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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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very good

3,517 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,517
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 126
Gots: 601 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 3,517 | Reviews: 1,112
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4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Tap House Grill in Westmont, IL.

A - Auburn-amber, a touch hazy, with a 1.5 finger bubbly white head that leaves delicate lacing as it recedes.

S - Citrus fruit, some piney hops up front, with a hint of Belgiany, clove and banana malt in back.

T - Very citrusy at first, then the honey malt asserts itself, but not in a sticky or cloying manner. More piney hops and a spicy, bready character follow and the finish is hoppy-sweet and very tasty.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the bubble keep flowing at the end just as well as at the beginning. Overall, a very silky feel on the palate.

D - Super easy to drink, due to the complex yet accessible flavor profile, and the consistent carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Wadsey
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellar-temp bottle poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Raging Bitch pours a little more sedately than a typical belgian IPA, but it has a nice fluffy, white head that slowly dissipates, leaving haphazard lacing. The beer is pale to medium amber.

S: Not citrusy in the nose, more like peach and apricot. Some spiceness, as well. Simple, but different.

T: Yes, peach and apricot seem pretty accurate. I also detect toasty malt and classic spicey Belgian yeast. The finish is bitter and surprisingly dry.

M: Not as highly carbonated as I would expect, but tight and effervescent enough to allow the flavors to pop. Medium-bodied.

D: Good drinkability. I'm glad I put four bottles of Raging Bitch in the sixer I built today.

Many other reviewers are raving about the sharp citrus of this beer, which I simply didn't get. Maybe I've been hitting the HopSlam a little too hard!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ncfranklin
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent burnt orange with a small foamy off white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles that rise very slow giving me the idea that this one has a bit of body.

Smell of citrus and pine hop, but a layer of malty sweet hides underneath. And a trace of that Belgian spice.

Tingly pine hops up front, with a mid section of malt to balance it out. The Belgian yeast doesn't pop up top heavily in this one, but you can feel its funk underneath. The combination is strange.

Medium body, prickly, but quite smooth on finish with some warming.

This is a fairly good brew, but maybe an acquired taste. It is certainly a great example of Flying Dog's ingenuity and great to celebrate 20 years.

Photo of threeviews
4.53/5  rDev +17.1%
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)

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of bret27
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Complex, belgian yeast, spices, earthy, coriander? + American hops smelling of oranges and pineapple. Not as in your face w/the hoppiness as a big American IPA.

A: Orange w/excellent lace and crystal clear.

T: Sweet bready malt, berries, earthy, musty, hops are mostly just bittering, but a bit of a floral component in the taste.

M/D: Slick, oily and smooth body. Fairly good balance between belgian and ipa.

Overall: my 3rd of this style. Probably my favorite, but still not my cup of ipa. The other 2 I had were from Great Divide and New Belgium.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Elimination
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, one of the best named beers I have ever had, deserves a review

A slighty dark yellow, very clear, great light penetration, very nice fluffy head, slight sticky lacing around pour area.

Smell is classic belgian esters, grape, toffee, butter. The hop bitterness comes through but not in american ipa sense, more of a bit of citrus sting that is covered up by yeast scents

Taste is a great example of a tripel meeting a ipa. Smooth belgian malt characteristics, playing with a superb but not overboard bitterness. Sweet malty, but has a sting of lemon, orange and a bit of earthyness.

Mouthfeel is a molten lava of robust liquid, very sharp carb bust is a smooth drinking belgian ipa.

Great beer, good in bottle, better on tap. Seemed to be a bit more rounded than in bottle.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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