Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA - Flying Dog Brewery
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4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
01-01-2010 02:40:34 | More by zeff80
2.65/5 rDev -31.7%
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.
11-23-2010 03:14:00 | More by largadeer
3.2/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
08-19-2012 21:13:34 | More by RblWthACoz
3.15/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
01-29-2010 16:53:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
01-31-2010 06:46:55 | More by nickfl
4.4/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
01-10-2010 22:46:33 | More by WVbeergeek
4.1/5 rDev +5.7%
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
08-09-2010 01:22:10 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
05-09-2012 19:31:54 | More by Kegatron
4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
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!
03-16-2010 06:12:11 | More by feloniousmonk
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
04-16-2010 05:07:42 | More by drabmuh
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
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!
01-11-2010 19:53:45 | More by Slatetank
3.15/5 rDev -18.8%
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!
01-20-2010 02:58:29 | More by jlindros
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
sort of the flagship beer for these guys, this one is everywhere, but somehow I missed it until now. thick like all the flying dog beers are, this one is well hoppy, but more bitter hops meets mildly red malt, and its not a totally perfect fusion, but the Belgian yeast helps them be more cohesive. I like the creamy feel and the bitterness, but I don't care for the sharp acidic almost sweetness, or the way this stays filling in my stomach long after just a single beer. the 8.3% is also a little excessive, although I don't think its too forward or interfering with the intended flavors. its in balance, but its just not fantastic. probably overhyped to some extent, and like I always say, still waiting for a flying dog beer that really wows me.
06-05-2013 01:59:57 | More by StonedTrippin
4.25/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
03-07-2010 21:59:37 | More by WesWes
4.16/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
02-02-2013 00:21:07 | More by oline73
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
03-18-2010 05:26:44 | More by Mora2000
3.2/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
02-19-2012 07:14:57 | More by mactrail
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
01-13-2010 01:25:50 | More by mdfb79
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
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!
01-16-2010 13:27:44 | More by jwc215
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
Sampled on tap April 2010 @ ChurchKey, Washington DC
In the dim light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper hued body that is topped by a wispy pale colored head. The beer is quite hoppy smelling, which mixes well with fermentation derived spiciness and phenols. A herbal, somewhat hay-like and definitely tropical fruit character forms a backdrop to the up front aromatics. The spiciness contributes aromas of clove, pepper and ginger and as the beer warms the hops contribute more pine-like aromatics.
The flavor is quite spicy as it first hits my mouth, but there is also quite a bit of fruit character here as well. This is very herbal tasting with a substantial bitterness and lots of big pine like flavors. The American hops contribute expressive flavors of lychee, kumquat and tangelo just underneath the herbal notes. The finish has some peppery alcohol, ginger flavors and phenolic notes that lean more towards turpenes than the typical clove notes. The hops are actually heavy enough that they drown out the fermentation character (I have a feeling that the fermentation character changes the emphasis of the hops here though), and I definitely like this part of this beer.
06-28-2010 03:42:26 | More by Gueuzedude
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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