Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of donspublic
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip aggressive pour yields 1 finger cream colored head that hangs around a while, nice lacing. Dark amber in the glass, pretty clear, nothing floating around. Smells faintly of malt, very little belgian esters hanging around, some citrus and pine on the nose. As it warms, more bubble gum smell is evident. Taste initially malt sweetness on the front with the citrus/grapefruit and pine in the middle, odd thing is this finishes more with the fruity belgian esters. Not complaining, daughter picked this up for me in Tulsa and halfway thru the six pack. Nice beer, good mouthfeel, not too ipa'sh and not to belgian'sh, just middle of the road. If this ever finds it's way to Texas, could see keeping this in the fridge.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours an amber/orange with a nice head, looks damn good. looks malty.

smell is meh. no belgian yeast aroma. mild malt sweetness.

taste is very plain and inoffensive. the flavor hits me mid-late sip. the flavor creeps in late, very strange in that regard. not bad but nothing even to really notice. malty and clovey flavor.

i've had plenty of Belgian beers and plenty of Belgian style IPAs and this is unlike all of them. it also oddly doesn't strike me as an American or English IPA. it has a unique rounded flavor similar to Belgians but without the bubblegum yeast it's hard to recognize.

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Photo of Tohibii
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty decent, though I don't really see how it's a Belgian IPA. The predominant flavors are bitter citrus and pine. Color is a sexy amber with a slightly yellowish head that doesn't linger too long.

Main point of skill being offered by the brewers is delivering a highly drinkable, high ABV beer that doesn't feel like a sipper when in hand - it's surprisingly easy to put these back. While decidedly bitter, it's reasonably light and drinkable while still offering respectable complexity. That said, I felt alcohol whispers lingered in the mouth for some time after consumed, which was a strike against. While not catastrophic, masking the booze a bit more would pull this one up by quite a bit

Overall its good and would be highly recommended for someone wanting a strong beer, but who didn't really have the taste for something more daunting. But for someone conditioned to meatier fare bitterness, it's not necessrily a standout. Whatever the flaws, I do find myself going back to it with it being the best thing on the shelf at CVS many-a-night.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very unique taste profile. Pours a nice amber color with an inch worth of foam, which leaves a wonderful lacing behind. The nose is danky, floral and herbal. The flavor is full of spice, dank, and a touch of Belgian yeast. Overall a very interesting beer that, in my mind, definitely stands out.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raging Bitch Belgian IPA
Bottle Best Before 10/20/16. DFH Tulip.
A ( 4.5 ): Pours a dark orange/copper with 2.5 fingers of khaki head. Lots of carbonation visibly flowing up. Lacing was truly other-worldly, ring upon ring of thick, white, webby foam stuck to the sides of the glass after I drank it down. Retention was very, very, good. It retained a thick archipelago of foamy islands stretching from one side of the glass to the other.

S( 3.5 ): A lot of sweet floral, earthy, and dark fruity hop with lots of malt backing it up. Smells a lot like a DIPA. Smells a lot like what I remember GL Chillwave smelling like. Ripe nectarines, plums. A little alcohol on the nose. Perhaps there is a little Belgian fruitiness there, but if there is, the floral and earthy character of the hops have almost completely masked it.

T ( 3.5 ): Full malty arrival, transitions to a very complex mid-palate. Noticeable alcohol, very floral hop presence along with some Belgian esters there; not overwhelmingly bitter. Very spicy and green. I actually do get a leafy kind of taste from this – not pine, but maybe geranium? Lingering ginger, medicinal, phenolic character. A little like band-aids, a little like a lightly peated Islay scotch.

M( 4 ): On the lighter side of heavy. The fairly active carbonation keeps this from feeling too heavy. The ending is really clean, which is quite a surprise. Many DIPAs feel slick in an unpleasant kind of way. Granted, this isn’t technically a DIPA, but it is clean on the finish.

O( 3.5): Assuming this was brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, apart from that, I can’t really tell what makes this a Belgian IPA. What it is, though, is a very strong, malty, floral IPA. I like it, but I have better options locally that I can get fresher, so I am not likely to make this a repeat purchase.

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

I had this IPA at a restaurant. I thought it was pretty nice.

L: It had a clear amber hue cloudy hue with an thin off white head.

A: The aroma was sweet and hoppy.

T: The taste was fruity, lemon, apple, sweet honey, pineapple, slightly dank, followed by a nice moderate bitterness.

F: Somewhat thick and dry.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle marked X202A16 11:38 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – sweet with some candied fruit overtones, fades away
Head large (Maximum five cm, aggressive pour), light tan, frothy, diminishing to frothy irregular two to six mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing good – narrow frothy ring of small to medium bubbles
Body – orange, clear, effervescent
Flavor – starts sweet like sugar syrup, hint of malt, little yeastiness in this batch, ends slightly bitter with a chemical aftertaste; no hops flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, almost syrupy, soft carbonation

Of course this would happen – I’ve been drinking this on and off for four or five years and somehow I’ve never reviewed this on BA. This batch is different than the ones I’ve had previously – the weird chemical aftertaste is new and the hoppiness is pretty much lower than what I recall. Maybe it’s a change in brewing, a change in my taste buds, or just a memory breakdown. Or maybe this sixer was abused by the retailer. Anyway, here’s this review which I will update as needed.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.25, Overall 3

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Photo of got2
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'll be the first to admit that Flying Dog's Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA has 8.3 percent alcohol, which is a huge selling point when you've literally been on your feet half the day.

Now about something other than alcohol content. Raging Bitch is an interesting beer, that combines the qualities of IPA's and Belgian beers.

The color is a pale copper with a nice head. The scent is of alcohol, though not overly so; the flavor is complex, though there are flavors of coffee and chocolate with just the right amount of carbonation (it's a bit fizzy on the tongue, which is interesting).

Interestingly the IPA attribute is in the relative lightness of the brew, certainly not typical of Belgian beers.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tea copper color, clear. Head off-white, dense, tall, long-term.
Malt aroma with a strong fruity, slightly spicy, sweet notes of honey.
Taste: Malty, honey again, a large amount of sweet fruit, touches of herbs and roots are not aggressive. The beer is pretty full and thick, has a slightly oily texture.
Gentian: clear, dry, saturation medium towards low. Alcohol well hidden causes that beer is treacherous.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light brown clear body with huge foaming off white head
Smells like citrus sour sherbert

A bit of funk some red fruit and a bitter finish
Quite good stuff

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Photo of Kinger22
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark copper color with a thin head. The smell is decent, but lacks a little in hops/fruitiness. It's a rather bitter taste, with some hop profile. Overall, a good - not great - IPA.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy amber/red color, no head at all, light carbonation.

S: Very nice aroma. Hops and sweet smell at the same time.

T: Medium hoppy, nice taste, quite drinkable. Leaves a bit bitter aftertaste but much less than an American IPA.

F: Very smooth and balanced.

O: Good beer. Not world-class but I would happily have it again on any occasion.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful copper coloration with visible carbonation and a frothy one finger head.

S- The aroma here is no joke, you can smell it from a few feet away from the glass! Tons of hoppy citrus and tropical notes, with some of that Belgian yeasty notes present as well. Very spicy.

T- Follows the nose, with huge citrus flavors and Belgian spices being thrown in. Very nice bitterness at the end. The flavor really packs a punch here, and this beer is not for the faint of heart.

F- Medium carbonation with a light body.

O- Outstanding IPA. This was my first beer from Flying Dog, and it did not disappoint. It really tastes like a cross between a Tripel and an IPA

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finger of sticky white head. Striking amber color. Very clear. An alluring pour, without a doubt. The lacing is solid, and a ring remains of the head which took a reasonable amount of time to deteriorate.

Aroma is dense. Hard, smoky/phenolic curtain wraps the nose. The longer the whiff, the more fruity and yeasty qualities emerge. Apple, a unidentifiable tartness, slight spice, and low intensity orange-y aroma from the hops. Biscuit. Is that biscuit? Yes, maybe that, and a bit of toast.

Flavor follows the nose, but is slightly less intense. Vitamin-like phenols are the only marginally grating component, but the breads and biscuits from the malt are quite nice. The fruits are there to a small degree, and for counterpoint, the bitterness howls and rages. The progression of flavors (for me) went something like this: vitamin/phenolic -> pears and apples -> citrusy hops and bitterness -> smoky/phenolic. At least for me, these flavor sensations were nearly stepwise as I drank. Weird, but cool. Aftertaste is smoky and alcoholic.

Beer was simultaneously creamy and sharp, for an interesting contrast. The sooty and warming air that thickened your breath was also a highlight. Body was medium.

Enjoyable show of a beer. Fruit character was a little overshadowed, but I relished the punch this beer was packing.

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Photo of JakeScully
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Raging bitch is a cool name. I hadn't heard about the beer around these parts. It's good, but having seen numerous time this beer posted here I expected better. As usual for an IPA is both bitter/sweet and extremely fruity. Worth a try.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a dark copper, with a somewhat thin off white head about one finger. I didn't pick up much Belgian qualities at all in this beer. Smell was floral, tropical fruit, faint pine, clean...typical IPA smells. Taste was more of the same: citrus and tropical fruits (mango, grapefruit, etc) with an underlying level of bready sweetness (possibly from malt or yeast, couldn't quite tell). Finish is slightly sticky and lingering, noticeably bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Felt creamy and smooth going down with a medium body. One of the better local IPAs I've had!

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Photo of Beers-es
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear copper with a half-inch of off-white head. Little lacing. Smell is pretty much all bananas and assorted fruity esters from the Belgian yeast I'm guessing. Taste is similar. Not getting the IPA part of this, except for a mild lingering bitterness. Feel is a decent medium. Overall, not a bad beer at all, just not a fan of this particular one.

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Photo of Marraybay
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Cloudy amber-orange; Good lacing. Not much head; Served in a Chimay goblet.

Smell: Very traditional pine and citrus.

Taste: A little (or a lot) one dimensional writ citrusy pith and bitterness. Not much
else going on here for relief or contrast.

Feel: A bit prickly.

Overall: A bit disappointing. Was hoping for a little more complexity and depth.
Just grapefruit pith bitterness from start to finish. Was wondering once or twice if I would finish in fact.

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Photo of importedfromdet
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Pours with a nice thick head that stays Semi opaque orange gold color with lots of carbonation bubbles. A little haziness near the head.

Smells nice and leads you into the type of beer. Very citrusy. fruity, hoppy.

Tastes right off the bat of floral and fruity notes. Citrus. Smooth into a malty and hoppy finish. Clean, smooth. with a full bodied taste/

Feels great in the mouth, thick but leaves the mouth dry.


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Photo of dacrza1
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: February 20, 2016... GLASSWARE: Duvel oversized tulip... OCCASION: another Blue and Gold dinner well done--congrats to our boy scouts... APPEARANCE: a cyclone of effervescence is unleashed after pouring; a translucent amber orange body... two-finger-thick, uneven, white cloud head settles to a resilient single finger.... sporadic fingers of lacing... AROMA: lemon, grapefruit and orange zest, care of the Amarillo... light, bready air suggests a slight balance... PALATE: surprisingly smooth and creamy--the Belgian influence?--and barely approaching medium-bodied... a tremendously bitter finish... frighteningly drinkable at 8.3%... TASTE: lemon, orange and grapefruit--a trifecta of fruits, with a slight pine undertone... the malts are soft and only negligible... OVERALL: an amped-up Snake Dog, yes--Gonzo? That might need to be reserved for the Imperial Porter... a solid IPA that approaches outstanding, if not for its rather singular profile...

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Photo of MojitoCheesecake
4.99/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Floral and pleasant! Very interesting take on the traditional IPA. I also appreciate the ABV percentage. A couple of these will do . Definitely one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Top three.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, code X118A16, poured into a teku)

L: deep, almost reddish-amber liquid, with a slight haze and much tiny translucent flecks floating about... puts up a rather tall , open-spongy foam that holds momentarily, but ultimately collapses, hardly leaving any sud islands... lil snot trails of lace

S: rich, sweet-citrus core, with notes of tropical fruit, circus peanut, and a nip of peppery spice... the fruitiness is reminiscent of a fruit-scented lip balm, so perhaps some medicinal undertones as well, but it's hardly hot or phenolic... definitely a malty underbelly with a crystal malt edge... overall, vibrant esters and hops and pleasing intensity

T: quite a solid, polished malt base with an almost peach-fruity, yogurt-cream, hoppy shell and sleek booze pop carrying it out... potent, almost puckering, tea-leafy, citrus-peel bitterness lingers and lingers... over-hopped imperial amber with a Belgian yeast?... light candy-like red grapefruit essence later in aftertaste

F: tight, lightly-glassy body with a delicate residual resinous outflow, with the roundness of the crystal malt dextrins lending it a touch of dimension... very appealing dryness that enables me to have 1-2 more

O: some good things (smell, dryness), and some things to be desired... certainly taste the Belgian element of this beer... intensity of hops and alcohol is potent and finely-tuned... it may be a bit too polished on its edges, certainly lacking depth, but it's undeniable that the taste is in your face enough for you to remember it, and I haven't had another beer that tastes all that similar

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up somewhere back east. Perfectly hopped ale, just the right amount of bitterness. Dark gold with creamy head,mildly hopped, smooth with a dry finish

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Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a finger of head. The nose is surprisingly citrusy and not at all funky. The flavor profile has very mild Belgian funkiness. The hop profile is not terribly aggressive but the dry finish is still quite nicely done.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden brown hue, with a short, fizzy head.

Banana and clove on the nose, where the "Belgian" inspiration is most prevalent.

The taste is where the hops jump out and startle you. It's like a hoppy tripel.

It's intriguing at first, but then it just becomes a bitter barrage. Tripels can already be pretty harsh if not perfected, and with the addition of hops, which have their own harshness if not properly restrained, it's a little overwhelming. I can see this having a niche audience of avid fans at some point.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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