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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

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Added by BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of BethanyB
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Excellent clarity allows the medium Amber body to shine. The head is interesting in that it's slightly dark for the style--a lovely, golden beige. It's remarkably smooth and creamy, and stays put at a finger-and-a-half height. When the glass is empty, sporadic, webbed lacing is left in the beer's wake.

Smell: The mixture of hops is is bright and fragrant. Sweet citrus scents (tangerine, mostly) are laced with the aromas of pine needles and honeysuckle. There is also an undertone of rich earthiness bearing notes of vanilla bean. Complex and compelling.

Taste: Hop bitterness and flavor are so well balanced, they almost cancel each other out. A bit more of one or the other would be beneficial. Still, the flavor is tasty, with fresh orange juice, herbal tea, and that aforementioned hint of vanilla sandwiched between flashes of medium-high hop bitterness. Grainy malt is prominent in the finish, and it combines with the hop bitterness and vanilla extract to create a very light whiskey flavor. The caramel sweetness often found in this style isn't present, but there is a warm, buttery quality that provides some comfort food satisfaction.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and slightly creamy, with medium carbonation. An ideal mouthfeel for a beer which sits in-between the crisp and refreshing beers and those more suitable for careful sipping. The alcohol warming is moderate, working well to point out those stronger flavors without distracting from the hop and malt highlights.

Overall: A darker, earthier Imperial IPA than what I'm used to, but a change is always welcome in my book, and the recipe is a good one. However, the flavor, while complex, is a little light, and the hop bitterness is not strong enough to serve as an explanation as to why. The maltiness in the finish is a unique and welcome quality, but a bit more melanoidin sweetness would help to round things out.

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Photo of melza
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Psg5062
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Fellysmarts
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jtnord
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jacobseyb
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangy-amber with a slightly off white head that laces nicely and dissipates rather slowly. Aroma is nice and spicy as it should be with ample citrusy hops backing up the spice. Taste is again spicy and citrusy. Feel is crisp and light bodied, with a slightly oily finish. Overall drinkability is good, I'll definitely have a few more of this Belgian IPA.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a dark golden color with excellent clarity and a billowing, thick, off-white two finger head. Decent retention and a loose, sticky lace.

S - Aroma is a bit fruity with hints of clove, banana, and a citrusy-orange hop presence. Some toasted malt character as well.

T&M - Relatively subtle hop presence well balanced with the malt character of this brew. Citrus hop notes are on the fruity side, paired with a fruity phenolic character. Lighter carbonation with a full bodied feel; leaves a slight dryness and medicinal flavor on the palate.

O - Decent brew, not quite sure how "Belgian" this is...feels a bit muddled at times. Not bad, but so many better IPA's out there, Belgian or not.

-re-reviewed 3/22/11, partly because I forgot that I had already had this, and partly because I know so much more now then I knew then

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Photo of ohyayitstrey
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of CharlatanSin
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Stag's Head, NYC. Curious about the brewery's take on the style, which I'm starting to get into.

A: Looks like a little bit of heaven in my tulip. A clear dark amber, with a big, foamy white head. That head just will not go away, and leaves major league lacing throughout.

S: The first thing I notice is the Belgian yeast, with the tart spiciness it imparts. The hops are strong and primarily floral. A little citrus maybe. The malt counterbalance is nice and bready. An excellent, complex aroma.

T: The taste is very good, though it didn't floor me the way the smell did. The hops take a bit more of a distinct citrus edge. The malt takes a much bigger role than in the nose, and it's a bit sweeter. The yeast imparts a strong sweetness as well. I was surprised to see the high ABV when I started my review, as the booze is completely hidden.

M/D: Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Lowish carbonation. Overall, an extremely nice beer from Flying Dog. I'm not super familiar with the style, but it's one I see myself wanting to get more acquainted with.

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Photo of dbell23
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RPH2327
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of brewtalthrone
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of thebrood1987
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At first it smells like that clove/spice Belgian yeast smell. Then when you give it a swirl you really get that citrus almost pine like smell which all together smells like a forest. The taste is even better with that Belgain yeast taste at the beginning reminiscent of Dogfish Head's Raison Detre but then sweet in the middle and the citrus hop bitterness on the back. Normally I'm not really a fan of the Belgian style because all you really taste is the fruity clove like yeast that dominates all the other flavors. Where this has that taste but mixed in real nicely with my favorite American IPA taste. This beer actually makes me like Belgian beers more just like the Raison Detre made me like it better because of that added sweet roast malt with the raisons. It has a nice candy malt sweetness to it as well that mixes in with all the flavors perfectly. The mouthfeel is awesome too because it has that thicker rich like malt taste that you'd get in well crafted higher alcohol beers. Definitely worth the price especially because your getting a 6 pack of a higher alcohol beer. Also, the alcohol is very well hidden. All in all my favorite Belgian beer I've ever head and that's mostly because of the subtle but well mixed Belgian yeast taste with those awesome citrus American hops.

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Photo of allentownpaguy
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of porters4life
3.19/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hyoung41
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Mr_Pink_152
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of everlong353
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of JArt
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4,009 ratings
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