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RATINGS: 1550   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bottle. Clear golden orange with attractive white head. Aromas of caramel, grass, cherry, apple, banana, spice, yeast and alcohol. Flavors of caramel, biscuit, cherry, apple, banana, butterscotch, herbs, bubblegum, and alcohol. Alcohol cuts through way too much. Medium body with oily mouthfeel and moderate, soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3214) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 17, 2010
12 oz bottle-i was suprised to find this on the shelve-i thought this only came in 750’s. clear deep orange with a soapy white head. nose is citrus hops, funky yeasty goodness, belgian malts that smelled a bit plastic at cold, but as it warmed, it became more round. lots of flowery notes as well. flavors are piney hops, sweet belgian malts but the hops here dominate. the belgian malts make this beer a bit unique and different but again, the pine and resin hops dominate. long estery and piney finish. great body with lots of slickness and medium carbonation, unlike many from this brewery. their 2nd best? i think so (behind Gonzo)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3159) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16, 2010
355ml bottle gold orange pour big foamy head aroma grapefruit floral passionfruit caramel flavour passionfruit strong bitter not harsh grapefruit mild fizz caramel malt alcohol unnoticed a pine note resinous touch love the flying dog ales this one clean clear tasting hop fruit good bitter sweet malt aftertaste good stuff

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (1915) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2010
33cl bottle. Pours orange with a medium tanned head. Medium lasting foam. Aroma is spiced and hoppy with caramel notes. Taste is a good balance between sweetness and bitterness, with dry finish. Little alcoholic prsence. Medium bodied a medium carbonation. Overall, a more than decent IPA, great in the nose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
STiGNZ (11) - USA - MAY 15, 2010
Bottle form the Beerstore (NZ). Definitely has that Belgium Yeast aroma. Pours and nice murky golden brown with no head. Awesome mix of Hops and Citrus on taste. A great beer that I can see myself drinking on a regular basis.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gary (1324) - Brentford, London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 14, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2010 I reckon I enjoyed this more than my 3.3 score ,but that’s the math I came too. This bitch is good ,nice and sexy, but unrelenting in one way. Hops are jaded and dirty. Nothing feels bright. Chewy rich caramel maltines ,grapefruit ,oily ,syrupy streams ,but in a fat ,sticky messy vibez, Drinkable ,but screwy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2010
bottle thanks to attitudebrew. poured goldish with a white head that would not go away. aroma was citrusy pine, cedar?? with some belgian yeast notes. flavor was floral, pine, and spice. body was medium with high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
stouby (3686) - Holbæk, DENMARK - MAY 13, 2010
Bottle at DBF 2010. Amber with a huge off-white head. Aroma heavy malty (caramel, orange, notes of banana) and hoppy (citrus, grapefruit). Flavor heavy sweet and bitter leading to a dry and bitter finish. Allmost full bodied. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2843) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 13, 2010
Pour was full bodied and straw-amber, big initial head that settled quickly. The lacing was decent. The aroma was yeast, soap, citrus hops. The flavor was super sound, melons, peaches, strong grapefruit and pine elements, spicey, light sweet malts, and yeast. Mouthfeel was full and crisp. A very nice production by a brewer whom I don’t normally dig. Maybe their best production? Great stuff even if a little demeaning this close to Mother’s Day, eh?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - MAY 12, 2010
Cask at Spuyten Duyvil. Poured a rich amber with a thin white head. Nose is big Amarillo hops, really nice and a bit sweet. Flavor comes at you with the hops leading the way. Then it kind of takes a turn. The backbone is well balanced malt but there is something more. After reading I learned it was a belgian yeast. It’s more double ipa with some Belgian yeast than other that I’ve had, but quite tasty and I interesting.

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