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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

3,241 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,241
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 109
Gots: 376 | 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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Photo of riored4v
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 8/12/10

Poured into tulip glass resulted in a thin, 1/2 finger white head. Decent lacing. Clear, copper/golden body.

Smell had lots of citrus, fruit, and grapefruit. Some resiny hops with a good, estery, Belgian yeasty aroma. Mild maltiness with some notes of caramel.

Taste had a very faint metallic flavor in the finish. Good hop bitterness that lingers. Notes of grapefruit, pine and citrus flavors with a very mild bready, caramelly flavor. Pleasant maltiness as well.

Medium body with medium/high carbonation and a dry finish.

Very drinkable with no signs of abv. Flavors blend great.

One of my favorite beers since release. Good pricing, good on style and very easy to drink and enjoy.

riored4v, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of blivingston1985
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belgian IPA. I like the idea. Dark fruit and spices. Good yeasts. Belgian all the way. Grapefruit hoppiness. Bitter bite. IPA, you betcha. Mash them together and you have a fizzy, golden, cream laced concoction that is easy to have too many of to quickly.

Loved this beer. Very good mash-up of the two styles. Good maltiness balanced out by the grapefruit of the hops. The belgian spice come through next followed by the yeast(s). The nose is pretty great, too. Again a blend of two styles paired very well.

blivingston1985, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of hughesm4
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass bottle poured into a pint glass.
a-Poured a medium brown almost dark gold in color with about 1/2" of white head. Very clear with a few carbonation bubbles rising through the center of the glass.
s-Very sweet with a variety of fruits leading. I didn't notice any hop smell.
t-Fruity and malty up front and smoothly transitions to a light hop bitterness at the end of the drink.
m/d-A little light in the body. Leaves the mouth a little dry and wanting another drink. I sat down to casually drink my glass and it was gone before I noticed.

hughesm4, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Tripphop
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish-amber hue. Aromas of grapefruit and piney hop. Mouthfeel is silky with a dry finish. Nice balance with a bright citrus flavor. Belgian yeast comes through with just the right sweetness to balance the amarillo/warrior hop overload. Overall, a tasty brew. Dare i say sessionable at 8.3% abv?

Tripphop, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with no noted freshness date into a small tulip in sections.

A - Great golden amber in color with a small off white head that fades quickly. Lower carbonation and great clarity.

S - Fresh cut grass, celery, honey, wildflowers. Some fruity esters mingle with a combination of floral and citrus hops.

T - Spruce and pine resin up front bitterness give way to a hefty malt presence. Alcohol is more pronounced as it warms but it also reveals a light peach flavor.

M - Medium body, lower level of carbonation, moderate alcohol warmth in the mouth.

D - Moderate to low. Assertive bitterness chips away at the palate while the ABV chips away at your mind.

ectomorph, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of yesyouam
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog Raging Bitch is a super clear amber ale with a soft, thin, dense white head that has outstanding retention and leaves thick sheets of lacing on the glass. It has a very grassy aroma with a note of fresh earth. It smells like outdoors. It has a smooth medium body with a dry finish. It has a nice grassy bitterness and it's very fruity, with notes of peach and stone fruit. The finish is bitter and phenolic. It's very tasty. I could drink a lot of this!

yesyouam, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of MA08
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass at Pout Judgement in Newport, RI.

The beer pours deep amber color with a white head. The aroma of Belgian yeast is prevelant, with some floral hop notes. Taste is bready malts combined with the Belgain yeast and grapefuity American hops. Has an overall dry finish with a little alcohol at the end. Overall, a good-balanced Americanized version of a Belgain classic that is very drinkable.

MA08, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of vkv822
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into tulip glass.

The beer pours a beautiful deep golden color with a fair amount of carbonation rising up and a light, off white head.
The aroma is of spicy Belgian yeast, with pleasant floral and fruit hop notes.
The taste is a very nice blend of fruity bitter hops, sweet and slightly bready malts, with a nice spiced Belgian yeast finish.
It is well carbonated, with a medium body and crisp dry finish.

The balance between hop bitterness, malty sweetness and the spicy yeasts are close to perfect. This is a very well crafted Belgian IPA. And with the slightly higher ABV, this beer is dangerously drinkable.

vkv822, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of TastyTaste
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exactly what I would expect a Belgian IPA to be. The fruitiness of a belgian golden or triple ale, combined with the similar but different malt aspects of an IPA, and a nice US style hops kick. The alcohol esters also add to the Belgian aspect of the beer. It is pulled off as well as any hybrid in this style as I have ever tried. Good work, Flying Dog, you have seem to gotten over the quality issues I used to associate you with, this is a well crafted and drinkable beer.

TastyTaste, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of katan
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into a pint. appears to be a 2010 vintage

A - Pours a deep brown color, with light gold highlights. Strong eggshell white head formation, breaking down to a film. Light amounts of lacing. Some bubbling indicating strong carbonation.

S - A combination of orange/grapefruit hop notes backed up by a spicy belgian yeast strain. Peppery. Somewhat bready at times.

T - Starts off with a light 2 row malty sweetness, some caramel and nutty malt notes. Taken over by some white pepper spicy yeast flavors, very strong. Bitterness and some fruity hop notes come in. Hopping is very restrained, but it drives alot of bitterness. Finishes with a warming phenolic hit.

M - Moderate beer body, carbonation is strong. Stings the tongue. Finishes with a clinging sweet texture.

D - Moderate drinkability - abv is pretty zingy for the style. Flavors are pretty direct, reducing session appeal. I have to think that is not the brewers intention here anyway.

I am starting to warm to this style.

katan, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of garymuchow
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has the most awesome aroma. Sweet fresh juicy grapefruit and it never leaves. Also subtle light earthy grass rounds off the edges. So nice.
Smallish white head that settles to a ring and a smear, covers an semi-clear amber of orangish red.
The flavor is grapefruit and more. Really nice tart bitterness before a partially drying extended finish. Malt flavors seem flat and appear to balance and are not particularly sweet. The full bitterness slows the drinking, but is not in any way off-putting - I think its the long and extended grapefruit that persists and settles down the bitterness. As warms and the bottom nears the complexity of the hop flavors also begins to show. More grassy and earthy flavors appear - less enjoyable, but good nonetheless. A little alcohol shows, but it's tame and blending.
Very fine carbonation softens the bitterness some too. Moderately light feel overall.
I like this one the most when its colder - it keeps more of the best flavors present. The intensity of the bitterness slows the drinking some and limits the desire to indulge in the next. Having said that this is unique and good.

garymuchow, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of thielges
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Despite the provocative name this beer is a beauty. The first clue was the nose where you can sense a wonderful blending British and Belgian yeasts. The only other time I've encountered that was in one of my own brews and I think that was an accident.

Nice amber color, fine head of tiny bubbles. This beer really stands out as a unique flavor and kudos to the brewery for taking the risk, it paid off well. This is a fantastic big sipping beer and even if you take an hour to finish the beer those last few sips at room temperature are still fantastic. In fact I think I'll serve my next at English cellar temperature.

Bottle poured into a glass.

thielges, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of ebby82
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to find this on the shelves of Chip's wine and beer while on vacation in OBX. I've had it before, and loved it, but thought it was gone forever.

Pours a hazy gold into a tulip glass. The head is minimal. The nose is of hops and some Belgian funkiness.

The taste is very hoppy, although I know this one has been sitting around for a few months. I think the hoppiness is less pronounced than when I had one a couple of months ago, although its no less delicious. The bitterness is certainly here, but it isn't overwhelming. Also some Belgian funkiness in the taste, but its very limited.

It's a great example of a complex IPA, which I really wish would become a regular in their lineup. However, the ABV ensures that one or two is all one needs at a time.

ebby82, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a killer beer. After having this magical pint poured at the tusk, the first thing I did was stick my nose right in. I was rewarded with an incredible, pungent citrus-hop aroma. It caught me by suprise.

This beer was amber-copper in color with about a half inch head and tasty little bubbles tickling the tip of my nose...as well as my imagination.

Raging Bitch 20th anniversary was almost too good and I was not let down at all while drinking it. HopFest may be technically located in Madison county NY, but yesterday at approximately 12:39pm...it was in my glass. I will definitely pursue this beer in the future.

ThePorterSorter, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange copper body. Thin off white head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is juicy hops and cakey belgian yeast. Flavor is balanced nicely with resinous and grassy hops blending in with the bready malts and estery belgian yeastiness. Solid flavor and a bit unique compared to other Belgian IPAs I've had.

Bighuge, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"What do you mean you lost your shipment of apples and spice Mr. Shippyson?!"

"Sold 'em to a brewery."

"Whaaa?"

Well that's what comes forth if ye let this one open up some, and let this one open up some, son. Full body. And before you know it, you'll be drunk dancing on Mr. Shippyson's ship (then tied down in the hull until he decides to let you up to work, messed up, I know). Well hidden alcohol. But it won't happen too quickly, you'll feel yourself getting slowly screwed over. It's a sipper.

In the Flying Dog line of exceptionally middle-of-the-road brews, this is king.

TenHornsProud, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of slayer3604
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. Bought at least 8 six packs of it so far...By far one of the best representations for the style, while being affordable, available, and DRINKABLE! WOW!

A- Suddy, creamy blanket of sliiightly off white head, over a rich amber body

S- Citrus, belgian sugars, spice, goodness

T- Spice, up front bright fruit, pear, cinnamon, red over ripe apple, huge swaths of bitterness, and such a NICE BALANCE!!!

M- Thick, chewy, savory, full bodied, and warming.

D- Like I said, drink this sum'bitch with a hearty steak. I had a six pack between 3 people over some nice steaks that had been marinating in a ginger/soy/citrus marinade for a day. DAMN.

slayer3604, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear copper/red hue with a somewhat weak and short-lived white head.

S: Pretty yeast dominant, with banana, apple, heavy alcohol esters and a little caramel malt.

T: Spicy alcohol and Belgian yeast. Hop-derived fruitiness along with black pepper and a decent amount of citrus bitterness. Once the beer warms up, the alcohol clashes a little more with the rest of the flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, slightly dry, and light on the carbonation. Works fine with the flavor.

Not my favorite version of the style but a decent beer.

GeezLynn, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy gold tinged with red; one finger of head that dissipates before I've finished assessing the color and leaves a tiny amount of lacing around the glass. Strongly herbacious on the nose, the smell reminds me of Saison du BUFF (sage or thyme perhaps?). Piney and slightly citrus hop aroma is present as well To be honest I don't really know what to make of the smell; I like it, but it seems a bit odd for an IPA.

The first sip is a ton of herb flavor combined with hop bitterness and spiciness. Belgian yeast flavor peeks its head through as I exhale, otherwise I can't find much that is Belgian about this beer. The beer is medium-bodied with a bittersweet finish that becomes a lingering hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

It isn't the least drinkable IPA I've ever had, but it's certainly not the most either. One of these per session is plenty. Not a bad beer overall, but the herb character very nearly overpowers the rest of the beer. If that was toned down I think this brew would be a real winner, but as it stands I think one six pack is all I'll be buying.

FunkyMacGroovin, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
4.7/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Golden-amber color with a large, bubbly off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind thick, spotty lace.

Smell: Toasty aromas, and mostly hops- earthy and nutty aromas are prevalent with slight woodiness.

Taste: Buttery sweetness backed up by an earthy flavor, finishing bitter with more earthiness and woodiness in the background. Leaves lots of bitterness in the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: It's been a while since I have had a Belgian-style IPA, and I haven't had many, but this is what I think an IPA really should be- this has mostly very unique hoppy flavors, though they arent extremely overwhelming or bitter. Not necessarily balanced, but this is very hoppy while not overwhelming- highly recommended. VERY drinkable for its ABV, though the hop profile makes it more of a savory beer.

Mosstrooper, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the tusk

A- a big time carbonated crystal clear straw yellow brew. A very generous head

S- a yeasty and hearty hopped

T- extreme dry and bitter elements clash with and a dried grapefruit theme. Very bitter on the exit as well

M- medium bodied and carbonated

D- not bad for a belgium ipa.

lovindahops, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a standard pint glass (dont know why, sometimes i just like to keep the glassware simple)

a: pours a light-copper color with a two finger head that settles into a thin covering. no noticeable cloudiness or sediment, which is a surprise because i'm used to my IPAs being unfiltered. especially belgian ipas

s: hoppy nose, with subtle hints of belgian wild yeast. piney, citrusy notes with a hidden grassy/hay-like character (belgian yeast).

t: nice and hoppy up front. bright, citrusy hops with nice pine bitterness. belgian yeast adds a nice complex aspect to the brew. hoppy, somewhat complex yet well balanced. i like it.

m&d: slightly sticky mouthfeel; good drinkability.

definitely worth the $7.99 price tag. i've had better belgian ipas but this is a good deal for the price.

tzieser, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of Metalmonk
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color, copper/sunset hues, quite a nice looking beer, with a modest but creamy dirty-white head.

The aroma is awesome. Belgian yeast imparts a bit of quirk, while the hops are breezy-clean and fruity. Not sure how it tastes yet, but this is truly Europe-meets-US, both the "Belgian" and "IPA" in this beer working fantastically together.

What the aroma promises the flavor gives. This is fruity but not sweet, and not necessarily citrus-fruity, though hops are definitely asserting themselves. The unmistakable, sometime hard-to-define personality of some kind of Belgian yeast strain speaks loudly here too, adding earthy dimension to the experience. Dabs of honey, rosemary, vanilla and spruce dot the landscape.

Feels good in the mouth, slick and medium-bodied, substantial but simple. Nothing out of whack in this department...or any other, for that matter.

Fresh and bright, balanced and just super-good. Hell yeah. No need to say more.

Metalmonk, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of mash4077
4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear dark orange, very little head, dissipates quickly.

S- Strong hops smell right off the bat, with a little carmel or molassas up front. A nice balance to the nose of floral and citrus hops, nice.

T- The malts are present with the hops in a nice balance right away. Very hoppy, as promised, but more mellow and smooth than expected. A very complex flavor, with nice citrus and light caramel tastes, and just a hint of vanilla. The hops become more noticeable with each sip, with the floral tastes getting stronger. The taste doesn't so much match the nose as triumph over it.

M- Decent body, no major complaints.

D- Amazing for an IPA, I want ten more right now.

mash4077, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of nova009
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured for a bottle into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden copper color, small white head, very nice lacing that retains well on the glass

S- bitter citrus, hops, belgian yeast

T- hops, grapefruit, sweet fruit notes appear from the belgian yeast, nice balance of sweet and bitter

M- medium body that coats the palate nicely, smooth and creamy, very little carbonation that fits nicely with the overall build of the beer

D- very easy to drink, silky smooth, definitely picking this up again sometime

nova009, Aug 11, 2010
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,241 ratings.