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RATINGS: 1864   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gururyan (715) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 10, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2013 From bottle, again, I like it better this time around. Glad I got a sixer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle. Dark orange, clear, huge off-white foamy head. Nose is piney-citrus hops with a thick dollop of Belgian candi sweetness. Flavor is big hop bitterness and pine resin flavor up front, transitions to light fruits and Belgian candi and yeasty esters, substantial caramel and bready malt backbone throughout, finishes sweet and Belgiany with alcohol warmth. Full body, medium carbonation, chewy. A big, strong, hoppy Belgian-style IPA, surprising west coast hop character, limited drinkability due to strength.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2010
On Tap: Clear and lightly copper colored. medium white head Floral Citrus nose. Light malt, light caramel sweetness smooth going down, crisp start and finish. medium body. nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
benpickens (481) - Camarillo, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Pours a clear copper with a birg white head and tons of lacing. Clean aromas of citrus and unmistakable belgian yeast. Dry/crisp/then sweet with a bitter finish. Good belgian IPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DruncanVeasey (8012) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2010
Bottle from Alexander Wines, Coventry. Tea leaf, raspberry flavoured boiled sweets, Turkish delight aroma with a dabs of soggy biscuit, honey, something displeasingly sickly and medicinal. Brassy orange with a slim off-white layer, but you couldn’t call it a head. Decent soft juiciness with Spangle fruit (remember them?), English throat sweets (Tunes, Lockets), attractive stewed tea hops and malt. The overall impression is one of honey-saturated sweetness, dunked biscuit, sog, nothing Belgian except the honey and relative absence of hops. Hugely drinkable, disappointing stuff- can’t shake the honey and lemon Lockets.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ExpendableHero (846) - 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 (11076) - 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.

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