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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4,045 Ratings
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%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boatshoes
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this and a few others up at the Grape and Gourmet in VA Beach while doing an art show with my folks. Great shop too by the way!

Appearance- Pours a bronzed gold out of the bottle with a very massive and creamy looking two fingers of just slightly off white head. Very good head retention with a solid amount of lacing left behind. Head gradually dies back to a sheet across the top.

Smell- Lots of pungent grapefruit oriented hops right off the bat. Fruitier than I was expecting but in a good way. I also pick up some grassy notes, a little bit of mustier smelling hops, and maybe even the slightest bit of yeastiness as well.

Taste- Again, starts off hop forward with lots of grapefruit and orange cream. I get the grassiness again as well with almost a touch of grain mid palate as well. Still something eluding me a little bit, which I think almost come across as some fruity ester like qualities.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and creamy and despite being 8.3%, this beer went down really easy.

Overall, I was surprised by how much I liked this beer. I'm not a huge fan of the standard Flying Dog lineup (I do like Gonzo and BA Gonzo), but this one impressed me with its flavorful palate and drinkability.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.42/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Raging Bitch poured amber, with a thick pillowy head that left sticky lace on the glass. The color was a tad light, but this was otherwise a very good-looking ale.

Surprisingly citric aroma popped during the pour and was sustained throughout. The smell was awesome. The flavor was also very good, with a great balance of sweet caramel and citric hops. The feel was bitter and aggressive--it shredded the mouth. The high alcohol content snuck up and provided a warm finish to the remarkably easy bitter drink.

I don't get Belgian from Raging Bitch. it's wonderfully citric, aggressive, and bitter. It stacks up well against most American Double IPAs. To me, that's a very good thing and was a pleasant joyful surprise.

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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

I did not love this. No subtlety to the flavor and you can really taste the high ABV. I do, however, love Flying Dog's labeling and general attitude towards the world, so I'll continue buying their beer, just not the Raging Bitch.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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

Poured the 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a nice clear, dark orange body with a nice one inch head that left a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was dominated by the yeast & hops. The taste was interesting you get the belgian yeast first then the bitter hops. The drinkability is good, its a crisp, clean beer that is easy to drink. The alcohol is masked very welland you would never guess that the ABV is that high. I enjoyed drinking the beer. It was something different but it was enjoyable.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a reddish-amber color with a thin but confident cream head. Looks like is has some decent carbonation here...

Smells like a Belgian...it's got some funk to it. Crusty bread, candy sugar, grapefruit, sweet-tarts, crackers, orange peel and damp earth. There is also a medicinal quality to the beer, and somewhat of a pollen note.

The taste is average...a bitter bite to it, hedged off by some caramel sweetness and sugary syrup flavors. It tastes a bit weak in the middle...a bit watery, but not without body. Some alcohol bite to it, but that is mostly hidden. I do, however, love the Belgian yeast addition to this beer. It is a stronger flavor than some others in this category, and much more rich.

I'm drinking this one a little cooler than room temperature...it may open up as it warms some. But, overall, this is a decent beer...one that is drinkable, for sure...and an interesting hybrid...I love the idea of blending the Belgian style with the overly hopped American IPAs...so, for this attempt, Flying Dog has done a pretty good job.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear. Slight head. Amber colored.

Smell: Smells sweet. No hop aromas evident.

Taste: Nice balance between estery funkiness and hop flavors. Not too bitter. A nice beer!

Mouthfeel: Best part of this beer. Medium bodied with a slight twinge from the carbination. Well done

Drinkability: I will have this one again!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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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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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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