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


on tap

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 88   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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.

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!
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (223) - Ontario, - MAY 1, 2013
Tropical fruit, citrus explodes as this one pours, being very fresh must help. A bit of sweet malt and pine come through as well. Looks great, slightly hazy copper color and a thick white head. Taste is predominantly pine, earthy notes and biscuit/breadyness. Get a bit of a tropical aftertaste and the hop bitterness is quite apparent on this one. Balance could be better on this one, but a good IPA for sure. Medium bodied, average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Niall73 (1682) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2014
Tap at Loose Moose, Toronto 05/0714. Pours a hazy orange with a white head. Lovely aroma - slight dank veggie hoppiness with some overripe trop fruit. Medium body, medium carbonation. Some caramel, but not too sweet - there’s pine, light veg, light orange, some wood... Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
samzim (183) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2014 Scent of citrus, hops, and pine. Clear gold colour. Very bitter with flavours of grapefruit, resin, and lychee. Medium body with mild carbonation. A solid, standard IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Karol (628) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 21, 2014
Bottled bought at the LCBO in Toronto/Canada. Overall a very good wife! Aroma of citrus hops, some leeches, not so nose piercing, but good. Color is golden and copper, head off white, one inch thick, but vanished quiclky. Taste ist nice citrusy, grapefruit and full bodied with a long bitter hops finish. A very well balanced ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4693) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of bitter hops with nice citrus notes and light piney undertones. Taste is also dominated by bitter hops with some nice citrus notes and some light caramel malt notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Very solid IPA that should be made available more regularly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2014
A lighter shade of gold, pours a very rocky solid cap leaving many lacings.Very citrusy nose also has tropical fruits and a load of pine and just a touch of caramel. Quite a nice mix. Like the title suggests this is quite bitter. Actually very bitter and the fruity sweetness helps that along nicely. Its medium bodied though at times seems medium-full. Long bitter finish like I just ate a grapefruit. A winner from this brewer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OntBeerDrinker (431) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
Smell’s of sweet malt & hops. Taste: Hop resin liquid, butterscotch/caramel malt sweetness. Light candy citrus. Doe’s not smell or taste 88 IBU’s. Medium bodied. @ times a bit refreshing. Easy drinking. GOOD STUFF!!!! CHEER’S!!!! :)

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
OOKPIKABLE (68) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2014
Bottle purchased at LCBO. BDisappointing: essentially an IPA with little aroma or flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (4821) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Helsdon (148) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Randy4Beer (158) - - 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.

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