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RATINGS: 1685   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


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1611) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 7, 2010
Bottle scrounged from trade, thanks Tom. Pours a shimmering hazed honey-amber ale in the glass with a massive off-white puffy cap. Good retention and lacing from the cap. Aroma are pungent: peach, grapefruit, tropical fruits, spices, pine caramel and some eartyness. Big caramel malt spine up front is almost perfectly balanced by citrusy-pine hopping, middle has mild complexity - fruity-spicey-musty earthy from yeast. Finish is long, wet and goes from bready sweet fruitiness to increased bittering. Hides its alcohol completely. A really decent big APA that is too drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 6, 2010
After a very standard Belgian nose, it surprises the taster by adding a lot of hops. The combination of the Belgian yeast and the hops mingle nicely in your mouth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
espenra (904) - Kurland, NORWAY - MAY 5, 2010
Slightly hazy orange colour. Small to no head. Very hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus. Aroma is Also hoppy with lots of citrus. Also notes of tropical fruits.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jfb (4358) - Freising, GERMANY - MAY 5, 2010
(bottle) pours a lightly hazy orange-golden colour with a frothy yellow head. aroma of tropical fruits and citrus fruits in abundance, with a light touch of yeast, wheat and cardamom, some fried onions as well. flavour is mostly citric hops and some mild spice, with notes of caramelized malt, yeast and wheat, finishes bitter. medium, full body with lively carbonation, a convincing bridge between the two styles.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2010
Bottle. Slightly hazy orangeish amber pour with a creamy white head that doesn’t last too long. Aroma is quite hoppy and has noticeable belgian yeasty characteristics, with notes of citrus, bubblegum, pine and caramel. Flavour is similar, resiny and fruity, with hints of lemon, passionfruit, bubblegum, clove, caramel and pine. Mouthfeel is light and creamy with moderate to high carbonation and a long bitter finish. A very nice brew, better than other Belgian-style IPA’s that I have tried, more well balanced with the individual elements standing out and complimenting each other, rather than becoming a car crash of flavours and aromas. Well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Dark orange with a fizzywhite head. Grapefruit orange apricot sugar and spice aroma. Earthy bitterness upfront. Tastes of grass hay citrus and a sweet sugary finish. Decent.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Thinking this is a nice bier, just bought a second sixer of this today. Bright golden, illuminating in the sun, it’s a beautiful 73 outside. Fruity, likye bubblegum with hearty malt character, but no doubt, hoppy all the way. beautiful balanced and probably my favorite bier from Flying Dog yet!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nejhleader (1296) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2010
Has a bitter hop/ spicy aroma. Taste is similar. A bitter/citrus hop bit mixed with a strong spicy/ yeast taste. Good body, nice beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Vir4030 (553) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 Pours up golden brown with a nice thick head. It smells nice and sweet. The flavor is nice and smooth with just a bit of a dry aftertaste. This isn’t out of the ordinary for IPA’s except for the smoothness. I would expect a beer named "Raging Bitch" to be much harsher. This is quite a good beer, and an exceptional IPA.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle at the White Horse, Parsons Green, 21st April 2010 (33rd Birthday drinks). Amber with a lacy head. Tastes as you’d expect from an American IPA made with Belgian yeast! Kiwi and citrus on the nose. Lots of peppery, prickly dryness in the mouth and a really good weight. A very enjoyable beer.


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