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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by bound4er on 05-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 107 | Ratings: 118
Photo of brewdoc75
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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 +3.1%
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 -0.8%
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 Mistofminn
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +10.1%
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 +1.8%
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 +2.3%
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 +1.8%
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 -16.5%
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%
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 +3.1%
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 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 younger35
3.01/5  rDev -22.4%
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 -2.1%
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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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 07/02/2009. Bottle. Pours light brown/amber with a small ring of tan head. Aroma of citrus, caramel malt, and spicy rye malt. Flavor is initially quite spicy from the rye with a citrus, fruity malt finish. Pleasant and easy drinking! This is a nice beer.

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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 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 BeerBelcher
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A far cry and a vast improvement over the regular Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA. This beer is quite a bit bigger (although still has a reasonable ABV) and lacks the watery approachability of the original. Floral and bitter, I liked it a great deal.

It poured a cherry-wood color into my glass with very little head. Aroma is faint, floral, and perfume-y; pretty mild for an IPA, but the proof is in the taste. Flavor is a lot of dry bitterness that sort of slapped me across the face. The bitterness lacked citrus/grass/pine complexity, and wasn't exactly the essence of hoppiness, but I was still pretty satisfied with it. Mouthfeel was pretty light for IPA, but in no way watery.

Pretty good - I'd have it again, but it wasn't as pungent as the other Brewer's Gone Wild series. Ah, makes me sad to not live in WI anymore....wondering if the OH State Fair has a craft beer tent...

This bottle was a gift from Surly Sober.

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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 taylorhamrick
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ the Old Fashioned in Madison

Pours a sort of copper color, fairly clear, with a kind of thin head, maybe approaching 1cm at its best. The lacing is still pretty decent though. The bubbles sit in a dense little clump on top, and you can see a few bubbles rising through the beer here and there throughout the drink. The smell upfront is floral, leafy hops with a bit of resin. There's some citrus peel - lemon, orange, etc. I can also smell the rye. I feel like on the menu it mentioned an impossible amount of rye, but I can disregard that, knowing that it would take quite a bit of work to get the percentage of rye they listed to sparge right (I didn't write it down, but I assure you, it was high). There's a bit of spice, like some herbed bread, with a bit of sweetness on the end. The taste is really interesting. There's a very nice rye presence underneath, making it taste bready and chewy with a little earthy sort of flavor. There's also a very interesting hoppy presence. A bit of bitterness, like biting into an orange peel, is followed by a floral kind of note, pollen and all, then it moves to a bit of spice, like orange juice with some cracked pepper in it. Or maybe lemon and pepper. It finishes a little sweet, which makes this very interesting and delicious. The mouth is nice and full. About medium carbonation, a little bite to it. And overall, it's a very enjoyable drink. You hardly notice the alcohol, and the flavor is so very enjoyable that you just want a bit more. I would recommend it if you can still find it around.

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Photo of Florida9
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep copper in color. Only about a 1/2 inch of off-white head reduces down to around the rim. Some decent lacing.

S: A very nice aroma with noticeable rye characteristics. Mild malts, grapefruit, and pine.

T: Bitter with mild caramel malts and a good bit of spiciness on the back of the tongue. Piney with some mild citrus hops. Leaves a smoky aftertaste.

M: Medium in body, but leaves a heavy coating on the inside of the mouth, especially on the tongue.

D: Overall, a good beer, but I was expecting more of an interplay between the spiciness of the rye and the hops. Drinks well. However it does leave an odd, though not necessarily unpleasant, aftertaste.

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Photo of sholland119
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber peach with a nice off white head and good lacing.

S-Very malty and grainy with a mild hop presence.

T-Nice grainy rye notes in the front, then some very solid piney hops in the finish. Tasty.

M-Medium bodied, crisp and dry.

D-Very nice. A nice hope bite with a strong rye presence. Nice.


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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a Guinness glass, pours a lovely golden amber, carbonation apparent with a one inch fluffy white head, dissipates to a thin film, logs of small blotchy lacing. The aroma is loaded with hops, wonderful, juicy, piney hops, some zippy citrus, do they make beer with malts? Don't know, can't tell from this one!

Ah, there it is, rye malt in the taste, right away, hand in hand with pine hop, again with the lemon citrus, grassy to an extent, a touch of grapefruit. Mouth has plenty of body and fine carbonation, its slick and the aftertaste is a bit thick. In all, a nice alteration of Bitter Woman, a tasty IPA.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, the first of the brewers gone wild series from tyranena to hit the shelves in chicagoland. 12oz bottle with no freshness info poured into my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours a dark orange colored body with a finger of quickly fading white head. the head leaves small spots of lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- caramel and spicy rye malts. lots of pine and floral hops. surprisingly different that the original bitter woman IPA.

T- the rye comes through strong and right off the bat. very spicy. theres sweet caramel malt in here as well. the finish is very hoppy. lots of floral and piny hops. maybe a bit of citrus as well.

M- medium bodied and very crisp with a high level of carbonation.

D- i liked this one alot. i think its alot better than the original bitter woman IPA. something id love to drink often, but its a limited run and the price is pretty steep for a rye PA. 2.50 a bottle would be difficult to swallow too often. check this one out while you can, and heres hoping they make it a seasonal, like they did with scurvy

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Photo of Soneast
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, copper color with a 1 inch off-white head. Heads recedes to about a 1/4" layer then stays there for most of the beer. Quite a bit of lacing evident.

The aroma is a touch spicy with a grapefruit citrus punch. Some sweetness detected towards the end with a hint of butterscotch.

The flavor is definitely heavy on the IPA side of things with an up front hop taste, citrusy, piney, and the finish consists of the balancing sweet malt character with a mild bitterness towards the end and some rye sweet graininess picked up right at the back of the throat.

Medium bodied beer, carbonation was little light IMO. As an IPA I like the regular Bitter Woman better, but with the addition of rye it does add a little sumtin sumtin, but not enough to really make this stand out within the style.

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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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