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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4,058 Ratings
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 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

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

APPEARANCE - 1FH, foamy, amber, hazy.


TASTE - Hops, malts, bitter, yeast, pine.

MOUTHFEEL/PALATE/TEXTURE - A little carbonation, dry, astringent, crisp.

VALUE - $8 for 12-oz bottle. OK.


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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a napoli grande glass

A- Poured a dark orange with one finger of frothy head. Pretty hazy but can see some nice carbonation. Left some good lacing

S- Big orange citrus, peach, yeast, and cotton candy

T- Orange citrus, yeast, and cotton candy. Quite sweet but also has a nice amount of bitterness

M- Very aggressively carbonated, overcarbonated to me. The beer tastes good but I think the carbonation muted the flavor at some points. Still a refreshing beer though

O- My first Belgian IPA and it tasted good, but the over carbonation of this beer did not quite work for me. I would love to try more of this style though and would be interested in revisiting this one sometime. Overall I really liked this beer.

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3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

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

A big, rocky white head sits atop this clear, amber colored brew. Bready malt aromas quickly give way to floral and citrus hop aromas, spices and Belg
ian yeast notes. Some alcohol is also noticeable. Extremely complex on the pallet, this dog seems to change with every sip. Pale and bready malt flavors intermingle with hints of spice, lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Other flavors are there as well, but when we went back to identify them, they were gone, spooky. Medium-high in both body and carbonation, this is one dog that might bite!


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

12oz bottle, marked 320FX10, best by Nov 16, 2010.

Pours amber with a two finger off white head that leaves nice drippy rings of lacing and holds a good foamy cap.

Smells like a Belgian Tripel, yeast, bubblegum, lemon, banana, pear, spices, as well as a bit of pine and citrus rind. Aroma is very big and powerful overall.

Flavor follows suit in the strength department, very fruity and spicy with banana, pear, a lot of spice, bread, yeast, caramel, and then the resinous hop bitterness on the finish, pine, grass, a bit of citrus. Long finish with good bitterness, some alcohol is also present.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, finishes sticky, medium to high carbonation.

I rarely drink Tripels, never been a big fan, and this certainly has a whole lotta Tripel going on. Regardless, this is a monster of a beer and I give Flying Dog a lot of credit on a fine brew.

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Photo of montecristo2
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

Pours a dark golden/orange color, similar to an amber but lighter.

Great hop presence in the aromas, along with floral notes.

A two fingered head that dissipates to a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

A complex beer- IPA driven, but on the finish is more belgian style. A very unique taste and flavor- I imagine this would really be interesting after some time in the cellar. I wonder which attributes would come to the forefront?

Drinkable and tasty-another interesting beer from Flying Dog brewery.


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

Review from notes on 4/17/10

Bitch please! This poured a nice gold with a solid white head. Pretty clear with particulates floating around. Pears, touch of apricots, and lots of citrus of the grapefruit/lemon variety. The flavor is quite similar, but less pears. Perhaps a hint of white grapes in the finish along with all the bitterness from the hops. A decently bitter Belgian beer. I think I could get used to this. Moderate carbonation, though I wouldn't mind a bit more.

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Photo of ectomorph
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with no noted freshness date into a small tulip in sections.

A - Great golden amber in color with a small off white head that fades quickly. Lower carbonation and great clarity.

S - Fresh cut grass, celery, honey, wildflowers. Some fruity esters mingle with a combination of floral and citrus hops.

T - Spruce and pine resin up front bitterness give way to a hefty malt presence. Alcohol is more pronounced as it warms but it also reveals a light peach flavor.

M - Medium body, lower level of carbonation, moderate alcohol warmth in the mouth.

D - Moderate to low. Assertive bitterness chips away at the palate while the ABV chips away at your mind.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden-orange with a thin white head that thins out a bit, but remains full.
Smell is strong Belgian yeasts, with a bold malt character, and a decent hops presence. Some sugary fruit aromas are present as well, including peach, banana, apple, and orange. Peppery malts at the end.
Taste is again Belgian yeast with some sourdough-bready malts and bitter hops. Malts carry, losing the sourdough aspect, becoming merely bready. The bitter aspect from the hops carries a bit as well. Some stale orange, grapefruit, and dried lemon peel join in. Finish is slightly malty, with some salty lemon peel accompanying.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a very dry finish. Light body. The finish is a bit too dry and lacking in body.
The drinkability is decent; there are some aspects of this beer that detract. The alcohol is well-hidden, but that is not enough.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Raging Bitch is a clear, copper-orange color (almost like apple juice) with a one-finger, soapy white head. The nose has some spicy, peppery characteristics as well as some piney, citrusy west coast hops. The flavor follows suit, with the Belgian characteristics being more reserved and the west coast IPA flavors being dominant; fruitiness like apricot and grapefruit along with resinous pine make up most of the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation. Overall a pretty drinkable beer, would like to see more "Belgian" in the flavor but certainly not a bad attempt.

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

Appearance: Darker than American IPAs. Has a nice orange glow to it. Small head that quickly dissipates. Looks like it sticks.

Smell: Smells like hops, some malts and maybe some fruity esters.

Taste: Good hop flavors with a sweet aftertaste from a mix of malts and yeast. I could have used a bit more bitterness though.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good beer. The ABVs are pretty hidden in this beer btw.

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Photo of Bone53
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Amber color with a one finger off white head

Smell: Citrus hops, candied sugar, caramel, bubblegum, cloves, banana. Quite enjoyable and unique

Taste: Sweetness that fades into citrus hops, cloves, and bananas. This is what I imagined a Belgian IPA would taste like

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly resinous, with substantial bitterness

Overall: This is my first Belgian style IPA and it's pretty much what I imagined. More on the American IPA spectrum with undertones of belgian yeast and spices. Perhaps a bit sweet for my liking, but quite decent really. Bitterness lingers. Wouldnt pick this over what I'm used to in an American IPA, but something ill consider again if I want to switch things up and in the mood for a more earthy IPA

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

Photo of jrfehon33
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kingcurio
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%

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

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

Got this at Spec's today at 6.99 a six pack....holy moly!

Nice, cloudy, light copper color. Leaves a lovely light lacing for the entire beer.

Very interesting smell...i liked it...combo of Belgian yeast and spicy hops...a nice hybrid.

Again, an interesting taste, and one that I like. This beer kind of bucks the trend of what a Belgian or an IPA should taste like. I respect Flying Dog for the cross-over.

I would definitely drink this again...very strong abv, but not very noticeable, and a fantastic price.

Good Dog!

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

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

A- Crystal clear brilliant rust colored body, with a virginal white fine-bubbled head that leaves a mountain vista of cloudy lacing behind.

S- A syrupy sweet malty wall upfront with a sharp stealthy hop potpourri on the back end.

T- This initially comes off like a nicely balanced east coast IPA, then the Belgian sours wash in afterward, along with a very dry bitter hop aftertaste. Some raisiny juices. A lot of flavors, but none really break out of the pack.

M- Sharp carbonation, full bodied.

D- A bit too intense of an aftertaste to score mad points on drinkability, but after a few of these I might not notice anyway.

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

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4,058 ratings