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RATINGS: 1871   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods, Austin: poured clear orange with a small white head. Peppery hop aroma with notes of bubblegum and some piney/citrusy hops. Flavor is somewhat peppery. Moderate hops, some earthiness, mild orange. Moderate bitterness in the finish. Good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - FEB 27, 2011
Bottle. Pours a slightly orangey gold with a big white head. Aroma is floral and citrusy hops, some doughy sweet malt, and a slight earthiness. A few more Belgian notes come out in the flavor -- some banana, bubble gum, and candy sugar -- but this leans much more toward the IPA than the Belgian. Perhaps this would be a good starter Belgian for those who might be weirded out by stronger flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2630) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 26, 2011
Tasted on 2/26/11 from a 12oz bottle sent to me as an extra in a trade. Pours clear light amber with a massive off-white head that slowly recedes to rocky lace and leaves lacing on the inside of the glass as well. The nose is fruity Belgian yeast with some grass, earth, bread malt, orange, lemon, hint of banana, and a bit of tropical fruit as well. The flavor is fruity with good citrus up front, moving to more tropical fruit and banana in the mid-palate, and grass and earth bitterness on the back. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long bitter and tropical fruit finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1042) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
12 ounce bottle from Holiday Wine Cellar ($1.99). Pours into tulip glass a cloudy orange-amber color with one finger of light beige foam. Aroma leans more to the "Belgian" side with nice sweet-ish fruity esters (apricot, lemon, peach, citrus, banana), peppery spice, and yeast. Aroma also contains floral and grassy hop notes...a really intense and great nose. Flavor has notable "IPA" hops (bitter, citrus, grassy) with some spice, Belgian yeast, and bready malts. Finishes dry and with IPA-like bitterness along with some booze. Nose is quite Belgian but the flavor is more IPA...still very good and one of the best blendings of these two styles I have come across. (700, 467)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
suprchunk (2960) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
On draft at Beer Temple Amsterdam. Amber orange, with a big frothy white head that stuck around the entire drink. Leaving ample lacing. Hoppy aroma, no malt aroma. Not a great Belgian style as it was touted to be. A hoppy sweet, slight malty concoction with no hint of the flavors you would associate with Belgian yeast. A hoppy chalk-like aftertaste. Not impressive. A little too bitter for the beer it was trying to be. But for an IPA it’s not that bad. But it overpowers anything they were trying to get from the Belgian yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Aroma is bitter hops but sweet fruit from the yeast. The appearance is a dark golden color with a small white head. Taste is a mix of IPA bitterness from the hops, but is balanced with the malt, but then you get the Belgian flavors from the yeasts. Banana is what I taste. A nice strong beer at 8.3 ABV, that really is a smooth drinker overall

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brigg (616) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2011
(bottle) Relatively clear copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma contains the prototypical spicy-banana-bubblegum nose; hops are present but floral and only midly citrus; overall delicious aroma. The flavor starts out all Belgian: very yeasty and spicy, banana and bubblegum are there but not nearly so much as in the aroma. The Belgian side doesn’t last long as the flavor quickly gains a hoppy momentum with lemon, grapefruit, orange peel and pine; drying out quickly in the finish. Medium bodied. I’m a fan of Belgian IPAs. This one is kind of interesting in that the aroma is so dominated by the Belgian side, while the flavor is mostly IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
I’ve had this a few times-just hadn’t sat down to review it yet-this is a live review. A-Body is a pale completely transparent bronze colored body. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. Pours with a 2 finger or so head. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. S- Overall impression of the nose is sweet an bready. Floral and slightly grassy hop overtones are present as well as a mild yeasty funk. T- Flavor is similar to the taste-but is quite a different story. The big bitter floral and grassy hop profile chimes in right away with a sugary sweet bready yeast backbone, and a hint of funk. All the flavors intensify for the finish and the hops fade a bit but then come back in with a bitter floral lash. This lingers on for awhile with a mild spiciness. M- Medium to high carbonation and lightweight full body. D- This is a very good beer overall and one of the best that flying dog makes. Over the past year or so I have become a HUGE fan of Belgian IPAs-and while this one is good and definately fits to the style it doesn’t measure up to a lot of other great examples of the style. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
raphael (1165) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Blushing, almost apricot color w/ modest white head. Balanced aroma mix of resiny hops and cotton candy. Belgian yeast gas. tastes more citrus. like a rich ripe orange, w/ some grass, alcohol, and an edgy sweetness. a little flat in the mouth. some warming very smooth

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElGaucho (2391) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle. Belgian candi sugar notes in the nose. Hazy amber body, with huge, billowy, off-white head that doesn’t leave much lace. Citrus notes with a bit of a peppery finish. Hoppier than most Belgian-inspired ales. Initial mouthfeel had a bit of a disorganized harshness to it, but clarity arrives upon warming. A pretty good, quite enjoyable brew.

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