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

3,608 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,608
Reviews: 1,129
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 135
Gots: 703 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 Stinkypuss
3.83/5  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.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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

Poured from the cask into a tulip glass at Churchkey.

A very soapy and bubbly head white in color, with some surprising staying power for a poured cask ale. Cloudy amber body. Your basic cask ale program presentation, givining to a nice look.

Nose has light Belgian like malts and a sense of sweet sugar cinnamon. Strong but not much else.

Taste is mildly buttery texture from cask ale pour, and an extremely soft bodied malt, and a hint of mild diacetyl. Teasing palate but with a hint of fun.

Overall, on cask pretty straight forward. With a mild body and big chewy malt and hint of hop goodness on the finish to give a sense of ipa fun.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
2.13/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

3/4/11

On tap at URGE.

A: Transparent golden orange. Creamy cap. Looks inviting.

S: Coriander, clove, and orange, with bready malt. Very spicy. Some light grapefruit. A little alcohol. Perhaps some pepper. Smells like a generic Belgian beer. Average at best.

T: Moderately bitter grapefruit rind up front with prominent spicy phenols, reminiscent of clove and white pepper. There's a lot astringency in there. Far too spicy for my taste, and not enough of the IPA showing through. Alcohol is noticeable in the bitter astringent finish. There's a definite clash of spice and bitterness in the end that reminds me of aspirin. That's terrible.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: Not recommended at all. Avoid. Looks deceived me.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a golden honey color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is very floral, with some very perfumy hops backing the light fruity sweetness. Flavors replicate the nose, and I have to say this is one of the hoppier, bitter, domestic Belgain style IPA's I've tried. There is some underlying sweet white peach and honey, but the hops really come on strong in this beer, giving if a long, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light and drinkability is OK. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I would like, and I can't see myself having more then a single glass at a sitting. Still, this was a nice effort by Flying Dog; one of the more interesting beers I've had from them of late.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  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.

Photo of biegaman
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch has a scalded orange colour, inflamed glow and frenzied complexion - I feel as though it's staring daggers at me. Do I have to defend myself before taking a drink? Will it hit me? I'll tell you what does hit me: the fiery, well stoked highlights that bleed through its frost bitten clarity. Its head isn't so raging but is erratically sticky.

The aroma is a sure distraction: the combination of American hops and Belgian yeast is damn near mystical. A profuse, hemorrhaging fruity bitterness occults all sorts of esters, vapors and phenols and the distant sweetness of a generous maltiness. Like a dog trying to catch a fly buzzing around its head, I'm chomping at the air around the glass...

Until I remembered I could actually take a sip. Impressive. The hops are so fruity and piny and bitter that they seemed to have blown a gasket; charred grapefruit, dried orange peel, herbal grasses and tree bark are on the warpath. But they meet a formidable foe in the less aggressive, but more tactile, esters and peppery phenols of the yeast.

The alcohol is just about at its boiling point but, curiously, feels only lukewarm, and is nowhere so hot so as to cause burns. The bitterness is incredibly raspy, and leaves your throat feeling that way too. The malts, meanwhile, despite that hoarse, gravelly hop presence, is not the least bent out of shape; it is firm and so thick so as to feel crunchy.

Raging Bitch is an appropriate name for a beer that is comprised of a rabid yeast, seething alcohol and merciless hops. And doubly so because I'm now enraged by the fact that the brewery doesn't sell it in bombers! The fact that I had to settle for a 12 ounce bottle has me seeing red! And also definitely seeing a full six pack in my future purchases.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle out of a six pack I picked up at the beer store yesterday. The beer pours a pale copper coloring with no head. The nose is very hop heavy, and it seems like there is a hint of coriander or some other spice deep down below the hops. The sharpness of the beer hits your tongue before the taste does. The taste follows up nicely with a bold blend of spice and malt riding a wave of sour hops. The beer, for all its grandness early in mouth, slips quickly off to a quiet and smooth finish. Spice flavors in the aftertaste, also. Decent beer, but I have had better. I would be interested to try this on-tap or from a cask to get a different perspective on it.

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Belgian Room, NYC.

Poured a pale copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full peppery hop and moderate esters.

The taste was extremely spicy due to the abundantly peppery hop and estery yeast. Earthy malts rounded out the experience.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a superior example of the style.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/5/11
*From notes

A: Glowing mahogany, as a generous pour yields a 1.25 finger head and better lacing then I was expecting.

S: Resinous molasses and bitter East Coast hop oil. As it warms, hints of figgy pudding appear.

T: I'm shocked, as this is big and bitter through and through. It's agressive, much more then other beers within the BIPA style. Rich, robust pine and minor yeasty breadiness on the finish. The alcohol is present from beginning to end, and becomes more prevalent as it warms.

M: Richer and thicker then I'd assumed it would be. Good carbonation gives way to a medium-full body that really carries the ABV well.

O: Flying Dog's Raging Bitch is a good quality BIPA, and something I'd recommend to someone looking for an American interpretation of the style. Better then expected - thumbs up.

Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy, cheers. 12oz bottle into a tulip, stamped 359A11.

Reddish copper, with a voluminous white head. Big chuny and sticky lace lines the walls of the glass and relatively dense head retains atop the beer. Nose is floral and juicy with a light herbal quality, just as expected from an American interpretation of a Belgian style - big hop notes amidst a generous amount of Belgian yeast notes. Light bready maltiniess, and hints of spice. Alcohol is detectable. Malt and yeast take over on the palate, light sugariness and a bit of dryness in the finish. Hop notes are muted, and there a slight candy note; gentle and understated bitterness in the finish. Some resin-y notes come through. No alcohol on the palate, smooth carbonation (an actually quite favourable). Easily drinkable but not too complex or desirable, I could revisit this.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright orange pour with a brilliant clarity reveals a light, micro-bubbly effervesce that was loosely spaced. A spongey modest capping, light beige in color, displays modest retention all the while leaving a minimal lacing on the way down.

S: A beautiful nose of oranges, fresh juicy pears, and sweet apricots appear upfront. A few swirls later brings out a lemony tart nature and some sour fruitiness that works well in balancing the initial fruity sweetness. Overall modest in strength and aromatic.

T: Spicy hops meets fresh wet citrus and toasty grains (perhaps munich) with a warmth of alcohol. Toasted grains compose the malting, that was complimented by some warm grapefruit and pine juice bring a spicy warmth. The hops and alcohol really come into play late in the game after the swallow providing a nice bite from the bitch.

M: A nice tingle of carbonation and medium consistency with warm and bitter pine juice and alcohol. Slick textured slides nicely around the tongue.

D: The alcohol seems a bit more then its advertised 8.3%abv as well the hops of 60ibu which were quite dominant. Spicy, hoppy Belgian take that will leave you with a good impression and wanting more.

Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured light and auburn in color with an off white head that quickly dissipated. It definitely smelled more like a Belgian than an IPA. It had good yeasty aromas with some light maltiness. It didn't feature hoppiness or alcohol at all. The taste was excellent. Again it was heavier on the Belgian side. It featured a good mix of breadiness with sugars and some light alcohol on the backend. The mouthfeel was light, crisp, and well carbonated. I really liked this one and I found it more drinkable than a lot of other Belgian IPAs. This one certainly is closer to a Belgian than an IPA.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear coppery orange amber. Nice one finger white head and lacing. Aroma of Belgian spices, light and exotic fruit, light sweet malt. Interesting combination of hops, malt, citrus and light fruit to start, finish is a bit dry and and abrupt which doesn't present the residual citrus and piney hops that well. Nice medium almost creamy body. I really like the subdued, well integrated flavors of the start and middle, which make up for the finish.

Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Stanzi for grabbing this on her recent trip to Frisco. This is a style I find to be a bit of a bastard child in the beer world, so my expectations are on the low side. Bottle is printed with the code 236FX10. Poured into tulip. Poured a semi-cloudy orangeish-amber color with a bit over a half-inch of slightly off-white head that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was solidly hoppy, with some yeast spicyness in the background. The taste was very hop forward and hoppy at the back in the middle was some of the yeast, spice and fruit that I love about Belgian-styles. The brew had a nicely dry finish.

The body was very good, much fuller than I had expected. Drinkability was good, even for an 8% brew, I'd be willing to have a couple.

Overall, one of the better examples of a style that I'm not in love with. Worth a shot when you see it.

Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, floral hops, dark citrus, slight alcohol, yeast, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. The mouth feel is also slightly watery. Tastes of sweet malt, floral hops, dark citrus, slight yeast, hint of alcohol, and a hint of wood. Overall, an alright Belgian IPA; good appearance, aroma, and blend.

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

Clear orange/amber colour with a thin layer of white bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Short-lived, streaky lacing and decent head retention. Caramel and toasted bread in the aroma, fruity and powdery, a bit yeasty. The flavour was surprisingly mild and balanced - I was expecting something more bombastic. Malty and fruity up front, a bit of alcohol, some citrus and spice towards the end along with sugary sweetness, followed by a slightly bitter and somewhat quick finish. Pretty easy drinking for the abv. Light peppery warmth, a bit dry, medium to full bodied with lowish, nearly creamy carbonation. I liked this and enjoyed it. I'm glad I have another bottle in the fridge.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,608 ratings.