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 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 ChimRichels
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very clear orange/yellow color. Some yeast chunks made their way through the head to cloud it up after a couple seconds. Foamy head of a finger or so. Head is very "airy" yet holds on for the majority of the drink.

S - Very grapefruity, malt is definitely noticeable, lending a raw wheat/caramel smell. Hops still overpower it, however.

T - Hops provide plenty of bitterness right away and provide more pine/cedar like flavors. Malt holds strong, slightly bready.

M - Quite smooth, a lot more viscous than I was expecting.

O - Pretty solid IPA that isn't too complicated. Not the best I've ever had, but certainly one I would consider drinking again.

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

Poured from a 12 oz (355m l) bottle into a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass (June 22, 2010). "BOTTLED ON 02MAR11" is stamped onto the neck of the bottle.

Eyes: Pours a slightly dark orange/amber. A generous pour produces a finger and a half of head, which laces moderately well.

Nose: Less potent than expected from an IPA, but nicely delivered. Slightly earthy, dry grapefruit, a modest grassy note. I just had Tyranena's other IPA scurvy and like Scurvy the nose seems to be muted but complex.

Tongue: The milder aroma belies the great flavor here. Ciitrus and sweet fruits abound, mild caramel with just enough bitterness.

Mouth: This is a smooth, silky beer with mild carbonation to carry the syrupy consistency.

Libation: This Bitter woman is very fruity with just enough bitterness to abate the sweetness and just enough carbonation to cut the thickness. Well balanced for one of the more fruity IPAs out there, a very complex for a beer with 5.75% ABV.

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Photo of mooselvlt
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Nice orange-gold, clear with a beautiful 2 finger+ tan foam head. Magnificent looking. Excellent retention, great lacing. Impressive looking brew!

S - Picking up grassy-hops and grains with a hint of malts. Some citrus notes as well. Nice!

T - Malt starts the show with a very nice hop finish, mostly very earthy hops. Grassy feel, resin, bitter...yummy stuff

M - Its medium bodied and extremely smooth for the bold flavor. Drinkable too.

O - This has a lot to it for a 5.75% brew! The flavors are there for sure. And if you like a ore earthy IPA, you will really enjoy it. I know I do.

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Photo of anglagard1
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer several times before, and it never seems to taste the same way twice.

Served from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance was nice in color, weak in head, solid in lacing.

Smell was very lacking. My memories of this beer were intense, whether good or bad. The smell indicated none of that intensity.

Taste was the best I remember it being. Very solid and balanced. In the past I recall being a bit overwhelmed by the taste. Perhaps my tastebuds are acclimating to good beer.

Mouthfeel=very good, a velvety smoothness that had body to it.

I usually buy this in a sample pack. I'll have to buy a six pack of it next time to see if it is this beer or me that is unpredictable. Either way, my opinion of it is favorable.

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

Poured from my 12oz bottle into my snifter.

A - Clear amber/copper color. Leaves little head that dissipates pretty quick. Some lacing sticks to the glass throughout.

S - I get a lot of pine and citrus.

T - Not as bitter as the name would suggest. Very drinkable/citrusy. Pretty sweet aftertaste. The bitterness does stick around though.

M - Nice amount of body. Medium carbonation.

O - Good brew. Very high in flavor.

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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 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 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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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber with some slight haze. White head that is initially quite lumpy, but dies down to form a nice little cap of head over the beer. Some lasing present.

S: Citrusy hops with some sweet, caramel malt background.

T: First you get a lot of sweet malt taste. The maltyness is comparable to an amber beer. Then the hops come in full force. This beer is quite bitter like the name suggests. The bitterness kind of reminds me of Dale's Pale Ale... it gets slightly annoying after a while.

M: Medium.

I've had worse IPAs, but I've also had better. This one had this amber malt taste that personally, I do not find appealing.

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

Cloudy amber-gold, with a fair head of white bubblies. Fairly ornate lace.

Citrusy aroma...a good start.

Taste is, appropriately enough, bitter. Citrus hops dominate, with a little sweetness, then a bitter finish. Enjoyable.

Absolutely nothing wrong with this tasty IPA. Delicious, drinkable, and as sturdy as can be. I'd put this one against most any American IPA.

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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 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 tjsdomer2
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not the most impressive, but it has a good orange-brown color. Foam is lacking, but good lacing.

Smell: Pretty light based on IPA standards. Some honey and hops.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically your run-of-the-mill IPA for taste and feel. Nothing specially but nothing bad.

Drinkability: Harmless.

Overall: A tame IPA.

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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 richkrull
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I scored a case of this stuff from the brewery.

Pours a transparent copper color with some nice off-white head and good lacing. Good light hop aroma, not a whole lot else coming through that I can tell. Taste is great! Hops throughout with a bitter finish. Medium bodied beer that goes down easy. I really like this beer overall and as long as the price is right, I'll keep this on hand for my go-to IPA.

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Photo of doucmehu
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into pint glass. 1 finger medium density head, nice amber, touch cloudy

S: Citrus hops, sweet and a hint of malt, typical solid IPA. Well rounded nose

T: Nice Midwest take on west coast IPA, not too bitter, sweet earthy hops, solid all around beer.

M: Smooth and a bit creamy for IPA, good carbonation, good dry bitter finish

D: Good IPA, I will be buying this again. Solid all around, good hop nose and full flavor. Very sessionable brew.

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Photo of JLeege
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance- Pours a clear orange to copper color with a fluffy white head. Decent retention and a little lacing.

Smell- Strong herbal hops, with a very present bready malt backbone.

Taste- Hoppy throughout with a strong doughy backbone. Very herbal and flowery hops in this one. Slight citrus, orange and lemon. Some cat pee in there too. Lingering bitter on the palate.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, a tad bit grainy.

Overall- A very different IPA, not a ton of citrus or pine to this one, rather much more herbal/flowery/perfume-y. Above average beer, but there are lots of IPAs I would choose over this one.

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Photo of flyingspatula
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I need to try this again, but I think I've just found one of my favorite IPA's ever. This was great!!! Up there with 60 Min IPA, and any other great IPA I've tried. The taste was GREAT! I will definitely buy this again. Six-Pack? Yes. Twelve pack? Yes. Keg? Perhaps. Great smell and wonderful drinkabailty. Good malt and hops flavor. Fruitiness, wonderfullness!

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Photo of exonthebottle
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this beer for awhile now I am glad I did this beer is balanced and bitter just the way I like.
appearance cloudy amber nice short head and leaves nice lacing
smell bitter citrus-y bread malt
taste this beer tastes bitter but not overpoweringly so it also maltiness helps the hops balance out
mouthfeel creamy nice medium carbonation feels fine
drinkability I say this session-able beer it goes well with my burrito I won't say this beer amazing but it is a good comfort beer.

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: From a 12 oz. bottle into a nonic. Thanks to beveritt for his near-continual beer mule-ing for me.

A- Hazy amber. Pours with ~1 finger of off-white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap.

S- A bit of citrus hopiness at first, though a fairly herbaceous, tea-like presence dominates as the head dies. Solid biscuit and caramel sweetness come through as the drink warms a bit.

T- Quite a resinous bitterness gives it a bit of hoppy punch up front, which is quickly balanced by a solidly sweet caramel malt.

M- Moderate carbonation and a medium-full feel.

D- Good. Pleasant, if unspectacular, on all fronts, and quite easy drinking.

Future outlook: Solid, enjoyable beer, though not one that rises to the level of being worth seeking for someone like me who can't get it readily.

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

I've always loved the name and artwork of Tyranena Bitter Woman. I hadn't had this brew in years so I was excited to revisit it now that my beer intelligence has grown. Very inviting clean bright amber pour. The taste was not as bitter as I remember it....not anymore hoppy and bitter than most IPA's. Great blend of pine, hops, orange, and lemon. My only problem is the sweetness actually overpowers the hops.
Nevertheless, a smooth, creamy well crafted IPA.

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Photo of GrainDamaged
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear, honey color, abundant fountain of bubbles stream up from the bottom. A full half inch of luscious foam laces gently down the sides.
Rye bread and soap, maybe a hint of citrus and pine on the nose, a touch of lemon. Not too much till it warms up, then it emphasizes more of the same.
Amazingly smoothe on the tongue, creamy and luscious. Mildly malty at first, a hint of caramel, followed by a fine blend of bitter hops. Good medium bodied beer that goes down fast, and finishes with a quick shot of bitter hop then clean.
I could go through a few of these!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - golden yellow with orange hue, nice fluffy up + down head, occasional lacing evident.

S - citrus, pine, malt and grain.

T - sweet citrus, grainy, earth tones with solid bitter finish, but not overpowering.

M - med/light body, big carbonation, slight tongue prickling.

D - Very sessionable IPA and nice offering by Tyranena. Not a must have, but worth giving it a try.

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Photo of Estocker
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, light amber color. Decent head, some retention.

... bottled October 09. It's over a year old.

Hops smell has faded. It smells mostly earthy and piny maybe with a bit of citrus. I'm getting a decent amount of malt, although nowhere near as much as I'd expect from such an old IPA. Although the nose is very subdued, this actually smells decent.

Tastes better than it smells. More pine flavor comes through, and the malt is actually a nice balance. Not what I look for in an IPA but this has aged pretty well I think.

I will definitely have to seek this out again and have it fresh.

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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 764 ratings.
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