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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,531 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,531
Reviews: 1,114
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 128
Gots: 624 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Ratings: 3,531 | Reviews: 1,114
Reviews by ocmpoma:
Photo of ocmpoma
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured out a clear golden orange with little head but good lacing on the way down.

S- very interesting aroma - this is my first Belgian-style IPA. It's a great mix of Belgian fruitiness and the IPA tang.

T- taste was as good as the aroma, although I was expecting just a bit more. Still quite good, though, a smooth mixture of fruit and tang.

M- The mouthfeel was also quite good, especially considering the ABV. Balanced and even a bit mellow on the finish.

D- Definitely different from other higher-abv IPAs I've had; not sure if I've developed the taste for it yet... perhaps I'll have to drink some more of them...

More User Reviews:
Photo of Freddie_Ray
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Hoppy, grapefruit in a bottle. Worthy occasional beer.

Photo of oberon
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of cynicgiraffe
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of withliterature
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of weatherdog
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is soapy bubblegum with a little spicy hops.

The flavor is floral malts with some earthy yeast, leading to a medium spicy dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I don't really care for Belgian IPAs, but this is one of the better ones I've had.

Photo of generallee
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle lists its abv% at 8.3 and its ibu at 60. There is no freshness on the label however.

Appearance: The body has a bright clear orange amber color with lots of cool visible carbonation. The head is very long lasting and maintains a small cap of foam all the way to the last sip. Lacing is very good as well.

Smell: Its aroma has deep citrusy grapefruit like hop notes over light Belgian blonde notes.

Taste/Palate: There is a sweet and juicy citrus hop presence with deep notes of grapefruit pith. The hop character dominates over a sweet doughy malt and funky Belgian yeast base in a good way. It's not like an enamel striping harsh bitterness but rather a tasty, juicy combination of hops and malt. The finish is fairly sweet and citrusy with only a mild bitterness way off deep into the background.

Notes: This one is just plain tasty!!!

Photo of Doomcifer
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber color with a great, frothy white head that retains very well. Terrific lacing. Smells very fruity. Aromas of cantaloupe, papaya, pineapples, and that classic "belgian yeast smell" as well as a hint of piny resin. Lots going on on the nose. Taste is more ipa pronounced up front with a lingering aftertaste of the belgian yeast, spicy, coriander & banana flavors interlocked with a drying bitterness. Citrusy and candy sugars flavors, very resiny...not as nuanced as a lot of the actual belgian interpretations. More "in your face." Mediumed bodied, good carbonation, slightly oily, astringent finish. I could relish in a couple of these but no further. I'm usually not a big fan of Flying Dog brews but, all in all, a good american interpretation of a belgian interpretation. ;)

Photo of Guden
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty light copper with small sticking head.

S- Lots going on, belgiany yeast character of peach and pear with notes of citrus from the hops.

T- Upfront: Piney and citrusy hops, followed by a moderate bitterness which finishes with a fruity belgian character. Definitely lots of oranginess to this one from the combination of hops and yeast. Nothing amazing but nice hints all around, wish the harshness of the hops was less overpowering.

M- Nicely thin and moderately carbonated, nothing amazing but seems appropriate.

D- Pretty easy to drink given the strong hoppiness and bitterness, but the complexity of the nose doesn't quite carry through to the flavor to bring me back for many more.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler pour, clear medium dull amber, has an olive oil sheen to it, sits under a luxurious and creamy light khaki head, that stays and stays forever. Leaves thick frothy sheeting on the glass and rings of thick lace. Heavy/pungent tropical fruit/hop nose. Hopped up ale, fresh pineapple notes predominate. Not really getting whats all that Belgian about this one, perhaps some phenolic yeasty notes in the back ground, but mostly what I'm experiencing is a tasty, fruity, hoppy ale. Tasty and enjoyable, hop lovers will love this one, actually a real nice looking and smelling brew, but I'm not sure if they hit the note they were going for.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening a very big bold belgian yeasty smell.
Pours a nice two finger white head. This fades to a ton of sticky lacing that hangs on the glass. Smell of banana an sweet malts with a touch of hops. Tastes sweet and complex then the some fizz hits the tongue and then it drys out with some bitter hop flavor.
Nice brew good price, $9 six pack.
Fairly easy drinker but the high abv holds it back a bit.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, brownish gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pineapple, citrus hops, and some Belgian spices

Taste: pine hops, pineapple, citrus hops, and some Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle and super bitter finish

Drinkability: A sipper if not just due to the super bitter finish. I like how I can taste both the Belgian part and the IPA part of this beer. A very well executed beer. Not sure if it is totally my style and would get it again. However, the craftmanship is excellent.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium orange color with a white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, citrus and oranges. The flavor has lots of citrus with lemons and oranges. Belgian yeast flavors are present as is medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Poured into a Duvel goblet.

Light amber-golden, slightly hazy, with a pillowing head of foam that survives as little islands. Some lacing.

Nose is bittering hops, grass, some funk, heavy grain.

Decent Belgian IPA, with a good balance of grain/funk of the Belgian ale style with some juicy grassy hops providing a nice counterpoint.

Nice brew - I certainly picked this brew up because of the name/label and the controversy that surrounded that, but it holds its own fairly well.

Photo of bsp77
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle Summit Scandia Chalice.

Appearance: Dark golden-amber with creamy off-white head that subsides, leaving some lacing behind.

Smell: Loads of grapefruit, with notes of pine and an overall tanginess. Quite pungent, but definitely smells more IPA than Belgian.

Taste: Very hoppy and bitter, with a strong grapefruit profile. Some pine, orange and light malt. Maybe a touch of clove (just a touch). Ends quite bitter and slightly tart. Just a very funky IPA overall.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry almost tart finish.

Drinkability: Not much of a Belgian IPA, as there is just a minimal amount of clove and tartness - basically not nearly as yeasty as expected. However, this is a fantastic brew if simply regarded as a tangy grapefruit-heavy IPA.

I have to retry some Canis Major beers (Double Dog, Gonzo, Horn Dog) but until I do, this is by far Flying Dog's best beer.

Photo of ChadwickHines
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

One of a kind in quality and taste. Great IPA

Photo of Swedes21
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - very clear coper colour, about 1 finger of white head, some carbonation in the glass. Head leaves some good lacing back.

Smell - picking up some caramel, faint earthy tones, some malts and a little hop presents. there is also some spice smell.

taste - picked up sone pine, hops and earthy tones. the slight caramel smell comes through very faintly near the end. Little bitterness at the end, lasting taste in mouth.

mouthfeel - added carbonation bring a hops bitterness to this beer. mouth is full of carbonation levels, pine and hops, very impressive.

drinkability - lots going on in this beer, there isnt much alcohol taste, it is well masked. there is a good balance, would stock.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head but no lacing.

Taste is sweet and bitter with a good spicy belgian yeast flavor. The sweetnesa is a bit too much but the mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall it's quite good.

Photo of soulpower75
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Whoa momma! It packs a punch. Smells good but this b*tch will bite. You can really taste the alcohol and she's a bitter one!

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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