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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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JAN 24, 2011
A hazy golden pour with a creamy off-white head. Aroma is citrus and peaches, moderate malt. Taste is strong with grapefruit and definite presence of alcohol. Finish is heavy on alcohol and very dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Byrdman (41) - Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Pours amber brown with head that dissipates into bubbly lace. Nose has bubblegum on it. Spicy/yeasty belgian character is strong at first giving way to the hops and a banana character. Average carbonation, nice smooth finish. Highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
12oz bottle pours a light orange beer with a small white head. Aroma is very complex with sweet sugar notes upfront followed by strong floral hop notes and slight yeast gives this beer a great aroma. Flavor is very intence but enjoyable. Hops flavor this beer with a yeasty finish and a somewhat dry feel. A very complex beer that has tons of style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
12 oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams signature glass. Darker than some other Belgian IPAs I’ve had-copper color. Decent head and carbonation-pretty standard for Flying Dog. Smells more IPA than Belgain and tastes the same. Just getting a hint of spicy yeast-more hoppy bitterness. Bitter grapefruit and pine flavors that I didn’t mind. My only complaint would be I really expected more of that Belgian yeast kick. Quite drinkable for being over 8% ABV. A very good 20th anniversary beer that I hope gets brought back as a seasonal. I for sure wouldn’t mind drinking this one a few times a year

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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