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RATINGS: 1779   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
vyvvy (5009) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Pour clear copper with a nice beige head. The aroma has lots of sweet Belgian traits with sweet malt, sugar and yeast. There aren’t many hops for an IPA. Medium crisp clean body. The taste has a weird thing going on with the malt seeming solid and nice for an American Belgian style beer, but the hops seem very earthy and woody and done meld well to me. The finish has earthy hops. Don’t know if age is causing any issue, but it doesn’t work for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 11, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep orange with a 1/4" white foamy head - which lasts throughout. I am really loving Belgian IPAs right now - and Raging Bitch is a solid example. Wonderful nose - filled with light floral and citrus hop notes from the Amarillo hops and a lot of Belgian yeast qualities - banana and bubble gum - as described. Extremely smooth medium to full body with more banana and bubble gum along with a medium range bitterness. Sweet caramel malts linger between the light fruit and citrus hops. Clean, smooth balanced bitter finish. Most of the hops can be appreciated on the finish. This is really good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
decaturstevo (5581) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Amber pour wiht creamy off white head and lace. Bread, yeasty, sweet caramel malt and resiny hops aroma. Taste mirrors aroma with belgian yeast like aroma and a resiny bitter finish. Medium bodied with good carabonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
inbirraveritas (1392) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUL 11, 2010
Bottle from "Csakajósör"-store, Budapest. Pours an opalesque deep golden with a nice frothy off-white head. The smell is fruity, taste is the same, moutfeel’s smooth. The middle brings spicy, floral and (belgian) yeasty aromas along, its finish is spicy, citric and hoppy which remain in a very pleasant aftertaste. The alcohol’s well hidden, so it’s good drinkable. Very nice ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (1907) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Pour was clear and gold with a nice head and outstanding lacing. Deep belgian fruity/yeasty aroma. The flavor was rich sweet light fruit and a slew of clovelike spicing. Better as iyt warmed but a little overspicey for my liking. Hops were moderately bitter with no memorable flavor. Good, but I didn’t like it as well as many others did.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (6101) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUL 10, 2010
12 oz bottle. Poured a clear copper color with a off-white head. Aroma is pines, with notes of floral hops, spices, and a touch of fruits. Flavor had mild hops, touch of fruits, touch of alcohol. Not a bad IPA at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
iheartcraftbr (2) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010 does not count
Pours a clear amber with nice fluffy head. Aroma is of banana and bubblegum with spicy, herbal and grassy hops. Flavor is bready and barnyardy but also with that IPA zing. Full, oily mouthfeel - nice touch. I’ve been looking for a gateway into Belgian beer and I think I may have found it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Bricks (793) - Delaware, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Smells like a typical IPA, tastes like a hybrid of IPA and imperial pils. Offputting aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nathan30533 (915) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Pours a wonderful amber color with a nice hoppy robust head. Good overall hop taste but a hint of malt at room temp. Great brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
41cubs (250) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2010
Smell is almost pure farmhouse ale with a musty, dusty white grape smell that reminds me of dry champagne. This reminds me of a less intense version of a geuze type aroma. Flavor is of light fruity alcohol and a woodsy chardonnay quality with a crisp dry finish. A little funk from the smell in the taste as well but not as pronounced. Even handed mouthfeel is suited for multiple glasses if wanted. Nice beer, though I’d like to see some of the hops shine through a bit more, maybe and older bottle. Thanks Flying Dog. 2010 12 oz.

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