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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

3,401 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 3,401
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 475 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009)
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3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Stanzi for grabbing this on her recent trip to Frisco. This is a style I find to be a bit of a bastard child in the beer world, so my expectations are on the low side. Bottle is printed with the code 236FX10. Poured into tulip. Poured a semi-cloudy orangeish-amber color with a bit over a half-inch of slightly off-white head that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was solidly hoppy, with some yeast spicyness in the background. The taste was very hop forward and hoppy at the back in the middle was some of the yeast, spice and fruit that I love about Belgian-styles. The brew had a nicely dry finish.

The body was very good, much fuller than I had expected. Drinkability was good, even for an 8% brew, I'd be willing to have a couple.

Overall, one of the better examples of a style that I'm not in love with. Worth a shot when you see it.

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

Poured into a tulip glass.

Raging Bitch pours a clear copper color with a nice, thick, fluffy white head. There is a decent amount of lacing. Smell is dominated by candied sugar and citrus hop aroma. There are huge hints of orange in the nose. Also a bit of biscuity presence to go along with Belgian yeast pull. There is a lot going on with the aroma here. Taste is bitter and not terribly complex. The massive hop presence overwhelms any sense of fruity sweetness and pleasing Belgian yeast strains that typically help add balance to this type of beer. Still, not without a good deal of flavor. Pretty sharp and biting on the palate. Pretty high levels of carbonation.

On the whole, this is a pretty nice, drinkable beer. A bit unbalanced, and perhaps over the top on hop bitterness at the expense of other elements that have helped to make this a popular style, but a nice, quaffable beer.

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

Pours a yeast induced hazy and deep amber with a steady but not heavy carbonation stream. The head is large and off-white with nice lacing and decent retention.
The smell starts off with lemon hoppiness followed by the Belgian yeast and a pleasant spiciness.
The taste starts with the earthy yeast and malt with a clove spice and ends with the citrus and a dose of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is right in the middle with more than adequate carbonation and not drying.
Drinkability is good, easy to finish though not a quick drinking beer. This one seems to really hit the major points for the style though not necessarily dead on. It's a good beer from FD and worth a try especially if the style interests you.

Photo of Telix
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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

Copper colour with 1.5 fingers of white head, quite a bit of lacing left behind as well. Smell is spicy and yeasty, some citrus fruit, fairly big malt presence as well, the mix of hops and belgian yeast give off a ginger spiciness as well, lightly floral. Taste starts of dry and yeasty, spicy, bitter and fairly hoppy, some alcohol heat, some sweetness at times, earthy and citrusy aftertaste. High carbonation, quite dry, nice weight and fairly full bodied. Though at first I really couldn't decide if I liked this or not but this is pretty good, definitely something I would revisit.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at Aviator's in DIA, just as the Broncos are sealing the deal.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some thorough sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it displays some stubborn retention.

It smells of orchard fruit, grainy pale malt, earthy, mildly funky yeast, white pepper, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is sharp Belgian yeast, gritty pale malt, a touch of biscuity caramel, a small isolated funkiness, earthy and piney hops, and a sneaky warming alcohol.

The carbonation exhibits a seemingly high number of volumes, in its solid like a brick wall frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and actually fairly smooth. It finishes semi-sweet, and yeasty, the alcohol finding some sand in which to jam its head.

An enjoyable and well-made version of the style, the yeast and the hops not colliding, but rather working on their own, towards the common good, a pleasurable whole. Worth seeking out if you're into this sort of thing.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a marketing gimmick.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A single from a mixed six. The name is amusing, and I liked their "Doggie Style" the name of which is also amusing.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute

a: A rich clear amber. Two finger thick white head dissipated to heavy surface foam film and moderate uneven lacing.

s: Mild citrus.

t: A decently balanced IPA with a moderate resinous hop presence perhaps more typical of the contemporary American style. Any detectable Belgian influence comes across here for me mainly from a slightly musky resin undertaste which almost gives the impression that this Raging Bitch is in heat. Some similar aftertaste, but eventually finishes fairly clean. Towards the end the hops become even more pronounced. The relatively high ABV of over 8% is well hidden by the flavors.

m: Moderate due to the strength of the hop bite.

o: Enjoyable and a bit different, but probably not special enough for me to want to buy this again. Too many other brews out there of similar quality at an even better price, or better quality at a similar price. But I suppose if you live in Mid-Atlantica where this dog flies lowest, you might pick it over, say, Green Flash WCIPA, SN Torpedo or Lagunitas IPA and not feel particularly shortchanged.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Raging Bitch pours a cloudy bronze color with a small lacing head. There is a harsh and very hoppy aroma. The taste has sweet Belgian candy flavors, but then finishes with a harsh earthy and hoppy flavor. Full body, full flavors, weird flavors. Overall its a very strange beer, it doesn't really know what it is or trying to be, I feel like its someone mixed an old IPA with a Belgian strong.

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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chimay chalice transparent orange with a thick white head, great lacing all the way down. Smells of weak floral hops with a hint of yeast. The taste is rather odd for an BIPA. The hops flavor up front doesn't really mix well with the belgian yeast used. There's a conflict of flavors going on that may just be too complex for my palatte. But there is flavor with this beer, lots of it. The mouthfeel does leave a unpleasant aftertaste, but the alcohol is not evident. Making this a rather confusing drinkable beer.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,401 ratings.