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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

3,333 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 3,333
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 426 | 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 richkrull
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this one up at my local store based on what I had read here on BA and just the novelty of the name in general.

Poured a nice orangish amber color with a bit of off-white head on it. Smell was full of hops with some citrus notes and yeast as well. Taste was pretty incredible. Very balanced medium bodied beer. Good citrus malt flavor. Not quite as hoppy as I expected. All in all, I loved this beer. The name and label are creative and appealing and the taste really backed it up. Hope to pick this up again soon.

richkrull, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of TheSignPost
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangey. both in color and in flavor. Not like orange life savers, but more of an orange zest kind of flavor. Pretty strong too, so that's a good thing. This was a nice surprise. I actually got it because of the silly name, but I liked it too. So that's a good thing.

TheSignPost, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of MadeInOregon
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, I had no idea that the beer I had a pint of last week had such a profane name! The bartender just said it was "Flying Dog's Belgian IPA"--which was good enough for me to order a pint. I wonder if he felt embarrassed calling it by its name, and I wonder how many stores would hesitate putting this on its shelves for the same reason. I just don't see the wisdom in Flying Dog giving it such a controversial title. Surely something else could just as effectively convey something about this beer's intensity.

THE BODY of this one is honey-colored and/or pale bronze. It is clear with no sediment at the bottom, and nice, thick white foam + lacing at the top.

THE SMELL is good, though it just smells like a good IPA to me and had nothing "Belgian" per se. Overall, it is sweet and floral with aromas of hops and strawberry.

THE TASTE is pretty interesting and I could instantly tell why they would call this a "Belgian-Style IPA": the Belgian yeast is intense! In fact it is the first taste to hit you, followed by sweet and then bitter hops. It has a lingering sourness that competes with the Belgian yeast danceing all over the mouth from the first sip. I would say that this tastes like a trippel and a big American IPA mixed together. Very creative stuff.

THE FEEL is pretty nice with an overall dryness yet a slightly wet, snappy finish. It has a medium-light consistency to it. It is very alcoholic but not overwhelming.

CONCLUSION: A very creative, well-made beer. Although I do agree with another reviewer who felt this was nothing more than an American double/imperial IPA which used Belgian yeast. Do the Belgians really like their beers this hoppy? I kinda doubt it. This is American to the core. I suppose Flying Dog simply used "Belgian" in the title for lack of a better word. Regardless, it's interesting and worth trying if you like IPA's or trippels.

MadeInOregon, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of harveystarr
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm learning that I tend to rate beers I enjoy high, but then again, it's cuz I enjoyed it. This was a surprise. Being such a high ABV, I went in thinking it would be out of my league. The pour was near beautiful, with a bright, rich orange, with a frothy, albeit short lived, head. The taste was very nice. The alcohol was subtle, even at 8.3. It was a well balanced and somewhat complex beer, with less hop-kick that I would expect in an IPA. That's fine by me, cuz I'm not a real hop-head.

In any event, a pleasant surprise, one in which I won't be caught off guard again. More to come.

harveystarr, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of LittleOtts
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Bottle to a pt. It pours a caramel amber color. Not a huge head.

S- Citrusy and yeasty, not much in the way of hops.

T- Either complex hops or just a fruity/spicey yeasts. Biscuity malt on the back.

M- Med bodied and good carbonation

D- Med. When looking for IPA this isn't it. But it's interesting and has great flavor inspired by a belgian style.

LittleOtts, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

i didn't think this was that strong now that i look at the information. pour is orange clear with a small head that doesn't look belgian at all. its has a carbonation when agitated. its american in feel though. nose of pine bark, yeasty banana hints, and orange. palate is yeasty and sweet with a earthy huskiness. this makes the beer have one dimension and no broadening ester qualities. i don't like the grain used here. not poorly made but somewhat heavy handed ingredients. not as light as a belgian IPA should feel.

rtepiak, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap, from a bottle and from a hand pumped cask. All 3 were great, I think that when it came from the cask it was at it's beat though. This beer is a yellow hazy copper color with a fluffy thick head that won't quit. Te aromas of Belgian yeast are beautifully mixed with citrusy and piney hops. The flavors are a delightfully hoppy experience that dingles your tongue. This beer rocks!

Knapp85, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of thatlongname
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Darker than American IPAs. Has a nice orange glow to it. Small head that quickly dissipates. Looks like it sticks.

Smell: Smells like hops, some malts and maybe some fruity esters.

Taste: Good hop flavors with a sweet aftertaste from a mix of malts and yeast. I could have used a bit more bitterness though.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good beer. The ABVs are pretty hidden in this beer btw.

thatlongname, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of paulginva
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: When this beer, which was poured from the tap, reached my table it had a 1/2" foamy off-white head with fair head lacing that dissipated slowly. The body was a clear deep amber with virtually no carbonation.

AROMA: The nose test demonstrated a light malt aroma that supported a moderate hop bouquet of fruity citrus and orange with a moderate complimentary yeasty dough scent.

TASTE: A light nutty malt taste complimented a moderate fruity citrus, orange and spicy pear taste supported by a moderate doughy yeast flavor. Quite tasty.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a smooth textured light to medium body with very soft carbonation and fair body lacing that dissipated slowly. The initial flavor was slightly sweet. That bloomed a lightly bitter, moderately dry finish of medium length with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: This a big beer with a high alcohol content which is very well masked. Watch out that it doesn't sneak up on you after two or three rounds. It's one of the best beers brewed by Flying Dog and a very nice Belgian IPA, though certainly not the "best of breed." I'd definitely buy it again and serve it in the right circumstance. My only complaint is that it's slightly overpriced compared to others of this style.

paulginva, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of mound909
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the beer. Nothing more, nothing less.

I wish I liked it more. Frankly my disappointment comes from the fact that I expected a cloudy, full bodied, unfiltered IPA like most of the "Belgian-style" IPA's that I have had.

This beer tastes more like a hoppy dubbel/tripel than the yeast-laden Belgian IPA's I really love. I usually love most of the beers that Flying Dog brews, but this is somewhat of an exception.

The first sip is satisfying because you taste a lot of the hops and malts, but after that the sweet boozyness sort of takes over and lingers on your tongue.

I recommend trying the beer, but don't be fooled by the supposed style. My personal favorite Belgian IPA is Robot Bastard! from Springhouse Brewery in Conestoga, PA. Good look finding that in bottles though.

mound909, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Guden
3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty light copper with small sticking head.

S- Lots going on, belgiany yeast character of peach and pear with notes of citrus from the hops.

T- Upfront: Piney and citrusy hops, followed by a moderate bitterness which finishes with a fruity belgian character. Definitely lots of oranginess to this one from the combination of hops and yeast. Nothing amazing but nice hints all around, wish the harshness of the hops was less overpowering.

M- Nicely thin and moderately carbonated, nothing amazing but seems appropriate.

D- Pretty easy to drink given the strong hoppiness and bitterness, but the complexity of the nose doesn't quite carry through to the flavor to bring me back for many more.

Guden, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of claytri
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured Golden with a tan head. The aroma is of Caramel malt and hops. A bit of sweet malt, maybe hints of vanilla in the front with a hop blast in the close. The feel is medium and dry. This is a very pleasant beer, and I would hope they keep it in the lineup.

claytri, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of drtth
2.95/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a stange glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear orange/amber color with a bubbly ¼" off white head that leaves some light lacing. The head recedes fairly soon and for most of the beer there is no lacing at all when sipping.

Smell: The aroma leaves no doubt that a Belgian style yeast has been at work here, creating a nice fruity, herbal aroma that includes some citrus, floral and earthy character from the hops.

Taste: The flavors include sweet, bready malt laced with some citrus and pine. The medium length finish is signaled by a sudden switch from a nice malt and hop balance to a not very pleasant earthy or medicinal bitterness that persists far to long

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with some reasonable carbonation.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: While I was interested to try this I didn't think it was all that drinkable. I found myself not looking forward to sipping and probably won't have this beer again. My overall impression is of a beer that was targeted to be a Belgian IPA where the grains worked reasonably well but the hops were way wide of their mark.

drtth, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bronze-orange color with red overtones, mostly clear but a little sediment noted, a pretty good head that had some staying power and slowly dissipated into a nice sheen, leaving pretty good, chunky lacing.

Smell is very nice, a good mixture of grapefruit and pine, spicy malts, and grassy, floral hops.

Nice tasting beer. The malts take a bit of a center stage, this is a malty IPA, but it's still got a heaping helping of smooth, slightly oily hops, and a good pine/grapefruit follow through. Floral flavors and a pleasant spiciness are also noted.

Easy to drink, smooth and medium bodied, amply carbonated, leaving a smooth, lightly piney-bitter aftertaste.

Quite drinkable. My favorite from this brewery so far.

AlCaponeJunior, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of generalnotsew
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is fat 3 finger head and luckily used my Duvel tulip. Body is rich glowing amber and very fine looking by IPA standars. Smell is bubble gum spicy with a fruity grapefruit kick. A bit of a solventy alcohol smell but not enough to change my mind that is smells great and very strong. Taste is a very sweet tart grapefruit laced with banana and some earthy notes. Bitterness is there but nicely stays away from the other flavors. Not a big fan of Belgians but I really enjoy this taste. A touch of heat on the throat. Very slick and oily mouthfeel with well rounded carbonation. This is a really good beer. If flying dog could produce more stuff like this and Double Dog they would become very popular.

generalnotsew, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of CrookedStill
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden with a two finger foamy white head that lasts a few minutes.

The first thing I notice is citrus, specifically orange, fruity. Hop bitterness with a small amount of alcohol follows.

Very light, not quite "thin" but close. Medium carbonation. The citrus sweetness comes through first followed by bitterness that lingers for a few seconds before ending with a slight alcohol taste.

Overall not a bad beer. I'm glad I tried it and won't have a problem finishing this one but not sure I would go out of my way to find it.

CrookedStill, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of ZeroSignal
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a dark golden color with excellent clarity and a billowing, thick, off-white two finger head. Decent retention and a loose, sticky lace.

S - Aroma is a bit fruity with hints of clove, banana, and a citrusy-orange hop presence. Some toasted malt character as well.

T&M - Relatively subtle hop presence well balanced with the malt character of this brew. Citrus hop notes are on the fruity side, paired with a fruity phenolic character. Lighter carbonation with a full bodied feel; leaves a slight dryness and medicinal flavor on the palate.

O - Decent brew, not quite sure how "Belgian" this is...feels a bit muddled at times. Not bad, but so many better IPA's out there, Belgian or not.

-re-reviewed 3/22/11, partly because I forgot that I had already had this, and partly because I know so much more now then I knew then

ZeroSignal, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Nice copper color, half finger off white head and some lacing

S - Lots of yeast, some pine, floral and a bit of citrus hops. Sweet malt and was smells like tons of wheat

T - Definitely can taste the yeast and hops up front. Nice bitter and malty backbone. The hops blend nicely and there is a huge wheat note

M - Light, fluffy and leaves a very nice sweet yet slightly bitter taste that lingers for a while

D - At 8.3% this is very easy to drink. Well balanced and goes down very nicely

Final thought - At 8.3% and only $7.99 a sixer this beer is well worth it

whatthehull, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a somewhat clear reddish orange with a thick frothed head, nice retention and plenty of patchy lacing left on the glass.

Belgian yeast with slight funk, some pineapple and pear, fruit sweetness, citrusy hop bitterness.

Plenty of citrusy bitterness with grapefruit pith and rind. More fruit with apple peel and pineapple, very juicy, a bit sweet. Belgian yeast runs through prominently with slight funkiness. Caramel with bready dough, some brown sugar. Bitter and warm in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky and a bit dry on the tongue. Drinks really nice, alcohol is masked well, nice flavor although there's a lot going on in the glass.

xnicknj, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, reddish orange with two fingers of white head. Head recedes into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: lots and lots of bubblegum with some banana as well. There is just a touch of citrus hops on the finish.

T: sweet Belgian candy sugar amd bubblegum up front with some spicy Belgian yeast flavors. The hops kick in then, adding some piny flavors and a light bitterness.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is pretty crisp and not too sweet or bitter.

O: very good Belgian IPA. Good combination of the Belgian yeast characteristics and hoppiness.

n2185, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of Kickass
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice complex ale.

A- This beer pours a warm welcoming color some place between transparent orange and light copper. A finger width of off white head was brought to the surface with a slightly vigorous pour.

S- Upon the first smell I was greeted with Belgian yeast notes of spice, pepper, and sourness which were slightly reminiscent of a Saison. It wasn't until the second beer that I noted the intertwined flowery and slightly citrusy hop notes.

T- The taste is initially sour and peppery. There is no secret regarding the yeast used to ferment this. After that you get to the hop side, which is weighted more toward the bittering side than the taste side but not completely devoid of sweet flowery hops. Finally, this beer finishes with a mellow but well rounded light malt backing.

M- At more than 8% it's relatively light. I was expecting a thicker mouth feel like something found in a higher gravity IPA.

D- This beer is very drinkable and enjoyable to boot! I think the dominance of the Belgian yeast and the 60 IBUs masks the gravity as it doesn't really announce its presence.

Highly recomemded, one hell of a beer

Kickass, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 3 finger head. Good retention. Pretty thick lacing. Color is nice golden orange.

S. Nice floral hop aroma mixed with belgian spices. The belgian spices come mostly from the yeast. I get both citrusy and piney hop aroma. This beer smells exactly like what a good Belgian IPA should.

T. Very smooth. Some citrus hop flavor mixed with a malty sweetness. Almost get some clove and banana flavors from this. Probably one of the smoothest 8.2% IPAs I have had. I think this is mostly from the Belgian yeast that is used that kind of blends everything out.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/full carbonation. Touch of lingering sweetness.

O. Overall this is a damn good Belgian IPA. Raging Bitch does a very good job of blending 2 styles of beer. The question is whether this is a spicy mellow IPA or a hoppy Begian Pale Ale. Very good none the less.

siradmiralnelson, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer has returned to our area!!

This beer pours an absolutely shiny dark gold. Bubbles come from the bottom of the glass. The head went away but some lacing stayed.

Smells like Belgian hops

Taste is really strong for a BIPA. Citrus rind, Belgian hops and malts that seem a little more roasted than others I have had. I am drinking this one rather warm. It will be interesting if there is a little mellowing of flavor when it is cooler.

Mouth feel is average, could be better. Intense flavor does slow me down a little.

daledeee, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of goldbot
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, copper to amber color. Dense, white head and good retention. Good lacing on the glass. Hop aroma up front - pine resin and floral notes. Some caramel malt as well but the Belgian yeast comes through nice and strong on the back end. Nice spice aroma and again quite floral. A nice mix overall. The flavor has a nice malty sweetness followed by some resinous hop flavor. Could have more hoppiness. Good spiciness from the yeast. Nice balance, good bitterness and a smooth mouthfeel.

goldbot, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this is (for those of you who might understand) my celebration ale for a successful usmle step 1 (245/99 WOOHOOOO!!) and was courtesy of BA aschwab (shit i'll have weeks and reviews and reviews to thank this man) who flew it in from the states for me.

This is the equivalent of 'fusion food' for beer. it's BIPA meets AIPA (belgian, american) and has a great taste to it. heck, the whole beer is a bounce back-and-forth between the styles.

Pour is mostly american. bright amber hue. a creamy head that faded rather quickly. hardly any activity visible, akin perhaps to the style in which you spot a DFH at times. Generous lacing and a creamy film, perhaps one of the thicker i've seen (almost 1/4").

Smell is a 'tie', so to speak. of course, the hoppy, stashy american IPA feel is dominant, and even stings the nose at once. but a deep whiff (and a slightly sedated nose sensitivity) allow for a more fruity aroma to surge. a very discrete grapefruit feel finds its way through and certainly makes it fairly complex, albeit avoidant. no alcohol.

Taste is more rigidly 50/50. The former half (ok, quarter at best) is all belgian styled. half-orange, half-clementine peel feel. a very slight mould feel. obviously, the robust american ipa feel takes over in no-time, spiking it with hops, hops and then some. even then, there remains a slight spicy feel first perceived. of course, the finish is quite bitter. nice.

The body is also thick, maybe inclining towards perhaps a mardesous or a bush ambrée and definetly complimented by the slight carbonation and alcohol. and, even as I type, hardly halfway through the beer, i can feel the buzz coming along.

This is an excellent beer, although not belgian nor raging. it's a great blend worthy of another try.

Andreji, Mar 09, 2011
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,333 ratings.