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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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2,992 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,992
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 95
Gots: 247 | FT: 1
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009)
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Photo of LordAdmNelson


3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goldenrod color with some pretty big white head that fades to a thin film on the surface of the beer. Ok lacing. Interesting aroma--biscuit, clove, cinnamon, some plastic, some citrus hops, a bit of spruce.

Taste is toasted biscuit maltiness with a spicy hop finish that lingers (from the amarillo dry-hopping?). A noble-hop-ish edge to it too. Nice feel for a Belgian IPA, more on the IPA side than the Belgian side. I also get a bit of smoke which might be from the yeast? A bit prickly from the hops and decent carbonation.

Overall, I was pretty happy with it, though I didn't fully understand it. I'd put it above Cali-Belgique but below Houblon Chouffe.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 22:44:47 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This should be the mold of what Belgian Style IPAs are made from. There's no denying this is a strong pale ale. You can taste everything, the hops, malt, wheat, etc. Flying Dog usually makes things strong, this one is no different. It was almost too much IPA though, but I did have two of them at the bar.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:15:30 | More by kneeland
Photo of Tone


3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, floral hops, dark citrus, slight alcohol, yeast, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. The mouth feel is also slightly watery. Tastes of sweet malt, floral hops, dark citrus, slight yeast, hint of alcohol, and a hint of wood. Overall, an alright Belgian IPA; good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 01:00:29 | More by Tone
Photo of herman77


4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear bright orange with a foamy off white head. Nice lacing is coating everywhere.

S: Smells like a belgium beer right of the bat. Its got that distinct Belgium yeast/banana smell. Pine and citrus hops are in the background. Thought it would have more of a hop aroma.

T: The hops are definitely here though! Pretty complex. Lots of pine, juicy citrus, grapefruit and mango hops. Also a bit earthy. A little bit of honey sweetness and carmel malt to provide some nice balance. Of course, the belgium yeast is also apparent making it have a slight spice and banana taste. Big hop bitterness bite near the end that finishes dry.

M/D: Medium body. Average carbonation that feels a little soft making it feel smoother over the palate. Good drinkability. Since it finishes dry, you want another sip right away. I could drink a lot of these. ABV is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 23:05:54 | More by herman77
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap April 2010 @ ChurchKey, Washington DC
In the dim light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper hued body that is topped by a wispy pale colored head. The beer is quite hoppy smelling, which mixes well with fermentation derived spiciness and phenols. A herbal, somewhat hay-like and definitely tropical fruit character forms a backdrop to the up front aromatics. The spiciness contributes aromas of clove, pepper and ginger and as the beer warms the hops contribute more pine-like aromatics.

The flavor is quite spicy as it first hits my mouth, but there is also quite a bit of fruit character here as well. This is very herbal tasting with a substantial bitterness and lots of big pine like flavors. The American hops contribute expressive flavors of lychee, kumquat and tangelo just underneath the herbal notes. The finish has some peppery alcohol, ginger flavors and phenolic notes that lean more towards turpenes than the typical clove notes. The hops are actually heavy enough that they drown out the fermentation character (I have a feeling that the fermentation character changes the emphasis of the hops here though), and I definitely like this part of this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2010 03:42:26 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of boatshoes


4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this and a few others up at the Grape and Gourmet in VA Beach while doing an art show with my folks. Great shop too by the way!

Appearance- Pours a bronzed gold out of the bottle with a very massive and creamy looking two fingers of just slightly off white head. Very good head retention with a solid amount of lacing left behind. Head gradually dies back to a sheet across the top.

Smell- Lots of pungent grapefruit oriented hops right off the bat. Fruitier than I was expecting but in a good way. I also pick up some grassy notes, a little bit of mustier smelling hops, and maybe even the slightest bit of yeastiness as well.

Taste- Again, starts off hop forward with lots of grapefruit and orange cream. I get the grassiness again as well with almost a touch of grain mid palate as well. Still something eluding me a little bit, which I think almost come across as some fruity ester like qualities.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and despite being 8.3%, this beer went down really easy.

Overall, I was surprised by how much I liked this beer. I'm not a huge fan of the standard Flying Dog lineup (I do like Gonzo and BA Gonzo), but this one impressed me with its flavorful palate and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:12:30 | More by boatshoes
Photo of elgiacomo


3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, marked 320FX10, best by Nov 16, 2010.

Pours amber with a two finger off white head that leaves nice drippy rings of lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Smells like a Belgian Tripel, yeast, bubblegum, lemon, banana, pear, spices, as well as a bit of pine and citrus rind. Aroma is very big and powerful overall.

Flavor follows suit in the strength department, very fruity and spicy with banana, pear, a lot of spice, bread, yeast, caramel, and then the resinous hop bitterness on the finish, pine, grass, a bit of citrus. Long finish with good bitterness, some alcohol is also present.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, finishes sticky, medium to high carbonation.

I rarely drink Tripels, never been a big fan, and this certainly has a whole lotta Tripel going on. Regardless, this is a monster of a beer and I give Flying Dog a lot of credit on a fine brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 03:23:58 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of sitarist


4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, clear, burnt orange color. There is about an inch of off white head that falls to a ring that leaves some spotty lacing.

I smell black pepper, tropical fruit, nutmeg, with faint hints of earth and pine forest. Reserved and alluring.

I taste the fruit and pepper up front, followed by coca leaves and pine.

The hop flavors have held up well.

This is a well made beer with a medium body, the carbonation along with the hops punch you right in the taste buds. It is warm and goes straight to the eyebrows.

Very drinkable and not bad on the pocket. I hope this becomes a yearly offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 00:35:48 | More by sitarist
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (bottled 3/10/10) into a snifter glass. Pours a clear reddish/copper with a nice frothy head and light carbonation. Fruity aroma with some phenols and light caramel. Taste notes of light mango, caramel, and candi sugar. Good creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Very good example of the style that I will have to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 23:56:02 | More by ballz50401
Photo of BedetheVenerable


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top; typical, crazy FD artwork; still not sure if I kinda like it or absolutely hate it. Some kind of date code, March 2010?

Appearance: Bright polished copper beer with a nice ivory cap that shows nice retention and some stickiness on the sides of the snifter

Smell: Big aromas of both malt and hops. Hops are primarily earthy and herbal, but also have an almost sour fruity characteristic as well. Touch of alcohol perceived, as well as toasted caramel notes. Overall, pretty pleasant, though I'm not getting a ton of "Belgian" character.

Taste: You get a bit more of the Belgian character in the flavor. Hops are still the star here; lots of bitter grapefruit and just a hint of pine, but there's are slight sugary/sweet fruit notes in the background as well as a hint of light crackery malt. Maybe a touch of dark fruit or berry as well, I'm having trouble placing it, but it's something other than citrus. It's actually not that different from a stronger American IPA, but there's just a hint of Belgian fruity character on the finish, noticeable especially in an increasing spicy/peppery character as this warms in the glass. Overall, pretty good, if not mind-blowing. Bitterness is crisp and medium-high, and alcohol is clearly present, if not distracting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium to medium-high

Conclusion: Nowhere near La Chouffe, but fairly tasty nonetheless. My first bottle (same six-pack of this) was TERRIBLE...like a completely different beer; I think there must have been an infection or something else awry. I didn't review that one, as I was at home w/my family and just drinking and hanging out. I almost gave the remaining five away. I'm glad I gave this one another shot; it's one of the better beers I've had from FD, a brewery I'm not usually (except for Horn Dog) that big of a fan of.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 02:53:18 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of scottfrie


4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a rich citrus-amber with a billowing, dense tan head that slowly reduced into a thick pillowy layer that left great chunks of streaky lace down the glass.
S: Light grassy hops, sweet juicy fruits, and Belgian yeast. Notes of cherries, peaches, and sweet malt.
T: Grassy hops hit the palate first with a touch of bitterness followed by notes of earthy, peppery yeast, sweet exotic fruits, and a healthy malt backbone. Very citrusy and peppery.
M: Medium body, creamy light carbonation with a chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is masked and goes down smooth.
D: Great American hop taste combined with Belgian golden ale flavors makes for a great beer. I hope Flying Dog decides to make something like this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 04:05:09 | More by scottfrie
Photo of Tballz420


4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian IPA huh? Havent had too many of these before. This one is a clear golden colored brew, big cream-colored head, fluffy. Really bitter hop scent, oily. Raging Bitch is an apt moniker for this one. Very bitter taste, seems like the hops are some that you might find in an American IPA, but the yeast is all Belgian. Gets a bit spicy from the alcohol as it warms up. Other spices as well, pepper for sure. Pretty active mouth. Cool beer, well done

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 02:33:59 | More by Tballz420
Photo of DoctorB2B


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Purchased about a month ago and have tried one a week to see how it progresses.

A: Poured a pale copper color with very pale head.

S: Hasn't lost a step. Citrusy hops still come through very strong with a light hint of malt in the background.

T: This was week 6 of 6, taste wise this was the most malty of the bunch ... as expected. Still plenty of grapefruit-esque hoppiness bursting through though.

D: One of my favorite in its style. I get a few of these every time I go out.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 01:59:46 | More by DoctorB2B
Photo of mulder1010


4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle, caged and corked. Best before 12/11/11. Did not expect this to show up in Australia and got the last bottle at Purvis Cellars in Melbourne.

A-- Poured a hazy orange peach color. Very large light peach color head that faded to just about one finger in height and left a lot of lacing. No visible carbonation and good head retention.

S-- A mix of sweet biscuit and spicy hops. Has a nice candied orange and peach smell to this. No alcohol smell to this just smells like candy from a shop would.

T-- A mix of candied peach and orange in the taste. Hops are soft but but spicy. The yeast speaks more volumes in this to me.

M-- Low carbonation in this puppy. Peach turns to grapefruit, lemon and spice. Smooth but enough hops to say hello to you.

D-- Very different. Have not been really big on the US Belgian IPA style as Belgica was a total letdown. This is quite nice. Think the mix of the Belgian yeast and the hops pair very well and make this interesting as orange, peach, and spicy hops work really well in this. ABV is not real noticeable in this until finishing the 750. A well done beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 15:06:05 | More by mulder1010
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear peach golden color with a small white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of fruit and some spice.

Tastes of the fruity notes with some hoppiness to it. Fruit are characterized by mango and pineapple with some pale malt sweetness to them. Hops add a bitterness to it. Plenty of yeast spiciness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 03:36:41 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of Josephkeene


4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orange beautiful IPA, has a nice filtered appearance.

I enjoy the hop presence from its aroma. After the pour, the head leaves a nice white lacing which stay's throughout the whole pint.

The taste brings a nice candy like Belgian sweetness upfront with a nice hoppy bite in the end. I really cannot tell this is a beer in the mid-8 percentile.

This is a current favorite of mine and is a must try for anyone who loves hoppy IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 01:49:04 | More by Josephkeene
Photo of fank2788


4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great bright orange in the glass the head is fairly thick at first but it falls somewhat quickly to a thin film. The lace is nice though. The smell too is good. A combination of west coast hops less of the citrus and more of the pine variety with some Belgian yeast character and spice. So the taste...there is a malt backbone in there somewhere but this beer is dominated by the hops. The Belgian character is a bit lost behind the hops which really dominate. I'd say there is a small lack of balance, but it's a great IPA. The body is good and the carbonation is moderate, the finish is dry with a lasting bitterness overall pretty good. When cold this beer is incredibly refreshing. The high alcohol and high bitterness don't detract from the drinkability of this beer in any way. I've never tried any other flying dog beers but have to say that I'm pretty impressed by this one. A solid IPA with some refreshing Belgian character.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 01:12:12 | More by fank2788
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3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BA Gborobeer for sending this one to me in my Week 4 "Beer of the Week" package!

A - HUGE thick white head that lasts forever that gives a good amount of lace, nice copper transparent color with TONS of upward cascading bubbles.

S - A little bit faint for me, would have like to smell the aroma a little more to get a better idea of what ingredients were used to brew it. But I did get a hint of Belgian yeast with a slight funk to it, sweet malts, a small whiff of raisins and oranges. Didn't get much hop aroma on this one at all.

T - Definitely an improvement over the smell...flavors come out a lot more to define this beer. Starts off with a sugary-malt flavor but instantly transforms into hop bittering, but not too over the top. Past that is a nice light candied fruit flavor with slight yeast ester flavoring. After taste is straight up Belgian ale flavor with just a kiss of hops.

M/D - Medium-heavy bodied beer with semi-dry finish thanks to the hopping. No trace of residual alcohol flavors but the effect is definitely there. Good flavor transitions make it very drinkable but not too complex where you have to think about every sip and see if there are any hidden flavors.

Overall a good Belgian IPA, was expecting a little bit more with the A- overall rating but a solid beer from Flying Dog no doubt!!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 20:27:06 | More by VaTechHopHead
Photo of JayQue


4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The best of Belgian beer and hoppy IPAs blended together!!! Poured a hazy orange color into a pint glass. Good size white head with good retention. It slowly faded to a full covering of the top of the glass. Lacing was thick, ladder-like. Overall a very good appearance.

Smell had some Belgian yeast / spices and mild pine hops. Not a particularly memorable smell.

Tasted very good. Strong hoppy presence (bitterness) with nice additional flavors of spices, Candi sugar and Belgian yeasts. A lot of stuff going on with this beer at the same time, but it was all nicely balanced and very tasty.

Mouthfeel was crisp and richer than most IPAs because of the Belgian influence.

Drinkability was good for a strong beer. I could have enjoyed another!!. This is what I expect in a mixture of Belgian-style beer and IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 18:24:09 | More by JayQue
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light, clear amber topped by foamy white head that leaves thin lacing along the sides of the glass. Sweet aroma of caramelized sugar, apples soaked in liquor, slight raisin bread, prunes. The taste isn't as exciting as the aroma: faint apple fruitiness, booze, burnt bread towards the finish and rides out grassy with patches of mud and some candle-wax. Light-medium in body. The raging bitch must have hit menopause. There's no mojo here, no great flavor, no lasting impression. Flying Dog never ceases to fall short of expectation.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 01:02:15 | More by JRed
Photo of KeefD


3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber orange color with a large white head that fell slowly leaving some good rings of lacing and had a lasting cap. Aroma is peppery, piny, and full of Belgian yeast. Alcohol is noticeable in the aroma as well as a touch of anise, presumably from the yeast. Taste follows the nose pretty evenly. First thing that hits are the spicy, peppery hops that give off just just a hint of pine and herbaceous qualities, followed by a good dose of caramel malts which are bready, and overall pretty balanced. I gotta say I'm not a fan of the spicy hops nor am I huge fan of Belgian yeast being used in IPAs. Maybe this just isn't my style, but it's hard for me to really get into this beer. It has some nice qualities, but could use a little more citrus/tropical hop flavors to balance the spiciness. Body is well rounded and nearly full for the style. Alcohol isn't as present in the taste as it is in the nose. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite either. Still searching for the Belgian IPA that blows me away!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 17:14:29 | More by KeefD
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Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a amberish-orange colour, with a nice white head. Smells like a Belgian tripel that is hopped up, as you'd expect with the style. The taste doesn't disappoint at all. Nice Belgian tripel yeasty, with the American hops. This beer is truly awesome, I wish I could get it in Ontario.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2010 04:16:42 | More by kwjd
Photo of silentjay


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a semi-hazy reddish/brown/copper with a decent head that dissipates to a small film and leaves some different lacing.

smell is spicy. typical belgian style aroma of cloves is present, but more surprisingly is a very distinct smokey and peppery spice like can be found in a dry rub for a ham. oddly reminds me of turkey pastrami fresh cut at the deli. this must come from the yeast. hops also are present and add a bit to the spice character as well as contribute a bit of citrus and pine. malt is in the background, but is present to sweeten up the aroma a bit. a very complex aroma.

taste follows the aroma pretty closely. spicy yeast and spicy hops dominate. clove and pepper dominate the palate with a weird smoky and meaty character to it. piney and acidic citrus hops come through before the bready malt sweetens things up and the pepper again takes over and lingers a while. alcohol burn on the finish is evident but not overpowering. complex? yah. unique? yah. tasty? yah. but its probably not for everyone.

medium bodied with a lot of prickly carbonation. would do better with less, or even better bottle-conditioned. a bit of resin left on the palate.

goes down ok. the smoked meat flavor is not unwelcome, but not off-putting either. pretty enjoyable, and this has turned out to be one of my favorite beers by Flying Dog. the complexity and uniqueness won me over in the end. I can't see myself recommending this too often, but I can see myself buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 03:33:35 | More by silentjay
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3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this one but came away fairly disappointed. It looks nice - amber-orange transparent liquid with a mess of fine white bubble on top. The aroma is pretty good - orangey/floral/cat piss hops, clean wood, honeyed malt and light Belgian earth. It's actually a tad boring for the style, to be honest. The taste is just disappointing. There's a lot of bland bitterness from both hops and wood. I've never much cared for Amarillo hops, so that could be to blame, but this beer just doesn't have much going on. The more delicate hop notes have faded, the wood doesn't provide much interest and the yeast is understated. For the style, it's harsh on the palate and drinkability is poor.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 05:57:56 | More by popery
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4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Clear orange-gold with a rocky, offwhite head. It doesnt last too long, and leaves some OK lacing. Not bad looking, but not really the appearance of a Belgian.

Smell: Here we go. I'm pretty sure this was fermented with Duvel yeast. It reeks of Duvel in a good way. Slightly bready with lots of light fruity esters. Oh yeah, and a blast of citrusy hops.

Taste: Very grapefruity hops. Some orange and pine too. This tastes like all American hops all the way. Finishes very bitter with a musty, yeasty flavor. I like all the hops flavor, but the bittering should be toned down-- I think it would also let some more of the Belgian yeast flavors shine through.

Mouthfeel: It feels about right to me. Its maybe more carbed than a standard IPA, but its a Belgian style, so it fits. Nothing outstanding.

Drinkability: I've had more than one of these on more than one occasion. To me, this is like an American IPA fermented with Belgian yeast more so than a hopped up Belgian pale ale, which is good, but just a really different kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 01:03:24 | More by rapidsequence
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 2,992 ratings.