Bitter Woman India Pale Ale | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Bitter Woman India Pale AleBitter Woman India Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 773 |  Reviews: 403
Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A Best bitter with American citrus hoppiness. Not mouth puckering, though grapefruit citrus, nor outstanding flavour. Just a good interesting mouthplay. Hat off to feloniousmonk for sending the requested sample.
Three years later a bottle from solomon420.A great bitterness.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.11/5  rDev -19%
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 nmann08
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of oline73
3.01/5  rDev -21.6%
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 emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber pour, a finger of creamy foam, and lacing left behind.

Floral aroma with some light maltiness, not as pungent as I had hoped for.

Earthy hops, long bitter aftertaste, a little bit chalky. Citrus and pine are central flavors, standard for an American IPA. Pale malt in the background. Overall a good standby, it didn't rock my world though.

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Photo of zeff80
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bitter Woman is a clear, copper colored beer with a small, white, bubbly head of foam. As the head receded it left soapy trails of lace.

S - A very citrusy aroma with notes of grapefruit. A pine smell emerged with some burnt toast scents.

T - Nice grapefruit and orange flavors with piney hops. It had a burnt toast malt backbone.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. This is a medium-bodied IPA that is quite quaffable.

D - I really like Bitter Woman IPA. Once again, I wish I had brought back more from my trip to Milwaukee.

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4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a pillowy head that leaves sheets of lace

Smell: Floral and citrusy, but well-balanced by the biscuity malt aroma

Taste: Up front, the biscuity malts are first to appear, but the citrusy hops quickly arrive and become increasingly dominant, with a bit of pith by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt balances out the bitterness quite effectively; a bit tea-like on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This is one fine west coast style IPA, even though it comes from the midwest; packs in the flavor of a much bigger beer without the alcohol

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found a surprising amount of protein at the base of my bottle considering it's an IPA (hops generally act as a coagulant and help with cold-break in the ferment), but maybe this is an unusual occurence. It's hazy, golden-copper body rests surprisingly gently beneath a frothy head of white that holds more than adequately, and even leaves some nice rings of tiny-spotted lace about the glass. Hops are clear in the nose with bold notes of citrus (grapefruit and tangerine... even some lemon rind) and resinous pine over a lightly caramelish and biscuity malt. The first sip delivers a nice combination of biscuity and slightly toasted malts amidst piney and citrusy hops; before it's very fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation and medium/medium-light body allow it to slide gently away. Somewhere in the middle some more tangerine-like fruitiness takes over; only to be followed by a solid, rising bitterness that dries it out and leaves your mouth draped in bitterness and lingering pine and spruce-like bitterness. It's not an overly complex IPA to be sure, but it is surprisingly drinkable! Nicely done!

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3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one thanks to GratefulBeerHead.

A: A nice 2 finger fizzy head over a mostly clear pale orange color. The head fades semi slowly and leaves a fluffy lacing on the sides.

N: Lighter on the hops, but some bitter aromas, with a slight earthy and spicy hop. Some maltiness with that as well. A little creamy malt aroma and creamy hops with that.

T: Starts with malts actually, a nice malty flavor, then some bitterness with a light hop addition. Some creamy malt flavors, and a little earthiness, toasted malts as well. Some fruity flavors with the hops, and a slight spicy hop flavor. Most of the hops are gone at this point so it must be a little older, but I can't find a date! This is exactly what's wrong with not dating IPAs, wtf! If I could see an older date I may take that into consideration when reviewing but as there's no date I have to judge it as is.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

F: Finishes with some bitterness, some spicy and floral hops, a little more bitter here than the initial taste. Some lingering sweet malty flavors but mostly dry. Some A little citrus and pine here too, which makes me think the original IPA tasted great and this is too old, but who knows.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time trying this,poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed peach color with a tight formed 1/2 finger white head.Aromas were a little light but pleasant,piney/citric hop shows through the most with a tinge of biscuit malt.A solid IPA with generous hops,refreshing citirc qualities with the pine being more subdued,the malt holds well into the finish lending a lightly sweet caramel base.A solid IPA,other than the aromas being a little light there are no complaints here.

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4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from via trade from ughsmash, 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 light gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of fruity citrus, piney hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a strong hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is a bit on the thin side for the style but it works well for this beer as there’s a pretty good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA worth drinking for a whole evening.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Surly shaped pint glass. Poured a clear copper color with a moderate white head to it. The head faded down to a thin covering, but left some very good lacing as it did.

The aroma has a very nice, juicy, citrusy and bitter hoppiness to it. The taste shows even more of that juicy, hoppy, bitterness. It has a lot of grapefruit, citrusy, bitterness to it with a touch of tropical, fruity hoppiness. Some sweetness tries to come through in the finish and provides just a bit of balance. Very good hoppy flavor overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it had very good hoppy flavors to it and was a very flavorful and bitter beer overall. Solid beer in pretty much all categories overall.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a copper color with a light off white head and a bit of lacing. Nose brings forward some good notes of grapefruit rind, citrus, and pine. The taste is a bit of light pale malt, but is mostly all the citrus and pine hops. Good body with nice bitterness. Good beer all around, though nothing earth shattering.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Tyranena Tap Room on 8/7/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, topped with a brite-white frothy head. Retains with a thin, yet creamy look, that coats the sides of the glass with rich looking lace. The aroma is very floral in the nose, with some added hoppy notes of pine resins and spice. A underlying tang of bread, caramel, and citrus gives this a robust zing in the nostrils. This is a solid IPA aroma here.

The taste starts with an aggressively piney and spicy hop bite, that has a pithy, citrus rind edge to the bitterness that really lingers for quite some time. This is tempered just enough by juicy citrus and more malty sweet tones of toasted bread and silky caramel. Like I said, just enough though, as the hops are really on display here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a sharp carbonation that really accentuates the hops. A slicker undercurrent carries the maltier flavors and the hop oils along, really allowing this to side easily down the throat. Pretty spot on for the flavors involved here.

A really solid hoppy fix here from Tyranena. The pithy nature of the bitterness took a little getting used to, but this overall left me satisfied. I could definitely see this being a definite hoppy go-to if I had easier access to it.

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2.76/5  rDev -28.1%
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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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
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