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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

3,513 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,513
Reviews: 1,111
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 126
Gots: 600 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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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Ratings: 3,513 | Reviews: 1,111
Photo of largadeer
2.61/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The body is a burnished amber, clear and bright, filtered to death for a Belgian IPA. Smells like bubblegum, Pepto-Bismol, sweet pale malt, grandma's spice rack and perhaps a touch of fruity hops. The palate has a stronger hop presence, juicy and tropical with grapefruit undertones. Whatever yeast strain they're using for this beer is awful, it's heavy on the bubblegum and medicinal flavors, while finishing with a phenolic kick that almost overwhelms the bittering hops. This isn't outright awful, but it's not great; it's hard for me to get past the cloying yeast profile.

Photo of oberon
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like many I have been left wanting on alot of Flying Dog brews but this had me wanting MORE!Poured into a small tulip glass a brilliant golden with a sticky one finger white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled slowly into a creamy froth,excellent.Aromas to me are full of Simcoe goodness,grapefruit rind really takes the forfront,slight yeasty notes but the american hop profile wins the day.The palate is full of citric,oily, hop,ever so slight phenolic spice actually lends well to the big American hops,some peppery notes come in as the beer warms.Easily my favorite of the style to date,not to yeasty and or medicinal,a true mix of American hop,and Belgian yeast,a great beer.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out an amber-hued, clear body with a goodly sized, clumping, white head.

Smell: Faintly sweetish accents to the pale, bready malts followed by a splash of brandy and whiff of aromatic cloves. Then, it's time for the hops with a vibrant citrusy fruitiness and floral, grassy hints.

Taste: Simple, sweet opening with pale malts rounded out with a light breadiness. Abundantly bitter and hoppy, with full tastes of lemons, tangerines, and white grapefruit with marked grassiness. Minuscule astringency. Spicy ground clove character. Hint of white grape-flavored bubble gum arrives rather late. Remains firmly bitter for the dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: For all of the alcohol and IBU's within, it goes that fairly smooth. While Horn Dog and the seldom seen Barrel-aged Horn Dog still remain the Best of Show winners for me, this new Raging Bitch surely deserves a ribbon of its own.

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at Aviator's in DIA, just as the Broncos are sealing the deal.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some thorough sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it displays some very stubborn retention.

It smells of orchard fruit, grainy pale malt, earthy, mildly funky yeast, white pepper, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is sharp Belgian yeast, gritty pale malt, a touch of biscuity caramel, a small isolated funkiness, earthy and piney hops, and a sneaky warming alcohol.

The carbonation exhibits a seemingly high number of volumes, in its solid like a brick wall frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and actually fairly smooth. It finishes semi-sweet, and yeasty, the alcohol finding some sand in which to jam its head.

An enjoyable and well-made version of the style, the yeast and the hops not colliding, but rather working on their own, towards the common good, a pleasurable whole. Worth seeking out if you're into this sort of thing.

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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Feel the rage! Y'see, in public speaking courses, they stress attention-getters. That's the best I could come up with here. Speaking of attention-getters (that there's a transition), this brew's got quite a lovely orange-amber hue to it, capped off with a chapeau of white suds. The nose comes off as sugar-dipped hops steeped in some funky straw and garnished with some parsley. Not only does it add a bit of color, but a dash of spicy aromatics as well, adding to the whole dining experience. The parsley is also on the tongue, joined by some mightily bitter hops, some light caramel, a dash of soap, and I think I've got a pinch of paprika in there too. Something like that. So, (and here I'm connecting with the audience) if you're lookin' for a tasty, light, and not-too-fizzy beer that won't leave you hanging, choose Raging Bitch. (There's an overly large smile on my face at this point.) ...I think I may have stepped into commercial territory there... Seriously though, this is a damn fine brew right here. (I somehow got an A in COM 114...)

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear amber with a half finger of off white head trade fades. Smell is full of hops and a bit fruity. More hops in the taste, has an east coast like hop bitterness. There is also a nice fruity note. Good amount of sweetness to balance the hops. There is also some Belgian spice hanging around, but you have to pay attention to not miss it.

Photo of nickfl
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white head on top of an copper-amber body with excellent clarity. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy, pine hop notes are backed by some pineapple. Peppery yeast augments the hop character and is balanced by lightly toasty malt.

T - Strong spicy hops up front with lots of pine character. Peppery yeast flavors compliment the hops in the middle along with toasty malt. Finishes with more pine hop character as well as a bit of pithy grapefruit and caramel malt that is balanced by moderate bitterness. Lingering bready malt and spicy yeast as well as tobacco like hops.

M - Smooth, medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, it has a nice hop character and crisp dryness. There is some belgian yeast character here, but not a whole lot. Just a bit of peppery character that compliments the pine hops. The dryness is the most Belgian aspect of the beer, which leaves it feeling like a dry IPA with a strong malt flavor. This makes for an enjoyable beer, but the dry toasted malt becomes cloying after a while and I really prefer the bright, tropical character that I get in some other examples of the style.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 1/27/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops, some Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a harshly strong bite of hops bitterness. Then a caramel and citrus sweetness comes in along with an odd-tasting Belgian yeast breadiness. The malt character is hearty. The hops presence eventually pulls everything together somewhat, but there doesn't seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely better beers in the style that I would pick before this one.

Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap @ Kloby’s Smokehouse (Laurel, MD) on5/5/12. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of sudsy bright-white head. This maintains some frothy edging, leaving back foamy lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The Belgian qualities of the aroma jump right out, with spice and fruity esters that mix in with a fresh floral feel, bitter smelling grapefruit, and a light sticky mix of tropical fruit and malt across the back. There is also a soft underpinning of heat to this but it isn’t too bad.

The taste is fresh hop character throughout, with bitter grapefruit that is softened a bit on the edges by herbal and light tropical fruit flavors while a gentle biscuit feeling malt presence sits along the back of the profile. The Belgian influence is really felt more in the finish here though, with spice and an estery feel that lingers with some sharp bitter pith on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and a bit sharp on the tongue, with a firm creaminess along the back of the throat. There is a little warmth here to the body but it mostly just emboldens the hops and spice, as a slick oily undercurrent to the feel helps keep this smooth.

I had been hearing good things about this Flying Dog effort and found them to be mostly true! This has a nice balance to it between those bold American hop flavors and Belgian yeast notes that kept them quite complimentary to each other. This drank nicely for the bigger size here as well. I’ll be returning to this.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jlindros
3.16/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Love many of the Flying Dog beers, and love most Belgian IPAs if done right, but if they're not done right they can be pretty bad. Hopefully this is a good combination of good brewery and good style.

A: Creamy 1 finger head covering a very clear golden orange pink hue color.

N: Nose has a very fresh spicy wet hop bite! I mean like it was freshly hopped yesterday with tons of fresh musty wet hop aromas. Some light Belgian malt aromas. Some pine and citrus as well. I think this might be too hopped for a Belgian IPA.

T: Much better, a strong Belgian malt and some Belgian sugar sweetness hits first this time. Then more bitter hops hit with more fresh musty wet hop flavors as well. It starts to build with more bitter hop flavors and pine and citrus lightly. Some spicy flavors as well. Hints of malty boozy taste, but lightly. The spicy and heavy hops just way overpower any of the actual Belgian aspects after the first .5 seconds of the first sip and no more Belgian.

M: Semi thick with quite a bit of carbonation.

F: Very bitter again, too bitter for a Belgian IPA. Dries off quite a bit as it bitters, way over the top bitter. Spicy flavors and some lingering malt flavors.

This beer would be a great AMERICAN IPA, but not Belgian. For a Belgian IPA it needs to be a lot more subtle on the hop bitterness and much less aggressive. I'm not sure why they even call this a Belgian IPA. This shows how Americans can take styles too far. Flying Dog I love most of your beers, but this is just too far!

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sharp and startling bitter ale. The color is a classic amber color in the chalice. Nice foam and richly carbonated on the tongue. Quite bitter and hopped up. Hot with alcohol. A thin, almost harsh mouthfeel. So woody and astringent. Nose of honey, for some reason. Clear, clean, and like a bullet. Really sharp, it's beyond tangy. 60 IBU on a light body.

I'd call it an IPA with some Belgian flavors. But it's a wilder IPA than a lot of the pack. Apparently they jiggled a bottle enough for Ralph Steadman to notice and pontificate about it. 12 oz bottle from Best Damn beer store in San Diego.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, props to Flying Dog for some cool packaging for this beer... funny name, and great artwork on the label, plus this beer is damn good! Pours a light golden color.. plenty of ascending bubbles. Nice head as well. Taste is medium to light-bodied.. nice sweetness to it. Very hoppy but its balanced out, has the typical Belgian yeasty sort of taste to it. Nice smooth finish.. for being a strong ABV beer not too harsh at all either, but it will definitely hit you after one. Nice pick for a 6 pack (plus iI paid only $7.99 for it, which is great for an 8%+ beer).

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Photo of drabmuh
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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