dpjuart (1112) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Bottle courtesy The Bearded Brewer. Pours amber orange with little head. Buttery nose, mild hop. Mild bitter, bread, piny hop flavor, dry and clingy. Seems iffy, like diacetyly. eh. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Caramel apple aroma. Clear amber in color with little head. Soft hops, slight citric, with a nice spicy rye bite. Not a mindblower, but real tasty. Liking it more. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2009
aroma is not unlike some wet pilsner malt mixed with substantial spice note. some citrus as beer opens. translucent golden pour with handsome film head and good carb. some grapefruit and good lingering bitterness. throat coating spicy mix sticks around. becomes especially pleasant as it warms with a luxurious soft mouthfeel. despite the rye this is exceedingly mild, more rye character and spiciness would have benefited it greatly. 502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 10, 2009
Twistoff (WACK!!) bottle poured into snifter (thanks Skinnyguy!). Nice copper color with an appealing white head that exhibits nice retention and lacework. Aroma is nice (bitter) hops with a bit of rye malt to balance it out, but not as pungent as I was hoping. The flavor is the same. There is a definite resinous and bitter hop presence, but the malt shines through way more than it should in an IPA. Not enough hop flavor - just dry resinous bitterness, a bitterness that they rye adds to in a way that is is pretty 1D and overwhelming. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall: not a bad beer, but a disappointment. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2009
A far cry and a vast improvement over the regular Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA. This beer is quite a bit bigger (although still has a reasonable ABV) and lacks the watery approachability of the original. Floral and bitter, I liked it a great deal.
It poured a cherry-wood color into my glass with very little head. Aroma is faint, floral, and perfume-y; pretty mild for an IPA, but the proof is in the taste. Flavor is a lot of dry bitterness that sort of slapped me across the face. The bitterness lacked citrus/grass/pine complexity, and wasn’t exactly the essence of hoppiness, but I was still pretty satisfied with it. Mouthfeel was pretty light for IPA, but in no way watery.
Pretty good - I’d have it again, but it wasn’t as pungent as the other Brewer’s Gone Wild series. Ah, makes me sad to not live in WI anymore....wondering if the OH State Fair has a craft beer tent...
This bottle was a gift from Surly Sober.
BeerBunker (966) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2009
Pours orange with a foamy off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is of rye, hops, citrus, malt, and caramel. Taste starts off with a nice hop charcter with lots of citrus. The hops are quickly balanced out by a big rye taste that doesn’t dominate. Backbone is of caramel malt, and just adds to the mix without being taken over by the rye flavor. Lingering citrus taste. Mouthfeel is medium and very drinkable. The rye makes a nice addition to Bitter Woman. MoDog (928) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 25, 2009
12oz bottle served in a shaker. Poured a lightly hazy amber with a short-lived head of thin beige foam. Decent lacing. The aroma had notes of toasted caramel drenched with citrus and grapefruit. The flavor was a blend of crystal malt, caramel and rye spiciness along with oranges, grapefruit, and peach. Moderately sweet with a lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel was full-bodied and had light carbonation. Just OK. Petrucci914 (921) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2009
On tap at The Malt House. This was a bit of a disappointment, it didn’t seem much different from the standard Bitter Woman, with very little, if any, rye characteristics. Pours a dark golden color with a thin white head. Aroma is resinous hops and caramel malts, with small hints of Rye. Meh. undsioux7 (872) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Pours a deep amber/copper with an off white head. Aroma of rye, citrus, herbal hops. Taste is the same with a nice bitterness. greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 20, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a thick 1 inch head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing left on side of glass. Nose is malty, fruity, with some rye in the background. Flavor is similiar, bold caramel malts and citrus blend nicely with the rye. A bit sticky from the hops resin, and some slight bitterness that lingers on the palate. This is a tasty treat.