Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery
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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
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
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
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
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
This is a very good BIPA. Full of hop character wiht a malt body and yeast profile right out of Belgium. A very cloudy burnt orange with a yellowish off white head. A good size head and considerable lacing. Smell is a rich pale malt and Belgian yeast. Some funk and a piney hops with a banana tinged fruitiness. Taste is Bam Bam hoppy with a grapefruit and pine right away followed by an oily hop leafyness. Then you get a tripel like malt backbone and a return to grapefruit with caramel sweetness. Some more of that faint banana. Finish is very dry and clean with an astringent touch of hop oil lingering. No trace of alcohol anywhere. Feel is crisp and effervescent with an almost cream like quality. This is a real sneaky one to drink as it goes down like a milder mannered IPA with all the smooth complexity of a Belgian ales. A real gem of a beer and one I plan to keep on hand.
09-16-2010 02:34:40 | More by scootny
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
Hmm, Flying Dog is 20 years old? Who knew? Grabbed a second six-pack of these on my travels since it didn't make it here to SC and I enjoyed the first one a good bit.
What we got here, briefly, is a sharp, stabby grapefruit bomb with an indulgent soft, creamy mouthfeel and well masked ABV at 8.3%. RB screams outta the gate with prominent untamed and wild white grapefruit bitter notes, and more hesitant apricot and reserved caramel malt flavors rolled up with a subtle (weakish) Belgian yeast. Pithy and yet not dry, there is a white oak / woody component that intrigues. The tight head sports some nice staying power and lace and as it warms, so do I.
Bottom line: this Bitch is in your face, but closer examination reveals it's got depth, too.
Raging Bitch is quite an enjoyable beer, better than usual from Flying Dog, and once again shows (like Gonzo) that these guys can really put out a solid drink when they want to. I'd love it if they made this a seasonal. One of the better Belgian IPAs I've encountered, and worth the trip to track it down.
09-15-2010 22:34:00 | More by kkipple
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
Had this on tap before and liked it, figured I'd give it a try and review officially. 12oz bottle...
A: very nice copper color with a small white head that fades quickly. Good.
S: smells like a nice blend of hops and floral sugary malts. Smells a little bready and hoppy all at once. Good.
T: very floral hop upfront quickly followed by a nice fruity apple and then by an earthy taste. Hints of winey booze on the backend. Good.
M: medium body with a great carbonation feel. Very good.
D: once you get through the interesting blend of flavors, this goes down decent.
All in all, this is a good brew. Not great, but worth trying. Definitely suits a Belgian IPA category.
09-15-2010 00:14:00 | More by steve8robin
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
A- hazy apricot orange amber with a wrinkly off white yellow tinted head that sticks around for a good while. solid rings of sticky lace all the way down. looks like a very nice IPA.
S- huge amarillo nose. grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine sap, and lime. sweet and toasty toffee like malt behind that and some spicy clove and pepper like bubblegum and banana yeast even further behind that. sandalwood and cedar notes lend an earthy sweetness along with some dried up coffee mug for added depth.
T- sharp zesty bitterness hits first in all its grapefruity glory, with some orange and lime, pine and rocket fuel. malt is toasty, woodsy, lightly leathery, sandalwood sweet, and well rounded. subtle citrus essence beneath it all, and a delicate yeast clove bubblegum spiciness in the beginning that disappears for a while and reappears in the finish. clean bitterness in the end with lingering toasty flavors and just a pinch of alcohol.
MF- prickly tight carbonation kinda floods everything in the beginning and by the time it mellows out during the second half of the beer, what's left feels somewhat watery and not as juicy soft as i would like. dry and resinous on the cheeks for that satisfying IPA feel.
D- a nice brew, highly hopped is it's claim to fame. the belgian side of this bitch is very subtle, and i would like to get to know that side better. all the assertive bitterness seems to mask the yeast. decently drinkable for a high abv beer but i'm not sure i would call her MY bitch, just THAT bitch.
09-15-2010 00:07:55 | More by hustlesworth
4/5 rDev +3.1%
12oz bottle poured into a goblet.
A: Reddish-orange body. Decent head turns into a thin film. Not much lacing.
S: Caramel and citrusy hops.
T: Citrus hops, caramel malt, and Belgian yeast combine to create a slightly tea-like flavor. Bitter but manageable.
M: Slightly syrupy, but not excessively so. Not too much carbonation.
D: It's not much of a Belgian or much of an IPA, but it has enough of both to make it worthwhile.
09-14-2010 11:06:50 | More by BarrelO
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a honey amber color with a two finger head that reduces to a soapy filmon top.
The smell is wonderful; floral honey, citrusy hops, a bit of orange blossom, and a slight maltiness.
Taste starts sweet and bitter, and quickly fades. Some honey and hops, mild astringency, and a smooth presentation. Definitely a milder IPA.
Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, ending slightly dry.
Very drinkable, perhaps too much so; at 8.3%, you taste none of the alcohol.
09-11-2010 00:25:36 | More by TheHoppiest
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
Drank from a snifter glass.
A: pours a beautify deep ruby color with a thin soapy head lacing is non-existant.
S: Can smell some bitterness from the hops, but can't identify which hops used by smell alone. Little bit of a yeasty smell with big malt.
T: Big fruit flavor here with a nice hop zing on the backend. It's almost chewy.
M: Not too thick, but not too thin. It coats the palate and the alcohol is very well hidden. Nice low/moderate carbonation.
D: You don't feel the alcohol but it doesn't mean it isn't there. This is a really really good beer and if I wasn't driving, I'd defiantly have a few of these.
09-10-2010 21:50:05 | More by tlazaroff
4.95/5 rDev +27.6%
One of my favorite beers
12 once bottle poured into snifter glass
Appearance: Crystal clear carbonated well lots of tiny bubbles.
Smell: Very Belgium smell easy for a beginner to identify
Taste: Taste bitter and hoppy. 8.3 abv is not evident at all.
Mouthfeel: First few sips are a shock to the taste buds, after a few sips flavor is smoother,
09-10-2010 15:16:14 | More by PhillaTheSpilla
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
A- A brown dye added to apple juice. Pure white apple juice bubbles that died before they made any decent attempt at a froth. Small carbonation viewed.
S- Little bit of barley, strong pine aroma, and grapefruit finish. There is a note of apples here.
T- This is amazingly different than the nose. Bubblegum and hops open up but fade enough to allow the apple and caramel mixture to shine on through. The finish is another eruption of pine resin that sticks around but does not overpower.
M- An enjoyable presence here. More full than watery which would make sense after enjoying the flavor finish. Heat hits me in the back of the throat but no where else is the alcohol noted.
D- Can I just leave it at great? No? Doesn't hop me out after one and this is my second attempt at the bitch. She is quite the partner for an evening and I'd love to tempt her company once more.
09-09-2010 23:21:59 | More by Khazadum
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter
Pours a dark golden/orange color, similar to an amber but lighter.
Great hop presence in the aromas, along with floral notes.
A two fingered head that dissipates to a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
A complex beer- IPA driven, but on the finish is more belgian style. A very unique taste and flavor- I imagine this would really be interesting after some time in the cellar. I wonder which attributes would come to the forefront?
Drinkable and tasty-another interesting beer from Flying Dog brewery.
09-09-2010 00:15:52 | More by montecristo2
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
Serving type- Bottle
Appearance - Yellowish tan, simular to a amber lager, 1/2 inch head
Smell - Hops, yeast and a floral smell, just like a tripel
Taste - As expected, being a belgium ipa, it has floral tones just like a tripel. This has a nice hop kick, and the spices and fruits kick in after the first drink. Malts are present, as is the alcohol. Unique and tasty
Mouthfeel - The hops and alcohol really warm your mouth up. The spices and floral tones mellow it out some. Light and flavorfull, you are able to enjoy another style after this beer
Drinkabilty - A different beer, A nice change from a hop driven ipa, or a standard tripel. Not sure i would drink a whole 6-pack but i enjoyed this one for sure
09-08-2010 04:04:11 | More by wvsabbath
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
12 oz bottle pours a clear, caramel color with a moderate off-white head. Retention is decent, as is the lacing.
Smells like candi-coated hop cones...piney, citric and sweet. Pineapple and grapefruit intermingle with green apple and strawberry-bread yeastiness. Interesting to say the least.
This one trends more into the Belgian realm than many of these newfangled American brewed belgio-IPAs. Yeast first, hops second...I like that. Both are assertive though and are draped with a caramel, toffee malt backdrop that I could probably do without. Almost too much going on here with the beastly malt, does not seem to have a focal point. Throw alcohol up in there and you got a four-headed bitch on your hands...Kerberos, watch out! Rough around the edges, but this dog is ultimately petable when all is said and done.
09-06-2010 22:32:34 | More by twiggamortis420
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours very foamy head on deep yellow. Yeasty aroma, it's evena little funky. Creamy mouthfeel, major bitterness yet somewhat offset. Good for the Belgian IPA style. The palate needs some time to recover. Dcent drinkability. Orange citrus.Surprising alcohol that hits you later.
09-06-2010 19:40:56 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
This is my favorite beer from FD. They have really done a good job with this beer.
Appearance is good. Nice orangish/amber color. Not clear. Good head retention and lacing.
Smell is Belgian for sure. Nice spicy nose and herbal hoppy aroma. Very inviting.
Taste is exceptional. Spicy bite up front. A sweet balance from the malt bill and the herbal Belgian yeast really is a nice finish. Nice dry finish as well.
Mouthfeel is good as well. A little prickly and oily at the same time. Dry finish. No cloying.
Drikability is dangerously good. You could drink this one all night and not get tired of it. This is very nicely balance and refreshing. The bottle conditioned version from the brewery is even better if you ever get a chance to try it.
09-06-2010 10:59:25 | More by Terp96
4.5/5 rDev +16%
I love IPAs. I love Belgians. This is kind of link the quintessential blend between the two styles. It is very well blended.
One minor complaint. Some of my family is a little too politically correct and I would feel uneasy bringing this drink around. Especially if kids may be around.
09-06-2010 03:46:27 | More by TheSupremeAJ
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
12oz. bottle into snifter
A: amber with a thick, off-white head. Looks like a DIPA.
S: American hops and spicy Belgian yeast. There's also a bubblegum note and vague toasty malt.
T/M: Bitter finish from the hops, spicy up front, sweet malt backbone, and bubblegum. Carbonation brightens the mouthfeel and cuts thickness a bit. It's very malty underneath the hop bitterness, which gives it a mouthfeel like half-and-half.
D: Alcohol content is higher than standard IPA, but it's not present in the taste. Proper glassware and temperature give a certain degree of balance; very drinkable considering the thickness, hop presence, and alcohol content. I've been tempted to make a session of it, but usually talk myself out of it on account of the high ABV.
09-05-2010 00:22:51 | More by MurphyMacManus
United Kingdom (Wales)
5/5 rDev +28.9%
This beer had the pleasure of being my very first IPA and I was not disappointed. Beautiful pour with a nice pillowy head. I could not wait to dig in. Has a really great fruity aroma that just permeated through the whole tasting. I loved the lingering bitterness that just keeps building as you drink it. Flying Dog has a winner with this beer.
09-04-2010 16:05:48 | More by apache119
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
Orange with nice slow streams of bubbles, it's nicely American-hopped, with lots of citrus smell and some pine taste, but has the clove and pepper esters that you would expect from the Belgian yeast and lots of nice fruity notes, both tropical and citrus. A genuinely sweet hop bomb, what a delight! Nice rich mouthfeel, went down smooth and I can finish a bottle easily.
Overall I really enjoyed this beer! Probably Flying Dog's best.
09-04-2010 15:49:38 | More by lstokes
4.47/5 rDev +15.2%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The clear full orange body has a sea of microbubbles with a creamy butter-cream head that last a good bit.
S- The juicy slightly spicy hops come through even during the pour. There is a more subtle yeasty aroma with hints of bubble gum followed by a floral hop aroma and a saison yeast quality. T- The juicy pine hops have a green cinnamon note to them and a yeasty sweetness underneath. There is a bitter spicy green hop finish that has a soft sugary sweetness as the beer opens up.
M- There is a light mouthfeel with a fizzy full finish that boost the hop flavor and aroma. There is no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a nice full spicy hops flavor with a great depth and it blends well with the saison style yeast. The fizz is a bit overpowering in the finish but it does enhance the hops character.
09-04-2010 12:53:43 | More by rhoadsrage
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
A: This beer pours a clear amber body with a frothy off-white head. Great belgian lace and head retention, it pours about 2 fingers and slowly dissipates to little islands of foam.
S: As soon as I poured this beer into my glass I could smell hops, hops, & more hops. A nice grapefruit aroma with floral and spicey notes. As the beer warms you can also detect Belgian yeast.
T: An opulent beer if I've ever tried one. The initial taste is a playful balance of bitter and sweet hops. Hints of spices, brown sugar, pine, citrus, and caramel can also be picked up on the palate with a mild malty backbone. A dry aftertaste with a little warmth is also very pleasant in hiding the higher ABV.
M: A full body beer with mild carbonation and a creamy texture.
D: If you ever want to try the perfect example of a Belgian IPA, this is it. Great taste and will definately get again.
09-02-2010 00:08:41 | More by BrewCrew2010
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
This was my previous review of it on draft:
I'm not sure why i keep trying these beers when I don't like any of them. The two characteristics that make belgians and IPA's good, and I like both of them a lot, don't blend well together. Each of the flavors is more enjoyable by itself rather than with the other.
I think I prefer the Green Flash and Stone versions better but I can't really get behind any of them.
I actually preferred the bottle version of this much better and found it to be a lighter style IPA which was perfect for a hot summer day. The flavors are quite complex and, in this case, I believe the belgian yeast and american hop characteristics meld well together.
09-01-2010 17:51:04 | More by david18
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,119 ratings.