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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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89
very good
1,131 Reviews
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73
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BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,131
Ratings:
3,831
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
25.06%
 
 
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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Reviews: 1,131 | Ratings: 3,831
Photo of ruckus232
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark yellow/amber semi-transparent in color with lacing that remains on the glass the whole time.

Smell: Nothing special about the smell. It has a slight floral smell but that is fairly minimal.

Taste: After not being all that impressed with the smell I didn't expect a lot from the taste but it is actually pretty good. There is a little bit of a floral taste with a slight hint of sweetness that finishes off bitter but not too bitter.

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Photo of aaroblero
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice reddish amber color. Slightly brown head that leaves a nice lace. Citrusy (orange, grapfruit) nose. Smells like an IPA! Kinda tastes like an IPA but there is something else in there. Perhaps a burnt flavor? Not sure. Doesn't make it a completely different beast. It just makes it a litte different. Ever so slightly chewy, and a bit sticky in the mouth. This beer is good. Very refreshing (though I am thirsty!). Its high alcohol content can make it dangerous! Guess I'll find out. Yum

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Photo of WillKorn
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am not the biggest fan of Belgian style beers, but the added hops to consider this an India pale ale are a nice touch. The beer is well balanced and not too heavy, but it is very strong and did not go well with dinner. The flavor profile was slightly confusing.

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Photo of Sam-VW
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Samuel Smiths Organic Wheat Beer Glass

A - Thick white head, took a while to reduce and left some white lacing on the glass.

S - Hemp, Citrus

T - Malty and Caramel, Bitter hop finish, not too dry on the aftertaste and the high alcohol content is hard to detect until a lot after

M - As I said, not a dry aftertaste. The strength of the alcohol does come along after a while but only as an afternote. It's actually quite a supreme aftertaste and the belgian method and yeast comes through.

All in all a really good beer.

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Photo of Shade1951
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was disappointed in this beer. I have had it in the past, and thought that it was pretty decent, but for some reason, it didn't taste all that great this time around. It seemed pretty fresh, with a 2014 brew date.

The smell is... strange. I read lots of references about "citrus" and "grapefruit." To me, it smelled a bit sour with... I know this sounds crazy... a hint of burning hemp. Kind of like sitting in the nosebleed section of an indoor arena during a Pink Floyd concert, circa 1977.

The taste is also kind of sour rather than hoppy. This one definitely leaves an aftertaste, not unlike the taste some of us sometimes have when we first wake up in the morning.

I am glad that I only purchased a single bottle of this one this time around. I don't know... maybe this bottle was from a bunch that wasn't stored properly for awhile before being refrigerated at the retailer. I am willing to come back to this one again after some time to give it another shot.

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Photo of threeviews
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of RoninVP
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into 16oz Ball Mason jar.

I recently tasted this against "Loose Cannon", "Aprihop", & "HopSlam". Each have their place and Dogfish stood out as a great grill IPA. Great beer for standing around a grill full of burgers, steaks and dogs. I typically love belgian style IPAs, and this one stood right up there with all the others.

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Photo of glass_house
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a fooed Belgian tulip

Pours a hazy, deep amber with some bronze highlights. Two fingers of puffy off-white head leaves a solid cap that refuses to die, and the sides of my glass are blanketed with soft sticky lacing. This is one good looking beer. Smell is a bright bouquet of citrus peel, sour apple, bubblegum, herbal hops, fresh cut hay, and faint spicy yeast esters.

Meets the tongue with an initial caramel-maple sweetness, which morphs into tropical fruit, tart grapefruit and lemon, and finally pine bitterness. The spicy yeast notes are in the background the whole time. The flavors work harmoniously, but I find myself wishing they were a bit more pronounced. The body is on the light side of medium, but it manages to maintain a creamy, slightly sticky feel. Carbonation is tingly, but not overwhelming.

I'd expect a "Belgian" IPA to be a little heavier on the pale malts, rather than the dark caramel, but this is a fine example of an American-Belgian hybrid. I've had it a few times before, but this is by far the freshest (bottled less than two weeks ago) and it seems to make a huge difference. As it warms, the aroma and flavors come alive and really make an impression. DO NOT drink this beer too cold, you will be doing both it and you a disservice. Overall, as long as I can find it fresh, I think I'll be buying a lot more of this.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Label says 139A14

A- Pours an orangeish medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Floral aroma of grassy hops and Belgian yeast. Sweet, fruity and spicy.

T- The banana and bubble gum notes of the yeast comes on first and then turns on its heels to meet the bitterness and vegetal flavor of the hops. Alcohol is decently masked and the taste remains interesting to the bottom of the glass.

M- Sharp from the hops and alcohol. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This was probably the first Belgian IPA I'd ever had when I first tried it years ago and loved it. Still holds up today but I've certainly met other beers that attempt the same thing and do it better since then.

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Photo of lozz123
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a good beer for a high ABV beer. Not really heavy and you can drink more than one at a sitting because it not so heavy. If you are looking for a good high ABV beer and you like IPA's this is a good one to try out. I would recommend this beer.

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Photo of dank203
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours amber brown with some head and sticky lacing. aroma provides banana, some farm and citrus. flavor spicy with lemon peel. good sweet malty finish, pretty thick but goes down swift. had this a while ago and didn't enjoy it, had a cough syrup note. this is improved

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Photo of apants007
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle to a pint

looks nice. burnt orange with a very pretty cotton head that stick around form a while.

smell like an empty bar. a little sour with a hint of pine-sol.

whoa, big flavor. heavy tangerine with a good bit of lemon rind bitterness. just a hint of grits… is there some corn in this? just a subtle sweetness with the bitter gives it a tortilla quality. like a tangerine taco. i'm into it.

it has a light but present coat on the tongue. subtle carbonation. activates the whole palate.

overall a very nice beer. smells funny. but tastes great.

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Photo of vincentborzillo
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Was a little apprehensive to try it but very glad i did. One of the first Belgian style beers I have tried and like this one best so far. Nice smell, good flavor. Bottle os cool...haha. Very good beer and looking forward to trying their other offerings.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also received as part of a trade from a friend for a bottle of Rochefort 10.

Appearance - Crystal clear copper orange color with a decadent 2 fingers of off-white head that has great retention and leaves beautiful lacing around the glass. A few bubbles make their way to the top, but mostly this beer appears still. The head is white and especially fluffy.

Smell - Quite hoppy on the nose some slight citrus in there maybe lemon that also appears blended with a earthy spruce / pine aroma. Some faints sweetness in the nose from the malts although they are quite clearly in the background. well balanced and aromatic, but not particularly deep.

Taste - Big hop bill, that is bitter and slightly on the earthy side, with well blended malts and an undercurrent of those funky Belgian yeasts, that seems to mix and contribute with the sweetness of this beer. Slight smokiness / leather flavor underneath it all as well. A bit of a nutty aftertaste after a few sips although maybe my tastebuds are off.

Mouthfeel - Sufficiently smooth with lively action in mouth. Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Nice well rounded but slightly alcoholic feel which isn't surprising given 8.3% ABV.

Very nice, and among the best of the style that I've had. Definitely more PA than Belgian IPA, as the Belgian yeast flavors while present, stand in the background after experiencing the hoppiness of this beer. The hops are more prominently featured than the Belgian yeast, making this one of the hoppier Belgian IPA's I've had but definitely a pleasure as it is full-flavored, yet restrained and balanced well enough.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Translucent golden orange with a foamy white head.

S: Nose is citric with some nice fruity Belgian yeast esters.

T: Citrus rind, orange, lemon, nice fruity Belgian yeast esters, and a few floral notes.

M: Medium bodied and smooth.

O: Really good, but I don't think it even begins to touch the potential of the style. Still definitely recommended.

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Photo of bball208
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing much to say about this one other than, it's your typical beer that soooorta satisfies my hoppy thirst. Clearly, ratebeer's rating of a 98/100 shows me ratebeer is really loose with giving high grades for mediocre beers.

Aroma, you get a little citrus and a little malt. The end.

Taste, some sweetness, some grapefruit, and some malt. It wasn't a bad beer, but the fact that this is supposedly their best beer, I had high expectations and this fell short of those expectations. It really was just your ordinary beer you would get off tap at any local bar. I will have forgotten the taste of this beer by tomorrow. In this day and age where breweries are REALLY stepping up their games, this one would fall in the bottom 40% of beers that are not worth your money. Paid $13 for a 6-pack, really should not have exceeded $10.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange, finger of head, nice lacing.

Smell is tropical fruit, herbal/grassy hop, banana, bubblegum, grapefruit

Taste is orange, grapefruit, bubblegum, light banana, spicy hop and yeast, lingering pine bitterness, a bit of a bready backbone.

Mouthfeel is on fuller side of medium due to the high carbonation, works well in making feel like both a Belgian and a IPA.

Wow, really impressive beer here, not everyone likes Belgian IPA's but if you do you owe it to yourself to give this one a go...

Picked up a 6 off a whim while I wait for Bedlam to return around here full time, it is not going to take Bedlam's place in my fridge but I will certainly grab this from time to time!

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Photo of AaronRed
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this at The Blind Tiger Ale house in NYC- It was cask- poured by gravity- so it just kind of slowly pours out of the cask. Once poured, looks like apple cider- very cloudy, hazy, no foam or any kind of head. Citrus and grassy aromas upfront. The interesting thing about cask conditioned ales, and I really have had only a few in my life- is the almost absence of carbonation. There is some to let you know this is a beer. Amazingly smooth to me given the hop kick- which is immediate. The dryness hits you hard- grapefruit like any other IPA- but the yeast has sugary like flavor that lets you know this is Belgian style. Overall- an experience- really unlike regular tap beers. Because of the lack of carbonation, it is easy to drink quickly, and at high ETOH- it will catch up to you quickly. A must try for any beer connoisseur or anyone who wants to try something different.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 073/14. Amber pour with a full head and lasting lacing. Low strength nose comprised of Belgian yeast spiciness, a touch of grapefruit hops and light malt sweetness. Almost medium body with a nice slick mouthfeel. Normal carbonation level. The flavor profile is interesting and complex. Against a sweet malt background, grapefruit hop flavor leads to a tasty slight bitterness that is both tart and spicy. The 8.3% alcohol is well hidden and expresses itself only as that nice residual alcohol burn on the finish. The finish is smooth and lingers with a touch of tart and bitter. An outstanding offering from FD.

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Photo of Big-Frog
4.69/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Easily the best year round Flying Dog Brewery product. Not that some of the others aren't good, its just that this beer is superior. Its wonderful. It doesn't matter if its room temperature or frosty cold, this beer goes down smooth and leaves you with an aftertaste that makes you crave another one. I can't say enough good things about this beer. It has a rich taste and a slightly bitter hop after thought on your taste buds. Every restaurant should have it because it pairs well with a variety of foods. Every pub should have it because you don't find beers this smooth for the ABV concentration that it is comprised of. A++++

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Photo of shacawgo24
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Amber, orange body. Sandy hued head. Creamy and soapy with a bubbly few finger thickness. Flattens kind of fast. Not a bad pace but still. Needs better retention that all beautiful quality Belgian beers have. Very little lacing if any at all, that looks more like weak watery condensation. The quick head marred the beautiful clear color.

S-Banana peel. Cinnamon. Orange oil. Faint pine. Some type of herb like basil, oregano or thyme. Not sure. Baked orange ginger cookies or something, I forget the specific name.

T-Taste follows nose, but watered down. Weaker. Banana meat. Lemon. Orange. Really bitter citrus, like biting into citrus seeds. A bready low malt, don't know if backbone, more like a RANDOM jumbled bone placed somewhere in body. But malt is there. Just sporadically displaced, pops up in beginning, middle and finish. Call it a broken malt backbone. No connection. Tastes like a crockpot of randomly thrown in Belgian and IPA traits.

M-Low/moderate body. Tries to be creamy, yet thins and stretches out too much. Low/medium carbonation. Bitter aftertaste.

O-Definition of okay beer. Expected more. Great label art. Quality brewery. Smells and tastes were too muted. There was too much bitter finish without a balance of quality sweet malts & juicy citrus to wash said bitters out. Citrus tastes rotten. Like old grapefruit. But with a robust beer drinker palate, this isn't nauseating. Raging Bitch has enough Belgian and IPA nuances to be branded a Belgian IPA. An affordable introduction to the style. Packed with a high 8.30% ABV, Raging Bitch is by no means a regret. With few BIPA's out there to drink it's worth a try, and that's about it.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly foggy almost burnt orange-like color with a large two finger puffy cream colored head. The head quickly deflates, leaving some mild, pretty lacing down the glass. A constant barrage of tiny-to-medium sized bubbles make their way up from the bottom to maintain a decent sized creamy cap that retains until the last few sips.

S: Lots of tangy, fresh grapefruit notes upfront with a pretty strong wave of herbal and flowery hops following suit. A little bit of a yeasty character underneath that's slightly hard to detect, but still very much present. A nice spicy zing towards the end from the alcohol seeping through.

T: The taste on this one pretty much follows suit with the nose; there's not a whole lot of surprises here, though there are a few things my sniffer didn't pick up. The first wave of flavor is abundantly citric and fresh. Grapefruit upfront mixed delicately with some lemon. Those flowery hops come through adding some nice floral notes as well as some added bitterness that you expect from the style. The finish is semi-sweet, but the grapefruit and lemon make their way back, as well as a dash of banana and spicy alcohol. There's nothing phenomenal going on here, but the flavors are full and immensely satisfying.

M: Upon first sip, this one doesn't feel like a 8.3% brew. A nice creamy texture mixed with a controlled, mild carbonation make this one a smooth drinker. It's not until halfway through the glass that you notice the alcohol tingling your palette and warming your face. Definitely one of the easier-drinking bigger brews.

O: While I'd be lying if I called this one world-class, I'd also being doing a great injustice if I didn't give it the praise it deserves. This is a fairly common brew (at least in my area) that delivers everything I look for: good nose, full-flavor, and exceptional flavor. While I'd be wary to session with this, I'll definitely be revisiting it in the near future and I'll definitely be recommending this to others... With caution, of course. Because when you trifle with a Raging Bitch, you're bound to get bit.

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Photo of tmm313
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Crystal clear, dark amber color. Poured a 1 finger head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S- It is definitely a mix of Belgian flavors and an American IPA. I get banana and clove, tropical fruits, grapefruit, some pine, and caramel.

T- OK, this is just strange. But in a good way... I think... The flavors mentioned in the smell are all there. Banana, pine, and caramel up front. Clove and some orange pops out in the middle. The finish is bitter pine and grapefruit followed by a slightly spicy pepper. Aftertaste involves pine, grapefruit and banana.

M- On the thin side of medium with crisp carbonation. Finish is oily and dry. And again, the aftertaste involves pine, grapefruit and banana.

O- This was a strange, yet very cool, experience for me. I love Belgian Ales and IPAs, and this was the first time I've had, or even thought of, the flavors being combined. It was like Delirium Tremens mixed with an IPA. It took a few minutes to accept what was going on, but the more it happened, the more I realized how beautifully the flavors complemented and balanced eachother. I'll be having this one from time to time.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Raging Bitch pours a cloudy bronze color with a small lacing head. There is a harsh and very hoppy aroma. The taste has sweet Belgian candy flavors, but then finishes with a harsh earthy and hoppy flavor. Full body, full flavors, weird flavors. Overall its a very strange beer, it doesn't really know what it is or trying to be, I feel like its someone mixed an old IPA with a Belgian strong.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red-orange amber colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: huge yeast smell, clove, cardamon, banana

T: very bitter hops up front, pine resin, grapefruit peel, blends with above smells towards middle typical of Belgian yeast, clove, cardamon, banana, finish is bitter grapefruit

M: fuller bodied, good carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: flavored like a massively over-hopped heffe, hop flavor is just one dimension... bitter

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,131 ratings.