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RATINGS: 1871   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a clear and brilliant amber with a thin but short-lived off-white head. The aroma is very bready with hints of spice. There are also herbal notes, not just from phenols, but also from hops - citrus and a touch of licorice. Flavor starts spicy up front with a bready and strong current of malt following after. The herbal, peppery, licorice combo resumes towards mid-palate along with a big shot of spicy bitter hops. The beer finishes balanced with a firm bitterness (herbal and a touch orangey) and then it’s a hint of butter and molasses drizzled over spiced cake. Bitter dry finish. Mouthfeel is brisk and bubbly, giving quite a lot of gassy levity to the medium-bodied but velvety (almost ropy) texture. Overall, a very nice example of this fairly recent style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bobaidan (530) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Pours a beautiful clear copper with a smallish head. Aroma is floral hops, pine and some citrus. Flavor is a bit bitter at first, but then again it is an IPA. The Belgian characteristics (fruit and yeast esters) come through in the finish. A little more sweetness would help to balance out the flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leafs93 (2113) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Thanks to Chalsk for the bottle. Pours ornage brown with white head. Aroma is citrus, pine and spices. Taste is sweet with a muted bitter finish. Sticky finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dholtkamp (3) - USA - SEP 15, 2010 does not count
Nice Golden color, small head. floral, citrus smell. lovely citrus taste. strats dry but sweet comes in later. one of my favorite beers

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pumpmaster (1355) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Sample from bottle at the Treasure Coast Beer Fest 9/11/10 Ft Pierce, FL. Very good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 12, 2010
golden beer, slightly offwhite head. smells of bitterness, floral, gewürztraminergrapes, tasts bittersweet, herbal -hoppy, has a peach-like hin.t aftertaste bitterness, herbal, woodresins

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
daliesque (60) - Texas, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Pretty gold, but didn’t get much head at all. Smells like nice and floral and citrusy, then it kind of falls flat at the end (I suppose that’s the funky yeast? belgian? not really feeling it). Weird earth smell also. I’m actually really disappointed by this. What’s belgian about this? Wtf, there’s absolutely nothing biting or bitchy about this beer. Where are my hops?! Double Dog was too hoppy, this one tastes flaccid, somehow, with some residual carbonation. Okay, I mean, it’s not the worst I’ve ever had, but it’s disappointing coming from otherwise decent flying dog. The only thing I’m really enjoying about it is the nice alcohol heat at the end. And that it’s drinkable, one might even say chuggable. I’m not sure if it’s the style or what, but aside from getting me tipsy, it’s really not doing it for me otherwise.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gururyan (719) - 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.

3.7
   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.

4
   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.


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