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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

3,486 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 3,486
Reviews: 1,107
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 13.7%
Wants: 121
Gots: 573 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

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 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 jwc215
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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!

Photo of smcolw
3.21/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Gavage
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a golden amber with a firm white head with nice retention, great lace.

S: American hops all the way, lots of grapefruit, cantaloupe rind and pine.

T: Really if I tasted this blind I wouldn't think this is a Belgian IPA. The American hops take over the beer immediately, similar flavours as in the nose. The only Belgian characteristics are a light yeasty, almost Bretty funk note at the finish. Nice flavours overall, as an IPA-type beer this is excellent. Reminded me a bit of a couple beers in The Bruery's Humulus series, Humulus Gold in particular.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium-full body. Nice aftertaste of resin.

D: The thing I really like about the Belgian IPA category is when a beer incorporates the greatness of American hops while maintaining a Belgian yeast identity. Beers like Hopsinjoor and Houblon Chouffe can do that. This beer is not is their league currently. Suffice to say though, this is quality stuff and clearly one of the better Flying Dog's I've had in a long time.

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at Prohibition.

Pours a dark golden color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with resinous oily hops, sweet citrus peel, Belgian yeast and estery fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and strawberry with a subtle caramel malt backbone.

Medium bodied and creamy with a bit too strong of a malt backbone for my liking, killing off a lot of the hop flavor. Earthy hops up front with subtle pine and grapefruit flavor. Again, the malt backbone is too strong for it's own good with a prominent caramel and rye flavor.

I'm not sure if it was because of it being cask conditioned but this beer wasn't nearly hoppy enough. I would like to try this in bottle form to compare.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an orange toned amber with a small head of fluff. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is pine, citrus, herbs, spices, orange peel, notes of rye, and obvious esters from Belgian yeast.
Taste is of the aromas with a juicy fruit gum and apricot explosion. I'm at odds as to the yeast they used here. Almost seems like a dry yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, bitey, bitter, sweet, pungent, and sticky.

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.

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!!

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 3,486 ratings.