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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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3,487 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,487
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 124
Gots: 577 | 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 alleykatking
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a coppery orange color. One and a half eggshell white head shows medium retention. Nice streaked lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Belgian yeast right in the front of the aroma. Citrus hops come in next with light notes are blended toward the ending of the belgian yeast. Not much malt in the aroma but some does come through in a light doughy biscuity scent.

T- Citrus hops in the front of the beer goes hand in hand with a warming alcohol right off the get go. Bready malts do come in the middle which shows up more in the flavor than in the aroma. Piney hops in the ending of the beer bring this one full circle although I never really picked up on the belgian yeast at all in the flavor of the beer. Alcohol comes through as well in the ending with a heavier warming alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops and light bready malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly warming alcohol, bready malts and hints of piney hops. Flavors were not really balanced for what it said it was going to be as I didn't catch much belgian style to this. No off flavors were detected while drinking this. Medium alcohol drying left on the palate.

O- This beer was alright but not at all what I was thinking it was going to be. The ABV really stuck out and not always in a good way. A nice try from Flying Dog but I think they missed the mark a little bit. I wish the yeast would have come out more than it did..or lack there of.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/5/11
*From notes

A: Glowing mahogany, as a generous pour yields a 1.25 finger head and better lacing then I was expecting.

S: Resinous molasses and bitter East Coast hop oil. As it warms, hints of figgy pudding appear.

T: I'm shocked, as this is big and bitter through and through. It's agressive, much more then other beers within the BIPA style. Rich, robust pine and minor yeasty breadiness on the finish. The alcohol is present from beginning to end, and becomes more prevalent as it warms.

M: Richer and thicker then I'd assumed it would be. Good carbonation gives way to a medium-full body that really carries the ABV well.

O: Flying Dog's Raging Bitch is a good quality BIPA, and something I'd recommend to someone looking for an American interpretation of the style. Better then expected - thumbs up.

Photo of Kinsman
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear copper colored body with just a slight bit of haze. Creamy and frothy eggshell colored head with pletny of sticky lace left behind. A very inviting appearance.

Yeast esters up front with some fruity and bubblegum hints before the citrusy hops come in. Not much of a malt presence on the nose, if anything there seems to be a slight biscuity character.

Not quite as hop forward on the palate as I expected, but I'm not quite sure how old this bottle is either. Still a decent amount of grapefruit and clementine hop flavors and a notable bitterness. Fruity esters are not as strong as they were on the nose, the bitterness of the hops and the even stronger malt presence seem to hide the yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium body with a pleasant creamy texture to it. Overall, I'm not sure what to make of this beer. While it is certainly a tasty beer to drink, it doesn't quite stand out from a crowded market of Belgianized American ales.

Photo of Beaver13
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is soapy bubblegum with a little spicy hops.

The flavor is floral malts with some earthy yeast, leading to a medium spicy dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I don't really care for Belgian IPAs, but this is one of the better ones I've had.

Photo of claytong
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bros are right here. I had this right after a rochefort and thats an A. This, not so much. It is nice compared to the rest of flying dogs stuff that ive had. ive yet to try to their barleywine which I am somewhat eager to try.
quite hoppy for a belgian style ipa. in fact it doesnt remind me too much of a Belgian ipa.

Photo of ihoffman
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours amber-orange in color. A small white head forms and quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

S: Citrusy. Pungent grapefruit fills the nostrils.

T: Citrus hops dominate this brew. Like the smell, grapefruit is strongly apparent. Perhaps some mango and pineapple were thrown into the mix as well. Hoppy for sure. A bitey beginning and a a bitter, sour finish.

M: Medium bodied and a tad smooth. For a Belgian though, I had expected the mouthful to be thicker. Carbonation is on par. Crisp.

O: Not a bad brew. A tad bitter for my taste, but drinkable considering the ABV.

Photo of ludachris
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Just over a finger's worth of whispy white head recedes almost as fast as it builds up over its honey orange body. Steady streams of carbonation can be seen despite its slightly hazed body. Stringy patches of lace are left behind after a few swirls.

Juicy tropical notes of ripe pineapple and mango stream out of the glass. Its not what I was expecting from a Belgian IPA but I love it. Healthy doses of banana, phenols and Belgian yeast pair with fresh bready malts, forming a nice balance between the malt and the hops. I'm also getting a faint but detectable onion-like quality. It's hard for me to pin down but it makes the nose a bit more interesting.

The taste is much more straightfoward than I would have guessed and that's not necessarily a good thing. A bitter and floral hop character rushes to the middle of the tongue with tips of pineapple and mango. A get some alcohol spiciness midway through before thin layers of bready malts help to make the finish. Whatever yeast strain they have used in this beer has been reduced to a short lived watered down flavour.

The mouthfeel really surprised me on this. The fluffy, creamy feel I've come to love in many of the Belgian styles I've had is barely there. And despite the higher ABV, this is medium bodied at best. Crisp, watered down, and goes down quick. For me, this is the beer's biggest downfall.

The appearance was nice. The nose was fantastic. And everything that followed went down hill. I would have really liked to see the juicy tropical flavour carried over into the taste as well as a stronger yeast presence. Without either and the mediocre mouthfeel, all that's left is a fairly average beer. It's sad because the brewery this comes from is good and the style is great. This didn't meet my expectations but I'd say it's still worth a try.

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

Purchased for $8 at a Nats game(!)

Monster white head with good retention. Has a rich amber color, great clarity. A pretty beer as is typical for the brewery.

Grapefruit citrus hops, a hint of biscuity malt smell - smells nice

Slightly biscuity malt flavor up front, gently sweet. Citrusy hop flavor blends in seamlessly, and finishes with a biscuit tinged slight bitterness. Belgian influence, particularly from the yeast, is quite muted, but the biscuity malt flavors add an extra dimension.

Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, minimal (if any) alcoholic warming. Didn't scream 8.3% ABV to me.

Seemed very similar to Dubbel Cannon at first sip, which I liked, so I liked this one as well. IPA with a twist.

Photo of Dan3279
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a nice clear, dark orange body with a nice one inch head that left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by the yeast & hops. The taste was interesting you get the belgian yeast first then the bitter hops. The drinkability is good, its a crisp, clean beer that is easy to drink. The alcohol is masked very welland you would never guess that the ABV is that high. I enjoyed drinking the beer. It was something different but it was enjoyable.

Photo of zep9865
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium snifter. Pours a pretty copper with a hint of red and 2 fingers foam head

Has the fermented alcohol smell of a belgian with orange and grapefruit notes

Beer is an immediate hop kick in the mouth with booming citrus and bitterness. Carbonation is high which I've come to expect from most belgians.

This beer was a nice treat. Don't think I could down more than two or three in a sitting and that's a good thing. Will definitely purchase this again

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

Appearance: Pours mostly clear yellow color with a small 1/4" head of mixed off white to light yellow bubbles of mixed size. The head was pretty active at first and then faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds to end up as a small ring of foam where the beer meets the glass. There is already a bit of lacing left on the glass just from swirling.

Aroma: The aroma is much more earthy than anything I suspected. It has a grassy quality to it along with a minty note that oddly enough, reminds me of some herbal products that are illegal in some countries. I don't get a ton of yeasty esters, which is very welcome for me, but the beer is getting spicier as it warms up.

Taste: The flavor is interesting. There is more bitter bite than I thought would be there from the aroma. The hops, while a pretty big player in the flavor, are an unusual blend to say the least. They impart a grassy note in the flavor, but less mint than the aroma. There is a dry chalky bitterness that hits you a little early in the flavor profile, that fades a bit for the finish, which is also odd. The finish is rather mixed and it is hard to nail down anything that stands out about it. The bitterness seems to win out in the end, but there is alcohol, yeasty notes, malt, and all the by-products of the same all contributing something to the finish. As the beer warms up some, there is a honey character coming out along with some citrusy hops that were completely masked in the beginning.

Opinion: Well, this is one of the more intriguing beers I have had from Flying Dog. It is an unusual mix of a lot of things. That said, it doesn't really do it all very well as the flavors and aromas seem to not really get along all that well. Perhaps if there was a sour component to it as well, that would make it world class, to bring it more on the Saison side of things, which is more like what this beer really is...but stronger than most. This is one of the better beers I have had from Flying Dog, so I wouldn't mind trying it again on draft or something, but this wouldn't be a beer that I would buy regularly...but I bet it would be absolutely excellent mixed with Girardin 1800 Gueuze with about 20-25% gueuze. That dry lemony tart thing would probably really compliment this beer nicely. Either way, this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.42/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

- from the notes
12 ounce bottle
A - hazy gold with short lived small head.
S - lots of hoppy citrus and a little belgian yeast. Maybe a spice as well.
T - bitter hops nearly overpower the small yeast tastes. Alcohol is present at detectable levels as well as some undefined spice.
M - creamy but with a little harshness.
D - It would probably exhaust the palate but by that time the alcohol would do away with the need for taste!

It's an IPA variant that doesn't really acheive any significant Belgian content. I'm not sure why people rave over this one. Maybe it's the hop appeal? If you want a derivative IPA then try it.

Photo of MaxSpang
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an over sized wine glass...


Dark orange-red color. Had a small (1 pinky) slightly off-white head which dissipated fast.


There was a good amount of citrus hops as well as sweetness. There was a slight wheat aroma, as well as a little bit of spice (cloves maybe). It had that "Belgian" smell with a good amount of hoppiness.


Like the nose, this beer had a good amount of citrus hops, and that Belgian taste - wheat and slightly yeasty. I am not normally a fan of the yeast tastes in my beer, but this one complimented the other flavors pretty well. There was just a little bit of the alcohol taste towards the end.


It had a fairly light, dry body. There was a good amount of warming from the alcohol. The drinkability was average, especially considering how light/dry it was.


I wouldn't call this Bitch "Raging", but overall not a bad beer. Not my favorite beer in the world, but certainly worth drinking. Plus, it's a good conversation starter to be drinking anything called "Raging Bitch"!

Photo of rarbring
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is hazy dark amber, an off-white firm head with lacing. Curtains.

Smelling of caramel, tropical fruits, banana, grape-fruit and yeast.

The taste is upfront sweet, toffee, grape-fruit, mango, a bit spicy, and a liqueur aroma..

Medium carbonation, a soft texture and heavy body, complex,..

A really nice IPA, well balanced, well hopped.

Photo of BigDRS
2.07/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Pours a copper color with about a finger worth of head. Slowly disappears and leaves a slight coating of head on top. Decent lace.

S - I get a really strong ginger taste. I hate ginger tasting beer, so we're not off to a good start. Other random spice notes come across, but I can't pick out anything else individually as the ginger over powers everything.

T - Loads of ginger comes across. As it goes down other spice notes and some sweetness emerges, but then gives way to more ginger as the beer goes down my throat. Not really that hoppy. Others have remarked on floral notes ... I get none.

M - Mild carbonation, relatively creamy.

O - A huge disappointment for me. The ginger is a real turn off. If ginger and tons of spice is your thing though, give it a shot.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into chalice. from bottle.

a: dark amber/copper color with a minimal amount of head, but amazingly creamy and sticky lacing that makes this beer look really great.

s: has that fruity bready malt and yeast scent that i'm used to belgians having. slight whiffs of alcohol and citrusy hops, but the hops are definitely subdued in the smell.

t: spicy and hoppy. kind of an unexpected twist that with all the maltiness coming through in the smell, less than half of it makes it to the palette. still pretty good but doesn't seem to have the belgian taste i wanted it to have. it tastes to me, more like a hopped up hefeweizen.

m/o: very drinkable, a little dry in the finish, but i expect that from an 8.3% beer. all in all not a bad beer, plenty i would prefer over this though.

Photo of rpardon7
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a bright golden amber with a sticky one finger bright white head. Smell upfront was fruity citrus hops with some bready or buscuity notes from the malt with a touch of that fruity belgian yeast smell. Taste was more than I expected crisp and fruity upfront with hops but softens in a nice buscuity malt with yeast and fruity twangs from the yeast with a crisp finish with a slight hint of the abv coming through as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is light and balanced with a good body. Overall I was happy with this purchase haven't been a huge flying dog fan but this beer was crafted very nicely!

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

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/18/11.

A - Clear gold-toned copper orange liquid with a finger's worth of sturdy white foam on top and plenty of active carbonation bubbles racing throughout the body. Head retained quite well and deposited lots of sticky lace around the glass.

S - Bright citric hops and spicy Belgian yeast combine nicely here, giving the aroma a bold hop character but with a spicy flair suggesting notes of pepper and clove. Malt character is grainy, although the hops and yeast are really at the forefront here.

T - I was anticipating this to be more on the Belgian side of the spectrum, but you know what? Raging Bitch boasts a decisively hoppy flavor that is bursting with citrus fruit and, to a lesser degree, floral notes. The yeast adds a pleasant spicy bite to counter the assertive hop bill in the backend, then trails off a bit to finish with a grainy malt character.

M - Medium bodied with brisk carbonation and a light syrupy texture with some residul oiliness from the hops. Finishes with moderate bitterness some spiciness on the palate.

D - I enjoyed this way more than I'd hoped. Raging Bitch is easily one of the better Belgian IPAs I've had thus far. Great stuff!

Photo of homersimpson67
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting Belgian style IPA, kind of the best of both worlds. My 2 favorite types of beers rolled into one. At first I wasn't sure about this one but I find myself going back to it time and time again.
The appearance is a lovely golden copper with a good 2 fingers of foam. Nice even lacing along the sides of my Duvel tulip.
The smell is outstanding, very inviting somewhat pungeant floral and fermentation that you get with those awesome belgians, it has that.
The taste is very unique and enjoyable, sort of that belgian malt/yeast thing at the front end, then an instant bitter hoppiness as it washer down the back side. very nice!
Feels somewhat heavy, sweet but tasty.
One of my favorites, probably not a good summer beer but in this crappy Minnesota weather just a couple of these at over 8%abv and you become warm very quickly!

Photo of jthomp000
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - Copper color with a thin layer of head.

Smell - The hop smell is fantastic from the time I opened the bottle.

Taste - The hops went away under the taste of a variety of spices.

Mouthfeel - Ligth carbonation tickled the tongue

Overall - Very good and highly enjoyable. I have yet to be disappointed from a Flying Dog brew as of yet!

Photo of vandemonian
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Raging Bitch is more of a slightly hoppy Belgian than a Belgian IPA. The spiciness is kinda overpowering.

A: Amber orange colour and 4 mm head that fades to decent lacing. 4

S: Hoppiness with Belgian yeast. 4

T: There is a slight hoppiness but mostly spice flavours. The clove flavour becomes even stronger as it swishes around your mouth. 4

M: Thick and foamy.

O: This is a nice beer, but I find the spices a little overpowering.

Photo of rawfish
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a NB globe, clear copper. Smooth pour nets a two finger white head that settles slowly into a nice layer and leaves spotty lacing on the glass.

Tangerine, other citrus and pine backing from the hops. Yeast adds notes of clove, white pepper and orange peel. A little funky and sweet, taffy come to mind.

Malt profile is a little thin and grainy but allows the spices and yeast to shine through before the hops arrive. Cloves, tangerine peel, and some banana all surface before a cleansing bitter finish supplied by piney and lightly citrus hops. The after taste is lingering bitterness and slightly tart.

Bright and stinging carbonation, perhaps a little overdone. Malt bill makes this seem slightly thin on the body through out the drink and alcohol rears it's head in a few spots. I wish this could finish a bit more bitter and dry and less fruity and tart.

Well this was quite a nice introduction to the style in my opinion witbeer Belgian spices with IPA bitterness and hops make for a very refreshing combination. I think I would prefer this over a saison or witbeer in the summer, just so I could get my hop kick. Filtration helped this beer achieve great bold flavor but lacks in the mouthfeel a bit.

Photo of jayhawk73
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange w/ a off white two finger head that lingers a few minutes. Decent, but not great carbonation. Good lacing on the glass

S- I get a lot of orange, pineapple, and some grapefruit, w/ a touch of malt and hops thrown in. The sweet smell is definitely in the forefront here. It's a nice smelling beer... almost too nice.

T- Hmm.. Interesting. This is unlike any IPA I've had. Very unique, in a good way. I don't get much bitterness except in the aftertaste. The fruit and malt take most of the taste here. Very smooth, and very drinkable. All the smells make their presence known here except the pineapple. Very sweet beer, but not overly so. Nice.

M- Very smooth and sweet. A little on the light side feel-wise. Goes down very easily. I'd never guess this is a 8.3% beer. I'd guess 6-7%. The feel definitely has a beginning, middle and end, and all the flavors are very well balanced.

O- This isn't my favorite IPA/DIPA, but it's a good one. It's a local brewery for me too, so I'm glad I tried this one. Very economical for a six pack of this beer. I'll definitely pick it up and enjoy it again.

Photo of bpw28
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice Two Finger creamy white head, Orange (About an 11 on SRM Chart), Awesome lacing

Nose: Massive Tangerine, Earthy (like mary jane to be honest, only not the skunky part. Oddly a really nice thing. No doubt the belgian yeast playing it's role here.), Spice, Honey, Pine, Sage, Light Roast, Yeasty, Woody

Taste: Citrus, Light Roast, Earthy, Creamy, Biscuity, Yeasty, Wood, Honey, Nutmeg, Nice Hop Bite, Full mouth feel, Nice balance

Final Thoughts: Wow. This is an amazing beer. It hits everything just right. I can't really say much more then Flying Dog did an amazing belgian style IPA. It's like a DFH 60 Min IPA meets Belgian Yeast and they did it perfectly. I saw the brothers weren't impressed, and Im suprised but everyone has different tastes/conditions. One of my favorites now.

Food Pairing: Spicy Foods, Pork, Chicken, Beef, Fish, Green Vegetables, Medium Cheeses (goat cheese, aged chedder), Tofu, Soy Products, Potatoes, Pasta.

Photo of CASK1
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a medium-dark amber, with some haze. A solid off-white head has good retention and left lacing to the bottom of the glass.

Complex aroma of dominant citrusy hops, with some earthy and floral thrown in. A low piney, woody hop aroma is also evident. A low peppery yeast character was noticeable, but subtle.

A complex hop flavor and bitterness dominates this beer. A spicy, citrusy, floral hop flavor, with a bitterness that takes over mid-swallow and lingers into the finish. The Belgian yeast character is noticeable throughout, mostly as peppery and clove phenolics, with some pear-like ester thrown in for good measure. There is a lightly toasty malt sweetness in support of the hops, but the malt remains in the background.

Medium body, with a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel until the dry, hoppy finish takes over. Medium-high carbonation works well in this beer.

Overall, a bold example of an emerging style. Very good, but not my favorite example of the style. If you like this, try Flying Fish Exit 4 (one of my favorites).

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,487 ratings.