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RATINGS: 1708   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

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (8837) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2010
Tap at 4th Ave. Pub. Pale amber gold pour with a thin white head. The nose is intensely spicy with lots of bright Belgian yeastiness, clove and fruit that is then overlaid with lots and lots of pine and citrus hoppiness. A little bit tropical with notes of mango and grapefruit. Unusual hoppiness (Amarillo and Citra maybe?) that lends a very bright fruitiness to the beer. Lemon peel, grapefruit and a kiss of spiciness. Despite the internse dry yeastiness, the beer has an assertive bitterness. Really damn tasty – there is excellent integration of yeast and hops in this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5151) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 9, 2010
Bottle: Big off white head. Clear orange color. Smell citrus, lemon, cactus, hops, malts and some hints of bitter. Taste very light fruity (citrus, lemon, lime, cactus), slight bitter turns bit more bitter towards the aftertaste. less dry than regular ipa. Hoppy, hints of malts, sugars and yeast. Expected more of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Finhead (1311) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2010
A hazy orange pour with white head. The aroma has pine and some citrus. The taste begins bitter and ends bitter, but there are some sweeter notes that linger in the back. The bitterness doesn’t linger in the finish, eventually leaving a clean palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2010 Bottled. Forgot to note the colour but that’s well documented! A big beer with good Belgian yeasty notes and lovely hops. Fizzy and flowery. Very tasty indeed with lovely influences from both Belgian and US brewing. Score 3.9
Subsequent rating also scored 3.9.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rodders (137) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2010
Bottle at Fat Cat, Norwich. Amber with a pure white head, lots of bubbles. Real citrus hoppy taste, essence of tomato, but very strong. Beautifully hoppy (tho not over the top) with a grassy lemon and more citrus mouthfeel. AWESOME

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 7, 2010
Flying dog Raging Bitch Pours Golden with a medium white head and ok retention. Interesting smell of pine needles , spices (anise?) and a nice dose of earthy, yeasty funk.. Slightly sour at first with a spicy banana note in the middle and all bitter resiny hops on the finish. Very different, and unexpected. Not exactly my thing, but great effort. I always appreciate a surprise.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
maccaferri (10) - ITALY - AUG 7, 2010
Che dire....ennesimo capolavoro della Flying dog. colore rosso ramato,il profumo e intenso e persistente di mandarino e pompelmo,l’amaro del luppolo e’ ben bilanciato con gli otto,3 gradi alcolici. Peccato che e’ limitata a questa sola annata....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2010
The pour is a sparkling, translucent, orange color with an average, creamy, frothy, eggshell-colored head which is somewhat lasting and leaves sporadic, Belgian lace. The nose is typical with banana esters, white, grapefruit, pine tar, papaya, and some faint biscuits. The flavor is similar but the hop flavors and Belgian notes actually mesh well together; peach and papaya, banana, pine tar, typical Amarillo citrus, and again minimal biscuity notes. The palate is fair with a less than medium body, lively carbonation, and a thin texture. Finishes still balanced between Belgian yeast and American hops with the pine turning almost rustic, banana becoming bubblegum, and the papaya note still in there. Interesting attempt at a challenging style; the mix of yeast esters and hop flavors worked well in the moderately high bitterness. Aside from the flabby palate, a nice offering for this anniversary beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Tap at Belmont Station. Clear Orange pour with an insanely quickly dissipating white head. Smells like orange, grapefruit, pepper and a light clove note. Flavor is a little more boring, being fairly typical IPA flavors of grapefruit and pine with a moderate clove and pepper bit in the finish, but nothing overly special. Then again, this style doesn’t really do it for me to begin with, but this in particular wasn’t one that interested me much. Fantastic name though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2010
This must be my night for wild babes beers.... started out with a Double Wench, and moved quickly over to a Raging Bitch. I guess I’m asking for it. The Wench was similar in color, though the head was more a cream color than the Bitch’s white... and the Bitch is much smoother, with, as noted, some piney, floral hop taste, which makes it much smoother on the palate than the Wench. Also as noted, I wouldn’t really consider this a Belgian, but I certainly will enjoy the other 5 bottles awaiting. To the dungeon with those other lighter, more citrus flavored summer ales... I’ll take a ride with the Raging Bitch any time.

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