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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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
This bitch has a lot going on. Its sweet malt body is contrasted by pine and grapefruit hop flavors and exotic fruit notes from the Belgian yeast.

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Reviews: 1,199 | Ratings: 4,145
Photo of RoyalT
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of good_to_sea
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Tehdan93
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

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Photo of EMH73
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75


Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: deep clear orange. Big frothy off-white head.
AROMA: belgian yeast, apricot, banana, allspice, lemon.
TASTE: citrus, banana, with some lemon and pine mixed in. Baking soda finish. Flavors are a bit disjointed.
FEEL: light to medium body. good carbonation and a touch smoothy/creamy feel.

Pretty good. Interesting blend of Belgian/Hoppy. I'd call it 75% Belgian.


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Photo of iguanodon
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Draft at the Flying Dog pub at BWI. Pours clear copper with a small off white head that disappears leaving nice lacing. Aroma is Belgian yeast, sweet malt, a little floral. Taste is similar with hints of spice and black pepper. A winner for me because I like this style when it's done right and Flying Dog knows what they are doing here.

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Photo of akme223
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in pint glass. Pours a rich amber color, very clear. White foamy head dissipates quickly into a ring around edge of glass.

Smells grassy, hints of floral/herbal and picking up the yeast. I’d say it smells more like a wit than an IPA.

Taste is clean and sweet. Yeast is still present. A bit more citrusy taste than I expected from the smell. Picking up the herbal hops but very mild bitterness.

It’s very well balanced, incredibly smooth. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation. For a 8.3, the alcohol is very well hidden!

Overall this is a pretty good beer. I’d definitely buy it again.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clean pint glass. Very rich and clear amber color (although with somewhat hazy), thick creamy tan head with fair retention and lacing.

Smells of hay and orange peel, along with yeast and banana notes. Other citrus present.

Taste follows the smell almost consistently. Bready malt upfront and tastes mainly of orange, grapefruit, and banana. Notes of coriander, mango, and caramel. Moderate bitter aftertaste, really smooth.

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Photo of pizzabutt
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

appearance: a nice amber body, ever so slightly hazy, with a frothy 2-finger white head. head dissipated fairly fast, down to about .5cm, but left very nice lacing.

smell: not amazing, but not bad. smells slightly like hay, with a little bit of a banana. in addition are a dash of spice and a little bread. reminds me of a witbier but with a little more oomph.

taste: taste follows the nose fairly well, but the banana comes out more. has a hint of a sort of coriander. smooth bitterness is noticeable. the bitterness isn't quite like an american ipa that hits the back of your throat, rather it's more like a coffee-type bitter.

feel: very smooth, creamy, and thick. lots of excellent body. carbonated, but only enough to remind you that this is a beer.

overall: a good beer. not my absolute favorite, but it's definitely a nice change of pace from all the american IPAs.

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Photo of TooManyGlasses
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single from Whole Foods. Pours a fairly clear deep amber - bit of chill haze - 1 finger off white tightly packed head - short lived. Aroma slightly muted - bit of yeast, caramel malt, some spiciness and touch of banana. Taste is again a bit more malt forward, a little bit sweet with hints of saison like flavour, pleasant hoppy bitterness with fruity flavours of mango, banana, apricot. Full creamy mouth feel with mild hop but sweet over rides bitter. Clean and crisp - nice.

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Photo of puck1225
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beautiful beer. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Creamy white head and great lacing, golden brown body. Funky fruit smell. Taste of Belgian Saison, funkiness and pleasant earthiness. I would get this again.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Deep orange color. Mostly clear. Thick, off-white head that had ok retention and left very nice lacing.

S---Sweet. Citrus & yeast. Orange is noticeable. Hoppy, but not like an American IPA.

T---Full. Orange, grapefruit. Not as hoppy on the tongue as on the nose. A little bit of banana.

F---Thick & juicy. Goes down easier than it probably should at a high ABV. Very well carbonated.

O---Excellent brew. I've had it before several times and knew enough to pick it up when it was at my shop. I'll grab more if it shows up again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark copper colored with an inch of creamy tan head on top. The aroma is that sweet candy like Belgian triple yeast. I'm tasting that sweet Belgian triple yeast which dominates the flavor and aroma. The mouth is very dry and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of AleManDan
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I really like hops showcased on a pillow of Belgian yeasts and this does it for me. More subdued than a typical IPA and showcases the more floral elements of the hops. This is a winner and I wish I had access to it in cans!

Really easy to drink such a big beer!

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Photo of crackerjack57
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Good IPA, not too hoppy and doesn't feel as strong as the ABV. Noted the bready malt taste immediately and then the citrus finish. Felt like it tasted better with each sip.

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Photo of Amendm
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. mug pours a clear light amber with a frothy head with good lacing.
Head does not last very long but comes right back with a swish.
I smell yeast and the resulting esters. Lots of hops and some malt.
Yeast is in the flavor plus typical IPA elements; bready malt up front, pine bitterness and citrus finish.
This is my 1st Belgian style brew so I can't judge the yeast flavor over other yeast types but the difference is noticeable.
I am learning.
Medium texture, sweet at 1st, bitter and slighty sour finish.
Well hidden alcohol until it warms, then it is still fairly well hidden compared to other offering at this ABV.
Looking forward to trying other beers from F.D., and this one again.

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Photo of Old_Beard_Belly
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smooth and slightly filling (3 beer) light aromatic fruit smell (fig/plum) a tad darker amber shade. A good smoking BBQ beer. Medium filling sensation. Overall great beer, will buy again. 1cm head heavy pour.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA brewed by Flying Dog Brewery, with an ABV of 8.30%. This Belgium IPA pours out a deep golden Amber color almost copper in color. This brew also has a nice white head to it. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Raging Bitch is rich with hop bitterness, and earthy grains and malts. There is alot going on in this IPA. This IPA has the look and smell of most ipa's on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with hop bitterness. There is alot of hops and earthy grains in this brew. The body of Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA is medium to heavy. If you are not a fan of his this is not a brew for you. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a nice balance to it. It is really hard to pick up on the 8.30 % ABV in this IPA. This brew just goes down that smooth. The month feel is Bold, Rich, Hoppy, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA a 4.00 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Flying Dog Brewery, did a super nice job with this brew.

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Photo of EMV
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear golden copper pour. Thick foamy white head. Tons of sticky lacing.

S: Citrus and lemon. Some Belgian yeast notes... hops and grapefruit.

T/F: A nice take on the Belgian IPA. Toasted grains and Belgian yeast. Banana and citrus... refreshing... spicy... caramel sweetness... grapefruit and nice hop bitterness. Relatively light-bodied. Solid carbonation... the finish is citrus and yeast.

O: A very solid Belgian IPA. Great combination of flavors that play nicely together. By far the best beer I've had from this brewer.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a bright gold with a medium sized head. The aroma is quite tropical, with pineapple, mango, kiwi, tangerine, banana, clove, and bubblegum. The flavor starts sweet and inviting, with banana, bubblegum,, then mango, pineapple, with a mildly bitter and caramelly sweet finish. The mouthfeel is fairly full with abundany carbonation. Overall A really solid and fun beer - nothing serious, but quite tasty.

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Photo of BeerMan247
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flavorful Belgian IPA, very hoppy profile with a semi-fruity (banana and spices?) aftertaste. Flavor could be more consistent from sip to swallow. Also got a hint of Chicken Parmigiana on the back aftertaste

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Photo of clskinsfan
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An incredibly balanced Belgian IPA. Extremely drinkable as a session beer. But be careful the name is accurate. It will wear you out. Pours a golden amber with a 1 and half finger head. The initial flavor is bitter but not overpowering. Follow up flavors of spice and hops can be overwhelming in the first couple of sips. An aftertaste of hops and fruit is left in the mouth. Mouthfeel is good. Not too heavy. Overall the Bitch is a good value and excellent example of the style.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4,145 ratings