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
89
very good

1,093 Reviews
THE BROS
73
okay

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Reviews: 1,093
Hads: 3,636
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 6.02%
Wants: 137
Gots: 732 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Reviews: 1,093 | Hads: 3,636
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)

Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper with a frothy half inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of thin lacing.

Resin, pine, and belgian yeast esters form the initial aroma. Fresh cut grass, pineapple, tangerine, and candi sugar add complexity. One strange combo of yeast esters and hop fruitiness! There's a bit of belgian yeast funkiness present, accompanying floral hop notes at the finish.

Pine, pineapple, tangerine, and mango form the initial flavor, slightly sweet, but becoming bitter at the resiny, dry finish. There's a bit of toasted, bready malt that hits mid palate. It's like fruit cocktail meets resin. Hard to tell which esters are from yeast. Grapefruit and peach emerge late.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch high, and significant alcohol warmth. Slight astringency is present.

Interesting brew. I think the recipe must've changed over the years. Don't recall so much tropical fruit character. Bitterness is a bit too much for my palate, but love the flavor overall. I'll tolerate the bitterness for the flavor complexity. (1,058 characters)

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite breweries for consistently good suds. 12oz single for $2.25 at The Beer Store in Nashua, NH. Code 151A13 printed on the front label. Served cold in a tulip.

A: A hard pour gives 1/2" of frothy white foam that settles after a minute or so to a stable meniscus and a single clump of large bubbles that clings to the glass. Mostly clear, coppery orange brew.

S: Light crisp candy malty sweetness and a nice mix of soft citrusy and citrus rind hops. Smells just like sour apricots, or the part of a peach right next to the pit. Very nice, salivagenesis ensues.

T: Super pungent bitter hop slams the palate with hardcore bitter apricot stuff, leaving a strong grassy hop aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. Tastebuds are slaughtered with IBUs, I can't believe this is only 60IBU (according to FD's website). The malt body plays a small supporting role, providing just enough body to support the hop, with a little of it lingering in the finish to keep that balanced as well. Also some mango, pineapple, tropical type stuff going on in there, especially when belching. Moderate peppery alcohol heat, but the hop dominates it and keeps it under control, so it's almost a positive.

M: Crisp clean body with just a bit of viscosity. A little EtOH heat present in the finish, but not offensive. Good carbo.

O: Delicious. I REALLY REALLY love the combo of Belgian yeast with citrusy American hops. Phenomenal combo, somewhat similar to what I've done with some of my homebrews (saison yeast, wheat, citrusy US hops). (1,536 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from glass into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively fast to leave a good level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of herbal and citrus grapefruit hops. Mixed with these are lighter notes of a bready smell as well as some faint tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango as well as some flavors of a bubblegum like smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a bready quite malty flavor. Mixed with these flavors there are some flavors of a mango and tangerine sweetness. There is also a hop flavor of a more herbal nature in the initial tastes that bring a moderate hop flavor to the tongue. As the taste advances the fruit flavors remain relatively constant while the hop flavor grow more intense with a grapefruit flavor soon overwhelming the herbal and becoming the dominant hop flavor. At around this time a light yeasty flavor also comes to the tongue In the end this grapefruit hop is rather potent, but in many ways fits the tropical fruit flavors rather well to leave a nice bitter and fruity flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier and thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are very nice for the style and match the hop and fruit/malt profile nicely.

Overall – This is a fairly nice yet easily drinkable imperial IPA with a good blend of hop and fruit flavors. (1,467 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a huge head that reduced a little, but for the most part is still there. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Crazy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: pineapples, mangos, spicy yeast, bready and caramel notes, and some citrus.

Taste: Same as above, some lingering bitterness from all the citrus hops too. Very tasty BIPA.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and very drinkable.

Overall: I love this beer. Pretty good and I am very happy with it. Looking for more in the future. (633 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12. fl. oz. bottle no.151A138. Sampled on February 25, 2013.

It is an attractive looking beer with a medium amber tone, copper, like a brand new penny, busy carbonation and a lingering off-white head. That gets a high mark.

The aroma has as touch of Belgian sugars and yeast, banana, and bubblegum.

The body is medium but there is a considerable acidity going on which makes it a little sharper on the palate.

The taste drops hints that it is a Belgian style IPA with the pale malts, banana, and bubblegum (like the aroma) and moderate hop bitterness lingering on at the finish. But there is something rather off about it. It has this graininess or something I cannot quite define. It looked and smelled good but it slipped on the taste. (750 characters)

Photo of Bernardkowalski
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Took one look at this beer and as soon as i read that it was a Belgian style i was sold, let alone that it was an IPA, fuck ya!!

A: Very heavy amber color to it, looks like there is not much carbonation or life inside, yet unable to see through the glass so there must be allot of malty ingredients added to the batch.

S: Smell is slightly intense, heavy in the pine smell, can totally tell that is in IPA just based off the smell.

T: smooth, sweet and so easy to drink. Has a sharp entrance at first, but after goes down the throat all it leaves you with is such and IPA bitter flavor it will keep you begging for more.

M: After just taking sips of the beer tho, it kinda shows you the complete opposite of its taste. Allowing you to leave it in your mouth so smooth and subtle, until your ready to swallow it whole in which you encounter its full wrath and flavor. (872 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle from Vino Wines, Edinburgh:
Orange amber colour with a thumb sized, foamy looking head that is white in colour and has excellent retention. The head holds for well over five minutes without reducing any.

A strong hop filled aroma, mainly a floral one along with some yeast and a fruity aroma. There is some mango, a little citrus and grapefruit as well as some hints of orange giving it quite a fruity.

Hop filled with some grapefruit and floral flavours. There is a strong alcohol taste around the middle with some sugar, citrus and a few tropical fruit flavours. It is very Belgian like again and there is some apricot in there somewhere as well along with the hop bitterness and some spice throughout.

Medium with strong carbonation and a dry feel to the beer but a smooth one as well. There is some grain and a lot of bitterness at the end with some alcohol at the end.

A strong beer with the high alcohol content not particularly well hidden but the beer is definitely Belgian in style and taste, it certainly reminded me of Duvel a lot but it wasn't quite in the same league as it. (1,104 characters)

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.