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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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Reviews: 1,119
Hads: 3,776
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 149
Gots: 886 | FT: 3
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Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 1/27/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops, some Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a harshly strong bite of hops bitterness. Then a caramel and citrus sweetness comes in along with an odd-tasting Belgian yeast breadiness. The malt character is hearty. The hops presence eventually pulls everything together somewhat, but there doesn't seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely better beers in the style that I would pick before this one.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. A confusing bottled date of letters & stuff. . . I think sometime in 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color that produced a rather fluffy white head that stayed around for awhile before dissipating. Did leave some thick clumps of lacing behind.

(S)- A spicy yet creamy citrus blend of lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, and orange.

(T)- A bold combination of dry & bitter citrus as found in the smell. Finishes in a lighter corn husk-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance to it. Not much belgian influence in here, but its still solid. More like a wet-hopped IPA in my opinion.

(D)- A solid IPA that has some good things going for it. Enjoyable hops & citrus. Definitely one of Flying Dogs better offerings.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Thick head that has good retention. Dull bronze with hints of red and orange and some obvious carbonation. When held to the light it becomes a fiery bronze, though hazy, with clear carbonation.

S: Powerful smell, mostly of hops. Aromas of pine, bread, and floral scents.

T: Begins with bitter hops and carries way to a bready sweet floral hop finish that continues.

M: Its a heavy beer that does not feel cloying thanks to the heavy carbonation.

D: Though it is heavy and has aggressive hops, this one could be consumed more than one at a time. However, its higher alcohol percentage treads on its drinkability.

Overall: Great beer, without a doubt the best beer Flying Dog has ever done. I'll be the first to admit that I did not enjoy much of their other products. However, this brew has it all in spades. The use of Belgian yeast is certainly present, and unmistakable. However, it does have more hops than the average Belgian IPA, indeed, more aggressive. Thus, it lacks some of the elegance of Belgian IPA's.

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

Poured into an oversize wine glass.

A: Golden amber with good clarity and sprightly carbonation. A soapy cream cap is big and dense. Head retention is excellent and a nice amount of lace is left behind.

S: Quite fruity initially. As my nose lingered, I picked up a strong dose of pepper, anise and black tea. I was prepped for citrus to come out in full force, and was taken aback when only a hint of it showed up.

T: The spicy pepper and anise bitterness dominates, but is moderate rather than overpowering. The oak pine bite adds an extra distinct flavor. Some toasted biscuit rounds things out. The spicy bitterness lingers long after the last sip. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth.

M: The oily and slick body of this beer has a definite heft to it. Carbonation is a bit high.

D: This is a powerful beer that I wouldn't want more than one of in a sitting. One of the best Flying Dog beers I've had to date.

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

Cellar-temp bottle poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Raging Bitch pours a little more sedately than a typical belgian IPA, but it has a nice fluffy, white head that slowly dissipates, leaving haphazard lacing. The beer is pale to medium amber.

S: Not citrusy in the nose, more like peach and apricot. Some spiceness, as well. Simple, but different.

T: Yes, peach and apricot seem pretty accurate. I also detect toasty malt and classic spicey Belgian yeast. The finish is bitter and surprisingly dry.

M: Not as highly carbonated as I would expect, but tight and effervescent enough to allow the flavors to pop. Medium-bodied.

D: Good drinkability. I'm glad I put four bottles of Raging Bitch in the sixer I built today.

Many other reviewers are raving about the sharp citrus of this beer, which I simply didn't get. Maybe I've been hitting the HopSlam a little too hard!

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a Belgian-style challis.

A - light amber/orange color with a thick head that settles into a fine collar; nice lacing as it drains

S - strong pungent American hop aroma (Amarillo?) with yeasty esters in the background, the malt is totally lost

T - strong American hop flavors with a modest bitterness on the finish; yeasty esters are strong but still overpowered by the hop; malt is present but is overwhelmed

M - medium to light body, moderate carbonation

D - Overall this is a decent beer, but I don't think I'll be having another. The hops used are varieties that I'm not extremely found of. That said, it's decent, but not outstanding.

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Photo of travduke
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden clear body with a nice 2 finger head, nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit and other citrus smells. Sweet smell.

Taste: Hops! Citrus, spicy, floral. Very nice taste, not getting too much of the belgian style though

Drinkability: For 8% this goes down easy. Would enjoy getting a 6pack of this stuff.

Side Notes: I wish there was more to the belgian style though. This is my first American made Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Sallerj
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm working my way quickly through a six pack of this stuff, and it's my favorite new discovery. It definitely emphasizes hops-- a nice combination of dusty, resiny, citrusy, and tropical hop flavors-- but it has plenty of light caramelly malt, warm alcohol, and funky yeast flavors to balance it out. The aftertaste is dry and bitter and still reminiscent of wonderful hops. This is scarily drinkable for an 8.3% beer.

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Photo of Goliath
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a two inch light tan head. There is excellent head retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is fantastic. There's a great citrusy hop profile with a touch of spice. There's a rye like character as well.

The taste is nice. There's a nice citrusy hop with a bit of a rye like finish. It's interesting and fairly unique.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fine bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. The flavor profile is interesting and unique making for a really enjoyable experience that keeps bringing me back for more. The ABV is relatively high but well incorporated and easily managed. It's just a solid beer.

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Photo of dtreindl
4.87/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I love the hops in this stuff. Very floral and strong citrus flavors with the bitterness of good grapefruit. For 8.3% ABV, this is a very drinkable hi-abv beer. I didn't realize the strength at first.

The belgian characteristics of this IPA make for a nice soft mouthfeel. I know it's labeled "Belgian-style IPA", but I'm calling it an IPA because the hops clearly dominate this brew.

I've had more IPAs than I can count and I consider the IPA my preferred style. So it's saying a lot that I put this in my top-5 IPAs of all time!

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Raging Bitch poured amber, with a thick pillowy head that left sticky lace on the glass. The color was a tad light, but this was otherwise a very good-looking ale.

Surprisingly citric aroma popped during the pour and was sustained throughout. The smell was awesome. The flavor was also very good, with a great balance of sweet caramel and citric hops. The feel was bitter and aggressive--it shredded the mouth. The high alcohol content snuck up and provided a warm finish to the remarkably easy bitter drink.

I don't get Belgian from Raging Bitch. it's wonderfully citric, aggressive, and bitter. It stacks up well against most American Double IPAs. To me, that's a very good thing and was a pleasant joyful surprise.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: Perfection. Pours completely clear with a thick pillowy head that sticks around for awhile. Great carbonation level along with a perfect deep copper color. Exactly what an IPA should look like.

S: Wow, it just leaps out of the glass. There is a decent amount of Belgian funk there, with a flowery herbal note (chamomile?), and slightly citric and flower hop aromas as well.

T: Orange citrus elements are matched equally with the flavors imparted by the Belgian yeast. There is a nice undercurrent of herbal, resinous hop flavors as well, and maybe some subtle tropical fruit elements. I detected a little alkalinity and there was a bit of dry tongue bite on the finish at times. It's not quite as perfect integration of flavors as I would have liked, but I feel that way about most Belgian IPAs as the flavors don't necessarily meld well.

M: Zippy up front with some carbonation bite. Good body -- thick, a bit chewy, supports the flavors nicely.

D: It hides the 8% well with a big juicy flavor profile and a dry, sharp finish. The alkalinity tired my tongue out after most of a bottle, however. I've never been a huge Flying Dog fan, but this is a solid beer for the style - it's just not a very good style, in my opinion.

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Photo of Doomcifer
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear amber color with a great, frothy white head that retains very well. Terrific lacing. Smells very fruity. Aromas of cantaloupe, papaya, pineapples, and that classic "belgian yeast smell" as well as a hint of piny resin. Lots going on on the nose. Taste is more ipa pronounced up front with a lingering aftertaste of the belgian yeast, spicy, coriander & banana flavors interlocked with a drying bitterness. Citrusy and candy sugars flavors, very resiny...not as nuanced as a lot of the actual belgian interpretations. More "in your face." Mediumed bodied, good carbonation, slightly oily, astringent finish. I could relish in a couple of these but no further. I'm usually not a big fan of Flying Dog brews but, all in all, a good american interpretation of a belgian interpretation. ;)

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Photo of Proteus93
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very golden, topped with a short white head... some of that can be contributed to the bottle being rather cold.

S + T: Citrus-zest, fruitiness, and floral notes on the nose with a flavour very similar, with notable fruity esters as a result of the yeast strain. Grapefruit and pineapple together, really. Rather pungent, with plenty of hop bitterness left behind on the palate well after finish.

M + D: A bit of an oiliness almost becoming a bit of a sticky feel. While it is a decent brew, I find it to be perhaps a little too intense on the palate, and not showcasing some of the more subtle nuances that could make it fabulous. That said, it's still a worthy selection for an odd evening - I simply wouldn't place it among my top choices.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this bitch into a pint glass to an ample off white head. It is amber in color almost leaning toward copper. Spicy hops are all over the nose. There is also a modest malt presence. The taste is mostly hops. The hop taste is spicy and floral. There is some masked malt flavor, but the taste is dominated by the hops. I get grapefruit on the finish. It is a very good beer. I would drink again.


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Photo of mostpoetsdo
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow amber, with a slight red tinge. A great white head with even better retention.

S: Picking up hops, but with a big sweet backing.

T: Just great, a big Belgian citrus malt sweetness up front, but combined with a citrus hops flavor. The next sip it can almost be reversed, awesome taste.

M: Smooth and appropriately carbonated. ABV masked incredibly well.

D: The only negative aspect is that I did not have more of these. Buy a six pack, now.

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Photo of firkinhophead
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice amber gold with a tight head of off-white foam.

big aroma of fresh cut fir boughs (like xmas!), tropical fruit of pineapple and melon rind from the yeast. powder sugar, and coriander as well. very cookie-like.

taste is dry and grainy, like flour-dusted biscuit. solid hop flavor of pine, pollen, and flowers. but what keeps coming back is the powdery grain and necco wafer dry sugar. quite unique. parmesan cheese in the finish, i swear.

nice to see a dry crisp entry in the dipa sweepstakes. gonna have to try some cheese pairings with this.

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Photo of Augustiner719
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint

Appearance: Clear orange, brown color with a slight reddness to it. Medium head with great retention and mild lacing down the glass.

Smell: Smells like an ipa with some funk to it. beautiful orange, flower and herbal clovy aroma comes through with some nice lemony hops. Yeasty for sure.

Taste: Taste has a little belgian funk to it. Nice hoppy character with a mellow funk and grapefruity aftertaste. Nice and dry but leaves the mouth with a nice aftertaste. 8.3% abv is not noticed until the aftertaste slightly but its a nice warming feeling.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and on the heavier side of weight. Overall its an enjoyable session.

Drinkability: Nice abv level is masked well by the intense flavors. This is a solid belgian IPA for sure. Would try this again and its a high reccomendation.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful light amber in color, a nice, rocky head starts to build and soon thins, leaving behind nice wisps of lacing. Good head retention as well here.

Smell: Up front I get a nice dose of resinous hop aromas, think Double Dog with a hint of Belgian sugars. The candy/bubblegum aromas peek their head at you here as well. I also get a little bit of banana and some burnt sugar aromas, definetley alot going on here, this ones going to be intense!

Taste: Hops divulge with those Belgian properties almost perfectly, I get alot of grapefruit up front, with bits of yeast elements, a small touch of alcohol, and a slight "smoke" taste mixing in. I don't see this as being "over-hopped" as alot of previous reviews have stated. Keep in mind this is a Belgian IPA being brewed in the United States, and Flying Dog is very good at using hops in any of their beers period. Finish consists of a hint of citrus notes, some candy like sweetness and a slight pepper backdrop.

Mouthfeel: I was worried this would be too carbonated but it is just right! Medium carbonation and nice bitterness from the hops here. Medium bodied makes this perfect to have more then one. Sits on the tongue nicely without getting too wet.

Drinkability: Overall, the best example of an American brewed Belgian IPA to date. It shows off a tremendous American hop profile with that Belgian funk that is expected. Flying Dog did a fantastic job with replicating a real Belgian made IPA that we can all find in the states. Definetley worth grabbing a six pack and trying. I see alot of other American craft brewers following suit with trying to jump on the Belgian bandwagon. Excellent all around!

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

Pours amber with a thick foam that has good retention with decent lacing all the way down.

Hoppy, some pine and citrus going for it.

Taste is similar, hoppy upfront with the citrus then going into a malt backing to balance it out

Mouthfeel is medium and creamy. Drinkability is pretty good, the 8.3% ABV isn't noticeable and I could have another with ease.

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Photo of RayMcCusker
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just got this beer in at work. I've been waiting for it for a while now. Here goes...
Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Nice, fluffy two inch head. The beer itself is a deep golden color and slightly cleaner than one would expect from a belgian pale.

Smell: Resiny and citrusy hops blend with the sweetness of the malt and candi sugar and the bubblegum and slight funk from the yeast. All pretty much in equal measure. Friggin awesome.

Taste: Hops dominate initiallly with citrus then quickly fade to sweet, yeasty, belgian-y goodness. The after taste is huge grapefruit citrus and pine bitterness balanced with a residual sweetness.
Alcohol is present but not overpowering or distracting.

Mouthfeel: Slick and coating but the lively carbonation keeps the heavy-sided belgian body from becoming too much.

Drinkability: Considering i'm on my second glass just in the time it took me to write this review I'd say it's pretty good. The complexity of taste and smell are enough to make me keep wanting to go back for another sip and the alcohol is hidden well enough not to make me weary.

Flying Dog makes great beers and this is one of their best. Grab it if you can find it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden amber color with suspended particales and some bubbles raising through it. the head is egg shell white that lingers for almost a full minute and leaves some fair lacing on the glass.

S-the nose is quite hoppy, it brings some pine giving way to citrus and grapefruit hops that fades into some funky belgian yeast.

T-the taste follows the nose and it is quite a hoppy belgian style ipa. the pine and citrus come in first fading into the belgian funk or yeast from the nose, the finish actually brings some resignous piney hops, notes of grapefruit and a lingering bitterness

M-this has a solid medium to full body. it is quite syrupy and on the higher end of the carbonation spectrum. it finishes very crisp and brings a slight warming from the alcohol

D-this is a nice Belgian IPA bringing good hops and a thick mouthfeel. i will enjoy the six pack i picked up!

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

I am not afraid to admit that I am not a Flying Dog fan. I find their beers quite lackluster, with the exeption of a select few. Their 20th Anniversary beer better be worth the wait. Here is my review:

A: Pours a nice golden amber color. Somewhat hazy. Head is okay with some light lacing. Some carbonation is present.

S/T: The aroma is sweet and very hoppy, with a touch of Belgian yeast. Taste is excellent. Very hop forward on the palate. Lots of grapefruit, citrus and a touch of pine. A little bit of malty sweetness. The Belgian yeast comes though in the finish. Very complex, hoppy and balanced. Easily Flying Dogs best beer.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Pretty bitter with a semi-dry finish. Drinks very nicely. Could be sessioned.

I already said this is Flying Dog's best beer. Easily. Is it the best Belgian IPA? Possibly. There is stiff competition, but I think this one can hold its own. Buy this beer. Flying Dog has to make this their official anniversary beer: a yearly release in the Canis Major series.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20th anniversary ale? Congrats!

Snifter pour with an amber/copper ale produced and an egg white colored foamy head with staying power. The aroma is awesome! Floral, fruity (pear, pineapple), pine, malty and many more! Bitter initial taste with some peppery hints and then a "woosh" of floral (rose?) on the swallow and a minor bitter/woody/nutty aftertaste. If you're looking for sweetness (from the aroma) look elsewhere. Drinkability is somewhat limited at 8.3% but I thoroughly enjoyed my snifter 12 oz. and look forward to my next.

Overall I feel this was an excellent take on the Belgian IPA style and be warned...Flying Dog is here. Excellent showing at the 2009 GABF is well deserved.

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Photo of BB1313
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first Belgian-style IPA. Picked up a 12oz bottle, well priced. Pours a great golden color w/ amazing white fluffy head and lacing. This beer is hoppy as hell! The hops outweight the belgian characteristics, which is ok. Medium-bodied and bitter. Flying Dog has something to be proud of w/ this one. This would be a great summer beer.

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