Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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:
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Added by BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Ratings: 3,989 |  Reviews: 1,163
Photo of Hossauce
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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

I love this beer. Found it on tap at Victoria Pub in Maryland.

Pours strawish yellow with medium head and slight carbonation. The smell is fruity and slightly phenolic. The flavor is just an ester bomb - grapefruit, apricot, nutmeg. It's flowery, with jasmine, hibiscus, lilly. There is little bitterness, just fruit. Lovely. The mouthfeel is thin and refreshing

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jampics2
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle at the Beachland Ballroom. 12 oz, poured into a clear plastic cup. When in Rome...

Looks nice enough, not going to specifically comment on the head due to the only option for a vessel. Color was orangeish brown and head was bright white.

Smell is nice, a mix of Belgian yeast and some citrus, notably orange and grapefruit.

Taste is great. This is a really nice Belgian IPA. Very citrus forward with some great orange and pine. Malt base is caramel with slight toast. Belgian yeast seems to love the citrus from the hops. Well balanced and no noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel was good. Nice carb and decent body.

Overall, I enjoyed this and would have loved to have one just a bit fresher. A nice Belgian IPA. Happy birthday Flying Dog!!

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

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a three-finger off-white head. Nice lacing is left on the glass.

Smell: It's definitely a hoppy smell but there is more of a floral smell to it, and perhaps a hint of citrus or fruit. I also smell coriander.

Taste: The hops are definitely noticeable, but not overbearingly so. Also, there is a flowery backend with a slight coriander taste to it and a slight yeast-like flavor. Mild bitterness throughout. This is good.

Mouthfeel: Moderate bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A really good IPA that's different than your average one. It's more flowery and has a bit more sweet/fruity notes to it. Very nice.

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

What a killer beer. After having this magical pint poured at the tusk, the first thing I did was stick my nose right in. I was rewarded with an incredible, pungent citrus-hop aroma. It caught me by suprise.

This beer was amber-copper in color with about a half inch head and tasty little bubbles tickling the tip of my nose...as well as my imagination.

Raging Bitch 20th anniversary was almost too good and I was not let down at all while drinking it. HopFest may be technically located in Madison county NY, but yesterday at approximately 12:39pm...it was in my glass. I will definitely pursue this beer in the future.

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Photo of mjw2808
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber color with a one finger head that left a good amount of lacing. The nose is hoppy with citrusy notes. The taste is hops, first, very noticable but not overly bitter like in many IPAs. I can taste citrus and also a malt presence. Goes down easy also. I will say that I think overall flying dog is a bit overrated, but this is an exceptional beer nonetheless. One of my favorite IPAs.

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

On-tap at Saraveza in Portland, OR. Poured into a stemmed glass.

appearance - transparent yellow/orange, foamy head, good lacing

smell - floral and citrus hops dominate the nose, malts

taste - sweet and floral/citrus hops with accompanying malts, very flavorful and full, slightly spicy and fruity

mouthfeel - medium body, high carbonation that tingles the tongue

drinkability - great flavor, surprised me quite a bit, smooth and consistent

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Photo of LuukGx
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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

Another interesting bottle design by Flying Dog.
The beer pours a beautiful amber gold and is clear with a tan head building about two fingers high. It sticks around for a while.
The smell is quite fruity and also let's you feel the hops.
Tasting the beer , you will be enjoying some banana, peach and honey up front. In the middle this flavors will be joint by malty notes, and brown sugar, while towards the end the great selection of hops balances and finishes this beautifully crafted IPA. Great beer, must taste.

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

Pours into my snifter a nice deep amber-orange, albeit still relatively clear. The head is full, soft and white, and leaves excellent lacing all the way to the bottom. I drank this beer over the course of maybe half an hour and the head was very responsive to my occasional swirls, which kept it around for quite a while. The smell is beautiful and righteously hoppy, as it should be. Moreover, it really exudes the fruitiness of the hops themselves, which is a very cool characteristic. The 8.3% ABV is also slightly noticeable, although not excessive or displeasing. Taking a sip, the flavors spread themselves out very nicely on the palate: malted barley in the front, juicy hops in the back. Indeed, the taste greatly mirrors the aroma. The mouthfeel is robust yet smooth- not too carbonated or excessively alcoholic. The beer finishes very dry.

I'll admit that I initially scoffed at the idea of a "Belgian-style IPA" (i.e. "WTH kind of marketing ploy is this?"), thinking that it was just an excuse to put the "Belgian" label on something and up the alcohol content. While I'm still not sure if I'm convinced that this is a completely unique sub style, I AM convinced of its deliciousness. I'd hate to call myself a "hop head", but this beer certainly satisfies my (probably too substantial) hop cravings. Though I was probably too mesmerized by the hops to notice many other flavors, I still find this beer to be remarkably comprehensive in taste. It is well-hopped without being too bitter to displease or exclude the other ingredients. Its high ABV is very well hidden, and therefore makes it very sessionable- provided the session doesn't last too long! For any fan of IPAs, I highly suggest this beer.

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Photo of GACalvin
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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

Photo of Lightweight_irishgirl
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It's cloudy golden orange in color and has lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface. There is no visible carbonation.
S: There are aromas of earthy and citrus hops in the nose along with some hints of yeast. Smells of grapefruit stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, but isn't quite as strong and has some complexity with flavors of grapefruit, spices and yeast.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and is extremely smooth. Not much carbonation is evident, but this is likely a result of it having been pumped from a cask.
D: It wasn't too difficult to drink this beer because the alcohol was well masked. I would definitely try this again if I saw it on cask because it was silky smooth.

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Photo of JebBelford
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 JulianBaughman
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brock915
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Csikic93
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bitter but not terrible. These sneak up on you if you drink more than 3. Don't let your girlfriend drink these, it's called raging bitch for a reason.

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

Well, one of the best named beers I have ever had, deserves a review

A slighty dark yellow, very clear, great light penetration, very nice fluffy head, slight sticky lacing around pour area.

Smell is classic belgian esters, grape, toffee, butter. The hop bitterness comes through but not in american ipa sense, more of a bit of citrus sting that is covered up by yeast scents

Taste is a great example of a tripel meeting a ipa. Smooth belgian malt characteristics, playing with a superb but not overboard bitterness. Sweet malty, but has a sting of lemon, orange and a bit of earthyness.

Mouthfeel is a molten lava of robust liquid, very sharp carb bust is a smooth drinking belgian ipa.

Great beer, good in bottle, better on tap. Seemed to be a bit more rounded than in bottle.

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Only bad part of this beer is the alcohol is too strong and it somewhat ruins the taste. Great beer.

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Photo of pimko
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Markwas
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 70.9% out of 100 with 3,989 ratings
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