JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2008 Rerate bottle Version - Light copper color with a moderate light tan head. Very smooth and soft on the tongue the palate is near perfect. Grapefruit and graham crackers in the nose. Hints of lemon and pine. Mild caramel and some biting citric hops in the flavors not as smooth as the palate, but enjoyable. The linger is the best part with a return to soft light cream caramel and mildly toasted malt. A very nice extra IPA or whatever anyone wants to call it. Looks like the earlier experiments payed off and help produce a winner.
(Original 11/1/03) (7,4,7,2,14 - 3.4) Dark Golden to light amber color. Small white head with nice lace. Pure cascade aroma. Light feel. Biting grapefruit on the palate. Extra bitterness is not always better. Thus ends my written review... The brewer saw I was taking notes ad wondered if I had any questions. I explained that I keep notes on the brews that I try. He wanted to explain this one and he indicated that they were trying to make an Imperial IPA but only seem to get a very bitter ale. He indicated that it has mellowed a bit. I had to agree with what he said.
TheBeerGod (4640) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of hopdog. Cloudy, rusted amber with a tall tan head. Aroma is big hops. Grapefruit juice with soft pine and orange oils. Soft sweet malts. Taste is bitter and very hoppy. Pine notes, grapefruit is dominant, and orange peel. Sweet malts are a bit too much in the background. Soft caramel as well. Body is soft and creamy. Oily feel with mild carbonation. Finishes with more grapefruit juice, orange peel, and pine notes. Lighter caramel here too. Not bad!
muzzlehatch (4425) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from Trig’s in Eagle River, WI (August 2006) served a bit below cellar temperature in a Chouffe tulip. A largish very slow-decaying off-white smooth head laces thick and beautifully atop the dark, hazy-oily orange-amber body, promising untold mysteries.....very potent, juicy hop-oil aroma, resinous and sprucy, spicy and hinting of bitter oranges along with pungent wet branches and mosses.....explosive, hugely bitter body, juicy and tart-fruity (cranberries, Seville oranges, grapefruit) shading to very dry and intensely bitter, even harsh at the finish....somewhat sticky mouthfeel, low but distinctive carbonation, bitterness is absolutely unrelenting but tempered by enough malt to make ready drinking as easy a task as sipping....perhaps just a bit too dry, woody and hard at the finish to be truly "refreshing", but beautifully complex and eye-opening, and just about as good as any IPA I’ve had. Gorgeous.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear dark amber color with a small to medium sized off-white head. The aroma has sweet malt up front with some piney hops in the back ground. I wish it was more hop foward but nice. Hops do show more as it warms and you inhale forcefully. The flavor starts malty then quickly gets some citrus fruit and acidity. The hop favor and bitterness keeps growing from there. A large bitter finish forms with a decent lasting time. Nice IPA flavor. I actually looked like it would be fuller than it felt but still a good body.
notalush (4174) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full, juicy hop/pine/orange aroma - herbal and spicy up front, bracing you for the hop bite to come - solid malt backbone throughout - hints of orange jam, other fruits - a lot of people think it’s easy to make a great IPA, but it really isn’t - these guys have sure done it.
decaturstevo (4085) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An almost copper pour with a lite off white head. An aroma of hops and sweet malt. A flavor of maltiness and piney hops. A bitter that reminds you of grapefruit after you brush your teeth in the morning. A very pleasant bitter that hangs with you. A mouthfeel that is almost thick and well carbonated. A very good example of the style.
JK (3966) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am impressed with my first beer from Tyranena. This beer does everything well. The aroma is loaded with hops; fairly floral, and you know this is an ipa but the aroma doesn’t suggest intense bitterness. A dark gold beer, good lacing. This is an extremely drinkable beer; in fact it is hard to put it down. Exceptionally smooth. Flavor is loaded with hops but the balance is excellent. Mostly bitter, but not overly so, and soft and floral all at the same time. Pleasant aftertaste of bitter hops.
kramer (3880) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, via footbalm. Pours a clear dark copper colored body under a creamy one finger off-white head. No sediment in bottle. Aroma is big and citrusy with a toasty caramel malt base. A touch of alcohol as well. Flavor is intensly bitter with a bright citric hop finish. Alot lighter in the malt, leading to an unbalanced flavor. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine fizzy carbonation. Slightly sticky on the finish. Well, this was pretty good, but I’m not the biggest fan of heavily unbalanced IPA’s.
Pailhead (3859) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Aroma has a strong caramel presence along with some grapefruit and flowery hops. Pours a hazy amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a film. Starts with moderate caramel malt and a hint of cookie dough. Huge piney and floral hopped finish that lingers on the palate for some time.
JCB (3808) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from tytoanderso - thanks! Certainly modest compared to Tyranena’s Hop Whore, but this is a very full and floral IPA, big and bready (its body and mouthfeel may be the most impressive element) with a lustrous hop profile that comes on strong but yields subtleties as it lingers. Substantial from the malts too, this one satisfies quite nicely.