Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

very good
1,155 Reviews
Read the review
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 1,155 | Ratings: 3,939
Photo of Kinger22
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark copper color with a thin head. The smell is decent, but lacks a little in hops/fruitiness. It's a rather bitter taste, with some hop profile. Overall, a good - not great - IPA.

 183 characters

Photo of rex_4539
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Slightly hazy amber/red color, no head at all, light carbonation.

S: Very nice aroma. Hops and sweet smell at the same time.

T: Medium hoppy, nice taste, quite drinkable. Leaves a bit bitter aftertaste but much less than an American IPA.

F: Very smooth and balanced.

O: Good beer. Not world-class but I would happily have it again on any occasion.

 354 characters

Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful copper coloration with visible carbonation and a frothy one finger head.

S- The aroma here is no joke, you can smell it from a few feet away from the glass! Tons of hoppy citrus and tropical notes, with some of that Belgian yeasty notes present as well. Very spicy.

T- Follows the nose, with huge citrus flavors and Belgian spices being thrown in. Very nice bitterness at the end. The flavor really packs a punch here, and this beer is not for the faint of heart.

F- Medium carbonation with a light body.

O- Outstanding IPA. This was my first beer from Flying Dog, and it did not disappoint. It really tastes like a cross between a Tripel and an IPA

 667 characters

Photo of lwcreasy
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finger of sticky white head. Striking amber color. Very clear. An alluring pour, without a doubt. The lacing is solid, and a ring remains of the head which took a reasonable amount of time to deteriorate.

Aroma is dense. Hard, smoky/phenolic curtain wraps the nose. The longer the whiff, the more fruity and yeasty qualities emerge. Apple, a unidentifiable tartness, slight spice, and low intensity orange-y aroma from the hops. Biscuit. Is that biscuit? Yes, maybe that, and a bit of toast.

Flavor follows the nose, but is slightly less intense. Vitamin-like phenols are the only marginally grating component, but the breads and biscuits from the malt are quite nice. The fruits are there to a small degree, and for counterpoint, the bitterness howls and rages. The progression of flavors (for me) went something like this: vitamin/phenolic -> pears and apples -> citrusy hops and bitterness -> smoky/phenolic. At least for me, these flavor sensations were nearly stepwise as I drank. Weird, but cool. Aftertaste is smoky and alcoholic.

Beer was simultaneously creamy and sharp, for an interesting contrast. The sooty and warming air that thickened your breath was also a highlight. Body was medium.

Enjoyable show of a beer. Fruit character was a little overshadowed, but I relished the punch this beer was packing.

 1,322 characters

Photo of JakeScully
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Raging bitch is a cool name. I hadn't heard about the beer around these parts. It's good, but having seen numerous time this beer posted here I expected better. As usual for an IPA is both bitter/sweet and extremely fruity. Worth a try.

 236 characters

Photo of BrokenEdge
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a dark copper, with a somewhat thin off white head about one finger. I didn't pick up much Belgian qualities at all in this beer. Smell was floral, tropical fruit, faint pine, clean...typical IPA smells. Taste was more of the same: citrus and tropical fruits (mango, grapefruit, etc) with an underlying level of bready sweetness (possibly from malt or yeast, couldn't quite tell). Finish is slightly sticky and lingering, noticeably bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Felt creamy and smooth going down with a medium body. One of the better local IPAs I've had!

 567 characters

Photo of Beers-es
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear copper with a half-inch of off-white head. Little lacing. Smell is pretty much all bananas and assorted fruity esters from the Belgian yeast I'm guessing. Taste is similar. Not getting the IPA part of this, except for a mild lingering bitterness. Feel is a decent medium. Overall, not a bad beer at all, just not a fan of this particular one.

 361 characters

Photo of Marraybay
2.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Cloudy amber-orange; Good lacing. Not much head; Served in a Chimay goblet.

Smell: Very traditional pine and citrus.

Taste: A little (or a lot) one dimensional writ citrusy pith and bitterness. Not much
else going on here for relief or contrast.

Feel: A bit prickly.

Overall: A bit disappointing. Was hoping for a little more complexity and depth.
Just grapefruit pith bitterness from start to finish. Was wondering once or twice if I would finish in fact.

 474 characters

Photo of importedfromdet
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Pours with a nice thick head that stays Semi opaque orange gold color with lots of carbonation bubbles. A little haziness near the head.

Smells nice and leads you into the type of beer. Very citrusy. fruity, hoppy.

Tastes right off the bat of floral and fruity notes. Citrus. Smooth into a malty and hoppy finish. Clean, smooth. with a full bodied taste/

Feels great in the mouth, thick but leaves the mouth dry.


 454 characters

Photo of dacrza1
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

DATE TASTED: February 20, 2016... GLASSWARE: Duvel oversized tulip... OCCASION: another Blue and Gold dinner well done--congrats to our boy scouts... APPEARANCE: a cyclone of effervescence is unleashed after pouring; a translucent amber orange body... two-finger-thick, uneven, white cloud head settles to a resilient single finger.... sporadic fingers of lacing... AROMA: lemon, grapefruit and orange zest, care of the Amarillo... light, bready air suggests a slight balance... PALATE: surprisingly smooth and creamy--the Belgian influence?--and barely approaching medium-bodied... a tremendously bitter finish... frighteningly drinkable at 8.3%... TASTE: lemon, orange and grapefruit--a trifecta of fruits, with a slight pine undertone... the malts are soft and only negligible... OVERALL: an amped-up Snake Dog, yes--Gonzo? That might need to be reserved for the Imperial Porter... a solid IPA that approaches outstanding, if not for its rather singular profile...

 967 characters

Photo of MojitoCheesecake
4.99/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Floral and pleasant! Very interesting take on the traditional IPA. I also appreciate the ABV percentage. A couple of these will do . Definitely one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Top three.

 190 characters

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, code X118A16, poured into a teku)

L: deep, almost reddish-amber liquid, with a slight haze and much tiny translucent flecks floating about... puts up a rather tall , open-spongy foam that holds momentarily, but ultimately collapses, hardly leaving any sud islands... lil snot trails of lace

S: rich, sweet-citrus core, with notes of tropical fruit, circus peanut, and a nip of peppery spice... the fruitiness is reminiscent of a fruit-scented lip balm, so perhaps some medicinal undertones as well, but it's hardly hot or phenolic... definitely a malty underbelly with a crystal malt edge... overall, vibrant esters and hops and pleasing intensity

T: quite a solid, polished malt base with an almost peach-fruity, yogurt-cream, hoppy shell and sleek booze pop carrying it out... potent, almost puckering, tea-leafy, citrus-peel bitterness lingers and lingers... over-hopped imperial amber with a Belgian yeast?... light candy-like red grapefruit essence later in aftertaste

F: tight, lightly-glassy body with a delicate residual resinous outflow, with the roundness of the crystal malt dextrins lending it a touch of dimension... very appealing dryness that enables me to have 1-2 more

O: some good things (smell, dryness), and some things to be desired... certainly taste the Belgian element of this beer... intensity of hops and alcohol is potent and finely-tuned... it may be a bit too polished on its edges, certainly lacking depth, but it's undeniable that the taste is in your face enough for you to remember it, and I haven't had another beer that tastes all that similar

 1,601 characters

Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up somewhere back east. Perfectly hopped ale, just the right amount of bitterness. Dark gold with creamy head,mildly hopped, smooth with a dry finish

 163 characters

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a finger of head. The nose is surprisingly citrusy and not at all funky. The flavor profile has very mild Belgian funkiness. The hop profile is not terribly aggressive but the dry finish is still quite nicely done.

 243 characters

Photo of Sabtos
2.99/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden brown hue, with a short, fizzy head.

Banana and clove on the nose, where the "Belgian" inspiration is most prevalent.

The taste is where the hops jump out and startle you. It's like a hoppy tripel.

It's intriguing at first, but then it just becomes a bitter barrage. Tripels can already be pretty harsh if not perfected, and with the addition of hops, which have their own harshness if not properly restrained, it's a little overwhelming. I can see this having a niche audience of avid fans at some point.

 523 characters

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

...sorry but I just don't know why this beer is called a "Belgian"-Style IPA. The look is so great. Amber, yet like Bernstein. Good foam.... fruits on the nose. Smells like a sliced Mango, notes of tree gum...and a lot of tropical fruits.... I like that.
Taste is super-sweet, like honey, good body and a slight biterniss... the finish is a bit bubblegumish and not that bitter for a 8.3 ABV IPA-Style-beer..Whats the IBU? Anyway.... in my opinion the best finisht a beer could have. Very Good!

 494 characters

Photo of ordybill
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a snifter. The beer pours a clear light orange color with an off-white medium sized head. the aroma is full of citrus and spices with a good hop mix. The flavor matches the aroma and is pretty good. Overall, a nice Belgian IPA. My first beer from Flying Dog.

 288 characters

Photo of MacMalt
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. The color is a pretty orange-amber with a thick, creamy milk white head and lacing. The smell is fruity and hoppy but with a noticeable sweetness. This one starts with some sweetness: toffee, vanilla, and some sweet fruitiness, which quickly gives way to cloves, citrus, and a hoppy pine bitterness. This ale is well carbonated and it masks its 8.30 ABV quite well. Overall, it's an excellent example of a Belgian-style IPA; enough sweetness to make it interesting and refreshing.

 511 characters

Photo of cmf
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours cloudy with low head that dissipates rapidly, in part due to the wide glass. Very strong bitter hoppy aroma. American style hops with citrus notes and bitter rind-like aroma. Taste is bitter, but not as bitter as the aroma, with a complimentary sweet banana flavor. Feels foamy and thick, but not as thick as a porter. Overall an interesting IPA.

 418 characters

Photo of Biggiekrock627
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Another great beer from a great MD brewer. I probably have a six pack of this stuff every month....typically at my favorite local restaurant l, Vin 909, where this is usually on the beer menu. Orange and off white yellow hue poured with a strong 1/2 inch head that lasts. I enjoy with a wide range of food as it is well balanced hops and malt flavors and palate pleasing feel deliver both a good punch but activate your taste buds for the food to come. I have had without food and do not enjoy as much....ask the bartender or server at Vin for pairing recommendation and you can't go wrong

 589 characters

Photo of SFNC
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- Nice semi-cloudy deep orange, small white head that sticks around a while. Light lacing.
Smell-Citrus hops, lightly sweet, not much yeast for a Belgian style
Taste-Malt on the front end, semi-bitter hops on the back. Good overall balance. A slight hint of yeast.
Feel- Effervescent, sticky rather than dry. I think dry would be a more appropriate finish.
Overall; Pretty good, I just had an Allagash Hugh Malone earlier in the week that blew this away in the style of Belgian IPA, still I'd pick this up again in a pinch. Extra style points for Ralph Steadman art on the label.

 589 characters

Photo of Girouxsalem
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Crazy stuff for a novice like me. Very strong, but packed with flavor.

Grapefruit prevails for me here. Grains and yeast are quite hidden

For Me, one of the best IPA's I've had (yet)

 184 characters

Photo of Glanzman
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, medium amber color, with a 1-finger, slightly off-white head.

Wonderful fruity hop aroma.

Taste of the same... Fruity, semi-citrus, semi-hop taste without much bitterness.

Overall a nice IPA.

12 ounce bottle in a pint glass.

 243 characters

Photo of BNLTandem
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huh, not sure what's up with this, but I'm not seeing this as hitting the mark as a "belgian style". Maybe its the fact that it has the ABV of a Triple, not sure. But, I still enjoyed it...so here's the details:

Look: Copper, burnt orange color with a fine, almost champagne like effervescence (maybe that's belgian). Poured into a not even sorta appropriate glass by the National Pastime bar in the Gaylord National Harbor it still managed to maintain a thin but substantial head that stuck to the glass and covered the top of the beer.

Smell: Just clean. Nothing of note. Nothing IPA hoppy, no belgian yeast or graininess. But clean and fresh.

Taste: Mid level american IPA. No noteable belgian yeast, on the dry side though, maybe just a little remeniscent of a saison. Nothing to indicate the high ABV either...sneaky.

Feel: Nice. Medium body. Little lactose creaminess going on.

Overall quite a pleasant drinkeable beer especially for the alcohol level. For a better example of the style, maybe a Clown Shoes Muffin Top or a Brewery Vivant Tree Bucket

 1,079 characters

Photo of hopphead31415
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flying Dog is excellent in general and this Belgian-Style IPA has 8.3% ABV and a lot to offer.

Look-It pours a medium-golden amber color with orange hues. The head is thick and foamy, but diminishes into a typical IPA thin film.

Smell-It smells of nutty caramel malts, rich Belgian yeast, and citrus hops. I also smell grapes, orange, and grapefruit.

Taste-The taste is rich with oak roasted toffee, bubblegum, vanilla, and honey-suckle. The bitterness is short-lived which is interesting, because it comes on strong. I taste some candied almond and chestnut on top of pine needle, cedar, and almost an aged rum flavor.

Mouthfeel-The complex and welcoming flavor is warm and inviting. It is medium-bodied and delicious. This style usually is overly sweet, but this particular brew is well-balanced and crisp.

Overall-It is a great beer with so many flavors and attributes. There is a lot to gather in each sip and I think you will be surprised with this Belgian-Style IPA! Cheers!

 988 characters

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,939 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.