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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,187 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,187
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 103
Gots: 351 | 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 bobhits
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Two finger head, very interesting bubbles coming up. Larger than most bubbles and a bit more action going on that most IPAs I can think of. A wonderful orange straw color. For filtered beer it's pretty darn good looking. If they'd get some yeast floating around I think they'd have a near perfect looking beer!

A wonderful mix of extremely bitter hops with a caramel malt which is enhanced by a very sweet Belgium yeast. It is truly amazing how this style of beers is growing. We've taken Belgium yeast which is pretty much awful when used by the belgiums and found a way to create a whole new and really tasty version of our IPAs. Hopefully the trappest and others over there are taking notes. This is how you balance the absurd sweetness of a Belgium beer!

Extremely drinkable and while a touch heavier than I'd expect it feels pretty decent in the mouth. That said what IPA isn't?

Don't go into this beer expecting to be blown away. The aroma is a great mix of the fruity Belgium yeast, American hops, slightly sweetened from the malt and perhaps at of spice. Apart from that you're looking at an above average beer, priced EXTREMELY well.

bobhits, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Casey10
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this and I might have liked this more if it were labeled a triple. I think to me this more a belgian triple taste as opposed to a ipa.

A - copper ale with a huge 2 finger head. lots of lacing as well.

S - Nice banana estery smell this brewery has belgians beer down.

M - It is okay leaves kind of a banana backlash on the feel.

D - It's good I like it worth having and worth giving it a try.

Casey10, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, grapefuity hops and quite citrusy. In the taste, grapefruit to orange citrus hops and a nice dry Belgian like yeast presence. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry citrus in the aftertaste. More a double/ imperial IPA than Belgian, love it though.

OWSLEY069, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Homebrew35
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening a very big bold belgian yeasty smell.
Pours a nice two finger white head. This fades to a ton of sticky lacing that hangs on the glass. Smell of banana an sweet malts with a touch of hops. Tastes sweet and complex then the some fizz hits the tongue and then it drys out with some bitter hop flavor.
Nice brew good price, $9 six pack.
Fairly easy drinker but the high abv holds it back a bit.

Homebrew35, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of Torps
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having this at BWW on tap I had to get myself a six pack. This is really a great take on a belgian IPA at a great price point. Pours a cherry amber with 3 finger white head. Moderate amount of lacing. Aroma is banana, bread-y yeast and pineapple-y, pine-y hops. I really love all the smells going on here. Taste doesn't fully translate though. On tap it was a bit better taste wise, but there's still some good IPA flavors. Plenty of bitterness on the back end balance out the sweetness up front. Mouthfeel is good not much to write home about.

Torps, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of PubliusII
4.83/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- HOLY HEAD BATMAN!! This beer starts off with a frothy three finger head with a retention of two fingers. Beautiful, clear amber pour. Great columns of visible carbonation. It has a decent, bubbly lace that clings to the top of the glass as you drink.
Smell- Scents of hops and a sweet, fruity smell tickle the nose as they erupt from this head.
Taste- The sweet, fruity taste that I cannot pinpoint compliments the bitterness of the hops nicely to create a balanced taste with quite a bite.
Mouthfeel- The light body pleasantly glides over the tongue with decent carbonation.
Drinkability- This beer is a fantastic drink. Its sweet, smooth flavor is complimented by the great feel of this beer to create a taste that I would love to purchase again.

PubliusII, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of salvo
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with ruby hints, crystal clear (filtered) with an inch of bone-white head replenished from micro-bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

Smell is almost smoky with those wonderful Belgian yeast notes that add rising bread and sharp, familiar abbey ale scents atop rich honey malts. There is a fruit ester here I cannot place. Pears? Raisin? It may be a very subtle twang of overripe bananas.

Taste starts all sweet honey and biscuit but then the hops and yeasts assert themselves, ending with an long, drawn-out alcohol burn made all the drier with hints of black tea from the hops. The finish keeps rolling and developing, finally falling off with a last little kiss of pine resin.

Big, buttery, smooth mouthfeel. Way too drinkable at over 8%. And totally worthy of representing Flying Dog's 20th anniversary. Imagine what they'll create for their 40th?!

salvo, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a finger of head. Leaves little lacing. The smell is hoppy with a definitive alcohol overtone-that I can't say I prefer-and yeast. Fortunately the taste is much better with milder hops than I'm used to in American IPAs, but very tasty. I read they use American hops, and perhaps they are just very nicely balanced with more pale malts then I'm used to. Or perhaps they use the candied sugars often used in Belgian ales to increase the sweetness. The yeast taste Belgian and really just makes everything alright with me. When cold the alcohol is less noticeable, but as it warms the alcohol becomes more obvious. I like high gravity beers, but I prefer the alcohol to be more hidden, but that's a minor complaint that I feel a little awkward even mentioning. The alcohol is more pronounced in the smell than on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium or even a little beyondwith low carbonation leaving it a very drinkable beer. I will buy this again for sure.

airheadmtrcycle, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of TerpInHotLanta
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'll warn you: this is my first review and one of my first adventures in really TASTING IPAs... with that being said:

Aroma: Banana at first, but after a minute more of a fruity/citrus hoppiness and pine. Let it settle and swirl brings out the alcohol significantly more than at first. Pretty strong alcohol smell, but piercingly clean as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit slick. Definite alcohol warming. I didn't feel much carbonation at first, but it slowly creeps in... still pretty mild.

Appearance: Amber/pumpkin hue. Around 1.5 fingers of head at first, but that settled to 2-3 mm quickly. Clumpy dull-white head.

Flavor: At first a citrusy. But then it evolves a slighty toasty nature, which evoles into a hoppiness bitterness. Crazy how I feel like the beer is evolving. Bitterness sticks around even as the alcohol warming kicks in.

Drinkability: For all its apparent bitterness, this beer could easily qualify as a session'er -- at 8.3% ABV, a short session it would be!

TerpInHotLanta, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of nickhiller
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: crystal clear and tan-ish amber hued. One finger head simmers to a thick frothy ring with good lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, bananas, a dab of hops.

T: hops--fresh, strong and bitter--give way to fruity Belgian notes from the nose, bananas, sourdough,. The finish brings with it a nice lingering bitterness in the throat, nothing too heavy or too faint. All the flavors are subtle and extremely well blended. There's also almost no suggestion of the relatively high ABV aside from a nice warming feeling in the chest.

M: creamy, velvety even, medium to full bodied, one of the few beers where I can actually say it has especially good mouthfeel.

D: I'm loving this beer. BIPAs are my favorite style and subtlety is my preference. This one doesn't disappoint. Everything you could want from an IPA and a Belgian is there, blended together in perfect harmony here. I will definitely be getting another sixer of these soon.

nickhiller, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of SnowGoon99
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle into a Stella Artois glass

Pours a orange to amber hue. Head quickly dissipates but with Belgian lace. Aroma is incredible. Fruity esters along with phenols combine with the fruitness of the hops. Complete fruit salad in the aroma and it's amazing.

Taste is what you would expect from the aroma. Hoppiness definitely comes through in the taste more so than the aroma with some hot alcohol but that's to be expected from a 8.3% beer. Fruity esters also stick around in the taste. Mouthfeel is right on too. Not to heavy but not too light. Just right for the style. Somewhat drinkable due to the crazy flavors going on so somewhat of a sipping beer. I can understand why it's not drinkable because it's a sacrifice for the style. You have to savor every sip!

Overall a killer beer. Would definitely have one again when i get the chance. Not a beer you want to start a night of drinking on but a great one for a tasting.

SnowGoon99, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a nice deep amber color with a off white head to it that holds nice retention and lacing. Pretty good looking maybe a little less head that I expect for a Belgian IPA.

S= Hoppy for sure when I get my nose in there but when I first opened the bottle I got a lot of bannana... I don't get it as strong now that I'm actually smelling it but I do get some buried in there which I assume is the smell of strange Belgian yeast and hops... Smells fruity in the hop category.

T= The taste is almost exactly what I expect. Tons of hops and tons of odd estery flavors coming from the yeast. Neither really take the lead here instead they play around together and each contribute to a single flavor. The finish is the most interesting part for me because I find that Belgians tend to linger in flavor as well as IPAs and this is a really flavorful mix of the two that lingers for a while.

M= Creamy to say the least. Really creamy.

D= I enjoy this guy. Not my fav style but this is a decent rendition of it. Nice unique mix of flavors for those who get bored of hop bombs but don't wanna venture too far. A tasty treat.

jjanega08, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of californiakulak
4.93/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap in Clovis California.

A. Pours a beautiful orangish, amber color. Thick, fluffy, slightly off white head with great retention and lacing.

S. The Belgian yeast scent is definately noticable. Hops are there as well, citrus and pine aroma.

T. Wonderful beer. A great balance between the unique flavor of Belgian yeast and a hoppy American IPA.

M. Medium bodied with nice bitter hop feel. The alcohol warming is a little more present than in most IPAs but it is quite pleasant.

D. This beer merges my two favorite styles and does a fabulous job at it. I could drink these all day long.

californiakulak, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Givemesome
4.97/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great Belgian-style beer! Just experienced Stone Vertical Epic 10 and to be honest reminds me a lot of it's taste. (Belgian Influence) Smells of grapes, pears, bananas, and apples! Love it, too bad it's just an anniversary ale. Good Job Flying Dog!

Givemesome, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of tylernim
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Deep orange to red complexion. Perfectly white head forming up to about a half inch.

S - Hops come across right away. Some fruit notes follow. Slight alcohol tinge.

T - The hops come through up front as expected. Apricot along with other syrupy fruity notes.

M - Light. Pretty pleasant overall.

D - If I were more into the taste I could definitely stick with this one all night.

As much as I enjoy Piraat, I was expecting more from this. A good beer, but perhaps a bit too hoppy for my taste. I find IPAs are hit or miss with me.

tylernim, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Bonis
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep golden, borderline orange color. Huge foamy head with excellent retention and lacing. Sits like meringue for a while before settling to a layer of bubbles.

S - Sweet pale bready malts. A little funky belgian yeast is going on, funky in a good way. Fruity citrus hops and a hint of bubblegum. Nice, nice.

T - First thing I notice is the grassy herbal-like hops, almost like a fresh tea. If you could put an herb and fruit farm in a beer, this would be it. Very earthy, woody, sweet and citrusy. The hops are very inviting, no bitterness at all for me. A belgian candy sweetness lingers in the mouth. Each taste offers something a little different. This is one damn tasty beer, not sure what else to say.

M - Low bodied, crisp, and refreshing. Not a trace of alcohol can be felt. This is what all 8.3% beers should feel like!

D - This one is scary drinkable at it's ABV. I feel like I could handle a sixer in one night, but it'd also probably put me on my ass before I knew it.

Bonis, Oct 17, 2010
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
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,187 ratings.