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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

2,924 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 2,924
Reviews: 1,043
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 13.62%
Wants: 90
Gots: 216 | 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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jwhancher

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a case this past summer late in the season. I was looking to try something new and the distributor had this onsale. An employee suggested I try this. Well, after going through one case, I went and bought another. Here's my review:

A: Pours copper with amber hues. A tad hazy. Nice foamy head present that seems to stick around at about one finger width. As the glass empties, the foam imparts its hoppy residue to the sides of my pint glass. Also, label artwork on bottle is pretty interesting.

S: Very peppery and spicy. A hint of clove, maybe some vanilla, banana, mostly Belgian yeast characters. What's interesting is the mix of yeast with the strong odor of hops. It kind of kicks your nostrils a bit. Hops seem spicy & herbal. Quite a challenging mix.

T: Seems to come in waves. First, some caramel malt goodness, then the spicy Belgian yeast character, and finally the bitter kick of hops towards the end. This is really an interesting brew. I think I like it because it keeps things interesting every time I open the bottle.

M: A bitter, medium-full mouthfeel. Carbonation is good.

D: This one is definitely a sipper and seems tough to go through more than a couple of bottles/pints at a time.

If I find this again on tap (found it down it Baltimore at Pickles during Baltimore Beer Week), I'd definitely go for it. Would most definitely buy another case to mix up my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 22:18:47 | More by jwhancher
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in pint glass. Pours a crystal-clear attractive orange-amber with a light tan head that has moderate retention.

M - medium body and carbonation; smooth

S - aroma is floral and spicy, but with ample hops.

High ABV evident in aroma; less so in taste
Noticeably similar to a hoppy barleywine {mellows nicely with some aging}.

O: Like some Belgian brews, and many "Belgian style" brews, I find this beer a bit too spicy.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 00:30:35 | More by chinchill
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yotyz250f

Florida

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip glass

A- Pours hazy amber color with solid 2 finger creamy head that slowly dissipates to a decent 1 finger that stays around. Killer lacing!

S- Aroma is mostly that of an American IPA, mostly piny and slightly citrus hop nose. Some Belgian malt and yeast nose creep through

T- Starts out with a strong Belgian malty taste while the hops slowly fade in and finish out moderately bitter with a good Belgian yeast character to finish it all out. Flavors definitely change as this beer warms and opens up.

M- Smooth silky mouth feel, a little more carbonation wouldn't hurt but also doesn't cost it any points either.

D- Definitely very drinkable, refreshing yet satisfying for all the hop heads out there. Best of both worlds if your a fan of Belgians and IPA's , a perfect harmonious balance between the two. Wish I could find this on the shelf more often, definitely my favorite American spin on a Belgian!!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 02:12:08 | More by yotyz250f
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Lothore

California

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy tangerine hue with a nice, 2 finger, off white head.

S- Sweet light fruits, banana tangerine

T- Starts off with hints of light fruit and moves into a light wave of hops that is followed by a little alcohol kick on the back end.

M- On the heavy side of medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D- This is a very smooth and supremely drinkable beer. Nothing is overly exaggerated making the final product a huge but balanced and delicious beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 00:49:15 | More by Lothore
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JizackFH

New York

4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer pours a very nice transparent golden amber color. I has a nice 3-finger fluffy white head. The head left spectacular lacing on the glass.

S - It smells quite sweet, but it has a great hop presence. I am also getting notes of grapefruit, belgian spices, and some clove.

T - There is a very nice hop presence right off the bat. There are a lot of spices present, but hops are the star of this beer. I am also getting notes of banana, citrus, pine, and caramel. The finish is hoppy and bitter.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. It is crisp and fresh. The hops seem to stick to the mouth and linger for quite a while.

D - The drinkability of this is really good. It is a very crisp and clean IPA. It is very very easy to drink. This is a great go-to IPA. I'm glad I finally decided to pick it up. I recommend trying this to those who haven't. I don't think you will be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 09:02:36 | More by JizackFH
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RockyTopHeel

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 mL corked & caged.

Pours a cloudy pure amber, the very color of petrified sap, with a clingy white head. Aroma of hops, citrus and candy sugar.

Syrupy sweet with big hops bitterness, some citrus acidity, and a creamy mouthfeel. I taste tangerine peel. Drinks pretty easy for such a big, bitter, and cloying beer and a strong alcohol finish. Very enjoyable.

To me, this was like a pretty straightforward Double IPA (bordering on barleywine, even) - I didn't get a lot of the "Belgian" element. There were hints of funk around the edges, but that was about it.

Still, a very good beer that is changing some of the notions I have about Flying Dog (in a good way).

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 00:09:12 | More by RockyTopHeel
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jj311

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

Appearance: A clear golden-copper color. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be spotted. Has a 2 finger off-white head. Not allot can be said for the lacing qualities.

Smell: A very fruity, floral, aroma. Orange, Banana, mango, grapefruit, bubble-gum. A very slight but noticeable pine scent.

Taste: Once the brew meets the palate it starts off with a sharp, piney, banana flavor, mixed in with a little sweet malt, lemon, and a trickle of bitterness. Finishes with a lingering taste similar to bublegum.

Mouthfeel: Slick, yet somewhat chewy.

Drinkability: The fact that it's not totally over-hopped as with some IPA's makes the drinkability a definite "good".

Overall: This is definitely one interesting and unique IPA.
I would try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2010 07:53:35 | More by jj311
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Thanby

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-amber color with a finger of off-white head that dies quickly.

The primary smell is full-bodied and well-rounded hoppiness, some ginger spicing sits on top the pale amber malt, but the aromatic hops are just wonderful.

First taste is sweet Belgian malt with hops so fresh you can almost see them, not overpowering at all, especially for Flying Dog. A bit spicy, with a surprisingly clean aftertaste with some hoppiness around the edges.

For being an IPA it is wonderfully easy to drink, but still has enough hops punch that you won't be disappointed. I don't know who thought of the Belgian IPA style, but the Belgian malt combined with American hops is just such a perfect balance of opposites.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 23:20:11 | More by Thanby
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bubseymour

Maryland

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is an extremely addictive beer that keeps drawing me back from time to time. It must be drank infrequently though, like an extremely rich dessert or else it will overwhelm you.

The aroma from this beer is amazing. The hop/fruit combination jumps out at you and smells as if you were actually in the brewery itself. The taste is very complex. Some alcohol burn in the aftertaste but surprisingly little hop bitterness which is more prevalent in the other Flying Dog varieties. This beer will kick you in the rear quickly and the flavors are so "over the top" so its tough to drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting. I definitely recommend trying this brew. Its not the easiest drinker but it will draw you in lure you to crave its flavors on another day.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 01:33:26 | More by bubseymour
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sartoric

Italy

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at home in a pint glass, white persistent head and amber colour with orange highlights.

The Aroma immediately remind you bitter orange and citrus, but after a couple of minutes it begun more complex with candied peel and fruit, sugar cane and some reminescens of caramel.

The taste is very pleasant. It starts with a light sweetness and as soon as the liquid touch the various tongue's areas it evolves in the typical IPA bitterness keeping the sweet background.

Despite the alcohol percentage the body is medium maybe due to the soft carbonation but almost creamy (like belgian ... as this one is defined) . The bitternes in the finish definitely remind you are drinking an IPA ... a very flavoured heavy bodied well balanced one.

Well done guys , as always :-) Never tried to pair this with food, I have some cheesy ideas but I really like to drink this one in relax listening to some good music.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 23:29:22 | More by sartoric
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GilGarp

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cellar temp into a goblet.

Raging Bitch has a golden amber color with great clarity. The head is thick with a vigorous pour but settles quickly leaving very little lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy with a hint of spicy Belgian yeast.

Flavor is intense in both bitterness and spice. It has herbal and medicinal qualities as well. Some underlying sweetness but not nearly enough to balance it out. That said, I think the point of this beer is to be extreme - maybe even a double Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall a solid example of the style and, actually, it could be argued, one of the only Belgian IPAs to get American-sized hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 23:25:40 | More by GilGarp
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MaineBeerGuy

Maine

4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer from a 12oz. bottle into a Weissbier Vase.

Beer has a copper hue; has a vegetal aroma. The beer has a bitter flavor from the first time it touches your lips which lingers though the whole sip. The beer has nice white head with lacing as it's consumed. The belgian yeast is evident from the first sip and followed by a distinct american IPA flavor. It's a very interesting combination which would be a perfect gateway belgian for someone wishing to explore belgians.

I definitely enjoyed this beer and I will stock it in my cellar for a future sampling.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 23:22:20 | More by MaineBeerGuy
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NefariousR

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. glass bottle into a pint glass.

A - Red-orange amber with a sticky head that didn't last long.

S - Grapefruit and hops with a hint of sweet malt. The Belgian influence was noticeable here.

T - Strong citrus flavors with some bitterness. Bready malt and sweetness in the aftertaste.

M - Sticky, light-bodied.

D - Quite drinkable and a particularly interesting mixture of styles. I don't typically like Belgians, but the strength of the IPA flavor brings a nice balance.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 04:08:01 | More by NefariousR
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle received in trade, thanks TheSevenDuffs! 355 mL bottle dated 002FX11, poured into a tulip.

An odd beer. Poured it into the glass and I have a beautiful barely cloudy amber brew with a great white head that has sticky lacing all over the place... The aroma is delectable,with floral and fruity hops being above a strong malt, and later a light bit of belgian barnyard comes in the nose.

The beer itself, I am not so sure about... A rich malty body that doesn't let the claimed 60 IBUs be really prominent. A floral flavour dominates the palate that I find personally discordant with the beer... The 8.3% is in no way perceptible, and the beer has a nice bite from the carbonation but is not too strong.

Too flowery... Just can't see myself reaching for this again. I like the idea of BIPA, perhaps this just isn't the one for me...

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 02:28:04 | More by kjyost
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arizcards

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Total Wine in late October.

Beer poured a clear copper color with a nice long lasting head - very impressive.

Nose is belgian spices and hoppy happiness.

Taste is a nice blend of the belgian yeast strain that accents the white pepper and light fruit flavors. Hops hint of citrus and mango.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, the yeast strain does not quite catch the true essence of a belgian.

Drinkability is quite nice, abv is well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 01:33:48 | More by arizcards
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drewba

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml cork & cage unfiltered version

A - murky apple juice. Two finger head with a bubbly cream colored ring and heavy lacing. Some sediment in the glass.

S - Clove, apple juice, yeast, sweetness, fresh cider.

T - clove, stale banana, big citrus burst - lemon, mango, and finishes with some spices.

M - medium bodied - the unfilitered gives this a thicker, more satisfying mouthfeel.

D - I like this a little more than the 12 ounce bottled version, drinkability is a touch higher.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 07:56:41 | More by drewba
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vtfan77

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Sunset orange with a decent head that dissipates into a thick ring of lace. Small amounts of lacing are left on the sides of the glass.

S- Caramel malts, pine needles, and fruity esters combine to produce an odd aroma that, to me, smells kind of like rubber, like a new tire. That being said, it's still pretty good, just a little odd.

T- A touch of sweet malt segues into a piney, earthy bitterness. Notes of banana and bubblegum come through a little, but it's mostly sweet, bready malt and pine needle bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet with a good dose of bitterness.

M- Decent, medium body. Carbonation is surprisingly low, but still ok.

D- It's a bit high in alcohol and the flavors kind of wore on me after a while. Don't think I'd have another.

This is just an ok Belgian IPA for me. It was decent enough, but nothing really stood out. The flavors didn't pop, and the Belgian yeast didn't add enough character to make it interesting. Perhaps it was past its prime; had I been able to decipher the date code on the bottle (or what I believe to be the code) I may have known that. Not bad, but I probably won't be revisiting it.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 05:42:00 | More by vtfan77
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Boto

Connecticut

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours an orangish-golden color. There was a small off white head on it that doesn't linger long. Nice big hop nose. Pine, citrus and maybe even a touch of pineapple mixed together. Smells like some Belgian spices and breadiness in there also. The taste is good. There is a nice hop bite to the beer (mainly citrus), with a decent malt body behind it. Get some of the Belgian notes in the peppery spices and a touch of breadiness to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 20:03:53 | More by Boto
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prdstmnky

Vermont

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

*review from notes on 7/27/10*

Best before date: October 30, 2010

Raging Bitch pours a hazy, copper color with a good 2 fingers of head that leaves lots of sticky lacing on my pint glass. You can smell the Belgian yeast, but the citrus hop aromas are what stand out the most...smells really fresh. Lots of hops upfront in the taste, both citrus and earthy, which is accompanied well with that familiar Belgian yeast and sweet malts - balances out nicely. Medium bodied, good carbonation level, and easy drinking for its ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 01:44:06 | More by prdstmnky
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climax

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I guess "This is what it's like when worlds collide" - Powerman 5000

The color was a cloudy peach, the haze meandered around before fading away. The head was modest but left good notches of lace on the decline.

I enjoy the aroma, the hybrid of Belgian yeast and American hops is intriguing. The balance between the styles is quite good. Pear, yeast, coriander, and lemon cover the softer tones. Pineapple citrus, some spice, and a dash of bolder pine keep me hopeful that this may be a good hoppy beer.

The flavor certainly does blend the two styles. It starts out on the softer sweet side. Yeast, spice, and coriander soon get splattered by resiny pine and grapefruit. The finish is dry and well on the hoppy side, with only hints of the Belgian ingredients lingering.

The body seems light and soft but has plenty of heft. The chalky feel gets more dry through the finish, and the light nature of the Belgian yeast makes this IPA exceptionally drinkable. Interesting fusion going on, give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 03:39:07 | More by climax
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

raging bitch

a 4 hazy shades of peach and apricot. sort head leaves a lasting ring and some lace.

s 4-4.5 holy pineapple white pepper grassy bready goodness. becomes a bit overphenolic as things progress.

t 4-4.5 okay, this is starting to remind me of a strong, belgiany version of crack'd wheat. the hops interact beautifully with the yeast effects, giving the experience of two beers in one. wish i had started buying this before now.

m 4 on the full side of medium. plenty of carbonation despite the short head that made me wonder at first.

d 4 gotta hand it to flying dog. dug their o'fest. and this is good as well, though it can get to be a bit much in the white pepper department toward the end while the hops run away and flavors are unravelled from the abv.

3/11: was a good value at 7.49-7.99 a 6-pack, but the drastic increase to $12-14 is completely ridiculous. will not be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 00:27:41 | More by brewmudgeon
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a light white head that forms a thick white cap that leaves behind lots of sticky lacings. Yellowish copper in color with a moderate haze. Yeasty aroma at first that with hints of sweet malt, honey, spice and orange citrus. Medium bodied and creamy feel with ample carbonation. Belgian ale flavors in the beginning, sweet and yeasty, with a spicy middle, orange hoppy ending and a hoppy pine aftertaste that doesn't linger for too long. The complex flavors nicely hide the higher ABV which makes this very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 02:53:40 | More by IronLover
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy rusty orange color with minimal white head and moderate lacing

S- Belgium style yeast including an orange scent. A bit of hop scent is also noted

T- That Belgium yeast with oranges up front with a hop and malt blast on the end

M- Pretty full feel with decent carbonation and good balance between the Belgium style and IPA flavors

D- The ABV is well hidden which makes this brew very drinkable. Also a good mix of styles makes this one special

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 07:06:47 | More by ChugginOil
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Subtle amber in color, almost an orange tint to it. Murky, but with a crispiness to it. About 2 fingers of foam with good retention and a somewhat yellow/off-white hue.

Smell - Fairly hoppy, but again, with a crispiness to it. Some spices, maybe some orange peel or coriander? Also something sweeter..the bottle hints at a nectar being used, so this might possibly be it.

Taste and Mouthfeel - Nectary sweet hoppiness at the beginning, somewhat dry middle, and a definitely bitter finish. Bitterness is present in the aftertaste, but is very subtle and doesn't last long. Hops are probably American, maybe Cascade? Very well-balanced between watery and creamy textures.

Drinkability - Very nice brew! Good-tasting and intriguing.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 04:28:31 | More by Nerudamann
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LiquidBread219

Indiana

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Nice copper color it had a good head that hung around for awhile and provided nice lacing.

S= Nice sweet and hoppy. I really pick up the the Belgian yeast in this one. I smell floral hops smells really good.

T= Taste is really good and pretty complex the Belgian yeast I think kind of hides some of the hops but it is a good beer it has kind of floral/pine taste to it.

M= Medium body good job.

D= I really liked this beer would try it again I don't think I could drink more than a few but it is a nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 19:32:24 | More by LiquidBread219
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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