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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
This bitch has a lot going on. Its sweet malt body is contrasted by pine and grapefruit hop flavors and exotic fruit notes from the Belgian yeast.

Added by BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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


A - pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a bit of creamy looking head that leaves some lacing
S - big pine resin nose, with hints of spices - ginger and nutmeg possibly
T - taste is huge on the pine resin with a nice malt backing, some floral notes, and spices. It's like crushing up a bunch of concolor fir needles and eating them...but way better.
M - Full-bodied, smooth, crisp with some nice tingly carbonation
D - I'm not sure how many of these I could have in a row, maybe 2, but damn it's such a great ale and I wouldn't expect a beer of this size to be any more drinkable.


Much different from a bottle and I must say it's far superior on tap. Color is more transparent, less lace. Taste is overly bitter and has less Belgian qualities.

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Photo of fragilemacabre
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian, you say? IPA, you say? Right up my alley.

I tend to like everything (including white wine) warmer, and this is no exception-- however, even though it is harsher colder, i'll happily drink it fridge-chilled. It's an easier drink warmer; if the initial bite when fresh out of a cold place wasn't there, I would have rated it higher in drinkability.

It's a pretty color, foamy clear head, and evenly spaced lacing. I loved the bitter hoppy character, and the sweetness of the Belgian was a welcome counterpoint.

Since this is a 20th anniversary beer, I will try to find what I can and hope it gets put into regular rotation.

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

Belgian style IPA? Flying Dog? Named Raging Bitch? Come on.
Make sure this isn't too cold because the Belgian and IPA flavors don't work too well together at that point. The bitter of the IPA and the yeast characters are too obtuse. Warmer, these characteristics meld much better forming a smoother composition. The hops are ultimately dominant, as one might expect from a Flying Dog beer, but the Belgian aspects smooth things over in the mouthfeel and round things out.
This is a fine anniversary ale but I do hope that Flying Dog puts this within the regular rotation.

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Photo of kegger22
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA was a crystal clear amber with a one-inch beige head that faded to a collar.

The aroma was so pine hoppy that it strongly reminded me of turpentine.

Thankfully, the taste did not follow suit with the aroma. Definitely hoppy, but a more normal citrus flavor.

The mouth feel was light to medium bodied with sufficient carbonation.

Drinkability was only average; the aroma was a big turn off for me.

I am not looking forward to the remaining 5 bottles of the sixer I bought.

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

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a nice cloudy yellow-orange with moderation carbonation producing a nice 2-3 inch billowy white head. Excellent retention and lacing.
S: Honey, sharp (but not too sharp) grainy hops, hint of soft pine and mild citrus notes. Very nice.
T: Wow! Sweet melon and hint of caramel malt gives way to strong piney hops and citrus notes. There is certainly more than this going on...very complex. Hint of watermelon, pineapple, and belgian spices with warming.
M: I love it when you get such variety of tastes throughout each individual quaff. You can feel the beer move from the front of the mouth, over the tongue, and down into the esophagus...and each location brings new experience and enjoyment. Light body with some effevescence. Refreshing feel. Smooth at first, giving way to moderate hop-bite finish which lingers nicely.
D: For my tastes, the ABV is perfect. Gives it just enough heft, but not too much to knock you on the floor. Very drinkable, very enjoyable. Definitely check this brew out. An interesting style too. Cheers to Flying Dog.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much has been made about the controversal name, but I care more about the contents inside. Time to drink with a burrito bought at Chipotle. On to the beer:

Deep orange color, it shines beautifully in the tulip glass. The head forms over a finger's thick, and is showing some great head retention. Very nicely hopped is the aroma. Fresh, juicy, floral, hops. With the twist of horse blanket. I like a lot.

Of all the Begian IPA's I've had, this is definately the one with the most "American tasting hops". Fresh hops again. They provide a squirt of juice and fresh floral notes. A little bready plus honey, some crackery malt, then add that funky blanket which dries out your palate. Lemon peel is noted. Alcohol...that's nowhere. Wait, it's 8.3%? Crisp and refreshing, and very drinkable.

When I think of Flying Dog beers, I think of ugly labels with middle-of-the-road craft beer. Raging Bitch has the ugly label, but is easily the best of the Flying Dog brand I've had to date. Highly recommended.

Oh, and it's a decent pair with my burrito from Chipotle.

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Photo of gthornton
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Pours a golden/yellow/orange, with a consistent 1.5 finger head.

Hop characteristics are bright, and forward... as you would expect. The overal scent is of banana, fig, and cherry for me. Smells great.

Smooth, balanced taste. The spiciness of the style goes great with the additional hops.

Overal a great beer to drink and share with your BA buddies.

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Photo of rye726
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orangish brown with a silky beige head. Perfect, lacy head.

Nose has floral and green hops over candy malts, peppery Belgian yeast and tropical fruits.

Taste has bitter hops up front and through the finish. Well balanced by fruity malts, toffee, spicy yeast and caramel.

Medium body is well carboneated. Nice hoppy finish. One of Flying Dog's better offerings.

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

Raging Bitch from Flying Dog Brewery Belgian IPA 8.3% alcohol. Bottle is decorated in skin colored hues with crazy dog on the front looking mad as hell.

A- Pours an extremely hued glowing golden orange fluid with nice off white head that falls to a fair amount of froth and ring around glass. Decent sticking lacing on the walls of the glass.

S- Wow nice floral hop scents remind you of a bouquet of fresh cut roses and sweet babys breathe. Bready yeasty fumes follow along with alcohol light to none malts.

T-M- Well a pretty bland taste of what it smells like but still puts up some bite. Upfront is a piney, earthy hop bitterness with mild sweet grain-like sweetness. Second is a fusel alcohol warmth that heats up the buds leaving a tarty yeasty film on the tongue. Mouthfeel is mild to medium but light carbonation and danky hop presence does pose a threat to drinkability.

D- Its different and quite unique with various Belgian like charactors but possibly exagerated.
At a decent price may buy again.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Amber/gold in color with a huge cloud deck of foam
Aroma-Big, citrussy hops(my favorite), and spice notes
Taste-Big, juicy hops, citrus, spicy, and a bit of Belgian funkiness
Overall: Nicely balanced, aromatic, full of juicy hop flavor and a touch of Belgian spiciness-A top notch representation of the style, and very drinkable for the strength
Get Some!!

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Photo of rdickey
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark, somewhat hazy amber. Rocky two-finger off-white head hangs around and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: Piney hops hit my nose at first, followed by grapefruit and oranges. Peppery spices from the yeast lurk at the edges.

Taste: The hops are definitely front and center - and tasty. The peppery notes follow, along with some bready malts. I wouldn't necessarily call the beer "balanced" in the traditional sense, but it all works together very well.

Mouthfeel: Relatively high carbonation works here, although it might be interesting to try this with a little less zip - it might mellow it out further.

Drinkability: Pretty high if you like hops; there's no question that it's far more drinkable than some of the very aggressively hopped IPAs and DIPAs out there.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Poured a translucent golden orange with a creamy, 1.5 inch off-white head. Copious tiny bubbles present effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a half inch cap with delicate, semi-concentric bands of lacing formed as the brew recedes. Nose presents with some citrusy sweet hops initially, but as you tease the aromas out there's something else there, perhaps herbal or candi sugar or both. Taste consistent with nose; however, the citrusy sweetness is there, but well masked. Herbal quality expresses itself as somewhat bitter and lingers between quaffs (maybe anise), and I still think there's some candi sugar in there. Mouthfeel is medium-light and very lively, just shy of prickly with a fairly dry finish. A very interesting and tasty beer - better than I expected, but I found it a little tough on the palette. Nonetheless, probably my favorite example of the style; not that I've had many. Well worth trying this one if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of confer
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was our January BOTM selection.
It poured a beautiful gold with an active head the settles into a nice cap that hangs on.
I am starting to appreciate this very piney hop aroma.
The taste begins as a vanilla cream and the pine tasting hops explode and really take over.
This is far from my favorite style but I can enjoy one of these from time to time.

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Photo of alkemy
4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy amber with a whipped off white head. Lots of pine, grapefruit, and orange initially in the nose. Digging a little deeper you get some banana, spice, and caramel. Resiny pine right off the bat in the taste. Lots of bubblegum leads to banana and clove. Bitter citrus hops on the finish. There's also a vanilla note that pops up here and there. I absolutely love this stuff. I'm a big fan of Belgian influenced brews as well as IPA's so a combo is right up my alley. Just a hint of warming alcohol, but it's felt rather than tasted. Superbly drinkable.

*A couple sixers later and, after going back and forth a few times, I'm bumping this score up a touch. I keep waffling as to give this a five or not. Right now this is the best beer I've drank as far as my buds are concerned. If I have to add, I'd mention that the bubblegum really comes in after a few of these

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Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful amber color with a head that is just okay. Tons of citrus hop aroma. Ruby red grapefruit, a little bit of spiciness and a touch of bready sweetness. The taste is surprisingly sweet and catches me off guard. Definitely plenty of grapefruit and pine hop taste, and some black pepper/clove but the bitterness, while there, is not as evident. This beer has a lot of slightly carmely malt sweetness, yet still maintains a finish that is not too sticky. This beer is on the lighter side of medium bodied and I find that mouthfeel fairly smooth and pleasing, though I find myself wishing it was a bit more carbonated. Despite any shortcomings I feel like this is a beer that I could drink quite a few of, and would enjoy doing so. A nice change of pace from other American made IPAs.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -1.6%
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 +4.4%
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 +11.4%
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 +17.9%
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 +10.9%
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 +0.3%
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 +10.6%
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 +8.8%
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 +11.4%
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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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4,103 ratings