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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


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmeup (508) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - APR 30, 2010
Deep orange colour, thick head & endless lacing. Tropical floral & citrus nose perfectly match grainy caramel malts True to style and a wonderful IPA. Most enjoyable. Ralph Steadman labels are fantastic. Gotta try this. Bit ouch on the pocket.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
Nectarine rind tones on the palate. Pours golden brown. Nice hoppy finish. Refreshing IPA. Rated 4/10/10

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bpreo (1491) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2010
Good stuff, strong, but not very bitter. The artwork on the label is, as always with Flying Dog, grotesque and brilliant.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (5177) - ITALY - APR 28, 2010
ambrata buona schiuma media persitenza naso lupolato americano lieve speziatura in bocca buona seccheza luppolatura decisa malto delicato lievito speziato

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 26, 2010
Intricate lacing, clear gold color, strange ale to filter, nice belgian yeast nose, flavor is mostly belgian yeast, finish is alcohol and bitters, sort of like a belgian single/triple with extra hops on the bittering end, good stuff but far less hoppy than other belgian IPA’s I’ve had, and what hops are there aren’t outwardly "american", none of the the big citrus bitters (amarillo, centennial, cascade, chinook, columbus, etc.) that alot of the west coasters throw into these Belgian IPAs... Good ale though!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
shockyo (1) - gaithersburg, USA - APR 25, 2010 does not count
Wonderfully complex while retaining a vicious bite. Fairly long and complex finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3847) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2010
Bottle. Golden and clear.Big head that took time to dissipate.Lovely hoppiness with a slight bitterness.Full bodied but not overpoweringly so. Some florar tastes as well.Left lots of lacing and a great impression. Highly recommended.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
goozen (2875) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 25, 2010
Bottle: Clear orange coloured ale with an citrus taste and pretty bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Taverner (1081) - San Ramon, California, USA - APR 24, 2010
Nice refreshing on the palate Belgian IPA. Notes of banana, a very SMALL amount of clove and other fruits. Finishes clean. A good refreshing to the tongue BIPA!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2010
I had this on tap at the Maple Tree Inn in Blue Island, IL, drinking a toast to the restaurant’s late owner, Charlie Orr, whom we recently lost. (Thanks for being one of the first in the Chicago area with Cajun & Creole food as well as a fine outpouring from twenty-four [-six?] taps!) The ale poured a hazy golden amber body with a frothy white head. The aroma had pine and grapefuit, light caramel/toffee scents, and bubblegum and cotton candy. The flavor faithfully reflected the nose but had the addition of intensified hop flavors and bitterness. The sturdy ABV remained well hidden throughout. Pretty decent beer.


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