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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

1,119 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,119
Hads: 3,774
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 149
Gots: 885 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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 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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Photo of breakingbland
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer poured with a cloudy honey-colored/orange color. The small head quickly devolved into a ring of foam.

Aroma: Not much but piney hops, but with slight hints of honey or candy.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma with the addition of slight funk up-front. Hops predominated in the middle and end. Some sourness lingers along with the strong hops presence. Other notes come out as the beer warms: orange and malt.

Mouthfeel: The body and carbonation are fine.

Overall: This is my first Belgian-style IPA, so my confidence in this review is rather low. I'd like to try more of this style, although I currently like malty beers which this style isn't. Accordingly, I did like the way this beer sweetened as it warmed.

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Photo of Sizeable_Paladin
2.24/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Apearnce was surprising and looked like it had a good carbonation by simple eyesight. Had a deep gold color and good head

S:smell of this bear throws it off had a strong yet palatable aroma a hint of spices to it, at least to me

T: This IPA had one of the worst and most pungent tastes I have had in a beglian style IPA I dont know if its the batch or the recipe it made it the beer hard to drink....the flavor was hoppy and very bitter. the batch number was 027B14

M: was very rough and had a very hard flavor for the palette so the mouthfeel wasn't all bells for me. It did have a deep bodiness to it but that is all I can say for now

overall I did not enjoy this IPA, and Its sad cause I really wanted to like this beer.
Hope this review helps*
*note: I am not a professional beer taster, the opinions in this review are mine and mine alone.

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Photo of olilitewu
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a local store in bottles, poured into a tulip glass.

S: I don't usually elaborately comment on this category but the smell of this beer stands out. Oddly, the smell comes with some soy notes, and heavy bodied malt odor. Very pleasant and very unique.

T: The taste is meh given how good this beer smells. Salty, malty, dark fruits and pine, with hints of earthiness. Not my favorite kinda taste. Reminiscent of Fat Tire from New Belgian, but much more multi-dimensional.

M: surprisingly smooth given how high the ABV is!

Verdict: OK + beer. Not enough for me to go back to if I had other good IPA options.

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Photo of Act25
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came back and this one got better. "Honey, buy me Belgian style beer any time, esp this one!"
Came back again in sep 2015 and liked this even more in a D'Achouffe tulip. I'm liking as much as real Belgian!

A: Only slight hazed, very dark, coppery Beligian IPA, poured into a wine glass and tasted vs another (Rayon Verte) American Beligian IPA that it leaves in the dust. Real dense white head with great long retention and shards of lace.

S: Aromas of earthy hay and citrus hops with more subtle yeast. Smells of grapefruit, rind, hops make this more IPA. Very inviting, a bit laid back.

T: Follows the smell, but not as laid back. It's stronger and more complexity with flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, gum, coriander, spices and yeast. A bit bubbly.

M: medium-bodied on the palate and smooth. Good tingle and finish. Very tingly on the tongue .First rate.

D: Very smooth, very approachable, probably one of the brewer's best. Lots of complexity and the beer is opening up as it warms. Let it warm and must try. A sipper. Great with cheese (provolone in this case) after dinner. GREAT FOOD BEER!

A Bros missed on this one?

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/20/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, light bubblegum, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, clove, pepper, banana, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, light bubblegum, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, clove, pepper, banana, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Belgian IPA style. All around great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in my favorite tulip glass.

Appearance: A slight hazy amber with medium bubbles on the body and a ridiculously thick head. Straight white well over a finger's length refusing to settle. Well maybe after two sips ;-)

Smell: Average at best. Taking a little sniff you smell something like a rye finish that comes and goes and is ridiculously light. Yea it smells good but where's the rest.

Taste: Sour and bitter. Feels a bit spoiled but I am guessing that is the way it supposed to be. Little different than some other Belgian IPAs that I've had. It warms to you and improves as you get halfway into your glass. You feel a lemon pineyness to it feels slightly heavy. Pretty good.

Mouth: Medium carbonation. Very sticky paired with a slice of sharp cheddar. Medium bodied at best, very good.

Overall: I've had Raging Bitch on tap and never face it a proper review, thought it was about time. Not bad to have when you crave something different. Not bad to have at all. Salud!

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Photo of Simont
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

A - Nice belgian phenolics in aroma, clove & pepper with a sweet pils malt behind it. Very nice perfume quality. Very low stale cardboard

A- Deep gold, pale off white head fades to thin lacing very quickly

F- Extremely harsh, a combination of hot alcohol and moderately high hop bitterness. Makes it hard to pick up what I think are possibly good malt/ yeast flavors in there.

M- Med full, fairly effervescent.

O- This must be a bad batch, code on bottle is 338A13. I can't believe people drink this and give it decent reviews if this is consistently the beer's flavor.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, just a code stamped near the bottom of the label, which means nothing to me. Got this because I've been on a Hunter S. Thompson kick lately, and I was in the mood for some Flying Dog while I kick back. I've had this beer before, but it's been a while.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about two and a half fingers of sudsy white head on top of a coppery / bright golden orange colored body. Some fat, scattered, webbed lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is mainly of bready biscuit malts, bubblegum, bit of soapiness, some alcohol fumes, hint of grains, and spicy cloves. Greapfruit / orange hops are present here, but they seem to take a backseat to the malts and cloves. Nothing overly complex, but a nice smelling beer.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter grapefruit / citric hop presence, bready caramel malts, clove spice, and just a hint of alcohol warmth. Some lingering sugary green apple skin on the finish. Creamy, smooth, and easy drinking.

M - Feel is sticky, sugary, and bitter, with just a bit of lingering alcohol heat on the finish.

Overall, a pretty ordinary beer, not straying too far into the adventurous side of things, but it gets the job done. Not exactly a beer I would describe as a "Belgian style" IPA myself, but it suits me just fine. High 8.30% abv is well masked, lots of big flavor, I will have no trouble finishing off this six pack. Recommended.

Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA ---4/5.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with that distinctive Steadman label art. Is that Hunter S. Thompson in the background? No bottling date or "best by" date that I can find.

Appearance - A beautiful beer, with a glowing, radiant orange body with notes of apricot and brass. A light haze is complemented by the shade of a towering two finger head that looks plush and retains for quite awhile, leaving sheets of foamy goodness on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Once I start taking a drink, the lacing remains sticky and spotty.

Smell - A wonderfully aromatic smell, with notes of floral hop and sharp alcoholic esters, all pulled together by the softness of a fruity, phenolic yeasty characteristic with a light funky element.

Taste - Not quite as amazing as the smell, with the hop characteristic not being as strong, but there is a good level of bittering along with more overtones of light fruit and sweet, bready flavors. Some spiciness and on the end of the flavor profile the alcohol makes it's presence felt with a bit of heat.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with good carbonation and a silky, slightly viscous mouthfeel that lingers, even though it is mostly dry.

Overall, quite a tasty Belgian IPA, with a balance of traditional Belgian and American characteristics. This particular take has a lot of things in common with the Trippel style, like many Belgian IPAs. If it was easier for me to get my hands on Flying Dog, I think I would drink this quite often.

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Photo of olivianjeremie
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good Belgian style IPA. Not to hoppy, but with a good flavor. High alcohol content, good taste. First beer that i have tried from flying dog brewery. I think the art work in the bottle makes the beer appear most special than it actually is. Bought this beer at the world of the beers in West Henrietta.

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

A single from a mixed six. The name is amusing, and I liked their "Doggie Style" the name of which is also amusing.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute

a: A rich clear amber. Two finger thick white head dissipated to heavy surface foam film and moderate uneven lacing.

s: Mild citrus.

t: A decently balanced IPA with a moderate resinous hop presence perhaps more typical of the contemporary American style. Any detectable Belgian influence comes across here for me mainly from a slightly musky resin undertaste which almost gives the impression that this Raging Bitch is in heat. Some similar aftertaste, but eventually finishes fairly clean. Towards the end the hops become even more pronounced. The relatively high ABV of over 8% is well hidden by the flavors.

m: Moderate due to the strength of the hop bite.

o: Enjoyable and a bit different, but probably not special enough for me to want to buy this again. Too many other brews out there of similar quality at an even better price, or better quality at a similar price. But I suppose if you live in Mid-Atlantica where this dog flies lowest, you might pick it over, say, Green Flash WCIPA, SN Torpedo or Lagunitas IPA and not feel particularly shortchanged.

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Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, deep amber with a full, fluffy head in an IPA glass. Moderatley good retention and streaky lacing.
Candied orange scents are dominant with banana, melon and some floral notes. Not as overtly hoppy as one would expect from an IPA--its Belgian nature takes the lead here.
Taste profile underneath a wet blanket of bitterness is rather subtle--there is depth and complexity, but it's hard to access. Piney resins do come through in flavors, blended with citrus and spice. After the bitterness fades, only the banana puree with dashes of pepper lingers.
The banana holds onto the back of the tongue, giving this beer length. It's fairly full of hop oils and moderately thick with a nice, bright dose of carbonation. The feel is better than the flavor, but can't compensate for the imbalance.
Raging Bitch appears to be angry because she can't stand stably on shoes that hurt (like new). The foundation is out of balance, unable to merge styles without unpleasant clash. I wonder what she might do if left in the bottle for a while--perhaps lay down a bit and let some classier spice emerge.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,119 ratings.