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.

Added by BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. An aggressive pour into a snifter got me a finger of head that dwindled rather quickly. It held on to the sides for a thicker ring than I normally get out of beer. Some nice lacing clings to the side of the glass throughout consumption. The body is a pleasant looking dark amber.

S. The IPA out-muscles the Belgian in the nose. I mostly get citrus hops with a touch of floral aromas, but you get just a hint of Belgian yeast if you really look for it.

T. Taste is much more complex than the aroma suggested. It starts off Belgian: Yeast, hints of dark fruit, a good spiciness, then dives into the IPA with a bit of malt than a bitter hop finish. This partnership of flavors really excited my palate, I enjoyed it quite a bit.

M. Medium bodied. Decent carbonation. The bitter on the end really builds if you drink it relatively quickly.

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Photo of Beersaday
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear medium to dark orangish amber in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and moderate copper + golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a few small to medium sized patched of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of toasted + pale malts and a light aroma of spicy Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of toasted + pale malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of spicy Belgian yeast. Finally there is a slightly stronger than moderate flavor of citrus/grapefruit, pine, and earthy hops which impart a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink , enjoyable, and a very nice example of the style. Alcohol is well hidden and I could easily have a couple of these though it has been years since I had it.

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Photo of Morey
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no freshness date. There are some numbers (code) printed beneath the barcode on the side of the label, but that doesn't tell me when it was bottled...now does it? I'm not a big fan of FD's artwork either. Just sayin'.

Pours a hazy, almost glowing burnt orange color when held up to the light. The head stood about one finger tall initially, but has settled to a thin and spotty layer after several minutes. A good amount of carbonation bubbles flowing upward in streamline fashion. Impressive amount of lacing. This beer boast one heck of an appearance.

A good mix of sweet Belgian yeast and floral hops in the nose, although the aroma is still a bit on the mild side.

Taste is hoppy right from the get-go. The sweetness from the belgian yeast is quick to follow. Malty flavor and texture surfaces about midway through. The yeast and hops combine to make for a spicy finish that lingers a bit.

Medium bodied with a semi-aggressive carbonation.

This and Piraat are two of the better Belgian Ipa's that I've had. Very nicely done overall.

Morey's Bottom Line: While I'm not a fan of the artwork, or the name of this beer...I have to say, it's what's in the bottle that really counts. And what's in this bottle is a really good beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Abad
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mytu420
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BARFLYB
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy shiny penny copper with an outlay of orange sunset. A little tint of red from the crystal malt. Not the clearest looking brew but the color is pulling me in. A Belgian tight beige/sandstone foam was on the surface with pokadot bubbles on top resulting in some spraypaint lace.

The El Diablo yeast comes up in scent the most with the hops not so far behind. A nice amount of fruit in the nose plus a funky day old bread scent. The hops are more floral than on the citrus side but I do get pineapple and the like. Also a scent of alcohol pushing this into triple territory.

A nice bite of hops with a mix between floral and fruity. This comes as grapefruit and papaya into some earthiness topped by some sugar cookies. A nice amount of yeast adds to the fruitiness but does not perfectly match a Belgian bouquet. This reminded me of a very light triple with some alcohol and spice afterwards.

Bitch got a body on her, this does not go down exactly like a IPA, I would say a medium, slightly oily body. At first a smothering of hops just pushing being bitter, more fruity like, followed by a sweet middle and spicy finish. Carb is not a problem here, it's felt, but not overfelt.

I had this a few months ago and did not care for it, but this certainly surprised me tonight, a interesting IPA with qualities of the style from two countries perspectives without either stepping on toes. It packs a lil punch to so i'll stop at two. One of the better Flying Dog beers I've had recently. Happy 20th guys!!

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch pours a really nice coppery amber, very clear with a big off-white creamy head of foam leaving loads of lacing behind. Quite a lovely bitch indeed!

The nose is very hoppy with a somewhat spicy and floral funk with a with a bit of a caramel and a slightly metallic note.

The flavor, definitely improves as it warms with the disparate elements of a Belgian style beer merging with the aggressive hop characteristic of a big American style IPA. There is caramel malt with a burnt sugar component, grapefruit and lemon zest, spicy yeast esters (cloves and black pepper perhaps) combined with a nice hop bitterness in the long dry finish. Alcohol warmth is very noticeable but not boozy. Warming really is the key to this beer I believe.

Mouthfeel is very nice, also improving as it warms, somewhat chewy and full bodied, creamy with an ideal level of carbonation.

Drinkability, I've been on the fence before with Flying Dog beers, but there are some I really do like. Raging Bitch I'm afraid puts me back on the fence with the inclination however to climb on over. Perhaps it's because it's the first of the style I've tried but I could see this growing on me. I'm not quite sure I'd want a second right away but I can easily see the interestng flavor profile getting stuck in my head and perhaps creating a craving for it. It is a very warming beer and definitely interesting on the palate!

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Photo of GJ40
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz glass purchased at Once Upon a Vine in Richmond, VA.

A - The label is somewhat disturbing but I guess it suites the name perfectly. Golden with excellent clarity and a moderate white head. A steady and organized stream of bubbles make their way upward. Lots of lacing is left behind as it empties.

S - Aroma leans toward the Belgian side for me with Belgian candy sugar and spices.

T - I think this is all Belgian as it enters your mouth with a moderate sweetness and some firm spices. But as soon as it passes the middle of the tongue, a hoppy bitterness erupts. It's nothing like a west coast IPA (as the Stone Belgians are) but it is certainly reminiscent. The first sip caught me by surprise but then I adjusted and enjoyed it.

M - A creamy consistency and a moderate carbonation.

D - This is a unique, fun and drinkable beer. I'm not a big Flying Dog fan but this may make me rethink that.

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Photo of acslatersbtb
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 22Blue
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears amber and clear. Atop the fermented beverage sits an inch of dense head that leaves copious residue about the pint glass. The aroma brings spice, pepper, yeast, hops, and alcohol. The flavors are a bit scattered and rough, with too much alcohol in both the nose and taste. That said, the beer offers some pleasant spice and yeast character, and is certainly drinkable and enjoyable. Perhaps this was inspired by Belgian IPAs, but Raging Bitch is not in the same echelon with Duvel Tripel Hop or Houblon Chouffe, a couple of my favorite beers of this ilk. Overall, a decent brew. I would try this again.

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Photo of kaiyote
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SFNC
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- Nice semi-cloudy deep orange, small white head that sticks around a while. Light lacing.
Smell-Citrus hops, lightly sweet, not much yeast for a Belgian style
Taste-Malt on the front end, semi-bitter hops on the back. Good overall balance. A slight hint of yeast.
Feel- Effervescent, sticky rather than dry. I think dry would be a more appropriate finish.
Overall; Pretty good, I just had an Allagash Hugh Malone earlier in the week that blew this away in the style of Belgian IPA, still I'd pick this up again in a pinch. Extra style points for Ralph Steadman art on the label.

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Photo of aranheaney
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Red Solo Cup:

A-decent depth, hazy, some head

S-good IPA stuff here, citrus

T-good, alcohol on the backside

M-fair, not enough thickness for me

O-good, a slight departure from normal IPA's which is good sometimes

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Photo of Cheld
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of happygnome
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into one of my sam adams pint glasses

a: pours a hazy orange color, there are dark golden hues aound the edge of the beer. There is about a half inch of creamy white head that seems to be staying pretty decently

s: piny and floral hop bitter aroma dark fruit aroma is also present very nicely balanced

t: the dark fruits of the malts hits you first but then the piny hop bitterness takes over

m: medium bodied beer with a light carbonation

overall, this is a pretty decent beer, I like it

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Photo of EuellGophar
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of JayLINY
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MartzMimic
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with a minimal white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of malt, toasty caramel, marshmallow and spice. Those all carry over to the taste, and combine with the hops and flowers to give a distinct molasses note. The bitterness begins to come through as it warms a bit. Nice medium mouth that coats the tongue without being too oily. This isn't something I would drink frequently, but it's a really nice change of pace IPA.

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Photo of Fikezilla
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of wisegreensoul
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a chalice.

A: Very dark golden hue. Pours a very slight, bubbly, white head which quickly dissolves. Sparse beer ring lacing remains as you drink it down.

S: Light malt tone, very yeasty, a little clove, coriander, and the slightest bit of nutmeg.

T: Great grainy flavor. Sharp, punchy hop notes, yeast, and Italian spice.

M: Light body, full flavor. Dry hop tones linger throughout. Just a little steely.

D: Great sipping brew.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Appearance is nothing really to write home about, but it does have a deep rich look. Nose has a great range of grains, nicely combined with some sweet and savory spice notes. Flavor is grainy, with a little spice. A nice light body, and dry finish. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of hendryxdp
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4,093 ratings