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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

3,487 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,487
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 123
Gots: 577 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of haazer
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Weyerbacher tulip.

A- A fairly vigorous pour yields about 2 fingers of bubbly offwhite head. Head takes some time to settle and leaves nice lacing on the glass. A dark, cloudy amber brew is under this head with bright orange highlights and lively carbonation. A beautiful looking BPA.

S- Sweet candied sugar upfront. Some spices, blended underneath the aroma of fruit. Fruits standing out are cherries and apples. A slight hint of baked muffin.

T- The flavor reminds you more so that this has IPA elements than the nose would. The fruit of apple, and cranberry stand out mostly, which is not the standard fruit of an IPA, but adding the belgian element makes this possible. The bittering is strong at the end of the flavor spectrum. Blended with the bitterness is an element of spices though, which I DO NOT LIKE in my beer, and pulls the flavor down a notch. A small hint of the booze is tasted.

M- The mouth is smooth upfront, and the lively carbonation and bitterness tickles the mouth on the end. Body is medium. There is suprisingly no heat felt from the abv what so ever.

O- Overall I felt this was a good BPA that blends the aspects of an IPA well with elements that belgian style beers will offer. In my opinion I'd prefer the american counterparts, but this was good.

Photo of shacawgo24
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Amber, orange body. Sandy hued head. Creamy and soapy with a bubbly few finger thickness. Flattens kind of fast. Not a bad pace but still. Needs better retention that all beautiful quality Belgian beers have. Very little lacing if any at all, that looks more like weak watery condensation. The quick head marred the beautiful clear color.

S-Banana peel. Cinnamon. Orange oil. Faint pine. Some type of herb like basil, oregano or thyme. Not sure. Baked orange ginger cookies or something, I forget the specific name.

T-Taste follows nose, but watered down. Weaker. Banana meat. Lemon. Orange. Really bitter citrus, like biting into citrus seeds. A bready low malt, don't know if backbone, more like a RANDOM jumbled bone placed somewhere in body. But malt is there. Just sporadically displaced, pops up in beginning, middle and finish. Call it a broken malt backbone. No connection. Tastes like a crockpot of randomly thrown in Belgian and IPA traits.

M-Low/moderate body. Tries to be creamy, yet thins and stretches out too much. Low/medium carbonation. Bitter aftertaste.

O-Definition of okay beer. Expected more. Great label art. Quality brewery. Smells and tastes were too muted. There was too much bitter finish without a balance of quality sweet malts & juicy citrus to wash said bitters out. Citrus tastes rotten. Like old grapefruit. But with a robust beer drinker palate, this isn't nauseating. Raging Bitch has enough Belgian and IPA nuances to be branded a Belgian IPA. An affordable introduction to the style. Packed with a high 8.30% ABV, Raging Bitch is by no means a regret. With few BIPA's out there to drink it's worth a try, and that's about it.

Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice shade of dark orange, 2-finger rocky white head. Shrinks but covers the beer the whole time, retains quite well and leaves some 'raging' lacing. Definitely smells the part of an IPA. Definitely getting the citrus and a hint of grapefruit, alongside with scents more common in light Belgians such as pear and yeast. A strange, yet intriguing taste. It seems like each sip varies back and forth between styles - sometimes it is IPA, sometimes it is pale Belgian, but these don't seem to mix like they should, not very well balanced. Also much more IPA flavors are detectable as a whole rather than Belgian. Still, the flavors that come through from are both good. Heavy citrus and pine, slight caramel, the Belgian tastes seem to focus on mostly sugary yeast and spice. A bit of booze. Mouthfeel is fine, carbonation and thickness is in a good place. This was my first of the style and I enjoyed it, though I think it is unbalanced, it is much more IPA than Belgian.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me begin my saying Happy Anniversary Flying Dog. Keep up the good brews!

See through and copper in color, this beer sports a very tall head supported by lots of active carbonation.

THe smell is that of 2 worlds colliding. Imagine aromas of a well hopped American IPA with Belgian yeast qualities of banana, bubblegum(clove) and orchard fruits.

The taste is very hopped up -American stylie. Very bitter at first, but then the belgian yeast comes through on the finish. Very nice.

This beer is actully pretty light bodied for it's alcohol content. Well cabonated and a very crisp texture add bonus points to an already highly drinkable brew.

This is my plea to Flying Dog to make this a year around beer. Definately one of the best to date.

Photo of Pecorasc
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ordered a shaker pint from Trolley Stop in Dayton, OH. First glass out of the newly tapped keg, which could be good or bad depending on their practices. Have not had this out of the bottle yet either, so this is a first impression review.

A- Presented with an inch of long lasting off-white, creamy head that slowly slides down the glass, leaving a sticky lacing. Shows a slightly hazy, deep amber with brown in the deeper parts of the glass. When held up to light, the haze stays, but the thinner parts of the glass show an orange color. Very little visible carbonation for a Belgian. Leaves great lacing as it is consumed.

S- Large amount of citrus hops- grapefruit, orange, lime, etc., that give this a very fresh aroma. A spicy belgian background is overtaken by the hop character. A lot of witbier influence.

T- Citrus and pine hop flavor and bitterness up front, with a clashing spicy belgian character in the middle. Some coriander-like flavor in there, similar to a witbier. The yeast character almost tastes like a spicy saison. Hot in the finish and aftertaste.

M- Big bodied, medium carbonation, with a big finish that only seems dry because of the bitterness. For 8.3% and a "Belgian", I'm not sure this needs to be so big. If this was drier with more carbonation, it might be more drinkable...

D- Not much drinkability. Hot in the finish. One of the toughest quasi-categories to brew right now since I don't think anyone has mastered it yet, but this is a good try and I think the intensity and ingenuity is there.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A slightly cloudy orange body with an off-white cap that rises to fill the glass. Some sip marks appear, but they are light. The nose is of citrus and light bready malt. Some pine and yeasty esters poke through with just a faint hint of booze. The flavor profile follows the nose. Citrus and pine with some floral hops poke through up front. Some bready malt through the middle with spicy esters from the yeast. The finish is a touch spicy, with bitter citrus, and some faint warming. Medium body, a bit oily. Smooth. This beer is a little all over the place. Brash in spots and not congruent from one layer to another. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but not as tight and smooth as the best in the class.

Photo of JoeBCBC
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a somewhat hazy bright orange hue with dense bubbles that cascade down the side of the glass that gracefully evolves into a dense and silky one finger off-white head.

S- Citrusy hops and a Belgian spiciness dominate the nose with sweet caramel and aromatic tones lurking in the background.

T- A generous hop bitterness comes out first surfing on silky smooth caramel malts, then the punch and twang of some spicy belgian yeast esters. The citrusy resinous hop flavor is last to appear and tastes wonderful. I like the balance of this beer.

M- Despite seeming very bubbly during the pour, this beer definitely has its smooth moments. The medium body accompanies taste very well.

O- I'm loving this beer, especially as it warms up. For a beer that incorporates ingredients and flavors that can easily run wild and take over, a delicate balance is achieved and makes this one very memorable. I would certainly buy this again.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into an Avery nonic pint glass. Beer was a clear orange color, with a two-finger, light brown head. Soft carbonation and moderate lacing around the glass.

Aroma was light hops, yeast, bread, lemon and spices.

Taste was lemons, moderately bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, bread and yeast. Very unique and pretty good.

Decent drinkability. Well made beer and an unusual style.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a light caramel color with red hues. A little hazy but translucent. Very lovely 3 finger head explodes in the glass and retains well.
S: has a smell that reminds me very much of opening a can of mandarins. Beyond the lovely fruity aroma is some slight pine. Hops don't dominate the smell as you can smell some clove and banana as well as other belgian ester influence. Smells very unique and inviting.
T: citrus up front with a lot of bitterness. Decent amount of belgian character balances the hop flavors well. Spiciness from the yeast and hops battle and id say the hops win but the yeast puts up a fight. Very complex taste profile as each sip allows you to detect something else going on; citrus, a little pine, clove, and a slightly sweet malt finish.
M: good carbonation and the beer goes down easily despite it's ABV. Medium bodies and goes down smooth, bitterness lingers but isn't too astringent.
O: a great belgian ipa. More of a DIPA with some belgian influence, this is a great unique brew worth trying. Very complex taste but not confusing.

Photo of cozmohollis
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale golden color, white head with good retention and a good lace.
S: Sweet yeast, tropical and floral scent.
T: Sweet yeast and grainy bread flavors upfront then a tropical, raisin, bubble gum flavor ending with a grassy hops flavor. The flavor changes a lot and bounces around like crazy. Very complexed.
MF: Medium body, low carbonation, waxy feel, a little warming and with a medium/heavy dry finish.
O: Pretty sweet and the hops in it bounces flavors around a lot. But I love the complexly and the bite at the end. I see where she gets her name from. This is my first Belgain-Style IPA so I don't really know how to compare it to others. And I think I could only drink one at a setting.

Photo of schuim
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark blond to light amber color. Light haze.

S: pine hop aroma. some sweetness in the aroma too, fruity like lichee and peach.

T: Mainly bitter, in aftertaste some malttaste comes in the taste. Misses the fruitiness of the aroma in the taste. A bit one dimensional thrue this lack of body.

Alc 8,3% best before dec 2010.

Photo of sloambbr
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty standard looking beer. Mild amber color, and a thin white head.
S: Really nice light smell. Slightly bready and hoppy, almost soapy , which was interesting. Kind of a sweet, nectar smell on top of it all.
T: Great tasting beer. Sweet, nectar taste right off the bat, with some mild hoppy undertones. Also a sweet bready taste, almost like an amber ale, is barely there. The lingering flavor is what really does it for me. Pretty nice bitter for an IPA, but the spiciness is really excellent. The belgian yeast mixed with the bittering hops is great.
M: Pretty standard. Carbonation is medium, initial feel is very smooth, medium body.

Photo of david18
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my previous review of it on draft:

I'm not sure why i keep trying these beers when I don't like any of them. The two characteristics that make belgians and IPA's good, and I like both of them a lot, don't blend well together. Each of the flavors is more enjoyable by itself rather than with the other.

I think I prefer the Green Flash and Stone versions better but I can't really get behind any of them.

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I actually preferred the bottle version of this much better and found it to be a lighter style IPA which was perfect for a hot summer day. The flavors are quite complex and, in this case, I believe the belgian yeast and american hop characteristics meld well together.

Photo of llenroc11
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Overall good good IPA and it is ok

Photo of Buttermaker
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really like the idea of combining a Belgium and an IPA but, as it turns out, combined the two are not more than the sum of its parts. This beer smells like a Belgium...it has one of the most beguiling floral/tropical fruit bouquets I've ever encountered in an American-made Belgium-style ale. It looks like a Belgium too. But once it hits your palate the myriad flavors and nuance of the Belgium is clobbered by a 60 IBU IPA. It's not a bad IPA, but it can't be anything but an IPA once it hits your taste buds. Good beer but not a great beer.

Recommended Music Pairing - Vince Guaraldi - Black Orpheus

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dry finish. Not bad but needs food.

Photo of juju7
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still not convinced of this style but yet again a well put together beer. Radiant orange with a creamy head and some sexy lace. The nose represents the Belgian IPA vibe well but I can't help feel it's a clash rather than a harmony of IPA hops and Belgian yeast goodness. The IPA side of things is winning over and a nice IPA it would've been. It's a good beer but I just don't know when the time is right for this type of beer. I can't help but wish it was one or the other.

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in my favorite tulip glass.

Appearance: A slight hazy amber with medium bubbles on the body and a ridiculously thick head. Straight white well over a finger's length refusing to settle. Well maybe after two sips ;-)

Smell: Average at best. Taking a little sniff you smell something like a rye finish that comes and goes and is ridiculously light. Yea it smells good but where's the rest.

Taste: Sour and bitter. Feels a bit spoiled but I am guessing that is the way it supposed to be. Little different than some other Belgian IPAs that I've had. It warms to you and improves as you get halfway into your glass. You feel a lemon pineyness to it feels slightly heavy. Pretty good.

Mouth: Medium carbonation. Very sticky paired with a slice of sharp cheddar. Medium bodied at best, very good.

Overall: I've had Raging Bitch on tap and never face it a proper review, thought it was about time. Not bad to have when you crave something different. Not bad to have at all. Salud!

Photo of Telix
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: Perfection. Pours completely clear with a thick pillowy head that sticks around for awhile. Great carbonation level along with a perfect deep copper color. Exactly what an IPA should look like.

S: Wow, it just leaps out of the glass. There is a decent amount of Belgian funk there, with a flowery herbal note (chamomile?), and slightly citric and flower hop aromas as well.

T: Orange citrus elements are matched equally with the flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast. There is a nice undercurrent of herbal, resinous hop flavors as well, and maybe some subtle tropical fruit elements. I detected a little alkalinity and there was a bit of dry tongue bite on the finish at times. It's not quite as perfect integration of flavors as I would have liked, but I feel that way about most Belgian IPAs as the flavors don't necessarily meld well.

M: Zippy up front with some carbonation bite. Good body -- thick, a bit chewy, supports the flavors nicely.

D: It hides the 8% well with a big juicy flavor profile and a dry, sharp finish. The alkalinity tired my tongue out after most of a bottle, however. I've never been a huge Flying Dog fan, but this is a solid beer for the style - it's just not a very good style, in my opinion.

Photo of katan
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint. appears to be a 2010 vintage

A - Pours a deep brown color, with light gold highlights. Strong eggshell white head formation, breaking down to a film. Light amounts of lacing. Some bubbling indicating strong carbonation.

S - A combination of orange/grapefruit hop notes backed up by a spicy belgian yeast strain. Peppery. Somewhat bready at times.

T - Starts off with a light 2 row malty sweetness, some caramel and nutty malt notes. Taken over by some white pepper spicy yeast flavors, very strong. Bitterness and some fruity hop notes come in. Hopping is very restrained, but it drives alot of bitterness. Finishes with a warming phenolic hit.

M - Moderate beer body, carbonation is strong. Stings the tongue. Finishes with a clinging sweet texture.

D - Moderate drinkability - abv is pretty zingy for the style. Flavors are pretty direct, reducing session appeal. I have to think that is not the brewers intention here anyway.

I am starting to warm to this style.

Photo of bfaeth
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Nicked
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an orange toned amber with a small head of fluff. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is pine, citrus, herbs, spices, orange peel, notes of rye, and obvious esters from Belgian yeast.
Taste is of the aromas with a juicy fruit gum and apricot explosion. I'm at odds as to the yeast they used here. Almost seems like a dry yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, bitey, bitter, sweet, pungent, and sticky.

Photo of quithintingbeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,487 ratings.