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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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3,398 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,398
Reviews: 1,085
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 113
Gots: 467 | FT: 2
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 MarvinSnyder
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

6-2-10 - poured into a tulip glass - 1 Pint (750ml) cage-corked bottle - vintage 09AA

Appearance: Pours hazy amber with a nice, creamy, white head that thins, but stays throughout the experience. It leaves a little lacing on the glass as it is consumed.

Smell: Aroma of spicy hops, lemon, oranges, peppery spices, and a hint of melon.

Taste: The taste is very spicy and centered by hop character. I also find bitter grapefruit, white pepper, and piney flavors. The alcohol is present, but does not detract. This beer finishes dry with lingering hop and spice notes, leaving a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. You get an immediate sensation of tingling on the tongue. Feels clean and crisp as it washes over the palate.

Drinkability: Big and bold. A real hop bomb! This beer is intense, but enjoyable.

Comments: A beer of the month selection that I received in special, limited edition 750ml bottles. This beer emphasizes its IPA qualities much more than the Belgian qualities. And that is its stylistic shortcoming for me.

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

A: This poured a clear dark gold with some off-white head.
S: It smelled like lemon and grassy hops, with some sour yeast and grapefruit and honey malt.
T: It tasted like grapefruit and lemon zest and sour yeast, with some grassy hops and a little honey malt.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste.
D: This was a very nice clean and crisp Belgian IPA. It had a nice balance of bitter and sour elements, with some sweet malt to smooth out the finish. It had good body and was easy to drink. Among the best Flying Dog beers, and definitely worth a try.

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

I've had several quite average experiences with Flying Dog brews, but this raging bitch IPA is supposed to be pretty good, so when I came across it, I thought I'd give it a try.

Surely a great label on the bottle once more.

Nice amber colour, good fluffy head, good carbonation. Great start.

Smell is pleasant, with grapefruit citrus, hoppy pine. Malts and yeast in the background.
Taste is bitterness. Pine hoppy. In the background there's some citrus and malty sweetness.
Aftertaste is very bitter too.
Drinkable it is. The alcohol has no chance vs all the hops that are in this.

Very agressive IPA, no question about it.
Aquired taste.

Photo of dgilks
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Subtle yeast character with apricot playing a nice role. Good hop aroma with notes of overripe and tropical fruit.

Good clarity. Gold colour with a moderate, foamy off-white head.

There is a lot going on in the flavour but it doesn't all work for me. I get overripe fruits, sweat, a hefty dose of harsh bitterness, a touch of onion and a tiny bit of malt. On the whole, the Belgian IPA thing isn't pulled off well.

Medium-low body with moderately-high carbonation. Suitable.

A disappointing beer. The yeast and hops are not integrated well and the bitterness is just a bit too high.

Photo of vdread
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style India Pale Ale pours a dark orange amber color with a thin yet solid head.

smells immediately of hoppy citrus with hints of yeast.

what a strange beer. i've never had anything like this before. it's very hoppy, yeasty, and spicy.malt is caramel, bready in nature. hops are citrusy, mostly lemon and grapefruit. there is some spice in there like coriander and black pepper. it's aggressively bitter, yeasty, and well deserving of the name.

mouthfeel thick, with decent carbonation. leaves a citrus aftertaste.

what a wierd beer. i like it, but i'm still not sure what to think of it. will revisit at a later date.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured a really nice looking dark amber color with a one finger head and nice lacing down the glass.

S: This beer has a really nice nose. A combination of citrus/hops from the IPA and some yeast and wheat notes from the Belgian part.

T: There is a large citrus kick up front from the hops that transitions into a bready/malt taste. The finish is extremely bitter, maybe a little too bitter. Not as balanced as I like my IPAs.

M/D: The bitter end is a little off-putting, but the beer has nice carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. It is an intense beer that I enjoyed drinking, but probably wouldn't have more than one in a night, two max.

Photo of FishMan123
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Purchased this after a recommendation from the "beer guy" at the store. It was on-sale and he recommended it as a great "hoppy" beer. I wasn't impressed.

A: Very nice amber with a foamy head that sticks around for a while.

S: Bitter smell, some lemon scent

T: Intense bitter initial taste. Very hoppy. Strange bitter/metallic aftertaste. I really didn't care for the aftertaste.

M: Nice carbonation, crisp feel

D: The aftertaste really affects drinkability

Although I really didn't care for this beer initially, the 2nd bottle wasn't as bad. The aftertase is a real negative. Very hoppy though. I wouldn't purchase this one again.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear transparent amber color with a thick bubbly two finger head. Very nice appearance.

Smell is great, as soon as I had popped the top off of the bottle the smell exploded all over the room. Big Belgian yest aroma, bready malt scents as well.

Nice and bitter up front, like a great IPA, with a Belgian yeast flavor coming through nicely as well. Interesting beer, more bitter than the other Belgian style IPAs. Seems like mostly grapefruit hops flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with medium carbonation and a bitter finish.

Good drinkability, one of the more bitter Belgian style IPAs out there.

Photo of Natural510
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no dating

Pours a hazy orange with 1/4-inch bone white head which dissolves to a sturdy ring around the glass.

Sweet, tropical scent of malt along with a hint of flowers.

Strong honey & jasmine floral flavor coupled with a grapefruit & pineapple hoppiness. Yeast adds a mild tartness and lightly astringent finish, coupled with a dry hop bite. Sweet, fruity and dry flavor, overall.

Well-rounded in body as well as flavor.

I enjoyed this much more than expected. Hybrid styles not usually my thing, but the Belgian yeast is toned down well enough to meld well with the IPA style while sustaining its uniqueness.

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

Beer has a nice reddish orange hue to it. It does not keep a large head like a Belgian, but it does lace the glass on the way down.

It smells like tropical fruit and bubble gum. Very floral aroma coming off this beer. It tastes great. It has a strong alcohol bite towards the end but other than that it is an extremely drinkable beer. There is a very bitter, dry finish to the beer, which is very refreshing.

This is a cool beer. It's highly carbonated like a Belgian, but very Americanized with the hops used. For the beginner beer drinker, this would be the beer that makes you want to try them all.

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish brown with a slowly dieing frothy head and a light, airy hoppy smell with hints of citric fruit and some sweet malt. A easy to drink ale as this beer is light-to-medium bodied and smooth with a good hoppy presence that makes itself known with sour fruit and spiciness. Some yeasty and caramel malt mix in there for a good balance. Not the tastiest beer yet one I can't help but keep drinking and has a well-hidden ABV. Definitely worth a try.

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

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a clear, amber color. About two fingers of white fluffy head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates rather quickly leaving decent lacing.

Smell - A great aroma of hops, orange (not so much bitter orange peel - sweet orange), slight pine, and spices. A hint of malt and caramel comes through on the back end. Overall, this smells very good.

Taste - An immediate prickle on the tongue from spicy hops and citrus. Not so much orange as there is peach taste prevalent from the initial sip. I also get clove, yeast, and banana. An odd combination/sensation. Each sip yields a different outcome it would seem. The sip finishes with a bready, malty backbone.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - One of my first Belgian IPA's and I'd say a good introduction into the style. Easily quaffable for the alcohol content. Has an odd sensation of flavors/taste due to the style, but it is something that sort of grows on you.

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

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a light honey amber with a white head that slowly fades to a ring and leaves a lot of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is straight up hops at first in the form of tropical fruits and grapefruit. That gives way to a spicey aroma that is very interesting and I can't quite place. Almost smells like apricots covered in black pepper.

T: The taste reaffirms the nose with flavors of spicey apricot and bready grapefruit. It sounds strange but it works. Pretty tasty.

M: The feel is crisp yet creamy.

D: The spicey flavor is a bit strange at first but it grows on you. The ABV may be a tad bit high but the alcohol is not noticeable.

I was expecting this one to be interesting and it didn't let me down. The label is crazy enough but the flavor backs it up.

Photo of babywhooper
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. into tulip..

A - Nice orangish color, similar to a DIPA. Also a nice retaining head.

S - I like the smell of this beer. Hoppy off the bat, but also a sweet, almost candy-like, aroma is also incorporated. Also a little malty.

T - Rich hoppy taste right off the bat. And for the alcohol content, I didn't pick up a lot of it in the actual taste, which is nice. Didn't catch a lot of Belgian influence at all though.

M - A very silky beer. Easy to swish and get a feel for. Although, nothing about its texture makes it amazing.

D - Does get a little heavy after the second one or so. Alcohol isn't very present in the taste though, which is a great characteristic of this brew, and makes it easier to have a couple.

This is a nice beer, and I recommend it. It has a good balance between the hop flavor and its maltiness. Can get a little overwhelming at times, but a nice brew nonetheless.

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.

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.

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

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.

Photo of rawthar
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.

Photo of generallee
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!!!

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.

Photo of beerwolf77
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.

Photo of Naugros
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.

Photo of cokes
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.

Photo of brownbeer
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.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,398 ratings.