bu11zeye (13239) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2009
( 12oz bottle ) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, caramel, and some rye. Flavor of juicy citrus, grass, rye, and caramel malt with a bitter finish. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Bottle. Poured a clear dark orange color. The head was tall and off white with good retention and lacing. Nice aroma profile that included the likes of hay, bready malt, raw malted barley, and light citrusy hops. Medium bodied and slightly sweet. There was mild bitterness, but less than I had hoped for. A combination of dry grains and subdued orange citrusy hops dominated the flavor. There were also a hint of pine resin. Not a bad rye IPA, but not as good as the one that firmbuttstone brews. 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. illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle courtesy Diomede, I think. Pours a clear gold with a thin white head. Aroma of old hops, grapefruity but dusty. Caramel and crystal malt flavor with a little bit of rye spiciness and a tart citrus character coming through. Medium body and good carbonation. Needs a fresh rerate. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2010
12 oz. bottle to tulip glass. Pour is copper orange which appears cloudy and a nice head. Aroma is strong rye and hops which is very nice. Taste is hoppy grapfruit and rye with cinnamon too. Palate is sticky and dry finish. Overall I really enjoy Bitter Old Woman and this one is that much better.
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. dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Bottle pours deep amber with an off-white head. Aroma shows caramel, rye, oranges, and a touch of earthy hops. Flavor shows the same with additional notes of pine. Overall body is moderate and the finish is dry with a lasting bitterness. noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Pours a clear medium amber to copper. Small off-white head, seems under-carbonated, but nonetheless leaves a good lace. Big citric hops aroma, a lot of lemon in the hops profile here, but in sipping, the hops bitterness significantly outweighs the hops aromatics; the pepperiness of the rye is the only thing here to offset the hops. Medium to full body, heavy, almost oily palate; almost more a beer to be felt than tasted. JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Amber to copper color with a tallish taupe head that is a a bit creamy looking and has a nice sheet of lace. Fresh hops aroma, very much like Bitter Woman with the citric notes. Just a hint of caramel and rye. Does not have the thickness and "slickness" I find in many a rye. Grass and citric notes in the flavors. The malt and rye seem a bit distant and when they do show up, there is a bit of astringency. Quite bitter in the finish and linger. Sharp and spicy, with pepper and grapefruit peels. My second bottle, and I’m not feeling the rye love, just the bitter woman. iowaherkeye (2804) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 16, 2009
This beer reminds me of Mark--FirmButtStone--his signature beer. 12oz, no date from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee. Clear orange with a one finger yellowish white creamy head, good retention. The good news is that I had no trouble finding the spicy sweet rye in the aroma. The bad news is that the hops were on par with an APA--only some light citrus hop notes. There is also some caramel malt. The flavor has a slightly brighter citrus hop character, but I stress the word slightly. Needs more aroma hops! Semi-dry with bitterness around a 4. There is still plenty of rye, which does make me happy--unfortunately, it is only half of the equation. Light prickly carbonation with a light to medium body. Pretty good, but lacking the shitload of hops that Mark’s has, which may be why it’s hard for me to see this as an IPA.