Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

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3,401 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,401
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 477 | FT: 3
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009)
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Photo of waterintobeer
4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very good belgian ipa. Golden in the glass. Smells of belgian yeast and esters. A hop note is also there. The taste starts with hoppy goodness develops into a something like a golden belgian and finishes dry and bitter. The carbonation is just right for all of the developing flavors. This is a very drinkable beer that you have to be careful sipping. A true marriage of two excellent beer styles resulting in a wonderful result.

Photo of ramseye4
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color 1 finger head, minimal lacing, fairly clear color, standard IPA fare. Aroma is mostly citrus, hops, some subtle grapefruit, some malt also present. Hop bitterness hits the tongue first, intertwining with malt and pine, and the hop bitterness finishes the taste off nicely. This is a damn fine tasting beer, and the bitterness leaves me wanting more. mouthfeel is a bit thin feeling, but the carbonation is very well balanced. Drinkability is great for a beer of this ABV.

I didn't know what to expect, but man this is a fine brew.

Photo of mountsnow1010
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - reddish amber with a white fluffy head that slowly shrinks.
S - first thing that hits is a combo of citrus and belgian yeast-funk. a bit of apple, pine and pear as well. generally fruity and floral (surprise...)
T - Floral hops to start, followed by bitterness, followed by a somewhat fruity, malty kick. Aftertaste of a sweet yeasty nature.
MF - drinks quite smoothly - I'd like to tone down the carbonation just a smidge. Not syrupy at all.
DB - Alcohol very well hidden, easily could have too many of these.

Photo of JT2875
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had to try it since it's a local brewery plus walking in and handing it to my wife was priceless.

A- Poured into a pilsner glass which revealed a 1 finger head that quickly faded to patchiness. Color is a golden yellow and zero carbonation bubbles.

S-Slammed with hops, citrus, and pine.

T-Wow slammed up front with some hop and pine bitterness that fades quickly as it is swallowed though present in the after taste. Some citrus and mild malt are noticable as well. Finishes clean and dry.

M-Dry, clean and no carbonation.

D- I find this a tab bitter to be considered a Belgian style IPA. Overall a good beer that should be experienced at least once, maybe on tap. This six pack won't go to waste.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle out of a six pack I picked up at the beer store yesterday. The beer pours a pale copper coloring with no head. The nose is very hop heavy, and it seems like there is a hint of coriander or some other spice deep down below the hops. The sharpness of the beer hits your tongue before the taste does. The taste follows up nicely with a bold blend of spice and malt riding a wave of sour hops. The beer, for all its grandness early in mouth, slips quickly off to a quiet and smooth finish. Spice flavors in the aftertaste, also. Decent beer, but I have had better. I would be interested to try this on-tap or from a cask to get a different perspective on it.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel.

A - Pours a fairly see through golden color. Head poured at about an inch and recedes quickly. Just a touch of lacing left behind.

S - At first smell I get a nice light honey like sweet smell. The follow up comes across with the malty, cereal smell. Pine in there as well.

T - Bitterness right out with a citrusy follow. Grapefruit seems to be prevalent. It's a sharp taste for sure.

M - Light to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Dry feel in the mouth.

D - Yes. If you are an IPA person this is a nice example.

Photo of happygnome
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into one of my sam adams pint glasses

a: pours a hazy orange color, there are dark golden hues aound the edge of the beer. There is about a half inch of creamy white head that seems to be staying pretty decently

s: piny and floral hop bitter aroma dark fruit aroma is also present very nicely balanced

t: the dark fruits of the malts hits you first but then the piny hop bitterness takes over

m: medium bodied beer with a light carbonation

overall, this is a pretty decent beer, I like it

Photo of bmwats
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

A: Very dark golden hue. Pours a very slight, bubbly, white head which quickly dissolves. Sparse beer ring lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Light malt tone, very yeasty, a little clove, coriander, and the slightest bit of nutmeg.

T: Great grainy flavor. Sharp, punchy hop notes, yeast, and Italian spice.

M: Light body, full flavor. Dry hop tones linger throughout. Just a little steely.

D: Great sipping brew.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Appearance is nothing really to write home about, but it does have a deep rich look. Nose has a great range of grains, nicely combined with some sweet and savory spice notes. Flavor is grainy, with a little spice. A nice light body, and dry finish. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Five Points Bottle west in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear golden color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of light malts with large amounts of herbal and floral hop notes. Also present are hints of medium fruits and pine hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, though not quite as well balanced. Crisp light malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of herbal and light pine hops. Midway through the sip the pine notes fade and hints of bready flavors work their way into things along with moderate amounts of ripe pears. The breadiness subsides and a strong bitterness comes into play near the end of the sip, carrying through to a crisp and solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass without a problem and could easily have a few more.

Overall this beer skewed slightly too far toward the IPA side for a Belgian IPA as the bitterness was a bit too strong. Still, it's a very good beer that's worth a shot.

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

Good beer. Has a sweet hops flavor, mixed with the traditional Belgian crisp drinkability & wheat flavor. Very good head. It doesn't taste like it's got a lot of alcohol in it like a lot of imperial IPA's. I drank it paired with a Greek salad and some noodles with butter.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Light golden-copper with medium head, leaving great lacing which sticks to the glass a good while.

S&T=More on the malty side. I notice a lot of sweet malt/barley, and less hops. Hops are there, just more restrained for me. Tasty, though not an ideal IPA.

M=Medium, with average carbonation.

Very good, an interesting new style for me. Though I prefer hoppier, this is a nice change. Will have again sometime.

Photo of Elimination
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, one of the best named beers I have ever had, deserves a review

A slighty dark yellow, very clear, great light penetration, very nice fluffy head, slight sticky lacing around pour area.

Smell is classic belgian esters, grape, toffee, butter. The hop bitterness comes through but not in american ipa sense, more of a bit of citrus sting that is covered up by yeast scents

Taste is a great example of a tripel meeting a ipa. Smooth belgian malt characteristics, playing with a superb but not overboard bitterness. Sweet malty, but has a sting of lemon, orange and a bit of earthyness.

Mouthfeel is a molten lava of robust liquid, very sharp carb bust is a smooth drinking belgian ipa.

Great beer, good in bottle, better on tap. Seemed to be a bit more rounded than in bottle.

Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, but not great. I have to preface this by saying, I am not a "hop-head". And to call this a Belgian beer style is kind of a stretch, because I have never had a Belgian beer even close to the bitterness of this beer. Don't get me wrong the hops used are very good (Golding?), but I am looking for more of a balance of flavors.

So, about the beer...

Head that dissipates rather quickly with some lacing, amber color, smell of strong hops with a hit of funky yeast. Taste is a bit funky/earthy and on the sweet side.


Photo of JK4Stout
2.4/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Nice Amber color, and some good head that lingers for a moment. Pretty clear too.

S: Let it breath a minute. At first whiff this really doesn't appeal. However on the second snifferoo the sweet Belgian notes come out along with the hops.

T: Eh, like most Flying Dog brews this is hit or miss. If you are in the mood for a straight up hop beer with little balance (which several are from time to time) give it a whirl. But if you are more like me, and you like a little balance and complexity with your brew, you can pass on this.

M: Medium and "gamy". I hope that word gives the connotation I'm going for.

D: Nope. That is all.

Photo of matt062286
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden straw color. Massive foamy white head that dissipates slowly. Light patchy head retention. Moderate lacing.

S - Sweet nectarines, grapefruit. Has a strong presence of that unmistakable yeast used in Belgians. Very fresh, great smelling beer (I suppose it helps that the brewery is less than an hour away!)

T - The sweetness of hops and malt greet the palate. Finishes on the bitter end of the spectrum. Hops are strong, sharp, and spicy. A shadow of the sweet clove-y Belgian yeast lingers.

M - A bit oily in consistency, surprisingly light body considering the ABV.

D - Very drinkable for the alcohol content, however the overall bitterness hampers drinkability for me.

Photo of davednyc
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Please excuse another one of my non-scientific reviews here. I'm usually very happy with the Flying Dog brews, and this one may be my fave of theirs yet.

A bit more flavorful and aromatic than their more traditional IPA (Snake Dog). Yet, the hops are not overpowering and this brew mantains a nice flavor and balance.

At my local retailer, all of the Flying Dogs are marked the same. So for more flavor (and higher ABV), definitely a good buy!

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

This beer pours a clear orange color with amber hues. The head is one inch of fluffy foam that recedes slowly into sticky lacing. The aroma is of moderate funk, earth, horse blanket, and a lot of citrusy hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, with a very dry finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a good beer, and one of the better Belgian style IPA's I've tasted. I like how the hops don't overpower the Belgian qualities of this beer.

Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Twelve-ounce single...
Yeast-laden aroma; frothy, carbonated pour...
Golden-amber hue with notes of cascading orange...
Overall flavor complemented the aroma... Yeast, sweetness balanced by tart hints of grapefruit...
Good stuff from Flying Dog... One of the better beers in their Canis Major series...

Photo of AdamBear
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-very golden, fairly bubbly. not much head

S-very hoppy and citrusy. very sweet smelling!

T-very hoppy and i'm tasting a lot of sage/thyme flavors. there's also some hints of berries. the after-taste is mostly hoppy with some vanilla as well. this is quite an interesting, well put together IPA.

M-medium but soft carbonation with a great creamy finish

D-mmm this was good and the after-taste stays and the high ABV is not apparent at all. i won't mind having this again. and again. this is a finely brewed beer and it redefined what i thought a beligian IPA was capable of.

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

Appearance - Deep golden color
Smell - Hops and belgian malts
Taste- "Tastes just like it smells... delicious."
Mouthfeel - Bittersweet, with a nice after taste
Drinkability - I would come back to this beer, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes anything from St. Lupulin to Gulden Draak

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch has a scalded orange colour, inflamed glow and frenzied complexion - I feel as though it's staring daggers at me. Do I have to defend myself before taking a drink? Will it hit me? I'll tell you what does hit me: the fiery, well stoked highlights that bleed through its frost bitten clarity. Its head isn't so raging but is erratically sticky.

The aroma is a sure distraction: the combination of American hops and Belgian yeast is damn near mystical. A profuse, hemorrhaging fruity bitterness occults all sorts of esters, vapors and phenols and the distant sweetness of a generous maltiness. Like a dog trying to catch a fly buzzing around its head, I'm chomping at the air around the glass...

Until I remembered I could actually take a sip. Impressive. The hops are so fruity and piny and bitter that they seemed to have blown a gasket; charred grapefruit, dried orange peel, herbal grasses and tree bark are on the warpath. But they meet a formidable foe in the less aggressive, but more tactile, esters and peppery phenols of the yeast.

The alcohol is just about at its boiling point but, curiously, feels only lukewarm, and is nowhere so hot so as to cause burns. The bitterness is incredibly raspy, and leaves your throat feeling that way too. The malts, meanwhile, despite that hoarse, gravelly hop presence, is not the least bent out of shape; it is firm and so thick so as to feel crunchy.

Raging Bitch is an appropriate name for a beer that is comprised of a rabid yeast, seething alcohol and merciless hops. And doubly so because I'm now enraged by the fact that the brewery doesn't sell it in bombers! The fact that I had to settle for a 12 ounce bottle has me seeing red! And also definitely seeing a full six pack in my future purchases.

Photo of Chaney
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at a sports bar at the Gaylord National Hotel in DC.

A: Very clear dark orange color, with about a 3-4 finger head that stayed fairly frothy throughout the session.

S: Crushed pine needles, freshly cut grass, grapefruit, and small dose of Belgian funk.

T: Very bitter, but in a grassy, organic kind of way. The citrus definitely plays second fiddle to the pine and the finish was semi-dry.

M: The froth didin't lace the glass (or the palate) that much with sugary sweetness, which I appreciated. However, the bitter fresh cut lawn clipping quality lingered a bit quite a bit for my taste.

D: I enjoyed the 16 oz. brew that I had, but if I had ordered another beer, I would have changed things up a bit. Too much pine for one sitting.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Looks nice, nice puffy head, a little cloudy, amber or orange hue

S: Smells like a strong IPA, with hoppy overtones

T: Big hoppy taste, barely any alcohol on the palate, with fruity undertones. Hops are prevalent but not like your usual IPA. The Belgian taste comes along with the hops

M: Good carbonation level, high but it complements the hops. Feels like its dancing on your tongue.

D: Despite the high alcohol content, I could knock back plenty of these. Perfect hoppy IPA

In my experience, this is Flying Dogs best, but it could be said that their Gonzo is either a close second or just as good.

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

Tasted blind courtesy of KimR, thanks again!

Pours a clear and bright orange color with a nice white head.

Aromas are quite hoppy and nice. This screams IPA/DIPA. Smells like candied citrus and fresh resin. Very nice nose on this one.

Taste starts out with some sweetness, caramel and creamy malts in the background. Finish is very crisp and dry, with earthy resiny hops, and some snappy grapefruits. Nicely balanced beer.

Mouthfeel is good. It's full, crisp, and quite smooth.

Drinkability is very good. Really enjoying this one, nice hoppy beer that isn't too much of a good thing.

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

Picked up a single as a test, and quickly had a 6 within the week, so I guess that will tell you how this review will go.

Pour is a yellow to amber, slightly cloudy. Initial 2 finger head subsides quickly, with some nice lacing behind. Aroma is more malt then citrus/hops, but extremely unique.

Belgian IPA is a perfect description. Malty, taste of bread and some caramel, with some subtle bitterness from the hops to finish. As you continue the taste, you pick up notes of citrus and some gentle pine. Really nice.

Their 20th anniversary beer, and an absolute steal at the price my local specialty store is selling it for. I will definitely grab more before it's gone.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,401 ratings.