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RATINGS: 1727   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Draft at the Nook. Dark amber in the glass with a creamy off-white head that had some lasting. Aroma of pine and floral. The flavor had pine and caramel with a floral backing. Medium body and medium bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Not sure how I like mixing my two favorite styles (belgian ale and IPA) but I decided to try it. Not too bad. It leaned further into the IPA, although it did have some belg. ale qualities. Pours an amber color with excellent clarity. Head was off white and medium in size. Nose was banana, hops, candy, some pine and some vint like notes. Taste has some dark fruits, plum, and a slight bitter with bananas. fair balance of hops even things out and give it a candied like quality. not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1394) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Sweet aroma of banana and lemon. Not unlike a classic hefe. Surprised there aren’t more hops detectable in the nose. Just some faint pine. Looks amber in color with a frothy head that ends up sitting very thinly on top of the beer. Tastes like... hmm... I’m not quite sure. Banana from the Belgian yeast, but also some sweet caramel flavor from the malt backbone. Finish is strongly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2010
Bouteille de 12 oz. Arômes présentant une touche d’esters fruités et un houblon américain rappelant les agrumes. Robe orangée et limpide, peu de mousse et effervescence moyenne. À la fois bien équilibrée et complexe, le malt montre une très belle texture moelleuse et veloutée, sans être trop sucré. Le houblon fruité est également bien présent et mène à une finale relativement amère, appuyée par une bonne présence d’alcool. Le côté belge de cette bière est discret, mais c’est tout de même très agréable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a clear copper with a small off-white head - a thin layer lasted until the end of my glass. Aroma was very nice: floral, fruit, citrus, some type of earthy/tartness, hops, spice - all very mixed into a tight web. Taste was good but not as good as the aroma: full but mellow hops (mild citrus & pine), notes of floral, fruit & some earthy flavor (I wish I knew what this was), some spice, big (but mellow) malt backbone. Medium body. Nice enough finish: taste just lingering and a mellow bitterness. Overall a good brew: some depth, good enough balance.... I only wish the taste had matched the aroma.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 27, 2010
A clear amber/orange colored beer, with a thick foamy off white head. The aroma of citrus, it’s hoppy. There are fruits. The taste is gentle bitter with several fruity notes and some spices in the back. The aftertaste is bittersweet.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Very floral. Extremely strong hop aromas plus nice belgian yeast spiciness. A very strong beer, that I wish was maybe a tad less alcoholic. Good stuff, nevertheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2010
(on draught at Papago). Pours hazy copper color with off-whie head. Aroma of florals and spice. Taste is sweet and bitter intermingling. Sweetness is very nice and hops are pleasant. Medium bodiedy with oily/creamy texture. Finish is pleasingly bitter. A pretty good beer and very drinkable.

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 (1137) - 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.


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