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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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3,399 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,399
Reviews: 1,085
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 472 | FT: 2
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 CraftBeerTastic
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #42
Served On: 8/19/2011
Glassware: Pint

This was another one from the 2011 Alpha Collection.

Look: Poured a super clear copper color with surprisingly low carbonation. The head was a 2 finger tan and dissolved quickly.

Smell: Aroma was intense with Belgian yeast mixed with resiny pine. There may have been some roasted malts in there. I guess that’s what an East Coast Belgian IPA should smell like. I’ve always found this to be an odd combination of styles.

Taste: A heavy pine started things off. Then a mild bitterness created some balance. The Belgian yeast became more apparent in the finish and aftertaste - along with bitter pine and alcohol.

This is a good IPA if you’re looking for classic East Coast qualities blended with Belgian notes. The beer is a bit extreme (borderline imperial) and I know of a few states that have banned the beer because of the bottle artwork. Overall it’s not bad.

Photo of tubacharlie
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a large frothy head of a cream color. Solid lacing and good retention as it settles to a rocky top.

The aroma of fresh hops is foremost, with some citrus notes. The brew is a crystal-clear golden amber, with a modest amount of bubbles slowly rising.

A lively grapefruit flash up front leads the flavor profile, with a nicely married hop presence accenting the grain, followed by a slightly bitter back palate and a hint of sweetness in the finish. This is a well balanced IPA that is so smooth on the tongue the high gravity is hardly noticeable. Seems almost too clean though, and not so raging.

Photo of Florida9
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog - Raging Bitch
A: Hazed out orange-amber in color. Forms about a half inch or so of bright white head. Reduces down fairly quickly to a patchy surface coating and a thick ring around the edge. 4.0

S: Smells sweet and floral. Honey. A little orange. Maybe a little bubblegum and some yeast in the background. 4.0

T: Starts off with a light citrusy, malty sweetness before moving on to a mild earthy-herbal bitterness. Citrus. Some spice on the back end. The “Belgian” aspect of this beer is much more pronounced than I was expecting. 3.5 - 4.0

M: Medium in weight. A bit slick. Mild bitterness. Appropriate carbonation. 4.0

O: A solid take on the style. I was actually expecting this one to lean more towards and American style IPA than it did. Drinkability is good. 4.0

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very pretty two fingered white cap builds very quickly. After a few minutes there is still a very frothy finger and a half of head, and it is sticking in big pillow chunks to the side of the glass.

The body is crystal clear and the color of maple syrup. The carbonation rises lazily in small pillars to the top. I like this so far.

Smell: Tons of clove on the nose and lemon notes too. The hops give off an herbal and spicy scent. Also a little bit of banana hiding behind the spice notes. It is very refreshing and a big nose. Very easy to get a nose full of what is in the glass.

Taste: Banana, clove and high hoppiness on the drink. It finishes relatively dry because of the hops. No hint of alcohol on this thing either. Not much warming effect that some other higher alcohol offerings might have. The herbal spice comes through in the taste as well.

The little bit of citrus I noticed on the nose is not in the drink. Raging Bitch is a really good drink. And the balance between the Belgian malts and American hops is really well done.

Mouth feel: The beer is medium bodied and definitely dry. It makes for a real snappy drink while being refreshing at the same time. The finish lingers for a while and has notes of the clove and hops.

Overall: If you’re still new to Belgian style IPA’s, I bet you could do a lot worse than Raging Bitch. Don’t let the name and, uh, anatomically disturbing dog on the label turn you off. This dog’ll hunt. I’m glad I made myself give this a go before Flying Dog disappears from the shelves in my hometown.

Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch pours a slightly hazy reddish copper with a nice fluffy head. The aroma is fruity and estery, with some nice tropical fruit and a undertone of a medicinal phenolic character. Hidden under the yeasty aroma is a nice herbal, and slightly citric hoppiness. The spicy, sweet esters dominate the flavor, but after the estery sweetness fades quickly and the hops are become apparent. They are herbal and earthy, with hints of pine and citrus. Some bready malt is apparent as well. There is bitterness and phenols linger in the aftertaste, but the alcohol is hidden.

Photo of clint1019
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Was a light amber color with a fluffy cream colored head.

S - A good combination of belgiun and IPA. Has a malty/floral aroma combined with a caramelized sugar/spicy aroma.

T - Has a rich malty taste accompanied by a fruity and spicy aftertaste.

M - medium bodied. Would of liked to have more carbonation. It feels a bit heavy on the palate for an IPA.

O - Different. Not sure if it's a good different. I just don't think that the belguin flavors and the IPA flavors go together that well.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of HopsKeepDroppin
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of enfield249
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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.

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!!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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;>

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,399 ratings.