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: 770 |  Reviews: 402
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena- Bitter Woman IPA

Big thanks to Sholland119 for this 1! Can't find this 1 in NJ!

A- Clear golden copper with a fluffy white head. Light lacing along the top of the glass.
S- Sure enough, bitter pine hops with buttery caramel malt.
T- Slight bitter biting oily pine hops start this 1 off but it quickly transforms into a smooth buttery caramel malt base. Finishes off bitter and dry on the tongue.
M- Gently flips from bitter to creamy, back to bitter.

Overall- I liked this beer, not dominating or overpowering but just enough to make it easily sessionable.
(Thanks Scott!)

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Photo of iuhophead87
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Again thanks to Boilerbeer for bringing this back to Indy for the Indyhopolis crew.

For some reason I poured this beer into a tulip glass and I might say it does look rather delicious sitting there.

A- a very light amber color, that is very transparent. A very creamy white head that leaves an abundance of tracing on the glass.
S- A very sweet hoppy aroma with hints of pine. It reminds me of stepping out of a tent to a dew covered forest early in the morning.
T- The taste is almost exactly how it smells. A very sweet hop taste with a piney grapefruit aftertaste. It is obvious that this beer has extra hops, but in no way is it bitter or hop heavy.
MF- The taste is great, but it does leave a slightly sticky/gritty feeling in the mouth.
D- This is a great IPA that puts others in this price range to shame. I have had better IPAs, but for this price, you get your moneys worth and then some. I just wish I could get this beer more often. Boilerbeer you better go on another road trip soon because I need more of this hop heaven.

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Photo of jlh8643
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle, bottled on 12 May 08, into a generic pint glass. Bright, clear copper color with very little head retention. For an IPA the aroma is fairly subdued with some floral/herbal wafting around. I smell a bit more carmel malt than I do hops. The taste is fairly balanced with gentle carbonation. Some bitterness lingers for a minute on the tongue. A very sessionable beer.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to boilerbeer for this bottle! No notable freshness information, but it tastes pretty stinking fresh.

Pours a nice clear amber with an off-white crest that leaves some stringy lace down the sides.

Juicy and citrusy on the nose with a little cotton candy sweetness. Presents a lot of raw hop aroma for an IPA, with some resinous conifer scent, pine forest, a touch of stale hay, light floral sweetness, and some malty roasted nuts.

Taste floods onto the palate with a roasted nuttiness and a piny somewhat acidulous flavor. A decent light malt body capped with piny resin dominates the middle, emptying a little at the finish leaving a firm bitterness with juicy citrus and a wet grain flavor. Not as nutty at the end as I'd expected, leaning more toward grain-forward malt flavor, though very well hopped. Bitterness has a long lingering decay, nice but more intense than I expected.

Has a good feeling medium bodied feel with a touch of dryness and a surprisingly near-chewy film left over.

Drinks a little stronger than your average IPA, but a very nicely hopped one at that. More lingering aftertaste than many other IPAs, or beers at all for that matter. A very tasty beer that I'd keep on hand if it was local.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a hazy amber with a nice tan head.

S-A nice mix of pine and citrus hops with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. Nice.

T-Nicely balanced with solid hop bitterness and a nice malt backbone.

M-Medium body with nice carbonation. A bit of lingering bitterness.

D-The good balance and slightly lighter ABV make this nicely sessionable.

Another good beer from Tyranena. Not a revelation like DOAB but very good for the style.


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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.36/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from MMAJYK in week2 powerball

Bitter woman pours a clear golden copper tint with a small cap of bright white head on it, and it left minimal lacing on my pint glass. I get a mild hop presence in the nose with hints of grass, citrus, and pine needles. I would say that the carmel malt has a bigger precense than the hops do on this offering. The flavor profile is where the hops come to life with plenty of fresh citrus fruit upfront and on the finish with the fairly soft caramel malt flavor coming in. The mouthfeel is good with medium carbonation, but I feel the body is rather thin on this one. The drinkability is pretty good for this offering, and would make a decent session brew.

Overall not bad medium of the road IPA.

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Photo of KeefD
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent. Poured a hazy amber color. Excellent two finger head with lots of carbonation, and an off-white cap that sticks around till the end. Smell is floral and sweet. Taste is quintessential IPA. Lots of grapefruit, grassy, hop character, perfect amount of caramel sweetness in the background, lots of hop oil to the coat the tongue, leaving a fantastic aftertaste for all us hop-heads. A great WI IPA, one that hangs tough with Rush River Bubblejack and New Glarus Hop Hearty.

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Photo of JDV
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle shared at a tasting. Thanks. Pours clear amber. Thin offwhite head atop. Smell is grassy hops. Flavor is grassy, thin hops and an even thinner malt background. Not too much flavor or anything going on to really make it stand out. Dry bitterness. Eh...

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Photo of hylton44
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This seemed to me to be a solid, but not outstanding IPA, which seems to fall a bit short of some of the other reviews I'm reading, here. I wish I had been more blown away, as it is a regional brew. Anyway - I did note the color as being a little unique in its ruddy brown color and soft yellow head. The taste, while harboring the requisite IPA bitterness, also had a blunt sort of character (as opposed to crisp); the mouthfeel was, likewise, thick-ish and rather dry. Interesting, and rather good, but not to my personal Gold Standard level for this style.

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Photo of tpd975
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden hue color that is crystal clear. Nice sized foamy white head with good lacing.

S: Nice mix of grassu hoppy and citrus fruits. Slight malty sweetness detected as well.

T: Nice bitter flavors right up fornt. This is a nicely hopped brew. It comes at you mostly citrus but there is a slight floral quality as well. There is some malt in there to cut thru making it rather good.

M: Medium in body with good carbonation.

D: Nice and drinkable if you like hops. It may be a bit too hoppy of an IPA for some, but for me it was wonderful. The hops are nice and crisp and really linger in the mouth. A nice drinking brew.

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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 scootny
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of bdrc. Thank you. Poured into my tulip tumbler. A thick rich two finger head that has some staying power slowly fades away to a thick mound leaving lacing along the glass. Copper in color the glass has a touch of particles in suspension keeping it from being completely clear. Light carbonation is visible from time to time.

Smell is hoppy. A good mix of citrus and pine. A good malt note in the back with light caramel.

Taste is well balanced with a stronger malt presence that the nose would suggest. Indeed after the initial grapefruit barrage the malty caramel aspect rushes to the fore, hold up its head and then surrenders to a clean hop bittering in the finish. Crackers remain on the roof of my palate.

Mouthfeel is medium weight and spot on carbonation. Tingly and pleasant.

Drinkability is wonderful. easy to knock back as many as you want.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint.

Appearance is a light copper with a head that leaves tons of sticky lace. Very nice, a beautiful beer.

Aroma is hops with caramel malts, grassy...lewisite, freshly cut alfalfa. Malts are subdued bu there.

Taste is hops up front, grassy, piney hops with a small malt in the background. Wow, the hops are there with this one. Hops are bitter and wonderful, strong and tongue numbing.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Carbonation is prefect.

Drinkability is good, very smooth.

I like this beer, the hops are a little over the top, there isn't much balance there, it's kinda thin, but good and refreshing.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
2.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm looking at a pint glass with no emotion. The beer pours with a thick head that reatins at the top and sticks to the walls of the glass. The color is a dark amber with almost no motion to it whatsoever.
On the nose I smell a slight hop aroma with a bit of wood to back it up. The coniferous presence of hops shows itself at the very end.
While showing the IPA character this beer was trying to go for, it still lacked the bite that most have. The flavor is short lasting, with pine and a hint of citrus on the back of the tongue.
While full bodied, this beer shows almost no character. It is still, just waiting to be spilled.
I cannot say what I truly think of this beer right away because this is the first time I have tasted it. However, I am not impressed as of now. The flavor is there, but they need to work on the carbonation of the product. It also does not help that distributors are merging and have influence on the way the beers are produced.
Would I buy this beer again? Yes. Just to see if I had a bad sixer or if this is the way it turns out all the time. I'll give it another chance. I have not yet come across an IPA I did not like, and I'm not about to judging by the first experience.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear deep gold, half finger head.

S- Sweet citrusy hops.

T- Great balance, wonderful hop flavor throughout with just enough malt to keep it in check.

M- Light but not watery.

D- I put down a few pints here and there.

Just a great solid IPA, nice work.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to atron67 for this brew in a trade. Pours with a thin head than goes quick. Dark amber in color. Huge bitter citrus hops smell & taste. This is a hop bomb & not meant to be balanced. ABV is reasonable & this is drinkable for a hop head.


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

A-Dark amber with a thin off white head that left some lacing.

S-An upfront pine and citrus hop blast. A mild malty sweetness pokes thru at the end.

T-Nice, aggressively citrus and pine hop smack. Light caramel malt sweetness helps balance it out. Great bitterness in the aftertaste.

M-Medium body with nice carbonation and lingering astringency.

D-Totally solid product. I would be happy with this brew being my hometown go to IPA. Nice job.

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Photo of icemonkey908
4.51/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My second Tyranena beer, and this one does not disappoint either. An aggressive pout leaves around 2 fingers of head on the top of the pint glass. A very sticky head that aggressively laces on the glass throughout the beer. Very clear with a copper orange color. An excellent beer to look at.

Aroma is exceptionally strong. Citrus hops can be detected from feet away. The taste has a strong citrus component. Big grapefruit flavor up front with perhaps some lemon zing and a little bit of pine. Not nearly as piney as some other IPAs, though. A little bit of malty sweetness can be detected as well, but this is all about the hops.

Great beer that I'll be sure to have again.

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

A-Pours a rich deep ruby amber with lush off-white head and leaves decent lacing.
S-Floral hops with citrus notes of grapefruit, resin, and tangerine. Pleasant notes of rich toasted malt, and ripe blossoms. Specialty malts in this one too? There's also a pleasant rustic barnyard scent that lingers backstage.
T-Attack is fruity and slightly sweet, but bitter hops already ride in on the midpalate, and shorten the experience. The citrusy hops and roast malt ride through to the end, with the grapefruit dominating through the finish, and cleansing the palate. The toasted malt rides along well on the back of the hops, and both are bold and well-balanced.
M-Great mouthfeel, good carbonation and well-balanced body and flavor.
D-My second from this brewery this week. I need to stop by one of these days. Like the Hop Whore, I don't think this beer will appeal to everyone. It's rustic, bold, and ballsy, and the earthy edge seems to turn some people off, but I love it.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.99/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 16 JAN 08.

Pours copper amber. Disappointing head. No retention. Weaves a great lacy web.

Aroma: orange, grapefruit, lemon zest.

Caramel malt upfront, quickly overtaken by sweet hoppin' ride throughout. Bitter woman finish.

This gal's easy to drink. A hophead must try. She's definitely a keeper.

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4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Body settles in the glass a honey golden amber hosting a light tan head at about one finger high. Head fades quick and leaves very little lace. Nose is soft but pleasant with sweet faint malt mixed in with woodsy hops and even a hint of candied fruit. Crisp piney hops enter the mouth and quickly morph into a mineral based hop richness on the tongue. Hop feel is nicely balanced by a slightly sweet hop profile which shows a bit of nuttiness also. Overall this is a big fat flavorful IPA. Bitterness is dry and enjoyable but I would not call it intense. A rather thick mouthfeel. Very enjoyable to drink.

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

Thanks goes out to brdc for this brew.

Pours a nice very slight hazy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy creamy off-white head, which left some sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice hop tones, citrus/pines, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/hoppy, citrus/pines, with some caramel tones. The finish is slightly dry/bitter, very nice. Medium body, this is a pretty tasty IPA, recommended.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.31/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Lordsloth per the Virgin BIF. Thanks!!

Very nice hazy honey orange color with a small head that quickly fades..

Aroma of faint piney/citrusy hops with an underlying maltiness..

Wow! Big citrusy hop flavor all the way through here. Very hoppy and delicious. Quite possibly the longest bitter finish of any brew I've ever had and I'm loving it. What it lacks in aroma is definitely made up for in taste.

Definitely one of the top 3 tastiest IPAs yet..

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

This one from a trade with Pitmonkey; thanks Erich.

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange amber color with a foamy shallow off white head that fades slowly to spotty patterns of lacing. It has a grassy lemon citrus smell along with an understated malt character. This one may be oxidized. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium-light bodied with a bitter hop texture that lingers some. Big hoppy flavor with a roasty English Ale yeast thing going on. Definitely not what i was expecting; too cool! I had a lot of fun with this one. Check it out.

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Photo of timbro81
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertracker for the opportunity. No bottle date noticable. Pours a nice copper/orange with a nice little head that settles to a fine ring that hangs around for the duration of the beer. Good carbonation and lacing. Smells faintly of grapefuity hops but grainy malts override. Light mouthfeel that is quite vivid with hops and carbonation. A flash of malty sweetness flashes before some big piney/grapefruity hops overtake the finish. Not too balanced overall. Would like to try this fresh from brewery.

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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 770 ratings.
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