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 GeeL
2.08/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I want to like Belgian IPAs, I really do. This one makes it tough...

A: Hazy. A little filtering would have been nice. My home brews aren't this cloudy.

S: Citrus, musty/earthy, funky like Belgian brews, floral and hoppy.

T: Not balanced. This beer has issues. There is too much competition between the flavors and the styles. I'm going to struggle to finish the 6-pack.

M: Spot on Belgian and IPA... Carbonated but doesn't sting.

O: Not buying this again.

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Photo of Seeker41184
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date drunk: 12/3/2010

12oz into pint glass

A: Clear copper color with a lacey head.
S: Belgian yeast is very present with some grapefruit hops towards the end.
T: Tastes just like it smells, yeast first, dry hops at the end.
M: Medium carbonation with a nice body.
O: I enjoy this beer very much and is what I drink if I can't decide on a Belgian or IPA.

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Photo of drewd0g
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty IPA from the FlyingDog Brewing company. The appearance is a Translucent Orange color that looks extremely clear. The smell is real nice, fruity and hoppy. The taste is just as good as the smell, the hops are powerful with a beautiful balance amongst a bouquet of citrus. A whole lot of flavor in this IPA, not just hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and it coats the mouth nicely. This is a highly drinkable IPA. Really good if you're into Hops. Nice job FlyingDog

I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of Sallerj
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm working my way quickly through a six pack of this stuff, and it's my favorite new discovery. It definitely emphasizes hops-- a nice combination of dusty, resiny, citrusy, and tropical hop flavors-- but it has plenty of light caramelly malt, warm alcohol, and funky yeast flavors to balance it out. The aftertaste is dry and bitter and still reminiscent of wonderful hops. This is scarily drinkable for an 8.3% beer.

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Photo of CorvetteMike
3.24/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

First introduced to this IPA at home in Rhode Island.

a: Amber color with a 2 finger white head
s: Slight malt and fruit smell
t: Good flavor, but too bitter for me
m: Medium body with strong lingering bitterness
o: Too strong and bitter for me

Will not buy again

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful copper coloration with visible carbonation and a frothy one finger head.

S- The aroma here is no joke, you can smell it from a few feet away from the glass! Tons of hoppy citrus and tropical notes, with some of that Belgian yeasty notes present as well. Very spicy.

T- Follows the nose, with huge citrus flavors and Belgian spices being thrown in. Very nice bitterness at the end. The flavor really packs a punch here, and this beer is not for the faint of heart.

F- Medium carbonation with a light body.

O- Outstanding IPA. This was my first beer from Flying Dog, and it did not disappoint. It really tastes like a cross between a Tripel and an IPA

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


Pours a golden/yellow/orange, with a consistent 1.5 finger head.

Hop characteristics are bright, and forward... as you would expect. The overal scent is of banana, fig, and cherry for me. Smells great.

Smooth, balanced taste. The spiciness of the style goes great with the additional hops.

Overal a great beer to drink and share with your BA buddies.

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Photo of shodrod
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours with a deep, rich golden/amber color with a surprisingly small amount of head for the style unless I just did a crappy job pouring it. Not a very big hop presence in the aroma, but I do detect hints of vanilla and peach. The peach comes through in the flavor as well instead of a citrusy hop character. The finish is extremely smooth for an IPA. A really great example of the style in my opinion!

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

(6 pack from Syosset Beverages ~ Jan 2011)

Look: pure golden amber color, flawless clarity, lacing head.

Smell: sweet citrus, hops, smells "Belgian" (seemed the best adjective to use)

Taste: Upfront sweetness, lots of sweet citrus; grapefruit and lemon curd, smooth, bitter hop finish

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with only slight alcohol burn

Drinkability: dangerously drinkable for such a high gravity beer.

Recommended: Nice and tasty, but can creep up on you real quickly.

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Photo of rwathree
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz pour.

A: the range of colors - from gold to red to brown - is attractive, but the relative lightness of color makes me think this will be lighter-bodied than I'd expect. Yields a thin, off-white head that disappears quickly; I'd expect more from any Belgian-styled beer.

S: Lot of banana, some clove; not picking up much that suggests the hops here. It smells good, but again this keeps running up against expectations without piquing curiousity.

T: A nice mix of sweetness and spices arrives up front, but a potent but nondescript hop bitterness cancels that out fast. I can't get around the thought that I'm drinking perfume. Each sip repeats the same pro-con arc.

M: This keeps with the prevailing theme for this beer - the carbonation is a little too mild, the body is a little too thin. Hops do have some sticking power, though.

O: Flying Dog makes some good stuff, but this is underwhelming. It's far from undrinkable, but there's no single redeeming positive, either. I'd like this to either assert it's hop/booze-bomb traits, or aim for a more complex blend of Belgian and American flavors. This is caught unfavorably in-between.

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Photo of Mcculler
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, golden amber with red highlights, very clear under a pretty, sudsy head. Some chunky lacing left in a glass entirely unappropriate for beer tasting.

Smells of pineapple upside down cake with papaya and lemon. Flowers and earth come through as the beer warms. Pine.

These are slightly thinner on the taste under a dominant grapefruit hop profile. Burnt sugars produce a grilled fruit taste, especially as the beer warms. Pine. Pepper.

Mouthfeel is sharp. A bit thin on the tongue with high, prickly carbonation. The hop oils linger as grapefruit continues to dominate.

Things area bit ragged for this old dog. More IPA than B...elgique. An American in Brussels. The Daisy Miller of Beers? Caught a yeast infection at the Coliseum. Worth it for the money ... Enjoyable if un...cultured ... Shout out to Ryan of Pleasant Ridge for the bottle ....

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Photo of MaxBrewell
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Gibbie's on High St. in Morgantown, WV.

A - Amber color w/ a slight haze. Moderate 1/2" of head faded to creamy rings of lacing.

S - Sweet candy and citrus hops.

T - Powerful hops blended nicely with the Belgian yeast and malt. Hints of bubble-gum.

M & D - Smooth. 8.3% ABV is nicely hidden and I would certainly grab another.

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Photo of vtblackdog
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is of a deeper golden color ... very nice.

As far as smell, I get the belgian yeast first and then some decent hop aroma. I'm not the greatest fan of the belgian style but then a juicy fruity nose.

Again the taste mirrors the smell but the hops come quickly after the belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin but respectable.

Overall the beer is just above average for me.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into maudite snifter

A- Pours a hazy color between orange and copper. Nice 2 finger white head that really sticks around and laces on the glass.

S- I can really smell the citrus from the hops right up front. The citrus kind of fades into the bready smell from the Belgian yeast.

T- What a roller-coaster. Belgian yeast, citrus and pine from the hops and then back to Belgium. The after taste is a delicious mix of both.

M- Nicely carbonated, the complexity of the flavors makes it almost tangy.

O- This has been one of my favorite beers for a while and it is about time I got around to reviewing it. I consider this my gateway IPA. Please Flying Dog, keep sending it to Texas!

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Photo of J30wang
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It's a mixture of everything I love between the two extremes of beers in the international world. The citrusy tartness found in the belgian/german variety (weihenstephaner) or the hoppy, satisfying bitterness in the classic American IPA.

Smells of the slight sour in pepperoni, wafts of well...pate. This was alarming as the other one other time this characteristic scared me was with the Bell's 2 Hearted Ale (IPA, from MI). But, the citrus and cloves pleasantly surprised me on the palate as I took a reserved sip. That crisp, light-hearted tang in the Belgian beer has cozily blanketed itself in the rough Indian Pale Ale exterior.

Overall, this was exactly what I was looking for in the middle of a nasty Mexican Deli. Recommend!

PS. Pours brown with copper accents. Light head & crappy lacing.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Finger of sticky white head. Striking amber color. Very clear. An alluring pour, without a doubt. The lacing is solid, and a ring remains of the head which took a reasonable amount of time to deteriorate.

Aroma is dense. Hard, smoky/phenolic curtain wraps the nose. The longer the whiff, the more fruity and yeasty qualities emerge. Apple, a unidentifiable tartness, slight spice, and low intensity orange-y aroma from the hops. Biscuit. Is that biscuit? Yes, maybe that, and a bit of toast.

Flavor follows the nose, but is slightly less intense. Vitamin-like phenols are the only marginally grating component, but the breads and biscuits from the malt are quite nice. The fruits are there to a small degree, and for counterpoint, the bitterness howls and rages. The progression of flavors (for me) went something like this: vitamin/phenolic -> pears and apples -> citrusy hops and bitterness -> smoky/phenolic. At least for me, these flavor sensations were nearly stepwise as I drank. Weird, but cool. Aftertaste is smoky and alcoholic.

Beer was simultaneously creamy and sharp, for an interesting contrast. The sooty and warming air that thickened your breath was also a highlight. Body was medium.

Enjoyable show of a beer. Fruit character was a little overshadowed, but I relished the punch this beer was packing.

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Photo of schuim
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dark blond to light amber color. Light haze.

S: pine hop aroma. some sweetness in the aroma too, fruity like lichee and peach.

T: Mainly bitter, in aftertaste some malttaste comes in the taste. Misses the fruitiness of the aroma in the taste. A bit one dimensional thrue this lack of body.

Alc 8,3% best before dec 2010.

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Photo of HeavyMetalBrew
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice foam head. Signs of carbonation. Golden color. Transparent.

S: Earthy/citrusy hops. Bread/grain scents.

T: Grain flavors followed by earthy hops and then a piney/citrusy flavor. Bitterness lingers on tongue.

M: Easy to drink, and a little dry at the end.

Overall: A very well done, balanced beer. Plus it comes with a pretty sweet label.

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Photo of Mll777
2.47/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.25

Have to say I am not a great ipa fan. But wanted to give some of them a try.

I opened the bottle poured it in a Duvel glass. Smell was really nice, first taste not too bad, but i can't stand the bitter aftertaste that keeps sticking for ever.

The more I drink it the worse it gets. Probably not a bad ipa but really not for me

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Photo of BNLTandem
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Huh, not sure what's up with this, but I'm not seeing this as hitting the mark as a "belgian style". Maybe its the fact that it has the ABV of a Triple, not sure. But, I still enjoyed it...so here's the details:

Look: Copper, burnt orange color with a fine, almost champagne like effervescence (maybe that's belgian). Poured into a not even sorta appropriate glass by the National Pastime bar in the Gaylord National Harbor it still managed to maintain a thin but substantial head that stuck to the glass and covered the top of the beer.

Smell: Just clean. Nothing of note. Nothing IPA hoppy, no belgian yeast or graininess. But clean and fresh.

Taste: Mid level american IPA. No noteable belgian yeast, on the dry side though, maybe just a little remeniscent of a saison. Nothing to indicate the high ABV either...sneaky.

Feel: Nice. Medium body. Little lactose creaminess going on.

Overall quite a pleasant drinkeable beer especially for the alcohol level. For a better example of the style, maybe a Clown Shoes Muffin Top or a Brewery Vivant Tree Bucket

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

Drank on: 3/9/10
8.3% ABV 60 IBU
12 oz. in pint glass

A= Big thick 1" head on gorgeous hazy golden brew. Head disapaited slowly leaving nice foamy lace.

S= Nice yeast inspired aroma with whifs of carmel malts and fresh noble hoppiness.

T= Nice Hop freshness, with a tasty bitterness. Good malty backbone and great belgian yeast flavors along with a mild sweetness and complex fruity flavors.

MF= Effervescent on the tongue with a dry finish. Light coating of the mouth with a slight warm sweetness.

D= A delicious twist on an IPA, hops are present as flavors more than bitterness The malts and yeast make you keep searching for new flavors and aromas with each sip.

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

Roaring out of the bottle, you can immediately smell the sweet Belgian malt, but wait. There’s something else there. Why it is the strong (almost cannibis) aroma of high alpha American hops barking sharp orders to your palate. The two are a match made in bitchdom. The initial swig shows sharp resiny hops on the sides and back on the tongue, but the candi sugar character slowly melds with that character and settles into a finish that is both malty and hoppy at the same time. Fruity yeast esters a long earthy bitter finish round this one out. Complex, yet refreshing, this one hides its 8% attitude well.

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Photo of orangedive
4.67/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers. It is hoppy and bitter and the belgian yeast adds an incredible tang that converts the bitterness to a mild sweetness.

The color is a light burgundy, 70% opaque with half an inch creamy head that dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.

Smells like hops and caramel and spices. A bit of malt and some fruity notes--apples and a hint of blackberry maybe.

Tastes like dream. Tangy and peppery and hoppy. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is good....it's amazingly smooth given all the flavor and bitterness and alcohol.

Overall, a wonderfulIPA with belgian yeast.

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

Belgian, you say? IPA, you say? Right up my alley.

I tend to like everything (including white wine) warmer, and this is no exception-- however, even though it is harsher colder, i'll happily drink it fridge-chilled. It's an easier drink warmer; if the initial bite when fresh out of a cold place wasn't there, I would have rated it higher in drinkability.

It's a pretty color, foamy clear head, and evenly spaced lacing. I loved the bitter hoppy character, and the sweetness of the Belgian was a welcome counterpoint.

Since this is a 20th anniversary beer, I will try to find what I can and hope it gets put into regular rotation.

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

Poured into a pint glass

A- Pours a somewhat hazy bright orange hue with dense bubbles that cascade down the side of the glass that gracefully evolves into a dense and silky one finger off-white head.

S- Citrusy hops and a Belgian spiciness dominate the nose with sweet caramel and aromatic tones lurking in the background.

T- A generous hop bitterness comes out first surfing on silky smooth caramel malts, then the punch and twang of some spicy belgian yeast esters. The citrusy resinous hop flavor is last to appear and tastes wonderful. I like the balance of this beer.

M- Despite seeming very bubbly during the pour, this beer definitely has its smooth moments. The medium body accompanies taste very well.

O- I'm loving this beer, especially as it warms up. For a beer that incorporates ingredients and flavors that can easily run wild and take over, a delicate balance is achieved and makes this one very memorable. I would certainly buy this again.

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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