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RATINGS: 1883   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Tranquillity (1875) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010
Draught at the Beer Temple in Amsterdam. Clear orange body, medium white head. Aroma of hops, very bitter. Nettles? The taste is pure hops! WTF... not balanced, not deep. It’s like a triple produced in a laboratory according to a recipe! Interesting though, it this was a vodka it’d be grain-flavoured...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 13, 2010
Clear apple juice with a thin tan topper that laces up the glass a bit. Aroma is fruity and somewhat hoppy. Belgian yeast and lemongrass with some citrus and grapefruit behind it. Not a big fan of this style, the yeast and hops are mismatched IMO. Some fruit and mild citrus come through but the yeast overpowers and that’s pretty much that. Kind of sudsy body with a yeasty and moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - NOV 12, 2010
Really great beer! This IPA is brewed in a belgian fashion. It’s cloudier than most IPA’s and taste a little lighter than your average IPA. All-in-all a great IPA that shouldn’t be ignored.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
stangger (619) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2011 On tap at iron Abbey. Pours an amber color with minimal head. A lot going on - aroma of banana, Amarillo, citrus. Bitter, followed by mango and bubblegum, finishing with a grapefruit bite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (10490) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2012 Tasted from a 12 oz bottle purchased in Fort Collins, Colorado. Huge aroma with a great sweetness and floral hoppy head. Good light orange-ish appearance with a medium sized head exactly like an IPA should be. You can really taste that it’s a Belgian style IPA- sweetness of a Belgian ale with a very tasty hoppy body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 9, 2010
12oz bottle. Aromas of lemon zest and citrus fruit, nice grapefruit. The dry hopping as a pleasant, scent. Much needed after this particular day, calming nose. Golden amber color, white fluffy head. Flavor is a bite of bitterness, biting into a grapefruit rind. Nice crisp malt body. A bit of peppery tingle. Tastes great! Ends with a flavor of new tire rubber and bitter chalk (like chewing an aspirin). A bit strong, finishes with a bit of alcohol burn. Very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 9, 2010
12oz bottle-thanks decaturstevo-pours a light tan head and gold color. Aroma is orange/Clementine zest, spice, light/medium malt-caramel, yeast. Taste is orange/Clementine zest, spice-pepper. Drying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Wow. From bottle. Wasn’t sure what to expect here. Delicious Belgium ale with tasty hop profile as well. Pretty scrumptious with a decent alcohol kick as well. I stand pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 8, 2010
This was called a Belgium IPA and have seen ti around a lot so ordered a glass at the sunset. Hazed yellow color with a thin head in a tulip glass. The aroma was a slight soapy pear and raspberry with prickly fruit hoppiness. Light sparky on the palate and fairly sweet taste. Well hidden alcohol moves up the overall ratting but nothing to special.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Appearance: Pours an opaque caramel color with orange highlights and a 1 finger foamy white head. Nice lacing featuring very fine bubbles. Smell: Very hoppy aroma with hints of spices, banana and Belgian yeast. The hops are mostly bitter citrus and pine. Taste: Bitter citrus up front followed by Belgian yeast, black pepper and spices in the middle ending with grapefruit rind and mild phenols at the finish. Aftertaste is long-lasting and features bitter grapefruit with a hint of aspirin. This is a bitter, hoppy beer. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Drinkability: Good drinkability. The high ABV could be an issue with drinking multiples. Overall: Very good beer overall. It may be a bit bitter for some, but I enjoyed it. Recommended for the hopheads out there.

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