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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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3,171 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,171
Reviews: 1,061
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 102
Gots: 342 | 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 allengarvin
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a NB chalice. This is a nice orange-tinted amber color, clear, with a light head. Good aroma, dominated by earthy, resinous hops, backed with a light fruitiness. Excellent flavor! Quite bitter, with lots of hop taste that follows the nose, but there's also a good malt base, and a subtle yeasty spiciness that makes me think of thyme. The finish is bracingly dry.

One of the top beers from Flying Dog's lineup, I believe.

allengarvin, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

This brew is a bright copper color with a white head that settles down to a thin wispy layer with minimal lacing.

Smells of earthy herbal hops and caramel hops.

Tastes of herbal hop bitters, with a twang of mild malt sweetness; bready yeasts and an orange citrus-like, dry finish.

Medium light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Very sessionable in spite of the abv. Would easily pick up a case of this.

ujsplace, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a bit of carbonation. Dense head that eventually disappears. Honey, berries, and bananas comprise the sweet aroma. A bit of alcohol is also noticeable. A bit of carbonation up front. On the sweet side, but with increasing bitterness starting in the middle. By the finish, a battle ensues between the malt and hops. In the end, the hops win a battle of attrition. Mouthfeel leaning on the heavy side with a good amount of body.

LittleDon, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of juju7
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Still not convinced of this style but yet again a well put together beer. Radiant orange with a creamy head and some sexy lace. The nose represents the Belgian IPA vibe well but I can't help feel it's a clash rather than a harmony of IPA hops and Belgian yeast goodness. The IPA side of things is winning over and a nice IPA it would've been. It's a good beer but I just don't know when the time is right for this type of beer. I can't help but wish it was one or the other.

juju7, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of rlshep
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not sure if I've ever been more excited about drinking a new beer and at the same time very nervous. I'm either going to really like this or it is going to kick me in the gut.

Aroma: Spicy phenolics upfront followed by citrus grapefruit hop aroma.

Appearance: Thick white head. Slow to settle. Good lacing. Orange light copper color. More clear than I expected from a Belgian.

Flavor: Very dry. Huge grapefruit flavor. Spiciness from yeast. High bitterness. Tasting some orange notes as it sits on my tongue. Some solvents in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-High carbonation. Medium body. Alcohol noticeable, but not over the top.

Overall: I like this beer. A little high on grapefruit flavor and high on alcohol. This may not satisfy hardcore Belgian beer drinkers, consider this a hopped up Belgian Blonde, but very approachable for the rest of us.

rlshep, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright orange pour with a brilliant clarity reveals a light, micro-bubbly effervesce that was loosely spaced. A spongey modest capping, light beige in color, displays modest retention all the while leaving a minimal lacing on the way down.

S: A beautiful nose of oranges, fresh juicy pears, and sweet apricots appear upfront. A few swirls later brings out a lemony tart nature and some sour fruitiness that works well in balancing the initial fruity sweetness. Overall modest in strength and aromatic.

T: Spicy hops meets fresh wet citrus and toasty grains (perhaps munich) with a warmth of alcohol. Toasted grains compose the malting, that was complimented by some warm grapefruit and pine juice bring a spicy warmth. The hops and alcohol really come into play late in the game after the swallow providing a nice bite from the bitch.

M: A nice tingle of carbonation and medium consistency with warm and bitter pine juice and alcohol. Slick textured slides nicely around the tongue.

D: The alcohol seems a bit more then its advertised 8.3%abv as well the hops of 60ibu which were quite dominant. Spicy, hoppy Belgian take that will leave you with a good impression and wanting more.

beerthulhu, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of DovaliHops
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very light, clear, amber color with a big frothy white head that hangs around for a bit. The smell is very nice. It's definitely unique... Is it weird that after I smell this beer for the first time I think of the way that Saison Du BUFF smelt? Had that beer quite a while ago, but I get the same herbal, spiciness to this beer as well. Smells like an herb garden with a bit of hops and sweet malts. Initially, I taste the herbs and spices. Lots of oregano, clove, thyme, and pepper. Then it gets very sweet and hoppy. This beer is so damn tasty. Very unique in my opinion. The alcohol is extremely well-hidden and the mouthfeel is just perfect for this style. I could drink a whole six pack of this beer, but would not remember it. My favorite beer Flying Dog has to offer.

DovaliHops, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of abriggs1
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A Tale Of Two Beers (with the same name and style billing)

Last year I was lucky enough to procure way too little of Flying Dog's 20th anniversary beer. I thought it was an amazing example of an American style IPA using a Belgian yeast. It was a well balanced but sharp bottle conditioned brew and, I thought it was the best beer Flying Dog had ever done.

This year I bought a six pack, and I miss the beer I remember. What is this I'm drinking? Is it even bottle conditioned? Given that there's no sediment, it's obvious they gave up on that aspect of this beer. Where is the unfiltered quality of last year's batch? This is totally different beer from last year. I assume the same yeast was used, but there is only a hint of it. What you get is nothing more than a run of the mill IPA, and not even a very good one. I've been looking forward to this beer ever since I had it last year, and I have never been more disappointed.

Do yourself a favor and try Rock Art's Belgo-American IPA, it's a revelation.

abriggs1, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of aubuc1
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle "320FX10" poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orangey brown with a thinning off white.

Smart smell of hoppy belgian yeast and some light ripe fruit.

Taste is a very smooth, nicely hopped, yeasty with a nice dry finish.

Very good mouthfeel, and very drinkable for the high abv.

A real delight from Flying dog.

aubuc1, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather luminous dark honey color with generous white head. Nose has a bit of chalkboard, and some background citrus. Palate has the same chalkboard like powerdy thing going on, almost somewhat medicinal like swallowing a tablet. Some dry grapefruit is there and a bit of wild flavors from the yeast. Finish has that powdery taste too.

yemenmocha, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of jporf911
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. There is an indecipherable code on the bottle that could be a freshness date or simply a production designation.

Appearance- 3.5 out of 5. Foggy but not completely cloudy like many Belgian IPAs. It pours a nice golden-orange color, like a coppery tea, with a good slow-receding head and solid, sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass. The label art is like a psychedelic nightmare, which may explain the Hunter S. Thompson quote. It looks like the Taco Bell dog after a week of PCP while reading Dante's Inferno.

Smell- 4.5 out of 5. The smell is strong and is reminiscent of citrus and pine. I can also detect a bit of spicy clove and the typically-fruity Belgian yeast. This beer uses Amarillo hops (in addition to Columbus and Warrior), but they are only faintly detectable in the scent.

Taste- 4.5 out of 5. This beer is definitely raging, but it's no bitch. It starts off with that fruity ester from the Belgian yeast, then cascades into a citrus taste, which is soon followed the bitter bite of the Warrior hops on the back of the tongue. It's not nearly as sweet as the smell would lead you to believe, and the spiciness is pleasantly potent. It is moderately acidic, and the alcohol is rather hard to detect in the wash of other flavors.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. Medium, crisp body that starts and finishes wet. It leaves a tingly sensation on the top of the back of your throat and a bubbly sensation in your mouth from the carbonation.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. Other beers of this style are either too acidic or too weak. Raging Bitch strikes the perfect balance. It's solid enough for the serious beer drinker yet light enough to still be enjoyed by people of more petite palettes. At 8.3% percent, it's definitely smooth enough to have a few and be happy.

jporf911, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of sfprint
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Foggy, orange, tea like. Minimal visible carbonation. But nice color.

S: oooh, lemon, apricot, yet the teenest bit musty. Very nice.

T: I think this is the first Belgian IPA I've had, even though it's not actually Belgian, so I won't review based on the style. Sweeter than most IPA's I've had. The tartness at the end is odd. Hoppy, though in a very different way than I'm used to. There's a certain floral flavor in here. Different and interesting and on the good side. The alcohol sits in the aftertaste, but not in an unpleasant way, and quite hidden.

M: Pretty damn smooth. wow. you only feel the carbonation when it's agitated.

D: The only thing that bothers me is the tartness at the end. It's otherwise very interesting, perhaps too interesting for drinking several.

sfprint, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of IdrinkGas
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: light copper crystal clear color with a finger and a half of creamy head from an aggressive pour. Very nice sticky lacing with some staying power.

S: Fruity. Belgian yeast, malt, some piney hops.

T: Fruity Belgian yeast up front followed by slightly bitter citrus/pine hop finish. Nice balance.

M: Dry with moderate carbonation

D: Really smooth for 8+% abv.

The first beer I've had from Flying Dog and it has made me want to try some more!

IdrinkGas, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of whiskeysoda
4.95/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From my experience with American-brewed Belgians (ESPECIALLY IPA's), many are hit and miss. THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is a punch square in the face.

A good one.

Yep. Right up there with Stone's Cali-Belgique, Flying Dog has found what I'd even go so far as to call a good candidate for a flagship.

POURS a slightly hazy, light copper with an excellent 2 fingers of super-fine head (especially from the tap, it is important to use a wide-mouth glass, as the foam tends to rise much more in narrower glasses; as the name implies, Belgian style tulips work best). Slow to recede and packs a rich, beautiful NOSE of caramel, resiny pine and a hint of lemon and apricot.

The TASTE is smooth and balanced, sweet malt intermingling with hints of the tell-tale clove/banana character imparted by the Belgian yeast that are actually allowed to shine as pine and orange rind from the hops impart very little bitterness; making an overall sweet Belgian beer while still remaning distinctly IPA.

Dangerously smooth and delicious for a +8%. I'd petition to make Flying Dog keep this year-round!

whiskeysoda, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of tdawgydog
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was really looking forward to this highly anticipated brew...

A - Pours a beautiful copper orange with at least a two finger head that recedes to leave a nice lace around the top of the glass.

S - Hoppy, Spicy, Is it Belgian, is it an IPA oh wait, it's both. A great blend.

T - One of the best I've had in a while. Always been a fan of Flying Dog, I think this is the best one that I've had from them. Really well done, extremely disappointed that it is a limited time brew. Hopefully the high praise that they've gotten for it will keep it around longer.

D - Super smooth for an 8+% ABV, you really don't notice it until you've had a few. I am unfortunately finishing up the last two bottles of a six-pack that I purchased.

M - Again, very well done. Perfectly balanced I will be seeking out more of this before it goes away.

tdawgydog, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent 1 1/2 finger head with fair retention and a yellow orange color which I can see through.

Smell is of well balanced of some banana and clovey spice with an overtone of apple throughout that becomes more apparrent as the beer warms.

Taste is balanced. Plenty of hop bitterness, but no where near overwhelming. Citrus hops come through but do not overpower the hops. It's nicely balanced. Residual sugars provide a sugary sweetness.

Carbonation is moderately low for the style, but it blens well with the underlying malt profile.

Very nice beer from flying dog. Let this one warm up for a while before judging. It gets dramatically better if you do.

jasonjlewis, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Kelly88
4.58/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into my Kentucky Ale snifter

A- great looking Belgian IPA. Dark golden color with a clean quarter inch head that disapates to a nice scattered cap. Every drink leaves lace clinging to the glass.

S- quintessential for the style. You first notice the spicy Belgian yeast but layered into that is floral hops and a touch of fruit. Not a 5 BC the scents weren't very strong.

T- spicy yeast that is superbly complemented by the hop bitterness. Fruits in the middle almost like orange and grapefruit juice mixed together.

M- carbonation is good. Crisp taste that leaves you wanting more

D- I really see no reason why you couldn't drink a few of these if... you had a ride home. Very drinkable but very big at 8.3% I love this bitch!

Kelly88, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head that is slow to die; leaves a cratered surface as it recedes. Good lace. Clear, golden-amber color

Earthy, moldy, and very bitter are the first words that come to mind when I smell this beer. It's not particularly attractive and it's hard to describe. On the surface, it smells like a particularly strong yeast with a hot spiced hop. It's like nothing I've brought to my nose before.

Very harsh taste that cannot be complete attributed to the ample hop. It's almost as if there were some sort of hot sauce (tabasco-like) added to the beer, even though there is no "heat" per se on the tongue. Very astringent. Short aftertaste. I cannot detect the alcohol nor can I sense the yeast flavor. Moderate body and slightly spritzy carbonation.

This is completely unusual to me, but not necessary in a good way. Worth seeking out if only to try something new.

smcolw, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on my honeymoon at Cannery Row Brewery in Monterey.

Appearance- golden color, thin head

Smell- interesting aroma, citrus, spices

Taste- citrus, spices

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was really good. I really enjoyed it at the brewery and had such a good time. I would love to drink it again.

jeffjeff1, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of tjwarren
4.65/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A - light copper color mostly clear with a little cloudiness to it.

S - my worst sense. I did not pick up any of the hops that followed, but it did not smell like a beer, not a BMC at least, very pleasant.

T - Wow. Talk about an explosion, I have never had a beer with as much taste as this one. It was almost overwhelming with the first sip but not too overdone. The alchohol was very present and the hop finish was quite a kick. I loved, put in my personal hall of fame. Not for the new beer drinker or anyone who has not turned the hop corner but anyone else should enjoy it.

M - Slick, carbonated, perfect.

D - If it wasn't 8.3% I would give it a 5 but I am afraid this would sneak up on you.

Flying Dog is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries. I don't care for their marketing but I love every beer I have had.

tjwarren, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of AJacob81
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Tap House Grill in Westmont, IL.

A - Auburn-amber, a touch hazy, with a 1.5 finger bubbly white head that leaves delicate lacing as it recedes.

S - Citrus fruit, some piney hops up front, with a hint of Belgiany, clove and banana malt in back.

T - Very citrusy at first, then the honey malt asserts itself, but not in a sticky or cloying manner. More piney hops and a spicy, bready character follow and the finish is hoppy-sweet and very tasty.

M - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, the bubble keep flowing at the end just as well as at the beginning. Overall, a very silky feel on the palate.

D - Super easy to drink, due to the complex yet accessible flavor profile, and the consistent carbonation.

AJacob81, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of clegolfski
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

*I'm doing my best to be subjective about the reviews and not let my personal taste preferences impact ratings. This beer has a 3.5 in taste due to it being a bit out of balance.

A = Amber with a slight haze. Thick slightly tan head that maintains nicely and laces as a drink.

S = Oh man, delicious smell. Lemon citrus for sure that does overpower the Belgian character

T = Sharp citrus hop bite up front. Malt is pretty prominent along with the yeast but... the resin taste from the hops really overwhelms it. Way more of an IPA than Belgian in this reguard.

M = Awesome luxurious mouth-feel. This is where the beer shows off its Belgian character.

D = Pretty damn versatile in drink-ability. The bright citrus really makes it refreshing and drinkable. The mouth-feel and slight complexity makes it sippable.

clegolfski, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Sam Adams Boston Lager Pint Glass.

A - Pours a clear copper with very active carbonation, about a half inch of sugary white head that leaves a little lacing.

S - Big sticky candy sweetness, yeast funk, and clove (but not too much), I don't get any hops at all.

T - Hops come through right away, bitterness, some of the candy flavors, slight clove, banana, and slight yeast funkiness. This has a lot of layers of flavors.

M - Light bodied, a bit slick, and lots of carbonation.

D - This is pretty good, definitely different. Tasty, refreshing and a lot of flavor.

semibaked, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top.

Appearance: Pours a really clear orange amber with some frothy white head.

Nose: Super sticky bud hops. Lots of fruity citrus notes mingle with dusty dried grains. Really lots and lots of aroma hops. I was thinking Amarillo and it's confirmed by their website.

Palate: Holy hop bitterness batman. Medium-light-bodied with lots of aggressive! hop bitterness. Citrus mingles with fruity Belgian yeast notes, a little bit of light malt shows through briefly before the bitterness snags it all back and ends on a mouth-puckering/watering bitterness! There's a spicy flavor there too as the high-alpha acid hops fight with the yeast. (Their website confirms Warrior hops.)

Notes: Love it! A super-infusion of Belgian yeast and American Hop-slamming ingenuity. Perhaps the best in the style.

SFLpunk, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into bells tulip.

Pours a fairly large amount of head, about 3 fingers of beige color. Fades down quite a bit. A decent amount of fizzy lace left. Color is a clear golden copper.

Aroma: A lot of spice notes right up front. Coriander and orange peel show the most. Some yeast shows with a bit of floral earthy hops. This beer is all around an earthy creation. Almost a hint of funkiness shows.

Taste: Wow, the hops show way more in the taste as compared to the nose. This thing is packing a ton of floral, earthy hops. Some orange peel shows again with more of a citrus kick packing. Lots of yeast flavors show with some Belgian traits. Spice notes as well. This beer surprisingly brings a lot of alcohol with it. The abv is high, but still shocking for the style.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced with a hint of alcohol showing in the aftertaste.

Overall, the beer is pretty decent for its style. It is lacking a few things and the abv shows too much for me. I think it is a decent brew from flying dog, but nothing I would go crazy for to have again. Decent drinkability if I can get by the alcohol showing.

mothman, Jul 01, 2010
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,171 ratings.