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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

3,447 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,447
Reviews: 1,092
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 115
Gots: 526 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Photo of Biffster
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a pretty clear but not brilliant amber orange with a persistent tan head and impressive lacing on the glass.

The aroma is certainly interesting - big candy like malty aromas - caramel, toast, graham cracker. Its also very fruity with big banana, melon, and strawberry notes, along with bubblegum and apple aromas. It is spicy from the yeast, but this is complimented by the grassy spicy hop aroma. There is also some lemony and darker citrus - not grapefruit and orange, more like tangerine or clementine.

Big sweet caramel graham cracker maltiness at the sip - a substantial malt backbone. There is a substantial grassy citrusy hop flavor and the bitterness fights and just balances the malty sweetness at the swallow. There are notes of tobacco and bubble gum and all sorts of fun and interesting flavors that add to the complexity.

It has a creamy but substantial carbonation, some warming from the alcohol. The body is medium full but not out of character.

Overall I love this beer. It is interesting, complex, and drinkable. I feel like the IPA characteristics and the big Belgian characteristics are in conflict more than they are in harmony, though. Definitely well made and worth a try though.

Photo of GarrettMD
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Light orange/brown in color, maybe a tint of ruby, fairly hazy, with a 1 finger eggshell white foamy head that sticks around.

S - All hops on the aroma here. Fairly even mix of citrus and pine. I'm getting the faintest hint of the belgian yeast, but the hops are just too powerful.

T - I'm not getting too much of the belgian aspect of this beer. It tastes like a pretty good DIPA though. I get some sweet caramel malts backing up an onslaught of bitter hops. The orange, pine, and a bit of grapefruit come through, but the bitterness of the hops is the main taste.

M - Medium bodied, fairly sticky. Finish is sticky and sweet. The bitterness is really only in the flavor for me, not the finish, then again I am used to a lot of high IBU beers now.

O - I didn't really get much of a belgian taste in this beer. The only other belgian IPA I have had was by terapin and that definitely had that belgian taste to it. There's better cheaper IPAs out there that I would buy before I buy this again. It just didn't have what it advertised.

Photo of GreenJetta912
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color, finger of ivory white head. great lacing and retention.

Smell is predominantly hoppy with spicy yeast character. A sweet alcohol pungent subtlety comes through a little. Malty notes balance it out.

At first it's a tad thick but drinkable and it reveals a good balance of hops and malt. nice level of hops. Malts are not overly sweet like a barleywine tends to be. It's astounding that this beer is 8.3 abv. Has the quality and drinkability of a much weaker beer. Belgian influences are predominant here, most noteably the yeast.

The finish is hoppy upfront and all about the spicy character of belgian yeast on the back end. great bready aftertaste lingers.

Photo of AwYeh
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/12/11, poured into tulip on 9/10/11.

A: Hazy copper-amber color with an inch of frothy off-white head that leaves heavy lacing behind.

S: Strong orange/tangerine citrus and floral aromas, Belgian candy and light yeast smells. Hint of alcohol.

T: Nice balance– citrus/floral hops provide a good punch of flavor immediately, sweet malt backbone carries things and then lingering bitter finish is pleasant. Near the end of the glass the malty candy sweetness begins to overpower things a bit though. Yeast flavors are subtle, not something I have come to expect from Belgian IPAs, but for the benefit of the beer. Decent amount of ethanol comes through. Slight medicinal flavor on the long finish.

M: Medium-bodied, medium carbonation; hard to find adjectives for this as it's simply very solid rather than doing anything flashy with the body. Little bit of alcohol heat.

O: A good beer; definitely worth a try– could easily see someone enjoying this a lot.

Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a thoroughly grotesque graphic label.

A - Pours a cloudy tangerine with about a half-inch head a lasting sudsy lacing around the glass. Carbonation is visible but not overdone.

S - The aroma is thoroughly Belgian with sweet floral lilac and a vaguely perfumed smell. Some bitter hop bite lingers in the background, but the nose on this brew says all-Belgian all the time.

T - With vague hints of Belgian herbal flavor lacing the background, the dominate force here is the bitter hop of a double ipa. Any hopes for complexity are squashed by the overbearing bite of a hop-head daydream. Linger bitter aftertaste isn't as pleasant as a more accomplished IPA, but the real disappointment is the flavor notes that it strives for but can't quite hit.

M - Thin, carbonated and not difficult to drink if you're used to aggressive hop flavors.

O - If high alcohol content and crazy hop bite is your thing then go for it. But if you're thinking you'll be getting a unique, complex mix of the subtle flavors of a Belgian and the balls out flavor of an IPA, you'll be a bit disappointed.

Photo of minterro
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tom’s liquor store in East Lansing.

A & S: bananas and citrus aromas, but its kinda weak smelling. Semi-transparent orange beer with tints of red. Eggshell white head, that leaves good lacing.

T & M: yum! Very interesting. Yeasty at first like a Belgium triple but mid taste is hoppy like an IPA. Finishes a bit fruity for my taste. Very smooth with medium body and carbonation. 8% really this beer masks it so well. Very drinkable.

O: cool bottle, interesting name, great beer. Very interesting beer, haven’t tried anything like this, and it sooo good I could drink this beer all day. Very hard to give this a rating, if I could I would give it a 4.25 for taste and total.

Photo of shanblur
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally. Deciphered code for freshness means it is not considered fresh after May 5, 2011. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Slightly hazy copper color with a medium white head which fades over time, leaving moderate lacing.

S - Smells of malts and citrus style hops, though subdued. A bit of funk as well.

T - Much like the nose, but the hops are definitely not overpowering. Very balanced.

M - Medium bodied with a gentle carbonation.

Not bad, but not my favorite of the style. Maybe freshness played a role?

Photo of AllHatDavidson
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange honey color with nice frothy off white head which sticks around with nice lacing, bubbles. Aroma of belgian yeast, spices, with hops noticeable, spices dominating. Smooth, creamy mouth feel with slight booziness on the breathe after a sip. Warming. Notes of east-coasty hops, floral, pungent, slightly citric, with belgian spices and yeast very much involved, hops prevailing on the finish. Best brew I have had in awhile, very glad I chose this.

Photo of Janderson91
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Crabbicuss for this one in the n00b BIF. Best by the 352nd day of 2011. Enjoyed on 09/05/11.

A - Pours a perfectly clear bright amber color with a large off-white head. Leaves excellent lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S - Interesting aroma. Grapefruity, floral hops and some very Belgian, spicy, yeasty smell also. Somewhat grainy and wheat-like as well. Traces of alcohol linger in the background.

T - Very spicy and yeasty throughout. This accents the typical American IPA flavors quite well. Not as much of the Belgian presence as say Sumpin Wild but it's definitely there. Pretty sweet with a nice fruity hop bitterness. Finish is very spicy with a good bit of alcohol burn.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and medium with prickly pretty high carbonation.

O - Overall, I really like this one. Probably enjoyed it more on tap than out of the bottle but I'm glad to have tried it again. This could be my favorite brew from Flying Dog besides Gonzo.

Photo of rlee1390
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head

S-Lemon, wheat, yeast and some hops.

T-Lemons, wheat, Belgian yeast. Solid well balance bitterness

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation

O-A decent beer, but it just seemed like there could have been a little something more.

Photo of Brabander
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer (i believe) from my buddy Bierenutz a few months ago. It was all that time in my beerfridge and because of the warm wheather it was nice to try this beer.

Poured in my Struise glass this beer had a surpisingly colour, darkred/coppercoloured fluid and a nice big head. A little carbonation, good start.

Smell of floral hops, i like the smell of ipa's but what about the taste.

To be honest this one is BIT too bitter, not much but the first sips are bitter. After that the beer grows on you and the bitterness fades away.

Photo of sliverX
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented a nice copper glass with a nice thick white head. Note lacing
Smell is a sweet malt back by a subdued hop note.
Taste is nice punchy hops but they sneak up on you I have a feeling the cask has a hand in this .
Mouth feel is standard cask feels a bit thin overall.
Overall a very nice beer and may have to pick up some as I was told they've pulled distro back.
On cask at tap and mallet.

Photo of cjoc83
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a light golden/apricot color with a little over 2 fingers of off white head. Great retention and lacing.

Smell explodes with tropical fruit hops - grapefruit and pineapple, mostly, with Belgian yeast sitting underneath and giving off aromas of lemon zest, banana, and slight spice. Also a little bit of biscuity malt. Really smells amazing.

Damn that's good. Citrus hops upfront, which segues into the Belgian yeast which brings nice fruity esters - banana and lemon - and then some bready malt before finishing with some nice pine and grapefruit rind bitterness. A really great interplay of flavors. Leaves the palate with a nice fruity aftertaste. Awesome.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly creamy, finishes dry.

This beer is one of, if not actually, my favorite Belgian IPA's. Super hop-forward, but doesn't over-power the Belgian flavor. The bready malts provide a nice backbone to all the flavors bouncing around. Just a great example of a BIPA and an awesome beer all-around.

Photo of rwathree
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz pour.

A: the range of colors - from gold to red to brown - is attractive, but the relative lightness of color makes me think this will be lighter-bodied than I'd expect. Yields a thin, off-white head that disappears quickly; I'd expect more from any Belgian-styled beer.

S: Lot of banana, some clove; not picking up much that suggests the hops here. It smells good, but again this keeps running up against expectations without piquing curiousity.

T: A nice mix of sweetness and spices arrives up front, but a potent but nondescript hop bitterness cancels that out fast. I can't get around the thought that I'm drinking perfume. Each sip repeats the same pro-con arc.

M: This keeps with the prevailing theme for this beer - the carbonation is a little too mild, the body is a little too thin. Hops do have some sticking power, though.

O: Flying Dog makes some good stuff, but this is underwhelming. It's far from undrinkable, but there's no single redeeming positive, either. I'd like this to either assert it's hop/booze-bomb traits, or aim for a more complex blend of Belgian and American flavors. This is caught unfavorably in-between.

Photo of sloambbr
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pretty standard looking beer. Mild amber color, and a thin white head.
S: Really nice light smell. Slightly bready and hoppy, almost soapy , which was interesting. Kind of a sweet, nectar smell on top of it all.
T: Great tasting beer. Sweet, nectar taste right off the bat, with some mild hoppy undertones. Also a sweet bready taste, almost like an amber ale, is barely there. The lingering flavor is what really does it for me. Pretty nice bitter for an IPA, but the spiciness is really excellent. The belgian yeast mixed with the bittering hops is great.
M: Pretty standard. Carbonation is medium, initial feel is very smooth, medium body.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the cask into a tulip glass at Churchkey.

A very soapy and bubbly head white in color, with some surprising staying power for a poured cask ale. Cloudy amber body. Your basic cask ale program presentation, givining to a nice look.

Nose has light Belgian like malts and a sense of sweet sugar cinnamon. Strong but not much else.

Taste is mildly buttery texture from cask ale pour, and an extremely soft bodied malt, and a hint of mild diacetyl. Teasing palate but with a hint of fun.

Overall, on cask pretty straight forward. With a mild body and big chewy malt and hint of hop goodness on the finish to give a sense of ipa fun.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pleasant coppery colour, slightly hazed, although there's not sediment in the bottle. Head is fine, for the most part, but is filmy, and forms in large bubbles otherwise. Some patchy and very inconsistent lacing. Not that great, to be honest.

Nose is, indeed, that great. Big citrussy American hop character, with the blunting that comes from a pleasant round Belgian yeast character. Very crisp and very lovely. It brings together the best of both world in such a lovely fashion. Almost the classic BIPA nose.

Taste is also very nice, and really exemplified the wonderful blend of the two styles. Rather sweet cleansing Belgian body, with a lightness that improves the drinkability and a pleasing citric hop bite that gives crispness to the end and a lengthened bitterness. Feel is smoother than the average IPA, but very pleasantly leavened.

This is a lovely beer. It's pretty much a light American IPA that is spliced with the interest and roundness of Belgian yeast to give it something surprising. A very clear exemplar of the style, and one of the best of the style I've had.

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright golden amber orange with lots of rising bubbles and a big four finger off white head with very good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: A mixture of spicy Belgian yeast and cloves with a good amount of citrus and floral hops and some pine. Hints of black pepper, banana, orange, and lemon. Very complex and appealing.

Taste: Starts out with a big taste of spicy Belgian yeast with some cloves, pepper, and banana. This is followed by a mixture of cascade and piney hops towards the finish. Hop bitterness is very noticeable but fairly mild for an IPA. This starts like a saision and finishes like a west coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy for an IPA.

Overall: A very tasty and solid take on an IPA. The spicy yeast and American hops make for a nice combination.

Photo of JoeBCBC
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a somewhat hazy bright orange hue with dense bubbles that cascade down the side of the glass that gracefully evolves into a dense and silky one finger off-white head.

S- Citrusy hops and a Belgian spiciness dominate the nose with sweet caramel and aromatic tones lurking in the background.

T- A generous hop bitterness comes out first surfing on silky smooth caramel malts, then the punch and twang of some spicy belgian yeast esters. The citrusy resinous hop flavor is last to appear and tastes wonderful. I like the balance of this beer.

M- Despite seeming very bubbly during the pour, this beer definitely has its smooth moments. The medium body accompanies taste very well.

O- I'm loving this beer, especially as it warms up. For a beer that incorporates ingredients and flavors that can easily run wild and take over, a delicate balance is achieved and makes this one very memorable. I would certainly buy this again.

Photo of PCampbell
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a light amber/ copper with a nice cream/ off-white head that leaves a consistent lacing on the edges.

The smell is predominately citrus and floral hops, with some accompanying belgian yeast staples. It ends up being pretty complex and intriguing. The taste comes off with citrusy hops, sweet malt and some spiciness from the yeast. A very flavorful combination. Has a thin - medium mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

A pretty good beer if you like IPAs and are in the mood for one with a nice twist to it. Definitely worth tasting if given the chance.

Photo of PorterLambic
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Arrives very dark yellow, no light orange with a smallish white head. Retention is good after it hits the island and ring stage.
Smell is hoppy of course with malt and citrus notes and pepper as well.
Taste is hoppy grapefruit with light pepper and malt. Balance is as expected of an IPA.
Smoother than expected, and of a style I drink rarely, this is a good brew. Dry finish with a nice grapefruit linger. Medium bodied though leaning fuller. Lightish effervescence though prominent on the tip of the tongue to start. Warming in the throat. A good brew to be sure but the ABV says "just one, son".

Photo of StoutHunter
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA last week for $2.09 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while, but have only had the chance till recently since Michigan wasn't allowing it to be sold, but now that Flying Dog put them in their place I now have the chance to try this beer and experience my first Belgian IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date but I know its fresh since they are just now be able to be sold here and The Lager Mill just got some in. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- I like this label a lot, like most of their labels, its edgy and eye catching and it is drawn nicely. It poured a pretty clear light copper color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick lumpy layer that stayed the rest of the time and it left some nice chunky rings of lacing. All in all this is a pretty good looking beer.

S- The aroma is pretty sweet and heavy on the hops. It starts off with lots of hops, its seems like a pretty nice mix between floral and citrus hops, but the citrus hops seem to win the battle and there are some nice notes of oranges, mango's, grapefruits and other citrus fruits with some nice flower like aromas for the floral aspect of the hops. The Belgian yeast shows up nicely and it has that signature bubblegum like aroma that mixes with the sweet malts base of this beer that gives it a honey like aroma. The aroma is pretty complex and impressive.

T- Just as it was in the aroma the hops are the first to show up and surprisingly the hops are more floral then citrus instead of the being the opposite like they were in the aroma. The malts impart a light grainy flavor and are pretty sweet. In the middle I picked up some more hops along with some spices and bubble gum flavors from the Belgian yeast. The finish is citrusy and spicy and it had a medium amount of bitterness to it. The spices really seemed to stay on the palate and lets you know that it's a Belgian IPA.

M- Its smooth, medium bodied and perfectly carbonated, the body of this beer is exactly where it should be and I wouldn't change a thing about it.

Overall I thought this was pretty good beer, and it made for a pretty good first experience with a Belgian IPA. Since this was my first Belgian IPA I was unsure of how the Belgian yeast would work with a hop forward beer and I was pretty happy with how well the two went together and I will for sure be looking to try more of this style. I thought that the alcohol was hidden pretty well and I wouldn't mind having another one but I think two in one sitting would be my limit. The things I liked most about this beer was its appearance, aroma, and mouthfeel they were all awesome and very well done. I liked the sweetness and the lesser presence that the citrus hops had in the taste of this beer the least, but that would be borderline nitpicking. I would for sure buy a four pack of this sometime, its a nice change from your average IPA. I think this beer is for sure worth a try, especially if you love IPA's, so pick this one up if you haven't tried it yet. It seems like all the beers I have had from the Canis Major series have all been a step above Flying Dogs regular lineup and this beer is no exception, I am glad Flying Dog stuck it to the man and got their beer into the hands of the people in Michigan that want it, I admire them for that and I wish more brewery's were as passionate about their beer as Flying Dog is.

Photo of Kuromaru
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance--Pours a semi-translucent, deep golden with tangerine and maraschino cherry hues. An adequate, 1-finger white head presents itelf and dissipates to a ring that remains throughout. A very nice-looking beer.

Smell--Flowery hops, followed by yeast. The overal effect is a kind of sweet-and-sour orange citrus zest. Interesting.

Mouthfeel--Medium bodied, good carbonation. Dry, with a good, clean finish. Sits nicely on the palate and exits politely.

Taste--Hop bitterness is very nicely balanced with light malt sweetness and some tart fruitiness. Tangy. Really pops on the tongue.

Overall--This is probably not what most people are looking for in an IPA, but I love it. It's balanced, tasty and refreshing. If you're looking for something outside the norm in IPAs, this is it.

Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ba Review #42
Served On: 8/19/2011
Glassware: Pint

This was another one from the 2011 Alpha Collection.

Look: Poured a super clear copper color with surprisingly low carbonation. The head was a 2 finger tan and dissolved quickly.

Smell: Aroma was intense with Belgian yeast mixed with resiny pine. There may have been some roasted malts in there. I guess that’s what an East Coast Belgian IPA should smell like. I’ve always found this to be an odd combination of styles.

Taste: A heavy pine started things off. Then a mild bitterness created some balance. The Belgian yeast became more apparent in the finish and aftertaste - along with bitter pine and alcohol.

This is a good IPA if you’re looking for classic East Coast qualities blended with Belgian notes. The beer is a bit extreme (borderline imperial) and I know of a few states that have banned the beer because of the bottle artwork. Overall it’s not bad.

Photo of tubacharlie
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An aggressive pour yields a large frothy head of a cream color. Solid lacing and good retention as it settles to a rocky top.

The aroma of fresh hops is foremost, with some citrus notes. The brew is a crystal-clear golden amber, with a modest amount of bubbles slowly rising.

A lively grapefruit flash up front leads the flavor profile, with a nicely married hop presence accenting the grain, followed by a slightly bitter back palate and a hint of sweetness in the finish. This is a well balanced IPA that is so smooth on the tongue the high gravity is hardly noticeable. Seems almost too clean though, and not so raging.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,447 ratings.