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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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 Pahn
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Stag's Head in NYC, poured into a Delirium Tremens tulip. Reviewed from notes taken in early March, 2010.

Appearance: Half-inch frothy white head sticks around a long time and leaves a good ring of lacing (good lacing from the rest of the beer as well). Nice semi-translucent amber color.

Smell: A deep citrus hops aroma, along with lots of grape. Some Belgian yeast comes out as the beer warms, mixing well with the pungent hops. The grape note is not really up my alley.

Taste: Big grapefruit hops hit right off with a fruity, almost musty finish, and I'm almost convinced that I'm drinking a good Belgian IPA (I mean, I'm *almost* convinced that there's a reason I ordered a Belgian IPA instead of the other excellent American IPAs available here or the world class Belgians down the street at Cafe BXL). Sweetness gets a bit bigger, but the hops say strong and bitter, continuing to taste like grapefruit and apricot. The fruity yeastiness in the finish is a decent replacement for the malt backbone in an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, mildly dry finish, borders on juicy.

Drinkability: The ABV definitely makes itself known, at least to me. Also, it comes close to supplying me with my hops fix, but doesn't quite get there. The kind of beer I'd drink "for a change," or "on a whim."


I've had Raging Bitch on tap and from the bottle. It was definitely better fresh on tap; the hops go a long way to temper the sickening sweetness that made the bottled version a disappointment to me. However, all-told, both versions suffer from being too obviously a fusion, where the whole is not greater than the sum of its parts. If I felt like an IPA, I'd order a better one than this. So too if I wanted a Belgian ale. Nothing about Raging Bitch draws me back, though it's a decent beer when fresh.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown glass pry-top.

Appearance: Pours a really clear orange amber with some frothy white head.

Nose: Super sticky bud hops. Lots of fruity citrus notes mingle with dusty dried grains. Really lots and lots of aroma hops. I was thinking Amarillo and it's confirmed by their website.

Palate: Holy hop bitterness batman. Medium-light-bodied with lots of aggressive! hop bitterness. Citrus mingles with fruity Belgian yeast notes, a little bit of light malt shows through briefly before the bitterness snags it all back and ends on a mouth-puckering/watering bitterness! There's a spicy flavor there too as the high-alpha acid hops fight with the yeast. (Their website confirms Warrior hops.)

Notes: Love it! A super-infusion of Belgian yeast and American Hop-slamming ingenuity. Perhaps the best in the style.

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Photo of Brushkanna
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of JOldewurtel
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of McBraniel
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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 ethanmc12
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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

Pours a yeast induced hazy and deep amber with a steady but not heavy carbonation stream. The head is large and off-white with nice lacing and decent retention.
The smell starts off with lemon hoppiness followed by the Belgian yeast and a pleasant spiciness.
The taste starts with the earthy yeast and malt with a clove spice and ends with the citrus and a dose of bitterness.
Mouthfeel is right in the middle with more than adequate carbonation and not drying.
Drinkability is good, easy to finish though not a quick drinking beer. This one seems to really hit the major points for the style though not necessarily dead on. It's a good beer from FD and worth a try especially if the style interests you.

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Photo of Mortarforker
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of fitzy84
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Last stop on my Boston trip was at Bukowski's. Had this from the bottle, really beautiful red color to the beer. Thin head around the sides though. Aromas were packed with malts and citrus flavors, but definitely prominent with the hops. A solid bittersweet taste for me with a dry, citrus flavor mixed with hops. Crisp body and very clean. Really enjoyed sipping this one throughout the night.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wiseman Zach picked up a sixer of this at Cork N' Bottle in San Luis Obispo. He'll be helping me (Nick) out in this review.

Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Body is clear - crystal clear - and bright copper, showing light carbonation within. A tall, foamy, off-white head sits on top and retains quite well. Thick lacing blankets the glass walls all the way down. N: 4.5; Z: 4.5

Smell: Sweet piney hops combine nicely with grapefruit, orange zest, honeysuckle, and banana. Toasted malt, which smells kinda like overcooked popcorn, also plays a pretty large role. Pretty resinous with just the right amount of sweetness. That burnt popcorn aroma is a little off-putting, but otherwise this smells pretty good. N: 4.0; Z: 3.0

Taste: Piney hops, potpourri (if it tasted like it smelled), bubblegum, orange, doughy malt, banana, tart lemon, and a touch of salt. Nice complexity throughout. Finishes bitter, peppery, and alcoholic. Zach finds this beer to be very clean and "sophisticated"; like Pliny the Elder with some extra (Belgian) nuances. N: 4.0; Z: 4.5

Mouthfeel: Prickly, dry, actively carbonated, and surprisingly warm. Medium-bodied, possibly even light-bodied for an IPA. Bold, which seems to be Flying Dog's calling card. N: 4.0; Z: 4.25

Drinkability: Certainly interesting, and pretty damn drinkable for a beer that packs a big punch. Gets easier to drink toward the end of the session, but at no point would either one of us call this beer "easy". Enjoy! N: 4.0; Z: 4.5

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Photo of tillmac62
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 073/14. Amber pour with a full head and lasting lacing. Low strength nose comprised of Belgian yeast spiciness, a touch of grapefruit hops and light malt sweetness. Almost medium body with a nice slick mouthfeel. Normal carbonation level. The flavor profile is interesting and complex. Against a sweet malt background, grapefruit hop flavor leads to a tasty slight bitterness that is both tart and spicy. The 8.3% alcohol is well hidden and expresses itself only as that nice residual alcohol burn on the finish. The finish is smooth and lingers with a touch of tart and bitter. An outstanding offering from FD.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of harryhops
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of JRed
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light, clear amber topped by foamy white head that leaves thin lacing along the sides of the glass. Sweet aroma of caramelized sugar, apples soaked in liquor, slight raisin bread, prunes. The taste isn't as exciting as the aroma: faint apple fruitiness, booze, burnt bread towards the finish and rides out grassy with patches of mud and some candle-wax. Light-medium in body. The raging bitch must have hit menopause. There's no mojo here, no great flavor, no lasting impression. Flying Dog never ceases to fall short of expectation.

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Photo of Timtac
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeastLU
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 3,967 ratings.
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