Bitter Woman In The Rye | Tyranena Brewing Company

Bitter Woman In The RyeBitter Woman In The Rye
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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)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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
Photo of Buebie
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up today at Heritage.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pub glass.
The pour produces a 1'' off white head, receeding to leave thin drapes of lace.
The color is transparent and a darker amber copper, glows well when held to light.

The aroma is kinda funky. There is some malt and hemp with just a bit of skunky UV light lengthy exposure.
I got this from a dark cooler with no lights. And I know how they treat beer at this establishment. So I'm wondering if I just got a bad bottle.

The taste is bitter, with plenty of rye spice to back. Bittering hops, grassy, but some pine. The rye helps cover the lack of anything else going on here.
Some charred malt and a bit of charcoal.
Finishing with plenty of rye kick and spice as well as super bitter mouth puckering pine.

I dont understand whats going on with this brew. It seems like there was an attempt at somthing, but it was lost in translation.
The last 2 beers, this included from the BGWS have been flops ( paradise by the dashboard lights and this one here) compared to the first few. Seems like they are just making anything now and calling a brewers gone wild.

Sub par. I will pick up a 4 pack and give it another shot, because you guys have made great beer in the past, so you deserve a 2ND chance. But in my own defense, its hard to have a bad bottle on a beer that was just released yesterday.
This just seems skunky.

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Photo of mnstorm99
2.78/5  rDev -28.2%
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 Arbitrator
2.94/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a 12oz mason jar. I believe I received this as an extra from busch03. Thanks Waylon!

A: Pours a surprisingly clear amber body with a couple of inches of head in my jar. Retains poorly, but it deposits substantial, sticky head on the sides as it goes. The remainder is a swirl of bubbles on the brew with a moderate collar, which leaves more sticky lace as the brew vanishes.

S: Very bready, with spicy rye/grains and caramel. I've been sitting on this for a couple of months, so the hops may have faded, but they don't stand out at all.

T: Peppery and grainy; a mellow rye flavor in a sea of malty caramel and bread. Not much in the way of hops, again; I get some grass and floral flavors, but I can't pick out anything else.

M: Medium-bodied, low-moderate carbonation with a creamy feel. Not too sticky.

D: I'm not sure when this was brewed, so I may have done it a disserving by reviewing an older bottle with faded hops. If they brew it again and I have the chance to try a known fresh bottle, I will do so, and upgrade this review. At this time, however, the current [only?] batch is a poor attempt at an IPA, rye or otherwise.

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Photo of younger35
3.01/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a four pack of this from The Four Firkins in St. Louis Park. For the most part I really enjoy Tyranena and hope this thing is an extra hoppy bomb. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute while watching the 2009 Home Run Derby.

Appearance- Pours a crystal clear orange with a very nice half finger creamy head that has some serious staying power. A great cap and collar and loads of sticky lacing remain the entire beer. Definitely the best part of the beer.
Smell- Maybe not necessarily the most pungent nose in the world but it is lightly fruity and floral. Grapefruit and perhaps a slight bit of orange add the fruit while some lilac or rose hip adds the flowery side. The rye is slightly earthy and detectable but it's very subtle. Some toasted grain hides in the background underneath the hops.
Taste- Wow, are there hops in here? Starts with a caramel maltiness that is spicy and woody. I'm amazed at how much the malt dominates this beer. A light bit of bitterness sneaks in at some point but it's not really anything but bitter. I wouldn't call it fruity or piney or anything of the sort. Just sort of blah.
Mouthfeel- Very light body that is probably closer to watery than light. A bit of bite from the carbonation sneaks in but it's too watery.
Drinkability- Just not a very tasty brew. They need to kick up the hops quite a bit to get this thing to a point that the hops are the focal point of the taste. The rye is okay I guess but when your drinking an IPA it should play second fiddle to the hops. Disappointing.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
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 ZAP
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Semi cloudy orange color...frothy white head..

S-Rye is evident...also more of a grassy, herbal hoppiness.

T-This is surprising...I expected a hoppiness along the lines of Bitter woman but this seems different...different hops? Or maybe it is just the way the hops play with the rye...either way the hops are a bit jagged and rough....herbal..grassy like the nose with a bit of a coarse feel. Not a big fan of how this tastes overall. It is ok but not as fantastic as I was hoping.

M-Decent body...a bigger bodied ipa I would say...dry finish

D-Not for me. I'll stick to the regular BW or take my pick of some of the other rye ales like Founders. I just poured the Founder Red Rye to taste side by side and I know it is kind of an apples to oranges comparison but the blend of hops and rye is much much more enjoyable to me in the Founders than the Tyranena. I was hoping this would be a 4.5-5.0 type beer. It is not.

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Photo of katan
3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Nice - a series of big, bold, ballsy beers.

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a brown to orange color - extremely clear, but obviously thick. Well filtered. Lots of bubbling - carbonation strength is obvious. Head formation is string, off-white in color.

S - Dominated by an American hop nose, very meaty, edgy - orange and grapefruit notes. Seems like an Amarillo. Some grassy notes start to show.

T - Starts off with an orangy, grapefruit American hops note- Not much in the way of malt sweetness, just only the lightest note of rye. Bitterness builds in the mid-stream. Only in the aftertaste does the rye begin to really shine. It hangs around on the tongue as part of an oily slick.

M - Moderate to thick body. This baby must have been loaded, as it is driven by a cloying and clinging malt base. Carbonation bite is not present. Oily hops residues grab the tongue.

D - Probably a one and one beer. It just doesn't fit the idea of a multi-session beer. Probably good since thats probably what Tyranena was shooting for.

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Photo of KeefD
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
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 billyzoom666
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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 drpimento
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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 scruffwhor
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with only a very thin film of foam, one column of bubbles, and a light syrup viscocity to it. Light orange peel bitterness and just a litle toasted malt in tghe nose. Pretty faint aroma overall. The taste starts with an initial and very quick toasted bread flavo. This quickly makes way a sharp, peppery orange hop. The mix of hops and malt maintains all the way to the long lingering and bitter finish. This rye brew seems very muted. Either theres very subtle flavors I'm just not picking up, or this is a low flavor beer. Nothing really stands out much.

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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 sweemzander
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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 zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of illidurit
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Parrotbeak
3.52/5  rDev -9%
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 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 mcallister
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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 regspeir
3.6/5  rDev -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 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 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 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 largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freebie from bifrostguard, thanks Cameron.

Appearance: Clear glowing amber with a steady stream of rising bubbles. Vigorous pouring left me with a finger of head that dissipated surprisingly fast.

Smell: Citrus and fresh herbs with a generous heaping of spicy, earthy rye. There's a dash of caramel malt, but it's buried.

Taste/mouthfeel: Opens with a hint of caramel, but that's soon consumed by spicy rye and zesty, herbal hops. The hop profile tastes like a mix of West Coast and Bavarian hops, an odd mix that's not entirely satisfying. The rye seems a bit overdone as well, bringing a slight astringency to the dry finish. I'm normally all for rye IPAs, but this one doesn't quite work.

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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 Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark orange/amber, some reddish highlights, medium sized off white head forms, settles to a thin ring around the glass, some nice lace spots stick, looks pretty good.

Smell is nice, lots of caramel, grapefruit, some pine, a bit of rye spice, biscuit, quite fruity, strawberries, cherries, oranges, some alcohol, almost a spearmint gum sort of herbal character, pretty nice.

Taste is neat, biscuity and some sweet caramel maltiness, very raw, some grapefruit, floral, a bit of fruit, a bit of rye, alcohol, nice malty finish, again almost a bit of a minty finish, slightly dry as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, a touch of warmth from the alcohol. Nice spiciness, pretty good stuff! Thanks Russ!

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Bitter Woman In The Rye from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76.3% out of 100 with 118 ratings
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