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

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RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2013
650 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in an English pint glass. Pours hazy amber with a small off-white head that fades to a thin remnant and leaves a moderate amount of fine lace. The nose has lots of pine, along with citrus, flowers and tropical fruit. The flavour is moderately bitter throughout with pine, spice and biscuity malts. The finish is moderate in length, dry and bitter with plenty of citrus. On the palate, it is medium in body with a dry texture, average carbonation and a fair astringency in the finish. Overall, this is a nice IPA with big hops and an attempt at balance. Refreshing and well made. 2013-06-11

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reimer96 (1743) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2013
Thanks to cfrancis for this one. Pours a hazy orangish amber with a small white head. Aroma of caramel, pale malts, citrus, grapefruit a d some fruity esters. Taste is caramel, grapefruit and resin. Bitterness is a bit harsh but overall a good mix of hops and malts. Nice full bodied ipa.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 1, 2013
Pours a hazy amber with a big initial white head that slowly settles to a small but full covering leaving moderate lace up the glass. Aroma is fruity, grapefruit and grainy. Flavour is sweet then bitter grapefruit, high bitterness that lingers and an underlying sweet malt on the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - SEP 11, 2013
Pours nice manuka honey orange colour with a nice thing white cap that leaves behind some lacing. The aroma is big on hops, piney, grapefruit, cat piss, mango, pineapple. The flavour is also very hoppy, piney, grapefruit, some light tropical notes get overshadowed by the dominating bitter grapefruit notes, little malts to be found. Too unbalanced for my tastes, but still a good effort, and enjoyable from start to finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2013
*beer review* Great Lakes Brewery - My Bitter Wife IPA Very clear orange pour with a light white head. The grapefruit citrus scent is a lot weaker than most Pale Ales. Yep it’s a pale aLe. Strong one too. Grassy. spicy and that finish lasts a very long time. One of these days I hope the LCBO stops this fascination with new Pale Ales.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (1182) - - JUN 24, 2013
Fresh bottle drank and reviewed a couple weeks ago, but not uploaded thanks to a shitty Rogers service. Hazy orange pour, 2 fingers of head. Grapefruit and grass in the aroma. Tropical fruit is fairly prominent here, grapefruit, lemon, orange, mango, grass, caramel - fairly balanced. Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2953) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2013
Pours a hazy dirty yellow with a reddish hue. Aroma is a sharp grapefruit hop flavours and small cereal. Taste is a beautiful grapefruit and citrus hop flavouring and bitterness. Slightly balanced with straw grain malts. This needs to be a regular item. So good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 3, 2013
bottle, copper orange pour, lots of fruit here, tropical, mango, grapefruit led bitterness. Balanced flavor, great bitterness. Great IPA

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kekumba (4) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2013 does not count
Month old bottle from the LCBO. Hazy orange pour. Smells very tropical. Pineapple, passion fruit, citrus. Grapefruit, peach, and pine for the flavour. Not picking up much in the way of malts. I like the comparison to Five Alive. Odd, but accurate. Certainly bitter, medium mouthfeel overall. It’s very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3579) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2013
Part of a bomber from LCBO, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Cloudy deep amber with a nice orange-light tan head. Aroma: Strong pine and grapefruit, rich, sweet caramel maltiness, quite nice. Palate: Medium body, relaxed effervescence, slick. Flav.: Strong pine/resin and grapefruit peel, good caramel malt backbone; dry with good bitterness and a fairly long, dusty, malty and grapefruit finish.

Bitter Wife, happy life?


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