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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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1,119 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,119
Hads: 3,777
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 149
Gots: 886 | FT: 3
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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 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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Photo of ne0m00re
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a 20 oz straight-sloped glass.

A: Golden-reddish hue, with a frothy thick film.
S: Tangerine toasted malts. Not very much aroma as far as the hops and yeast go.
T: What you'd expect from the aroma, but throw in spicy, citrus hops. The hops linger.
M: Very frothy but crisp on account of the hops.
D: It's drinkable, but not as much so as many other Beglian IPAs I've had. The 20 oz serving was more than enough.

This is a solid beer, but it certainly isn't the best Belgian IPA I've had. If you have the opportunity, give it a try.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, best by June 5, 2010. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off white head that went away quickly. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is great, it's sweet, fruity and hoppy. It smells like pine and citrus hops, tropical fruit, candy sugar, Belgian yeast, caramel and peppery spice. No one aroma overpowers the others. However, the hops are stronger in the taste at first. Once the beer warms up more, the flavors start to balance out. It tastes like pine and citrusy hops, peppery spice, yeast, and bready and caramel malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, one of the best I've had from Flying Dog in a while!

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Photo of runner72
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Excellent. Three finger head. Tons of carbonation, clear copper coler

S - You can definitely smell the Belgium yeast! Complex, citrus tones, yeasty, fruity, hoppy.

T - Very nice. Smooth. You can taste the hops at the end but not overpowering. No indication of the 8.3% alcohol. Very nice balance

M - High Carbonation. Pleasant mouth feel.

D - Excellent.

Glad I got a 6 pack of it!

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


A - pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a bit of creamy looking head that leaves some lacing
S - big pine resin nose, with hints of spices - ginger and nutmeg possibly
T - taste is huge on the pine resin with a nice malt backing, some floral notes, and spices. It's like crushing up a bunch of concolor fir needles and eating them...but way better.
M - Full-bodied, smooth, crisp with some nice tingly carbonation
D - I'm not sure how many of these I could have in a row, maybe 2, but damn it's such a great ale and I wouldn't expect a beer of this size to be any more drinkable.


Much different from a bottle and I must say it's far superior on tap. Color is more transparent, less lace. Taste is overly bitter and has less Belgian qualities.

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

Belgian, you say? IPA, you say? Right up my alley.

I tend to like everything (including white wine) warmer, and this is no exception-- however, even though it is harsher colder, i'll happily drink it fridge-chilled. It's an easier drink warmer; if the initial bite when fresh out of a cold place wasn't there, I would have rated it higher in drinkability.

It's a pretty color, foamy clear head, and evenly spaced lacing. I loved the bitter hoppy character, and the sweetness of the Belgian was a welcome counterpoint.

Since this is a 20th anniversary beer, I will try to find what I can and hope it gets put into regular rotation.

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

Belgian style IPA? Flying Dog? Named Raging Bitch? Come on.
Make sure this isn't too cold because the Belgian and IPA flavors don't work too well together at that point. The bitter of the IPA and the yeast characters are too obtuse. Warmer, these characteristics meld much better forming a smoother composition. The hops are ultimately dominant, as one might expect from a Flying Dog beer, but the Belgian aspects smooth things over in the mouthfeel and round things out.
This is a fine anniversary ale but I do hope that Flying Dog puts this within the regular rotation.

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Photo of kegger22
3.07/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA was a crystal clear amber with a one-inch beige head that faded to a collar.

The aroma was so pine hoppy that it strongly reminded me of turpentine.

Thankfully, the taste did not follow suit with the aroma. Definitely hoppy, but a more normal citrus flavor.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability was only average; the aroma was a big turn off for me.

I am not looking forward to the remaining 5 bottles of the sixer I bought.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a nice cloudy yellow-orange with moderation carbonation producing a nice 2-3 inch billowy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Honey, sharp (but not too sharp) grainy hops, hint of soft pine and mild citrus notes. Very nice.
T: Wow! Sweet melon and hint of caramel malt gives way to strong piney hops and citrus notes. There is certainly more than this going on...very complex. Hint of watermelon, pineapple, and belgian spices with warming.
M: I love it when you get such variety of tastes throughout each individual quaff. You can feel the beer move from the front of the mouth, over the tongue, and down into the esophagus...and each location brings new experience and enjoyment. Light body with some effevescence. Refreshing feel. Smooth at first, giving way to moderate hop-bite finish which lingers nicely.
D: For my tastes, the ABV is perfect. Gives it just enough heft, but not too much to knock you on the floor. Very drinkable, very enjoyable. Definitely check this brew out. An interesting style too. Cheers to Flying Dog.

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

Much has been made about the controversal name, but I care more about the contents inside. Time to drink with a burrito bought at Chipotle. On to the beer:

Deep orange color, it shines beautifully in the tulip glass. The head forms over a finger's thick, and is showing some great head retention. Very nicely hopped is the aroma. Fresh, juicy, floral, hops. With the twist of horse blanket. I like a lot.

Of all the Begian IPA's I've had, this is definately the one with the most "American tasting hops". Fresh hops again. They provide a squirt of juice and fresh floral notes. A little bready plus honey, some crackery malt, then add that funky blanket which dries out your palate. Lemon peel is noted. Alcohol...that's nowhere. Wait, it's 8.3%? Crisp and refreshing, and very drinkable.

When I think of Flying Dog beers, I think of ugly labels with middle-of-the-road craft beer. Raging Bitch has the ugly label, but is easily the best of the Flying Dog brand I've had to date. Highly recommended.

Oh, and it's a decent pair with my burrito from Chipotle.

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Photo of gthornton
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a golden/yellow/orange, with a consistent 1.5 finger head.

Hop characteristics are bright, and forward... as you would expect. The overal scent is of banana, fig, and cherry for me. Smells great.

Smooth, balanced taste. The spiciness of the style goes great with the additional hops.

Overal a great beer to drink and share with your BA buddies.

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Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orangish brown with a silky beige head. Perfect, lacy head.

Nose has floral and green hops over candy malts, peppery Belgian yeast and tropical fruits.

Taste has bitter hops up front and through the finish. Well balanced by fruity malts, toffee, spicy yeast and caramel.

Medium body is well carboneated. Nice hoppy finish. One of Flying Dog's better offerings.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch from Flying Dog Brewery Belgian IPA 8.3% alcohol. Bottle is decorated in skin colored hues with crazy dog on the front looking mad as hell.

A- Pours an extremely hued glowing golden orange fluid with nice off white head that falls to a fair amount of froth and ring around glass. Decent sticking lacing on the walls of the glass.

S- Wow nice floral hop scents remind you of a bouquet of fresh cut roses and sweet babys breathe. Bready yeasty fumes follow along with alcohol light to none malts.

T-M- Well a pretty bland taste of what it smells like but still puts up some bite. Upfront is a piney, earthy hop bitterness with mild sweet grain-like sweetness. Second is a fusel alcohol warmth that heats up the buds leaving a tarty yeasty film on the tongue. Mouthfeel is mild to medium but light carbonation and danky hop presence does pose a threat to drinkability.

D- Its different and quite unique with various Belgian like charactors but possibly exagerated.
At a decent price may buy again.

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