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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

3,411 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,411
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 489 | FT: 3
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 jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper color. Clear.
S: Triple-like yeast. Western citrusy hops.
T: Candi sugar sweetness. Astringent hops.
M: medium body. Medium carbonation. Silky texture from sugar fermentation.
O: Surprisingly drinkable and balanced. Nothing exceptional in complexity, but balanced.

Photo of jifigz
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a goblet.

A: A hazy orange with a huge head that is typical of Belgians.

S: It smells like a Belgian had sex with an American IPA.

T: It tastes like a Belgian had sex with an American IPA. The sweetness is present in the beginning giving way to a rather bitter finish. A nice taste overall.

M: Creamy and delicious like most Belgians.

O: This beer is pretty tasty and I wouldn't mind getting another bottle to try.

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

Another interesting bottle design by Flying Dog.
The beer pours a beautiful amber gold and is clear with a tan head building about two fingers high. It sticks around for a while.
The smell is quite fruity and also let's you feel the hops.
Tasting the beer , you will be enjoying some banana, peach and honey up front. In the middle this flavors will be joint by malty notes, and brown sugar, while towards the end the great selection of hops balances and finishes this beautifully crafted IPA. Great beer, must taste.

Photo of jmich24
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Duvel Tulip

S: Sweet, slightly funky. Some citrus and spiciness, herbal and cloves.
A: Dark golden orange. Big two finger head. Nice lacing and head retention.
T: Tastes as smell suggests. Spicy, peppery clove. Not nearly as bitter as expected. Finishes slightly bitter.
M: Medium to light mouthfeel. Finishes very wet.
O: This just didn't seem to be an IPA to me, Belgian or not. Not very bitter. Very spicy, rye like qualities(not sure if it brewed with rye) Very nice easy drinking Belgian beer.

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

Slightly hazed brassy amber with an ivory head. Good retention. Very fruity, like applesauce and pear juice with hints of overripe banana and a bit of peach. There's also something distantly spirituous, like good vodka or perhaps limoncello. There's a strawberry and chopped cucumber note in there that reminds me of Pimm's as well. A good mouthful develops big sweetness cut off by a quick, sharp bitterness of hops and booze. Quinine and bitter lemon, musty yeast, grapefruit rind, baked apple, and burnt orange dominate, fading into a green banana and lemon peel finish. Not bad! Almost exactly what you'd hope for in a Belgian-American hybrid.

Photo of philerman
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this a bunch of times randomly, bought a sixer at a buy-rite in ebf NJ (the road that goes from the Turnpike to Freehold if you must know). This is probably the most drinkable over 7% beer I've ever had.

A: It's generally golden. The sixer was all drank from the bottle.

S: Piney as other have noted, but also a bit of a sweet note.

T: More into the dubble/trippel/quad on Belgian beers, I can say this tastes "Belgian". No wheat notes like say Allagash White or Hoegaarden or even Blue Moon/Shock Top, but it does the trick, right?!?

M: Erm...it goes down as easily as budmillercoorsbusch lite. That's prob. all you need to know.

O: As of 7ish p.m. on the Saturday of Mem Day weekend, I have a new favorite (easy-to-find?) American Beer. Way to go Dogs.

Photo of ummswimmin
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce bottle into a chalice.

It smells a little different with the belgian mixing with the hoppiness of the IPA. The smell is interesting, but I wasn't wowed by the nose.

I had decent head on the beer, but high carbonation typically found in belgians does not stay. And the head disappeared too quickly to make for any lacing.

The belgian flavors and the hops are fighting on my pallate. There doesn't seem to be any balance, and there is a lot of bitterness coming out of the hops. I wouldn't say that this is a very pleasant flavor.

The name and label are, again, the best draw with this brand.

I support the Brewery's use of the word bitch. If you are old enough to buy beer, then you should have the maturity to be okay with the word: "Bitch." Obviously, Texas and Michigan lack the ability to see the ability to see the forest for the trees. You should google this issue to understand more.

Photo of BottleOfPills
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is good, overall a tanish hue, that when poured in a glass left less than a 1 finger head. Not dark but not urine colored either (unless your really taking your vitamins or have some ailment lol)

Smell is sweet and tangy, and the all important taste - is a bitch, raging bitch. This is actually my sixth beer out of the a six pack over a week or two. First I didn't really care much for it, but overall it's grown on me. STill a little too hoppy for me to call good, but I'm not a fan of that flavor.

You can tell it's got a bit of higher AC around 8.3% I think, but not some of the other attributes that come with other beers.

Mouthfull is good, a little crisp and a little creamy if that makes any sense.

Overall, I'd buy more when I'm in the mood to drink a flavorful beer and one that may impede me pounding several more. You know when you've when on a date and you know she's going to be bitch, and you got to drink but are worried about the drive home.

Photo of danmcg62
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a nice golden amber color with a solid finger width head.

S-Very mild hop aroma. Very mild citrus, almost soapy smell. Not much else.

T-The taste is very subdued. Extremely mild hop character, mild citrus taste (lemon and grapefruit come to mind).

M-Creamy and smooth. Extremely drinkable. Can't tell it is 8%+ ABV.

O-Overall this beer is just OK. Wasn't too blown away by it. The drinkability saves this one for me.

Photo of therica
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= huge off-white tan head, staying for a considerable time. Light-amber. Plentiful lacing all the way down, all the time.

S= Initial nose-- PINE. MORE PINE. And did I mention PINE?!? Hard to find much else in the nose. Then some interesting wildflower scents. It greatly reminds me of our huge beds of chocolate mint and spearmint, combined. Weird. After it sets for a few minutes a sort of liquor scent comes through. And then it grows in scents to the point of hyperventilating -- very nice.

T= PINE. Very IBU-bitter, some nice caramelized malts in there. After it warms a bit, the malts become somewhat more evident but still dominated by the pine bitters.

M= lingering hops bitters, some slightly chewy malts finally making their way through. But the piney hops bitters seem to grow for some time on the tongue.

O= a very decent West-Coast hops styled IPA. Not sure where the "Belgian" enters in. Great for the hop-heads. Nice for an IPA high.

Photo of 6thomas3
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Preface: My first offering from Flying Dog

Appearance - Subtle pastel tan hue with quickly dissipating carbonation bubbles and sea foam white head that runs away in an excitable fashion leaving lean lacing on the side of my glass; when shaking and held against illumination minuet carbonation bubbles swirl in a tornadic fashion dispersing only after a few moments

Smell - Alcohol and wheat first grab my attention with elusive earthy and floral notes exacerbated by droplets of spice (perhaps orange and lemon peel)

Taste - Salty bitterness engulfed by a mixture of wheat and spice tackled my tongue in a uniform burst leading to a hidden residual sweetness and onslaught of hops

Mouthfeel - Mouthcoating is a bit strange with the bitter saltiness jousting with wheat and spice ending in a peculiar dryness

Overall - I can tell this beer is 8.3% ABV, just wish I could have distinguished a bit more of the complexity I think this style has to offer

Photo of rodney45
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Its a mojave yellow, with a sea foam colored head that lingers as long as you savor. Heading is vibrant and sincere. Looks good in my fav. tasting glass.

S: Smells like a hop explosion mixed with a hint of over ripe strawberry plant. Actually, it has a faint hint of strawberry plant, before the fruit is ripe... with hops. i cant really explain it better than that.

T: Hops all out front. secondary notes of citrus and almost wheat, but not really. I dont really get how this is a beligian style IPA, it honestly feels like an American IPA.

M: Its a bitter beer, but doesnt overwhelm. Ether's arent overwhelming, but are present, as would be expected in an 8+ alc/vol.

O: There isnt much in the way of depth to this beer. But it does go down well for a hop head like myself. Alcohol doesnt overwhelm, but i wish it were a little more balanced.

Photo of birdman200
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber, little head (if at all...could be because of bad pour though).
Smell: Bubble gum, mint, citrus, grapefruit, cloves, banana. Amazingly complex smell.
Taste: Minty, spicy, very sharp. Nice hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: Bitter, almost with a dunkelweizen aftertaste (spicy cloves).
Drinkability: Fantastic. 1-2 tops though @ 8.3%

Photo of StaEva
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good dark amber/ musty orange color, slight haze, good creamy head with moderate retention.

Nice Belgian aroma, typically fruity and yeasty, but this has a more predominant hop aroma as well, more like a true IPA. The aroma is definitely a hybrid of the Belgian fruity yeast and the IPA's expected hop-heavy aroma. Good citrus and a very thin tropical fruit note.

Taste is much more like a normal IPA than a Belgian. The fruitiness is lost to hops. That being said, it is a refreshing and clean beer, with good carbonation and a healthy medium body.

Not a terrible beer, not even a mediocre beer, just didn't have that true hybrid flavor as the name would have suggested. The beautiful aroma and color of this brew were the highlights. Worth a try, but I'm not going out of my way for it.

Photo of afinepilsner
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle
8.3% abv

Raging Bitch was amber-orange in color with good clarity. It had a white head with good retention and lacing. The smell was citrus hops with some spice mixed in. The taste was citrus hops upfront with plenty of malt and some peppery spice. The finish was semi-dry with residual hops, pepper, and throat warming alcohol. The mouthfeel was good with a medium-full body and medium carbonation. Overall Raging Bitch is a good beer and worth trying out.

Photo of mjw1200
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really like belguims and Ipas, thought it would be a match made in heaven. Too much asprin in the flavor. The belguim aspects did not come across great. Good beer just not as good as I was hoping from ratings and description. I think the smell was good but it didn't impress after that.

Photo of SHODriver
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a hazy orange gold hue with a finger of slightly fluffy head that slowly recedes.
S: Very complex in the nose with bits of pine and citrus with some tropical fruits and a bit of grassyness. It smells fantastic
T: Starts off sweet and gets some hop bitterness going with some pine flavor. Definite belgian funk going on as well at points. Fruity and bitter aftertaste. Not bad but doesn't quite live up to the nose.
M: Kinda thick and syrupy carbonation is adequate but hits toward the prickly side. Definitely not watery which is nice
O: Probably the best belgian style IPA from an American brewery that I've had.

Photo of jimland
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Nice pillowy head pour, smells that of an strong IPA but without the entire bitterness bite at the end. Very drinkable, without the big bite at the end so watch out on this one. Very smooth in the mouth. The belgian influence on this IPA makes it very enjoyable. One of my new go to beers.

Photo of haazer
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my Weyerbacher tulip.

A- A fairly vigorous pour yields about 2 fingers of bubbly offwhite head. Head takes some time to settle and leaves nice lacing on the glass. A dark, cloudy amber brew is under this head with bright orange highlights and lively carbonation. A beautiful looking BPA.

S- Sweet candied sugar upfront. Some spices, blended underneath the aroma of fruit. Fruits standing out are cherries and apples. A slight hint of baked muffin.

T- The flavor reminds you more so that this has IPA elements than the nose would. The fruit of apple, and cranberry stand out mostly, which is not the standard fruit of an IPA, but adding the belgian element makes this possible. The bittering is strong at the end of the flavor spectrum. Blended with the bitterness is an element of spices though, which I DO NOT LIKE in my beer, and pulls the flavor down a notch. A small hint of the booze is tasted.

M- The mouth is smooth upfront, and the lively carbonation and bitterness tickles the mouth on the end. Body is medium. There is suprisingly no heat felt from the abv what so ever.

O- Overall I felt this was a good BPA that blends the aspects of an IPA well with elements that belgian style beers will offer. In my opinion I'd prefer the american counterparts, but this was good.

Photo of tbeckett
2.65/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'd always wanted to try this. On tap at Beer Temple in Amsterdam. From notes.

A - Poured bright with mild carbonation. Dark gold colour with a two finger creamy, eggshell head. Great lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Fruity yeast. American style hops. Not exciting or nostril grabbing compared to other examples of the style. Tame aroma.

T - Odd. Not enough yeast character. Seems they just added 'Belgian' to the name fo the beer. Lot's of fruity hops, showing off grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet up front for balance.

M - Mild carbonation seems light. Medium to full body. Seems more like a IIPA.

O/D - Definately not to style and not what I would expect for a style I enjoy. I didn't mind it at all but it wasn't what A Belgian IPA typically represents.

Photo of Snamnoum
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Golden amber color. Gentle pour produced three fingers of pillowy soft off-white head. Average retention and substantial lace.

Smell - powerful phenols give the beer aromas of bananas, bubblegum, and band-aids. Hops smell of tangerines and grapefruit.

Taste - the instant it touches your tongue you get the briefest impression that this is very much a Belgian beer but the yeast and sweet toasted malt are quickly obliterated by the somewhat overpowering hops. Sweet, then boozy, then bitter. I am a huge fan of IPA's and Begian beers but for some reason the combination is not one I am a fan of even when it is done well which it is not here.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, chewy mouthfeel, aggressively carbonated

Overall - this is by no means a bad beer and for the money it is and breath of fresh air. However I personally believe that the combination of the two styles represented as the hybrid "belgian ipa" is a mistake. Ultimately the subtleties of both styles are lost leaving a confused beer. The marriage of American hops and Belgian yeast strains IMHO has not been accomplished at a note worthy level yet; I hungry await the union.

Photo of rudzud
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a lone bottle at Julio's. Lets give this belgian IPA a try...

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear copper pour with a good, fluffy two finger head that faded to leave minimal side lacing and nice white clouding.

S - Nice light belgian hop characteristics. Some pine and good grapefruit along with a little malt. The killer though is that 8.3% on the nose. Not good.

T - Like the nose with some nice spicey belgian qualities with good amounts of pine resin and grapefruit. Nice sweet, somewhat sticky malt flavours with a very bitter finish. Again, that ABV is very noticeable.

M - Not a bad mouthfeel here. Lowish carbonation makes this slightly heavy.

O - Overall, this is a good represenatation of the style. The noticeable ABV doesnt really work for me though.

Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Amber-golden color, clear. Lots of nice carbonation. Spongy head, bright white color.

Aroma:
Belgian yeast and spices in the nose. Hoppy aroma, grapefruity. Bready malts. Smells really good.

Taste:
Bready malts up front along with Belgian spice at the end. Very hoppy character in the mid-palate, I get grapefruity hops, a little touch of herbal and piney. There’s some cinnamon in the taste, almost like cinnamon rolls. Body is medium. Good amount of carbonation.

Finish:
Crisp finish from the hops. Dry aftertaste. A little warm feeling from the alcohol.

Overall:
My very first Belgian IPA. I really enjoy this one.

Photo of Seeker41184
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date drunk: 12/3/2010

12oz into pint glass

A: Clear copper color with a lacey head.
S: Belgian yeast is very present with some grapefruit hops towards the end.
T: Tastes just like it smells, yeast first, dry hops at the end.
M: Medium carbonation with a nice body.
O: I enjoy this beer very much and is what I drink if I can't decide on a Belgian or IPA.

Photo of alleykatking
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a coppery orange color. One and a half eggshell white head shows medium retention. Nice streaked lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Belgian yeast right in the front of the aroma. Citrus hops come in next with light notes are blended toward the ending of the belgian yeast. Not much malt in the aroma but some does come through in a light doughy biscuity scent.

T- Citrus hops in the front of the beer goes hand in hand with a warming alcohol right off the get go. Bready malts do come in the middle which shows up more in the flavor than in the aroma. Piney hops in the ending of the beer bring this one full circle although I never really picked up on the belgian yeast at all in the flavor of the beer. Alcohol comes through as well in the ending with a heavier warming alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops and light bready malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly warming alcohol, bready malts and hints of piney hops. Flavors were not really balanced for what it said it was going to be as I didn't catch much belgian style to this. No off flavors were detected while drinking this. Medium alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer was alright but not at all what I was thinking it was going to be. The ABV really stuck out and not always in a good way. A nice try from Flying Dog but I think they missed the mark a little bit. I wish the yeast would have come out more than it did..or lack there of.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,411 ratings.