Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery
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3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
A - Decent looking beer. Golden-honey with a finger of slightly off-white head
S - The smell, just like the taste, changes SIGNIFICANTLY as the beer warms. If I posted the smell of this beer prior to warming it up, I would have said it has apricot and peach scents, but over time, the smell changes into a malty, alcohol with phenols that aren't as attractive as when the beer was first poured. I was much more impressed by the smell directly after the beer was opened from the bottle. As mentioned in previous posts, I can understand that there is a slight caramel smell/taste in there.
T - Whoa! Bitter hops totally threw me for a loop... After smelling the beer, I was completely taken off-guard when the bitterness hit my mouth like a ton of bricks. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE bitter beers, but DAYUM! When I had this beer, it was directly after Westmalle's Trappist Tripel. I did not taste any resemblance of Belgian beer in it, until... I then proceeded to pour it directly from the bottle into a tulip glass and let the beer warm up. It's the yeast. I can spot it from a mile away. The sour funk rose from the ashes... I did not smell it initally when the beer was fresh out of the bottle, directly from the cooler from the store. When I first drank it, I was like AMERICAN IPA - ALL THE WAY! That changed instantly as the beer warmed up and poured into a snifting glass.
M - Mouthfeel does not have too little or too much carbonation, sticky as the beer warms. It has a little alcohol burn. Almost a syruppy mess. Sorry if that's a let-down. Mouthfeel dramatically diminished after the beer got warm. I apologize, I'm really trying to justify this beer, but it's not helping as this beer is like watching a train-wreck in slow motion. It's all good, until time runs out and shi+ hits the fan.
O - Overall, it's a weird combination. A good one, but not an exceptional beer. I love IPAs. I love Belgian beers. However, to me, this beer is very 1-dimensional. It's bitterness mixed with Belgian yeast. It feels like an American IPA, almost IIPA, using the term "Belgian IPA" as a marketing strategy to gain preference with the craft beer drinkers. I honestly don't know if I'd buy it again. That's not to say I don't like it though...
If I were to rate this beer right after the first sip, I would have given it a 4.0 out of 5. Sadly, It has been downgraded to a 3.7. I have never seen a beer "devolve" like this in the course of 30 minutes.
If you really want to enjoy this beer... DO NOT LET IT GET WARM!
Last thoughts: My mouth still has that lingering bitter, alcohol, chalky, IPA residue on it. Thank goodness I'm home for the night. If I were driving somewhere after drinking this beer, a cop would be able to smell this on my breath for hours after drinking it. I am ashamed to write this review as I genuinely liked this beer on my first sip...
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2012 01:23:13 | More by GeckoPunk
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