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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

3,243 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,243
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 109
Gots: 378 | 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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

njnj2000, Sep 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

RocketCityVol, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12 oz bottle an orangish-coppery color with a substantial slightly off-white head. Carbonation is light and soft, only a few bubbles rising in the glass. Aroma is quite sweet & fruity, must be the influence of the Belgian yeast. Not quite what one would expect from an IPA. 1st sip brings a potent, resiny piney blast of hops that is a 180 degree u-turn from the aroma. There is a slight hint of dry fruitiness on the swallow but it is quickly subdued by those hops. The alcohol makes it's presence know as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is thick and sparkly! The drinkability is good, although this doesn't quite qualify as a session beer, IMHO. Overall, a very nice melding of styles! It wouldn't surprise me to see more brewers try their hand at their own version of a Belgian IPA soon.

CJfromPhilly, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Kolsch
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bocktown Bar & Grill, Robinson Pa.

Appearance: Lite orange with nice dense fluffy head.

Smell: Hop centric though I do detect some belgianese yeast to it.

Taste: Hops up front followed by Belgian yeast kiss. Hops are very dominant; Oily, sticky, pungent and terribly delicious. Abv states 8.3%, though this drinks more like 5%. Could have another...whoops I just did.

Overall: My favorite Belgian IPA used to be Great Divide Belgica. This is now my favorite of this bastard style called Belgian IPA.

Kolsch, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of wmtxbb
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Amber gold with thick lacing. It looks good for a regular beer, but most BIPAs have a two to three finger-sized head. So this brew is just mediocre in appearance. 3.5

Smell: yeast, orange peel, and a light amount of hops. 3.0

Taste: Pepper, orange peel, yeast, citrus hops. This is more of a triple than a Belgian IPA. Hops and orange peel/pepper flavor don't mix well. 3.0

Drinkability: This brew need more hop character and also needs be dry hoped. This beer is more of a mediocre triple than a Belgian IPA. 2.5

wmtxbb, Feb 02, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

GuyIncognito, Sep 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

tmaury, Mar 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

pdonovan16, Today at 06:41 AM
Photo of Thanby
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-amber color with a finger of off-white head that dies quickly.

The primary smell is full-bodied and well-rounded hoppiness, some ginger spicing sits on top the pale amber malt, but the aromatic hops are just wonderful.

First taste is sweet Belgian malt with hops so fresh you can almost see them, not overpowering at all, especially for Flying Dog. A bit spicy, with a surprisingly clean aftertaste with some hoppiness around the edges.

For being an IPA it is wonderfully easy to drink, but still has enough hops punch that you won't be disappointed. I don't know who thought of the Belgian IPA style, but the Belgian malt combined with American hops is just such a perfect balance of opposites.

Thanby, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of greengorilla
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into an oversized snifter. It is caramel brown color with a nice white head that dissipated quickly.

The smell is awesome the hops are mouthwatering.

The taste is even better. The hops are ever-present, but not dominating. The Belgian yeast taste comes through. It is quite a complex taste.

The mouthfeel is good, but not quite on par with most Belgians from Belgium that I have had.

It is very drinkable, and overall it is a great beer and a great value. It was only 9 bucks for a six pack. I will drink this regularly.

greengorilla, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of LiquidCucumber
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale amber, 1/2 to a finger of head that sticks around and all over the glass.

S - I can't get over it, but the yeast and hops combine to form the scent of some sort of fruity bubblegum. Nice.

T - Sweet with a bitterness up front and a hansom display of the Belgian yeast throughout. Not quite as tasty as it smells, but good nonetheless.

M - Decently carbonated and leaves a pleasant coating in the mouth that is reminiscent of the scent of this beer.

D - Love this stuff and can't believe the 8.3% ABV. An amazing beer from a brewery I once thought average at best.

LiquidCucumber, Aug 05, 2010
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4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

AJacob81, Jul 04, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

kendellmarie, Aug 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

dougbassett, Feb 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

StompingClover, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of MNJR
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This Raging Bitch is actually a fine and sophisticated lady. I poured this Bitch into a 12oz goblet I'd put in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Dark honey/amber color, beautiful head and fine, detailed lacing. The flavors are incredibly well balanced and rich enough to hide the sturdy ABV: vanilla, oak, honey, minty hops, with a creamy, silky finish and a slowly fading rich, welcoming aftertaste. This is one of the better beers I've had in a few weeks. Not sure about the "Belgian" appellation here, since it doesn't seem akin to any Belgian beer I've had. A regular IPA title would be fine. The day before I had this I was downing some Bell's Two Hearted Ale; and this is clearly better, even though the Bell's is a renowned powerhouse in the heavy-duty IPA category. Enjoy, and please, my friends, drink responsibly at 8.3% ABV.

MNJR, Apr 26, 2010
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3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear and amber/golden. Some lacing, not much head to speak of.

S - A slight Belgian funkiness to it, but some sort of less common fruitiness is in there and some phenolic notes.

T - Starts with some spiciness, and finishes with hops. In the middle, some odd funky tastes and some malty sweetness. I would say that the beer is struggling to find a nature - none of it's elements work too great with one another.

M - Carbonation good, creamy mouthfeel present. All told, not bad.

JNewbs, Jul 22, 2011
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4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a three-finger off-white head. Nice lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: It's definitely a hoppy smell but there is more of a floral smell to it, and perhaps a hint of citrus or fruit. I also smell coriander.

Taste: The hops are definitely noticeable, but not overbearingly so. Also, there is a flowery backend with a slight coriander taste to it and a slight yeast-like flavor. Mild bitterness throughout. This is good.

Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A really good IPA that's different than your average one. It's more flowery and has a bit more sweet/fruity notes to it. Very nice.

CowsCanBark, Apr 12, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Pours a clear copper with a slightly off white head. Produces about a finger of slightly tanned head that recedes quickly, but not too quickly, with good lacing.

S: Interesting hops with some pilsnery tones.

T: Certainly an interesting style, in a good way. Piney hop bitterness with a familiar Belgian yeast flavor.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Nice clean, dry finish.

D: More drinkable than I would have thought for 8.3%. Good, bordering on sessionable.

alli4051, Mar 06, 2010
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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into my snifter a nice deep amber-orange, albeit still relatively clear. The head is full, soft and white, and leaves excellent lacing all the way to the bottom. I drank this beer over the course of maybe half an hour and the head was very responsive to my occasional swirls, which kept it around for quite a while. The smell is beautiful and righteously hoppy, as it should be. Moreover, it really exudes the fruitiness of the hops themselves, which is a very cool characteristic. The 8.3% ABV is also slightly noticeable, although not excessive or displeasing. Taking a sip, the flavors spread themselves out very nicely on the palate: malted barley in the front, juicy hops in the back. Indeed, the taste greatly mirrors the aroma. The mouthfeel is robust yet smooth- not too carbonated or excessively alcoholic. The beer finishes very dry.

I'll admit that I initially scoffed at the idea of a "Belgian-style IPA" (i.e. "WTH kind of marketing ploy is this?"), thinking that it was just an excuse to put the "Belgian" label on something and up the alcohol content. While I'm still not sure if I'm convinced that this is a completely unique sub style, I AM convinced of its deliciousness. I'd hate to call myself a "hop head", but this beer certainly satisfies my (probably too substantial) hop cravings. Though I was probably too mesmerized by the hops to notice many other flavors, I still find this beer to be remarkably comprehensive in taste. It is well-hopped without being too bitter to displease or exclude the other ingredients. Its high ABV is very well hidden, and therefore makes it very sessionable- provided the session doesn't last too long! For any fan of IPAs, I highly suggest this beer.

BMoldy, Nov 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mendonjoebeer, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Pecafaced
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A- Poured a nice copper/amber color and produced almost two finger width of foamy white head.

S- The aroma was quite impressive. Initially sweet smelling but the citrus and floral hop aroma quickly took over. There were some mild hints of clove due to the yeast strain.

T- Great flavor in my opinion. It had a lot of citrus notes. The finish was impressive as well leaving a lingering hops flavor on the back of your tongue.

M- Great mouth feel. Very full bodied beer! Nice carbonation for the style.

O- Great beer IMO. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a great IPA. This is one of the better beers produced by Flying Dog.

Pecafaced, Apr 09, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

RandyJ, Jan 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

danielp215, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

iskeptopotamus, Jan 31, 2012
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,243 ratings.