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RATINGS: 1861   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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Flying Dog Brewery will celebrate its 20th Anniversary a few months early on Friday, September 25th (the brewery turns 20 next year). The brewery will be sampling the new Raging Bitch Belgian-style India Pale Ale at the Flying dog Brats And Gonzo party in Denver that day as part of the Great American Beer Fest happening that week (unscramble the FBAG acronym to get GABF). More info about the fest can be found on the official Flying Dog blog. The beer also appeared on draft at this past weekend’s Gonzofest party. Al from Hop Talk was in attendance and reported on his blog, “I understand it’s made from an augmented Snake Dog wort with an exclusive Belgian yeast strain (called Diablo) and dry-hopped with a load of Amarillo hops. They’re calling it a Belgian IPA. It was really good. It had that hop bite from a big, bad American IPA with the banana and bubblegum from the Belgian yeast.” Some may remember a beer called, Raging Bitch Birch Beer, that Flying Dog introduced on April 1st. Whereas that low-gravity series beer was a joke, this beer is anything but at 8% ABV (60 IBU). Propaganda from the label: “Two inflammatory words…one wild drink. Nectar imprisoned in a bottle. Let it out. It is cruel to keep a wild animal locked up. Uncap it. Release it…stand back! Wallow in its golden glow in a glass beneath a white foaming head. Remember, enjoying a RAGING BITCH, unleashed, untamed, unbridled – and in heat – is pure GONZO!! It has taken 20 years to get from there to here. Enjoy!” – Ralph Steadman


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2011
Bottle. Poured an orange color with a nice two finger head. Did leave some lacing as it went. Aroma was grapefruit, spices and banana. This was definitely a Belgian IPA. Clover, fruits, and citrus in the flavor. Very well balanced. A great beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gunnfryd (14043) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 13, 2011
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet, pine, grapefruit, malt, peaches. Flavour is sweet, pine, grape, malt, yeast, peaches. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
On tap from the home kegerator. Nothing like that. Poured many, many times into a Raging Bitch goblet obtained during a Rustico glassware giveaway. Pours a moderate golden color with quite a bit of haze and a nice white head along with oodles of sticky lacing. The nose brings some fresh Belgian yeast with a bit of white pepper and spice. Strong floral hops mix in well. The taste is a bit spicy with mild fruit and a decent amount of bitterness, though not too much. Feel is a medium body with good carbonation. Drinks quite well and is a really nice example of the style. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-11-2010

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
clueo (172) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2011
A great beer. Hops are floral with a sweet taste. Pours dark gold with a nice solid body. A nice smooth finish with excellent balance from the first sip to the last!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5862) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 10, 2011
355 ml bottle. Golden body with a small white head. Aroma is just delicious, mostly grapefruit and pines but also peaches and some caramel. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, fruity and bitter. Aftertaste is bitter and a bit herbal. Somehow a bit unusually IPA, but very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - APR 9, 2011
Draft from Rams Head Tavern (in Savage). Golden amber with little head. Aroma is hops with a light hint of caramel. Initial taste was just bitter, but once I got into it a good mix of caramel started to come through as well. Both flavors lingered well on the tongue. This could get me to start liking IPAs.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2011
Cloudy amber pour with 1-finger lasting off white head. Big resin/grass/sitrus aroma -exactly like fresh hop pellets when you first cut open the bag. Medium heavy bitterness somewhat balanced by caramel malts. Medium body, sticky texture. Average carbonation with pleasantly lasting bitter hop finish. Overall, I love this beer! Big, bold and very well crafted.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - APR 6, 2011
Tap. Pours amber orange with white head. Slight hop aroma, sweet on the tongue, clean finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1639) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2011
Well shit, I thought this was strong when drinking it and now i see it’s 8.3%. Big surprise on the quality of this. Abundant citrus hops but some interesting malts and yeast flavors going on. I now regret getting a Titan IPA for my second beer instead of another one of these.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2011
Cloudy but vibrant deep golden pour, with beautiful cascading bubbles. Not much lacing on the glass, but there was a thin wisp of head present throughout the voyage. Aroma is bold and spicy like a wit. Clove, pepper, banana, and lemon. Light spicy hop notes complemented by notes of bubble gum. Taste is sweet at first, bringing gumballs to mind. Lots of banana and spicy yeast flavor. Finishes with a long bitter bang, pine and sticky resin coating the palate. Mouthfeel is rich and full bodied. Really a fantastic beer. Tons of flavor, bringing together the best of both worlds between Belgium and the US. Also quite affordable, at only $8.99 a sixer. Sorry, Michigan!


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