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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

3,517 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,517
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 126
Gots: 601 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Ratings: 3,517 | Reviews: 1,112
Photo of alee42
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish, amber hue; a little on the lighter side of Red Ale. A very stick lacing on the insides of the pint glass. It smells of a fruity mix, but I can pick out the smell of tangerine on the hops. The spiciness of the hops is rather smoothed-out, different from many IPA styles - the bitterness isn't as profound here. Rich in malt flavors, the traces of yeast are covered very well. Very happy with this beer, runs true to its reviews, and would definitely drink again.

Photo of MONKandTUCK
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I guess there are really TWO Belgian-IPA styles.
One is the more assertively C-hopped Belgian Golden Ale.
The other is an American IPA recipe fermented with one of thosekinky Belgian yeast strains.

This is the latter.

Appearance: poured comfortably from a chilled bottle into a standard wine glass the ale is mildly amber and tops with a froth head. Nice pacing. Head holds up after settling from pour, remain a constant feature until finish. A picture-perfect beer.

Aroma: crisp Belgian action. I smell it as tart, mild banana notes, Christmas spice, then some lemon and grapefruit. Interest combination. Malt finally protrudes with some sweet and slightly toasted notes. Very inviting, but clearly a lot is going on.

Flavor: Sweet. But that's only a background feature, granted a staple of every sip. Kinky, wild, untamed phenols bite through, forcing you to acknowledge Belgian yeast CAN stand up to American hops. They carry over the tongue and leave a puckering feeling on the side of the mouth.
Juicy citrus hops soon take over and you really wanna pucker. There are more aggressive IPA's, but this one can hang. Prickly battering hops then takeover. As this beer drinks the bitterness becomes more forward and the other features mellow/mute each other.
Minor alcohol warming in the finish.

Man, oh man, she has got a bite! But its a very satisfying beer and definitely interesting.

Mothfeel: nice and lean.... really that's where these two styles meet. I like a big beer, but I can't know I'm drinking a big beer. Alcohol should be muted, malts should be of premium quality and kept in balance, and the beer should finish DRY. RAGING BITCH pulls that off.
It's lean, crisp and balanced. Sure, the hops and phenols are all over the place, and there's Crystal and Toasted malt to be detected, but the body of the beer holds on responsibly.
The way this beer drinks makes it a success, otherwise the hopping and yeast profile would've been in vain.

Conclusion: Got dayum, a prickly beer. This one might be catalogued in the "Love it-or-Hate it" category. Personally I loved it, as did the guys I drank it with, but none felt we could drink more than one except if really in the mood.

It's like HEDONISM resort, a kinky trip to the tropics. Most will say they prefer the other Belgian-IPA format, a Belgian Strong Pale Ales with C-hops: Pyrat and Houston Chouffe come to mind. But I think that's because they're attempting something more subtle and can be all hoity-toity, as opposed to an IN YO' JOKA' FACE brew from yet-another American Micro-brewery.

Give this one a try! While a bit crude, and definitely from deep in left field Flying Dog is onto big things with this one!

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Really nice. Brighter and clearer than most IPAs. This is my first Belgian-style one. Great lacing.

Smell: Excellent. Combination of floral hops and dark fruit. A bit lemony. Sort of reminds me of a combo American and English IPA.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Pleasant combination of floral hops with vague fruity malt. Mouthfeel is good, but maybe a bit unbalanced for the flavors. Too thin for this beer.

Drinkability: Very good summer IPA.

Overall: See drinkability.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. An aggressive pour into a snifter got me a finger of head that dwindled rather quickly. It held on to the sides for a thicker ring than I normally get out of beer. Some nice lacing clings to the side of the glass throughout consumption. The body is a pleasant looking dark amber.

S. The IPA out-muscles the Belgian in the nose. I mostly get citrus hops with a touch of floral aromas, but you get just a hint of Belgian yeast if you really look for it.

T. Taste is much more complex than the aroma suggested. It starts off Belgian: Yeast, hints of dark fruit, a good spiciness, then dives into the IPA with a bit of malt than a bitter hop finish. This partnership of flavors really excited my palate, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

M. Medium bodied. Decent carbonation. The bitter on the end really builds if you drink it relatively quickly.

Photo of Phocion
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Small foamy head that quickly dissolves into a thin buy frosty layer with excellent lacing. Copper-colored with a ton of bubbles racing to the surface.

Aroma is initially of northwestern citric hops. This is quickly followed by a strong dose of fruity Belgian yeast. If you really dig deep down, just a bit of bready maltiness pokes through.

Flavor is not nearly as sweet as the aroma led me to expect. Instead of hops or sweet yeasts, the first thing I noticed was a somewhat phenolic spicy/clove flavor. This is quickly followed by a typical American-style pale ale hops profile, and the delicious Belgian yeasts I was so much anticipating are completely overpowered.

Decent carbonation and body, with a very silky mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm not particularly impressed. The first whiff of this thing was amazing, but by the time I actually stopped smelling and drank it, I was sorely disappointed. This has potential -- an American IPA with Belgian yeasts, but the end result was just nothing special.

Photo of BeTheBall
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark copper color, and was lievly and foamy, with a good two finger head. First smell was of the Belgian Yeast, almost instantly followed by a lovely citurs hop presence. In addition, it smells slightly herbal, like it has a touch of Rosemary. Taste was also herbal, and starngely a combination of hoppy citurs mixed deeply with the Belgian yeast slightly musty tastes. What I'm tryint to say, as an IPA lover and a Belgian lover, is that the taste is, wow, almost perfect for me. It has everything I love about beer all in one bottle.
Mouthfeel? Euphoric. Can't wait to buy more of this stuff, and am left wondering how thisd escaped me for so long...

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
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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
4.78/5  rDev +23.5%
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
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
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
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
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
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,517 ratings.