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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

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 1,138 | Ratings: 3,864
Photo of Patrick999
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from the 750ml corked and caged commemorative edition. Cage fits quite loosely, but upon trying to pull the cork out, I realized I didn't have to worry. I had to ask the wine Rabbit for assistance with this one; it wouldn't budge. When I finally extracted the cork. Pours like a darker-gold double IPA into my tulip glass, with a bunch of foam that sticks well. The Bitch is a looker. A couple decent-sized floaties are stuck in the foam, though, or else it'd be a 5.

Hop aroma here (and it's pretty much all hop aroma) is mainly dank, flinty skunk weed. Good.

Well, this is a showcase of weed-y, citrus American hops. More American Extra IPA-ish than anything else, in my opinion. The only nods to Belgian-ness I get here are a slight peppery character and a little residual sugar (candi sugar)? Reminds me more than a bit of Stone Cali-Belgique, but the emphasis here is on the Cali part. Tastes like a good IPA fermented with a not terribly aggressive Belgian yeast.

Feel does not approximate the luxurious softness of something like Houblon Chouffe, but it's a pretty strong effort for an American take on this style.

This is an excellent beer, probably Flying Dog's best. I won't rate this as highly as some of you, but I understand why it is getting rave reviews. If you like just a little Belgian-ness in your IPA, this is your beer.

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Photo of meatyard
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yeast induced hazy and deep amber with a steady but not heavy carbonation stream. The head is large and off-white with nice lacing and decent retention.
The smell starts off with lemon hoppiness followed by the Belgian yeast and a pleasant spiciness.
The taste starts with the earthy yeast and malt with a clove spice and ends with the citrus and a dose of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is right in the middle with more than adequate carbonation and not drying.
Drinkability is good, easy to finish though not a quick drinking beer. This one seems to really hit the major points for the style though not necessarily dead on. It's a good beer from FD and worth a try especially if the style interests you.

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours a golden orange color, with a good two finger tan head. Decent lacing, good retention. Nose is very much belgian yeast and bitter hops. Taste is bold hops, but balanced out in the middle by caramel malts and just a twitch of belgian flavors. Dry finish with a hint of alcohol. Medium body and carbonation. Good drinkability for 8.00 ABV, won't finish the 6pk in one sitting but it will get finished. A great limited release offering from Flying Dog. If you have the chance, get your hands on some before this dog runs off.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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 BeerLover729
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours a clear dark amber with a pillow topped head. Toasty amber malt aromas sneak through the dank, earthy, hop stink that plumes off of this nuclear IPA. Hop flavor dominates, but is propped up grainy maltiness. A light citrus character and a deep "purple" earthiness that're indicative of Amarillo, fill all corners of the palate and are chased by pleasant alphaic acid bitterness. A crisp light medium body delivers round lingering hop wonderfulness throughout the mouth. For an 8% and change abv beer with 60 IBU's Raging Bitch is dangerously drinkable. This beer epitomizes the class of beers we, in America, call IPAs, Belgian Style IPAs, Double IPAs. Whatever we call these hoppy ales they're awesome and this one is one of the best.

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Photo of Brenden
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The main difference in this beer is the appearance, so this is mostly the same as my on-tap review with that distinction.

The color is a coppery amber. A good pour produces a head thicker, denser and more compact than I got on tap. It sits the whole way down and leaves sticky lacing all over.
There's plenty going on in the smell. Floral hops with a citrus note sit up front, strongly complemented by caramel malts with just bit bit of sweetness that isn't overbearing. The Belgian yeasts add another nice complement. There's a note of grains underneath as well.
There's even more going on in the flavor. All of the above is in here, though more strongly, with citrus and resiny pine working in unison and perfect balance with the malts. The yeast makes for a fuller flavor. Also along with the zesty citrus is a softer, sweeter fruit note that really works with the hops bitterness.
The alcohol is well masked.
A nice balance of smooth and crisp is all over the palate in this one, with a pretty rich feel. The body is medium and carbonation is light to moderate.
I haven't had all that much from Flying Dog, but this is the best I've had from them. I'm trying it from the bottle later.

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Photo of ocmpoma
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured out a clear golden orange with little head but good lacing on the way down.

S- very interesting aroma - this is my first Belgian-style IPA. It's a great mix of Belgian fruitiness and the IPA tang.

T- taste was as good as the aroma, although I was expecting just a bit more. Still quite good, though, a smooth mixture of fruit and tang.

M- The mouthfeel was also quite good, especially considering the ABV. Balanced and even a bit mellow on the finish.

D- Definitely different from other higher-abv IPAs I've had; not sure if I've developed the taste for it yet... perhaps I'll have to drink some more of them...

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Photo of thedindaniel
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip, about two fingers of white head with a transparent copper colored body.

Smells of citrus and honey but the scent that I like the most is that of the Belgian yeast. The taste is very bitter on the front of the tongue with a nice malt back-bone, but the strong citrus scents don't translate on to the tongue. I'm not always a fan of such malty IPA's but it works nicely here. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, very refreshing. Drinks very easy for an IPA that weighs in over 8%.

Great representation of the style, just wish it was regularly available, would easily be a six pack that I often keep in stock.

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Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep honey gold with 2-finger head. Good retention and nice thick lacing.

Strong grapefruit with a pretty strong honey sweetness in the nose. Sugar and ripe plum round things out.

Hops attack right up front. Some fruit presence midway through, but the hops jump right back in and take over the finish. Incredibly dry and tart on the back end. Grapefruit, a little tart apricot, and a nice resiny without being too oily finish. Just a hint of alcohol present.

Feel is very nice. Not overpowering at all. Could have just a bit more malt body for my taste, but I think they hit the style pretty well.

Pretty easy drinker for a strong IPA.

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Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich copper color with three fingers of of big, airy foam in my tulip glass.

Aroma is big on the spicy Belgian aromatics. Interestingly, the hops take a back seat to the yeast, but I can definitely sense that they are waiting back to assault my palate.

There they are! As soon as it hits the tongue a big rush of American hop flavors are released. Big time citrus with plenty of pine and spiciness. Yeast contributes a little fruit and a lot of peppery spice. Firm yet clean bitterness along with an extra little bit of carbonation really gives a nice drying finish.

A very nice Belgian-styled IPA. In fact, one of the better American ones out there. I'm thoroughly impressed.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10oz. snifter at Brixies in Brookfield IL

It poured a clear ruby red with a lingering tan head. Heavy lacing stuck to the sides of the glass after each sip.

The aroma is of a strong grassy hop with a muted Belgian character.

A strong grassy floral hop taste which is much stronger than the bottled version I had the previous day. A malt backbone reminiscent of a medium crystal malt. The Belgian character isn't as prominent as I would like in a Belgian IPA.

It has a very smooth bitterness and a high drinkability.

I preferred this version to the bottled version but I was still kind of disappointed. I was hoping for something bigger and bolder.

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Photo of bret27
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Complex, belgian yeast, spices, earthy, coriander? + American hops smelling of oranges and pineapple. Not as in your face w/the hoppiness as a big American IPA.

A: Orange w/excellent lace and crystal clear.

T: Sweet bready malt, berries, earthy, musty, hops are mostly just bittering, but a bit of a floral component in the taste.

M/D: Slick, oily and smooth body. Fairly good balance between belgian and ipa.

Overall: my 3rd of this style. Probably my favorite, but still not my cup of ipa. The other 2 I had were from Great Divide and New Belgium.

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

a: light copper colored ale topped with a thin layer of carbonation that shows nice retention

s: hugely spicy hop nose on a fruity malt body, the grapefruit hop nose blends with Belgian yeasts and spices to create a surprisingly unique aroma, perhaps a bit unrefined but the Amarillo dry-hopping is very distinct and enticing

m: medium-full body, a touch slick, with a lively and moderate level of carbonation

t: monstrous grapefruit hop profile courtesy of the Amarillo dry-hopping rests on a bed of pale and clean caramel malts, fruity yeast with clovey phenols, perhaps a little heavy-handed but a tasty example of the style

d: easy enough, would have another

pint at Galaxy Hut, Arlington

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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 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 jjboesen
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one I had in a 4-ounce pour at Churchkey DC on January 15, 2010. (So, there is no confusion of it being srved at anything but the correct temperture.) It is a translucent, amber colored beer void of any carbonation but very consistent in splotchy lacing.

The nose detects some subtle bubble gum notes; the palate is greeted by some mild hoppiness amid a sweet, brown sugar finish. Nice balance of the hops and the malt. A tad too sweet and a tad too bitter at the end. I honestly can't say that this bitch was raging. Still, I was at Churchkey and my palate was no doubt overwhelmed.

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Photo of deereless
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: From a medium pour comes a hefty dose of thick and fluffy head that sticks around for several minutes, the color falls between copper and peach, as the head drops it shows lots of spots sticking to the sides of the glass - 4.25, S: The nose is very floral and yeasty, some slight citrus and significant bubblegum, mild sweetness as well - 4.25, T: Solid hop bite on the palate, quite earthy and woody, alcohol is noticeable as are the candied sugars, there is also a considerable amount of grapefruit and possibly some honey, finishes dry - 4.25, M: Medium bodied - 3.50, D: Overall a very drinkable beer, sufficient hops to satisfy the hop head in me mixed nicely with the Belgian characteristics - 4.00

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.91/5  rDev -1%
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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Photo of Tombomb
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer had a nice amber color, with a generous head that is nice and thick. Left some lacing on the glass, obvious of the IPA roots.

S: Hops and flowers only a little of the malt come through

T: Interesting. It starts out like a nice belgian, but the hops kick in pretty quickly. I'm not sure I like them together. The after-taste is hoppy and lingering of grapefruit.

M: Nice feel in the mouth. The carbonation is just right

D: Not sure if I like this one or not. I had one and would not follow it with another one. I felt like I needed a different beer or a glass of water after drinking it.

Cool experience, I won't be buying this one again anytime soon.

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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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Photo of sweemzander
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. A confusing bottled date of letters & stuff. . . I think sometime in 2010.

(A)- Pours a clear orange amber color that produced a rather fluffy white head that stayed around for awhile before dissipating. Did leave some thick clumps of lacing behind.

(S)- A spicy yet creamy citrus blend of lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, and orange.

(T)- A bold combination of dry & bitter citrus as found in the smell. Finishes in a lighter corn husk-like sweetness.

(M)- A good carbonation level & balance to it. Not much belgian influence in here, but its still solid. More like a wet-hopped IPA in my opinion.

(D)- A solid IPA that has some good things going for it. Enjoyable hops & citrus. Definitely one of Flying Dogs better offerings.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Bottle poured into a Duvel glass

A: Thick head that has good retention. Dull bronze with hints of red and orange and some obvious carbonation. When held to the light it becomes a fiery bronze, though hazy, with clear carbonation.

S: Powerful smell, mostly of hops. Aromas of pine, bread, and floral scents.

T: Begins with bitter hops and carries way to a bready sweet floral hop finish that continues.

M: Its a heavy beer that does not feel cloying thanks to the heavy carbonation.

D: Though it is heavy and has aggressive hops, this one could be consumed more than one at a time. However, its higher alcohol percentage treads on its drinkability.

Overall: Great beer, without a doubt the best beer Flying Dog has ever done. I'll be the first to admit that I did not enjoy much of their other products. However, this brew has it all in spades. The use of Belgian yeast is certainly present, and unmistakable. However, it does have more hops than the average Belgian IPA, indeed, more aggressive. Thus, it lacks some of the elegance of Belgian IPA's.

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

Poured into an oversize wine glass.

A: Golden amber with good clarity and sprightly carbonation. A soapy cream cap is big and dense. Head retention is excellent and a nice amount of lace is left behind.

S: Quite fruity initially. As my nose lingered, I picked up a strong dose of pepper, anise and black tea. I was prepped for citrus to come out in full force, and was taken aback when only a hint of it showed up.

T: The spicy pepper and anise bitterness dominates, but is moderate rather than overpowering. The oak pine bite adds an extra distinct flavor. Some toasted biscuit rounds things out. The spicy bitterness lingers long after the last sip. Alcohol adds a touch of warmth.

M: The oily and slick body of this beer has a definite heft to it. Carbonation is a bit high.

D: This is a powerful beer that I wouldn't want more than one of in a sitting. One of the best Flying Dog beers I've had to date.

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

Cellar-temp bottle poured into DFH signature glass.

A: Raging Bitch pours a little more sedately than a typical belgian IPA, but it has a nice fluffy, white head that slowly dissipates, leaving haphazard lacing. The beer is pale to medium amber.

S: Not citrusy in the nose, more like peach and apricot. Some spiceness, as well. Simple, but different.

T: Yes, peach and apricot seem pretty accurate. I also detect toasty malt and classic spicey Belgian yeast. The finish is bitter and surprisingly dry.

M: Not as highly carbonated as I would expect, but tight and effervescent enough to allow the flavors to pop. Medium-bodied.

D: Good drinkability. I'm glad I put four bottles of Raging Bitch in the sixer I built today.

Many other reviewers are raving about the sharp citrus of this beer, which I simply didn't get. Maybe I've been hitting the HopSlam a little too hard!

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured in a Belgian-style challis.

A - light amber/orange color with a thick head that settles into a fine collar; nice lacing as it drains

S - strong pungent American hop aroma (Amarillo?) with yeasty esters in the background, the malt is totally lost

T - strong American hop flavors with a modest bitterness on the finish; yeasty esters are strong but still overpowered by the hop; malt is present but is overwhelmed

M - medium to light body, moderate carbonation

D - Overall this is a decent beer, but I don't think I'll be having another. The hops used are varieties that I'm not extremely found of. That said, it's decent, but not outstanding.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.
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