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RATINGS: 1855   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (4992) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Appearance is an amber with a thick white head.aroma is slightly hoppy with not much else going on. Taste is completely unexpected. This is like a white ale that was over hopped. Delicious. This beer has revived my belief in flying dog as a competent Brewer. Thank you for this experience.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (2400) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle from Grandpa Bill because he liked the name. Pours an orangey/tan with a 1 inch head; mildly carbonated. Aroma is belgian-y, sugar, hoppy. Flavor is an interesting blend of sweetness, hoppy bitterness, cloves. Very dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sartoric (10) - ITALY - NOV 30, 2010
Poured at home in a pint glass, white persistent head and amber colour with orange highlights. The Aroma immediately remind you bitter orange and citrus, but after a couple of minutes it begun more complex with candied peel and fruit, sugar cane and some reminescens of caramel. The taste is very pleasant. It starts with a light sweetness and as soon as the liquid touch the various tongue’s areas it evolves in the typical IPA bitterness keeping the sweet background. Despite the alcohol percentage the body is medium maybe due to the soft carbonation but almost creamy (like belgian ... as this one is defined) . The bitternes in the finish definitely remind you are drinking an IPA ... a very flavoured heavy bodied well balanced one. Well done guys , as always :-) Never tried to pair this with food, I have some cheesy ideas but I really like to drink this one in relax listening to some good music.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lcwakshul (244) - Chester, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2010 5 oz. glass at an Annapolis beer tasting. I am not a big fan of most IPAs, especially those with an ABV over about 5.5. With that said, this is a damn good beer. I can enjoy a great IPA in small quantities, so maybe that’s why I liked this one so much. Great flavors, hoppy enough for an IPA, but not overwhelming like Dogfish 90 minute. (Still love Dogfish, just not the crazy IPAs!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerona97 (2398) - Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2011 Clear amber orange, thin white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast and floral hop, almost minty. Taste is somewhat metallic, not really bitter, Belgian yeast seems second to the hops. Medium body, soft carbonation. ... Another bottle. Pours hazy gold with a large frothy long lasting beige head. Aroma is nice and Belgian with good hop pine and resin. Taste is also a really nice balance of Belgian yeast and hops. I am still amazed that the banana, spice and gum flavors work so well with the tropical citrus and pine. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wolfenkopf (188) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2010
The light tan head settles after a few minutes, leaving foamy laces behind. The brew itself is an attractive gold. The aroma consists of hops with notes of bubblegum in the background. The taste is a brilliant entangling of Belgian yeast and bitter hops, which is quite captivating and seems incapable of becoming boring. On the palate, it is silky smooth and leaves you with an aftertaste which is most pleasant, enticing you to take the next sip. This is a Belgian style IPA that you must try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (9826) - Hasselager, DENMARK - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle @ Mex resturant, Denver. Pours hazy orange with a offwhite head. Nose is sweet yeast, and sweet fruit, like peach and pineapple. Taste is totally different at first, huge hit of bitter hops, grape and pine notes, later on the sweeter fruit notes shows up alittle again. Medium body , soft carbonated. 281110

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Pours from the 12 oz bottle an orangish-coppery color with a substantial slightly off-white head. Carbonation is light and soft, only a few bubbles rising in the glass. Aroma is quite sweet & fruity, must be the influence of the Belgian yeast. Not quite what one would expect from an IPA. 1st sip brings a potent, resiny piney blast of hops that is a 180 degree u-turn from the aroma. There is a slight hint of dry fruitiness on the swallow but it is quickly subdued by those hops. The alcohol makes it’s presence know as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is thick and sparkly! The drinkability is good, although this doesn’t quite qualify as a session beer, IMHO. Overall, a very nice melding of styles! It wouldn’t surprise me to see more brewers try their hand at their own version of a Belgian IPA soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Case (300) - GERMANY - NOV 27, 2010
Pours a dark orange with large white head. Aromas of flowers, hops, pineapple and candy fill the nose. Fairly faint, could be more pronounced. Taste is a deliciously spicy mix of citrus fruit, limes and grapefruit and sweet honey. Strongly hopped, full-bodied, bitter with an excellent long dry finish. Dangerously drinkable. My favourite from the Flying Dog beers I’ve tried so far. Amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (11971) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear copper with an average, frothy off-white head, medium-short retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, straw), heavy hops (floral, herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of horse blanket, peach, and pineapple. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, straw), heavy hops (floral, herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of horse blanket, peach, and pineapple. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.

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