Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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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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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red-orange amber colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: huge yeast smell, clove, cardamon, banana

T: very bitter hops up front, pine resin, grapefruit peel, blends with above smells towards middle typical of Belgian yeast, clove, cardamon, banana, finish is bitter grapefruit

M: fuller bodied, good carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: flavored like a massively over-hopped heffe, hop flavor is just one dimension... bitter

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Photo of FunkyMacGroovin
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy gold tinged with red; one finger of head that dissipates before I've finished assessing the color and leaves a tiny amount of lacing around the glass. Strongly herbacious on the nose, the smell reminds me of Saison du BUFF (sage or thyme perhaps?). Piney and slightly citrus hop aroma is present as well To be honest I don't really know what to make of the smell; I like it, but it seems a bit odd for an IPA.

The first sip is a ton of herb flavor combined with hop bitterness and spiciness. Belgian yeast flavor peeks its head through as I exhale, otherwise I can't find much that is Belgian about this beer. The beer is medium-bodied with a bittersweet finish that becomes a lingering hop bitterness on the back of the tongue.

It isn't the least drinkable IPA I've ever had, but it's certainly not the most either. One of these per session is plenty. Not a bad beer overall, but the herb character very nearly overpowers the rest of the beer. If that was toned down I think this brew would be a real winner, but as it stands I think one six pack is all I'll be buying.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raging Bitch Belgian IPA
Bottle Best Before 10/20/16. DFH Tulip.
A ( 4.5 ): Pours a dark orange/copper with 2.5 fingers of khaki head. Lots of carbonation visibly flowing up. Lacing was truly other-worldly, ring upon ring of thick, white, webby foam stuck to the sides of the glass after I drank it down. Retention was very, very, good. It retained a thick archipelago of foamy islands stretching from one side of the glass to the other.

S( 3.5 ): A lot of sweet floral, earthy, and dark fruity hop with lots of malt backing it up. Smells a lot like a DIPA. Smells a lot like what I remember GL Chillwave smelling like. Ripe nectarines, plums. A little alcohol on the nose. Perhaps there is a little Belgian fruitiness there, but if there is, the floral and earthy character of the hops have almost completely masked it.

T ( 3.5 ): Full malty arrival, transitions to a very complex mid-palate. Noticeable alcohol, very floral hop presence along with some Belgian esters there; not overwhelmingly bitter. Very spicy and green. I actually do get a leafy kind of taste from this – not pine, but maybe geranium? Lingering ginger, medicinal, phenolic character. A little like band-aids, a little like a lightly peated Islay scotch.

M( 4 ): On the lighter side of heavy. The fairly active carbonation keeps this from feeling too heavy. The ending is really clean, which is quite a surprise. Many DIPAs feel slick in an unpleasant kind of way. Granted, this isn’t technically a DIPA, but it is clean on the finish.

O( 3.5): Assuming this was brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, apart from that, I can’t really tell what makes this a Belgian IPA. What it is, though, is a very strong, malty, floral IPA. I like it, but I have better options locally that I can get fresher, so I am not likely to make this a repeat purchase.

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Photo of bret27
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Complex, belgian yeast, spices, earthy, coriander? + American hops smelling of oranges and pineapple. Not as in your face w/the hoppiness as a big American IPA.

A: Orange w/excellent lace and crystal clear.

T: Sweet bready malt, berries, earthy, musty, hops are mostly just bittering, but a bit of a floral component in the taste.

M/D: Slick, oily and smooth body. Fairly good balance between belgian and ipa.

Overall: my 3rd of this style. Probably my favorite, but still not my cup of ipa. The other 2 I had were from Great Divide and New Belgium.

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Photo of olilitewu
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this from a local store in bottles, poured into a tulip glass.

S: I don't usually elaborately comment on this category but the smell of this beer stands out. Oddly, the smell comes with some soy notes, and heavy bodied malt odor. Very pleasant and very unique.

T: The taste is meh given how good this beer smells. Salty, malty, dark fruits and pine, with hints of earthiness. Not my favorite kinda taste. Reminiscent of Fat Tire from New Belgian, but much more multi-dimensional.

M: surprisingly smooth given how high the ABV is!

Verdict: OK + beer. Not enough for me to go back to if I had other good IPA options.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bought @ Nikki's poured into Chouffe tulip.

A- Copper kettle ambery orange and remarkably clear beer, a slightly off-white, thick, creamy head that billows up and over the glass. Settles into a little pancake ontop of the beer.

S- Yeasty, chalky, a bit dusty/musty. Sweet malt base comes through. Hops are pretty subdued, but slightly peppery.

T- In a word, hoppy. Hoppy as all hell, and a nice counter-balance of really strong yeasty, doughy and chalky flavors. Hops are spicy, earthy, and a bit piny.

M- Hmm... perhaps a bit too aggressive? Hops kind of blast through some of the nuances I like in the style.

D- Hmm... I like this beer, but I don't think it's anywhere near my favorite belgian IPAs. This is a hell of a lot hoppier, and perhaps that's the problem. Perhaps a bit too eager to come out swinging.

Am I really calling an IPA too hoppy? Huh. I feel with a little refinement on the hops other flavors might not be so overpowered. A tasty beer, but lacking the magic 'it' that makes beers like Chouffe and Allagash BIPAs stand out.

I'm going to sit on a bottle for a while (something I never do) and see if it smooths it out a bit.

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Photo of Dualscar
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Used to be a bigger fan of this one when I was first getting into craft drinks but after trying a lot of new bottles this one has been knocked down a few pegs. Very crisp and clean, almost too much so as the bitterness is not really complimented by much else. Hoppy, strong and sharp overall but still a good choice in its style. Thin mouthfeel, with the word clean and crispy coming up again. A great beer to enjoy when feeling hot but hard to recommend having multiples in a session.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light brown pour with a thinner, lighter brown head. Think 1/5" type of depth. Aroma has sweetness, brown malt, even a C hop grapefruit edge to it.

Taste, hops are there, alcohol is there. Belgian yeast comes out, leans fruity. I've never been a big Flying Dog fan, but this is actually one of their best beers. Its heavy, its aggressive, its warming.

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Photo of Phocion
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Small foamy head that quickly dissolves into a thin buy frosty layer with excellent lacing. Copper-colored with a ton of bubbles racing to the surface.

Aroma is initially of northwestern citric hops. This is quickly followed by a strong dose of fruity Belgian yeast. If you really dig deep down, just a bit of bready maltiness pokes through.

Flavor is not nearly as sweet as the aroma led me to expect. Instead of hops or sweet yeasts, the first thing I noticed was a somewhat phenolic spicy/clove flavor. This is quickly followed by a typical American-style pale ale hops profile, and the delicious Belgian yeasts I was so much anticipating are completely overpowered.

Decent carbonation and body, with a very silky mouthfeel.

Overall, I'm not particularly impressed. The first whiff of this thing was amazing, but by the time I actually stopped smelling and drank it, I was sorely disappointed. This has potential -- an American IPA with Belgian yeasts, but the end result was just nothing special.

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Photo of wimteiss
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. A really great take on an often poorly executed style. Flying Dog delights us again with the Raging Bitch. Great dark golden color, the Bitch pours easily into room temperature pint glass. Leaves behind medium lacing with a rich golden-white head. Easy belgian taste up front, followed quickly by bitter hops. The hop takes over the flavor and lingers for a bit. Mouthfeel is overall very nice. Notes of the belgian fullness are there, but in my opinion the hop bites quickly and doesn't let go. Good beer. Would drink again.

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Photo of chinchill
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in pint glass. Pours a crystal-clear attractive orange-amber with a light tan head that has moderate retention.

M - medium body and carbonation; smooth

S - aroma is floral and spicy, but with ample hops.

High ABV evident in aroma; less so in taste
Noticeably similar to a hoppy barleywine {mellows nicely with some aging}.

O: Like some Belgian brews, and many "Belgian style" brews, I find this beer a bit too spicy.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Poured a really nice looking dark amber color with a one finger head and nice lacing down the glass.

S: This beer has a really nice nose. A combination of citrus/hops from the IPA and some yeast and wheat notes from the Belgian part.

T: There is a large citrus kick up front from the hops that transitions into a bready/malt taste. The finish is extremely bitter, maybe a little too bitter. Not as balanced as I like my IPAs.

M/D: The bitter end is a little off-putting, but the beer has nice carbonation and a nice mouthfeel. It is an intense beer that I enjoyed drinking, but probably wouldn't have more than one in a night, two max.

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Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Raging Bitch pours an attractive apricot color. It's very clear. Not a bit of haze on the scene. It's capped with an off-white head that rises to about two fingers in depth. It recedes slowly and leaves a moderate amount of sticky lace trailing down the glass.

The nose is a little weak and underpowered. It kicks off with a toasted malt scent. Not my favorite thing. Hops are rather pronounced and feature citrus scents of orange, mango, and light grapefruit. There's a spicy side to the hops. It's not bad, but I'm not a huge fan of that either. It smells sweet and a little sugary. Unfortunately, I'm not getting much Belgian yeast. That's disappointing. Alcohol is pretty well held in check. It's not bad. But, it's very average for a Belgian IPA.

The flavor fares a little better. It is sweet and sugary up front. It tastes like a mix of caramel and pale malts. There's a toasted malt flavor that I'm not crazy about. It's alright, but doesn't add anything. The hops taste primarily spicy, but have some citrus orange and mango flavors, as well. I could've done without the spicy side, but it doesn't severely damage the overall flavor. Belgian yeast is more prominent in flavor. Frankly, that's why it tastes better than it smells. However, that great flavor is negated to a degree by the spicy hop flavor. Two steps forward, one step back. Alcohol is blended well and never seems that strong. It finishes spicy, bitter, and dry.

Raging Bitch has a medium body that is smooth. Carbonation seems light, but the spiciness of the hops confuses that aspect a little. Nonetheless, it has a nice feel. Drinkability is above average. It's alright. Goes down easy enough, but if I wanted a Belgian IPA, there's quite a few that are materially better than this one.

Flying Dog is one of those breweries that doesn't really stand out for me. They brew some alright beer, but Horn Dog is the one only star in their roster. I had high hopes for Raging Bitch, but it's just not my ideal Belgian IPA. The spicy hops seem to negate some other positive qualities that are here. Same goes for the toasted malt flavor. They just seem out of place to me. It's alright, and is worth a try. But, this bitch is just alright.

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Photo of jmhart
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz poured into a snifter

A- Pours a deep ruby-gold, like a edges of a crimson sunset. Quickly formed a one finger head, and just as quickly faded into an incredibly rich lace, with webbing crawling up all sides of the glass.

S- Earthy hops, orange and lemon zest, raisins, with a malt back

T- Taste falls a little flat compared to the aroma. Earthy hops are still insanely present, but the orange/lemon isn't quite there. That citrus flavor from the yeast seen in so many other Belgian IPAs isn't present. Starts with earthy hops and finishes with a malty sweetness. Hints of walnut.

M-Medium bodied and creamy, leaving your mouth a little oily. Not much bite, but moderately carbonated.

D-Pretty decent, but not creme of the crop. Probably wouldn't pick this up again.

Overall, pretty much what I expected from Flying Dog in all that entails.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip- pours a clear, orange/amber color with 1.5 finger head, decent strips of lacing.

Smell is nice- hoppy, sweet, very floral. Incidentally a little peppery.

Taste is fine as well. Lots of floral hops, sweet Belgian taste, mild bitterness. A little bit of a tea taste (perhaps Sorachi Ace was used).

Mouthfeel is all right- medium body, moderate carbonation, a little syrupy. This is an interesting beer, and I think every time I've had it, it's tasted different. Sometimes more of the tea taste, sometimes more resinous and hoppy. I guess it's worth trying.

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Photo of bierguru
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -
clearish amber mild carbonation thick white head

S -
citrus along with some tropical notes mostly hops yeast

T -
citurs rinds guava and hops along with yeast

M -
thickish for a ipa dry mostly overly dry

D -
i fairly enjoyed it would have again but not my favorite

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful amber hue of dark copper. Moderate carbonation that makes a one finger cream-colored head.

S: I had a stuffy nose that day so I didn't smell much at all. Just a hint of malt. I rated the smell as the average of the other scores so as not to affect the overall rating.

T: I really overestimated how this would be. It wasn't truly anything special for the IPA style. Strong pine notes upfront but aren't too extreme. After come the mild floral characters and bit of sweet but vague malts. The alcohol is barely pronounced for how strong it is. Perhaps my nose is affecting the taste?

M: This was by far my favorite part of the taste. Excellent crisp and clean mouthfeel. Slightly fizzy and only slightly slick in the mouth. The body is balanced a tad on the light side of medium. Pretty satisfying.

O: I wasn't a fan of this one. It wasn't bad, but it just wasn't great. However, if you are new to craft and want to try an IPA for the first time without having your palate be bombarded, check this one out. Raging Bitch is decent IPA, just not astounding. Would be good for the curious but not too crazy beer lover.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

355ml bottle from Vino Wines, Edinburgh:
Orange amber colour with a thumb sized, foamy looking head that is white in colour and has excellent retention. The head holds for well over five minutes without reducing any.

A strong hop filled aroma, mainly a floral one along with some yeast and a fruity aroma. There is some mango, a little citrus and grapefruit as well as some hints of orange giving it quite a fruity.

Hop filled with some grapefruit and floral flavours. There is a strong alcohol taste around the middle with some sugar, citrus and a few tropical fruit flavours. It is very Belgian like again and there is some apricot in there somewhere as well along with the hop bitterness and some spice throughout.

Medium with strong carbonation and a dry feel to the beer but a smooth one as well. There is some grain and a lot of bitterness at the end with some alcohol at the end.

A strong beer with the high alcohol content not particularly well hidden but the beer is definitely Belgian in style and taste, it certainly reminded me of Duvel a lot but it wasn't quite in the same league as it.

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Photo of oldhippie247
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with tremendously fluffy white head (in large Duvel tulip). Relatively low carbonation.

Nose is interesting and hard to pin down. Hops are at the forefront, but the interplay with the Belgian aspects gets a little muddled.

Hop bitterness dominates the palate, with a little Belgian sweetness in the background. Finishes long and dry.

Overall a pretty nice effort from Flying Dog, who for me is really hit or miss. The abv is well hidden and the crossover style intersting. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, but would be happy to drink another one if convenient and well-priced.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from 6-pack

A- Pours a golden orange brown with about a quarter finger of slightly golden off-white head. Has above average carbonation and is a little bit cloudy. Layered lacing.

S- Hops, yeast, some spices, slightly sweet and a little bit of a bitter smell.

T- Hops, a little bit of bready yeast, some bitter spices. A little bit sweet but more bitter then anything. A slightly sweet aftertaste.

M- Alcohol decently well hidden at 8.3%. Above average carbonation. Medium bodied.

O- This beer was pretty decent, however there are many other IPAs that I would rather drink. The taste wasn't bad, however the yeast, spice, and hops didn't really balance the best in my opinion. The yeast was a little bit too overpowering for an IPA and didn't match the best with the bitterness. I also prefer a little bit more sweetness and flavor. Other then that it was a very drinkable beer, especially at 8.3%.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger off white head with poor retention on a amber gold body. nice lacing.

S: floral, orange citrus, black pepper and lots of herbal notes.

T: resiny hops, light citrus, caramel and lightly toasted malts, peppercorn and woody/oak notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: flavorful but not really memorable. pretty drinkable but the odor turns you off a bit. Just not quite belgian enough for me.

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Photo of Pahn
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Stag's Head in NYC, poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Reviewed from notes taken in early March, 2010.

Appearance: Half-inch frothy white head sticks around a long time and leaves a good ring of lacing (good lacing from the rest of the beer as well). Nice semi-translucent amber color.

Smell: A deep citrus hops aroma, along with lots of grape. Some Belgian yeast comes out as the beer warms, mixing well with the pungent hops. The grape note is not really up my alley.

Taste: Big grapefruit hops hit right off with a fruity, almost musty finish, and I'm almost convinced that I'm drinking a good Belgian IPA (I mean, I'm *almost* convinced that there's a reason I ordered a Belgian IPA instead of the other excellent American IPAs available here or the world class Belgians down the street at Cafe BXL). Sweetness gets a bit bigger, but the hops say strong and bitter, continuing to taste like grapefruit and apricot. The fruity yeastiness in the finish is a decent replacement for the malt backbone in an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, mildly dry finish, borders on juicy.

Drinkability: The ABV definitely makes itself known, at least to me. Also, it comes close to supplying me with my hops fix, but doesn't quite get there. The kind of beer I'd drink "for a change," or "on a whim."


I've had Raging Bitch on tap and from the bottle. It was definitely better fresh on tap; the hops go a long way to temper the sickening sweetness that made the bottled version a disappointment to me. However, all-told, both versions suffer from being too obviously a fusion, where the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts. If I felt like an IPA, I'd order a better one than this. So too if I wanted a Belgian ale. Nothing about Raging Bitch draws me back, though it's a decent beer when fresh.

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Photo of btheluvdoctor
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is one strong tasting beer. The very name of it speaks volumes. This was my 1st IPA. It pours a copper color with a very strong foamy head. Yes it has the normal floral, citrus hop flavor of most IPAs but you can also taste a hint of wheat as in many Belgian beers. Oh, you also taste every bit of that 8.30% ABV.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle

A - Pours a dark golden color with excellent clarity and a billowing, thick, off-white two finger head. Decent retention and a loose, sticky lace.

S - Aroma is a bit fruity with hints of clove, banana, and a citrusy-orange hop presence. Some toasted malt character as well.

T&M - Relatively subtle hop presence well balanced with the malt character of this brew. Citrus hop notes are on the fruity side, paired with a fruity phenolic character. Lighter carbonation with a full bodied feel; leaves a slight dryness and medicinal flavor on the palate.

O - Decent brew, not quite sure how "Belgian" this is...feels a bit muddled at times. Not bad, but so many better IPA's out there, Belgian or not.

-re-reviewed 3/22/11, partly because I forgot that I had already had this, and partly because I know so much more now then I knew then

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty and clear copper color with only one line of bubbles floating to the top. The head reaches a maximum of about one finger. This recedes to nothing after about five minutes.

The aroma is an oily hop resin of pine oil, earth, and grapefruit zest. There might be a few spices mixed in to the aroma as well. But I just can't seem to place them.

The taste starts with mild toasted mlats that give a toasted Wnderbread flavor. The hops jump in pretty fast, adding an oily bitter middle palate. Plus the taste citric zest a peels. The finish is bitter and resiny.

There might be a Belgian hint or two in there, but this beer is definetly more IPA than Belgian.

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