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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,334 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 3,334
Reviews: 1,075
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 112
Gots: 427 | 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 ibbjamin
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Nirmal over at Bobby's Liquor in Santa Clara, CA for this bonus brew. I poured into a large tulip to review.

About an inch of white, tightly-knit head. Glowing orange in color; similar to that of a good DIPA. Strong lacing and a nice foamy lining of retention.

Aroma is quite spicy with white pepper and clove similar to a tripel. Also quite bready and yeasty. There is an underlying balanced hoppiness, but definitely more on the spicy Belgian side of the style.

Taste is more balanced with the hops coming more into play. Still the beer is dominated by bready spiciness. I'd call it more of a slightly hoppy triple than a Belgian IPA.

Nicely carbonated, but there is something flat about the mouthfeel to me. Light to medium in body.

Oh well, even trying to get away from getting this beer an identity, I don't think I"ll be getting it again. Just a bit too spicy for my taste.

ibbjamin, May 29, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 8.3% ABV, 60 IBUs, 257FX10 on the label.

A - Despite the name, this beer seems pretty tame so far. A tall pour created about two fingers of off-white head above a totally clear, highly carbonated, golden-orange beer. No effervescence is completely in contrast to the looks of it. The head wasn't retained that well; it played dead after leaving a few collars of thick lace.

S - Mild citrus-filled hops impart a slight lemonly zing to the Belgian-smelling beer. Lots of Belgian yeast imparts earthy clay, a small level of spice, and a sliver of banana. Light candi sugar and honey sweeten the aroma up while caramel and pale malts fall to the back. As this Bitch grows in heat, pine resin from American-smelling hops comes out.

T - This dog's bite is much stronger than it's bark. Sharp citrus grapefruit and lemon tartness appear right away, unchained, with a resiny pine flavor running up close behind. The Belgian aspect doesn't present itself in the same way it does in the nose. Much less powerful, the yeasty components hold a subdued place in this beer offering a classic spiciness as the main Belgian aspect. Some honey and candi sugar add sweetness to the light caramel malt backing.

M - The attack of sharp carbonation is fast and brutal while the hoppy, dry bitterness follows up with a second snap. Medium-light in weight, this Raging Bitch finishes dry and bitter with a spritzy throat tingle. Clean and crisp to the finish.

D - The alcohol is no where to be found in this beer. Raging Bitch contradicts itself (in a good way) once again with a bark that's worse than bite in the ABV regard. Despite the nuances of this brew, it's got a nice clean, crisp feel and east of drinkability. A good beer, one of the better ones in fact, from Flying Dog.

BeerFMAndy, May 28, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Saraveza in Portland, OR. Poured into a stemmed glass.

appearance - transparent yellow/orange, foamy head, good lacing

smell - floral and citrus hops dominate the nose, malts

taste - sweet and floral/citrus hops with accompanying malts, very flavorful and full, slightly spicy and fruity

mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation that tingles the tongue

drinkability - great flavor, surprised me quite a bit, smooth and consistent

djbreezy, May 27, 2010
Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.80.

A: Beautiful rustic orange-amber with thick, frothy 2-finger French vanilla head with good retention and nice streamers of lace.

S: Sourness of the citrus hops and tartness of the Belgian yeast dominate, but the hops are also herbal and spicy in quality with a solid pale malt backing.

T: Much better than expected with less medicinal flavors (although some are there) and more pale malt and herbal, citrus hoppiness.

M: Feel is very thick without being heavy. A medium-to-full feel adds significantly to this brew's enjoyment. Carbonation is low-medium.

D: Drinkable with nice spicy, citrus flavors and a strikingly authentic Belgian yeast character.

argock, May 27, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Crystal clear brilliant rust colored body, with a virginal white fine-bubbled head that leaves a mountain vista of cloudy lacing behind.

S- A syrupy sweet malty wall upfront with a sharp stealthy hop potpourri on the back end.

T- This initially comes off like a nicely balanced east coast IPA, then the Belgian sours wash in afterward, along with a very dry bitter hop aftertaste. Some raisiny juices. A lot of flavors, but none really break out of the pack.

M- Sharp carbonation, full bodied.

D- A bit too intense of an aftertaste to score mad points on drinkability, but after a few of these I might not notice anyway.

rawthar, May 26, 2010
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4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle lists its abv% at 8.3 and its ibu at 60. There is no freshness on the label however.

Appearance: The body has a bright clear orange amber color with lots of cool visible carbonation. The head is very long lasting and maintains a small cap of foam all the way to the last sip. Lacing is very good as well.

Smell: Its aroma has deep citrusy grapefruit like hop notes over light Belgian blonde notes.

Taste/Palate: There is a sweet and juicy citrus hop presence with deep notes of grapefruit pith. The hop character dominates over a sweet doughy malt and funky Belgian yeast base in a good way. It's not like an enamel striping harsh bitterness but rather a tasty, juicy combination of hops and malt. The finish is fairly sweet and citrusy with only a mild bitterness way off deep into the background.

Notes: This one is just plain tasty!!!

generallee, May 25, 2010
Photo of missingsense
2.98/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into Maudite tulip glass from bottle with freshness date 8/24/2010.

A: Orange amber, fairly clear with a tan head. Slight retention and little lacing.

S: Sharp hops and Belgian yeast. The alcohol content is evident in the aroma. Sweet flowers, such as honeysuckle, and leathery scents are also noticeable. Although it has a fairly complex aroma, not all of the smells are good. It possessed a certain burnt smell, almost the smell of burnt rubber. As it warmed, a bubblegum smell increased almost to the point of sickly sweet, particularly when the beer was agitated.

T: The initial taste was a mild Belgian spice with hints of floral and leather flavors. This beer didn't seem to hide its higher ABV very well, though. The aftertaste was uncommonly bitter. Although the label claims 60 IBU, it tasted far more bitter than beers with a significantly higher IBU content (such as Stone Ruination).

D: This beer was far too bitter for me to truly enjoy. The only enjoyable aspect was that it does possess a certain complexity, I just don't think its flavors worked that well together. It didn't seem to strike me as much of an IPA (and I am an IPA lover), other than being bittter.

This is the first beer I've tried from Flying Dog, and I must admit I'm turned off a bit. However, the Ralph Steadman artwork on their bottles is cool enough to make me willing to give some of their other beers a chance.

missingsense, May 25, 2010
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3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my imperial pint glass the beer is a fairly clear golden orange. The off white head reaches to a solid three fingers and is super thick. Great retention. It looks like a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top of the beer.

The aroma is lightly fruity. Oranges, lemons and grapefruit are mostly what I pick up. Coriander, clove and belgian yeast are the other dominant characters. Smells like a Belgian IPA for sure.

The flavor is dry and bitter right off the bat. The hops start off strong but then the malt and yeast take over. It finishes dry and powdery with heavy spice.

Medimu body with light carbonation.

Overall a solid stab at the style. A bit too dry and spiced for my taste. One is enough for me.

beerwolf77, May 25, 2010
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange to amber in color with a yellowish head of foam that settles down quickly. Some lace remains behind, but slides down the glass.

Smells of sweet oranges...maybe clementines would be a good description, but with some bitterness and a little sour.

Orange and spice (a little clove) is the first sensation and that travels to back of the tongue and remains as a film. The orange flavor is both at the tip of the tongue and the back, with the sweetness forward and slight, and the bitterness more assertive. There is a minor sour tone to the beer.

The body is on the light side of medium. The aftertaste does not linger and the filmy sensation I mention above doesn't hang around either. Not a guzzling beer, but throwing back a three or four would not be out of the question.

Naugros, May 23, 2010
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4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'll never see the supposed genius of Steadman, and he's outdone himself here, with the bitch on the label and all her flagrantly bared anatomy. Though it coheres with the name in the feathers that they are certain to ruffle -and I understand it to an extent- it just seems cheap and desperate, as gimmickry is not needed here.

Clear brassy gold with a whipped pale, sandy cream. The lacing is excellent and the retention isn't half bad.
A phenolic bomb on the nose. Bubblegum, allspice, cinnamon, clove. Laid on top of round, sweet, bready maltiness...an analog of warm, sugar glazed donuts. Hopping adds electric notions of wintergreen, pineapple, wildflowers, and grapefruit, but is the third most prominent trait, aroma-wise.
It carries into the mouth that donut-esque, sweetly, chewy, sugary, bready maltiness from the nose. Phenols are a bit calmer, but clove and allspice and pepper still shine through. Hopping ups the ante with full bitter grapefruit pith, resins from pine and prairie grass, a whole bouquet of florality, and a lilting, fuzzy, sweet/sour peach ride-out. Alcohol is an absolute non-factor.
Pushing towards full bodied, but stunted a bit with its plush, moderate, lasting carbonation. There is a muscularity here, yet it flows down the throat like so much fluffed silk.
This is cripplingly drinkable. Flying Dog's finest moment by far, and one of the best bargains in beerdom...while it lasts.

cokes, May 22, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a light, fluffy head.

This beer is fruity and estery with notes of passionfruit, banana, apple, clove spruce, and peach. It's quite hoppy and bitter. The Belgian aspect really comes through, I guess, in a yeasty way. Though, I wouldn't really compare it to any other Belgian style besides IPA.

For being an American version of this style, I like it quite a bit. Overall, I wouldn't want more than one. Just not really my cup of tea.

brownbeer, May 21, 2010
Photo of Lolli1315
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Copper orange color with less than a finger of head that holds well with decent lacing.

S- Fruity smell coupled with cloves hit the front of the nose that is followed by other citrus fruits including most notably grapefruit. Bitter hop aroma overcomes the fruit smell bringing this out of the Belgian style and into the I.P.A. section of the beer. Fruity esters and spicy phenols round out this beer.

T- A sweet malt is imparted on the palate to begins this beer that quickly molds into a moderate amount of hop bitterness and a spicyness imparted from the yeast phenols. Fruit esters also noticeable throughout the beer creating the Belgian presence in the I.P.A. Finishes slightly bitter in the aftertaste the lingers slightly.

M- Medium body, close to syrupy. Moderate amount of carbonation and slight amount of alcohol warming.

D- Highly drinkable beer and with the high abv, this is one that could get you in trouble.

Notes: Sad that this is not going to be a year round beer for Flying Dog seeing as it the beer I have enjoyed the most from them.

Lolli1315, May 19, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a 2 finger, fine, slightly off-white head with great retention. Beer is a cloudy pale orange. Lacing is outstanding. Patchy, great cling, great legs. A damn fine looking beer!

S: Tangerines, pine, cane sugar, Belgian yeast, and a noticeable but hard to place fruitiness. Very sweet and pleasant overall with a large bouquet that tempts the senses.

T: Spicy hop and citrus blend with a complement of apricot and peach. The sweet fruit background and hop bitterness are very distinct here and try as I might, I can't get the flavors to mesh. Hops experience is a bit powdery at the end and is joined by a pleasant fruit tartness. Finish is a hoppy mess, leaving a huge citrus hop aftertaste.

M: Light to medium bodied, highly coarse, and highly carbonated. Very lively in the mouth where it produces a huge tingling sensation going all the way down. Finish is messy, aftertaste lingers.

D: A interesting take on the IPA style from a Belgian perspective. I haven't had a Belgian IPA before but this is exactly what I would imagine it to taste like. A fruity IPA taken to the extreme with that characteristic Belgian yeast nose and flavor. I'd definitely have this again but its pretty middle of the road for me for the most part.

SpeedwayJim, May 19, 2010
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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The beer poured with a lighter shade of amber...there was some clarity to it which was unexpected...the head was small and white...not much retention...but great lacing

S - The aroma was comprised of a lot of citrus hops surprisingly...spicy and floral hops lingered as well...the Belgian yeast was muted but you could detect some of the Belgian spices

T - I kept getting flavors from both styles of this beer...it seemed like every other sip would give me a blast of spicy and citrus hops via the IPA style and the other sips would be loaded with yeast, banana, and cloves via the Belgian style...they were both loaded with flavor but one would always overpower the other...they never married together

M - Medium bodied...but a little thin at times and not much coating of the palate

D - This beer would have been rated higher if the flavors would have combined a little more...this was a solid beer that had the potential of being awesome...this is one of the better beers from Flying Dog...well done

thain709, May 17, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a orangeish amber color with a creamy white head. Head fades away quickly leaving a nice layer of bubbles.

S- Belgian yeast, spices, piney hops, caramel and bready malts. Quite a few citrus hops popping up too.

T- Hops dominant here. Piney and citrus hops mainly grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Backed up with a nice bready malt back bone. The Belgain yeast come in toward the end.

M- Medium in body and the carbonation seemed right on.

D- I was certain that I would not care for this one due to the whole Belgain IPA thing, but I was wrong this is a very solid and easy to drink brew. I'd pick up more of this one if I could find it. Recommended for sure.

nrbw23, May 16, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ample two fingered head of tan colored mixed size bubble head. Lacing is evident. The ale is copper in color with near perfect clarity. Quite a pretty picture in the glass.

The aroma is wonderful with notes of apricot, honey, lemon and bourbon.

The flavor is a pleasing mixture of bitter hops, sweet malt, tart grapefruit with a slight alcohol note on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a tad light on the tongue. Certainly not overbearing given the high ABV.

Drinkability is good. One could easily enjoy several glasses of this concoction.

ABOWMan, May 14, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Feel the rage! Y'see, in public speaking courses, they stress attention-getters. That's the best I could come up with here. Speaking of attention-getters (that there's a transition), this brew's got quite a lovely orange-amber hue to it, capped off with a chapeau of white suds. The nose comes off as sugar-dipped hops steeped in some funky straw and garnished with some parsley. Not only does it add a bit of color, but a dash of spicy aromatics as well, adding to the whole dining experience. The parsley is also on the tongue, joined by some mightily bitter hops, some light caramel, a dash of soap, and I think I've got a pinch of paprika in there too. Something like that. So, (and here I'm connecting with the audience) if you're lookin' for a tasty, light, and not-too-fizzy beer that won't leave you hanging, choose Raging Bitch. (There's an overly large smile on my face at this point.) ...I think I may have stepped into commercial territory there... Seriously though, this is a damn fine brew right here. (I somehow got an A in COM 114...)

TMoney2591, May 13, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all i love this breweries labels definately original and i love dogs so thats a big plus with me,anyhow it pours a deep golden hue almost bordering on copper with lovely carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head that slowly reduces to layer of froth and heaps of sticky lacing everywhere,it has aromas of spicy belgian yeast,pears and pepperoni,it has a nice above medium bodied mouthfeel which feels quite creamy with tastes of pears,apples,paw paw,boiled candy and spicy belgian yeast,overall this is definately a very decent brew that i would revisit and am only annoyed at the fact that i only got the one but will buy more of tommorrow without doubt.

ADZA, May 12, 2010
Photo of mdagnew
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from Beerritz.co.uk

Poured a light golden orange colour with a slight haze... White head poured big, thick and foamy and faded slowly to good thick layer... lots of sticky clingy lacing...

Aroma - Lots of spicy yeast mixed with juicy and slightly tropical fruits (lemons, pears, grapefruits, apricot), some light honey sweetness, pine, grassy and citric hops, light biscuit malts, some traces of light coriander, quite floral...

Taste - Again strong spicy hop bitterness and Belgian yeastiness mixed with caramel malts, lots of citrus, hints of peach, apple and pear, lots of pine, light sugary sweetness, peppery, quite herbal, earthy, some chalkiness, floral...

Feel - Sharp initially then smooths out nicely. Light / medium body. Very refreshing and pretty drinkable - dangerously so at 8.3%..

Overall - An excellent brew and one of the best of these "Belgian IPAs" that i've had... highly recommended...

mdagnew, May 12, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear glowing amber color with two fingers of head and good lacing.

The aroma is a nice blend of pine and floral hops, as well as a distinct Belgian yeast and spice combo.

The flavor is very good, but is more of a typical American IPA than a Belgian one. Floral notes are in the forefront with a bitter pine resin finish. A little bit of spice is the only thing that gives a hint that this one is brewed with Belgium in mind. However, it is still quite solid overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky. Drinkability is pretty good for the style, I could down a couple of these with a burger and fries no problem. However, I'm not sure it really separates itself from the pack enough to warrant revisiting.

alcstradamus, May 12, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After consuming almost a whole case of this, it might be time for a review. Twelve ounce bottle poured into the tulip, good looking orange and light amber color, very clear with a huge, white, billowy head that leaves great amounts of clinging lace everywhere. Wonderful cascades of bubbles down the sides, glimmer and shine like nothing that I've seen before. Very impressive looking brew.

Scent of this is also outstanding. Big floral and citrus, pine notes pummel the nostrils. This also has a slightly yeasty smell, though the dominant characteristic is the huge, bitter hop scent. The smell makes you look forward to that first, lip puckering sip. Or swig. However you prefer.

The flavor is huge on this brew. I think you really need to be a hop head to appreciate this brew. Huge, bitter pine notes saturate the palate, grapefruit and those lovely floral notes dance all over the tongue. This has a slight yeast like after taste that lingers on the palate, which is unlike any other brew that I have sampled. Overall, this is one of the best tasting beers that I have come across. If you need your hop fix like I do, this Raging Bitch will satisfy. I am glad I picked up a case of this. Sad that it is pretty much gone now.

Raging Bitch has that slick, oily hop feel associated with the IPA style. This has a good mouthfeel, feels very light and airy, and leaves off with a dry characteristic.

Drinkability on this Bitch is above average, could be a bit higher, but the alcohol content will sneak up on you and bite your ass. Consume copious amounts of water during or after having a few of these, as you might wake up with a Raging Bitch of a headache.

BabyBastard, May 09, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely orange into my Duvel tulip, with a large white head that leaves plenty of lace. Nose is a nice mixture of sweet malts, belgian spicy yeast and floral hop notes. Taste doesn't quite match... the sweet malts and yeast flavors are there, but the brewers could stand to ease up on the bittering hops and ramp up the late additions. Nice level of carbonation, and the mouthfeel is good overall. Pretty drinkable as well, not in any way hot or boozy.

axeman9182, May 09, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am new to hoppy beers in that I avoided them for so long. I had jumped from the pils and fair lagers right into stouts, belgian ale and barley wines. The bitterness of hoppier brews was not my thing - and I want it to be! I want to enjoy ALL of the wonderful choices out there!

As such, I live in Maryland, so seeing that Flying Dog mad the transition here from CO (really?), and seeing how well received this beer has been, it was only natural that my curiousity lead me to a six pack to go.

You can see by my score that I have gotten past the bitter hops concern and really sought to enjoy this brew for all that it was made for.

An aggressive pour will grant you more head than you'd like, so be careful. Still, the reward is a beautiful dark amber color. The nose is very pleasant - a bit sweet (which is okay) mixed with the familiar hop aroma that I had come to expect - but that's okay! I like it!

The mouthfeel is very smooth - another positive for me. I like a bit of texture with my beers and this is just right.

Drinkability is something I waffled on a bit because I can't go hard after the hoppy ones - but I still arted it as good for the ovverall pleasant experience.

I've learned that not every beer is for everyone and that's okay. I like this beer. And while I won't go crazy over stocking my fridge with any collection of bitter options, I will say that this is one that I would be glad to have around.

CTDrinks, May 08, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A-Copper amber with filtered clarity and a generous puffy dark eggshell head with beautiful lacing

S-Belgian yeast, aromatic and floral citrus hops and some malts in the background.

T-Earthy Belgian yeast and malts mingle with a complex earthy fruitness with crisp but not overpowering citrus hops entering midrange followed by a lingering astringent bitter finish that lasts forever. This brew is a real surprise. So many of these Belgian IPAs lean one way or the other....this is a marriage of styles that preserves the character of both.

M-Complex mouthfeel...medium creamy with a crisp finish.

D-Hugely drinkable. I have had a number of very good brews lately, but the profile of this really brings a smile to my face...what a sweetheart of a beer.

caddybuyer, May 08, 2010
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4.97/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy amber color with a large amount of fluffy off-white head, very good retention.

The second I got a whiff of this I knew it was going to be awesome. Citrus was first then floral and piney, some spicey malts.

I was unprepared for how delicious this beer was, I felt my life was made better somehow after the first sip. First it was sweet and lemony, also some grapefruit and a bit piney. Then more floral and earthy. Ultimately finishing with a dry bitterness.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, also a bit chewy.

After a few sips I though I couldn't imagine a better beverage. This was packed with flavor, complex and very easy to drink. It was only my first Belgian IPA, I will certainly be on the lookout for more of the same.

BeerCon5, May 07, 2010
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,334 ratings.