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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
89
very good

1,119 Reviews
THE BROS
73
okay

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Reviews: 1,119
Hads: 3,777
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 24.81%
Wants: 149
Gots: 886 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA | 8.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Brass Deli in Campbelltown -poured chilled into a 1/2 pint from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - a very light honey color like apple juice w/ a sturdy 2 1/2 finger smooth cap. The clarity is lightly hazed w/ slow moving bubbles indicating depth. The bead is average size w/ good lace

S - A floral hop scent w/ light green fruit like kiwi and pear w/ gentle lemony scent and light alcohol w/ slight yeast phenolics

M - A resinous feel that has spicy and bitter dominance w/ medium carbonation and mild sweetness from malt. The feel is slightly astringent and has a moderate alcohol effect in the finish

T - The taste has some herbal and citrus hop aspects w/ mild belgian yeast character and brief creamy sweet malt , but finishes bitter and smoewhat harsh with a piney bitter and acidic taste. The alcohol is somewhat high in the taste which comes off as lightly medicinal after half the bottle

D - A better than average Belgian IPA - not sure what that means since I have probably only had enough to count on 2 hands, but the ale seems more bitter than the listed 60 ibus and tastes exactly like 8.3% if not higher- watch out for this bitch!

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/20/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, light bubblegum, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, clove, pepper, banana, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, light bubblegum, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, clove, pepper, banana, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Belgian IPA style. All around great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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

served in pint glass. Pours a crystal-clear attractive orange-amber with a light tan head that has moderate retention.

M - medium body and carbonation; smooth

S - aroma is floral and spicy, but with ample hops.

High ABV evident in aroma; less so in taste
Noticeably similar to a hoppy barleywine {mellows nicely with some aging}.

O: Like some Belgian brews, and many "Belgian style" brews, I find this beer a bit too spicy.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks good. The nose is typical Belgian in character. The flavor is a bit too tangy, for the style. Certainly, there are some spicy hop tones on there, but there is a soapy sweet tone that is a bit too much. This is decent, but it's not quite there really. Especially with so many others of this style available. Nice beer, but not quite the Belgian IPA I'd hope for.

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Photo of smcolw
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head that is slow to die; leaves a cratered surface as it recedes. Good lace. Clear, golden-amber color

Earthy, moldy, and very bitter are the first words that come to mind when I smell this beer. It's not particularly attractive and it's hard to describe. On the surface, it smells like a particularly strong yeast with a hot spiced hop. It's like nothing I've brought to my nose before.

Very harsh taste that cannot be complete attributed to the ample hop. It's almost as if there were some sort of hot sauce (tabasco-like) added to the beer, even though there is no "heat" per se on the tongue. Very astringent. Short aftertaste. I cannot detect the alcohol nor can I sense the yeast flavor. Moderate body and slightly spritzy carbonation.

This is completely unusual to me, but not necessary in a good way. Worth seeking out if only to try something new.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - Appearance is an amber/gold, a lot of carbonation, almost no head.

s - Has a very fruity, citrus smell.

t - Taste a lot of spices and citrus, very hoppy.

m - Feels very carbonated, medium body.

d - Overall it was good IPA. Thought it hid the 8.3% ABV well, would definitely drink again.

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

Appears a glowing amber hue with a slightly clouded yeast haze head forms thick and nice off white. Nice even fine speckled lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Aromatics are very nice upfront citrus and pine scented hops going on. Funky spicy yeast edges fits well in the mix, well hidden alcohol hard to detect in the nose. A nice bready caramel glaze also creeps in.

Flavor is very nice slightly sap sweetened pine needles, with a snappy citrus spark. Quite impressive subtle harsh spicy and bitter all at the same time. A little bit of mango fruitiness to round it out, citrus peel tropical fruit notes. Funky bliss of spice malts and strange malt accents. A woody herbal feel with citrus and pine adding to the hop climax. Not overtly mouth puckering bitter like their last DIPA offering they released that was hit you over the head with hop bitterness rough and raw. This Raging Bitch plays nice in comparison.

Damn this is nice and I can't tell there's a little over 8 percent alcohol, a bit like loaded gun this brew is dangerous.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky with hop resin glides nicely with the hop oils goes down refreshingly smooth. Quality soft carbonation levels equates to a hell of nice drinking session so far, I'm glad this stuff is selling for 8.99 a six pack that's craziness.

Drinkability insane one of those beers like Nugget Nectar that will disappear on you. Extremely easy going hoppy spicy brew that will keep you wanting more and more once you try it out. I used to love Frederick Brewing company when Wild Goose beers were widely available to me, I'm glad Flying Dog found a new home bringing out beer like this they should have no worries about their future in craft brewing.

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Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into bells tulip.

Pours a fairly large amount of head, about 3 fingers of beige color. Fades down quite a bit. A decent amount of fizzy lace left. Color is a clear golden copper.

Aroma: A lot of spice notes right up front. Coriander and orange peel show the most. Some yeast shows with a bit of floral earthy hops. This beer is all around an earthy creation. Almost a hint of funkiness shows.

Taste: Wow, the hops show way more in the taste as compared to the nose. This thing is packing a ton of floral, earthy hops. Some orange peel shows again with more of a citrus kick packing. Lots of yeast flavors show with some Belgian traits. Spice notes as well. This beer surprisingly brings a lot of alcohol with it. The abv is high, but still shocking for the style.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced with a hint of alcohol showing in the aftertaste.

Overall, the beer is pretty decent for its style. It is lacking a few things and the abv shows too much for me. I think it is a decent brew from flying dog, but nothing I would go crazy for to have again. Decent drinkability if I can get by the alcohol showing.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured a really nice looking dark amber color with a one finger head and nice lacing down the glass.

S: This beer has a really nice nose. A combination of citrus/hops from the IPA and some yeast and wheat notes from the Belgian part.

T: There is a large citrus kick up front from the hops that transitions into a bready/malt taste. The finish is extremely bitter, maybe a little too bitter. Not as balanced as I like my IPAs.

M/D: The bitter end is a little off-putting, but the beer has nice carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. It is an intense beer that I enjoyed drinking, but probably wouldn't have more than one in a night, two max.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Here's a second kind of "Belgian IPA", not a hoppy ale brewed n Belgium, but an American IPA, with an injection of Belgian yeast. Much like Victory Hop Devil. Sounds like my kind of beer, so bring it on!

In a St. Bernardus chalice, why not...clear, amber appearance, and enormous, creamy white head, lace leaving and utterly lovely. Sitting gorgeous in the glass.

Aroma is vibrant hops, beautiful fruit, bitter citrus and a whiff of Belgian funk. Mmmm...

Fiercely floods the mouth, a generous blitz of hoppiness, matched with the unique, zesty lively flavors found in Belgian golden ales and tripels and the like. Big hops, like any IPA worth it's lupulin, then more of a tingle on the tongue, nice buzz on the palate...then that flavor both fresh and wild. i like the Snake Dog IPA...like it...but I love this.

Long bitter flavor, long finish, great sustaining taste, non-stop fresh hop delivery. Each sip urges the next. Flavor never leaves the mouth.

Delicious. Love this stuff. I'm seeking out bottles, so I can enjoy it more. Here's to 20 great years, Flying Dog!

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Photo of jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange amber with small, spread out bubbles gently rising to the top forming an off-white head that descends to a lasing cover. Uneven lines of lacing stick.

The smell is of pine, citrus (lemon, grapefruit), grassy/herbal hop aromas with a "Belgian-esque" cotton candy/banana backing.

The taste is of a complex hop character - pine, citrus, herbal/perfumy. Bitterness balanced by a "Belgian-esque" candy and a touch of caramel and honey sweetness. Hop bitterness stays ahead in the finish. Warming alcohol shows.

Full-bodied, a bit thickish, with lingering flavour.

Alcohol shows a bit, but this is still very "drinkable". Great hop character with a Belgian infuence in its character. Very nicely done!

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Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

20th anniversary bottle picked up and reviewed during my trip to Jacksonville, Fl on 2/14/10.

Pours a clear golden orange color with 2 fingers of head and sticky lace that clings to the glass. Aroma is a strong burst of hops presenting themselves as scents of lemon-like citrus, orange and pine. Taste is very hop forward with citrus bitterness and a bit of the classic belgian style of spices. Light feel with moderate carbonation. Fairly warming beer as the alcohol is not hidden at all. For a belgian style IPA, it is very americanized with the major characteristics being the strong hop presence without much malt backbone. It seems quite unbalanced but a quick fix if you are looking for some hops.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears amber and clear. Atop the fermented beverage sits an inch of dense head that leaves copious residue about the pint glass. The aroma brings spice, pepper, yeast, hops, and alcohol. The flavors are a bit scattered and rough, with too much alcohol in both the nose and taste. That said, the beer offers some pleasant spice and yeast character, and is certainly drinkable and enjoyable. Perhaps this was inspired by Belgian IPAs, but Raging Bitch is not in the same echelon with Duvel Tripel Hop or Houblon Chouffe, a couple of my favorite beers of this ilk. Overall, a decent brew. I would try this again.

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Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my otter Creek shaped pint glass. Poured amber with a slight orange hue and a foamy thick white head. The head had pretty good retention and left moderate lacing on the glass.

The aroma is full of Belgian yeast spiciness and hops. It has a good amount of citrus and pine mixed with a spicy almost peppery herbal yeast flavor. It also has a nice malty breadyness coming through a bit as well.

The taste is hoppy with a pretty strong citrusy grapefruit, pineapple and pine flavor coming through. It finishes with some of the Belgian yeast spiciness that gives it a little something extra. There is also a fairly strong malty backbone to it that lends a slight caramel sweetness to the beer.

Drinkability is good, it was a very nice beer and maybe the best of this style I have had. That said, personally I really don't care for the Belgian yeast flavor in an IPA. This would have been an excellent IPA without the Belgian yeast that I might have enjoyed even more. But that's just my personal taste, still a very good example of the style.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Beer is amber and clear. Forms a white / off white head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Nice head dynamics, has some staying power.

Aroma is primary that of a Belgian strong pale ale, lots of esters, spice and yeast, no hops really.

Medium to full bodied. Beer has this late spiciness and slightly dry finish. Not a lot of bitterness but there is some forward sweetness. Not really an IPA but its a nice strong ale.

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Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an orange amber with one finger of head. Smells spicy with Belgian yeast and floral hops. Taste is nice Belgian yeast and spice with decent hop bitterness. As the beer warms alcohol comes through; esters in the taste and warmth in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Well carbonated and very refreshing for the ABV.

Overall a solid Belgian IPA. I've had this several times before, and I'm sure I'll have it several more times in the future.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, if the Bitch is Raging, then she simply needs to be set free. I began with one of the most aggressive pours of my life, nearly inverting the bottle as it growled at me. Down, girl! That pour resulted in a finger-and-a-half of eggshell white foam that was as dense as some of Kotter's Sweathogs. Even the remaining foam poured like soft-serve ice cream! The color was a deep, coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was definitely Belgian yeast with esters of banana and must. Speaking of bananas, the taste was initially that of banana bread, then suddenly, the pine hops kicked in for a riot of flavor. It was like a King Cake, except that instead of a baby, somebody baked a pine cone into the middle of a loaf of banana bread. Zoinks! Mouthfeel was kind of abrasive, lots of CO2 scrubbing the nooks and crannies of my tongue. The finish was all hops, leaving me gasping for breath. Almost forgot the beautiful lacing throughout. Phew, "pure GONZO!" is putting it mildly. I have no words.

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

Poured from the cask into a tulip glass at Churchkey.

A very soapy and bubbly head white in color, with some surprising staying power for a poured cask ale. Cloudy amber body. Your basic cask ale program presentation, givining to a nice look.

Nose has light Belgian like malts and a sense of sweet sugar cinnamon. Strong but not much else.

Taste is mildly buttery texture from cask ale pour, and an extremely soft bodied malt, and a hint of mild diacetyl. Teasing palate but with a hint of fun.

Overall, on cask pretty straight forward. With a mild body and big chewy malt and hint of hop goodness on the finish to give a sense of ipa fun.

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Photo of WesWes
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice pale and Carapils malt scent along with an excellent hop nose and a subtle Belgian yeast aroma. This is what a Belgian IPA should smell like. The taste is good. It has a solid malt base of pale and Carapils malts. It goes down smooth with a killer hop flavor. It's incredibly refreshing. It's also well balanced and highly drinkable. What a delicious IPA. The Belgian yeast character is limited. There's only hints of it in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good beer; probably the best Flying Dog has to offer IMO.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium orange color with a white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, citrus and oranges. The flavor has lots of citrus with lemons and oranges. Belgian yeast flavors are present as is medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler pour, clear medium dull amber, has an olive oil sheen to it, sits under a luxurious and creamy light khaki head, that stays and stays forever. Leaves thick frothy sheeting on the glass and rings of thick lace. Heavy/pungent tropical fruit/hop nose. Hopped up ale, fresh pineapple notes predominate. Not really getting whats all that Belgian about this one, perhaps some phenolic yeasty notes in the back ground, but mostly what I'm experiencing is a tasty, fruity, hoppy ale. Tasty and enjoyable, hop lovers will love this one, actually a real nice looking and smelling brew, but I'm not sure if they hit the note they were going for.

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: floral tones, and grapefruit are most dominant.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, lemon zest, green grapes, Belgian yeast tones, and a hearty bitterness create a well balanced beer. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a bit of dryness late. Aftertaste is long as the flavors linger in the mouth.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer despite the higher alcohol level. Great balanced beer with a great flavor profile. Worth seeking this out.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy shiny penny copper with an outlay of orange sunset. A little tint of red from the crystal malt. Not the clearest looking brew but the color is pulling me in. A Belgian tight beige/sandstone foam was on the surface with pokadot bubbles on top resulting in some spraypaint lace.

The El Diablo yeast comes up in scent the most with the hops not so far behind. A nice amount of fruit in the nose plus a funky day old bread scent. The hops are more floral than on the citrus side but I do get pineapple and the like. Also a scent of alcohol pushing this into triple territory.

A nice bite of hops with a mix between floral and fruity. This comes as grapefruit and papaya into some earthiness topped by some sugar cookies. A nice amount of yeast adds to the fruitiness but does not perfectly match a Belgian bouquet. This reminded me of a very light triple with some alcohol and spice afterwards.

Bitch got a body on her, this does not go down exactly like a IPA, I would say a medium, slightly oily body. At first a smothering of hops just pushing being bitter, more fruity like, followed by a sweet middle and spicy finish. Carb is not a problem here, it's felt, but not overfelt.

I had this a few months ago and did not care for it, but this certainly surprised me tonight, a interesting IPA with qualities of the style from two countries perspectives without either stepping on toes. It packs a lil punch to so i'll stop at two. One of the better Flying Dog beers I've had recently. Happy 20th guys!!

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