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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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1,100 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,100
Hads: 3,661
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 139
Gots: 764 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of Simont
2.62/5  rDev -34.3%
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. (574 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,507 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (1,477 characters)

Photo of olivianjeremie
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of scotorum
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,241 characters)

Photo of 1sophrosyne1
3.43/5  rDev -14%
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. (1,101 characters)

Photo of janubio
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml. bottle. Hazy amber-apricot colour, with an off white head that has a correct retention and a ggod lace. Smell of tropical fruits (mango), spices: coriander, clove, citrus and some skunky feel. Medium body, thick and rough palate. Taste of mango, spices, marzipan?, caramel, pine needle. Dry finish. A beast. (315 characters)

Photo of ezterry
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice crystal clear amber color with a nice bit of lacing

S: Inviting citrus hop smell but not overpowering

T: Starts with a hint of sweetness, but well balanced with bitter tones, Hops present but well balanced with the strong beverage

M: Allows to taste the beverage well, good carbonation slightly hint of syrup. Sightly more carbonation might be optimal

O: A very well balanced IPA, high alcohol seems to come across as the "hint of sweet" at the beginning, however the hops/high malt content complement each other well, and the hop flavor/aroma has been made such to be defiantly present but not overpowering.

A good beer for the evening worth getting again. (671 characters)

Photo of Mattbluesman21
2.83/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glass: Pilsner Glass
Purchased at: Festival Foods Lacrosse WI
Price: 8.00/ six pack
Size: 12 fl oz
ABV: 8.3%

Aural: opening, carbonation, pour

Aroma:7 out of 10

Intensity: Very strong

Balance: Sharp Flavor

Impression: Immediately put off by the roasted cardamom scent.

Malt Aroma: Like a cross between sourdough and dark pumpernickle
Hops Aroma: sharp hoppy aroma
Other Aroma: almost like a burnt cardamom. very overpowering scent.

Appearance: 3/5

Color: orangey dark copper

Clarity: opaque

Head Retention: poor

Lace: almost none to be seen

Flavor: 5/10

Intensity: very strong

Balance: very bitter

Impression: off (628 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, effervescent, amber with frothy cream head; long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Good Belgian ale aroma (candi sugar, coriander); citrusy hops

Taste: Creamy, malty and sweet, but dominated with citrusy hops; thick mouthfeel lingers on tongue, but hoppy, dry aftertaste finishes; good balance overall, but not keen on the American hops in this style

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (439 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours clear and true amber with a finger of foam that fell quickly to some soapy lace. Nose is funky with Belgian yeast, tropical fruits with a touch of sour, grass and floral hop notes and a generous, deep and bready malt underneath to round it all out. There’s a touch of skunk in the nose that’s outrageous and frolicsome. As it warms the fruits come out banana and bubblegum. Up front taste is malt, dank, floral and fruity. The sour hops and bitter climb in mid palate for a delightful expression. It’s plenty fruity with citrus, banana and tangerine but the malt stays up strong well into the drink and the dry finish. Some medicinal alcohol on the palate but it’s agreeable & warming. Mouthfeel is buttery smooth, totally enjoyable & finishes bitter with a plucky aftertaste. This is a vivacious Belgian IPA that lives up to it’s reputation in every way. (871 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out with a large pillowy head. On the side of glass, it’s composed of large bubbles. The color is a light amber, almost like a Rosé wine.

The aroma has that familiar bready malt, but also with lots of fruit from the Belgian yeast. There’s juicy orange, but in the background, there’s a hint of alcohol.

The flavor follows quite nicely with a syrupy sweetness from citrus and pine and then a grapefruit peel finish, much like that of a Double IPA. The front certaintly has some Belgian breadiness and fruity esters. Then the end has a clean dry IPA finish that is very bitter and astringent.

The beer is quite good and an interesting take on the Double IPA. It reminds me of many beers in the style, but certainly has a personality with its Belgian influence. This is more Double IPA than “Belgian.” Unfortunately, no bottle date by this brewery, but this did taste quite fresh.

In the end, this is quite good. Recommended for Double IPA lovers looking for something different. For Belgian IPAs, I think this goes a bit too far with the IPA qualities. (1,081 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sort of the flagship beer for these guys, this one is everywhere, but somehow I missed it until now. thick like all the flying dog beers are, this one is well hoppy, but more bitter hops meets mildly red malt, and its not a totally perfect fusion, but the Belgian yeast helps them be more cohesive. I like the creamy feel and the bitterness, but I don't care for the sharp acidic almost sweetness, or the way this stays filling in my stomach long after just a single beer. the 8.3% is also a little excessive, although I don't think its too forward or interfering with the intended flavors. its in balance, but its just not fantastic. probably overhyped to some extent, and like I always say, still waiting for a flying dog beer that really wows me. (749 characters)

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

A: Pale golden color, white head with good retention and a good lace.
S: Sweet yeast, tropical and floral scent.
T: Sweet yeast and grainy bread flavors upfront then a tropical, raisin, bubble gum flavor ending with a grassy hops flavor. The flavor changes a lot and bounces around like crazy. Very complexed.
MF: Medium body, low carbonation, waxy feel, a little warming and with a medium/heavy dry finish.
O: Pretty sweet and the hops in it bounces flavors around a lot. But I love the complexly and the bite at the end. I see where she gets her name from. This is my first Belgain-Style IPA so I don't really know how to compare it to others. And I think I could only drink one at a setting. (696 characters)

Photo of MistahBeah
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden amber. Creamy head. Lots of lacing and some pretty good retention. Doesn't look overly carbonated. Looks like a marzen

Smell: Sweet malts and Belgian yeast. A little funky. Belgian candi sugars. Some faint hops in the background like wet grass. Some fruitiness...I think it smells like pineapple. Nice

Taste: Sweet malts off the bat. Caramel. Candied apples. The finish is a nice grapefruit bitterness. Some pine and grass. Yeast is very noticeable. I like it. Hops outweigh the malts in the end. Not super hoppy but it sticks with you.

Mouthfeel: Creamy. Rich. Slick

Overall: I wasn't expecting to like this because of the mixed reviews and I'm not generally a fan of IPAs (Belgian or otherwise). That being said this beer probably won't appeal to the hopheads but if you're trying to get into the style this might be a good starting point (869 characters)

Photo of HerdNo1
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a tulip. The beer pours a not completely clear deep gold/light amber color. White head tat forms well and lingers throughout but doesn't leave much lacing.

Aroma: Belgian yeast dominates the aroma. This smells like a Belgian beer with fruitiness and a bit of funk. Despite it being an IPA, the hops are somewhat subdued. A bit of breadiness is there but it's not prominent.

Taste: The wonderful thing about Belgian beers is that they are subtle. Every sip yields something new and none of it is obvious. That's sort of what I'm expecting from the aroma but the hops overwhelm in the taste. The subtleness disappears under a wash of bitterness. Unlike the subdued hops in the aroma, it's the malt that's subdued in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a bit of oiliness. Not overly carbonated. The finish is strongly bitter and maybe that's the real problem.

Overall: Some crossover styles are terrific. Some are simply awful. This is sort of a blend of two good beers but the result is just OK. The aroma is terrific but the hops just overpower any Belgian character. I shouldn't be surprised at that but the aroma is such a tease in that regard. I don't think I'd rate it as low as The Bros or as high as the readership. (1,271 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at The Half Pint in the west village NYC. Raging Bitch pours a nice toasted orange color with a full, foamy white head. Great aroma of tropical fruits, fresh cut flowers, and pine. I found that this beer benefits quite a bit from being on cask, as it added earthy complexity, with the hops still very prevalent, tasting more 'resinous' than they typically do on standard tap or our of the bottle. There was a bit of a yeasty funk as well, that was not at all unpleasant. Although the mouth feel was moderately light, I felt that this was very warming on its way down. Overall a great IPA to try on cask. (612 characters)

Photo of CorvetteMike
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First introduced to this IPA at home in Rhode Island.

a: Amber color with a 2 finger white head
s: Slight malt and fruit smell
t: Good flavor, but too bitter for me
m: Medium body with strong lingering bitterness
o: Too strong and bitter for me

Will not buy again (265 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful amber pour with 2 fingers of white head and great lacing. Smells of herbal grassy hops, bell peppers, saison style grain bill with a hint of sweet caramel.
The flavor is very sweet and grassy. A hoppy Belgian ale with lots of bite. Mouthfeel is creamy for the style, high carbonation, medium body. A funky yet hoppy Belgian ale. Delicious all around. (362 characters)

Photo of ToughGuy
1.74/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This brew was way too sweet for my taste. My favorite brew is a DIPA, so I guess that I am a hop head. I bought a six pack of this beer with the intriguing name and gave away 5 of the bottles. I guess I will never again try a beer that has "Belgian style" on the bottle. (270 characters)

Photo of godlessape
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured this baby into a goblet and it's looking good. The body has a beautiful neon whiskey hued amber with a fine frosting of dense creamy foam.
The aroma is all Belgian; hard candy, spices, and exotic fruit.
The flavor up front is all sweet malt, and rock candy followed by onslaught of intense hop bitterness. Nice balance we have here.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the high ABV is completely hidden.
Overall this is a great brew--not for beginners, amateurs, posers, BMC only dullards, toddlers, dabblers, or anybody unaffiliated with serious beer. This would be too good for them. (591 characters)

Photo of Bauzen
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

At first sip, the remnants of the head offer up zesty notes of citrus. Several sips later, it's clear that this beer tends to use it's 10% alcohol content punch-up it's flavor profile instead of letting the ingredient speak for themselves. That's actually not a bad thing, but it does leave something to be desired after the experience is over. I'd revisit this review after a heavier meal prior to consuming another bottle. On its own, it doesn't do much to leave a lasting impression. (486 characters)

Photo of deeznuts420
3.51/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not one of the best belgian ipas out there. poured into a chimay chalice (goblet) gave me a finger and a half worth of head that wa a slightly dark orange color. smells like an ipa with a belgian yeast strain, but mostly taste like an ipa. mouthfell is medium. gf's le freak or some of the others are much better examples' but this is not a bad beer (349 characters)

Photo of eddie_g
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My third review, and as I said in the first two, please bare with me. Out of the bottle and into the glass, this is a pretty beer - a dark, transparent copper. The average pour produced about an inch of light white head, and as I drank the lacing clung to glass the entire way to the initial pour. The smell really made me want to dive right in; sweet biscuit, some banana, a touch of piney hops. The taste closely mimicked the smell, yet only sweeter. That delicious biscuit is up front but the sweetness surges forward. Next, I tasted a rush of banana and some unique candy, which is best described as bubblegum, but is much more indescribably unique. The hops don't appear until after the brew leaves the pallet. With the hoppy aftertaste, I get a nice boozey rush as well. The mouth feel is a bit watery, maybe even oily for the style. Overall, this beer is delicious, but the sweetness deters from the style and may prohibit prolonged drinkability. (953 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a goblet
not sure on the date of this one, its at least a couple months old, maybe more. only distinguishing numbers are : 061A13

A: Pours a hazy, apricot orange with less than 1/2 a fingers width of sea foam white colored head. Leaves subtle hints of patchy lacing.

S: Fruity, malty, spicy. Lots of belgian yeast banana, sweet fruits like apricot and mango. Candied sugar, hints of vanilla. Not many hop characters noted, but again I think this one may be a bit old. I like the sweetness though.

T: Duller flavors than the somewhat vibrant nose would suggest. Hops make themselves known as well, with a bitterness on the backend. Some of the sweetness from the nose is present in the taste (apricot, candied sugar), but again its dulled, and somewhat masked by hop bitterness. A touch of alcohol as it warms.

M/D: Medium body, moderately heavy carbonation, decent drinkability, well masked ABV.

O: Real nice aroma, otherwise a relatively average Belgium IPA. Not something Id probably purchase again, but worth a try. (1,044 characters)

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