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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

2,734 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 2734
Reviews: 1030
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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tmm313

Georgia

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Crystal clear, dark amber color. Poured a 1 finger head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S- It is definitely a mix of Belgian flavors and an American IPA. I get banana and clove, tropical fruits, grapefruit, some pine, and caramel.

T- OK, this is just strange. But in a good way... I think... The flavors mentioned in the smell are all there. Banana, pine, and caramel up front. Clove and some orange pops out in the middle. The finish is bitter pine and grapefruit followed by a slightly spicy pepper. Aftertaste involves pine, grapefruit and banana.

M- On the thin side of medium with crisp carbonation. Finish is oily and dry. And again, the aftertaste involves pine, grapefruit and banana.

O- This was a strange, yet very cool, experience for me. I love Belgian Ales and IPAs, and this was the first time I've had, or even thought of, the flavors being combined. It was like Delirium Tremens mixed with an IPA. It took a few minutes to accept what was going on, but the more it happened, the more I realized how beautifully the flavors complemented and balanced eachother. I'll be having this one from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:16:32 | More by tmm313
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 01:06:27 | More by vette2006c5r
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red-orange amber colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: huge yeast smell, clove, cardamon, banana

T: very bitter hops up front, pine resin, grapefruit peel, blends with above smells towards middle typical of Belgian yeast, clove, cardamon, banana, finish is bitter grapefruit

M: fuller bodied, good carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: flavored like a massively over-hopped heffe, hop flavor is just one dimension... bitter

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 23:55:28 | More by M_C_Hampton
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breakingbland

Michigan

3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer poured with a cloudy honey-colored/orange color. The small head quickly devolved into a ring of foam.

Aroma: Not much but piney hops, but with slight hints of honey or candy.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma with the addition of slight funk up-front. Hops predominated in the middle and end. Some sourness lingers along with the strong hops presence. Other notes come out as the beer warms: orange and malt.

Mouthfeel: The body and carbonation are fine.

Overall: This is my first Belgian-style IPA, so my confidence in this review is rather low. I'd like to try more of this style, although I currently like malty beers which this style isn't. Accordingly, I did like the way this beer sweetened as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 23:50:34 | More by breakingbland
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Beef_Curtains

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I didn't know what it was but saw it on a menu and was intrigued by the name so I tried it and damn if it wasn't a delicious IPA. I get it every time I see it which is fairly rare around here. Why isn't this beer more popular? Highly recommended to IPA fans.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 19:14:58 | More by Beef_Curtains
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Sizeable_Paladin

Oklahoma

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
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olilitewu

Arizona

3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a local store in bottles, poured into a tulip glass.

S: I don't usually elaborately comment on this category but the smell of this beer stands out. Oddly, the smell comes with some soy notes, and heavy bodied malt odor. Very pleasant and very unique.

T: The taste is meh given how good this beer smells. Salty, malty, dark fruits and pine, with hints of earthiness. Not my favorite kinda taste. Reminiscent of Fat Tire from New Belgian, but much more multi-dimensional.

M: surprisingly smooth given how high the ABV is!

Verdict: OK + beer. Not enough for me to go back to if I had other good IPA options.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 02:58:47 | More by olilitewu
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Act25

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Only slight hazed, very coppery Beligian IPA, poured into a wine glass and tasted vs another unnamed American Beligian IPA that it leaves in the dust. Real dense white head with great long retention and shards of lace.

S: Aromas of earthy hay and citrus hops with more subtle yeast. Smells of grapefruit, rind, hops make this more IPA. Very inviting, a bit laid back.

T: Follows the smell, but not as laid back. It's stronger and more complexity with flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, gum, coriander, spices and yeast. A bit bubbly.

M: medium-bodied on the palate and smooth. Good tingle and finish. Very tingly on the tongue .First rate.

D: Very smooth, very approachable, probably one of the brewer's best. Lots of complexity and the beer is opening up as it warms. Let it warm and must try. A sipper. Great with cheese (provolone in this case) after dinner.

A Bros missed on this one?

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 01:34:22 | More by Act25
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superspak

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/20/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, light bubblegum, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, clove, pepper, banana, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, light bubblegum, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, clove, pepper, banana, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Belgian IPA style. All around great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 04:38:04 | More by superspak
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in my favorite tulip glass.

Appearance: A slight hazy amber with medium bubbles on the body and a ridiculously thick head. Straight white well over a finger's length refusing to settle. Well maybe after two sips ;-)

Smell: Average at best. Taking a little sniff you smell something like a rye finish that comes and goes and is ridiculously light. Yea it smells good but where's the rest.

Taste: Sour and bitter. Feels a bit spoiled but I am guessing that is the way it supposed to be. Little different than some other Belgian IPAs that I've had. It warms to you and improves as you get halfway into your glass. You feel a lemon pineyness to it feels slightly heavy. Pretty good.

Mouth: Medium carbonation. Very sticky paired with a slice of sharp cheddar. Medium bodied at best, very good.

Overall: I've had Raging Bitch on tap and never face it a proper review, thought it was about time. Not bad to have when you crave something different. Not bad to have at all. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 06:11:26 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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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
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, just a code stamped near the bottom of the label, which means nothing to me. Got this because I've been on a Hunter S. Thompson kick lately, and I was in the mood for some Flying Dog while I kick back. I've had this beer before, but it's been a while.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about two and a half fingers of sudsy white head on top of a coppery / bright golden orange colored body. Some fat, scattered, webbed lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is mainly of bready biscuit malts, bubblegum, bit of soapiness, some alcohol fumes, hint of grains, and spicy cloves. Greapfruit / orange hops are present here, but they seem to take a backseat to the malts and cloves. Nothing overly complex, but a nice smelling beer.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter grapefruit / citric hop presence, bready caramel malts, clove spice, and just a hint of alcohol warmth. Some lingering sugary green apple skin on the finish. Creamy, smooth, and easy drinking.

M - Feel is sticky, sugary, and bitter, with just a bit of lingering alcohol heat on the finish.

Overall, a pretty ordinary beer, not straying too far into the adventurous side of things, but it gets the job done. Not exactly a beer I would describe as a "Belgian style" IPA myself, but it suits me just fine. High 8.30% abv is well masked, lots of big flavor, I will have no trouble finishing off this six pack. Recommended.

Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:26:56 | More by mfnmbvp
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with that distinctive Steadman label art. Is that Hunter S. Thompson in the background? No bottling date or "best by" date that I can find.

Appearance - A beautiful beer, with a glowing, radiant orange body with notes of apricot and brass. A light haze is complemented by the shade of a towering two finger head that looks plush and retains for quite awhile, leaving sheets of foamy goodness on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Once I start taking a drink, the lacing remains sticky and spotty.

Smell - A wonderfully aromatic smell, with notes of floral hop and sharp alcoholic esters, all pulled together by the softness of a fruity, phenolic yeasty characteristic with a light funky element.

Taste - Not quite as amazing as the smell, with the hop characteristic not being as strong, but there is a good level of bittering along with more overtones of light fruit and sweet, bready flavors. Some spiciness and on the end of the flavor profile the alcohol makes it's presence felt with a bit of heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with good carbonation and a silky, slightly viscous mouthfeel that lingers, even though it is mostly dry.

Overall, quite a tasty Belgian IPA, with a balance of traditional Belgian and American characteristics. This particular take has a lot of things in common with the Trippel style, like many Belgian IPAs. If it was easier for me to get my hands on Flying Dog, I think I would drink this quite often.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:27:50 | More by LambicPentameter
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olivianjeremie

Quebec (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good Belgian style IPA. Not to hoppy, but with a good flavor. High alcohol content, good taste. First beer that i have tried from flying dog brewery. I think the art work in the bottle makes the beer appear most special than it actually is. Bought this beer at the world of the beers in West Henrietta.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 23:29:28 | More by olivianjeremie
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 05:37:57 | More by scotorum
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1sophrosyne1

Minnesota

3.39/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, deep amber with a full, fluffy head in an IPA glass. Moderatley good retention and streaky lacing.
Candied orange scents are dominant with banana, melon and some floral notes. Not as overtly hoppy as one would expect from an IPA--its Belgian nature takes the lead here.
Taste profile underneath a wet blanket of bitterness is rather subtle--there is depth and complexity, but it's hard to access. Piney resins do come through in flavors, blended with citrus and spice. After the bitterness fades, only the banana puree with dashes of pepper lingers.
The banana holds onto the back of the tongue, giving this beer length. It's fairly full of hop oils and moderately thick with a nice, bright dose of carbonation. The feel is better than the flavor, but can't compensate for the imbalance.
Raging Bitch appears to be angry because she can't stand stably on shoes that hurt (like new). The foundation is out of balance, unable to merge styles without unpleasant clash. I wonder what she might do if left in the bottle for a while--perhaps lay down a bit and let some classier spice emerge.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 02:20:11 | More by 1sophrosyne1
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janubio

Spain

4.48/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle. Hazy amber-apricot colour, with an off white head that has a correct retention and a ggod lace. Smell of tropical fruits (mango), spices: coriander, clove, citrus and some skunky feel. Medium body, thick and rough palate. Taste of mango, spices, marzipan?, caramel, pine needle. Dry finish. A beast.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 21:57:39 | More by janubio
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ezterry

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice crystal clear amber color with a nice bit of lacing

S: Inviting citrus hop smell but not overpowering

T: Starts with a hint of sweetness, but well balanced with bitter tones, Hops present but well balanced with the strong beverage

M: Allows to taste the beverage well, good carbonation slightly hint of syrup. Sightly more carbonation might be optimal

O: A very well balanced IPA, high alcohol seems to come across as the "hint of sweet" at the beginning, however the hops/high malt content complement each other well, and the hop flavor/aroma has been made such to be defiantly present but not overpowering.

A good beer for the evening worth getting again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 21:13:28 | More by ezterry
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, effervescent, amber with frothy cream head; long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Good Belgian ale aroma (candi sugar, coriander); citrusy hops

Taste: Creamy, malty and sweet, but dominated with citrusy hops; thick mouthfeel lingers on tongue, but hoppy, dry aftertaste finishes; good balance overall, but not keen on the American hops in this style

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:01:31 | More by IchLiebeBier
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utopiajane

New York

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and true amber with a finger of foam that fell quickly to some soapy lace. Nose is funky with Belgian yeast, tropical fruits with a touch of sour, grass and floral hop notes and a generous, deep and bready malt underneath to round it all out. There’s a touch of skunk in the nose that’s outrageous and frolicsome. As it warms the fruits come out banana and bubblegum. Up front taste is malt, dank, floral and fruity. The sour hops and bitter climb in mid palate for a delightful expression. It’s plenty fruity with citrus, banana and tangerine but the malt stays up strong well into the drink and the dry finish. Some medicinal alcohol on the palate but it’s agreeable & warming. Mouthfeel is buttery smooth, totally enjoyable & finishes bitter with a plucky aftertaste. This is a vivacious Belgian IPA that lives up to it’s reputation in every way.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 08:57:56 | More by utopiajane
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dar482

New York

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out with a large pillowy head. On the side of glass, it’s composed of large bubbles. The color is a light amber, almost like a Rosé wine.

The aroma has that familiar bready malt, but also with lots of fruit from the Belgian yeast. There’s juicy orange, but in the background, there’s a hint of alcohol.

The flavor follows quite nicely with a syrupy sweetness from citrus and pine and then a grapefruit peel finish, much like that of a Double IPA. The front certaintly has some Belgian breadiness and fruity esters. Then the end has a clean dry IPA finish that is very bitter and astringent.

The beer is quite good and an interesting take on the Double IPA. It reminds me of many beers in the style, but certainly has a personality with its Belgian influence. This is more Double IPA than “Belgian.” Unfortunately, no bottle date by this brewery, but this did taste quite fresh.

In the end, this is quite good. Recommended for Double IPA lovers looking for something different. For Belgian IPAs, I think this goes a bit too far with the IPA qualities.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 02:52:21 | More by dar482
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sort of the flagship beer for these guys, this one is everywhere, but somehow I missed it until now. thick like all the flying dog beers are, this one is well hoppy, but more bitter hops meets mildly red malt, and its not a totally perfect fusion, but the Belgian yeast helps them be more cohesive. I like the creamy feel and the bitterness, but I don't care for the sharp acidic almost sweetness, or the way this stays filling in my stomach long after just a single beer. the 8.3% is also a little excessive, although I don't think its too forward or interfering with the intended flavors. its in balance, but its just not fantastic. probably overhyped to some extent, and like I always say, still waiting for a flying dog beer that really wows me.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 01:59:57 | More by StonedTrippin
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cozmohollis

Delaware

3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pale golden color, white head with good retention and a good lace.
S: Sweet yeast, tropical and floral scent.
T: Sweet yeast and grainy bread flavors upfront then a tropical, raisin, bubble gum flavor ending with a grassy hops flavor. The flavor changes a lot and bounces around like crazy. Very complexed.
MF: Medium body, low carbonation, waxy feel, a little warming and with a medium/heavy dry finish.
O: Pretty sweet and the hops in it bounces flavors around a lot. But I love the complexly and the bite at the end. I see where she gets her name from. This is my first Belgain-Style IPA so I don't really know how to compare it to others. And I think I could only drink one at a setting.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 17:17:01 | More by cozmohollis
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

3.49/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden amber. Creamy head. Lots of lacing and some pretty good retention. Doesn't look overly carbonated. Looks like a marzen

Smell: Sweet malts and Belgian yeast. A little funky. Belgian candi sugars. Some faint hops in the background like wet grass. Some fruitiness...I think it smells like pineapple. Nice

Taste: Sweet malts off the bat. Caramel. Candied apples. The finish is a nice grapefruit bitterness. Some pine and grass. Yeast is very noticeable. I like it. Hops outweigh the malts in the end. Not super hoppy but it sticks with you.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Rich. Slick

Overall: I wasn't expecting to like this because of the mixed reviews and I'm not generally a fan of IPAs (Belgian or otherwise). That being said this beer probably won't appeal to the hopheads but if you're trying to get into the style this might be a good starting point

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 23:25:31 | More by MistahBeah
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HerdNo1

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a tulip. The beer pours a not completely clear deep gold/light amber color. White head tat forms well and lingers throughout but doesn't leave much lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast dominates the aroma. This smells like a Belgian beer with fruitiness and a bit of funk. Despite it being an IPA, the hops are somewhat subdued. A bit of breadiness is there but it's not prominent.

Taste: The wonderful thing about Belgian beers is that they are subtle. Every sip yields something new and none of it is obvious. That's sort of what I'm expecting from the aroma but the hops overwhelm in the taste. The subtleness disappears under a wash of bitterness. Unlike the subdued hops in the aroma, it's the malt that's subdued in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a bit of oiliness. Not overly carbonated. The finish is strongly bitter and maybe that's the real problem.

Overall: Some crossover styles are terrific. Some are simply awful. This is sort of a blend of two good beers but the result is just OK. The aroma is terrific but the hops just overpower any Belgian character. I shouldn't be surprised at that but the aroma is such a tease in that regard. I don't think I'd rate it as low as The Bros or as high as the readership.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 02:43:32 | More by HerdNo1
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 2,734 ratings.