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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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Reviews: 1,119
Hads: 3,777
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 149
Gots: 887 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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 Dreadnaught33
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From old notes, tasted at Molly Malones on 8th St. SE in DC, Barracks Row.

A: Pretty semi clear darker orange color with crazy cascading champagne bubbles. Small bone white head and great retention and epic lacing.

S: Orange peel, yeasty wheat, sugary hops, some straw like notes, and beligan yeasty malt character. Not a lot of hops but it still has some bitters.

T: Ok, seems a la Belgian pale than what I expect from a Belgian IPA. Very dry belgian golden yeast, banana, and straw flavors. Some hops of a citrus like variety poke through with plenty of bright fruity sugar in the finish. Needs more hops to round out the sweetness.

M:Nice creamy feel with bitters at the back.

D: Average I'd say, would definitely not have gotten another glass.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer poured with a cloudy honey-colored/orange color. The small head quickly devolved into a ring of foam.

Aroma: Not much but piney hops, but with slight hints of honey or candy.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma with the addition of slight funk up-front. Hops predominated in the middle and end. Some sourness lingers along with the strong hops presence. Other notes come out as the beer warms: orange and malt.

Mouthfeel: The body and carbonation are fine.

Overall: This is my first Belgian-style IPA, so my confidence in this review is rather low. I'd like to try more of this style, although I currently like malty beers which this style isn't. Accordingly, I did like the way this beer sweetened as it warmed.

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Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at Prohibition.

Pours a dark golden color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with resinous oily hops, sweet citrus peel, Belgian yeast and estery fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and strawberry with a subtle caramel malt backbone.

Medium bodied and creamy with a bit too strong of a malt backbone for my liking, killing off a lot of the hop flavor. Earthy hops up front with subtle pine and grapefruit flavor. Again, the malt backbone is too strong for it's own good with a prominent caramel and rye flavor.

I'm not sure if it was because of it being cask conditioned but this beer wasn't nearly hoppy enough. I would like to try this in bottle form to compare.

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Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yields about a finger’s worth of tan to off-white foam, while not an especially deep head, what is there sticks around, the lacing forms broad irregular splotches which languidly slide down the glass. Coppery reddish brown hued liquid, not really clear nor really hazy, large amount of highly active bubbles rushing upwards, manages good brightness given the general darkness of color. The nose is on the sweeter side with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge and pie dough notes, there is a leafiness there too which freshens up the apricot, apple to cherry scents, finishes with clove spice and pepper, lot going on and not always marching to the same beat. Full-bodied, clingy to almost syrupy mouth texture, feels heavy on the palate. Spicier here with clove, pine and mineral water accents accompanied by a broader mixed citrus presence. The carbonation is energetic enough to shave off some of the sugariness of the peach, apricot, pineapple fruit, a needed effect. Dry enough that the majority of the caramel, vanilla, cola bean notes recede. The flavors sort of halt suddenly at the end, made more obvious by their boisterous nature as it first enters the mouth.

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Photo of chaz01
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample pour at a local beer tasting event from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Clear golden amber, thin head recedes to a collar around the perimeter. A few bubbles rise from the bottom.

S: Citrus hoppy grapefruit aroma.

T: Lots of grapefruit & hoppy bitterness.

M: Somewhat oily with medium body and medium carbonation.

D: Taste more like a normal IPA to me -- I'm not picking up a whole lot of Belgian qualities in this. Very smooth for 8.3 ABV.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head but no lacing.

Taste is sweet and bitter with a good spicy belgian yeast flavor. The sweetnesa is a bit too much but the mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall it's quite good.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden amber with a white finger width head. Average retention, leaving behind a lace that's spotty but semi-sticky.

Smell - Citrus hops, backed behind a faint Belgian yeast aroma.

Taste - Starts off slightly citric, bitter orange peel, then some toasted biscuit malt kicks in. Finish is slightly sour; almost lemon-like in character.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Decently carbonated.

Overall - Their Wildeman Farmhouse Belgian IPA is far superior. The belgian yeast qualities in this are just too scaled back, giving it an average IPA feel with just a touch of sour, as if someone added a small squirt of lemon to the beer. Of the 4-5 Belgian IPA's I've had, this one is easily the least interesting.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No Date on this bottle, and its an IPA..hmmm.

A - Clear dark orange, with an 2 finger off white head. Very nice appearance with great lacing.

S - Not a whole lot of smell on this, but what I get is slight Belgium funk with some citrusy hops.

T - Same as the nose with the Belgium yeast battling the hops for control. This beer is zesty and spicy flavored. A little bit of a mess between the hops and Belgium funk. The more I drink, the hops build up and the Belgium aspect fades. Really nice at first but has lost some of the nice complexity as the hops build. Its really easy to drink because of how smooth it is, not to mention no alcohol presence.

M - Medium full body, but feels slippery and smooth as it goes across and down the back of the tongue.

O - A decent beer that seems to need a little help on the flavor profile. The hops that build up ruin the Belgium aspect of this one, which destroys the complexity. I want more Belgium flavor! However, it is really easy to dink for a 8.5% beer. Cheers!

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Photo of shanblur
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally. Deciphered code for freshness means it is not considered fresh after May 5, 2011. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Slightly hazy copper color with a medium white head which fades over time, leaving moderate lacing.

S - Smells of malts and citrus style hops, though subdued. A bit of funk as well.

T - Much like the nose, but the hops are definitely not overpowering. Very balanced.

M - Medium bodied with a gentle carbonation.

Not bad, but not my favorite of the style. Maybe freshness played a role?

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with the code of "290A11". unclear meaning.

hazy copper rust color, with white head. decent lacing. zesty aroma, earthy hops, pepper. taste is dominated by piney hops and spiciness of Belgian style yeast. medium body, carbonation is on the higher side.

alright, but i enjoy many of their other beers more.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours as a slightly hazy warm yellowy copper colour with a medium sized creamy off-white head that shows great retention, and loads of carbonation. Strong, slightly citric, hoppiness with lots of oranges, and a hint of zesty lemon. The taste is bitter with a mouth coating perfuminess. The Belgian yeast is very apparent, offering, adding a harder edge to the familiar Flying Dog pale ale flavours. An interesting beer, was expecting a bit more though I think, given the hype it received from beer bloggers over here in the UK. To me it taste a bit like their Classic Pale Ale on steroids, however, the power seems to have unbalanced the subtle bitterness that makes the pale ale so great.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

head looked good after i poured it but...just a few bubbles left. attractive enough hue

smells: bubblegum, coriander, plenty of fruit. nw hops?

hops are unsurprisingly at the forefront--in prominence, not necessarily tasting chronology--but allow for sweetness and some spicy belgian heat, as well. i expected more sweetness after i took a sniff but hops and spice (and, of course, lack of sweetness) contribute to a fairly dry experience. hop flavors are prominent: a touch of citrus but more touches of grassy and herbal

you know, if someone wanted to level the criticism that the hop gets in the way of the belgian i would not call that someone unreasonable. smells belgian but just taste like bitter (it's a bit crass, i know. bitter does have a flavor and it's not bad unto itself)

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Best by date in June. 20th anniversary special release. Was a orange amber color with lots of yeast floaters. Lots of carb streams. It had a large fluffy head that settled into a thick collar and thin foam cap fed by the carb. Excellent sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma was interesting. Spicy from the yeast with pine and grassy hops mixed in with the typical Belgian candy sugar. Each on its own might be good but, for me, the mix was off. Too much competing for attention. The taste was good with the grassy hops leading the way. The spice and sweet come in later. Again, good components but not blending well for me. Mouthfeel was creamy with lots of carbonation. Bitterish after-taste.

Overall, I love IPA's and I love most Belgian styles but this one just didn't blend well for me. In the style, I've seen it done much better (Piraat and Hugh Malone). R/A - not sure if we are going to get this in TX or not. Ummagum had an extra so I shipped that back from my CO trip to see him. It was interesting and glad I tried it but one is enough for me [N;N;OTR]

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Photo of prg1976
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color, not much head or lacing.

Aroma is mostly spices, a little orange in there too.

Tastes more belgian than IPA. Definite spiciness, not bitter.

Overall, pretty decent. I like this a little better than Victory's Wild Devil, but they're very similar.

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Photo of deeznuts420
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not one of the best belgian ipas out there. poured into a chimay chalice (goblet) gave me a finger and a half worth of head that wa a slightly dark orange color. smells like an ipa with a belgian yeast strain, but mostly taste like an ipa. mouthfell is medium. gf's le freak or some of the others are much better examples' but this is not a bad beer

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle out of a six pack I picked up at the beer store yesterday. The beer pours a pale copper coloring with no head. The nose is very hop heavy, and it seems like there is a hint of coriander or some other spice deep down below the hops. The sharpness of the beer hits your tongue before the taste does. The taste follows up nicely with a bold blend of spice and malt riding a wave of sour hops. The beer, for all its grandness early in mouth, slips quickly off to a quiet and smooth finish. Spice flavors in the aftertaste, also. Decent beer, but I have had better. I would be interested to try this on-tap or from a cask to get a different perspective on it.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, effervescent, amber with frothy cream head; long lasting; good lacing

Aroma: Good Belgian ale aroma (candi sugar, coriander); citrusy hops

Taste: Creamy, malty and sweet, but dominated with citrusy hops; thick mouthfeel lingers on tongue, but hoppy, dry aftertaste finishes; good balance overall, but not keen on the American hops in this style

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of Greenmachine07
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-like you would expect, light clear no real head

S-very hoppy, searching for something more and yet i just get hops which is not bad, but i like some depth.

T-hops BAM, very bitter and hop filled, notes of pine tword the end and a trace of balance, but it very much is and IPA and the taste shows.

O-if you like hopes and not to much balance it is good. i would not recommend it if you are just venturing down the IPA road, but its a good drink and i would get it again

Decent price decent beer. there are more balanced IPAs and ones with more hops, but this one gets the hops down but leaves me wanting some character/depth

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Photo of seedyone
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

05/22/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC, on tap.Listed as an imperial, I should have known what was in store. As an 'unhoppy' guy, this should have been an aggressive assault on the ol' taste buds, but it wasn't. Assertive, sure, but it actually had enough 'manners' to almost (& I emphasize the 'almost') assuage my abject aversion to the "happy in hoppy" philosophy. This is an extremely tasty treat, but I must admit the 4 oz taste I had, was more than enough. God Bless Us One and All.

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Photo of ihoffman
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours amber-orange in color. A small white head forms and quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing.

S: Citrusy. Pungent grapefruit fills the nostrils.

T: Citrus hops dominate this brew. Like the smell, grapefruit is strongly apparent. Perhaps some mango and pineapple were thrown into the mix as well. Hoppy for sure. A bitey beginning and a a bitter, sour finish.

M: Medium bodied and a tad smooth. For a Belgian though, I had expected the mouthful to be thicker. Carbonation is on par. Crisp.

O: Not a bad brew. A tad bitter for my taste, but drinkable considering the ABV.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Appearance: fairly clear; bronze colored

Overall: Very tasty, full of hops and Belgian Yeast. Has very bitter after taste. It took me about half the beer to get used to the taste. Very flavorful.

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Photo of StaEva
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good dark amber/ musty orange color, slight haze, good creamy head with moderate retention.

Nice Belgian aroma, typically fruity and yeasty, but this has a more predominant hop aroma as well, more like a true IPA. The aroma is definitely a hybrid of the Belgian fruity yeast and the IPA's expected hop-heavy aroma. Good citrus and a very thin tropical fruit note.

Taste is much more like a normal IPA than a Belgian. The fruitiness is lost to hops. That being said, it is a refreshing and clean beer, with good carbonation and a healthy medium body.

Not a terrible beer, not even a mediocre beer, just didn't have that true hybrid flavor as the name would have suggested. The beautiful aroma and color of this brew were the highlights. Worth a try, but I'm not going out of my way for it.

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Photo of bobhits
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Two finger head, very interesting bubbles coming up. Larger than most bubbles and a bit more action going on that most IPAs I can think of. A wonderful orange straw color. For filtered beer it's pretty darn good looking. If they'd get some yeast floating around I think they'd have a near perfect looking beer!

A wonderful mix of extremely bitter hops with a caramel malt which is enhanced by a very sweet Belgium yeast. It is truly amazing how this style of beers is growing. We've taken Belgium yeast which is pretty much awful when used by the belgiums and found a way to create a whole new and really tasty version of our IPAs. Hopefully the trappest and others over there are taking notes. This is how you balance the absurd sweetness of a Belgium beer!

Extremely drinkable and while a touch heavier than I'd expect it feels pretty decent in the mouth. That said what IPA isn't?

Don't go into this beer expecting to be blown away. The aroma is a great mix of the fruity Belgium yeast, American hops, slightly sweetened from the malt and perhaps at of spice. Apart from that you're looking at an above average beer, priced EXTREMELY well.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,119 ratings.