Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery
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3.43/5 rDev -11.6%
12oz bottle into widemouth glass.
Pours with a very short white head over a nearly opaque amber to brown body.
Aromas are on the sweet side with banana, apples, and sweet spices.
Flavors come through much differently, with lots of hop-forward qualities. Mostly pineapple with some banana sweetness. Not quite as much yeasty funk as I might expect from the style. Mouthfeel is very nice, with a zesty carbonation that holds back the alcoholic sugar sweetness.
Especially considering the very affordable pricetag, this one is a great gateway into Belgin IPAs for someone who doesn't wish to spend $15 on a 750 of Houblon Chouffe or $8 on a small Piraat.
08-14-2011 16:41:01 | More by BeerImmediately
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite snifter
A- Pours a hazy color between orange and copper. Nice 2 finger white head that really sticks around and laces on the glass.
S- I can really smell the citrus from the hops right up front. The citrus kind of fades into the bready smell from the Belgian yeast.
T- What a roller-coaster. Belgian yeast, citrus and pine from the hops and then back to Belgium. The after taste is a delicious mix of both.
M- Nicely carbonated, the complexity of the flavors makes it almost tangy.
O- This has been one of my favorite beers for a while and it is about time I got around to reviewing it. I consider this my gateway IPA. Please Flying Dog, keep sending it to Texas!
08-13-2011 03:44:44 | More by HopsKeepDroppin
4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
A - Deep, clear amber with a thick white fully head of foam.
S - Fresh pine hop aroma.
T - First thing I get is a strong hop flavor, pine and slight citrus. Then some maltyness, and then a little of the Belgian funk/sour. Nice balance.
M - Straight medium, which it seems light it would feel heavier for the alcohol content.
O - An excellent beer. Tastes amazing, and it's always nice to have a beer who's name was involved in a court case. TAKE THAT MI liquor control board!
08-13-2011 01:39:28 | More by enfield249
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
the color is a bit more light orange and the head is both big and sticking around.
The smell is both hoppy and yeasty. Lots of orange and coriander before the hops come in. Not a ton of malt here. But a very bitter finish. Outstanding lacing. I'm getting more Belgian than IPA, but I like this. I believe I'm a fan of these kind of hybrids in general.
Overall, a pretty tasty brew, and it's nice to see some innovation in the style.
08-05-2011 02:51:27 | More by McNealc31
4.45/5 rDev +14.7%
Bottle into a tulip, this beer was $15 for a damn six pack, let's find out if it's worth it.
A-Hazy with a slight golden/bronze color, nice 2 and a half finger head. The head is really sticking around too, which is a big deal to me.
S-This beer smells really really good, the hops aren't overwhelming, I'm getting a lot of citrus and earthy tones also.
T-I get the citrus and earth tones at the beginning, taste just like it smells. The hop bitterness doesn't come till the end and I've got to tell ya, it's almost perfect.
M-A tad on the light side, but not too light where you feel your not drinking a beer at all, goes down really smooth and coats the mouth and throat pretty nicely,
O-An excellent beer, the best one I've had from Flying Dog. All the characteristics fit together almost perfectly, it's a bit pricey but if you can fork out the extra change it is totally worth it!!
08-05-2011 01:32:38 | More by Brutmasta
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Poured from a bottle
Really nice burnt orange color. Slight haze, clears as it sits. 2-3 finger off white creamy tight head. Great lacing.
Mixed blend of citrus and piney hops. Neither dominate. Eatery peppery belgian yeast really comes thru.
Slight bitterness and spicy hops. Decent malt backbone. Finishes fairly dry.
Medium bodied. Sligtly oily. Hops coat the mouth after the swallow.
Overall really love this beer. Fav offering from FD.
08-04-2011 19:53:02 | More by Crftbrfan
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from the bottle into a napoli grande glass
A- Poured a dark orange with one finger of frothy head. Pretty hazy but can see some nice carbonation. Left some good lacing
S- Big orange citrus, peach, yeast, and cotton candy
T- Orange citrus, yeast, and cotton candy. Quite sweet but also has a nice amount of bitterness
M- Very aggressively carbonated, overcarbonated to me. The beer tastes good but I think the carbonation muted the flavor at some points. Still a refreshing beer though
O- My first Belgian IPA and it tasted good, but the over carbonation of this beer did not quite work for me. I would love to try more of this style though and would be interested in revisiting this one sometime. Overall I really liked this beer.
08-04-2011 19:46:50 | More by Hoptometrist
3.53/5 rDev -9%
12 oz bottle, with the code of "290A11". unclear meaning.
hazy copper rust color, with white head. decent lacing. zesty aroma, earthy hops, pepper. taste is dominated by piney hops and spiciness of Belgian style yeast. medium body, carbonation is on the higher side.
alright, but i enjoy many of their other beers more.
08-02-2011 03:00:58 | More by jmdrpi
3.2/5 rDev -17.5%
Pours a nice golden color with nice head from a 12oz bottle.
Very nice nose. Almost exactly what I would expect from a blegian IPA. You have the hop forwardness of an IPA but the esters and phenols of a blegian ale.
The taste is that of pouring an IPA and a blegian ale together. I am not sure I like the outcome. It is interesting but the hops do not complement the yeast character. They are almost opposing. At 8.4% abv it is a little hot for a traditional IPA and more in line with a Belgian Double or Tripple.
I really like the idea of mashing these styles together but I am still warry of it working well.
Not sure if I would buy this again for myself. Maybe for an IPA party. It is pretty interesting all in all.
08-01-2011 01:30:04 | More by BasementBrewerSF
4.25/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a deep gold, hints of umber, deep gold, and a nice 2 finger head that laces the glass as you drink.
A get a citrus and pines hoppy smell. Nice and subtle on the ole olfactory.
From the first sip I get the Belgium style biscuits and hops, citrus taste, mixed nicely with a undertone of hops and slight bitterness. Very well balanced and alcohol is superbly hidden fffor 8.3%. Well done!
This has a full body mouthfeel that sticks for a small while then a smooth bitter aftertaste.
This beer was 'outlawed' under our (michigan) former governor due to the name. Now it is allowed to be sold again, and I have to say, it is wonderful, very impressive blend of 2 unique styles. Be careful as the alcohol is well hidden. This is well worth the while.
07-30-2011 23:01:14 | More by ryantho00
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
12oz bottle poured into a pint
I picked this up at the bottle shop after I read that Flying Dog wasn't going to be distributed to Washington anymore.
A- A clear dark honey color, with an ample 2 finger off white head with good retention and above average lacing.
S- Lots of yeasty spice and a pungent orange citrus from the hops.
T- More spicy yeast thats instantly overwhelmed by a wallop of bitter hops. After a while a candy sweetness builds and there is a breath of spicy alcohol. There's no discernable malt, the yeast and bitter hops wipe it out. Its certainly bold.
M- Nothing remarkable, nice body, a little oily.
O- Nice beer to shake things up. I would have again, but I would have trouble downing a 6pack of this in an appropriate amount of time.
07-30-2011 03:16:08 | More by HugePlume
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
The beer appears amber and clear. Atop the fermented beverage sits an inch of dense head that leaves copious residue about the pint glass. The aroma brings spice, pepper, yeast, hops, and alcohol. The flavors are a bit scattered and rough, with too much alcohol in both the nose and taste. That said, the beer offers some pleasant spice and yeast character, and is certainly drinkable and enjoyable. Perhaps this was inspired by Belgian IPAs, but Raging Bitch is not in the same echelon with Duvel Tripel Hop or Houblon Chouffe, a couple of my favorite beers of this ilk. Overall, a decent brew. I would try this again.
07-28-2011 04:12:38 | More by Huhzubendah
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Pours an orange amber with one finger of head. Smells spicy with Belgian yeast and floral hops. Taste is nice Belgian yeast and spice with decent hop bitterness. As the beer warms alcohol comes through; esters in the taste and warmth in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Well carbonated and very refreshing for the ABV.
Overall a solid Belgian IPA. I've had this several times before, and I'm sure I'll have it several more times in the future.
07-24-2011 13:15:36 | More by tdm168
3.4/5 rDev -12.4%
A - Clear and amber/golden. Some lacing, not much head to speak of.
S - A slight Belgian funkiness to it, but some sort of less common fruitiness is in there and some phenolic notes.
T - Starts with some spiciness, and finishes with hops. In the middle, some odd funky tastes and some malty sweetness. I would say that the beer is struggling to find a nature - none of it's elements work too great with one another.
M - Carbonation good, creamy mouthfeel present. All told, not bad.
07-22-2011 13:16:32 | More by JNewbs
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet, coded "227A11"?? (maybe a coded expiration date of August 15th, the 227th day in the year, why don't they just do real dates?).
Pours a clearish copper / amber color thin white head, almost no retention. Smell is initially of Belgium yeast esters, some banana, spice, oddly I don't get a very over powering hop presence? The feel is medium, some alcohol burn, a little more hops, nice sweet belgium yeast taste. The taste is a little different, it starts nice with some banana, a little sweet malt, and ends with a decent hop presence and an okay bitter after flavor which seems slightly off. Overall its about what I expect from Flying Dog, I've had three of their beers, none were great, none were bad, just average.
07-20-2011 00:23:57 | More by DavidST
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured into a Pint Glass at the Flying Saucer
Reviewed from Notes.
Appearance-Very clear with a 2 finger bubbly head that dissipates fairly slow. Leaves some nice lacing.
Smell-Belgian Yeasts that bring out alot of spice, light pine and floral notes. Very light citrus.
Taste-Citrus and Pine hops up front with a even stronger hop finish. Although it's balanced from the belgian spices and yeast and some sweetness inbetween.
Mouthfeel-Suprisingly smooth. With a name like raging bitch I was expecting it to be harsh but it's very drinkable. Nice carbonation.
Overall-Haven't had many Belgian IPAs but picked up a bottle of La Freak and Stone's Cali-Belgique to drink this week so I figured I'd have another Belgian today. Definitely not as harsh as an american IPA, but nicely balanced and refreshing.
07-18-2011 02:57:11 | More by SWMeyer4141
3.88/5 rDev 0%
12 oz brown bottle, julian coded best by date on label
A - Pale copper body with a one finger thick white head that has good retention and spotty lacing down the glass.
S/T - Quick whiff of grapefruit once the cap is pried off. Spicy Belgian yeast up front backed by strong floral, herbal, grassy hops. Faint bready sweetness helps to balance. Spicy yeast lingers in the aftertaste with a moderate bitterness.
M - Nearly full body, carbonation on the medium side. Moderate bitterness.
O - I wish the hops were a bit more prominent, but the yeast does add a nice level of complexity that works well. I'd get it again.
07-14-2011 22:25:10 | More by garuda
3.33/5 rDev -14.2%
Poured into a tulip.
A - Slightly hazy pumpkin colour, big sticky bit of froth, excellent retention and thick lacing. Gorgeous beer.
S - Fruity and yeasty nose, and no alcohol sweetness. Smells fresh.
T - Unfortunately the body isn't as inviting as the smell and appearance. Their is a yeasty profile, but it is muted, and partly acrid. The fruit essence is almost completely absent.
M - Medium bodied, mild carbonation level, and a dry finish. Alcohol isn't really detectable, which is somewhat surprising.
D - I'm on the fence here. There are some nice qualities, but the overall flavor has some issues. Will revisit after a year or so to see if the recipe has changed.
07-11-2011 20:59:45 | More by PhageLab
2.88/5 rDev -25.8%
this is an IMPOSSIBLE beer to rate. it is somehow so weird. and when a beer is just weird a word like "Average" has no place.
this is in no way an AVERAGE BEER. but thank gods i did not buy a six and just this one bottle. FLYING DOG is a quality brew house, so this beer is well made, but there is a medicinal quality that is undesirable. the alcohol is the only thing saving this beer.
THE BROS used a lot of appropriate words in their review:
"Hints of bubble gum, ripe tropical fruit and medicinal herbs from the yeast ... Trace phenols are soon chased away from the fruity warming alcohol. Bitter finish has a faint aspirin flavor."
this is why i like this site! ^ yes, yes it is an aspirin flavor! i never would have made that connection. but it is right and true.
pours a very good light amber with a good foam. the smell hints at thyme and a sort of sickly sweetness. i find the drink a little chalky, soapy even. i do not get any solid malt flavor -- it is dry and the hops provide solid bitterness but it all happens on a bad platform.
i don't know if this beer is a near miss or a belly flop. EITHER WAY, this does not diminish Flying Dog in my eyes -- they made a weird beer. but they made it well;>
07-11-2011 03:48:43 | More by colforbin73
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
The color is a crystal clear amber with a decent amount of white head. It's one of the clearest beers I've seen. There's no lacing.
The first smell that came to mind reminded me of those old school chalky candy cigarettes. The hops are floral and herbal, with a light trace of citrus.
Taste has a big floral profile to me, again with a trace of citrus. It cuts to a phenolic yeasty spice. These work together ok for me, but it finishes with a medicinal-like aspirin that I'm not digging.
Mouthfeel is clean and crisp. Good carbonation.
I liked most of what this beer had to offer except for the aftertaste. I just can't get past that. It's a good beer, but not at the $14+/six pack price point.
07-10-2011 03:15:17 | More by Vonerichs
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured chilled in large ale glass
A: very night amber brown with robust head and good carb action; more clear than cloudy; very nice lacing
S: very pleasant, sweet, dominated by hops
T: bitter, earthy; hops flavor dominates over a Belgian-style substrate; heavy alcohol content apparent
If you dislike the idea of combining a belgian and an IPA this is NOT the beer for you. I hated it the first time I tried it. Now, my fifth or sixth, combination has grown on me.
07-09-2011 21:55:15 | More by Arithmeticus
3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
64oz growler poured into a pint glass.
Pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head but no lacing.
Taste is sweet and bitter with a good spicy belgian yeast flavor. The sweetnesa is a bit too much but the mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall it's quite good.
07-09-2011 01:39:40 | More by kingcrowing
4.7/5 rDev +21.1%
very clear. nice amberish copper color. thin head retention.
smells like hops but very malty too.
very malty upfront. caramel malt flavor. slightly sweet at times. then quickly becoming nothing but hops. big hop flavor. lingering hop bitterness.
medium body. round flavor. crisp finish, but not so crisp as to clear the hop bitterness.
alcohol is high enough that it warms the belly.
i would recommend this to anyone who likes hops. very well balanced between the malts and the hops for an ipa.
07-02-2011 04:05:38 | More by spitInTheOcean
4.58/5 rDev +18%
Served in a pint glass, found at my local supermarket. Definitely need to check out the brewery which is about 30 minutes away from my house.
A: Pours a brownish red with a nice head and good lacing.
S: A nice spiced aroma with a bit of lemon to it.
T: Wow. Hoppy but not to the point of bitterness. Probably the perfect balance for my palate. Just a touch of sweetness to it, cut by the astringency of the hops.
M: Great carbonation to this, but not overly so.
O: The ABV keeps it from being a session beer....but dang, it's tough not to keep knocking this one back. Probably the most drinkable IPA that I've gotten a hold of recently.
07-01-2011 21:56:19 | More by kstoltz
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
A 1/3 pint served in Teku glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. First glass from the new tap. From notes. Reviewed 29 May 2011.
A: About one finger of head fades soonish, leaving only a white canopy over a deeply-coloured orange beer. Translucent, but murky.
S: Fresh, funky, and yeasty, with a grassy (hoppy?) undertone.
T: Hugely spicy, freshly twangy, and imminently interesting. Lots of yeast, reminiscent of a tripel, that is both tasty and pleasant. The aftertaste is vaguely dry and lingering.
M: Drying, scintillating, and smackworthy.
O: I like Raging Bitch and it's even better on-tap. Definitely recommended. Will be looking for it on-tap again.
07-01-2011 17:08:19 | More by AgentMunky
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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