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RATINGS: 1806   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
inbirraveritas (1416) - 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 (1920) - 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 (6329) - 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 (838) - 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 (943) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2010
Pours a rather luminous dark honey color with generous white head. Nose has a bit of chalkboard, and some background citrus. Palate has the same chalkboard like powerdy thing going on, almost somewhat medicinal like swallowing a tablet. Some dry grapefruit is there and a bit of wild flavors from the yeast. Finish has that powdery taste too

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mixmasterob (1018) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Pours clear and gold with a small white head that faded quickly. Shows good carbonation. Left some nice lace on the glass. Aroma is very yeasty, these Belgian yeast strains impart too much flavor in my opinion. Lots of banana and clove on the nose. Flavors too are dominated by the Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Mouthfeel is medium to full. IPA aromas and flavors are a bit muddled but they are trying to come out. I guess you could say they are there in spirit. In my opinion I don’t think these two styles mesh well, but I am not a fan of belgian yeast and its flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sm89walt (1846) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 7, 2010
33cl bottle. Not much of a looker, it’s no Miss World on that front. Pours with a noticeable haze and a small and disappearing frothy off-white head. There’s where the mediocrity ends. Oh yes. The grapefruit, apricot and mango all over this are just bloody fantastic. Crisp and so hoppy, really bright and fresh on the palate. Comes together wonderfullly and just sings as a whole. Bitter but not aggressive; the sweeter side of the fruit evens things out. There’s some good malt but it’s for support and remains unobtrusive throughout. Just top drawer stuff and the fruit is so different from most other IPAs I’ve had.

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