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 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 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 orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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 +0.3%
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 +6.7%
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 +3.4%
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 +4.1%
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 -0.8%
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%
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 +2.8%
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 -3.1%
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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Photo of brewdoc75
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review using my Blackberry. I hope this formats ok.

A: Dark orange with brown undertones. A lovely white head sits on top, fueled by moderate carbonation. Great lace.

S: Grapefruit heavy hops trending to a more fruity citrus fruit. I get a hint of breadiness from the malts.

T: Complex malty sweetness with some spiciness and bready flavors. This quickly takes backstage to the hops. Citrus heavy hops here with orange, tangerine, finishing heavy on the grapefruit. Suprisingly fruity, but good.

M: Light to medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel.

D: A pretty solid IPA with the rye adding a nice element of complexity. Not as good as Bear Republic's Rye IPA (can't recall the name but it was awesome), but definitely worthwhile. I need to try this on tap sometime.

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

a: amber in color with an off white head that shows good retention and lace

s: spicy rye hovers just above a lightly sweet caramel aroma, more rye than most examples of the sub-style dare to put forward, pine-citrus hops on the high end provide good balance, nice aroma

m: carbonation on the full side of medium, medium bodied, perhaps a bit rough on the palate

t: medium caramel backbone floats huge flavors of spicy rye until a moderate bitterness moves in to clean things up, hop profile on the piney side with some crisp citrus, interesting and heavier on the rye than I've experienced elsewhere

d: good enough for one pint, enjoyable but it doesn't really do much for me

standard pint at Dexter's, Madison, WI

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Photo of Kegatron
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Mistofminn
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red orange into my pint glass. Nice tan/off-white head produced from an aggressive pour. Mild carbonation. Pretty good retention, it stayed for the entirety of the drink. Lacing is also pretty impressive.

The nose is dominated by a piney and earthy hop bitterness. Normally, I find that brewers go one way or the other when it comes to hops, either earthy or floral. I was surprised to find a nice balance of piney and earthy hops, as well as some citrus and fruity hops as well. The rye is ever so subtle.

Boy is this one one sided. This might be the most lopsided IPA I've ever had. There is little to no malt backbone noticeable in this one, which is very surprising to me. This one is over 2 months old, I would assume the hops had dropped off a little but I guess not. Piney and earthy, with the surprising grapefruit character. It's definitely not bad, just too not-balanced for my tastes. I really do like the spicey rye notes that shine through, but they are mostly overpowered by the hops. I would have liked to see a more powerful rye character to match up to the intense bitterness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Huge bitter aftertaste. I had the IPA aftertaste for a good hour after this one, impressive! Big bite. Drinkability is good.

A solid offering from Tyranena, but not something I would seek out again. Red's Rye is much better in my opinion (and cheaper, for that matter).

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Photo of botham
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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 Durge
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A clear copper brew poured into a pint glass at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. The head is modest but a full fluffy white cap with stubborn lacing throughout. The aroma on this rye induced IPA suggests fair grapefruit hop with some elusive biscuity grain quality. The taste announces sharp citrus and sweet caramel apple with a distinct earthiness that approaches peat, maybe piny. Hard to specifically identify the rye here but certainly there is a unique blend of orange/grapefruit bite with grainy herbal pleasantries. Hops dominate this mid-bodied beauty, a very nice IPA with an interesting edge. Fairly drinkable and easily recommended for the hop lovers.

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Photo of brdc
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle poured into a pint glass.

Dark golden, near amber in color, decent off white head with reasonable retention.
Nice, hoppy aroma, fruity, with an earthiness that is probably rye related.
Nice body, medium plus, with a flavor that is still quite hoppy and bitter, fruity and grassy, but also has some caramel and bready notes that provided some balance.
Quite nice, not sure if it is better than bitter woman - need to have them side by side.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

bitter woman in the rye
love the brewers gone wild! series designation
4-4.5 hazey orange amber. decent off-white head leaves persistent cap and good lace.
4-4.5 piney, spicey, grapefruity. the rye perhaps contributes to the spicey/peppery quality. some orange nouget as it warms. the aroma is very nice but could be bolder.
4 soft up front but a pleasant rind bitterness kicks in just in time. the peppery rye is there alongside. the beer evokes smutty finest kind plus rye. a somewhat puckery finish.
4.5 medium + body with very nice soft carbonation. the rye lends a little chalkiness.
3.5 a very good, full flavored offering from a wi brewery i had not heard of. very glad to see more beers being brewed with rye. yet with this one, good as it seemed, i'm not longing for another.

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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 RustyDiamond
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Bighuge
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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 hooliganlife
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a bright copper with a light white head. good retention and nice lacing.

huge floral notes up front. light rye and pine hop scents that lay low.

the rye really does dominate in this. very sweet up front as well. bitter citrus hops seem to dominate the the finish. i liike the how the flavors sort of separate themselves but at the same time, i wish they were more blended together. overall though, good flavors

this beer has that really thin and micro carbonation that adds to the mouthfeel and fills the beer out. i kind of do not like carbonation like this. too thin.

overall, a good beer with great bitter flavors. not too bold and too bitter where i could drink a few with no problem.

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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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