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RATINGS: 1689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kiwano (17) - USA - SEP 24, 2010
A: golden amber with a light thin velvety head that stays S: Wafts of floral with a hint of vegetation also a bit of sweetness T: Floral with some perfume but hoppiness comes through giving it a bit of bitterness so it is not sweet. Bitterness comes through again and lingers with a bit of floral. M: Light tight bubbles - nice and smooth. Not syrupy. D: A nice mix of floral and bitterness. A good one to relax with on a weekend.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1103) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - SEP 23, 2010
From a 355ml bottle on 22/9/2010. Smells of fruit (pear and lychee) and spices. In the mouth, you get orange and grapefruit, honey and caramel, with some warming alcohol. Has a big hop kick, but the sweetness here makes it taste a little less full on than their normal IPA, despite having a higher ABV. So far, everything I have tasted from this brewer has been excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adrian910ss (2410) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2010
On draft at Capones. Pours a light clear coppery orange with a medium sized frosty white head. Aroma of floral notes, Belgian yeast, lemon tea and hops. Taste is much the same as the aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3999) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 22, 2010
Sampled at GABF on 9-18-2010. Clear amber with thin white head. Aroma of floral/citrus hops and malt. Tastes very well balanced with caramel, malt and hops. Great!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (6770) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 22, 2010
355 ml bottle @ home. BBE 05.03.11.
Pours a deep orange/red colour with a large, creamy head. Loads of bubbles. Rich aroma of fresh hops, citrus, grapefruit and grass. The flavour is nicely hoppy with notes of caramel malts and grass. Full/medium bodied, smooth and oily texture with soft carbonation. Warming finish with a dry mouthfeel. Tasty IPA, though this is more like a DIPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nboldock (6) - Hull, East Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2010 does not count
Bought today from The Off Licence, Hull (UK). Excellent beer, nicely warming with a delicious aftertaste. Poors a lovely golden colour with a tight head. Very good indeed, and a rarity in these parts.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - SEP 20, 2010
"Belgian Style IPA"...ok qualcosa non va, questa è una birra americana che si ispira ai belgi quando imitano gli americani; potrebbe venirne fuori un clone della Chouffe Houblon, ma Flying Dog, come talvolta, delude: niente di estremo o di estremamente interessante, una "birretta" USA un po’ più caratterizzata (non so che usino però sembra un lievito belga da triple). Boh, non da urlo, buona eh

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cfrancis (2643) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
Thanks to Don for convincing me to picking this up. Pours a light amber with a thin white head. Aroma is hop, yeasty and malt. Taste has a small hop bitterness, great yeasty mouthfeel, malt backing. Just an all around great beer. I need more.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear and brilliant amber with a thin but short-lived off-white head. The aroma is very bready with hints of spice. There are also herbal notes, not just from phenols, but also from hops - citrus and a touch of licorice. Flavor starts spicy up front with a bready and strong current of malt following after. The herbal, peppery, licorice combo resumes towards mid-palate along with a big shot of spicy bitter hops. The beer finishes balanced with a firm bitterness (herbal and a touch orangey) and then it’s a hint of butter and molasses drizzled over spiced cake. Bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is brisk and bubbly, giving quite a lot of gassy levity to the medium-bodied but velvety (almost ropy) texture. Overall, a very nice example of this fairly recent style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobaidan (523) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Pours a beautiful clear copper with a smallish head. Aroma is floral hops, pine and some citrus. Flavor is a bit bitter at first, but then again it is an IPA. The Belgian characteristics (fruit and yeast esters) come through in the finish. A little more sweetness would help to balance out the flavor.


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