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RATINGS: 1578   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2602) - Husum, DENMARK - APR 1, 2010
Flaske: Flot kobber rødbrun øl med et fint skumhoved. Fantastisk amerikansk ipa i duften. Derfor kommer det som en stor overraskelse at smagen er tydelig belgisk i sit udtryk. Men det fungerer. Skide god øl og meget overraskende på trods af at de skriver det udenpå.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SaintMatty (5242) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2010
Bottle - Amber in colour with lively carbonation. Peach and hops feature in the aroma. Bitter taste with peach, grapefruit and toffee. Fairly nice, but could do with a bit more balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4730) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Crisp slightly hazy copper coloured body with an orange glow, thick dense tan head and trillions of small bubbles coming from the side and bottom of the glass - brilliant! Aroma of fresh floral and citrusey hops, a touch of yeast, grapefruit and some apricots. Medium-bodied; Assertive floral hop bitterness with some nuts and caramel thrown in and a nice and mellow aftertaste showing some yeast, but mostly hops with a good malt balance. Aftertaste is refreshing - a decent amount of hops but not a crazy amount, some sugars, but not too much and a bitter flavour, but nothing bad. Overall, a nice beer - closer to a Belgie IPA, but a bit on the American fringes due to the hoppiness, but in a good way. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 05-March-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 30-March-2010.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zaprozdower (66) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Pours a pale copper with a large head that dissipates quickly. The aroma was the biggest letdown, although it had notes of both styles the IPA should have shown through here as aroma is more important to it. Additionally, there was a (for me)light but very unsavory barnyard odor that went beyond belgian or saison. Could have been a bad bottle, hard to say. Beyond that body was generally light and refreshing. The taste generally featured the matly, complex nature of a strong belgian ale, which was appreciated. Overall, an interesting combination of styles that could have been slightly better constructed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4247) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2010
Bottle. Bronze beer with a strong head. The aroma is citrus, mildly peppery hopped and quite fruity. The flavour is very bitter and hopped, quite herbal/medicinal and quite hot/peppery on the back of the throat at the finish. Overall a nice pale ale style beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sregnar35 (972) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Really solid beer from Flying Dog. Pours a deep amber with a great head. Flavor is perfect for this style?, hoppy and yeasty, tangy and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (4883) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Bottle. Big sweet hoppy nose, some citrus and exotic jackfruit-and-mango notes. Light bread, orange peel, and a great, rare sort of floral note. Faint pine. Perfectly clear orange with a large rocky tan head. Full body, bitter, bitterness reminds of real grapefruit, mildly puckering and surely lasting. Not a whole lot beyond the big citrus, just a touch of caramel and vaguely Belgian yeast. This is like a hoppy saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5141) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Cloudy orange, dense white head. Smells very grapefruit and maybe some honeydew melon. Very Hoppy - lots of citrus, lots of caramel. That Belgian thing sorta come out as it warms. Pretty tasty stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
a very nice beer. belgian yeast, and american pine and citrus hops in the aroma and flavor. good lacing and head and overall a pretty good american belgian combo. also a little banana and bubblegum in the aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5887) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle shared with Rudolf & Frylock. Deeper orange pour. Medium bitterness in the aroma with a good dose of Belgian yeast presence Flavor is extremely well balanced. Solid hop bitterness with right amount of Belgian yeastiness. Right up there with Stone Cali-Belgique. GOOD

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