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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

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very good

2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2726
Reviews: 1029
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.59%

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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Photo of ToughGuy


1.7/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This brew was way too sweet for my taste. My favorite brew is a DIPA, so I guess that I am a hop head. I bought a six pack of this beer with the intriguing name and gave away 5 of the bottles. I guess I will never again try a beer that has "Belgian style" on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2013 03:19:16 | More by ToughGuy
Photo of GeeL


2.03/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I want to like Belgian IPAs, I really do. This one makes it tough...

A: Hazy. A little filtering would have been nice. My home brews aren't this cloudy.

S: Citrus, musty/earthy, funky like Belgian brews, floral and hoppy.

T: Not balanced. This beer has issues. There is too much competition between the flavors and the styles. I'm going to struggle to finish the 6-pack.

M: Spot on Belgian and IPA... Carbonated but doesn't sting.

O: Not buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 23:44:47 | More by GeeL
Photo of HopHead84


2.05/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


On tap at URGE.

A: Transparent golden orange. Creamy cap. Looks inviting.

S: Coriander, clove, and orange, with bready malt. Very spicy. Some light grapefruit. A little alcohol. Perhaps some pepper. Smells like a generic Belgian beer. Average at best.

T: Moderately bitter grapefruit rind up front with prominent spicy phenols, reminiscent of clove and white pepper. There's a lot astringency in there. Far too spicy for my taste, and not enough of the IPA showing through. Alcohol is noticeable in the bitter astringent finish. There's a definite clash of spice and bitterness in the end that reminds me of aspirin. That's terrible.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: Not recommended at all. Avoid. Looks deceived me.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2011 04:42:31 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Jeffro96


2.08/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12once bottle in to pint.

Nice red gold coloring inch of think head that hung around fairly well.

Smelled of hops hops and hops... and pine tree maybe.

At first taste it was bitter with tastes of pine and maybe citrus as the beer went on the tastes became harder to define and left me wondering where this beer was going. At least the taste of the alcohol was subdued.

The mouth-feel was pleasant and carbonated but nothing special.

while this wont be my last Flying Dog brew it will be my last Raging Bitch!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 05:45:04 | More by Jeffro96
Photo of BigDRS


2.08/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a copper color with about a finger worth of head. Slowly disappears and leaves a slight coating of head on top. Decent lace.

S - I get a really strong ginger taste. I hate ginger tasting beer, so we're not off to a good start. Other random spice notes come across, but I can't pick out anything else individually as the ginger over powers everything.

T - Loads of ginger comes across. As it goes down other spice notes and some sweetness emerges, but then gives way to more ginger as the beer goes down my throat. Not really that hoppy. Others have remarked on floral notes ... I get none.

M - Mild carbonation, relatively creamy.

O - A huge disappointment for me. The ginger is a real turn off. If ginger and tons of spice is your thing though, give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 03:40:33 | More by BigDRS
Photo of Sizeable_Paladin


2.2/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Apearnce was surprising and looked like it had a good carbonation by simple eyesight. Had a deep gold color and good head

S:smell of this bear throws it off had a strong yet palatable aroma a hint of spices to it, at least to me

T: This IPA had one of the worst and most pungent tastes I have had in a beglian style IPA I dont know if its the batch or the recipe it made it the beer hard to drink....the flavor was hoppy and very bitter. the batch number was 027B14

M: was very rough and had a very hard flavor for the palette so the mouthfeel wasn't all bells for me. It did have a deep bodiness to it but that is all I can say for now

overall I did not enjoy this IPA, and Its sad cause I really wanted to like this beer.
Hope this review helps*
*note: I am not a professional beer taster, the opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 21:53:08 | More by Sizeable_Paladin
Photo of JK4Stout


2.4/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Nice Amber color, and some good head that lingers for a moment. Pretty clear too.

S: Let it breath a minute. At first whiff this really doesn't appeal. However on the second snifferoo the sweet Belgian notes come out along with the hops.

T: Eh, like most Flying Dog brews this is hit or miss. If you are in the mood for a straight up hop beer with little balance (which several are from time to time) give it a whirl. But if you are more like me, and you like a little balance and complexity with your brew, you can pass on this.

M: Medium and "gamy". I hope that word gives the connotation I'm going for.

D: Nope. That is all.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2011 23:55:30 | More by JK4Stout
Photo of claytong


2.42/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bros are right here. I had this right after a rochefort and thats an A. This, not so much. It is nice compared to the rest of flying dogs stuff that ive had. ive yet to try to their barleywine which I am somewhat eager to try.
quite hoppy for a belgian style ipa. in fact it doesnt remind me too much of a Belgian ipa.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 21:10:39 | More by claytong
Photo of Simont

New York

2.51/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

A - Nice belgian phenolics in aroma, clove & pepper with a sweet pils malt behind it. Very nice perfume quality. Very low stale cardboard

A- Deep gold, pale off white head fades to thin lacing very quickly

F- Extremely harsh, a combination of hot alcohol and moderately high hop bitterness. Makes it hard to pick up what I think are possibly good malt/ yeast flavors in there.

M- Med full, fairly effervescent.

O- This must be a bad batch, code on bottle is 338A13. I can't believe people drink this and give it decent reviews if this is consistently the beer's flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 03:07:58 | More by Simont
Photo of drinkochoice


2.53/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to a tulip glass

Color is dark orange to a golden brown with an off white 2" head.

Smell is full of hops and yeast with an almost sour hint to it.

Taste is overwhelmingly complex with a powerful hint of hops followed by sour hint and following up with the after taste of dry bitterness left in your mouth.

The mouth feeling is very poppy not so much the carbonation as it being burst of favors that you get after the first sip.

Overall this beer is a great taste testing beer other then that I couldn't see myself drinking 2 or 3 bottles before my taste buds are shoot from complexity and the bitter after taste

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:42:56 | More by drinkochoice
Photo of NiceTaps

New Jersey

2.55/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A nice looking golden amber color with a white one-finger head. Nice bubbles and lacing.
It all goes downhill from here.

S- offensively bitter and sour yet sweet and caramel malty. I tried to find the spices and citrus and grass that I read about but failed.

T- I love hops but this beer simply killed my tastebuds until the very last second of each sip, just then did I pick up it's Belgian IPA
dry wheat and grain flavors.

M- it's carbonated and oily, but it sucks the life out of my mouth, the same way a tart lemon does.

O- this beer is too over the top for me. Note to brewer- tone it down so the flavor has a chance.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 01:02:25 | More by NiceTaps
Photo of largadeer


2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The body is a burnished amber, clear and bright, filtered to death for a Belgian IPA. Smells like bubblegum, Pepto-Bismol, sweet pale malt, grandma's spice rack and perhaps a touch of fruity hops. The palate has a stronger hop presence, juicy and tropical with grapefruit undertones. Whatever yeast strain they're using for this beer is awful, it's heavy on the bubblegum and medicinal flavors, while finishing with a phenolic kick that almost overwhelms the bittering hops. This isn't outright awful, but it's not great; it's hard for me to get past the cloying yeast profile.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2010 03:14:00 | More by largadeer
Photo of tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'd always wanted to try this. On tap at Beer Temple in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured bright with mild carbonation. Dark gold colour with a two finger creamy, eggshell head. Great lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Fruity yeast. American style hops. Not exciting or nostril grabbing compared to other examples of the style. Tame aroma.

T - Odd. Not enough yeast character. Seems they just added 'Belgian' to the name fo the beer. Lot's of fruity hops, showing off grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet up front for balance.

M - Mild carbonation seems light. Medium to full body. Seems more like a IIPA.

O/D - Definately not to style and not what I would expect for a style I enjoy. I didn't mind it at all but it wasn't what A Belgian IPA typically represents.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2011 11:07:04 | More by tbeckett
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright semi-hazy orange/amber with a decent yet active head which slowly recedes.

Smells of lots of clove, bananas, and some oily hops. Can definitely tell that some Belgian yeast is involved with this brew. Hop presence comes forward more on the nose as the brew warms.

Another flying dog brew with incredible lacing after my first sip. You can definitely taste the belgian influence here through a clovey, nutty, banana bread like sweetness but the hops are over the top. There's definitely a nice belgian sweetness up front, but this ipa is taking it to the next level hop wise. Bigger in body than most other ipa's as well as being bigger in hop presence, this is jut a big beer all together. The only problem I have with the beer though is that the belgian presence and the hop presence dont seem to collide correctly.

While the flavors are all there, they act separately on your tastebuds.

Unique brew if nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 07:40:38 | More by jtierney89
Photo of ibbjamin


2.7/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Nirmal over at Bobby's Liquor in Santa Clara, CA for this bonus brew. I poured into a large tulip to review.

About an inch of white, tightly-knit head. Glowing orange in color; similar to that of a good DIPA. Strong lacing and a nice foamy lining of retention.

Aroma is quite spicy with white pepper and clove similar to a tripel. Also quite bready and yeasty. There is an underlying balanced hoppiness, but definitely more on the spicy Belgian side of the style.

Taste is more balanced with the hops coming more into play. Still the beer is dominated by bready spiciness. I'd call it more of a slightly hoppy triple than a Belgian IPA.

Nicely carbonated, but there is something flat about the mouthfeel to me. Light to medium in body.

Oh well, even trying to get away from getting this beer an identity, I don't think I"ll be getting it again. Just a bit too spicy for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 00:59:08 | More by ibbjamin
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours a medium golden color which is nicely clear with a slight amber hue and an ample amount of carbonation bubbles working their way up to the head which is two fingers thick and pure white with a slight yellow note and lingers beautifully, the character of the head is very light and fluffy, leaves
S: very nice grassy hop notes, like wet grass after a summer storm, also has a nice bready character from the belgian background which i would compare to a sort of sweet bread or the french baguette from paneras
T: quite nice, dont find much of the belgian characteristics in the taste that i has seen in the nose, im definitely picking up a bit of an artificial sour note like green apples, there is a nice hop character but its not citrusy or even grassy as i had seen in the nose, im not really sure how to describe it other than as a bitter hop note
M: medium carbonation tingle, leaves the mouth feeling noticably dry, stings a bit on the underside of the tongue,
O: i was impressed by everything up until the taste, the sour note i described above just doesnt fit with the style or really help to make it a drinkable beer at all, i know this beer gets much praise in the community but im not seeing it here, i plan on trying it again soon to figure out if i found a bad bottle or if im just not aclimated to the taste notes

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 01:40:27 | More by BigPlay1824
Photo of Mattbluesman21


2.75/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass: Pilsner Glass
Purchased at: Festival Foods Lacrosse WI
Price: 8.00/ six pack
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 8.3%

Aural: opening, carbonation, pour

Aroma:7 out of 10

Intensity: Very strong

Balance: Sharp Flavor

Impression: Immediately put off by the roasted cardamom scent.

Malt Aroma: Like a cross between sourdough and dark pumpernickle
Hops Aroma: sharp hoppy aroma
Other Aroma: almost like a burnt cardamom. very overpowering scent.

Appearance: 3/5

Color: orangey dark copper

Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: poor

Lace: almost none to be seen

Flavor: 5/10

Intensity: very strong

Balance: very bitter

Impression: off

Serving type: growler

06-19-2013 21:11:51 | More by Mattbluesman21
Photo of porcelli426


2.8/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass.

A – Clear light amber with some red. Thin head but a very inviting caramel color

S – Strong Fruity, ester smell. Mostly banana, and some citrus with an overall sweetness

T – Tastes very similar to the way it smells. Strong fruit flavors up front accompanied by citrus. A sweet caramel, somewhat biscuit after taste. Strong bitter notes, clean finish. The balance between fruits and citrus is off. Heavy on the fruit.

M – Heavy body with light carbonation. Feels typical for an IPA

O – Overall a very nice Belgian style IPA. A little heavy on the fruit flavors and lacking on hops for my taste. Recommended more for the Belgian Ale drinker than IPA

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 01:16:08 | More by porcelli426
Photo of colforbin73


2.88/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is an IMPOSSIBLE beer to rate. it is somehow so weird. and when a beer is just weird a word like "Average" has no place.
this is in no way an AVERAGE BEER. but thank gods i did not buy a six and just this one bottle. FLYING DOG is a quality brew house, so this beer is well made, but there is a medicinal quality that is undesirable. the alcohol is the only thing saving this beer.

THE BROS used a lot of appropriate words in their review:

"Hints of bubble gum, ripe tropical fruit and medicinal herbs from the yeast ... Trace phenols are soon chased away from the fruity warming alcohol. Bitter finish has a faint aspirin flavor."

this is why i like this site! ^ yes, yes it is an aspirin flavor! i never would have made that connection. but it is right and true.

pours a very good light amber with a good foam. the smell hints at thyme and a sort of sickly sweetness. i find the drink a little chalky, soapy even. i do not get any solid malt flavor -- it is dry and the hops provide solid bitterness but it all happens on a bad platform.

i don't know if this beer is a near miss or a belly flop. EITHER WAY, this does not diminish Flying Dog in my eyes -- they made a weird beer. but they made it well;>

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 03:48:43 | More by colforbin73
Photo of Wegomlegging


2.9/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice light yellow amber, clear with good lace and head. Pleasant hoppy scent with flowers in the background. Flavors are a battle between hoppy ale and yeasty floral ale that never reconciles itself with balance. Part of the reason is the differing types of water that go with these two experiences. Overall an o.k. brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 03:33:12 | More by Wegomlegging
Photo of abriggs1


2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A Tale Of Two Beers (with the same name and style billing)

Last year I was lucky enough to procure way too little of Flying Dog's 20th anniversary beer. I thought it was an amazing example of an American style IPA using a Belgian yeast. It was a well balanced but sharp bottle conditioned brew and, I thought it was the best beer Flying Dog had ever done.

This year I bought a six pack, and I miss the beer I remember. What is this I'm drinking? Is it even bottle conditioned? Given that there's no sediment, it's obvious they gave up on that aspect of this beer. Where is the unfiltered quality of last year's batch? This is totally different beer from last year. I assume the same yeast was used, but there is only a hint of it. What you get is nothing more than a run of the mill IPA, and not even a very good one. I've been looking forward to this beer ever since I had it last year, and I have never been more disappointed.

Do yourself a favor and try Rock Art's Belgo-American IPA, it's a revelation.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2010 04:02:48 | More by abriggs1
Photo of Shade1951


2.93/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was disappointed in this beer. I have had it in the past, and thought that it was pretty decent, but for some reason, it didn't taste all that great this time around. It seemed pretty fresh, with a 2014 brew date.

The smell is... strange. I read lots of references about "citrus" and "grapefruit." To me, it smelled a bit sour with... I know this sounds crazy... a hint of burning hemp. Kind of like sitting in the nosebleed section of an indoor arena during a Pink Floyd concert, circa 1977.

The taste is also kind of sour rather than hoppy. This one definitely leaves an aftertaste, not unlike the taste some of us sometimes have when we first wake up in the morning.

I am glad that I only purchased a single bottle of this one this time around. I don't know... maybe this bottle was from a bunch that wasn't stored properly for awhile before being refrigerated at the retailer. I am willing to come back to this one again after some time to give it another shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 13:35:38 | More by Shade1951
Photo of drtth


2.95/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a stange glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear orange/amber color with a bubbly ¼" off white head that leaves some light lacing. The head recedes fairly soon and for most of the beer there is no lacing at all when sipping.

Smell: The aroma leaves no doubt that a Belgian style yeast has been at work here, creating a nice fruity, herbal aroma that includes some citrus, floral and earthy character from the hops.

Taste: The flavors include sweet, bready malt laced with some citrus and pine. The medium length finish is signaled by a sudden switch from a nice malt and hop balance to a not very pleasant earthy or medicinal bitterness that persists far to long

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with some reasonable carbonation.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: While I was interested to try this I didn't think it was all that drinkable. I found myself not looking forward to sipping and probably won't have this beer again. My overall impression is of a beer that was targeted to be a Belgian IPA where the grains worked reasonably well but the hops were way wide of their mark.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 01:06:56 | More by drtth
Photo of missingsense


2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Maudite tulip glass from bottle with freshness date 8/24/2010.

A: Orange amber, fairly clear with a tan head. Slight retention and little lacing.

S: Sharp hops and Belgian yeast. The alcohol content is evident in the aroma. Sweet flowers, such as honeysuckle, and leathery scents are also noticeable. Although it has a fairly complex aroma, not all of the smells are good. It possessed a certain burnt smell, almost the smell of burnt rubber. As it warmed, a bubblegum smell increased almost to the point of sickly sweet, particularly when the beer was agitated.

T: The initial taste was a mild Belgian spice with hints of floral and leather flavors. This beer didn't seem to hide its higher ABV very well, though. The aftertaste was uncommonly bitter. Although the label claims 60 IBU, it tasted far more bitter than beers with a significantly higher IBU content (such as Stone Ruination).

D: This beer was far too bitter for me to truly enjoy. The only enjoyable aspect was that it does possess a certain complexity, I just don't think its flavors worked that well together. It didn't seem to strike me as much of an IPA (and I am an IPA lover), other than being bittter.

This is the first beer I've tried from Flying Dog, and I must admit I'm turned off a bit. However, the Ralph Steadman artwork on their bottles is cool enough to make me willing to give some of their other beers a chance.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 06:21:37 | More by missingsense
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2.98/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Amber gold with thick lacing. It looks good for a regular beer, but most BIPAs have a two to three finger-sized head. So this brew is just mediocre in appearance. 3.5

Smell: yeast, orange peel, and a light amount of hops. 3.0

Taste: Pepper, orange peel, yeast, citrus hops. This is more of a triple than a Belgian IPA. Hops and orange peel/pepper flavor don't mix well. 3.0

Drinkability: This brew need more hop character and also needs be dry hoped. This beer is more of a mediocre triple than a Belgian IPA. 2.5

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:23:34 | More by wmtxbb
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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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