Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

very good
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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with bubbles racing up the middle to a massive 2-3 finger foamy white head that had tons of bubbles in it and faded extremely slowly, leaving decent spotty lacing. The head barely budged for a minute and dissipated quite gradually.

Smells of sweet fruit like pear, apple and banana, followed by funky yeast, rusted metal, cardboard, biscuit, herbs, tea leaf, spices like coriander, pepper and light allspice, wet leaves, flowers and light alcohol. The weird metallic odor almost ruined it for me, but the yeast and spices fought back to save the day. The hops were covered up leaving the “IPA” part a non-factor.

Tastes of sweet fruit like pear, apple and banana, some clove, funky yeast, rusted metal, cardboard, biscuit, roasted grains, herbs, tea leaf, spices like coriander, pepper, allspice and maybe some cinnamon, flowers/floral hops and light alcohol. The initial fruit flavors give way to the metal and yeast and it almost tastes skunky and not like a Belgian or BIPA. The hops were very weak and while there is some bitterness, it can’t make up for the tart metallic taste that does not add anything positive to my enjoyment of this brew. The ABV is hidden quite well, but it doesn’t matter because the flavor is not that good.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with very light carbonation, a medium body and a funky metallic aftertaste that is on the dry side. I hope this was just a bad beer, as I don’t think this was meant to be as bad as this brew was tonight. I’ll have to try another one since I like Flying Dog overall.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a 1 finger white head that slowly dissipates into a nice even layer of foam across the top; a moderate amount of lacing throughout the session. The aroma for me is the most enjoyable part of this beer...huge amounts of fruit - banana and warm pear with winter spices; a hint of licorice; sourness from the Belgian Yeast is rounded out by the generous backbone of malted barley; mostly sweet but you can really tell there is a generous amount of hops from the first whiff. Taste is enjoyable - fruity, but I also got a lot of rich flavors out of it, too...cocoa, spice, and earthy hop flavors; leaves behind a mostly sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was a little sharp in my opinion; as a hybrid between two very different styles, I'd like the feel to be a bit smoother rather than have a bite like an IPA/DIPA - personal preference, though.

Overall, an enjoyable, complex brew. With a variety of different elements - sweet, sour, bitter, and rich - it's hard to put a label on it. I've been drinking this for a few years, and have never thought about it as hard as I did tonight. Would definitely recommend, and I'm curious to see where this style goes in the future. Cheers!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into tulip. code on bottle states "106B13".

A: very clear, very bright copper color. slightly off-white head is frothy. retention is good and also plenty of foam left behind.

S: apples and bananas. plenty of esters. a floral hoppiness as well. a little bit of cereal. the esters and fruit dominate the nose for the most part. aroma is more like a Belgian tripel, however the touch of hops is appreciated and necessary.

T: plenty of fruitiness starts things off. pears and kiwi. a chalky bitterness throughout. glad that back bone is there to balance the sweet fruit and also remind the drinker this is a BIPA. finish has both bitterness and fruit. finishes with a pear flavor.

M: moderate amount of carb, medium/full body.

D: a style that is a bit tough to hit, at least in my opinion, flying dog does a pretty good job here. I gotta say this is definitely one of their more enjoyable brews and worth picking up.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter glass, colour is a bright, slightly amber, gold, produced a slight creamy white head. Good retention and really nice lacing, nice carbonation.

Smell has strong hop notes upfront, plenty of green, somewhat herbally, nutty notes. Bready malt underpins this. Some fresh and fruity yeast notes also. Quite light and lively.

Taste has a heavy malty feel with a strong herbal hoppiness. Some yeast (green apples) but more on the hopped side, a ton of bitterness. A bit of a smoky oiliness, maybe a bit salty. Aftertaste is really dry, and quite bitter.

Mouthfeel has a rolling soft carbonation, pretty big, oily, bitter body. It leaves a coating as it goes down, on the brash side for sure a lot of sharpness, but pleasing, a bit heady with the alcohol but neatly disguised by the hops.

Certainly quite interesting, but it seemed to have a couple loose ends, some of the belgian style eventually shines through behind the strong hop character. Interesting take, but I think some of the other examples of this style are more balanced and more interesting. Definitely pleasant to drink though.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle bought at the brewery into a FD tulip. Orange/amber color with some haze. Nice off white head dissolves to a thin film with some clumps of foam floating on surface. Nice lacing and legs, with the high abv.
Smell was a funky- barnyard thing , I guess from the belgian style (?) with some citrus hops in the background.
Taste - impressive with sweet biscuity malt quickly followed by more powerful hops bite and a lingering bitterness I favor in IPAs. As it warms there's definitely booze along with complexity here .
Feel- good medium /full body that coated the tongue. Carbonation is also there which made for a nice balance
Overall- very nice IPA which I will definitely look for again . Price is good at $10 a sixer

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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