Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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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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Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an orange amber with one finger of head. Smells spicy with Belgian yeast and floral hops. Taste is nice Belgian yeast and spice with decent hop bitterness. As the beer warms alcohol comes through; esters in the taste and warmth in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Well carbonated and very refreshing for the ABV.

Overall a solid Belgian IPA. I've had this several times before, and I'm sure I'll have it several more times in the future.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean amber, with a solid if unremarkable head of white bubbles. Attractive treeline lace.

Nose seems spicy and fruity, with a touch of floral hops. Intriguing!

Taste is spicy, with definite notes of citrus hoppiness. Nary a hint of the relatively high ABV (8.3%). This is a well-done spicy, hoppy Belgian-style IPA that's worth revisiting.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangy-amber with a slightly off white head that laces nicely and dissipates rather slowly. Aroma is nice and spicy as it should be with ample citrusy hops backing up the spice. Taste is again spicy and citrusy. Feel is crisp and light bodied, with a slightly oily finish. Overall drinkability is good, I'll definitely have a few more of this Belgian IPA.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. Decent white head holds well for a few minutes, then fades to a thin layer. Just a couple spots of lace.

Nice citrusy and herbal hop aroma. A bit of earthy spices linger in the back. Suggestion of lighter caramel malt.

Lighter caramel and bready malt. Good bitter blast of citrusy hops. A bit of a Belgian yeasty flavor. Cirusy flavors come in at the end and linger.

Seems to be a little lighter in the mouth with an elevated carbonation level. Some warming alcohol. Interesting, and enjoyable.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present, just a code stamped near the bottom of the label, which means nothing to me. Got this because I've been on a Hunter S. Thompson kick lately, and I was in the mood for some Flying Dog while I kick back. I've had this beer before, but it's been a while.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours about two and a half fingers of sudsy white head on top of a coppery / bright golden orange colored body. Some fat, scattered, webbed lacing on the glass.

S - Smell is mainly of bready biscuit malts, bubblegum, bit of soapiness, some alcohol fumes, hint of grains, and spicy cloves. Greapfruit / orange hops are present here, but they seem to take a backseat to the malts and cloves. Nothing overly complex, but a nice smelling beer.

T - Taste follows the nose: bitter grapefruit / citric hop presence, bready caramel malts, clove spice, and just a hint of alcohol warmth. Some lingering sugary green apple skin on the finish. Creamy, smooth, and easy drinking.

M - Feel is sticky, sugary, and bitter, with just a bit of lingering alcohol heat on the finish.

Overall, a pretty ordinary beer, not straying too far into the adventurous side of things, but it gets the job done. Not exactly a beer I would describe as a "Belgian style" IPA myself, but it suits me just fine. High 8.30% abv is well masked, lots of big flavor, I will have no trouble finishing off this six pack. Recommended.

Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA ---4/5.

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Photo of Casey10
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this and I might have liked this more if it were labeled a triple. I think to me this more a belgian triple taste as opposed to a ipa.

A - copper ale with a huge 2 finger head. lots of lacing as well.

S - Nice banana estery smell this brewery has belgians beer down.

M - It is okay leaves kind of a banana backlash on the feel.

D - It's good I like it worth having and worth giving it a try.

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Photo of MillRat
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A solid over-the-top American IPA. Plenty of white fluffy head over a hazy old gold with a trace of orange. Aroma of citrusy hops and toasted malt, flavor is true to the aroma, but transitions toward a more piney, resinous hop flavor and a sweeter malt that keep each other in check. If you're paying attention, the light fruity yeast notes can be found, but they really are not up to do battle with the hops for your taste bud's attention. SWMBO says "the hops kinda overpower everything, but that's not a bad thing." Indeed.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly foggy almost burnt orange-like color with a large two finger puffy cream colored head. The head quickly deflates, leaving some mild, pretty lacing down the glass. A constant barrage of tiny-to-medium sized bubbles make their way up from the bottom to maintain a decent sized creamy cap that retains until the last few sips.

S: Lots of tangy, fresh grapefruit notes upfront with a pretty strong wave of herbal and flowery hops following suit. A little bit of a yeasty character underneath that's slightly hard to detect, but still very much present. A nice spicy zing towards the end from the alcohol seeping through.

T: The taste on this one pretty much follows suit with the nose; there's not a whole lot of surprises here, though there are a few things my sniffer didn't pick up. The first wave of flavor is abundantly citric and fresh. Grapefruit upfront mixed delicately with some lemon. Those flowery hops come through adding some nice floral notes as well as some added bitterness that you expect from the style. The finish is semi-sweet, but the grapefruit and lemon make their way back, as well as a dash of banana and spicy alcohol. There's nothing phenomenal going on here, but the flavors are full and immensely satisfying.

M: Upon first sip, this one doesn't feel like a 8.3% brew. A nice creamy texture mixed with a controlled, mild carbonation make this one a smooth drinker. It's not until halfway through the glass that you notice the alcohol tingling your palette and warming your face. Definitely one of the easier-drinking bigger brews.

O: While I'd be lying if I called this one world-class, I'd also being doing a great injustice if I didn't give it the praise it deserves. This is a fairly common brew (at least in my area) that delivers everything I look for: good nose, full-flavor, and exceptional flavor. While I'd be wary to session with this, I'll definitely be revisiting it in the near future and I'll definitely be recommending this to others... With caution, of course. Because when you trifle with a Raging Bitch, you're bound to get bit.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cshaffer
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bronze-orange color with red overtones, mostly clear but a little sediment noted, a pretty good head that had some staying power and slowly dissipated into a nice sheen, leaving pretty good, chunky lacing.

Smell is very nice, a good mixture of grapefruit and pine, spicy malts, and grassy, floral hops.

Nice tasting beer. The malts take a bit of a center stage, this is a malty IPA, but it's still got a heaping helping of smooth, slightly oily hops, and a good pine/grapefruit follow through. Floral flavors and a pleasant spiciness are also noted.

Easy to drink, smooth and medium bodied, amply carbonated, leaving a smooth, lightly piney-bitter aftertaste.

Quite drinkable. My favorite from this brewery so far.

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Photo of Viggo
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a clear dark amber/orange, nice and bright, medium sized white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, a few lace spots stick, looks alright.

Smell is neat, a little sweet, some caramel and candi sugar, banana, some spice, a bit of yeast, apricot, a bit of fruit, alcohol, light vanilla, citrus, orange peel, a bit of clove, pineapple, pretty interesting.

Taste is similar, lots of banana and grapefruit, sugary sweetness, a bit of biscuit, caramel and candi, vanilla, apricot, pineapple, orange peel, wafer, a bit of alcohol, some spices in the finish, clove and more vanilla, neat citrus bite.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit sweet, some light heat going down. Pretty good, has some cool flavours going on. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of steve8robin
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap before and liked it, figured I'd give it a try and review officially. 12oz bottle...

A: very nice copper color with a small white head that fades quickly. Good.

S: smells like a nice blend of hops and floral sugary malts. Smells a little bready and hoppy all at once. Good.

T: very floral hop upfront quickly followed by a nice fruity apple and then by an earthy taste. Hints of winey booze on the backend. Good.

M: medium body with a great carbonation feel. Very good.

D: once you get through the interesting blend of flavors, this goes down decent.

All in all, this is a good brew. Not great, but worth trying. Definitely suits a Belgian IPA category.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - Appearance is an amber/gold, a lot of carbonation, almost no head.

s - Has a very fruity, citrus smell.

t - Taste a lot of spices and citrus, very hoppy.

m - Feels very carbonated, medium body.

d - Overall it was good IPA. Thought it hid the 8.3% ABV well, would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Thanby
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-amber color with a finger of off-white head that dies quickly.

The primary smell is full-bodied and well-rounded hoppiness, some ginger spicing sits on top the pale amber malt, but the aromatic hops are just wonderful.

First taste is sweet Belgian malt with hops so fresh you can almost see them, not overpowering at all, especially for Flying Dog. A bit spicy, with a surprisingly clean aftertaste with some hoppiness around the edges.

For being an IPA it is wonderfully easy to drink, but still has enough hops punch that you won't be disappointed. I don't know who thought of the Belgian IPA style, but the Belgian malt combined with American hops is just such a perfect balance of opposites.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours mostly clear yellow color with a small 1/4" head of mixed off white to light yellow bubbles of mixed size. The head was pretty active at first and then faded back into the beer within about 30 seconds to end up as a small ring of foam where the beer meets the glass. There is already a bit of lacing left on the glass just from swirling.

Aroma: The aroma is much more earthy than anything I suspected. It has a grassy quality to it along with a minty note that oddly enough, reminds me of some herbal products that are illegal in some countries. I don't get a ton of yeasty esters, which is very welcome for me, but the beer is getting spicier as it warms up.

Taste: The flavor is interesting. There is more bitter bite than I thought would be there from the aroma. The hops, while a pretty big player in the flavor, are an unusual blend to say the least. They impart a grassy note in the flavor, but less mint than the aroma. There is a dry chalky bitterness that hits you a little early in the flavor profile, that fades a bit for the finish, which is also odd. The finish is rather mixed and it is hard to nail down anything that stands out about it. The bitterness seems to win out in the end, but there is alcohol, yeasty notes, malt, and all the by-products of the same all contributing something to the finish. As the beer warms up some, there is a honey character coming out along with some citrusy hops that were completely masked in the beginning.

Opinion: Well, this is one of the more intriguing beers I have had from Flying Dog. It is an unusual mix of a lot of things. That said, it doesn't really do it all very well as the flavors and aromas seem to not really get along all that well. Perhaps if there was a sour component to it as well, that would make it world class, to bring it more on the Saison side of things, which is more like what this beer really is...but stronger than most. This is one of the better beers I have had from Flying Dog, so I wouldn't mind trying it again on draft or something, but this wouldn't be a beer that I would buy regularly...but I bet it would be absolutely excellent mixed with Girardin 1800 Gueuze with about 20-25% gueuze. That dry lemony tart thing would probably really compliment this beer nicely. Either way, this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Macmarkg
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Rabae6
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Dhyan
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of anthony-martinez
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jtaylord
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Amitnaiz06
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also received as part of a trade from a friend for a bottle of Rochefort 10.

Appearance - Crystal clear copper orange color with a decadent 2 fingers of off-white head that has great retention and leaves beautiful lacing around the glass. A few bubbles make their way to the top, but mostly this beer appears still. The head is white and especially fluffy.

Smell - Quite hoppy on the nose some slight citrus in there maybe lemon that also appears blended with a earthy spruce / pine aroma. Some faints sweetness in the nose from the malts although they are quite clearly in the background. well balanced and aromatic, but not particularly deep.

Taste - Big hop bill, that is bitter and slightly on the earthy side, with well blended malts and an undercurrent of those funky Belgian yeasts, that seems to mix and contribute with the sweetness of this beer. Slight smokiness / leather flavor underneath it all as well. A bit of a nutty aftertaste after a few sips although maybe my tastebuds are off.

Mouthfeel - Sufficiently smooth with lively action in mouth. Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Nice well rounded but slightly alcoholic feel which isn't surprising given 8.3% ABV.

Very nice, and among the best of the style that I've had. Definitely more PA than Belgian IPA, as the Belgian yeast flavors while present, stand in the background after experiencing the hoppiness of this beer. The hops are more prominently featured than the Belgian yeast, making this one of the hoppier Belgian IPA's I've had but definitely a pleasure as it is full-flavored, yet restrained and balanced well enough.

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Photo of jonb5
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 litre bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Bronze, clear, one finger head, decent amount of lacing, lively looking.

S: Yeast and phenols took on and beat the hops.

T: Followed the nose, started out with some wheaty sweetness which gave way to hoppy bitterness, this was followed by some gummibear and finally gave way to some heavy diacetyl.

M: Smooth, decent carbonation, medium to thick body and texture, slight boozy burn on the lips.

O: Combined the characteristics one of the stronger pale Leffe offer.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have mixed feelings about this one. It started so promising. It poured a beautiful combination of light copper, amber and dark golden. A modest head dissipates into a thin lace that retains throughout. The aroma was my favorite aspect. It smelled of malts, sugar and tropical fruits. I was excited to taste this one, however, the aroma and taste did not really correspond. Althought there is a slight bready, fruity and malty backbone, the intense hops finish is overpowering. The bitterness does not seem to render this a very balanced drink. The feel is good however; a stinging carbonation, medium body. This is a drinkable beer that I would not mind having again, but overall not my favorite.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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