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RATINGS: 1685   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (3166) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010
12oz bottle from Andersons in Toledo. Clear gold-brown pour with a sturdy medium off-white head. Yeasty aroma with floral hops. Grassy bitter hops, citrus rine, banana and light spice in the taste. Crisp lively medium texture. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rozsoma (524) - Győr, HUNGARY - MAY 29, 2010
Nice copper color with white no-lácing head. Aroma of some fruits, i think it is mango, but i’m not sure about it. The flavour also contain this fruit-taste, and the 8.3% alcohol is percetible also. Thick oily body and light fruity aftertaste with no alchol feeling. It seems a little bit unbalanced.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2010
12oz bottle found at the Rare Beers shop in Budapest, a wonderful surprise and treat. Just cracking the seal makes me nostalgic for all my big bad ipas from home. Pours hazy orange, very rich. The off-white head come correct, not the prettiest ever but its still a beauty. Nose is resinous, sweet, piney hops and not much else. Cologne worthy. Body is a great weight and balanced between refreshing and coating. Taste features the hops but it finishes a very dry bitter. Bread, yeast, banana .. definitely see the Belgian-ness. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (20556) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2010
Bottled at Park, Mariehamn, Åland. Hazy amber, rich firm head. Intense aroma of seville orange marmelade and marzipan. Fairly sweet, very fruity, medium to full bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Long piney bitterness. A bold, flavourful take on the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2010
Small draft on tap at Kelleher’s (Peoria, IL). Pours a nice darker amber gold, a bright glowing orange note, moderate creamy offwhite head sits atop, stays big, laces pretty well. Aromas are a hefty dose of Belgian spicy yeast and bread, florals and citrusy hops mingle with fruity esters, bread, pear and banana, grapefruit all intertwined with a light spice, honey and vanilla. Nice, not too big. Initial is medium bodied, cool and fruity up front with pear and apple, crisp bread and yeasty spice rolls over into bitter floral and citrusy hops, vanilla and honey, mellow and lighter end of medium bodied. Only qualm might be the sligtly metallic turning hops. A healthy dose of pine and metal on the backend, this gets quite bitter on the backend, and with a formidible abv, it certainly gets a bit warm. Nice, but not necessarily my thing. It grows on me @ 2.50 a refill though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
r464 (1981) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 28, 2010
Amber on color, though not too dark. Aroma is of hops and floral spice. Taste is hoppy with a strong floral note. Powerful flavor. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
psark (54) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Intriguing marriage of an IPA and a Belgian Strong ale. Assertive but pleasant hops up front ends in a chewy malt which is neither cloying or too heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WVHouseofBeer (917) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2010
I was intrigued by the "Raging Bitch" name and grabbed a bottle as soon as I saw it. For some reason I didn’t really pay attention to the style or the description of the beer, but after I took my first drink, I fell in love. This beer has a lot going for it, and is not doubt equal to Chouffe’s Belgian IPA - and wayy cheaper. An amber gold body and frothy white head sets up an excellent mix of hops and yeast flavors. This beer drinks like champagne, which for an Anniversary, should be what you are drinking.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dukeredhair (242) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Bought Park Lane 6 pack. Smell. INCREDIBLE. Aroma is dominated by hops but notes of spicy belgian yeast prevalent. Appearance. Off white head nice lacing. Amber hue. good clarity. Taste. unfortunately mostly hops. Previous reviews mentioned the hop domination, it is true. Belgian spicey yeast character only really detected in the after taste. I hoped for a blend like the belgian IPA at Pizza port. This is mostly IPA. Overall a good beer. Certainly preferable to most swill but not quite balanced in the effort to pull of BELGIAN and IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wxman (1519) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Pours a rich clear orange-amber with a big robust antique lace head. Aroma is pine, spice and malt. Taste is sweet toasted malt, citrus, caramel and assertive hop bitterness. Quite good!

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