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RATINGS: 1705   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjuf1853 (1262) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Draft at World of Beer (Carrollwood, FL). Poured a clear golden orange color with a dense foamy beige head. Excellent lacing along the glass. Wonderful aroma of Belgian yeast, banana, touch of clove, and citrus hops. Awesome flavor with the hops making their presence known in the finish. I really enjoyed this one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Changed (374) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours amber, off-white head that quickly dissipates. Nice lacing. Aroma: very sweet, alcohol present. Flavor: like an IPA with Belgian strength and sweetness, slightly yeasty. Bitter finish, carbonation is... there. Alcohol is pretty well masked for 8%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy (3926) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 15, 2010
Draft at Flying Dog Denver. Nose is citrus, nuts, and candi sugar. Hazy copper with a medium off white head. Flavor is bitter with cloves, and mixed spiciness. Finishes bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkade8883 (250) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Pours a deep beautiful golden color. Aroma is an interesting enticing mix of piney hops and Belgian yeast ester (apple in particular). The apple dominates the flavor, with strong bitterness and a little residual malt sweetness. It’s a strange mix of flavors, and I’m not entirely sure they meld together in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2003) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bottle. Familiar belgian tripel tan pour, some carbonation and an aroma of strong malt/hops. Flavor is sweet fruity esters, cloves, biting bitter pine and finished dry. Good beer, and very drinkable for being 8%+ ABV

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ibrew2or3 (7361) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2010
On tap at the Brass Tap in Wesley Chapel, FL. Pours deep gold with copper hues, off white head and sheet lacing. Nice looking brew. The aroma is mild for the style with Belgian yeast and sweet citrus. The taste begins sweet with malts and spicy Belgian yeast that blends into continued sweet citrus hops. Wonderful balance where the west coast inspired hop notes take an overwhelming lead over the Belgian notes. It ends with lingering coriander and yeasty spices fading away and grapefruit, pineapple hanging in there deep into the after taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (4573) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Pour clear copper with a nice beige head. The aroma has lots of sweet Belgian traits with sweet malt, sugar and yeast. There aren’t many hops for an IPA. Medium crisp clean body. The taste has a weird thing going on with the malt seeming solid and nice for an American Belgian style beer, but the hops seem very earthy and woody and done meld well to me. The finish has earthy hops. Don’t know if age is causing any issue, but it doesn’t work for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2228) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep orange with a 1/4" white foamy head - which lasts throughout. I am really loving Belgian IPAs right now - and Raging Bitch is a solid example. Wonderful nose - filled with light floral and citrus hop notes from the Amarillo hops and a lot of Belgian yeast qualities - banana and bubble gum - as described. Extremely smooth medium to full body with more banana and bubble gum along with a medium range bitterness. Sweet caramel malts linger between the light fruit and citrus hops. Clean, smooth balanced bitter finish. Most of the hops can be appreciated on the finish. This is really good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5390) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Amber pour wiht creamy off white head and lace. Bread, yeasty, sweet caramel malt and resiny hops aroma. Taste mirrors aroma with belgian yeast like aroma and a resiny bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carabonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
inbirraveritas (1316) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle from "Csakajósör"-store, Budapest. Pours an opalesque deep golden with a nice frothy off-white head. The smell is fruity, taste is the same, moutfeel’s smooth. The middle brings spicy, floral and (belgian) yeasty aromas along, its finish is spicy, citric and hoppy which remain in a very pleasant aftertaste. The alcohol’s well hidden, so it’s good drinkable. Very nice ale.

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