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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

2,718 Ratings

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Ratings: 2718
Reviews: 1028
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009)
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New York

4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at The Blind Tiger Ale house in NYC- It was cask- poured by gravity- so it just kind of slowly pours out of the cask. Once poured, looks like apple cider- very cloudy, hazy, no foam or any kind of head. Citrus and grassy aromas upfront. The interesting thing about cask conditioned ales, and I really have had only a few in my life- is the almost absence of carbonation. There is some to let you know this is a beer. Amazingly smooth to me given the hop kick- which is immediate. The dryness hits you hard- grapefruit like any other IPA- but the yeast has sugary like flavor that lets you know this is Belgian style. Overall- an experience- really unlike regular tap beers. Because of the lack of carbonation, it is easy to drink quickly, and at high ETOH- it will catch up to you quickly. A must try for any beer connoisseur or anyone who wants to try something different.

Serving type: cask

01-19-2014 13:21:04 | More by AaronRed
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New Jersey

4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at The Half Pint in the west village NYC. Raging Bitch pours a nice toasted orange color with a full, foamy white head. Great aroma of tropical fruits, fresh cut flowers, and pine. I found that this beer benefits quite a bit from being on cask, as it added earthy complexity, with the hops still very prevalent, tasting more 'resinous' than they typically do on standard tap or our of the bottle. There was a bit of a yeasty funk as well, that was not at all unpleasant. Although the mouth feel was moderately light, I felt that this was very warming on its way down. Overall a great IPA to try on cask.

Serving type: cask

05-10-2013 17:43:59 | More by Neorebel
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3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz pour, Solo cup
Had on cask at Deer Park in Newark, DE at the Newark Beer and Wine Fest in July '12. (this is supposed to be with chipotle peppers added as well).

A: Pours a really cloudy orange amber color. Off white egg shell head. Some lacing sticking to the glass. Can't see much though, as I'm drinking it from a opaque plastic solo cup.

S: Fruity hops. Bready English style malts. Orange marmalade. Spice from the peppers is in there even on the nose, along with the spice from the Belgian yeast they used.

T: You get some bitterness right up front. Then it's sweet malts, Belgian yeast spice, and the chipotle pepper heat. The heat drifts to the back of the throat and sticks with you. Don't taste the ABV at all...because of the heat probably.

M: Medium bodied. Spice coats the mouth.

Serving type: cask

08-08-2012 13:09:10 | More by inlimbo77
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New York

4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at Bierkraft earlier today on a whim, and was impressed. This is the first Flying Dog I've had, because I tend to find their schtick annoying, but coming out of the cask, this one was a winner. It has a nice, cloudy gold and amber hue with lots of fruity hop aromas. The body and taste work well together, as the malt is present, but soft, which works well with the lower carbonation of the cask, and the mild diacetyl.

Serving type: cask

04-05-2012 02:13:13 | More by ThePortlander
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S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

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

Presented a nice copper glass with a nice thick white head. Note lacing
Smell is a sweet malt back by a subdued hop note.
Taste is nice punchy hops but they sneak up on you I have a feeling the cask has a hand in this .
Mouth feel is standard cask feels a bit thin overall.
Overall a very nice beer and may have to pick up some as I was told they've pulled distro back.
On cask at tap and mallet.

Serving type: cask

09-03-2011 18:48:58 | More by sliverX
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the cask into a tulip glass at Churchkey.

A very soapy and bubbly head white in color, with some surprising staying power for a poured cask ale. Cloudy amber body. Your basic cask ale program presentation, givining to a nice look.

Nose has light Belgian like malts and a sense of sweet sugar cinnamon. Strong but not much else.

Taste is mildly buttery texture from cask ale pour, and an extremely soft bodied malt, and a hint of mild diacetyl. Teasing palate but with a hint of fun.

Overall, on cask pretty straight forward. With a mild body and big chewy malt and hint of hop goodness on the finish to give a sense of ipa fun.

Serving type: cask

08-30-2011 23:28:47 | More by smakawhat
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4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap, from a bottle and from a hand pumped cask. All 3 were great, I think that when it came from the cask it was at it's beat though. This beer is a yellow hazy copper color with a fluffy thick head that won't quit. Te aromas of Belgian yeast are beautifully mixed with citrusy and piney hops. The flavors are a delightfully hoppy experience that dingles your tongue. This beer rocks!

Serving type: cask

04-02-2011 21:25:37 | More by Knapp85
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4.83/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first ever beer on cask and I absolutely loved it. The fact that it wasn't cold took a bit of getting used to but by its end this turned out to be one of the best beers I've had. I'm not sure how much of a difference the cask makes but regardless I plan on ordering a few more of these.

Serving type: cask

02-10-2011 03:26:58 | More by Cymru7
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4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand pumped into a stemmed tulip glass at TJs in Paoli. This is from a firkin.

A: A hazy medium orange color with a two finger white head. Massive glass lacing left behind.

S: Yeasty smells start with the huge citrus, floral and earthy hops. Candy sweetness is picked up.

T: Hops bite with citrus, lemon, pineapple and some large floral tones. A bit of pine and earth then get mixed with the funky yeasty flavor that rides along the candy like sweetness. Finish turns bitter with some pepper but stays smooth due to the cask engine. Great, creamy beer from the pump.

M: Full, a bit prickly but not so much so as CO2. Smooth, creamy but bitter and sweet. Slight alcohol but not overly so. Nice.

D: They go down way smoothly, too much so. Very enjoyable.

Overall I have said this is my favorite FD beer, and having it from the hand pump makes further supports this. I think I may like it a bit more from CO2 because the bitterness shows a bit more, but this version was nothing short of kick ass too. Well done.

Serving type: cask

02-08-2011 21:37:28 | More by Kadonny
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3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at Prohibition.

Pours a dark golden color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with resinous oily hops, sweet citrus peel, Belgian yeast and estery fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and strawberry with a subtle caramel malt backbone.

Medium bodied and creamy with a bit too strong of a malt backbone for my liking, killing off a lot of the hop flavor. Earthy hops up front with subtle pine and grapefruit flavor. Again, the malt backbone is too strong for it's own good with a prominent caramel and rye flavor.

I'm not sure if it was because of it being cask conditioned but this beer wasn't nearly hoppy enough. I would like to try this in bottle form to compare.

Serving type: cask

02-07-2011 07:46:52 | More by corby112
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New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It's cloudy golden orange in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. There is no visible carbonation.
S: There are aromas of earthy and citrus hops in the nose along with some hints of yeast. Smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but isn't quite as strong and has some complexity with flavors of grapefruit, spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and is extremely smooth. Not much carbonation is evident, but this is likely a result of it having been pumped from a cask.
D: It wasn't too difficult to drink this beer because the alcohol was well masked. I would definitely try this again if I saw it on cask because it was silky smooth.

Serving type: cask

08-08-2010 12:51:51 | More by metter98
Photo of Amalak

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Blind Tiger in New York off a pump cask.
A- It's brown with a red hue and very bubbly. It's got a great head and lacing.
S- Some hops and ...grape?
T- Very intense explosion of flavor. Bitter hops. Has an almost Saison after taste, which makes sense because of the Belgian aspect.

Serving type: cask

07-28-2010 16:43:41 | More by Amalak
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United Kingdom (England)

4.45/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When Flying Dog came to visit Leeds I was lucky enough to try a rare cask of Raging Bitch IPA.
This beer was a real treat!
About as drinkable as drinkable gets really.
What overwhelmed me was the refreshing blast you get of citrus flavours at the beginning (i'd say a peach schnapps'y type flavour to it but my friend disagrees on that one).
Then after that parts way you get a good hoppy kick in the teeth as the bitterness comes through.
It represents what I love about American craft beer. A real sense of adventure and being a little on the experimental side to create something new and exciting!

Loved it!

Serving type: cask

10-15-2009 11:04:32 | More by steelrazor
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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
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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)

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:04:15 | More by threeviews
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3.94/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 17:49:47 | More by RoninVP
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3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 13:34:25 | More by glass_house
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North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 03:48:15 | More by Immortale25
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New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 13:39:47 | More by lozz123
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 11:30:37 | More by dank203
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 05:48:16 | More by apants007
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3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 01:40:47 | More by vincentborzillo
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Ontario (Canada)

3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 05:07:05 | More by DenisKolkin
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4.16/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Translucent golden orange with a foamy white head.

S: Nose is citric with some nice fruity Belgian yeast esters.

T: Citrus rind, orange, lemon, nice fruity Belgian yeast esters, and a few floral notes.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Really good, but I don't think it even begins to touch the potential of the style. Still definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 23:35:07 | More by BierJager89
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing much to say about this one other than, it's your typical beer that soooorta satisfies my hoppy thirst. Clearly, ratebeer's rating of a 98/100 shows me ratebeer is really loose with giving high grades for mediocre beers.

Aroma, you get a little citrus and a little malt. The end.

Taste, some sweetness, some grapefruit, and some malt. It wasn't a bad beer, but the fact that this is supposedly their best beer, I had high expectations and this fell short of those expectations. It really was just your ordinary beer you would get off tap at any local bar. I will have forgotten the taste of this beer by tomorrow. In this day and age where breweries are REALLY stepping up their games, this one would fall in the bottom 40% of beers that are not worth your money. Paid $13 for a 6-pack, really should not have exceeded $10.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 16:22:29 | More by bball208
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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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