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RATINGS: 1621   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


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2010
Pours rusty-gold with a quick, small white head. Nose is a combination of sweet, fruity malt and strong floral hops. Flavor is very strawberry and mango based on the front, with more fruit and some bittering hops on the backside. A little thin for a high gravity IPA/belgian ale. I don’t believe the 60 IBUs either. It is, however, very unique and pretty good.

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungular (48) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
I was really just expecting a little more malt to this being a Belgian style IPA, but it was all hops. Slight caramel came through, but the aroma and overall taste belonged to the hops. It was ok.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2010
Surprisingly, no one that was with me when I had this, enjoyed it. But then again, they don’t really like beer. However, I thought it was quite good. It reminded me of a Belgian wit but with a lot more hops. White pepper flavors offset by floral, perfume, grapefruit. Big nose with lots of sugar, banana, gingerbread and grapefruit. Good pick up.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho. loved this beer, got it the day it hit shelves here, tons of columbus hop juice and resin, fruity amarillo aroma, the yeast plays second fiddle, which IMO is what it should do in the hybrid style. super drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6643) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle. Fruity nose with citrus hops and a slight Belgian yeast character. big hop flavor, with citrus (lemon) and grass. Very bitter. Earthy, with caramel and noticeable alcohol. A very interesting, well-done hybrid with a big, long, bitter finish. Nice stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brendaniel (55) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Clear light golden pour with a white head - about a half inch of lacing and good retention. Candied fruit, very subtle hops and lots of sweetness in the aroma ... similar to a belgian-style brew. Taste is dominated with bitter hops with subtle sweetness, some banana and a little bubble gum ... a great combination of IPA and belgian flavors. Texture is thick and the carbonation along with the strong flavors really mask the alcohol. Awesome and unique!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjuf1853 (1241) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Draft at World of Beer (Carrollwood, FL). Poured a clear golden orange color with a dense foamy beige head. Excellent lacing along the glass. Wonderful aroma of Belgian yeast, banana, touch of clove, and citrus hops. Awesome flavor with the hops making their presence known in the finish. I really enjoyed this one!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Changed (360) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours amber, off-white head that quickly dissipates. Nice lacing. Aroma: very sweet, alcohol present. Flavor: like an IPA with Belgian strength and sweetness, slightly yeasty. Bitter finish, carbonation is... there. Alcohol is pretty well masked for 8%.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3871) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Draft at Flying Dog Denver. Nose is citrus, nuts, and candi sugar. Hazy copper with a medium off white head. Flavor is bitter with cloves, and mixed spiciness. Finishes bitter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Pours a deep beautiful golden color. Aroma is an interesting enticing mix of piney hops and Belgian yeast ester (apple in particular). The apple dominates the flavor, with strong bitterness and a little residual malt sweetness. It’s a strange mix of flavors, and I’m not entirely sure they meld together in this beer.


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