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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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3,483 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,483
Reviews: 1,105
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 121
Gots: 572 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of AleWatcher
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
Got this from Neorunner in the Blind Beers BIF and this was then reviewed without any knowledge of style, brewery, or anything.

Pours a brilliantly bright coppery color. Clear body with a 3 finger white creamy thick head. Really looks beautiful. The Duvel tulip was a nice choice for glassware.

Smell has some citrus notes... and perhaps a Belgian yeast strain?
(I was smoking some Brats over applewood, so I needed to walk away from the grill).
Now I'm getting some more malty smells-- sweet bready malt. Like bakery dough.

Not overly bitter-- this seems to be a decent beer here. Some malts and citrus notes on the flavor make me think this is an IPA of some sort. (at this point I reveal what beer it was).

Some sweet malts, some citrusy notes, and then the Belgian yeast hits. Not as much of the yeast when compared to others of the style... Which perhaps helped this one.

Good medium body with decent carbonation.

I could really drink a couple of these. This is the first beer from Flyin' Dog that I didn't hate! (perhaps sampling it blind helped with that).

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a very nice orange/amber with a one finger whitish head. Head sticks around for awhile and laces perfectly. Beautiful

S- sweet smelling tropical fruit. Slightly mild...overall, pretty awesome.

T- bitterness. Piney hops. Finish is rather sweet from the Belgian yeast...the tropical flavors come through again, I guess its the Amarillo. Huge hop bomb

M- the yeast gives it a nice...almost breadiness to it. Slightly thick and a little chewy. Pretty interesting.

D- I was stunned at how much I enjoyed this. Very drinkable beer...real good IPA, hope it sucks around for awhile

Photo of deadliest
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear dark golden pour with a padded 1-finger near-white head.

S: The fruity funk of Belgian yeast meets the citrusy hops of an American IPA.

T: Unlike ogres, this beer has no layers. the taste is a happily chaotic blend of Belgian yeast and citrisy American hops. Some nagging acidity.

F/D: Plenty of carbonation and fair crispness. A good beer over all, but really only one at a time, a real palate burner.

Photo of jdhilt
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit, some sweet orange. Dry finish. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of Liverpool08
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WoW!! What a great find. Had heard a lot about this one and finally tracked some down. Pours a pale copper with a nice fluffy white head that fades but leaves good lacing. Nice inviting aroma of pine and a little bit of clovy spice. First sip is a nice bitter crisp IPA. Then it turns to a spicy sweet belgian thing. Its really a GREAT combo of flavors. A nice clean feeling in the mouth and very easy to drink. Maybe too easy given the 8.3% ABV. But one of the best I have had of the style, and actually one of my new favorites overall.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a great surprise, pours a light brown, not much head. Good carbonation. Aroma, sweet, and hops. Thanks.

Taste, more hops, leans to the American side, thankfully. Still has the warming alcohol presence and yeast fruitiness on the Belgian tip. Mouthfeel rocks, alcohol feel fades, more nuance of the spice come on. All the right points from both sides of the pond. $11 a 6er is actually pretty good for this high quality product, the best thing Flying Dog has ever made.

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

Appearance: Pours out an amber-hued, clear body with a goodly sized, clumping, white head.

Smell: Faintly sweetish accents to the pale, bready malts followed by a splash of brandy and whiff of aromatic cloves. Then, it's time for the hops with a vibrant citrusy fruitiness and floral, grassy hints.

Taste: Simple, sweet opening with pale malts rounded out with a light breadiness. Abundantly bitter and hoppy, with full tastes of lemons, tangerines, and white grapefruit with marked grassiness. Minuscule astringency. Spicy ground clove character. Hint of white grape-flavored bubble gum arrives rather late. Remains firmly bitter for the dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: For all of the alcohol and IBU's within, it goes that fairly smooth. While Horn Dog and the seldom seen Barrel-aged Horn Dog still remain the Best of Show winners for me, this new Raging Bitch surely deserves a ribbon of its own.

Photo of errantnight
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy rich tangerine hue.

Aroma is huge, familiar Belgian esters and citrus forward American hops. But you knew this coming in. The yeast kicks off a particularly perfume leaning character. It's complex, it's got a lot of nice notes, but I don't love it.

On the palate this is supremely bitter, but it's nicely dry. As far as these beers go, it's got an appealing balance, highlighting a round mid-palate that's lightly caramel-y, pushing a bit of bread character.

I'm knocking the mouth and drinkability just a touch for two reasons: first, the bitterness is a bit much, and two: these flavors just don't entirely place nicely. As an IPA this would be fantastic. As a Belgian ale... these aren't the yeast-derived esters I'd be aiming for. No Houblon Chouffe this, but tasty.

Photo of begforme4484
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is actually one of my favorite of this style.

Pours a nice golden amber color with a decent tan head.

Has accentuated spice smells. Reminding me of nutmeg for some reason. Spice is backed nicely by a slightly piney smell from the hops.

Taste has some nice citrus and pine hops mixed in with some spiciness. It blends together very well and they fade together as well. It's not one flavor up front followed by another flavored finish as per most IPA's. The balance is really well done.

Medium carbonation.. slight resiny stickiness aftertaste.

Drinkability is on the high side for this style for me. I can have 2-3 without being overwhelmed and wanting something to reset my palete. Comparative to others in this style, where I have one and no desire for another.

Photo of tigg924
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, clear, brownish gold in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: pineapple, citrus hops, and some Belgian spices

Taste: pine hops, pineapple, citrus hops, and some Belgian spices

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium carbonation, sweet start with a bitter middle and super bitter finish

Drinkability: A sipper if not just due to the super bitter finish. I like how I can taste both the Belgian part and the IPA part of this beer. A very well executed beer. Not sure if it is totally my style and would get it again. However, the craftmanship is excellent.

Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Nikki's Liquors in Providence
Consumed 7/1 poured in to a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a clear copper color with a two finger of white head. Decent head retention and spider webbed lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is nice amounts of caramel malts and grassy, piney hops. Some yeast notes with hint of banana are also present.

T: Taste starts with a caramel malt sweetness before the grassy hop notes take over. Nicely balanced, not too bitter, but definitely present. Hints of yeast also mingle in with a finish more on par with belgian spicing and a hint of citrus hops.

M: Medium body, low to moderate carbonation, oily body.

D: Goes down easily, not very feeling, well balanced with a nice kick to it. I will definitely pick this beer up again.

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

This beer poured a copper color with a 2 finger high off-white head. Lively carbonation was visible, as well as thick lacing on the glass. The head dissipated fairly quickly, and left a slight coat at the top. The initial smell of the beer was fruity, citrus, light malts and pine. The taste of the beer was a bit sweet with citrus and pine being the dominant flavors. The malt side became more apparent after swallowing. This brew is slightly dry with a medium to full body.

I think this is an excellent beer. There's the perfect amount of bitterness, backed by the perfect amount of flavor. When I first poured this beer, I could smell its aroma in the air. For anoyone out there who loves an IPA style, this is an excellent beer to enjoy.

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

Consumed July 18th, 2010 in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Beer is clear golden with lots of lazy bubbles. A two-finger off-white head composed of fine to medium sized bubbles forms from the pour and sticks around for quite some time, flattening only slightly over the course of consumption.

Aroma - a Belgian yeast strain is definitely at work. Soft floral notes, honeysuckle and even a faint whiff of bubble gum are present, as is a slight trace of pine sap.

Flavor - Both sweeter and more bitter than I expected. Beer starts with a honeysuckle sweetness that quickly segues into a fleetingly creamy Belgian mid-taste (spicy, herbal, floral). After a fleeting moment, the full-palate, moderately parching, undeniably bitter hop finish kicks in. Not brutal, but surprising.

Texture is dry and creamy, a nice trick. Medium to thick bodied - almost chewy.

Drinkability is surpassingly high for a beer with this ABV; beware!

Photo of allengarvin
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of ujsplace
3.89/5  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.

Photo of LittleDon
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of juju7
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of rlshep
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.52/5  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.

Photo of abriggs1
2.99/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Photo of aubuc1
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
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
4.14/5  rDev +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.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,483 ratings.