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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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very good

3,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,454
Reviews: 1,094
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 117
Gots: 537 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into tulip.
Deep golden color with no head.
Smells of hops, and slight yeast.
Taste of hops, citrus and pear. Yeasty aftertaste.

Here is where it gets fuzzy...
while its actually an ok IPA, its not really belgian in any way. Aside from the slight belgian yeast smell, there is little else to be considered belgian here. So, if this was just an IPA, id give this a bit better score, but its not.

Photo of akk101
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

Glad to grab a 6 pack while they are still available. Head is short lived into minimal lacing on the glass edge. Copper color is a bit darker than one would expect given the taste. Aroma is complex but dominated by hops that are present throughout smell and taste. Pronounced bitterness with dry finish. Best of both worlds for those who like belgians and hops.

Photo of Morey
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date. There are some numbers (code) printed beneath the barcode on the side of the label, but that doesn't tell me when it was bottled...now does it? I'm not a big fan of FD's artwork either. Just sayin'.

Pours a hazy, almost glowing burnt orange color when held up to the light. The head stood about one finger tall initially, but has settled to a thin and spotty layer after several minutes. A good amount of carbonation bubbles flowing upward in streamline fashion. Impressive amount of lacing. This beer boast one heck of an appearance.

A good mix of sweet Belgian yeast and floral hops in the nose, although the aroma is still a bit on the mild side.

Taste is hoppy right from the get-go. The sweetness from the belgian yeast is quick to follow. Malty flavor and texture surfaces about midway through. The yeast and hops combine to make for a spicy finish that lingers a bit.

Medium bodied with a semi-aggressive carbonation.

This and Piraat are two of the better Belgian Ipa's that I've had. Very nicely done overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: While I'm not a fan of the artwork, or the name of this beer...I have to say, it's what's in the bottle that really counts. And what's in this bottle is a really good beer. Cheers!

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4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours an amber-copper with a great, frothy, white, 2-finger head that lingers for awhile leaving a great trail down the glass and ending in a wispy lace..

S: Strong spicy hoppy aroma with solid malt backbone. Hints of lemon and grapefruits in the background.

T: Rich ale that is slightly bitter than sweet. Dominate hoppy flavor with a good amount of malt to balance things out. Slight hints of lemon and grapefruit.

M: Pretty strong and boozy. Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This brew kicked some serious butt. Love the style. Great balance and superior flavor.

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4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-light amber with an orange tint. A lot of white head that sticks around, and a fair amount of lacing.

S-banana, citrus, spice (maybe clove, but it is subtle)

T-definitely pick up the banana, citrus, and a bit of spice along with floral hop bitterness. A bit of strong alcohol taste at the end, but not too overpowering.

M-bold for the style, but not overboard

O-great Belgian IPA. One of the hoppier versions I have had. Manages to include both the gentle banana/citrus taste up front with an alcohol kick at the end, but the flavors are distinct and they go well together. My favorite offering from Flying Dog.

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4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a Hobrau Mug.
Light Amber in color with a Cream colored head of about 1 finger. Good retention on the head with decent lacing.

S- A sweet scent of citrus hops with a tinge of yeast at the end.

T- Bitter Hops is the forefront giving way to a slight citrus tinge and certain sweetnes from the Belgian yeast at the end. Definately more bitter than I expected from a 'Belgian Style' IPA. Very good the taste develops well on the palate and even as your take more sips.

M- To me its sort of an all coating creaminess to the mouthfeel which I enjoy.

O- Quite a good beer. Really enjoyed it. Good offering from FLying Dog. Im really starting to like their more uncommon offerings. Not that this is all that uncommon but its a good beer.

Had in a 12oz bottle on 8/5/11 (have had it before but never reviewed).

Photo of david131
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very clear orange/amber liquid with a thick and craggy white head with excellent retention.

S- Bananas, clove, rock candy, apples, pears, caramel, bubble gum, and white bread. Complex and inviting.

T- Bubble gum, apples, caramel, and white bread. There is a bit of astringency on the finish.

M- Smooth body with some alcohol warmth and astringency at the finish.

O- Most definitely an interesting beer. Tasty and uniqie. Worth seeking out.

Photo of BBP
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Roughly 4 months of age.

Pours slightly darker than the average DIPA. A little thick but no cloudiness to speak of. Head is decent as is the lacing.

The aroma is filled with a lot of spiciness do doubt from the hops and perhaps spices added into the brew. The hops have a slight presence, but not much in the way of pine or citrus. The spiciness dominates the aroma.

The taste surpasses the aroma for me. It tastes somewhat like a lighter barleywine. Due to that, I have a lot of curiosity about how it could be if they made a stronger version of it. After the sip a slight amount of pine and citrus embeds itself on your palate. The spiciness comes into play early and stays the whole time it seems.

It takes a lot of clove like spiciness that I've seen in wheat-beer styles but adds it to a DIPA light enough to stand up to them yet strong enough to keep it's own presence. Ultimately, it's a well rounded DIPA, but a bit softer on the hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is moderately full, with carbonation that's ever so slightly more than I would like. The finish is dry and slightly sticky.

Overall, this beer was different than I was expecting, but perhaps better for it. I would love to see a stronger version spiced to the same proportion, but including a slightly stronger malt bill. I think that could earn it the 5 taste-wise.

As far as drinkability goes, this is one of the best DIPAs to date. The lower alcohol helps, and I found the spices kept me coming back (in most beers they keep me away). I'll probably pick up a 4pk next time I see this. I suspect some this DIPA would be good fresh or old, and anywhere between, so I'd like to experiment.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,454 ratings.