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RATINGS: 1862   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 9, 2010
12oz bottle from Bevmo in West Hollywood. Pours clear golden copper with large off-white head. Aroma of citrus, hops, yeast, light malt, mangos and other tropical fruits. Flavours of sweet malt, yeast, mild Belgian spices, tropical fruit, pine, citrus, and bitter hops. Finishes bitter. Nice hop bitterness. Especially for a Belgian style IPA. Pretty good beer and definitely the top one or two I’ve had from this brewery.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (5046) - Georgia, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Aroma is - WOO WEE STRONG, seriously hoppy with a strong citrus tone that is a mixture of good grapefruit and sweet orange. It pours a nice clear orange amber with an average pale tan head that leaves minimal lacing. Flavor is quite hoppy, with a good evergreen tone, minimal bitterness, and an undertone of grapefruit with just a whisper of sweetness. Texture is rough and edgy, leaving behind a fair tingle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
meerbier (1474) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2010
Bottle@Home. Fruit, grass and mint aroma. Light amber, beige head, good lace. Sweetish, alcoholic, bitter, grassy, ho toffee. Medium body, little sticky. Nice beer but nothing exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
deanso (8626) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 7, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011 33cl bottle. Amber colour. Nice white head. Great bitterness in the aftertaste

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours an amber/orange body. The head was big and fluffy for about 20 seconds, then reduced to a pillowy rim of white froth. Big aroma of pine tree and perfume with subtle fruit. The flavors penetrate with leaves, big resin, tangerine, dough, more perfume, pine cone, grapefruit, and other spices. Full body and light/medium carbonation. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Draft at the Nook. Dark amber in the glass with a creamy off-white head that had some lasting. Aroma of pine and floral. The flavor had pine and caramel with a floral backing. Medium body and medium bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Not sure how I like mixing my two favorite styles (belgian ale and IPA) but I decided to try it. Not too bad. It leaned further into the IPA, although it did have some belg. ale qualities. Pours an amber color with excellent clarity. Head was off white and medium in size. Nose was banana, hops, candy, some pine and some vint like notes. Taste has some dark fruits, plum, and a slight bitter with bananas. fair balance of hops even things out and give it a candied like quality. not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1484) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Sweet aroma of banana and lemon. Not unlike a classic hefe. Surprised there aren’t more hops detectable in the nose. Just some faint pine. Looks amber in color with a frothy head that ends up sitting very thinly on top of the beer. Tastes like... hmm... I’m not quite sure. Banana from the Belgian yeast, but also some sweet caramel flavor from the malt backbone. Finish is strongly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2010
Bouteille de 12 oz. Arômes présentant une touche d’esters fruités et un houblon américain rappelant les agrumes. Robe orangée et limpide, peu de mousse et effervescence moyenne. À la fois bien équilibrée et complexe, le malt montre une très belle texture moelleuse et veloutée, sans être trop sucré. Le houblon fruité est également bien présent et mène à une finale relativement amère, appuyée par une bonne présence d’alcool. Le côté belge de cette bière est discret, mais c’est tout de même très agréable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gustav1996 (333) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2010
12oz bottle. Poured a clear copper with a small off-white head - a thin layer lasted until the end of my glass. Aroma was very nice: floral, fruit, citrus, some type of earthy/tartness, hops, spice - all very mixed into a tight web. Taste was good but not as good as the aroma: full but mellow hops (mild citrus & pine), notes of floral, fruit & some earthy flavor (I wish I knew what this was), some spice, big (but mellow) malt backbone. Medium body. Nice enough finish: taste just lingering and a mellow bitterness. Overall a good brew: some depth, good enough balance.... I only wish the taste had matched the aroma.

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