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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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 118
Photo of maximum12
4.77/5  rDev +22.9%
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 RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack on a recent trip to Four Firkins in MN. Agressively poured into my Thirsty Bear nonic. Nice slightly hazy copper-orange color with a solid 2 fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Very pillowy froth with all sorts of bubbles. Head stayed on throughout leaving some mosaic lacing in the glass.
Sweet citrus aromas with a nice hit of blue corn chips.
Bready and bitter up front, nicely contrasted. The rye gives this such a depth of malt flavor which counterbalances the big citrus notes. Grapefruit rind, somewhat tart with a hit of pine. Bitter in the mouthfeel, more blue corn flavor. Finishes bitter and a little chalky. Very unique IPA and I am becoming a huge fan of Tyranena's IPAs.

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Photo of milwaukeeclassic
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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 dfillius
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger of off-white head with good retention. Hazy copper gold with some floaties (looks like OJ pulp) Should have left that behind, bummer.
S: Rich malt capped by delectable Man Candy hop. Tropical Fruit, some sherry notes :-(
T: Bitterness cascadesin on the malt to establish an ultimately assertive presence. Rye spice is bold as well. Tasty!
M: Tingly, dry bitterness, a bit oily. Full bodied.
D: Quite good. I want another and would buy again. Doesn't seem too strong on ABV either.

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Photo of DarbyOGill
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber color with about 1 finger light tan head. There is a little smattering of head, but nothing special.

S: Strong smell of piney hops, there's hints of lemon, and a slight rye bread smell.

T: Starts with a strong piney flavor, followed by a equal powerful bread taste. Throughout each sip I get hints of citrus. Finishes with a nice bitter tingle and hoppy taste.

Overall: I like this a lot more than the regular Bitter Woman and wish this was a beer in their regular rotation. If you still see it around, get it!

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Photo of botham
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip. pours a crystal clear amber color with a finger of eggshell colored head that retains nicely and leaves moderate lacings.

aroma is of fresh hops, mainly grassy and citrusy, along with notes of spicy hops and a bit of bready malt in the background.

taste is generously hopped, with a bit more spice than the aroma has. very fresh and pleasant on the palate with a bitter finish and fresh hops after the fact.

mouthfeel is full bodied and dry with a bitter finish and semi-dry aftertaste.

drinkability is great. for a brew full of hops, this one manages to remain drinkable and not too bitter. very flavorful and well balanced as far as hop qualities go. cheers!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous clear brassy bronzed darker orange color with a firmly creamy base of whipped foam on top sitting a finger high. The head slowly settles to an always present thick skim and large stingy patches of lace stretch across the glass.

Aroma is a clean array of hoppy citrus zip topped by a crunch of toasty rye. Mostly dryish with some peach, orange, and white grapefruit making the citrus while the rye kind of mellows it out. I like the twist of the two notions together and noting of some pine; very appetizing.

Taste is where it really pulls away from what the regular Bitter Woman would make its mark. The rye is there and actually dulls the bittering tones of the citrus to a near nullified existence in the front and middle. I do however, still like what is there as the rye is well played with a crunch and snap thats balanced in well over the hoppy citrus where its a very dull and tarnished bittering pithyness of grapefruit and old dry pine. Tiny toasty edges brittle up around the finish as it gains a hoppier sinking into the palate with some old pine and bits of grapefruit.

Body is about medium with a steady grab of rye crunch and toastyness while hops spice it up with citrusy coated pine. Semi brittle in the finish and floating dry with slight pithy bitterness.

Well, its a bit hard to find the Bitter Woman under the rye, but she's there and makes an appearance within the hoppy character. A fine, fine drinker; quite smooth with a nice snap and crunch to it and twisted with the gripe of a Bitter Woman.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
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 taylorhamrick
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ the Old Fashioned in Madison

Pours a sort of copper color, fairly clear, with a kind of thin head, maybe approaching 1cm at its best. The lacing is still pretty decent though. The bubbles sit in a dense little clump on top, and you can see a few bubbles rising through the beer here and there throughout the drink. The smell upfront is floral, leafy hops with a bit of resin. There's some citrus peel - lemon, orange, etc. I can also smell the rye. I feel like on the menu it mentioned an impossible amount of rye, but I can disregard that, knowing that it would take quite a bit of work to get the percentage of rye they listed to sparge right (I didn't write it down, but I assure you, it was high). There's a bit of spice, like some herbed bread, with a bit of sweetness on the end. The taste is really interesting. There's a very nice rye presence underneath, making it taste bready and chewy with a little earthy sort of flavor. There's also a very interesting hoppy presence. A bit of bitterness, like biting into an orange peel, is followed by a floral kind of note, pollen and all, then it moves to a bit of spice, like orange juice with some cracked pepper in it. Or maybe lemon and pepper. It finishes a little sweet, which makes this very interesting and delicious. The mouth is nice and full. About medium carbonation, a little bite to it. And overall, it's a very enjoyable drink. You hardly notice the alcohol, and the flavor is so very enjoyable that you just want a bit more. I would recommend it if you can still find it around.

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Photo of cvaypai
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to goblet.

Appearance - Deep amber orange with a small bit of head that covers just the top of the glass. Large bubbles clinging to the side of the glass and lacing a tiny bit.

Smell - Nice smells of hop up front, citrusy grassy hops, then comes the dark rich rye and a bit of caramel sweetness in the end. Very nice citrusy smell coming off though.

Taste - Deep tasty rye comes right though with the citrusy hops, this is a mighty tasty beer. A bit of sweetness on the end matches the bitter and makes for an overall nice experience. Very clean rye and grassy taste on the end. Caramel sweetness at the very end.

Mouthfeel - Pretty normal for the beer, not too heavy not too light, carbonation is good, bitterness is perfect, not harsh.

Drinkability - Could drink plenty of these, not overpowering but extremely tasty. A pretty good session beer and even good despite it being 3 degrees out.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber peach with a nice off white head and good lacing.

S-Very malty and grainy with a mild hop presence.

T-Nice grainy rye notes in the front, then some very solid piney hops in the finish. Tasty.

M-Medium bodied, crisp and dry.

D-Very nice. A nice hope bite with a strong rye presence. Nice.


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Photo of triguy84
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blurry pumpkin with nectarine colored edges. Several streams of superfine bubbles lead up to a dense and creamy crown of golden ecru colored foam. Thicks sheets of BB-shot lace qualify as eye candy. She may be bitter, but this woman (uh... beer) looks sweet.

The Amarillo and Cascade aroma of Bitter Woman IPA is wonderful, so it's no surprise that In The Rye smells good as well. This beer might be a fraction less bright and boldly hoppy due to an earthiness that is probably coming from the rye.

The same thing happens on the palate. Adding rye malt to one of my favorite IPAs sounds like a wonderful idea, but that twist has taken a great beer down a notch to a (still pretty damn) good one. In addition to the rye, the brewers increased the ABV from 5.75% to 5.9% and supposedly increased the amount of hops as well.

With more malt flavor in the house (earthy, spicy, rye toast-like), hop flavor is necessarily going to suffer. There's still plenty of grapefruit, orange and pine sap to go around. The amount of bitterness should satisfy most hopheads, though I don't recall quite this much underlying caramel malty sweetness in BW.

The lace-blasted glass forces me to increase the appearance score. What a great look! The mouthfeel gets it done in beautiful fashion. I've had 8.0% beer that wasn't this full and lush and heavily silky smooth.

I would have bet a large sum that adding rye malt to Bitter Woman IPA would have added to its deliciousness rather than subtracted from it. This is tasty beer, but the original is still the best. Not to mention the fact that it comes in sixers and is available year-round.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
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 akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +7%
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 objectivemonkey
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a Guinness glass, pours a lovely golden amber, carbonation apparent with a one inch fluffy white head, dissipates to a thin film, logs of small blotchy lacing. The aroma is loaded with hops, wonderful, juicy, piney hops, some zippy citrus, do they make beer with malts? Don't know, can't tell from this one!

Ah, there it is, rye malt in the taste, right away, hand in hand with pine hop, again with the lemon citrus, grassy to an extent, a touch of grapefruit. Mouth has plenty of body and fine carbonation, its slick and the aftertaste is a bit thick. In all, a nice alteration of Bitter Woman, a tasty IPA.

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Photo of dancinwillie
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
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 feloniousmonk
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena Bitter Woman In The Rye, bottle

Clear and crimson in appearance, solid layer of creamy froth atop.

Muted fruit in aromatics, cherries, apples...I almost think the rye malt interferes with the natural hoppy aroma of the base IPA in this instance. Caramel apple on top, with citrus scent below.

Taste: more of the same, I think. I've had a few rye IPAs before, Cain & Abel, Bittersweet Lenny's, and these succeeded because the hops were amped up and met the challenge of the interesting new ingredient in the malt bill. The rye twist was lurking below and mixed well at the base. Here, it overtakes....Further in, I am liking it more. Reminds me of another new tweak on an old IPA, the Victory Wild Devil, where the yeast did the yanking, not the malt.

More and more, I do like it, the hops speak up and swim in the mouth better and better...they took a while to rise to the surface and stay on top, but they did it.

Tasty stuff. Love the kick from the rye, after all. I'll be looking for more.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, the first of the brewers gone wild series from tyranena to hit the shelves in chicagoland. 12oz bottle with no freshness info poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours a dark orange colored body with a finger of quickly fading white head. the head leaves small spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- caramel and spicy rye malts. lots of pine and floral hops. surprisingly different that the original bitter woman IPA.

T- the rye comes through strong and right off the bat. very spicy. theres sweet caramel malt in here as well. the finish is very hoppy. lots of floral and piny hops. maybe a bit of citrus as well.

M- medium bodied and very crisp with a high level of carbonation.

D- i liked this one alot. i think its alot better than the original bitter woman IPA. something id love to drink often, but its a limited run and the price is pretty steep for a rye PA. 2.50 a bottle would be difficult to swallow too often. check this one out while you can, and heres hoping they make it a seasonal, like they did with scurvy

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber color. Poured with a half finger of white head. Spotty lacing.

S: Nice mix of rye and hops. Never smelled a rye beer that balanced them so well together. Little bit of sweetness as well.

T: Rye up front then some faded hops. The rye has a nice amount of spice to it. Sweetness throughout balances it out.

M: Thick medium body.

D: More. I love rye beers and this is a different take on them.

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Photo of DrewHodges
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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 traviserickson
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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 BigPlay1824
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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 orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Bitter Woman In The Rye from Tyranena Brewing Company
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