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RATINGS: 1884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1671) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is soapy bubblegum with a little spicy hops.

The flavor is floral malts with some earthy yeast, leading to a medium spicy dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I don’t really care for Belgian IPAs, but this is one of the better ones I’ve had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JediMindTricks (446) - Remington, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Clear amber color/ ivory head. Soapy, herbal, spicy belgian yeast aromas. medium bodied. Nice pale malt, spicy yeast, dry hay flavors- very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RexTalionis (3522) - FINLAND - MAY 3, 2011
On tap at Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Poured clear copper in color with fluffy off-white head. Pine and grassy hops in aroma. Slightly bitter grassy in flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
12oz bottle. Huge white head, dark yellow color with many active bubbles. Smells like a hefeweizen, and the first impression upon tasting does not dissappoint - definitely a banana aroma somewhere in those hops. Pretty bitter, at first, but you get accustomed to it halfway through. Slightly sweet. Seems much less fizzy compared to other Flying Dog brews, which for me is a good thing... Although it lacks a crispness. 8.3% ABV is impressive for an IPA, and I think it pulls it off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrelbelly (748) - BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2011
Amber colored, small to medium size head. Sweet hoppyness that is somewhat fruity. Bitterness should kick through more, but great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
loulan (126) - SPAIN - APR 30, 2011
Marcado aroma floral. Entra suave y envuelve el paladar. Regusto amargo al final del trago. Muy buena cerveza.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (5393) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2011
355ml. Pours an amber/orange colour with gentle bubbles and a nice medium lacy head. The nose has pine, grapefruit and a little sweet maltiness. The taste is initially creamy malt, then grapefruit pith which turns a little bit sweet. The palate has good structure and texture with a long clean finish. Overall, this is just within the realms of being ’balanced’. A good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - APR 27, 2011
Pours a clear amber, with a small off-white head. Notes of orange, grapefruit, and hops. Flavor is sweet, fruity, with oranges and malts. Finishes with hops and slightly dry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2011
What a stellar beer! Hoppy but not very much so, actually quite sweet. Aroma is extremely rich with caramel and banana but actually in a good way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2389) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle. Lighty hazy bright yellow orange with a fluffy head. Floral and spicy hops with some yeastiness in the aroma. Really quite nicely hopped, with a hint of spice, flowers, some grapefruit as well. Very fruity and estery, but not too sweet with a touch of candy. Lighter, soft body. Solid.

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