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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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3,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,171
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 102
Gots: 343 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009)
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Photo of BeanBone
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A hazy, apricot-colored body capped by a finger of bubbly off-white head that burns off quickly and leaves only bare patches of lacing.

Aroma: A mix of peppery spice, herbal and piney hops, and bubblegum-like Belgian yeast. A little booze as it warms. Easily identifiable as a Belgian IPA from a mile away.

Flavor: The same tones from the aroma port directly to the flavor. The hops are decently bitter and take charge at first, but yield to the spice and yeast rather quickly. There's also a hint of vanilla in the mix now. Underneath it all, there's a rather submissive biscuity malt backbone that generally stays out of the way. The alcohol is masked excellently. Pepper, herbal hops, and a dash of biscuity malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Warmth from the alcohol throughout.

Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable given the moderately-high alcohol content, this bitch goes back easily.

Verdict: Raging Bitch is a solid Belgian IPA and a worthy tribute to 20 years of Flying Dog. It's deceptively drinkable, unique, and enjoyable throughout. One of the best beers from this brewery, I'd love to see Raging Bitch make the crossover to yearly visitor.

BeanBone, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber with an off-white, yellowish-green head.

In the nose is pine and bitter & sweet citrus.

Sweet citrus up front followed by piney hop bitterness - finnishing with grapefruit. It has a candied sweetness in the back and some sweet orange. This beer really wrecks your palate and your mouth loves every minute of it.

Chickenhawk9932, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Bounty628
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The offering pours a sort of mahogany to maple color into the pint glass and there was a decent amount of white head that immediately sat atop the pint glass. A small amount of white lacing was left along the pint glass during the drinking of this beer and the visual appearance of the beer itself sort of set the mental tone that this offering would be a bit darker and warmer than a standard IPA.

Upon being poured, a nice hop aroma came dancing out of the glass yet it was not the only aroma present. There was a bit more of a syrupy and dark fruit complexity to this beer in the nose. Though the hops are present quite robustly, there is also a sort of malted complexity in the aroma and Belgian yeasts become abundantly apparent. A very unique aroma is present in the offering.

The taste of this Belgian-style IPA is quite nice. The hops that you were expecting come across brilliantly upon being tasted and there is an upfront floral nature to the taste that the hops bring upon the palate quickly. Yet those dark tones that were detected in the nose come across richly in the taste and the sort of sweet and malty nature of the beer comes rushing after the hops welcome you to the taste. This offering has a rich and highly balanced nature to it and brilliance of the taste hides the alcohol content of this offering almost completely. For someone looking for the completely hoppy nature of an IPA, this beer will not meet that desire, but for someone who likes branching out this is certainly a beer worth trying.

The mouthfeel of this offering is quite pleasant along with the other components of the beer. There is a smoothness to this beer that is carried thanks in part to the malty parts of the beer. A bit more carbonation would ideally be present in this beer and if there was that added bit of carbonation that appears to be missing this beer would be just all that much better.

Bounty628, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of Rickythejeweler
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - golden orange, clear, little head.

S - hops and dark fruit

T - hoppy, grapefruit, banana bread, and you can really taste the belgian yeast.

M - typical of flying dog, it is too watery, not heavy enough, maybe it could be more creamy, definately needs improvement.

D - great drinkability for an 8.3% abv, deceptive even.

Rickythejeweler, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live Review. Poured from the 12 ounce brown bottle that I bought as a single from World Wines & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio a few days ago for $1.55 into my gold rimmed Brewery Ommegang Westvleteren style goblet. 047A11 stamped on the lower right portion of the label.

A Creamy but moderately lasting white head over a translucent maple syrup colored body. Fair to good look. 3.5

S Much hops presence in the smell for a Belgian-Style India Pale Ale as the label announces. The smell suggests more of an American IPA with possibly some Belgian yeasts. The taste, of course, is what really matters. The smell remains nothing if not interesting and, well, good. 4.0

T Moderate floral hops presence and a minimal malt but solid Belgian yeast taste make this an interesting tasting beer that I still think is more of an American IPA with a Belgian influence rather than a Belgian-Style IPA but whatever, it is a solid tasting beer. Repeated sips revealed a great peppery, sweet malt taste that I like. I think that the 8.3% ABV is well hidden. 4.0

M Moderate to "big" feel with the hops, the peppery sweet malt. Good, solid feel for the style. 4.0

D Fair to good. This is a rather big beer so I would have only one or two. 3.5

adamette, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of greengorilla
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into an oversized snifter. It is caramel brown color with a nice white head that dissipated quickly.

The smell is awesome the hops are mouthwatering.

The taste is even better. The hops are ever-present, but not dominating. The Belgian yeast taste comes through. It is quite a complex taste.

The mouthfeel is good, but not quite on par with most Belgians from Belgium that I have had.

It is very drinkable, and overall it is a great beer and a great value. It was only 9 bucks for a six pack. I will drink this regularly.

greengorilla, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Cyberkedi, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

LairdChisholm, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of SkunkWorks
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

SkunkWorks, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of wallaceandvomit
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

wallaceandvomit, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

weeare138, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

StoneBrewFanatic, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of cavedave
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

cavedave, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of xunorm
3.15/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

xunorm, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

aasher, Sep 29, 2010
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

GDBEERMAN, Sep 29, 2010
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

CHILLINDYLAN, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of MarcGetty
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

MarcGetty, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of JMad
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JMad, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of ncfranklin
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

ncfranklin, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Kiwano
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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]

Kiwano, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Canibacea
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Canibacea, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of TheHopMonster
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.


TheHopMonster, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of jjchristiano
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jjchristiano, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of gmfessen
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

gmfessen, Sep 19, 2010
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,171 ratings.