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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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3,452 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,452
Reviews: 1,093
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 117
Gots: 535 | 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 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
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
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
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.22/5  rDev +9%
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
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
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
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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

12oz bottle, marked 320FX10, best by Nov 16, 2010.

Pours amber with a two finger off white head that leaves nice drippy rings of lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Smells like a Belgian Tripel, yeast, bubblegum, lemon, banana, pear, spices, as well as a bit of pine and citrus rind. Aroma is very big and powerful overall.

Flavor follows suit in the strength department, very fruity and spicy with banana, pear, a lot of spice, bread, yeast, caramel, and then the resinous hop bitterness on the finish, pine, grass, a bit of citrus. Long finish with good bitterness, some alcohol is also present.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, finishes sticky, medium to high carbonation.

I rarely drink Tripels, never been a big fan, and this certainly has a whole lotta Tripel going on. Regardless, this is a monster of a beer and I give Flying Dog a lot of credit on a fine brew.

Photo of sitarist
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, clear, burnt orange color. There is about an inch of off white head that falls to a ring that leaves some spotty lacing.

I smell black pepper, tropical fruit, nutmeg, with faint hints of earth and pine forest. Reserved and alluring.

I taste the fruit and pepper up front, followed by coca leaves and pine.

The hop flavors have held up well.

This is a well made beer with a medium body, the carbonation along with the hops punch you right in the taste buds. It is warm and goes straight to the eyebrows.

Very drinkable and not bad on the pocket. I hope this becomes a yearly offering.

Photo of ballz50401
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (bottled 3/10/10) into a snifter glass. Pours a clear reddish/copper with a nice frothy head and light carbonation. Fruity aroma with some phenols and light caramel. Taste notes of light mango, caramel, and candi sugar. Good creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of hop bitterness. Very good example of the style that I will have to try again.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top; typical, crazy FD artwork; still not sure if I kinda like it or absolutely hate it. Some kind of date code, March 2010?

Appearance: Bright polished copper beer with a nice ivory cap that shows nice retention and some stickiness on the sides of the snifter

Smell: Big aromas of both malt and hops. Hops are primarily earthy and herbal, but also have an almost sour fruity characteristic as well. Touch of alcohol perceived, as well as toasted caramel notes. Overall, pretty pleasant, though I'm not getting a ton of "Belgian" character.

Taste: You get a bit more of the Belgian character in the flavor. Hops are still the star here; lots of bitter grapefruit and just a hint of pine, but there's are slight sugary/sweet fruit notes in the background as well as a hint of light crackery malt. Maybe a touch of dark fruit or berry as well, I'm having trouble placing it, but it's something other than citrus. It's actually not that different from a stronger American IPA, but there's just a hint of Belgian fruity character on the finish, noticeable especially in an increasing spicy/peppery character as this warms in the glass. Overall, pretty good, if not mind-blowing. Bitterness is crisp and medium-high, and alcohol is clearly present, if not distracting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied

Drinkability: Medium to medium-high

Conclusion: Nowhere near La Chouffe, but fairly tasty nonetheless. My first bottle (same six-pack of this) was TERRIBLE...like a completely different beer; I think there must have been an infection or something else awry. I didn't review that one, as I was at home w/my family and just drinking and hanging out. I almost gave the remaining five away. I'm glad I gave this one another shot; it's one of the better beers I've had from FD, a brewery I'm not usually (except for Horn Dog) that big of a fan of.

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

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a rich citrus-amber with a billowing, dense tan head that slowly reduced into a thick pillowy layer that left great chunks of streaky lace down the glass.
S: Light grassy hops, sweet juicy fruits, and Belgian yeast. Notes of cherries, peaches, and sweet malt.
T: Grassy hops hit the palate first with a touch of bitterness followed by notes of earthy, peppery yeast, sweet exotic fruits, and a healthy malt backbone. Very citrusy and peppery.
M: Medium body, creamy light carbonation with a chewy mouthfeel. Alcohol is masked and goes down smooth.
D: Great American hop taste combined with Belgian golden ale flavors makes for a great beer. I hope Flying Dog decides to make something like this again.

Photo of Tballz420
4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Belgian IPA huh? Havent had too many of these before. This one is a clear golden colored brew, big cream-colored head, fluffy. Really bitter hop scent, oily. Raging Bitch is an apt moniker for this one. Very bitter taste, seems like the hops are some that you might find in an American IPA, but the yeast is all Belgian. Gets a bit spicy from the alcohol as it warms up. Other spices as well, pepper for sure. Pretty active mouth. Cool beer, well done

Photo of DoctorB2B
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Purchased about a month ago and have tried one a week to see how it progresses.

A: Poured a pale copper color with very pale head.

S: Hasn't lost a step. Citrusy hops still come through very strong with a light hint of malt in the background.

T: This was week 6 of 6, taste wise this was the most malty of the bunch ... as expected. Still plenty of grapefruit-esque hoppiness bursting through though.

D: One of my favorite in its style. I get a few of these every time I go out.

Photo of mulder1010
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle, caged and corked. Best before 12/11/11. Did not expect this to show up in Australia and got the last bottle at Purvis Cellars in Melbourne.

A-- Poured a hazy orange peach color. Very large light peach color head that faded to just about one finger in height and left a lot of lacing. No visible carbonation and good head retention.

S-- A mix of sweet biscuit and spicy hops. Has a nice candied orange and peach smell to this. No alcohol smell to this just smells like candy from a shop would.

T-- A mix of candied peach and orange in the taste. Hops are soft but but spicy. The yeast speaks more volumes in this to me.

M-- Low carbonation in this puppy. Peach turns to grapefruit, lemon and spice. Smooth but enough hops to say hello to you.

D-- Very different. Have not been really big on the US Belgian IPA style as Belgica was a total letdown. This is quite nice. Think the mix of the Belgian yeast and the hops pair very well and make this interesting as orange, peach, and spicy hops work really well in this. ABV is not real noticeable in this until finishing the 750. A well done beer.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear peach golden color with a small white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of fruit and some spice.

Tastes of the fruity notes with some hoppiness to it. Fruit are characterized by mango and pineapple with some pale malt sweetness to them. Hops add a bitterness to it. Plenty of yeast spiciness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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