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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

3,241 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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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 Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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 +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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
Photo of obrendano
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this recently (and very quickly) became one of my favorites after only a few sips at the Blarney Stone in Baltimore. went home and got a 6 pack the next day

A - nice golden ale color, good head with great lacing

S - this is where it really picks up. yeasty must, piney hops, toasty undertones, so so so good.

T - out of this world. prickly hops combined with classic Belgian yeast strain makes for one amazing combination, big spicy malty finish with all other flavors dancing around, some honey as well

M - slightly thin, but no matter, this is still a winner

D - could take out all 6 if I didn't have places to be. huzzah!

obrendano, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last stop on my Boston trip was at Bukowski's. Had this from the bottle, really beautiful red color to the beer. Thin head around the sides though. Aromas were packed with malts and citrus flavors, but definitely prominent with the hops. A solid bittersweet taste for me with a dry, citrus flavor mixed with hops. Crisp body and very clean. Really enjoyed sipping this one throughout the night.

fitzy84, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of Jeffro96
2.08/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12once bottle in to pint.

Nice red gold coloring inch of think head that hung around fairly well.

Smelled of hops hops and hops... and pine tree maybe.

At first taste it was bitter with tastes of pine and maybe citrus as the beer went on the tastes became harder to define and left me wondering where this beer was going. At least the taste of the alcohol was subdued.

The mouth-feel was pleasant and carbonated but nothing special.

while this wont be my last Flying Dog brew it will be my last Raging Bitch!

Jeffro96, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Foxtrot
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch pours from a 12oz. bottle a nice copper gold body with a two finger foam head. Retention was modest with no lacing.

Aroma is quite strong with hops, pine, citrus notes, and some slight bubblegum being the most dominant in the nose. There is some belgian character in the mix, but is just pushed back by the strength of the hops.

Its a good beer, don't get me wrong. But I don't get a whole lot of belgian character out of this. The hoppiness is superb, slightly herbal and clean bitterness makes it a good breed of IPA, but they just about hide the yeast. I get some clove and white pepper towards the finish with a faint metallic undertone. Alcohol remains hidden throughout.

Mouthfeel is a good highlight. Medium with a few notches under being full. Fills the mouth pretty good.

Good drinkability with the alcohol dececption, but might be a bit cloying half way through a pour.

Foxtrot, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of pjs234
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich golden color. Poured into a tulip pub glass, resulting in a nice white 3 finger head. Some lacing as the head faded and the beer was consumed,

S - Very strong hop aroma. Also picked up pine and citrus smells.

T - Very bitter, great hop presence. Great flavor overall and had a nice clean finish. I also think that it does a good job at hiding the alcohol

M - Good mouthfeel. Medium bodied. The beer is also very carbonated.

D - I find this dangerously drinkable, considering high ABV.

pjs234, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of waterintobeer
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good belgian ipa. Golden in the glass. Smells of belgian yeast and esters. A hop note is also there. The taste starts with hoppy goodness develops into a something like a golden belgian and finishes dry and bitter. The carbonation is just right for all of the developing flavors. This is a very drinkable beer that you have to be careful sipping. A true marriage of two excellent beer styles resulting in a wonderful result.

waterintobeer, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of ramseye4
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color 1 finger head, minimal lacing, fairly clear color, standard IPA fare. Aroma is mostly citrus, hops, some subtle grapefruit, some malt also present. Hop bitterness hits the tongue first, intertwining with malt and pine, and the hop bitterness finishes the taste off nicely. This is a damn fine tasting beer, and the bitterness leaves me wanting more. mouthfeel is a bit thin feeling, but the carbonation is very well balanced. Drinkability is great for a beer of this ABV.

I didn't know what to expect, but man this is a fine brew.

ramseye4, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of mountsnow1010
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - reddish amber with a white fluffy head that slowly shrinks.
S - first thing that hits is a combo of citrus and belgian yeast-funk. a bit of apple, pine and pear as well. generally fruity and floral (surprise...)
T - Floral hops to start, followed by bitterness, followed by a somewhat fruity, malty kick. Aftertaste of a sweet yeasty nature.
MF - drinks quite smoothly - I'd like to tone down the carbonation just a smidge. Not syrupy at all.
DB - Alcohol very well hidden, easily could have too many of these.

mountsnow1010, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of JT2875
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to try it since it's a local brewery plus walking in and handing it to my wife was priceless.

A- Poured into a pilsner glass which revealed a 1 finger head that quickly faded to patchiness. Color is a golden yellow and zero carbonation bubbles.

S-Slammed with hops, citrus, and pine.

T-Wow slammed up front with some hop and pine bitterness that fades quickly as it is swallowed though present in the after taste. Some citrus and mild malt are noticable as well. Finishes clean and dry.

M-Dry, clean and no carbonation.

D- I find this a tab bitter to be considered a Belgian style IPA. Overall a good beer that should be experienced at least once, maybe on tap. This six pack won't go to waste.

JT2875, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle out of a six pack I picked up at the beer store yesterday. The beer pours a pale copper coloring with no head. The nose is very hop heavy, and it seems like there is a hint of coriander or some other spice deep down below the hops. The sharpness of the beer hits your tongue before the taste does. The taste follows up nicely with a bold blend of spice and malt riding a wave of sour hops. The beer, for all its grandness early in mouth, slips quickly off to a quiet and smooth finish. Spice flavors in the aftertaste, also. Decent beer, but I have had better. I would be interested to try this on-tap or from a cask to get a different perspective on it.

GarthDanielson, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of GallowsThief
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel.

A - Pours a fairly see through golden color. Head poured at about an inch and recedes quickly. Just a touch of lacing left behind.

S - At first smell I get a nice light honey like sweet smell. The follow up comes across with the malty, cereal smell. Pine in there as well.

T - Bitterness right out with a citrusy follow. Grapefruit seems to be prevalent. It's a sharp taste for sure.

M - Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Dry feel in the mouth.

D - Yes. If you are an IPA person this is a nice example.

GallowsThief, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of happygnome
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into one of my sam adams pint glasses

a: pours a hazy orange color, there are dark golden hues aound the edge of the beer. There is about a half inch of creamy white head that seems to be staying pretty decently

s: piny and floral hop bitter aroma dark fruit aroma is also present very nicely balanced

t: the dark fruits of the malts hits you first but then the piny hop bitterness takes over

m: medium bodied beer with a light carbonation

overall, this is a pretty decent beer, I like it

happygnome, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

A: Very dark golden hue. Pours a very slight, bubbly, white head which quickly dissolves. Sparse beer ring lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Light malt tone, very yeasty, a little clove, coriander, and the slightest bit of nutmeg.

T: Great grainy flavor. Sharp, punchy hop notes, yeast, and Italian spice.

M: Light body, full flavor. Dry hop tones linger throughout. Just a little steely.

D: Great sipping brew.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Appearance is nothing really to write home about, but it does have a deep rich look. Nose has a great range of grains, nicely combined with some sweet and savory spice notes. Flavor is grainy, with a little spice. A nice light body, and dry finish. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle west in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of herbal and floral hop notes. Also present are hints of medium fruits and pine hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, though not quite as well balanced. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of herbal and light pine hops. Midway through the sip the pine notes fade and hints of bready flavors work their way into things along with moderate amounts of ripe pears. The breadiness subsides and a strong bitterness comes into play near the end of the sip, carrying through to a crisp and solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer skewed slightly too far toward the IPA side for a Belgian IPA as the bitterness was a bit too strong. Still, it's a very good beer that's worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of nashvillebeerguy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer. Has a sweet hops flavor, mixed with the traditional Belgian crisp drinkability & wheat flavor. Very good head. It doesn't taste like it's got a lot of alcohol in it like a lot of imperial IPA's. I drank it paired with a Greek salad and some noodles with butter.

nashvillebeerguy, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Light golden-copper with medium head, leaving great lacing which sticks to the glass a good while.

S&T=More on the malty side. I notice a lot of sweet malt/barley, and less hops. Hops are there, just more restrained for me. Tasty, though not an ideal IPA.

M=Medium, with average carbonation.

Very good, an interesting new style for me. Though I prefer hoppier, this is a nice change. Will have again sometime.

happy4hoppybeer, Jan 08, 2011
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,241 ratings.