Raging Bitch
Flying Dog Brewery

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Style:
IPA - Belgian
Ranked #58
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,240
Avg:
3.89 | pDev: 13.37%
Reviews:
1,217
Ratings:
4,199
From:
Flying Dog Brewery
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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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: 1,217 | Ratings: 4,199 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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
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MrOH from Maryland

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Beertsipper from New York

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color. Nose is bubble gum, banana, fruity. Taste is funky and pretty much follows the nose. It's also got some sweetness in the middle. You can detect the Belgian yeast. Spicey notes. Mouthfeel is medium. This is a sipper. I'd rather have Do De Dieu or another beer in the same style, but this was one of the better offerings I've had from this brewer.

Dec 11, 2019
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Falc0 from Massachusetts

1.68/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 1.5

Almost undrinkable for me. It just is really bad and always tastes skunked to me with a very strange aftertaste. The abv comes through like a brew with 11%, pass on this unless it’s the last option at a gas station.

Nov 21, 2019
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HopHopStupid

5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Well I'm a fan of IPAs , and generally my philosophy is the more alcohol the better the beer. The Bitch is one of my favs, enjoying this thing everytime I'm escaping Europe for a little while, like all the weird named skunky flavored, full of hops and dreams beers that can give you a buzz, either you are eating spicy food, or washing down some strong bourbon. Who cares if their clear, or have a good white collar, they never come out of the bottle to a glass for sure....

Nov 02, 2019
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izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish gold. Hoppy aroma. This brew is very complex. It has a lot of layers that comingle very well. It starts off with a big hop flavor followed by a malt body with a Belgian finish. This may be a raging bitch but it goes down smooth.

Sep 21, 2019
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Samlover55 from New York

3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into IPA glass
BB 9/30/19
Pours light brown with big off-white and
Nice funky aroma, pineapple, dirty socks
Straight up funk and not much else
Feel is on the lighter side
Overall I'm not a fan of this beer

Aug 29, 2019
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mschenk from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep orange with a small head

Smells of coriander or cloves and maltiness

Tastes kind of like it smells. Has a distinct sweetness without a lot of hoppiness

Feels good in the mouth. Just the right amount of carbonation

Overall a good beer in this category

Aug 13, 2019
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RoyalT from Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This one gave off a moderate white head that lacked the livelihood of a good Belgian Ale. The body was brownish-orange, darker than I expected.

Smell – The nose is rather flat with some toasty male and little hops, again not what I was expecting.

Taste – The malts are just as big at the taste and the hops almost an afterthought.

Mouthfeel – This is the one big positive of the ale. The light, fluffy sensation on the tongue was well done and in line with the style and there was some good drying throughout.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed drinking this ale but it was definitely off-style.

Jun 22, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear, deep, darkish amber with a large, cream-colored head.
Smell: Mild aromas of pine, grapefruit, lemon. After reading other reviews, I do smell a hint of banana.
Taste: Sweet bubblegum malt up front, with some banana. Some citrus and herbal hop bitterness on the finish. A hint of alcohol bite. Smooth drinking with interesting flavors.
Feel: Thin and crisp.
Overall: This is a tasty, interesting IPA. A little on the sweet side. Definitely work checking out.

Apr 14, 2019
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Caveworm from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery. Poured from the bottle into a snifter, this has a three finger thick off-white head, with webbed lacing, and a dark brown amber body.

I smell pine and citrus hops with Belgian yeast. Really exactly as it is billed.

Tastes like candied fruits with the hops and a warming boozy finish. Very well done representation of the style.

Medium mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery gets an overall 4 from yours truly.

Apr 08, 2019
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber in color with some rising bubbles and a tight creamy white head. Good retention and streaks of lacing.
Smells like ripe banana, clove, toast, pink bubblegum, blood orange/ruby red grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Smells mostly Belgian, with a hint of the hops.
The taste leans more IPA, with the Belgian behind it. Banana, toast, pink bubblegum, clove and hay upfront, and then a massive hint of blood orange, ruby red grapefruit, grapefruit peel and pith, and pine needle. A nice grapefruit peel bitterness runs in tandem with the dry spicy finish that lingers of hay and pepper and clove.
The mouthfeel is medium, slick and oily, well carbonated; slightly resinous from the hops with a bite of fizzy carbonation that scrubs the palate clean and dry.
Overall, really nice. Is this one of the OG American Belgian IPAs? I'm not sure, but this is a great benchmark of the style.

Mar 07, 2019
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damndirtyape from Ohio

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

12oz bottle, best by 03-18-19. Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear amber beer, with just a tiny bit of haze. Thin white head, with lots of fine lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Tropical fruit, orange, lemon.

Taste: Quite bitter. Lemon, citrus rind, herbal/leafy hops, some underlying bready malt. A bit unbalanced, but it does have some of that Belgian character to it with some underlying berry and fruity esters and yeast notes.

Mouthfeel: Good thickness, good carbonation, quite sticky on the teeth - a bit aggressive with the hop oils.

Overall / Drinkability: Very strong for a Belgian IPA in hop flavor. Hits the style, but is a bit of a palate wrecker. One is enough.

Jan 20, 2019
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Tehdan93 from South Carolina

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

Spice, bananas, grapefruit, lemon and possibly some coriander. Nice mouth feel and looks gorgeous. Great lacing with a thick lasting head. Tart with a not so heavy hop with a dry malt. Leaves a lingering bitter malt covered by lemon, spices and possibly some banana bread on the finish. Hard to say but you are left with a nice long after taste.

Great job with this one!

Jan 08, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very slightly cloudy amber with a one inch white head that left decent lacing. Smells more like a wit beer than an IPA with notes of banana, Belgian yeast, floral notes and sweet malts. Tastes of bready malts, bananas, Belgian yeast, grapefruit, lemon, floral notes and a bit of spice. Light to medium bodied, soft carbonation, very mild bitterness, smooth mouth feel.

Jan 01, 2019
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