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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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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 107
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 DrewHodges
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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 portia99
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received as an extra from busch03. Thanks! Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a clear copper orange color with about a finger of creamy off-white foam which lingers for a short time and then falls to a thick skim coat and resilient large collar that leaves behind tons of sticky lacing.

S - The spiciness of the rye is right up front in the aroma. This is not to be outdone by the hops - some earthy and some citrusy hop aromas all blend together nicely. Caramelly sweet malt also plays a large role in the overall aroma, especially as it warms up a bit. A balanced IPA with a nice addition of rye to liven things up.

T - Flavors are well balanced too. I know this bottle has a little bit of age on it (although I don't know when this was released exactly), so the hops are probably only a shadow of what they were fresh. Bitterness is tame but perfectly offsets the heavily caramalized flavors from the malt and the spicy rye character. Good full flavored IPA, if not the most hoppy example out there.

M - Medium bodied with a good strong kick of carbonation to round things out. Malt and resiny hops battle it out to see which can coat the mouth more fully with the malt just winning out this battle.

D - Nice, full-flavored IPA, rich with malt and nicely balanced by the hops. I prefer to have more of a hoppy balance (wish I could have tried this fresher), but still a good example of the style. Smooth, rich - seems like a good beer to sit with in front of a movie for the evening. I've got one more...so, maybe I will do that.

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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 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 zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 bret27
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of Diomede

S: Rye, oak, roastiness

A: Very dark brn, fizzy minimal head

T: Chocolate, roasty, malty, w/a bitter finish

M/D: Fairly thin but smooth. Pretty good w/very minimal etoh presence.

Overall: Pretty roasty but still pretty tasty.

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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 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 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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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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 womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of my Secret Santa 2009 haul from Scoobydank. A stubby 12oz. twist-off bottled on May 8th, 2009. Uncapped and poured into my Victory shaker glass. The ale appears a hazed golden amber color with about a finger of dense, fluffy off white foam. Nose and flavors consist of perfumed citrus oils, red grapefruit peel, very nice spice from the rye, oranges, tangerines, sweet biscuits/bread, caramel, grass. Decent body with adequate carbonation. The hops have held up pretty well over the past few months. Thanks again for the chance Scooby!

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Photo of cvaypai
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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 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 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 aaronh
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cipper colored body topped by a tan head that shows great staying power. Aroma has a nice hop note balanced by a bit of spiciy rye. a good bit of hop bitterness on the palate masks most of the malt flavor up front. a few more sips reveal a bit more of the rye - and then the burps reveal even more of the rye. More sweetness comes throuhg later in the glass. Mouthfeel is noce and smooth. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of robbyc1
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice fluffy white off head with a clear oraange/yellow look, good lace.

Not overpowering hops, just juicy and fresh smelling.

Malt rounds out the taste with the hops in the mouth, not a bomb of hops, but a nice crisp finish. The rye really adds a nice spiciness, complements the hops well.

Good round mouthfeel, easy to drink, a good American RyePA, well done, I like this better than the one without the rye.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of dfillius
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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 grub
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked this up on a recent trip to MN (with a side-trip to WI).

12oz bottle. sampled oct 15/09.

pours deep reddish amber with a small fine off-white head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is good. grapefruit and pine. orange and tangerine. caramel. nice herbal and spicy hop character too. light alcohol. rye bread and cracker. bit of grain.

taste is nice. medium bitterness level. pine and grapefruit. rye spice. orange peel. herbal. bit earthy. multi-grain bread. cracker. bit of alcohol. light caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. pretty good balance. a nice rye-pa.

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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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Photo of Wisconsin
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear, golden brown body that has a one finger head that is white in appearance. Plenty of carbonation is rising to the tops. Head stays around for quite awhile.

S - Strong hops, orange peel, and citrus piney smell all hit your nose. Slight bitterness is also present with a bit of earthy, rye notes.

T - Strong hops and bitterness. There is a faint amount of orange peel present along with some rye, earthy notes. The bitterness is almost overwhelming initially but as the beer warms it is less intense and better balanced.

M - Strong hops, citrus and piney taste right away with a good amount of carbonation to bring in the rye/earthy notes and the orange peel. Medium bodied overall.

D - This is an interesting beer, one that I could enjoy on occasion but I can't see myself having more than one in a sitting. The strong bitterness is not something I am a huge fan of.

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

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 9/23/09.

A - Slightly gritty-looking reddish/orange-colored body with a half inch white cap that reduced to a patchy film and left a few strands of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Spicy citrus hop character with toasted grains and prevalent rye presence. Hints of spices, most likely from the rye. Some floral and perfumy aromas also emerged as it warmed up a bit.

T - Initial flavor unfolds a dominant rye presence that is dry and spicy. Traces of herbs and mint are apparent, but the hop character is quite citrusy overall. There is a backing of sweet caramel and toasted grainy, crackery malt that keeps this from becoming overly bitter.

M - Medium bodied with an oily, slightly sticky texture and a fair amount of effervescence, resulting in a mild prickly sensation on the palate. Finish is dry and spicy on the palate and concludes with plenty of lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue.

D - Bitter indeed. Very good Rye IPA overall with a bold rye presence and plenty of hops to hold my interest.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"It's good."

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Bitter Woman In The Rye from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 118 ratings
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