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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,128 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,128
Reviews: 1,057
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 98
Gots: 317 | 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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Josephkeene

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +16%

Orange beautiful IPA, has a nice filtered appearance.

I enjoy the hop presence from its aroma. After the pour, the head leaves a nice white lacing which stay's throughout the whole pint.

The taste brings a nice candy like Belgian sweetness upfront with a nice hoppy bite in the end. I really cannot tell this is a beer in the mid-8 percentile.

This is a current favorite of mine and is a must try for anyone who loves hoppy IPA's.

06-21-2010 01:49:04 | More by Josephkeene
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fank2788

Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +7%

Great bright orange in the glass the head is fairly thick at first but it falls somewhat quickly to a thin film. The lace is nice though. The smell too is good. A combination of west coast hops less of the citrus and more of the pine variety with some Belgian yeast character and spice. So the taste...there is a malt backbone in there somewhere but this beer is dominated by the hops. The Belgian character is a bit lost behind the hops which really dominate. I'd say there is a small lack of balance, but it's a great IPA. The body is good and the carbonation is moderate, the finish is dry with a lasting bitterness overall pretty good. When cold this beer is incredibly refreshing. The high alcohol and high bitterness don't detract from the drinkability of this beer in any way. I've never tried any other flying dog beers but have to say that I'm pretty impressed by this one. A solid IPA with some refreshing Belgian character.

06-20-2010 01:12:12 | More by fank2788
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VaTechHopHead


3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

Big thanks to BA Gborobeer for sending this one to me in my Week 4 "Beer of the Week" package!

A - HUGE thick white head that lasts forever that gives a good amount of lace, nice copper transparent color with TONS of upward cascading bubbles.

S - A little bit faint for me, would have like to smell the aroma a little more to get a better idea of what ingredients were used to brew it. But I did get a hint of Belgian yeast with a slight funk to it, sweet malts, a small whiff of raisins and oranges. Didn't get much hop aroma on this one at all.

T - Definitely an improvement over the smell...flavors come out a lot more to define this beer. Starts off with a sugary-malt flavor but instantly transforms into hop bittering, but not too over the top. Past that is a nice light candied fruit flavor with slight yeast ester flavoring. After taste is straight up Belgian ale flavor with just a kiss of hops.

M/D - Medium-heavy bodied beer with semi-dry finish thanks to the hopping. No trace of residual alcohol flavors but the effect is definitely there. Good flavor transitions make it very drinkable but not too complex where you have to think about every sip and see if there are any hidden flavors.

Overall a good Belgian IPA, was expecting a little bit more with the A- overall rating but a solid beer from Flying Dog no doubt!!

06-19-2010 20:27:06 | More by VaTechHopHead
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JayQue

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

The best of Belgian beer and hoppy IPAs blended together!!! Poured a hazy orange color into a pint glass. Good size white head with good retention. It slowly faded to a full covering of the top of the glass. Lacing was thick, ladder-like. Overall a very good appearance.

Smell had some Belgian yeast / spices and mild pine hops. Not a particularly memorable smell.

Tasted very good. Strong hoppy presence (bitterness) with nice additional flavors of spices, Candi sugar and Belgian yeasts. A lot of stuff going on with this beer at the same time, but it was all nicely balanced and very tasty.

Mouthfeel was crisp and richer than most IPAs because of the Belgian influence.

Drinkability was good for a strong beer. I could have enjoyed another!!. This is what I expect in a mixture of Belgian-style beer and IPAs.

06-19-2010 18:24:09 | More by JayQue
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JRed

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -20.6%

Light, clear amber topped by foamy white head that leaves thin lacing along the sides of the glass. Sweet aroma of caramelized sugar, apples soaked in liquor, slight raisin bread, prunes. The taste isn't as exciting as the aroma: faint apple fruitiness, booze, burnt bread towards the finish and rides out grassy with patches of mud and some candle-wax. Light-medium in body. The raging bitch must have hit menopause. There's no mojo here, no great flavor, no lasting impression. Flying Dog never ceases to fall short of expectation.

06-19-2010 01:02:15 | More by JRed
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KeefD

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -18%

Pours a clear amber orange color with a large white head that fell slowly leaving some good rings of lacing and had a lasting cap. Aroma is peppery, piny, and full of Belgian yeast. Alcohol is noticeable in the aroma as well as a touch of anise, presumably from the yeast. Taste follows the nose pretty evenly. First thing that hits are the spicy, peppery hops that give off just just a hint of pine and herbaceous qualities, followed by a good dose of caramel malts which are bready, and overall pretty balanced. I gotta say I'm not a fan of the spicy hops nor am I huge fan of Belgian yeast being used in IPAs. Maybe this just isn't my style, but it's hard for me to really get into this beer. It has some nice qualities, but could use a little more citrus/tropical hop flavors to balance the spiciness. Body is well rounded and nearly full for the style. Alcohol isn't as present in the taste as it is in the nose. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite either. Still searching for the Belgian IPA that blows me away!

06-17-2010 17:14:29 | More by KeefD
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +16%

Pours a amberish-orange colour, with a nice white head. Smells like a Belgian tripel that is hopped up, as you'd expect with the style. The taste doesn't disappoint at all. Nice Belgian tripel yeasty, with the American hops. This beer is truly awesome, I wish I could get it in Ontario.

06-17-2010 04:16:42 | More by kwjd
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

pours a semi-hazy reddish/brown/copper with a decent head that dissipates to a small film and leaves some different lacing.

smell is spicy. typical belgian style aroma of cloves is present, but more surprisingly is a very distinct smokey and peppery spice like can be found in a dry rub for a ham. oddly reminds me of turkey pastrami fresh cut at the deli. this must come from the yeast. hops also are present and add a bit to the spice character as well as contribute a bit of citrus and pine. malt is in the background, but is present to sweeten up the aroma a bit. a very complex aroma.

taste follows the aroma pretty closely. spicy yeast and spicy hops dominate. clove and pepper dominate the palate with a weird smoky and meaty character to it. piney and acidic citrus hops come through before the bready malt sweetens things up and the pepper again takes over and lingers a while. alcohol burn on the finish is evident but not overpowering. complex? yah. unique? yah. tasty? yah. but its probably not for everyone.

medium bodied with a lot of prickly carbonation. would do better with less, or even better bottle-conditioned. a bit of resin left on the palate.

goes down ok. the smoked meat flavor is not unwelcome, but not off-putting either. pretty enjoyable, and this has turned out to be one of my favorite beers by Flying Dog. the complexity and uniqueness won me over in the end. I can't see myself recommending this too often, but I can see myself buying it again.

06-16-2010 03:33:35 | More by silentjay
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popery

California

3.05/5  rDev -21.4%

I had high hopes for this one but came away fairly disappointed. It looks nice - amber-orange transparent liquid with a mess of fine white bubble on top. The aroma is pretty good - orangey/floral/cat piss hops, clean wood, honeyed malt and light Belgian earth. It's actually a tad boring for the style, to be honest. The taste is just disappointing. There's a lot of bland bitterness from both hops and wood. I've never much cared for Amarillo hops, so that could be to blame, but this beer just doesn't have much going on. The more delicate hop notes have faded, the wood doesn't provide much interest and the yeast is understated. For the style, it's harsh on the palate and drinkability is poor.

06-15-2010 05:57:56 | More by popery
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%

12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Clear orange-gold with a rocky, offwhite head. It doesnt last too long, and leaves some OK lacing. Not bad looking, but not really the appearance of a Belgian.

Smell: Here we go. I'm pretty sure this was fermented with Duvel yeast. It reeks of Duvel in a good way. Slightly bready with lots of light fruity esters. Oh yeah, and a blast of citrusy hops.

Taste: Very grapefruity hops. Some orange and pine too. This tastes like all American hops all the way. Finishes very bitter with a musty, yeasty flavor. I like all the hops flavor, but the bittering should be toned down-- I think it would also let some more of the Belgian yeast flavors shine through.

Mouthfeel: It feels about right to me. Its maybe more carbed than a standard IPA, but its a Belgian style, so it fits. Nothing outstanding.

Drinkability: I've had more than one of these on more than one occasion. To me, this is like an American IPA fermented with Belgian yeast more so than a hopped up Belgian pale ale, which is good, but just a really different kind of beer.

06-15-2010 01:03:24 | More by rapidsequence
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JamisonM

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +7%

A: light copper color clear, off white head very good head retention and lacing

S: pine first and citrus next a along with spice that must come from the yeast and a bready smell.

T: pine citrus bread and spice a unique BIPA

M: light mouth with med-high carbonation

D: very drinkable the 8.3% is very well hidden.

Overall: Very good BIPA not the best but damn good. Cheers to Flying Dog for this one.

06-14-2010 23:46:29 | More by JamisonM
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DmanGTR

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Review from notes on 4/17/10

Bitch please! This poured a nice gold with a solid white head. Pretty clear with particulates floating around. Pears, touch of apricots, and lots of citrus of the grapefruit/lemon variety. The flavor is quite similar, but less pears. Perhaps a hint of white grapes in the finish along with all the bitterness from the hops. A decently bitter Belgian beer. I think I could get used to this. Moderate carbonation, though I wouldn't mind a bit more.

06-14-2010 16:07:03 | More by DmanGTR
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev +11.1%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle Summit Scandia Chalice.

Appearance: Dark golden-amber with creamy off-white head that subsides, leaving some lacing behind.

Smell: Loads of grapefruit, with notes of pine and an overall tanginess. Quite pungent, but definitely smells more IPA than Belgian.

Taste: Very hoppy and bitter, with a strong grapefruit profile. Some pine, orange and light malt. Maybe a touch of clove (just a touch). Ends quite bitter and slightly tart. Just a very funky IPA overall.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry almost tart finish.

Drinkability: Not much of a Belgian IPA, as there is just a minimal amount of clove and tartness - basically not nearly as yeasty as expected. However, this is a fantastic brew if simply regarded as a tangy grapefruit-heavy IPA.

I have to retry some Canis Major beers (Double Dog, Gonzo, Horn Dog) but until I do, this is by far Flying Dog's best beer.

06-14-2010 12:27:10 | More by bsp77
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dmamiano

West Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%

hazy amber/brass in color
big white head that hangs on and laces nicely
perfume like...telling from the mixture of citrus and funky Belgian yeast. very interesting combination
this little bitch is bitter! malts try to balance the bitterness but seems to be a losing battle.
Nice hints of bubble gum, yeastiness and some nice esters
very unique and good beer

06-13-2010 20:23:56 | More by dmamiano
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

Pours medium amber with a decent head that lasts to a skim. Some light lacing. Good clarity, nice bubbles rising.

Big whiff of topical fruit/ pineapple, some bubblegum, light maltiness.

Bitter up front, with some juicy sweetness, like ruby red grapefruit. Tropical fruit, toasted bread, some juicy fruit flavor, bitter finish. Alcohol in taste and kick.

Medium bodied and well carbonated. This is a good drinker, but the booze is very well hidden. Beware but enjoy. A great brew that was $1.95/single. Good value, easy to drink, good balanced flavors. Terrific. And people have an issue with the name? Really?! Buy this.

06-12-2010 20:28:12 | More by OtherShoe2
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Let me begin my saying Happy Anniversary Flying Dog. Keep up the good brews!

See through and copper in color, this beer sports a very tall head supported by lots of active carbonation.

THe smell is that of 2 worlds colliding. Imagine aromas of a well hopped American IPA with Belgian yeast qualities of banana, bubblegum(clove) and orchard fruits.

The taste is very hopped up -American stylie. Very bitter at first, but then the belgian yeast comes through on the finish. Very nice.

This beer is actully pretty light bodied for it's alcohol content. Well cabonated and a very crisp texture add bonus points to an already highly drinkable brew.

This is my plea to Flying Dog to make this a year around beer. Definately one of the best to date.

06-12-2010 02:20:55 | More by bonsreeb85
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washingtonydc

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

Flying Dog is a bit like my own shadow--it'll follow me here, it'll follow me there. When I'm in Colorado, it's beside me. When I'm in Maryland, look, it's there too. So I have a certain affinity for a brewery that cares enough to keep up with my travels. This affinity certainly encompasses their take on the latest beer style à la mode (and of course I mean the latest fashion--not the latest beer float).

Pouring from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass, it's a clear golden amber with a thick, creamy, off-white head. It gives off a wonderful, very bright aroma of fresh pine. That promise of pine certainly lives up when tasting it for the first time--resiny hops fill the palate, but it subsides into a malty, caramel finish with a deeply satisfying alcohol undercurrent. It's a well-bodied beer that's neither too light nor too heavy. It may not be entirely sessionable--it can be a bit intense--but it's certainly a rather enjoyable experience.

06-11-2010 23:34:59 | More by washingtonydc
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jdense

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

12 oz. bottle from local bottle shop in The Big, poured into Delirium Tremens tulip 6.7.10.

One finger white head, medium dissipation resulting in solid layer of head on top of clear orange amber body, considerable carbonation rising from bottom of etched glass bottom. Grapefruit dominates the nose but the Belgian yeast is noticeable, as is cardamon-like spiciness. Taste is a bit on the sweet-side up-front, noble pine hops in the middle leading to a fairly bitter finish. Full mouthfeel with above average effervescence leading to a quite dry finish. . Alcohol very well hidden, quite drinkable. IMHO, this is quite good. Here's to another 20 years from one of America's best small breweries Worth checking out.

06-08-2010 04:21:09 | More by jdense
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

12 oz. bottle tried 22 May 2010.

Served in a Celis shaker pint. Large fizzy manila colored head. Lightly carbonated. Clear amber color. Aroma is sweet, resin and pine. Taste is sweet, then becomes resiny bitter with some candy sugar. Warming ethanol in finish, citrus too. Slightly odd vegetal aftertaste. Medium sticky body. Lingering bitterness.

Prefer the Hopus to this...

06-08-2010 02:58:08 | More by htomsirveaux
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

I picked up a 6 pack on sale for just under $8, so why not? It rings in at a healthy 8.3%.

Poured from the bottle into a pub glass. About an inch or more of white head forms up, sticking around with very great staying power. Sudzy, light and extremely clingy. Lace shows up for sure on this one, full surface cling all around the glass.
A very decent half inch cap remains and does not settle much further. Color is a transparent marmalade, glowing with golden hues.

Aroma is much more pungent with hops that I thought could be possible with a belgian. Yeasty traditional belgian aroma still shines through with hints at bubblegum and banana. Hops are fruity though with pineapple and orange peel. Some good caramel malt aroma too.

Taste upfront is mostly ipa though will aa wallop of hops, mostly fruity and sweet at this point. Then belgian flavors swoop in outta nowhere and last only a bit before bitter pine takes over and lingers with orange peel. But while belgian flavors are around its devine and some clove pops in as well as a belgian yeasty funk.
After the swallow and finishing with a linger of pine. The belgian yeasty flavors come back and forth in the midst of hop linger.
Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with moderate carbonation.

This is one intriguing beer. Very easy to drink and dangerously so. Alcohol does not make an appearance in either taste or arom, but the head feels a bit twisted after a few and then you realise how dangerous this beer really is. Absolutely loved it.

06-07-2010 22:57:17 | More by Buebie
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Symptomu

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

Raging Bitch looks like a pretty standard IPA when poured into a pint glass. Some good head and lacing.

The aroma is quite intensely citrus and hoppy and gives you a good idea of what you are in for.

Taste is good and bitter with bold splashes of orange and white grapefruit.

The hops seem a bit beyond the 60IBU's and this contributes to an exceptionally dry mouthfeel. Very astringent and cleansing.

Drinkability is good on its own but this really should be paired with some good spicy food.

06-07-2010 19:28:58 | More by Symptomu
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Arbitrator

California

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased for $2 or so at Whole Foods Los Altos.

A: Pours a hazy orange-amber body with a diffuse orangey glow when held to the light. The head is a finger of dense cream-colored foam that retains for about a minute before retreating into a moderate collar with some scattered bubbles on top of the brew.

S: Like grapefruit pith, orange, a touch of pear. Spicy phenols when it warms, which is probably the contribution of the Belgian yeast.

T: Grapefruit pith -- like wet, fresh-cut grapefruit drizzled in orange juice. Slightly artificial tasting. This strikes me as a straight East-Coast-style malty DIPA, for the most part. As it warms, there is a spiciness in the finish that imparts the impression of dryness, but I'm having trouble telling if the beer actually finishes dry. It certainly doesn't taste that way in the rest of the swig.

M: Malty throughout, finish is spicy (and possibly dry). Good hop flavor, though a tad artificial. Medium+ bodied. Carbonation is lower than I expected for a "Belgian" IPA. It's somewhat low for an American IPA / DIPA, in fact.

D: I kind of like it. I'm not a huge Belgian IPA fan, but the beer works well for the most part. The orange flavor is a bit weird, but it's not a deal-breaker. Might have again.

06-07-2010 00:52:25 | More by Arbitrator
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wcintula

New York

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%

I must be a good person, because I'm drinking a beyond good beer.

Poured from a bottle to into my FD glass, the head erupts into large gassy bubbles and takes over almost half of the glass. The body is a clear, golden amber and overall looks high in carbonation. The head settles leaving nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

I smell sweet, sassy amarillo, baby.

Smooth and velvet-y entering the mouth. The taste follows the smell perfectly. There's a dry kick in the mouth and the nose.

I would keep drinking and drinking and drinking this lovely. The high ABV doesn't bother at all like in some. It's wonderful.

06-05-2010 19:02:43 | More by wcintula
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

"Not only is life a bitch, but it is always having puppies."

--Adrienne Gusoff

Shiny kumquat orange with multiple slow moving streams of fine bubbles that eventually disappear into the underside of a thick chunk of pale khaki colored foam that does not have a Belgianesque look. It does, however, have glacier-like rockiness that is visually appealing.

American hops and Belgian yeast is a splendid combination. The former includes Warrior, Columbus and Amarillo. The latter was named 'El Diablo' by the brewery. In any case, the combination of tropical fruitiness (orange and pink grapefruit) and spicy esteriness is all kinds of enjoyable.

Raging Bitch's flavor falls a little short of its nose in terms of awesomeness. It's still good beer... that was undoubtedly better beer right after the release. It doesn't taste worn out, though, just less vibrantly hoppy than it almost certainly was several months ago.

More pale malt and less crystal malt would have given the hops and yeast even more of the flavor spotlight. The Amarillo hops, in combination with generous alpha acids, might lead some BAs to think that this offering tastes like orange-flavored children's chewable aspirin. It does, a little, but not so much as to be offputting.

More than 5 months of age or not, this Bitch is still Raging. It tastes and feels like most of the original 60 IBUs are still present. The alcohol is nicely masked too. Warming releases even more peppery and clove-like phenols. What a mouth party this is turning out to be!

The mouthfeel is more 7.0% IPA than 9.0% DIPA. It's plenty big enough, however, and has a glassy smoothness that falls just short of slick and slightly oily. Peppy carbonation fits the rest of the attributes (and the name) to a 'T'.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA is Flying Dog's second best beer. Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale is the best. It's a humdinger of an ale that is a few tweaks away from being amazing. Here's hoping this 20th anniversary brew becomes a year-round release.

06-05-2010 15:43:49 | More by BuckeyeNation
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

a- bottle poured into a snifter, full finger of off white head with great retention that leaves nice lacing behind and all over the glass, hazy amber/orange.

s- sweet, fruity, slight banana, some earthy bitter hops, very estery-which i'm enjoying, maybe a hint of strawberry hidden in there somewhere.. or maybe i dreamed that last one.

t- mmm, spicy, flowery, perfumey, with a nice earthy hop essence with a kiss of that belgian yeast blending in, this is nicely bittered with a taste of grapefruit rind, and pepper as well.

m- medium bodied, incredibly creamy, silky.

d- really nice, so drinkable, i would definately drink this again. this is probably my favorite belgian ipa to date.

06-05-2010 01:57:18 | More by thecarster1
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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