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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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3,516 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,516
Reviews: 1,111
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 126
Gots: 601 | FT: 2
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Ratings: 3,516 | Reviews: 1,111
Photo of shodrod
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a deep, rich golden/amber color with a surprisingly small amount of head for the style unless I just did a crappy job pouring it. Not a very big hop presence in the aroma, but I do detect hints of vanilla and peach. The peach comes through in the flavor as well instead of a citrusy hop character. The finish is extremely smooth for an IPA. A really great example of the style in my opinion!

Photo of foogerd
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- copper body white head
S- belgian yeast definitely there caramel notes spicy hops
T- spice comes in at first im not sure if its more from the yeast or hops but the hops are definitely there more spicy hops than typical of an IPA
M- perfect thickness
D- very, although the abv is high went by pretty much unnoticed

Photo of scootny
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good BIPA. Full of hop character wiht a malt body and yeast profile right out of Belgium. A very cloudy burnt orange with a yellowish off white head. A good size head and considerable lacing. Smell is a rich pale malt and Belgian yeast. Some funk and a piney hops with a banana tinged fruitiness. Taste is Bam Bam hoppy with a grapefruit and pine right away followed by an oily hop leafyness. Then you get a tripel like malt backbone and a return to grapefruit with caramel sweetness. Some more of that faint banana. Finish is very dry and clean with an astringent touch of hop oil lingering. No trace of alcohol anywhere. Feel is crisp and effervescent with an almost cream like quality. This is a real sneaky one to drink as it goes down like a milder mannered IPA with all the smooth complexity of a Belgian ales. A real gem of a beer and one I plan to keep on hand.

Photo of kkipple
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm, Flying Dog is 20 years old? Who knew? Grabbed a second six-pack of these on my travels since it didn't make it here to SC and I enjoyed the first one a good bit.

What we got here, briefly, is a sharp, stabby grapefruit bomb with an indulgent soft, creamy mouthfeel and well masked ABV at 8.3%. RB screams outta the gate with prominent untamed and wild white grapefruit bitter notes, and more hesitant apricot and reserved caramel malt flavors rolled up with a subtle (weakish) Belgian yeast. Pithy and yet not dry, there is a white oak / woody component that intrigues. The tight head sports some nice staying power and lace and as it warms, so do I.

Bottom line: this Bitch is in your face, but closer examination reveals it's got depth, too.

Raging Bitch is quite an enjoyable beer, better than usual from Flying Dog, and once again shows (like Gonzo) that these guys can really put out a solid drink when they want to. I'd love it if they made this a seasonal. One of the better Belgian IPAs I've encountered, and worth the trip to track it down.

Photo of steve8robin
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap before and liked it, figured I'd give it a try and review officially. 12oz bottle...

A: very nice copper color with a small white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: smells like a nice blend of hops and floral sugary malts. Smells a little bready and hoppy all at once. Good.

T: very floral hop upfront quickly followed by a nice fruity apple and then by an earthy taste. Hints of winey booze on the backend. Good.

M: medium body with a great carbonation feel. Very good.

D: once you get through the interesting blend of flavors, this goes down decent.

All in all, this is a good brew. Not great, but worth trying. Definitely suits a Belgian IPA category.

Photo of hustlesworth
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy apricot orange amber with a wrinkly off white yellow tinted head that sticks around for a good while. solid rings of sticky lace all the way down. looks like a very nice IPA.

S- huge amarillo nose. grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine sap, and lime. sweet and toasty toffee like malt behind that and some spicy clove and pepper like bubblegum and banana yeast even further behind that. sandalwood and cedar notes lend an earthy sweetness along with some dried up coffee mug for added depth.

T- sharp zesty bitterness hits first in all its grapefruity glory, with some orange and lime, pine and rocket fuel. malt is toasty, woodsy, lightly leathery, sandalwood sweet, and well rounded. subtle citrus essence beneath it all, and a delicate yeast clove bubblegum spiciness in the beginning that disappears for a while and reappears in the finish. clean bitterness in the end with lingering toasty flavors and just a pinch of alcohol.

MF- prickly tight carbonation kinda floods everything in the beginning and by the time it mellows out during the second half of the beer, what's left feels somewhat watery and not as juicy soft as i would like. dry and resinous on the cheeks for that satisfying IPA feel.

D- a nice brew, highly hopped is it's claim to fame. the belgian side of this bitch is very subtle, and i would like to get to know that side better. all the assertive bitterness seems to mask the yeast. decently drinkable for a high abv beer but i'm not sure i would call her MY bitch, just THAT bitch.

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

12oz bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Reddish-orange body. Decent head turns into a thin film. Not much lacing.

S: Caramel and citrusy hops.

T: Citrus hops, caramel malt, and Belgian yeast combine to create a slightly tea-like flavor. Bitter but manageable.

M: Slightly syrupy, but not excessively so. Not too much carbonation.

D: It's not much of a Belgian or much of an IPA, but it has enough of both to make it worthwhile.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a honey amber color with a two finger head that reduces to a soapy filmon top.

The smell is wonderful; floral honey, citrusy hops, a bit of orange blossom, and a slight maltiness.

Taste starts sweet and bitter, and quickly fades. Some honey and hops, mild astringency, and a smooth presentation. Definitely a milder IPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth and pleasant, ending slightly dry.

Very drinkable, perhaps too much so; at 8.3%, you taste none of the alcohol.

Photo of tlazaroff
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from a snifter glass.

A: pours a beautify deep ruby color with a thin soapy head lacing is non-existant.

S: Can smell some bitterness from the hops, but can't identify which hops used by smell alone. Little bit of a yeasty smell with big malt.

T: Big fruit flavor here with a nice hop zing on the backend. It's almost chewy.

M: Not too thick, but not too thin. It coats the palate and the alcohol is very well hidden. Nice low/moderate carbonation.

D: You don't feel the alcohol but it doesn't mean it isn't there. This is a really really good beer and if I wasn't driving, I'd defiantly have a few of these.

Photo of PhillaTheSpilla
4.95/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers
12 once bottle poured into snifter glass

Appearance: Crystal clear carbonated well lots of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Very Belgium smell easy for a beginner to identify

Taste: Taste bitter and hoppy. 8.3 abv is not evident at all.

Mouthfeel: First few sips are a shock to the taste buds, after a few sips flavor is smoother,

Drinkability: Great

Photo of Khazadum
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A brown dye added to apple juice. Pure white apple juice bubbles that died before they made any decent attempt at a froth. Small carbonation viewed.

S- Little bit of barley, strong pine aroma, and grapefruit finish. There is a note of apples here.

T- This is amazingly different than the nose. Bubblegum and hops open up but fade enough to allow the apple and caramel mixture to shine on through. The finish is another eruption of pine resin that sticks around but does not overpower.

M- An enjoyable presence here. More full than watery which would make sense after enjoying the flavor finish. Heat hits me in the back of the throat but no where else is the alcohol noted.

D- Can I just leave it at great? No? Doesn't hop me out after one and this is my second attempt at the bitch. She is quite the partner for an evening and I'd love to tempt her company once more.

Photo of montecristo2
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

Pours a dark golden/orange color, similar to an amber but lighter.

Great hop presence in the aromas, along with floral notes.

A two fingered head that dissipates to a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

A complex beer- IPA driven, but on the finish is more belgian style. A very unique taste and flavor- I imagine this would really be interesting after some time in the cellar. I wonder which attributes would come to the forefront?

Drinkable and tasty-another interesting beer from Flying Dog brewery.


Photo of wvsabbath
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- Bottle

Appearance - Yellowish tan, simular to a amber lager, 1/2 inch head

Smell - Hops, yeast and a floral smell, just like a tripel

Taste - As expected, being a belgium ipa, it has floral tones just like a tripel. This has a nice hop kick, and the spices and fruits kick in after the first drink. Malts are present, as is the alcohol. Unique and tasty

Mouthfeel - The hops and alcohol really warm your mouth up. The spices and floral tones mellow it out some. Light and flavorfull, you are able to enjoy another style after this beer

Drinkabilty - A different beer, A nice change from a hop driven ipa, or a standard tripel. Not sure i would drink a whole 6-pack but i enjoyed this one for sure

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear, caramel color with a moderate off-white head. Retention is decent, as is the lacing.

Smells like candi-coated hop cones...piney, citric and sweet. Pineapple and grapefruit intermingle with green apple and strawberry-bread yeastiness. Interesting to say the least.

This one trends more into the Belgian realm than many of these newfangled American brewed belgio-IPAs. Yeast first, hops second...I like that. Both are assertive though and are draped with a caramel, toffee malt backdrop that I could probably do without. Almost too much going on here with the beastly malt, does not seem to have a focal point. Throw alcohol up in there and you got a four-headed bitch on your hands...Kerberos, watch out! Rough around the edges, but this dog is ultimately petable when all is said and done.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very foamy head on deep yellow. Yeasty aroma, it's evena little funky. Creamy mouthfeel, major bitterness yet somewhat offset. Good for the Belgian IPA style. The palate needs some time to recover. Dcent drinkability. Orange citrus.Surprising alcohol that hits you later.

Photo of Terp96
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer from FD. They have really done a good job with this beer.

Appearance is good. Nice orangish/amber color. Not clear. Good head retention and lacing.

Smell is Belgian for sure. Nice spicy nose and herbal hoppy aroma. Very inviting.

Taste is exceptional. Spicy bite up front. A sweet balance from the malt bill and the herbal Belgian yeast really is a nice finish. Nice dry finish as well.

Mouthfeel is good as well. A little prickly and oily at the same time. Dry finish. No cloying.

Drikability is dangerously good. You could drink this one all night and not get tired of it. This is very nicely balance and refreshing. The bottle conditioned version from the brewery is even better if you ever get a chance to try it.

Well done.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love IPAs. I love Belgians. This is kind of link the quintessential blend between the two styles. It is very well blended.

One minor complaint. Some of my family is a little too politically correct and I would feel uneasy bringing this drink around. Especially if kids may be around.

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle into snifter

A: amber with a thick, off-white head. Looks like a DIPA.

S: American hops and spicy Belgian yeast. There's also a bubblegum note and vague toasty malt.

T/M: Bitter finish from the hops, spicy up front, sweet malt backbone, and bubblegum. Carbonation brightens the mouthfeel and cuts thickness a bit. It's very malty underneath the hop bitterness, which gives it a mouthfeel like half-and-half.

D: Alcohol content is higher than standard IPA, but it's not present in the taste. Proper glassware and temperature give a certain degree of balance; very drinkable considering the thickness, hop presence, and alcohol content. I've been tempted to make a session of it, but usually talk myself out of it on account of the high ABV.

Photo of apache119
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer had the pleasure of being my very first IPA and I was not disappointed. Beautiful pour with a nice pillowy head. I could not wait to dig in. Has a really great fruity aroma that just permeated through the whole tasting. I loved the lingering bitterness that just keeps building as you drink it. Flying Dog has a winner with this beer.

Photo of lstokes
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange with nice slow streams of bubbles, it's nicely American-hopped, with lots of citrus smell and some pine taste, but has the clove and pepper esters that you would expect from the Belgian yeast and lots of nice fruity notes, both tropical and citrus. A genuinely sweet hop bomb, what a delight! Nice rich mouthfeel, went down smooth and I can finish a bottle easily.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer! Probably Flying Dog's best.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The clear full orange body has a sea of microbubbles with a creamy butter-cream head that last a good bit.
S- The juicy slightly spicy hops come through even during the pour. There is a more subtle yeasty aroma with hints of bubble gum followed by a floral hop aroma and a saison yeast quality. T- The juicy pine hops have a green cinnamon note to them and a yeasty sweetness underneath. There is a bitter spicy green hop finish that has a soft sugary sweetness as the beer opens up.
M- There is a light mouthfeel with a fizzy full finish that boost the hop flavor and aroma. There is no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer has a nice full spicy hops flavor with a great depth and it blends well with the saison style yeast. The fizz is a bit overpowering in the finish but it does enhance the hops character.

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a clear amber body with a frothy off-white head. Great belgian lace and head retention, it pours about 2 fingers and slowly dissipates to little islands of foam.

S: As soon as I poured this beer into my glass I could smell hops, hops, & more hops. A nice grapefruit aroma with floral and spicey notes. As the beer warms you can also detect Belgian yeast.

T: An opulent beer if I've ever tried one. The initial taste is a playful balance of bitter and sweet hops. Hints of spices, brown sugar, pine, citrus, and caramel can also be picked up on the palate with a mild malty backbone. A dry aftertaste with a little warmth is also very pleasant in hiding the higher ABV.

M: A full body beer with mild carbonation and a creamy texture.

D: If you ever want to try the perfect example of a Belgian IPA, this is it. Great taste and will definately get again.

Photo of david18
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my previous review of it on draft:

I'm not sure why i keep trying these beers when I don't like any of them. The two characteristics that make belgians and IPA's good, and I like both of them a lot, don't blend well together. Each of the flavors is more enjoyable by itself rather than with the other.

I think I prefer the Green Flash and Stone versions better but I can't really get behind any of them.


I actually preferred the bottle version of this much better and found it to be a lighter style IPA which was perfect for a hot summer day. The flavors are quite complex and, in this case, I believe the belgian yeast and american hop characteristics meld well together.

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

A-Glowing burnt orange in color. Chunky head that sits around and laces the glass.

S-Highly hopped with that oh so noticeable nose-tingling Belgian yeast. A hint of cloves is evident. Definately aromatic and quite a unique scent.

T-On first sip I think: artificial orange flavor. I like it however. Good amount of bitterness here. Yeastiness comes is detectable. A good hit of clove rolls over the tongue too. A nice malt backbone enhances the beer's complexity. Nailed it here.

M-Medium bodied. Warms the cheeks. Quite carbonated. Bitterness lingers on the tongue and enhances the feel.

D-For 8.3% this went down far too easy.

My favorite Belgian style IPA. First time I had it I pretty much thought it was a American IPA labeled as a Belgian IPA just to garner attention. After trying it a few times I can see why it has such label. No question my favorite Flying Dog brew. Pretty cheap too. This beer surpassed my expectations.

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

Pours a dark golden color, with a good lasting head, and nice lacing.
Smells of hops obviously, and has the citrus notes that come with it. I could not pull out the Belgian yeast aroma that most Belgian styles have.
Taste is great however, with just enough maltiness to make it a unique experience and not make me feel like going into a diabetic coma. The hops are prevalent and give it the classic American IPA taste, but with just the subtle hint of "Belgium".

A great beer, and sure does go down easy for 8.3 % alcohol.

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