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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


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (4757) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Bottle. 12 oz. Pours clear tangerine with a frothy, creamy white head. Intensely hoppy, pungent nose with hints of soap, pine, clementine, and grapefruit. Body is medium with a nice bitter, tangy palate. Smooth, balanced finish. Alcohol is hidden fairly well by the supportive, rich body. Very good IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
bottled. Clear & golden. Boozy nose backed in hops. Taste is bitter then bubblegum. Generic heavy hops, heavy Belgie banana/bubblegum yeast, and mild heat.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
paco (561) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - JAN 30, 2011
Bottle. Hazy orange pour. Lots of typical Belgian aromas. Citrus, and some caramel as well. Taste is yeasty with a zing of citrus and then a zang of bitterness. Over carbonated just a bit for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 28, 2011
Hazy amber with a thick white head. Grassy nose, but with subtle coffee underneath. Very smooth mouthfeel with subtle carbonation. Mellow caramel taste, with plenty of fruit to balance it out. Difficult to work out some of the taste, will re-rate at some point. Very good though.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
albinotron (36) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 27, 2011
I love this beer not only for its taste, but for its price. This is my go-to IPA, though its not an IPA in the truest sense as the Belgian yeast seems to impart some of the sweeter notes that I find so enjoyable in Belgian ales. Aroma is floral and citrus with a coppery, but clear color. Taste is very well balanced with an initial sweetness, but with a definite hop finish. Lots of carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2011
A hazy golden pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is citrus and peaches, moderate malt. Taste is strong with grapefruit and definite presence of alcohol. Finish is heavy on alcohol and very dry.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Byrdman (41) - Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Pours amber brown with head that dissipates into bubbly lace. Nose has bubblegum on it. Spicy/yeasty belgian character is strong at first giving way to the hops and a banana character. Average carbonation, nice smooth finish. Highly enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
12oz bottle pours a light orange beer with a small white head. Aroma is very complex with sweet sugar notes upfront followed by strong floral hop notes and slight yeast gives this beer a great aroma. Flavor is very intence but enjoyable. Hops flavor this beer with a yeasty finish and a somewhat dry feel. A very complex beer that has tons of style.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams signature glass. Darker than some other Belgian IPAs I’ve had-copper color. Decent head and carbonation-pretty standard for Flying Dog. Smells more IPA than Belgain and tastes the same. Just getting a hint of spicy yeast-more hoppy bitterness. Bitter grapefruit and pine flavors that I didn’t mind. My only complaint would be I really expected more of that Belgian yeast kick. Quite drinkable for being over 8% ABV. A very good 20th anniversary beer that I hope gets brought back as a seasonal. I for sure wouldn’t mind drinking this one a few times a year

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle. Spicy/estery nose. Peaches, clove, apricot, musk. Clear amber with a thin head. Flavor is spicy, mostly clove and nutmeg, with a light tart fruitiness. A bit unbalanced, but drinkable. Good texture and a long dry finish.


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