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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Ratings: 771 |  Reviews: 403
Photo of jlindros
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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Photo of Ryan011235
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 6/7/10

Many thanks to livewire78 for the chance to try this

This Bitter Woman is a medium-depth amber with a mild haziness. The color is consistent; it only gets slightly lighter around the edges. It poured two fingers of foam that has thinned to a large patch of bubbles. Nice, drippy lace to start off. Thin layer of retention & rather impressive lace throughout.

The aroma is certainly hoppy, if a little restrained overall. Floral overtones are in no short supply. Muted notes of ripe citrus offer a juiciness via grapefruit, orange & lemon; it's mostly pith & peel. Vague notions of pine drift about. At times it comes of as medicinal & solvent-like. A malt foundation of biscuit & baked bread supports the hops.

The taste is bitter, indeed. Piney hops hit first with an all-encompassing bitterness. Muddled swaths of citrus back it up but take second seed to the pine notes. Not particularly floral to taste. While the bitterness is reasonable, it lacks spiciness; on the whole is could be a little more pointed, I think. Malts are appreciable, but don't make themselves known until right before the finish. Caramel, toasted bread & a hint of doughy yeast hang in the back. Has a musty bent.

Bitter Woman is medium bodied. Carbonation is hovering around the low side of moderate. I'd like a little more vigorous carbonation as it would likely help focus the bitterness. Just bit of resin. The finish is pretty dry with piney bitterness lingering on.

Drinkability isn't bad at all; I do like 'em bitter. Solid overall, I think with a few tweaks this would be a mighty fine IPA - more spiciness, clarity with the citrus & a touch more carbonation. I've had my eye on this for a little while now; glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear orange-amber color with a decent, frothy off-white head, lacing throughout. Aroma is pale malts, caramel, bread, flowery hops, pine and citrus. Flavor is caramel malts, grapefruit, and pine. Mouthfeel is light to medium, dry with a bitter finish. Good beer.

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Photo of livewire78
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber copper mix. A little dull colored but the head is nice and fluffy.

Smells pretty typical. Hoppy and intense with a little mix of citrus and pine.

OK, so I did not get what I expected here. Bitter is the correct way to describe this beer. But the bitterness wasn't balanced out by anything. Sort of piney with a small dose of that damn cat pee taste. The finish was extremely long and I guess that can be a good thing but only if you enjoy it.

Felt pretty good going down. Slick and smooth.

I think this was a good tasting beer but only an average IPA.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong, hop dominated aroma of grapefruit and pineapple is bolstered by a mild bready malt sweetness. Tall, thick, cream colored head holds solid atop the brilliant deep copper colored beer.. Moderately sweet bready and biscuit flavors up front are quickly overrun by black tea hop flavors. The hop flavor becomes more grapefruit citrus towards the end and a moderately strong bitterness wraps everything up. Medium body with moderately carbonation with a bitterness that lingers into the semi-dry finish. Solid, flavorful beer that is far from one-dimensional.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured a mild gold/amber color, the head was slightly white, about 2 fingers, looked nice.

S: Lots of exotic fruits. Smells nice.

T: Has a bitter profile, rounding out with some of the smells into the taste.

M/D: I think the mouth feel really killed the mood for me with this beer. It had a very weird aftertaste, bitter and chalky, and not bitter in the way I am accustomed to. The mouth feel was thick, but finished like seltzer water. Unless I got a tainted bottle, I don't know if I will repeat this one.

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Photo of Brettster
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a fluffy two finger slightly off white head. Seems to be heavily carbonated. Pick up a hint of grapefruit and some other tart smells and spices. Definitely a tart fruity taste and with a prominent bitter finish. Pretty light and dry mouthfeel from start to finish.

Not a bad IPA.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color that produced a fluffy pure white head that clung to the sides of the glass like a magnet. Beautiful retention.

(S)- Great citrus of peach, mango, & pineapple. A honey. . . almost vanilla sweetness. Great aroma.

(T)- Bitter woman is a fitting name. This is a bitter monster. However, a great creamy citrus & light sweetness softens the blow.

(M)- A great carbonation level & balance. Great fruits & bitterness. Flavor-wise, it could compete with some DIPAs! Just the right amount of sweetness to ice the cake.

(D)- A solid to fantastic IPA. It may have a humorous label, but it delivers good stuff all around. Crisp & refreshing. Proves that the midwest also knows their hops! Definitely enjoyed this one.

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Photo of deereless
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium gold with a hint of amber, some minor lacing, thin layer of medium density head - 4.00, S: Quite herbal and with a solid grain aroma, sour dough bread, slightly earthy, grapefruit also makes a showing on the nose - 3.25, T: Sturdy hop bite, like the nose the palate is quite herbal while also having some grapefruit zest, the beer ends very dry - 3.50, M: Slightly creamy while also have a bit of grit - 3.50, D: No bottle date on the label, an enjoyable IPA but not one that blew me away - 3.50

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Photo of Axic10
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rec'd as an extra in a trade from ROBORB. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper/burnt orange color with no head.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine with a lot of roasted malt coming through at the end.

Taste: Bitter hops, grapefruit and roasted malt as the nose suggests.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and "bitey"

Drinkability: Very enjoyable beer, not one that I could go through numerous bottles of one sitting, but enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of trbergman
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pale yellow-orange with one inch of creamy off-white head. Good head retention.

S - Caramel, a hint of pineapple, faint pine and grapefruit hop aroma.

T - Rather light, tea-like, with a touch of caramel and fruit, with herbal hop bitterness and leafy/grassy hop flavor. Hops aren't very strong - closer to many breweries' pales than their IPAs.

M - Light body, somewhat astringent.

D - Good, but not a beer I imagine myself craving. I wouldn't turn it down, though.

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Photo of Tone
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Mistofminn
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a darker orange color, almost copper or amber. Pour produces a frothy off-white head that leaves some sticky lacing.

The nose is pretty damn bitter, surprise surprise. I don't get as much floral or citrus hops that I have come to know and love, most of an dry, piney and resiny hop bitterness. Significant malt backbone sits waiting in the background.

The taste isn't as balanced between bitter hops and sweet malts as the nose lets you think it is. A huge blast of resiny bitterness, without any defining hop characters to back it up. A dry astringency from front to back, which disappoints me because it seems as though other reviewers are getting citrus and floral hop characters that my bottle seems to be lacking.

Light to medium body, with an appropriate carbonation, and a lingering bitter aftertaste. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, not a bad IPA, I would just liked to see more hop characters rather than just plain bitterness. I have come to know and love the citrus side of hops and I didn't get it in this IPA.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear shade of copper with an impressive dirty white head.
S: Fresh, fruity hops, and a little vanilla. The only malt character I really get is sweet caramel.
T: Hop flavors - mostly white grapefruit. Malt is there in a very understated way - either a pale malt or very conservative amount of caramel malt. Yet for all those bitter flavors it has a nice sweet balancing component. Biscuit and some nutty flavors make an appearance as the beer warms. Finish is long and bitter.
M: About perfect. Medium bodied and crisp, with just enough (fine) carbonation.

This is an especially hoppy IPA bordering on DIPA hoppyness, but IMO, it's well done. Also love the name and label/story. Can't wait to have year-round access to Tyranena's stellar lineup.

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Photo of manahansf
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a quickly dissipating white head. The nose is slightly tart with aromas of fruity hops. The flavor is also slightly tart but is complemented and supported by citrus hop bitterness. The body is relatively thick with low carbonation, making it different from most IPAs but it does help the taste to flow much slower. The finish is also slow and fades through the bitterness to a sweet malty end.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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 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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Photo of EJNibs
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange-brown hue. Two fingers of head that hang around for about 2 minutes with beautiful lacing.
S: Wow. I must say I'm impressed. Great floral hop aroma with a bit of citrus and just a hint of malt.
T: Despite the beer's name, the hop bitterness is nicely balanced here with a hint of flower in the finish.
M: Pretty light, maybe just a bit too light actually. Not bad though.
D: Very drinkable. With a relatively low ABV for an IPA this hoppy and a bitterness that doesn't overpower this is a very drinkable IPA.

V: I must admit, I was not expecting to like this as well as I do. I love my native Wisconsin, but I've had a string of mediocre IPAs from the Badger State, and I think I was lowering my expectations for this one. It could be a bit more complex, but it's wonderfully floral in the nose and a bit in the finish, perhaps my favorite characteristic of a nice IPA. Worth trying.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another beer courtesy of maximum12 in the secret santa 09. Poured into a sam adams perfect pint. The beer is a dark amber/orange with a frothy white head that leaves some oily lacing.

The smell is a well balanced sweet hoppy blend of citrus, pine and malt.

The taste is less balanced than the smell, with a blast of bitter citrus up front, followed by some sweet malts, and then more bitter pine hops to finish the flavor.

The beer is bitter without being overbearing, with a nice light-to-medium body and a nice bitter drying finish. This is like a junior version of Torpedo, a solid IPA.

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Photo of AgingWarrior
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with a two finger foamy off white head. The head lasts a good long time and provides plenty of lace.

Smells like sweet, hoppy, citrus and grapefruit. It smells delicious and I can't wait to taste it.

It tastes even better than it smells! Great hop profile, light and crisp with a wonderfully bitter and clean finish.

Medium body, light carbonation, very crisp IPA.

Extremely drinkable, sadly I only had the one bottle.

I hope to get some more of this one. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Jmoore50
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

They named it Bitter Woman for a reason.

The appearance is just beautiful. Great clarity for a dark golden amber color. Nice frothy sticky white head that leaves really heavy lacing on the glass. The wheat that they added to this brew contributes the amazing head, well done.

The smell is of super high AAU hops, bitterness is this beers strong suit. Just real high hop bitterness in the smell.

The taste is high in hops and not citrus fruity hops. These are 14% AAU hops that are usually used in the beginning of the boil, not at the end or dry hopping. Cascade, that is the culprit. The Amarillo is also adding some goodness but this is a very 'Cascade' brew.

Mouthfeel is dry and bitter, no duh.

Good beer, but kind of reminds me too much like my second homebrew. Worth a try.

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Photo of lester619
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep orange/copper with a creamy rocky head that sticks around. Thick sheets of lacing. Grapefruit, pine tons of hops. You know the drill. Not the best IPA out there. It slams you with bitter hops, but doesn't bring a whole lot else to the party. I would have liked a little more sweet malty balance to round this beer off. I like it overall. It goes down pretty smooth and it will satisfy anyones hop craving. Good, but I've had much better.

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Photo of aaronh
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright copper body topped by a long-lasting cream head. Nice lacing on the glass. Even after 5 minutes, there is still a decent head on this beer. Aroma is grapefruit, roses, and a touch of honey inflected malt. Flavor is predominantly bitter grapefruit rind up front, then gradually fades to a bit of pine needle on the finish. Successive sips reinforce the bitterness but not much malt ever comes through. No sweet side to this woman. Mouthfeel is crisp - a rather light-bodied beer. Drinkability - it's a good beer. Just extremely bitter - I'd grab something with a bit more balance if I had the choice. For example - Dark Horse Crooked Tree IPA and Founder's Centennial IPA were on the same shelf - I'd prefer either over this bitter woman.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice transparent copper with about a half inch worth of head that recedes slowly and leaves a nice bit of lacing.
S- A nice hoppy goodness. Also there is a bit of bready malty background which is nice.
T- A nice hop start with a small amount of malt which balances nicely with the bitter end. Also there is a bit of the citrusy taste too.
M- A nice medium bodied brew that has the right amount of carbonation plus a nice bitter finish makes this a pretty satisfying brew.
D- I could easily finish off a few of these. Pretty good for the style but nothing extraordinary about it. A good offering from Tyranena

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Photo of mikey711
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly orange and slightly maroon. Decent head and good lace.

S: Mostly caramel and some pine hops.

T: Good amount of sweetness with just enough hops to balance it out

M: Full, but it leaves a weird film on my mouth.

D: This bottle was slightly past its prime, but it was still good. It is no the best IPA but solid

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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 771 ratings
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