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RATINGS: 1781   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quevillon (2729) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2010
Beer #1 drank at the Festival des bière du Monde Laval 2010, on August 1st, bottle. Blonde honey, little head. Semi-sweet hops aroma, a little grass. Very bitter taste of hops, notes of sweet and dry grass, the bitterness stays in the mouth. Less bitter and it would be very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bedainedebiere (506) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 1, 2010
Bottle. The sharp citrusy hopping makes this one so easy to drink and the 8,3% ABV is totally unnoticeable. Notes of fruits and sweetnee but this beer is all about that peaking, intense bitterness. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnar (6920) - Sandnes, NORWAY - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours almost clear straw coloured with a good sized frothy white head. Aroma of floral hops and yeast.Taste is medium sweet, banana and cloves, before the hops get you with a nice bitter finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jlruthven (594) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours orange-gold, white head that builds and then reduces to a persistent cap of foam. Nose is formidable: big, big piney hops and grapefruit. The taste is surprising considering the sharpness of the nose: floral hoppiness, orange, earth, expensive candy. The Belgian yeast strain really sneaks through on you. Alcohol is well-masked. A rare gem from FD.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dagimp (860) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 30, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2011 OK, maybe I got a bad bottle before. I tried this again and REALLY liked it. Perfect example of a Belgian IPA. It’s really both of those things and they’re melded perfectly. Be sure to get a fresh bottle and go for it! From a bottle into a pint glass. Pours with a lot of fizzy head. Little lacing but it sticks to the glass like a champion. Aroma of funk, Belgian yeast, alcohol and scotch. Mouthfeel is light but syrupy and too carbonated even after sitting a long time. Taste is of alcohol, candy, sugar, lime, syrup, Belgian and various pine and grapefruit hoppy flavors. Meh, not a great beer, OK at best. Too hot, too light, too sweet, too bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
simcoe_citra (20) - 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 (2811) - 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 (17716) - 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.

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