Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by ThisWangsChung:
4.1/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Bottle poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.
A: This thing looks incredible, it must be said. Pours a beautifully hazy copper color with a one-finger eggshell colored head that has fantastic retention and lacing. The cascading effect from the pour is what puts this over the edge, in my opinion.
S: The grapefruit smell is strong, and there's also a hit of coriander, orange peel, and phenols. It doesn't smell at all like it's 8.2% ABV.
T: The Belgian influences are subtle, at best. But as a whole, it works pretty well. The most surprising thing here, is how upfront the bitterness is here - it's a not a pine bomb that builds and lingers (though that is a prevalent feature on the back end), but rather, a very spicy, black peppery taste. The middle is where the citrus-y notes come in, paired with a subtle, withering maltiness. Excellent, but a little lacking in balance. The ABV is hidden amazingly well, too, so be careful drinking this one.
M: Has a good bit of creaminess to it, but is also a little rough on the tongue (if that makes sense), along with medium carbonation. The finish is piny and palate wrecking, in a good way.
O: Kind of reminds me of Stone Ruination IPA in a way, but it's cheaper, more satisfying to drink, and just as ruinous. And more phenolic, can't forget that. A definite winner in my book, though be warned this could pass for a DIPA in terms of bitterness.
Serving type: bottle
01-02-2012 22:48:47 | More by ThisWangsChung
More User Reviews:
2.93/5 rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I was disappointed in this beer. I have had it in the past, and thought that it was pretty decent, but for some reason, it didn't taste all that great this time around. It seemed pretty fresh, with a 2014 brew date.
The smell is... strange. I read lots of references about "citrus" and "grapefruit." To me, it smelled a bit sour with... I know this sounds crazy... a hint of burning hemp. Kind of like sitting in the nosebleed section of an indoor arena during a Pink Floyd concert, circa 1977.
The taste is also kind of sour rather than hoppy. This one definitely leaves an aftertaste, not unlike the taste some of us sometimes have when we first wake up in the morning.
I am glad that I only purchased a single bottle of this one this time around. I don't know... maybe this bottle was from a bunch that wasn't stored properly for awhile before being refrigerated at the retailer. I am willing to come back to this one again after some time to give it another shot.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 13:35:38 | More by Shade1951
4.5/5 rDev +15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 10oz, Raging Bitch '20th Anniversary' short-stemmed glass...Best By Date: 190B14 - This translates it being bottled on (or about) March 9, 2014.
A- Pours an absolutely beautiful, clear, deep sunset orange with about 1 fingers' worth of white, sea-foam head. Being a Belgian inspired ale, I would have thought it would be a bit lighter in color. (4.75)
S- Being that I've never consumed Raging Bitch this fresh, the aroma is absolutely crazy! Pine, Lemon/Lime, Grapefruit, Passionfruit, Bubblegum and Spice all blend in harmony. The aromatics are aggressive and on the bitter side of the spectrum...very intense. (4.75)
T- Sweet malt at the front of the palate, followed by some tropical fruitiness and then a pretty significant pine/grapefruit rind bitterness to finish things out. The flavors move rather quickly across the palate and the beer finishes quite dry. (4.25)
M- The beer has a medium body and the carbonation is moderate (much less than a traditional Belgian Golden Strong or Belgian Pale Ale). Additionally, the palate is coated with an oily, piney, resinous character making this an aggressive brew. (4.50)
O- Not for the faint of heart, this is a high octane brew with regards to aroma, flavor and alcohol. For its proclaimed status of 'Belgian IPA,' I think Flying Dog has absolutely nailed the style. I am happy that this is a year-round offering and will be back for more. (4.75)
Serving type: bottle
04-14-2014 23:04:15 | More by threeviews
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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