Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
Flying Dog Brewery

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
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Belgian IPA
Ranked #55
Ranked #14,097
3.89 | pDev: 13.37%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Very Good
Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
Notes: 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 by Paz8812:
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.16/5  rDev -18.8%
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 +12.1%
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 akme223
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
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 EMV
4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Wiffler27
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +2.6%
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 Lamar
4.91/5  rDev +26.2%
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 Freddie_Ray
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Hoppy, grapefruit in a bottle. Worthy occasional beer.

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Photo of number1bum
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty clear orange tinted amber color with a soft, creamy light beige head. Settles very slowly and keeps a pretty full lace and leaves some nice webbing on the sides.

Smells of American hops with some Belgian yeast character. Hops are quite juicy with some nice citrus aromas and some honey-like sweetness. There isn't a ton of Belgian character here but the yeast strain is clearly Belgian, and it has some subtle musty and spicy qualities to it.

Taste is every bit as juicy as the smell, with lots of ripe tangerine, blood oranges and grapefruit. There is a bit of malt sweetness but the hops are front and center here, and are complemented by some nice Belgian yeast characteristics as well. Like I observed with the nose, this isn't the most complex Belgian yeast strain by any means, but it does have some spicy and estery qualities that are readily identifiable as Belgian. There is some light hop bitterness in the finish. This isn't the most complex Belgian IPA I've ever tasted, but the hops are very fresh and flavorful, and that makes it quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp and smooth. Quite clean and smooth.

This is some tasty stuff and definitely one of the best Flying Dog beers I've had. Not the most complex Belgian IPA, and the Belgian characters in general are somewhat subtle, but the fresh, fruity hops really make this beer. They do their job very nicely, and I find this to be very tasty and drinkable. It's definitely an Americanized Belgian IPA, but I don't have a problem with that. Oh and then there's the price, which is extremely reasonable for a Belgian IPA. I think I just might buy some more...

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Photo of popery
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this one but came away fairly disappointed. It looks nice - amber-orange transparent liquid with a mess of fine white bubble on top. The aroma is pretty good - orangey/floral/cat piss hops, clean wood, honeyed malt and light Belgian earth. It's actually a tad boring for the style, to be honest. The taste is just disappointing. There's a lot of bland bitterness from both hops and wood. I've never much cared for Amarillo hops, so that could be to blame, but this beer just doesn't have much going on. The more delicate hop notes have faded, the wood doesn't provide much interest and the yeast is understated. For the style, it's harsh on the palate and drinkability is poor.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of obrendano
4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this recently (and very quickly) became one of my favorites after only a few sips at the Blarney Stone in Baltimore. went home and got a 6 pack the next day

A - nice golden ale color, good head with great lacing

S - this is where it really picks up. yeasty must, piney hops, toasty undertones, so so so good.

T - out of this world. prickly hops combined with classic Belgian yeast strain makes for one amazing combination, big spicy malty finish with all other flavors dancing around, some honey as well

M - slightly thin, but no matter, this is still a winner

D - could take out all 6 if I didn't have places to be. huzzah!

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerWizard
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's taken me this long to discover I like Flying Dog, finally buying a variety pack a couple days ago. The standout in here to me is the Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA. Pours thick and syrupy golden brown with a tea-stained head. Initially not a whole lot detectable in the nose, but as the esters start to fire up I get a nice range of spice, tropical fruit and candy with light citrus; almost like a basil aroma there. Taste is funky for sure with some hop and alcohol structure holding it all together. Barnyardy, hay, black tea, serious grain and spice, hops and booze hits on the back end. Mouthfeel is punchy as expected at 8.3 but balanced, medium low carbonation, initial sweetness fading to lightly bitter. Love this beer and will be on the lookout for it going forward.

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.56/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Csikic93
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bitter but not terrible. These sneak up on you if you drink more than 3. Don't let your girlfriend drink these, it's called raging bitch for a reason.

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Photo of Drhall36
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 4172 ratings