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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!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8641) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2009
On tap at Bar Volo. Cloudy grapefruit with white head. Some lace, some hop aroma. Carbonation is right there. Drinkability is OK, average mouthfeel. Servceable American style IPA

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2010
Cask at the Rhino. Nose is intensely grapefruit. Light resinousness. A little bit fruity and quite earhy. Very assertive bitterness and a heavy resinous hoppiness. Soft and fresh with loads of citrus skin. The cask treatment works very well for this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7812) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2011 2011-11-10. Very lightly hazy orange body with a small white head. 3+ Lovely citrusy flavour, lots of orange and tangerine, bit if grapefruit seed particularly in the finish. 9+ Similar aroma tons of citrus, orange, kiss of lemon. 9+ Smooth average bodied palate. 3+ Extremely drinkable. Wow! Caught me at the right time, I expect it might not knock my socks off quite as much another day, but today it was exceptional! 9/4/9/3/18 - 4.3 On tap at Rhino for Project X as Burt Reynolds Reserve Stache IPA

2011-05-13. Lightly hazy orange body with a tiny beige head and some floaties. Flavour has a modest bitterness throughout, lightly herbaceous green hops. 6+ Aroma is pleasant, green leafy overtones over a muddled but pleasant citrus profile. 7+ Smooth average palate is very lightly carbonated. 7/3/7/3/15 - 3.5 Volo IPA Cask Challenge

2009-11-12. Hazy golden yellow, modest white head. 3+ Leafy citrusy hops in the aroma are very nice. Flavour starts similarly with leafy notes, modest citrus, grapefruit, very brief touch of astringent bitterness. 7+ Smooth average plus bodied palate. Pretty solid, more drinkable than the last batch of Redneck IPA. 8/3/7/3/18 - 3.7 Cask at the brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7811) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6470) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAR 25, 2011
On tap at Volo
Aroma citric, green hops with malty behind. Clean fine aroma. 7+
Appearance dark brown with slight haze. Creamy well presenting top.
Flavor and Palate : medium bodied. malty base with gentle roast of barley. Hint of nuts and green sided hops. Light alcoholic feel. Quiet drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6108) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2012 On ... draught? At Volo. Hazy amber with a small off-white head. Harsh bitterness in the aroma - like crushed long-dried herbs; slightly buttery caramel malt. Tasted very harsh and bitter - like hop oil or extract or whatever generic bittering agent brewers use when they’re in a hurry (don’t get me wrong, I like Great Lakes and what they are doing, especially on cask these days - but this one ... not so much). Average body, unpleasantly astringent, weakly carbonated, and a harsh long-lasting aftertaste (almost 2/5). No thanks - tweak this please, I think it could be decent - but give it some character. *** updated September 2012 - original rating 6+3+5+3+11=2.8 - what the hell was I thinking? This is an amazing catty, pungent, dank IPA and I deserve to be flogged for the original rating.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6052) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2010
Draught at Volo. Pours a hazy copper-gold with an average size lasting creamy off-white head. Some decent lacing. Aroma: Not bad, quite malty, caramel or toffee, some fruit -- could stand to be hoppier. Flavour: Again, malty with the hops in the back, but it does have a nice, slightly spicy bitter finish. Average bodied. Could be better, it’s malty for the style but still pretty good overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5889) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5789) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 15, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2011 [2578-20091112] Cask. Sweet spruce fruit hops aroma. Murky, brown orange body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Bitter evergreen hops flavour has a little twig green spruce throughout. Medium body. Very tasty and drinkable, a little green but certainly not in a bad way. (8/3/8/3/17) 3.9
(Project X 5th Ed. @ brewery; Toronto, ON)

[3733B-20110514] Cask. Fragrant leaf resin hops aroma. Slightly hazy, medium orange body with a quick bubbly white head and a few floaties. Tasty leafy resin hops flavour has a nice lemon zest. Medium body. Delicious! (8/3/8/4/16) 3.9
(IPA Challenge @ Volo, Toronto, ON)

[4088B-20111110] Cask. Pineapple mango fruity hops aroma. Slightly hazy, light orange body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter tangerine pineapple hops juice flavour. Medium body. Very well-balanced and tasty. (8/3~/8/4/17) 3.9~
(Project X @ The Rhino, Toronto, ON)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4848) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Amber with an off white head. Bitter, cat pee, pine, and sticky. Chewy palate, fresh hops, bitter, florals, grapefruit and an easy finish.


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