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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
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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

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Ratings: 4,007 |  Reviews: 1,166
Photo of Naugled
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at GJ's, served in mug
Outstanding head, best I've ever seen, rocky, creamy, silky, thick, chewy and off white. A very long lasting head, it actually grew in size and got better over the first 10 minutes.
Very nice hop aroma in the citrus family, grapefruit and tangerine and intense. I pick up no pine notes as others have.
Hops carry over directly into the flavor. Immense hop flavor packed into this, which makes it a bit resiny but adds to the character. The prominent flavors are the same citrus, grapefruit and tangerine. But and oniony, garlicy flavor also come through in the background which some perceive as urine like. That is the only flaw I see in this otherwise fantastic beer.
Mouthfeel is great, rich and not cloying nor bitter.
Drinkability is good, kinda strong so you have to be careful but it does leave you wanting more.
A must try!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: beautiful dark gold/amber, very clear, nice foamy white, lots of lacing

S: spicy Belgian yeast, some zesty and Earthy hops, some bready malts

T: The hops take the center stage on the palate. Lots of pine and citrus which melds nicely with the Belgian spice profile, some clove in the background

MF: spritzy carbonation, medium body with a slightly syrupy texture

D: this is a very well balanced beer and a very nice example of the style. I haven't been a huge fan of some of the other Belgian IPAs out there, but I am enjoying this one a lot. Excited to pick up a sixer of it.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a glowing amber hue with a slightly clouded yeast haze head forms thick and nice off white. Nice even fine speckled lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Aromatics are very nice upfront citrus and pine scented hops going on. Funky spicy yeast edges fits well in the mix, well hidden alcohol hard to detect in the nose. A nice bready caramel glaze also creeps in.

Flavor is very nice slightly sap sweetened pine needles, with a snappy citrus spark. Quite impressive subtle harsh spicy and bitter all at the same time. A little bit of mango fruitiness to round it out, citrus peel tropical fruit notes. Funky bliss of spice malts and strange malt accents. A woody herbal feel with citrus and pine adding to the hop climax. Not overtly mouth puckering bitter like their last DIPA offering they released that was hit you over the head with hop bitterness rough and raw. This Raging Bitch plays nice in comparison.

Damn this is nice and I can't tell there's a little over 8 percent alcohol, a bit like loaded gun this brew is dangerous.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky with hop resin glides nicely with the hop oils goes down refreshingly smooth. Quality soft carbonation levels equates to a hell of nice drinking session so far, I'm glad this stuff is selling for 8.99 a six pack that's craziness.

Drinkability insane one of those beers like Nugget Nectar that will disappear on you. Extremely easy going hoppy spicy brew that will keep you wanting more and more once you try it out. I used to love Frederick Brewing company when Wild Goose beers were widely available to me, I'm glad Flying Dog found a new home bringing out beer like this they should have no worries about their future in craft brewing.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fairly clear golden color. The 3 fingers of white head gives it away as a Belgian IPA. The lacing is nothing short of impressive.

S: This is a really hard style for American brewers to nail down and they did a good job. Strong hop nose mixed with a fairly strong Belgian yeast. It reminds of of what Belgica was trying to do but failed.

T: Fairly strong hops mixed with quite a pungent and tasty yeast strain. The good thing about this beer is that neither the hops nor the yeast really ran away with the show. It finishes quite bitter but the yeast cuts that down as well. A good Belgian IPA has the yeast and hops working together which is a REALLY hard thing to do but this beer does it well.

M: Medium body. Light feeling for the flavor and ABV.

D: One of the best American examples of the style that I have ever had. They really nailed this one down. Their other Belgain offerings are subpar but this is a homerun. Way to celebrate 20 years. We still miss you Hunter.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear deep amber with a big, rocky, off-white head that settles slowly and leaves behind a good amount of lace.

Fragrant grapefruity hops initially in aroma, laced with sweet, bready malt.

Flavor is heavy with delicious bready malt, light caramel, and lots of citrusy hops. Some grapefruit, lots of grass and orange rind, and a cozy warmth from the alcohol.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel is satisfyingly creamy with appropriate carbonation and a nice warmth as it goes down.

Drinkability is surprisingly high considering alcohol content and style. Flavors are balanced enough and refreshing enough to leave me wanting more after the first bottle.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color. Decent white head holds well for a few minutes, then fades to a thin layer. Just a couple spots of lace.

Nice citrusy and herbal hop aroma. A bit of earthy spices linger in the back. Suggestion of lighter caramel malt.

Lighter caramel and bready malt. Good bitter blast of citrusy hops. A bit of a Belgian yeasty flavor. Cirusy flavors come in at the end and linger.

Seems to be a little lighter in the mouth with an elevated carbonation level. Some warming alcohol. Interesting, and enjoyable.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours an orange/golden color with a thick sudsy head that leaves nice legs.

S- Ripe fruit and a blast of pine hop aroma. A touch of Belgian yeast and sweet grains.

T- Huge wave of pine and citrus hop flavor with hints of resin, lemon, and grapefruit. A full Belgian yeast tang comes through in the finish with a sizable amount of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Juicy initially with a dry biting finish.

D- A very interesting brew with huge hop flavor. Certainly worth checking out.

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Photo of PBoegel
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Let me start by saying it is almost mandatory this beer be tried now near as fresh as possible and soon, if not sooner.

Very pale golden with some light amber color and a dense sticky white head.

The aroma is huge fruit, melon, pungent grapefruit, papaya and peppery spice. There is a soft underlying malt character and some floral alcohol aromas but this beer is of and about the hops and belgian yeast blend.

The flavor gears more toward specifically the pink grapefruit and spicy pepper notes found in the nose. Absolutely fantastic, but to be sure a taste you have to want to like and love.

This is a significantly different take on the Belgian IPA cross breed, much more in the vein of IPA fermented with Belgian yeast vs. the native Belgian versions which aim for a more subtle flavor and aroma mix often through late kettle and dry hopping. This beer comes with a substantial cleansing bitterness that is accentuated by the dry finish and not minimal alcohol content.

If you like belgians and IPAs and can get on the bus of the two together this beer is not only for you but one you will likely think to reach for a second glass of, which I am going to do right now.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very stimulating interpretation of a Belgium IPA. Fairly well balanced and very pleasing.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Iconic and perennial Ralph Steadman label illustration with the controversial raging bitch naming the brew barking at the viewer. Brief side label description by Ralph Steadman noting poetically the qualities of the brew, and the 20th anniversary of the brewery Does not display an evident ¨best by¨ or "bottling" date. Notes IBUs (60) and Alc. by Vol. (8.3%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber pour with a rich creamy head, nice retention and rich lacing.

S - Rich smell of funky hops with a Belgium note. Resin and pine, some citrus woven in a soft tangy funk, not overwhelming but enough to give it a great character.

T - Follows and enhances the nose with a hoppy and funky start, resin and pine again with a faint citrusy sense. Notes of yeast woven with a distant malty structure.

M - Medium body with good carbonation. Starts on an almost watery note that quickly is picked up by the hoppy bite and the carbonation to provide quite a crisp finish.

D - Beautiful for the kind of terrain these new brews are exploring.

Notes: This is certainly a surprise from Flying Dog. I do like quite a bit some of the stuff I've tried form them, and their average offering is typically a quality one. But here they have outdone themselves. I don´t know if the controversy with the name and design of this brew is relevant but it remains a great and very welcome offering in any case.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber, a slight wisp of head and just a bit of lacing.
Smells very hoppy, lots of spicy with a bit of pine and citrus. A nice sweet malt comes through with some caramel notes.
This is a very nice blend of Belgian and an IPA. I was worried the Belgian notes would dominate but the hops come screaming through and the spicy Belgian tastes come through nicely. Absolutely the best Belgian/IPA mix I've ever had.
Feels rich, creamy and dense. Mild carbonation makes it very drinkable and the price is very reasonable.

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Photo of alexgash
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a clear, brilliant, medium copper. Big, whipped, creamy, beige head. Great lacing. Nose features a nice mix of hops and Belgian yeast and malts. Resinous, funky, minty hops blend with sugary cake malts, subtle spices, and fruity yeast.

Resinous, herbal hop flavor and bitterness up front. Hops become sappier and bitterer as the fruity (melon and pear), slightly sweet malt shows itself. Yeasty, funky character throughout. Aging hay, pine, and minty hop bitterness in the finish. Slightly warming. Medium-full body with a slightly oily feel. Big and bold and definitely what we now call a Belgian IPA. Oh, and a steal at 8.99 a six pack!

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the Great Lost Bear. Served on tap in a tulip glass. Reviewed from my tasting notes.

It's a dark copper beer with white foam on top. There are some carbonation bubbles rising within. It leaves patchy lacing on the glass. The aroma is hoppy, slightly earthy and farm-like (recalls hay and other grains you'd find in a barn). As you'd expect, the taste is dominated by hops. It's mostly bitter, with some sweetness and detectable alcohol. The combination of sweet and bitter in the aftertaste is interesting, unexpected and very good (probably my favorite aspect of this brew). It has a medium body with a lot of carbonation. There is some mouth coating, but it disappears as you swallow. I find this to be pretty drinkable for a strong hoppy beer. I could easily drink a few glasses of this...slowly.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First review in some time. 12 oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A - Crystal clear copper color with a billowy cream colored head that slowly recedes to a half an inch, eventually falling to a thin froth leaving lots of lacing. The head is easily recreated with a quick swirl

S & T - Smell is big grapefruit, not much else is able to shine through. While it certainly doesn't shine, the belgian yeast does add a layer of complexity. The taste is similar, citrusy, bitter, some fruity sweetness. Very good.

M - 8%? doesn't show in the mouthfeel. My mouth does feel a bit coated with hop oils. Not too much to complain about, but not perfect.

D - Excellent. I wish i had more than just one bottle. Drinking one makes me want to drink two more, so maybe it is for the best that. Runaway beer chain reactions are not something to be messed with.

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Photo of ajbick
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured gold/orange in color with a white head.

Smells citrus/grapefruit and woody (pine?) and with hints of maltiness.

Taste is slight caramel up front, finishes with roasted malt. Grapefruit/citrus and slight spice throughout.

Mouthfeel is carbonated and crisp with dry finish.

A very interesting beer. The Belgian-style was pretty subtle, but loved the hop aroma and flavor. Overall a great beer.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a marked ABV of 8.3%. drank from a new belgium globe glass.

A- this one pours out a very clear amber colored body with a finger of bright white head. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing. very nice.

S- the first thing i notice is a strong odor of grapefruit and piny hops. after that comes caramel malts. finally there is a faint odor of belgian yeast.

T- the belgian yeast character comes up first and is more pronounced than in the nose. the caramel malt is there also, but a lot less than i could smell. there is a very nice spicy element here that further demonstrates that this is a tripel that has been hopped to hell. the finish is resiny pine and grapefruit like hops. well balanced and exactly what i was hoping it would be.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. a slight warming from the alcohol is the only reminder that this is a beer just over 8% ABV.

D- easy to finish and i will probably go back to grab a full sixer instead of just a single. flying dog seems to be hit or miss with me, and this is a hit for sure. probably the best beer ive had from them, and one of the best american examples of this style ive had yet. unfortunately, its a little too strong to drink all night. check it out, im impressed.

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Photo of Zorro
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brilliantly clear copper colored ale with a small tan colored head. This is the color of an old penny but not quite what I would call red.

Strong aroma of north western style hops. Very hoppy to the nose, in the Double IPA range and something like Dreadnaught. Strong pine, citrus and cedar scents. Coriander is in there but just about obliterated by the hop aromas. Finally there is a strong spruce aroma here that is distinct from the other evergreen aromas.

Starts out hoppy and earthy not unlike biting down on a cedar plank. Right off the bat you get some hop funk. There is a savory flavor here not unlike meat so I assume something here made glutamate possibly they threw some seaweed in the pot. There is a smoky flavor here I can't quite ID, something like a little scorched sugar. Not a very sweet beer there is sugar there after your tongue adapts to the hop attack. Lots of pine flavor here and eucalyptus the complexity of the smell doesn't translate to the taste. This isn't a bitter beer though, it is just funky.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a nice beer here. On the high side of the hop scale for the style but I love it.

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Photo of zeff80
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a cloudy, copper color with a two-finger, white head of thick foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, grapefruit, and yeast. There was a sweet caramel aroma, too.

T - It tasted of citrus, bubblegum, grapefruit and a sharp roasted malt flavor. Very delicious.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied ale with a warm alcohol presence.

D - This is a really nice Belgian IPA.

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Photo of notlob
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh man, this is good.

Aroma: Rich, caramel maltiness. Hops are pungently piney and a little like cat-pee. A little fusel alcohol in the end.

Appearance: A very nice dark orange. Pours brilliantly clear with about a half-finger of delicate white head.

Flavor: Incredibly dank, piney, and citrusy, with a slight caramel maltiness, and with cloves and some spicy notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light and dry, with very little initial or residual sweetness. Nice and resinous. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall impression: One big yes. Very interesting and intense beer. Not very complex on its face, but very interesting how it all comes together. Definitely raging.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Duvel tulip. Body is honey-amber in color with a small (1/2-finger) ivory head. Leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Sprucey hops, citrusy hops and a bit of spice.

T: Light biscuity malt up front. Floral and citrusy -- think grapefruit -- juicy hops. Peppery spice. Lingering dry bitterness.

M: Medium feel.

D: Very good if you like hops.

Notes: Didn't get much of a "Belgian" sense here. More of a lighter American DIPA with a touch of spice.

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Photo of at1234
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What's not to like about this beer? An IPA brewed with the glorious simcoe hop, finished with Belgian yeast. The beer will pour a golden orange hue that is topped with a sumptuous white head. The aroma of the simcoe hop and mild clove and coriander create a beautiful bouquet. As for the taste, this is easily one of the more satisfyingly flavorful yet refreshing IPA I have had for a long time. The Belgian IPA is a great trend for other breweries to catch on to, I look forward to see what other places have up their sleeve.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: pours light golden brown. sits a lightly dark copper

Smell: lots of floral and peppery hops with hints of citrus

Taste: moderately dry with lots of peppery/spicy, earthy and piney hops. moderate bitterness. some fruity esters. finish is dry with a light lingering bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium bodied with lots of carbonation.

Notes: the hops really dominate here and wish the yeast and fruitiness stood out a little more. could hardly tell there was anything belgian about it

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent copper color with a two-finger head that fades down to leave lacing on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is full of floral hops with a strong citrus finish to them. Not much else can be detected other than candi sugar from the malt. Seems pretty straightforward.

Taste is full of grassy hops followed by just a hint of sweet malt underneath. Seems more like an American DIPA than a Beligan IPA to me.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hops and mild malt. Pretty straightforward for what it is.

I'm not sure what part of this is beligan. Otherwise, a decent beer that seems more like an American DIPA.

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Photo of bbeane
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With the BA server down, a minor blizzard going on outside, and the Bros. trying to drive through it from DFH... I had to take do this review the old fashioned way, with a pen and paper.

A- Poured into snifter... starts with a light head that disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing. The beer is a crisp, brilliant, light amber color with little activity

S- A nicely blended smell of belgian sugar, dark fruits, plum, with a hoppy backbone

T- Starts out sweet with malts, sugars, and dark fruits that are quickly overpowered by a hoppy bitterness. Not a hint of alcohol taste despite the 8.3% abv

M- Watery, light/medium body with light/medium carbonation

D- A very tasty, easy to drink beer at an affordable price


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Photo of taigor
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap poured into 8oz glass.

A - Dark amber color with huge head that slowly dissipates leaving medium lacing around the glass.

S - Fruits and hops upfront followed by yeasty aroma.

T - Belgian yeast upfront with slight sweetness followed by IPA hoppy bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Ok but definitely a sipper. Also, could get a bit heavy due to yeast content.

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Photo of cynicgiraffe
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque tan/light orange, almost the color of cream soda. White head that shows quite a bit of carbonation and moderate retention. Lots of fruit in the nose. Grapefruit and other citrus and sweetness. Lots of citrusy hop spiciness on the front. Classic Belgian spiciness on the back. It's like a flavor mullet! Palette seems about right for this beer, keeps it crisp, not too thick or thin. Really well balanced, no hint of the considerable alcohol. Overall a very good beer and worth the wait of finding it.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4,007 ratings
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