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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
89
very good

1,102 Reviews
THE BROS
73
okay

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Reviews: 1,102
Hads: 3,670
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 139
Gots: 768 | 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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Reviews: 1,102 | Hads: 3,670
Photo of rjd722
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my "go-to" brew at the bar across the street from my apartment. Great amber appearance with really impressive lacing, it's basically a solid wall going down the side. The aroma reminds me of a rye IPA, some tropical notes coming through. Taste is a wall of malt and heavy bitterness, some classic IPA citrus coming through too. Another winner from Flying Dog. (367 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-middling to heavy hop bitterness upfront
-IPA typical fruity notes like Lemon,grapefruit,orange,pineapple,mango and passionfruit
-sweet caramel
-bubble gum notes from the belgian yeast
-pretty hoppy,watery,slightly sweet finish

starts out great,ends a little thin.
still very good (282 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yields about a finger’s worth of tan to off-white foam, while not an especially deep head, what is there sticks around, the lacing forms broad irregular splotches which languidly slide down the glass. Coppery reddish brown hued liquid, not really clear nor really hazy, large amount of highly active bubbles rushing upwards, manages good brightness given the general darkness of color. The nose is on the sweeter side with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge and pie dough notes, there is a leafiness there too which freshens up the apricot, apple to cherry scents, finishes with clove spice and pepper, lot going on and not always marching to the same beat. Full-bodied, clingy to almost syrupy mouth texture, feels heavy on the palate. Spicier here with clove, pine and mineral water accents accompanied by a broader mixed citrus presence. The carbonation is energetic enough to shave off some of the sugariness of the peach, apricot, pineapple fruit, a needed effect. Dry enough that the majority of the caramel, vanilla, cola bean notes recede. The flavors sort of halt suddenly at the end, made more obvious by their boisterous nature as it first enters the mouth. (1,166 characters)

Photo of calitrie1486
3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I read it was a Belgian IPA I thought wow that sounds like an amazing combination of beer. I did not like it as much as I thought I would lol

With any IPA it has to have some type of bite or bitterness to it and this had none. Decent beer, just not my thing. (265 characters)

Photo of fx20736
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Given a single bottle by my next door neighbor. Poured at fridge temp into a Duvel tulip. Coppery, haazy amber. Fuzzy white head. Aroma is a yummy, jolly rancher sour apple. Flavor is thick white bread with an explosion of clove-like Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is a souffle of joy. Surprising how good this beer is. (315 characters)

Photo of Dualscar
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Used to be a bigger fan of this one when I was first getting into craft drinks but after trying a lot of new bottles this one has been knocked down a few pegs. Very crisp and clean, almost too much so as the bitterness is not really complimented by much else. Hoppy, strong and sharp overall but still a good choice in its style. Thin mouthfeel, with the word clean and crispy coming up again. A great beer to enjoy when feeling hot but hard to recommend having multiples in a session. (485 characters)

Photo of HawkGP
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not usually a high ABV guy, or fancy Belgian Ale guy. But Raging Bitch is in a class of its own. Smooth, plenty of complexity over time. And yes, rage on. (157 characters)

Photo of breardon1776
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the hishest ranked beers I'v done. All around great color, aroma, taste and feel. Definately does not behave like a 8.3% ABV. Almost sweet. Closing my eyes i could be smelling a yeasty wine. surprised BROS dont have this higher but the people have spoken!!! (269 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this...smooth...not very "hoppy"... Well disguised ABV....I was admittedly drawn by the cool name/packaging/marketing. I give it a thumbs up and will try other selections from this brewer. (206 characters)

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

Now we're talking. At 8.3 ABV Please do not drink this and drive. Just like the name, Belgian characteristics with a bit of hops. Not overly hopped to my taste. different and interesting in a pleasant way. Cheers. (218 characters)

Photo of Solo007
4.44/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from my trusty 12 fl oz (355 ml) bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a really nice medium-dark golden, orange colour, with a great standing head of micro bubbles that last a good long time. Nose is fruit of orange, grapefruit and I detect a feel of a little bit of apple and grapes (nose like white concord, but a taste of good-'ol Welches purple grape). The first taste make you think that this is going to be another over-hopped, overpowering craft brew, but hops strength come in strong, but then stops at a red light in three seconds after doing 250mph. It's strong, but doesn't overpower the beer at all. It lets the other ingredients do its part. Nicely-refined with notes of a young, newly-aged, Irish whiskey. Detected caramel, butterscotch perhaps Burnt Cambridge at the finish/feel. I had this beer with sushi and surprisingly, it paired rather well. A firm but deceptively balanced IPA. Another bitching brew from Flying Dog. (943 characters)

Photo of BethanyB
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Excellent clarity allows the medium Amber body to shine. The head is interesting in that it's slightly dark for the style--a lovely, golden beige. It's remarkably smooth and creamy, and stays put at a finger-and-a-half height. When the glass is empty, sporadic, webbed lacing is left in the beer's wake.

Smell: The mixture of hops is is bright and fragrant. Sweet citrus scents (tangerine, mostly) are laced with the aromas of pine needles and honeysuckle. There is also an undertone of rich earthiness bearing notes of vanilla bean. Complex and compelling.

Taste: Hop bitterness and flavor are so well balanced, they almost cancel each other out. A bit more of one or the other would be beneficial. Still, the flavor is tasty, with fresh orange juice, herbal tea, and that aforementioned hint of vanilla sandwiched between flashes of medium-high hop bitterness. Grainy malt is prominent in the finish, and it combines with the hop bitterness and vanilla extract to create a very light whiskey flavor. The caramel sweetness often found in this style isn't present, but there is a warm, buttery quality that provides some comfort food satisfaction.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy, with medium carbonation. An ideal mouthfeel for a beer which sits in-between the crisp and refreshing beers and those more suitable for careful sipping. The alcohol warming is moderate, working well to point out those stronger flavors without distracting from the hop and malt highlights.

Overall: A darker, earthier Imperial IPA than what I'm used to, but a change is always welcome in my book, and the recipe is a good one. However, the flavor, while complex, is a little light, and the hop bitterness is not strong enough to serve as an explanation as to why. The maltiness in the finish is a unique and welcome quality, but a bit more melanoidin sweetness would help to round things out. (1,902 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - 1FH, foamy, amber, hazy.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops.

TASTE - Hops, malts, bitter, yeast, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - A little carbonation, dry, astringent, crisp.

VALUE - $8 for 12-oz bottle. OK.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - Not that unique. (250 characters)

Photo of jonb5
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 litre bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Bronze, clear, one finger head, decent amount of lacing, lively looking.

S: Yeast and phenols took on and beat the hops.

T: Followed the nose, started out with some wheaty sweetness which gave way to hoppy bitterness, this was followed by some gummibear and finally gave way to some heavy diacetyl.

M: Smooth, decent carbonation, medium to thick body and texture, slight boozy burn on the lips.

O: Combined the characteristics one of the stronger pale Leffe offer. (524 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's taken me this long to discover I like Flying Dog, finally buying a variety pack a couple days ago. The standout in here to me is the Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA. Pours thick and syrupy golden brown with a tea-stained head. Initially not a whole lot detectable in the nose, but as the esters start to fire up I get a nice range of spice, tropical fruit and candy with light citrus; almost like a basil aroma there. Taste is funky for sure with some hop and alcohol structure holding it all together. Barnyardy, hay, black tea, serious grain and spice, hops and booze hits on the back end. Mouthfeel is punchy as expected at 8.3 but balanced, medium low carbonation, initial sweetness fading to lightly bitter. Love this beer and will be on the lookout for it going forward. (780 characters)

Photo of Mll777
2.47/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

Have to say I am not a great ipa fan. But wanted to give some of them a try.

I opened the bottle poured it in a Duvel glass. Smell was really nice, first taste not too bad, but i can't stand the bitter aftertaste that keeps sticking for ever.

The more I drink it the worse it gets. Probably not a bad ipa but really not for me (328 characters)

Photo of entenduintransit
2.53/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Just meh. I'm not a huge fan of IPA's to begin with, but even with that considered this is in the lower quartile of IPA's I've tried. Too much spice, the aroma clashes with the flavor instead of works with it, and it feels rough in the mouth.

It's a shame because Ralph Steadman is one of my favorite artists, and this label is one of the neatest I've ever seen. (363 characters)

Photo of itshartshaped
4.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A fave of mine! Who doesn't love Ralph Steadman's art work and hilarious write ups! As Ralph says, this beer is pure Gonzo! I think it's very tastey. I love the sweet malt and grapefruit hops. If my local liquor store runs out, I grab Flying Dog's "Snake Dog IPA". (264 characters)

Photo of K-Dog
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm not a huge fan of Belgium style beers. However this one does not disappoint. I'm kind of surprised at the ratings for this beer. A little under rated in my opinion. (169 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: deep reddish amber, ½” frothy head, dissipates to a thin film, leaves cathedral window lacing,
S: Plums, citrus, pine, pepper and herbal
T: Fruit with some Belgian character on the palate but the big hop flavors and bitterness hold center stage. It starts with a malty fruity sweetness and citrus rind bitterness grows and it dries out by the finish.
F: medium body, medium high carbonation, very fine bubbles
O: A refreshing, bitter tonic. (450 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settle and laces well.

S: Floral hops, some citrus notes, and some Belgian funk.

T: Floral hops, some citrus, lemon and a touch of orange, a little peppery and grassy, Belgian funk, a little grainy, with a light caramel/honey sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I'm generally not big on Belgian style beers, but this one is pretty crisp and refreshing. I might not go out of my way to grab it, but I wouldn't complain if it's put in front of me. (582 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear copper pour with off-white foam. Aroma of yeast, malt and some citrus. Hop bitter up front, with a mellow lingering bitter, but pretty clean finish. Not the best of this style, but entirely enjoyable. (206 characters)

Photo of Csikic93
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bitter but not terrible. These sneak up on you if you drink more than 3. Don't let your girlfriend drink these, it's called raging bitch for a reason. (150 characters)

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Light amber colour with mild streaming CO2. Good off white foam head that is around 3 fingers and is pretty tight in make up. Good head retention and some light lace

Smell - Yet another IPA that smells like a Lemon Geranium plant ie piney and citrusy. There is also decent amounts of grape, orange, mandarin, coriander seed and leafy wood.

Taste - Sweet at first, this one rides from sugary malts to citrus fruit; mandarin and through to piney hop but none of these elements are over powering or dominant. The whole experience is well balanced, full and refreshing.

Mouth feel - Smooth and medium bodied, neither dry nor cloying but also lacking in pronounced linger.

Overall - WEll balance and tasty but slightly pedestrian the mouth feel is the weakest link but this beer is by no means a bad beer just a bit of a let down given the hype. (860 characters)

Photo of car2052
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

A: Lovely amber body with a slight bit of haze. 1'' off-white head persists.
S: Floral hops paired with the spicy, slightly rubbery Belgian yeast.
T: Fairly sweet taste. Starts off with a bitter grapefruit taste. Strong sweet caramel malt forms the body of the taste. Finishes with a spicy note from the yeast. Hops linger on after the finish.Strong alcohol presence.
M: Medium.
O: Strong Belgian IPA, probably best described as a DIPA. Very enjoyable. Will get again. (513 characters)

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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