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RATINGS: 1660   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 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1367) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Picked up a six after what seems like forever since I have seen it out on shelves. Pours a nice honey/orange tinted color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head. Excellent lacing already forming. The smell is very subtle to me. Hints of both the belgian yeast aroma and hops. The taste is extremely interesting. Your mouth gets a little bit of everything up front, hops, malt, and belgian flavor. Subtle sweetness transforms into the hops flavor and finally an aftertaste of the belgian. Slightly alcohol bite at the end but well hidden at 8.3% Mouthfeel is medium. I was hoping this would have a little more belgian style to it but otherwise it is very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10624) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2010
An orange amber ale with a thin lacing light moka head. A pleasant aroma of biscuitty malt, belgian yeasts and floral hops, nice and smooth. In mouth, a smooth funky IPA with biscuitty malt, spiced coriander, light earthy notes, sustained hop, quite nice. On tap at J. Ryans, May 2, 2010.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2069) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2010 Pours dark coppery peach with a 1-2 finger creamy, white head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is huge on orange marmalade, caramel, tree fruit, wet rocks, dusty grain, prarie flowers, bubblegum and banana peels on the back end. Flavor is again, orange marmalade, citrus rinds, wet basement, peach pits, light bubblegum and banana notes, then spice and bitter citrus to finish, with a lightly funky, citrus and caramel fade. Palate is medium bodied with a light dusty feel and moderate, bright and not too sharp carbonation. Definitely a nice brew, a little brash toward the middle and finish, but still quite tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
capali1234 (272) - HUNGARY - JUN 1, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2011 Very, very dry and almost astringent, scrubbing feel in the mouth and dry, dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ladnewton (1526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 31, 2010
On tap, at Beer Temple, Amsterdam on 19th March 2010. Copper/amber with lasting white head. Rich and intense hoppiness with distinct grapefruit citricity. Excellent. Very similar to Crouch Vale Amarillo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3096) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
12oz bottle from Andersons in Toledo. Clear gold-brown pour with a sturdy medium off-white head. Yeasty aroma with floral hops. Grassy bitter hops, citrus rine, banana and light spice in the taste. Crisp lively medium texture. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rozsoma (522) - HUNGARY - MAY 29, 2010
Nice copper color with white no-lácing head. Aroma of some fruits, i think it is mango, but i’m not sure about it. The flavour also contain this fruit-taste, and the 8.3% alcohol is percetible also. Thick oily body and light fruity aftertaste with no alchol feeling. It seems a little bit unbalanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2774) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2010
12oz bottle found at the Rare Beers shop in Budapest, a wonderful surprise and treat. Just cracking the seal makes me nostalgic for all my big bad ipas from home. Pours hazy orange, very rich. The off-white head come correct, not the prettiest ever but its still a beauty. Nose is resinous, sweet, piney hops and not much else. Cologne worthy. Body is a great weight and balanced between refreshing and coating. Taste features the hops but it finishes a very dry bitter. Bread, yeast, banana .. definitely see the Belgian-ness. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20328) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2010
Bottled at Park, Mariehamn, Åland. Hazy amber, rich firm head. Intense aroma of seville orange marmelade and marzipan. Fairly sweet, very fruity, medium to full bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Long piney bitterness. A bold, flavourful take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6027) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Small draft on tap at Kelleher’s (Peoria, IL). Pours a nice darker amber gold, a bright glowing orange note, moderate creamy offwhite head sits atop, stays big, laces pretty well. Aromas are a hefty dose of Belgian spicy yeast and bread, florals and citrusy hops mingle with fruity esters, bread, pear and banana, grapefruit all intertwined with a light spice, honey and vanilla. Nice, not too big. Initial is medium bodied, cool and fruity up front with pear and apple, crisp bread and yeasty spice rolls over into bitter floral and citrusy hops, vanilla and honey, mellow and lighter end of medium bodied. Only qualm might be the sligtly metallic turning hops. A healthy dose of pine and metal on the backend, this gets quite bitter on the backend, and with a formidible abv, it certainly gets a bit warm. Nice, but not necessarily my thing. It grows on me @ 2.50 a refill though.

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