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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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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served cellar temp into a goblet.

Raging Bitch has a golden amber color with great clarity. The head is thick with a vigorous pour but settles quickly leaving very little lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy with a hint of spicy Belgian yeast.

Flavor is intense in both bitterness and spice. It has herbal and medicinal qualities as well. Some underlying sweetness but not nearly enough to balance it out. That said, I think the point of this beer is to be extreme - maybe even a double Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with ample carbonation.

Overall a solid example of the style and, actually, it could be argued, one of the only Belgian IPAs to get American-sized hoppiness.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap @ Kloby’s Smokehouse (Laurel, MD) on5/5/12. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of sudsy bright-white head. This maintains some frothy edging, leaving back foamy lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The Belgian qualities of the aroma jump right out, with spice and fruity esters that mix in with a fresh floral feel, bitter smelling grapefruit, and a light sticky mix of tropical fruit and malt across the back. There is also a soft underpinning of heat to this but it isn’t too bad.

The taste is fresh hop character throughout, with bitter grapefruit that is softened a bit on the edges by herbal and light tropical fruit flavors while a gentle biscuit feeling malt presence sits along the back of the profile. The Belgian influence is really felt more in the finish here though, with spice and an estery feel that lingers with some sharp bitter pith on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and a bit sharp on the tongue, with a firm creaminess along the back of the throat. There is a little warmth here to the body but it mostly just emboldens the hops and spice, as a slick oily undercurrent to the feel helps keep this smooth.

I had been hearing good things about this Flying Dog effort and found them to be mostly true! This has a nice balance to it between those bold American hop flavors and Belgian yeast notes that kept them quite complimentary to each other. This drank nicely for the bigger size here as well. I’ll be returning to this.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a frothy and clingy khaki colored head. The aroma is definitely of hops; floral and juicy with some pineapple and other tropical fruit notes. The hop presence it a bit more subtle in the flavor letting the sweeter belgian style to pop through. Not much in the way of yeasty phenols. Definite tropical fruit flavors coming from both the hops and yeast. There is some spice and pepper, though it seems that its main job is to offset the hops, which it does. A light to moderate feel with fizzy carbonation, very nice balance, especially for an American made BIPA. Very enjoyable though I still prefer the Belgian made BIPAs, I just enjoy a more Belgian flavored BIPA.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a clear, amber color. About two fingers of white fluffy head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates rather quickly leaving decent lacing.

Smell - A great aroma of hops, orange (not so much bitter orange peel - sweet orange), slight pine, and spices. A hint of malt and caramel comes through on the back end. Overall, this smells very good.

Taste - An immediate prickle on the tongue from spicy hops and citrus. Not so much orange as there is peach taste prevalent from the initial sip. I also get clove, yeast, and banana. An odd combination/sensation. Each sip yields a different outcome it would seem. The sip finishes with a bready, malty backbone.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - One of my first Belgian IPA's and I'd say a good introduction into the style. Easily quaffable for the alcohol content. Has an odd sensation of flavors/taste due to the style, but it is something that sort of grows on you.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4,018 ratings
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