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RATINGS: 1552   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


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (2852) - 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?

4.1
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Balazs (785) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 12, 2010
Bottle from Csakajosor.hu. Poured with a golden, almost orange color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is amazing, citrus-peel, pine, grapefruit, apple, vinous balanced with caramel, honey and malts. Nothing is overwhelming here, the beer is very well balanced. A moment of sweetness in the beginning that moves into a solid hoppy bitterness that just gives you the chills. Dry finish, with more hops on the way. This is truly a worthy beer to celebrate a great brewery, well done and thank you!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dfalken (45) - San Salvador, EL SALVADOR - MAY 11, 2010
Great IPA. Normally not a big fan of IPAs but this beer was very flavorful but not overly bitter. Has a somewhat sweet taste and floral aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
armando629 (2404) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 11, 2010
0,355 l bottle - Csakajósör
Clear amber-golden beer with a foamy-creamy butter-scotch colored head. Fanatastic citrussy-floral-grapefruit aroma of resiny hop, nice fruity background with honey, caramel and malt. Medium bodied beer firstly with honey, caramel and malt, but after a second comes a powerful bit of resiny-citrussy hop, grape, grapefruits. Fine, balanced aftertaste with honey and dry resiny hop. Wow!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3297) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAY 10, 2010
On tap; poured a dark amber color with not much head. Aroma of yeast, earth, must, and yeast. One of the best of these hybrids. Earthy and yeasty, with some fruit. Dryish finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pete4999 (992) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Bottle, pours an amber-brown with a white head. Not really sure what’s "Belgian" about it - tastes like a standard IPA to me. Very piney, which I do enjoy in an IPA. Maybe some spice in the background? Is that "Belgian"? Pretty good overall - just what you would want in an IPA...I was expecting more "Belgian-ness" though...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pilgrimoutlaw (756) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Fresh 12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a two finger head. Piney aroma with moderate bitterness. Light to medium body. Really nice IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (3896) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 10, 2010
12 oz bottle from a 6pack purchased at Monaghans. Poured an attractive deep burnt orange body with lots of rising carbonation sitting underneath a small to average sized foamy white head. Aroma smacks of Belgian yeast with lots of pepper, spice, bubble gum, over ripe banana and grains. The body starts off slightly dry with a good dose of alcohol heat over a medium mouthfeel and a bone dry finish. Flavor of yeast, citrus rinds, pepper, cereal grains, spice and even a hint of chardonnay. Although I’m not normally a huge fan of this crossover style this one really hit the spot.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
pours a beautiful clear amber-orange with a thin white head. nose of citrus, pine, floral hops, banana, pineapple, bubblegum, and dough. flavor is pretty close to the smell, but with more prominent hoppiness. solid beer, and a fun break from the stereotypical IPA. bubbly and visocous, but dry on the finish.


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