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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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very good

3,003 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,003
Reviews: 1,049
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 94
Gots: 255 | 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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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Bronze and brilliantly clear. Huge eggshell head. Nice

S-Lots of chouffe like esters with a bit of citrus hop.

T-Chouffe like yeast dominant. High bitterness with a piney hop flavor. Toasty bitterness.

M-Medium dry. Slight astringency. No alcohol heat.

D-Nice belgian type IPA. Maybe a bit less of the yeast ester and more hop flavor and aroma. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2010 01:13:59 | More by organicbrewer
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4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a SA pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly bronzed, golden amber color with tons of lively carbonation and thick, pillowy head of sterling white carbonation which held to one-finger throughout the brew and left some nice soapy lace. Very nice!

S: Smells a bit like cleaning solvents, but deeper whiffs give off some nice spicy hop and pine aromas with hints of cloves and some floral notes.

T: Flavor is a nice, crisp, slightly buttery and sweet toasted malt at first. This leans into some estery fruit flavors with a complex of banana, mint, light tobacco and some tropical, citrus fruit tastes. The bubblegum sweetness of the Belgian yeasts rounds out a snappy, dry fruit and bitter hop finish to each sip.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a pretty clean and satisfying palate.

D: The 8.3% ABV is well-masked and it's a very good representation of this relatively experimental style. Enough citrusy and piny hop resins to satisfy most IPA fans with that sweetened, lighter, relatively high ABV for the Belgian fans. What a way to celebrate 20 years; Flying Dog is spot-on with "Raging Bitch!"

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 00:15:58 | More by Gambrinus1184
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4.88/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Every now and then a beer comes along that slaps you in the face and tells you "you know
nothing." Raging bitch is the latest of these beers for me.

Poured from a tap into a standard pint glass, this beer glows a welcoming deep golden-amber
color with a decent amount of dark white head remaining in the glass. The smell is, simply put,
incredible. - a rich, crisp, citrusy bouquet with hints of sweet tropical fruits (mango, maybe?)

Now, the taste... It hits your tongue with a nice, spicy hoppiness up front but then, instead of the
usual lingering bitterness that people find the most off putting aspect of ipas, it turns sweet..
Raging bitch has this pervasive ruby red grapefruit sweetness that most ipas don't have, with hints
of citrusy thyme and sweet apple. I was with friends who generally dislike bitter beers- ipas especially-
but they all enjoyed it.

Its not too light and not too heavy on the tongue, with an almost silky mouthfeel- a perfect beer to pique
someones interests in ipas and bridge the (long) gap between hoppy and sweet. I would normally not
recommend such a seemingly intimidating ipa to just everyone, but I think most people will enjoy it.
What else can I say?
Just go find one and see for yourself.

P.S. Sorry for the weird breaks, I did this on my blackberry and can't seem to fix it...

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2010 12:57:48 | More by SmasNadroj
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New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is very good. I really liked the first whiff I got while pouring it. It's very thirst-quenching, and I can drink this gulp after gulp, despite its strength. Very liberal with the hops, but without that bonk you over the head hops taste that a lot of these strong American ales have. They seem to have taken that bonk you over the head taste and tucked it into the drink better, so props for that.

I drank this out of a Chimay goblet.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 02:37:40 | More by dionisio
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank a bottle of this the other night. Overall, an excellent beer, although it came off as more of a double IPA than a Belgian IPA. Perhaps the hops were just too overwhelming. That being said, it's a great beer. Excellent appearance. Smell and taste of a mix of hops: sweet, citrusy, piny. Good mouthfeel - not too light, but not overwhelmingly heavy. Overall, very drinkable and dynamic beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 19:23:51 | More by ndekke39
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4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a beer mug.

Modest-looking IPA: burnt orange brassiness with a crisp clarity. A crackling head composed of large bubbles shows a sandy buff hue and is supplied nicely by an active carbonation level. Decent lacing left behind on the mug. Aroma sports spicy Belgian yeast and grassy hops that collide to coat the olfaction with notes of white pepper, pine bark, mango fruit, coriander, mint, and lemon peel. The malts smell biscuity and crisp with a touch of honey.

I don't often encounter unique IPA's any more, sadly (or Belgian IPA's for that matter...), but this is one. Floral hops add a lingering piny bitterness to a backdrop of spicy Belgian esters, cracker-crust malt, and a hint of medicinal booze. Body is crisp, tightly carbonated, and of medium consistency with a drying, peppery finish. All in all, Raging Bitch is a great anniversary beer (ironically reviewed on my parents' 30th wedding anniversary). It's also one of Flying Dog's best beers to date.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 03:35:30 | More by wagenvolks
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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

head looked good after i poured it but...just a few bubbles left. attractive enough hue

smells: bubblegum, coriander, plenty of fruit. nw hops?

hops are unsurprisingly at the forefront--in prominence, not necessarily tasting chronology--but allow for sweetness and some spicy belgian heat, as well. i expected more sweetness after i took a sniff but hops and spice (and, of course, lack of sweetness) contribute to a fairly dry experience. hop flavors are prominent: a touch of citrus but more touches of grassy and herbal

you know, if someone wanted to level the criticism that the hop gets in the way of the belgian i would not call that someone unreasonable. smells belgian but just taste like bitter (it's a bit crass, i know. bitter does have a flavor and it's not bad unto itself)

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 02:57:35 | More by bruachan
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3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

20th anniversary bottle picked up and reviewed during my trip to Jacksonville, Fl on 2/14/10.

Pours a clear golden orange color with 2 fingers of head and sticky lace that clings to the glass. Aroma is a strong burst of hops presenting themselves as scents of lemon-like citrus, orange and pine. Taste is very hop forward with citrus bitterness and a bit of the classic belgian style of spices. Light feel with moderate carbonation. Fairly warming beer as the alcohol is not hidden at all. For a belgian style IPA, it is very americanized with the major characteristics being the strong hop presence without much malt backbone. It seems quite unbalanced but a quick fix if you are looking for some hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:29:12 | More by stakem
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Best by date in June. 20th anniversary special release. Was a orange amber color with lots of yeast floaters. Lots of carb streams. It had a large fluffy head that settled into a thick collar and thin foam cap fed by the carb. Excellent sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was interesting. Spicy from the yeast with pine and grassy hops mixed in with the typical Belgian candy sugar. Each on its own might be good but, for me, the mix was off. Too much competing for attention. The taste was good with the grassy hops leading the way. The spice and sweet come in later. Again, good components but not blending well for me. Mouthfeel was creamy with lots of carbonation. Bitterish after-taste.

Overall, I love IPA's and I love most Belgian styles but this one just didn't blend well for me. In the style, I've seen it done much better (Piraat and Hugh Malone). R/A - not sure if we are going to get this in TX or not. Ummagum had an extra so I shipped that back from my CO trip to see him. It was interesting and glad I tried it but one is enough for me [N;N;OTR]

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 23:14:25 | More by TexIndy
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4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An amazing beer... I'm a huge fan of serious hop; I've lived in CT for just over a year and have yet to find an IPA that knocked me on my hind region... look no further. I'm am in love with this rich and hoppy beer. Totally sexy with licorice, walnut and hazelnut a grassy minty floral middle with a crisp honey and caramel malt finish...

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 22:50:27 | More by ianmhall
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - An active pour with a cascading head that settles at three fingers worth of uber fluffy and uber delicate white foam ... Stellar retention... An pale copperish amber with a glowing orange hue... A slight amount of slow disciplined deliberate carbonation... Some bubbles cling to the sides of the glass...

S - Compared to this rest of this stellar brew, the aroma is a slight let down, but still quite respectable by any other measure... Pungent citrus hops... A vague yeast character... Slightly grassy... Slightly floral...

T - A wonderful mix hops that starts pungent and bitter but turns juicy and citrusy sweet... While the hops are dominant there is still terrific balance... Just a twinge of yeast... A thin layer of malt in the form a crackers and caramel lay just beneath the surface... There is also just a bit of pepper on the finish...

M - The delicate head touches the lips first... Thereafter it's ultra sleek and smooth... Just the slightest hint of carbonation touches the tongue... Light bodied... Starts a little creamy, turning slightly juicy, and finishes with a tinge of dryness - A wonderful evolution that occurs sip after sip...

D - Eloquent... Hands down the best Flying Dog beer that has crossed my lips... I could sip on this all night long even at 8.3% ABV... I highly recommend and am glad that I invested in a six pack instead of a single bottle...

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 01:58:20 | More by philbe311
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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber color with a solid white head. The beer color is a little dull, but other than that, it looks nice.

The aroma is balanced more towards the Belgian yeast notes than the hops. Bubblegum and cotton candy notes are nice and full and are backed up with a fruity, Belgian tang that includes some banana. A fruity and herbal hoppy edge is added from the hops, but it seems to clash a bit with the Belgian notes.

The taste is similar to the nose in that the IPA vs. Belgian seems to be clashing more than coming together in harmony. There is a nice sweetness up front with a fruity spice note in the middle. Finish has good hop flavor as well as a strong bitterness. Just okay.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated, full bodied, and has a lingering hop feeling. It's good but I'm expecting more from a Belgian style. This beer started to grow on me by my third glass over a few days, but I never loved it and wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 14:02:27 | More by jeffthecheff
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West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After seeing 35 bottles or so neatly stacked in a corner of my friends room, a guy who enjoys his beer, I guessed this one had some merit. And I wanted it to; Flying Dog is pretty damn local to me.

The golden color means not much to me at this point. The smell however, a very citrusy nose, was rather inviting. Upon sipping, there seems to be a large difference between the smell and flavor. I'm getting much more floral in the flavor. If you breathe out just right at the second, there is a satisfying balanced composition available. The mouthfeel is a bit thick and tarry, probably because of the fairly potent alc. This beer then finishes by passing the aftertaste test which has become important to me. Finally, the alc is camoflauged fairly masterfully, another criteria I fully encourage.

Haha I saw the person mention the salt, a trick I thought I invented that late night on new years when all that was left was blue moon. I added salt and lemon juice, or vinegar, and damn if it didn't work. The counter, however, paid the price. Anyway, I can see how this comment was made: a bit more tangy citrus (grapefruit?) in the flavor would have been welcome. Still, this is a very nice FD brew, the best I've had to date, and worth enjoying again.

Before this, Flying Dog was a bit like Magic Hat to me, something people always talked about that just did nothing for me. This has changed!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 02:04:34 | More by willPS21
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this one pours a golden, copper, amber color with a slightly off white head with some really good retention. lots of nice sticky lacing as well. good clearity for a belgian though, prolly not bottle conditioned which brings me to a 4 instead of a 4.5.

aww belgian yeast meets american hops- love it! citrusy piney hops coinciding with bubblegum, flouride, and spicy belgian yeast. (almost all the belgian ipas ive had and made seem to have that zingy spice characteristic which i have come to believe is a result from the blend of an abundance of american hops and some belgian yeast)

oh such a great balance of hops to yeast. in the front part you get a little of the yeast with a lot of the citrusy, piney, grassy, resiny hops that gives way to a fruity, bubblegummy, spicy belgian yeast character. both of these contrasting characteristics seem to just blend so well in this beer. nothing over the top, but its definatly not lacking anything.

medium body with some average carbonation. mouthfeel is smooth and easy. resiny and oily, yet somewhat dry. finishs a spicy bitter with hop flavors that linger for quite awhile.

the 8.3% is hardly noticable, drinks so easy and is quite refreshing, definatly would be nice for the summer months to come. a really nice session beer, drank quite a bit of this last night with the boys watchin the sabres lose again. i really hope to see this around for awhile, cause i will definatly be revisiting another 6 pack really soon. i also noticed this was an anniversary beer(20 years! i had no idea flying dog was so old!) so hopefully my wish will come try and this will be on the shelves for the rest of the year.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 00:36:44 | More by dogfishandi
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4.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a nice bourbon red-orange with a thick copper-tan head that settles fast but leaves a tight half inch lacing band all around. nice.

wow. floral-yeasty belgian meets camphor-citrus hoppiness.

finally a belgian beer that is what i've always wanted it to be! there's the signature yeasty sweetness but bam...the hops swirl the kaliedoscope a bit. so thick and creamy and chewy and yet crisp enough. not catching the huge ABV...making this dangerously drinkable. a new favorite!

i'll be downing plenty of these after many a cyclocross race this fall! and while training this summer! ;)

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 22:01:37 | More by mempath
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4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty girl. Sticky white head that goes long and stains the glass, crystal clear body that shows off just the loveliest shade of golden amber. Eye candy.

S: I left the glass to warm for a bit, and as I returned, I smelled her at about 3 ft. Oh my. Blend of citric hops of Belgian yeast. A bit harsh like metallic grass mulch, and a bit alluring with lemon and musky malt.

T: Earthy almost farm yeast, slap of hop alpha acid, tickle of malty sweetness, two tons of flavor seem to all go airy and light while dropping the hammer of alcohol.

M: Fully bodied, mild chew, oily resin takes a while to suck off your chops.

D: Oh my, one is plenty, but I'll be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 04:17:20 | More by HardTarget
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3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a hazy orange/amber color with a great head that lasted for awhile

S-pretty amazing, very inviting aroma. citrus but not grapefruit bitter fruit more like an orange-tangerine type smells, not much on the belgian yeast aromas

T-a nice citrusy hops up front but a nice malty sweetness at the end; i didn't notice much on the Belgian side of things, I was hoping for a drier finish, but this ended up being a bit sweeter than I expected

M-not too bad; nice carbonation

D-at 8.3% its approaching most double IPA styles and usually one is enough for the day, but it was well balanced and two could easily get finished. definitely better than most of the flying dog line, unfortunately I don't think this will get produced for awhile or never again. I didn't noticed much belgian characteristics, to me it was just a sweet cirtrusy version of an IPA and lacked a classic Belgian dryness

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 03:59:50 | More by scottyb88
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4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at KnB wine cellar in SD, CA. Got the last few ounces of the keg. Pours a clear golden into the glass, thick foamy head atop. Great lacing.

Smells green and citrusy. With a lot of Belgian yeast eathiness. A bit different than the bottle I had a few days ago. Tase is a great blend of american hops (citrusy, juicy) and the belgian yeast flavor. Really nice beer, one of the top Belgian IPAs. Better than anything from Belgium I've had in that regard.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2010 22:59:49 | More by MiScusi
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into tulip

Appearance - Seemingly clear amber but I can see some floaties if I look closely. Nice thick white head with sticky lace.

Smell - Lots of tropical fruit and sour grapefruit dominate but I can pick up a hint of yeast as well.

Taste - Even better than the smell. The American hops erupt with grapefruit bitterness that slowly fades into a Belgian yeast character to finish. Hops linger on the taste buds. I love the personality that the yeast gives to this IPA.

Mouth Feel - The body is medium and leaves the mouth feeling dry. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability - This beer is very easy to drink but the taste is so interesting that all I want to do is sip and enjoy. I wish I had more than this one single. I will definitely be returning to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 03:13:59 | More by Sam21
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chimay chalice transparent orange with a thick white head, great lacing all the way down. Smells of weak floral hops with a hint of yeast. The taste is rather odd for an BIPA. The hops flavor up front doesn't really mix well with the belgian yeast used. There's a conflict of flavors going on that may just be too complex for my palatte. But there is flavor with this beer, lots of it. The mouthfeel does leave a unpleasant aftertaste, but the alcohol is not evident. Making this a rather confusing drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 00:45:06 | More by whoneeds8
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz glass purchased at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, VA.

A - The label is somewhat disturbing but I guess it suites the name perfectly. Golden with excellent clarity and a moderate white head. A steady and organized stream of bubbles make their way upward. Lots of lacing is left behind as it empties.

S - Aroma leans toward the Belgian side for me with Belgian candy sugar and spices.

T - I think this is all Belgian as it enters your mouth with a moderate sweetness and some firm spices. But as soon as it passes the middle of the tongue, a hoppy bitterness erupts. It's nothing like a west coast IPA (as the Stone Belgians are) but it is certainly reminiscent. The first sip caught me by surprise but then I adjusted and enjoyed it.

M - A creamy consistency and a moderate carbonation.

D - This is a unique, fun and drinkable beer. I'm not a big Flying Dog fan but this may make me rethink that.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 22:34:03 | More by GJ40
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4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber color with a very thick three finger plus frothy head that gives way to some nice lacing. The aroma is of sweet malts and some dark fruits as the base with floral and earthy hops over the top. Very nice pleasing smell. The taste is on par with the smell, sweet malts, dark fruits, and a slight roasted malt taste, for a backbone. Over the top is a nice floral hop bite with some hints of earthy hops. Very complex and interesting. The mouthfeel is slightly creamy with a moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very high you could have these all night, perfect balance of malt and hops and complex enough to keep you very interested in it. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 18:22:12 | More by goblue3509
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3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia, MD into a 12oz.fluted pint glass at the appropriate temperature (03/05/10)

A: Pours a nice golden straw color along with a off-white head rising about one finger. Leaves some decent lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: Some Belgian yeast combined with some piny and citrus hops. Much more mild than I was expecting.

T: Not real sure about the praise of this one because I'm not getting much from the flavor. Certainly not bad beer, but quite average. Again, Belgian yeast combined with some citrus hops and a bit of pine, but extremely mild and somewhat tasteless.

M: Light to medium-bodied with active carbonation and just the slightest hint of bitterness.

D: Easy enough to drink, but rather bland.

Overall this was not what I was expecting at all from the stellar reviews. Quite bland and disappointing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2010 17:03:08 | More by Lunch
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a golden amber with a thick, long last white head. Smell was very citrusy with some very sweet fruity notes as well. Taste starts out earthy and floral then moving to sweet fruity and finally citrusy and oily hop finish. Medium carbonation, very full bodied with a definite alcohol presence limit the drinkability of this to just one or two, probably best as a night cap. Very good, very complex.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:48:38 | More by stingrayvr6
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Stella glass.

A: Deep golden amber with nice one finger head and heavy lacing. Mild carbonation apparent. Nice looking brew.

S: Intriguing mix of Belgian yeast and American hops. Citrus hop notes the strongest tone.

T & M: Wow, Flying Dog usually leaves me underwhelmed but not with this brew. Nicely balanced, the Belgian yeast qualities really mingle nicely with the American hops. Medium bodied, carbonation more apparent in taste than appearance.

D: Despite high ABV very drinkable, easily the best Flying Dog brew that I've encountered.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:15:20 | More by elniko
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,003 ratings.