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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: 4,009 |  Reviews: 1,167
Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Poured a translucent golden orange with a creamy, 1.5 inch off-white head. Copious tiny bubbles present effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a half inch cap with delicate, semi-concentric bands of lacing formed as the brew recedes. Nose presents with some citrusy sweet hops initially, but as you tease the aromas out there's something else there, perhaps herbal or candi sugar or both. Taste consistent with nose; however, the citrusy sweetness is there, but well masked. Herbal quality expresses itself as somewhat bitter and lingers between quaffs (maybe anise), and I still think there's some candi sugar in there. Mouthfeel is medium-light and very lively, just shy of prickly with a fairly dry finish. A very interesting and tasty beer - better than I expected, but I found it a little tough on the palette. Nonetheless, probably my favorite example of the style; not that I've had many. Well worth trying this one if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of evansrdbrew
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank on: 3/9/10
8.3% ABV 60 IBU
12 oz. in pint glass

A= Big thick 1" head on gorgeous hazy golden brew. Head disapaited slowly leaving nice foamy lace.

S= Nice yeast inspired aroma with whifs of carmel malts and fresh noble hoppiness.

T= Nice Hop freshness, with a tasty bitterness. Good malty backbone and great belgian yeast flavors along with a mild sweetness and complex fruity flavors.

MF= Effervescent on the tongue with a dry finish. Light coating of the mouth with a slight warm sweetness.

D= A delicious twist on an IPA, hops are present as flavors more than bitterness The malts and yeast make you keep searching for new flavors and aromas with each sip.

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Photo of BobMessina
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Extremely bitter to the point of it being spoiled.
Different batch proved this to be a much better beer then previously experienced.

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Photo of cmf
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours cloudy with low head that dissipates rapidly, in part due to the wide glass. Very strong bitter hoppy aroma. American style hops with citrus notes and bitter rind-like aroma. Taste is bitter, but not as bitter as the aroma, with a complimentary sweet banana flavor. Feels foamy and thick, but not as thick as a porter. Overall an interesting IPA.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, copper golden hue with a small white head that leaves decent lacing.

S: Hops, candi sugar and that well known(?) Belgian yeast scent. Interesting hybrid.

T: Hops certainly dominate this one, but there is an interesting contrast of bitterness and sweetness at the finish of the beer. Considering that hops dominate, they don't overwhelm the other complexities in the taste. Sweetness is a combination of sugar and fruit; grapefruit due to the hops and slight banana as well.

M: Nicely carbonated, goes down easily, hops tingle on the tongue too. Mildly oily.

D: One of the better Belgian IPA's I've had, and that includes Piraat ale. I enjoyed that one, but the mouthfeel of this one is much better. Raging Bitch is not as cloying either. Overall, both are good examples of an unusual style that for me combines two of my favorite styles, though they are quite contrasting style. Seems like an unusual combination, but it does work to a degree. I'd probably drink this again, but won't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a golden amber with a firm white head with nice retention, great lace.

S: American hops all the way, lots of grapefruit, cantaloupe rind and pine.

T: Really if I tasted this blind I wouldn't think this is a Belgian IPA. The American hops take over the beer immediately, similar flavours as in the nose. The only Belgian characteristics are a light yeasty, almost Bretty funk note at the finish. Nice flavours overall, as an IPA-type beer this is excellent. Reminded me a bit of a couple beers in The Bruery's Humulus series, Humulus Gold in particular.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium-full body. Nice aftertaste of resin.

D: The thing I really like about the Belgian IPA category is when a beer incorporates the greatness of American hops while maintaining a Belgian yeast identity. Beers like Hopsinjoor and Houblon Chouffe can do that. This beer is not is their league currently. Suffice to say though, this is quality stuff and clearly one of the better Flying Dog's I've had in a long time.

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Photo of belgianvan
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nickfl
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white head on top of an copper-amber body with excellent clarity. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy, pine hop notes are backed by some pineapple. Peppery yeast augments the hop character and is balanced by lightly toasty malt.

T - Strong spicy hops up front with lots of pine character. Peppery yeast flavors compliment the hops in the middle along with toasty malt. Finishes with more pine hop character as well as a bit of pithy grapefruit and caramel malt that is balanced by moderate bitterness. Lingering bready malt and spicy yeast as well as tobacco like hops.

M - Smooth, medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, it has a nice hop character and crisp dryness. There is some belgian yeast character here, but not a whole lot. Just a bit of peppery character that compliments the pine hops. The dryness is the most Belgian aspect of the beer, which leaves it feeling like a dry IPA with a strong malt flavor. This makes for an enjoyable beer, but the dry toasted malt becomes cloying after a while and I really prefer the bright, tropical character that I get in some other examples of the style.

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Photo of PapaCapUSN
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Acforster2
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GoGators
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBrewo
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour an orange autumn color brew. It holds a one finger head of white bubbles, but this shows mediocre retention. Spotted lacing and thick aggregates of bubbles are left around the glass as it goes. There is an even haze throughout, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears medium. The nose has big notes of Belgian yeast that borders on Brett. The funk is significant, giving a moldy vibe, along with a barnyard grassiness. Hops add an additional grass and earth, with mineral and musk. Chalk and dried cherries clean up the back, drying the nose along with some boozy notes. Our first impression is that the malts and yeast are very Belgian. As we sip, soft metallics, bready malts, biting phenolic clove, and bittering grassy hop hit the palate hard. These blend together on a bed of funk and sweeter malts. The peak of the swallow delivers more bitterness, of toasty grain, more clove, and earthy hops. Yeast and Belgian flour works their way in too, adding a souring crunch to the very middle. The finish shows a sweeter toast to the paler malts, with a deepness of caramel and toffee sweetness. The hops continue, drying and bittering in all their grassy glory. The final drops of flavor are of clove and warm spice, peppery booze, and straight Bretty bitterness. The aftertaste breathes of earthy hops, metallics, bitter barley, and stony minerals. The body is medium, and the carbonation is higher. There is great slurp and smack, with an even creamy coating. The mouth is ultimately left dried, with puckering astringency. With warmth the feel becomes a bit watery, but this is noted infrequently. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the robustness of the hops and the funk through both the nose and the flavoring. The aroma sets up the tasting beautifully, with all the bittering Belgian activity that one might hope for, while leaving plenty of room for balance from equally as bittering hops, and a sweeter malt base. One criticism is that the booze, particularly at the end of the flavoring, could be a bit overwhelming at times, taking away some of the balance previously lauded.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, code X118A16, poured into a teku)

L: deep, almost reddish-amber liquid, with a slight haze and much tiny translucent flecks floating about... puts up a rather tall , open-spongy foam that holds momentarily, but ultimately collapses, hardly leaving any sud islands... lil snot trails of lace

S: rich, sweet-citrus core, with notes of tropical fruit, circus peanut, and a nip of peppery spice... the fruitiness is reminiscent of a fruit-scented lip balm, so perhaps some medicinal undertones as well, but it's hardly hot or phenolic... definitely a malty underbelly with a crystal malt edge... overall, vibrant esters and hops and pleasing intensity

T: quite a solid, polished malt base with an almost peach-fruity, yogurt-cream, hoppy shell and sleek booze pop carrying it out... potent, almost puckering, tea-leafy, citrus-peel bitterness lingers and lingers... over-hopped imperial amber with a Belgian yeast?... light candy-like red grapefruit essence later in aftertaste

F: tight, lightly-glassy body with a delicate residual resinous outflow, with the roundness of the crystal malt dextrins lending it a touch of dimension... very appealing dryness that enables me to have 1-2 more

O: some good things (smell, dryness), and some things to be desired... certainly taste the Belgian element of this beer... intensity of hops and alcohol is potent and finely-tuned... it may be a bit too polished on its edges, certainly lacking depth, but it's undeniable that the taste is in your face enough for you to remember it, and I haven't had another beer that tastes all that similar

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Photo of RobinLee
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sam-VW
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Samuel Smiths Organic Wheat Beer Glass

A - Thick white head, took a while to reduce and left some white lacing on the glass.

S - Hemp, Citrus

T - Malty and Caramel, Bitter hop finish, not too dry on the aftertaste and the high alcohol content is hard to detect until a lot after

M - As I said, not a dry aftertaste. The strength of the alcohol does come along after a while but only as an afternote. It's actually quite a supreme aftertaste and the belgian method and yeast comes through.

All in all a really good beer.

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Photo of scottyb88
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a hazy orange/amber color with a great head that lasted for awhile

S-pretty amazing, very inviting aroma. citrus but not grapefruit bitter fruit more like an orange-tangerine type smells, not much on the belgian yeast aromas

T-a nice citrusy hops up front but a nice malty sweetness at the end; i didn't notice much on the Belgian side of things, I was hoping for a drier finish, but this ended up being a bit sweeter than I expected

M-not too bad; nice carbonation

D-at 8.3% its approaching most double IPA styles and usually one is enough for the day, but it was well balanced and two could easily get finished. definitely better than most of the flying dog line, unfortunately I don't think this will get produced for awhile or never again. I didn't noticed much belgian characteristics, to me it was just a sweet cirtrusy version of an IPA and lacked a classic Belgian dryness

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Photo of donspublic
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip aggressive pour yields 1 finger cream colored head that hangs around a while, nice lacing. Dark amber in the glass, pretty clear, nothing floating around. Smells faintly of malt, very little belgian esters hanging around, some citrus and pine on the nose. As it warms, more bubble gum smell is evident. Taste initially malt sweetness on the front with the citrus/grapefruit and pine in the middle, odd thing is this finishes more with the fruity belgian esters. Not complaining, daughter picked this up for me in Tulsa and halfway thru the six pack. Nice beer, good mouthfeel, not too ipa'sh and not to belgian'sh, just middle of the road. If this ever finds it's way to Texas, could see keeping this in the fridge.

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Photo of Beer_lover101
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Biffster
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a pretty clear but not brilliant amber orange with a persistent tan head and impressive lacing on the glass.

The aroma is certainly interesting - big candy like malty aromas - caramel, toast, graham cracker. Its also very fruity with big banana, melon, and strawberry notes, along with bubblegum and apple aromas. It is spicy from the yeast, but this is complimented by the grassy spicy hop aroma. There is also some lemony and darker citrus - not grapefruit and orange, more like tangerine or clementine.

Big sweet caramel graham cracker maltiness at the sip - a substantial malt backbone. There is a substantial grassy citrusy hop flavor and the bitterness fights and just balances the malty sweetness at the swallow. There are notes of tobacco and bubble gum and all sorts of fun and interesting flavors that add to the complexity.

It has a creamy but substantial carbonation, some warming from the alcohol. The body is medium full but not out of character.

Overall I love this beer. It is interesting, complex, and drinkable. I feel like the IPA characteristics and the big Belgian characteristics are in conflict more than they are in harmony, though. Definitely well made and worth a try though.

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Photo of hwp333
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Excellent presentation, amber hues and a nice head.

Smell: Not overpowering, with hints of citrus and spice.

Taste: Almost a lemon, grapefruit flavor, with a slightly spicy taste on the palette

Mouthfeel: Clean and smooth, not overly bitter.

Overall: Very drinkable, clean finishing beer. Would be paired well with select Mexican or Thai dishes.

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Photo of jj311
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

Appearance: A clear golden-copper color. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be spotted. Has a 2 finger off-white head. Not allot can be said for the lacing qualities.

Smell: A very fruity, floral, aroma. Orange, Banana, mango, grapefruit, bubble-gum. A very slight but noticeable pine scent.

Taste: Once the brew meets the palate it starts off with a sharp, piney, banana flavor, mixed in with a little sweet malt, lemon, and a trickle of bitterness. Finishes with a lingering taste similar to bublegum.

Mouthfeel: Slick, yet somewhat chewy.

Drinkability: The fact that it's not totally over-hopped as with some IPA's makes the drinkability a definite "good".

Overall: This is definitely one interesting and unique IPA.
I would try it again.

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

Photo of tdm168
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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 +2.3%
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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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4,009 ratings
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