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Bitter Woman in the Rye by Tyranena Brewing Company
American IPA
0.00 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 02/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 2 8 15 5 8 2010
12oz Stubby
$8.99 4-Pack
Steve's, Madison

Bitter Woman in the Rye has the look of a freshly minted penny and shows off bright orange highlights when backlit. Exactly three strands of tiny carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. The head is dirty white and easy to conjure up, growing to two fingers quickly but falling just as fast to a thick cap, thick collar, and chunk left behind to coat the glass.

There is a massive amount of rye tossed into these Bitter Women. Spicy rye is first and foremost in the nose of this beer but make no mistake, the hops are not far behind. The hop profile shows off large amounts of floral and orange citric hoppiness. The malt backbone is clean caramel with a slight buttery quality that's oddly, perfectly in place. Although the hops are here in gobs the rye beats them back enough to stay in the forefront.

The flavor backs up exactly what the aroma was leaning towards. Spicy rye jumps out front before settling into a nice balance with the citric floral hoppiness. Caramel maltiness lays down the backbone but knows its place and stays in the rear. The rye comes back on the swallow with a long lingering spiciness. This is an all around interesting brew.

Somehow Tyranena manages to nail the mouthfeel on almost all their beers. The body is medium with such a soft carbonation it's something you have to concentrate on. Not that this beer is flat but it's so well integrated it's something that doesn't even cross the mind. Silky smooth and velvety are just a couple words to describe this decadent mouthfeel.

This glass disappears quickly on a warm day like today with a ballgame on the tube. As a matter of fact I'm going to go and grab another in a couple minutes.

This is a damn fine brew from Tyranena. The rye is huge in this beer and adds an interesting spicy component that works really well with the hop profile and actually leaves a little bitterness when combined with the hops.

Reviewed: 5/30/09

Price: $8.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 08/14/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2009
Gorgeous clear brassy bronzed darker orange color with a firmly creamy base of whipped foam on top sitting a finger high. The head slowly settles to an always present thick skim and large stingy patches of lace stretch across the glass.

Aroma is a clean array of hoppy citrus zip topped by a crunch of toasty rye. Mostly dryish with some peach, orange, and white grapefruit making the citrus while the rye kind of mellows it out. I like the twist of the two notions together and noting of some pine; very appetizing.

Taste is where it really pulls away from what the regular Bitter Woman would make its mark. The rye is there and actually dulls the bittering tones of the citrus to a near nullified existence in the front and middle. I do however, still like what is there as the rye is well played with a crunch and snap thats balanced in well over the hoppy citrus where its a very dull and tarnished bittering pithyness of grapefruit and old dry pine. Tiny toasty edges brittle up around the finish as it gains a hoppier sinking into the palate with some old pine and bits of grapefruit.

Body is about medium with a steady grab of rye crunch and toastyness while hops spice it up with citrusy coated pine. Semi brittle in the finish and floating dry with slight pithy bitterness.

Well, its a bit hard to find the Bitter Woman under the rye, but she's there and makes an appearance within the hoppy character. A fine, fine drinker; quite smooth with a nice snap and crunch to it and twisted with the gripe of a Bitter Woman.

Served In: Pint Glass

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