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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This twelve ounce bottle poured into a chimay goblet surprises me with it being a bit darker than expected. The filtered amber body sits below a whitehead that leaves tons of lacing down the glass.

Aromas initially tell me clove-like from the Belgian yeast and Amarillo hops are likely used as well. And not just a smalll amount, but a good heaping portion. I may be wrong about the Amarillo, but that is my initial impression and I am going with it. Yes, after checking the site they are Amarillo. I love Amarillo hops and this aroma is knocking my socks off.

The flavor is sweet and candyish followed by a good wave of hop bitterness that pairs well with the initial sweetness. Grapefruit citrus flavors are what predominate the palate. Alcohol seems to be well hidden, but bigger sips do cause it to show up just a bit.

The mouthfeel is lighter and "fluffy" as I like to say with most Belgians, but for other Belgian IPAs I have tried this one seems to be a bit lighter.

Drinkability is decent for the style. It is definitely a sipper, but with enough time one could enjoy this beer and later go back for another. RB is a nice addition to what Flying Dog has been putting out in seasonal mixed packs.

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Photo of Keffa
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had 2-26-10. Served at about 48-50 degrees in a standard pint glass.

Notes from the tasting:

Appearance: Poured golden amber, 1 1/2 finger head of very tiny and sticky bubbles, receded very slowly and left lacing through the whole glass.

Smell: Spicy Belgian yeast, little citrusy hop, bready malt, little bit of caramel sweetness.

Taste: Belgian yeast is predominate, little piney/citrusy hop, caramel malt sweetness, little bit of a biscuity doughy malt behind the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: One word to sum this up, IMO: PERFECT. Creamy, silky smooth carbonation and such a clean finish. I wish every beer had this kind of mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good, if you can get past the yeast. Belgian yeast is very unique (and I mean that in a good way). Some may like it, some may hate it. I like it.

Other notes: This beer reminded me of Ommegang Hennepin, but with better malt, and with a much better mouthfeel. Taste, I'd give to the Hennepin (not by much though). This is a good beer. If you like Belgians, you can't go wrong to try it. Just don't expect it to be an actual perfect Belgian :)


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Photo of FreshHawk
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Light to medium amber orange color. Decent sized frothy head with a beige tinted ivory color. Decent retention and a good amount of lace left.

S - A lot of grapefruit. Good amount of orange, pineapple, apricot, peach smells as well. Decent amount of pine and floral scents too. Also has a faint Belgian yeast.

T - More malt than the nose suggested. A little caramel but mostly a bready malt with Belgian yeast. This makes the backbone of the beer, and while not prominent, is more than the nose suggested. On top of this is a good amount of pine and floral/herbal hops along with some of the fruits mentioned above. The fruits are more faint in taste than in the nose, but still have a good presence. A bit more citrus than tropical fruits and they have a slight candied taste. Fair amount of alcohol also comes through.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Slight stickiness and drying finish.

D - Good drinkability with the flavors pretty balanced and a good diversity of flavors. The smell keeps me wanting more to quench the drying finish. Enjoyable to drink, but the ABV is slightly high to have multiple beers.

Notes: Good beer that seems like a bready American IPA with Belgian yeast. Enjoyable mix of flavors with a lot of different flavors present. Not the most hop forward beer I have had, but hops are the stars.

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Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raging Bitch pours an attractive apricot color. It's very clear. Not a bit of haze on the scene. It's capped with an off-white head that rises to about two fingers in depth. It recedes slowly and leaves a moderate amount of sticky lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is a little weak and underpowered. It kicks off with a toasted malt scent. Not my favorite thing. Hops are rather pronounced and feature citrus scents of orange, mango, and light grapefruit. There's a spicy side to the hops. It's not bad, but I'm not a huge fan of that either. It smells sweet and a little sugary. Unfortunately, I'm not getting much Belgian yeast. That's disappointing. Alcohol is pretty well held in check. It's not bad. But, it's very average for a Belgian IPA.

The flavor fares a little better. It is sweet and sugary up front. It tastes like a mix of caramel and pale malts. There's a toasted malt flavor that I'm not crazy about. It's alright, but doesn't add anything. The hops taste primarily spicy, but have some citrus orange and mango flavors, as well. I could've done without the spicy side, but it doesn't severely damage the overall flavor. Belgian yeast is more prominent in flavor. Frankly, that's why it tastes better than it smells. However, that great flavor is negated to a degree by the spicy hop flavor. Two steps forward, one step back. Alcohol is blended well and never seems that strong. It finishes spicy, bitter, and dry.

Raging Bitch has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation seems light, but the spiciness of the hops confuses that aspect a little. Nonetheless, it has a nice feel. Drinkability is above average. It's alright. Goes down easy enough, but if I wanted a Belgian IPA, there's quite a few that are materially better than this one.

Flying Dog is one of those breweries that doesn't really stand out for me. They brew some alright beer, but Horn Dog is the one only star in their roster. I had high hopes for Raging Bitch, but it's just not my ideal Belgian IPA. The spicy hops seem to negate some other positive qualities that are here. Same goes for the toasted malt flavor. They just seem out of place to me. It's alright, and is worth a try. But, this bitch is just alright.

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Photo of Brencr
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly dark tint with a thin head and slight carbonation. I was impressed by the flavor. I expected more of a Belgian but it tastes much more like and IPA (of which I am particuarly partial of). The ABV is high so you need to watch out for this one sneaking up on you. Right now it is on my regular list.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy pumpkin hued amber with a small frothy head that falls leaving a coating of lacing.

The smell is inoculated with a rush of fruity yeasty goodness. Sweet belgian yeast followed by a dingy, sort of sour funk along with a less than noticeable citrusy hop profile that is covered up by the bready forefront.

The taste is amazingly hop forward, spicy, then sweet, then fruity bitter oranges attack. Some sweet bread-like flavors and then a bunch of booze. This is not an aggressive, sharp booziness, but it is strong and rides the hop profile into the mildly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel moderately light and strangely coating. Perfect carbonation makes this one feel very nice in my mouth.

Overall, I didn't taste a ton of Belgian influence in this brew. As one of my favorite styles, Raging Bitch makes an alright showing. Very drinkable Bel-IPA (and strong to boot) but fell a bit short in my eyes.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
4.62/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

C. Perfectly clear
H. Amber, sort of burnt orange
N. Whoaaaa hops!

Wow, this beer is properly named...she really is a bitch. Great banana notes from the yeast, strong hops and a little kick of sweetness not sure if its from the yeast or malt. This is a fun beer, but be careful and watch your tone, cause you just might get slapped in the mouth from this Raging Bitch.

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Photo of Pecorasc
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ordered a shaker pint from Trolley Stop in Dayton, OH. First glass out of the newly tapped keg, which could be good or bad depending on their practices. Have not had this out of the bottle yet either, so this is a first impression review.

A- Presented with an inch of long lasting off-white, creamy head that slowly slides down the glass, leaving a sticky lacing. Shows a slightly hazy, deep amber with brown in the deeper parts of the glass. When held up to light, the haze stays, but the thinner parts of the glass show an orange color. Very little visible carbonation for a Belgian. Leaves great lacing as it is consumed.

S- Large amount of citrus hops- grapefruit, orange, lime, etc., that give this a very fresh aroma. A spicy belgian background is overtaken by the hop character. A lot of witbier influence.

T- Citrus and pine hop flavor and bitterness up front, with a clashing spicy belgian character in the middle. Some coriander-like flavor in there, similar to a witbier. The yeast character almost tastes like a spicy saison. Hot in the finish and aftertaste.

M- Big bodied, medium carbonation, with a big finish that only seems dry because of the bitterness. For 8.3% and a "Belgian", I'm not sure this needs to be so big. If this was drier with more carbonation, it might be more drinkable...

D- Not much drinkability. Hot in the finish. One of the toughest quasi-categories to brew right now since I don't think anyone has mastered it yet, but this is a good try and I think the intensity and ingenuity is there.

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Photo of pvsob
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of mwa423
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden color with two fingers of white head that stick to the bottom of the glass.

S - One of the best balanced Belgian IPAs I have smelled. There is a hop forward aroma but also a lot of Belgian yeast and esters in the aroma.

T - Fantastic mix of both yeast and hops. At the front of the taste there is all the Belgian fruity esters, but right in the middle of the sip there is a strong hop bite. Fantastically well balanced taste.

M/D - Mouthfeel is full but not cloying, this is very drinkable if you don't mind lots of belgian esters and hops.

If you like a good example of a Belgian IPA, pick this one up!

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Photo of stephens101
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant reddish-orange with a blast of bubble activity that results in a giant fluffy off-white head that does not want to dissipate. A thick lace rings the glass when all is said and done. Nose is filled with sharp citrusy hops, some orange peel in the middle and a slight mustiness poking through as it warms. Tastes spicy, with a vein of grapefruit running through and enveloped in some big hops. Goes down a bit dry with a little chalkiness coating the palatte. Medium-bodied with big carbonation and a subtle alcohol heat which appears randomly throughout the session. I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Flying Dog is either right on the money, or way the hell out in left field with their beers. This one almost hits the jackpot.

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Photo of bum732
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hop hazed burnt orange, decent creamy head with ok lacing. Smells of phenols, citrus, grapefruit mostly, spicy cinnamon, some floral notes. Tastes of sweet spicy malt with a pronounced pineapple and grapefruit like hoppiness. Fairly pronounced bitterness finishing with belgian yeast phenols and tropical fruits. Pretty dry finish, medium mouthfeel, alcohol barely noticable.

A really nice beer, very bold flavors and aromas. I really enjoyed the inclusion of Pacific Northwest hops here, really brings great dimension and works beatifully with the belgian yeast flavors. A great surprise, highly recommend.

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Photo of hdofu
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer I had on tap at Bill Batemans in Reisterstown. Had it after drinking resurrection and oddly enough I think I liked it better. It had a smooth mouth feel, a nice spicy finish, it poured an off red color with a white head. It smelled nice and hoppy and had a creamy head. I could definitely have drank another.

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Photo of mjw2808
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber color with a one finger head that left a good amount of lacing. The nose is hoppy with citrusy notes. The taste is hops, first, very noticable but not overly bitter like in many IPAs. I can taste citrus and also a malt presence. Goes down easy also. I will say that I think overall flying dog is a bit overrated, but this is an exceptional beer nonetheless. One of my favorite IPAs.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog's best offering???? Possibly....

12 oz. single bottle purchased and poured into an oversized wine glass.

A- Copper/golden/brown tinted liquid. Off white head with some nice lasting and staying power. Spiderweb lacing.

S- Big hoppy scent with some zesty citrusy smells.

T- Piney and grassy hops. Very very bitter. Spice/black pepper. Malty at times with earthy floral notes.

M- Carbonated. Not medium bodied or too thick. Some stickiness.

D- Awesome beer. Not too cloying. Big hoppy flavors. I loved this. Very different. Nice rendition of the style.

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Photo of beveritt
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Thanks to my co-enabler DoctorDog for passing this one along. Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass. Label is standard Steadman art. Date code of 164FX10.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly to a still substantial and pillowy foam cap. This stays around as nearly complete lacing coverage as I drink. The beer itself is a deep golden color with hints of red or orange. Perfectly clear. No sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong hop aroma wafts up as the glass sits on the desk. Spicy hops abound with undertones of a honey sweetness.

Taste: Strong, spicy, piney hops upfront, although not as overpowering as many DIPAs. Very semi-sweet caramel malt backbone; finishes slightly dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Decent body; not as thick and oily as I would have expected.

Drinkability: Having not had very many Belgian IPAs, I would have to say this seems like a good one.

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Photo of JMD
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light copper color with huge bone white head that dissipates very slowly. Leavy heavy lacing down the glass.

S: Pungent aroma of belgian yeast and citrusy hops. Some nice malty sweetness as well.

T: Big hop flavor with bursts of citrus and earthy hop resin. Ruby red grapefruit and lemon zest. Prominent yeast flavor as well. Balanced out with a a nice sweetness from the malt. Hints of carmel and brown sugar. Alcohol is well masked.

M: Full bodied and creamy.

D: This is a fantastic beer. I was hesitant to buy this because I have never been impressed with Flying Dog in the past, but a guy at the beer store talked me into it. And I'm glad he did, I could drink these all night.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Bert's in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a big thick fluffy looking two finger white head with excellent retention. Clear, a nice flame orange color with moderate levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a very thick foam cap and leaves lots of immediate lacing. Head eventually fades to a good film and leaves sheets of nice lacing down the glass. Carbonation holds up well in to the glass. Beautiful creation.

SMELL: Pale and toasted malts, some biscuit, and a good dose of grapefruit, mango, and other citrus hop notes. A touch of spiciness as well; coriander perhaps. Hints of ginger in the background too perhaps. Bold and very enticing.

TASTE: Pale malts with a big pine, grapefruit and mango hop presence. Some ginger in there too. Spices from the yeast are evident, coriander again, and some spicy alcohol lead into a bitter-sweet honeydew finish. Strong and long lasting bitter-sweet aftertaste of grapefruit, pine, and sweet mango with lingering spices.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth with a little burn at the end at the back of the throat. Finishes somewhat dry on the palate. Very nice for the style.

OVERALL: This was one heck of a good beer. The IPA qualities dominate the Belgian in it, but that equates to a very enjoyable American take on the style. This is maybe my favourite offering from one of my favourite American breweries. Very enjoyable and very drinkable. Make sure you get to try this one. Recommended.

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Photo of armock
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a light copper color with a huge off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is a nose full of pine and citrus with some Belgian yeast scents

T - Follows the nose lots of piney hops upfront then the Belgian yeast notes round things out

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I'm really enjoying this one I like the blend of extra hops with the Belgian yeast worth finding to try sometime

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Photo of illidurit
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Chouffe tulip. Translucent copper color with a big, lasting beige head. Very fluffy and leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is pretty intriguing. The hops and yeast esters are both very strong but just about even in proportion. Banana hits first, then mango and guava, some bubblegum, slight herbal resins. Smells like that Dole orange pineapple juice. Really luscious and potent aroma. Unfortunately the flavor isn't as robust. It's not bad but it lacks complexity. Simple, lightly sweet malts emerge up front and then a light tropical fruitiness washes into a mild bitterness and a very very clean finish. I didn't expect this to be filtered but with a yeast-free final pour, it must be. Explains the clarity and cleanliness. Body is not too thin on the palate but it finishes like water. Carbonation is rather subdued after such a prominent display of head upon pouring. Great aroma, decent flavor, good beer.

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Photo of HopNuggets
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Hazy deep orange, almost a light brown at the top of the snifter and lets more light through at the bottom to a burnt orange color. Pours a 1/2" head that dissipates to leave a slight head covering throughout that leaves a nice lacing throughout the glass.

S - Sweeter fruit like peaches are around along with the belgian yeast aroma.

T - Tastes of sweet fruit with the smoothness of the belgian yeast that follows with some malt balance and a slight bittnerness that follows in the aftertaste but doesn't stick around.

M - Smooth mouthfeel with slight carbonation.

D - Very drinkable for the 8.3% ABV. I'm on my 2nd 6-pack since it came out a month or so ago and each of the 6-packs last a couple weeks with other beers being drank in between. So basically it's not a pounder.

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Photo of schuim
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark blond to light amber color. Light haze.

S: pine hop aroma. some sweetness in the aroma too, fruity like lichee and peach.

T: Mainly bitter, in aftertaste some malttaste comes in the taste. Misses the fruitiness of the aroma in the taste. A bit one dimensional thrue this lack of body.

Alc 8,3% best before dec 2010.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In my tulip glass this beer was a gold color with a thick, white, sticky head. A nice aroma of citrus and pine. Yeast was also noticeable, coming across as a woodsy odor. Unique taste: grapefruit and pine tempered by the Belgian yeast. I really enjoyed this beer. My only small criticism was a rather sharp, metallic mouthfeel.

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

Poured orange-copper-amber color with white 2 finger head. Aroma is unique, Belgian yeast but with American citrus hops. Tase is the same but with some added spicyness, and some fruity flavor such as pineapple and peach. Mouthfell is a nice smooth medium.

Overall this is a unique beer, I have never had a Belgian ipa before bit this is a very good, comex beer.

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Photo of blynes75
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Chimay glass at around 55 degrees.

A: Golden to pale amber with a good two finger creamy white head. Lots of fine lacing.

S: Very champagne like at first, then some grapefruit and piney aromas poke through as the glass warms.

T: Amazing. Lots of citrusy flavors, yeasty, spicy and a nice hoppy finish.

M: Smooth

D: This one is highly drinkable for me. Very smooth. I could easily put back 2-3 of these in a sitting.

I have never really been drawn to Flying Dog before but this one changed that for me. This is an amazing brew that I hope makes it into the seasonal line. I hate to think this is a one time brew.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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