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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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3,115 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,115
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 98
Gots: 308 | 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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4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

Aroma is - WOO WEE STRONG, seriously hoppy with a strong citrus tone that is a mixture of good grapefruit and sweet orange. It pours a nice clear orange amber with an average pale tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy, with a good evergreen tone, minimal bitterness, and an undertone of grapefruit with just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is rough and edgy, leaving behind a fair tingle.

10-09-2010 02:34:30 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of LairdChisholm


3.05/5  rDev -21.4%

A - Pours a clear golden color with a one finger off right head that has good retention. There is little to no lacing but there is a great amount of carbonation going to the top.

S - Not too great of a nose here, even right after being poured. Very slight hop and wheat smells.

T - Taste kind of goes along with smell. Nothing too spectacular here. All the flavors kind of blend together into a mash of flavors that is hard to decipher. There is a mix of wheat, somewhat pinny hops and maybe a wee bit of vanilla. It's not good, but it's not bad. there is a very clean finish however.

M - A lack of carbonation for sure. I think this contributes for the lack of boldness with the flavors. Very smooth though.

D - Considering the ABV, and the lack of prominent hoppy flavors it helps, but I wouldn't call it good.

Considering my bellow average review, I'm thinking I maybe got a bad batch.

10-07-2010 02:06:11 | More by LairdChisholm
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New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

Look: nice amber color with some orange and a fluffy white head. Good retention and some lacing.

Smell: some malt, lots of citrus hops along with some pine and then some hints of other flavors from the yeast like spices and banana.

Taste: follows the nose well. Starts with the citrus flavors of the hops and then some pine. There's a good deal of sweetness in it also and as it warms, tastes of lemon, spices and banana come out more. Alcohol is undetectable. Very nice.

Feel: fairly highly carbed and medium bodied tending towards full bodied. There's not much bitterness there.

Drink: high, especially since its high in ABV. Its very enjoyable and not difficult to drink so its certainly a beer you could session if you chose.

Overall, a very solid beer. I haven't had a Flying Dog beer in quite some time but thought it was time to give them another go. Definitely worth a go! Cheers.

10-06-2010 12:12:29 | More by SkunkWorks
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4.47/5  rDev +15.2%

a- nice golden amber with a small head and minimal lacing (this was in the back for a long car ride which might explain this)
s- very strong smell of grapefruit and a hint of flowers
t- nice caramel malt and grapefruit/hops bitterness with a mild honey aftertaste with hints of floral
m- nice mouthfeel, lightly creamy, medium
d- a very enjoyable beer, kind of a new taste to me, highly recommended

10-05-2010 19:58:34 | More by wallaceandvomit
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

Appears an orange toned amber with a small head of fluff. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is pine, citrus, herbs, spices, orange peel, notes of rye, and obvious esters from Belgian yeast.
Taste is of the aromas with a juicy fruit gum and apricot explosion. I'm at odds as to the yeast they used here. Almost seems like a dry yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, bitey, bitter, sweet, pungent, and sticky.

10-04-2010 23:58:19 | More by weeare138
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4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

A - Rich gold color with a nice fluffy head, excellent retention with moderate lacing. Due to the high carbonation a little swirl or a sip for that matter helps keep a nice thing layer on top.

S - Sweet malt, biscuit, mild hops, clove, and banana.

T - Sweet and bitter; caramel malts, fermented apple notes, clove, honey, pepper, bitter grapefruit notes in the finish. Lots of layers and texture; very nice.

M - Medium-heavy in body, actually a little more to it than I expected with the high level of carbonation. Creamy and well rounded.

D - Great beer here and the 8.3 ABV is practically undetectable! Enjoy with caution!

10-03-2010 22:32:04 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

Nice clear amber pour, topped by a half finger of beige head that relaxes to a lively skim.

Smell is dominated by tart yeast, even some belgiany/spicy esters in there, lighter citrus candy, and an even lighter tasty floral at the edge.

Taste starts with the same blast of tart yeast, then transitions into citrus, followed by some drying pine, citrus pith bitter. It keeps a sweetness to it, and the tart of it stays long into the finish. At times it seems too astringent in finish, but as I approach 10 oz. in it has become tasty. The tart and bitter benevolently battle for the finish. The winner has changed sip to sip, and this morphing profile is excellent complexity. After warming a bit of candy lemon is the last taste on tongue.

Mouthfeel is okay. Fairly high carb., drinks a touch syrupy, but highly viscous with a dry finish perfect for style. The lingering tart could be a bit cleaner is my complaint.

Drinkability is quite good. The complex finish and interesting taste make this cravable.

Impression: Not a huge fan of FD but this one is quite tasty.

10-01-2010 22:32:39 | More by cavedave
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3.15/5  rDev -18.8%

I had high expectations for this beer going into it. It just tasted too creamy for my taste. I got a lot of caramel and not much else. It was nice and smooth, with very little hops; but it just did not wow me like other Flying Dog beers. I think it has potential, might just need to open up a little bit.

09-29-2010 17:44:40 | More by xunorm
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

This one poured light and auburn in color with an off white head that quickly dissipated. It definitely smelled more like a Belgian than an IPA. It had good yeasty aromas with some light maltiness. It didn't feature hoppiness or alcohol at all. The taste was excellent. Again it was heavier on the Belgian side. It featured a good mix of breadiness with sugars and some light alcohol on the backend. The mouthfeel was light, crisp, and well carbonated. I really liked this one and I found it more drinkable than a lot of other Belgian IPAs. This one certainly is closer to a Belgian than an IPA.

09-29-2010 17:06:52 | More by aasher


4.58/5  rDev +18%

12oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a one finger head that reduces into a foamy layer on top. Lace is left and head holds good retention. Lively carbonation is expressed within the body. The head is a cream white in color and the body is a deep, glowing amber. The body looks medium in body and is relatively clear.
S: At first note, there is a strong Belgian-yeast note. This is a sweet and caramel undertone. A nice blend of hops come through and make this aroma truly as complex as the beer is. The aroma is a medium in intensity.
T/M: A thick and creamy mouthfeel is met on the palate at first. The hoppy undertones project a bold herbal presence throughout. The Belgian notes on this make it a nice comparison to the many great Belgian Tripels. A sweet grassy hop profile, mixed with a dry, strong notes of hops on the finish. A mainly malt finish, brings even more Belgian candy to the palate, that has you coming back for more. A truly well done brew.
D: This is a extremely drinkable, brew. Light on the palate and non-filling. I have kicked through most of the bottle just going back to gain a new light on the complexity of flavors.

09-29-2010 04:34:14 | More by GDBEERMAN


4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

Clear medium Gold. Thick white cap with great retention. Loads of tightly knit doily lace.

Citrus, floral, grass. Spicy pear, Belgian fruity yeast esters. Lightly toasted cracker.

Citrus, grass, and spicy floral flavors. Belgian yeast esters dominate, spicy pear and fruity esters. Semi sweet candi sugar. Grassy resinous bitterness. Touch of funk.

Med body, slightly heavier than appearance. med carb. sl sticky and drying.

A tasty take on a Belgian IPA. Good hop profile pairing with yeast. Worth trying.

09-27-2010 18:06:23 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

Raging Bitch pours a deep amber color without much of a head. The hoppy bite is apparent from both the nose and from the first sip. However, the hoppiness does wear off as the drink goes on and the flavor goes from biting to smooth, yet strong. Even though hoppy beers are not "my thing" this is still a very solid and great beer and have no complaints. Try it if you can!

09-27-2010 00:07:15 | More by MarcGetty
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3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a copper color, big creamy fluffy head with some good lacing.
Smells of lemon, malt, and alcohol.
You can taste tart earthy hops followed by alcohol.
Medium bodied, nice and creamy.
The alcohol comes through more than the hops in this one.

09-25-2010 19:19:07 | More by JMad
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a translucent burnt orange with a small foamy off white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles that rise very slow giving me the idea that this one has a bit of body.

Smell of citrus and pine hop, but a layer of malty sweet hides underneath. And a trace of that Belgian spice.

Tingly pine hops up front, with a mid section of malt to balance it out. The Belgian yeast doesn't pop up top heavily in this one, but you can feel its funk underneath. The combination is strange.

Medium body, prickly, but quite smooth on finish with some warming.

This is a fairly good brew, but maybe an acquired taste. It is certainly a great example of Flying Dog's ingenuity and great to celebrate 20 years.

09-25-2010 01:42:33 | More by ncfranklin
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

A: golden amber with a light thin velvety head that stays

S: Wafts of floral with a hint of vegetation also a bit of sweetness

T: Floral with some perfume but hoppiness comes through giving it a bit of bitterness so it is not sweet. Bitterness comes through again and lingers with a bit of floral.

M: Light tight bubbles - nice and smooth. Not syrupy.

D: A nice mix of floral and bitterness. A good one to relax with on a weekend.

[ serving type: Chilled bottle poured into a glass]

09-25-2010 01:37:48 | More by Kiwano
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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

This beer is not a bad fusion. Usually i dont like belgians, or anything with wild yeast, but being a huge ipa fan i couldnt pass this one up.

A- looks slightly darker than an IPA not cloudy at all. Delicate and sparse lacing with one piece looking exactly like a goose, or a swan. I read my beer bubbles and lacing like witches read tea leaves.

S- present belgian funkiness, with a slight extra hop kick.

T-Not bad at all, almost makes me wanna rethink my view on belgians, A nice sourness that blends with the ipa quility. hints of grapefruit, yeast, and toejam.

M-average mouthfeel

D-Decent drinkablility, more parecciated once you realize its 8.3

All in all not a bad job flying dog.

09-24-2010 21:14:49 | More by Canibacea
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

Flying Dog has really grabbed my attention with this release. Im not one for Belgians but this IPA is out of this world. I was blessed with this beer at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse New York if anyone knows that place.

The appearance was light in color exactly what I expected in an IPA. The foam head was something of beauty and the retention stayed on the glass throughout the entire consumption of this beer.

The smell was of a hop explosion. I had a very hard time picking out the specific hops because It seemed like they used a wide variety of aroma hops in this batch.

The taste was beyond hoppy. It was very dry and citrusy. I seriously didn't even want to swallow it because I was enjoying the taste so much. The name definitely comes for the taste of this beer. For fellow hop heads this is the beer for you.


09-24-2010 13:57:23 | More by TheHopMonster
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

I wasn;t sure about the hoppiness at first but a few sips in I realized it wan't as overpowering as I thought. The 8% alcohol was apparent as I caught a buzz a few sips into the second bottle and just as I realized what a good taste this had. Just hard to drink in mixed coed company with a name like raging bitch. Not many know the dog reference.

09-21-2010 02:50:33 | More by jjchristiano
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3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Raging Bitch is a clear, copper-orange color (almost like apple juice) with a one-finger, soapy white head. The nose has some spicy, peppery characteristics as well as some piney, citrusy west coast hops. The flavor follows suit, with the Belgian characteristics being more reserved and the west coast IPA flavors being dominant; fruitiness like apricot and grapefruit along with resinous pine make up most of the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall a pretty drinkable beer, would like to see more "Belgian" in the flavor but certainly not a bad attempt.

09-19-2010 22:53:58 | More by gmfessen
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Glass - Tulip

A - An orange/coppery color with just a bit of haze to it. It produced a 2-finger head that dissipated to a 1-finger head quickly. You can see lite C02 bubbles, very tiny. It left some spots on my glass but no lacing.

S - Soft cherry, plum and slight vinegar quality. Definite Belgian yeast quality here, a bit of soft spice like clove with a muted American hop aroma of mango, pear and pine. Aroma's seem to come together nicely which I didn't expect.

T - A wonderful balance of softer Belgian yeast flavors coupled with more pronounced American hop flavors. Clove, pepper, muted vinegar, mango and pine flavors come together nicely with a dry finish and noticeable alcohol. Bitterness is moderate and really hangs on the tongue after you swallow the beer.

M - Smooth with soft crispness and a medium body. Almost a bit of creamy texture to it as well.

D - I didn't really expect the flavors to work with this beer but it really does. Very balanced, the alcohol becomes more apparent as the beer warms but nothing over the top. I'd drink a glass of it, maybe two but that's about it because the alcoholic flavors would get to me a bit. A very good beer and well worth a try. I might pick this one up again sometime. Cheers!

09-17-2010 22:42:22 | More by PintOHops
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%

glass: Tulip

Straight-up copper color with a few shades of orange in the mix, aggressive pour yielded a 4-finger, frothy and semi-creamy head. Body is just the slightest bit hazy. Lacing is clingy. A decent half-finger head remained throughout consumption.

Interesting. First smell was certainly dominated by the yeast, peppery, banana, clove, bubblegum, very zesty. Slight pine hop that mixes pretty well with the yeast. Faint malt underneath.

Wow, what a great blend of flavors. This is a style that i am not familiar with at all. This is definitely a great first impression. There is a great wet pine hop flavor going on, along with a touch of citrus rind. The Belgian yeast lends an almost perfect compliment by spicing it up a bit and adding a touch of banana sweetness. Backed with just enough malt. The alcohol lends body and a smooth, rich texture in the mouth. Full-bodied, i'd say. Light-medium carbonation.

Despite it's ABV, it's pretty darn drinkable for what it is. I'm liking this a lot. Well done beer.

09-17-2010 22:39:17 | More by JosiahS
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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a heavy golden color with 1 1/2 fingers of head. Nice sheets of lacing develop on the glass.

S: Belgian yeasts with a little breadiness. Also subtle spiciness, maybe cloves?

T: Reminds of a mix between a Hefe and a Belgian Strong Pale Ale. Belgian yeast is strong upfront, with a bready malt covered in banana/clove and peppery spice on the back. Light earthy and spicy hop bitterness. A little heat on the end of this one.

M: Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Belgian yeast sticks to the palette.

D: A little too much spice to drink much of - but a good beer and interesting style nonetheless.

09-16-2010 23:55:05 | More by kirkpjr
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured into my cervoise glass with a nice slightly golden/orange hue with a persistent 1/4" head. Minimal lacing. (As the beer warms, more lacing is very evident)

Smell is great! You can smell the Belgian pedigree right away as well as a nice piney hop note as well.

Taste is a nice combo of bittering hops and a nice malt (caramel) backbone.

Great mouthfeel and unobtrusive carbonation.

Drinkability is good. A few of these and you will feel it, but the taste is great and the hops are not overwhelming!

Nice job and I love the name!

09-16-2010 21:40:58 | More by denflyr
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3.7/5  rDev -4.6%

Pours with a deep, rich golden/amber color with a surprisingly small amount of head for the style unless I just did a crappy job pouring it. Not a very big hop presence in the aroma, but I do detect hints of vanilla and peach. The peach comes through in the flavor as well instead of a citrusy hop character. The finish is extremely smooth for an IPA. A really great example of the style in my opinion!

09-16-2010 06:41:29 | More by shodrod
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

A- copper body white head
S- belgian yeast definitely there caramel notes spicy hops
T- spice comes in at first im not sure if its more from the yeast or hops but the hops are definitely there more spicy hops than typical of an IPA
M- perfect thickness
D- very, although the abv is high went by pretty much unnoticed

09-16-2010 02:42:17 | More by foogerd
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