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RATINGS: 1854   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
   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 (1625) - 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!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EdKing (2356) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 1, 2011
High alcohol IPA, which lacks the citrousy bite of the standard new world IPA. This is slightly softer and combined with Belgian yeast. Can’t really detect much of the Belgian elements. No yeasty aroma although bit of yeast flavour in there. No banana or pungent yeast though. Not sure what this is trying to be.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Matts_Property (830) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
12oz bottle split with mcberko. Pours a rich, cloudy amber with no head. Initial aroma is of hops, caramel and yeast. Tastes hoppy with a good malt balance. Carbonation falls on the rear sides of the tongue later. Nice clean finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcberko (13254) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 31, 2011
12 oz. bottle, split with Matts_Property pours murky dark orange with a small head. Aroma is first and foremost reminiscent of an IPA, with a nice balance of caramel malt and resinous hops, with the hops eclipsing the malts; and secondly features Belgian yeast, bubblegum and banana, Flavour matches this pretty similarly, with the resinous hops upfront, balanced by caramel malts, and finished with a blend of the hops and aforementioned Belgian characteristics. Quite nice.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rougeau13 (2513) - Richmond, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Pale, clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, citrus and floral hops, earthy yeast, bubblegum and nuts. The taste is a bit of a funky yeasty and malty combo with a nice dose of hops that balance rather than define. The yeast is definitely the dominant ingredient here. Body is on the lighter side of medium, alcohol presence is detectable, but not by much, and the finish is dry and a little bitter. It works, but the Belgian yeast in the IPA just isn’t my favorite.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capthair18 (1) - Elko New Market, Alabama, USA - MAR 27, 2011 does not count
Raging bitch is a somewhat balanced beer with both a medium sweet and bitter taste to it. It has a nice color and aroma to it, but for me the finish is somewhat strong. It is a good beer but only to be enjoyed one or 2 at a time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
The beer pours a medium clear gold with a off white head that rises about a finger but fades quickly. Light lacing. The aroma is pretty light giving off mostly an earthy yeasty light hop that isn’t very bitter but lets you know the hops are there. The taste is interesting as it starts off pretty light then explodes with ton of flavor. The hops are very earthy giving off a little bitter but just lots of grit. Overall, this was a pretty good belgian ipa. I only wish it was balanced a little better with some sweet on the front.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - MAR 27, 2011
Amber-orange colored with a thin white head (not so long living). Aroma is mainly malty. Light sweetness: sherry-like, citrus fruitness, some resin. Typical "belgian" yeast aroma, covered by tons of american hops . Sharp mouthfeel and taste, with a bit too much bitterness. Very hard contrast between flavour and long bitter finish. Belgian IPA is not my kind of beer, but it’s not a bad one.


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