Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
1,152
Ratings:
3,931
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
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160
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Photo of MikefromNYC
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a stemless wine glass. Bottled on Jan 8 '17.

A - Reddish, amber color. Barely any head upon pour. Very weak lacing.
S - Alcohol, sugar, and hops.
T1 (initial) - Citrus, cream/whipped cream
T2 (middle) - Malty sweetness, sugar, burnt pastry crust
T3 (end) - Classic, crisp bitter hops with residuals of the malty sweetness
Aftertaste - As if you'd eaten a dehydrated (the alcohol) tangerine (the sweetness) with a tiny bit of the peel and a seed or two (the bitterness)
M - Crisp, creamy, smooth, and satisfying
O - This is not a bad beer, but I have had plenty IPA's at a similar ABV% with more character. I messed up by getting a six pack, but it's not the biggest blunder. Long story short, it's OK, but that's about it.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thought this was quite good and unique, though not really to any discernible style. From a single (bbd in April) into a tulip. Poured a deep rust with a good 2 fingers of foamy off-white head with good retention. Little bubble gum, medicinal hops, and lots of kind of earthy citrus. This is fairly unique and a little odd, but it's working for me...the combination of yeast notes and hops is interesting, and the bitterness is good but not overpowering.

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into an oversized wine glass.

Mildly hazed amber orange color, the pour builds up thick frothy off-white head that stands with good retention before gradually subsiding to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaving only some patchy lace on the glass-side.

In a nose, hop with its citrus, grapefruit, tropical, floral, and herbal while malt with its big and bold breadiness and dough. Belgian yeast character also reveals with notes of spice, pepper, sugar, some funkiness, and exotic fruit.

There is rich mal bill in the palate sensation with notes of bread, dough, and lightly sweet caramel. Hop comes into play bringing its citrus, grapefruit, tropical, and strong herbal bitterness while there are also lots of Belgian’s elements unfolding with notes of spice, pepper, sugar, honey, funkiness, and exotic fruit. The aftertaste is lasting with hop bitterness and some residual spice and fruit from yeast.

Medium body with some bold touch through the palate, smooth mouthfeel with some good crisp and lively carbonation that is proper to carry all the things well, finish is very dry.

Not really so Belgian but it is a proper mix between American IPA and some Belgian’s element. The result is that quite unique and tasty IPA to amuse the taste buds.

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Photo of MrFabulous
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice orange with creamy white head and nice whiff of Belgian yeast. Taste is well balanced as you get the malty Belgian beer flavors of banana balanced with piney juicy IPA taste. Well carbonated and you can taste the alcohol at 8.5 ABV. Outstanding beer

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Photo of schavuytje
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear scents of oranges with rind and soft bread malts, soft amber body with off-white head thick ringend in the drink tropical fruit, a little pepper and the average of all in the finish

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium amber producing 3 fingers of frothy, off-white, lasting head that recedes to a thin cap & thick ring of foam leaving a sticky wash & webs of lace. Aroma is Belgian musty yeast notes of pineapple, peach & a hint of apple, hoppy, orange, lemon & pine with a little pale malt & a hint of white bread. Taste is a medley of tropical fruit, peach, citrus, resinous pine hop bitterness of moderate intensity & a fine peppery spice in the finish & aftertaste. Wet hay, bready malt & alcohol all dance in the background. Alcohol while not apparent in the nose is readily so in the mouth adding to the spice & bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, clean, crisp & dry.

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Photo of crisis1290
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Raging Bitch was quite a suprise. A nice dark orange color off the pour. Nice hints of malt and some hops with enough Beligian yeast aroma as well. This beer has a very unique taste profile to say the least. Nice carbonation and lacing.
Flavors are some what citrusy , resin , and bready with a dry finsh. Not a bad beer , for the price. I am a fan of Flying Dog, especilly their Snake Dog. This one does not disappoint.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

An alright interpretation of a belgian IPA, not really that great but not terrible. Deffinitely has more of an IPA than a belgian character, that can be a good or a bad thing depending on what youre looking for.

Malt bill is heavy and competes for control with the hops. Has a sweet caramel / honey / candied orange flavor predominantly. Yeasty belgian flavor only appears on the aftertaste, its nice but not as bold as I would have expected. Finishes bitter and dry with hoppy notes of pine. Mid weight body. Alcohol profile is quite apparent, you can tell its an eight percenter.

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Photo of Dukies222001
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Color was amber almost looked like a good amber/red. Nice crisp citrus smell and taste. Haven't had too many Belgian style IPAs but I like it. Plus it has a great name that I can annoy my wife with. (:

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Photo of Jtall78
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This was pretty good. Pours a medium brown color with off white head that laces nicely. Starts off with a malty taste, then a balanced wave of hops follow. I would buy this again, but wouldn't necessarily seek it out either.

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Photo of MFMB
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a amber to brown color with a light thin head. Smells of C hops and sweet bread. Taste of malt and citrus with very light or minimal belgian character coming through. If this one did not say "Belgian IPA" I wouldnt have known. Maybe I am comparing it to closely with one of my favorite Belgian IPAs from Epic but ya this is not a Belgian IPA to me. With all that said its not bad. Medium body with a wetter finish than anticipated.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light brown pour with a thinner, lighter brown head. Think 1/5" type of depth. Aroma has sweetness, brown malt, even a C hop grapefruit edge to it.

Taste, hops are there, alcohol is there. Belgian yeast comes out, leans fruity. I've never been a big Flying Dog fan, but this is actually one of their best beers. Its heavy, its aggressive, its warming.

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Photo of donspublic
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Wiffler27
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

pours an amber/orange with a nice head, looks damn good. looks malty.

smell is meh. no belgian yeast aroma. mild malt sweetness.

taste is very plain and inoffensive. the flavor hits me mid-late sip. the flavor creeps in late, very strange in that regard. not bad but nothing even to really notice. malty and clovey flavor.

i've had plenty of Belgian beers and plenty of Belgian style IPAs and this is unlike all of them. it also oddly doesn't strike me as an American or English IPA. it has a unique rounded flavor similar to Belgians but without the bubblegum yeast it's hard to recognize.

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Photo of Tohibii
3.13/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Main point of skill being offered by the brewers is delivering a drinkable, high ABV beer for a low price point that doesn't feel like a sipper when in hand - it's surprisingly easy to put these back. That said, I'm tired of this one and won't be revitising.

I felt alcohol whispers lingered in the mouth for some time after consumed, which was a strike against. Complexity is decent, but the flavor is disappointing. Likewise, it works no wonders on my digestive track.

Even at about $9 a 6-pack I'm seeing better offerings locally.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a very unique taste profile. Pours a nice amber color with an inch worth of foam, which leaves a wonderful lacing behind. The nose is danky, floral and herbal. The flavor is full of spice, dank, and a touch of Belgian yeast. Overall a very interesting beer that, in my mind, definitely stands out.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raging Bitch Belgian IPA
Bottle Best Before 10/20/16. DFH Tulip.
A ( 4.5 ): Pours a dark orange/copper with 2.5 fingers of khaki head. Lots of carbonation visibly flowing up. Lacing was truly other-worldly, ring upon ring of thick, white, webby foam stuck to the sides of the glass after I drank it down. Retention was very, very, good. It retained a thick archipelago of foamy islands stretching from one side of the glass to the other.

S( 3.5 ): A lot of sweet floral, earthy, and dark fruity hop with lots of malt backing it up. Smells a lot like a DIPA. Smells a lot like what I remember GL Chillwave smelling like. Ripe nectarines, plums. A little alcohol on the nose. Perhaps there is a little Belgian fruitiness there, but if there is, the floral and earthy character of the hops have almost completely masked it.

T ( 3.5 ): Full malty arrival, transitions to a very complex mid-palate. Noticeable alcohol, very floral hop presence along with some Belgian esters there; not overwhelmingly bitter. Very spicy and green. I actually do get a leafy kind of taste from this – not pine, but maybe geranium? Lingering ginger, medicinal, phenolic character. A little like band-aids, a little like a lightly peated Islay scotch.

M( 4 ): On the lighter side of heavy. The fairly active carbonation keeps this from feeling too heavy. The ending is really clean, which is quite a surprise. Many DIPAs feel slick in an unpleasant kind of way. Granted, this isn’t technically a DIPA, but it is clean on the finish.

O( 3.5): Assuming this was brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, apart from that, I can’t really tell what makes this a Belgian IPA. What it is, though, is a very strong, malty, floral IPA. I like it, but I have better options locally that I can get fresher, so I am not likely to make this a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this IPA at a restaurant. I thought it was pretty nice.

L: It had a clear amber hue cloudy hue with an thin off white head.

A: The aroma was sweet and hoppy.

T: The taste was fruity, lemon, apple, sweet honey, pineapple, slightly dank, followed by a nice moderate bitterness.

F: Somewhat thick and dry.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle marked X202A16 11:38 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – sweet with some candied fruit overtones, fades away
Head large (Maximum five cm, aggressive pour), light tan, frothy, diminishing to frothy irregular two to six mm ring and frothy partial layer
Lacing good – narrow frothy ring of small to medium bubbles
Body – orange, clear, effervescent
Flavor – starts sweet like sugar syrup, hint of malt, little yeastiness in this batch, ends slightly bitter with a chemical aftertaste; no hops flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – medium, almost syrupy, soft carbonation

Of course this would happen – I’ve been drinking this on and off for four or five years and somehow I’ve never reviewed this on BA. This batch is different than the ones I’ve had previously – the weird chemical aftertaste is new and the hoppiness is pretty much lower than what I recall. Maybe it’s a change in brewing, a change in my taste buds, or just a memory breakdown. Or maybe this sixer was abused by the retailer. Anyway, here’s this review which I will update as needed.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.25, Overall 3

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Photo of got2
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I'll be the first to admit that Flying Dog's Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA has 8.3 percent alcohol, which is a huge selling point when you've literally been on your feet half the day.

Now about something other than alcohol content. Raging Bitch is an interesting beer, that combines the qualities of IPA's and Belgian beers.

The color is a pale copper with a nice head. The scent is of alcohol, though not overly so; the flavor is complex, though there are flavors of coffee and chocolate with just the right amount of carbonation (it's a bit fizzy on the tongue, which is interesting).

Interestingly the IPA attribute is in the relative lightness of the brew, certainly not typical of Belgian beers.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tea copper color, clear. Head off-white, dense, tall, long-term.
Malt aroma with a strong fruity, slightly spicy, sweet notes of honey.
Taste: Malty, honey again, a large amount of sweet fruit, touches of herbs and roots are not aggressive. The beer is pretty full and thick, has a slightly oily texture.
Gentian: clear, dry, saturation medium towards low. Alcohol well hidden causes that beer is treacherous.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled
Pours a light brown clear body with huge foaming off white head
Smells like citrus sour sherbert

A bit of funk some red fruit and a bitter finish
Quite good stuff

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Photo of Kinger22
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark copper color with a thin head. The smell is decent, but lacks a little in hops/fruitiness. It's a rather bitter taste, with some hop profile. Overall, a good - not great - IPA.

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Photo of rex_4539
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy amber/red color, no head at all, light carbonation.

S: Very nice aroma. Hops and sweet smell at the same time.

T: Medium hoppy, nice taste, quite drinkable. Leaves a bit bitter aftertaste but much less than an American IPA.

F: Very smooth and balanced.

O: Good beer. Not world-class but I would happily have it again on any occasion.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful copper coloration with visible carbonation and a frothy one finger head.

S- The aroma here is no joke, you can smell it from a few feet away from the glass! Tons of hoppy citrus and tropical notes, with some of that Belgian yeasty notes present as well. Very spicy.

T- Follows the nose, with huge citrus flavors and Belgian spices being thrown in. Very nice bitterness at the end. The flavor really packs a punch here, and this beer is not for the faint of heart.

F- Medium carbonation with a light body.

O- Outstanding IPA. This was my first beer from Flying Dog, and it did not disappoint. It really tastes like a cross between a Tripel and an IPA

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