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RATINGS: 1849   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ExpendableHero (836) - Florida, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Hazy orange beer with a small white head. Smells of citrus, and pine/spruce hops. The taste is classic ipa, very hoppy, pine, spruce, grass, and a hint of oranges which shows up at the end. Not bad for the style. The high ABV is hidden quite nicely. Zesty and refreshing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (10798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2010
Pours very foamy head on deep yellow. Yeasty aroma, it’s evena little funky. Creamy mouthfeel, major bitterness yet somewhat offset. Good for the Belgian IPA style. The palate needs some time to recover. Dcent drinkability. Orange citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 3, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear copper, thin white head. Aroma is hoppy: kiwi, citrus, apricot and malty: caramel. Flavor is super hoppy fuzzy and bitter, with a mellow malty and crisp, bitter finish. Nice body: medium weight without being syrupy. This is a damn good IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
Bottle shared with Pipper. Well, this was surprising. Pours a beautiful gold, but doesn’t have very much head at all. Nice aroma, like a bready IPA. Things get cool when you sip it. I feel like there are three different beers trying to escape. When it hits your lips, it is all nectar. In the mouth, it’s a belgian. Going down, it’s an IPA. I don’t understand it, but I love it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2010 Bottle: Pours a clear dark golden color with small off white head. Floral bitter hops and some yeast in aroma. Yeast, sugar and floral and fruity bitter hops. A wheaty banana flavor as well. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RedSox2004 (1590) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Rich amber color with a two-finger frothy head and excellent lacing. Giant floral and spicy hops aromas over a strong malt backbone. Plenty of Belgian-like yeasts as well. Flavors feature a nice balance of bitter hops and rich dark fruits. Medium body, lively carbonation, and a nice crisp hops finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 1, 2010
Orange, copper, beige cover. Aroma is spicy esters, sweet caramel, light grassy hop. Taste is spicy, grassy hop, nice fruity estery finish, light malt sweet, candy, and bubblegum.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2010
Pours a rich, lively cheddar orange with an aroma of banana peel, sweet cheddar yeast, peach essence, yeasty pine, and sweet grapefruit. Flav or is yeasty Pine Sol and cheddar grapefruit, with hints of bread and cheddar coriander in the finish. Average mouthfeel. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maltador (63) - Paris, FRANCE - AUG 31, 2010
It reminds me of the belgian’s Tripel Karmeliet ... with american hops in it. Spicy, dry, a bit weird but I like the bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 30, 2010
Tap. Random and lucky pick. Great brew. Firm hops in the mouth, but it open with a delicious sweetness. Very well crafted with subtle citrus, caramel and honey. Pours a light amber-hay.

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