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: 668 |  Reviews: 361
Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Murky dark amber, not much head nor lace. Lace that is there is sticky.

S - Sweet malt hard to pull out of the smell. Hop backup evident.

T - Big malt front with nice hop back. Yum.

M - Coating, carbed and well balanced, especially as it warms.

D - I could have a few of these.

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Photo of kajerm
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brewpub. Pours a slightly reddish amber and cloudy with two fingers of thick white carbonation that tracks lacing all over the glass. The aroma is hops, hops, and hops. There's tropical hops-- mango and pineapple. There's piney hops. And then there's straightforward California citric hops. Tastes like it smells, with light caramel hops coming in mid-palate to balance things out.

Fresh at the brewpub, this beer is nothing short of spectacular, matching up to the best in the style-- it's every bit as good as Dreadnaught and Hopslam.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!

Bottled on 15 Sept 08

A: Pours a crystal-clear, deep-dark gold color with a 1 1/2 thick light-orange head that retains for a bit before dissolving into a thin blanket of skim and creamy ring. Ropes and sheets of lace.

S: Awesome aromas of pineapple, peach, mango, pine, tangerine, caramel, and toasted malt.

T: Fresh cut pine bough and pineapple dominate with a strong showing from caramel malt, tangerine, toasted malt, mango, apricot, white pepper, alcohol, and aspirin.

M: Starts sweet and veers towards the dry and prickly end of the spectrum during the middle with a finish that's bitter and peppery. Mild alcohol burn.

D: The sweetness takes the bitter edge off of this guy making it almost sessionable. Very nice!

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a medium copper color, with a finger of off-white head with plenty of lacing. A great looking beer. Smells of citrus and caramel. Taste isn't quite up to the promise of the aroma--moderate to light citrus flavor, with a moderate amount of bitterness. More like a middle-of-the road IPA than an Imperial IPA. Mouthfeel is the odd man out here -- while the strong head implies a strong carbonation, the actual mouthfeel is creamy though a bit flat. As I swallowed, I kept waiting for the carbonation tingle, and never really got it. Thanks to Tyler for the bonus; while this is not quite what you'd expect from an imperial IPA, it was nevertheless a very enjoyable and drinkable beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the many great brews I received from hwwty4 in the 08 Secret Santa. Thanks Bill.

A dark copper body that borders on a light amber body. Two fingers of off-white head sit on top in a thick, rocky layer before it settles to a fairly thick ring that sits on top of the beer for a pretty good amount of time. Leaves some good sticky lacing on the glass.

Lots of citrusy, fruity hop aromas here. A good citrus fruit-medley type of aroma. Just a little bit of sweet, caramel malt in there too.

This is on the sweet side of DIPA's. Not overwhelmingly so, but definitely pretty malty. Up front the citrus fruit medley that I picked up in the aroma hits me. I was confused when I looked at other reviews and saw "pineapple" in their evaluations, but now I understand. Definitely some pineapple type flavors. The middle has a noticeable malt sweetness that is pretty big. The finish is bitter and piney. In fact, throughout the entire taste the bitterness is noticeable, mixing all of above flavors with a nice bite. The after taste is both sweet and bitter. Good beer, but a little sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and almost creamy. I'm almost tempted to chew. A low amount of carbonation, but in a good way. Still retains some resiny, oily characteristics.

A pretty drinkable DIPA, a good beer overall. The first of about 6 different beers I will be trying from Tyranena, a good way to start.

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Photo of Packforever1976
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured nicely chilled into a pint glass.

A: Vigorous pour reveals a dark amber brew with a fluffy 2 finger off-white head. Very nice clarity. Beautiful, sticky lacing.

S: Initial smell reveals some nice maltiness. A nice hop aroma in there as well.

T: Damn tasty for sure. Malts upfront, then the hops take over. What else would you expect from a "Hop Whore"? Nice and bitter hoppy goodness...grapefruit, pine, yum!

M: Nice thickness, just right. Good level of carbonation as well. Great mouthfeel. A nice bitter aftertaste.

D: This is a very drinkable DIPA. Nice resiny hops, strong malt backbone. I enjoyed 3 pints of this on tap at their tasting room back in October, and it was a bit better than from the bottle. This is usually the case, though. Awesome beer, I really need to grab a few more packs!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep copper in color with reddish-orange highlights when held up to light. This yellowish-brown head quickly fades to just a thin layer on top. Excelle lacing in big sheets on the glass.

S - Strong fruity aroma. Tropical notes of pineapple and mango mixed with the standard grapefruit aroma that so many big DIPA's have.

T - Straight bitterness initially, almost overwhelming. A fruity sweetness quickly comes in but the bitterness repains strong. Pineapple, peach, grapefruit and even a little tangerine are noticed. A very subtle spicy mix comes in late in the drink before the long lasting bitter finish.

M/D - Medium bodied and very oily. The hop resins coat your mouth a the aftertaste is very long and pronounced. An excellent DIPA, very drinkable for the style.

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

Thanks again to jamal32 for another fine brew.

Appearance: It's mostly clear and pours a very interesting brown color with orange and red highlights. The head is an off-white color and is modest at one finger deep. Retention was short and a very light lacing remained.

Smell: The nose is nice, but tame for a DIPA. It smells like there's a good amount of hops. There's plenty of citric and pine notes. It is a little citrusy and features some pineapple and grapefruit scents. There's some malt noted, but it seems like it's held in check pretty well. No alcohol is noted. Overall, it's a good smelling beer, but I was expecting a little more juice...especially in the hop department.

Taste: The nose is actually a very good representation of the flavor, but a little backward in terms of delivery. It's malty and sweet up front. A little too malty for my DIPA preference, but what else is new? Hops are a little citric and piney, but appear to be diminished from the malt. Again, alcohol is not apparent. I wish I knew what the abv is in this one. It has a nice, sweet, and slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and features a satisfying feel. Not quite lush, but smooth. Carbonation is dialed down enough to help. Drinkability is good. I suspect the abv is relatively high in this one, so I'm good with the one bottle.

Hop Whore's an interesting beer. To be honest, I was expecting the Whore to have sold herself out a little more to the hops (for obvious reasons). That's not the case. Less malt, more hops would be an improvement. It's still a good beer though. Worth trying out if you can get your grubby hands on a bottle.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden straw color

S: Hop acid, pine, citrus! Just wonderful!

T: This was a citrus hop-bomb, much like HopSlam to me. I loved it, lot of hops with just enough malt to balance i out!

M: Smooth, not as harsh as it could've been after smelling it.

D: I really like this beer, I'll be buying this again for sure. Though the price is a little high at $9 a 4-pack. Still worth it though.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= a very dark amber color that's still able to be seen through golding a decent head as well as some respectable lacing
S= very floral and citrusy is most prominent. Very deep inside you find some pine hops.
T= hoppy but not as much as I expected. It has a bread dough sort of thing going on with the yeast coming through and a citrus bite. The most suprising was the sweet candy taste toward the back. Excellent. Like a hoppy rouge dead guy ale.
M= chewy and smooth. Well carbonated and medium bodied
D= high! This one is a great little hoppy brew without the hops being over powerful. A pleasant beer.

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Dark amber-orange beer, pretty clear, though it appears almost hazed with viscosity as the bubbles slowly rise through it. Topped with a small, off-white head which dispersed quickly.

S-Rediculously strong citrus hop aromas instantly! As I further investigate, there are thick smells of resinous and piney hop.

T-Oh boy, bitter! Really, the first thing that I notice. As I sipped again, I found a depth of hop flavors, resinous and piney, flowery and bright, with citrus in the back seat. There are hints of fruitiness, possibly part of a sweet flavor from the malts. Finishes dry with a strong bitterness.

M-Borderline grainy with bitter hoppiness. Medium-full body, this beer seems to move around my mouth with a degree of friction, yet remains very smooth. Carbonation is appropriate to style.

D-This one is drinkable (maybe more than drinkable... desirable) and very tasty. Liberally hopped and with bitterness to spare, this one is an impressive brew.

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

Thanks to a very patient deliriumfest for sending this one my way with the boatload of surly.

Appearance is very intrigueing. a totally clear bright ruby red color with a nice white head that retains pretty well with a vigorous pour and leaves some good lacing.

Nose is weaker than i would like, but stonger than most. A good hop profile, smells like this is gonna be a spicier hop profile than it is bitter. Alot of flower and perfume in the nose, some slight bitterness, but alot of grassiness, and a bit of bready malt in there too.

Wow. This is a very nice DIPA. If you want a balls out bitter grapefruit west coast IPA, this is not for you. But if you want a very well balanced, more east coast style, spicy, grassy, flavorful IPA, this one is for you. One can learn to appreciate East Coast IPAs you know. They aren't all pussies! (Sam C. reference, no offense intended) A very interesting flavor hop profile, and there is more bitterness in here than the nose indicated. This is a very balanced IPA. I like the malt profile, its right where it should be. Some good bready and doughy malt, but not too strong as to upset the EC hop profile. A good dry finish, and lingering flavor and bitterness on the palate throughout the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is nice, but is just a touch water for me. Could use a tiny tiny touch more carbonation. barely any. A bit slick. Very nice dryness.

Drinkability is simply great here. Im assuming this is on the lower end of the abv scale for a DIPA, because it drinks like an IPA. I would guess this is in the 8% range and not much higher. I could defenitely pound a few of these ones.

Overall a very good DIPA, but you have to take it for what it is. If the only DIPAs you like are balls out bitter WC action, then this one might not suit your fancy, but when you learn to appreciate various hop profiles, and not just absurd grapefruit (which is still my favorite too, lets not kid ourselves) you will like this one alot. This is alot like a Double Flower Power would be. A good and enjoyable beer. My third from Tyranena, and i have yet to be dissapointed in these brewers gone wild. Great brew.

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

12oz bottle of the re-released version provided by the generous Coobydank. Thanks for making my Thanksgiving a little dirty, Bill! Bottled on 15th Sept 2008

A: Poured into my Duvel tulip, this beer has a deep amber/crimson color with a thin off white head that recedes to a disk and then a ring rather soon. What's with the rather poor head retention, guys? Lacing is decent, though

S: On the nose, this beer has a lot of fruity pineapple with the characteristic pine bitterness and a rich sweetness with some plums. Decent

T: Solid fruity pine bitterness up front with some balancing caramel sweetness that's almost fruity in character. In some ways, this tastes like what I'd want fermented pineapple juice to taste like - some pleasing bitterness with some residual sweetness. While I prefer the drier DIPAs, I'm really digging the juicy pine character in this brew. On the finish, there's a little sweetness, some hop bitterness and a little dryness too.

M: While light, there's a definite sweetness to this brew that adds a little body to the feel. Carbonation is soft with a lot of tiny bubbles and the finish is solid as well

D: While not the kind of DIPA i typically go for, this one is solid and I DO like it.

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Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now if you're gonna name a beer you should take some advice from Tyranena and NAME your damn beer.

Pours graet, huge head, great IPA haze, wonderful glowing neon shades of amber and yellow.

Smells wonderful! Potpourri hop profile with huge nodes of flowers and citrus and pine that starts smelling more and more like grapefruit as it warms. Big, mildly bitter malt profile does a very good job of balancing things out.

Tastes very much like it smells. The malt is syrupy and heavy, none of the good breadiness yeastiness I really like in double IPAs, but the excellent, wonderfully adventurous hop profile more than makes up for it.

Yet another brilliant beer in the Brewers Gone Wild! series.

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Photo of katan
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, not dated

A - Dark amber in color. Lots of haze in it, looks like yeast. Is this one bottle conditioned? The head is straight white in color, and is retained very well. Carbonation appears light.

S - A muted hop nose - but what I can detect is piney and fruity in flavor. There are some roasted malt undertones here.

T - Starts off with an overall bitter beatdown. Not flavorful, just bitter. Midstream flips to some malty notes. Finishes with a balanced combination of roasted malts and floral hops. Aftertaste is dominated with oily bitterness.

M - Not very thick, but there is body here. The alpha acids really coat the mouth here. Is hanging around on my pallette quite a bit.

D - As most of the smells and flavors are very muted, I wouldn't call this beer overwhelming in any one category. I'm guessing this is approximately a 6% ABV beer, which isn't too trying.

Overall I'm disappointed. Perhaps I had set my expectations up too high here, but it seems this beer is more of a regular IPA than a DIPA. I'd say its more akin to O'Fallon 5Day or DFH 60 minute, than something much more potent.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this freebie from pwoods for letting him borrow my suitcase and camera for Darkness Day - now that's a deal! Thanks, Patrick...

The label states "Overpowering perfume. Dripping with luscious hop flavor. And, oh what a body. You're in for one helluva experience." Ok, Hop Whore, you've gotten my attention. No freshness date seen on the brown 12 oz bottle or label.

A: Served at around 45 degrees into my Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours a lightly hazy, light amber with an average off-white ¼ head after an aggressive pour. Light lacing seen, as well.

S: Light nose with some grapefruity/citrus hops and sweet hints of malts. I was expecting more on the nose being it's a double IPA.

T/M: Medium bodied with medium to full flavor. Bitter citrus hops are in the front with lightly sweetened malts trailing behind. Hops are definitely the predominant flavor all around, as is to be expected. Clean, dry finish with more, almost stinging bitterness throughout.

D: This is a nice example of a double IPA. If it was available here locally, I'd be a regular subscriber to this beer.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Chimay chalice. This beer pours a hazy, brownish amber with just a slight head that left just a little bit of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is great. Up front it's big on the hops with citrus and pine balancing together to create something better then the individuals. A nice malty sweetness also meets the nose, with hints of barley also coming through. The taste is hoppy with west coast hops pushing forward but malt really coming out. This beer tastes like a really hoppy barleywine. I know the two styles can be used interchangeably but the malt backbone reminded me a super hoppy barleywine more then an overpoweringly hoppy DIPA. The mouthfeel is pretty full and leaves a nice hoppy coating on the roof of my mouth. This is a great beer. I love the balance in my DIPAs.

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

Thanks to Erdinger2003 for this extra.

A-Clear, bright copper with a medium light tan head that reduced to a thin layer leaving decent lacing.

S-Bright, pungent citrus hops with a touch of pine spiciness and a bitofmalty sweetness.

T-Strong citrus hop smack up front then the caramel malt balances things out. Ends rather dry with a spicy bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, crisp with lingering bitterness.

D-Name says it all, you best love the hops to enjoy this one. Straight up in your face citrus hops. Not overpowering but prominent for sure. Tyranena has been doing a really nice job establishing themselves as a proficient hop bomb brewery.

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Photo of treyrab
4.37/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes to scoobydank for this one! My second brewer's gone wild IPA poured into a pint glass...

A: Extremely nice crystal clear dark copper with a small, measly head. The clarity of this beer is phenomenal. This beer laces adequately, but not as sticky as I would have thought.

S: Wow the smell is just ridiculous. Tons and tons of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple with a touch of peach. The alcohol comes through also, but in a good way.

T: Extremely flavorful with tons of citrus hops. This one is not a grassy, pine hop DIPA if that is what you're looking for. It's straight citrus and very similar to Scurvy. It is remarkable in flavor and a nice hint of alcohol on the end.

Overall, this beer is just a great example of a DIPA. It is way on the citrus side, but that is a good thing in this case. An excellent DIPA that deserves to be searched for.

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Photo of antilogic
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade from Andrew! Pours light amber with an orange tint and a frothy head and light carbonation viable in my snifter.

Aroma screams floral hops, malt and maybe some fruits. It smells delicious. After one whiff, I had high expectations for my palate. It's smooth with a slightly bitter after taste that leaves my mouth dry. I primarily get a the malts, in a medium body and I can really taste the sweetness and some fruit -- way more than I expected. Nor my favorite imperial IPA. Drinkable yes, but slightly disappointing.

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Photo of gford217
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Elric73 poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark, murky amber with a short-lived head that lingers as a collar for a while with decent lacing.

I was taken aback by the aroma on this as it was much, much sweeter than I had expected. Caramel malts and brown sugar are just as prevalent, if not more so, than the earthy hops that complement the nose. Hints of pine as well.

The taste follows the nose closely with a bit more hops. There is a definite floral hop presence up front but it gives way quickly to the caramel malts and molasses. I'm getting a little toffee as well and the finish has only the slightest hop bite.

The mouthfeel is heavier than most DIPA and almost chewy with the huge sugary malt backbone.

I really enjoyed this brew from Tyranena and I personally think it leans toward the American barleywine (could be crazy) end of things. It's no hop bomb but it's damn tasty.

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Photo of ejquin
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Copper with very small head that fades quickly and leaves a liitle lacing

S: Lots of carmel malt, brown sugar and molasses with a grassy note and bready yeast. Some nice hop spice thrown in

T/M: Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, little carbonation. Taste is heavy on carmel and brown sugar notes balanced with a nice hop bitterness and spice on the finish. Hop not e is citrusy with touch of pineapple, lots of grapefruit

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great ruby color with an orange tint, very little head, but nice lacing.

Scent of piny hops, caramel malts, sugars, fruits and a hint of earthy malts.

Taste of piny hops, earthy malts and slight alcohol start off, sugars and fruits come in shortly after finishing with a little more fruitiness and some grain.

Mouthfeel is clean and fairly biting, hardly what I would expect form a hop whore.

I am disappointed with this one, it is not very hoppy and has characteristics that would make it a better Barley Wine than an Imperial IPA.

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Photo of Pauly2X
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Solid amber color, one finger head.

S- Herbal/grassy hop aroma coupled with an underlying light malt sweetness which then helps to bring out more of the citrusy hop notes.

T- Hop flavor and light bitterness nip at you from the get go. The hoppiness, while staying dominate does not overpower, it gets balanced out by a pleasing almost biscuity maltyness. A lingering hop bitterness carries through the finish.

M- Medium bodied and fairly smooth, good carbonation.

D- Good balance = good drinkability.

Not quite the "hop bomb" I was expecting. It still scratched my hop itch nevertheless. If you want a good IPA that has a little more balance this is a good pick.

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Hop Whore from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 668 ratings