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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Photo of Sammy
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
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 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 brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
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 emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +9.5%
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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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 Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of jlindros
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pristine peachy orange-amber. The bone white head is medium-large, firm and persists admirably. Once it does deflate, never lower than one finger, the glass is coated with a copious amount of lace in delicately speckled sheets. I've seen better IPA eye candy, but Bitter Woman's appearance is top notch.

I continue to be amazed at the myriad aromas that beer of this style can possess. They all use (basically) the same ingredients and even though there are many different varieties of hop, certain ones get used again and again. I've had dozens upon dozens of IPAs, but this one has a distinctive aroma. Like Hop Wallop, it smells more tropical than most. Anyway, it's different and it's great.

The flavor is easily the equal of the nose. Lovely, sweetly fruity hoppy goodness fills my mouth with each sip (okay, gulp). It tastes like a tropical fruit juice-beer cocktail with elements of pink grapefruit, pineapple, orange, papaya and passionfruit. I'll have to remember this combination of Amarillo and Cascade; it's a corker. There's no doubt that Bitter Woman is highly hopped, but isn't even close to over the top as far as I'm concerned.

And, unlike the lovely lady on the label, it isn't bitter. At least not as I define bitter. Very little malt is noticeable in the flavor profile; just the way that I like it. Unbalanced? Absolutely. Damn tasty and addictingly hoppy? Oh yeah. The body/mouthfeel is tremendous. It's slightly viscous and lightly sticky, a perfect compliment to the resinous hop flavor.

Attention all hopheads! Bitter Woman is a great IPA that can take its place beside some of the best that either coast has to offer. It makes me proud to be a Midwestern boy, born and bred. Now if you'll pardon me, I've got five more of these bad boys (bad women?) to drink and then I've got to find some more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one has been floating around on my wants list for what seemed like forever. I have always wanted to get the highest rated IPA’s to try and get my take on all of them, and this one finally came to me. Poured a very nice, and mostly clear amber with a bit of a golden tint to it. Nice, ample carbonation could be seen streaming up towards the top. A very nice head about two inches high consisting of white sticky and foamy lace raised up almost immediately and had some decent retention before finally settling down. The aroma was very bitter, full of hops with very little sweetness to it. Lots of pine aroma mixed in with some grapefruit. Perhaps a bit of an earthy back bone to it, but not much. The taste was very much a bitter IPA. Lots of piney hops, with a very dry, biting flavor to it. Some balance could be found in the middle with a touch of sweetness trying to come through, but this was all hops. Nice medium body allowed the ample carbonation to take over and give a nice crisp feel. This was not a session ale die to high bitterness, but by no means a sipper, I could see myself put through a few of these. Overall this was very nice and a very good bitter IPA. One of the big ones have been leaning more and more towards a more sweeter, floral hoppiness, but this was right back to the roots, a nice bitter, sticky, piney IPA, that offered nothing more then tongue splitting IBU’s. This was definitely worth its rep and scores and something I would very much like to try again.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The last of these IPAs that Craig was so kind as to send me.

A: The pour is a clear, light golden color with a fluffy white head which leaves some pretty decent lacing.

S: Your typical IPA aromas are at work here. The grapefruit and pine hops take the lead with a bit of balance provided by the caramel maltiness.

T: Not quite as bitter as the name of the beer might lead you to believe. Very nice grapefruit and orange citrus flavors with a mild pine. Once again, the sweet malt is there in the background.

M: The beer is medium in body with moderate carbonation.

D: I found this to be one of the more enjoyable non-CA IPAs that I have had. While not quite as impressive as say, Furious, it had nice hop character without a lot of malt.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

Another war trophy from the post-DLD death march. Haunting. It pours a clear copper amber with over a finger of thick (though relatively short-lived) white froth on top. Some web-like lacing is produced as the head descends. The nose, and this comes as no surprise, consists primarily of floral and citrus hoppy notes (emphasis on the latter), though, in typical IPA fashion, a backbone of heavy caramel comes through as well. Hoomph! The hoppy bitter really bite the 'buds, keeping that malty backbone to an absolute minimum. More pine comes through here than in the nose. Unfortunately, the balance seems a bit off here, over-favoring the hops to the massive detriment of the malts. Still, the fairly light (though better described as a light medium) body, combined with the moderate carbonation, keep the drinkability steadily high enough to warrant a return taste.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light caramel copper hue with a largely bubbled cream tan head, sticks around for quite awhile leaves behind a nice collar of lacing. Aroma: Deep pine cone whole leaf hops very fragrant slightly floral and citrus toned heavily caramel malt base nice balance here. Great hop aromatics definitely an awesome smelling brew, let's see how it tastes. Taste: Thick resinous wads of hop bitterness with some earthy pine cone flavored hops with a touch of caramel malts bringing just an edge of sweetness to the overall flavor profile. Big hoppy IPA bitter as the woman it was named after. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied oily texture that slides across the palate dredgingly leaving your tongue coated with hops nice perfect carbonation level great stuff. Drinkability: Wow, this is a nice IPA wish I had more accessibility to this nectar but thanks to BuckeyeNation for taste I did have of it, highly reccomended in my book.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a Bitter Woman IPA from Tyranena Brew Co into a pint glass and the appearance is quite nice. The nice copper color was well carbonated which gave a nice foamy head. The nose offered malt and citrus (apricot). The taste isnt as bitter as I thought it was going to be...fairly smooth actually. The beer starts smooth with malty body which then yields to a tart/bitter citrus finish. The mouthfeel is good...not over powered by ABV....decent beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 24Sep13 (printed on neck of twist-cap bottle):

Pours hazed amber-orange with a thin head that becomes wispy. Spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of pine/resin, some lemon/lime-like citrus with a hint of caramel.

The taste is of bitter, citric, piney, leafy hops with some balancing caramel, with a hint of tobacco. It has a dry, bitterish finish.

It is smooth, with nice medium carbonation.

A hoppy IPA with a firm caramel-like malt backbone. This is certainly enjoyable!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.39/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, bright, perfectly orange color, with a fresh and frisky layer of bone-white foam.
Aroma: Ooooo! Bold, bright, sharp, spikey, piney, grapefruity, exploding with citric emanations of every kind (add lemon, peach, pineapple!), vibrant and vivacious. This is the true ticket for every true lover of humulus lupus! Wow!
My kind of hoppiness, bristling with fruit and pine-resin.
Taste: BAM! WOW! Like biting into a grapefruit, but one made out of beer! Mouth-filling, with a full, sticky, resilient texture, long, tasty finish, never, ever giving any intention of quitting the mouth!
Bitter, yes, but lip-smackingly delicious! Fresh flavor bursts forth and floods through every gulp and swallow. A brew that just won't slow down.
Holey schamoley! Dammity, damn, damn! Wonderfully balance, too, the malt is adequate buttress, though the hops are running this show. You might put out your cup and beg for more malt, please, but you don't really want that, do you, because then this wouldn't be, you know, this ...THIS!
One of the most unique and outstanding IPAs I've ever come across!

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Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, slight herb, slight grass, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale hops, floral hops, sweet malt, slight herb, and slight citrus. Overall, not too bitter, good body, nice blend, and good complexity.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint. Beer is amber and forms an off white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Beer is carbonation to a moderate and appropriate level. It also has a slight haze to it. Beer looks good.

Lots of pine hop aroma in the nose with a chaser of malt. Smells OK.

Beer is slightly dry with a good piny and earthy flavors in the midpalate. Beer leads off with some malt sugar sweetness and finishes on this dry bitterness. Interesting overall but its just generally an OK IPA.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd call it nice, but a touch over-rated. Poured a nice straw-gold color with some lacing. Smelled and tasted of piney hops. Definately the most pine I've had in a beer in a long while, I suppose it's at least appropriate for the holidays right now. With the hops there was a nice biscuity malt backbone. Worth a try if you're in WI.

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