Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

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THE BROS
73
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Reviews: 1,092
Hads: 3,634
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 137
Gots: 727 | FT: 3
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bought @ Nikki's poured into Chouffe tulip.

A- Copper kettle ambery orange and remarkably clear beer, a slightly off-white, thick, creamy head that billows up and over the glass. Settles into a little pancake ontop of the beer.

S- Yeasty, chalky, a bit dusty/musty. Sweet malt base comes through. Hops are pretty subdued, but slightly peppery.

T- In a word, hoppy. Hoppy as all hell, and a nice counter-balance of really strong yeasty, doughy and chalky flavors. Hops are spicy, earthy, and a bit piny.

M- Hmm... perhaps a bit too aggressive? Hops kind of blast through some of the nuances I like in the style.

D- Hmm... I like this beer, but I don't think it's anywhere near my favorite belgian IPAs. This is a hell of a lot hoppier, and perhaps that's the problem. Perhaps a bit too eager to come out swinging.

Am I really calling an IPA too hoppy? Huh. I feel with a little refinement on the hops other flavors might not be so overpowered. A tasty beer, but lacking the magic 'it' that makes beers like Chouffe and Allagash BIPAs stand out.

I'm going to sit on a bottle for a while (something I never do) and see if it smooths it out a bit. (1,157 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20th anniversary beer from Flying Dog. Poured into a Poursmouth Brewery tulip.

This beer is a crystal clear, rustic amber color. A foamy white head rested on top which reduced to froth and some nice lacing.

Awesome grapefruit and floral notes hit the nose. This definitely smells like an IPA. The hop aroma has a beautiful marriage with the belgian yeast/malt scent. It's bright, fruity and spicy. Hints of lemon, coriander and cinnamon.

The taste is a little too sweet. There's a strong grapefruit taste combined with this musty hop taste. Alcohol is very well hidden. I would think this is no where near 8.5%. I'm not sure the hops combine with the belgian characteristics as well as in the aroma. It's just a little too sweet and fruity and then this musty flavor comes off in the finish.

Carbonation is a little high. I find it good for the style. Mouthfeel is decent, slightly syrupy.

I was excited to try this and I'm still glad I got to. But I'm also glad I only bought a single. I don't think the aggressive hopping of this beer combines well with the belgian style aspect. Its just too many things going on at once. I can definitely see what they were trying to do though. (1,187 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: golden color pale ale, slight reddish dapple, nice lacing residue

smell: belgian yeasty and bread smell. sublte hops, Interesting...

taste: nice hop kick, grassy, earthy taste on the backend. decent alcohol bite on the back too.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

Fantastic beer, I want to see more high hop belgian IPAs (326 characters)

Photo of TonyReaves
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been savoring this six-pack over the past 2 weeks. Poured into a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a deep ruby red with a huge, thick white head. Took a couple of minutes for that head to die down. Fine lacing. If you showed me a photo of this glass when I was at work, you'd break my heart.

Herbal hops and a little bubblegum in the smell. Moving on.

I love the Belgian IPA style, but this is a cut above. Bubblegum, a light breadiness, heavy carbonation has it dancing across my tongue. Bitterness is moderate, but there's a huge rush of spicy/herbal hops. Bready finish with a tiny bite from the alcohol.

Good body to this one- actually a little heavy in the body considering there's almost no discernible sweetness. Victory malt? Heavy carbonation keeps it from feeling syrupy.

Alcohol content be damned, I'm going to drink a ton of this in 2010. I hear it's selling fast, so I'll probably buy it by the case. Each beer begs for another to follow.

I think this is going to be huge for Flying Dog. A lot of people are mixed on them, and this is going to do huge things for their reputation.

It'll also be good for the style. It's not a common one among U.S. brewers right now, but I think we'll see a lot more Belgian IPAs come next year. (1,244 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a somewhat hazy orange-bronze color. The off-white head is quite tall, with a fairly dense, frothy texture. Retention is persistent, with reasonable lacing plastered to the sides of the glass.

S: Equal parts citric (lemon zest) and spicy/floral hop aromas are most prevalent, and vibrantly so. There's also enough of a tangy/yeasty Belgian twang to give this a unique character, with hints of candi sugar.

T: A sweet, moderate malt backbone is accompanied by a very strong hop flavor and bitterness. Hop flavors are primarily floral and spicy, with lemony citric notes as well. Perceived bitterness is high - 60 IBUs are really rearing their heads. There's a flash of alcohol into the robustly spicy finish.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is somewhat lively. A bit of a sticky, oily feel fades into a very dry finish.

D: This is definitely one of the most interesting beers I've had in a while. A unique, hoppy bombshell of a Belgian-style ale. Drinkability is difficult to assess. The wild flavor profile scores points, but the finished product is a bit rough, raw, and alcoholic. One thing is certain though; this bitch can rage. (1,147 characters)

Photo of BlazmoIntoWowee
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Full disclosure: I bought a variety case of Flying Dog some years back and didn't like a single bottle. Still, I heard the positive buzz on this brew and picked it up.

Appearance: Wow. Every color of golden tan in a gradiated spectrum leading up to a finger of cream-colored head. So beautiful it's now the background of my cell phone.

Smell: Some citrus, with a hint of pine and floral notes mixed with an earthy spiciness. I also pick up some over ripe tropical fruit. Fantastic combination.

Taste: Homina, homina, homina. So delicious. The hops contribute citrus, the yeast is Belgian funk with a hint of bubblegum (thank god, not too much), there is a malt-y almost corn tortilla background with peppery spice weaving in and out. Complex, but not bash you over the head gonzo. Throughout the glass it gains some spiciness and loses some hops/malt, otherwise this Bitch would get a straight 5.0.

Mouthfeel: Lovely. Thick without being cloying and nicely carbonated. Perfect complement for the taste.

Drinkability: A little too high on the ABV to go any higher on the drinkability, but boy did it go down easy. I'm wishing I had another, which is always a good sign.

Overall: A hell of a brew that's going to make me have to rethink my stance on Flying Dog in general. (1,276 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.16/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Love many of the Flying Dog beers, and love most Belgian IPAs if done right, but if they're not done right they can be pretty bad. Hopefully this is a good combination of good brewery and good style.

A: Creamy 1 finger head covering a very clear golden orange pink hue color.

N: Nose has a very fresh spicy wet hop bite! I mean like it was freshly hopped yesterday with tons of fresh musty wet hop aromas. Some light Belgian malt aromas. Some pine and citrus as well. I think this might be too hopped for a Belgian IPA.

T: Much better, a strong Belgian malt and some Belgian sugar sweetness hits first this time. Then more bitter hops hit with more fresh musty wet hop flavors as well. It starts to build with more bitter hop flavors and pine and citrus lightly. Some spicy flavors as well. Hints of malty boozy taste, but lightly. The spicy and heavy hops just way overpower any of the actual Belgian aspects after the first .5 seconds of the first sip and no more Belgian.

M: Semi thick with quite a bit of carbonation.

F: Very bitter again, too bitter for a Belgian IPA. Dries off quite a bit as it bitters, way over the top bitter. Spicy flavors and some lingering malt flavors.

This beer would be a great AMERICAN IPA, but not Belgian. For a Belgian IPA it needs to be a lot more subtle on the hop bitterness and much less aggressive. I'm not sure why they even call this a Belgian IPA. This shows how Americans can take styles too far. Flying Dog I love most of your beers, but this is just too far! (1,512 characters)

Photo of ButlerBeerworks
4.92/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my new favorites. Big on hops - great aroma - overall well made beer.

Something about this hop characteristic sets it apart. The aroma is almost that of fresh / raw hops. Very strong, gives it a great bite, but not overwhelming.

I have bought more than one human should consume in the last two weeks, and I fear that once the production run is over I may be curled up on the bathroom floor calling liquor stores to see if I can get a quick fix. They need to make this a fulltime production beer. (505 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wiseman Zach picked up a sixer of this at Cork N' Bottle in San Luis Obispo. He'll be helping me (Nick) out in this review.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Body is clear - crystal clear - and bright copper, showing light carbonation within. A tall, foamy, off-white head sits on top and retains quite well. Thick lacing blankets the glass walls all the way down. N: 4.5; Z: 4.5

Smell: Sweet piney hops combine nicely with grapefruit, orange zest, honeysuckle, and banana. Toasted malt, which smells kinda like overcooked popcorn, also plays a pretty large role. Pretty resinous with just the right amount of sweetness. That burnt popcorn aroma is a little off-putting, but otherwise this smells pretty good. N: 4.0; Z: 3.0

Taste: Piney hops, potpourri (if it tasted like it smelled), bubblegum, orange, doughy malt, banana, tart lemon, and a touch of salt. Nice complexity throughout. Finishes bitter, peppery, and alcoholic. Zach finds this beer to be very clean and "sophisticated"; like Pliny the Elder with some extra (Belgian) nuances. N: 4.0; Z: 4.5

Mouthfeel: Prickly, dry, actively carbonated, and surprisingly warm. Medium-bodied, possibly even light-bodied for an IPA. Bold, which seems to be Flying Dog's calling card. N: 4.0; Z: 4.25

Drinkability: Certainly interesting, and pretty damn drinkable for a beer that packs a big punch. Gets easier to drink toward the end of the session, but at no point would either one of us call this beer "easy". Enjoy! N: 4.0; Z: 4.5 (1,500 characters)

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

A few people have had said positive things about this, and for $2, I couldn't pass on it. Thanks for the recommendation, Mike!

The pour is a brilliant golden-amber with excellent clarity when carefully decanted. There's a thin off-white head that is present, leaving some lace.

The nose is pretty solid for the style. Bright hops with pungent grapefruit and some pine, there's a ton of bittering hops. The Belgian character is also fairly assertive, yeasty and spicy. There's also quite a grassy, pine needle character. Solid, though not to my particular liking.

Opening with a fairly potent bitterness with a lot of pine needles and grapefruit and citrus rind, this is quite the palate-bruiser. The hop bitterness is really strong, quite dominating the Belgian yeast character that's relegated to the background with a yeasty, spicy, estery character. There is a definite malt presence, mildly sweet and honey like. Resiny on the finish with more hop bitterness, this is EXACTLY what I'd imagine an East Coast Belgian IPA to taste like. Medium-light in body with a fairly high level of carbonation, this beer is solid. Great for the style, but unfortunately, the style just doesn't do it for me. (1,199 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus hop and small yeast aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate citrus sweet flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration. Very good complex brew. (315 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly hazy copper color. Poured a 1 finger tan headthat dissipated to an even skim. Decanted lightly. Thin lacing washed down the glass.

S: Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Floral American hops and grapefruit. Pretty eclectic.

T: Just like the smell. Resiny hops more pronounced than other Belgian IPA's. Shrply bitter in the finish.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Lively, but smooth.

D: Interesting complexity of flavors. Personally, I liked it a lot. (466 characters)

Photo of LaChaBennDotcom
4.79/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at a beer snob party: eveyone brings one or two unique 6 packs (or 1 4 pack or 12 pack, you get it) and we drink and whatever else.
I tried this at 7. By 10 i'd driven to the store the and bought the last two packs they had available.
Flying Dog impresses again.
Appearance: amber in color, nice head that doesn't stay up long. Some lace was left in the cup.

Smell: sweet, crisp, slightly miss leading because it smells like a Belgian style beer, when this is far from any Belgian style i've had.

Taste: the most important part. Starts out smooth, ends with the 60 IBU it is packing.

Mouthfeel: Wonderful, but if you do not like bitter beers, but you like Belgian-style beers, don't try to fool yourself into thinking this is one of them. This is an IPA before it is a "Belgian-Style" beer-- no oranges here. Just Hops Hops and Hops.

Drinkablility- For me the best. I have zero dislikes about this beer, but I stand behind what I said previously: This is an IPA before it is a "Belgian-style."

Cheers. (1,017 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into duvel tulip

A: pours deep amber, with a off white two finger head that slowly fell to half a finger of foam.
S: sweet malt and bitter hops, grapefruit and pine
T: grapefruit like sweetness and bitterness, mildly piney. not overly bitter.
M: medium carbonation makes it light on the tongue, but it is also creamy.
D: good, easy sipper. (349 characters)

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

A - Pours a slightly hazed, lighter-amber color with one finger of creamy, light beige head. Head drops down at a fairly slow pace and leaves some very solid lacing behind. Nice retention as well.

S - Citric and piney hop aromas jump out first with slightly sweet, spicy yeast aromas making themselves known as well. There is a touch of overripe bananas and some other tropical fruit aromas in the background.

T - A nicely balanced flavor with citric hop flavors up front. These lead into some spicy, bready yeast tones as well as some caramel sweetness. Slight belgian funkiness and some tropical fruit flavors (banana and mango, mostly) also make an appearance. Finishes with a piney hop presence which linger with some of the yeasty flavor into the aftertaste.

M - Medium-bodied with a soft carbonation that lends an appealing smoothness to this brew. A bit of resinous quality as well.

D - This brew was a very pleasant surprise. The flavors balance very nicely together, and the 8.3% abv is basically unnoticeable. A solid offering from Flying Dog that I will definitely have to pick up again. (1,103 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.62/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours golden orange with a 1+ finger head that left spotted lacing

smells of belgian yeast and fruity esters backed up by strong american hops some tropical some a bit grapefruit

taste - most of the begian ipas i have had just didnt have the punch of american hops needed to make them exceptional - but this one does

mouthfeel is a medium body beer with plenty of carbonation it give it some life and be very smooth

drinkability - this beer is 8%+ abv so you may want to pace yourself - i drank this bottle a little fast it was so tasty (540 characters)

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

Pours a surprisingly light orange amber with a full finger foamy off white head that resists fading and leaves a nice amount of lacing behind. The smell is really good...an aggressive and unique fruity candied-melon-tangerine-apricot and piny hop resin. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel is smooth and crazy creamy. Full flavored the fruity sweet aspects of the nose are well balanced by the intense hop resin mirrored in the nose. The piny hop and melon characteristics linger nicely. A real easy drinker...the 8.3% ABV is really well integrated. Scoring CRAZY points for CREATIVITY...Highly recommended!!! (610 characters)

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw a sixer of this in the local BeerMart and it looked interesting. Poured a bottle into a tulip glass. The pour leaves a thick bubbly head that fizzles out into a thin ring. Moderate amount of lacing left on the glass. The color is a clear copper/light orange. The aroma is real heavy on the citrus. A noticeable grapefruit presence. It smells like an IPA should smell. Real nice. The taste is much the same as the aroma. Real strong citrus punch up front. Grass and pine follow and give way a nice bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. This beer drinks well and is quite enjoyable. (576 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Rich for this one. I had not seen it pop up and he was very kind to throw one down my way. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/15/2010.

The pour was very nicely put together, medium amber in color but leaning golden with a light bit of haze that very quickly cleared up and left behind a huge, three inch towered head of white foam that took what seemed like forever to settle down. Aroma was light at first but built up after a few minutes. Ripe citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit dominant with hints of light spicy notes tugging on the palate and a light belgian floral note. As I take the first taste though is really where it begins to come alive. Insanely bright and crisp taste. Huge notes of lemon and grapefruit are all over this one. Ripping through the palate they leave hints of pears, light peppery spices, apricots and herbal yeast notes in the finish. Very dry and a huge amount of carbonation, I could have drank this one all day to be honest.

Overall I was not expecting this one to be as good as it was. Simply intense and very welcomed. I loved this one very much. (1,131 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange amber with small, spread out bubbles gently rising to the top forming an off-white head that descends to a lasing cover. Uneven lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of pine, citrus (lemon, grapefruit), grassy/herbal hop aromas with a "Belgian-esque" cotton candy/banana backing.

The taste is of a complex hop character - pine, citrus, herbal/perfumy. Bitterness balanced by a "Belgian-esque" candy and a touch of caramel and honey sweetness. Hop bitterness stays ahead in the finish. Warming alcohol shows.

Full-bodied, a bit thickish, with lingering flavour.

Alcohol shows a bit, but this is still very "drinkable". Great hop character with a Belgian infuence in its character. Very nicely done! (719 characters)

Photo of weller1js
4.46/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heard great things, had to try, wasn't disappointed.

Appearance: moderate effervescent carbonation, consistent with moderate foam from clean pour. Opacity lightly cloudy with solid amber-orange color.

Smell: balanced nose of both hops and distinctive Belgian smell.

Taste: dry-hopping is evident from the beginning, crisp Belgian undertones become apparent prior to a cleaner, more malty than expected finish.

Drinkability: Given the finish is less intense than its beginning, and the fact that it is a unique balance between a tradtional IPA and a Belgian ale, it makes for a very enjoyable beer. ABV is 8.3%, in conjunction with the dry-hopped taste, some may be overwhelmed. (681 characters)

Photo of movingtrain
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a reddish-amber color with a thin but confident cream head. Looks like is has some decent carbonation here...

Smells like a Belgian...it's got some funk to it. Crusty bread, candy sugar, grapefruit, sweet-tarts, crackers, orange peel and damp earth. There is also a medicinal quality to the beer, and somewhat of a pollen note.

The taste is average...a bitter bite to it, hedged off by some caramel sweetness and sugary syrup flavors. It tastes a bit weak in the middle...a bit watery, but not without body. Some alcohol bite to it, but that is mostly hidden. I do, however, love the Belgian yeast addition to this beer. It is a stronger flavor than some others in this category, and much more rich.

I'm drinking this one a little cooler than room temperature...it may open up as it warms some. But, overall, this is a decent beer...one that is drinkable, for sure...and an interesting hybrid...I love the idea of blending the Belgian style with the overly hopped American IPAs...so, for this attempt, Flying Dog has done a pretty good job. (1,093 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear honey colored amber with a thin off white head and small strings of lace.

S - Juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit hops, bubblegum, spicy Belgian yeast and a light bready malt.

T - Juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit hops followed by a biscuity, caramel maltiness that slightly detracts from the hoppy goodness. Juicyfruit bubblegum with some spice and yeasty esters.

M - Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation and a lingering dryness.

D - The 8%+ abv is not noticeable. Very nice. They really nailed the hop profile. (537 characters)

Photo of babaracas
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear burnt orange with fine sediment, with a thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Smell: spicy, lemon, green apple, nectarine, caramel in back, a little yeasty earthiness. Taste: piney, lemon peel, spicy with a vague tropical fruit flavor and cantaloupe beneath. Just a little mustiness. Bitter throughout with a very dry finish. I don't know that I'd pick it up again but it was enjoyable. Best before June 2010. (421 characters)

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

A hazy golden amber color pour with a lasting foamy white head leaving plenty of jagged lacing , light carbonation . Aroma Is quite fruity , lots of apple skins , peaches. caramel , and citrus rhind , lots of yeasty slightly bready notes as well, a light hint of alcohol . Flavor is lightly malty and just sweet enough to balance the hops , lots of cirtus and orange type hops with very little bitterness , lightly earthy but very good flavor . Light to medium body with a very fresh clean mouthfeel . long dry slightly chalky finish, Very drinkable and quite sessionable . A nice brew . (587 characters)

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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