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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark copper with a frothy half inch cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving sheets of thin lacing.

Resin, pine, and belgian yeast esters form the initial aroma. Fresh cut grass, pineapple, tangerine, and candi sugar add complexity. One strange combo of yeast esters and hop fruitiness! There's a bit of belgian yeast funkiness present, accompanying floral hop notes at the finish.

Pine, pineapple, tangerine, and mango form the initial flavor, slightly sweet, but becoming bitter at the resiny, dry finish. There's a bit of toasted, bready malt that hits mid palate. It's like fruit cocktail meets resin. Hard to tell which esters are from yeast. Grapefruit and peach emerge late.

Body is moderate, with carbonation a touch high, and significant alcohol warmth. Slight astringency is present.

Interesting brew. I think the recipe must've changed over the years. Don't recall so much tropical fruit character. Bitterness is a bit too much for my palate, but love the flavor overall. I'll tolerate the bitterness for the flavor complexity.

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Photo of Mack
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite breweries for consistently good suds. 12oz single for $2.25 at The Beer Store in Nashua, NH. Code 151A13 printed on the front label. Served cold in a tulip.

A: A hard pour gives 1/2" of frothy white foam that settles after a minute or so to a stable meniscus and a single clump of large bubbles that clings to the glass. Mostly clear, coppery orange brew.

S: Light crisp candy malty sweetness and a nice mix of soft citrusy and citrus rind hops. Smells just like sour apricots, or the part of a peach right next to the pit. Very nice, salivagenesis ensues.

T: Super pungent bitter hop slams the palate with hardcore bitter apricot stuff, leaving a strong grassy hop aftertaste that lingers for quite a while. Tastebuds are slaughtered with IBUs, I can't believe this is only 60IBU (according to FD's website). The malt body plays a small supporting role, providing just enough body to support the hop, with a little of it lingering in the finish to keep that balanced as well. Also some mango, pineapple, tropical type stuff going on in there, especially when belching. Moderate peppery alcohol heat, but the hop dominates it and keeps it under control, so it's almost a positive.

M: Crisp clean body with just a bit of viscosity. A little EtOH heat present in the finish, but not offensive. Good carbo.

O: Delicious. I REALLY REALLY love the combo of Belgian yeast with citrusy American hops. Phenomenal combo, somewhat similar to what I've done with some of my homebrews (saison yeast, wheat, citrusy US hops).

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Photo of Rn2Ln3Tn4
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Narkiboy
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of HippieHops
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of terence
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Bnoise11
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from glass into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades relatively fast to leave a good level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big of herbal and citrus grapefruit hops. Mixed with these are lighter notes of a bready smell as well as some faint tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and mango as well as some flavors of a bubblegum like smell.

Taste- The taste begins with a bready quite malty flavor. Mixed with these flavors there are some flavors of a mango and tangerine sweetness. There is also a hop flavor of a more herbal nature in the initial tastes that bring a moderate hop flavor to the tongue. As the taste advances the fruit flavors remain relatively constant while the hop flavor grow more intense with a grapefruit flavor soon overwhelming the herbal and becoming the dominant hop flavor. At around this time a light yeasty flavor also comes to the tongue In the end this grapefruit hop is rather potent, but in many ways fits the tropical fruit flavors rather well to leave a nice bitter and fruity flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the creamier and thicker side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both are very nice for the style and match the hop and fruit/malt profile nicely.

Overall – This is a fairly nice yet easily drinkable imperial IPA with a good blend of hop and fruit flavors.

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Photo of supermeniscus
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Filthyfloor
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -43%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of Seaba
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of NIURicky
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: This beer poured a huge head that reduced a little, but for the most part is still there. It is a pale orange color with great clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass. Crazy lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: pineapples, mangos, spicy yeast, bready and caramel notes, and some citrus.

Taste: Same as above, some lingering bitterness from all the citrus hops too. Very tasty BIPA.

Mouthfeel: Super smooth, medium bodied, medium carbonation, and very drinkable.

Overall: I love this beer. Pretty good and I am very happy with it. Looking for more in the future.

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Photo of Adkins1203
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of TheLevi4000
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Matt73
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12. fl. oz. bottle no.151A138. Sampled on February 25, 2013.

It is an attractive looking beer with a medium amber tone, copper, like a brand new penny, busy carbonation and a lingering off-white head. That gets a high mark.

The aroma has as touch of Belgian sugars and yeast, banana, and bubblegum.

The body is medium but there is a considerable acidity going on which makes it a little sharper on the palate.

The taste drops hints that it is a Belgian style IPA with the pale malts, banana, and bubblegum (like the aroma) and moderate hop bitterness lingering on at the finish. But there is something rather off about it. It has this graininess or something I cannot quite define. It looked and smelled good but it slipped on the taste.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,948 ratings.
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