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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: 68   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!


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Randy4Beer (247) - - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HipHopOpotamus (233) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2014
UPDATED: APR 9, 2014 purchased at LCBO in a 650ml bottle. Very good IPA. Bitter with lots of grapefruit tastes. If there was a way to balance it out a little bit more this could be a top IPA, but none the less still very good.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jksipa (417) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2014
650ml bottle from the LCBO. Pours a hazy pale orange with a small off white head that leaves good lace. Big nose of citrus with light background of toast. Bitter from start to finish with grapefruit dominant and enough sweet malts and a touch of honey to smooth things out a bit but the hops are the star. Medium slick body with nice carbonation and a great dry bitter finish that just keeps going. Love it.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UXO (414) - CANADA - SEP 10, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy pale amber with one finger of tight white head diminishing gradually to a thick cap and well-defined lacing. Nose is pine, citrus, tropical fruit, pale malt. Taste is hoppy bitter with just a little supporting malt sweetness. Medium to full body, moderate sustained carbonation, and a strongly bitter, dry finish. A decent hop-forward A/IPA that comes quite close to being a DIPA. The malt is well-balanced, albeit to a lower malt / higher hop character. The higher ABV is quite well-integrated as well. The bitterness has a slight harshness, though, particularly on the finish, that prevents a higher score.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JesseM (1151) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2013
650mL bomber from my lickbow. I didn’t even realize the character on the label was a woman until I saw the smaller thumbnail on this site. Weird. Pours a mostly clear orange with a small fluffy beige head. Aroma is strikingly hoppy, like a combination of hop varieties I have no encountered before. Citrus rind, pineapple and peach, pretty awesome combo. Flavour has some orange esters and a mild malt body underneath some dry and puckering hops that blend very well. I love Great Lakes for their ability to create numerous IPA’s, all with gimmicky names and yet completely distinct from each other in terms of flavour. Fuck Carrie Nation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Canmoore (285) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 12, 2013
Pours a hazy gold colour, a foamy head that reduces to a thin layer with some of the nicest lacing I have seen! The aroma is like a citrus punch to the nose, huge grapefruit, mango and orange peel rind aroma notes. The taste is again, a kick to the teeth of tart grapefruit, pine resin and is ferociously bitter. If you like bitter IPA’s this one will knock your socks off. If you do not like bitter IPA’s, than beware, you are in for a TKO!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hateball16 (105) - - MAY 23, 2013
When it comes to hoppy American IPAs, it doesn’t get much better than this. Pours orange golden hazy, with a beautiful thick foamy head. Citrus hop aromas dominate but there’s alot more going on. I also get some toffee or marshmallow notes along with some hints of hay or cut grass. Starts very smooth, then some carbonation creeps in, bringing with it some citrusy grapefruit and piney, resiny flavours. Finish is long and bitter with some alcohol warmth. Great Lakes Brewery recently won Canadian brewery of the year at the Canadian Brewing Awards and this gorgeous IPA is simply another demonstration of the ever increasing powere. Carrie Nation, we salute you!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2510) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gluepot (69) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2010 Cask at Volo - came a ruddy orange hue with a thin white head. Fruity aroma - mango, peach, really tropical, with some sweet malt to hold it all together. Flavour is candy sweet, fruity, floral, chewy malt along with a splash of alcohol, which is present, but not dominant. C-hops all over the place. Long bitter green hop finish. Very nice, textbook west coast IPA. Please make it a regular one, GLB.


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