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 | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of zhanson88
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one as an extra in a trade with tsblack05. Thanks a lot!

Appearance: Raging Bitch pours a coppery-orange color with 2 fingers of snow white head. Retention is very nice, as is the lacing. Super looking brew.

Smell: Slight caramel malts are in there as well as citrus, but above all is a spicy, peppery Belgianesque yeast scent. Maybe a bit of clove and bubblegum as well.

Taste: Lots of flavor going on in this beer. Definite caramel malt shows up first with some citrus and hop characteristics as well. The predominant flavor in this beer though is that spicy yeast characteristic. There are quite a few different things going on in this beer, almost enough to make it muddled. But in the end it stops just short of muddled, and is fairly tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is every bit of medium bodied with fine carbonation. Rarely do I say this, but I think this beer is a touch heavy for the style. The finish is also pretty hot. It could definitely drink smoother, and the body could stand to be lighter. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, and an interesting take on the style. I'd probably go for it again.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

From old notes, tasted at Molly Malones on 8th St. SE in DC, Barracks Row.

A: Pretty semi clear darker orange color with crazy cascading champagne bubbles. Small bone white head and great retention and epic lacing.

S: Orange peel, yeasty wheat, sugary hops, some straw like notes, and beligan yeasty malt character. Not a lot of hops but it still has some bitters.

T: Ok, seems a la Belgian pale than what I expect from a Belgian IPA. Very dry belgian golden yeast, banana, and straw flavors. Some hops of a citrus like variety poke through with plenty of bright fruity sugar in the finish. Needs more hops to round out the sweetness.

M:Nice creamy feel with bitters at the back.

D: Average I'd say, would definitely not have gotten another glass.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The beer poured with a cloudy honey-colored/orange color. The small head quickly devolved into a ring of foam.

Aroma: Not much but piney hops, but with slight hints of honey or candy.

Taste: The taste follows the aroma with the addition of slight funk up-front. Hops predominated in the middle and end. Some sourness lingers along with the strong hops presence. Other notes come out as the beer warms: orange and malt.

Mouthfeel: The body and carbonation are fine.

Overall: This is my first Belgian-style IPA, so my confidence in this review is rather low. I'd like to try more of this style, although I currently like malty beers which this style isn't. Accordingly, I did like the way this beer sweetened as it warmed.

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Photo of corby112
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask at Prohibition.

Pours a dark golden color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with resinous oily hops, sweet citrus peel, Belgian yeast and estery fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and strawberry with a subtle caramel malt backbone.

Medium bodied and creamy with a bit too strong of a malt backbone for my liking, killing off a lot of the hop flavor. Earthy hops up front with subtle pine and grapefruit flavor. Again, the malt backbone is too strong for it's own good with a prominent caramel and rye flavor.

I'm not sure if it was because of it being cask conditioned but this beer wasn't nearly hoppy enough. I would like to try this in bottle form to compare.

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Photo of farrago
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yields about a finger’s worth of tan to off-white foam, while not an especially deep head, what is there sticks around, the lacing forms broad irregular splotches which languidly slide down the glass. Coppery reddish brown hued liquid, not really clear nor really hazy, large amount of highly active bubbles rushing upwards, manages good brightness given the general darkness of color. The nose is on the sweeter side with caramel, toffee, vanilla fudge and pie dough notes, there is a leafiness there too which freshens up the apricot, apple to cherry scents, finishes with clove spice and pepper, lot going on and not always marching to the same beat. Full-bodied, clingy to almost syrupy mouth texture, feels heavy on the palate. Spicier here with clove, pine and mineral water accents accompanied by a broader mixed citrus presence. The carbonation is energetic enough to shave off some of the sugariness of the peach, apricot, pineapple fruit, a needed effect. Dry enough that the majority of the caramel, vanilla, cola bean notes recede. The flavors sort of halt suddenly at the end, made more obvious by their boisterous nature as it first enters the mouth.

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Photo of chaz01
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample pour at a local beer tasting event from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Clear golden amber, thin head recedes to a collar around the perimeter. A few bubbles rise from the bottom.

S: Citrus hoppy grapefruit aroma.

T: Lots of grapefruit & hoppy bitterness.

M: Somewhat oily with medium body and medium carbonation.

D: Taste more like a normal IPA to me -- I'm not picking up a whole lot of Belgian qualities in this. Very smooth for 8.3 ABV.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

64oz growler poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice clear amber color with a small white head but no lacing.

Taste is sweet and bitter with a good spicy belgian yeast flavor. The sweetnesa is a bit too much but the mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall it's quite good.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden amber with a white finger width head. Average retention, leaving behind a lace that's spotty but semi-sticky.

Smell - Citrus hops, backed behind a faint Belgian yeast aroma.

Taste - Starts off slightly citric, bitter orange peel, then some toasted biscuit malt kicks in. Finish is slightly sour; almost lemon-like in character.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Decently carbonated.

Overall - Their Wildeman Farmhouse Belgian IPA is far superior. The belgian yeast qualities in this are just too scaled back, giving it an average IPA feel with just a touch of sour, as if someone added a small squirt of lemon to the beer. Of the 4-5 Belgian IPA's I've had, this one is easily the least interesting.

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Photo of Shanex
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.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No Date on this bottle, and its an IPA..hmmm.

A - Clear dark orange, with an 2 finger off white head. Very nice appearance with great lacing.

S - Not a whole lot of smell on this, but what I get is slight Belgium funk with some citrusy hops.

T - Same as the nose with the Belgium yeast battling the hops for control. This beer is zesty and spicy flavored. A little bit of a mess between the hops and Belgium funk. The more I drink, the hops build up and the Belgium aspect fades. Really nice at first but has lost some of the nice complexity as the hops build. Its really easy to drink because of how smooth it is, not to mention no alcohol presence.

M - Medium full body, but feels slippery and smooth as it goes across and down the back of the tongue.

O - A decent beer that seems to need a little help on the flavor profile. The hops that build up ruin the Belgium aspect of this one, which destroys the complexity. I want more Belgium flavor! However, it is really easy to dink for a 8.5% beer. Cheers!

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Photo of shanblur
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased locally. Deciphered code for freshness means it is not considered fresh after May 5, 2011. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Slightly hazy copper color with a medium white head which fades over time, leaving moderate lacing.

S - Smells of malts and citrus style hops, though subdued. A bit of funk as well.

T - Much like the nose, but the hops are definitely not overpowering. Very balanced.

M - Medium bodied with a gentle carbonation.

Not bad, but not my favorite of the style. Maybe freshness played a role?

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, with the code of "290A11". unclear meaning.

hazy copper rust color, with white head. decent lacing. zesty aroma, earthy hops, pepper. taste is dominated by piney hops and spiciness of Belgian style yeast. medium body, carbonation is on the higher side.

alright, but i enjoy many of their other beers more.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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