Bitter Woman In The Rye
Tyranena Brewing Company

Bitter Woman In The RyeBitter Woman In The Rye
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American IPA
3.9 | pDev: 8.46%
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Bitter Woman In The RyeBitter Woman In The Rye
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A mixture of all those amber, orange and copper colors, hits a 1/2" white head, average retention. The aroma was grassy, bready, the rye wasn't huge but not absolutely missing either.

The bitterness is substantial here. The rye is totally coming out more and more here. The hopping isn't the most flavorful, but it still makes for a neat beer at a great price.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

Thanks to Ungertaker for this awesome inclusion in our trade

A: pours a medium brown and amber color that is very hazy and pours with a little less than a finger of light tan head that dissipates quickly, leaves a decent amount of lacing
S: very nice scents of toffee and bourbon, not a heavy stinging bourbon but warm and smooth
T: hmm, i was really expecting it to be harsh and heavy but it is astoundingly light, smooth, and with just the perfect amount of bourbon in the finish, starts with a nice warm hopiness and something else i cant quite finish and then middle to end is smooth bourbon and possibly smoked wood
M: very gentle carbonation tingle, incredibly smooth, leaves the mouth feeling silky, just the tiniest amount of burn from the bourbon to remind you its there
O: a really great brew, very excited to try the rest of their brewers gone wild line, smooth brew

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

Another random single find at Binny's. I'll take it. It pours a slightly hazy amber-copper topped by a finger of relatively short-lived slightly off-white foam. The nose comprises a stark dichotomy of grapefruit and orange peel and some powerful caramel and rye bread. A few sprinkles of black pepper float around in the background. The taste brings the pepper and rye spice more to the fore, while also shifting the citrus fruits to their peels. Bitter and spicy, exactly what the name implies. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice RIPA, nothing overtly spectacular, but plenty tasty and enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fourth brew drank during the Twelve IP-ays of Christmas

A- One fingered head on top of a cloudy copper body with sediment abound. Decent lacing but nothing crazy.

S- Caramel malt. Some citrus. Faint rye.

T- "Pine resin". Bitter hops with a sweet rye flavored aftertaste.

M- Mid to thicker body for the style. Syrupy but pleasant.

D/O- What a delicious brew! A different take on the IPA style. Bring this one back Tyranena! Thanks PTMcB

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice copper color. Lots of citrus, rye, and caramel. Great hop notes all around. The taste is a bit of bread and spicy rye. All this underneath a very nice citrus hop presence. Good body with some zest. With this and others, I'm really disappointed I left Chicago right as Tyranena was coming in.

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

Picked up this bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee.

A - pours a faint copper with a 1/2 finger head that dissipates pretty quickly

S - there is a dominant caramel malt that has a lot of grain to it from the rye; there is also a bunch of grapefruit hops, which was expected given the style.

T - the taste follows the nose. Starts off very malty with caramel being predominant; the rye adds a spicy and grainy subtlety that tones down the potential for this to be a sweet IPA. The malts transition to a grapefruity hopiness. Nice balance and taste.

M - creamy smoothness with a full body

D - this is a really good beer. A nice combination of the rye and IPA styles. I only got one bottle of this, but would definitely buy more if I lived in Wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

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

Got this via trade. 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. An aggressive pour yields a reddish-copper with a one-inch head which quickly dissapates into a creamy coating and minimal sticky lacing. Nose reveals the expected rye, some floral and earthy notes as well as some sweeter ones of citrus and brown sugar. The taste is some citrus, spice (peppery), caramel and rye. The finish is dry and mildly bitter but its the rys and pepper that pervades. Mouthfeel is medium, a little slick and oily and with light to medium carbonation. This is a respectable IPA that isn't like every other, but not one I would fight to get again.

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Photo of klewis
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a chill-hazed amber with a small head. Light lacing.

S: Caramel and toffee with light hops and spice.

T: Superbly balanced. Smooth caramel malt taste with spicy notes from the rye. Floral hops quickly intervene to balance the sweetness.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and soft.

D: Quite tasty and a pleasure to drink. Recommended.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper and orange pour. Average head and retention, white colored for the most part. Aroma was grassy. A degree of citrus hop aroma, with some of the spice.

Aroma is similar to the taste. Very bitter, the rye is very pronounced, heaviest rye mouthfeel I've come across. Not just a rye in name, its all up in this mug. Hops and rye big time. Malt (non rye) bill feels a little amped up, but just brings the beer to the balanced region, hops and rye still dominate.

$7.99 a 4 pack variety for these brewer's series = phenomenal.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Bottled on 08May09.

A - Amazing how quiet the tall pour was! A little over a finger of foam stuck around for a bit before dropping to a thick layer while leaving heavy lace. The beer is a sexy, clear golden orange color.

S - After a year of captivity in this bottle it's amazing how much hop aroma has made it through! Citrusy grapefruit and pine resin still pack a punch but it's no surprise they now fall secondary to the bold backbone of caramel malts an a small rye bite.

T - The kick is still there. Hops abound, packing a mighty citrus and pine needle punch while blending well with the caramel malt backing and light rye bite. This seems it can age with the best of 'em!

M - Pretty dry and still bitter, BWITR is a medium-bodied lady with a cruel finish. The lingering aftertaste becomes increasingly drier the more I drink it.

D - Yet another solid offering from Tyranena, BWITR aged fantastically. I'm sure it's probably a far cry from what it would be like fresh but I'll take what I can get from them, and this one is still good.

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

Acquired from hawks10 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 coppery brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of grassy hops, caramelized malts, citrus and a touch of spice.

T: The taste starts with a strong burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. The rye malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a good balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer with enough flavor and substance to make it worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to TasteTester for the bottle.

Copper colored pour. Small head retains pretty well and sticks nicely.

Sweet and spicy nose. Caramel and rye. Spicy hop bitterness.

Sweet flavor up front, with a bitter rye finish. Lasting flavor has a little bit of sweetness. Simple and tasty.

Nice malty heft. Medium bodied, appropriately carbonated. Surprisingly big and smooth for a 5+% rye beer. And it's a surprisingly easy drinker. Lots of good flavor. Now I'd like to try the regular Bitter Woman.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date found. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle.

(A)- Pours a clear copper colored amber that produced a good off-white head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- A spicy citrus of lemon & lime with caraway seed & a wood-like end.

(T)- Again, a spicy taste of rye/caraway seed with a lemon & lime citrus. Some pine.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Rather spicy even for a rye beer, but thats probably due to the combo of rye & bitter hops. An interesting combination that goes outside the norm. Definitely creates a maltier beer than its regular counterpart(Bitter Woman IPA).

(D)- I always enjoy new combinations in what a beer could be. I loved their Bitter Woman IPA, but this is perhaps too spicy, I kinda wish it had a better balance with more of that citrus poking through here and there instead of a big malty rye beer.

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Photo of mcallister
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy caramel colored with very little white head that fades into a light lacing.

Nice aromas of sweet toffee and caramel malts, tea, floral hops, spice, and hints of tropical fruits.

Nice very easy drinking beer. Malt and rye malt really lead the way slightly sweet and a light hint of roast, caramel, toffee, biscuit, white pepper, starfruit, quince, floral hops, and a drying finish. Light and quaffable.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.52/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy light amber with a thin white head. Decent lacing as it goes down.
Rye and hops up front on the nose. Malts follow--as this one warms up the malts become more prominent. Citrus.
Taste is bitter hops and rye, with some bready malts following. More citrus and a little pineapple.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a good level of carbonation. Medium-light body. A bit watery.
Good drinkability. No trouble finishing the bottle.

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Photo of DrewHodges
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from 10/22/09 tasting. Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Color is a cloudy orange-brown, very little head head but the lacing stayed with it all the way, light brown & sticky on the sides. Hoppy aroma is citrusy and pine. Extremely bitter taste with high alcohol hit, malty rye finish, very thick mouthfeel. Like the twist on the style from this Brewers Gone Wild series beer, but probably wouldn't drink multiples in a session.

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Photo of portia99
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra from busch03. Thanks! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a clear copper orange color with about a finger of creamy off-white foam which lingers for a short time and then falls to a thick skim coat and resilient large collar that leaves behind tons of sticky lacing.

S - The spiciness of the rye is right up front in the aroma. This is not to be outdone by the hops - some earthy and some citrusy hop aromas all blend together nicely. Caramelly sweet malt also plays a large role in the overall aroma, especially as it warms up a bit. A balanced IPA with a nice addition of rye to liven things up.

T - Flavors are well balanced too. I know this bottle has a little bit of age on it (although I don't know when this was released exactly), so the hops are probably only a shadow of what they were fresh. Bitterness is tame but perfectly offsets the heavily caramalized flavors from the malt and the spicy rye character. Good full flavored IPA, if not the most hoppy example out there.

M - Medium bodied with a good strong kick of carbonation to round things out. Malt and resiny hops battle it out to see which can coat the mouth more fully with the malt just winning out this battle.

D - Nice, full-flavored IPA, rich with malt and nicely balanced by the hops. I prefer to have more of a hoppy balance (wish I could have tried this fresher), but still a good example of the style. Smooth, rich - seems like a good beer to sit with in front of a movie for the evening. I've got one, maybe I will do that.

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Photo of drpimento
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad, not great. Poured nicely with a fine foamy off white head and good lace. Color is a very slightly hazy medium amber. Aroma is hoppy fruity, citrus, and wet leather. Flavor's about the same, but a little too fruity sweet for me. Body is decent and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and sweet bitter medium long.

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Photo of billyzoom666
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a big creamy head that takes forever to fade. Big time carbonation in this with sediments drifting towards the bottom. It's a pretty, cloudy, amber color. I was expecting a bit more from the smell. I get the hop, but thought it'd be stronger. I get a little bit of sweet malt and wonder if they cancel each other out. Great balance on this between the hop and malt. The rye comes in and nips at your tongue. Is it great? I'm not sure. It is interesting though and, man, this is drinkable as all get out. I'm loving the way my tongue tingles as I drink. Recommended!

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a one-finger, off-white head of pillowy foam. It left sudsy trails of lace.

S - It smelled of pine, citrus and bready malts. Really a good dose of pine and citrus, though.

T - It taste of rye bread and sweet caramel. There was a nice bitter, piney hop flavor with just a touch of orange peel.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a smooth finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - This is a really good beer. It tastes like a malt-forward IPA that is pretty easy drinking.

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Photo of bret27
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of Diomede

S: Rye, oak, roastiness

A: Very dark brn, fizzy minimal head

T: Chocolate, roasty, malty, w/a bitter finish

M/D: Fairly thin but smooth. Pretty good w/very minimal etoh presence.

Overall: Pretty roasty but still pretty tasty.

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Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy Diomede, I think. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma of old hops, grapefruity but dusty. Caramel and crystal malt flavor with a little bit of rye spiciness and a tart citrus character coming through. Medium body and good carbonation. Needs a fresh rerate.

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Photo of FrognutUnl
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber in color with a single finger head white head. Good head retention for the style.

S - Lots of citrus hops with a strong sweet tones from the malt. Nothing overwhelmingly complex.

T - Lots of grapefruit and resinous pine flavors coupled with strong pepper from the rye. The finish is sweet which really compliments these flavors well.

M - Medium body with near perfect levels of carbonation.

D - Overall this brew lacks in complexity, but the flavors it does have are intense which more than makes up for it. Another great addition to the Brewers Gone Wild series.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very nice looking brew. Clear burnished bronze in colour, capped by a nice and tight pale tan head. Great retention. Nice intricate and sticky strands of lace.

Solid aroma. Big on citrus hop aroma, mostly of grapefruit, along with a touch of caramel and rye. Still pretty good hop aroma considering the age, however there is just a touch of rye.

A nice tasting brew. BIg amarillo blast of white grapefruit with some pine resin. Toasty malts with some caramel, and an astringent note of grain husk that then delivers the trademark rye spiciness. Pretty tasty, especially for a fan of hoppy rye ales like myself.

A nice brew, susbstantial in body, yet smooth and creamy in feel until the hops assault the palate with thei bitter and resinous traits. The hops, rye, and notes of grain husk synergize to deliver an almost pungent presence, but in a welcome way.

Fairly drinkable, although the astringency and substantial bitterness make it take a slight hit in that department. I would gladly drink this again, and certainly recommend it to fans of rye ales as well as the many bitter women of Tyranena.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours a hazy copper orange color wit ha one finger white head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet and citrusy wit ha hint of rye. Taste has a good amount of citrus hoppy flavor with some sweet malt and caramel as well. The rye isn't strong but comes through a little in the finish with some spiciness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, an easy drinking and good tasting IPA. Overall a pretty good beer, the rye didn't come through as much as it does in say Rye PA or Hop Rod Rye but still a nice addition.

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Bitter Woman In The Rye from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 118 ratings