Tyranena Bitter Woman IPA 5.75% ABV
Tyranena Brewing Co.
I’m generally not a fan of IPAs as regular readers will know, but I was given this beer for free, so I can’t turn down the chance to do a review at no monetary cost to me. The color of this brew is darker than most IPAs that I’m use to seeing. It pours well with a nice foam head that dissipates quickly. The nose has a fruity hoppy aroma. The front of the beer is mildly fruity and smooth but then the strong bitterness takes over and follows through to the finish, truly living up to its name. The slight hint of fruitiness gets lost in the overpowering bitter flavor with each successive sip. I don’t believe I’ll ever buy this beer. For those of you out there like my fellow contributor to this blog, Brandon Kraft, who like beers “the hoppier, the better,” this would be a great beer to try out.
The story behind the Bitter Woman IPA is that of Aunt Cal, an early resident of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. She had a love letter correspondence with none other than the great American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Unfortunately for poor Aunt Cal, the love letters were as far as their romance ever went. She never married and became a bitter woman in her old age due to this unrequited love. While I’m sure it is no consolation to her family, at least the rest of us have this well name beer to come out of the ordeal.
After taking a break about half way through the glass to research the Tyranena website for the information in the preceding paragraph, I find that the fruity front has come back to my palate and the bitter body and finish is easier to handle. In fact as I now get close to finishing this glass, the Bitter Woman is starting to win me over. I could actually see myself purchasing a 6 pack of this to share, if I was on my way to visit a friend who enjoys IPAs. I might even drink two or three of the bottles from that 6 pack. The fruit notes are the saving grace for this brew and become more pronounced as the bitterness recedes through out the glass. The Bitter Woman has more fruity sweetness buried under her bitter exterior. As with many abrasive folks, if you take the time to get to know them, you’re bound to find a sweet caring person resides beneath the gruff bitter exterior.
To learn a bit more about the Tyranena brewery, check out my review of their Three Beaches Honey Blonde.