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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,411 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,411
Reviews: 1,086
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 489 | FT: 3
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 yemenmocha
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of jporf911
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of sfprint
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of whiskeysoda
4.95/5  rDev +27.9%
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!

Photo of tdawgydog
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Kelly88
4.58/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

Photo of smcolw
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of tjwarren
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of AJacob81
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of clegolfski
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of semibaked
3.83/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Phelps
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks: like an orange peel. perfectly clear light orange with a pillowy head of yellowish white. The head is only one finger in height but has some serious staying power and leaves giant gobby sheets of lace.

Smells: like an orchard. loads of citrusy lemon, lime and grapefruit. Strawberries, orange blossoms, honeysuckle. I love what the Belgian yeast esters are doing with the citrusy hops. A nice, sweet mix.

Tastes: tart. Grapefruit juice flavors lead the way, with resinous hops leaving an astringent bitterness on the sides of the tongue. The fruity Belgian flavors hit in the back: peaches, raisins, apples.

Feels: expansive. Seems to swell in the mouth. Medium bodied, medium-high carbonation. Light, crisp.

Drinks: like diplomacy. Raging Bitch takes the best from both beer regions, offering an interesting and well-done blend of American hops and Belgian yeast.

Photo of zoolzoo
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper, one finger white head, lingering cap, sticky lacing.

S: A little more hop forward than other Belgian IPA's I have had. Spice and bready malt provide a base but are riding in the back seat. The hops arent coming off especially bright or anything though, all in all the aroma is a bit muddled. The more I smell, I am picking up a little stinging alcohol.

T: Floral and piney hops leading into some peppery spice and bready malt. Hop dominance transfers from the nose, although the aftertaste quite bready, despite a lingering hop bitterness. Could be a little sweeter actually, give me some candi sugar. Alcohol is detectable but well integrated.

M/D: Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin to me. Drinkability is pretty good despite criticisms, generally unoffensive. Enjoyable overall, but not my favorite Belgian IPA.

Photo of bcm119
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear copper with a cream-colored head that sticks around. Tart yeast and some spicy dry malt on the nose. Opens up quickly with lemony hops. Zesty, with lemon and green hops over a fairly soft, grainy malt bill. Yeast adds spice and zing. Finishes clean and softly bitter, with lingering leafy hops. A very drinkable, clean beer with bright flavors and a soft mouthfeel. No Houblon Chouffe, but very well done.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Goldenrod color with some pretty big white head that fades to a thin film on the surface of the beer. Ok lacing. Interesting aroma--biscuit, clove, cinnamon, some plastic, some citrus hops, a bit of spruce.

Taste is toasted biscuit maltiness with a spicy hop finish that lingers (from the amarillo dry-hopping?). A noble-hop-ish edge to it too. Nice feel for a Belgian IPA, more on the IPA side than the Belgian side. I also get a bit of smoke which might be from the yeast? A bit prickly from the hops and decent carbonation.

Overall, I was pretty happy with it, though I didn't fully understand it. I'd put it above Cali-Belgique but below Houblon Chouffe.

Photo of kneeland
3.1/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This should be the mold of what Belgian Style IPAs are made from. There's no denying this is a strong pale ale. You can taste everything, the hops, malt, wheat, etc. Flying Dog usually makes things strong, this one is no different. It was almost too much IPA though, but I did have two of them at the bar.

Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of earthy malt, floral hops, dark citrus, slight alcohol, yeast, and sweet malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. The mouth feel is also slightly watery. Tastes of sweet malt, floral hops, dark citrus, slight yeast, hint of alcohol, and a hint of wood. Overall, an alright Belgian IPA; good appearance, aroma, and blend.

Photo of herman77
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear bright orange with a foamy off white head. Nice lacing is coating everywhere.

S: Smells like a belgium beer right of the bat. Its got that distinct Belgium yeast/banana smell. Pine and citrus hops are in the background. Thought it would have more of a hop aroma.

T: The hops are definitely here though! Pretty complex. Lots of pine, juicy citrus, grapefruit and mango hops. Also a bit earthy. A little bit of honey sweetness and carmel malt to provide some nice balance. Of course, the belgium yeast is also apparent making it have a slight spice and banana taste. Big hop bitterness bite near the end that finishes dry.

M/D: Medium body. Average carbonation that feels a little soft making it feel smoother over the palate. Good drinkability. Since it finishes dry, you want another sip right away. I could drink a lot of these. ABV is very well hidden.

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

Sampled on tap April 2010 @ ChurchKey, Washington DC
In the dim light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper hued body that is topped by a wispy pale colored head. The beer is quite hoppy smelling, which mixes well with fermentation derived spiciness and phenols. A herbal, somewhat hay-like and definitely tropical fruit character forms a backdrop to the up front aromatics. The spiciness contributes aromas of clove, pepper and ginger and as the beer warms the hops contribute more pine-like aromatics.

The flavor is quite spicy as it first hits my mouth, but there is also quite a bit of fruit character here as well. This is very herbal tasting with a substantial bitterness and lots of big pine like flavors. The American hops contribute expressive flavors of lychee, kumquat and tangelo just underneath the herbal notes. The finish has some peppery alcohol, ginger flavors and phenolic notes that lean more towards turpenes than the typical clove notes. The hops are actually heavy enough that they drown out the fermentation character (I have a feeling that the fermentation character changes the emphasis of the hops here though), and I definitely like this part of this beer.

Photo of boatshoes
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this and a few others up at the Grape and Gourmet in VA Beach while doing an art show with my folks. Great shop too by the way!

Appearance- Pours a bronzed gold out of the bottle with a very massive and creamy looking two fingers of just slightly off white head. Very good head retention with a solid amount of lacing left behind. Head gradually dies back to a sheet across the top.

Smell- Lots of pungent grapefruit oriented hops right off the bat. Fruitier than I was expecting but in a good way. I also pick up some grassy notes, a little bit of mustier smelling hops, and maybe even the slightest bit of yeastiness as well.

Taste- Again, starts off hop forward with lots of grapefruit and orange cream. I get the grassiness again as well with almost a touch of grain mid palate as well. Still something eluding me a little bit, which I think almost come across as some fruity ester like qualities.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and despite being 8.3%, this beer went down really easy.

Overall, I was surprised by how much I liked this beer. I'm not a huge fan of the standard Flying Dog lineup (I do like Gonzo and BA Gonzo), but this one impressed me with its flavorful palate and drinkability.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,411 ratings.