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RATINGS: 1631   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2010
Bottle. Slightly hazy orangeish amber pour with a creamy white head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is quite hoppy and has noticeable belgian yeasty characteristics, with notes of citrus, bubblegum, pine and caramel. Flavour is similar, resiny and fruity, with hints of lemon, passionfruit, bubblegum, clove, caramel and pine. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with moderate to high carbonation and a long bitter finish. A very nice brew, better than other Belgian-style IPA’s that I have tried, more well balanced with the individual elements standing out and complimenting each other, rather than becoming a car crash of flavours and aromas. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Dark orange with a fizzywhite head. Grapefruit orange apricot sugar and spice aroma. Earthy bitterness upfront. Tastes of grass hay citrus and a sweet sugary finish. Decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Thinking this is a nice bier, just bought a second sixer of this today. Bright golden, illuminating in the sun, it’s a beautiful 73 outside. Fruity, likye bubblegum with hearty malt character, but no doubt, hoppy all the way. beautiful balanced and probably my favorite bier from Flying Dog yet!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nejhleader (1264) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Has a bitter hop/ spicy aroma. Taste is similar. A bitter/citrus hop bit mixed with a strong spicy/ yeast taste. Good body, nice beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vir4030 (529) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 Pours up golden brown with a nice thick head. It smells nice and sweet. The flavor is nice and smooth with just a bit of a dry aftertaste. This isn’t out of the ordinary for IPA’s except for the smoothness. I would expect a beer named "Raging Bitch" to be much harsher. This is quite a good beer, and an exceptional IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 21st April 2010 (33rd Birthday drinks). Amber with a lacy head. Tastes as you’d expect from an American IPA made with Belgian yeast! Kiwi and citrus on the nose. Lots of peppery, prickly dryness in the mouth and a really good weight. A very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Hazy copper pour with a fluffy off white head and nice lace. Aroma is wild with notable hop presence. Nice yeast and hop balance. Belgian IPA’s usually are not my thing, but I enjoyed this one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gary07734 (500) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2010
Pours orangey-gold, bright and transluscent, thin dissapearing grey-white head. Taste is initially sweet, belgian sugar and caramel, then a pleasingly strong dry herbal bitter finish. Well balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours clear gold with a thick, lasting creamy-foamy beige head. Smells Belgian (sweet & yeasty) with tons of pungent grassy/hempy hop bitterness - and alcohol, oh yes, alcohol here there be - friggin’ nice, though. The taste follows, only everything is muted (thankfully, so is the booziness) - but it’s both very pungent and very sweet, so it seems a little .... needy, somehow. Thick airy body, solid low-level carbonation (not sharp, just lively), and a little dry in the mingled sweet/grassy finish, owing to alcohol presence. Really enjoyable, but by the end of the bottle I was wishing they’d toned down the sugariness just a bit more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andyhwcinc (1513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
Poured from bottle. Pours a rich amber with a thin head, aroma is a mixture of yeast and subtle calming hops. Taste is very unique for an IPA but very good, the hops are present but the alcohol really kicks it in. Hope to drink again.

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