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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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3,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,518
Reviews: 1,112
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 127
Gots: 601 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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: 3,518 | Reviews: 1,112
Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color, copper/sunset hues, quite a nice looking beer, with a modest but creamy dirty-white head.

The aroma is awesome. Belgian yeast imparts a bit of quirk, while the hops are breezy-clean and fruity. Not sure how it tastes yet, but this is truly Europe-meets-US, both the "Belgian" and "IPA" in this beer working fantastically together.

What the aroma promises the flavor gives. This is fruity but not sweet, and not necessarily citrus-fruity, though hops are definitely asserting themselves. The unmistakable, sometime hard-to-define personality of some kind of Belgian yeast strain speaks loudly here too, adding earthy dimension to the experience. Dabs of honey, rosemary, vanilla and spruce dot the landscape.

Feels good in the mouth, slick and medium-bodied, substantial but simple. Nothing out of whack in this department...or any other, for that matter.

Fresh and bright, balanced and just super-good. Hell yeah. No need to say more.

Photo of mash4077
4.54/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear dark orange, very little head, dissipates quickly.

S- Strong hops smell right off the bat, with a little carmel or molassas up front. A nice balance to the nose of floral and citrus hops, nice.

T- The malts are present with the hops in a nice balance right away. Very hoppy, as promised, but more mellow and smooth than expected. A very complex flavor, with nice citrus and light caramel tastes, and just a hint of vanilla. The hops become more noticeable with each sip, with the floral tastes getting stronger. The taste doesn't so much match the nose as triumph over it.

M- Decent body, no major complaints.

D- Amazing for an IPA, I want ten more right now.

Photo of nova009
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured for a bottle into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden copper color, small white head, very nice lacing that retains well on the glass

S- bitter citrus, hops, belgian yeast

T- hops, grapefruit, sweet fruit notes appear from the belgian yeast, nice balance of sweet and bitter

M- medium body that coats the palate nicely, smooth and creamy, very little carbonation that fits nicely with the overall build of the beer

D- very easy to drink, silky smooth, definitely picking this up again sometime

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden with little head, and what head there is fades away to a swirl. Smells peppery, dry and herbal up-front, followed by a little Belgian yeast clove and sweetness. More pepperiness and herbalness in the taste, plus some heat from the alcohol. Almost spicy. A little too austere, and hot, but not bad. Slightly tangy in the mouth, dry, and herbal. Pretty decent effort here.

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

**Re-review of this brew. Original brew was drank in an over sized wine glass and was done about a month ago**

Poured into a Sam Adams tulip style pint glass.

Pours a clear amber with a with pillowy head. The head fades to a lace island. Nice lace left behind.

The brew smells of yeast, malts and hops. Sweet; caramel, fruits, yeasts and hops. Smells nice.

Brew is creamy; malty and has a caramel sweetness. Hops are citrusy, fruity hops. Drinks very well. Goes down very smooth, dry finish, slight bitterness. Has a slight fruit tasting bitterness taste as you drink. Good tasting brew. Dry aftertaste.

This is a very drinkable big beer. This is my second go around with it, and I genuinely know that glassware makes a big difference. The brew looks way better then my previous review. The brew at this point has a different taste as well, not sure if it is because of the glassware as well. Good stuff.

Photo of jera1350
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely copper color with a creamy tan head. Curtains of lace surround the glass.

Floral hops, candy sweetness and Belgian yeast. Smells wonderful.

The Belgian yeast is there but not too strong, which is good. A nice hop presence that is floral and citric. A light roast of the malt with some brown sugar sweetness. The citrus and pineapple really kick in as it warms. Just delicious.

Creamy and velvety feel. The body is more than medium.

A fine example for the style and drinks wonderfully. Well hidden alcohol, a solid brew.

Photo of joeland
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: it's a hazy color with very little head, and short lived lacing
Smell: it has a good mix of citrus and flora smell
Taste: the taste is similar to the smell starting out with the bitterness and ending with a citrus aftertaste.
Mouthfeel:medium body, with medium carbnation. has a little bite at the end of each sip
Drinkability: it goes down easy and the 8.3% abv is hidden well.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Woodman's - East.

appearance: standard flying dog label art - served in a delirium chalice, hazy orange-amber body, foamy white suds

smell: strong dose of belgian yeast - sugary and sweet, grapefruit zest, pungent citrus hops, floral, caramel malt

taste: def a nice belgian ipa - belgian sugar, zesty yeast, citrus zest, pungent citrus hops, lemon peel, bitter grapefruit.

mouthfeel: moderate bitterness, a touch oily

drinkability: good

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

A nice hazy amber color with a solid white foam and good lacing. The aroma is a very scrumptious bready pine hop with a floral toasted malt complement. The first taste says yeasty pine hop with some juniper and raspberry highlights. Medium plus bodied with a pleasant carbonation and a light syrupy feel. It's very drinkable and likable with the vague Belgian hints presented in a slightly sweet and edible form. Would gladly revisit any time, nice job Dog!

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Beer Tracker in an in-person trade, cheers to Jeff for his generosity! I believe this my First beer from these guys since they moved to MD. I do like the label art

Pours a super effervescent apricot with a pinky of sand colored head. Great head retention & average lacing

S: Pineyness & lemons in abundance, some green apple

T: Follows the nose, some green apple skins as well, plus breadyness & some booze warmth up front. More citric hops on show as this warms. some green apple & hay as well. Finishes somewhat dry, grainy with much grapefruit. Deducting .5 for straying pretty far off style, but I do like this

MF: Medium bodied, creamy & soft carbonation

Drinks very easy, abv is well hidden, I do find the Belgian aspects of this a bit restrained. Still a winner

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It's cloudy golden orange in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. There is no visible carbonation.
S: There are aromas of earthy and citrus hops in the nose along with some hints of yeast. Smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but isn't quite as strong and has some complexity with flavors of grapefruit, spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and is extremely smooth. Not much carbonation is evident, but this is likely a result of it having been pumped from a cask.
D: It wasn't too difficult to drink this beer because the alcohol was well masked. I would definitely try this again if I saw it on cask because it was silky smooth.

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.37/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

350ml bottle poured in a chalice.

Nice tentative of doing a Belgium IPA. IMHO, it tastes like is a double IPA with Belgium style yeasts. In the end, a very traditional, bitter and flowery hoppy American ale.

A: Deep clean orange color with a nice creamy persistent and beige head. As it disappears, it leaves a lot of lacings around
S: Strong smell of flowery hops. Belgium style yeasts
T: Hops, hops and hops. Wonderfully bitter. Caramel malts can also be felt with less intensity
M: Full heavy body. Creamy and molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Extremely bitter
D: Delicious beer. I would drink a barrel

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. poured into a Stone I.R.S. tulip. It pours an astonishingly clear sweet tea red with a small head. The nose is rather funky with the combination of belgian yeast and american hops. The taste is floral and citrusy with some sweetness, but it ends dry and hoppy. The mouthfeel is crisp but thick and lingers. This is a tough one to place. It's good but not worthy of buying a whole six-pack.

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

Raging Bitch has supplanted Gonzo Imperial Porter as my new Flying Dog favorite. Pours hazy, the color of dull apricots with a big off-white head with nice retention and lacing properties. An interesting nose, with lots of grapefruit and general fruit basket smells up front giving way to lots of bready malts and cloves. The full, heavy body pounds the flavors home. Initially bitter, the lemon notes slowly sweeten to grapefruit and then sweeten more to reveal multiple layers of complex fruit, spices, and herbs. There's a lot happening here. Perfect food beer, or all on its own.

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

A - Pale amber, 1/2 to a finger of head that sticks around and all over the glass.

S - I can't get over it, but the yeast and hops combine to form the scent of some sort of fruity bubblegum. Nice.

T - Sweet with a bitterness up front and a hansom display of the Belgian yeast throughout. Not quite as tasty as it smells, but good nonetheless.

M - Decently carbonated and leaves a pleasant coating in the mouth that is reminiscent of the scent of this beer.

D - Love this stuff and can't believe the 8.3% ABV. An amazing beer from a brewery I once thought average at best.

Photo of WendyandCraig
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good IPA. Very drinkable. Pours without a lot of head but does have a good bit of carbonation to it. Hits you right off the bat with the hops. Got to love the hops. Well worth the buy.

Found it on tap at the local mart. That was my first tasting. Purchased a growler and share it with a few friends.

Be prepared, it does go down easy and the 8.3% will sneek up on you.

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

Had this beer in my favorite Dutch pub, the Vlaamse Reus.

Look: Clear amber-orange color with a white head, that disappeared quickly.

Smell: Very nice, sweet, fresh and hoppy with orange, grapefruit and passionfruits.

Taste: As some other reviewers also mention, it falls a bit short compared to the taste. The taste is the one of a typical IPA, very strong grapefruit hop profile, with some nice spicy-bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, sharp, and carbonation is high
Overall: A nice beer, would not mind to drink it again

Photo of BaltimoreMike
4.51/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Flying Dog, maybe the best I've tasted from them. I'm a hop head, so I love the hoppy flavor of the beer, and the kick it delivers is great. Smooth, strong, great flavor, a slight bitter aftertaste which may turn off some, but for me I don't mind at all. I find myself picking up a six pack of this nearly every weekend. If you love hops and love a good kick with the great aroma and taste of hops, then this is your beer.

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Belgian Room, NYC.

Poured a pale copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full peppery hop and moderate esters.

The taste was extremely spicy due to the abundantly peppery hop and estery yeast. Earthy malts rounded out the experience.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a superior example of the style.

Photo of Mcculler
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, golden amber with red highlights, very clear under a pretty, sudsy head. Some chunky lacing left in a glass entirely unappropriate for beer tasting.

Smells of pineapple upside down cake with papaya and lemon. Flowers and earth come through as the beer warms. Pine.

These are slightly thinner on the taste under a dominant grapefruit hop profile. Burnt sugars produce a grilled fruit taste, especially as the beer warms. Pine. Pepper.

Mouthfeel is sharp. A bit thin on the tongue with high, prickly carbonation. The hop oils linger as grapefruit continues to dominate.

Things area bit ragged for this old dog. More IPA than B...elgique. An American in Brussels. The Daisy Miller of Beers? Caught a yeast infection at the Coliseum. Worth it for the money ... Enjoyable if un...cultured ... Shout out to Ryan of Pleasant Ridge for the bottle ....

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

Nice copper color with a lasting off-white head. Lacing is abundant.

Smell is sort of funky, with a bit of spiciness, ending with a well-balanced, intense hop aroma.

Taste is slightly malty with a hefty amount of spice. The hop bite lingers well with the spice, leaving a nice bitter aftertaste.

The feel is sharp and smooth.

This could easily be a sneaky snake.

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

Poured into my Unibroue tulip

A - Hazy orange-amber with a very thin white head that dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing.

S - Mild banana, bubblegum and malt. Nice.

T - Grapefruit hops with a sweet malty backbone. Some banana is present, and there's a bitterness towards the end.

M - Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slick.

D - Overall, I usually think this is the best beer FD makes. However, I dunno if the bottles old or what, but I'm not feeling it as much this evening as I have in the past. It is a very good beer and a great mash-up of a Belgian pale and an IPA, one I've enjoyed greatly while it's been available. This needs to be brewed year-round!

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

Clear orange/amber colour with a thin layer of white bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Short-lived, streaky lacing and decent head retention. Caramel and toasted bread in the aroma, fruity and powdery, a bit yeasty. The flavour was surprisingly mild and balanced - I was expecting something more bombastic. Malty and fruity up front, a bit of alcohol, some citrus and spice towards the end along with sugary sweetness, followed by a slightly bitter and somewhat quick finish. Pretty easy drinking for the abv. Light peppery warmth, a bit dry, medium to full bodied with lowish, nearly creamy carbonation. I liked this and enjoyed it. I'm glad I have another bottle in the fridge.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Portsmouth tulip.

A- Pours s pretty clear amber color. Nice 1" white head. It recedes quickly, but leaves a pleasant cap and some decent lacing.

S- Bubblegum sweetness and hops up front. Actually, not much more than that. Not saying it doesn't smell good, because it does, just not much more.

T- Just like the smell with a little grainy flavor to it.

M/F- A little on the thin side here. Dryness in the finish is nice and the flavors stay on your palatte a while.

D- Overall, a good beer from Flying Dog. Could have a couple of these before the sweetness got to me.

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

Great mid-Amber color, with a wonderful aroma. It has a very good hoppy flavor with a smooth finish that is neither too harsh on the pallet nor to light for a good belgin-style IPA. Very drinkable and I would recommend trying this one out. This beer is a good representation of what I have come to expect from Flying dog.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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