Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery
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Reviews by dwilson01:
4.63/5 rDev +19.3%
Couldn't pass it up, not with a name like that. Already gave me a little sour taste in the mouth reminding me of all the times I've been in the presence of ultra pissed off people!
Poured from a bottle into an arrogant bastard pint glass. Creamy white head gets to the perfect height and slowly dissipates leaving a thin foamy layer at the top. It has a golden color, very opaque orange that you can see through quite easily.
The smell has me intrigued, seriously there is something strong I get in there that I can't place and it's bugging me. Initially I gave it a 4 but I bumped it up .5 because seriously...the name, it just goes with the smell.
Great flavoring, seems like a subtle spiciness, like that of a good amber but not as overt. I swear it has a sour taste to it and it's not a bad thing, definitely a one of a kind beer in my book so far. Not super hoppy, the malt definitely takes precedence in this style brew I think. But overall pretty intense flavors without a hop-slap in the face like the big west coast ipa's which I think takes some talent to be able to get without over-hopping (well actually I don't think over hopping is possible but theoretically speaking...). Fruity as well, not too sweet but I get more and more of it as I go on, reminds me of apricot.
The mouthfeel is one of my favorites in this beer, it feels solid, it's creamy and spicy at the same time with minimal carbonation. Leaves a great tingle after the swallow which I've only experienced a few times. Was definitely suprised by the amount of creaminess the malt gives it with having such an opaque coloring I didn't expect it to feel as full-bodied as it does.
Super super drinkable in my book, it's intriguing like I said before, and that seriously just makes me want more and more to discover all the layers in this bitch...literally, Ha! I like it, if you see it I recommend it for sure.
03-15-2010 07:07:27 | More by dwilson01
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
Like many I have been left wanting on alot of Flying Dog brews but this had me wanting MORE!Poured into a small tulip glass a brilliant golden with a sticky one finger white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled slowly into a creamy froth,excellent.Aromas to me are full of Simcoe goodness,grapefruit rind really takes the forfront,slight yeasty notes but the american hop profile wins the day.The palate is full of citric,oily, hop,ever so slight phenolic spice actually lends well to the big American hops,some peppery notes come in as the beer warms.Easily my favorite of the style to date,not to yeasty and or medicinal,a true mix of American hop,and Belgian yeast,a great beer.
03-02-2010 22:37:02 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Copper color with a light, fluffy head.
This beer is fruity and estery with notes of passionfruit, banana, apple, clove spruce, and peach. It's quite hoppy and bitter. The Belgian aspect really comes through, I guess, in a yeasty way. Though, I wouldn't really compare it to any other Belgian style besides IPA.
For being an American version of this style, I like it quite a bit. Overall, I wouldn't want more than one. Just not really my cup of tea.
05-20-2010 23:17:31 | More by brownbeer
District of Columbia
4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
Pours an opaque tan/light orange, almost the color of cream soda. White head that shows quite a bit of carbonation and moderate retention. Lots of fruit in the nose. Grapefruit and other citrus and sweetness. Lots of citrusy hop spiciness on the front. Classic Belgian spiciness on the back. It's like a flavor mullet! Palette seems about right for this beer, keeps it crisp, not too thick or thin. Really well balanced, no hint of the considerable alcohol. Overall a very good beer and worth the wait of finding it.
11-16-2009 02:15:49 | More by cynicgiraffe
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
Pours a bright, clear amber color with a medium white head that reduces pretty rapidly to a thin lace. This beer is CLEAR, nothing like a cloudy Belgian in appearance. Might have liked to see it cloudier, but then again this is a beautiful color and isn't advertised as a Belgian.
You can definitely smell some citrus, and I find this smelling more like that floral Belgian Trippel than like an IPA. Bright, fruity, but strong with hops. There's another fruit smell that I'm struggling to identify; I keep wanting to say grapefruit, but there's another one in there! Nice complicated scent.
The flavour really is a cross between a Belgian and an IPA. You get the IPA bitterness and the Belgian complexity, musk, and floral taste/smell.
Pretty average mouthfeel, erring on the thinner IPA side. A little sticky perhaps, but that's to be expected with an IPA.
A good drink for sure. Strong but very balanced. I liked this quite a lot. Probably couldn't drink more than two in a night; I'd buy this again as part of a mixed 6-pack.
11-27-2010 00:18:30 | More by withliterature
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
Raging Bitch from Flying Dog Brewery Belgian IPA 8.3% alcohol. Bottle is decorated in skin colored hues with crazy dog on the front looking mad as hell.
A- Pours an extremely hued glowing golden orange fluid with nice off white head that falls to a fair amount of froth and ring around glass. Decent sticking lacing on the walls of the glass.
S- Wow nice floral hop scents remind you of a bouquet of fresh cut roses and sweet babys breathe. Bready yeasty fumes follow along with alcohol light to none malts.
T-M- Well a pretty bland taste of what it smells like but still puts up some bite. Upfront is a piney, earthy hop bitterness with mild sweet grain-like sweetness. Second is a fusel alcohol warmth that heats up the buds leaving a tarty yeasty film on the tongue. Mouthfeel is mild to medium but light carbonation and danky hop presence does pose a threat to drinkability.
D- Its different and quite unique with various Belgian like charactors but possibly exagerated.
At a decent price may buy again.
02-08-2010 22:32:24 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Served on tap in a 10oz. snifter at Brixies in Brookfield IL
It poured a clear ruby red with a lingering tan head. Heavy lacing stuck to the sides of the glass after each sip.
The aroma is of a strong grassy hop with a muted Belgian character.
A strong grassy floral hop taste which is much stronger than the bottled version I had the previous day. A malt backbone reminiscent of a medium crystal malt. The Belgian character isn't as prominent as I would like in a Belgian IPA.
It has a very smooth bitterness and a high drinkability.
I preferred this version to the bottled version but I was still kind of disappointed. I was hoping for something bigger and bolder.
02-03-2010 21:48:04 | More by weatherdog
3.15/5 rDev -18.8%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):
Curtain of lace dresses the glass; very clear amber color. Hints of bubble gum, ripe tropical fruit and medicinal herbs from the yeast with clementines coming from the hops. Smooth and creamy with a hefty medium body. Lots of bready malt, a bit toasted. Hops grab a hold of the palate and slap it around some, almost to the point it missed the Belgian aspects that the yeast had tried to lay out. Trace phenols are soon chased away from the fruity warming alcohol. Bitter finish has a faint aspirin flavor. Belgian style? Perhaps just inspired 'cause of the popular- ity of the style? Good but too clean and overly bitter. The raw marketing does not match what is inside.
01-21-2011 23:21:44 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
In my tulip glass this beer was a gold color with a thick, white, sticky head. A nice aroma of citrus and pine. Yeast was also noticeable, coming across as a woodsy odor. Unique taste: grapefruit and pine tempered by the Belgian yeast. I really enjoyed this beer. My only small criticism was a rather sharp, metallic mouthfeel.
02-14-2010 15:42:42 | More by lordofthewiens
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
A - Pours a beautiful crystal clear orange/amber with almost three fingers of creamy tan head. Leaves quite a bit of lacing.
S - Huge amount of bubblegum in the nose and some juicy citrus and candi sugar as well. Not what I was expecting, but interesting. Really not picking up any Belgian yeast.
T - Taste is similar to smell with the addition of some substantial bitterness not licked up in the nose. Again, at best only faint presence of Belgian yeast. Not bad, but not really to style.
M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice resiny hip bitterness.
O - As a Belgian IPA, this misses the mark. As just a DIPA, it is pretty good, but not among the top tier.
09-29-2011 17:07:35 | More by warnerry
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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