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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

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Added by BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Ratings: 4,008 |  Reviews: 1,166
Photo of Vogey77
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UA8
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a crystal clear coppery color with a two finger tall cream colored head.

S- Grapefruit, pears, peaches, smells like a hoppy tropical fruit cocktail.

T- Leads with grapefruit and mango skin notes also some spiciness I would attribute to the yeast. Finishes with grapefruit rind and pine hops.

M- A bit heavy handed on the carbonation. The body is medium light.

D- Still not sure what exactly I think of this beer the flavors are bold and spicy. If the carbonation were a bit lighter it would be a bit more pleasant to drink.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 herman77
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very clear bright orange with a foamy off white head. Nice lacing is coating everywhere.

S: Smells like a belgium beer right of the bat. Its got that distinct Belgium yeast/banana smell. Pine and citrus hops are in the background. Thought it would have more of a hop aroma.

T: The hops are definitely here though! Pretty complex. Lots of pine, juicy citrus, grapefruit and mango hops. Also a bit earthy. A little bit of honey sweetness and carmel malt to provide some nice balance. Of course, the belgium yeast is also apparent making it have a slight spice and banana taste. Big hop bitterness bite near the end that finishes dry.

M/D: Medium body. Average carbonation that feels a little soft making it feel smoother over the palate. Good drinkability. Since it finishes dry, you want another sip right away. I could drink a lot of these. ABV is very well hidden.

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Photo of Goliath
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a two inch light tan head. There is excellent head retention and a bit of lacing.

The aroma is fantastic. There's a great citrusy hop profile with a touch of spice. There's a rye like character as well.

The taste is nice. There's a nice citrusy hop with a bit of a rye like finish. It's interesting and fairly unique.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fine bubbled carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. The flavor profile is interesting and unique making for a really enjoyable experience that keeps bringing me back for more. The ABV is relatively high but well incorporated and easily managed. It's just a solid beer.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six after what seems like forever since I have seen it out on shelves.
Pours a nice honey/orange tinted color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head. Excellent lacing already forming.
The smell is very subtle to me. Hints of both the belgian yeast aroma and hops.
The taste is extremely interesting. Your mouth gets a little bit of everything up front, hops, malt, and belgian flavor. Subtle sweetness transforms into the hops flavor and finally an aftertaste of the belgian. Slightly alcohol bite at the end but well hidden at 8.3%
Mouthfeel is medium.
I was hoping this would have a little more belgian style to it but otherwise it is very tasty.

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Photo of arizcards
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at Total Wine in late October.

Beer poured a clear copper color with a nice long lasting head - very impressive.

Nose is belgian spices and hoppy happiness.

Taste is a nice blend of the belgian yeast strain that accents the white pepper and light fruit flavors. Hops hint of citrus and mango.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, the yeast strain does not quite catch the true essence of a belgian.

Drinkability is quite nice, abv is well hidden.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ample two fingered head of tan colored mixed size bubble head. Lacing is evident. The ale is copper in color with near perfect clarity. Quite a pretty picture in the glass.

The aroma is wonderful with notes of apricot, honey, lemon and bourbon.

The flavor is a pleasing mixture of bitter hops, sweet malt, tart grapefruit with a slight alcohol note on the finish.

Mouthfeel is a tad light on the tongue. Certainly not overbearing given the high ABV.

Drinkability is good. One could easily enjoy several glasses of this concoction.

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Photo of mschrei
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Broch12
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ilafan
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CloudStrife
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours an amber color with hints of red. 1" white head with a few large bubbles hanging out at the top. Dissipates to a thin film with lacing down the glass.

S: Initial floral hop aroma with a yeasty belgian backbone and finishing of citrus hops. Smells like a wheat beer and IPA mixed with an orange on top.

T: Mostly belgian up front, which is delicious.. finishes with a hop taste. The yeast / malt provide a strong belgian taste upon first sip. Nice hop aftertaste provides a clean finish and lingering aftertaste.

M: Medium body. Appropriate carbonation for the style. Finishes crisp and leaves you wanting more.

O: Good beer, great name. Want to see more of this style across the board. Have been impressed with this brewery. Will never forget how this helped break the ice with the girlfriends mom by recommending it to her while out to dinner.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bamojr
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great mid-Amber color, with a wonderful aroma. It has a very good hoppy flavor with a smooth finish that is neither too harsh on the pallet nor to light for a good belgin-style IPA. Very drinkable and I would recommend trying this one out. This beer is a good representation of what I have come to expect from Flying dog.

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Photo of Tripphop
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish-amber hue. Aromas of grapefruit and piney hop. Mouthfeel is silky with a dry finish. Nice balance with a bright citrus flavor. Belgian yeast comes through with just the right sweetness to balance the amarillo/warrior hop overload. Overall, a tasty brew. Dare i say sessionable at 8.3% abv?

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Photo of mbusster88
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Pours rather clear orange/amber color. Nice thick head stick around and leaves some good lacing. A fair amount of carbonation is noticeable.

S: Astringent smell with floral notes and some pine as well. Very nice and clean smell, great hop characters!

T/M: Really like the right away hop bite, that mellows out with some bready characteristics. It then finished with some dry hop bitterness. Very nice combination of styles to make this one hoppy but not unbearable for the average drinker. Love the clean feeling on the palate and the hop characters are really nice. Great fresh taste to this beer!

D: Would drink this just about any time. Really liked this one just as an end to the day. Great by itself and worth a try. Once again love the hop characters here that really make this beer stand out!

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Photo of kevintaraross
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hustlesworth
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- hazy apricot orange amber with a wrinkly off white yellow tinted head that sticks around for a good while. solid rings of sticky lace all the way down. looks like a very nice IPA.

S- huge amarillo nose. grapefruit, mandarin orange, pine sap, and lime. sweet and toasty toffee like malt behind that and some spicy clove and pepper like bubblegum and banana yeast even further behind that. sandalwood and cedar notes lend an earthy sweetness along with some dried up coffee mug for added depth.

T- sharp zesty bitterness hits first in all its grapefruity glory, with some orange and lime, pine and rocket fuel. malt is toasty, woodsy, lightly leathery, sandalwood sweet, and well rounded. subtle citrus essence beneath it all, and a delicate yeast clove bubblegum spiciness in the beginning that disappears for a while and reappears in the finish. clean bitterness in the end with lingering toasty flavors and just a pinch of alcohol.

MF- prickly tight carbonation kinda floods everything in the beginning and by the time it mellows out during the second half of the beer, what's left feels somewhat watery and not as juicy soft as i would like. dry and resinous on the cheeks for that satisfying IPA feel.

D- a nice brew, highly hopped is it's claim to fame. the belgian side of this bitch is very subtle, and i would like to get to know that side better. all the assertive bitterness seems to mask the yeast. decently drinkable for a high abv beer but i'm not sure i would call her MY bitch, just THAT bitch.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpt2222
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cduffy201
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rvdoorn
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer in my favorite Dutch pub, the Vlaamse Reus.

Look: Clear amber-orange color with a white head, that disappeared quickly.

Smell: Very nice, sweet, fresh and hoppy with orange, grapefruit and passionfruits.

Taste: As some other reviewers also mention, it falls a bit short compared to the taste. The taste is the one of a typical IPA, very strong grapefruit hop profile, with some nice spicy-bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, sharp, and carbonation is high
Overall: A nice beer, would not mind to drink it again

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Photo of ixodus
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy yellowish orange with an finger off-white head. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Piney hops, with a small trace of belgian yeast esters, banana, bubblegum, clove, orange peel.

T: Intense bitter piney hops, grapefruit, pineapple, clove,banana.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation with a dry finish.

O: Great beer fresh or with a little age. If you get it fresh it's pretty bitter and the hops shine, wait a little and the hops mellow out and the Belgian yeast shines.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Excellent clarity allows the medium Amber body to shine. The head is interesting in that it's slightly dark for the style--a lovely, golden beige. It's remarkably smooth and creamy, and stays put at a finger-and-a-half height. When the glass is empty, sporadic, webbed lacing is left in the beer's wake.

Smell: The mixture of hops is is bright and fragrant. Sweet citrus scents (tangerine, mostly) are laced with the aromas of pine needles and honeysuckle. There is also an undertone of rich earthiness bearing notes of vanilla bean. Complex and compelling.

Taste: Hop bitterness and flavor are so well balanced, they almost cancel each other out. A bit more of one or the other would be beneficial. Still, the flavor is tasty, with fresh orange juice, herbal tea, and that aforementioned hint of vanilla sandwiched between flashes of medium-high hop bitterness. Grainy malt is prominent in the finish, and it combines with the hop bitterness and vanilla extract to create a very light whiskey flavor. The caramel sweetness often found in this style isn't present, but there is a warm, buttery quality that provides some comfort food satisfaction.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy, with medium carbonation. An ideal mouthfeel for a beer which sits in-between the crisp and refreshing beers and those more suitable for careful sipping. The alcohol warming is moderate, working well to point out those stronger flavors without distracting from the hop and malt highlights.

Overall: A darker, earthier Imperial IPA than what I'm used to, but a change is always welcome in my book, and the recipe is a good one. However, the flavor, while complex, is a little light, and the hop bitterness is not strong enough to serve as an explanation as to why. The maltiness in the finish is a unique and welcome quality, but a bit more melanoidin sweetness would help to round things out.

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Photo of jwps214
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4,008 ratings
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