Bitter Bitch Imperial IPA | Astoria Brewing Company / Wet Dog Cafe

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Astoria Brewing Company / Wet Dog Cafe
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RedDiamond on 07-08-2006

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of cherche
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jhartley
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great aroma coming off of this!! Tons of citrus and pine!
Color isn't that great, kind of a muddy dark brownish orange.
Tons of hoppy bitterness up front with a nice even malty finish, but with a lingering hop bitterness.
Overall a pretty balanced beer, but tons of flavor. A winner in my book.

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Photo of Chuck_Loh
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PZBREW
4.78/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ery bitter. Very good. Smells amazing. Good named.

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Photo of Serenity_Now
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of IanKesterson
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Over 100 IBU of awesomeness. Drank about as much as i could handle while I was in the area.

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Photo of cafemondegar
2.56/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 1 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I am told this beer has won awards 3 years running but I truly didn't care for it.
It pours a dirty, rust water color with very little head. Looks like chai-tea in a pint glass.
Since it has been hopped and dry hopped to an inch of its life with the best hops that the Pacific NW has so many of, the aroma is actually quite nice, I have to admit. Floral and hoppy.
Taste is just OK, I don't think Astoria Brewing Company have a good yeast culture; a problem that afflicts all their beers. I wouldn't be surprised that they use a whole bunch of the generic White Labs starter yeast for their fermentation. Overall, I could not get past the awful color and the clouded nature of the beer and there was nothing to taste but a lot of hops and alcohol.

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Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Necronomad
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of xungmound98
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jera1350
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of leftoverburrito
2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of NeverSettle
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Chou
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of rrock44
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ the Astoria Brewing Company / Wet Dog Café (Astoria, OR) on 8/31/11. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep hazed copper, with a finger of off-white (maybe even a lighter tan) head. This maintains a rich foaminess, leaving back a good bit of robust sticky lacing. The aroma smells floral and herbal, with a LOT of green fruit character going on. Some spice and pine is layered on top of that, while sweeter notes of caramel and toasted bread help balance out some of the bitterness of the nose underneath. This was decent but seemed to be a bit too much on the aggressive side of things.

The taste is bitter and assertive on the palate with grapefruit and pine but this is fairly well balanced by a combination of toasted graininess and sweet caramel malts. The finish however is quite intense, with dry resins, spice and a steady pithiness all sticking hard to the tongue and are a bit amped up by the alcohol presence. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and is equal parts smooth creaminess and sharp crispness in the mouth. This is actually pretty smooth for close to 10%, with the alcohol mostly giving this some heft and intensifying the sharpness of the hops.

This was good. Maybe a little unrefined around the edges but the balance here was quite good after this warmed and this was overall a fairly easy sipper despite the strong bitterness and high alcohol. I’m glad I gave this one a shot.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a glass of this at Belmont Station in Portland, OR.

This was described as the most bitter beer they had on tap. They were correct.

Served in a tulip glass and came with a thin white head. No lacing and a deep copper/amber color.

The aroma was deep and green. There were both citrus and pine notes with a thick resinous quality.

When you drink this beer, I can’t help but think that I am holding a few hop pellets in my mouth. That’s just how in your face the hop bitterness and flavor is. Some fruit and bread flavors just below the surface, but the hops are the key player here. Tasting more pine focus in flavor.

Medium bodied, but heavy in your tongue. Again, resinous hop feel.

Interesting and even pretty good. But almost a novelty.

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Photo of Docer
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at their Wet Dog Cafe... great little spot.

- Golden orange and yellow brew.. creamy white head.. leaves a thin layer and a small ring.

- Huge citrus and grapefruit hops.. bitterness.. pine.. lovely caramel and bready malt.

- Smooth and bitter.. hops galore.. this is one of those grapefruit bombs of an imperial IPA.. just fantastic! Great smooth semi-sweet caramel malt.. slightly biscuity.. big big hops.

- Medium bodied.. bitter dry, and yummy.

- Overall one of the better Imperial IPA's around. Very underrated, and is a great grapefruit hop monster.

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Photo of jdense
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station, PDX, 8.12.2010.

One finger crisp white head, medium-slow dissipation with good lacing. Really big hop presence in the nose, a bit on the citrus side with undercurrents of tropical fruits, and the malts were more bready than caramel. Taste is huge and tasty hop hit, with an exquisite bitter finish balanced by sweet malts. Mouthfeel is on the big side with good effervescence. Really drinkable despite the ABV. Had the pleasure of talking to the brewer returning after a hiatus, and we agreed this is his signature beer. One of the earliest entrants in the PNW DIPA race, and still one of the best. Not widely available, but certainly a treat whenever you run across it. Highly recommended.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

the man is back! welcome back, john. this means this beer is restored to its previous glory, the glory of portland beer and wine fest gold. back to all its bitterness. damn you if you can't taste the 120+ ibus, what do you want, nuanced bitterness? its a sticky bitch, dries your mouth with just one sip. two sips you're in the desert, sucking on grapefruit rind. there's a bit more in there, huh? yeah, maybe. try it again. you suckle the amber teat, sweet mirage, the dry finish, you are drinking the sand, my boy. better hope someone finds you soon. helicopters circle, you slurp again.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine bought and brought a Growler for me.

It pours a clear medium gold with a solid 2 finger head of billowy foam. There's plenty of lacing and head retention appears to be very good.

The smell is a nice balance between some good citrus & piney hops and a nice sweet caramel malt presence.

The taste is hop dominated with very nice notes of pine and grapefruit citrus and that brings the bitterness. On the flip side, I'm getting nice tastes of bread and some earth with the malt and when I swish the beer in my mouth, there's also some fruity sweetness mixed in there. Nice. I don't know what the abv is but there's some slight warming after the swallow so this puppy is pretty darned drinkable.

The mouthfeel borders on full, the carbonation is fairly light, and it finishes bold with bitterness. mainly pine. I like.

Bottom line: A hoppy but not over hopped DIPA that could use just a smidgeon more malt to add more balance but.. I'm certainly enjoying it as is as it is a solid example of the style. My buddy did good. ;^)

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Bitter Bitch Imperial IPA from Astoria Brewing Company / Wet Dog Cafe
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