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RATINGS: 1648   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


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (890) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Pours clear and gold with a small white head that faded quickly. Shows good carbonation. Left some nice lace on the glass. Aroma is very yeasty, these Belgian yeast strains impart too much flavor in my opinion. Lots of banana and clove on the nose. Flavors too are dominated by the Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Mouthfeel is medium to full. IPA aromas and flavors are a bit muddled but they are trying to come out. I guess you could say they are there in spirit. In my opinion I don’t think these two styles mesh well, but I am not a fan of belgian yeast and its flavors.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sm89walt (1780) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2010
33cl bottle. Not much of a looker, it’s no Miss World on that front. Pours with a noticeable haze and a small and disappearing frothy off-white head. There’s where the mediocrity ends. Oh yes. The grapefruit, apricot and mango all over this are just bloody fantastic. Crisp and so hoppy, really bright and fresh on the palate. Comes together wonderfullly and just sings as a whole. Bitter but not aggressive; the sweeter side of the fruit evens things out. There’s some good malt but it’s for support and remains unobtrusive throughout. Just top drawer stuff and the fruit is so different from most other IPAs I’ve had.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2705) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 6, 2010
Not the best attempt at this new melding of beer cultures that is a belgian IPA. Biscuit and baked bread malt flavors. Followed and finishes with an herbal grassy hop profile. The whole experience is a little watered down and muted not to mention the hop profile is not my favorite. Not that the taste is bad but the presence is just a tad underwhelming.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boe (11) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2010
Fresh floral/bitter hops, citrus and grapefruit. Belgian biscuit malts...choice of hops and/or malts were not the best for me. unbalanced.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Poured golden with a nice head that faded quickly smelled of ginger flowers and honey tasted like belgian with ginger hints pretty good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
daknole (9615) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Orangish pour with an off white head. Aroma is sweet and hoppy with lots of citrus and honey. Flavor is a wonderful meld of sweet malt and rich citrus hops. Smooth and really well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steelcitybrew (430) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
12 oz bottle from whole foods market. Pours a rusted orange with a small white head. decent. Aroma has citrus, grapefruit, pine, spice, and cinnamin. pretty good. Taste has citrus and orange notes. really hoppy and spicy with a big bitterness at the end. it taste great. Palate: has a medium mouth feel, alcohol warms you up and its pretty bitter at the backend. overall this is a really good IPA

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3718) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 5, 2010
I was really struck by how the color and flavors just screamed "orange marmelade" to me... Sweet, rich, and lovely, with a well hidden abv and layers of flavor. One of the best IPAs I’ve had in a long while. On tap at Town Hall Brewpub, Minneapolis.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2173) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2010
Cask at The White Horse American beer festival, Parsons Green, London. An orange, marmalade coloured pour with a medium head. Floral, fruity, hoppy aroma. Tastes quite complex and smooth, Belgian style IPA, banana, bready. Well balanced and interesting brew. I am not particularly a fan of Flying Dog but this is one of their best IMO.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3862) - - JUL 2, 2010
12oz bottle. a dangerous looking, thick, murky, syrup emerges slowing from the bottle that looks like hazey honey in the glass. tantalizing aroma of minty-herbal greens, flowers, peach. a very interesting aroma, different from anything i can remember. flavor is like a peachy/grapey ipa with belgian sugar, yeast, cotton candy. quite sweet. spicy..almost like a little rye in there.


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