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
Reviews by RedDiamond:
Photo of RedDiamond
4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Notably dark for an IPA, even an imperial. The color is saturated saffron, the head is pillow soft, and the aroma is herbaceous, unrelenting, and floats through the air with a piney/floral sweetness. The bittering kicks with blackbelt authority.

This is an ambitious beer with good intentions and excellent delivery. It is a smooth drinking ale with affirmed integrity, a feathery mouthfeel, and wide, plastered lace. Above all, smooth.

Highly recommended.

Note: this may or may not be the same beer listed elsewhere as "Battle BItch."

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Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Docer
4.52/5  rDev +13.3%
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 rrock44
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Serenity_Now
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Damian
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle
Bottled from a growler purchased at the Astoria Seafood & Wine Festival, Astoria, OR
Many thanks to yllwsmly for including this in our trade

Poured a dark, murky, orange-mahogany with some floaties from the bottle conditioning. (Very dark and translucent for the style.) The small, light tan head quickly faded to a lasting ring of lace. Spotty chunks of lacing trickled down the glass with each sip.

The aroma was quite hoppy yet balanced. Rich and citrusy with strong notes of orange peel and spices. Peaches (possibly some peach brandy) and brown sugar came through as well. There was also an odd "meaty" aroma (akin to that of roasted chicken) lingering in the background.

Just as the name implies, the flavor was brutally bitter and hoppy to the extreme. A touch of creamy caramel malt appeared up front before the hops appeared and put my palate in a vice grip. The dominant hop flavor was that of pine sap, and there was a boatload of it in this beer. Some fruity notes (peaches and mango) came through in the center, along with some spices, but they were quickly put to rest by the piney hops. Grapefruit was apparent as well. The beer finished hugely bitter, pithy, dry and somewhat acidic with a touch of brandy-like alcohol warmth. Somewhat astringent. The long-lasting aftertaste was intensely resiny and slightly chalky.

Mouthfeel was creamy, smooth and somewhat syrupy with a very fine and mild carbonation.

Bitter Bitch truly defines the cascade hop. It definitely ranks up there as one of the most intensely hopped DIPA's I have sampled to date. While I admire the efforts of the brewer, I found this beer to be unbalanced (in regard to more than just the flavor profile). A punchier aroma and a more full-bodied mouthfeel might have helped me cope with the overwhelming hop attack. Nevertheless, I was quite thankful to dry this highly spirited, limited release. It is truly one (bitter) bitch of a beer.

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Photo of jhartley
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
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 +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Donkster46
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of artoolemomo
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of cherche
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IanKesterson
5/5  rDev +25.3%

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 xungmound98
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of leftoverburrito
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of Hoopster4hire
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this at the Oregon Seafood and Wine Festival 2008.

Serving type: On-tap

Appearance: Enticing dark golden hue. Head disappeared quickly, but laced nicely as it was progressively drank.

Smell: Obviously a strong aroma of hops, but nothing too overwhelming. Definitely makes you think of pine.

Taste: Extremely pleasant and balanced. Strong hop taste to begin with. As you proceed to drink it, you notice that you can pick up the malts as it rests on your palate. At the swallow, the hops makes another appearance to close out the taste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is crisp, not overdone or flat.

Drinkability: This beer is not for your casual beer drinker. If you're an IPA fan though, this is an amazing beer that doesn't just punch you in the face with hops but has an intricacy that can be appreciated.

An exceptionally crafted beer and I would love to have this on hand every day. My hat goes off to the Astoria Brewing Company.

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Photo of Chou
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ccrida
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint at the brewpub this weekend, my second time doing so, the first earlier this spring. I forgot about this bad boy, but it's a nice little DIPA, very well made if a little to balanced for it's own good. Dark, turbid gold with a small off-white head that leaves pretty heavy lace. I don't like really dark IPAs, it had a malt extract homebrew look that isn't particularly appealing to me!

Smell is hoppy but not overly aggressive, pine resin, a little sweeter citrus/flowers, a little bready.

Taste is good, balanced and smooth, and not particular bitter at all. This is a malty very DIPA, almost English style, were they to make DIPAs with PNW hops! While not overly assertive, it satisfied my hop fix and was very tasty.

Mouthfeel is slick, medium heavy bodied.

Drinkabilty is pretty good, this may not be the hoppiest DIPA, but it's surely one of the more easy drinking ones. Still, the thick malt backbone made it a slower drink, although we were playing pool in the back room and not in any particular hurry.

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Photo of NeverSettle
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of PZBREW
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
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 CoryR
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
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 shelby415
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of Necronomad
3.75/5  rDev -6%

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