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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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3,447 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,447
Reviews: 1,092
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 116
Gots: 527 | FT: 3
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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a crystal clear amber with a decent amount of white head. It's one of the clearest beers I've seen. There's no lacing.

The first smell that came to mind reminded me of those old school chalky candy cigarettes. The hops are floral and herbal, with a light trace of citrus.

Taste has a big floral profile to me, again with a trace of citrus. It cuts to a phenolic yeasty spice. These work together ok for me, but it finishes with a medicinal-like aspirin that I'm not digging.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Good carbonation.

I liked most of what this beer had to offer except for the aftertaste. I just can't get past that. It's a good beer, but not at the $14+/six pack price point.

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very dry finish. Not bad but needs food.

Photo of Nicked
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of quithintingbeer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of rkarimi
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ruckus232
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark yellow/amber semi-transparent in color with lacing that remains on the glass the whole time.

Smell: Nothing special about the smell. It has a slight floral smell but that is fairly minimal.

Taste: After not being all that impressed with the smell I didn't expect a lot from the taste but it is actually pretty good. There is a little bit of a floral taste with a slight hint of sweetness that finishes off bitter but not too bitter.

Photo of haazer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 TheSignPost
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangey. both in color and in flavor. Not like orange life savers, but more of an orange zest kind of flavor. Pretty strong too, so that's a good thing. This was a nice surprise. I actually got it because of the silly name, but I liked it too. So that's a good thing.

Photo of Geneth
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of PlacementSix
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper amber color with a two finger tan head. Thick head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Very sweet and estery. I get some clove and spice too.

T - Sweet like an imperial IPA initially. Plenty of citrus hops, very earthy. It blends good with the Belgian yeast and spices. Fairly bitter and dry finish makes me want another sip. Alcohol is very present though.

M - Full bodied and chewy. Good amount of carbonation but still a fairly heavy ale.

D - There is too much flavor here and too interesting of a combination for me to drink more than one. Also, it's quite strong!

Overall, I liked it. I have always dug Flying Dog's hoppier beers, and I would get this one again. Plenty of bang for your buck.

Photo of Trizzle
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear honey orange body. Small head with a good rim of bubbles. Nice lace. A touch lifeless carb wise.

Belgian yeast is v/ noticeable. Hops are big. Citrus, pineapple and grapefruit, some pine. Smells like a belgian blonde + a bucket of quality hops.

Bitter hops as grapefruit, lemon rind and pine. Biscuit and sweet malts give some balance, and the yeast tang is an interesting counter point.

Malt is a touch thin, and the minimal carb doesn't add a lot. The finish is very dry - reminds me of Tripel Karmeliet.

8.3% is well hidden, and as such drinkability isn't bad.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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 Colin32
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Dixonian
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams signature glass.

Darker than some other Belgian IPAs I've had-copper color. Decent head and carbonation-pretty standard for Flying Dog. Smells more IPA than Belgain and tastes the same. Just getting a hint of spicy yeast-more hoppy bitterness. Bitter grapefruit and pine flavors that I didn't mind. My only complaint would be I really expected more of that Belgian yeast kick. Quite drinkable for being over 8% ABV.

A very good 20th anniversary beer that I hope gets brought back as a seasonal. I for sure wouldn't mind drinking this one a few times a year.

Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a murky medium brown with nice orange highlights and an average sized (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that had awesome retention, lasting throughout and producing some really excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, a moderate dose of floral hops and a mild soapy yeast with notes of caramel, banana, citrus (grapefruit) and a touch of dark berries.

The taste was lightly sweet with a touch of bitterness and had notes of caramel and a bit of banana at first, then progressed into a very nice hoppy citrus taste with a hint of berries at the end. The flavor lasted a truly long time after the swallow, with a really tasty fruity hoppy flavor left to settle on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body and had a dry texture with a good strong lively carbonation.

Overall a bold fruity IPA that goes down so smooth that it offers no notice of the higher alcohol content...

Photo of Dirtyhands
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Squelch
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear. Slight head. Amber colored.

Smell: Smells sweet. No hop aromas evident.

Taste: Nice balance between estery funkiness and hop flavors. Not too bitter. A nice beer!

Mouthfeel: Best part of this beer. Medium bodied with a slight twinge from the carbination. Well done

Drinkability: I will have this one again!

Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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 GeezLynn
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear copper/red hue with a somewhat weak and short-lived white head.

S: Pretty yeast dominant, with banana, apple, heavy alcohol esters and a little caramel malt.

T: Spicy alcohol and Belgian yeast. Hop-derived fruitiness along with black pepper and a decent amount of citrus bitterness. Once the beer warms up, the alcohol clashes a little more with the rest of the flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly dry, and light on the carbonation. Works fine with the flavor.

Not my favorite version of the style but a decent beer.

Photo of tylernim
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Deep orange to red complexion. Perfectly white head forming up to about a half inch.

S - Hops come across right away. Some fruit notes follow. Slight alcohol tinge.

T - The hops come through up front as expected. Apricot along with other syrupy fruity notes.

M - Light. Pretty pleasant overall.

D - If I were more into the taste I could definitely stick with this one all night.

As much as I enjoy Piraat, I was expecting more from this. A good beer, but perhaps a bit too hoppy for my taste. I find IPAs are hit or miss with me.

Photo of Buttermaker
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Murrhey
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass in my home in Orange, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width head. Little retention. Golden-orange color.

S- Sweet and floral. This is a punch in the nose. Wonderful smell.

T- Hoppy but with a distinct citrus and champagne sort of flavor. Very smooth and a bitter, dry linger.

M- Smooth and dry. Clean flavors don't linger too long.

O- Weird beer, never had one like it before.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,447 ratings.