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RATINGS: 1581   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sammer (1036) - Plano, Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2010
12 oz. copper pour from bottle. Nose is hops and citrus. Taste is hoppy, with notes of alcohol and grass. Warm, but not overpowering finish. Well done.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (3835) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Rose hip, tangerine, and apricot nose with sweet candi sugar. Light copper, clear, with a thin yellow lacing head. Dry rose hip flavor, good amount of bitterness, slight grapefruit peel finish. Good IPA, not as much of a belgian character as expected and quite dry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (2509) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Pours out an attractive clear copper color with some tiny white bubbles of a head. Aroma is of citrus and light pine hops, and a fruity yeasty note. Taste is a nice balance of Belgian and American styles in this one, notes of citrus hops, pine and some light fruity yeasty notes, maybe even a touch of spice in there also. Big fan of this hybrid style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryane. (12) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 7, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2010 Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch pours a hazy orange with a thin white foam. The aroma is floral, grassy, leathery, doughy, earthy, and alcoholic. The taste very bitter and finishes lightly sour. The palate is medium bodied and slick with average carbonation and an abrupt, astringent finish. Overall, I was very excited when I read about this ales style, being a Belgian style I.P.A, but in the end it was too astringent for me to enjoy. Will definitely try again some day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (1873) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
355 mL bottle. Copper-bronze in colour with just a film of head. The aroma is as advertised: Belgian yeast and loads of citrus-pine hops. Loads. I don’t have a word for how much hops there are in the aroma. Flavour is much the same, with hops throughout, indistinct malt sweetness, and Belgian yeast. Surprisingly, the bitterness in the finish is relatively mild and brief. I’m seeing more and more of this style of beer, and while this one is the most unbalanced I’ve tried, I think it’s supposed to be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
Hayo (9) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2010 does not count
Draft ragingbitch. Even beter than the bottled version. Very very hoppy, good aroma. The maltiness is just right. A very, very good beer. bestetotnutoe. nl

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1590) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
Bottle scrounged from trade, thanks Tom. Pours a shimmering hazed honey-amber ale in the glass with a massive off-white puffy cap. Good retention and lacing from the cap. Aroma are pungent: peach, grapefruit, tropical fruits, spices, pine caramel and some eartyness. Big caramel malt spine up front is almost perfectly balanced by citrusy-pine hopping, middle has mild complexity - fruity-spicey-musty earthy from yeast. Finish is long, wet and goes from bready sweet fruitiness to increased bittering. Hides its alcohol completely. A really decent big APA that is too drinkable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (877) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2010
After a very standard Belgian nose, it surprises the taster by adding a lot of hops. The combination of the Belgian yeast and the hops mingle nicely in your mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
espenra (873) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2010
Slightly hazy orange colour. Small to no head. Very hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus. Aroma is Also hoppy with lots of citrus. Also notes of tropical fruits.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (3818) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2010
(bottle) pours a lightly hazy orange-golden colour with a frothy yellow head. aroma of tropical fruits and citrus fruits in abundance, with a light touch of yeast, wheat and cardamom, some fried onions as well. flavour is mostly citric hops and some mild spice, with notes of caramelized malt, yeast and wheat, finishes bitter. medium, full body with lively carbonation, a convincing bridge between the two styles.

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