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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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3,241 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,241
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 109
Gots: 376 | 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 McNealc31
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

McNealc31, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Brutmasta
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

Brutmasta, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Crftbrfan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Crftbrfan, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Hoptometrist
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Hoptometrist, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jmdrpi, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of BasementBrewerSF
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

BasementBrewerSF, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of ryantho00
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

ryantho00, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of HugePlume
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

HugePlume, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Huhzubendah, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tdm168, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of JNewbs
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JNewbs, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of DavidST
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

DavidST, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

SWMeyer4141, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of garuda
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

garuda, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of PhageLab
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

PhageLab, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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;>

colforbin73, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of Vonerichs
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Vonerichs, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Arithmeticus, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of kingcrowing
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kingcrowing, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

spitInTheOcean, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of kstoltz
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

kstoltz, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

AgentMunky, Jul 01, 2011
Photo of BeerBeatnik
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roaring out of the bottle, you can immediately smell the sweet Belgian malt, but wait. There’s something else there. Why it is the strong (almost cannibis) aroma of high alpha American hops barking sharp orders to your palate. The two are a match made in bitchdom. The initial swig shows sharp resiny hops on the sides and back on the tongue, but the candi sugar character slowly melds with that character and settles into a finish that is both malty and hoppy at the same time. Fruity yeast esters a long earthy bitter finish round this one out. Complex, yet refreshing, this one hides its 8% attitude well.

BeerBeatnik, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of alee42
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish, amber hue; a little on the lighter side of Red Ale. A very stick lacing on the insides of the pint glass. It smells of a fruity mix, but I can pick out the smell of tangerine on the hops. The spiciness of the hops is rather smoothed-out, different from many IPA styles - the bitterness isn't as profound here. Rich in malt flavors, the traces of yeast are covered very well. Very happy with this beer, runs true to its reviews, and would definitely drink again.

alee42, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I guess there are really TWO Belgian-IPA styles.
One is the more assertively C-hopped Belgian Golden Ale.
The other is an American IPA recipe fermented with one of thosekinky Belgian yeast strains.

This is the latter.

Appearance: poured comfortably from a chilled bottle into a standard wine glass the ale is mildly amber and tops with a froth head. Nice pacing. Head holds up after settling from pour, remain a constant feature until finish. A picture-perfect beer.

Aroma: crisp Belgian action. I smell it as tart, mild banana notes, Christmas spice, then some lemon and grapefruit. Interest combination. Malt finally protrudes with some sweet and slightly toasted notes. Very inviting, but clearly a lot is going on.

Flavor: Sweet. But that's only a background feature, granted a staple of every sip. Kinky, wild, untamed phenols bite through, forcing you to acknowledge Belgian yeast CAN stand up to American hops. They carry over the tongue and leave a puckering feeling on the side of the mouth.
Juicy citrus hops soon take over and you really wanna pucker. There are more aggressive IPA's, but this one can hang. Prickly battering hops then takeover. As this beer drinks the bitterness becomes more forward and the other features mellow/mute each other.
Minor alcohol warming in the finish.

Man, oh man, she has got a bite! But its a very satisfying beer and definitely interesting.

Mothfeel: nice and lean.... really that's where these two styles meet. I like a big beer, but I can't know I'm drinking a big beer. Alcohol should be muted, malts should be of premium quality and kept in balance, and the beer should finish DRY. RAGING BITCH pulls that off.
It's lean, crisp and balanced. Sure, the hops and phenols are all over the place, and there's Crystal and Toasted malt to be detected, but the body of the beer holds on responsibly.
The way this beer drinks makes it a success, otherwise the hopping and yeast profile would've been in vain.

Conclusion: Got dayum, a prickly beer. This one might be catalogued in the "Love it-or-Hate it" category. Personally I loved it, as did the guys I drank it with, but none felt we could drink more than one except if really in the mood.

It's like HEDONISM resort, a kinky trip to the tropics. Most will say they prefer the other Belgian-IPA format, a Belgian Strong Pale Ales with C-hops: Pyrat and Houston Chouffe come to mind. But I think that's because they're attempting something more subtle and can be all hoity-toity, as opposed to an IN YO' JOKA' FACE brew from yet-another American Micro-brewery.

Give this one a try! While a bit crude, and definitely from deep in left field Flying Dog is onto big things with this one!

MONKandTUCK, Jun 17, 2011
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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