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RATINGS: 1580   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (797) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Pours amber/copper with a good sized off white head that dissapates, but leaves nice lacing. Aroma of dank, earthy flowery hops and sweet malt. Taste is oily grapefruit, piney earthy hops. Sweet malts and a nice bitterness throughout. A touch less sweet and oily, and this would be a fav for me.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2010
reddish yellow with huge thick white head: a reasonably attractive beer, though a touch dark. nose almost exclusively of citrus and herbal hops. firm bitterness before the aforementioned hop flavor comes through, though muddled by a barely present belgian ester notes. the finish is far too sweet for a belgian style brew. As an IPA the hop flavor is muddled and as a belgian-style the esters are lacking and the sweetness isn’t. I did not enjoy this in the least, it is a paltry comparison to la choufe

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Pours a beautiful orange amber with a decent white head that stays around for awhile. Aroma is floral hops and citrus and fruit. The belgian yeast is also very prominent with bubblegum aromas floating around. Taste = Excellent. Its starts with a huge fruity hop flavor coming first, then the belgian spiciness and FUNK take over through the finish. Huge mouthfeel, this beer is just all around the most amazing thing ever. So glad to have this brew made so close to home.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2010
12oz bottle
Appearance : Clear amber with medium fluffy and creamy head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : Nice yeasty esters and crisp hops. Lots of banana/bubble gum. Flowery and earthy hops. Wow nose is very complex. Notes of fruity mangos, citrusy. A bit of pine. A bit resinous. Notes of alcohol.
Taste : Lots of esters, spicy with quite a lot of alcohol. Finish is bitter and warm. Very fruity. Finish has a very sharp bitterness.
Overall : Wow the aroma on this beer is just crazy. Nice esters with the citrusy sharp hops. Taste is nice but a bit too hot and spicy. This beer would have been amazing with 3% abv less. Still rather drinkable. Nice fruity profile. Very nice beer. Wish there would be more beers like this out there. Reminds me a bit of the Charlevoix Lupulus.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2043) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Excellent pale ale from Flying Dog! The beer pours an amber color with a decent off-white head. The head leaves a nice lacing around the edges of the glass. The nose is full of fruitiness and hops, along with some earth, grass, hay and light citrus. The body is very smooth, drinkable and very well-balanced. The front-half of the flavors are more on the fruity side, with some light, but dry, citrus. Then the hops take over toward the finish of the flavors. I get even more dryness and spiciness in the back-end, along with some bready and earthiness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3264) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Durhambeer, thanks Bob! The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big head. The aroma is pineapple with some fresh hops and a very fruity all around character and just a mild nice funk. The flavor is all kinds of pineapple with a moderate but nice level of bitterness. There is plenty of citrus rind and fruity hops. Pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RPKLove (105) - Astoria, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Aromas of intense citrus and subtle orange peel, very nice. Appears a dark amber, with a plentiful tan froth. This is a very complex number in terms of taste. Caramel malts, orange peel, and lasting bittering hops occupy the palate. This is the finest beer I’ve had from Flying Dog.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - JUN 16, 2010
12 oz bottle shared with Judah. Pours a golden honey yellow with a thin but foamy white head. The nose is pine, citrus fruits (pineapple, mango, and lemon), as well as banana, clove, and bubblegum from the yeast. The taste is spicy hops at first, mixed with citrus qualities and transitions into banana, bubblegum, and clove but finishes with a strong hop presence without the usual caramel malt backing of an ipa. Probably because of the yeast. Great new ipa style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4398) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Bright white head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Sweet grapefruit, tropical fruit and Belgian yeast aromas. Medium bodied with upfront sweet mango and pineapple turning to grapefruit and resin in the lasting finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 15, 2010
Sampled on tap April 2010 @ ChurchKey, Washington DC,br> In the dim light the beer shows a brilliantly clear, red-copper hued body that is topped by a wispy pale colored head. The beer is quite hoppy smelling, which mixes well with fermentation derived spiciness and phenols. A herbal, somewhat hay-like and definitely tropical fruit character forms a backdrop to the up front aromatics. The spiciness contributes aromas of clove, pepper and ginger and as the beer warms the hops contribute more pine-like aromatics.

The flavor is quite spicy as it first hits my mouth, but there is also quite a bit of fruit character here as well. This is very herbal tasting with a substantial bitterness and lots of big pine like flavors. The American hops contribute expressive flavors of lychee, kumquat and tangelo just underneath the herbal notes. The finish has some peppery alcohol, ginger flavors and phenolic notes that lean more towards turpenes than the typical clove notes. The hops are actually heavy enough that they drown out the fermentation character (I have a feeling that the fermentation character changes the emphasis of the hops here though), and I definitely like this part of this beer.


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