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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

3,169 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,169
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 102
Gots: 340 | 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 cindyjeffsmith
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Deep amber with a big creamy head. Beautiful brew.
smell: Complex tropical fruit, sour, bitter. Very nice!
taste: Tasty blend of hops and malt. Dry finish.
mouthfeel: medium body.
drinkability: Goes down fast for a high gravity hoppy dry concoction.

cindyjeffsmith, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of jmhart
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz poured into a snifter

A- Pours a deep ruby-gold, like a edges of a crimson sunset. Quickly formed a one finger head, and just as quickly faded into an incredibly rich lace, with webbing crawling up all sides of the glass.

S- Earthy hops, orange and lemon zest, raisins, with a malt back

T- Taste falls a little flat compared to the aroma. Earthy hops are still insanely present, but the orange/lemon isn't quite there. That citrus flavor from the yeast seen in so many other Belgian IPAs isn't present. Starts with earthy hops and finishes with a malty sweetness. Hints of walnut.

M-Medium bodied and creamy, leaving your mouth a little oily. Not much bite, but moderately carbonated.

D-Pretty decent, but not creme of the crop. Probably wouldn't pick this up again.

Overall, pretty much what I expected from Flying Dog in all that entails.

jmhart, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this at Blind Tiger in New York off a pump cask.
A- It's brown with a red hue and very bubbly. It's got a great head and lacing.
S- Some hops and ...grape?
T- Very intense explosion of flavor. Bitter hops. Has an almost Saison after taste, which makes sense because of the Belgian aspect.

Amalak, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know a beer should be judged by what is inside the bottle, but I've always found myself turned-off by Flying Dog's rather frightening label art and general attitude. The name and label art on this beer are disturbing, but, with the beer receiving consistent high marks, I decided to give it a chance. Pour was a beautiful vibrant amber/copper. Aroma was both Belgian funk and hops. Flavor was redolent of fruity Belgian yeast notes, carried on a substantial current of hops. A big beer with a big abv to match. ETOH was moderately evident at the finish. The Belgian/IPA marriage has always seemed to me a tricky proposition - like paring sweet and salty, the balance has to be just right. Here, the two flavor profiles seemed to retain a consistent distinction - like drinking a half-and-half of each style - it never quite came together for me.

Brent, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of hu5om
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle into new belgium goblet
a-a bit hazy. orange/red amber. 2 fingers of soapy foam. cream in color. decent lacing
s-grapefruit. orange, floral. a bit spicy as well. yeasty?
t-rye spiciness and a hit of grapefruit hoppiness. pine is light. a bit less robust with age, but balance is solid.
m-very tingly and a bit resiny on the palate. med to high carbonation
d-one of fd's best. right up there with gonzo. for a brewery with a lot of meciocrity, i do like this one for sure.

hu5om, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of UpNorthLager
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

When my brother-in-law (who knows his beers) suggested I try this Belgian/IPA (two styles I enjoy) I was intrigued at the idea of the combination. And I am more than satisfied with the results.

The light, bright orange flavor of the Belgian is in perfect balance with the intense hops of the IPA. The aroma and taste are consistent with each other. The persistent, smooth head accompanies the drinker from top to bottom. The color is compelling, a striking orange tint to the brown, that just calls out, "I am a significant beer."

This beer has a bit of heft to it, and the mouthfeel is unique, a slick texture.

Most evenings, when I have a Raging Bitch, I only have one or two, then shift to a lighter flavor. But this unique, robust brew would be an excellent first beer on most any evening.

UpNorthLager, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of sonata2008
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this on tap at a local bar. It is billed as a Belgian IPA. The color is copper and clear and the head was average. Aromas included mild banana and a somewhat floral hoppiness. The taste was an unusual combination of strong banana/clove and up front bitterness. There was some maltiness noticeable underneath, but it was not a large component of the taste. The menu claimed an ABV of 8.3%, but I did not notice an alcohol flavor.

sonata2008, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is fruity, malty, hoppy, and a little yeasty. Smells good.

Pours clear amber with nice head. Looks good.

Nicely hoppy, stiff hop oils, some leafy freshness, peppery phenols and spices - notably menthol, and perpaps some mustard greens. Mild malt noticable through hoppage. Moderate bitterness. Finishes hoppy dry. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

MrHungryMonkey, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of tronester
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a small off-white head. Smells of freshly cut grass and heated plastic (lol, in a good way). Taste is cinnamon up front, with a grape juice middle, and a phenolic, clovey, medicinal finish. Piney hops are in the aftertaste along with a bitterness that clings to the tongue. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, low carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, its the beers lowest point though, as the high alcohol and intense flavors make this a sipper. I would definitely get this again though.

tronester, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of halo21
4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this beer out of a bottle into a pint glass, filling it with this golden burnt orange ale with huge chunky head.

Smell: Amazing! Big hop up front, floral, letting you know it is an India Pale Ale, followed by a solid Belgian yeast spice. Very complex and inviting.

Taste: As any beer should be, it tastes as good as it smells. It pairs the hop trio perfectly with their yeast characteristic and finish - nutty, earthy and lemony.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and refreshing, with a drying finish that makes you want more; the head retention maintained mouthfeel through the whole beer.

Drinkability: This is a big bold badass beer that will slap you if you don't watch yourself. It is fierce at 8.3%ABV and every sip you take makes you want another.

Notes: I, nor Brett who I drank this with as we brewed a Pale Ale, can say a single bad thing about it. I follow Flying Dog on Twitter, they were posting like mad as they brewed, bottled and shipped this beer. And I wanted a pint of it every time they posted, and after all of that, it lived up to its hype. Great beer.

halo21, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
Got this from Neorunner in the Blind Beers BIF and this was then reviewed without any knowledge of style, brewery, or anything.

Pours a brilliantly bright coppery color. Clear body with a 3 finger white creamy thick head. Really looks beautiful. The Duvel tulip was a nice choice for glassware.

Smell has some citrus notes... and perhaps a Belgian yeast strain?
(I was smoking some Brats over applewood, so I needed to walk away from the grill).
Now I'm getting some more malty smells-- sweet bready malt. Like bakery dough.

Not overly bitter-- this seems to be a decent beer here. Some malts and citrus notes on the flavor make me think this is an IPA of some sort. (at this point I reveal what beer it was).

Some sweet malts, some citrusy notes, and then the Belgian yeast hits. Not as much of the yeast when compared to others of the style... Which perhaps helped this one.

Good medium body with decent carbonation.

I could really drink a couple of these. This is the first beer from Flyin' Dog that I didn't hate! (perhaps sampling it blind helped with that).

AleWatcher, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a very nice orange/amber with a one finger whitish head. Head sticks around for awhile and laces perfectly. Beautiful

S- sweet smelling tropical fruit. Slightly mild...overall, pretty awesome.

T- bitterness. Piney hops. Finish is rather sweet from the Belgian yeast...the tropical flavors come through again, I guess its the Amarillo. Huge hop bomb

M- the yeast gives it a nice...almost breadiness to it. Slightly thick and a little chewy. Pretty interesting.

D- I was stunned at how much I enjoyed this. Very drinkable beer...real good IPA, hope it sucks around for awhile

bigfnjoe, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of deadliest
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear dark golden pour with a padded 1-finger near-white head.

S: The fruity funk of Belgian yeast meets the citrusy hops of an American IPA.

T: Unlike ogres, this beer has no layers. the taste is a happily chaotic blend of Belgian yeast and citrisy American hops. Some nagging acidity.

F/D: Plenty of carbonation and fair crispness. A good beer over all, but really only one at a time, a real palate burner.

deadliest, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit, some sweet orange. Dry finish. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WoW!! What a great find. Had heard a lot about this one and finally tracked some down. Pours a pale copper with a nice fluffy white head that fades but leaves good lacing. Nice inviting aroma of pine and a little bit of clovy spice. First sip is a nice bitter crisp IPA. Then it turns to a spicy sweet belgian thing. Its really a GREAT combo of flavors. A nice clean feeling in the mouth and very easy to drink. Maybe too easy given the 8.3% ABV. But one of the best I have had of the style, and actually one of my new favorites overall.

Liverpool08, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.89/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great surprise, pours a light brown, not much head. Good carbonation. Aroma, sweet, and hops. Thanks.

Taste, more hops, leans to the American side, thankfully. Still has the warming alcohol presence and yeast fruitiness on the Belgian tip. Mouthfeel rocks, alcohol feel fades, more nuance of the spice come on. All the right points from both sides of the pond. $11 a 6er is actually pretty good for this high quality product, the best thing Flying Dog has ever made.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out an amber-hued, clear body with a goodly sized, clumping, white head.

Smell: Faintly sweetish accents to the pale, bready malts followed by a splash of brandy and whiff of aromatic cloves. Then, it's time for the hops with a vibrant citrusy fruitiness and floral, grassy hints.

Taste: Simple, sweet opening with pale malts rounded out with a light breadiness. Abundantly bitter and hoppy, with full tastes of lemons, tangerines, and white grapefruit with marked grassiness. Minuscule astringency. Spicy ground clove character. Hint of white grape-flavored bubble gum arrives rather late. Remains firmly bitter for the dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: For all of the alcohol and IBU's within, it goes that fairly smooth. While Horn Dog and the seldom seen Barrel-aged Horn Dog still remain the Best of Show winners for me, this new Raging Bitch surely deserves a ribbon of its own.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of errantnight
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy rich tangerine hue.

Aroma is huge, familiar Belgian esters and citrus forward American hops. But you knew this coming in. The yeast kicks off a particularly perfume leaning character. It's complex, it's got a lot of nice notes, but I don't love it.

On the palate this is supremely bitter, but it's nicely dry. As far as these beers go, it's got an appealing balance, highlighting a round mid-palate that's lightly caramel-y, pushing a bit of bread character.

I'm knocking the mouth and drinkability just a touch for two reasons: first, the bitterness is a bit much, and two: these flavors just don't entirely place nicely. As an IPA this would be fantastic. As a Belgian ale... these aren't the yeast-derived esters I'd be aiming for. No Houblon Chouffe this, but tasty.

errantnight, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of begforme4484
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is actually one of my favorite of this style.

Pours a nice golden amber color with a decent tan head.

Has accentuated spice smells. Reminding me of nutmeg for some reason. Spice is backed nicely by a slightly piney smell from the hops.

Taste has some nice citrus and pine hops mixed in with some spiciness. It blends together very well and they fade together as well. It's not one flavor up front followed by another flavored finish as per most IPA's. The balance is really well done.

Medium carbonation.. slight resiny stickiness aftertaste.

Drinkability is on the high side for this style for me. I can have 2-3 without being overwhelmed and wanting something to reset my palete. Comparative to others in this style, where I have one and no desire for another.

begforme4484, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, brownish gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pineapple, citrus hops, and some Belgian spices

Taste: pine hops, pineapple, citrus hops, and some Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle and super bitter finish

Drinkability: A sipper if not just due to the super bitter finish. I like how I can taste both the Belgian part and the IPA part of this beer. A very well executed beer. Not sure if it is totally my style and would get it again. However, the craftmanship is excellent.

tigg924, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Nikki's Liquors in Providence
Consumed 7/1 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a clear copper color with a two finger of white head. Decent head retention and spider webbed lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is nice amounts of caramel malts and grassy, piney hops. Some yeast notes with hint of banana are also present.

T: Taste starts with a caramel malt sweetness before the grassy hop notes take over. Nicely balanced, not too bitter, but definitely present. Hints of yeast also mingle in with a finish more on par with belgian spicing and a hint of citrus hops.

M: Medium body, low to moderate carbonation, oily body.

D: Goes down easily, not very feeling, well balanced with a nice kick to it. I will definitely pick this beer up again.

Jayli, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Mancer
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a copper color with a 2 finger high off-white head. Lively carbonation was visible, as well as thick lacing on the glass. The head dissipated fairly quickly, and left a slight coat at the top. The initial smell of the beer was fruity, citrus, light malts and pine. The taste of the beer was a bit sweet with citrus and pine being the dominant flavors. The malt side became more apparent after swallowing. This brew is slightly dry with a medium to full body.

I think this is an excellent beer. There's the perfect amount of bitterness, backed by the perfect amount of flavor. When I first poured this beer, I could smell its aroma in the air. For anoyone out there who loves an IPA style, this is an excellent beer to enjoy.

Mancer, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of charlzm
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed July 18th, 2010 in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Beer is clear golden with lots of lazy bubbles. A two-finger off-white head composed of fine to medium sized bubbles forms from the pour and sticks around for quite some time, flattening only slightly over the course of consumption.

Aroma - a Belgian yeast strain is definitely at work. Soft floral notes, honeysuckle and even a faint whiff of bubble gum are present, as is a slight trace of pine sap.

Flavor - Both sweeter and more bitter than I expected. Beer starts with a honeysuckle sweetness that quickly segues into a fleetingly creamy Belgian mid-taste (spicy, herbal, floral). After a fleeting moment, the full-palate, moderately parching, undeniably bitter hop finish kicks in. Not brutal, but surprising.

Texture is dry and creamy, a nice trick. Medium to thick bodied - almost chewy.

Drinkability is surpassingly high for a beer with this ABV; beware!

charlzm, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a NB chalice. This is a nice orange-tinted amber color, clear, with a light head. Good aroma, dominated by earthy, resinous hops, backed with a light fruitiness. Excellent flavor! Quite bitter, with lots of hop taste that follows the nose, but there's also a good malt base, and a subtle yeasty spiciness that makes me think of thyme. The finish is bracingly dry.

One of the top beers from Flying Dog's lineup, I believe.

allengarvin, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

This brew is a bright copper color with a white head that settles down to a thin wispy layer with minimal lacing.

Smells of earthy herbal hops and caramel hops.

Tastes of herbal hop bitters, with a twang of mild malt sweetness; bready yeasts and an orange citrus-like, dry finish.

Medium light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Very sessionable in spite of the abv. Would easily pick up a case of this.

ujsplace, Jul 18, 2010
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,169 ratings.