Bitter Woman India Pale Ale | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Bitter Woman India Pale AleBitter Woman India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.75%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 10-22-2002

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Photo of woosterbill
2.57/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, coppery medium amber with two fingers of off-white foam; great retention and lacing. A beautiful IPA in every way.

S: Oddly sharp aroma of resiny, floral hops; a hint of grapefruit and (I hate to say it) vomit. Spicy and unique, but rather unpleasant.

T: Starts out with dully bitter, vegetal hops, then shows some welcome caramel malt before devolving into a hugely unpleasant astringency. Not a good IPA at all, but at least the vomit doesn't really come through.

M: Medium bodied with a low dose of carbonation. Meh.

D: Never tastes good, but really isn't all that hard to choke down.

Notes: Wow, was this one a disappointment. I love IPAs, and this was hands-down one of the worst I've had. I'd been hearing good things about Tyranena lately, but the Bitter Woman was just as harsh and vindictive as I remember her being a few years ago. Maybe I got an old bottle, but the off flavors seemed to be coming from bad hops, not oxidation or infection. Simply not good, and something I'll never choose over New Glarus again.


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Photo of granger10
2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an average IPA at best. Pours a clear tangerine color with a medium white head. Aroma is basically all pine and very sharp pine needles at that. Taste once again seems very bitter to me. All I get is hops. Where's the malt in this one. Body is a bit on the lighter side. Finishes with a grapefruit citrus bitterness. This is very one sided and really bitter to me. I am not impressed.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.76/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This created a rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. The color was a slightly cloudy deep-amber. The nose was more sweet than hoppy, plus I caught a real whiff of straight alcohol that burned my sinuses. The mouthfeel was medium with a light hoppiness on the palate. The finish had a good bitterness, but it still did not seem hoppy enough to suit me.

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Photo of bashiba
2.83/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a nice clean copper color with a light off white head. Little retention and almost no lacing.

The smell was very lemony citrus, almost not hoppy a bit pledge like.

The flavor is thin, very light bready malt body with light juniper hops, very mild flavors an more balanced than I would expect and IPA to be.

The mouthfeel had a medium thickness with some nice resin.

With so many really good IPA's available this one really falls the back or middle of the pack.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm looking at a pint glass with no emotion. The beer pours with a thick head that reatins at the top and sticks to the walls of the glass. The color is a dark amber with almost no motion to it whatsoever.
On the nose I smell a slight hop aroma with a bit of wood to back it up. The coniferous presence of hops shows itself at the very end.
While showing the IPA character this beer was trying to go for, it still lacked the bite that most have. The flavor is short lasting, with pine and a hint of citrus on the back of the tongue.
While full bodied, this beer shows almost no character. It is still, just waiting to be spilled.
I cannot say what I truly think of this beer right away because this is the first time I have tasted it. However, I am not impressed as of now. The flavor is there, but they need to work on the carbonation of the product. It also does not help that distributors are merging and have influence on the way the beers are produced.
Would I buy this beer again? Yes. Just to see if I had a bad sixer or if this is the way it turns out all the time. I'll give it another chance. I have not yet come across an IPA I did not like, and I'm not about to judging by the first experience.

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Photo of pwoods
2.96/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Scoobydank for this extra.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours a golden, slightly hazed, orange. 2 big fingers of eggshell pillow-y head. Some decent retention. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Mostly grapefruit. Not very pungent but straight up grapefruit. Just a touch of yeast.

T/M: Pretty weak for an American IPA. More along the lines of an English IPA. Some mild hop bitterness and weak citrus. Body is kind of light. Finishes dry with some lasting bitterness.

D: Weaker ABV would also suggestion English IPA(even though it's within American IPA range). It didn't taste bad, just very weak and unimpressive. Easy to drink and lower ABV helps its session ability?

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Photo of Sageclaire
2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this beer to have a nice balance of malt and hoppy bitterness. Beautiful golden color as well. But the flavor profile with the hops is pretty one-sided, like Cascade, sticking straight out of the maltiness underneath. So it just stings and goes away.

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Photo of cameraman
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber color with a copper color hinting through the glass. A half inch high head forms, that laces down slowly and forms a thin layer on top. A cracked grain fragrance dominates the aroma surprisingly, that is followed by a disappointing mild grassy and citrus scent that is lackluster for an IPA. The taste starts with a sweet malt and bread/biscuit flavor, then the hops come forward halfway across the palate. The hops bring a combination of earthy, grassy, citrus bitterness that lingers long after each taste is gone. The texture is slightly watery at the front, then gains some weight as it reaches the strong dry finish that stays with you. A desent IPA with a solid color and flavor, along with a consistent mouthfeel. The big let down is the aroma, was not as grabbing as I would expect from an IPA.

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Photo of mnfinnkidd
2.99/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into mug. Crystal clear. Orange Amber color. 1/2" white head on pour. Good bitterness in the beginning that lingers. No real malt complexity. Sweet citrus notes in the nose.

My first of six in the sample pack. The balance of bitterness to malt may be slightly too bitter for me in this one. I wish there was more in the malt complex.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange-copper with a mild soapy head, and slight lacing.

Aroma is metallic, toasted caramel malt with pineapple and orange notes. Hops are subdued for an IPA, and have a herbal character.

Taste is exactly what the nose suggested. Toasted caramel malt matched with citrus/herbal hop. Finish holds a lingering oxidized mineral quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall a very balanced and mild version of an IPA. More like an ESB really. The oxidized quality is prevalent, dominating other flavors.

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Photo of oline73
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear amber color with a finger and a half of off white head. A layer of head remains along with some lacing.

Smell: A very faint smell. I'm picking up some malt along with some hop bitterness. The malt dominates the aroma.

Taste: The hops definitely have a larger part to play here. I'm still picking up some bready malt. After that the citrus peel hop bitterness dominates. Not bad, but not a whole lot going on here.

Mouthfeel: The body is on the thin side of medium and the carbonation is on the higher side. The finish is dry.

Overall: I'm not super impressed with this one. It wasn't bad or anything, just not very interesting.

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Photo of trep
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to JeffKrenner for the bottle.

A perfectly clear orange with a foamy off-white head. Consistant carbonation rises to the surface. Head leaves nice lacing. Pungent citrusy hop aroma. Piney hops as well. A little malt sweetness, but mostly hop dominated.

Hop profile is mostly bitter, contrasting with the aroma. Nice malt backbone in there. Some orange citrus as it warms up a bit. Not as complex as I was expecting, in fact, its a bit watered down tasting.

Mouthfeel is thin and not too carbonated. This beer had all the signs of a good one early on, but somehow I feel disappointed. Luckily I have another bottle and i'm gonna let it sit for a week and try it again.

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Photo of dancinwillie
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light orange, with some suspended particles. Big active head, billowy and white. Head retention seems above average, with some big bubbles popping here and there. Leaves some attractive lacing around the upper rim of my glass.

Aroma is faint, but mostly citrus hops coming through.

Bitter hops, citrus in taste are right up front. As they fade away, you get a little taste of sweet, bready malt, but for my tastes, not quite enough. Noting too out of the ordinary here, a little 1 sided in my opinion however. A nice tasting beer that seems to be popular, and I could session this easily, but seems to be lacking something.

A little slick, not overmuch. A semi dry finish.

Overall, not something I grab for often. A very drinkable beer, just not for me. I always try to say something positive however, and I think that this might be a good "transition" beer for the drinker who only likes pale ale.

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Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks. Pours clear amber. Thin offwhite head atop. Smell is grassy hops. Flavor is grassy, thin hops and an even thinner malt background. Not too much flavor or anything going on to really make it stand out. Dry bitterness. Eh...

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Photo of Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a nice looking copper color with a cream colored head. The lacing was light and a little on the sticky side. The smell of the beer has some earthy hop aromas and a grainy backbone. The taste of the beer gives off a toasted caramel flavor with a decent bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel of the beer was medium bodied with a good carbonation to it. Overall the beer was decent, could have been a little more hoppy in my opinion. Seemed more like and English IPA than an American one.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA pours two fingers of loose foam over
a cloudy amber brew. Lot's of little floaties are in evidence. The
nose is dominated by grapefruity hop aromas. The flavor is a little
sweetish malt up against those omnipresent citrus hops- not bad,
but I like a little more malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for an ale, and a
bit dry as well. All in all, an okay IPA. If you're into more hop than
malt, this one's for you. The bitter woman on the label is another
character from the Lake Mills Wisconsin area, purportedly a former
girlfriend of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
3.13/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden IPA with an excellent head and superb lacing. Smell was sort of dull. To be honest, all I could discern were the piney hops. The taste was hoppy up front and then...nothing. Just hops. It also tasted watered down. Not a bad brew, but not one that I'd buy again. It's crisp and great for a hophead like myself, but ultimately, that's all there was to this one.

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Photo of seeswo
3.14/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orangey brown with a whitish head that drops quickly. The nose is inadequate - with only a small hint of biscuity malts. Really bland in the nose. This beers predominant flavor is flavorless bitterness, with a serious dryness and maybe a little bit of biscuity malt that provides inadequate balancing sweetness. Pretty mild, ultimately. Big carbonation accompanies a light body and a fairly dry finish. Actually kinda nice. Overall - well, this beer drinks pretty easily. I don't find this beer anything to get too excited about.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.15/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I brought back a couple of Tyranena offerings and this is the first of the two. Pours a darker orange & hazy hue. The aroma isn't really overpowering but is well done. Light citurs and very earthy. The taste pretty much follows the aroma. Some what big bitter bite starts off then comes the hops. An almost buttery dryness finishes and hangs around for a while. A good example of the style.

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Photo of grandq
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cheers to brdc. Pours a dark hazy copper with a thick off-white head. Not much on the nose but some pine and caramel maltiness. Flavor is pretty heavy on the pine as well, with a fruit punch assortment of citrus fruits playing accompaniment along the sides of the tongue. Lemon begins to dominate after a few sips. Bitterness lingers along with the pine, continuing to obscure the doughy malt backing. Prickly carbonation and a slight sting of alcohol, vaporizing into a dry void. Finishes overwhelmingly dry and bitter - I kinda feel cottonmouthed after a bit.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours super foamy, in the 4 finger range for sure. It's white with medium sized bubbles. The beer is a good clear copper color with a bit of active carbonation. The head lingers for awhile. With the head and a coloring that is a little too dark, I give only a 3

S: Well, it's hoppy, that's fur sure. But not overly so, just IPA hoppy. Maybeee...Williamette Hops? The hops smell fruity I guess, in a definite hoppy candy smell.

T: Fruity, similar to the smell, but also intensely bitter and dry... It sort of tastes like lake water? There is no malt, or at least very little to balance out this hop taste, I think that's the main issue with me. It isn't a very strong hop, but it's an even weaker malt.

M: Good, the density lends itself to a nice crisp feel which is what I want in an IPA.

D: The taste kills it for me really, just not good enough. I could see some people drinking more of it, but this was the only bottle in the mixed 12 I gave my brother of all IPAs that didn't get drank.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this a bottle into a chalice.

The beer pours a dark gold with decent white head and retention. The lacing is solid.

The aroma is light but all hops when you do get it.

The taste is nothing special just all hops start to finish, but its not a strong of enjoyable hops.

The mouthfeel is ok, not terribly drinkable.

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Photo of Chugmonkey
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden hazy color, big poofy off white head. Aroma is strong piney hops and I swear you can smell the bitterness.

Taste is piney hops and an an extremely pronounced bitterness. Carbonation is too high, lager like and enhances the perceived bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and zingy and ends with a dry harsh bitterness. The bitterness really lingers. Sorry, but I just get way too much zingy bitterness to enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a room temperature bottle into a clean 12 oz pint glass.

It poured clear and amber with a slightly off white 1 inch head. After a few moments the head shrank down to just cover the surface of the beer while leaving a grabby head along the sides of the glass.

It gives off a moderate, crisp smell of hops.

It has a robust taste of hops that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. It is medium to full bodied.

It has a unique taste to it. I find it slightly different than other IPA's that I have drank. It's drinkable. I remember it being better on tap.

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Photo of cocogan
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Gold with copper hues. half finger head that recedes to thin froth. white sticky lacing.

Aroma: Grapefruit and mint

Taste: This is definitely a hop forward beer. Earth, bit of bready malt, grapefruit, wood, toasted grain in the middle followed by an alcohol warmth, finishes with pine bitterness.

Mouth: Creamy from carbonation, not much else to say.

Drunkability: Definitely hop forward. I would like a bit more of a malt base or at least a stronger citrus taste. The earthen character to this beer is overpoering when backed with the big time bitterness. Also aftertaste is a bit to alcoholic. O well still not bad.

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