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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

3,094 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,094
Reviews: 1,053
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 97
Gots: 296 | 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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mdaschaf

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured a really nice looking dark amber color with a one finger head and nice lacing down the glass.

S: This beer has a really nice nose. A combination of citrus/hops from the IPA and some yeast and wheat notes from the Belgian part.

T: There is a large citrus kick up front from the hops that transitions into a bready/malt taste. The finish is extremely bitter, maybe a little too bitter. Not as balanced as I like my IPAs.

M/D: The bitter end is a little off-putting, but the beer has nice carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. It is an intense beer that I enjoyed drinking, but probably wouldn't have more than one in a night, two max.

06-01-2010 01:10:34 | More by mdaschaf
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FishMan123

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.7%

Purchased this after a recommendation from the "beer guy" at the store. It was on-sale and he recommended it as a great "hoppy" beer. I wasn't impressed.

A: Very nice amber with a foamy head that sticks around for a while.

S: Bitter smell, some lemon scent

T: Intense bitter initial taste. Very hoppy. Strange bitter/metallic aftertaste. I really didn't care for the aftertaste.

M: Nice carbonation, crisp feel

D: The aftertaste really affects drinkability

Although I really didn't care for this beer initially, the 2nd bottle wasn't as bad. The aftertase is a real negative. Very hoppy though. I wouldn't purchase this one again.

05-31-2010 23:59:33 | More by FishMan123
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a clear transparent amber color with a thick bubbly two finger head. Very nice appearance.

Smell is great, as soon as I had popped the top off of the bottle the smell exploded all over the room. Big Belgian yest aroma, bready malt scents as well.

Nice and bitter up front, like a great IPA, with a Belgian yeast flavor coming through nicely as well. Interesting beer, more bitter than the other Belgian style IPAs. Seems like mostly grapefruit hops flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation and a bitter finish.

Good drinkability, one of the more bitter Belgian style IPAs out there.

05-31-2010 02:27:52 | More by pmccallum86
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Natural510

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

12oz bottle, no dating

Pours a hazy orange with 1/4-inch bone white head which dissolves to a sturdy ring around the glass.

Sweet, tropical scent of malt along with a hint of flowers.

Strong honey & jasmine floral flavor coupled with a grapefruit & pineapple hoppiness. Yeast adds a mild tartness and lightly astringent finish, coupled with a dry hop bite. Sweet, fruity and dry flavor, overall.

Well-rounded in body as well as flavor.

I enjoyed this much more than expected. Hybrid styles not usually my thing, but the Belgian yeast is toned down well enough to meld well with the IPA style while sustaining its uniqueness.

05-30-2010 09:40:34 | More by Natural510
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tchenery

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%

Beer has a nice reddish orange hue to it. It does not keep a large head like a Belgian, but it does lace the glass on the way down.

It smells like tropical fruit and bubble gum. Very floral aroma coming off this beer. It tastes great. It has a strong alcohol bite towards the end but other than that it is an extremely drinkable beer. There is a very bitter, dry finish to the beer, which is very refreshing.

This is a cool beer. It's highly carbonated like a Belgian, but very Americanized with the hops used. For the beginner beer drinker, this would be the beer that makes you want to try them all.

05-30-2010 02:14:12 | More by tchenery
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured a clearish brown with a slowly dieing frothy head and a light, airy hoppy smell with hints of citric fruit and some sweet malt. A easy to drink ale as this beer is light-to-medium bodied and smooth with a good hoppy presence that makes itself known with sour fruit and spiciness. Some yeasty and caramel malt mix in there for a good balance. Not the tastiest beer yet one I can't help but keep drinking and has a well-hidden ABV. Definitely worth a try.

05-30-2010 00:04:58 | More by clayrock81
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a clear, amber color. About two fingers of white fluffy head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates rather quickly leaving decent lacing.

Smell - A great aroma of hops, orange (not so much bitter orange peel - sweet orange), slight pine, and spices. A hint of malt and caramel comes through on the back end. Overall, this smells very good.

Taste - An immediate prickle on the tongue from spicy hops and citrus. Not so much orange as there is peach taste prevalent from the initial sip. I also get clove, yeast, and banana. An odd combination/sensation. Each sip yields a different outcome it would seem. The sip finishes with a bready, malty backbone.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - One of my first Belgian IPA's and I'd say a good introduction into the style. Easily quaffable for the alcohol content. Has an odd sensation of flavors/taste due to the style, but it is something that sort of grows on you.

05-29-2010 23:16:49 | More by SpdKilz
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GregSVT

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light honey amber with a white head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is straight up hops at first in the form of tropical fruits and grapefruit. That gives way to a spicey aroma that is very interesting and I can't quite place. Almost smells like apricots covered in black pepper.

T: The taste reaffirms the nose with flavors of spicey apricot and bready grapefruit. It sounds strange but it works. Pretty tasty.

M: The feel is crisp yet creamy.

D: The spicey flavor is a bit strange at first but it grows on you. The ABV may be a tad bit high but the alcohol is not noticeable.

I was expecting this one to be interesting and it didn't let me down. The label is crazy enough but the flavor backs it up.

05-29-2010 04:29:55 | More by GregSVT
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babywhooper

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz. into tulip..

A - Nice orangish color, similar to a DIPA. Also a nice retaining head.

S - I like the smell of this beer. Hoppy off the bat, but also a sweet, almost candy-like, aroma is also incorporated. Also a little malty.

T - Rich hoppy taste right off the bat. And for the alcohol content, I didn't pick up a lot of it in the actual taste, which is nice. Didn't catch a lot of Belgian influence at all though.

M - A very silky beer. Easy to swish and get a feel for. Although, nothing about its texture makes it amazing.

D - Does get a little heavy after the second one or so. Alcohol isn't very present in the taste though, which is a great characteristic of this brew, and makes it easier to have a couple.

This is a nice beer, and I recommend it. It has a good balance between the hop flavor and its maltiness. Can get a little overwhelming at times, but a nice brew nonetheless.

05-29-2010 04:04:46 | More by babywhooper
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ibbjamin

California

2.7/5  rDev -30.4%

Thanks to Nirmal over at Bobby's Liquor in Santa Clara, CA for this bonus brew. I poured into a large tulip to review.

About an inch of white, tightly-knit head. Glowing orange in color; similar to that of a good DIPA. Strong lacing and a nice foamy lining of retention.

Aroma is quite spicy with white pepper and clove similar to a tripel. Also quite bready and yeasty. There is an underlying balanced hoppiness, but definitely more on the spicy Belgian side of the style.

Taste is more balanced with the hops coming more into play. Still the beer is dominated by bready spiciness. I'd call it more of a slightly hoppy triple than a Belgian IPA.

Nicely carbonated, but there is something flat about the mouthfeel to me. Light to medium in body.

Oh well, even trying to get away from getting this beer an identity, I don't think I"ll be getting it again. Just a bit too spicy for my taste.

05-29-2010 00:59:08 | More by ibbjamin
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +7%

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.3% ABV, 60 IBUs, 257FX10 on the label.

A - Despite the name, this beer seems pretty tame so far. A tall pour created about two fingers of off-white head above a totally clear, highly carbonated, golden-orange beer. No effervescence is completely in contrast to the looks of it. The head wasn't retained that well; it played dead after leaving a few collars of thick lace.

S - Mild citrus-filled hops impart a slight lemonly zing to the Belgian-smelling beer. Lots of Belgian yeast imparts earthy clay, a small level of spice, and a sliver of banana. Light candi sugar and honey sweeten the aroma up while caramel and pale malts fall to the back. As this Bitch grows in heat, pine resin from American-smelling hops comes out.

T - This dog's bite is much stronger than it's bark. Sharp citrus grapefruit and lemon tartness appear right away, unchained, with a resiny pine flavor running up close behind. The Belgian aspect doesn't present itself in the same way it does in the nose. Much less powerful, the yeasty components hold a subdued place in this beer offering a classic spiciness as the main Belgian aspect. Some honey and candi sugar add sweetness to the light caramel malt backing.

M - The attack of sharp carbonation is fast and brutal while the hoppy, dry bitterness follows up with a second snap. Medium-light in weight, this Raging Bitch finishes dry and bitter with a spritzy throat tingle. Clean and crisp to the finish.

D - The alcohol is no where to be found in this beer. Raging Bitch contradicts itself (in a good way) once again with a bark that's worse than bite in the ABV regard. Despite the nuances of this brew, it's got a nice clean, crisp feel and east of drinkability. A good beer, one of the better ones in fact, from Flying Dog.

05-28-2010 03:36:56 | More by BeerFMAndy
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djbreezy

Washington

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

On-tap at Saraveza in Portland, OR. Poured into a stemmed glass.

appearance - transparent yellow/orange, foamy head, good lacing

smell - floral and citrus hops dominate the nose, malts

taste - sweet and floral/citrus hops with accompanying malts, very flavorful and full, slightly spicy and fruity

mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation that tingles the tongue

drinkability - great flavor, surprised me quite a bit, smooth and consistent

05-27-2010 17:45:25 | More by djbreezy
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argock

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Beautiful rustic orange-amber with thick, frothy 2-finger French vanilla head with good retention and nice streamers of lace.

S: Sourness of the citrus hops and tartness of the Belgian yeast dominate, but the hops are also herbal and spicy in quality with a solid pale malt backing.

T: Much better than expected with less medicinal flavors (although some are there) and more pale malt and herbal, citrus hoppiness.

M: Feel is very thick without being heavy. A medium-to-full feel adds significantly to this brew's enjoyment. Carbonation is low-medium.

D: Drinkable with nice spicy, citrus flavors and a strikingly authentic Belgian yeast character.

05-27-2010 04:49:30 | More by argock
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rawthar

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

A- Crystal clear brilliant rust colored body, with a virginal white fine-bubbled head that leaves a mountain vista of cloudy lacing behind.

S- A syrupy sweet malty wall upfront with a sharp stealthy hop potpourri on the back end.

T- This initially comes off like a nicely balanced east coast IPA, then the Belgian sours wash in afterward, along with a very dry bitter hop aftertaste. Some raisiny juices. A lot of flavors, but none really break out of the pack.

M- Sharp carbonation, full bodied.

D- A bit too intense of an aftertaste to score mad points on drinkability, but after a few of these I might not notice anyway.

05-26-2010 01:48:22 | More by rawthar
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generallee

New York

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle lists its abv% at 8.3 and its ibu at 60. There is no freshness on the label however.

Appearance: The body has a bright clear orange amber color with lots of cool visible carbonation. The head is very long lasting and maintains a small cap of foam all the way to the last sip. Lacing is very good as well.

Smell: Its aroma has deep citrusy grapefruit like hop notes over light Belgian blonde notes.

Taste/Palate: There is a sweet and juicy citrus hop presence with deep notes of grapefruit pith. The hop character dominates over a sweet doughy malt and funky Belgian yeast base in a good way. It's not like an enamel striping harsh bitterness but rather a tasty, juicy combination of hops and malt. The finish is fairly sweet and citrusy with only a mild bitterness way off deep into the background.

Notes: This one is just plain tasty!!!

05-25-2010 19:34:18 | More by generallee
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missingsense

California

2.98/5  rDev -23.2%

Poured into Maudite tulip glass from bottle with freshness date 8/24/2010.

A: Orange amber, fairly clear with a tan head. Slight retention and little lacing.

S: Sharp hops and Belgian yeast. The alcohol content is evident in the aroma. Sweet flowers, such as honeysuckle, and leathery scents are also noticeable. Although it has a fairly complex aroma, not all of the smells are good. It possessed a certain burnt smell, almost the smell of burnt rubber. As it warmed, a bubblegum smell increased almost to the point of sickly sweet, particularly when the beer was agitated.

T: The initial taste was a mild Belgian spice with hints of floral and leather flavors. This beer didn't seem to hide its higher ABV very well, though. The aftertaste was uncommonly bitter. Although the label claims 60 IBU, it tasted far more bitter than beers with a significantly higher IBU content (such as Stone Ruination).

D: This beer was far too bitter for me to truly enjoy. The only enjoyable aspect was that it does possess a certain complexity, I just don't think its flavors worked that well together. It didn't seem to strike me as much of an IPA (and I am an IPA lover), other than being bittter.

This is the first beer I've tried from Flying Dog, and I must admit I'm turned off a bit. However, the Ralph Steadman artwork on their bottles is cool enough to make me willing to give some of their other beers a chance.

05-25-2010 06:21:37 | More by missingsense
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -14.2%

Poured into my imperial pint glass the beer is a fairly clear golden orange. The off white head reaches to a solid three fingers and is super thick. Great retention. It looks like a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the beer.

The aroma is lightly fruity. Oranges, lemons and grapefruit are mostly what I pick up. Coriander, clove and belgian yeast are the other dominant characters. Smells like a Belgian IPA for sure.

The flavor is dry and bitter right off the bat. The hops start off strong but then the malt and yeast take over. It finishes dry and powdery with heavy spice.

Medimu body with light carbonation.

Overall a solid stab at the style. A bit too dry and spiced for my taste. One is enough for me.

05-25-2010 00:43:40 | More by beerwolf77
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Naugros

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

Orange to amber in color with a yellowish head of foam that settles down quickly. Some lace remains behind, but slides down the glass.

Smells of sweet oranges...maybe clementines would be a good description, but with some bitterness and a little sour.

Orange and spice (a little clove) is the first sensation and that travels to back of the tongue and remains as a film. The orange flavor is both at the tip of the tongue and the back, with the sweetness forward and slight, and the bitterness more assertive. There is a minor sour tone to the beer.

The body is on the light side of medium. The aftertaste does not linger and the filmy sensation I mention above doesn't hang around either. Not a guzzling beer, but throwing back a three or four would not be out of the question.

05-23-2010 00:53:39 | More by Naugros
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.65/5  rDev +19.8%

I'll never see the supposed genius of Steadman, and he's outdone himself here, with the bitch on the label and all her flagrantly bared anatomy. Though it coheres with the name in the feathers that they are certain to ruffle -and I understand it to an extent- it just seems cheap and desperate, as gimmickry is not needed here.

Clear brassy gold with a whipped pale, sandy cream. The lacing is excellent and the retention isn't half bad.
A phenolic bomb on the nose. Bubblegum, allspice, cinnamon, clove. Laid on top of round, sweet, bready maltiness...an analog of warm, sugar glazed donuts. Hopping adds electric notions of wintergreen, pineapple, wildflowers, and grapefruit, but is the third most prominent trait, aroma-wise.
It carries into the mouth that donut-esque, sweetly, chewy, sugary, bready maltiness from the nose. Phenols are a bit calmer, but clove and allspice and pepper still shine through. Hopping ups the ante with full bitter grapefruit pith, resins from pine and prairie grass, a whole bouquet of florality, and a lilting, fuzzy, sweet/sour peach ride-out. Alcohol is an absolute non-factor.
Pushing towards full bodied, but stunted a bit with its plush, moderate, lasting carbonation. There is a muscularity here, yet it flows down the throat like so much fluffed silk.
This is cripplingly drinkable. Flying Dog's finest moment by far, and one of the best bargains in beerdom...while it lasts.

05-22-2010 08:22:22 | More by cokes
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brownbeer

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Copper color with a light, fluffy head.

This beer is fruity and estery with notes of passionfruit, banana, apple, clove spruce, and peach. It's quite hoppy and bitter. The Belgian aspect really comes through, I guess, in a yeasty way. Though, I wouldn't really compare it to any other Belgian style besides IPA.

For being an American version of this style, I like it quite a bit. Overall, I wouldn't want more than one. Just not really my cup of tea.

05-20-2010 23:17:31 | More by brownbeer
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Lolli1315

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

A- Copper orange color with less than a finger of head that holds well with decent lacing.

S- Fruity smell coupled with cloves hit the front of the nose that is followed by other citrus fruits including most notably grapefruit. Bitter hop aroma overcomes the fruit smell bringing this out of the Belgian style and into the I.P.A. section of the beer. Fruity esters and spicy phenols round out this beer.

T- A sweet malt is imparted on the palate to begins this beer that quickly molds into a moderate amount of hop bitterness and a spicyness imparted from the yeast phenols. Fruit esters also noticeable throughout the beer creating the Belgian presence in the I.P.A. Finishes slightly bitter in the aftertaste the lingers slightly.

M- Medium body, close to syrupy. Moderate amount of carbonation and slight amount of alcohol warming.

D- Highly drinkable beer and with the high abv, this is one that could get you in trouble.

Notes: Sad that this is not going to be a year round beer for Flying Dog seeing as it the beer I have enjoyed the most from them.

05-19-2010 00:40:29 | More by Lolli1315
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a 2 finger, fine, slightly off-white head with great retention. Beer is a cloudy pale orange. Lacing is outstanding. Patchy, great cling, great legs. A damn fine looking beer!

S: Tangerines, pine, cane sugar, Belgian yeast, and a noticeable but hard to place fruitiness. Very sweet and pleasant overall with a large bouquet that tempts the senses.

T: Spicy hop and citrus blend with a complement of apricot and peach. The sweet fruit background and hop bitterness are very distinct here and try as I might, I can't get the flavors to mesh. Hops experience is a bit powdery at the end and is joined by a pleasant fruit tartness. Finish is a hoppy mess, leaving a huge citrus hop aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, highly coarse, and highly carbonated. Very lively in the mouth where it produces a huge tingling sensation going all the way down. Finish is messy, aftertaste lingers.

D: A interesting take on the IPA style from a Belgian perspective. I haven't had a Belgian IPA before but this is exactly what I would imagine it to taste like. A fruity IPA taken to the extreme with that characteristic Belgian yeast nose and flavor. I'd definitely have this again but its pretty middle of the road for me for the most part.

05-18-2010 23:05:19 | More by SpeedwayJim
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

A - The beer poured with a lighter shade of amber...there was some clarity to it which was unexpected...the head was small and white...not much retention...but great lacing

S - The aroma was comprised of a lot of citrus hops surprisingly...spicy and floral hops lingered as well...the Belgian yeast was muted but you could detect some of the Belgian spices

T - I kept getting flavors from both styles of this beer...it seemed like every other sip would give me a blast of spicy and citrus hops via the IPA style and the other sips would be loaded with yeast, banana, and cloves via the Belgian style...they were both loaded with flavor but one would always overpower the other...they never married together

M - Medium bodied...but a little thin at times and not much coating of the palate

D - This beer would have been rated higher if the flavors would have combined a little more...this was a solid beer that had the potential of being awesome...this is one of the better beers from Flying Dog...well done

05-17-2010 20:26:18 | More by thain709
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

A- Pours a orangeish amber color with a creamy white head. Head fades away quickly leaving a nice layer of bubbles.

S- Belgian yeast, spices, piney hops, caramel and bready malts. Quite a few citrus hops popping up too.

T- Hops dominant here. Piney and citrus hops mainly grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Backed up with a nice bready malt back bone. The Belgain yeast come in toward the end.

M- Medium in body and the carbonation seemed right on.

D- I was certain that I would not care for this one due to the whole Belgain IPA thing, but I was wrong this is a very solid and easy to drink brew. I'd pick up more of this one if I could find it. Recommended for sure.

05-16-2010 11:54:33 | More by nrbw23
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ABOWMan

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

Poured a ample two fingered head of tan colored mixed size bubble head. Lacing is evident. The ale is copper in color with near perfect clarity. Quite a pretty picture in the glass.

The aroma is wonderful with notes of apricot, honey, lemon and bourbon.

The flavor is a pleasing mixture of bitter hops, sweet malt, tart grapefruit with a slight alcohol note on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a tad light on the tongue. Certainly not overbearing given the high ABV.

Drinkability is good. One could easily enjoy several glasses of this concoction.

05-14-2010 13:37:24 | More by ABOWMan
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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