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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Photo of joe1510
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$7.99 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Ahh the Bitter Woman. Pours a clear clean copper with very few carbonation bubbles. A 1+ finger white head formed on the pour that fell to a thick cap and stayed put. Leaves sheet lacing after each sip. Nice looking beverage.

Sweet biscuity malt starts the aroma off. Somewhat doughy as well. Fresh cut grass and hay are the dominant hop aromas and they show themselves pretty quickly. Good but nothing spectacular.

Very pale biscuity malts kick things off. The hops come around mid palate but ae somewhat weak. Very balanced IPA but I'm more into the lopsided hoppy IPAs. It's definately a good beer and I drink it whenever I get to Wisconsin but it can be a little dull at times.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth and somewhat creamy with a medium body. Low carbonation lets the beer roll through on it's own. Mild bitterness.

Definately a sessionable beer. Balanced enough to drink a good quantity in one sitting.

Tyranena makes some damn fine beers. On a hot summer day Bitter Woman does the trick. Most of the time I'm looking for hopsided IPAs. Again, definately a solid brew from Tyranena.

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Photo of
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle

Clear, dark gold. Large, creamy, ivory colored head.

Aroma yielded citrus - grapefruit - and pine. Bread. Pepper. Hops aroma seemed to decrease about half way through.

Taste was nicely hopped - grassy - lingers well. Bitter more than sweet. Nice biscuity middle, hint of sweet caramel.

Medium body with medium + carbonation. Dry.

A very good IPA. I would drink this routinely if I didn't have to fly to Chicago to get it.

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Photo of Rennpferd
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a room temperature bottle into a clean 12 oz pint glass.

It poured clear and amber with a slightly off white 1 inch head. After a few moments the head shrank down to just cover the surface of the beer while leaving a grabby head along the sides of the glass.

It gives off a moderate, crisp smell of hops.

It has a robust taste of hops that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. It is medium to full bodied.

It has a unique taste to it. I find it slightly different than other IPA's that I have drank. It's drinkable. I remember it being better on tap.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle poured to a pint glass. Received this one in trade from JeffKrenner.

A: Hazy light auburn, with quite a bit of suspended tiny particles creating that haziness. Thick, creamy nearly 2-finger head which slowly dwindles to a splotchy, soapy film. Terrific-looking sheets of lace and adequate streams of fairly lively carbonation.

S: Hoppy nose, bitter & slightly acrid. Contains a good amount of grapefruit (cascade probably) and a bounty of biscuit-y pale malt aroma.

T: Whew...starts fairly tamely then develops to a pithy, bitter citrus hop overload. Whatever grain and caramel malt is hidden under there is pretty well overshadowed by the hops. It's a very flavorful IPA, no doubt, but is maybe imbalanced on the bitter side.

M: First sip was light, almost benign. About 10 seconds in the jolting hop burn begins to fill the mouth. Clinging to the cheeks and back of the tongue, this spicy/dry hoppiness takes minutes to fade and much longer to recede entirely. Good carbonation, medium body.

D: As flavorful as this is, I found it overwhelming. After a while, it became all bitterness with little complexity. Still it's a memorable IPA and one worth seeking just may not be one I have to have again, if that makes sense.

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Photo of HopasaurusRex
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle received in a trade with BA DavidEddie:

Clear golden amber. Spicy nose of citrus and pine needles. Fruity and bitter hop flavor. Sticky resins linger on tongue. Jammy, juicy notes of apricot, peach, and mango. Very drinkable West Coast style IPA from the Midwest.

Cheers to Wisconsin!

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JeffKrenner for this extra in a great trade.

a - pours a burnt orange color with a one-finger off-white head, decent retention and lacing, lots of suspended sediment

s - mixture of piney and citrusy hops, decent malty aroma as well

t - sweet citrusy hop taste, slight maltiness and nuttiness in the body, end is intense bitterness

m - lots of carbonation, light-to-medium bodied, quite dry finish

d - fairly drinkable b/c the alcohol is not noticeable and the taste is interesting, but the intense bitterness and dry finish may limit somewhat

Solid IPA overall. Nothing spectacular, but I would drink this regularly if it was local.

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

My 800th review, a 12 oz bottle from JAYW.

A: The IPA pours a brilliant amber color, showing off almost equal parts red and orange. The head was vigourous, a full fingers worth of billowy white head that laces sporadically.

S: The aroma is strong grapefruity citrus and grainy biscuit malts.

T: The beer is very strong on the hops, providing an intensely bitter grapefruit tartness. They come across as green, almost too powerful and fresh. The hops sit on a mild grainy malt body that can't quite contain the hops. I really find the taste to be uneven, despite the promising start in the nose.

M: The mouthfeel is a very astringent hop character that drowns out all other characteristics.

D: I am torn on the ale, its hop strength is pleasant but it seems to go over the top. Having had this and Hop Whore though, I can say that Tyranena is making some great beers for Midwest Hopheads.

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

Thanks to murrayswine - Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a shaker glass. Appears a deep copper, very slightly hazy with an inch of off white foam. Smells first of sweet malt then of citrus and pine. Taste is of lemony hops with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry with above average carbonation. A tasty IPA and one that I would drink again were it available in my area.

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

Took a bottle from the fridge, let it sit out for about 20 minutes, then poured it into my glass. Golden/copper color - nice and clear. Couldn't smell much due to my cold, but did get a little whif of the hops which is impressive considering I couldn't smell anything in the last beer I rated. Whitish tan head held on for a few minutes and left some nice lacing. Medium/full body with medium carbonation. Not a lot of malt coming through the hops on this one - just the way I like my IPAs.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a welcoming copper gold with a lot of haze. Head is thick and creamy, a good inch of oatmeal colored bubbles. This beer is very still over all.

S: Grapefruit rind, caramel malt, OJ and fresh dough.

T: Begins with some green citrus rind across the front of the tongue, not very sweet just pretty much bitterness. Caramel malt and cinnamon roll dough move in next, only momentarily taking your mind off the bittering hops. Some lemon and grapefruit fall back into place after the caramel peaks. Finishes slightly tart and doughy with lingering bitterness.

M: Sort of thin and hard with moment of fuzziness.

D: Not a bad beer but lacks a lot of depth. The bitterness is fun and all but I would have liked some more hop character to go along with it.

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Photo of Iguana
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JeffKrenner for the bottle via a trade.

Appearance - Poured a nice golden amber with a 1 finger white head that laced up pretty nicely.

Smell - Piney resiny hops, with a nice malty scent in the background.

Taste - Peppery hops, followed by some malty sweetness. A strong bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - A bit thin, taste doesnt really linger very long.

Drinkability - Very easy to drink. Refreshing. Good beer for a hot afternoon i'd wager. Definitly worth a try

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Photo of bobbyc881
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to todd1 for sending me this one! Beer trading is awesome.

Thin, white head, some lacing. Very clear... light copper. Aroma is very much pine and citrus, with the emphasis on pine.

Taste is very reflective of the aroma... piney hops up front, with a sticky, resinous middle, and some lingering bitterness. Very flavorful IPA for sub-6% ABV.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky with moderate carbonation. Coats the tongue nicely. Pleasant risidual taste.

Very drinkable. Could easily make a night out of a six-pack of this.

This was my first beer from Tyranena, and was a excellent first impression.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.76/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This created a rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. The color was a slightly cloudy deep-amber. The nose was more sweet than hoppy, plus I caught a real whiff of straight alcohol that burned my sinuses. The mouthfeel was medium with a light hoppiness on the palate. The finish had a good bitterness, but it still did not seem hoppy enough to suit me.

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Photo of klewis
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a typical golden color with a two-finger bubbbly head. Good head sustain with moderate lacing.

S: Citrus and pine. Classic IPA aroma.

T: Quite fruity for an IPA. Nicely balanced with a perfect amount of bitterness.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth in texture.

D: Quite a good example of the style, but even more, nicely-priced and extremely drinkable.

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Photo of supercolter
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is decent. There is a bit of head that dissapates quickly, and no lacing.
Smell was good, a little light at first, but warms up quickly, nice and sticky smell. Very piney with a hint of lemony zest.
Taste is very good. Almost identical to the smell.
Mouthfeel is nice and syrupy with a bit of carbonation.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'd call it nice, but a touch over-rated. Poured a nice straw-gold color with some lacing. Smelled and tasted of piney hops. Definately the most pine I've had in a beer in a long while, I suppose it's at least appropriate for the holidays right now. With the hops there was a nice biscuity malt backbone. Worth a try if you're in WI.

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bitter Woman poured into the glass lightly hazed and copper-amber in color with suspended fine particles. The head was a half finger of off-white foam that left copious amounts of thick and sticky lace.
The smell was cotton candy sweetness, bright pineapple citrus, caramel malt, grain husk, and pine resin. The taste, as the name would suggest, was all about the bitterness. There was an initial flash of caramel malt followed by hop bitterness, grapefruit citrus, pine pitch then bitterness, apricot fruitiness followed by bitterness. The finish was bitter and decidedly dry.
The flavors went through phases with each sip, incredible! The flavors evolve and seem to change with each sip!
The body is best described as medium with a fairly light carbonation. The mouthfeel had a lingering oiliness to it.

This is one hell of a different IPA. I don’t think I’ve ever tried another like this. This experience leaves me wondering exactly what to expect from their Bitter Woman From Hell. That one is waiting in the wings; I can not wait to have a go at that one!

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Photo of beveritt
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Lee for picking up some Wisconsin beers for me on a recent trip. Poured this one from a12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium amber in color with an almost white head. Head drops leaving a ring of foam around the beer.

Smell: Oh wow, lots of fruity/florally hops in this one. Literally bursting with hops, this is one of the best smelling beers I have ever run across.

Taste: A nice blend of the floral/citrusy flavor from flavoring hops and the bitterness from boiling hops. Nice bitter finish that stays around long after your drink is done.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level.

Drinkability: A great example of the style. Not a hop bomb just for the sake of being a hop bomb, this is a nice hoppy beer that is still well balanced.

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Photo of BrewnZ
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good beer from Tyranena Brewing Co. Pours clear copper with little head retention. Great citrusy American hop aroma, followed by big malt, esters, and hops!

Not so into the lable but I do like the beer. A Very nice IPA in a land of few IPA's. This was the best IPA I had in Wisconsin.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew pours a golden amber color with a thin off-white head. Some light lacing rings the glass.

The smell consists of orange-citrus and pine hops combining with some sweet, bready malts and caramel.

The flavor starts sweet with caramel and doughy bread, but is followed by the citrus hops. Nice transition between the malt and hops.

Medium body with average carbonation. Creamy feel on the tongue. Slight hop bite and some dryness at the finish. Very drinkable beer. The abv almost makes this sessionable and I would go back for this if it was available in my area.

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Photo of trep
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Thanks to JeffKrenner for the bottle.

A perfectly clear orange with a foamy off-white head. Consistant carbonation rises to the surface. Head leaves nice lacing. Pungent citrusy hop aroma. Piney hops as well. A little malt sweetness, but mostly hop dominated.

Hop profile is mostly bitter, contrasting with the aroma. Nice malt backbone in there. Some orange citrus as it warms up a bit. Not as complex as I was expecting, in fact, its a bit watered down tasting.

Mouthfeel is thin and not too carbonated. This beer had all the signs of a good one early on, but somehow I feel disappointed. Luckily I have another bottle and i'm gonna let it sit for a week and try it again.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to Faro for this one.

Cloudy, burnt orange appearance, with a murky and thin white crown. Carbonation visible, small bubbles rising to a film, pretty standard looking IPA.

Tropical, pineapple, and sweet strawberries on the nose. A touch flowery, but more grass in the aroma. Hint of wet dog.

Upfront and personal hop profile. Hops are extremely bitter on the tongue, and heavy on the finish. Extremely grassy/earthy with a semblance of grapefruit. A touch of sweetness on the front of the tongue, reminding me of fresh strawberries again. Wonderful creamy mouthfeel, medium body. Lingering, unapologetic bitterness.

This a serious IPA. I've got their DIPA stored away, but I can't imagine the hop profile on that one. Definitely drinkable IPA, but am I the only one getting a little tired of this style? ... probably.

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Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent pour. Dark ice tea with good lacing but not much of a head of which to speak.

Smells friggin' excellent. Big huge grapefruit, sticky pine, and bready malt.

Tastes friggin' excellent. A bevvy of hops knocks you over and a tide of malt picks up you. Sticky icky grapefruit starts things out, leading into a bittersour citrus and ending on a dry, bread dough. Pine needles linger.


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Photo of Redrover
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a bottle of this on at the Bodega Pub in La Crosse. What a fantastic beer bar!!

12 oz longneck with a humorous label. I did not catch any freshness dating.

Poured into a standard pint, the beer is bronze with a beige head and sticky lacing.

The beer’s aroma was primarily citrus (grapefruit and a hint of lemon). There is some apple and hard candy in the background.

The taste as expected was bitter. The grapefruit flavor is very pronounced, but some sweet almost caramel notes from the malts add some balance to the beer. The apple from the aroma makes an appearance in the taste late as the beer warms and sweetens.

The mouth is pleasantly thick and oily. It coats your tongue. Easy enough drinker, it is a bit too one-sided to be a real session type beer. Still an enjoyable example of the brewer’s art.

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Photo of carln26
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light copper color, mildly hazy and topped by a light off-white head. The head leaves a delicate drape of lace on the glass as it recedes. The aroma is primarily citrus. There is a grapefruit character along with mandarin orange (Simcoe in this possibly?). Lightest touch of caramel on the finish. The flavor is mildly sweet, and very citrusy. The mandarin orange is more pronounced, and blends with the caramel to give this an assertive sweetness. The mouth feel is slick, slightly oily. Good drinkability. Nicely balanced IPA

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Bitter Woman India Pale Ale from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 773 ratings