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

Pours as a slightly hazy warm yellowy copper colour with a medium sized creamy off-white head that shows great retention, and loads of carbonation. Strong, slightly citric, hoppiness with lots of oranges, and a hint of zesty lemon. The taste is bitter with a mouth coating perfuminess. The Belgian yeast is very apparent, offering, adding a harder edge to the familiar Flying Dog pale ale flavours. An interesting beer, was expecting a bit more though I think, given the hype it received from beer bloggers over here in the UK. To me it taste a bit like their Classic Pale Ale on steroids, however, the power seems to have unbalanced the subtle bitterness that makes the pale ale so great.

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Photo of irishking1977
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, copper golden hue with a small white head that leaves decent lacing.

S: Hops, candi sugar and that well known(?) Belgian yeast scent. Interesting hybrid.

T: Hops certainly dominate this one, but there is an interesting contrast of bitterness and sweetness at the finish of the beer. Considering that hops dominate, they don't overwhelm the other complexities in the taste. Sweetness is a combination of sugar and fruit; grapefruit due to the hops and slight banana as well.

M: Nicely carbonated, goes down easily, hops tingle on the tongue too. Mildly oily.

D: One of the better Belgian IPA's I've had, and that includes Piraat ale. I enjoyed that one, but the mouthfeel of this one is much better. Raging Bitch is not as cloying either. Overall, both are good examples of an unusual style that for me combines two of my favorite styles, though they are quite contrasting style. Seems like an unusual combination, but it does work to a degree. I'd probably drink this again, but won't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of SiB57
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color with a dense off-white head. Head lasts quite a while.

Excellent belgian-funky aroma with American hops behind that belgian smell. Big hops too, very nice aroma.

Good hop taste, but no mistaken that this is a belgian yeast beer. Very tasty. Not an every-day beer, but for special occasion, this is very good.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bubbly bright orangy amber color with frothy white head, diminishing quickly to a nice cap, good lacing. Smell is a nice blend of hops up front - grapefruit, pine and grass, whiffs of belgian yeasts with a candy like sweetness. Taste is again forward with a wonderful blend of the above mention hops, slight sugary sweetness and belgian yeast flavors, slight bitter bite. The hops are the star, but the other ingredients round out the flavor perfectly. Great body to it, i love the feeling on the palate - fuller side of medium bodied, slightly coating and hints of a sweet and fruity aftertaste all with a nice carbonation profile. A very well put together beer that exceeded my expectation and is one of the better Belgian IPA's on the market. Thanks to philbe311 for picking one up for me.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with VINTAGE10BB printed on the label. Poured into a tulip glass.

Slightly hazy in appearance with a pleasing copperish amber hue, showing off a rather short but tight one-finger of off-white creamy foam that leaves behind a gorgeous latticework of lacing on the walls of the glass as it slowly falls away.

The first hit to the nose is a big whiff of citrusy Cascade hop notes--dry hopping?--followed up by a very faint hint at pine and spicy Belgian yeast character. The orange-grapefruit citrus notes dominate.

Medium-bodied with a lively level of carbonation. The palate is quite different from the nose, with the hop notes altered and toned down, emphasizing bitterness over flavor and allowing the complex interplay of fermentation character, hops and malt to really shine through. Mildly sweet and a little fruity at the onset, the hops dance into the mix toward the middle with some resinous notes and a big, dry wallop of bitterness that opens the door for cracked peppercorn, green apple and lemon peel overlaid onto a backbone of light biscuity malt. Finishes long and dry, with a lingering hint of citrus fruit and spice.

Rather complex and quite drinkable, with the powerful dryness leaving behind a scratching for another quaff. Pleasant overall, and a nicely balanced interpretation of the style, if perhaps a bit over-hopped for expectations.

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Photo of billab914
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz bottle into my otter Creek shaped pint glass. Poured amber with a slight orange hue and a foamy thick white head. The head had pretty good retention and left moderate lacing on the glass.

The aroma is full of Belgian yeast spiciness and hops. It has a good amount of citrus and pine mixed with a spicy almost peppery herbal yeast flavor. It also has a nice malty breadyness coming through a bit as well.

The taste is hoppy with a pretty strong citrusy grapefruit, pineapple and pine flavor coming through. It finishes with some of the Belgian yeast spiciness that gives it a little something extra. There is also a fairly strong malty backbone to it that lends a slight caramel sweetness to the beer.

Drinkability is good, it was a very nice beer and maybe the best of this style I have had. That said, personally I really don't care for the Belgian yeast flavor in an IPA. This would have been an excellent IPA without the Belgian yeast that I might have enjoyed even more. But that's just my personal taste, still a very good example of the style.

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Photo of benclimbs
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours golden light amber and without much carbonation with a tiny head and not a whole lot of lacing, but a bit.

smell is a quite hop driven - tart berry, grapefruit and very floral hops, started out with a strange skunky aroma but dissipated within 15 minutes and left it smelling delicious.

taste is very hop driven as well - hoptastic in fact...great bitterness across the palate...lacks the yeast character of other belgian ipas though - just really tastes like an americn IIPA - but pretty damn good.

good drinkability for the style - quite impressed. overall as a brewery i find fllying dog pretty hit or miss...this one is a hit.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml, corked and caged bottle from the Rare Beer Club into a big red wine glass. Vintage 2010 according to the label. Served at 50 degrees and up.

Pours a vibrant orange-copper color, very little if any head but legs for miles. Really, a beautiful color for a beer - goes a long way to making up for the lack of head, even after an aggressive pour at close to 60 degrees.

Nose is kind of interesting. Big, peppery, pungent, herbal assault up front from the mixture of the Belgian yeast and the big hops. There's a bit of sweetness underneath evoking a bit of caramel wrapped in the same Belgian yeast notes, but the hops shine through in this one. Very different.

Taste is big-time pungent hops up front - massively herbal, quite resiney, loads of grapefruit rind, with a solid twang from the prominent, peppery Belgian yeast. In terms of where this sits on the "Belgian" scale, I'd say an IPA version of a strong pale, or perhaps even a particularly dry Saison. Complex and intense, an impressive and enjoyable beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry, oily, slick carbonation, did I mention oily? And quite pungent. This is a hophead's delight.

Drinkability is quite good. Balanced, even as hop-forward as this is; the Belgian character keeps the hops from being completely dominant while at the same time accenting their qualities. I didn't enjoy it as viscerally as the sweet, Tripel C-Hop assault of Houblon Chouffe, but it's still a very nice beer. A very well executed Belgian IPA.

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Photo of gnemesis
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle (thanks richbrew!) into pint glass. 2 finger off-white almost tan head and the beer itself is golden amber. Strong hops in the nose with slight malt and a little belgian yeastyness. Citrusy hops dominate the taste along with some semi-sweet malt. Not as much belgian flavors as expected but present in the finish. Full-bodied and very drinkable. I must proceed with caution as the 8.3% creeps up on you.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a golden amber with a firm white head with nice retention, great lace.

S: American hops all the way, lots of grapefruit, cantaloupe rind and pine.

T: Really if I tasted this blind I wouldn't think this is a Belgian IPA. The American hops take over the beer immediately, similar flavours as in the nose. The only Belgian characteristics are a light yeasty, almost Bretty funk note at the finish. Nice flavours overall, as an IPA-type beer this is excellent. Reminded me a bit of a couple beers in The Bruery's Humulus series, Humulus Gold in particular.

M: Smooth and creamy, medium-full body. Nice aftertaste of resin.

D: The thing I really like about the Belgian IPA category is when a beer incorporates the greatness of American hops while maintaining a Belgian yeast identity. Beers like Hopsinjoor and Houblon Chouffe can do that. This beer is not is their league currently. Suffice to say though, this is quality stuff and clearly one of the better Flying Dog's I've had in a long time.

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Photo of WesWes
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a nice pale and Carapils malt scent along with an excellent hop nose and a subtle Belgian yeast aroma. This is what a Belgian IPA should smell like. The taste is good. It has a solid malt base of pale and Carapils malts. It goes down smooth with a killer hop flavor. It's incredibly refreshing. It's also well balanced and highly drinkable. What a delicious IPA. The Belgian yeast character is limited. There's only hints of it in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good beer; probably the best Flying Dog has to offer IMO.

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Photo of alli4051
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

A: Pours a clear copper with a slightly off white head. Produces about a finger of slightly tanned head that recedes quickly, but not too quickly, with good lacing.

S: Interesting hops with some pilsnery tones.

T: Certainly an interesting style, in a good way. Piney hop bitterness with a familiar Belgian yeast flavor.

M: Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Nice clean, dry finish.

D: More drinkable than I would have thought for 8.3%. Good, bordering on sessionable.

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Photo of betterbgood
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first tasted it in the bottle, but this review comes from the tap. first of all the bottle version i could taste the fruitiness of the yeast, but from the tap it seem like it was blended well, the yeast didn't tap me here and there.

the appearance was of a golden amber, was poured in a mug, nice half inch head good pour from the bartender.

the smell was invigorating with like some type of candied peach and floral notes

the taste was excellent, very smooth and the bitterness counteracting with the yeast gave a well balance flavor of sweet malts and calm bitterness. delicious,

the mouthfeel was nice not tart, smooth not overpowering of alcohol even at 8.3abv

the drinkability is about two mugs, if you want to respect the beer and to savor its taste.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot more interesting than I thought it would be.

Very nice hops profile on the nose. A bit of honey in there as well.

Pretty smooth mouthfeel.

Hops are in the taste. But it doesn't overwhelm the Belgian character which is quite nice. Probably the most interesting aspect of this beer is that it has honey tastes in the finish.

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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 BeerGodz
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: 8
Clear amber color, big frothy head, sticky lacing

Smell: 8.5
Herbal, orange marmalade, yeast, grapefruit, banana, clove

Taste: 9
Up Front: Malt, pine, citrus, hops. Finish: spicy, hoppy and slightly malty

Mouthfeel: 8.5
Dry, sticky, and slightly tingly (woopsie!)

Drinkability: 9
Goes down like an IPA, but has the "Belgium Funk" going on. It's like drinking two of my favorite styles in the same glass! I can definitely drink more than one of these bitches!

Overall Impression: This is one of Flying Dogs better offerings! (It's their 20th anniversary beer). I've had this beer with Asian food, and it paired nicely. It was a hard beer to find, so you should try to seek this one out if you like the style. I can't believe they finally named a beer after my ex wife!...DOOOOH!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a six-pack for somewhere south of $9 in Oconomowoc WI. Opening my first couple tonight, I see it's a visually clear version of the Belgian IPA style, light copper colored with a thin head and no lacing.

The aroma definitely places this as a Belgian IPA, with the characteristically Belgian approach to hopping, more spicy than floral, maybe a little citrusy too. The taste is likewise spicy and fruity, referencing relatively old-school examples such as Urthel Hop-It. Nice lingering bitterness, almost chalky but in a somewhat pleasing way.

I gotta say, this is better than I expected as I haven't been too pleased by most offerings from Flying Dog. This was a good stab at the style, resulting in a beer that satisfies and displays some similarities with the style leaders, but finally is influenced by its American roots as well.

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Photo of oberon
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like many I have been left wanting on alot of Flying Dog brews but this had me wanting MORE!Poured into a small tulip glass a brilliant golden with a sticky one finger white head that left multiple rings of lace as it settled slowly into a creamy froth,excellent.Aromas to me are full of Simcoe goodness,grapefruit rind really takes the forfront,slight yeasty notes but the american hop profile wins the day.The palate is full of citric,oily, hop,ever so slight phenolic spice actually lends well to the big American hops,some peppery notes come in as the beer warms.Easily my favorite of the style to date,not to yeasty and or medicinal,a true mix of American hop,and Belgian yeast,a great beer.

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Photo of CharlatanSin
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Stag's Head, NYC. Curious about the brewery's take on the style, which I'm starting to get into.

A: Looks like a little bit of heaven in my tulip. A clear dark amber, with a big, foamy white head. That head just will not go away, and leaves major league lacing throughout.

S: The first thing I notice is the Belgian yeast, with the tart spiciness it imparts. The hops are strong and primarily floral. A little citrus maybe. The malt counterbalance is nice and bready. An excellent, complex aroma.

T: The taste is very good, though it didn't floor me the way the smell did. The hops take a bit more of a distinct citrus edge. The malt takes a much bigger role than in the nose, and it's a bit sweeter. The yeast imparts a strong sweetness as well. I was surprised to see the high ABV when I started my review, as the booze is completely hidden.

M/D: Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Lowish carbonation. Overall, an extremely nice beer from Flying Dog. I'm not super familiar with the style, but it's one I see myself wanting to get more acquainted with.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Big everlasting white head. Its leaving lacing all over. Very nice. The beer is a nice copper. A darker IPA but still right in the normal range.

S- Wow, Really interesting. Very floral, but a unique type of floral. There is yeast and some malts underneath a floral hop presence.

T- Very slight hop bitterness. Mostly this beer is very well balanced, juicy, citrusy, caramel malts and light fruits. Pears and peaches.

M- Dry finish, smooth medium body, mild carbonation.

D- This is a nice beer but for what ever reason I cant see myself drinking more than one. I would have this beer again, but I think I would pick something new over this.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I believe this is just coming to NC and was fortunate to have it on tap at the Liberty Gastropub in Charlotte. this was part of a beer pairing and we enjoyed it with Beer Braised Spicy Boudin Blanc with GrilledArtichokes, Gaelic, Cheese Fondue, & Grilled Peasant Bread. a nice combination to say the least. This is a great style and Flying Dog hits the spot with it. Easy to consume, even for those who are not hophead. Nice color, head, and balance

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Photo of Beejay
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful bourbon brown color. Crystal clear with a nice thick off white head.

S: Gentle Hops, piney with grapefruit. Some nice sweet caramel in there as well, and possibly a bit of fruit.

T: Hops are right up front, and follow the smell. A nice subtle sweet malt flavor, bring up the finish, with hops carrying through the finish. A bit of softness and sweetness from the Belgian Yeast, but not predominant, though some clove and spice notes are in the finish. The alcohol is pretty well hidden.

M: Mouthfeel is quite nice.. there is a certain softness to it that I really enjoy.

D: A nice beer over all, a little too hop forward for me to have everyday, but it still fits the style. I really like the mouth feel, but wish there was a little more sweetness to balance the hops.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very lightly cloudy orange color with two finger of creamy white head and some good retention time.

Scent of Belgian yeast and sugars, bitter, floral, balancing hops, citrus, and a hint of caramel. One of the best Belgian/American hybrid IPAs I have come across as far as scent goes.

Taste of bitter, piny hops, grass, sugars, orange peel, and light Belgian yeast. This is the best Flying Dog beer I have tried so far, and one of the best Belgian IPAs I have had.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a refreshing bite of carbonation.

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Photo of atsprings
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Corsendonk tulip pours a crisp bubbly dark orange with a nice frothy eggshell head that lasts and leaces great lacing on the glass.. Aroma is sticky pine hops in front of caramel malts and mild spice. The taste is a very complex blend of sweet caramel malts and bitter pine hops with a nice touch of Belgian spice. The beer is on the heavy side of medium with slight alcohol presence. This one is very enjoyable, likely the best filtered Belgian IPA and the best Flying Dog beer I've had yet.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This twelve ounce bottle poured into a chimay goblet surprises me with it being a bit darker than expected. The filtered amber body sits below a whitehead that leaves tons of lacing down the glass.

Aromas initially tell me clove-like from the Belgian yeast and Amarillo hops are likely used as well. And not just a smalll amount, but a good heaping portion. I may be wrong about the Amarillo, but that is my initial impression and I am going with it. Yes, after checking the site they are Amarillo. I love Amarillo hops and this aroma is knocking my socks off.

The flavor is sweet and candyish followed by a good wave of hop bitterness that pairs well with the initial sweetness. Grapefruit citrus flavors are what predominate the palate. Alcohol seems to be well hidden, but bigger sips do cause it to show up just a bit.

The mouthfeel is lighter and "fluffy" as I like to say with most Belgians, but for other Belgian IPAs I have tried this one seems to be a bit lighter.

Drinkability is decent for the style. It is definitely a sipper, but with enough time one could enjoy this beer and later go back for another. RB is a nice addition to what Flying Dog has been putting out in seasonal mixed packs.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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