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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

3,001 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,001
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 94
Gots: 251 | 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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biggred1

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strawberry blonde with a big creamy off white head that lasts and leaves beautiful lace on the glass. Fresh resinous piney hop aromas hit my nose the second I cracked the cap. Up close this beer smells fantastic, citrus and pine sap with a blast of Belgian spice. Spicy clove and coriander with tons of juicy hop flavors and a caramel malt backbone. Finishes slightly bitter. Medium light bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Another good beer in the "Canis Major" series, I wish their everyday beers were this good.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 00:07:32 | More by biggred1
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crossovert

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. 20th anniversary brew.

It is a stunning looking brew. It is crystal clear honey colored with a huge creamy but foamy off-white head that rises high ad leaves nice lacing.

Finally an american made Belgian IPA that smells like it was made in Belgium. The hops are grassy and slightly citrusy. There is a little bit of almost sourdough pretzel scent for the malt profile.

In the taste the malt and hops are both a little flat but this one has a lot of great flavor. The flavor is a bit more citrusy, with a nice grassy spicy grass from both the hops and yeast. The bitterness is decent but not over the top but a bit one-dimensional.

The mouthfeel is nice, drinkability high.

This beer is really impressive, and a great way to commemorate their 20th anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 23:12:47 | More by crossovert
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is amber and clear. Forms a white / off white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Nice head dynamics, has some staying power.

Aroma is primary that of a Belgian strong pale ale, lots of esters, spice and yeast, no hops really.

Medium to full bodied. Beer has this late spiciness and slightly dry finish. Not a lot of bitterness but there is some forward sweetness. Not really an IPA but its a nice strong ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 05:07:42 | More by drabmuh
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden-orange with a thin white head that thins out a bit, but remains full.
Smell is strong Belgian yeasts, with a bold malt character, and a decent hops presence. Some sugary fruit aromas are present as well, including peach, banana, apple, and orange. Peppery malts at the end.
Taste is again Belgian yeast with some sourdough-bready malts and bitter hops. Malts carry, losing the sourdough aspect, becoming merely bready. The bitter aspect from the hops carries a bit as well. Some stale orange, grapefruit, and dried lemon peel join in. Finish is slightly malty, with some salty lemon peel accompanying.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a very dry finish. Light body. The finish is a bit too dry and lacking in body.
The drinkability is decent; there are some aspects of this beer that detract. The alcohol is well-hidden, but that is not enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2010 03:42:01 | More by Parrotbeak
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HalfFull

California

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light and clear amber gold from a 12 oz. bottle. Offers good retention of a light soapy head of foam. Laces well.

Initial 'Belgian' nose segues swiftly to a moderate hop presence and a bit of malt. Bit of spice up front and with a light lemon fruit presence. Hops become more dominant and blend well with the yeast notes, in fact cloaking them somewhat by mid glass.

Taste is crisp and clean. Slightly citric in nature and a bit chalky in fact. Feel is thinner than expected given the ABV, yet still manages to cover it well. Somewhat coarse on the finish with with a firm bitterness, revealing a hint of sweetness on the close. Decent drink though a bit of an odd balance, drying and bitter and with a relatively light Belgian presence.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 05:25:40 | More by HalfFull
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy coppery orange with some chunks floating around freely. The head is off-white and fairly creamy in texture. It resides at about two fingers and has very good retention. Even after a minute or so, the head does not want to go away, a very nice looking beer. The suds stick well and there is some medium lacing left behind. The smell reminds me of a Belgian white. Hints of bubble gum, yeast breadiness, light grainy malt, some citrus fruit and spice. I definitely get some orange peel and banana. The nose has good strength, nice. The taste is similar to the smell but hits the palate much harder. I pick up some huge spice, maybe from hops and yeast but it feels added, cardamom? either way, I have tasted it in Belgian style ales but not to this degree. The light grainy malts stick around and so do the yeast products like banana and bubble gum. The citrus peel aspect is also there and makes for an interesting beer. To me, the spicy/yeasty aspect is way to big in this one. The hop bitterness seems out of check too, too bitter. It has some cool flavors but I don't see much balance here, it is a raging bitch. Mouthfeel is nicely creamy and medium bodied. The carbonation is lower and allows the flavor to come through maybe a bit too much for me. A hugely bitter coat of Belgian yeast spiciness is left on the palate. Drinkability is alright. The flavor is too strong for me in spiciness and bitterness. The price, as always, is very good from flying dog and the ABV is very well hidden. Good beer with some good flavors and price, worth a shot, probably won't get it again, not my style.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 03:50:39 | More by cbutova
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NewGeneric

California

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a fairly hazy, orange color with minimal head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: A delightful mixture of citrusy hops and Belgian yeast. Cloves, bananas, and other fruit make their way to the forefront.

T: Reflects the style pretty well. Big fruit from the Belgian yeast, along with clove and other spices seem to dominate up front, while at the same time giving way to a spicy, citrusy hop bite becomes earthy in the end.

M: Quite a bite up front, but then it settles behind the medium body and light carbonation that cleanse the palate leaving behind a bit of dryness.

D: It's a pretty decent beer, but I'm not inclined to drink it quickly or drink a bunch of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 02:53:09 | More by NewGeneric
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 ounce bottle that was part of my mixed sixer at Abe's. Uncapped and poured into my shaker glass. The Bitch appears a crystal clear pale copper color with about two fingers of off white foam. The head leaves a decent lace on the glass with each sip. Aromas and flavors consist of toasted bread, sweet caramel, coriander, citrusy hops, spicy belgian yeast, grapefruits, white grapes, tangerines, bananas, floral, yet somewhat bitter hops. Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a bitter, spicy, dry finish. Delicious stuff and at around $1.75 a bottle? C'mon! Go get some.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2010 03:23:40 | More by ClockworkOrange
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pwoody11

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes:

Poured an orange-gold color. Nice thick frothy head.

Aroma is mostly hops, citrus, pine, but also banana, peach and apricot. Wonderful aroma. I get scents from both belgians and the american IPA's.

Taste is again a little bit from both styles. Pine, citrus and some Belgian yeast characteristics.

This is a great beer. It's my first Belgian IPA. My only wish would be slightly more of a belgian kick, but other than that, I can't wait to explore this style a little more.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 21:42:23 | More by pwoody11
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, if the Bitch is Raging, then she simply needs to be set free. I began with one of the most aggressive pours of my life, nearly inverting the bottle as it growled at me. Down, girl! That pour resulted in a finger-and-a-half of eggshell white foam that was as dense as some of Kotter's Sweathogs. Even the remaining foam poured like soft-serve ice cream! The color was a deep, coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was definitely Belgian yeast with esters of banana and must. Speaking of bananas, the taste was initially that of banana bread, then suddenly, the pine hops kicked in for a riot of flavor. It was like a King Cake, except that instead of a baby, somebody baked a pine cone into the middle of a loaf of banana bread. Zoinks! Mouthfeel was kind of abrasive, lots of CO2 scrubbing the nooks and crannies of my tongue. The finish was all hops, leaving me gasping for breath. Almost forgot the beautiful lacing throughout. Phew, "pure GONZO!" is putting it mildly. I have no words.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 21:03:52 | More by woodychandler
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass at Al's of Hampden.

A: The Belgian IPA is is bright, a brilliant golden color, rather translucent. A finger of head, not nearly the amount of lace as the bottle provided, lingered for half of the glass.

S: The nose is IPA, if not double IPA, first and foremost with a citrus hoppiness that refuses to back down. Floral elements follow the citrus, a sweet finish to the hops. Lingering around are tripel aromas too, coriander and candi sugars, but not nearly in the same ballpark as the hops.

T: The hops reign supreme, taking a floral citrus flavor to the nth degree. The hops are wet and thick, scalding but awesome. The IPA side doesn't, can't, hid anywhere in the ale. That, unfortunately, also pushes the alcoholic heat up too. Lingering behind the hops are tripel flavors, not on par with the hops, that manage to influence and soften the hops. The whole package is quite good; shame on me for waiting this long to try it.

M: The mouthfeel is indulgent, wickedly hoppy from first sip to last. Citrus and flowers are in ample supply, coating the tastebuds with oily goodness. Tripel flavors keep the hops in check.

D: Fantastically good. But only if you like hops and Belgian yeast. And I do.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 18:13:45 | More by akorsak
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty and clear copper color with only one line of bubbles floating to the top. The head reaches a maximum of about one finger. This recedes to nothing after about five minutes.

The aroma is an oily hop resin of pine oil, earth, and grapefruit zest. There might be a few spices mixed in to the aroma as well. But I just can't seem to place them.

The taste starts with mild toasted mlats that give a toasted Wnderbread flavor. The hops jump in pretty fast, adding an oily bitter middle palate. Plus the taste citric zest a peels. The finish is bitter and resiny.

There might be a Belgian hint or two in there, but this beer is definetly more IPA than Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 23:33:39 | More by scruffwhor
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six after what seems like forever since I have seen it out on shelves.
Pours a nice honey/orange tinted color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head. Excellent lacing already forming.
The smell is very subtle to me. Hints of both the belgian yeast aroma and hops.
The taste is extremely interesting. Your mouth gets a little bit of everything up front, hops, malt, and belgian flavor. Subtle sweetness transforms into the hops flavor and finally an aftertaste of the belgian. Slightly alcohol bite at the end but well hidden at 8.3%
Mouthfeel is medium.
I was hoping this would have a little more belgian style to it but otherwise it is very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 22:37:03 | More by kbutler1
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a medium amber/orange. Massive amounts of white head.

Smell - floral/citrus hops dominate, with clear Belgian yeast presence.

Taste - Strong pine/grassy hop bittering along with that quintessential Belgian yeast flavor. Bread and biscuit malt, a little bit of sweetness. Long, dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Feels a little heavy on the tongue, substantial. High carbonation.

Drinkability - Very dry, very satisfying. Love those Belgian yeasts! Could have asked for a little more hop complexity - felt a little one-pointed - and a little smoother mouth feel, but I would certainly go for this again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 20:36:12 | More by yeahnatenelson
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jampics2

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle at the Beachland Ballroom. 12 oz, poured into a clear plastic cup. When in Rome...

Looks nice enough, not going to specifically comment on the head due to the only option for a vessel. Color was orangeish brown and head was bright white.

Smell is nice, a mix of Belgian yeast and some citrus, notably orange and grapefruit.

Taste is great. This is a really nice Belgian IPA. Very citrus forward with some great orange and pine. Malt base is caramel with slight toast. Belgian yeast seems to love the citrus from the hops. Well balanced and no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel was good. Nice carb and decent body.

Overall, I enjoyed this and would have loved to have one just a bit fresher. A nice Belgian IPA. Happy birthday Flying Dog!!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 18:18:07 | More by jampics2
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: floral tones, and grapefruit are most dominant.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, green grapes, Belgian yeast tones, and a hearty bitterness create a well balanced beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer despite the higher alcohol level. Great balanced beer with a great flavor profile. Worth seeking this out.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 15:06:18 | More by Gavage
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kgs

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear amber and a tan head that stays around a while.

S - This is where Raging Bitch starts to set itself off as sui generis with its interesting estery-hoppy fragrance. Slightly subdued.

T - A tantalizing balance between the equally distinctive characteristics of Belgian and IPA beers. The first taste was a little odd. Then it grew on me. There's something about the balance of Belgian funk and American-style hopping that is a wee addictive.

M - Nicely balanced carbonation and the silkiness of a big Belgian beer.

D - I'm not going to say an 8.3% ABV beer is highly drinkable. But it goes down awfully easy for a beer that big.

Overall this beer is different in a good way. I could get very used to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 03:54:30 | More by kgs
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BeerPhan86

New York

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper amber color with a two finger tan head. Thick head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S - Belgian yeast and citrus hops. Very sweet and estery. I get some clove and spice too.

T - Sweet like an imperial IPA initially. Plenty of citrus hops, very earthy. It blends good with the Belgian yeast and spices. Fairly bitter and dry finish makes me want another sip. Alcohol is very present though.

M - Full bodied and chewy. Good amount of carbonation but still a fairly heavy ale.

D - There is too much flavor here and too interesting of a combination for me to drink more than one. Also, it's quite strong!

Overall, I liked it. I have always dug Flying Dog's hoppier beers, and I would get this one again. Plenty of bang for your buck.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 01:13:53 | More by BeerPhan86
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Bevitore

Maryland

4.93/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first beer I have reviewed and I confess to a preference to heavily hopped ales. I am surprised there are so few reviews for this beer.

Beautiful color, nice head, crisp aroma and a taste that will knock your socks off.

May they never retire this one!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 17:40:36 | More by Bevitore
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip
Dark orange/copper hue with a contrasting white 1 inch head with great retention. Lively carbonation but clear (no floaters).
Hops that hit the nose aren't overpowering in the initial taste. Same with the boozy first sips. Orange, lemon, licorace and pepper balance the hoppy bitterness nicely. Just enough malt background as well. Light feel makes this a perfect hot day treat. Not sure about the "Belgian=style" description but I DID like this beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 17:29:17 | More by regspeir
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btorsdog

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the more i have of this one the more i like it ...alot!
looks great and pours beautiful
nice hops and belgian yeast scent
taste is very unique and well balanced
nice medium thick smooth texture
highly drinkable for an 8.3%
if you see this one get a sixer you'll be very glad you did!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 00:19:48 | More by btorsdog
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mtnbikerpa

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on draft over this past weekend. Today's review is poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Dark copper color with about 2 inches of foamy head. Suds remain clung to the glass. Pungent hops scents along with fruity esters along with a certain amount of spices. Strong hops and certainly flavors of belgian yeast. Nice flowing mouthfeel. Easy to drink. This was certainly a big surprise for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 21:44:23 | More by mtnbikerpa
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear. Slight head. Amber colored.

Smell: Smells sweet. No hop aromas evident.

Taste: Nice balance between estery funkiness and hop flavors. Not too bitter. A nice beer!

Mouthfeel: Best part of this beer. Medium bodied with a slight twinge from the carbination. Well done

Drinkability: I will have this one again!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 01:14:22 | More by Squelch
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organicbrewer

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Bronze and brilliantly clear. Huge eggshell head. Nice

S-Lots of chouffe like esters with a bit of citrus hop.

T-Chouffe like yeast dominant. High bitterness with a piney hop flavor. Toasty bitterness.

M-Medium dry. Slight astringency. No alcohol heat.

D-Nice belgian type IPA. Maybe a bit less of the yeast ester and more hop flavor and aroma. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 01:13:59 | More by organicbrewer
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a SA pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly bronzed, golden amber color with tons of lively carbonation and thick, pillowy head of sterling white carbonation which held to one-finger throughout the brew and left some nice soapy lace. Very nice!

S: Smells a bit like cleaning solvents, but deeper whiffs give off some nice spicy hop and pine aromas with hints of cloves and some floral notes.

T: Flavor is a nice, crisp, slightly buttery and sweet toasted malt at first. This leans into some estery fruit flavors with a complex of banana, mint, light tobacco and some tropical, citrus fruit tastes. The bubblegum sweetness of the Belgian yeasts rounds out a snappy, dry fruit and bitter hop finish to each sip.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a pretty clean and satisfying palate.

D: The 8.3% ABV is well-masked and it's a very good representation of this relatively experimental style. Enough citrusy and piny hop resins to satisfy most IPA fans with that sweetened, lighter, relatively high ABV for the Belgian fans. What a way to celebrate 20 years; Flying Dog is spot-on with "Raging Bitch!"

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:15:58 | More by Gambrinus1184
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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