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 Lemke10
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Located just east of Madison is Lake Mills which is home to Tyranena Brewing. With over 50 different recipes, their IPA named Bitter Woman is one of their most noteworthy. This is a must see brewery if you are already in the area visiting Capital, Ale Asylum, Vintage, or any of the Great Danes.

It pours a golden, amber color with a decent foamy head. The scent is rather simple but contains hops. It is what it is, simple yet good. Personally I like a strong hoppy smell with my IPA’s but it’s not required for a good tasting brew.

At the first sip you would find it hard to believe that this in an IPA but as the taste progresses, most of the bitterness comes from the after taste. The texture is smooth and invites one sip after another. Other than hops, you get hints of toasted malts and some caramel. It finishes with a dry, chalky after taste.

This is one of the backbone products that Tyranena offers year round. I remember sales on this use to be insane on this product and in the last year or two it has slowed down a bit. Certainly a unique tasting IPA with a smooth ale beginning and a bitter IPA finish. You can’t say you are a Tyranena fan without trying a Bitter Woman.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-amber with good clarity. Transient khaki head, nice lacing. Smell is fairly nondescript mild earth, hay, grass and caramel malt. Taste is pleasantly bitter across the tongue with resin and floral notes, some roasted malt, earth and toffee malt fading into a mildly bitter finish. Good complexity of flavor and nice bitterness balanced with pleasing malt. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. The smell is a letdown, but the flavor is quite nice.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out an orangish-amber like most IPAs but with a half-cm foam lid that lasts for around two minutes and leaves only minimal lacing behind on the glass. Smells and tastes the same: A biscuit forward malt with equallly high levels of pine resin and grapefruit pith. As it warms up, the glass gains just a touch of herbal hopping as well. Medium body and carbonation levels.

Middle of the road for an IPA.

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Photo of dpodratsky3
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass

A: golden orange color with a creamy off-white head, immediately coats the sides of the glass, unfortunately the lace doesn't last and the head recedes

S: hops come through the most, as would be expected, floral with a slight orange citrus hint, has some bready notes too

T: tastes hoppier than it smelled, a punch of resiny, piney hop flavor with a good dose of bitterness, it does have a malt backbone though, not present so much in flavor, but it allows the bitterness to slowly fade away rather than linger unpleasantly on your palate, does have some kind of hop flavor that I recognize but can't quite place...could be some grapefruit flavor that's coming out

M: medium body, good carb lightens it up a bit, but its a little full for how dry it is

O: a fairly easy to drink IPA, not out of this world in terms of flavor, but a solid IPA when you want something approachable

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Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a frosted pint glass in LaCrosse, WI:

Appearance: 1 inch head, moderate carbonation, amber in color, clear

Smell: caramel, toasted malt, and citrus hops

Taste: caramel start with a big dose of hops dominated by citrus hops at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter body and increasingly bitter finish, dry end, medium carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A really good IPA. I am really starting to like Tyranena. The bitterness really comes out as this beer warms. I nice combination of citrus and caramel. Both are very pronounced but neither seems overdone. Due to the bitterness one or two is the most I would have in a sitting, but I would get this again if offered to me.

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Photo of birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouts an orangish caramel color with a soft white head on it. Nose is sweet, citrus aromas, taste is refreshing citrus upfront that moves to a nice caramel malt backbone. Ends with a slight pine / woodsy bitterness. Mouth is soft and well carbonated. Overall, this is a refreshing IPA. Not a tongue bruiser, yet packs a nice hop flavor in it. Recommended if you are looking for a well crafted, balanced, refreshing IPA.

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

slightly hazy golden amber pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and a ridiculous amount of thick sticky lacing. smells of pine, garlic, grapefruit, orange peel. earthy bitterness up front followed up by a slightly herbal/spicy tone.. pine, burnt caramel, garlic, olives..
medium body with a nice creamy texture, mild carbonation.

this is a pretty good ipa, but i wish it were slightly more balanced.. a sweet tone would have made this even out perfectly yet still give off the bitterness you expect.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Old Chicago

Orange-amber color typical of an IPA. 2 finger off white head with good lacing. Smell is tropical fruits and pine. Taste follows with piney fruity hops. Very fresh and clean taste.

Couldn't find any faults here but it didn't blow me away either.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
Bottled on 09JAN12 in black ink on the neck.

A - Brilliant clarity allows visibility through the deep honey golden beer to the stream of bubbles feeding the head. Dense cream foam floats on the beer slowly giving way to delicate curtains of lace shrouding the pint.

S - Aaah, Wisconsin-style IPAs...hop forward but balanced. Strong grapefruit and pineapple citrus mesh with pine above the grainy caramel malt base. Exceptional IPA nose!

T - A blend of resin-dipped pine needle and low fruity characteristics of citrus emerge first and foremost followed closely by pale malt. Graininess overlaps the soft caramel and toffee accents.

M - Well-carbonated, Bitter Woman assaults the tongue in more ways than one. While malty and medium-bodied, this IPA finishes out nice and bitter with a lingering flavor gripping the tongue.

O - One of the first polarizing beer experiences of my life, I remember my Dad really loving this beer in my early craft infancy. Despite my disgust towards it, he insisted it was fantastic. His instincts for great beer were just completely natural, something I wish I could enjoy now that I've reached a higher level of beer maturity. I've made it my mission to raise a pint or two of Bitter Woman IPA, a fantastic, well-balanced and easy drinking IPA, in his honor every year on March 8th. Cheers Dad, thanks for your wisdom and the role you played in ushering me into great beer!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Old Chicago poured in a pint glass. Pours a burnt orange color with just a thin head slowly developing. The aroma shows a bit of citrus rind, orange peel, and heavy caramel. Sweet caramel malty flavor with a decent hop bite. Again, a citrus rind flavor seems to stand out and is toe to toe with the caramel. Sweet tropical fruit emerges along with light grainy toast notes and a little resin. The bitterness is mild to moderate within the style, doing a fairly good job balancing the sweetness of the beer, but not much more than that. A decent IPA that is enjoybable enough.

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Photo of bierbrauer
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased locally ($7.99/6). Bottle dated 10/30/11, 53 days ago. Poured into tulip glass.

A: Clear, amber, with some suspended particles and occasional bubbles; with 1"+ fluffy, white head that drops slowly and leaves sparse lacing.

S: Restrained earthiness and citrus, with a faint bit of floral.

T: Malty, with caramel, then citrus & pine; moderately bitter; no detectable alcohol.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body, neutral finish.

O: An extremely drinkable, straightforward, go-to IPA -- one of my favorites. Well balanced, relatively light abv and a good value. I've been familiar with this for a while, but held off from rating it until I'd tried a range of other IPAs from various regions. Beyond the ale, I appreciate the dedication this brewery -- primarily local, no marketing, supportive of the community, emphasis on quality.

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Photo of corby112
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden amber/orange color with a thin white foam head that slowly fades into a thin ring. Minimal lacing left behind.

Citrus hop aroma that's slightly earthy with a pale malt presence. Strong grapefruit and citrus peel presence along with some grassy pine and subtle biscuit.

Medium bodied but on the chewier side with a complex hop profile that's countered by a pale malt presence. Slightly dry and not overly bitter with a decent piny flavor that is countered by lots of sweet citrus, especially grapefruit and orange peel. Well balanced with a faint caramel and biscuity malt backbone before finishing somewhat dry. Flavorful, refreshing and easy to drink, especially during the warmer months. Another solid offering frm Tyranena.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Princeton orange liquid with a champagne finger of cream fed by a surging fury of micro-bubbles. A pasty gradient of lacing rims the glass.

Crackery vaguely toasty malt base comes out in the nose along with an earthy, peppery, resinous burst of hops.

Pine and grass on the palate, along with a bit of grapefruit rind and passion fruit from hops. Moderate bitterness throughout balanced by a dry loam-laden malty finish. Potent and balanced all at once.

Well carbonated, medium-bodied, faintly oily - very nice.

Nice strong example of the style.

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Photo of beagle75
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with two fingers of diminishing off-white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and small diffuse bubbles rise in the column.

S: Balanced caramel malt and hops that feature earthy herbaceous qualities. Minerality is sharp in the nose, touched perhaps by carbon dioxide but standing its ground.

T: Begins off-dry, with aggressive pale malt that is caramel at first, then giving way to pleasant breadiness. Hops play an accessory role here, kept carefully behind the malt characteristics. The hop component transmits a restrained combination of semi-dark citrus and other flavors that are similar to the hop-derived qualities of the smell. Acidity is mild into the middle where bready malt continues to dominate alongside weak yeast esters. The finish is earthy and moderately bitter.

M: Medium viscosity, slightly syrupy and sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This malt-focused IPA boasts a respectable combination of American and English qualities. While malt qualities and the smell of hops remind of English ale--not to mention the transient minerality that is cutting at times--residual citrus flavors and its overall cleanliness are more to the American style. However, in the final tally it is more convincing as an English-style IPA.

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Photo of JayQue
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice balanced IPA. Poured into a pint glass a slightly hazy orange color. BIG frothy white head, good retention and thick bands of lacing all over the glass. A very impressive looking IPA. The rest is more ordinary. Aroma is very mild for an IPA, a little hoppiness...thats it. Taste is fairly good, balanced between piney hops and bready malt. Flavors are ok but nothing stands out. Mouthfeel is adequate for the style, fairly crisp as well

Not a bad IPA but there are much better ones out there.

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours a nice pale honey gold with a foamy thin white head that lingers without lacing.

S: Hops, citrus, juice, pine, and some malt.

T: Hops, citrus, bready, and some malt come through. Real balanced with a decent hop bite and mellow notes.

M: Light and crisp with nice mouth coating. Easy to drink.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bitter Woman pours a darker copper color, with a small lacing head. The smell is hoppy, and nothing else. The taste has a nice hop bite, the malty backbone is very light, and just noticeable, blends very well. Nice to drink would love to have another, and has a nice aftertaste, and leaves just a bit of bitterness on the tounge. Overall I really enjoy this one, GREAT JOB.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Copper orange with a thick three finger white head. Holds firm there. Several wisps of lacing.
S- The smell is balanced but still hoppy. Resinous pine with a touch of citrus, and a slightly toasted malt character.
T- At first it's a toasted biscuit before a nice bitterness takes over. Mostly pine but there is a touch of citrus sitting under there.
M- Light body. Smooth at first, then a solidly dry finish.
O- An easy drinking IPA that, though not particularly unique, is all around a well made beer.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice medium to dark golden color that is only slightly hazy with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a thin finger of pure white head that is fine and bubbly and dissipates quickly, leaves a small amount of lacing
S: nice hop aroma, kind of a mix between citrus hops and deeper hop notes with a bit of wildflower mixed in
T: gentle taste, light hop and citrus taste, slight sweetness at the finish
M: medium carbonation tingle which sticks on the palate after the finish, smooth in the middle but a bit dry at the end
O: a pretty decent IPA, taste is not as impressive as i had hoped but overall its a pretty decent drinker

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a decent head that sticks around. Nicely crisp in the nose, with notably floral and citrusy hops. The taste plays up these same notes found in the aroma, with a surprisingly crisp but juicy combination of flavors. Amazing how refreshing this beer is while still offering some real depth. Dry, crisp, floral, and with gentle citrus notes, and a juicy sweetness on the finish. A fine beer.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a very light in color ipa from what i'm used to. Very dark golden color, or very light orange, however you want to look at it. Floaties in the glass. Smells acidic like a grapefruit. Smells caramely as well. Taste is somewhat the same. Grapefruit, caramel, then the bitterness hits you. I should've checked the bottled on date for sure because this doesn't seem very hoppy to me at all. Not a bad flavor, just not very hoppy. Nice carbonated mouthfeel. Feels crisp. Overall, eh, middle of the road here.

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

Thanks to Tolann and her friends for sharing beers a month or so back at her basement party. This one poured a nice orange-amber color with a smallish white head. Aromas of citrus, earth and sweet malt. On the palate, this one was medium bodied with flavors of earth, citrus and sweet malt.

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Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nicely hopped IPA, but overall I suppose I expected a bit more horsepower from the hops. Moderate caramel malt body, with hopping that seemed to lean just a touch in the English IPA direction. Finish was clean but a bit nondescript. Overall, a very enjoyable but not impressive IPA.

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Photo of shanblur
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. There is a 02 and 11 on the bottle, but in different places. Don't know if it was bottled in February of this year or if the numbers mean something else.

A - Nice copper color with a modest white head. Plenty of lacing left on the glass.

S - Smells of wheat and sweet caramel malts, which balances well with the citrus hops notes

T - Sweet tasting, but also a nice mouth filling bitterness from the hops. Very well balanced. Very smooth.

M - Medium bodied with a light carbonation

A very nice beer and one I would be happy to have again.

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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
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