Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
BA SCORE
70.9%
Liked This Beer
3.86 w/ 3,988 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#8,556
Reviews:
1,163
Ratings:
3,988
Liked:
2,829
Avg:
3.86/5
pDev:
13.47%
Alströms:
3.16
 
 
Wants:
164
Gots:
1,084
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 3,988 |  Reviews: 1,163
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very foamy head on deep yellow. Yeasty aroma, it's evena little funky. Creamy mouthfeel, major bitterness yet somewhat offset. Good for the Belgian IPA style. The palate needs some time to recover. Dcent drinkability. Orange citrus.Surprising alcohol that hits you later.

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger off white head with poor retention on a amber gold body. nice lacing.

S: floral, orange citrus, black pepper and lots of herbal notes.

T: resiny hops, light citrus, caramel and lightly toasted malts, peppercorn and woody/oak notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: flavorful but not really memorable. pretty drinkable but the odor turns you off a bit. Just not quite belgian enough for me.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, herbal hops, spices, Belgian yeast, and slight banana. Taste is of Belgian yeast and herbal hops up front with a malt finish and a slight banana aftertaste. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer in the flavor department with a great smell that makes for an easy drinking experience.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.41/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20th Anniversary; Belgian style IPA;

Pours a medium to dark orange amber with a thin off white head.

Nose is coffee/carmel , Belgian candi sugar and almost a sweet fig like character.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy and with nice body.

Flavors are complex with a pine bitter and underlying sweet toffee/carmel malt. Sweet front palate to big bitter finish is so fast that the juxstaposition is just too much for my tastes (or the bottle may be suffering since I'm left with the impression that the flavors really want to be "brighter" and "fruitier.")

Gets better and more pleasing as it warms and your palate adjusts to it. Big beer with a very big bitter pine finish.

Candidly, I think this beer was likely better closer to release. (I have notes of having this beer on draft at a Flying Dog tasting during 2010 GABF. I must find notes to compare).

All in all one can tell that this is/was a well made beer.

Conclusion: 2/2011 is simply too late for this one.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sort of the flagship beer for these guys, this one is everywhere, but somehow I missed it until now. thick like all the flying dog beers are, this one is well hoppy, but more bitter hops meets mildly red malt, and its not a totally perfect fusion, but the Belgian yeast helps them be more cohesive. I like the creamy feel and the bitterness, but I don't care for the sharp acidic almost sweetness, or the way this stays filling in my stomach long after just a single beer. the 8.3% is also a little excessive, although I don't think its too forward or interfering with the intended flavors. its in balance, but its just not fantastic. probably overhyped to some extent, and like I always say, still waiting for a flying dog beer that really wows me.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on tap, from a bottle and from a hand pumped cask. All 3 were great, I think that when it came from the cask it was at it's beat though. This beer is a yellow hazy copper color with a fluffy thick head that won't quit. Te aromas of Belgian yeast are beautifully mixed with citrusy and piney hops. The flavors are a delightfully hoppy experience that dingles your tongue. This beer rocks!

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, props to Flying Dog for some cool packaging for this beer... funny name, and great artwork on the label, plus this beer is damn good! Pours a light golden color.. plenty of ascending bubbles. Nice head as well. Taste is medium to light-bodied.. nice sweetness to it. Very hoppy but its balanced out, has the typical Belgian yeasty sort of taste to it. Nice smooth finish.. for being a strong ABV beer not too harsh at all either, but it will definitely hit you after one. Nice pick for a 6 pack (plus iI paid only $7.99 for it, which is great for an 8%+ beer).

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It's cloudy golden orange in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. There is no visible carbonation.
S: There are aromas of earthy and citrus hops in the nose along with some hints of yeast. Smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but isn't quite as strong and has some complexity with flavors of grapefruit, spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and is extremely smooth. Not much carbonation is evident, but this is likely a result of it having been pumped from a cask.
D: It wasn't too difficult to drink this beer because the alcohol was well masked. I would definitely try this again if I saw it on cask because it was silky smooth.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am becomming a huge fan of these Belgian IPA's. So much flavor, complexity, power, and art... I think I just shead a tear.

Raging Bitch begins with a medium copper-amber tone, nearly sparkling clarity, and some sediment (kinda odd). Being both Belgian and hoppy, I expecte a thick, froathy, and billowing head but instead, it's only slightly above average and with good lacing.

Aromas of vinous Belgian spices and esters hit at the same time as the citrusy American hops- a complete competition from the word 'go'. Peaches, appricots, and pineapples start the ester profile while orange zest, grapefruit, and pine resins represent the hop contengency. Spices of white pepper, curraco, and corriander give a lot zip to nose (like it needed it?!)

Flavors are a direct transition from the nose. In one sip, there's the Belgian berries, grapes, cherries, earthiness, spicy phenols, and woodsy-musty character. In the next- a dry hoppy American crispness with great attenuation and power. These seem to alternate with each sip, allowing new flavors to emerge as the beer warms. Complex to say the least.

Bitter-sweet and honey suckle up front with medium textures and sweet bread maltiness. Fading nicely inot a dry, warming, and evaporative whisper of a beer. The beer has the best of both worlds: dry from Belgian alcohols and attenuation and dry from hoppy crispness.

In the end, the beer favors more American influences than Belgian. I'd prefer more assertion in the foam, head, and carbonation catagories. I'd also like to see more Belgian yeast character with aged cork-like attributes. But the American hops are spot-on with this kind of beer. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle at Aviator's in DIA, just as the Broncos are sealing the deal.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, frothy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some thorough sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it displays some very stubborn retention.

It smells of orchard fruit, grainy pale malt, earthy, mildly funky yeast, white pepper, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is sharp Belgian yeast, gritty pale malt, a touch of biscuity caramel, a small isolated funkiness, earthy and piney hops, and a sneaky warming alcohol.

The carbonation exhibits a seemingly high number of volumes, in its solid like a brick wall frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and actually fairly smooth. It finishes semi-sweet, and yeasty, the alcohol finding some sand in which to jam its head.

An enjoyable and well-made version of the style, the yeast and the hops not colliding, but rather working on their own, towards the common good, a pleasurable whole. Worth seeking out if you're into this sort of thing.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a rocky head that leaves some wispy lace

Smell: Herbaciously hoppy, with floral hops as well as coriander spice

Taste: Opens with a floral citrusy flavor that adds the coriander and herbal elements by mid-palate; after the swallow, the bitterness kicks up a notch or two, and adds a pithy, aspirin flavor to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the better, if not the best, of the regular Flying Dog lineup though it doesn't really have a classic Belgian IPA character; not crazy about the finish, however

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Photo of oline73
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice clear amber with a half finger of off white head trade fades. Smell is full of hops and a bit fruity. More hops in the taste, has an east coast like hop bitterness. There is also a nice fruity note. Good amount of sweetness to balance the hops. There is also some Belgian spice hanging around, but you have to pay attention to not miss it.

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a cloudy, copper color with a two-finger, white head of thick foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit, and yeast. There was a sweet caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of citrus, bubblegum, grapefruit and a sharp roasted malt flavor. Very delicious.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a really nice Belgian IPA.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 70.9% out of 100 with 3,988 ratings
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