Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
12 oz bottle.
Appearance: Clear orange-gold with a rocky, offwhite head. It doesnt last too long, and leaves some OK lacing. Not bad looking, but not really the appearance of a Belgian.
Smell: Here we go. I'm pretty sure this was fermented with Duvel yeast. It reeks of Duvel in a good way. Slightly bready with lots of light fruity esters. Oh yeah, and a blast of citrusy hops.
Taste: Very grapefruity hops. Some orange and pine too. This tastes like all American hops all the way. Finishes very bitter with a musty, yeasty flavor. I like all the hops flavor, but the bittering should be toned down-- I think it would also let some more of the Belgian yeast flavors shine through.
Mouthfeel: It feels about right to me. Its maybe more carbed than a standard IPA, but its a Belgian style, so it fits. Nothing outstanding.
Drinkability: I've had more than one of these on more than one occasion. To me, this is like an American IPA fermented with Belgian yeast more so than a hopped up Belgian pale ale, which is good, but just a really different kind of beer.
06-15-2010 01:03:24 | More by rapidsequence
4.15/5 rDev +7%
A: light copper color clear, off white head very good head retention and lacing
S: pine first and citrus next a along with spice that must come from the yeast and a bready smell.
T: pine citrus bread and spice a unique BIPA
M: light mouth with med-high carbonation
D: very drinkable the 8.3% is very well hidden.
Overall: Very good BIPA not the best but damn good. Cheers to Flying Dog for this one.
06-14-2010 23:46:29 | More by JamisonM
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
Review from notes on 4/17/10
Bitch please! This poured a nice gold with a solid white head. Pretty clear with particulates floating around. Pears, touch of apricots, and lots of citrus of the grapefruit/lemon variety. The flavor is quite similar, but less pears. Perhaps a hint of white grapes in the finish along with all the bitterness from the hops. A decently bitter Belgian beer. I think I could get used to this. Moderate carbonation, though I wouldn't mind a bit more.
06-14-2010 16:07:03 | More by DmanGTR
4.31/5 rDev +11.1%
Serving glass: Poured from bottle Summit Scandia Chalice.
Appearance: Dark golden-amber with creamy off-white head that subsides, leaving some lacing behind.
Smell: Loads of grapefruit, with notes of pine and an overall tanginess. Quite pungent, but definitely smells more IPA than Belgian.
Taste: Very hoppy and bitter, with a strong grapefruit profile. Some pine, orange and light malt. Maybe a touch of clove (just a touch). Ends quite bitter and slightly tart. Just a very funky IPA overall.
Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry almost tart finish.
Drinkability: Not much of a Belgian IPA, as there is just a minimal amount of clove and tartness - basically not nearly as yeasty as expected. However, this is a fantastic brew if simply regarded as a tangy grapefruit-heavy IPA.
I have to retry some Canis Major beers (Double Dog, Gonzo, Horn Dog) but until I do, this is by far Flying Dog's best beer.
06-14-2010 12:27:10 | More by bsp77
4.38/5 rDev +12.9%
hazy amber/brass in color
big white head that hangs on and laces nicely
perfume like...telling from the mixture of citrus and funky Belgian yeast. very interesting combination
this little bitch is bitter! malts try to balance the bitterness but seems to be a losing battle.
Nice hints of bubble gum, yeastiness and some nice esters
very unique and good beer
06-13-2010 20:23:56 | More by dmamiano
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours medium amber with a decent head that lasts to a skim. Some light lacing. Good clarity, nice bubbles rising.
Big whiff of topical fruit/ pineapple, some bubblegum, light maltiness.
Bitter up front, with some juicy sweetness, like ruby red grapefruit. Tropical fruit, toasted bread, some juicy fruit flavor, bitter finish. Alcohol in taste and kick.
Medium bodied and well carbonated. This is a good drinker, but the booze is very well hidden. Beware but enjoy. A great brew that was $1.95/single. Good value, easy to drink, good balanced flavors. Terrific. And people have an issue with the name? Really?! Buy this.
06-12-2010 20:28:12 | More by OtherShoe2
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
Let me begin my saying Happy Anniversary Flying Dog. Keep up the good brews!
See through and copper in color, this beer sports a very tall head supported by lots of active carbonation.
THe smell is that of 2 worlds colliding. Imagine aromas of a well hopped American IPA with Belgian yeast qualities of banana, bubblegum(clove) and orchard fruits.
The taste is very hopped up -American stylie. Very bitter at first, but then the belgian yeast comes through on the finish. Very nice.
This beer is actully pretty light bodied for it's alcohol content. Well cabonated and a very crisp texture add bonus points to an already highly drinkable brew.
This is my plea to Flying Dog to make this a year around beer. Definately one of the best to date.
06-12-2010 02:20:55 | More by bonsreeb85
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
Flying Dog is a bit like my own shadow--it'll follow me here, it'll follow me there. When I'm in Colorado, it's beside me. When I'm in Maryland, look, it's there too. So I have a certain affinity for a brewery that cares enough to keep up with my travels. This affinity certainly encompasses their take on the latest beer style à la mode (and of course I mean the latest fashion--not the latest beer float).
Pouring from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, it's a clear golden amber with a thick, creamy, off-white head. It gives off a wonderful, very bright aroma of fresh pine. That promise of pine certainly lives up when tasting it for the first time--resiny hops fill the palate, but it subsides into a malty, caramel finish with a deeply satisfying alcohol undercurrent. It's a well-bodied beer that's neither too light nor too heavy. It may not be entirely sessionable--it can be a bit intense--but it's certainly a rather enjoyable experience.
06-11-2010 23:34:59 | More by washingtonydc
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
12 oz. bottle from local bottle shop in The Big, poured into Delirium Tremens tulip 6.7.10.
One finger white head, medium dissipation resulting in solid layer of head on top of clear orange amber body, considerable carbonation rising from bottom of etched glass bottom. Grapefruit dominates the nose but the Belgian yeast is noticeable, as is cardamon-like spiciness. Taste is a bit on the sweet-side up-front, noble pine hops in the middle leading to a fairly bitter finish. Full mouthfeel with above average effervescence leading to a quite dry finish. . Alcohol very well hidden, quite drinkable. IMHO, this is quite good. Here's to another 20 years from one of America's best small breweries Worth checking out.
06-08-2010 04:21:09 | More by jdense
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
12 oz. bottle tried 22 May 2010.
Served in a Celis shaker pint. Large fizzy manila colored head. Lightly carbonated. Clear amber color. Aroma is sweet, resin and pine. Taste is sweet, then becomes resiny bitter with some candy sugar. Warming ethanol in finish, citrus too. Slightly odd vegetal aftertaste. Medium sticky body. Lingering bitterness.
Prefer the Hopus to this...
06-08-2010 02:58:08 | More by htomsirveaux
4.25/5 rDev +9.5%
I picked up a 6 pack on sale for just under $8, so why not? It rings in at a healthy 8.3%.
Poured from the bottle into a pub glass. About an inch or more of white head forms up, sticking around with very great staying power. Sudzy, light and extremely clingy. Lace shows up for sure on this one, full surface cling all around the glass.
A very decent half inch cap remains and does not settle much further. Color is a transparent marmalade, glowing with golden hues.
Aroma is much more pungent with hops that I thought could be possible with a belgian. Yeasty traditional belgian aroma still shines through with hints at bubblegum and banana. Hops are fruity though with pineapple and orange peel. Some good caramel malt aroma too.
Taste upfront is mostly ipa though will aa wallop of hops, mostly fruity and sweet at this point. Then belgian flavors swoop in outta nowhere and last only a bit before bitter pine takes over and lingers with orange peel. But while belgian flavors are around its devine and some clove pops in as well as a belgian yeasty funk.
After the swallow and finishing with a linger of pine. The belgian yeasty flavors come back and forth in the midst of hop linger.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with moderate carbonation.
This is one intriguing beer. Very easy to drink and dangerously so. Alcohol does not make an appearance in either taste or arom, but the head feels a bit twisted after a few and then you realise how dangerous this beer really is. Absolutely loved it.
06-07-2010 22:57:17 | More by Buebie
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
Raging Bitch looks like a pretty standard IPA when poured into a pint glass. Some good head and lacing.
The aroma is quite intensely citrus and hoppy and gives you a good idea of what you are in for.
Taste is good and bitter with bold splashes of orange and white grapefruit.
The hops seem a bit beyond the 60IBU's and this contributes to an exceptionally dry mouthfeel. Very astringent and cleansing.
Drinkability is good on its own but this really should be paired with some good spicy food.
06-07-2010 19:28:58 | More by Symptomu
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased for $2 or so at Whole Foods Los Altos.
A: Pours a hazy orange-amber body with a diffuse orangey glow when held to the light. The head is a finger of dense cream-colored foam that retains for about a minute before retreating into a moderate collar with some scattered bubbles on top of the brew.
S: Like grapefruit pith, orange, a touch of pear. Spicy phenols when it warms, which is probably the contribution of the Belgian yeast.
T: Grapefruit pith -- like wet, fresh-cut grapefruit drizzled in orange juice. Slightly artificial tasting. This strikes me as a straight East-Coast-style malty DIPA, for the most part. As it warms, there is a spiciness in the finish that imparts the impression of dryness, but I'm having trouble telling if the beer actually finishes dry. It certainly doesn't taste that way in the rest of the swig.
M: Malty throughout, finish is spicy (and possibly dry). Good hop flavor, though a tad artificial. Medium+ bodied. Carbonation is lower than I expected for a "Belgian" IPA. It's somewhat low for an American IPA / DIPA, in fact.
D: I kind of like it. I'm not a huge Belgian IPA fan, but the beer works well for the most part. The orange flavor is a bit weird, but it's not a deal-breaker. Might have again.
06-07-2010 00:52:25 | More by Arbitrator
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
I must be a good person, because I'm drinking a beyond good beer.
Poured from a bottle to into my FD glass, the head erupts into large gassy bubbles and takes over almost half of the glass. The body is a clear, golden amber and overall looks high in carbonation. The head settles leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
I smell sweet, sassy amarillo, baby.
Smooth and velvet-y entering the mouth. The taste follows the smell perfectly. There's a dry kick in the mouth and the nose.
I would keep drinking and drinking and drinking this lovely. The high ABV doesn't bother at all like in some. It's wonderful.
06-05-2010 19:02:43 | More by wcintula
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
"Not only is life a bitch, but it is always having puppies."
Shiny kumquat orange with multiple slow moving streams of fine bubbles that eventually disappear into the underside of a thick chunk of pale khaki colored foam that does not have a Belgianesque look. It does, however, have glacier-like rockiness that is visually appealing.
American hops and Belgian yeast is a splendid combination. The former includes Warrior, Columbus and Amarillo. The latter was named 'El Diablo' by the brewery. In any case, the combination of tropical fruitiness (orange and pink grapefruit) and spicy esteriness is all kinds of enjoyable.
Raging Bitch's flavor falls a little short of its nose in terms of awesomeness. It's still good beer... that was undoubtedly better beer right after the release. It doesn't taste worn out, though, just less vibrantly hoppy than it almost certainly was several months ago.
More pale malt and less crystal malt would have given the hops and yeast even more of the flavor spotlight. The Amarillo hops, in combination with generous alpha acids, might lead some BAs to think that this offering tastes like orange-flavored children's chewable aspirin. It does, a little, but not so much as to be offputting.
More than 5 months of age or not, this Bitch is still Raging. It tastes and feels like most of the original 60 IBUs are still present. The alcohol is nicely masked too. Warming releases even more peppery and clove-like phenols. What a mouth party this is turning out to be!
The mouthfeel is more 7.0% IPA than 9.0% DIPA. It's plenty big enough, however, and has a glassy smoothness that falls just short of slick and slightly oily. Peppy carbonation fits the rest of the attributes (and the name) to a 'T'.
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA is Flying Dog's second best beer. Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale is the best. It's a humdinger of an ale that is a few tweaks away from being amazing. Here's hoping this 20th anniversary brew becomes a year-round release.
06-05-2010 15:43:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
a- bottle poured into a snifter, full finger of off white head with great retention that leaves nice lacing behind and all over the glass, hazy amber/orange.
s- sweet, fruity, slight banana, some earthy bitter hops, very estery-which i'm enjoying, maybe a hint of strawberry hidden in there somewhere.. or maybe i dreamed that last one.
t- mmm, spicy, flowery, perfumey, with a nice earthy hop essence with a kiss of that belgian yeast blending in, this is nicely bittered with a taste of grapefruit rind, and pepper as well.
m- medium bodied, incredibly creamy, silky.
d- really nice, so drinkable, i would definately drink this again. this is probably my favorite belgian ipa to date.
06-05-2010 01:57:18 | More by thecarster1
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Appearance: Raging Bitch pours a rich coppery amber color that is surprisingly true to style. I can't say that this is a murky or hazy beer, but it is translucent enough to please me. Atop the beer is a thick two-finger head that sticks around for a few moments and which leaves a couple streaks of lacing on the glass.
Smell: Right away I can tell that is more IPA than Belgian, and, being a hophead, I really can't complain about that. There is a nice, juicy and somewhat citric hop aroma that strikes the nose first, followed by a welcomed scent of Belgian yeast. The yeast smells pretty authentic, too. My only real gripe is the tinge of alcohol which manages to sneak through, but overall this is an impressive nose for a Belgian IPA.
Taste: As the nose indicated, the taste is quite hop-forward. It's not a bruisingly bitter monster, but it can easily satisfy this hopheads craving for hops. The hop notes are mainly citric and piny, the latter of which I think is an oft-overlooked flavor in IPA's. The Belgian yeast is present and appropriate but perhaps in shorter supply than I would prefer. There is also just the slightest hint of alcohol, but otherwise this is a very nice take on a Belgian IPA.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel in Raging Bitch is very adequate for the style. It's medium- to full-bodied which sits well with me, though it is a bit stickier than what I would expect a Belgian brewer to produce. Not bad by any means, though.
Drinkability: This is definitely a nice and easy-drinking beer at 8.3% ABV. The only thing holding it back in this category is the slight presence of alcohol in the taste. While it's not off-putting, it's certainly not wanted in an IPA. Other than that, though, I could enjoy a couple of these.
Overall, Raging Bitch is a good attempt to reproduce a Belgian take on an American style. I have to admit that Flying Dog has never impressed me - until now. It's not a true blue Belgian IPA, but it's hoppy and tasty so I have no room to complain. This is a nice beer and one that is certainly worth trying.
06-04-2010 23:47:55 | More by zoso493
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
Apparently this one was bottled within the past few weeks so it is very fresh on 6/3/10 with a bottle code of 310FX10.
This one is a violent competition of Belgian yeast notes and fresh hop bitterness/flavors. A very unique trio, deserves it's own style indeed. A homebrew inspirationfor sure. In one word... Unique.
Appearance is a warm copper color with excellent clarity, head and lace. Aroma is a hop/Belgian yeast duel that almost cancels each other out. Taste is distinct Belgian wannabee tartness that is sharply intercepted by bold bitterness. Hop flavor is muted by what seems to be a duel for flavor dominance hops vs yeast. Mouthfeel is a bitter twang like no other.
Drinkability is like no other in my experience to date.
I love beligians, I enjoy IPAs, interesting enough to try a homebrew so that should mean something.
If you don't like Belgians or Ipas you won't like this one, but the Belgian/bitter duel hides the abv excellent!
Most days I would prefer a SN Torpedo, but this is enjoyable for a unique twist
06-03-2010 23:56:29 | More by unclejimbay
4.25/5 rDev +9.5%
12oz bottle courtesy of bobsy - thanks man!
Pours a pretty golden orange with a finger plus of head. Terrific tropical and citrus fruits jump out of the nose, smells like one of the really good IPAs - lots of fruit. Just a hint of the yeast coming through, which makes this one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had. The hops are fresh and vibrant, some caramel sweetness, hints of esters, medium bitterness. Slick mouthfeel, I quite enjoyed this one which was a bit of a surprise as I don't particularly enjoy Belgian IPAs nor have I been overly impressed with Flying Dog's offerings (outside of Gonzo). Would gladly drink again.
06-03-2010 20:46:27 | More by ritzkiss
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
12oz bottle from Buffalo.
Pours a cloudy gold with a big creamy mousse of white head that showed good retention and lace. Tree fruit aromas mingle with citrus, pine, candy sugar and cinnamon in a pleasing nose. Flavour is decent. On first sip this beer had an astringent bitterness to it, which gradually mellows and drops out as it warms. Pear, mango, candy sugar and a grassy bite make for a good combo, and an excellent marriage of Belgian beer and American bitterness. Medium body and carbonation, which slowly bulks up in the mouth and makes for a luxurious experience.
A pretty good representation of the style, and I really enjoyed the esters that dominated the flavour. Remove that weird astringency and this could be a world-class Belgian IPA.
06-03-2010 13:55:27 | More by bobsy
3.88/5 rDev 0%
6-2-10 - poured into a tulip glass - 1 Pint (750ml) cage-corked bottle - vintage 09AA
Appearance: Pours hazy amber with a nice, creamy, white head that thins, but stays throughout the experience. It leaves a little lacing on the glass as it is consumed.
Smell: Aroma of spicy hops, lemon, oranges, peppery spices, and a hint of melon.
Taste: The taste is very spicy and centered by hop character. I also find bitter grapefruit, white pepper, and piney flavors. The alcohol is present, but does not detract. This beer finishes dry with lingering hop and spice notes, leaving a bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. You get an immediate sensation of tingling on the tongue. Feels clean and crisp as it washes over the palate.
Drinkability: Big and bold. A real hop bomb! This beer is intense, but enjoyable.
Comments: A beer of the month selection that I received in special, limited edition 750ml bottles. This beer emphasizes its IPA qualities much more than the Belgian qualities. And that is its stylistic shortcoming for me.
06-03-2010 00:21:34 | More by MarvinSnyder
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
A: This poured a clear dark gold with some off-white head.
S: It smelled like lemon and grassy hops, with some sour yeast and grapefruit and honey malt.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and lemon zest and sour yeast, with some grassy hops and a little honey malt.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste.
D: This was a very nice clean and crisp Belgian IPA. It had a nice balance of bitter and sour elements, with some sweet malt to smooth out the finish. It had good body and was easy to drink. Among the best Flying Dog beers, and definitely worth a try.
06-02-2010 19:16:49 | More by Pencible
4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
I've had several quite average experiences with Flying Dog brews, but this raging bitch IPA is supposed to be pretty good, so when I came across it, I thought I'd give it a try.
Surely a great label on the bottle once more.
Nice amber colour, good fluffy head, good carbonation. Great start.
Smell is pleasant, with grapefruit citrus, hoppy pine. Malts and yeast in the background.
Taste is bitterness. Pine hoppy. In the background there's some citrus and malty sweetness.
Aftertaste is very bitter too.
Drinkable it is. The alcohol has no chance vs all the hops that are in this.
Very agressive IPA, no question about it.
06-02-2010 10:48:34 | More by RuudJH
3.08/5 rDev -20.6%
Subtle yeast character with apricot playing a nice role. Good hop aroma with notes of overripe and tropical fruit.
Good clarity. Gold colour with a moderate, foamy off-white head.
There is a lot going on in the flavour but it doesn't all work for me. I get overripe fruits, sweat, a hefty dose of harsh bitterness, a touch of onion and a tiny bit of malt. On the whole, the Belgian IPA thing isn't pulled off well.
Medium-low body with moderately-high carbonation. Suitable.
A disappointing beer. The yeast and hops are not integrated well and the bitterness is just a bit too high.
06-01-2010 12:47:50 | More by dgilks
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style India Pale Ale pours a dark orange amber color with a thin yet solid head.
smells immediately of hoppy citrus with hints of yeast.
what a strange beer. i've never had anything like this before. it's very hoppy, yeasty, and spicy.malt is caramel, bready in nature. hops are citrusy, mostly lemon and grapefruit. there is some spice in there like coriander and black pepper. it's aggressively bitter, yeasty, and well deserving of the name.
mouthfeel thick, with decent carbonation. leaves a citrus aftertaste.
what a wierd beer. i like it, but i'm still not sure what to think of it. will revisit at a later date.
06-01-2010 02:58:22 | More by vdread
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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