, though this isn't entirely unbalanced. A very unapologetic example of the style.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz squatty looking bottle into a Boulevard tulip snifter glass.
No information listed on the bottle in regards to dating and ABV.

A: Pours a nice clear orange amber color. One finger off white head. Tight tiny bubbles. Good amount of bubbles off the bottom of glass. Some lacing on the glass.

S: It'd definitely a DIPA, but I get lots of hops still. Grapefruit, peach and other fruits. Then a nice malt balance. The peach is really there.

T: Good hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Not overpowering assault. Then you get the malt balance towards the center, caramel I would assume. The finish is fairly piney, which is nice. Good amount of bite.

M: Medium bodied and good mouth coat.

O: B+

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Photo of bierbrauer
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, dated Sept. 6, 2011, purchased from the brewery in Lake Mills, WI.

A: Dark amber, light haze, barely off-white foam that falls quickly and leaves even lacing.

S: Slight citrus, sharp pine and grass, with some sweet caramel.

T: Sweet malt, floral, with heat, followed by modest, lingering bitterness.

M: Rich, medium/full-bodied, moderate carbonation, alcohol warming at the finish.

O: Well balanced, with complex flavor. A favorite WI ale.

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

12 oz pour on tap

A- pours a golden dark orange color with a 1 finger white head that recedes to a fresh collar

S- was pine, citrus, and tangerine hops some caramel malts

T- followed the nose nice tropical hops with sweet caramel and baked bread,pine hops with a dry hoppy finish

M- was dry and clean with pine and citrus hops

O- a good 2ipa but there are alot to choose from this one is tasty and good but it could get lost on the shelf for me..a recommended one to try

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Photo of russwbeck
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Muddy orange brown pour with a nicely sized white head. Retention is ok, lacing is good.

S: Piney, citrus hops. Smells very grassy and fruity with some caramel malts and perhaps some molasses. Something is adding some weight to the smell.

T: The grassy hops really take this beer over in a dry, delicious way. The citrus hops provide a sweetness that helps balance the taste with some caramel malts.

MF: Medium body with a very clean finish, dry from the hops, but sweet from the citrus. Good amount of carbonation.

O: This was quite tasty. Great hit of hops, while remaining balanced enough to keep it really drinkable.

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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 nitro0292
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a gold-rimmed Stella stem. Dark burnt orange hue that reminds me of pennies. Barely transparent. Head was about 1 finger with an off white hue. Head receded fairly quickly but never completely. Left sticky lacing all the down. Appearance, unfortunately is the best attribute.

Smell was some pine and citrus hops, but they are muted. Caramel malts are apparent.

Taste is similar to the smell, but with more pine than is evident in the aroma. Good balance between sweetness and bitterness. I would prefer a more hop forward DIPA with a dryer finish, but not bad and not a malt bomb.

Mouthfeel is moderate heavy for the ABV, with light carbonation. Just enough bubbles to sting the tongue.

Overall this is not a bad beer, but I was expecting a little more. Probably would not buy again unless it is reformulated as there are more hop-forward beers of this strength out there.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.74/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle into pint.

Looks really dark. Like burnt orange with amber hues. Head is really off-white, but looks white as flour compared to the dark body on this one. Some spotty lacing.
Smells... Like Graham crackers. Kinda-sweet malts. Floral, some
Citrus, and piney hop notes. Lots more malt than I expected.
The taste has some sweet caramel malt plus a little graham cracker note with lots of hops-- but the hops are more of the bittering variety and not enough of the flavor/aromatic type. Floral hops lead the charge, and amidst the ruinous bitter bite some citrus appears briefly, and some pine lingers.

Body is syrupy and thick. A little more carbonation could go a long way.

Overall.... Meh. I will pass on this one in the future. It isn't balanced very well-- now don't get me wrong, I LOVE a crisp hop bomb... But this beer is too malty to be that, and too bitter to be really flavorful. It isn't entirely unpleasant, but it just has nothing that actually gets me excited to drink it.

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Photo of Sideswipe
3.36/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of AleWatcher. Thanks Jeff!

A- Deep coppery, almost red color with a finger of dense off- white foam. Head sticks around for awhile. Excellent lacing.

S- Citrus hops and pale malt in the nose. Tangerine, and orange melded with caramel and sugar cookies. Some pine is evident.

T- Orange peel bitterness up front, balanced by a nice malt backbone. Bitterness increases a bit towards the finish, which is semi-sweet. Aftertaste is a lingering mild bitterness.

M- Full bodied, thick and chewy feel. Medium level of carbonation.

O- A middle of the road DIPA. A bit on the malty side for my taste. Everything works well together, but no single aspect stands out. Glad I had the opportunity.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat cloudy copper/orange color with a 1.5 finger off-white head leaving lots of sticky lacing down the glass.

Smells of tropical fruits, caramel malt and a little bit of pine.

Nice citrus/tropical fruit hops hit the front of the palate. Loads of caramel/toffee sweetness balance this out in the middle and leaves a sticky piney bitter finish. Ver well balanced.

Stick and well carbonated.

Why is it brews with extreme names tend to be the most balanced? There are definitely lots of hops in this promiscuous beer, but the malts come close to balancing them out. A little bit too strong of a malt presence and a slight astringent aftertaste are demerits, but overall a good beer.

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Photo of bound4er
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Clear, copper to light crimson color. One inch white head that leaves sticky lacing down entire glass.

S. Big citrus hop profile here will some grassiness underneath. Some malt notes also appear.

T. This is a well hopped beer that stays away from being overly bitter. Though citrus aromas are prominent on the nose, the palate has much more pine to it. The finish is clean with nice lingering bitterness to it. Alcohol is present, but more from a feel vs. taste standpoint.

M. In a word - creamy. This stays away from being too heavy by a slightest of margin. It works for me.

O. I like this beer a lot. It's my favorite non-porter/stout from Tyranena. It may not be in the same league as many more hyped DIPA's, but I guess that is part of the charm of this beer. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of amcmaho1
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to Brian (bpfush) for this awesome trade extra. Thanks again Brian!

No discernable indication of freshness, poured into an imperial pint glass...

Appearance: Very deep crimson/amber colored body, topped by an impressive frothy white head. Great head retention and really great lacing (both of which lasted the duration of the beers consumption).

Smell: Lots of esters on the nose with some prominant alcohol astringency, followed by massive grapefruit and citrus notes. Pine, and an earthy almost garlic smell also come through (perhaps a large ammount of simcoe was used?). Balancing out the nose is some really strong malt which comes off kind of sweet and bready.

Taste: There's a great pronounced bitterness right away, with a nice earthy element about it. As the nose suggested, the grapefruit and other citrus comes through coupled with the pine, and lots of malt towards the end of the taste. This is really an exceptional IIPA, with a real wide spectrum of flavors going on.

Mouthfeel: This maintains a pretty big body, which is a bit syrupy at times, though the balanced carbonation makes it feel much more smooth than syrupy. It finished bitter and dry, as an IIPA should, and it has really affecte my ability to taste anything following this beer...

Overall: Another great regional IIPA that is worthy of much praise. I would easily drink this regularly, given the opportunity. This is a greatly crafted beer, and one which I enjoyed more than many other IIPAs i've had recently.

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Photo of Wrexali
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the big, floral hops flavor. Not as bitter as some Imperial IPA, a bit darker in color and more full-bodied. Makes me think a little bit of Alpine's "Hoppy Birthday" but it's been a while since I had that so it's hard to compare. Will definitely drink again.

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

poured a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A - An aggressive pour yielded only about 1/4 inch of head. The beer is a lovely clear dark copper.

S - The aroma is a pleasant grapefruit hop experience.

T - The taste a nicely hopped IPA, hints of grapefruit and just a touch of malt.

M - Nice carbonation experience despite the lack of head.

O - I enjoyed this brew and will gladly have another. Not a bad price for a good drink.

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Photo of davidbowers13
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - A medium pour didn't yield much head. Less than half of one finger's worth of off-white head that disappeared quickly. Hardly any lacing that stuck to the glass as well.

S - A good mix of pine and grapefruit. Not too strong or over-powering.

T - Pine and grapefruit with a nice malt profile to help balance it out. A little alcohol heat on the finish.

M - Mouthfeel is a little overwhelmed by the amount of carbonation. Just a touch more than I'd prefer. In addition, there's a little alcohol heat on the finish too.

O - Not my favorite IIPA, but it's a good beer that is worth trying. It is well balanced and smooth, but is lacking in a few areas that would make it an outstanding beer in my opinion. I would try it again.

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Photo of Chris585
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Great Dane Pint Glass from 12oz bottle (four pack).

First pour was awesome. Great look and color. Deep golden with a bright Head. Retention wasnt awesome, but...SMELL. WOW. This is one great smelling beer. It almost reminded me of FFF Zombie Dust. Citra Hops? Im thinking there is a big dump of Citra here. First taste was great, not what I was expecting from the smell but exceptional. A bit warming, but very sweet: pineapple, melon, hint of pine, small hint of phenol. More sweet than piney hope profile. AWESOME. Taste was not as good as the smell. although, it warmed good, the alcohol up front smothered the taste for a second but then is balanced out by the malt then the carbonation. It starts off great then goes down from the balance of hop to alcohol, but a great finish. Pineapple, melon, pine, then alcohol, then malt and carb....YUMMM. I normally dont review that way, but I figured this beer could be my favorite really quick over some others but the warmth just kept it back JUST a bit. EXCELLENT quality, very clean. Grab it if you can find it. I saw plenty of boxes of this locally but never could get it in stock, finally opened my mouth and the store owner grabbed me some from the back...I guess its a little more sought after than I realized. In my top 5 2IPA!

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a beautiful and warm ruby red with a slight mahogany character, pours with very little head, perfectly clear, leaves very little lacing
S: great grapefruit hop scent with a slight scent of brandy and a nice sweetness to level it all off
T: great hop character, very little of the grapefruit taste seen in the scent, a nice sweetness like cane sugar works its way in, overall smooth taste
M: hits with carbonation and a slight alcohol burn in the forefront, then really levels itself out and ends perfectly smooth
O: a great imperial ipa, i would have liked to see a bit more citrus in the taste but it was just entirely smooth so i had no room for complaints

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Photo of SGplayer84
3.52/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle, into a 16oz pint glass. Had the 2nd weekend of September 2011.

A-Looks clear, Reminds me of a red ale, good amount of carbonation and head retention for the style.

S-Hoppy, Pinecombs, Citrus, Grapefruit all hit the nose and almost the same time. I do enjoy my strong american hops.

T-The smell was amazing, but the taste was not as forward as the smell. I do get a great amount of hops, just not as what im use to in an DIPA, such as Hop Stoopid or Artic Panzer/Dreadnaught. Slight sweetness from the malt does balance out the hops though, which was nice and to be expected from a DIPA.

M-Light body, and very drinkable. Mouthfeel is light and pilsnery. I can drink lots of these guys.

O-The smell and aroma was amazing but the taste didn't follow through. I did like this beer well though and the body and sweetness to the malts paired worked well with this brew. It just isn't going to be my defacto DIPA. Worth a try, however...

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Photo of CorneliusBunker
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

im new to reviewing, but ima give it a shot

Hop Whore poured from bottle into an Founders Imperial pint glass. Pours a nice looking copper with a small head. Hops, hops and more hops in the nose, along with some citrus notes as well. The taste is all hops up front. Bitter, but not overly bitter. Finishes really nicely. Easy to drink and enjoyable as well. I really enjoy this beer.

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Photo of beergod1
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an Extra in a trade. Pours a nice dark copper Orange, slightly hazy, with a half inch Off white head and great lacing. aroma is interesting with unique spicy, floral hops, citrus, a touch of tropical fruit sweetness. Big citrus hop bitterness up front, notes of pine, and a bit of cinnamon with an interesting, doughy malt flavor on the Finish. Palate is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, and very easy to drink. overall, an excellent brew. I need to put up a trade to get more from Tyranena.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arrived in an awesome package I recently received from aasher. Al - huge THANK YOU for knocking this one off my wants.

Pours a brilliantly clear, medium-orange color. A tight, off-white head formed on top, perhaps a finger and a half thick. The foam settled down quickly but left some lacing along the sides.

Huge hops in the nose. Picking up a lot of fruit. Cantaloupe hit me first followed quickly by nectarine. Certainly appears to be a fair amount of alcohol in here, too though it's not in any way unpleasant. There's a persistent sweetness, almost honey-like but I think that's the fruity hops continuously asserting their dominance.

Floral and fruity hops collide on the palate but this is one hell of a crash. A peach-like fruity hop character is powerfully pungent and the high levels of bitterness grab a hold of the tongue and linger long into the dry finish. Maltiness seems mostly neutral though there are some caramel undertones that won't go unnoticed.

Surprisingly well-bodied for an IPA or at the least, quite a lot more body than I would expect. There's a certain oily thickness with is really holding these flavors together. Carbonation is moderate and continues to percolate the aromas into my awaiting palette.

She had me at hello. And while she might be a whore, I'd still dress her up nicely and take her home to meet the family. It looks and smells outrageous and the flavor doesn't disappoint in the least. It's also quaffable as hell and the kind of beer I could spend all night imbibing….at the risk of that unavoidable feeling of regret when I wake up the next morning alone.

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Photo of phishisphunk
3.39/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hop whore:
Poured from the bottle into a DFH sniffer. 
Hop whore pours a beautiful deep amber and burnt orange. Appears like a BW. A khaki head recedes to leave a thin layer of bubbles over the liquid. Spotty, gossamer-like  lacing is left around the glass. Beautiful and inviting.

The nose is deep and lucious. Greets you with hints of wild onion, floral aroma, and grapefruit rind. You can smell the sticky hop resin as well. 

Hop whore is well balanced between the malt body and the hoppiness. I'm pleasantly surprised by the taste as it's not aggressively oniony. As present in the nose the taste is aggressively hop forward with predominant grapefruit. The malt is slightly bready, slightly sweet. The finish is dry and semi-sweet and a bit piney.

Those sticky hop resins coat the finish. Carbonation is par for the style. 

I'm pleasantly surprised by this one. If you enjoy DIPA seek this one out while it's fresh. Well done Tyrenena. 

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Photo of manitouman84
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent copper/orange with a thin head that leaves a nice lacing as it goes down. You get a nose full of hops with this one, lots of pine, some faint citrus and malt in the background. Hits your mouth first thing with pine as well, fairly strong with the pine, citrus and grapefruit follow. Pine flavors are balanced by a nice malt caramel presence. This beer is hoppy but by no means a whore as advertised. That being said it is very well balanced for how much the hop character comes forward at first. Bitter on the tongue but finishes very smooth, medium malty body sustains the hop, finishes clean. Not very oily for all the hops on the tongue. Very drinkable. Excellent.

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Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
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