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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

3,250 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,250
Reviews: 1,069
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 109
Gots: 379 | FT: 1
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 portia99
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a brilliant clear amber color with a finger of cream colored foam on top that has decent staying power...it lingers for a minute and falls to a skim coat and a thick collar - some uneven island of bubbles float on the surface and a small amount of lacing forms on the glass.

S - Fruity and spicy up front with some soapy and perfumey aromas too. Hops are very floral in nature for this IPA. A bit of sweet malt blends in, but doesn't really hold up against the strong hop aroma. This is by far the most flowery smelling beer I've had in a long time.

T - Nice spicy hop bite up front. The floral aroma carries over into the flavor as well in a sweet, soft clovey spiciness. As it warms the hops take on the addition of a grapefruity citrus quality too. Bitterness is good and solid, but not extreme - balance is on the hops side but it is definitely not a one ingredient show. The malt is soft and subtle with a bit of sweetness and some light biscuity notes. Pretty complex, but I thought there would be a bit more Belgian yeastiness in the flavor profile. The beer appears to be filtered...maybe that took away a bit of the Belgian-ness.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side of medium bodied. Carbonation is on the high side making this a good, lively beer.

D - This is pretty enjoyable. I wouldn't mind having another right now. This is flavorful and complex and an interesting take on a Belgian style IPA (though probably not totally authentic in nature). It is very pleasant to drink and I'm having a hard time believing it is an 8.3% beer. Hope they make this a regular offering.

portia99, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am becomming a huge fan of these Belgian IPA's. So much flavor, complexity, power, and art... I think I just shead a tear.

Raging Bitch begins with a medium copper-amber tone, nearly sparkling clarity, and some sediment (kinda odd). Being both Belgian and hoppy, I expecte a thick, froathy, and billowing head but instead, it's only slightly above average and with good lacing.

Aromas of vinous Belgian spices and esters hit at the same time as the citrusy American hops- a complete competition from the word 'go'. Peaches, appricots, and pineapples start the ester profile while orange zest, grapefruit, and pine resins represent the hop contengency. Spices of white pepper, curraco, and corriander give a lot zip to nose (like it needed it?!)

Flavors are a direct transition from the nose. In one sip, there's the Belgian berries, grapes, cherries, earthiness, spicy phenols, and woodsy-musty character. In the next- a dry hoppy American crispness with great attenuation and power. These seem to alternate with each sip, allowing new flavors to emerge as the beer warms. Complex to say the least.

Bitter-sweet and honey suckle up front with medium textures and sweet bread maltiness. Fading nicely inot a dry, warming, and evaporative whisper of a beer. The beer has the best of both worlds: dry from Belgian alcohols and attenuation and dry from hoppy crispness.

In the end, the beer favors more American influences than Belgian. I'd prefer more assertion in the foam, head, and carbonation catagories. I'd also like to see more Belgian yeast character with aged cork-like attributes. But the American hops are spot-on with this kind of beer. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

BEERchitect, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Zimbo
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian? Reallly?
To me this has a dark aggressive Amerian IPA nose with some burnt brown sugar which invades the nostrils. Orangy amber in colour. Decent one inch reasonably dense foamy head which leaves lots of trailing traces all over the glass.
To taste a penetrating twisted bitter dryness phenolic with some juices and spice. The backbone just struggles to support the beer's weight which means it doesn't really add much to the mix. Probably overwelmed by the potency of this.
But Belgian? My arse. About as Belgian as a plate of Buffalo wings with blue cheese sauce and celery sticks though this beer really would be a perfect match for the best of Tonawanda cuisine.
An imposter of style but still quite a lusty offering which I just can't ignore. Could happily drink another six, maybe seven in succession.

Zimbo, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a cloudy, copper color with a two-finger, white head of thick foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit, and yeast. There was a sweet caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of citrus, bubblegum, grapefruit and a sharp roasted malt flavor. Very delicious.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a really nice Belgian IPA.

zeff80, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this for an attempt at it. I haven't had the best of luck with Flying Dog, but I'll give it a shot. Review is from notes taken on 4/9/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty solid orange/coppery color and starts with a big 2 and 1/2 finger white creamy head with decent retention; body is very clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; nice big pillow swaths of lacing form on the sides of the glass as the head slowly dwindles to a full, but very uneven cap with a really thick merengue-like ring around the surface.

Smell: Quite nice -- strong Belgian yeastiness with a bit of banana and spiciness, like clove; toasty graininess and a touch of bitter hop with a bit of a citric tinge to it. Nose is quite strong and robust.

Taste: Alright, I may become a believer after this one -- lots of the Belgian yeastiness right up front and it's got a hint of banana esters to it, and plenty of the Belgian spiciness that is definitely a bit peppery; a fair amount of hoppiness resides in this one as well, and it's definitely lemony and citric in nature. Definitely heavier on the Belgian side of things, but I'm OK with that since there are so many other great IPAs that it's pretty refreshing. Just a touch of alcohol in the back, but at over 8%, not to be unexpected.

Mouthfeel: body is between light and medium, just about dead center, I would say; carbonation is potent, but comes across as creamy in the body; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the palate; belly is left a touch warm from the acidity and ABV, but pretty enjoyable overall.

Overall: This is a solid beer and well worth picking up. I'm kind of bummed now that I waited this long to try it, as it doesn't disappoint. Great nose, solid flavors, enjoyable mouthfeel, this beer's got just about everything going for it.

bamadog, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange w/ a off white two finger head that lingers a few minutes. Decent, but not great carbonation. Good lacing on the glass

S- I get a lot of orange, pineapple, and some grapefruit, w/ a touch of malt and hops thrown in. The sweet smell is definitely in the forefront here. It's a nice smelling beer... almost too nice.

T- Hmm.. Interesting. This is unlike any IPA I've had. Very unique, in a good way. I don't get much bitterness except in the aftertaste. The fruit and malt take most of the taste here. Very smooth, and very drinkable. All the smells make their presence known here except the pineapple. Very sweet beer, but not overly so. Nice.

M- Very smooth and sweet. A little on the light side feel-wise. Goes down very easily. I'd never guess this is a 8.3% beer. I'd guess 6-7%. The feel definitely has a beginning, middle and end, and all the flavors are very well balanced.

O- This isn't my favorite IPA/DIPA, but it's a good one. It's a local brewery for me too, so I'm glad I tried this one. Very economical for a six pack of this beer. I'll definitely pick it up and enjoy it again.

jayhawk73, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of eammmbeer89
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.
Orange hazy color.
Wonderful citrusy peppery hops aroma.
Great bitter taste but with a sour citrus flavor that really upped the enjoyability.

Buying this overseas I was worried that it would have suffered from the journey, but I found it crisp and hoppy as ever, with some really interesting highlights.

eammmbeer89, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Durge
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

Durge, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-yellow color with tiny white bubbles keeping the foam aloft. Not impressed by the stick or shape of the lace in general. Decent look, a little subpar for this particular style.

The nose is plenty strong, with a large dose of tropical mango and grapefruit to augment the white pepper spicing. The hops are plenty strong, while the ester do the yeast strain justice. The power is there, and the right notes are hit.

Flavor profile somewhat subdued relative to the nose. Hops are a solid pleasant addition to the malt base, although this is slightly sweeter with more crystal than I usually think of for a Belgian IPA. No big deal. Aspirin and medicinal herbs in the finish.

Mouthfeel seems more like a much smaller beer, and the well-hidden heat seems to confirm that this is much lower in alcohol content. Finishes nicely, albeit aggressively, with the high carbonation pulling the hotter flavors away from the palate. Well done and in the upper echelon of the style, though not quite elite.

BretSikkink, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, spices, Belgian yeast, and slight banana. Taste is of Belgian yeast and herbal hops up front with a malt finish and a slight banana aftertaste. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer in the flavor department with a great smell that makes for an easy drinking experience.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of BamaViper1
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

The Raging Bitch pours amber brown into the glass, forming a 1/4 inch head that quickly dissipates. There is minimal lacing.

The beer's nose consists of grapefruit mixed with Belgian "funk" and ripe fruit. There is also a faint hint of citrusy hops and spearmint.

Despite the Belgian yeast in the nose, the first thing one can taste is pungent, and slightly bitter, hops. Hints of the Belgian yeast come through but are mostly overpowered by grapefruit. Despite the "Belgian style" in the name, this beer is very much an IPA. The finish has hints of fresh bread but tastes mostly of long bitter hops.

This IPA has a medium body with very nice carbonation. The finish is substantial as well, but very clean.

This beer is very drinkable. Belgian fans and hopheads alike can easily enjoy this beer, and I personally really like it. Flying Dog did a great job with this mashup.

BamaViper1, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

002A13, so best by January 2, 2013

A: Pours a copper color with 2 fingers of head that fades to a cap within a minute, but that sticks around for a while

S: Get a lot of Belgian character as well as IPA character. Yeasty and fruity with loads of pine and citrus hops

T: Follows the nose. Get a lot of grapefruit and pine from the hops, some spicy and fruity Belgian yeast, and a good amount of crackery malts. Everything is well balanced, and doesn't get too bitter. Very well integrated

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly drying, but not too bad

O: Huge props to FD for being able to make this so balanced. The malts, hops, yeast, and alcohol blend so extremely well and makes this a great example of the style. Obviously it leans more towards American versions, but it is relatively tame (or at least it seems like it with the way everything goes together). Worth picking up

BEERMILER12, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of brewcrew76
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear honey colored amber with a thin off white head and small strings of lace.

S - Juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit hops, bubblegum, spicy Belgian yeast and a light bready malt.

T - Juicy grapefruit and tropical fruit hops followed by a biscuity, caramel maltiness that slightly detracts from the hoppy goodness. Juicyfruit bubblegum with some spice and yeasty esters.

M - Medium body with a nice amount of carbonation and a lingering dryness.

D - The 8%+ abv is not noticeable. Very nice. They really nailed the hop profile.

brewcrew76, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of betterbgood
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tasted it in the bottle, but this review comes from the tap. first of all the bottle version i could taste the fruitiness of the yeast, but from the tap it seem like it was blended well, the yeast didn't tap me here and there.

the appearance was of a golden amber, was poured in a mug, nice half inch head good pour from the bartender.

the smell was invigorating with like some type of candied peach and floral notes

the taste was excellent, very smooth and the bitterness counteracting with the yeast gave a well balance flavor of sweet malts and calm bitterness. delicious,

the mouthfeel was nice not tart, smooth not overpowering of alcohol even at 8.3abv

the drinkability is about two mugs, if you want to respect the beer and to savor its taste.

betterbgood, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a orangeish amber color with a creamy white head. Head fades away quickly leaving a nice layer of bubbles.

S- Belgian yeast, spices, piney hops, caramel and bready malts. Quite a few citrus hops popping up too.

T- Hops dominant here. Piney and citrus hops mainly grapefruit, orange and pineapple. Backed up with a nice bready malt back bone. The Belgain yeast come in toward the end.

M- Medium in body and the carbonation seemed right on.

D- I was certain that I would not care for this one due to the whole Belgain IPA thing, but I was wrong this is a very solid and easy to drink brew. I'd pick up more of this one if I could find it. Recommended for sure.

nrbw23, May 16, 2010
Photo of ADZA
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of all i love this breweries labels definately original and i love dogs so thats a big plus with me,anyhow it pours a deep golden hue almost bordering on copper with lovely carbonation that leaves a creamy two finger head that slowly reduces to layer of froth and heaps of sticky lacing everywhere,it has aromas of spicy belgian yeast,pears and pepperoni,it has a nice above medium bodied mouthfeel which feels quite creamy with tastes of pears,apples,paw paw,boiled candy and spicy belgian yeast,overall this is definately a very decent brew that i would revisit and am only annoyed at the fact that i only got the one but will buy more of tommorrow without doubt.

ADZA, May 12, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours golden light amber and without much carbonation with a tiny head and not a whole lot of lacing, but a bit.

smell is a quite hop driven - tart berry, grapefruit and very floral hops, started out with a strange skunky aroma but dissipated within 15 minutes and left it smelling delicious.

taste is very hop driven as well - hoptastic in fact...great bitterness across the palate...lacks the yeast character of other belgian ipas though - just really tastes like an americn IIPA - but pretty damn good.

good drinkability for the style - quite impressed. overall as a brewery i find fllying dog pretty hit or miss...this one is a hit.

benclimbs, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of alee42
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish, amber hue; a little on the lighter side of Red Ale. A very stick lacing on the insides of the pint glass. It smells of a fruity mix, but I can pick out the smell of tangerine on the hops. The spiciness of the hops is rather smoothed-out, different from many IPA styles - the bitterness isn't as profound here. Rich in malt flavors, the traces of yeast are covered very well. Very happy with this beer, runs true to its reviews, and would definitely drink again.

alee42, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of sweetwaterman
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(6 pack from Syosset Beverages ~ Jan 2011)

Look: pure golden amber color, flawless clarity, lacing head.

Smell: sweet citrus, hops, smells "Belgian" (seemed the best adjective to use)

Taste: Upfront sweetness, lots of sweet citrus; grapefruit and lemon curd, smooth, bitter hop finish

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with only slight alcohol burn

Drinkability: dangerously drinkable for such a high gravity beer.

Recommended: Nice and tasty, but can creep up on you real quickly.

sweetwaterman, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Dave1999
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a small white head.

The smell is citrus fruits,oranges and lemons in particular.

The taste is orange, bitter hops and candi sugar.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

I was more impressed with this beer than I thought I'd be. By far my favorite of the flying dog beers. Very easy to get, they even have it in 7-11.

Dave1999, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of pvsob
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A lovely light orange/copper color with a good two-fingers worth of fluffy head. Head retention is great and leaves well above average lacing. A small foam ring lasts the whole glass. The clarity of the beer is somewhat hazy(yeast/hops).

S - Pine, pungent grapefruit, light malt, clove, banana, tropical fruit(pineapple), and just the tiniest hint of barnyard. Very nice!

T - The flavor matches the aroma traits, but with the hops playing a slightly larger role than the esters and phenols of the Belgian yeast. All in all a very balanced beer when it comes to flavor.

M - Creamy feel with a steady carbonation and a hoppy, dry finish.

D/O - I'm really digging the marriage of American IPA and Belgian yeast flavors in this brew. This beer is one helluva a surprise from the guys at Flying Dog. It's easy to find, tasty, and reasonably priced. I'm definitely going to seek out a another sixer of this before it's all gone. I just hope FD adds this beer to its regular rotation. Highly recommended. Cheers.

pvsob, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW, this brew is a bottle full of contrasts. When you look at the light copper fluid with light carbonation that's covered with 1.5 fingers of white foam it doesn't seem that intimidating. The aroma is that classic sweet Belgium nose filled with orange and lemon and flowers. The taste at first comes off as extremely different. It has the Belgium sweetness but with a good dose of hops that gradually build the tartness on the sides of the tongue that gradually moves to the middle and lingers with a grudge. I haven't had this style before but I'd say the body is a bit heavier than a typical American IPA.
This is an interesting beer, it'll throw your taste buds around and possibly your eyes cross. One note, it's does a minimal job of hiding the alcohol.

DesMoinesMike, Jan 26, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Sam Smith pint glass.

A: This thing looks incredible, it must be said. Pours a beautifully hazy copper color with a one-finger eggshell colored head that has fantastic retention and lacing. The cascading effect from the pour is what puts this over the edge, in my opinion.

S: The grapefruit smell is strong, and there's also a hit of coriander, orange peel, and phenols. It doesn't smell at all like it's 8.2% ABV.

T: The Belgian influences are subtle, at best. But as a whole, it works pretty well. The most surprising thing here, is how upfront the bitterness is here - it's a not a pine bomb that builds and lingers (though that is a prevalent feature on the back end), but rather, a very spicy, black peppery taste. The middle is where the citrus-y notes come in, paired with a subtle, withering maltiness. Excellent, but a little lacking in balance. The ABV is hidden amazingly well, too, so be careful drinking this one.

M: Has a good bit of creaminess to it, but is also a little rough on the tongue (if that makes sense), along with medium carbonation. The finish is piny and palate wrecking, in a good way.

O: Kind of reminds me of Stone Ruination IPA in a way, but it's cheaper, more satisfying to drink, and just as ruinous. And more phenolic, can't forget that. A definite winner in my book, though be warned this could pass for a DIPA in terms of bitterness.

ThisWangsChung, Jan 02, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep amber body with a bone white head. Good transparency and carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom.

S- Very strong hop aroma with Belgian spices coming through.

T- Very similar to the aroma; spices compliment the hoppy body very nicely.

M- Somewhat of a bite on the tongue, with medium-high carbonation.

O- Very nice Belgian IPA. ABV is hidden well.

stephenjmoore, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of tmoneyba
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus hop and small yeast aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate citrus sweet flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration. Very good complex brew.

tmoneyba, Jan 19, 2010
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,250 ratings.