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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

2,924 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 2,924
Reviews: 1,043
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 90
Gots: 216 | 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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Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: floral tones, and grapefruit are most dominant.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, green grapes, Belgian yeast tones, and a hearty bitterness create a well balanced beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer despite the higher alcohol level. Great balanced beer with a great flavor profile. Worth seeking this out.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 15:06:18 | More by Gavage
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mendvicdog

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-09-2012 16:12:19 | More by mendvicdog
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

06-03-2013 17:50:05 | More by beernads
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an orange toned amber with a small head of fluff. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is pine, citrus, herbs, spices, orange peel, notes of rye, and obvious esters from Belgian yeast.
Taste is of the aromas with a juicy fruit gum and apricot explosion. I'm at odds as to the yeast they used here. Almost seems like a dry yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, bitey, bitter, sweet, pungent, and sticky.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 23:58:19 | More by weeare138
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pleasant coppery colour, slightly hazed, although there's not sediment in the bottle. Head is fine, for the most part, but is filmy, and forms in large bubbles otherwise. Some patchy and very inconsistent lacing. Not that great, to be honest.

Nose is, indeed, that great. Big citrussy American hop character, with the blunting that comes from a pleasant round Belgian yeast character. Very crisp and very lovely. It brings together the best of both world in such a lovely fashion. Almost the classic BIPA nose.

Taste is also very nice, and really exemplified the wonderful blend of the two styles. Rather sweet cleansing Belgian body, with a lightness that improves the drinkability and a pleasing citric hop bite that gives crispness to the end and a lengthened bitterness. Feel is smoother than the average IPA, but very pleasantly leavened.

This is a lovely beer. It's pretty much a light American IPA that is spliced with the interest and roundness of Belgian yeast to give it something surprising. A very clear exemplar of the style, and one of the best of the style I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 07:43:47 | More by lacqueredmouse
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass at Al's of Hampden.

A: The Belgian IPA is is bright, a brilliant golden color, rather translucent. A finger of head, not nearly the amount of lace as the bottle provided, lingered for half of the glass.

S: The nose is IPA, if not double IPA, first and foremost with a citrus hoppiness that refuses to back down. Floral elements follow the citrus, a sweet finish to the hops. Lingering around are tripel aromas too, coriander and candi sugars, but not nearly in the same ballpark as the hops.

T: The hops reign supreme, taking a floral citrus flavor to the nth degree. The hops are wet and thick, scalding but awesome. The IPA side doesn't, can't, hid anywhere in the ale. That, unfortunately, also pushes the alcoholic heat up too. Lingering behind the hops are tripel flavors, not on par with the hops, that manage to influence and soften the hops. The whole package is quite good; shame on me for waiting this long to try it.

M: The mouthfeel is indulgent, wickedly hoppy from first sip to last. Citrus and flowers are in ample supply, coating the tastebuds with oily goodness. Tripel flavors keep the hops in check.

D: Fantastically good. But only if you like hops and Belgian yeast. And I do.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 18:13:45 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler pour, clear medium dull amber, has an olive oil sheen to it, sits under a luxurious and creamy light khaki head, that stays and stays forever. Leaves thick frothy sheeting on the glass and rings of thick lace. Heavy/pungent tropical fruit/hop nose. Hopped up ale, fresh pineapple notes predominate. Not really getting whats all that Belgian about this one, perhaps some phenolic yeasty notes in the back ground, but mostly what I'm experiencing is a tasty, fruity, hoppy ale. Tasty and enjoyable, hop lovers will love this one, actually a real nice looking and smelling brew, but I'm not sure if they hit the note they were going for.

Serving type: growler

10-22-2009 01:09:18 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The clear full orange body has a sea of microbubbles with a creamy butter-cream head that last a good bit.
S- The juicy slightly spicy hops come through even during the pour. There is a more subtle yeasty aroma with hints of bubble gum followed by a floral hop aroma and a saison yeast quality. T- The juicy pine hops have a green cinnamon note to them and a yeasty sweetness underneath. There is a bitter spicy green hop finish that has a soft sugary sweetness as the beer opens up.
M- There is a light mouthfeel with a fizzy full finish that boost the hop flavor and aroma. There is no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a nice full spicy hops flavor with a great depth and it blends well with the saison style yeast. The fizz is a bit overpowering in the finish but it does enhance the hops character.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 12:53:43 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, props to Flying Dog for some cool packaging for this beer... funny name, and great artwork on the label, plus this beer is damn good! Pours a light golden color.. plenty of ascending bubbles. Nice head as well. Taste is medium to light-bodied.. nice sweetness to it. Very hoppy but its balanced out, has the typical Belgian yeasty sort of taste to it. Nice smooth finish.. for being a strong ABV beer not too harsh at all either, but it will definitely hit you after one. Nice pick for a 6 pack (plus iI paid only $7.99 for it, which is great for an 8%+ beer).

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 23:09:44 | More by oriolesfan4
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

20th anniversary bottle picked up and reviewed during my trip to Jacksonville, Fl on 2/14/10.

Pours a clear golden orange color with 2 fingers of head and sticky lace that clings to the glass. Aroma is a strong burst of hops presenting themselves as scents of lemon-like citrus, orange and pine. Taste is very hop forward with citrus bitterness and a bit of the classic belgian style of spices. Light feel with moderate carbonation. Fairly warming beer as the alcohol is not hidden at all. For a belgian style IPA, it is very americanized with the major characteristics being the strong hop presence without much malt backbone. It seems quite unbalanced but a quick fix if you are looking for some hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:29:12 | More by stakem
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

11-28-2013 01:23:47 | More by XmnwildX12
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Zorro

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear copper colored ale with a small tan colored head. This is the color of an old penny but not quite what I would call red.

Strong aroma of north western style hops. Very hoppy to the nose, in the Double IPA range and something like Dreadnaught. Strong pine, citrus and cedar scents. Coriander is in there but just about obliterated by the hop aromas. Finally there is a strong spruce aroma here that is distinct from the other evergreen aromas.

Starts out hoppy and earthy not unlike biting down on a cedar plank. Right off the bat you get some hop funk. There is a savory flavor here not unlike meat so I assume something here made glutamate possibly they threw some seaweed in the pot. There is a smoky flavor here I can't quite ID, something like a little scorched sugar. Not a very sweet beer there is sugar there after your tongue adapts to the hop attack. Lots of pine flavor here and eucalyptus the complexity of the smell doesn't translate to the taste. This isn't a bitter beer though, it is just funky.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a nice beer here. On the high side of the hop scale for the style but I love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 02:13:59 | More by Zorro
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit, some sweet orange. Dry finish. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 22:57:08 | More by jdhilt
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

05-21-2013 19:28:17 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, if the Bitch is Raging, then she simply needs to be set free. I began with one of the most aggressive pours of my life, nearly inverting the bottle as it growled at me. Down, girl! That pour resulted in a finger-and-a-half of eggshell white foam that was as dense as some of Kotter's Sweathogs. Even the remaining foam poured like soft-serve ice cream! The color was a deep, coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was definitely Belgian yeast with esters of banana and must. Speaking of bananas, the taste was initially that of banana bread, then suddenly, the pine hops kicked in for a riot of flavor. It was like a King Cake, except that instead of a baby, somebody baked a pine cone into the middle of a loaf of banana bread. Zoinks! Mouthfeel was kind of abrasive, lots of CO2 scrubbing the nooks and crannies of my tongue. The finish was all hops, leaving me gasping for breath. Almost forgot the beautiful lacing throughout. Phew, "pure GONZO!" is putting it mildly. I have no words.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 21:03:52 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-07-2013 19:40:11 | More by orangesol
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DoubleJ

California

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much has been made about the controversal name, but I care more about the contents inside. Time to drink with a burrito bought at Chipotle. On to the beer:

Deep orange color, it shines beautifully in the tulip glass. The head forms over a finger's thick, and is showing some great head retention. Very nicely hopped is the aroma. Fresh, juicy, floral, hops. With the twist of horse blanket. I like a lot.

Of all the Begian IPA's I've had, this is definately the one with the most "American tasting hops". Fresh hops again. They provide a squirt of juice and fresh floral notes. A little bready plus honey, some crackery malt, then add that funky blanket which dries out your palate. Lemon peel is noted. Alcohol...that's nowhere. Wait, it's 8.3%? Crisp and refreshing, and very drinkable.

When I think of Flying Dog beers, I think of ugly labels with middle-of-the-road craft beer. Raging Bitch has the ugly label, but is easily the best of the Flying Dog brand I've had to date. Highly recommended.

Oh, and it's a decent pair with my burrito from Chipotle.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 05:19:04 | More by DoubleJ
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden with little head, and what head there is fades away to a swirl. Smells peppery, dry and herbal up-front, followed by a little Belgian yeast clove and sweetness. More pepperiness and herbalness in the taste, plus some heat from the alcohol. Almost spicy. A little too austere, and hot, but not bad. Slightly tangy in the mouth, dry, and herbal. Pretty decent effort here.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 02:37:01 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a pretty nice dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, slight yeast, pepper, caramel. The taste is a pretty nice hop bomb, malty, a nice pepper note, slight corinander, and caramel. Medium body, the finish is bitter and dry. Very Drinkable, this brew surprised me, very nice, recommended. Thanks Wayne.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 02:21:01 | More by Wasatch
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-17-2014 01:23:57 | More by DrunkinYogi
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-19-2012 15:43:59 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into bells tulip.

Pours a fairly large amount of head, about 3 fingers of beige color. Fades down quite a bit. A decent amount of fizzy lace left. Color is a clear golden copper.

Aroma: A lot of spice notes right up front. Coriander and orange peel show the most. Some yeast shows with a bit of floral earthy hops. This beer is all around an earthy creation. Almost a hint of funkiness shows.

Taste: Wow, the hops show way more in the taste as compared to the nose. This thing is packing a ton of floral, earthy hops. Some orange peel shows again with more of a citrus kick packing. Lots of yeast flavors show with some Belgian traits. Spice notes as well. This beer surprisingly brings a lot of alcohol with it. The abv is high, but still shocking for the style.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced with a hint of alcohol showing in the aftertaste.

Overall, the beer is pretty decent for its style. It is lacking a few things and the abv shows too much for me. I think it is a decent brew from flying dog, but nothing I would go crazy for to have again. Decent drinkability if I can get by the alcohol showing.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 03:41:36 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.9%

09-10-2012 00:54:27 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch pours a rich amber in color with a nice fluffy head and some lacing down the glass.

Aroma is of hops and a solid whiff of alcohol heat.

Has a nice belgian twang due to the yeast. Hop bitterness is there with all kinds of citrus notes (grapefruit). Sweetish malt character. Juicy and quenching. Pretty good balance of hop, belgian and malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and semi-dry.

This is a nice experiment from Flying Dog. Worthy of the purchase.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2009 22:52:47 | More by Stinkypuss
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,924 ratings.