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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 scruffwhor
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright copper color with a thin film of fom after a one finger head from the pour. Ok bubbling. The aroma medium orange peel balanced well withtoasted caramel and crystal malts. Overall subtle, more like an English IPA in aroma. The tase starts with a citric bite and dry caramel. The citric tng simmers slowly frm the middle to the finish for a slow, bitter aftertaste. The malt nd hop balance skews towards the cone towards the finish. The palate feels tangy resiny. Ok sessionability.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to baconisaveggie for bringing this back for me.

Poured a 12oz screw top into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a deep orange copper with a big 3 inch cream head that leaves ample lacing down one side of my glass. Only one side though, this is a bit confusing to me. Why not the other side? Either way, its still a really pretty IPA. I let out a sigh of relief with the first whiff. No signs of oxidation. No cardboard. Thank god. The aroma is citrus hops all the way. Tangerine, grapefruit and just a pinch of orange zest. A subtle floral tone underlies all the citrus. The flavor is much more balanced then the nose would have given though to. While big citrus flavors commingle with a subtle metallic bitterness, a sweet maltiness balances all the big action. I really enjoy this IPA. Tyranena really has done a great job with this one. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and finishes just a slight bit sweet for me. This is a really damn good IPA. I'm definitely going to be seeking this out in some future trades.

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

Tyranena just recently became available to me here in the Northwest Burbs and got my hands on a sixer of this a week or two ago.

A: Pure, clean, bright golden amber with a thick, sticky looking inch and a half of tightly packed head. Head fades into a cap in a few minutes but leaves behind some delicate lacing.

S: Hops hops hops and more hops, piney more than citrusy but I'd wager to say some orange peel can be found here as well. Malt aroma is discernible with a slight bready sweetness that mixes quite nicely into the fruity/piney aroma, maintaining an excellent sense of balance.

T/MF: Almost grapey as soon as the beer hits the tongue. Grapey in terms of the way it grips the tongue and also because it sort of tasted like a white grape to me. This moves away rather quickly of course and becomes slightly boozy, a sort of shallow, mellow heat, the malts soon come into play and work to form an impressive interplay between bitter and sweet.

D: Tastes delicious, displays great balance and is right where you would expect an IPA to be and gives you exactly what your are asking for if what you are asking for is a well balanced IPA that still can strong arm a huge amount of bitterness into the equation as well.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received courtesy of akokandy in a recent trade. Thanks!

Pours a deep dark gold with a large frothy off-white head on top. Excellent retention leaving with it some decent lacing. Smells like a pine forest! Great piney hop aromas burst out of this beer. Very appealing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and drinkable. Decent amount of carbonation. Flavor profile is sort of a harsh spicy bitterness. Big hoppy mouth. Some subtle caramel maltiness is in there, but it's in the background. Finishes nice and bitter. This beer doesn't have the citrus player that many IPAs have, but it satisfies the "hop head" in me. Well done. Recommend.

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Photo of JoshuaJ
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden IPA with an excellent head and superb lacing. Smell was sort of dull. To be honest, all I could discern were the piney hops. The taste was hoppy up front and then...nothing. Just hops. It also tasted watered down. Not a bad brew, but not one that I'd buy again. It's crisp and great for a hophead like myself, but ultimately, that's all there was to this one.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to KeefD for helping me acquire this ridiculously delicious IPA.

A: Almost 3 fingers of firm and rocky off-white head over a beautiful amber and dark orange brew. Gorgeous retention and great lacing.
S: Big, fruity esters. Ripe citrus and florals to boot. Deeper pulls reveal a bit of yeast, which is always welcome.
T: Very fruity. Tons of citrus, mostly ripe mandarins and grapefruit. Florals are in there but they're nothing up against the big citrus profile in this beer. Behind the fruity hops is a solid malty backbone. This is such a well-balanced beer.
M: Medium-bodied with lower carbonation. Very bitter residuals, and I can't get enough.
D: A wonderful IPA. Easily sessionable. I look forward to the rest of the 6er. Thanks, Keith!

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Photo of Martin2D
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Amber with a huge white head that retains and tons of carbonation

S - Hints of hops intermingled with hints of malt and caramel

T - Medium hop flavor on the forefront that changes to bitterness on the finish. Caramel flavors complement the mild malts.

M - Medium-high in carbonation and medium in body.

D - Very pleasant drinker. Hoppy, but not overly hoppy. Well balanced, perfect bitterness and malt balance. Very good.

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

Pours cloudy light orange with a fluffy head and some lacing.

Smells fresh: grapefruit, orange, and butterscotch

Taste is complex. I pick up grapefruit and orange peel, some coriander?, sweet malt, grass, butterscotch and toffee.

Medium mouthfeel, feels smooth.

This was solid. Sort of a grassy note that I feel detracts from things, but it was all right.

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Photo of dukedevil0
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single 12oz bottle i picked up from Heritage in Minneapolis.

A: Looks like a pretty IPA with an orangy-yellowish amber liquid and just off white colored head that amounts to two fingers at first and settles down over time with lacing on the glass.

S: hops, yeast, some citrus maybe orange peel

T: very pale hop flavor with some maltiness in the background with a dry bitter finish..i tend to like sweeter hoppy beers so this isn't quite my style

M: crisp and refreshing like i would expect a session type IPA to be

D: very sessionable for someone that prefers the pale hop flavor profie (i'm not sure how to better describe it), but for me the flavor just doesn't fall in line with my preferences

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Photo of DarbyOGill
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: I really like the appearance of this beer for an IPA. It is golden with a reddish hue.

S: The smell is okay, from a IPA I expect more. Hints of citrus and malt.

T: The taste somewhat makes up for the lackluster smell. It isn't as hoppy as some IPAs, but it is pretty well balanced. Nice taste of orange and malt.

D: Overall the drinkablitiy on this beer is good. I would buy this again.

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Photo of u2carew
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(A) Copper colored. Some visible sediment. Pours with a nice, frothy head then settles quickly to the outside edge of the glass. Carbonation is not visibly active.
(S) Sweet hop aroma. Floral with a slight bready/yeasty scent.
(T) Sweet on the front side then a smooth transition to a mellow bitter and caramel taste.
(M) Crisp and bubbly. Medium bodied.
(D) A nice, "true to form" IPA. Bartender pour me another!

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Photo of PalatineBrewing
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

very average offering. Worth a try, but probably wont make it on any Top10 lists.

A: Golden colored. Definitely filtered. Big loose head to it.

S: Mild hops.

T: Well balanced beer. Light malt with a mild bitterness and some light hop aroma. If you are accustomed to a pale ales, this is not going to shock you.

M: Light. Maybe SG of 1.012

D: Very drinkable. Does not impair the palate.

Overall, with a name like "bitter woman" you expect some serious hoppiness... i was rather disappointed, but overall i enjoyed the beer. i mean, i must have, cuz i took home a growler. Worth a try, but not a memorable beer.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fluffy white off head with a clear oraange/yellow look, good lace.

Not overpowering hops, just juicy and fresh smelling.

Malt rounds out the taste with the hops in the mouth, not a bomb of hops, but a nice crisp finish. Maybe the age has faded the hops, don't know.

Good round mouthfeel, easy to drink, a good American IPA, not a great one.

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

12oz. bottle into goblet on 3/15/09. Thanks to naproxen for the trade.

A - Poured a slightly hazy, gritty reddish-copper body with half a finger of off-white head that receded into a bubbly patch but left lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Lots of sweet malt featuring caramel and toffee notes as well as muted citrus hops. Some fruity and floral notes are also present.

T - On the malty side for an IPA with a bit of citrus and floral notes, but the flavor is predominantly sweet caramel malt. Finishes with a distinct grainy malt character with a touch of floral hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with a light syrupy texture and bristly carbonation on the tongue. Finishes with a mild bitterness on the palate that gets more aggressive and lingers for a bit.

D - I think this one is a little past its prime in that the hop flavor has faded a bit. However, this is clearly an above average IPA, though not as good as Scurvy. I'd love to try this on tap some time.

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Photo of tittymcj
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one poured a hazy deep orange, with a thin head that doesn't recede quickly. Good lacing, and some carbonation throughout as well.

The smell is of mostly citrus hops, but there is some pale malt that balances it out and makes it a thick, not bitter citrus.

The taste is primarily malt and the characteristic dough profile. There is a small bit of orange, but not nearly as much as the smell.

The mouthfeel is very bubbly and light at first, but the malt profile leaves a heavy aftertaste. Lots of carbonation.

Drinkability for this one is very high because it is very carbonated and refreshing, and tastes good.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery orange with some particles spread throughout. Huge frothy two finger head. Some lacing but not alot. That head is still sticking around!

Smells like hops with a little orange marmalade and a hint of malt.

Quite hoppy, also some orange peel, malt and maybe a hint of apricot. The bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Medium bodied, pretty smooth with medium carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. There is a decent amount of malt to counteract the hops. Can't taste the alcohol in this. Not the greatest IPA, but still quite good none the less.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass, pours a nice copper color with a two finger off-white head with great retention and lacing that spiderwebs about half of the glass. Smells and tastes very hoppy with strong bitterness to it with underling flavors of citrus peel and a small amount of maltiness. Mouthfeel is pretty much standard for a good IPA, well carbonated and semi oily. Overall it's a nice beer for the style and a good price.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 17 Jan 2009.

Poured in 0.4 L Sonnen becker. Small parchment colored head. Well carbonated. Very slightly hazy copper color. Huge aroma of resin and citrus, caramel, floral and more caramel. Starts out with medium bitterness, grainy sweetness, and caramel. Nicely bittersweet throughout. Finishes with a lingering bitterness, some ethanol and an aftertaste that is tart, almost cidery.

Very nicely done.

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Photo of gatornation
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a brown /orange color with a good head and decent lacing.. smell at first is hops and strong citrus smell mainly a grapefruit smell .. the taste is the same as the smell but with some malt,bread tastes it is some what bitter but not overdone it was good. the drinkability is very good and it tastes better as it warms the mouthfeel is hops forward bitterness with strong citrus mainly grapefruit rounded out with malt/ biscuit finish its good an drinkable and worth a try at a low 5.75 abv.... a solid B

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Photo of DocTheDJ
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a 18oz cheapo "Bud" glass.

Looks: Looks good with a orangish/nut brown ale color, not very clear more of a haze for sure and definately some "floaters" in this one (unfiltered?). Soft somewhat prickly 1" head that slowly disapates. Okay carbonation look so far. Head is slightly sticky to the mustache.

Smell: Citrusy Hoppy melon & other citrus a bit of pine smell with a touch of toasted sweet malt and a bit of spicyness for sure slight tinge of woody oak or beach.

Taste: Bitter and Tangy a bit of lemon & melon?
Not much malty flavor to speek of since the hops quickly overwhelm. A bit of fruityness in the flavor and I cannot pin it down but the more I drink it them more I notice It and like it!
I haven't seen anybody comment about the slight cinnamon taste yet and I must say it is a nice addition in this one. Bitter for sure and I recommend trying this one after you've had something a bit lighter or blander in the ale catagory before you try this one, at the wrong temperature all you get is bitter! Wierd?!

Mouthfeel: about average for an APA but smoother as I go which is odd. Perhaps the "floaters" suspended in the mix give it a better mouthfeel as I go since I can easily see them getting more numerous (Unfiltered? again?).

It keeps its nice prickly burning carb. level to the last drink and its sugary herbalness comes out as you go. It realy reminds me of a hyped and hopped up Summit Pale Ale and some other beer? - anyway at the end of my session. I had to revist this one three times before I decided to review it. Now I am hooked! This old bitter woman IS Bitter and if you can only stomach (or bare to stand) just a couple you are missing out! I had two one evening and thought that stuff gets a B- at best! But I thought well I bought a sixer and everyone deserves a second chance and now WOW!

APA or IPA lovers will probable like this one but it is not a beer where you just jump on board and love it. Surely not for all beer drinkers but is damn good!

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Photo of madtowndmb1
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange color.

S: I get citrus, maybe some woody scents, and hop bitterness

T: This is on the more bitter end of where I like my APA's, but it's also called bitter Woman so I knew what to expect! It's good, the bitterness is very present and is the whole time but it's not overkill.

M: A little harsh, but not to the point of not wanting to go back. Kinda like a kitten that's curious, always going back!

D: I like this beer, I have others I'd buy but if I want a bitter APA this is where I go and it's easy to get!

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Photo of orcasteve
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a orange color that reminds me of octoberfest. the head that rose was minamal at best, the sent was piney hops and a tuch of sour malt. the taste is light malt that is real earthey and their is strong piney hops with a dry finish, this is middle of the road for ipa but i would gladley drink more of these if thay were avalable

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Photo of darklordlager
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden-amber, with a 3/4" head that leaves some lacing as it goes down the glass.

Smell is of citrusy hops, a bit of malt, and some bitterness. Smells delicious

Taste is some grassy hops up front-lemon in particular, a taste of alcohol, and fading into hoppy bitterness. Very bitter. Did not deliver what the smell promised.

Mouthfeel is medium to medium-heavy. A bit thicker than expected.

Drinkability is limited due to the bitterness. Something about the taste of these hops I find undesireable as well... Tyranena's website says they use Cascade and Amarillo.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a reddish orange color with a very appropriately sized head. sticks nicely to the glass.
S= very very earthy hop smell to it. A little sweet smelling as well
T= Hmmm... This is a toned down IPA if I have ever seen one.... This is a very good beer but not so much a bitter IPA like I was expecting. Earthy like I said and somewhat sweet as well.
M= smooth and crisp. very nice
D= Extremely high. Like I said this beer isn't so much an IPA in my opinion but it's very good... So I have to choose weather to rate it as an IPA or just a beer. I'll go with beer.

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Photo of Wisconsin
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a white fluffy two finger head with a golden amber body that is slightly carbonated. Great looking beer.

S - Hops and a nice citrus sweetness.

T - Lots of hops and a citrus sweetness hit your mouth. There is a bitterness that hits your mouth as this beer finishes.

M - Again, hops with a nice citrus flavor hit your mouth early and it is finished with a bitter close. The bitterness is not overbearing but it is more apparent in this beer compared to other IPAs.

D - This is a solid beer. The only reason this beer isn't rated higher is because of the bitterness.

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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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