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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Ratings: 4,124 |  Reviews: 1,194
Reviews by Janderson91:
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3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Crabbicuss for this one in the n00b BIF. Best by the 352nd day of 2011. Enjoyed on 09/05/11.

A - Pours a perfectly clear bright amber color with a large off-white head. Leaves excellent lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S - Interesting aroma. Grapefruity, floral hops and some very Belgian, spicy, yeasty smell also. Somewhat grainy and wheat-like as well. Traces of alcohol linger in the background.

T - Very spicy and yeasty throughout. This accents the typical American IPA flavors quite well. Not as much of the Belgian presence as say Sumpin Wild but it's definitely there. Pretty sweet with a nice fruity hop bitterness. Finish is very spicy with a good bit of alcohol burn.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and medium with prickly pretty high carbonation.

O - Overall, I really like this one. Probably enjoyed it more on tap than out of the bottle but I'm glad to have tried it again. This could be my favorite brew from Flying Dog besides Gonzo.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #45 (Oct 2010):

Curtain of lace dresses the glass; very clear amber color. Hints of bubble gum, ripe tropical fruit and medicinal herbs from the yeast with clementines coming from the hops. Smooth and creamy with a hefty medium body. Lots of bready malt, a bit toasted. Hops grab a hold of the palate and slap it around some, almost to the point it missed the Belgian aspects that the yeast had tried to lay out. Trace phenols are soon chased away from the fruity warming alcohol. Bitter finish has a faint aspirin flavor. Belgian style? Perhaps just inspired 'cause of the popular- ity of the style? Good but too clean and overly bitter. The raw marketing does not match what is inside.

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Photo of oberon
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like many I have been left wanting on alot of Flying Dog brews but this had me wanting MORE!Poured into a small tulip glass a brilliant golden with a sticky one finger white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled slowly into a creamy froth,excellent.Aromas to me are full of Simcoe goodness,grapefruit rind really takes the forfront,slight yeasty notes but the american hop profile wins the day.The palate is full of citric,oily, hop,ever so slight phenolic spice actually lends well to the big American hops,some peppery notes come in as the beer warms.Easily my favorite of the style to date,not to yeasty and or medicinal,a true mix of American hop,and Belgian yeast,a great beer.

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Photo of Wiffler27
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Mildly hazed amber orange color, the pour builds up thick frothy off-white head that stands with good retention before gradually subsiding to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving only some patchy lace on the glass-side.

In a nose, hop with its citrus, grapefruit, tropical, floral, and herbal while malt with its big and bold breadiness and dough. Belgian yeast character also reveals with notes of spice, pepper, sugar, some funkiness, and exotic fruit.

There is rich mal bill in the palate sensation with notes of bread, dough, and lightly sweet caramel. Hop comes into play bringing its citrus, grapefruit, tropical, and strong herbal bitterness while there are also lots of Belgian’s elements unfolding with notes of spice, pepper, sugar, honey, funkiness, and exotic fruit. The aftertaste is lasting with hop bitterness and some residual spice and fruit from yeast.

Medium body with some bold touch through the palate, smooth mouthfeel with some good crisp and lively carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well, finish is very dry.

Not really so Belgian but it is a proper mix between American IPA and some Belgian’s element. The result is that quite unique and tasty IPA to amuse the taste buds.

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Photo of Freddie_Ray
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Hoppy, grapefruit in a bottle. Worthy occasional beer.

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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 Lamar
4.91/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I flat out love this stuff. It was first gifted to me a couple of years ago and it was love at first sip. Nice orange color with a flimsy head but great aromas, rich mouth feel and exceptional flavors from the yeast. This beer is a real keeper for me; I plan to always have a bottle on hand.

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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 brownbeer
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with a light, fluffy head.

This beer is fruity and estery with notes of passionfruit, banana, apple, clove spruce, and peach. It's quite hoppy and bitter. The Belgian aspect really comes through, I guess, in a yeasty way. Though, I wouldn't really compare it to any other Belgian style besides IPA.

For being an American version of this style, I like it quite a bit. Overall, I wouldn't want more than one. Just not really my cup of tea.

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Photo of npala86
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of cynicgiraffe
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque tan/light orange, almost the color of cream soda. White head that shows quite a bit of carbonation and moderate retention. Lots of fruit in the nose. Grapefruit and other citrus and sweetness. Lots of citrusy hop spiciness on the front. Classic Belgian spiciness on the back. It's like a flavor mullet! Palette seems about right for this beer, keeps it crisp, not too thick or thin. Really well balanced, no hint of the considerable alcohol. Overall a very good beer and worth the wait of finding it.

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Photo of withliterature
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear amber color with a medium white head that reduces pretty rapidly to a thin lace. This beer is CLEAR, nothing like a cloudy Belgian in appearance. Might have liked to see it cloudier, but then again this is a beautiful color and isn't advertised as a Belgian.

You can definitely smell some citrus, and I find this smelling more like that floral Belgian Trippel than like an IPA. Bright, fruity, but strong with hops. There's another fruit smell that I'm struggling to identify; I keep wanting to say grapefruit, but there's another one in there! Nice complicated scent.

The flavour really is a cross between a Belgian and an IPA. You get the IPA bitterness and the Belgian complexity, musk, and floral taste/smell.

Pretty average mouthfeel, erring on the thinner IPA side. A little sticky perhaps, but that's to be expected with an IPA.

A good drink for sure. Strong but very balanced. I liked this quite a lot. Probably couldn't drink more than two in a night; I'd buy this again as part of a mixed 6-pack.

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Photo of ccapurso
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Spaten454
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch from Flying Dog Brewery Belgian IPA 8.3% alcohol. Bottle is decorated in skin colored hues with crazy dog on the front looking mad as hell.

A- Pours an extremely hued glowing golden orange fluid with nice off white head that falls to a fair amount of froth and ring around glass. Decent sticking lacing on the walls of the glass.

S- Wow nice floral hop scents remind you of a bouquet of fresh cut roses and sweet babys breathe. Bready yeasty fumes follow along with alcohol light to none malts.

T-M- Well a pretty bland taste of what it smells like but still puts up some bite. Upfront is a piney, earthy hop bitterness with mild sweet grain-like sweetness. Second is a fusel alcohol warmth that heats up the buds leaving a tarty yeasty film on the tongue. Mouthfeel is mild to medium but light carbonation and danky hop presence does pose a threat to drinkability.

D- Its different and quite unique with various Belgian like charactors but possibly exagerated.
At a decent price may buy again.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10oz. snifter at Brixies in Brookfield IL

It poured a clear ruby red with a lingering tan head. Heavy lacing stuck to the sides of the glass after each sip.

The aroma is of a strong grassy hop with a muted Belgian character.

A strong grassy floral hop taste which is much stronger than the bottled version I had the previous day. A malt backbone reminiscent of a medium crystal malt. The Belgian character isn't as prominent as I would like in a Belgian IPA.

It has a very smooth bitterness and a high drinkability.

I preferred this version to the bottled version but I was still kind of disappointed. I was hoping for something bigger and bolder.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of jcarbs
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4,124 ratings