Braudog (5975) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Nice rosy reddish amber with a solid head that clings to the glass for dear life. The aroma is earthy and musty, like my grandma’s basement (but in a good way). The beer drinks with a schizophrenic appeal, an interesting dual personality of yeasty Belgian rural character and a stinging, citric American-style bitterness. Unique, and good. (#3951, 7/21/2010)
jimhilt (2456) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a three finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit, some sweet orange. Dry finish. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle lists its abv% at 8.3 and its ibu at 60. There is no freshness on the label however.
Appearance: The body has a bright clear orange amber color with lots of cool visible carbonation. The head is very long lasting and maintains a small cap of foam all the way to the last sip. Lacing is very good as well.
Smell: Its aroma has deep citrusy grapefruit like hop notes over light Belgian blonde notes.
Taste/Palate: There is a sweet and juicy citrus hop presence with deep notes of grapefruit pith. The hop character dominates over a sweet doughy malt and funky Belgian yeast base in a good way. It’s not like an enamel striping harsh bitterness but rather a tasty, juicy combination of hops and malt. The finish is fairly sweet and citrusy with only a mild bitterness way off deep into the background.
Notes: This one is just plain tasty!!!
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours out an amber-hued, clear body with a goodly sized, clumping, white head.
Smell: Faintly sweetish accents to the pale, bready malts followed by a splash of brandy and whiff of aromatic cloves. Then, it’s time for the hops with a vibrant citrusy fruitiness and floral, grassy hints.
Taste: Simple, sweet opening with pale malts rounded out with a light breadiness. Abundantly bitter and hoppy, with full tastes of lemons, tangerines, and white grapefruit with marked grassiness. Minuscule astringency. Spicy ground clove character. Hint of white grape-flavored bubble gum arrives rather late. Remains firmly bitter for the dry, warming finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: For all of the alcohol and IBU’s within, it goes that fairly smooth. While Horn Dog and the seldom seen Barrel-aged Horn Dog still remain the Best of Show winners for me, this new Raging Bitch surely deserves a ribbon of its own.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours rusty-gold with a quick, small white head. Nose is a combination of sweet, fruity malt and strong floral hops. Flavor is very strawberry and mango based on the front, with more fruit and some bittering hops on the backside. A little thin for a high gravity IPA/belgian ale. I don’t believe the 60 IBUs either. It is, however, very unique and pretty good.
Mungular (48) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was really just expecting a little more malt to this being a Belgian style IPA, but it was all hops. Slight caramel came through, but the aroma and overall taste belonged to the hops. It was ok.
jaymobrown (1723) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Surprisingly, no one that was with me when I had this, enjoyed it. But then again, they don’t really like beer. However, I thought it was quite good. It reminded me of a Belgian wit but with a lot more hops. White pepper flavors offset by floral, perfume, grapefruit. Big nose with lots of sugar, banana, gingerbread and grapefruit. Good pick up.
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. Would get again fo sho.
loved this beer, got it the day it hit shelves here, tons of columbus hop juice and resin, fruity amarillo aroma, the yeast plays second fiddle, which IMO is what it should do in the hybrid style. super drinkable.
KyotoLefty (7335) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Fruity nose with citrus hops and a slight Belgian yeast character. big hop flavor, with citrus (lemon) and grass. Very bitter. Earthy, with caramel and noticeable alcohol. A very interesting, well-done hybrid with a big, long, bitter finish. Nice stuff.
brendaniel (55) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Clear light golden pour with a white head - about a half inch of lacing and good retention. Candied fruit, very subtle hops and lots of sweetness in the aroma ... similar to a belgian-style brew. Taste is dominated with bitter hops with subtle sweetness, some banana and a little bubble gum ... a great combination of IPA and belgian flavors. Texture is thick and the carbonation along with the strong flavors really mask the alcohol. Awesome and unique!!