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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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 ClockworkOrange
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +8.2%
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 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 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 aaronh
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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 +3.1%
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 +3.1%
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 +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 grub
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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 -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 Wisconsin
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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 -0.8%
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 +5.7%
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 Gtreid
3.22/5  rDev -17%
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 Arbitrator
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
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 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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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 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 alcstradamus
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber pour with a little less than a finger of head using a moderately hard pour. Smell is big orange peel, grass, and caramel maltiness. Taste is upfront earthy hops, breadiness, apple peels, bitterness. Mouthfeel is normal for the style.

This is a very solid beer that I enjoyed drinking very much. Not hugely complex, but good flavors that keep you coming back for more.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from the ever generous Viggo. Thanks for leaving this here man!

Pours a deep hued orange with a finger of head, fed by vigorous bubbles from the depths, keeping a nice lacing and leaving rings down the glass. Oh yeah.

Nose is spicy, bordering on peppery with a liberal dose of floral and citrus hops. A faint sweetness coming through as well.

The entry is dominated by a thick sweetness followed by a good dose of spicy rye. Lots of rye. Follows through with a full body of breadiness, pale malts, sweet caramel and then finishes with a flourish of citrus, lemon, grass hops and a good, lasting bitterness. Actually quite balanced, if not missing a bit of the massive hop bite I was expecting/ hoping for (bottle said the hops would satisfy the biggest hop heads!). Lots of malt and rye.

This is a full bodied beer and wouldn't be surprised to see an ABV that's a little on the higher side of the spectrum, although it's well hidden - it's just so full bodied and sweet. Would love some more hops, some more layers to knock the tastebuds around. But as is, still a solid brew, full to the end. Love those IPAs with the rye, nice pairing.

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Photo of northaustin
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass. pours a clear amber with thick white head that hangs around for awhile and leaves nice lacing.

smell is mostly sweet malts. the rye is heavy in the beginning and transitions nicely into a bit of a citrusy kick. great smell.

taste is very sweet for an ipa but not too unusual. the rye is definately the star here. the hop flavor shows up in the end for a brief moment before you get hit with the bitter.

mouthfeel:starts out very sweet and sticky but is countered almost immadietely by nice bittering hops. not too balanced on the taste but the mouthfeel is countered almost perfectly. very sessionable.

i got this beer in a trade so its hard for me to rank its drinkability. assuming its readily available and reasonably priced i would say its very drinkable. which i had access to more.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 GeezLynn
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous bronze copper shade with a slight white head that continues to seep out over time. The smell of this beer is fairly underwhelming. Hops - citrus and apples are apparent, a little rye malt, not much else for me. Flavor is there in a big way. Fairly soft hops, grapefruit, with a huge dose of bitterness. The spicy rye is there, but is overshadowed by the hops. Mouthfeel is on the creamy side, although carbonation is a little light.

The rye here is not as prominent as much as many rye beers, but from my perspective, the beer fits the label (an IPA brewed with rye) well. This tastes like Bitter Woman with rye adding a little more depth and rounding off the hops. A good beer, although not in the same class as the other Brewers Gone Wild.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle from Archer Liquors, poured in to a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a robust copper amber in to the cervoise, capped by a fizzy and relatively fast-fading one-finger tan head that probably should have had better sticking, dusting, and lacing power, given the rye attributes in this one. Carbonation is sparse, slow, and well-dispersed.

Aroma: Ok, I keep asking people if they get BO out of this. And no one is gettin' BO out of this. But I keep gettin' something similar, slightly salty, roasted, just sort of cheesy and nasty. Unfortunately, the rest of what's goin' on is pretty good - caramel, spicy rye, lighter citrus. It does come across more like apples and berries as things warm a little, but, damn if I can't shake the smell of BO.

Taste: A "light" rye brew, if there is such a thing. That is, there're a lot of other stray hop notes that lighten things up, with a lot of grapefruit, orange, lemon, and piney, herbal freshness dancing over a lightly roasted, sweet, graham crackery backbone. Of course, all this is subject to the rye presence, which is fairly dominant, spicy, earthy, and grainy. Not too complex, and, again, on the light side of things, but solid.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, light, with ample carbonation (that wasn't evident from the appearance) in an already relatively thin body. It's nonetheless even, and it goes well with the lighter aspects of the flavor profile.

Drinkability: The nose grows on me (or fails to fail on me) with time, and at ... what, 6.5%? 7% at the most? This one isn't too un-quaffable. It's not an amazingly complex brew, but it's also straightforward, enjoyable, and relatively true to style. Is it the best BGW? No (that honor belongs to either of the Devil brews, though I do think I have a High Class Broad on the way!). Is it a worthy entry in the series? Yes.

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Bitter Woman In The Rye from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.88 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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