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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3,608 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,608
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 135
Gots: 703 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Photo of GormBrewhouse
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

No nose to speak of, taste was very blah not Belgium, or IPA butthe battering was ok, again mouthfeel was just ok

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.12/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bland beer. Tastes like an amber ale.

Photo of JimandTracey
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrusy all the way through. Good beer!

Photo of BethanyB
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE - 1FH, foamy, amber, hazy.


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

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

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


Photo of jonb5
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of BeerWizard
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of edificio5
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of IPA but I had this beer at a festival based solely off the "raging bitch" name being funny. Beer was good and enjoyable from the tap.

Photo of Mll777
2.47/5  rDev -36.2%
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

Photo of entenduintransit
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

Photo of itshartshaped
4.92/5  rDev +27.1%
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".

Photo of dacoit
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Too much spice, rather one-dimensional hop bitterness, does not come together well.

Photo of IPA1978
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good especially for the money.

Photo of K-Dog
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of AndreRus
4.87/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Spectacular combination of IPA and Belgian! Bunch of hopes, bitter taste with Belgian malts aroma

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of TopherBreski
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Only bad part of this beer is the alcohol is too strong and it somewhat ruins the taste. Great beer.

Photo of Alex-Alkis
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very underrated beer. Probably the best Belgian style Imperial IPA i've drunk so far in my life.

Photo of elvishfarmer
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose is unremarkable and slightly malty. Has a great, fairly balanced bitter hop taste. Finish is nice and clean; a pleasant surprise.

Photo of RyanK252
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of tekstr1der
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Deng
4.98/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best beer hands down... Awesome name too

Photo of Csikic93
4.18/5  rDev +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.

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of nerg
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fruity! Lots of grape fruit

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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