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 (6293) - 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. tmoreau (4674) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2009
12oz. bottle share at Lunar Brewing. Poured a clear amber with a modest, off white head and spotty lacing. The aroma was citrus, resin, and spice, with some definite acridity and the slight presense of an off, stale hint. The flavor was mainly dry and earthy, yet pleasant notes of sweetness, and caramel came through. A strong hop bitterness lasted through the finish. 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. Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Pours dark gold with reddish tinge and a thin o/w head.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Aroma is dusty caramel maltiness, rye breadiness and some resiny hop.
Flavour is nice herbal bitter, with a grainy sourness. Medium malt and smooth body.
Bit of a lingering mettalic bitterness to the finish though.
12oz bottle from my Secret Santa - thanks, Santa! Amber pour with a moderate carbonation. Sharp and grassy aromas, with the rye not too detectable in the aroma of sharp hops and bread. Decent mouthfeel and overall a solid IPA, with the rye much more modest than in, e.g., Terrapin. Cool, bitter session beer. jcwattsrugger (12549) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2009
@TBBC tasting Thanks Mrs D-12oz bottle-pours an off white ring for a head and copper color. Aroma is orange-citrus/pine, some light/medium malt. Taste is orange-citrus/pine, some light/medium malt/some grain-rye. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 30, 2009
12oz bottle courtesy of Bockyhorsey – thanks Bill! Pours clear light amber with a rocky 2 finger off-white head. The nose is rye upfront with citrus hops and malt. The taste is citrus and pine hops with some rye mixed in. Medium bodied. Good, but I like the regular Bitter Woman better. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Lots of rye on the nose, almost like rye bread. Some caramel and an earthy spicy hop kick in there as well. Pours hazy amber with some floating sediment and a thin foam island through the middle of the glass. Flavor is somewhat sweet with lots of rye bread and tangy earthy/spicy hops. A hint of floral/citrus notes show up too, but this shows off the rye quite a bit and the hop finish is earthy and peppery for the most part. Lingering malt flavors as well as some spicy dryness. Well done, but I enjoyed others from this brewery more than this one. deyholla (12439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy dark amber with a thin near white head. Aroma had notes of pine hops with an undertone of rye malt. Flavor begins hoppy with an undertone and finish of rye malt.