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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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3,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,455
Reviews: 1,094
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 117
Gots: 539 | 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 grub
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this as bonus in a recent trade with jlindros. thanks jared!

12oz bottle. sampled march 5/2011.

pours crystal clear golden yellow with a thin cap of fine white head. the head drops quickly and leaves a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is great. honey and caramel. bit of buttery toffee. white bread and cracker. touch of biscuit. floral and lightly perfumey. touch of alcohol. belgian yeasty spice. light herbal character. smells like a hoppy tripel so far.

taste is good. resiny pine and big perfumey floral character. lightly warming alcohol. slightly powdery. medium-high bitterness level - this dog's got a bite! honey and caramel. bit of buttery toffee. hint of grain. belgian yeasty spice.

mouthfeel is great. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance. great blend of hops and belgian character. delicious!

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

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear dark amber/orange, nice and bright, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick, looks alright.

Smell is neat, a little sweet, some caramel and candi sugar, banana, some spice, a bit of yeast, apricot, a bit of fruit, alcohol, light vanilla, citrus, orange peel, a bit of clove, pineapple, pretty interesting.

Taste is similar, lots of banana and grapefruit, sugary sweetness, a bit of biscuit, caramel and candi, vanilla, apricot, pineapple, orange peel, wafer, a bit of alcohol, some spices in the finish, clove and more vanilla, neat citrus bite.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit sweet, some light heat going down. Pretty good, has some cool flavours going on. Thanks Russ!

Photo of HopHead84
2.13/5  rDev -45%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5


On tap at URGE.

A: Transparent golden orange. Creamy cap. Looks inviting.

S: Coriander, clove, and orange, with bready malt. Very spicy. Some light grapefruit. A little alcohol. Perhaps some pepper. Smells like a generic Belgian beer. Average at best.

T: Moderately bitter grapefruit rind up front with prominent spicy phenols, reminiscent of clove and white pepper. There's a lot astringency in there. Far too spicy for my taste, and not enough of the IPA showing through. Alcohol is noticeable in the bitter astringent finish. There's a definite clash of spice and bitterness in the end that reminds me of aspirin. That's terrible.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: Not recommended at all. Avoid. Looks deceived me.

Photo of zhanson88
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra in a trade with tsblack05. Thanks a lot!

Appearance: Raging Bitch pours a coppery-orange color with 2 fingers of snow white head. Retention is very nice, as is the lacing. Super looking brew.

Smell: Slight caramel malts are in there as well as citrus, but above all is a spicy, peppery Belgianesque yeast scent. Maybe a bit of clove and bubblegum as well.

Taste: Lots of flavor going on in this beer. Definite caramel malt shows up first with some citrus and hop characteristics as well. The predominant flavor in this beer though is that spicy yeast characteristic. There are quite a few different things going on in this beer, almost enough to make it muddled. But in the end it stops just short of muddled, and is fairly tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is every bit of medium bodied with fine carbonation. Rarely do I say this, but I think this beer is a touch heavy for the style. The finish is also pretty hot. It could definitely drink smoother, and the body could stand to be lighter. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, and an interesting take on the style. I'd probably go for it again.

Photo of Tilley4
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flying Dog brews are hit and miss with me so I picked a single of this one up a few days ago and I'm cracking it open this AM...

Truly a beautiful looking beer in my CCB snifter... Orangish golden topped by a magnificent thick creamy head... This beer seems to glow in the sunlight...

A strong dose of hops right up front that seem to be citrusy or orangish in nature... However I can also detect the Belgian aspects as well as the unmistakable yeast and spiciness pervade the sense of smell as well... Reminiscent of an Abbey Ale with a touch more hop presence.. I'm interested...

A sweet caramel malt flavor on the first sip is soon eclipsed by a sharp bitter hoppiness mindled with a muddled blend of spices and yeast... This one is striking me in a way that I wasn't expecting and its a tad unpleasant.... The hops are present and accounted for but their medicinal bitterness detracts from the blend of spices that are desperate to peek through... The potential is there but seems a tad too harsh and bitter to make a real impression on me... Its not that its a bad beer.. Its just....unremarkable? A bit hot on the finish leaving me feeling like I've been sipping on a much higher ABV brew...

I'm glad I had the chance to give this a go... Not sure I'd grab it again though... There are just too many good offerings out there...

Photo of jmfc8237
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light orange color with good head and sticky web like lacing. Low head retention but has a solid cream floating for a few minutes that fades to a spotty sheet across the top of the beer. The nose grabs you with nice citrusy and floral hops and an almost tangerine orange fruit. Taste is packed with piney bittern g hops that flow nicely into a caramel biscuity malt bill that has a Belgian spicing backfinish. This beer speaks to me what a Belgian IPA should be. Great finish

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.56/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From old notes, tasted at Molly Malones on 8th St. SE in DC, Barracks Row.

A: Pretty semi clear darker orange color with crazy cascading champagne bubbles. Small bone white head and great retention and epic lacing.

S: Orange peel, yeasty wheat, sugary hops, some straw like notes, and beligan yeasty malt character. Not a lot of hops but it still has some bitters.

T: Ok, seems a la Belgian pale than what I expect from a Belgian IPA. Very dry belgian golden yeast, banana, and straw flavors. Some hops of a citrus like variety poke through with plenty of bright fruity sugar in the finish. Needs more hops to round out the sweetness.

M:Nice creamy feel with bitters at the back.

D: Average I'd say, would definitely not have gotten another glass.

Photo of sjverla
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: Bready and spicy. Smells nicely Belgian. Slightly clovey and estery. A little boozy--almost Lysol-esque or medicinal with hints of prune.

Appearance: No real head but crazy clear. A very nice honey-amber.

Taste: Nicely complex. Goes back and forth between Belgian and IPA. Mildly clovey. Belgian yeast is overtaken by a noticeable earthy hoppiness. That gives way to the crisp maltiness of a sugar cookie slightly overcooked.

Overall: I like it, but not like crazy. It's drinkable and crisp, but it just doesn't leave me wanting to buy it again.

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

This is one great looking brew. It pours a golden colour with ample carbonation and two and a half fingers of huge head. The smell is a mix between Belgian yeasts and huge, unrelenting hoppiness when the bottle's first popped, the yeasts eventually come to dominate the nose as it warms. The taste is at first ruled by the banana and malt flavors, the Belgian influence here is huge. Towards the center, the hops start to come through. They're a tad astringent at first, but mellow out to leave a very nice yeasty aftertaste with a touch of bitter citrus hops. This could be a bit hoppier, but otherwise is solid tasting.

The mouthfeel and drinkability are both solid, I have no complaints there. A great beer from Flying Dog - I'm not sure if it's worth the recent across the board price increases though. There's a store by me still pricing their singles at 1.89, so I buy one or two when I'm in there. Worth trying, especially if you're more fond of Belgians than me.

Photo of erosier
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a nice golden orange color with a medium sized and medium bodied off-white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, some nice fruity yeast aromas, followed by a nice floral and slightly citrus-y hop aroma that finishes up the nose.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted malts mixed with some nice earthy and floral hops giving way to fruity yeast flavors which then lead to a nice citrus-y hop flavor to finish.
M: Smooth, medium bodied, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, the flavors were nice and they flowed well together from one flavor to the next which is something I either don't notice or don't get a lot of. Decent sized abv rolls it's drinkability back a bit, but still pretty good nonetheless.

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

I've had this a few times-just hadn't sat down to review it yet-this is a live review.

A-Body is a pale completely transparent bronze colored body. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. Pours with a 2 finger or so head. Some lacing is left behind in the glass.

S- Overall impression of the nose is sweet an bready. Floral and slightly grassy hop overtones are present as well as a mild yeasty funk.

T- Flavor is similar to the taste-but is quite a different story. The big bitter floral and grassy hop profile chimes in right away with a sugary sweet bready yeast backbone, and a hint of funk. All the flavors intensify for the finish and the hops fade a bit but then come back in with a bitter floral lash. This lingers on for awhile with a mild spiciness.

M- Medium to high carbonation and lightweight full body.

D- This is a very good beer overall and one of the best that flying dog makes. Over the past year or so I have become a HUGE fan of Belgian IPAs-and while this one is good and definately fits to the style it doesn't measure up to a lot of other great examples of the style.

Photo of meeekyh
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde glass. The color is deep for a pale but still within the range and clear. Head is off-white and fluffy with great lacing.

Smell is piny and complex with the Belgian Bubble-gum thing going on. Hops arfe very pronounced but spicy and caramel smells join in.

Taste is sweet and tart and bitter. There is layer after layer of love in this beer. Grains are present holding up the complexity of the yeastie-beasties and the big hop profile. Very nice balance here and that is a difficult thing to do with this much raw talent. All three of the beer ingredients (sorry H2O) are really showing their character and that is awesome.

Mouthfeel is full and finish is sweet but not cloyingly so and carbonation is very nice and fully present.

At 8+% watch it or you will regret it in the morning.

I respect this style above many others for the complexity and depth. I choose this style as my first attempt at brewing a beer essentially from scratch for this reason and Raging Bitch is no disappointment.


Photo of Swedes21
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - very clear coper colour, about 1 finger of white head, some carbonation in the glass. Head leaves some good lacing back.

Smell - picking up some caramel, faint earthy tones, some malts and a little hop presents. there is also some spice smell.

taste - picked up sone pine, hops and earthy tones. the slight caramel smell comes through very faintly near the end. Little bitterness at the end, lasting taste in mouth.

mouthfeel - added carbonation bring a hops bitterness to this beer. mouth is full of carbonation levels, pine and hops, very impressive.

drinkability - lots going on in this beer, there isnt much alcohol taste, it is well masked. there is a good balance, would stock.

Photo of is11amtooearly
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Where to start? I love IPAs and I love belgian beers. I agree with crossmd when he says this is by no means Belgian. I don't see the connection, but I wont hold it against what I consider to be my newest "house" beer.
I tried this beer at a tasting in the liquor store and was immediately hooked. You feel the boozy undertone after the first sip, that warm, good morning kiss you wish a girlfriend could match but seems reserved only to the best of brews.
Color is beautiful. Slightly north of golden. Taste is amazing- the hoppiness was controlled with a subtle hand. Smells like most IPAs, nothing to write home about. The drinkability of this beer has reframed my expectations and future rankings- one of the best I've had.

Photo of Crossmd
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass, only printings on the bottle say 109B11..whatever that means.

Appearance is gorgeous, a hazy golden copper with a 3 finger head after a semi-aggressive pour.

Smell is very interesting, giving up candy, little bit of hops, and citrus fruit.

In tasting, I don't get a lot of the Belgian styling that is advertised. I can certainly see the yeast, and taste it, but this is not a Belgian beer. It stands alone very completely as having nothing like it, to my knowledge. Citrus abounds here. It's the most interesting blend of subtle bitter hops, that turn into a sugary citrus, grapefruit and lemongrass. Two sips in rapid succession yield the slightest amount of bite, but nothing that would suggest 8.5%. IMO, it is nothing short of electrifying to the tastebuds. I think this might be an American masterpiece of a beer.

Mouthfeel has an oily taste that turns effervescent on the drydown. Perfect amount of carbonation. Sort of coats the inside of the mouth though. I enjoy this, as it allows for a lingering flavor, but I could see how YMMV.

Drinkability is dangerously phenomenal at 8.5%ABV. I could kill three of these without a problem back to back to back.

This may be my favorite beer yet, and one that I absolutely am going to have to have a constant supply of. It eludes categorization. Thus, it's not a one trick pony, and may very easily appeal even to those who don't exactly love IPAs. I wouldn't even hesitate to recommend to honestly anyone with any sort of palate for beer.

Photo of Bobby12many
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy gold with a nice crop of finely beaded head.

S - Zesty, Citrusy hops up front; I pick up some oranges and lemon. The zesty citrus and hops mingle well with the breadiness of Belgian yeast. Smells delicious.

T - A very enjoyable blend of hop bite and biscuity yeast. It certainly is more of an IPA than a Belgian Pale, but the belgian qualities are there, albeit subdued by the hops.

M - Well carbonated and full bodied. Spot on for the style. If anything it borders on being a bit thick and viscous for the flavor profile.

D - A very drinkable beer, and one that I could enjoy a few bottles of in a night. However, the bite from the hops is a bit more palate wrecking than the IBU rating leads on.

Photo of macpapi
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

Raging Bitch pours a clear copper color with a nice, thick, fluffy white head. There is a decent amount of lacing. Smell is dominated by candied sugar and citrus hop aroma. There are huge hints of orange in the nose. Also a bit of biscuity presence to go along with Belgian yeast pull. There is a lot going on with the aroma here. Taste is bitter and not terribly complex. The massive hop presence overwhelms any sense of fruity sweetness and pleasing Belgian yeast strains that typically help add balance to this type of beer. Still, not without a good deal of flavor. Pretty sharp and biting on the palate. Pretty high levels of carbonation.

On the whole, this is a pretty nice, drinkable beer. A bit unbalanced, and perhaps over the top on hop bitterness at the expense of other elements that have helped to make this a popular style, but a nice, quaffable beer.

Photo of wahhmaster
4.55/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a translucent, light brown color. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates quickly but leaves some absolutely stunning lacing.

Smell: Smells sweet, malty, and yeasty like most Belgian-style beers. Smells spicy, earthy, and citrusy like most American IPAs. Really a nice combination and a nice aroma.

Taste: Aggressively hoppy up front with piney and earthy notes. Develops a sweetness with a yeasty character towards the back. Hints of spiciness and a little caramel are also present. Highly complex with exquisitely balanced hoppy and sweet flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied with an expressive carbonation.

Drinkability: A delightful beer and a true exemplar of an emerging style. To be honest, I didn't have the best opinion of Flying Dog before this beer; I found most of their line-up to be severely disappointing. However, this beer nearly (if not completely) makes up for it. It is a complex and interesting beer from a style that I can't wait to try more of. It is a true marriage of brewing cultures and one that no one should miss...

Photo of SteelerNation
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first Belgian IPA that I have tried.

A: One of the nicest colors in a beer that I have seen. A beautiful reddish, 24 carat gold color. Lacing is very low and head retention is average at best.

S: Fruity yeast smell dominates the aroma. Smells strongly of banana and orange.

T: Fruity yeast, sweet caramel malt, and citrusy hops. Strong ester and phenol presence. There is a lingering grapefruit-orange aftertaste from the hops. The bitterness asserts itself within the IPA style but is a bit cloying in the aftertaste. The alcoholic heat of this beer dries the palate.

M: Full bodied. What I'd expect for 8.3% abv. Borderline syrupy.

D: A bit too dry and cloying to be easily drinkable. Aftertaste doesn't leave me wanting to drink much more of this.

Having not tried a Belgian IPA before, I like the fusion of the fruity esters and the strong citrusy IPA qualities. The color is wonderful but the head retention and aftertaste could be improved.

Photo of MaxBrewell
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Gibbie's on High St. in Morgantown, WV.

A - Amber color w/ a slight haze. Moderate 1/2" of head faded to creamy rings of lacing.

S - Sweet candy and citrus hops.

T - Powerful hops blended nicely with the Belgian yeast and malt. Hints of bubble-gum.

M & D - Smooth. 8.3% ABV is nicely hidden and I would certainly grab another.

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

A: Nice looking slightly cloudy, small bubbled body that looks to have heavy carbonation. White head that shrinks to a single bubble layer of tight foam.

S: Well, this beer smells exactly like I imagine an IPA to smell when I think of IPAs. Smells like hops, and that piney funkyness that define the style to me. Not much else going on.

T: Tastes a lot more beefy than the 60 IBUs indicated on the bottle. I thought it was going to be one of the least bitter IPAs that I've had, but it drinks like an 80 IBU beer. Very straightforward character. Classic IPA taste. Nothing bad about it, but nothing jumps out at me like with some of the IPAs that I would rate 4-5. Solid.

M: Very very nice. Just the right viscosity and carbonation. Very close to perfect to me.

D: These are buzz inducing at 8.3% abv. Pretty smooth IPA that I would be able to keep drinking without quick palate fatigue.

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

A solid over-the-top American IPA. Plenty of white fluffy head over a hazy old gold with a trace of orange. Aroma of citrusy hops and toasted malt, flavor is true to the aroma, but transitions toward a more piney, resinous hop flavor and a sweeter malt that keep each other in check. If you're paying attention, the light fruity yeast notes can be found, but they really are not up to do battle with the hops for your taste bud's attention. SWMBO says "the hops kinda overpower everything, but that's not a bad thing." Indeed.

Photo of GRG1313
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20th Anniversary; Belgian style IPA;

Pours a medium to dark orange amber with a thin off white head.

Nose is coffee/carmel , Belgian candi sugar and almost a sweet fig like character.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and with nice body.

Flavors are complex with a pine bitter and underlying sweet toffee/carmel malt. Sweet front palate to big bitter finish is so fast that the juxstaposition is just too much for my tastes (or the bottle may be suffering since I'm left with the impression that the flavors really want to be "brighter" and "fruitier.")

Gets better and more pleasing as it warms and your palate adjusts to it. Big beer with a very big bitter pine finish.

Candidly, I think this beer was likely better closer to release. (I have notes of having this beer on draft at a Flying Dog tasting during 2010 GABF. I must find notes to compare).

All in all one can tell that this is/was a well made beer.

Conclusion: 2/2011 is simply too late for this one.

Photo of Cymru7
4.82/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first ever beer on cask and I absolutely loved it. The fact that it wasn't cold took a bit of getting used to but by its end this turned out to be one of the best beers I've had. I'm not sure how much of a difference the cask makes but regardless I plan on ordering a few more of these.

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

Poured out a dark bronze color that's very clear with light reddish hues, plenty of carbonation and a thick frothy head light tan head, and yes plenty of carbonation! It has some really good lacing and a dry sweet hoppy aroma with hints of banana bread. Its light and semi crisp on the tip of the tongue, slightly tart on the edges of the mouth and warm and hoppy as you swallow. It has a dry feeling over all and has a light-medium mouthfeel.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,455 ratings.