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RATINGS: 1827   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


3.4
   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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Slightly disappointed that this is rating 667. Aroma is pretty hoppy with a lot of fruity and earthy notes coming from the yeast. Pours a very clear golden color. Slightly fizzy head. Taste is pleasantly sweet and fruity between the malt and the yeast but ends up tasting pretty hoppy in the finish. Noticeably bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanLaursen (3227) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 18, 2011
Coppery, almost golden beer with a creamy white foam. Bitter oranges, belgian yeast, pears and lemons on the nose. Wellbalanced sweetness and bitterness in the mouth, with tones of bitter oranges, funky belgian yeast and a refreshing and nice sour touch underneath it all. Longlasting, dry finish. I could easily drink yet one more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Pours golden clear with just the slightest tinge of haze. Aroma is earthy hops, citrus, resinous pines, banana, slight spices, and other belgian yeast characteristics. Taste is bluntly sweet followed by some biting bitterness in the finish along side some carbonation keeping the mouthfeel lively. Alcohol warms. Good IPA though strange.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle:   Coppery amber, clear, little to no carbonation, large frothy off-white head, nice lacing.   Resiny nose, citrus rind, hops.   Seems on par.   Has a funky barnish hop presense right up front.   Backside is more like a standard ipa, bitter, hoppy, some citrus peel.   The Belgian aspect is minor, and seems to be only right at the beginning.   The 8.3% ABV is well hidden... I wouldn’t figure this for being over 6 or 6.5% ABV.   Lingering rind and resiny flavors.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Wished it were a little thicker to compliment the resiny hops.   A bit tangy and juicy on the backside.   Straight up solid IPA with a little bit of funky barnish Belgian flavors right up front.   Enjoyable.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thechandler (593) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Pours a crystal-clear amber/copper color. Aroma is strong and sweetly floral. Strong grapefruit notes. Flavor also has a good citrusy backbone present from the hops bouquet. No strong alcohol taste that would at all lead me to believe that this was 8+%. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - JAN 11, 2011
A cloudy golden hue with a nice white head, some nice retention and mild lace. Aroma had a nice hop profile and a banana note from the yeast. Flavor was initially sweet caramel malt notes and a fruity yeasty quality. Hops then took over which were bitter enough to balance out the sweetness and give the beer a nice dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Orangish pour with an off white head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with lots of citrus and honey. Flavor is a wonderful meld of sweet malt and rich citrus hops. Smooth and really well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JRock72 (605) - - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle. This beer was fantastic. Best of both worlds. I need to try some more of this style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2011
Interesting vanilla, woody, yeasty and slight hoppie. The man overpowering taste is the belgian yeast flavour. Overall its good beer


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