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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,164 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,164
Reviews: 1,060
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 101
Gots: 338 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009)
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Photo of bark
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The firm large warm beige head is compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing. The liquid is gold-orange and clear.

The smell is Belgian with soapy-yeasty flavours. Hints of plastic. Citric hops, but not much of bitterness.

The taste starts off with a grand bitterness, almost like a DIPA. Some phenolic yeasty flavours and a tart hint of wheat. Clean flavours, medium to full body. Fruit candy and a sweetness that is powerful without being sharp. Alcohol and hops in the aftertaste; it is smooth and balanced. Ripe exotic fruits (banana, lemon, peach, pineapple). Sweetness and alcohol in the finish.
The carbonation is light, the small bubbles smooth. The liquid is medium smooth.

A very Belgian brew. Pleasant.

bark, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of amphion1065
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gifted bottle, served in a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very clear shade of auburn. A half-finger white head really lasts, great retention here.

A nice, no-nonsense aroma. Robust but not overpowering hop presence, with an evident smell of pineapple. Fairly bready, with a nice yeast character to round things out. Quite balanced.

The taste is surprisingly sweet, but it works. Pretty big notes of butterscotch, with characteristically Belgian bubblegum and lemons as well. The flavors play off of each other well, and the muted hop flavor seems to work.

The carb is great, this is lively and really drinkable. ABV aside, this is very easy to drink.

A really solid Belgian IPA, one that I'd gladly pick up again.

amphion1065, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of CarpalTunnell
4/5  rDev +3.1%

CarpalTunnell, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of djbow
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Rich clear amber color. 2 Finger white head with tight bubbles. Slowly dissipates to a thin film with nice lacing and some alcohol legs.

S: Belgian yeast dominate with pine, and citrus hops. Like Belgium getting some California love.

T: Like the nose leads on, Belgian yeast hits you up front and the beer finishes with both caramel like sweetness and a hop bitterness. Overall a nice clean finish and lingering aftertaste. The malt and the hops come together to create balance.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Finishes crisp, clean and smooth leaving you wanting for more. Mild alcohol warmth. Well hidden for 8.3%.

O: Very good representation of this style. If you are one who is not a hop-head this is an accessible brew because of its balance. Give it a try.

Glass: Tulip.

Temp: 40 F.

djbow, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

duceswild, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sharp and startling bitter ale. The color is a classic amber color in the chalice. Nice foam and richly carbonated on the tongue. Quite bitter and hopped up. Hot with alcohol. A thin, almost harsh mouthfeel. So woody and astringent. Nose of honey, for some reason. Clear, clean, and like a bullet. Really sharp, it's beyond tangy. 60 IBU on a light body.

I'd call it an IPA with some Belgian flavors. But it's a wilder IPA than a lot of the pack. Apparently they jiggled a bottle enough for Ralph Steadman to notice and pontificate about it. 12 oz bottle from Best Damn beer store in San Diego.

mactrail, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jfcaa193, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

sneth019, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of PatDreadful
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my DFH tulip.

Appearance: I never comment on labels but I really dig on this one. No joke, this beer looks like it is on fire. The brilliant amber, red and orange make this one of the most vibrant pours I've ever encountered. The head is a stark white and very chunky. It recedes quickly but laces throughout. The contrast of the white and the vibrant colors is tremendous.

Smell: I get hints on citrus with earthy hops dominating. There is a subtle sweetness lingering in the background. As the beer warms I get more of that candy sugar sweetness with the slightest trace of booze.

Taste: Wow. A wonderful take on the style. The hops hit you up front as they mingle with some really nice yeat esters. I'm getting the bitterness from the hops mixed with notes of cherry and bubble gum from the yeast. Simply wonderful. Eventually this gives way to a hop bitterness mixed with the candy. Very complex and the ABV is nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel: This is the only area for improvement. I would have liked a heavier mouthfeel that went down a bit smoother. Oh well, its a small critique on an otherwise wonderful brew.

PatDreadful, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of jhartley
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter glass.

A-I like all the Steadman label art that Flying Dog uses. It pours a beautiful amber-reddish-brown. Thick 1 finger light head which left nice lacing on the glass.

S-Pine. Citrus. HOPS.

T-Hops up front, right away. Nice bite in the middle and finishing slightly sweet and not too bitter.

M-Nice & juicy hop flavors and an alcohol bite.

O-Received as a gift and would definitely buy this one for myself. A surprise to me because when I hear Belgian I think sweet, which this is not the case at all. This is right in my round house as far as IPA's go.

jhartley, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of Farky87
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Farky87, Feb 17, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

MrVonzipper, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy, cheers. 12oz bottle into a tulip, stamped 359A11.

Reddish copper, with a voluminous white head. Big chuny and sticky lace lines the walls of the glass and relatively dense head retains atop the beer. Nose is floral and juicy with a light herbal quality, just as expected from an American interpretation of a Belgian style - big hop notes amidst a generous amount of Belgian yeast notes. Light bready maltiniess, and hints of spice. Alcohol is detectable. Malt and yeast take over on the palate, light sugariness and a bit of dryness in the finish. Hop notes are muted, and there a slight candy note; gentle and understated bitterness in the finish. Some resin-y notes come through. No alcohol on the palate, smooth carbonation (an actually quite favourable). Easily drinkable but not too complex or desirable, I could revisit this.

liamt07, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

meich75, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of JohnnyMc
4.5/5  rDev +16%

JohnnyMc, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Tpsauer, Feb 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

weaselchew, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

cbgbslev, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours an amber color with hints of red. 1" white head with a few large bubbles hanging out at the top. Dissipates to a thin film with lacing down the glass.

S: Initial floral hop aroma with a yeasty belgian backbone and finishing of citrus hops. Smells like a wheat beer and IPA mixed with an orange on top.

T: Mostly belgian up front, which is delicious.. finishes with a hop taste. The yeast / malt provide a strong belgian taste upon first sip. Nice hop aftertaste provides a clean finish and lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Appropriate carbonation for the style. Finishes crisp and leaves you wanting more.

O: Good beer, great name. Want to see more of this style across the board. Have been impressed with this brewery. Will never forget how this helped break the ice with the girlfriends mom by recommending it to her while out to dinner.

CloudStrife, Feb 15, 2012
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colour with 1.5 fingers of white head, quite a bit of lacing left behind as well. Smell is spicy and yeasty, some citrus fruit, fairly big malt presence as well, the mix of hops and belgian yeast give off a ginger spiciness as well, lightly floral. Taste starts of dry and yeasty, spicy, bitter and fairly hoppy, some alcohol heat, some sweetness at times, earthy and citrusy aftertaste. High carbonation, quite dry, nice weight and fairly full bodied. Though at first I really couldn't decide if I liked this or not but this is pretty good, definitely something I would revisit.

peensteen, Feb 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

hopheadipaman, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

spark3148857, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

roncruz1973, Feb 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ChadT89, Feb 13, 2012
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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