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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)

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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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 118
Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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 emerge077
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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 mothman
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 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 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 mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to cvaypai for hooking it up with a bottle of this as an extra in a recent trade.

A: A 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass reveals a hazy amber color with a small off-white head.

S: The smell features a lot of tropical fruit and citrus. There is a fair amount of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. There is also a sweet caramel flavor, along with a mild spiciness on the malt side of things.

T: Despite this beer being several months old, there is still a surprising amount of hop character. The flavor has a very nice bitterness and a mild citrus. The rye lends this beer a nice spicy flavor to go along with the bready malt.

M: The body is a bit thin, but not terrible. The carbonation is moderate.

D: This is one of the better IPAs I've had from outside of CA, even at its age. A nice beer that I'm glad I got a chance to try.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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 billab914
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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 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 tempest
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Duff27
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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 rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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 rodbeermunch
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 scruffwhor
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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 sweemzander
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brazen copper body. Thin, bubbly beige head. Sporadic spot of lace. The aroma has some caramel, toffee, orange marmalade and resiny, pungent hop traits. Solid flavor overall with a nice backbone of caramel malts to support the resiny and tropical hop tones and the slight bit of spice from the rye. Medium-full body and quite enjoyable. Nice lingering bitterness. Solid beer.

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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 drpimento
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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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3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz blind tasting. Poured an orange-copper color that revealed a thin beige head, even with a rigorous pour. Floral hop aromas fill the nose with some subtle sweet malt and citrus. Mouth-feel was medium bodied with low carbonation. Tastes were of toasted grains, caramel malt, and rye with a huge hop bitterness with some floral and herbal aspects and some citrus rind. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and a peppery tingle on the tongue. This was good, but I feel there are better rye IPAs out there.

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Bitter Woman In The Rye from Tyranena Brewing Company
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