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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3,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,401
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 480 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is golden with a murky touch and a good sized off-white head. RB`s smell has banana, hops, some grass. Taste contained more of the citrus element, small amount of yeast, and yes, hops and bitterness in the finish. MF was medium and kind of creamy. Drinkability is good in this Belgian IPA and the abv sneaks up on you. This was probably the 3rd time that I have picked this up and it always satisfies.

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

Appearance: Cloudy amber, good head.

Smell: Spicy, black pepper, coriander, citrus hops.

Taste: Black pepper and citrus come through strong along with a tangy fruitiness.

Drinkability: The blend of spices would make me stop after one.

A very interesting beer, lots of spice character in both the smell and taste, and definitely more citrus hop flavor than your usual Belgian style beer. I'll have to try some others from this style.

Photo of 4000qtrap
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: 12oz bottle

S: Bright and spicy with mint, musty clove, ginger, caramel, preserved passion fruit, a touch of sour apple white wine and bubblegum, Perfect blend of spicy yeast and spicy hop flavor. Very nice. One of the few beers where there aren't either too much or too little hops to balance with the yeast character.

T: Bold, dry, dark spiciness. Dark spices (lots of clove) hit the palette over a bed of dryness that starts moderate and gets dryer throughout the sip. A touch of caramel malt up front the gives way to hoppy, preserved citrus flavors buried beneath dry, spiced minty honey flavors with an oily mouthfeel. Slightly vinous quality from the 8+% ABV actually. Finish is very hoppy with lingering caramel apple skin character and unyielding dry spiciness.

Notes: Excellent beer with intense flavors that for me epitomize the ideal convergence of Belgian and IPA characters through the use of spicy, herbal hops. A little too bitter though.

Photo of beerdown77
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours transparent amber with two fingers of head. The taste seems lagered (it almost has German features), but that could be the appearance suggesting that. I smell a lot of sweetness, more specifically, brown sugar. It does have the typical Belgium flavors...yeast and other crap that I could do without. For being an 8.3%, the tastes hides the strength pretty well, but this wasn't the first beer of the night either. It is very sweet, but has a nice hop presence. I am curious to know what this beer tastes like on a fresh pallet; time may tell. Hey! It's 8.3%, What?!

Photo of BeerManDan
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color when poured was reddish amber, with not a lot of foam, but, did have some lace on the side of the glass. The smell of mild hops and spice was evident upon the first sniff of this Belgium ale. The taste was of bitter mild hops, malts, with cloves and hints of all spice and yeast. Not overly bitter as to kill the balance flavor of all the component that make up this ale. A pleasant surprise and a happy smile!

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

355 ml bottle.

Pours a clear, dark golden amber with a finger off white foamy head. Nose is fruity, hoppy, Belgian yeast, caramel. Taste is bitter upfront with a clear malt profile on the palatte. A Belgian spicyness is ever present. Medium bodied. High ABV limits drinkability somewhat. I'll have to revisit this beer one day.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very clear golden brown with an almost red hue to and a small head. The aroma has a nice fruitiness to it and that distinct Belgian yeast character. A pleasurable and very nice aroma. The hops mix very well with the yeast. The taste is again fruity at first then the yeast contributes banana, pepper, and other spice that I can't finger. The yeast also seems to add bitterness along with the hops. You know I was real surprised with this one and kind of changed my opinion of Flying Dog.

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

A: Nice looking frothy head, amber-golden, clean, filtered

S: Fruity banana , yeasty , cloves. Slightly overpowering.

T: Eh, it's not bad, but It's not too exciting. It's a combination of a more euro style ale with an American IPA style bitterness, but the bitterness is one dimensional and boring. The yeast is upfront and a little overpowering. Again, not terrible, but I can't call it great or excellent. I'll call it OK. I don't enjoy the bitter finish much.

M: Nice moutfeel, smooth and bitter. The bitter quality actually feels nice as it sloshes in the mouth, better than the aftertaste...

D: I could drink a few of these with a pizza pie. It is smooth and easy for the 8.2 APV

Overall, I probably won't be buying this again, glad I bought a single! Not bad but nothing amazing here.

Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.85/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a big bottle but that didn't taste right. Jeffo insisted I try it fresh so I did.

Had these bottles taken straight from the case it came in at Bert's bierhuis.

Came out a little red, copper if you will but very clear. Almost no head.

Nice aroma. Citrus and Hop. Very West Coast.

BOOM it's in my mouth. I already know I love this beer from the very first taste. Bittersweet malts, a little citrus and lots of bitterness.

Very crisp with just the right amount of carbonation. 8.3% abv but I could drink this all night long.

Having grown up on Belgian Pale Ale's I don't quite see where this would fit in that style. A US West Coast IPA this is imho and a very good one. The best is that I can get this fresh and for a reasonable price on my end of the pond. Will make get on my bike to buy a few fresh one's whenever I can.

Photo of wmtxbb
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Amber gold with thick lacing. It looks good for a regular beer, but most BIPAs have a two to three finger-sized head. So this brew is just mediocre in appearance. 3.5

Smell: yeast, orange peel, and a light amount of hops. 3.0

Taste: Pepper, orange peel, yeast, citrus hops. This is more of a triple than a Belgian IPA. Hops and orange peel/pepper flavor don't mix well. 3.0

Drinkability: This brew need more hop character and also needs be dry hoped. This beer is more of a mediocre triple than a Belgian IPA. 2.5

Photo of derekmorris7
4.88/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was fantastic. I would have to say this is a top3 beer in my book. Glad I made the purchase.

A= wonderful copper light brown look

S= you get notes of all types of fruit essence just a nice smell

T= exceptional taste, hoppy yet not bitter at all

M= very clean feel with a nice tastey yet clean finish

D= way too drinkable..8.3% ABV..

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

A: poured a translucent light brown with orange highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: piney hops are present with some belgian yeast character but had slight spice, citrus, and caramel notes.

T: the belgian yeast flavors were also apparent on the palate with hoppy, citrusy, caramel accents and a touch of spice.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a sweet, yeasty, citrusy, and piney hoppy bitter finish.

D: drank good and was surprised on the flavor the second time around.

Photo of mdunman
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear reddish-orange with a big head and medium linger

S: Lots of hops and a bit of lemon and alcohol

T: Hops provide a lot of bitterness and there's a bit of lemon and finishes very dry.

M: Medium body with a good bit of carbonation makes a good feel.

Really good hoopy IPA. Very enjoyable any time of the year.

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

Poured a clear, dark copper color from a 12 oz bottle, with ABV on the label. Little to no head, but good carbonation.
Aroma upfront was of floral hops, slowly giving way to the typical belgian ale aroma. Fruity esters/banana, clove and honey coming through.
The belgian ale profile is more prominent in the taste in comparison to the bitterness of the hops. Crisp, refreshing belgian ale taste upfront with the hop taste making it's presence felt in the finish. The balance between the sweetness and bitterness seems pretty good in my opinion.
Decent lacing along the insides of the glass.
Alcohol does make its presence felt, warms the inside big time with each sip. Unique brew, which surprisingly is highly drinkable, in spite of the high ABV. It's best to drink this one with caution.

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

WOW, this brew is a bottle full of contrasts. When you look at the light copper fluid with light carbonation that's covered with 1.5 fingers of white foam it doesn't seem that intimidating. The aroma is that classic sweet Belgium nose filled with orange and lemon and flowers. The taste at first comes off as extremely different. It has the Belgium sweetness but with a good dose of hops that gradually build the tartness on the sides of the tongue that gradually moves to the middle and lingers with a grudge. I haven't had this style before but I'd say the body is a bit heavier than a typical American IPA.
This is an interesting beer, it'll throw your taste buds around and possibly your eyes cross. One note, it's does a minimal job of hiding the alcohol.

Photo of BamaViper1
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

The Raging Bitch pours amber brown into the glass, forming a 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates. There is minimal lacing.

The beer's nose consists of grapefruit mixed with Belgian "funk" and ripe fruit. There is also a faint hint of citrusy hops and spearmint.

Despite the Belgian yeast in the nose, the first thing one can taste is pungent, and slightly bitter, hops. Hints of the Belgian yeast come through but are mostly overpowered by grapefruit. Despite the "Belgian style" in the name, this beer is very much an IPA. The finish has hints of fresh bread but tastes mostly of long bitter hops.

This IPA has a medium body with very nice carbonation. The finish is substantial as well, but very clean.

This beer is very drinkable. Belgian fans and hopheads alike can easily enjoy this beer, and I personally really like it. Flying Dog did a great job with this mashup.

Photo of 9InchNails
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light copper body, off white almost khaki color head. Tiny bubbles moving quickly. The head is a little more of a film but has stuck around for a very long time. Lacing from top to bottom of the glass.

I smell some spice in this one. Citrus lemon as well. Smells different.

I get orange, lemon, some spice -- I'm thinking pepper, also malt is present too. Very interesting tasting beer. Not bad at all. Bitterness as it finishes.

I really like the body on this one. As soon as I felt it, it had that perfect balance of light and medium body. Leaves the mouth a little dry. Feels good going down.

Drink ability is easy drinking. The body feels good and the taste is very unique. I can have another one of these no problem. Three may be too much, though. I bet this would taste awesome ontap.

Photo of obrike
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got this at Spec's today at 6.99 a six pack....holy moly!

Nice, cloudy, light copper color. Leaves a lovely light lacing for the entire beer.

Very interesting smell...i liked it...combo of Belgian yeast and spicy hops...a nice hybrid.

Again, an interesting taste, and one that I like. This beer kind of bucks the trend of what a Belgian or an IPA should taste like. I respect Flying Dog for the cross-over.

I would definitely drink this again...very strong abv, but not very noticeable, and a fantastic price.

Good Dog!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Curtain of lace dresses the glass; very clear amber color. Hints of bubble gum, ripe tropical fruit and medicinal herbs from the yeast with clementines coming from the hops. Smooth and creamy with a hefty medium body. Lots of bready malt, a bit toasted. Hops grab a hold of the palate and slap it around some, almost to the point it missed the Belgian aspects that the yeast had tried to lay out. Trace phenols are soon chased away from the fruity warming alcohol. Bitter finish has a faint aspirin flavor. Belgian style? Perhaps just inspired 'cause of the popular- ity of the style? Good but too clean and overly bitter. The raw marketing does not match what is inside.

Photo of Celt44
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Put one of these in my Wegman's "Craft Pack". I should have put two in.

Appearance: Pours a translucent straw-yellow. Nice foamy head and lacing last throughout.

Aroma: Awesome. Hoppy Sweetness all the way. Incredibly floral Hops blended with a fruity malty scent. Bananas with a spice burst towards the end. Incredibly unique.

Taste: 2nd Awesome. Slight hop bite up front and finishes very "Belgian". Coriander, spice. Alcohol % is hidden very well.

Mouthfeel is smooth. Veru slight burn from Alc. %

Overall: By far my favorite from Flying Dog. They nailed it on this one. Definitely a keeper and repeater. One of the most well-balanced beer I've had in a very long time...

Photo of obrendano
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this recently (and very quickly) became one of my favorites after only a few sips at the Blarney Stone in Baltimore. went home and got a 6 pack the next day

A - nice golden ale color, good head with great lacing

S - this is where it really picks up. yeasty must, piney hops, toasty undertones, so so so good.

T - out of this world. prickly hops combined with classic Belgian yeast strain makes for one amazing combination, big spicy malty finish with all other flavors dancing around, some honey as well

M - slightly thin, but no matter, this is still a winner

D - could take out all 6 if I didn't have places to be. huzzah!

Photo of fitzy84
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last stop on my Boston trip was at Bukowski's. Had this from the bottle, really beautiful red color to the beer. Thin head around the sides though. Aromas were packed with malts and citrus flavors, but definitely prominent with the hops. A solid bittersweet taste for me with a dry, citrus flavor mixed with hops. Crisp body and very clean. Really enjoyed sipping this one throughout the night.

Photo of Jeffro96
2.08/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12once bottle in to pint.

Nice red gold coloring inch of think head that hung around fairly well.

Smelled of hops hops and hops... and pine tree maybe.

At first taste it was bitter with tastes of pine and maybe citrus as the beer went on the tastes became harder to define and left me wondering where this beer was going. At least the taste of the alcohol was subdued.

The mouth-feel was pleasant and carbonated but nothing special.

while this wont be my last Flying Dog brew it will be my last Raging Bitch!

Photo of Foxtrot
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch pours from a 12oz. bottle a nice copper gold body with a two finger foam head. Retention was modest with no lacing.

Aroma is quite strong with hops, pine, citrus notes, and some slight bubblegum being the most dominant in the nose. There is some belgian character in the mix, but is just pushed back by the strength of the hops.

Its a good beer, don't get me wrong. But I don't get a whole lot of belgian character out of this. The hoppiness is superb, slightly herbal and clean bitterness makes it a good breed of IPA, but they just about hide the yeast. I get some clove and white pepper towards the finish with a faint metallic undertone. Alcohol remains hidden throughout.

Mouthfeel is a good highlight. Medium with a few notches under being full. Fills the mouth pretty good.

Good drinkability with the alcohol dececption, but might be a bit cloying half way through a pour.

Photo of pjs234
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich golden color. Poured into a tulip pub glass, resulting in a nice white 3 finger head. Some lacing as the head faded and the beer was consumed,

S - Very strong hop aroma. Also picked up pine and citrus smells.

T - Very bitter, great hop presence. Great flavor overall and had a nice clean finish. I also think that it does a good job at hiding the alcohol

M - Good mouthfeel. Medium bodied. The beer is also very carbonated.

D - I find this dangerously drinkable, considering high ABV.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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