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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

3,447 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,447
Reviews: 1,092
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 116
Gots: 528 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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

The beer poured Golden with a tan head. The aroma is of Caramel malt and hops. A bit of sweet malt, maybe hints of vanilla in the front with a hop blast in the close. The feel is medium and dry. This is a very pleasant beer, and I would hope they keep it in the lineup.

Photo of drtth
3.02/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a stange glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear orange/amber color with a bubbly ¼" off white head that leaves some light lacing. The head recedes fairly soon and for most of the beer there is no lacing at all when sipping.

Smell: The aroma leaves no doubt that a Belgian style yeast has been at work here, creating a nice fruity, herbal aroma that includes some citrus, floral and earthy character from the hops.

Taste: The flavors include sweet, bready malt laced with some citrus and pine. The medium length finish is signaled by a sudden switch from a nice malt and hop balance to a not very pleasant earthy or medicinal bitterness that persists far to long

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and smooth with some reasonable carbonation.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: While I was interested to try this I didn't think it was all that drinkable. I found myself not looking forward to sipping and probably won't have this beer again. My overall impression is of a beer that was targeted to be a Belgian IPA where the grains worked reasonably well but the hops were way wide of their mark.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bronze-orange color with red overtones, mostly clear but a little sediment noted, a pretty good head that had some staying power and slowly dissipated into a nice sheen, leaving pretty good, chunky lacing.

Smell is very nice, a good mixture of grapefruit and pine, spicy malts, and grassy, floral hops.

Nice tasting beer. The malts take a bit of a center stage, this is a malty IPA, but it's still got a heaping helping of smooth, slightly oily hops, and a good pine/grapefruit follow through. Floral flavors and a pleasant spiciness are also noted.

Easy to drink, smooth and medium bodied, amply carbonated, leaving a smooth, lightly piney-bitter aftertaste.

Quite drinkable. My favorite from this brewery so far.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is fat 3 finger head and luckily used my Duvel tulip. Body is rich glowing amber and very fine looking by IPA standars. Smell is bubble gum spicy with a fruity grapefruit kick. A bit of a solventy alcohol smell but not enough to change my mind that is smells great and very strong. Taste is a very sweet tart grapefruit laced with banana and some earthy notes. Bitterness is there but nicely stays away from the other flavors. Not a big fan of Belgians but I really enjoy this taste. A touch of heat on the throat. Very slick and oily mouthfeel with well rounded carbonation. This is a really good beer. If flying dog could produce more stuff like this and Double Dog they would become very popular.

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

Pours a deep golden with a two finger foamy white head that lasts a few minutes.

The first thing I notice is citrus, specifically orange, fruity. Hop bitterness with a small amount of alcohol follows.

Very light, not quite "thin" but close. Medium carbonation. The citrus sweetness comes through first followed by bitterness that lingers for a few seconds before ending with a slight alcohol taste.

Overall not a bad beer. I'm glad I tried it and won't have a problem finishing this one but not sure I would go out of my way to find it.

Photo of ZeroSignal
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a dark golden color with excellent clarity and a billowing, thick, off-white two finger head. Decent retention and a loose, sticky lace.

S - Aroma is a bit fruity with hints of clove, banana, and a citrusy-orange hop presence. Some toasted malt character as well.

T&M - Relatively subtle hop presence well balanced with the malt character of this brew. Citrus hop notes are on the fruity side, paired with a fruity phenolic character. Lighter carbonation with a full bodied feel; leaves a slight dryness and medicinal flavor on the palate.

O - Decent brew, not quite sure how "Belgian" this is...feels a bit muddled at times. Not bad, but so many better IPA's out there, Belgian or not.

-re-reviewed 3/22/11, partly because I forgot that I had already had this, and partly because I know so much more now then I knew then

Photo of whatthehull
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Nice copper color, half finger off white head and some lacing

S - Lots of yeast, some pine, floral and a bit of citrus hops. Sweet malt and was smells like tons of wheat

T - Definitely can taste the yeast and hops up front. Nice bitter and malty backbone. The hops blend nicely and there is a huge wheat note

M - Light, fluffy and leaves a very nice sweet yet slightly bitter taste that lingers for a while

D - At 8.3% this is very easy to drink. Well balanced and goes down very nicely

Final thought - At 8.3% and only $7.99 a sixer this beer is well worth it

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

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass

Pours a somewhat clear reddish orange with a thick frothed head, nice retention and plenty of patchy lacing left on the glass.

Belgian yeast with slight funk, some pineapple and pear, fruit sweetness, citrusy hop bitterness.

Plenty of citrusy bitterness with grapefruit pith and rind. More fruit with apple peel and pineapple, very juicy, a bit sweet. Belgian yeast runs through prominently with slight funkiness. Caramel with bready dough, some brown sugar. Bitter and warm in the finish.

Medium body and carbonation, sticky and a bit dry on the tongue. Drinks really nice, alcohol is masked well, nice flavor although there's a lot going on in the glass.

Photo of n2185
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear, reddish orange with two fingers of white head. Head recedes into a thin layer with good lacing.

S: lots and lots of bubblegum with some banana as well. There is just a touch of citrus hops on the finish.

T: sweet Belgian candy sugar amd bubblegum up front with some spicy Belgian yeast flavors. The hops kick in then, adding some piny flavors and a light bitterness.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is pretty crisp and not too sweet or bitter.

O: very good Belgian IPA. Good combination of the Belgian yeast characteristics and hoppiness.

Photo of Kickass
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice complex ale.

A- This beer pours a warm welcoming color some place between transparent orange and light copper. A finger width of off white head was brought to the surface with a slightly vigorous pour.

S- Upon the first smell I was greeted with Belgian yeast notes of spice, pepper, and sourness which were slightly reminiscent of a Saison. It wasn't until the second beer that I noted the intertwined flowery and slightly citrusy hop notes.

T- The taste is initially sour and peppery. There is no secret regarding the yeast used to ferment this. After that you get to the hop side, which is weighted more toward the bittering side than the taste side but not completely devoid of sweet flowery hops. Finally, this beer finishes with a mellow but well rounded light malt backing.

M- At more than 8% it's relatively light. I was expecting a thicker mouth feel like something found in a higher gravity IPA.

D- This beer is very drinkable and enjoyable to boot! I think the dominance of the Belgian yeast and the 60 IBUs masks the gravity as it doesn't really announce its presence.

Highly recomemded, one hell of a beer

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. 3 finger head. Good retention. Pretty thick lacing. Color is nice golden orange.

S. Nice floral hop aroma mixed with belgian spices. The belgian spices come mostly from the yeast. I get both citrusy and piney hop aroma. This beer smells exactly like what a good Belgian IPA should.

T. Very smooth. Some citrus hop flavor mixed with a malty sweetness. Almost get some clove and banana flavors from this. Probably one of the smoothest 8.2% IPAs I have had. I think this is mostly from the Belgian yeast that is used that kind of blends everything out.

M. Medium bodied. Medium/full carbonation. Touch of lingering sweetness.

O. Overall this is a damn good Belgian IPA. Raging Bitch does a very good job of blending 2 styles of beer. The question is whether this is a spicy mellow IPA or a hoppy Begian Pale Ale. Very good none the less.

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

A beer has returned to our area!!

This beer pours an absolutely shiny dark gold. Bubbles come from the bottom of the glass. The head went away but some lacing stayed.

Smells like Belgian hops

Taste is really strong for a BIPA. Citrus rind, Belgian hops and malts that seem a little more roasted than others I have had. I am drinking this one rather warm. It will be interesting if there is a little mellowing of flavor when it is cooler.

Mouth feel is average, could be better. Intense flavor does slow me down a little.

Photo of goldbot
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, copper to amber color. Dense, white head and good retention. Good lacing on the glass. Hop aroma up front - pine resin and floral notes. Some caramel malt as well but the Belgian yeast comes through nice and strong on the back end. Nice spice aroma and again quite floral. A nice mix overall. The flavor has a nice malty sweetness followed by some resinous hop flavor. Could have more hoppiness. Good spiciness from the yeast. Nice balance, good bitterness and a smooth mouthfeel.

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

So this is (for those of you who might understand) my celebration ale for a successful usmle step 1 (245/99 WOOHOOOO!!) and was courtesy of BA aschwab (shit i'll have weeks and reviews and reviews to thank this man) who flew it in from the states for me.

This is the equivalent of 'fusion food' for beer. it's BIPA meets AIPA (belgian, american) and has a great taste to it. heck, the whole beer is a bounce back-and-forth between the styles.

Pour is mostly american. bright amber hue. a creamy head that faded rather quickly. hardly any activity visible, akin perhaps to the style in which you spot a DFH at times. Generous lacing and a creamy film, perhaps one of the thicker i've seen (almost 1/4").

Smell is a 'tie', so to speak. of course, the hoppy, stashy american IPA feel is dominant, and even stings the nose at once. but a deep whiff (and a slightly sedated nose sensitivity) allow for a more fruity aroma to surge. a very discrete grapefruit feel finds its way through and certainly makes it fairly complex, albeit avoidant. no alcohol.

Taste is more rigidly 50/50. The former half (ok, quarter at best) is all belgian styled. half-orange, half-clementine peel feel. a very slight mould feel. obviously, the robust american ipa feel takes over in no-time, spiking it with hops, hops and then some. even then, there remains a slight spicy feel first perceived. of course, the finish is quite bitter. nice.

The body is also thick, maybe inclining towards perhaps a mardesous or a bush ambrée and definetly complimented by the slight carbonation and alcohol. and, even as I type, hardly halfway through the beer, i can feel the buzz coming along.

This is an excellent beer, although not belgian nor raging. it's a great blend worthy of another try.

Photo of betsona
3.19/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to larryi86 for this 12oz bottle. Best before date of 213A11 or good till the 213th day of 2011. Poured into a tulip.

A- Clear amber with lots of carbonation bubbles. Moderate pour produced a finger and half off white head. Stays throughout drinking. Lacing all over the glass.

S- Medicinal hops that are not bitter at all. Yeasty. Belgian malt profile. Not a strong smell profile.

T- Pretty pale without much hops. Has a slight bitterness at the start but not much after the initial taste. Slightly sugary citrus taste at the end.

M- Medium creamy body. Right amount of carbonation for the style. Little lingering on the palate.

D- I want to try it on-tap, but I doubt I would have another one after that. The style has so many great representatives that I would have a hard time reaching for one that didn't blow me away.

Photo of sweetwaterman
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(6 pack from Syosset Beverages ~ Jan 2011)

Look: pure golden amber color, flawless clarity, lacing head.

Smell: sweet citrus, hops, smells "Belgian" (seemed the best adjective to use)

Taste: Upfront sweetness, lots of sweet citrus; grapefruit and lemon curd, smooth, bitter hop finish

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with only slight alcohol burn

Drinkability: dangerously drinkable for such a high gravity beer.

Recommended: Nice and tasty, but can creep up on you real quickly.

Photo of patreely12
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into large wine glass

A - fiery copper. half inch tan head, fairly bubbly. small amount of carbonation. some spotty lacing.

S - a mix of floral hops and fruity sweetness. strong yeast. hints of orange and possibly pineapple or grapefruit. a little bit of honey too.

T/M - starts off with moderate sweetness from the citrus. hints of the orange, pineapple and grapefruit. progresses towards a bitter and spicy back end. floral hop notes and cloves. there is a bit of the alcohol in the aftertaste, not surprising for being over 8% ABV. pretty complex flavors. medium in body and carbonation.

D - decent drinkability. I probably wouldn't drink more than one of these at a time just because it's not really my style. but I really enjoyed it as a stand alone. overall a finely crafted brew from my home state.

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

got this as bonus in a recent trade with jlindros. thanks jared!

12oz bottle. sampled march 5/2011.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a thin cap of fine white head. the head drops quickly and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is great. honey and caramel. bit of buttery toffee. white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. floral and lightly perfumey. touch of alcohol. belgian yeasty spice. light herbal character. smells like a hoppy tripel so far.

taste is good. resiny pine and big perfumey floral character. lightly warming alcohol. slightly powdery. medium-high bitterness level - this dog's got a bite! honey and caramel. bit of buttery toffee. hint of grain. belgian yeasty spice.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. great blend of hops and belgian character. delicious!

Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear dark amber/orange, nice and bright, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick, looks alright.

Smell is neat, a little sweet, some caramel and candi sugar, banana, some spice, a bit of yeast, apricot, a bit of fruit, alcohol, light vanilla, citrus, orange peel, a bit of clove, pineapple, pretty interesting.

Taste is similar, lots of banana and grapefruit, sugary sweetness, a bit of biscuit, caramel and candi, vanilla, apricot, pineapple, orange peel, wafer, a bit of alcohol, some spices in the finish, clove and more vanilla, neat citrus bite.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit sweet, some light heat going down. Pretty good, has some cool flavours going on. Thanks Russ!

Photo of HopHead84
2.13/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

3/4/11

On tap at URGE.

A: Transparent golden orange. Creamy cap. Looks inviting.

S: Coriander, clove, and orange, with bready malt. Very spicy. Some light grapefruit. A little alcohol. Perhaps some pepper. Smells like a generic Belgian beer. Average at best.

T: Moderately bitter grapefruit rind up front with prominent spicy phenols, reminiscent of clove and white pepper. There's a lot astringency in there. Far too spicy for my taste, and not enough of the IPA showing through. Alcohol is noticeable in the bitter astringent finish. There's a definite clash of spice and bitterness in the end that reminds me of aspirin. That's terrible.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: Not recommended at all. Avoid. Looks deceived me.

Photo of zhanson88
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra in a trade with tsblack05. Thanks a lot!

Appearance: Raging Bitch pours a coppery-orange color with 2 fingers of snow white head. Retention is very nice, as is the lacing. Super looking brew.

Smell: Slight caramel malts are in there as well as citrus, but above all is a spicy, peppery Belgianesque yeast scent. Maybe a bit of clove and bubblegum as well.

Taste: Lots of flavor going on in this beer. Definite caramel malt shows up first with some citrus and hop characteristics as well. The predominant flavor in this beer though is that spicy yeast characteristic. There are quite a few different things going on in this beer, almost enough to make it muddled. But in the end it stops just short of muddled, and is fairly tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is every bit of medium bodied with fine carbonation. Rarely do I say this, but I think this beer is a touch heavy for the style. The finish is also pretty hot. It could definitely drink smoother, and the body could stand to be lighter. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, and an interesting take on the style. I'd probably go for it again.

Photo of Tilley4
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flying Dog brews are hit and miss with me so I picked a single of this one up a few days ago and I'm cracking it open this AM...

Truly a beautiful looking beer in my CCB snifter... Orangish golden topped by a magnificent thick creamy head... This beer seems to glow in the sunlight...

A strong dose of hops right up front that seem to be citrusy or orangish in nature... However I can also detect the Belgian aspects as well as the unmistakable yeast and spiciness pervade the sense of smell as well... Reminiscent of an Abbey Ale with a touch more hop presence.. I'm interested...

A sweet caramel malt flavor on the first sip is soon eclipsed by a sharp bitter hoppiness mindled with a muddled blend of spices and yeast... This one is striking me in a way that I wasn't expecting and its a tad unpleasant.... The hops are present and accounted for but their medicinal bitterness detracts from the blend of spices that are desperate to peek through... The potential is there but seems a tad too harsh and bitter to make a real impression on me... Its not that its a bad beer.. Its just....unremarkable? A bit hot on the finish leaving me feeling like I've been sipping on a much higher ABV brew...

I'm glad I had the chance to give this a go... Not sure I'd grab it again though... There are just too many good offerings out there...

Photo of jmfc8237
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light orange color with good head and sticky web like lacing. Low head retention but has a solid cream floating for a few minutes that fades to a spotty sheet across the top of the beer. The nose grabs you with nice citrusy and floral hops and an almost tangerine orange fruit. Taste is packed with piney bittern g hops that flow nicely into a caramel biscuity malt bill that has a Belgian spicing backfinish. This beer speaks to me what a Belgian IPA should be. Great finish

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From old notes, tasted at Molly Malones on 8th St. SE in DC, Barracks Row.

A: Pretty semi clear darker orange color with crazy cascading champagne bubbles. Small bone white head and great retention and epic lacing.

S: Orange peel, yeasty wheat, sugary hops, some straw like notes, and beligan yeasty malt character. Not a lot of hops but it still has some bitters.

T: Ok, seems a la Belgian pale than what I expect from a Belgian IPA. Very dry belgian golden yeast, banana, and straw flavors. Some hops of a citrus like variety poke through with plenty of bright fruity sugar in the finish. Needs more hops to round out the sweetness.

M:Nice creamy feel with bitters at the back.

D: Average I'd say, would definitely not have gotten another glass.

Photo of sjverla
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Bready and spicy. Smells nicely Belgian. Slightly clovey and estery. A little boozy--almost Lysol-esque or medicinal with hints of prune.

Appearance: No real head but crazy clear. A very nice honey-amber.

Taste: Nicely complex. Goes back and forth between Belgian and IPA. Mildly clovey. Belgian yeast is overtaken by a noticeable earthy hoppiness. That gives way to the crisp maltiness of a sugar cookie slightly overcooked.

Overall: I like it, but not like crazy. It's drinkable and crisp, but it just doesn't leave me wanting to buy it again.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,447 ratings.