Bitter Woman In The Rye | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Bitter Woman In The RyeBitter Woman In The Rye

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by bound4er on 05-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 107
Reviews by demcorhip:
Photo of demcorhip
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of sgoodship
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my good friend Brian for picking this up from South Loop Binny's.

A: Cappoery amber colored. Slight haze but fairly clear with small carbonation pillars rising. Tan finger head that is creamy. Dissipates to a dusting and provides a small spotty lacing.

S: Really nice and robust citrus, grass and pine hop. Good balance of sweet and bitter. Maybe a hint of rye.

T: Very lemony sweet up front and went into a biscuity malt middle that feels a little empty until the piney bite hits the far back of the palate on finish. The finish and aftertaste is really dry which is no surprise with the rye. Makes for a great lip smacking experience. When it is warmer, the void is filled in the middle with more rye flavor but there is sadly no enhancement of hop experience.

M: Nice medium body. Nice medium carbonation which is gentle. Dryness adds a crisp clean mouth. The aggressive pine bite doesn't hit the palate until after the swallow.

D: It's a really nice beer. I wish the hop experience was a little more robust and well rounded. Would be happy to drink again but with so many hoppy brews to choose from, I'm not going out of my way for this one. It was hard for me to tell if this was trying to carve out a space for itself as a Rye beer or if it was an IPA made with Rye. Felt like it was trying to go for more of the latter and not quite hitting the mark.

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Photo of blackearth
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Three Cellars in Franklin, WI. This beer pours a golden orange with a thin white head. Aroma reminds me of amonia at first, but then seems more like a citursy hop bitterness. Medium bodied - the malt flavors are there, but take a back seat to the hops flavors. The hop flavor is hard to describe. It's not one of my favorite flavors, but I still kinda like this beer.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a wonderfully clear copper amber with an inch of creamy off white foam on top. Enticing off the bat. Aromas of crisp grains and spicy rye cavorting with citric hops that are nice and pungent. Caramel undertones.

First sip brings crisp grains with caramel accents and a spicy kick from the rye. Mild sweetness moving into a rush of herbal, citric hops that kick up the bitterness on the way down. Finishes off with lingering bitterness and hoppy afterthoughts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a bit of a kick of graininess. Goes down easy and there's no problem drinking down a four pack of this tasty brew. I like addition of the rye to Bitter Woman..wouldn't mind seeing this in six packs.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 rudylaw
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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 FrognutUnl
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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 brow1901
3.44/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep amber orange in color with a solid 2 finger white head. The beer is perfectly clear. Nice retention and some decent lacing.

S- Really disappointing smell from this beer a little rye spiciness and some hops character. A hint of yeast and alcohol. I would like to have seen more presence of hops or rye one or the other would really improve the beer.

T- Fair taste, the hops make more of an appearance here, the only problem is they overpower the rye tastes. This seems typical of a IPA with rye though. So they did a good of balancing the two.

MF- Very nice dry finish. Good carbonation, medium body.

D- Very drinkable beer, not the best IPA and not as good as Hot Rod but it's a nice beer.

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

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear brownish-red body with an antique white bubbly head supported by a gentle carbonation of microbubbles gliding to the surface.

S- The aroma of pine hops is pungent even during the pour with a slight earthy quality to them and some black pepper notes in the finish.

T- The taste of sweet caramel malt is soon enveloped into a big hop flavor with grapefruit zest and pine resin qualities. There is a light fruit punch flavor that comes through more as it warms. The finish is a pungent bitterness that is full but compliments the hop flavor well.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This is a nice full IPA but I didn't get much from the rye but perhaps it blended in with the complexity of the hops. Definitely, The focus is on a hoppy beer with rye no the other way around.

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Photo of cokes
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear brass bodied with a skin of pale gray suds and a some pockets of bubbles clinging to the edge. Not much retention, but gobs of lace down the sides of the glass.
Lime rind and dry grass hoppiness, with blooms of tropical fruit (mango, mostly). Rye adds its distict peppery spiciness, and enhances the grassy qualities.
Rye is perceived immediately in the mouth, lightly doughy and perkily peppery. Malt fades quickly, though the spiciness lingers. Hops join with a dried grass and herb, that broadens over time to include mint, lime, papaya, and sandy minerality. Later on, burps add pine and resin, curiously, the first time they appear.
The body enters puffed out, and nearly brawny feeling, but it deflates over the course of the sip, leaving it limp and thin by the swallow. This is a small gripe, as it's monster drinkable.
I'm a big fan of rye, simply put. And this succeeds in that aspect. The rye, though, competes with, and seems to alter the hop profile, and at the end, it's not clearly recognizable as a Bitter Woman spinoff.

I'm not 100% sure how I feel (mostly because I expected a more "Bitter Woman-esque" hop clarity), the rye has won me over and I've gone through a couple four packs over the weekend, and I'll be restocking soon.

Update: The more I drink of this, the more I'm left somewhat nonplussed. The rye and the hops just don't really jive.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty straightforward. Bronze in color, with an impressively big white head. Leaves some equally impressive lacing as the huge head recedes.

Aroma is lovely! Grassy and floral hops, not to mention a good dose of citrus aroma. Getting some of the peppery rye in the nose as well. (Must add here that at the end of the glass, a truly impressive lacing has been left. One that rivals the best Belgian lacing.)

Flavor profile is really good. Bitter hops are evident, but the rye is somewhat subdued. I like this beer, I just wish there was more of a rye component. That being said, it's a tasty beer as is.

Mouthfeel is slick and a bit oily, in a good way. Medium body with a long bitter finish. Good points here.

Drinkability is pretty high for me on this one. While I think it could be better (and there's plenty that could), it is a fucking tasty adult beverage! I've drank at least 3-4 for the last few nights, and enjoyed each one immensely. If you have access to this beer, get some!

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

12oz single, brewers gone wild and whatnot

appearance: served in tyranena pint glass, glowing straw-amber body, frothy beige waves and nice lacing

smell: punchy aromatic hops, tropical and juicy, pine and citrus. this one is a very nice nose

taste: hmm - this beer is really hoppy - the bottle proclaims an "orgy of hops". i'm not sure the rye really works that well - it sure provides some spice that is quite fiery when mixed with hop blast. very tropical and juicy

mouthfeel: juicy and pungent, high bitterness

drinkability: one went down really quick

i think the reviews will level out on this one at some point, after mixed early reviews

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

Picked up a single from Princeton Liquors. Appears clear amber with a white head. I have to say I like the addition of rye. It seems to dry out the flavor with a kick of spicy rye cracker that finishes out the beer along with the grapefruit and orange peel hops. This is a well made rye beer. There's a big kick of citrus hops that's matches the toasted, pale barley.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a bright copper with a light white head. good retention and nice lacing.

huge floral notes up front. light rye and pine hop scents that lay low.

the rye really does dominate in this. very sweet up front as well. bitter citrus hops seem to dominate the the finish. i liike the how the flavors sort of separate themselves but at the same time, i wish they were more blended together. overall though, good flavors

this beer has that really thin and micro carbonation that adds to the mouthfeel and fills the beer out. i kind of do not like carbonation like this. too thin.

overall, a good beer with great bitter flavors. not too bold and too bitter where i could drink a few with no problem.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Big ups to my boy joe1510 for hooking me up with one of these in a recent trade.

Pours a crystal clear copper, with 2 tight fingers of foamy off-white head. Retains with a 1/2 finger of froth, that leaves some big sticky lacing back. The aroma is deeply floral, and a bit earthy, with a very spicy presence to it that seems to not only come from the hops, but also from an extra layer of bready rye. Thicker accents of citrus and caramel glide underneath, sweetening the nose up a bit.

The taste starts with a big hop bite, that is initially very spicy, but then spreads out into a more tingling and steady bitterness. The spiciness of the rye lies in the bready sweetness of the malt backbone, balancing the hops, and mixing with caramel and juicy citrus give this quite the spicy and tangy pop in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a super easy creaminess and slickness to the feel. Damn, this just slides down effortlessly.

This was quite an enjoyable take on the Rye IPA style, but it seemed like maybe too much rye and malt threatened to overtake the hops a bit in the taste at times. This was still very tasty and even more fresh and easy feeling on the palate. Another nice brew from Tyranena.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper body with a head that was short but dense. There is a light lacing left behind.

There is a rye spiciness to the smell that is followed by a variety of citrus and pine hops.

Solid flavor, the hops are the main attraction. Sweet and bitter citrus of orange and to a lesser extent, grapefruit. Then the pine. There is a light bitterness but the rye tones it down with an added peppery spice. There is a slight sweetness to the malt, too. The aftertaste had a strange alkaline quality about it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy. Average on the carbonation. Slightly dry and sweet finish.

Good drinkability. It's easy to consume a few in a sitting.

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Photo of morimech
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with one inch of white head that settled to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is very spicy. Almost has a noble hop characteristics but I do not know if this beer has any. The flavor was a let down. Hops is dominate but I wonder where the malt went. Has a nice rye malt finish but I would want more of the other malt to influence this beer. Has a little band-aid flavor as well. Bitterness is moderate. The body is a little thin but it is nicely carbonated with a good texture. Perfectly drinkable but I was hoping for a whole lot more. Not Tyranena's best effort as I see it could easily be improved.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz stubby brown bottle poured into (no not my new Maui Brewing Co. pint glass) my good old fashioned New Belgian bubble glass.

A: What a difference hot water, a sponge and some scalding water will do. Pours out clear woody amber orange with a thick and creamy half inch head that leaves behind some impressive lattice work lacing.

S: Rye is very evident here, nearly jumps up out of the glass and right into your face, sweet graininess, bit of orange peel, but otherwise covered by spicy rye.

T/MF: Slighy citrus twang to open, like light orange zest, moves quickly away from here and into the woods of rye spiciness. Mouthfeel, apart from the bitterness, seems a bit loose, not watery but not as firm as I think it was going to be. I always enjoy some rye and my beer and this is no exception, but what this beer lacks that Red's Rye has is that balance of citrusy hoppiness that I love love love. I'm not saying I want a clone of Red's Rye but rather a little more balance that I'm not getting here right now.

D: A solid sipper, lots of rye and a decent malt billl with some honey sweetness but just not pulling it all together for me to warrant a higher score. A good rye beer but there are better, plus you can get Red's Rye in sixers while this only comes in four.

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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to eyncognito for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The Rye IPA is a coppery orange color, a brilliant shade that is markedly lighter than a bottle. A thick head has left significant patches of lace all around the glass.

S: Spicy rye bread and citrus hops are a formidable combination. Grassy aromas are strong, a very fragrant IPA, very sweet and lush.

T: The taste is very hop forward, continuing the strength of the nose. Herbal grases, sweet and green onion-y set a vegetal tone for the hops. As the grass passes, citrus grapefruit is quick to fill the void. The lupulin sweetness harmoniously mixes with the spicy dark rye grains. The finish is bold hops and assertive grains. A very nice IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is very hoppy, with a sweetness that rarely gets too bitter. The rye is strong enough to stand out, an area in which some rye beers fall short.

D: Another good beer from Tyranena. The IPA with a twist ranks up there with Scurvy. The ale is silky smooth and a great hop kick.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a small goblet a high clarity orange, with a finger of foam. As it settles it leaves a frosted ring of lace, and a ring at it's edge.

Aroma is mostly malt graininess it seems, a little spicy and bready. Flavor is malt/rye forward too. A mild spice lent from the rye, some chalky leafy hop bitterness in the back, lingering into the aftertaste. Full bodied, and easily drinkable. Not much there to hold my interest, but it was good. Can this be too old already? That would be a shame since it's only been around here a month at the most.

Cane & Ebel still reigns supreme in my mind...

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 BoitSansSoif
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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 traviserickson
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy, weak head retention and amber in color.

S: Typical IPA smell, There is almost a smell of cologne in the hops. The rye is also notable.

T: Crescendo of bitterness, tastes like a well built IPA

M: Smooth and doesn't linger

D: Yes.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another in the never-ending BGW series. I actually had let this one fly under my radar and had not even been on the lookout for it. Luckily a kind BA realized I missed this one and threw a bottle in the box for me! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/23/2009.
Appearance 4 - Poured out of the bottle a very dark amber color, lots of brown highlights in it and a rich two inches of head came up and dropped back down quickly leaving about a half an inch over the top and some decent lacing on the sides.
Aroma 3.5 - Mixed aroma here, where are all the hops? Light spice, lots of bready grains and a nice touch of caramel are all very well represented here, though I was still left looking for a ripe, pungent hop nose.
Taste 4 - Smooth, very mellow and well rounded flavor here. I was pleased as I took the first sip. Peppery spice on the back of the tongue, nice caramel and malt backbone, hints of hops but again not the strong profile I was looking for but better then what I found in the aroma anyway. Candied sugar on the way out now.
Feel 4 - Rich and creamy, lending itself to the fuller side of the medium feels for sure. Nice carbonation and as it warmed almost a syrup like feel to it.
Drinkability 4 - Easily able to put this one down, even with a modest ABV, I did not seem to have much difficulty at all. I would have no problem with another.
Overall - Solid, not as hoppy as I was hoping for, but the depth of the malts really won me over in the end. Nice touch of rye giving it that light pepper like touch. Overall very nicely done and I was glad I got to try it.

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Bitter Woman In The Rye from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 118 ratings