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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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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz. bottle. No freshness date.

Pouring this Belgian-style IPA from Frederick, MD into an Imperial chalice, I can see that Flying Dog has the right attitude. The head is all too easy to coax into rising into a two-finger, peach-colored foamy head. The lacing wants to stick all over the sides of the glass. The deep golden orange body is an enticing sight, but there is a slight haze here which I will mark it down for.

Right out of the bottle one can smell whats coming. As soon as I popped the top, I got a whiff of the lemon zest and pepper spice that characterizes the aroma. The Amarillo dry hopping is what gives this beer its subtle orange smell and the other hops (Warrior and Columbus) help give this a grassy/hay-like hop aroma. The Belgian yeast strain (El Diablo) really helps to push the "Belgian" characteristic, adding what I think is a pepper spiciness. Such a beautiful smell! The malts lay very low, but with some agitation, they really show the drinker their sweet doughy nature.

And considering the malts subtle nature in the aroma, one would not expect the first sip to be so sweet! It is almost candi-like in flavor. Clearly, this is hopped with American varieties since the flavor does show some bold flavors of citrus and fruitiness. The bitterness is easily manageable, even for someone who doesn't like very bitter ales. Where the 60 IBU's really show up is in the aftertaste. The Belgian yeast gives off a nice spice. Could use more bitterness in my opinion for that particular style.

It does have the expansive mouthfeel that I look for in Belgians, but it is not quite as effervescent as I expected. The beer has a medium to full body and is decently carbonated.

While the smell is beautiful and enticing, and the flavor of the beer is not overwhelmingly bitter, it is not quite as boundary-pushing as I wanted it to be. That and the fact that the alcohol is pretty high on this one means that it is easy to polish off a pint, but impossible to drink a sixer. I wouldn't invest in a case, but I might drink it again if I saw it on tap.

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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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3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - golden orange, clear, little head.

S - hops and dark fruit

T - hoppy, grapefruit, banana bread, and you can really taste the belgian yeast.

M - typical of flying dog, it is too watery, not heavy enough, maybe it could be more creamy, definately needs improvement.

D - great drinkability for an 8.3% abv, deceptive even.

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4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful light amber in color, a nice, rocky head starts to build and soon thins, leaving behind nice wisps of lacing. Good head retention as well here.

Smell: Up front I get a nice dose of resinous hop aromas, think Double Dog with a hint of Belgian sugars. The candy/bubblegum aromas peek their head at you here as well. I also get a little bit of banana and some burnt sugar aromas, definetley alot going on here, this ones going to be intense!

Taste: Hops divulge with those Belgian properties almost perfectly, I get alot of grapefruit up front, with bits of yeast elements, a small touch of alcohol, and a slight "smoke" taste mixing in. I don't see this as being "over-hopped" as alot of previous reviews have stated. Keep in mind this is a Belgian IPA being brewed in the United States, and Flying Dog is very good at using hops in any of their beers period. Finish consists of a hint of citrus notes, some candy like sweetness and a slight pepper backdrop.

Mouthfeel: I was worried this would be too carbonated but it is just right! Medium carbonation and nice bitterness from the hops here. Medium bodied makes this perfect to have more then one. Sits on the tongue nicely without getting too wet.

Drinkability: Overall, the best example of an American brewed Belgian IPA to date. It shows off a tremendous American hop profile with that Belgian funk that is expected. Flying Dog did a fantastic job with replicating a real Belgian made IPA that we can all find in the states. Definetley worth grabbing a six pack and trying. I see alot of other American craft brewers following suit with trying to jump on the Belgian bandwagon. Excellent all around!

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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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