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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

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

Coming from a brew so named, I didn't expect such a balanced beer. Pours a light amber with a white one inch head, dissipating into nice lacing. Lots of visible carbonation. On the nose, I notice the aroma of Belgian style yeast, and some pine. Also some sweet malt. I am also getting some citrus, orange peel. This beer begins bitter, then you get the familiar Belgian beer flavor, then you get the hops again. I am picking up notes of pine and citrus, some grapefruit. Although this beer has a relatively high alcohol content, though it does not taste hot. i would say that is of medium body, though the alcohol does catch up to you. I am quite pleased with this beer. It is everything that I would expect from the style.

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

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a 1 finger white head that slowly dissipates into a nice even layer of foam across the top; a moderate amount of lacing throughout the session. The aroma for me is the most enjoyable part of this beer...huge amounts of fruit - banana and warm pear with winter spices; a hint of licorice; sourness from the Belgian Yeast is rounded out by the generous backbone of malted barley; mostly sweet but you can really tell there is a generous amount of hops from the first whiff. Taste is enjoyable - fruity, but I also got a lot of rich flavors out of it, too...cocoa, spice, and earthy hop flavors; leaves behind a mostly sweet, slightly bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel was a little sharp in my opinion; as a hybrid between two very different styles, I'd like the feel to be a bit smoother rather than have a bite like an IPA/DIPA - personal preference, though.

Overall, an enjoyable, complex brew. With a variety of different elements - sweet, sour, bitter, and rich - it's hard to put a label on it. I've been drinking this for a few years, and have never thought about it as hard as I did tonight. Would definitely recommend, and I'm curious to see where this style goes in the future. Cheers!

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Photo of bball208
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nothing much to say about this one other than, it's your typical beer that soooorta satisfies my hoppy thirst. Clearly, ratebeer's rating of a 98/100 shows me ratebeer is really loose with giving high grades for mediocre beers.

Aroma, you get a little citrus and a little malt. The end.

Taste, some sweetness, some grapefruit, and some malt. It wasn't a bad beer, but the fact that this is supposedly their best beer, I had high expectations and this fell short of those expectations. It really was just your ordinary beer you would get off tap at any local bar. I will have forgotten the taste of this beer by tomorrow. In this day and age where breweries are REALLY stepping up their games, this one would fall in the bottom 40% of beers that are not worth your money. Paid $13 for a 6-pack, really should not have exceeded $10.

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Photo of scorched
4.97/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An absolutely amazing IPA. Well worth the "20 year wait" for this beverage.

the aroma is heavenly; saturated with glorious hops
Taste is hops, hops, hops
I could drink this every day.

Its winter and I normally don't drink pale ales in the winter, but I had to try it, and I'm VERY glad that I did. I wish this to become a permanent fixture in the flying dog line of fine beverages

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Photo of Kanyon22
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into my Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy effervescent rimmed light orange, with a smallish bubble off dirty white head.

S: Has a pungent clean hops smell with a banana yeastness hiding underneath. Smelling good so far.

T: Hits the mouth with a very quick sweet malts taste and then transitions into a heavy dose of clean hops with a washing of a slight alcohol burn in the end. Definitely a sipper, but not tasting much Belgian in this one.

M: Its a medium body affair with a nice zing of alcohol across the palate and onto the back of the throat. I usually don't like to taste alcohol but in this case I'm digging the cleansing alcohol wash after every bitter sip.

D: A sipper for sure at 8.5% and with the amount of hops and heat this one brings to the table I've yet to drink two in a row of these bad boys.

An emerging style for sure. I just wish there was a little more Belgian in this one.

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Photo of ocmpoma
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured out a clear golden orange with little head but good lacing on the way down.

S- very interesting aroma - this is my first Belgian-style IPA. It's a great mix of Belgian fruitiness and the IPA tang.

T- taste was as good as the aroma, although I was expecting just a bit more. Still quite good, though, a smooth mixture of fruit and tang.

M- The mouthfeel was also quite good, especially considering the ABV. Balanced and even a bit mellow on the finish.

D- Definitely different from other higher-abv IPAs I've had; not sure if I've developed the taste for it yet... perhaps I'll have to drink some more of them...

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

A - Poured into a pint glass. Deep orange to red complexion. Perfectly white head forming up to about a half inch.

S - Hops come across right away. Some fruit notes follow. Slight alcohol tinge.

T - The hops come through up front as expected. Apricot along with other syrupy fruity notes.

M - Light. Pretty pleasant overall.

D - If I were more into the taste I could definitely stick with this one all night.

As much as I enjoy Piraat, I was expecting more from this. A good beer, but perhaps a bit too hoppy for my taste. I find IPAs are hit or miss with me.

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Photo of harveystarr
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm learning that I tend to rate beers I enjoy high, but then again, it's cuz I enjoyed it. This was a surprise. Being such a high ABV, I went in thinking it would be out of my league. The pour was near beautiful, with a bright, rich orange, with a frothy, albeit short lived, head. The taste was very nice. The alcohol was subtle, even at 8.3. It was a well balanced and somewhat complex beer, with less hop-kick that I would expect in an IPA. That's fine by me, cuz I'm not a real hop-head.

In any event, a pleasant surprise, one in which I won't be caught off guard again. More to come.

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Photo of alee42
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice reddish, amber hue; a little on the lighter side of Red Ale. A very stick lacing on the insides of the pint glass. It smells of a fruity mix, but I can pick out the smell of tangerine on the hops. The spiciness of the hops is rather smoothed-out, different from many IPA styles - the bitterness isn't as profound here. Rich in malt flavors, the traces of yeast are covered very well. Very happy with this beer, runs true to its reviews, and would definitely drink again.

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Photo of derekmorris7
4.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was fantastic. I would have to say this is a top3 beer in my book. Glad I made the purchase.

A= wonderful copper light brown look

S= you get notes of all types of fruit essence just a nice smell

T= exceptional taste, hoppy yet not bitter at all

M= very clean feel with a nice tastey yet clean finish

D= way too drinkable..8.3% ABV..

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Photo of Simont
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

A - Nice belgian phenolics in aroma, clove & pepper with a sweet pils malt behind it. Very nice perfume quality. Very low stale cardboard

A- Deep gold, pale off white head fades to thin lacing very quickly

F- Extremely harsh, a combination of hot alcohol and moderately high hop bitterness. Makes it hard to pick up what I think are possibly good malt/ yeast flavors in there.

M- Med full, fairly effervescent.

O- This must be a bad batch, code on bottle is 338A13. I can't believe people drink this and give it decent reviews if this is consistently the beer's flavor.

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Photo of GetMeAnIPA
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - dark orange, copper color. Nice 2 inches of head, with a 1 inch head retention. Leaves a nice lacing throughout the glass.

S - I tried the first one straight out of the bottle and the second one I poured into a glass. Out of the bottle the first note that hits the nose is the wheat, banana Belgian smell, then quickly gives way to the strong hoppy smell with a little malt background that rounds it out. When I poured the bottle into the glass I get very little yeast, banana smell and get mostly a hop smell. Without knowing you would probably think it was just a straight double IPA.

T - the beer is more of a double IPA and less of a Belgian style IPA. There are so many flavors that it seemed like the first few beers I had I got a different taste. One with strong yeast flavoring, one Hoppy, and yet another with a more malty caramel taste. The first one had more of a strong Belgian flavor and the more you drink the more the hops take over and over power the yeast banana flavoring. About 3 beers deep I thought I was just drinking a double IPA. There is a nice malt backend that balances the beer out and almost has no bitter after taste. There is almost no alcohol burn from the high abv.

M - light carbonation, medium body that allows for multiple beer sessions. Considering everything that is in this beer the mouthfeel and drinkability is pretty amazing.

O - overall I really like this beer. I am a huge IPA guy and Belgians are my second favorite style. My only knock the beer is more of a 70% IPA and 30% Belgian. The Belgian style takes a backseat the the aggressive hoppy flavor. The first beer has a better balance of yeast and banana flavor but with all the hops, alcohol and malts the Belgian style gets lost. With all that being said I would drink this a any day, and any time. If you like aggressive IPAs then I would recommend this fo sho!

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Photo of mash4077
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Clear dark orange, very little head, dissipates quickly.

S- Strong hops smell right off the bat, with a little carmel or molassas up front. A nice balance to the nose of floral and citrus hops, nice.

T- The malts are present with the hops in a nice balance right away. Very hoppy, as promised, but more mellow and smooth than expected. A very complex flavor, with nice citrus and light caramel tastes, and just a hint of vanilla. The hops become more noticeable with each sip, with the floral tastes getting stronger. The taste doesn't so much match the nose as triumph over it.

M- Decent body, no major complaints.

D- Amazing for an IPA, I want ten more right now.

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Photo of importedfromdet
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass. Pours with a nice thick head that stays Semi opaque orange gold color with lots of carbonation bubbles. A little haziness near the head.

Smells nice and leads you into the type of beer. Very citrusy. fruity, hoppy.

Tastes right off the bat of floral and fruity notes. Citrus. Smooth into a malty and hoppy finish. Clean, smooth. with a full bodied taste/

Feels great in the mouth, thick but leaves the mouth dry.


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Photo of thatlongname
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Darker than American IPAs. Has a nice orange glow to it. Small head that quickly dissipates. Looks like it sticks.

Smell: Smells like hops, some malts and maybe some fruity esters.

Taste: Good hop flavors with a sweet aftertaste from a mix of malts and yeast. I could have used a bit more bitterness though.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good beer. The ABVs are pretty hidden in this beer btw.

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Photo of Bobby12many
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy gold with a nice crop of finely beaded head.

S - Zesty, Citrusy hops up front; I pick up some oranges and lemon. The zesty citrus and hops mingle well with the breadiness of Belgian yeast. Smells delicious.

T - A very enjoyable blend of hop bite and biscuity yeast. It certainly is more of an IPA than a Belgian Pale, but the belgian qualities are there, albeit subdued by the hops.

M - Well carbonated and full bodied. Spot on for the style. If anything it borders on being a bit thick and viscous for the flavor profile.

D - A very drinkable beer, and one that I could enjoy a few bottles of in a night. However, the bite from the hops is a bit more palate wrecking than the IBU rating leads on.

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Photo of anotherpg
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was underwhelmed. It looked great -- orange and cloudy, just the way I like my Belgians. But. It. Was. So. Hard. To. Drink.

Really, I don't mind a sweet Triple, but a sweet IPA? My mouth didn't know what to make of tasting it against other pure IPAs. Mostly, I'm a Flying Dog fan and I'm a 8+ ABV fan. Why didn't this beer work? It was too much effort to enjoy. I'll stick with either a Belgian or an IPA. This marriage is, as they say, a bitch.

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Photo of birdman200
4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark amber, little head (if at all...could be because of bad pour though).
Smell: Bubble gum, mint, citrus, grapefruit, cloves, banana. Amazingly complex smell.
Taste: Minty, spicy, very sharp. Nice hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: Bitter, almost with a dunkelweizen aftertaste (spicy cloves).
Drinkability: Fantastic. 1-2 tops though @ 8.3%

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Photo of jj311
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Pint Glass.

Appearance: A clear golden-copper color. Lots of carbonation bubbles can be spotted. Has a 2 finger off-white head. Not allot can be said for the lacing qualities.

Smell: A very fruity, floral, aroma. Orange, Banana, mango, grapefruit, bubble-gum. A very slight but noticeable pine scent.

Taste: Once the brew meets the palate it starts off with a sharp, piney, banana flavor, mixed in with a little sweet malt, lemon, and a trickle of bitterness. Finishes with a lingering taste similar to bublegum.

Mouthfeel: Slick, yet somewhat chewy.

Drinkability: The fact that it's not totally over-hopped as with some IPA's makes the drinkability a definite "good".

Overall: This is definitely one interesting and unique IPA.
I would try it again.

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Photo of PatDreadful
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my DFH tulip.

Appearance: I never comment on labels but I really dig on this one. No joke, this beer looks like it is on fire. The brilliant amber, red and orange make this one of the most vibrant pours I've ever encountered. The head is a stark white and very chunky. It recedes quickly but laces throughout. The contrast of the white and the vibrant colors is tremendous.

Smell: I get hints on citrus with earthy hops dominating. There is a subtle sweetness lingering in the background. As the beer warms I get more of that candy sugar sweetness with the slightest trace of booze.

Taste: Wow. A wonderful take on the style. The hops hit you up front as they mingle with some really nice yeat esters. I'm getting the bitterness from the hops mixed with notes of cherry and bubble gum from the yeast. Simply wonderful. Eventually this gives way to a hop bitterness mixed with the candy. Very complex and the ABV is nicely hidden.

Mouthfeel: This is the only area for improvement. I would have liked a heavier mouthfeel that went down a bit smoother. Oh well, its a small critique on an otherwise wonderful brew.

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Photo of deeznuts420
3.51/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

not one of the best belgian ipas out there. poured into a chimay chalice (goblet) gave me a finger and a half worth of head that wa a slightly dark orange color. smells like an ipa with a belgian yeast strain, but mostly taste like an ipa. mouthfell is medium. gf's le freak or some of the others are much better examples' but this is not a bad beer

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Photo of apants007
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from a bottle to a pint

looks nice. burnt orange with a very pretty cotton head that stick around form a while.

smell like an empty bar. a little sour with a hint of pine-sol.

whoa, big flavor. heavy tangerine with a good bit of lemon rind bitterness. just a hint of grits… is there some corn in this? just a subtle sweetness with the bitter gives it a tortilla quality. like a tangerine taco. i'm into it.

it has a light but present coat on the tongue. subtle carbonation. activates the whole palate.

overall a very nice beer. smells funny. but tastes great.

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Photo of mugsup
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thumbs up for this tasty treat. Enjoyed the unique and very different passionfruit and mango flavors punching through the middle. Nice balanced finish too. A yummy gulper this one. And very good value at the checkout! Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of Schoeni
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

...sorry but I just don't know why this beer is called a "Belgian"-Style IPA. The look is so great. Amber, yet like Bernstein. Good foam.... fruits on the nose. Smells like a sliced Mango, notes of tree gum...and a lot of tropical fruits.... I like that.
Taste is super-sweet, like honey, good body and a slight biterniss... the finish is a bit bubblegumish and not that bitter for a 8.3 ABV IPA-Style-beer..Whats the IBU? Anyway.... in my opinion the best finisht a beer could have. Very Good!

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Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,890 ratings.
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