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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

3,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,455
Reviews: 1,094
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 117
Gots: 539 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly hazy, orange color with minimal head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: A delightful mixture of citrusy hops and Belgian yeast. Cloves, bananas, and other fruit make their way to the forefront.

T: Reflects the style pretty well. Big fruit from the Belgian yeast, along with clove and other spices seem to dominate up front, while at the same time giving way to a spicy, citrusy hop bite becomes earthy in the end.

M: Quite a bite up front, but then it settles behind the medium body and light carbonation that cleanse the palate leaving behind a bit of dryness.

D: It's a pretty decent beer, but I'm not inclined to drink it quickly or drink a bunch of it.

Photo of phiberoptik
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear amber with copper tones and a rocky off-white head.

Smells slightly spicy, citrusy, with hints of sweet fruit in the nose as well. Malty backbone with hints of bready yeast.

Tastes bitter, grapefruit, brown bread, metallic hints, with a bitter finish. Warm alcohol as well.

Medium to full bodied with slightly elevated carbonation.

Overall, I am trying to get into BIPAs but something keeps me from really enjoying them as much as I should.

Photo of jtingue
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Very clear orange hued straw in color. Pours with 2 fingers of head with quickly dissipates to a nice frothy layer on top of the beer. Some tiny bubbles rise form the bottom of the glass.

Smell. Mostly dominated by hops, with some pineyness as well as some citrus. A yeasty sweetness forms the background to all of the hop aromas, however.

Taste. Starts with a restrained clove and slight banana like yeast character. This is quickly cut by a moderate and slightly resinous bitterness. This quickly takes on a bitter tangerine quality. The malt makes an appearance with a substantial breadyness, and is accompanied and eventually overtaken by another round of a more piny and herbal resinous bitterness. The finish is semi dry, but with a lingering bready and clove-y sweetness.

Mouthfeel. Moderate body and pretty dense carbonation, giving a cappuccino like mouthfeel.

One of my personal go to beers whenever I cant find anything else appealing. Insanely drinkable for how alcoholic it is.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of PorterBoy14
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of MinnTwins
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BeerPunk1312
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of JOldewurtel
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of GarrisWH
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazed, lighter-amber color with one finger of creamy, light beige head. Head drops down at a fairly slow pace and leaves some very solid lacing behind. Nice retention as well.

S - Citric and piney hop aromas jump out first with slightly sweet, spicy yeast aromas making themselves known as well. There is a touch of overripe bananas and some other tropical fruit aromas in the background.

T - A nicely balanced flavor with citric hop flavors up front. These lead into some spicy, bready yeast tones as well as some caramel sweetness. Slight belgian funkiness and some tropical fruit flavors (banana and mango, mostly) also make an appearance. Finishes with a piney hop presence which linger with some of the yeasty flavor into the aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied with a soft carbonation that lends an appealing smoothness to this brew. A bit of resinous quality as well.

D - This brew was a very pleasant surprise. The flavors balance very nicely together, and the 8.3% abv is basically unnoticeable. A solid offering from Flying Dog that I will definitely have to pick up again.

Photo of rjl910953
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of nUgZ
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a wine glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber color with a half finger head and light lacing.

S: Fruity and floral hops along with a slight funk.

T: Malty, but with a hop presence. Somewhat sour and funky.

M: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

O: I thought this beer had promise, but I just can't get over the funk...

Photo of MillerMan16
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have mixed feelings about this one. It started so promising. It poured a beautiful combination of light copper, amber and dark golden. A modest head dissipates into a thin lace that retains throughout. The aroma was my favorite aspect. It smelled of malts, sugar and tropical fruits. I was excited to taste this one, however, the aroma and taste did not really correspond. Althought there is a slight bready, fruity and malty backbone, the intense hops finish is overpowering. The bitterness does not seem to render this a very balanced drink. The feel is good however; a stinging carbonation, medium body. This is a drinkable beer that I would not mind having again, but overall not my favorite.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of drinking12many
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of matt062286
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden straw color. Massive foamy white head that dissipates slowly. Light patchy head retention. Moderate lacing.

S - Sweet nectarines, grapefruit. Has a strong presence of that unmistakable yeast used in Belgians. Very fresh, great smelling beer (I suppose it helps that the brewery is less than an hour away!)

T - The sweetness of hops and malt greet the palate. Finishes on the bitter end of the spectrum. Hops are strong, sharp, and spicy. A shadow of the sweet clove-y Belgian yeast lingers.

M - A bit oily in consistency, surprisingly light body considering the ABV.

D - Very drinkable for the alcohol content, however the overall bitterness hampers drinkability for me.

Photo of Chugger
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of staticmaneuver
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Keffa
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had 2-26-10. Served at about 48-50 degrees in a standard pint glass.

Notes from the tasting:

Appearance: Poured golden amber, 1 1/2 finger head of very tiny and sticky bubbles, receded very slowly and left lacing through the whole glass.

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast, little citrusy hop, bready malt, little bit of caramel sweetness.

Taste: Belgian yeast is predominate, little piney/citrusy hop, caramel malt sweetness, little bit of a biscuity doughy malt behind the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: One word to sum this up, IMO: PERFECT. Creamy, silky smooth carbonation and such a clean finish. I wish every beer had this kind of mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good, if you can get past the yeast. Belgian yeast is very unique (and I mean that in a good way). Some may like it, some may hate it. I like it.

Other notes: This beer reminded me of Ommegang Hennepin, but with better malt, and with a much better mouthfeel. Taste, I'd give to the Hennepin (not by much though). This is a good beer. If you like Belgians, you can't go wrong to try it. Just don't expect it to be an actual perfect Belgian :)


Photo of generalnotsew
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is fat 3 finger head and luckily used my Duvel tulip. Body is rich glowing amber and very fine looking by IPA standars. Smell is bubble gum spicy with a fruity grapefruit kick. A bit of a solventy alcohol smell but not enough to change my mind that is smells great and very strong. Taste is a very sweet tart grapefruit laced with banana and some earthy notes. Bitterness is there but nicely stays away from the other flavors. Not a big fan of Belgians but I really enjoy this taste. A touch of heat on the throat. Very slick and oily mouthfeel with well rounded carbonation. This is a really good beer. If flying dog could produce more stuff like this and Double Dog they would become very popular.

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of aranheaney
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Red Solo Cup:

A-decent depth, hazy, some head

S-good IPA stuff here, citrus

T-good, alcohol on the backside

M-fair, not enough thickness for me

O-good, a slight departure from normal IPA's which is good sometimes

Photo of jisak74
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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