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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

3,157 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,157
Reviews: 1,059
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 101
Gots: 335 | 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 vickersspitfire
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured out a dark bronze color that's very clear with light reddish hues, plenty of carbonation and a thick frothy head light tan head, and yes plenty of carbonation! It has some really good lacing and a dry sweet hoppy aroma with hints of banana bread. Its light and semi crisp on the tip of the tongue, slightly tart on the edges of the mouth and warm and hoppy as you swallow. It has a dry feeling over all and has a light-medium mouthfeel.

vickersspitfire, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Hand pumped into a stemmed tulip glass at TJs in Paoli. This is from a firkin.

A: A hazy medium orange color with a two finger white head. Massive glass lacing left behind.

S: Yeasty smells start with the huge citrus, floral and earthy hops. Candy sweetness is picked up.

T: Hops bite with citrus, lemon, pineapple and some large floral tones. A bit of pine and earth then get mixed with the funky yeasty flavor that rides along the candy like sweetness. Finish turns bitter with some pepper but stays smooth due to the cask engine. Great, creamy beer from the pump.

M: Full, a bit prickly but not so much so as CO2. Smooth, creamy but bitter and sweet. Slight alcohol but not overly so. Nice.

D: They go down way smoothly, too much so. Very enjoyable.

Overall I have said this is my favorite FD beer, and having it from the hand pump makes further supports this. I think I may like it a bit more from CO2 because the bitterness shows a bit more, but this version was nothing short of kick ass too. Well done.

Kadonny, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber colour with a large size frothy beige coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there some fantastic lacing. The head lasted for a good 7 minutes before it was gone entirely.

Smell - malts, hops, cloves, grapefruit zest, bananas, caramel

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer has a lot of flavours going on. There is quite a bit of hop taste mixed with grapefruit zest, caramel, and malts. I also picked up on notes of bananas and cloves. The beer finishes with a mixture of clove, caramel malts, and hop aftertaste. The alcohol was well hidden.

Drink - So many tastes going on with this beer, my mouth didn't know what was going on. It's a really interesting fusion taste that was nice for a change from the norm. I'm not sure I could drink more than one of these every now and then, but I'm happy I tried it.

spinrsx, Feb 08, 2011
Photo of BeerSingh
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%

I had been eagerly waiting for this one since last year when it was first released. All the reviews had made me really wanting this badly. Finally had my brother in law get one in his suitcase from NJ. Poured it aggressivley into my Stella glass - poured a deep amber with an ivory head which collapsed from a healthy 2 inches to a collar within no time. Sheets of lacing as I swirled the beer. Smell was very citrus with bread & cookies to feature the maltiness. Hops dominated however.
From hereon is the biggest disappointment of the year. I couldn't believe the first sip - I asked myself a simple question - where is the Belgium in this Belgian Style IPA ?? This simply tasted like an IPA and that's it. Overly hopped for the style, faint maltiness that gets lost without a hint of the famed Belgian yeast aroma or flavour. Indeed disappointing. I didn't really care from here on. I am really upset with Flying Dog as I can't figure out really why is there so much variation in the outcome of their products.

BeerSingh, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of corby112
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Cask at Prohibition.

Pours a dark golden color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with resinous oily hops, sweet citrus peel, Belgian yeast and estery fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and strawberry with a subtle caramel malt backbone.

Medium bodied and creamy with a bit too strong of a malt backbone for my liking, killing off a lot of the hop flavor. Earthy hops up front with subtle pine and grapefruit flavor. Again, the malt backbone is too strong for it's own good with a prominent caramel and rye flavor.

I'm not sure if it was because of it being cask conditioned but this beer wasn't nearly hoppy enough. I would like to try this in bottle form to compare.

corby112, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev +7%

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is golden with a murky touch and a good sized off-white head. RB`s smell has banana, hops, some grass. Taste contained more of the citrus element, small amount of yeast, and yes, hops and bitterness in the finish. MF was medium and kind of creamy. Drinkability is good in this Belgian IPA and the abv sneaks up on you. This was probably the 3rd time that I have picked this up and it always satisfies.

mltobin, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance: Cloudy amber, good head.

Smell: Spicy, black pepper, coriander, citrus hops.

Taste: Black pepper and citrus come through strong along with a tangy fruitiness.

Drinkability: The blend of spices would make me stop after one.

A very interesting beer, lots of spice character in both the smell and taste, and definitely more citrus hop flavor than your usual Belgian style beer. I'll have to try some others from this style.

Mdog, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of 4000qtrap
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Source/Serving: 12oz bottle

S: Bright and spicy with mint, musty clove, ginger, caramel, preserved passion fruit, a touch of sour apple white wine and bubblegum, Perfect blend of spicy yeast and spicy hop flavor. Very nice. One of the few beers where there aren't either too much or too little hops to balance with the yeast character.

T: Bold, dry, dark spiciness. Dark spices (lots of clove) hit the palette over a bed of dryness that starts moderate and gets dryer throughout the sip. A touch of caramel malt up front the gives way to hoppy, preserved citrus flavors buried beneath dry, spiced minty honey flavors with an oily mouthfeel. Slightly vinous quality from the 8+% ABV actually. Finish is very hoppy with lingering caramel apple skin character and unyielding dry spiciness.

Notes: Excellent beer with intense flavors that for me epitomize the ideal convergence of Belgian and IPA characters through the use of spicy, herbal hops. A little too bitter though.

4000qtrap, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
3.88/5  rDev 0%

This pours transparent amber with two fingers of head. The taste seems lagered (it almost has German features), but that could be the appearance suggesting that. I smell a lot of sweetness, more specifically, brown sugar. It does have the typical Belgium flavors...yeast and other crap that I could do without. For being an 8.3%, the tastes hides the strength pretty well, but this wasn't the first beer of the night either. It is very sweet, but has a nice hop presence. I am curious to know what this beer tastes like on a fresh pallet; time may tell. Hey! It's 8.3%, What?!

beerdown77, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%

The color when poured was reddish amber, with not a lot of foam, but, did have some lace on the side of the glass. The smell of mild hops and spice was evident upon the first sniff of this Belgium ale. The taste was of bitter mild hops, malts, with cloves and hints of all spice and yeast. Not overly bitter as to kill the balance flavor of all the component that make up this ale. A pleasant surprise and a happy smile!

BeerManDan, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of heebes
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

355 ml bottle.

Pours a clear, dark golden amber with a finger off white foamy head. Nose is fruity, hoppy, Belgian yeast, caramel. Taste is bitter upfront with a clear malt profile on the palatte. A Belgian spicyness is ever present. Medium bodied. High ABV limits drinkability somewhat. I'll have to revisit this beer one day.

heebes, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

A very clear golden brown with an almost red hue to and a small head. The aroma has a nice fruitiness to it and that distinct Belgian yeast character. A pleasurable and very nice aroma. The hops mix very well with the yeast. The taste is again fruity at first then the yeast contributes banana, pepper, and other spice that I can't finger. The yeast also seems to add bitterness along with the hops. You know I was real surprised with this one and kind of changed my opinion of Flying Dog.

CuriousMonk, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%

A: Nice looking frothy head, amber-golden, clean, filtered

S: Fruity banana , yeasty , cloves. Slightly overpowering.

T: Eh, it's not bad, but It's not too exciting. It's a combination of a more euro style ale with an American IPA style bitterness, but the bitterness is one dimensional and boring. The yeast is upfront and a little overpowering. Again, not terrible, but I can't call it great or excellent. I'll call it OK. I don't enjoy the bitter finish much.

M: Nice moutfeel, smooth and bitter. The bitter quality actually feels nice as it sloshes in the mouth, better than the aftertaste...

D: I could drink a few of these with a pizza pie. It is smooth and easy for the 8.2 APV

Overall, I probably won't be buying this again, glad I bought a single! Not bad but nothing amazing here.

Avantyawn, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.85/5  rDev +25%

Had a big bottle but that didn't taste right. Jeffo insisted I try it fresh so I did.

Had these bottles taken straight from the case it came in at Bert's bierhuis.

Came out a little red, copper if you will but very clear. Almost no head.

Nice aroma. Citrus and Hop. Very West Coast.

BOOM it's in my mouth. I already know I love this beer from the very first taste. Bittersweet malts, a little citrus and lots of bitterness.

Very crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. 8.3% abv but I could drink this all night long.

Having grown up on Belgian Pale Ale's I don't quite see where this would fit in that style. A US West Coast IPA this is imho and a very good one. The best is that I can get this fresh and for a reasonable price on my end of the pond. Will make get on my bike to buy a few fresh one's whenever I can.

doopiedoopiedoo, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of wmtxbb
2.98/5  rDev -23.2%

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Amber gold with thick lacing. It looks good for a regular beer, but most BIPAs have a two to three finger-sized head. So this brew is just mediocre in appearance. 3.5

Smell: yeast, orange peel, and a light amount of hops. 3.0

Taste: Pepper, orange peel, yeast, citrus hops. This is more of a triple than a Belgian IPA. Hops and orange peel/pepper flavor don't mix well. 3.0

Drinkability: This brew need more hop character and also needs be dry hoped. This beer is more of a mediocre triple than a Belgian IPA. 2.5

wmtxbb, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of derekmorris7
4.88/5  rDev +25.8%

This beer was fantastic. I would have to say this is a top3 beer in my book. Glad I made the purchase.

A= wonderful copper light brown look

S= you get notes of all types of fruit essence just a nice smell

T= exceptional taste, hoppy yet not bitter at all

M= very clean feel with a nice tastey yet clean finish

D= way too drinkable..8.3% ABV..

derekmorris7, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +3.1%

A: poured a translucent light brown with orange highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: piney hops are present with some belgian yeast character but had slight spice, citrus, and caramel notes.

T: the belgian yeast flavors were also apparent on the palate with hoppy, citrusy, caramel accents and a touch of spice.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, citrusy, and piney hoppy bitter finish.

D: drank good and was surprised on the flavor the second time around.

Gobzilla, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of mdunman
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Clear reddish-orange with a big head and medium linger

S: Lots of hops and a bit of lemon and alcohol

T: Hops provide a lot of bitterness and there's a bit of lemon and finishes very dry.

M: Medium body with a good bit of carbonation makes a good feel.

Really good hoopy IPA. Very enjoyable any time of the year.

mdunman, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

Poured a clear, dark copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Little to no head, but good carbonation.
Aroma upfront was of floral hops, slowly giving way to the typical belgian ale aroma. Fruity esters/banana, clove and honey coming through.
The belgian ale profile is more prominent in the taste in comparison to the bitterness of the hops. Crisp, refreshing belgian ale taste upfront with the hop taste making it's presence felt in the finish. The balance between the sweetness and bitterness seems pretty good in my opinion.
Decent lacing along the insides of the glass.
Alcohol does make its presence felt, warms the inside big time with each sip. Unique brew, which surprisingly is highly drinkable, in spite of the high ABV. It's best to drink this one with caution.

CaptDavyJones, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

WOW, this brew is a bottle full of contrasts. When you look at the light copper fluid with light carbonation that's covered with 1.5 fingers of white foam it doesn't seem that intimidating. The aroma is that classic sweet Belgium nose filled with orange and lemon and flowers. The taste at first comes off as extremely different. It has the Belgium sweetness but with a good dose of hops that gradually build the tartness on the sides of the tongue that gradually moves to the middle and lingers with a grudge. I haven't had this style before but I'd say the body is a bit heavier than a typical American IPA.
This is an interesting beer, it'll throw your taste buds around and possibly your eyes cross. One note, it's does a minimal job of hiding the alcohol.

DesMoinesMike, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of BamaViper1
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

The Raging Bitch pours amber brown into the glass, forming a 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates. There is minimal lacing.

The beer's nose consists of grapefruit mixed with Belgian "funk" and ripe fruit. There is also a faint hint of citrusy hops and spearmint.

Despite the Belgian yeast in the nose, the first thing one can taste is pungent, and slightly bitter, hops. Hints of the Belgian yeast come through but are mostly overpowered by grapefruit. Despite the "Belgian style" in the name, this beer is very much an IPA. The finish has hints of fresh bread but tastes mostly of long bitter hops.

This IPA has a medium body with very nice carbonation. The finish is substantial as well, but very clean.

This beer is very drinkable. Belgian fans and hopheads alike can easily enjoy this beer, and I personally really like it. Flying Dog did a great job with this mashup.

BamaViper1, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

Light copper body, off white almost khaki color head. Tiny bubbles moving quickly. The head is a little more of a film but has stuck around for a very long time. Lacing from top to bottom of the glass.

I smell some spice in this one. Citrus lemon as well. Smells different.

I get orange, lemon, some spice -- I'm thinking pepper, also malt is present too. Very interesting tasting beer. Not bad at all. Bitterness as it finishes.

I really like the body on this one. As soon as I felt it, it had that perfect balance of light and medium body. Leaves the mouth a little dry. Feels good going down.

Drink ability is easy drinking. The body feels good and the taste is very unique. I can have another one of these no problem. Three may be too much, though. I bet this would taste awesome ontap.

9InchNails, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of obrike
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%

Got this at Spec's today at 6.99 a six pack....holy moly!

Nice, cloudy, light copper color. Leaves a lovely light lacing for the entire beer.

Very interesting smell...i liked it...combo of Belgian yeast and spicy hops...a nice hybrid.

Again, an interesting taste, and one that I like. This beer kind of bucks the trend of what a Belgian or an IPA should taste like. I respect Flying Dog for the cross-over.

I would definitely drink this again...very strong abv, but not very noticeable, and a fantastic price.

Good Dog!

obrike, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Curtain of lace dresses the glass; very clear amber color. Hints of bubble gum, ripe tropical fruit and medicinal herbs from the yeast with clementines coming from the hops. Smooth and creamy with a hefty medium body. Lots of bready malt, a bit toasted. Hops grab a hold of the palate and slap it around some, almost to the point it missed the Belgian aspects that the yeast had tried to lay out. Trace phenols are soon chased away from the fruity warming alcohol. Bitter finish has a faint aspirin flavor. Belgian style? Perhaps just inspired 'cause of the popular- ity of the style? Good but too clean and overly bitter. The raw marketing does not match what is inside.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Celt44
4.7/5  rDev +21.1%

Put one of these in my Wegman's "Craft Pack". I should have put two in.

Appearance: Pours a translucent straw-yellow. Nice foamy head and lacing last throughout.

Aroma: Awesome. Hoppy Sweetness all the way. Incredibly floral Hops blended with a fruity malty scent. Bananas with a spice burst towards the end. Incredibly unique.

Taste: 2nd Awesome. Slight hop bite up front and finishes very "Belgian". Coriander, spice. Alcohol % is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Veru slight burn from Alc. %

Overall: By far my favorite from Flying Dog. They nailed it on this one. Definitely a keeper and repeater. One of the most well-balanced beer I've had in a very long time...

Celt44, Jan 21, 2011
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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