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RATINGS: 1806   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - FEB 15, 2011
Good meaty IPA. I was a little disappointed in the head retention. Flavor very malty with a somewhat sweet disposition. The hops come in at the end providing a nice bitter finish that I think is a good thirst quencher.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead32 (4) - Maryland, USA - FEB 15, 2011 does not count
Great name, I have to say. Pours a copper/amber color. Moderate white head, that settles to a thin cap, with decent lacing. Looks very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernesto987 (5128) - Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2011
Good balance of hops. malts, and alcohol. Intense hops without overwhelming bitterness. Great drinker.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
A Belgian-Style IPA, it’s just as rowdy and provocative in execution as it is by title. I really dig how this brewery names all of their beers in a doggy spirit without holding back on the bite...clever and attention grabbing. Appearing a clear burnt orange with copper highlights, the Raging Bitch held a respectable sandy head that gradually faded to sticky sheets of lace. The nose came across as a bright orange peel citrus combined with a light lemon zest making the aroma quite crisp and bitter. There is also quite a bit of Belgian yeast, as there should be, and in the end, the nose is really pleasing. Leading straight into the flavor, there are a lot of hops (Warrior, Columbus, and Amarillo - holy goodness) that make up a large, fantastic bitter bite. The orange is still quite present as a quick zest in the spicy carbonation and medium mouthfeel, though I found myself searching for the yeast after a while. Regardless, this is one Bitch that is definitely raging.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wlajwl (5053) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 13, 2011
Kind of an odd mix, Belgian and IPA, tastes just like adding the yeastiness of a Belgian to an IPA. Interesting and good, just at the price, don’t know how often I’ll have it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Abio (1823) - Waasland, BELGIUM - FEB 9, 2011
Amber coloured beer, a medium to big white head, could hold a bit longer, but sticks nice to the glass. Much fruits and hops at the smell. Very hoppy, light yeasty, some sweetness moderates the biterness. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Atom (1969) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
12oz bottle pours clear amber orange with large off white head. Aroma is sweet floral, yeast, pine, spices, and citrus, very interesting. Taste is very sweet and complex, too sweet for me but lots going on here, slight bitterness on the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Cask at Prohibition. Pours a dark golden color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, pillowy white head. Great retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of lacing left behind. Slightly earthy aroma with resinous oily hops, sweet citrus peel, Belgian yeast and estery fruit notes. Hints of apple, pear and strawberry with a subtle caramel malt backbone. Medium bodied and creamy with a bit too strong of a malt backbone for my liking, killing off a lot of the hop flavor. Earthy hops up front with subtle pine and grapefruit flavor. Again, the malt backbone is too strong for it’s own good with a prominent caramel and rye flavor. I’m not sure if it was because of it being cask conditioned but this beer wasn’t nearly hoppy enough. I would like to try this in bottle form to compare.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bleeng (1612) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 6, 2011
Draft at J. Clyde Birmingham AL. Slightly hazy, gold, with a white head. Nose is very yeasty. Taste has some nice yeast flavors with hops up front. Alcohol is present. Light body. Very drinkable-nice representation of the Belgian IPA style.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Geokkjer (7031) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2011 Bottle.Pours amber orange with a white head.Aroma of pine, pot , spruce and malt .Flavor is bitter with some sweetness and a lot of pine.Medium to full body, average carbonation.Very nice IPA.


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