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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
87
very good

3,160 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,160
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 101
Gots: 337 | FT: 1
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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours very foamy head on deep yellow. Yeasty aroma, it's evena little funky. Creamy mouthfeel, major bitterness yet somewhat offset. Good for the Belgian IPA style. The palate needs some time to recover. Dcent drinkability. Orange citrus.Surprising alcohol that hits you later.

Sammy, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.1%

t0rin0, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Pours a hazy dark orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, spices, Belgian yeast, and slight banana. Taste is of Belgian yeast and herbal hops up front with a malt finish and a slight banana aftertaste. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer in the flavor department with a great smell that makes for an easy drinking experience.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.1%

djrn2, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

On tap from the home kegerator. Nothing like that. Poured many, many times into a Raging Bitch goblet obtained during a Rustico glassware giveaway.

Pours a moderate golden color with quite a bit of haze and a nice white head along with oodles of sticky lacing. The nose brings some fresh Belgian yeast with a bit of white pepper and spice. Strong floral hops mix in well. The taste is a bit spicy with mild fruit and a decent amount of bitterness, though not too much. Feel is a medium body with good carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a really nice example of the style.

Thorpe429, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.1%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.1%

nmann08, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

acurtis, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

metter98, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a rocky head that leaves some wispy lace

Smell: Herbaciously hoppy, with floral hops as well as coriander spice

Taste: Opens with a floral citrusy flavor that adds the coriander and herbal elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness kicks up a notch or two, and adds a pithy, aspirin flavor to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better, if not the best, of the regular Flying Dog lineup though it doesn't really have a classic Belgian IPA character; not crazy about the finish, however

brentk56, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

"Not only is life a bitch, but it is always having puppies."

--Adrienne Gusoff

Shiny kumquat orange with multiple slow moving streams of fine bubbles that eventually disappear into the underside of a thick chunk of pale khaki colored foam that does not have a Belgianesque look. It does, however, have glacier-like rockiness that is visually appealing.

American hops and Belgian yeast is a splendid combination. The former includes Warrior, Columbus and Amarillo. The latter was named 'El Diablo' by the brewery. In any case, the combination of tropical fruitiness (orange and pink grapefruit) and spicy esteriness is all kinds of enjoyable.

Raging Bitch's flavor falls a little short of its nose in terms of awesomeness. It's still good beer... that was undoubtedly better beer right after the release. It doesn't taste worn out, though, just less vibrantly hoppy than it almost certainly was several months ago.

More pale malt and less crystal malt would have given the hops and yeast even more of the flavor spotlight. The Amarillo hops, in combination with generous alpha acids, might lead some BAs to think that this offering tastes like orange-flavored children's chewable aspirin. It does, a little, but not so much as to be offputting.

More than 5 months of age or not, this Bitch is still Raging. It tastes and feels like most of the original 60 IBUs are still present. The alcohol is nicely masked too. Warming releases even more peppery and clove-like phenols. What a mouth party this is turning out to be!

The mouthfeel is more 7.0% IPA than 9.0% DIPA. It's plenty big enough, however, and has a glassy smoothness that falls just short of slick and slightly oily. Peppy carbonation fits the rest of the attributes (and the name) to a 'T'.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA is Flying Dog's second best beer. Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale is the best. It's a humdinger of an ale that is a few tweaks away from being amazing. Here's hoping this 20th anniversary brew becomes a year-round release.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

I am becomming a huge fan of these Belgian IPA's. So much flavor, complexity, power, and art... I think I just shead a tear.

Raging Bitch begins with a medium copper-amber tone, nearly sparkling clarity, and some sediment (kinda odd). Being both Belgian and hoppy, I expecte a thick, froathy, and billowing head but instead, it's only slightly above average and with good lacing.

Aromas of vinous Belgian spices and esters hit at the same time as the citrusy American hops- a complete competition from the word 'go'. Peaches, appricots, and pineapples start the ester profile while orange zest, grapefruit, and pine resins represent the hop contengency. Spices of white pepper, curraco, and corriander give a lot zip to nose (like it needed it?!)

Flavors are a direct transition from the nose. In one sip, there's the Belgian berries, grapes, cherries, earthiness, spicy phenols, and woodsy-musty character. In the next- a dry hoppy American crispness with great attenuation and power. These seem to alternate with each sip, allowing new flavors to emerge as the beer warms. Complex to say the least.

Bitter-sweet and honey suckle up front with medium textures and sweet bread maltiness. Fading nicely inot a dry, warming, and evaporative whisper of a beer. The beer has the best of both worlds: dry from Belgian alcohols and attenuation and dry from hoppy crispness.

In the end, the beer favors more American influences than Belgian. I'd prefer more assertion in the foam, head, and carbonation catagories. I'd also like to see more Belgian yeast character with aged cork-like attributes. But the American hops are spot-on with this kind of beer. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

BEERchitect, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%

Big thanks to Rich for this one. I had not seen it pop up and he was very kind to throw one down my way. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/15/2010.

The pour was very nicely put together, medium amber in color but leaning golden with a light bit of haze that very quickly cleared up and left behind a huge, three inch towered head of white foam that took what seemed like forever to settle down. Aroma was light at first but built up after a few minutes. Ripe citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit dominant with hints of light spicy notes tugging on the palate and a light belgian floral note. As I take the first taste though is really where it begins to come alive. Insanely bright and crisp taste. Huge notes of lemon and grapefruit are all over this one. Ripping through the palate they leave hints of pears, light peppery spices, apricots and herbal yeast notes in the finish. Very dry and a huge amount of carbonation, I could have drank this one all day to be honest.

Overall I was not expecting this one to be as good as it was. Simply intense and very welcomed. I loved this one very much.

mikesgroove, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Texasfan549, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

20th Anniversary; Belgian style IPA;

Pours a medium to dark orange amber with a thin off white head.

Nose is coffee/carmel , Belgian candi sugar and almost a sweet fig like character.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and with nice body.

Flavors are complex with a pine bitter and underlying sweet toffee/carmel malt. Sweet front palate to big bitter finish is so fast that the juxstaposition is just too much for my tastes (or the bottle may be suffering since I'm left with the impression that the flavors really want to be "brighter" and "fruitier.")

Gets better and more pleasing as it warms and your palate adjusts to it. Big beer with a very big bitter pine finish.

Candidly, I think this beer was likely better closer to release. (I have notes of having this beer on draft at a Flying Dog tasting during 2010 GABF. I must find notes to compare).

All in all one can tell that this is/was a well made beer.

Conclusion: 2/2011 is simply too late for this one.

GRG1313, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +3.1%

spycow, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

A: single finger off white head with poor retention on a amber gold body. nice lacing.

S: floral, orange citrus, black pepper and lots of herbal notes.

T: resiny hops, light citrus, caramel and lightly toasted malts, peppercorn and woody/oak notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: flavorful but not really memorable. pretty drinkable but the odor turns you off a bit. Just not quite belgian enough for me.

kylehay2004, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jaydoc, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: Pours out an amber-hued, clear body with a goodly sized, clumping, white head.

Smell: Faintly sweetish accents to the pale, bready malts followed by a splash of brandy and whiff of aromatic cloves. Then, it's time for the hops with a vibrant citrusy fruitiness and floral, grassy hints.

Taste: Simple, sweet opening with pale malts rounded out with a light breadiness. Abundantly bitter and hoppy, with full tastes of lemons, tangerines, and white grapefruit with marked grassiness. Minuscule astringency. Spicy ground clove character. Hint of white grape-flavored bubble gum arrives rather late. Remains firmly bitter for the dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: For all of the alcohol and IBU's within, it goes that fairly smooth. While Horn Dog and the seldom seen Barrel-aged Horn Dog still remain the Best of Show winners for me, this new Raging Bitch surely deserves a ribbon of its own.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

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!

Knapp85, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

Like many I have been left wanting on alot of Flying Dog brews but this had me wanting MORE!Poured into a small tulip glass a brilliant golden with a sticky one finger white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled slowly into a creamy froth,excellent.Aromas to me are full of Simcoe goodness,grapefruit rind really takes the forfront,slight yeasty notes but the american hop profile wins the day.The palate is full of citric,oily, hop,ever so slight phenolic spice actually lends well to the big American hops,some peppery notes come in as the beer warms.Easily my favorite of the style to date,not to yeasty and or medicinal,a true mix of American hop,and Belgian yeast,a great beer.

oberon, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Feel the rage! Y'see, in public speaking courses, they stress attention-getters. That's the best I could come up with here. Speaking of attention-getters (that there's a transition), this brew's got quite a lovely orange-amber hue to it, capped off with a chapeau of white suds. The nose comes off as sugar-dipped hops steeped in some funky straw and garnished with some parsley. Not only does it add a bit of color, but a dash of spicy aromatics as well, adding to the whole dining experience. The parsley is also on the tongue, joined by some mightily bitter hops, some light caramel, a dash of soap, and I think I've got a pinch of paprika in there too. Something like that. So, (and here I'm connecting with the audience) if you're lookin' for a tasty, light, and not-too-fizzy beer that won't leave you hanging, choose Raging Bitch. (There's an overly large smile on my face at this point.) ...I think I may have stepped into commercial territory there... Seriously though, this is a damn fine brew right here. (I somehow got an A in COM 114...)

TMoney2591, May 13, 2010
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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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