Raging Bitch
Flying Dog Brewery

Raging BitchRaging Bitch
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #46
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #17,686
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 13.37%
Reviews:
1,230
Ratings:
4,227
From:
Flying Dog Brewery
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  171
Gots
  1,189
SCORE
87
Very Good
Raging BitchRaging Bitch
Notes: Two inflammatory words...one wild drink. Nectar imprisoned in a bottle. An anything-but-delicate blend of sharp hoppiness and fruity aroma, this beer is a life-changing backyard knife-fight for your palate. Once you’ve had a Raging Bitch, everything else pales in comparison. Fermented with a volcano-like Belgian yeast strain called “El Diablo,” Raging Bitch earned its polarizing name from the aggressively active nature of the yeast—unleashed, untamed, unbridled...and in heat. Enjoy its golden glow and white foaming head alongside bold flavors like spicy BBQ wings, blue cheese salads, or that bag of family-sized Cool Ranch Doritos you’re going to destroy later while binge-watching Netflix.

Malts: Caramel
Hops: Warrior, Columbus, Amarillo
Yeast: Belgian (El Diablo)
IBU: 60
Reviews: 1,230 | Ratings: 4,227 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of ChickenPigeon
ChickenPigeon

1.8/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

This beer smells, tastes, and feels like the placenta of the ass of the armpit of the nastiest bitch you've ever had the pleasure of encountering. Everything about this was freaking vile. I had a whole acid trip while on this stuff. I must say, the cover art could use a lil TLC, and by TLC I mean the trashy tv channel. The tits on the dog could be floppier. I want the nipple to be more prominent, and I want beer spewing out of them. Over, this was a 5/5, I will drink this again, since I have a problem.

Aug 16, 2021
Photo of HopHunterCL
HopHunterCL from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First off I have to say that I’m not a fan of the name of this beer. It’s 2021 Flying Dog. You can do better.
Pours a deep amber with two fingers of fluffy white head.
Aroma of cooked pear with toffee and some spice. Fruity
Slightly sweet fruit flavor up front balanced by a hoppy bitter finish. I get a lot of pear and citrus with a bit of banana clove spice. Pine hop finish.
I enjoyed this beer but probably won’t revisit.

Jul 04, 2021
Photo of HarlotBronte
HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a clear copper with a white head Nice lacing.
S: I’m picking up clove and fruity yeast
T: Piney hops, Belgian yeast. Interesting.
F: Medium bodied with a dry finish
O: I like the style a lot and this is a pretty good example of it.

Jul 04, 2021
Photo of BFCarr
BFCarr from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark amber with a thin white head that leaves much lacing. Aroma is typical Belgian with the fruity/clove notes. Taste is as advertised, sharp fruity flavors, with that Belgian banana/clove background. There is some hoppyness in there too, but the fruit flavors dominate. Feel is also as advertised, sharp and drying. Overall, you get what is advertised, but it's not my favorite, but it is interesting.

May 23, 2021
Photo of Sigmund
Sigmund from Norway

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 8.3%, IBU 60. Clear orange colour, big off-white head. Lovely strong aroma of fruity and piney American hops, notes of oranges and slightly caramellized orange marmalade. The flavour is a hoppy explosion from start to finish, fruity (orange marmalade) first, very bitter in the end. There is a considerable malty sweetness that stands up to the bitterness. I don’t get many "Belgian" notes out of this "Belgian IPA", it is all very American to me.

May 11, 2021
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Best by date is stamped on label as '05:23:21'.
Mostly clear, medium amber colored body. One thin finger of white head recedes to thin cap. Leaves some partial lacing walls away from the drinking side.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, with hint of toasted malt and piney hops.
Taste is up front with piney hops, with a good malt base and an expression of the Belgian yeast. Also has some sweeter tropical fruit hops that emerge late. Aftertaste goes to a sweet mellow place with a blend of the main components. Both the initial flavor push and the end game are tasty, although with different emphasis and balance.
Medium mouth feel, with a bit of syrup. Very good carbonation. There is some piney bitterness but not to a burn or stinging experience.
All components get to present and together they work well in a blend and balance. Flavorful IPA, and more distinct because of the yeast smell and taste. Wild side art work on the label.

May 07, 2021
Photo of Andrew_NYC
Andrew_NYC from New York

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear copper caramel color with a fluffy white head and nice lacing.

Belgian yeast on the nose with a bit of spice and malt in the background. Maybe a hint of dank hop but its light if its there at all.

Luckily the hoppiness is there in the taste. Dank, piney hops up front with the malty Belgian spice flavors coming through in the finish. At times the flavors almost seem to be competing, but really I think they mostly balance out pretty well. The booziness is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is light and easy to sip with nice, zippy carbonation.

This is pretty nice for something different. Turns out that Belgian flavors and west-coast hop flavors marry pretty well. It's just starting to feel like Spring here and I'd say that's the right time to drink one of these. You don't necessarily want all the tropical hop flavors of a NEIPA, so the roasty malt flavors in this one work nicely when there's still a hint of chill in the air.

Mar 10, 2021
Photo of Brutaltruth
Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the growler via Sunoco Amelia (!!!!!) in a snifter. This fine
"coulda' swore I reviewed ya'" brew pours a nice peach tinged
pale amber with a fantastic head of white foam that settles to a thick ring
and layer with excellent lacing. Nose of mango, pineapple, herbal hops,
pine hops, and honey sweet malts. Flavors follow but surpass by presentation
with caramel malts, pineapple, mango, papaya, light yeasty notes of fresh
bread, and pine hops. Nice mouth feel; medium body, medium light
carbonation that is soft and lightly creamy, and a bitter hop yet subtly
sweet finish that is moderately dry.

Overall, I enjoyed it years ago and still dig it for a nice change of pace!

Cheers

Jan 25, 2021
Photo of mycousinvinny
mycousinvinny from New York

3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a nice 1/2 inch head, decent lacing
it has a citrus ,tangerine and pine, smell
Taste is orange, grapefruit, pine,
Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Dec 28, 2020
Photo of Rug
Rug from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 11/4/20...Shit

Even though it's a bit past freshness (my fault for neglecting it for so long), this is still my first Belgian IPA. What the hell does that mean anyways? A yeast forward IPA? Oh well. This seems to be the flagship example of the style, though not exactly the highest rated

Pours a clear orange amber with 3 fingers of rocky white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves patchy lacing

Honestly the aroma reminds me of a Belgian pale, and that might be due to the hops having faded. I pick up notes of lemon, toast, pepper, bubblegum esters, dirty wheat, and grassy hops

The taste starts off sharp and slightly bitter, with notes of lemon, pepper, and piney hops. The swallow brings notes of clove, doughy pale malt, and grassy hops

A surprisingly light feel for the abv. Medium bodied with fine carbonation for a very crisp beer. Finishes dry and almost sparkling. Probably the best part of the experience

This was honestly nothing mind blowing, even for my first of he style. Like I said, it is essentially a Belgian pale, just with more hops. Though I assume they've faded significantly with time. I'd try it again, it would probably go good with food

Dec 01, 2020
Photo of LoganFarinhas
LoganFarinhas from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pretty nice amber color; clear

S: Sweet, Hoppy, Peaches, Floral, its pretty good

T: Taste is smooth, hoppy, woody flavor with a small alcohol bite, for 8.3% I was expecting more boozy, pleasantly surprised none to find. The taste is pretty good overall.

F: excellent feel perfect effervescence and smooth at the same time.

O: Pretty good beer definitely would purchase again. I got it in a variety pack and I do like the brewery. Would recommend to friends.

Nov 20, 2020
Photo of JonnoWillsteed
JonnoWillsteed from England

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- The lable is surprising in several ways, 1) it's unexpectedly explicit especially for an American beer, 2) it's by the Welsh artist Ralph Steadman, friend of Hunter S. Thompson > 'Fear & Loathing...' etc, album sleeves for The Who, Frank Zappa etc etc, the man is prodigious!; and 3) it features my ex-wife, yes really! Phew, and after that latter thought I'm certainly ready for a bit of an afternoon 'stiffener' of a beer.
S- Seems to be a blend of spice and fruit. It's notably aromatic (spice) but perfumed (fruit) as well.
T- Ok, I sipped and pre-winced in preparation... tic... toc... tic. It's not as lethal as expected. The perfumed aspect seem the more prominent in the taste now. It's somewhat dry and fully in balance it's neither OTT or at all challenging - note I'm not into mega or majorly over-prominent hopping.
F- It's big, deep, pungent, and has a minor zingy hop flourish in the finish. But it has richness balanced down in there too. Nothing is over-prominent vs the whole, I like it more than anticipated.
O- Apparently Raging Bitch refers to the hops used and how they 'rage' and foam like... one.
For a beer somewhat hoppier/dryer than my usual picks it's very drinkable. The solid meat of this 8.3% sized package tames the bitchier side of the hops. The Bitch continues yielding prodigious head, most satisfying too.

Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery. 330ml bottle BB: 28/05/2021. £3.45

Oct 13, 2020
Photo of Mugman8
Mugman8 from New York

4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Next up from my Flying Dog IPA variety pack is 'Raging Bitch' which looks to be the most popular brew based upon the 4,000+ ratings. Slightly cloudy and copper-colored, this Belgian IPA has a big white fluffy head and lots of lace. Aroma is spicy hops. Taste is slightly sweet and fruity to start with hoppy, floral bite at the finish. Full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel and the 8.3% ABV is evident. This one and The Truth are my favorites....

Sep 29, 2020
Photo of milkshakebeersucks
milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear copper appearance with a large, lasting off white head and very good lacing. Spicy, piney hop aroma with a modest amount of yeast poking through. Yeast is a little more prominent in the taste, about mid palate, where it picks up some sweetness. It’s still an IPA first, though, with resinous hops dominating. Full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a dry, bitter, lingering finish.

Sep 20, 2020
Photo of MrOH
MrOH from Malta

4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Clear light amber, dense off-white head, good retention and lace
Citrus and light pine hops, a bit of fruity esters and peppery phenolics
Light citrus and juicy fruits, spice and pine mingle. Really nice interplay between hops and yeast over a rich, caramel malt background.
Pretty dang dry and drinkable for the richness of malt, good carbonation
Definitely not something I would drink every day, but very well done.

Aug 10, 2020
Photo of dapatriot1
dapatriot1 from New York

3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i saw this one on the shef and it just called out to me
Pours amber with a nice 1/2 inch head,
it has a citrus ,tangerine and pine, smell
Taste is tangerine, grapefruit, pine,
Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Aug 03, 2020
Photo of PathofChaos
PathofChaos from Maryland

3.89/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Crystal clear amber with rifts of rising bubbles that blossom into an off-white head. Here, they retain durably and lace perfectly.

Bouquet:
Belgian wheat drenched in saccharine honey, with a vibrant backdrop of citrusy hops.

Feel:
Medium body with a modest cascade of ultra-soft carbonation.

Taste:
A veritable mirror of the bouquet: Belgian yeast swimming merrily under a layer of sticky-sweet honey and caramel malts, dotted with pockets of vivacious, citrus hops. This delightful ensemble is unfortunately marred by an unwelcome aftertaste of pungent, medicinal yeast that simply doesn't belong.

*Special Note:
After drinking about twelve of these (no, not at all at once) I've noticed its odd aftertaste is variable.. Sometimes it only makes a few, rare appearances. Sometimes its there at every sip. Sometimes you get lucky and it isn't anywhere to be found. And other times it grows and expands like some sort of horrible blob monster, swallowing up all the other flavors in its tangy, inapt, yeast-on-hot-copper taste.

Jun 01, 2020
Photo of just1cho
just1cho from California

4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

*Poured into a Teku glass from a 12oz bottle*

This beer poured a clear copper which also had a very impressive two finger thick head. The head had a good diversity of rocky bubbles which had a great retention to it. The beer also leaves a nice lacing around my cup when the head subsided.

I found that the aroma of this beer was very well balanced between the hops, yeast, and malt. Not really overpowering in any particular direction I was able to pick up notes of grapefruit and oranges from the hops, caramel from the malts, banana, cloves and a bit of cinnamon from the yeast.

The taste follows the nose. Again, similar to the aroma--the word to best describe this beer is 'balance'. I got notes of grapefruit and caramel upfront which then evolved to notes of banana in the middle. While I didn't detect the same level of spiciness that I got from the nose, there was a slight cinnamon note in addition to the banana. The end was where I found more of the malty tastes which contained notes of caramel, bread, and biscuit; these notes were also coupled with the grapefruit bitterness which was initially perceived in the beginning.

There is definitely a long lingering bitter aftertaste to this beer. I'm not particularly the biggest fan of lingering bitter aftertastes so this was definitely the weakest part of this beer. Despite this bitterness, it wasn't too harsh or overpowering, rather, it was more clean and mellow compared to other IPAs that I've had. This beer was dry, medium bodied and had a moderate amount of carbonation which all contributed to its overall smooth feel and quaff-ability.

Overall, I really like this beer as it's very well balanced and drinkable for the ABV. The bitterness of the grapefruit was a bit too linger for me but other than that I thought that drinking this beer was very enjoyable. I'd definitely drink this again since it's pretty value for the price.

May 26, 2020
Photo of Peach63
Peach63 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber with 1/2 inch cream-colored head, which dissipates. Light lacing.

Aroma is tangerine, pine, floral.

Taste is tangerine, grapefruit, pine, nutmeg.

Medium bodied, light carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Another great one from Flying Dog.

May 06, 2020
Photo of BJB13
BJB13 from Maryland

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip. Enjoy by 9/25/20 printed on the bottle.

Pouring clear and deep copper in color there are lots of fast rising bubbles adding to a thick layer of fluffy antique white foam. The head has good retention and leaves lace on the side of the glass. The nose is proud with Belgian yeast but also features some banana, clove, pine and bread. Tasting it reveals moderate to high bitterness of floral hops and dry flavors associated with the yeast, banana and clove. Apparent alcohol is minimal and the refined bitter finish is long. Carbonation is medium to high, body is on the low side of medium and astringency is low.

Not the most drinkable Belgian IPA but really good.

May 03, 2020
Photo of Danzifer
Danzifer from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Me and my buddy used to get hammered off these back in the day... not much has changed I'd say. These are a personal favorite because they're pretty widely available. They're delicious and strong, what else could you ask for? The taste has a hint of bubblegum.

Apr 21, 2020
Photo of beersampler6
beersampler6 from Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad ale which blended Belgian and IPA aspects quite well. “Enjoy by 5/4/20” printed on bottle. Pours a medium amber color with some fluffy white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of lighter Belgian yeast, malt, vanilla, bread, caramel, faint muddled fruity and piney hops, maybe some very faint banana and clove. Taste follows the nose, decent balance. Mild bitter hit from some grapefruit and lemon tasting citrus hops. Quite refreshing and nice, smooth mild slightly thin mouthfeel and good carbonation. Not too shabby at all.

Apr 11, 2020
Photo of Singlefinpin
Singlefinpin from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drinking this at home, out of a bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appears amber slightly hazy.
Smells more Belgian than IPA, malty bready, floral,
Taste clove, banana, a little sweet.
Mouth feel, creamy, oily, medium plus.
Overall this bitch is pretty damn good, I'd like to try it on a fresh tap.

Feb 14, 2020
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle

Pours two big fingers of fluffy white head into a snifter. Retention is above average. Initial lacing looks great. Body is a dark brownish orange, with a bunch of bubbles coming up. Looks very nice so far.

Nose is prominently esters, mostly clove and banana, not any bubblegum. Some candy sugars. Not really picking up anything else. This smells good, and while I find that Belgian IPA’s often don’t smell very IPA like, this wont get a break for having no hop aromas coming through either.

Flavor is quite on par with the aroma. Some clove, some banana, relatively sweet, deeper malts than one would expect in your standard 2 row IPA. Really not many IPA characteristics on the flavor either, I suppose it has a little bitterness in the finish. This is fine, but not an IPA, and it doesn’t really open up to the Belgian flavors enough to justify the lack of hops.

Mouthfeel is ok. Carbonation is just a hair below medium. Body is about the same. Bitterness is low, but touches for a second in the finish. Sugars are slightly higher than desired, and are a tad cloying at times. Small and brief booze presence.

Drinkability is ok, but the sugars make for a slower sipping beer.

The appearance turned out phenomenal. Thick lacing all the way down the glass, and a head that hung around as half a finger all the way down.

Overall a fine beer, not an IPA though, and only average as a Belgian beer.

Jan 29, 2020
Photo of Beginner2
Beginner2 from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Curious that this has the clarity of an IPA, but it's a good-Looker. Smells offer mostly malt. With Tastes, the bitter hops take over and never let Belgian yeast complexities take over. (Complexity may be there, but my buds have taken a defensive position.) I think this finishes a little better as my buds eventually transcend the hop-assault.

I respect most second generation crafters and Flying Dog is not excepted, despite being on the crazy side . But, I wish they had made this beer with fewer bitter hops and, quite possibly, less bitterness to imbalanced women.

Jan 21, 2020
Raging Bitch from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 4227 ratings