Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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89
very good
3,979 Ratings
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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPARaging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,979
Reviews:
1,163
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
13.42%
 
 
Wants:
163
Gots:
1,081
For Trade:
3
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Beer Tracker in an in-person trade, cheers to Jeff for his generosity! I believe this my First beer from these guys since they moved to MD. I do like the label art

Pours a super effervescent apricot with a pinky of sand colored head. Great head retention & average lacing

S: Pineyness & lemons in abundance, some green apple

T: Follows the nose, some green apple skins as well, plus breadyness & some booze warmth up front. More citric hops on show as this warms. some green apple & hay as well. Finishes somewhat dry, grainy with much grapefruit. Deducting .5 for straying pretty far off style, but I do like this

MF: Medium bodied, creamy & soft carbonation

Drinks very easy, abv is well hidden, I do find the Belgian aspects of this a bit restrained. Still a winner

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Photo of smcolw
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head that is slow to die; leaves a cratered surface as it recedes. Good lace. Clear, golden-amber color

Earthy, moldy, and very bitter are the first words that come to mind when I smell this beer. It's not particularly attractive and it's hard to describe. On the surface, it smells like a particularly strong yeast with a hot spiced hop. It's like nothing I've brought to my nose before.

Very harsh taste that cannot be complete attributed to the ample hop. It's almost as if there were some sort of hot sauce (tabasco-like) added to the beer, even though there is no "heat" per se on the tongue. Very astringent. Short aftertaste. I cannot detect the alcohol nor can I sense the yeast flavor. Moderate body and slightly spritzy carbonation.

This is completely unusual to me, but not necessary in a good way. Worth seeking out if only to try something new.

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

Appearance: Pours out an amber-hued, clear body with a goodly sized, clumping, white head.

Smell: Faintly sweetish accents to the pale, bready malts followed by a splash of brandy and whiff of aromatic cloves. Then, it's time for the hops with a vibrant citrusy fruitiness and floral, grassy hints.

Taste: Simple, sweet opening with pale malts rounded out with a light breadiness. Abundantly bitter and hoppy, with full tastes of lemons, tangerines, and white grapefruit with marked grassiness. Minuscule astringency. Spicy ground clove character. Hint of white grape-flavored bubble gum arrives rather late. Remains firmly bitter for the dry, warming finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: For all of the alcohol and IBU's within, it goes that fairly smooth. While Horn Dog and the seldom seen Barrel-aged Horn Dog still remain the Best of Show winners for me, this new Raging Bitch surely deserves a ribbon of its own.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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

"Not only is life a bitch, but it is always having puppies."

--Adrienne Gusoff

Shiny kumquat orange with multiple slow moving streams of fine bubbles that eventually disappear into the underside of a thick chunk of pale khaki colored foam that does not have a Belgianesque look. It does, however, have glacier-like rockiness that is visually appealing.

American hops and Belgian yeast is a splendid combination. The former includes Warrior, Columbus and Amarillo. The latter was named 'El Diablo' by the brewery. In any case, the combination of tropical fruitiness (orange and pink grapefruit) and spicy esteriness is all kinds of enjoyable.

Raging Bitch's flavor falls a little short of its nose in terms of awesomeness. It's still good beer... that was undoubtedly better beer right after the release. It doesn't taste worn out, though, just less vibrantly hoppy than it almost certainly was several months ago.

More pale malt and less crystal malt would have given the hops and yeast even more of the flavor spotlight. The Amarillo hops, in combination with generous alpha acids, might lead some BAs to think that this offering tastes like orange-flavored children's chewable aspirin. It does, a little, but not so much as to be offputting.

More than 5 months of age or not, this Bitch is still Raging. It tastes and feels like most of the original 60 IBUs are still present. The alcohol is nicely masked too. Warming releases even more peppery and clove-like phenols. What a mouth party this is turning out to be!

The mouthfeel is more 7.0% IPA than 9.0% DIPA. It's plenty big enough, however, and has a glassy smoothness that falls just short of slick and slightly oily. Peppy carbonation fits the rest of the attributes (and the name) to a 'T'.

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA is Flying Dog's second best beer. Horn Dog Barley Wine Style Ale is the best. It's a humdinger of an ale that is a few tweaks away from being amazing. Here's hoping this 20th anniversary brew becomes a year-round release.

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hey, if the Bitch is Raging, then she simply needs to be set free. I began with one of the most aggressive pours of my life, nearly inverting the bottle as it growled at me. Down, girl! That pour resulted in a finger-and-a-half of eggshell white foam that was as dense as some of Kotter's Sweathogs. Even the remaining foam poured like soft-serve ice cream! The color was a deep, coppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was definitely Belgian yeast with esters of banana and must. Speaking of bananas, the taste was initially that of banana bread, then suddenly, the pine hops kicked in for a riot of flavor. It was like a King Cake, except that instead of a baby, somebody baked a pine cone into the middle of a loaf of banana bread. Zoinks! Mouthfeel was kind of abrasive, lots of CO2 scrubbing the nooks and crannies of my tongue. The finish was all hops, leaving me gasping for breath. Almost forgot the beautiful lacing throughout. Phew, "pure GONZO!" is putting it mildly. I have no words.

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

Big thanks to Rich for this one. I had not seen it pop up and he was very kind to throw one down my way. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, this one was consumed on 01/15/2010.

The pour was very nicely put together, medium amber in color but leaning golden with a light bit of haze that very quickly cleared up and left behind a huge, three inch towered head of white foam that took what seemed like forever to settle down. Aroma was light at first but built up after a few minutes. Ripe citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit dominant with hints of light spicy notes tugging on the palate and a light belgian floral note. As I take the first taste though is really where it begins to come alive. Insanely bright and crisp taste. Huge notes of lemon and grapefruit are all over this one. Ripping through the palate they leave hints of pears, light peppery spices, apricots and herbal yeast notes in the finish. Very dry and a huge amount of carbonation, I could have drank this one all day to be honest.

Overall I was not expecting this one to be as good as it was. Simply intense and very welcomed. I loved this one very much.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Brass Deli in Campbelltown -poured chilled into a 1/2 pint from the 12oz brown bottle.

A - a very light honey color like apple juice w/ a sturdy 2 1/2 finger smooth cap. The clarity is lightly hazed w/ slow moving bubbles indicating depth. The bead is average size w/ good lace

S - A floral hop scent w/ light green fruit like kiwi and pear w/ gentle lemony scent and light alcohol w/ slight yeast phenolics

M - A resinous feel that has spicy and bitter dominance w/ medium carbonation and mild sweetness from malt. The feel is slightly astringent and has a moderate alcohol effect in the finish

T - The taste has some herbal and citrus hop aspects w/ mild belgian yeast character and brief creamy sweet malt , but finishes bitter and smoewhat harsh with a piney bitter and acidic taste. The alcohol is somewhat high in the taste which comes off as lightly medicinal after half the bottle

D - A better than average Belgian IPA - not sure what that means since I have probably only had enough to count on 2 hands, but the ale seems more bitter than the listed 60 ibus and tastes exactly like 8.3% if not higher- watch out for this bitch!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - Appearance is an amber/gold, a lot of carbonation, almost no head.

s - Has a very fruity, citrus smell.

t - Taste a lot of spices and citrus, very hoppy.

m - Feels very carbonated, medium body.

d - Overall it was good IPA. Thought it hid the 8.3% ABV well, would definitely drink again.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sloeber tulip glass.

Feel the rage! Y'see, in public speaking courses, they stress attention-getters. That's the best I could come up with here. Speaking of attention-getters (that there's a transition), this brew's got quite a lovely orange-amber hue to it, capped off with a chapeau of white suds. The nose comes off as sugar-dipped hops steeped in some funky straw and garnished with some parsley. Not only does it add a bit of color, but a dash of spicy aromatics as well, adding to the whole dining experience. The parsley is also on the tongue, joined by some mightily bitter hops, some light caramel, a dash of soap, and I think I've got a pinch of paprika in there too. Something like that. So, (and here I'm connecting with the audience) if you're lookin' for a tasty, light, and not-too-fizzy beer that won't leave you hanging, choose Raging Bitch. (There's an overly large smile on my face at this point.) ...I think I may have stepped into commercial territory there... Seriously though, this is a damn fine brew right here. (I somehow got an A in COM 114...)

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer appears amber and clear. Atop the fermented beverage sits an inch of dense head that leaves copious residue about the pint glass. The aroma brings spice, pepper, yeast, hops, and alcohol. The flavors are a bit scattered and rough, with too much alcohol in both the nose and taste. That said, the beer offers some pleasant spice and yeast character, and is certainly drinkable and enjoyable. Perhaps this was inspired by Belgian IPAs, but Raging Bitch is not in the same echelon with Duvel Tripel Hop or Houblon Chouffe, a couple of my favorite beers of this ilk. Overall, a decent brew. I would try this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,979 ratings.
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