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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep gold in colour with incredible aromas of citrus, tropical fruits and mango, My Bitter Wife is an IPA for the serious hop-heads out there. Full bodied, subtle malt notes with a pleasant and balanced bitterness obtained using some Simcoe, Columbus and Centennial hops, it finishes dry with a lingering hop presence that leaves you wanting more. My Bitter Wife will be sure to awaken your senses with each sip.

THE NAME:
Carrie Nation was a nearly unstoppable force behind the temperance movement. She fought a long and hard battle, hacking at the legs of libation. My Bitter Wife is our tribute to her!
Part of Tank Ten series!


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Helsdon (169) - Toronto, CANADA - MAY 23, 2014
Pours a cloudy golden, finger of foam that sheets down quickly. Heavy on the hops with a nose of citrus and pine. First taste blasts you with bitter hops,. but a couple of gulps later it smooths out for a little grass and citrus to work into that overall bitter profile. I know that IPA are all the rage, but he who adds the most hops shouldn’t win, and this beer, while not bad, isn’t a winner with me.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Randy4Beer (179) - - MAY 23, 2014
Pours a lovely cloudy amber/orange. Thin white head. Appears to be unfiltered. Massive amounts of grapefruit and citrus exploding on the nose. Some pine for sure and you can just smell the tart bitterness wafting off of this one. On the palate a medium mouth feel, with a generous amount of citrus. A light finish of orange peel. Overall this is a very high quality IPA and has a uniqueness going for it that I have not previously experienced in many IPAs. Great Lakes you have a definite winner on your hands with this one.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnurda (1136) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 15, 2014
Bottled sample at ribeye jacks in Mississauga. Very citrusy. Actually super citrusy. Very bitter. Lots of head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RhetoricalAns (267) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle. Deep orange pour with a medium head, good lacing. Great grapefruit aroma. Taste is citrus, grapefruit. Nice clean drinking, fairly bitter but not overpowering. Terrific IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gildnerk (132) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2014
Tap at the Victory Cafe. Hazy light gold with a thin white head and some lacing. Complexly sweet aromas of tropical fruit with some spruce hoppiness. Taste is quite bitter at first and then moves into a more mellow fruity sweetness. Maybe a bit too fruity for my taste. Otherwise a dry finish and a pillowy mouthfeel through the CO2. Quite good.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RxForHealth (155) - - APR 25, 2014
This is a seriously good IPA. Pours a dark orange. The aroma is all grapefruit. On the palate is foam, citrus, and a nicely balanced hops. Long bitter finish. Excellent. Recommended. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7860) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Oranges, flowers and resins provide plenty of juicy hoppiness in this otherwise sticky IPA.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam covers the cloudy honey blond.
-Carbonation is quite low.
-Mouthfeel could be crisper and flavors better defined (maybe a question of freshness?).
-Hops aren’t as aromatic as they are flavorful.
-Residual sugar level is relatively high.

On tap at Volo.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (62) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 14, 2014
Has a poignant citrus nose on a light golden body with a fairly thin white head. The "big C" hops deliver with fruity hops. Grapefruit is present, but not overpowering, backed up by a very juicy mixture of other citrus and tropical hop accents. A west-coast-IPA-style sweet bready malt effectively underpins this punchy IPA. A simple but very tasty beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
codfishh (68) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2014
From a bottle pours clear and golden, aroma is passion fruit and biscuity malt. Flavor is citrusy hops and biscuity malt finish is semi sweet. Medium carb medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
terrybail (619) - London, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
Rating number 500 lovely citrus pine aroma Pours a nice cloudy orange with a nice good sized white froth Not as grapefruity as some American IPA’s but very nice dry hoppy finish


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