Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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89
very good
3,947 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
Ratings:
3,947
Reviews:
1,157
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
Wants:
160
Gots:
1,054
For Trade:
3
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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 11/20/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear orange amber color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange zest, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, light pine, caramel, bread, light bubblegum, and floral/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, lemon zest, clove, pepper, banana, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, light bubblegum, and floral/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, clove, pepper, banana, caramel, bread, floral, grass, pine, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, smooth, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Belgian IPA style. All around great balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap from the home kegerator. Nothing like that. Poured many, many times into a Raging Bitch goblet obtained during a Rustico glassware giveaway.

Pours a moderate golden color with quite a bit of haze and a nice white head along with oodles of sticky lacing. The nose brings some fresh Belgian yeast with a bit of white pepper and spice. Strong floral hops mix in well. The taste is a bit spicy with mild fruit and a decent amount of bitterness, though not too much. Feel is a medium body with good carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a really nice example of the style.

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

Poured into bells tulip.

Pours a fairly large amount of head, about 3 fingers of beige color. Fades down quite a bit. A decent amount of fizzy lace left. Color is a clear golden copper.

Aroma: A lot of spice notes right up front. Coriander and orange peel show the most. Some yeast shows with a bit of floral earthy hops. This beer is all around an earthy creation. Almost a hint of funkiness shows.

Taste: Wow, the hops show way more in the taste as compared to the nose. This thing is packing a ton of floral, earthy hops. Some orange peel shows again with more of a citrus kick packing. Lots of yeast flavors show with some Belgian traits. Spice notes as well. This beer surprisingly brings a lot of alcohol with it. The abv is high, but still shocking for the style.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, creamy, and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends dry and spiced with a hint of alcohol showing in the aftertaste.

Overall, the beer is pretty decent for its style. It is lacking a few things and the abv shows too much for me. I think it is a decent brew from flying dog, but nothing I would go crazy for to have again. Decent drinkability if I can get by the alcohol showing.

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Photo of nickfl
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with two fingers of white head on top of an copper-amber body with excellent clarity. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Spicy, pine hop notes are backed by some pineapple. Peppery yeast augments the hop character and is balanced by lightly toasty malt.

T - Strong spicy hops up front with lots of pine character. Peppery yeast flavors compliment the hops in the middle along with toasty malt. Finishes with more pine hop character as well as a bit of pithy grapefruit and caramel malt that is balanced by moderate bitterness. Lingering bready malt and spicy yeast as well as tobacco like hops.

M - Smooth, medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a relatively dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable, it has a nice hop character and crisp dryness. There is some belgian yeast character here, but not a whole lot. Just a bit of peppery character that compliments the pine hops. The dryness is the most Belgian aspect of the beer, which leaves it feeling like a dry IPA with a strong malt flavor. This makes for an enjoyable beer, but the dry toasted malt becomes cloying after a while and I really prefer the bright, tropical character that I get in some other examples of the style.

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Photo of oberon
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like many I have been left wanting on alot of Flying Dog brews but this had me wanting MORE!Poured into a small tulip glass a brilliant golden with a sticky one finger white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled slowly into a creamy froth,excellent.Aromas to me are full of Simcoe goodness,grapefruit rind really takes the forfront,slight yeasty notes but the american hop profile wins the day.The palate is full of citric,oily, hop,ever so slight phenolic spice actually lends well to the big American hops,some peppery notes come in as the beer warms.Easily my favorite of the style to date,not to yeasty and or medicinal,a true mix of American hop,and Belgian yeast,a great beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jlindros
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Love many of the Flying Dog beers, and love most Belgian IPAs if done right, but if they're not done right they can be pretty bad. Hopefully this is a good combination of good brewery and good style.

A: Creamy 1 finger head covering a very clear golden orange pink hue color.

N: Nose has a very fresh spicy wet hop bite! I mean like it was freshly hopped yesterday with tons of fresh musty wet hop aromas. Some light Belgian malt aromas. Some pine and citrus as well. I think this might be too hopped for a Belgian IPA.

T: Much better, a strong Belgian malt and some Belgian sugar sweetness hits first this time. Then more bitter hops hit with more fresh musty wet hop flavors as well. It starts to build with more bitter hop flavors and pine and citrus lightly. Some spicy flavors as well. Hints of malty boozy taste, but lightly. The spicy and heavy hops just way overpower any of the actual Belgian aspects after the first .5 seconds of the first sip and no more Belgian.

M: Semi thick with quite a bit of carbonation.

F: Very bitter again, too bitter for a Belgian IPA. Dries off quite a bit as it bitters, way over the top bitter. Spicy flavors and some lingering malt flavors.

This beer would be a great AMERICAN IPA, but not Belgian. For a Belgian IPA it needs to be a lot more subtle on the hop bitterness and much less aggressive. I'm not sure why they even call this a Belgian IPA. This shows how Americans can take styles too far. Flying Dog I love most of your beers, but this is just too far!

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in pint glass. Pours a crystal-clear attractive orange-amber with a light tan head that has moderate retention.

M - medium body and carbonation; smooth

S - aroma is floral and spicy, but with ample hops.

High ABV evident in aroma; less so in taste
Noticeably similar to a hoppy barleywine {mellows nicely with some aging}.

O: Like some Belgian brews, and many "Belgian style" brews, I find this beer a bit too spicy.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 1/27/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a dark amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of floral hops, some Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts with a harshly strong bite of hops bitterness. Then a caramel and citrus sweetness comes in along with an odd-tasting Belgian yeast breadiness. The malt character is hearty. The hops presence eventually pulls everything together somewhat, but there doesn't seem to be much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, not the best representation of style, there are definitely better beers in the style that I would pick before this one.

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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Served on tap @ Kloby’s Smokehouse (Laurel, MD) on5/5/12. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of sudsy bright-white head. This maintains some frothy edging, leaving back foamy lacing that quickly slides down the sides of the glass. The Belgian qualities of the aroma jump right out, with spice and fruity esters that mix in with a fresh floral feel, bitter smelling grapefruit, and a light sticky mix of tropical fruit and malt across the back. There is also a soft underpinning of heat to this but it isn’t too bad.

The taste is fresh hop character throughout, with bitter grapefruit that is softened a bit on the edges by herbal and light tropical fruit flavors while a gentle biscuit feeling malt presence sits along the back of the profile. The Belgian influence is really felt more in the finish here though, with spice and an estery feel that lingers with some sharp bitter pith on the tongue. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and a bit sharp on the tongue, with a firm creaminess along the back of the throat. There is a little warmth here to the body but it mostly just emboldens the hops and spice, as a slick oily undercurrent to the feel helps keep this smooth.

I had been hearing good things about this Flying Dog effort and found them to be mostly true! This has a nice balance to it between those bold American hop flavors and Belgian yeast notes that kept them quite complimentary to each other. This drank nicely for the bigger size here as well. I’ll be returning to this.

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

Photo of mactrail
3.23/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sharp and startling bitter ale. The color is a classic amber color in the chalice. Nice foam and richly carbonated on the tongue. Quite bitter and hopped up. Hot with alcohol. A thin, almost harsh mouthfeel. So woody and astringent. Nose of honey, for some reason. Clear, clean, and like a bullet. Really sharp, it's beyond tangy. 60 IBU on a light body.

I'd call it an IPA with some Belgian flavors. But it's a wilder IPA than a lot of the pack. Apparently they jiggled a bottle enough for Ralph Steadman to notice and pontificate about it. 12 oz bottle from Best Damn beer store in San Diego.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Appearance: Pours out an amber-hued, clear body with a goodly sized, clumping, white head.

Smell: Faintly sweetish accents to the pale, bready malts followed by a splash of brandy and whiff of aromatic cloves. Then, it's time for the hops with a vibrant citrusy fruitiness and floral, grassy hints.

Taste: Simple, sweet opening with pale malts rounded out with a light breadiness. Abundantly bitter and hoppy, with full tastes of lemons, tangerines, and white grapefruit with marked grassiness. Minuscule astringency. Spicy ground clove character. Hint of white grape-flavored bubble gum arrives rather late. Remains firmly bitter for the dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: For all of the alcohol and IBU's within, it goes that fairly smooth. While Horn Dog and the seldom seen Barrel-aged Horn Dog still remain the Best of Show winners for me, this new Raging Bitch surely deserves a ribbon of its own.

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Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my otter Creek shaped pint glass. Poured amber with a slight orange hue and a foamy thick white head. The head had pretty good retention and left moderate lacing on the glass.

The aroma is full of Belgian yeast spiciness and hops. It has a good amount of citrus and pine mixed with a spicy almost peppery herbal yeast flavor. It also has a nice malty breadyness coming through a bit as well.

The taste is hoppy with a pretty strong citrusy grapefruit, pineapple and pine flavor coming through. It finishes with some of the Belgian yeast spiciness that gives it a little something extra. There is also a fairly strong malty backbone to it that lends a slight caramel sweetness to the beer.

Drinkability is good, it was a very nice beer and maybe the best of this style I have had. That said, personally I really don't care for the Belgian yeast flavor in an IPA. This would have been an excellent IPA without the Belgian yeast that I might have enjoyed even more. But that's just my personal taste, still a very good example of the style.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Not only is life a bitch, but it is always having puppies."

--Adrienne Gusoff

Shiny kumquat orange with multiple slow moving streams of fine bubbles that eventually disappear into the underside of a thick chunk of pale khaki colored foam that does not have a Belgianesque look. It does, however, have glacier-like rockiness that is visually appealing.

American hops and Belgian yeast is a splendid combination. The former includes Warrior, Columbus and Amarillo. The latter was named 'El Diablo' by the brewery. In any case, the combination of tropical fruitiness (orange and pink grapefruit) and spicy esteriness is all kinds of enjoyable.

Raging Bitch's flavor falls a little short of its nose in terms of awesomeness. It's still good beer... that was undoubtedly better beer right after the release. It doesn't taste worn out, though, just less vibrantly hoppy than it almost certainly was several months ago.

More pale malt and less crystal malt would have given the hops and yeast even more of the flavor spotlight. The Amarillo hops, in combination with generous alpha acids, might lead some BAs to think that this offering tastes like orange-flavored children's chewable aspirin. It does, a little, but not so much as to be offputting.

More than 5 months of age or not, this Bitch is still Raging. It tastes and feels like most of the original 60 IBUs are still present. The alcohol is nicely masked too. Warming releases even more peppery and clove-like phenols. What a mouth party this is turning out to be!

The mouthfeel is more 7.0% IPA than 9.0% DIPA. It's plenty big enough, however, and has a glassy smoothness that falls just short of slick and slightly oily. Peppy carbonation fits the rest of the attributes (and the name) to a 'T'.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA is Flying Dog's second best beer. Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale is the best. It's a humdinger of an ale that is a few tweaks away from being amazing. Here's hoping this 20th anniversary brew becomes a year-round release.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Beer Tracker in an in-person trade, cheers to Jeff for his generosity! I believe this my First beer from these guys since they moved to MD. I do like the label art

Pours a super effervescent apricot with a pinky of sand colored head. Great head retention & average lacing

S: Pineyness & lemons in abundance, some green apple

T: Follows the nose, some green apple skins as well, plus breadyness & some booze warmth up front. More citric hops on show as this warms. some green apple & hay as well. Finishes somewhat dry, grainy with much grapefruit. Deducting .5 for straying pretty far off style, but I do like this

MF: Medium bodied, creamy & soft carbonation

Drinks very easy, abv is well hidden, I do find the Belgian aspects of this a bit restrained. Still a winner

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,947 ratings.
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