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

1,092 Reviews
THE BROS
73
okay

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Reviews: 1,092
Hads: 3,633
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 137
Gots: 727 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 1,092 | Hads: 3,633
Photo of MartzMimic
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with a minimal white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of malt, toasty caramel, marshmallow and spice. Those all carry over to the taste, and combine with the hops and flowers to give a distinct molasses note. The bitterness begins to come through as it warms a bit. Nice medium mouth that coats the tongue without being too oily. This isn't something I would drink frequently, but it's a really nice change of pace IPA. (439 characters)

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

This is only the second time I've tried this beer, and I'm finding that it tends to grow on you, and I've started to really like it. It's quite hoppy, but the bitterness of the hops makes for a good balance with the sweetness of the malt and the bite of the high ABV.

Overall, a very good beer. Clarity is outstanding. Quite hoppy. Also, the high ABV makes it very "relaxing." (377 characters)

Photo of cottonkoozie
3.05/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Slightly clouded amber color. 1-finger off white head with moderate retention. Carbonation looks light. Good lacing.

S - Belgian yeast are up front, citrus and grassy hops underneath. Some bready malts as well.

T - Hmm, not sure how a feel about this one. The flavors of Belgian yeast come through, along with the sweetness of a belgian style beer. The IPA notes are also very much present, but are overpowered to me by the belgian style sweetness. Finishes with a nice malt backbone like a good IPA. Very conflicting on the tongue.

M - Okay, a little bit of slick oiliness.

O - Really not sure what to think. I'm not a fan of the sweet tripel style beers, and I am a fan of IPAs, and this reminds me of a cross between those two. I'm not sure that it works for my taste. The tripel style is just a little too overpowering, almost like I poured a tripel into a glass after drinking a pale ale and didn't clean the glass out or get a new one. Interesting concept, and really not a bad beer. I could see this working for some, but it's not for me. (1,055 characters)

Photo of Intrinsic
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice copper colour with a nice off-white head and good lacing. The smell definitely reminds me of a good Belgian IPA, but it isn't particularly interesting. The taste is dominated by the hops. It's very bitter, and you can only detect a little balance from the malts. Quite piney. And I'm quite sure I can taste the Belgian yeast in there as well. Slighty oily mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation. Overall, not bad, but it doesn't go down as a favourite. (457 characters)

Photo of ryho
2.12/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer really didn't do it for me. I've drank plenty of Belgian beers and plenty of IPAs, many high alcohol beers, but this beer was not enjoyable. Not sure where to put my finger on it, and I won't stoop as low as gross, but I'd almost rather have bud light. (262 characters)

Photo of hwp333
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent presentation, amber hues and a nice head.

Smell: Not overpowering, with hints of citrus and spice.

Taste: Almost a lemon, grapefruit flavor, with a slightly spicy taste on the palette

Mouthfeel: Clean and smooth, not overly bitter.

Overall: Very drinkable, clean finishing beer. Would be paired well with select Mexican or Thai dishes. (362 characters)

Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful amber hue of dark copper. Moderate carbonation that makes a one finger cream-colored head.

S: I had a stuffy nose that day so I didn't smell much at all. Just a hint of malt. I rated the smell as the average of the other scores so as not to affect the overall rating.

T: I really overestimated how this would be. It wasn't truly anything special for the IPA style. Strong pine notes upfront but aren't too extreme. After come the mild floral characters and bit of sweet but vague malts. The alcohol is barely pronounced for how strong it is. Perhaps my nose is affecting the taste?

M: This was by far my favorite part of the taste. Excellent crisp and clean mouthfeel. Slightly fizzy and only slightly slick in the mouth. The body is balanced a tad on the light side of medium. Pretty satisfying.

O: I wasn't a fan of this one. It wasn't bad, but it just wasn't great. However, if you are new to craft and want to try an IPA for the first time without having your palate be bombarded, check this one out. Raging Bitch is decent IPA, just not astounding. Would be good for the curious but not too crazy beer lover. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Amber color with a one finger off white head

Smell: Citrus hops, candied sugar, caramel, bubblegum, cloves, banana. Quite enjoyable and unique

Taste: Sweetness that fades into citrus hops, cloves, and bananas. This is what I imagined a Belgian IPA would taste like

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly resinous, with substantial bitterness

Overall: This is my first Belgian style IPA and it's pretty much what I imagined. More on the American IPA spectrum with undertones of belgian yeast and spices. Perhaps a bit sweet for my liking, but quite decent really. Bitterness lingers. Wouldnt pick this over what I'm used to in an American IPA, but something ill consider again if I want to switch things up and in the mood for a more earthy IPA (826 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of tones of citrus, lemon, orange zest, grapefruit, light Belgian yeast, some pine and faint peppery spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, lemon, grapefruit, some pine, light bready yeast and faint pepper.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (579 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Attracted by the art by Ralph Steadman (he drew all the illustrations for Hunter S. Thompson) and was excited to find a very nice beer. A nice hazy yellow amber pour with a lasting head. The smell had a lot of citrus hops to it. Upon the taste though you get a lot of complex flavors within. The hops compliment the Belgian yeast perfectly and I found the beer to be very refreshing. A beer with great flavors, cool name, awesome artwork. I thought it was great. (462 characters)

Photo of naughtypanda66
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A -Thick head.

S - Nice citrusy smell

T - Some malt with some citrus to it. Very pleasant.

M - You can taste the alcohol on the aftertaste, but its not detrimental at all. In my opinion. its a very good sessionable beer with 8.3% abv. It has a good taste. Only downside is the alcohol can creep up on you. (308 characters)

Photo of ruckus232
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of aaroblero
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice reddish amber color. Slightly brown head that leaves a nice lace. Citrusy (orange, grapfruit) nose. Smells like an IPA! Kinda tastes like an IPA but there is something else in there. Perhaps a burnt flavor? Not sure. Doesn't make it a completely different beast. It just makes it a litte different. Ever so slightly chewy, and a bit sticky in the mouth. This beer is good. Very refreshing (though I am thirsty!). Its high alcohol content can make it dangerous! Guess I'll find out. Yum (490 characters)

Photo of WillKorn
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am not the biggest fan of Belgian style beers, but the added hops to consider this an India pale ale are a nice touch. The beer is well balanced and not too heavy, but it is very strong and did not go well with dinner. The flavor profile was slightly confusing. (263 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Samuel Smiths Organic Wheat Beer Glass

A - Thick white head, took a while to reduce and left some white lacing on the glass.

S - Hemp, Citrus

T - Malty and Caramel, Bitter hop finish, not too dry on the aftertaste and the high alcohol content is hard to detect until a lot after

M - As I said, not a dry aftertaste. The strength of the alcohol does come along after a while but only as an afternote. It's actually quite a supreme aftertaste and the belgian method and yeast comes through.

All in all a really good beer. (545 characters)

Photo of Shade1951
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of threeviews
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 10oz, Raging Bitch '20th Anniversary' short-stemmed glass...Best By Date: 190B14 - This translates it being bottled on (or about) March 9, 2014.

A- Pours an absolutely beautiful, clear, deep sunset orange with about 1 fingers' worth of white, sea-foam head. Being a Belgian inspired ale, I would have thought it would be a bit lighter in color. (4.75)

S- Being that I've never consumed Raging Bitch this fresh, the aroma is absolutely crazy! Pine, Lemon/Lime, Grapefruit, Passionfruit, Bubblegum and Spice all blend in harmony. The aromatics are aggressive and on the bitter side of the spectrum...very intense. (4.75)

T- Sweet malt at the front of the palate, followed by some tropical fruitiness and then a pretty significant pine/grapefruit rind bitterness to finish things out. The flavors move rather quickly across the palate and the beer finishes quite dry. (4.25)

M- The beer has a medium body and the carbonation is moderate (much less than a traditional Belgian Golden Strong or Belgian Pale Ale). Additionally, the palate is coated with an oily, piney, resinous character making this an aggressive brew. (4.50)

O- Not for the faint of heart, this is a high octane brew with regards to aroma, flavor and alcohol. For its proclaimed status of 'Belgian IPA,' I think Flying Dog has absolutely nailed the style. I am happy that this is a year-round offering and will be back for more. (4.75) (1,436 characters)

Photo of RoninVP
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into 16oz Ball Mason jar.

I recently tasted this against "Loose Cannon", "Aprihop", & "HopSlam". Each have their place and Dogfish stood out as a great grill IPA. Great beer for standing around a grill full of burgers, steaks and dogs. I typically love belgian style IPAs, and this one stood right up there with all the others. (342 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a fooed Belgian tulip

Pours a hazy, deep amber with some bronze highlights. Two fingers of puffy off-white head leaves a solid cap that refuses to die, and the sides of my glass are blanketed with soft sticky lacing. This is one good looking beer. Smell is a bright bouquet of citrus peel, sour apple, bubblegum, herbal hops, fresh cut hay, and faint spicy yeast esters.

Meets the tongue with an initial caramel-maple sweetness, which morphs into tropical fruit, tart grapefruit and lemon, and finally pine bitterness. The spicy yeast notes are in the background the whole time. The flavors work harmoniously, but I find myself wishing they were a bit more pronounced. The body is on the light side of medium, but it manages to maintain a creamy, slightly sticky feel. Carbonation is tingly, but not overwhelming.

I'd expect a "Belgian" IPA to be a little heavier on the pale malts, rather than the dark caramel, but this is a fine example of an American-Belgian hybrid. I've had it a few times before, but this is by far the freshest (bottled less than two weeks ago) and it seems to make a huge difference. As it warms, the aroma and flavors come alive and really make an impression. DO NOT drink this beer too cold, you will be doing both it and you a disservice. Overall, as long as I can find it fresh, I think I'll be buying a lot more of this. (1,379 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says 139A14

A- Pours an orangeish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Floral aroma of grassy hops and Belgian yeast. Sweet, fruity and spicy.

T- The banana and bubble gum notes of the yeast comes on first and then turns on its heels to meet the bitterness and vegetal flavor of the hops. Alcohol is decently masked and the taste remains interesting to the bottom of the glass.

M- Sharp from the hops and alcohol. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This was probably the first Belgian IPA I'd ever had when I first tried it years ago and loved it. Still holds up today but I've certainly met other beers that attempt the same thing and do it better since then. (914 characters)

Photo of lozz123
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer for a high ABV beer. Not really heavy and you can drink more than one at a sitting because it not so heavy. If you are looking for a good high ABV beer and you like IPA's this is a good one to try out. I would recommend this beer. (250 characters)

Photo of dank203
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours amber brown with some head and sticky lacing. aroma provides banana, some farm and citrus. flavor spicy with lemon peel. good sweet malty finish, pretty thick but goes down swift. had this a while ago and didn't enjoy it, had a cough syrup note. this is improved (268 characters)

Photo of apants007
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle to a pint

looks nice. burnt orange with a very pretty cotton head that stick around form a while.

smell like an empty bar. a little sour with a hint of pine-sol.

whoa, big flavor. heavy tangerine with a good bit of lemon rind bitterness. just a hint of grits… is there some corn in this? just a subtle sweetness with the bitter gives it a tortilla quality. like a tangerine taco. i'm into it.

it has a light but present coat on the tongue. subtle carbonation. activates the whole palate.

overall a very nice beer. smells funny. but tastes great. (574 characters)

Photo of vincentborzillo
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Was a little apprehensive to try it but very glad i did. One of the first Belgian style beers I have tried and like this one best so far. Nice smell, good flavor. Bottle os cool...haha. Very good beer and looking forward to trying their other offerings. (253 characters)

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

Also received as part of a trade from a friend for a bottle of Rochefort 10.

Appearance - Crystal clear copper orange color with a decadent 2 fingers of off-white head that has great retention and leaves beautiful lacing around the glass. A few bubbles make their way to the top, but mostly this beer appears still. The head is white and especially fluffy.

Smell - Quite hoppy on the nose some slight citrus in there maybe lemon that also appears blended with a earthy spruce / pine aroma. Some faints sweetness in the nose from the malts although they are quite clearly in the background. well balanced and aromatic, but not particularly deep.

Taste - Big hop bill, that is bitter and slightly on the earthy side, with well blended malts and an undercurrent of those funky Belgian yeasts, that seems to mix and contribute with the sweetness of this beer. Slight smokiness / leather flavor underneath it all as well. A bit of a nutty aftertaste after a few sips although maybe my tastebuds are off.

Mouthfeel - Sufficiently smooth with lively action in mouth. Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Nice well rounded but slightly alcoholic feel which isn't surprising given 8.3% ABV.

Very nice, and among the best of the style that I've had. Definitely more PA than Belgian IPA, as the Belgian yeast flavors while present, stand in the background after experiencing the hoppiness of this beer. The hops are more prominently featured than the Belgian yeast, making this one of the hoppier Belgian IPA's I've had but definitely a pleasure as it is full-flavored, yet restrained and balanced well enough. (1,610 characters)

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,092 ratings.