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RATINGS: 1728   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tommann (2985) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 23, 2010
355ml bottle. Pours a lovely dark amber with a tight, white head. Aroma is resin hops, with the Belgian style twist, some banana and a bit of yeast coming through. yeasty to start, then a piney, hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2898) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2011 12 oz. bottle. A full serving here, and it opens up a lot more American style hoppiness than my tiny taster did. Citrus and pine hide in an orange IPA body under big loose bubbles. Malts are little thick, like honey, but well balanced. After the first swig, as I write this, I get a taste of peppermint, too. This is different enough from other IPAs that I’d want to keep samples handy.
Sample from bottle, Glunz Beer Expo, April 2010. Yes, I’m still going through my voicemail notes from this event. Just a couple bubbles and a little bit of foam in my sampler glass. Some American IPA hops in the nose, and a bit of fruitiness that I’ll put down to the Belgian influence. Has a nice taste of apples and some lemon juice and green grass. A bit of Belgian pilsener malt to the taste. Very sharp IPA hop character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2010
Not the easiest of beers to come by in my neck of the woods. Certainly wish I could get more. Mostly good but some hit and miss Flying Dog beers. This was a resounding hit. I’m starting to love the American Blegian style beers I’ve had. Very very drinkable. Almost a session beer, very mellow for the strength. The kind of gold that lit up Tim Roth’s face when he opened up that case in Pulp Fiction ,thin-ish white head. Aroma has the belgian yeast, some citrus, little woody. Flavour more of the same with some grapefruit, bit of spice and herbs. Very neckable, could pile away a lot of this. Wish I could...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2010
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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimhilt (2465) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 21, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2010
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!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 19, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungular (48) - Georgia, USA - JUL 18, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1732) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2010
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.

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