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)
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Bitter Woman In The RyeBitter Woman In The Rye
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Reviews by BarrytheBear:
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber pour into my La Chouffee tulip

Scents of mild citrus and pine needle, not the strength of this beer, rather mild and a bit soapy

Taste of soft mellow hops and an abrasive rye finish that cuts a swath across the palate, leaving an abrupt bitter finish.

Well carbonated and nice lacing for a somewhat watery body.

Poundable. Good, but not the best BGW beer from Tyranena.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A semi-clear amber with a one finger off white head.

Hops in the nose with little to no spiciness nor rye. Where is it?

Tastes pretty good however and I'm catching the rye now. Nothing is overpowering... pretty balanced to the point where it's a little boring.

A dry finish and it hides the booze making this rather sessionable.

All in all, I was a little let down seeing as this is a BGW beer. C'mon Tyranena! I know you have it in you to make great beers... I just need to see it a lot more often.

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Photo of mnstorm99
2.78/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with a weak head that dissipates quickly.
Aroma is faint, but it has some decent grassy/floral hops coming through, but way behind for the style.
Taste is spicy up front, the rye is definately in there, just a wierd blend of floral and citrus hops with the rye. There is a decent malt backbone, but a little more sweetness might have helped to balance out the rye.
Mouthfeel is fine, full and dry carbonation might just be a little behind.
The original Bitter Woman is a much better beer IMO, just goes to show how a little change can really effect a beer.

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Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear copper brew poured into a pint glass at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. The head is modest but a full fluffy white cap with stubborn lacing throughout. The aroma on this rye induced IPA suggests fair grapefruit hop with some elusive biscuity grain quality. The taste announces sharp citrus and sweet caramel apple with a distinct earthiness that approaches peat, maybe piny. Hard to specifically identify the rye here but certainly there is a unique blend of orange/grapefruit bite with grainy herbal pleasantries. Hops dominate this mid-bodied beauty, a very nice IPA with an interesting edge. Fairly drinkable and easily recommended for the hop lovers.

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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 mothman
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Bud American Ale Glass.

Pours a 1/2 finger slightly tanned head. Fades down quickly. Leaves some thin lace. Color is a slightly hazy golden copper.

Aroma: Sweet, piney hops backed up with a burst of grapefruit citrus. Caramel malts are present, but minimally. Touch of rye.

Taste: There's the rye. A lot more here as compared to the aroma. Pine hops again. The grapefruit citrus is left for the aftertsate. Caramel malts are in the background.

Mouthfeel: Slight bitter, not as much as compared to other IPAs. Medium bodied. Medium to high level of carbonation, but it works very well. Ends with a very sticky aftertaste.

Overall, a very unique beer/IPA. I haven't had regular bitter woman, but I liked the rye in this IPA. I wouldn't mind doing a side-by-side comparison of the two. I could easily have another.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bitter woman in the rye
love the brewers gone wild! series designation
4-4.5 hazey orange amber. decent off-white head leaves persistent cap and good lace.
4-4.5 piney, spicey, grapefruity. the rye perhaps contributes to the spicey/peppery quality. some orange nouget as it warms. the aroma is very nice but could be bolder.
4 soft up front but a pleasant rind bitterness kicks in just in time. the peppery rye is there alongside. the beer evokes smutty finest kind plus rye. a somewhat puckery finish.
4.5 medium + body with very nice soft carbonation. the rye lends a little chalkiness.
3.5 a very good, full flavored offering from a wi brewery i had not heard of. very glad to see more beers being brewed with rye. yet with this one, good as it seemed, i'm not longing for another.

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Photo of bound4er
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A new one from Tyranena under their "Brewers Gone Wild!" series. As the name implies, this is an IPA brewed with rye.

A. Straight up amber appearance. Pours beautifully showcasing 2 to 3 fingers of white head that settles to a 1/4" and stays that way. Lacing is damn fine too.

S. Pine hops and a bit of malt. Not an overpowering nose by any means.

T. I like this beer as I do most IPA's. The hops come across with a blast of citrus and then turns bitter quickly expanding across my palate with another final shot of citrus. There's pretty good balance from the malts - not sure how the rye comes into play here.

M. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D. Goes down fast - two or three would not be a problem. This will be a nice beer to have around this summer. Not a mind bender but plenty enjoyable.

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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 brewdoc75
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review using my Blackberry. I hope this formats ok.

A: Dark orange with brown undertones. A lovely white head sits on top, fueled by moderate carbonation. Great lace.

S: Grapefruit heavy hops trending to a more fruity citrus fruit. I get a hint of breadiness from the malts.

T: Complex malty sweetness with some spiciness and bready flavors. This quickly takes backstage to the hops. Citrus heavy hops here with orange, tangerine, finishing heavy on the grapefruit. Suprisingly fruity, but good.

M: Light to medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

D: A pretty solid IPA with the rye adding a nice element of complexity. Not as good as Bear Republic's Rye IPA (can't recall the name but it was awesome), but definitely worthwhile. I need to try this on tap sometime.

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

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a clear orange color with a one inch off-white head. Lots of rising carbonation, good retention with nice lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is citrusy overall with the usual grapefruit that comes with American hops. A bit of that piney scent as well with a slightly sweet malt backing. I don't really notice much rye though, perhaps a slightly spiciness.

Taste is of citrus up front with the sweet malt backing it well, while keeping it bitter. Now the rye is slightly apparent, again it's very slight though. Comes through in the finish along with a bitter but balanced bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, quite smooth going down but nothing exceptional. Pretty easy to drink.

Overall I didn't think this was anything too exiciting. A good IPA but there are so many good ones out there that it doesn't seem like anything exciting. Perhaps IPA lovers will think otherwise.

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

12 oz. bottle from Archer Liquors, poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a robust copper amber in to the cervoise, capped by a fizzy and relatively fast-fading one-finger tan head that probably should have had better sticking, dusting, and lacing power, given the rye attributes in this one. Carbonation is sparse, slow, and well-dispersed.

Aroma: Ok, I keep asking people if they get BO out of this. And no one is gettin' BO out of this. But I keep gettin' something similar, slightly salty, roasted, just sort of cheesy and nasty. Unfortunately, the rest of what's goin' on is pretty good - caramel, spicy rye, lighter citrus. It does come across more like apples and berries as things warm a little, but, damn if I can't shake the smell of BO.

Taste: A "light" rye brew, if there is such a thing. That is, there're a lot of other stray hop notes that lighten things up, with a lot of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and piney, herbal freshness dancing over a lightly roasted, sweet, graham crackery backbone. Of course, all this is subject to the rye presence, which is fairly dominant, spicy, earthy, and grainy. Not too complex, and, again, on the light side of things, but solid.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, light, with ample carbonation (that wasn't evident from the appearance) in an already relatively thin body. It's nonetheless even, and it goes well with the lighter aspects of the flavor profile.

Drinkability: The nose grows on me (or fails to fail on me) with time, and at ... what, 6.5%? 7% at the most? This one isn't too un-quaffable. It's not an amazingly complex brew, but it's also straightforward, enjoyable, and relatively true to style. Is it the best BGW? No (that honor belongs to either of the Devil brews, though I do think I have a High Class Broad on the way!). Is it a worthy entry in the series? Yes.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of triguy84
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a pint glass.

Nice head, larger bubble than I expect on a IPA, good head retention. Color appropriate for the style.

Distinct hop aroma, but not has much as expected. I had heard this was a hopped up ale, but the hoppiness was not as extreme as I expected. Maybe I had misguided expectations. Malt aromas were there, but light.

From a previous rye IPA experience, I was expecting whiskey flavors, but there were none.

Medium mouthfeel, nice bitter finish.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of milwaukeeclassic
4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in a tulip glass. I love the reddish amber appearance in IPAs and this one does not disappoint.

The aroma is of citrusy hops...nothing too overpowering.

The taste is a hop punch to the face, followed by a pleasant malty sweetness and next with the back of the tongue bitterness that I've come to associate with Tyranena IPAs. The rye flavor is not extreme, but adds a nice spiciness to the finish along with the bitter hops

This is my favorite Tyranena IPA to date. I have a feeling I'm going to be drinking this heavily for the next couple of weeks or months.

Edit: This beer wasn't nearly as good from the bottle as it was from on tap for some reason. Not sure why.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear brownish-copper w/nice beige head and good lacing.

S-Spicy w/herbal and citrus hops, and a bit of toasty malt.

T-Bitter and fruity upfront w/malty backbone emerging midway, and a mix of spice and a variety of hop character in the finish. Aftertaste is citrusy w/herbal hop oils and coats the back of the tongue.

M-Moderate carbonation w/balance hanging on the hops. The malty backbone is there, but does not emerge boldly enough.

D-I love Rye PAs, and I am a big fan of most of Tyranena's brews, but this one, although good, does not quite measure up to others of this style. The spice and hops dominate a little too strongly, and the balance lacks as a result. Usually I prefer the rye versions, but I prefer regular Bitter Woman in this case.

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Photo of maximum12
4.77/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big fan of IPAs & rye here, so I've been looking forward to this one hitting the Twin Cities for the past couple of weeks. Finally found a stack of 4 packs at Cellars in Eagan this afternoon & a few minutes later, here I am.

Look is classic IPA, golden amber beauty. Smell is dominated by the hops.

Taste is grandstanding unique. The hop oils are slithering & shaking scales all over my tongue, & the rye is fresh out of the fields & left via dump truck on my palate. The aftertaste is raw rye, & the oily hops make it an...interesting experience. Not sure after the first sip, but this is growing on me by falling boulders.

Goes down like a greased pig, uh, well, a liquid, tasty greased pig. Drinkability? I split the stubby little bottle with the wife before going out to dinner with friends, & am already looking forward to coming home & having another.

Fantastic. Three-run homer from them fine folks at Tyranena. Can't wait to visit for the Great Taste & see what they have up their sleeves for that weekend!

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Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange color with a small white head.

Scent of rye, oily hops, grass and some fruits. Good balance, but not much strength to it.

Taste of rye with hops and some fruits with a good amount of rye in the finish. Rye overpowers the base beer, which seems a bit lacking, but it's still pretty good.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, slightly oily and clean with good carbonation.

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

Reviewed on 07/02/2009. Bottle. Pours light brown/amber with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of citrus, caramel malt, and spicy rye malt. Flavor is initially quite spicy from the rye with a citrus, fruity malt finish. Pleasant and easy drinking! This is a nice beer.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.22/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Rich amber in color. The pour produces a nickel size, light kahki head that recedes quickly, but leaves some spotty lace.

A: I was expecting a little more out of this department after reading the label. Rather muttled nose of some citrus and pine hops. Some caramel malt is present, but really not much here.

T: Not too bad. I finally get the hop profile, lemon and grapefruit stand out. The caramel malts do a nice job of balancing, and the rye leaves a nice spiciness.

M: Very smooth, medium bodied beer. Good carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is just ok. Would have liked to see a little more pronounced hop profile. The rye is used well, but I'm afraid this one falls short for me. Won't be seeking this out again. Skal.

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Photo of KeefD
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber color with no head and no lacing. Looks like carbonation is light on this one. Smell is a little off. Underneath the piney notes and lightly spicy rye is an off aroma of paint thinner and fusel alcohol. Taste is about average for an rye beer (this is not an IPA, by the way). Hops are up front, nice bitterness, decent amount of citrus/grapefruit and a touch of pine, a touch of rye spiciness, but really the malts are a bit subdued and I honestly wouldn't be able to tell there was any rye in here if I wasn't told so on the bottle. When I think of hop-bomb rye brews, I think of Red's Rye or Hop Rod Rye, but this one just can't live up to those other beers. It is pretty good if you can get past the paint thinner aroma and somewhat light body and lack of carbonation, there definitely some good things going on there, just not enough of them and not enough malt or hops to cover up the strong alcohol aroma and warmth. I wanted to love this beer, and was excited when I bought it, but I have to say I was slightly let down and feel like this is my least favorite of BGW series.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pristine darker amber beer. Tan head on top, frothy and 2-finger off the pour; recedes slowly to sparse bubbles.

S-Rye-spiciness for sure, with some citrus-resin hoppiness.

T-Resiny hops lay atop a big malt foundation. Maltiness is bready and caramel, with a distinct spicy-breadiness coming through from the rye. Hop bitterness is aggressive, but still allows the rye spice & sweet malts through.

M-Feels medium-bodied with a crisping bitterness. Carbonation is medium level.

D-Quite drinkable, but don't go crazy with it, as this one is a bitter one (as is aparent from it's name).

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Photo of Soneast
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, copper color with a 1 inch off-white head. Heads recedes to about a 1/4" layer then stays there for most of the beer. Quite a bit of lacing evident.

The aroma is a touch spicy with a grapefruit citrus punch. Some sweetness detected towards the end with a hint of butterscotch.

The flavor is definitely heavy on the IPA side of things with an up front hop taste, citrusy, piney, and the finish consists of the balancing sweet malt character with a mild bitterness towards the end and some rye sweet graininess picked up right at the back of the throat.

Medium bodied beer, carbonation was little light IMO. As an IPA I like the regular Bitter Woman better, but with the addition of rye it does add a little sumtin sumtin, but not enough to really make this stand out within the style.

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