Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

very good
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerisfoodLLC on 09-23-2009

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Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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

Picked up a bottle of this for an attempt at it. I haven't had the best of luck with Flying Dog, but I'll give it a shot. Review is from notes taken on 4/9/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a pretty solid orange/coppery color and starts with a big 2 and 1/2 finger white creamy head with decent retention; body is very clear and shows moderately strong carbonation; nice big pillow swaths of lacing form on the sides of the glass as the head slowly dwindles to a full, but very uneven cap with a really thick merengue-like ring around the surface.

Smell: Quite nice -- strong Belgian yeastiness with a bit of banana and spiciness, like clove; toasty graininess and a touch of bitter hop with a bit of a citric tinge to it. Nose is quite strong and robust.

Taste: Alright, I may become a believer after this one -- lots of the Belgian yeastiness right up front and it's got a hint of banana esters to it, and plenty of the Belgian spiciness that is definitely a bit peppery; a fair amount of hoppiness resides in this one as well, and it's definitely lemony and citric in nature. Definitely heavier on the Belgian side of things, but I'm OK with that since there are so many other great IPAs that it's pretty refreshing. Just a touch of alcohol in the back, but at over 8%, not to be unexpected.

Mouthfeel: body is between light and medium, just about dead center, I would say; carbonation is potent, but comes across as creamy in the body; a moderately thick and sticky coating is left all over the palate; belly is left a touch warm from the acidity and ABV, but pretty enjoyable overall.

Overall: This is a solid beer and well worth picking up. I'm kind of bummed now that I waited this long to try it, as it doesn't disappoint. Great nose, solid flavors, enjoyable mouthfeel, this beer's got just about everything going for it.

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

Poured with a light white head that forms a thick white cap that leaves behind lots of sticky lacings. Yellowish copper in color with a moderate haze. Yeasty aroma at first that with hints of sweet malt, honey, spice and orange citrus. Medium bodied and creamy feel with ample carbonation. Belgian ale flavors in the beginning, sweet and yeasty, with a spicy middle, orange hoppy ending and a hoppy pine aftertaste that doesn't linger for too long. The complex flavors nicely hide the higher ABV which makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of razorsdescent
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of WunderLlama
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Clear, golden amber- orange liquid with good carbonation pours a solid two finger white cap with big , fluffy lacings.

Aroma of orange, tobacco, cloves.

Cloves on the first sip, sweet on the front of the tongue quickly dissipates to bitterness on the back of the tongue. Bitter aftertaste.

Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

Strong flavors, sharp bitter aftertaste. Well crafted beer but not my style.

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

Pours a surprisingly light orange amber with a full finger foamy off white head that resists fading and leaves a nice amount of lacing behind. The smell is really good...an aggressive and unique fruity candied-melon-tangerine-apricot and piny hop resin. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel is smooth and crazy creamy. Full flavored the fruity sweet aspects of the nose are well balanced by the intense hop resin mirrored in the nose. The piny hop and melon characteristics linger nicely. A real easy drinker...the 8.3% ABV is really well integrated. Scoring CRAZY points for CREATIVITY...Highly recommended!!!

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Photo of anon
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Fievel
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of RMoeNay
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Belgian style IPA? Flying Dog? Named Raging Bitch? Come on.
Make sure this isn't too cold because the Belgian and IPA flavors don't work too well together at that point. The bitter of the IPA and the yeast characters are too obtuse. Warmer, these characteristics meld much better forming a smoother composition. The hops are ultimately dominant, as one might expect from a Flying Dog beer, but the Belgian aspects smooth things over in the mouthfeel and round things out.
This is a fine anniversary ale but I do hope that Flying Dog puts this within the regular rotation.

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Photo of Jason1337
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of KajII
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a murky medium brown with nice orange highlights and an average sized (1-2 finger) off white frothy head that had awesome retention, lasting throughout and producing some really excellent sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, a moderate dose of floral hops and a mild soapy yeast with notes of caramel, banana, citrus (grapefruit) and a touch of dark berries.

The taste was lightly sweet with a touch of bitterness and had notes of caramel and a bit of banana at first, then progressed into a very nice hoppy citrus taste with a hint of berries at the end. The flavor lasted a truly long time after the swallow, with a really tasty fruity hoppy flavor left to settle on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body and had a dry texture with a good strong lively carbonation.

Overall a bold fruity IPA that goes down so smooth that it offers no notice of the higher alcohol content...

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, red-orange amber colored with a large off white head that lingers leaving some lacing, clear

S: huge yeast smell, clove, cardamon, banana

T: very bitter hops up front, pine resin, grapefruit peel, blends with above smells towards middle typical of Belgian yeast, clove, cardamon, banana, finish is bitter grapefruit

M: fuller bodied, good carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: flavored like a massively over-hopped heffe, hop flavor is just one dimension... bitter

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Photo of kevgod
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of FrankShirley
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of sammyg832
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Foley67
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BamfBacon
3/5  rDev -24.1%

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

Slightly hazed brassy amber with an ivory head. Good retention. Very fruity, like applesauce and pear juice with hints of overripe banana and a bit of peach. There's also something distantly spirituous, like good vodka or perhaps limoncello. There's a strawberry and chopped cucumber note in there that reminds me of Pimm's as well. A good mouthful develops big sweetness cut off by a quick, sharp bitterness of hops and booze. Quinine and bitter lemon, musty yeast, grapefruit rind, baked apple, and burnt orange dominate, fading into a green banana and lemon peel finish. Not bad! Almost exactly what you'd hope for in a Belgian-American hybrid.

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Photo of csurowiec
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VashonGuy
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kornkid8600
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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