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RATINGS: 1766   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
simcoe_citra (19) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2010
Bottle from BeerRitz online. Clear orange colour with a decent off-white head. Aroma, wow, strawberries, raspberries then that belgian yeast comes through with quite pronounced cloves. Great full mouthfeel with some alcohol warmth. Spice, banana, bit of toffee, clementine, but with a great bitter finish and you are left with a lovely alcohol tingle on the tougue. Overall a great beer, a marriage of styles rather than a clash.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2733) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2010
Poured from bottle, clear golden color with large white frothy head, aroma is full of hops and alcohol. Strong hop character but you can clearly taste the Belgian yeast. Enjoyed very much!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 27, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a mostly clear glowing orange with a nice frothy off white head that left some nice lacing. The floral hops and Belgian yeast seem to hit you at exactly the same time, giving off a very complex aroma. Banana and clove are the first flavors I pick up, followed by a nice medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Pours a golden orange with a white head. Aroma is hops, belgian yeasts, spices, fruits, esthers. Flavor is very belgian spicy yeast forward with a good dose of bittering hops and a little funkiness in the finish. Warms as you sip, and overall is a good attempt at the ever so misdirected belgian IPA style. At $8 a sixer this is cheaper and better at the six pack price than many bombers are so I have to give flying dog credit where it is due.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (16924) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Draft at Pizzeria Paradiso, courtesy of RJ - thank you sir! Amber color, edge head, solid lacing. Aroma of straw. Taste is bitter up front and throughout, with hints of bubblegum. Average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (748) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Dark orange color with small off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is faint, but hoppy. Flavor is great, with tons of fruity hops and very small bitter taste. Nice and sweet, candy-like. Very refreshing and unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mensch (287) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUL 24, 2010
I get a lot of hop aroma - grassy, minty a little onion - and a nice dose of biterness (ha!), but not too much belgian character. Quite a passable IPA, with a long lasting quinine-like finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
auerbrau (3191) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 23, 2010
12oz Bottle. Big strong sweet nose of pineapple, passion fruit, and bubblegum. A confused but strongly aromatic mix of overly hot and sticky Belgian yeast and tropical fruit yeasts. Alcoholic and unbridled. Pours a wild furious pale copper and amber with a bit of white head. Flavors are rich. Lots of bristling grassy hops, some sticky Belgian yeast, which, unfortunately just isn’t that delicious. It isn’t the best yeast use, in my opinion. I think the hops flavors and bitterness levels are great, but the yeast use could be smoothed out more. Interesting, but needs some improved yeast practices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
tommann (3028) - 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 (2921) - 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.

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