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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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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
Reviews:
1,146
Ratings:
3,899
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
25.06%
 
 
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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 DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much has been made about the controversal name, but I care more about the contents inside. Time to drink with a burrito bought at Chipotle. On to the beer:

Deep orange color, it shines beautifully in the tulip glass. The head forms over a finger's thick, and is showing some great head retention. Very nicely hopped is the aroma. Fresh, juicy, floral, hops. With the twist of horse blanket. I like a lot.

Of all the Begian IPA's I've had, this is definately the one with the most "American tasting hops". Fresh hops again. They provide a squirt of juice and fresh floral notes. A little bready plus honey, some crackery malt, then add that funky blanket which dries out your palate. Lemon peel is noted. Alcohol...that's nowhere. Wait, it's 8.3%? Crisp and refreshing, and very drinkable.

When I think of Flying Dog beers, I think of ugly labels with middle-of-the-road craft beer. Raging Bitch has the ugly label, but is easily the best of the Flying Dog brand I've had to date. Highly recommended.

Oh, and it's a decent pair with my burrito from Chipotle.

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Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy, cheers. 12oz bottle into a tulip, stamped 359A11.

Reddish copper, with a voluminous white head. Big chuny and sticky lace lines the walls of the glass and relatively dense head retains atop the beer. Nose is floral and juicy with a light herbal quality, just as expected from an American interpretation of a Belgian style - big hop notes amidst a generous amount of Belgian yeast notes. Light bready maltiniess, and hints of spice. Alcohol is detectable. Malt and yeast take over on the palate, light sugariness and a bit of dryness in the finish. Hop notes are muted, and there a slight candy note; gentle and understated bitterness in the finish. Some resin-y notes come through. No alcohol on the palate, smooth carbonation (an actually quite favourable). Easily drinkable but not too complex or desirable, I could revisit this.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear coppery orange amber. Nice one finger white head and lacing. Aroma of Belgian spices, light and exotic fruit, light sweet malt. Interesting combination of hops, malt, citrus and light fruit to start, finish is a bit dry and and abrupt which doesn't present the residual citrus and piney hops that well. Nice medium almost creamy body. I really like the subdued, well integrated flavors of the start and middle, which make up for the finish.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear medium orange color with a white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, citrus and oranges. The flavor has lots of citrus with lemons and oranges. Belgian yeast flavors are present as is medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of aasher
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured light and auburn in color with an off white head that quickly dissipated. It definitely smelled more like a Belgian than an IPA. It had good yeasty aromas with some light maltiness. It didn't feature hoppiness or alcohol at all. The taste was excellent. Again it was heavier on the Belgian side. It featured a good mix of breadiness with sugars and some light alcohol on the backend. The mouthfeel was light, crisp, and well carbonated. I really liked this one and I found it more drinkable than a lot of other Belgian IPAs. This one certainly is closer to a Belgian than an IPA.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this one.

Pours a pretty nice dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, slight yeast, pepper, caramel. The taste is a pretty nice hop bomb, malty, a nice pepper note, slight corinander, and caramel. Medium body, the finish is bitter and dry. Very Drinkable, this brew surprised me, very nice, recommended. Thanks Wayne.

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is of hops, somewhat sweet, a bit of yeast, not overpoweringly bitter. Feels medium bodied and bitter in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a pretty good brew.

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

Hazy shiny penny copper with an outlay of orange sunset. A little tint of red from the crystal malt. Not the clearest looking brew but the color is pulling me in. A Belgian tight beige/sandstone foam was on the surface with pokadot bubbles on top resulting in some spraypaint lace.

The El Diablo yeast comes up in scent the most with the hops not so far behind. A nice amount of fruit in the nose plus a funky day old bread scent. The hops are more floral than on the citrus side but I do get pineapple and the like. Also a scent of alcohol pushing this into triple territory.

A nice bite of hops with a mix between floral and fruity. This comes as grapefruit and papaya into some earthiness topped by some sugar cookies. A nice amount of yeast adds to the fruitiness but does not perfectly match a Belgian bouquet. This reminded me of a very light triple with some alcohol and spice afterwards.

Bitch got a body on her, this does not go down exactly like a IPA, I would say a medium, slightly oily body. At first a smothering of hops just pushing being bitter, more fruity like, followed by a sweet middle and spicy finish. Carb is not a problem here, it's felt, but not overfelt.

I had this a few months ago and did not care for it, but this certainly surprised me tonight, a interesting IPA with qualities of the style from two countries perspectives without either stepping on toes. It packs a lil punch to so i'll stop at two. One of the better Flying Dog beers I've had recently. Happy 20th guys!!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap April 2010 @ ChurchKey, Washington DC
In the dim light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper hued body that is topped by a wispy pale colored head. The beer is quite hoppy smelling, which mixes well with fermentation derived spiciness and phenols. A herbal, somewhat hay-like and definitely tropical fruit character forms a backdrop to the up front aromatics. The spiciness contributes aromas of clove, pepper and ginger and as the beer warms the hops contribute more pine-like aromatics.

The flavor is quite spicy as it first hits my mouth, but there is also quite a bit of fruit character here as well. This is very herbal tasting with a substantial bitterness and lots of big pine like flavors. The American hops contribute expressive flavors of lychee, kumquat and tangelo just underneath the herbal notes. The finish has some peppery alcohol, ginger flavors and phenolic notes that lean more towards turpenes than the typical clove notes. The hops are actually heavy enough that they drown out the fermentation character (I have a feeling that the fermentation character changes the emphasis of the hops here though), and I definitely like this part of this beer.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Raging Bitch pours a rich amber in color with a nice fluffy head and some lacing down the glass.

Aroma is of hops and a solid whiff of alcohol heat.

Has a nice belgian twang due to the yeast. Hop bitterness is there with all kinds of citrus notes (grapefruit). Sweetish malt character. Juicy and quenching. Pretty good balance of hop, belgian and malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and semi-dry.

This is a nice experiment from Flying Dog. Worthy of the purchase.

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Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at The Belgian Room, NYC.

Poured a pale copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a full peppery hop and moderate esters.

The taste was extremely spicy due to the abundantly peppery hop and estery yeast. Earthy malts rounded out the experience.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a superior example of the style.

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

Raging Bitch has a scalded orange colour, inflamed glow and frenzied complexion - I feel as though it's staring daggers at me. Do I have to defend myself before taking a drink? Will it hit me? I'll tell you what does hit me: the fiery, well stoked highlights that bleed through its frost bitten clarity. Its head isn't so raging but is erratically sticky.

The aroma is a sure distraction: the combination of American hops and Belgian yeast is damn near mystical. A profuse, hemorrhaging fruity bitterness occults all sorts of esters, vapors and phenols and the distant sweetness of a generous maltiness. Like a dog trying to catch a fly buzzing around its head, I'm chomping at the air around the glass...

Until I remembered I could actually take a sip. Impressive. The hops are so fruity and piny and bitter that they seemed to have blown a gasket; charred grapefruit, dried orange peel, herbal grasses and tree bark are on the warpath. But they meet a formidable foe in the less aggressive, but more tactile, esters and peppery phenols of the yeast.

The alcohol is just about at its boiling point but, curiously, feels only lukewarm, and is nowhere so hot so as to cause burns. The bitterness is incredibly raspy, and leaves your throat feeling that way too. The malts, meanwhile, despite that hoarse, gravelly hop presence, is not the least bent out of shape; it is firm and so thick so as to feel crunchy.

Raging Bitch is an appropriate name for a beer that is comprised of a rabid yeast, seething alcohol and merciless hops. And doubly so because I'm now enraged by the fact that the brewery doesn't sell it in bombers! The fact that I had to settle for a 12 ounce bottle has me seeing red! And also definitely seeing a full six pack in my future purchases.

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

Brilliantly clear copper colored ale with a small tan colored head. This is the color of an old penny but not quite what I would call red.

Strong aroma of north western style hops. Very hoppy to the nose, in the Double IPA range and something like Dreadnaught. Strong pine, citrus and cedar scents. Coriander is in there but just about obliterated by the hop aromas. Finally there is a strong spruce aroma here that is distinct from the other evergreen aromas.

Starts out hoppy and earthy not unlike biting down on a cedar plank. Right off the bat you get some hop funk. There is a savory flavor here not unlike meat so I assume something here made glutamate possibly they threw some seaweed in the pot. There is a smoky flavor here I can't quite ID, something like a little scorched sugar. Not a very sweet beer there is sugar there after your tongue adapts to the hop attack. Lots of pine flavor here and eucalyptus the complexity of the smell doesn't translate to the taste. This isn't a bitter beer though, it is just funky.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a nice beer here. On the high side of the hop scale for the style but I love it.

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Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a golden honey color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer is very floral, with some very perfumy hops backing the light fruity sweetness. Flavors replicate the nose, and I have to say this is one of the hoppier, bitter, domestic Belgain style IPA's I've tried. There is some underlying sweet white peach and honey, but the hops really come on strong in this beer, giving if a long, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light and drinkability is OK. The alcohol is a bit more noticeable then I would like, and I can't see myself having more then a single glass at a sitting. Still, this was a nice effort by Flying Dog; one of the more interesting beers I've had from them of late.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden with little head, and what head there is fades away to a swirl. Smells peppery, dry and herbal up-front, followed by a little Belgian yeast clove and sweetness. More pepperiness and herbalness in the taste, plus some heat from the alcohol. Almost spicy. A little too austere, and hot, but not bad. Slightly tangy in the mouth, dry, and herbal. Pretty decent effort here.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours lovely hazy orange with a rather large white head that leaves pretty darn nice lacings.

S: Dried hops, just like they do it in Belgium. Yeast and spices. Semi-sour. Citric freshness.

T: Citrus galore, but also an almost hard-candy-like sweetness. Bitter and malty. But in the back the Belgian yeast and spices lingers. Some sourness. Red berries, NICE!

M: Sour and bitter aftertaste, lingers for a longer time than most in this style. Body is smooth and creamy, on the fuller side. Carbonation is surprisingly rich, but still smooth.

O: This one kicks ass. The fellows at Flying Dog sure know what they are doing. I've had so many Belgian IPAs from Belgium - this one is better than most of the ones I've tried.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From the 12. fl. oz. bottle no.151A138. Sampled on February 25, 2013.

It is an attractive looking beer with a medium amber tone, copper, like a brand new penny, busy carbonation and a lingering off-white head. That gets a high mark.

The aroma has as touch of Belgian sugars and yeast, banana, and bubblegum.

The body is medium but there is a considerable acidity going on which makes it a little sharper on the palate.

The taste drops hints that it is a Belgian style IPA with the pale malts, banana, and bubblegum (like the aroma) and moderate hop bitterness lingering on at the finish. But there is something rather off about it. It has this graininess or something I cannot quite define. It looked and smelled good but it slipped on the taste.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.13/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

3/4/11

On tap at URGE.

A: Transparent golden orange. Creamy cap. Looks inviting.

S: Coriander, clove, and orange, with bready malt. Very spicy. Some light grapefruit. A little alcohol. Perhaps some pepper. Smells like a generic Belgian beer. Average at best.

T: Moderately bitter grapefruit rind up front with prominent spicy phenols, reminiscent of clove and white pepper. There's a lot astringency in there. Far too spicy for my taste, and not enough of the IPA showing through. Alcohol is noticeable in the bitter astringent finish. There's a definite clash of spice and bitterness in the end that reminds me of aspirin. That's terrible.

M: Lower medium body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy and sticky.

Overall: Not recommended at all. Avoid. Looks deceived me.

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Photo of dar482
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out with a large pillowy head. On the side of glass, it’s composed of large bubbles. The color is a light amber, almost like a Rosé wine.

The aroma has that familiar bready malt, but also with lots of fruit from the Belgian yeast. There’s juicy orange, but in the background, there’s a hint of alcohol.

The flavor follows quite nicely with a syrupy sweetness from citrus and pine and then a grapefruit peel finish, much like that of a Double IPA. The front certaintly has some Belgian breadiness and fruity esters. Then the end has a clean dry IPA finish that is very bitter and astringent.

The beer is quite good and an interesting take on the Double IPA. It reminds me of many beers in the style, but certainly has a personality with its Belgian influence. This is more Double IPA than “Belgian.” Unfortunately, no bottle date by this brewery, but this did taste quite fresh.

In the end, this is quite good. Recommended for Double IPA lovers looking for something different. For Belgian IPAs, I think this goes a bit too far with the IPA qualities.

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Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an orange toned amber with a small head of fluff. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is pine, citrus, herbs, spices, orange peel, notes of rye, and obvious esters from Belgian yeast.
Taste is of the aromas with a juicy fruit gum and apricot explosion. I'm at odds as to the yeast they used here. Almost seems like a dry yeast.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, bitey, bitter, sweet, pungent, and sticky.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.31/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit, some sweet orange. Dry finish. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

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Photo of rudzud
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a lone bottle at Julio's. Lets give this belgian IPA a try...

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear copper pour with a good, fluffy two finger head that faded to leave minimal side lacing and nice white clouding.

S - Nice light belgian hop characteristics. Some pine and good grapefruit along with a little malt. The killer though is that 8.3% on the nose. Not good.

T - Like the nose with some nice spicey belgian qualities with good amounts of pine resin and grapefruit. Nice sweet, somewhat sticky malt flavours with a very bitter finish. Again, that ABV is very noticeable.

M - Not a bad mouthfeel here. Lowish carbonation makes this slightly heavy.

O - Overall, this is a good represenatation of the style. The noticeable ABV doesnt really work for me though.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pleasant coppery colour, slightly hazed, although there's not sediment in the bottle. Head is fine, for the most part, but is filmy, and forms in large bubbles otherwise. Some patchy and very inconsistent lacing. Not that great, to be honest.

Nose is, indeed, that great. Big citrussy American hop character, with the blunting that comes from a pleasant round Belgian yeast character. Very crisp and very lovely. It brings together the best of both world in such a lovely fashion. Almost the classic BIPA nose.

Taste is also very nice, and really exemplified the wonderful blend of the two styles. Rather sweet cleansing Belgian body, with a lightness that improves the drinkability and a pleasing citric hop bite that gives crispness to the end and a lengthened bitterness. Feel is smoother than the average IPA, but very pleasantly leavened.

This is a lovely beer. It's pretty much a light American IPA that is spliced with the interest and roundness of Belgian yeast to give it something surprising. A very clear exemplar of the style, and one of the best of the style I've had.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,899 ratings.
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