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RATINGS: 1580   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2010
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a lacing and slight off-white head. Aroma is dry peachy and pinewood hoppy. Peachy and dry pinewood hoppy initial flavoured. Nice caramel malt base to this. Not overly sweet. Good balance. Smooth peachy and fruity dry flavoured into the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Pours a clean amber gold with a thin foamy white head. Nose is a pretty powerful mix and compounding of yeasty and hops. Spicy, lots of esters, muy resinous, simcoe, pepper. Flavor is spicy and resinous, medium hop bitterness, melony hop character, estery and yeasty, Palate is spicy and estery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle. A - Light to medium amber orange color. Decent sized frothy head with a beige tinted ivory color. Decent retention and a good amount of lace left. S - A lot of grapefruit. Good amount of orange, pineapple, apricot, peach smells as well. Decent amount of pine and floral scents too. Also has a faint Belgian yeast. T - More malt than the nose suggested. A little caramel but mostly a bready malt with Belgian yeast. This makes the backbone of the beer, and while not prominent, is more than the nose suggested. On top of this is a good amount of pine and floral/herbal hops along with some of the fruits mentioned above. The fruits are more faint in taste than in the nose, but still have a good presence. A bit more citrus than tropical fruits and they have a slight candied taste. Fair amount of alcohol also comes through. M - Medium body with good carbonation. Slight stickiness and drying finish. D - Good drinkability with the flavors pretty balanced and a good diversity of flavors. The smell keeps me wanting more to quench the drying finish. Enjoyable to drink, but the ABV is slightly high to have multiple beers. Notes: Good beer that seems like a bready American IPA with Belgian yeast. Enjoyable mix of flavors with a lot of different flavors present. Not the most hop forward beer I have had, but hops are the stars.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hershiser2 (1227) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle: $1.80 at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a light amber with two inches of frothy off-white head, Smells of bitter grapefruit and pepper. Taste of pine, grapefruit, orange - finishes bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (6290) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2010
Bottle from Corks, Bristol. Deep amber in colour with a moderate white head. Hoppy, tropical fruit and pine aroma with some Belgian spices and yeastiness. Flavour of sweet malts, pineapple and orange, with a touch of honey and a massive grassy hop finish. Great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gpekar (466) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2010
Poured a crystal clear bright amber color with a tall foamy off-white head. The aroma was grassy with a mild grapefruit scent. There was a nice bitter taste up front with the flavore of grapefruit. There was a nice tartness and good carbonation. There is a good amount of caramel sweetness to mellow out the hops though a good amount of a hops bitterness and grapefruit flavor last well into the finish and linger on the palate for awile. There was a light amount of lacing through the glass. This beer gives you the best of a Belgian and an IPA, a good blend of both. Very Good!!!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ShabbyX (4) - Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2010 does not count
Smells sort of like a summer farm or garden with 3 days of sun after a good rain- reminiscent of the native Belgium (as opposed to domestic attempts) Saisons (p.s. oh beer website, fix your text box so it doesn’t underline saison as a spelling error). Appearance - is this ’to style’? Looks like a typical IPA/APA- wouldn’t mind a bit more legs/body, but kind of admire the impudence of an 8.5’er posing as a regular ole ale. Tastes real good! Honestly, dangerously drinkable, with more subtlety and balance than most of the west coast IPAs manage. Palate - light and maybe a little too thin when it gets warmed up. Carbonation is on par with other American pale ales / ipas. Finish is a quick, a little astringent. Overall - I like it very much and thinks it’s the most creative thing to happen to West-Coast style IPAs in a while. would like to see them get a bit more body to an 8.5 percent-er. I can see the esters freaking people out but the hops completely balances if the beer is at American serving temperatures.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
degbert (1116) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Poured from bottle. Nose is citrus and pine, but with a strong -- and it seems typical -- overtone of band-aid or latex. Color is a dark gold-brown with a pillowy, custardy head that lasts a very long time. Taste -- you get the pine and citrus that you expect, but there’s also an odd fruity overtone, something like green grapes. Palate is somewhat thin, with quickly disappearing carbonation. Not as good as I had hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2509) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2010
[bottle from bierzwerg.de] Complex aroma of mixed citrus and pine together with some pineapple, peach, and spicy herbs reminiscent of a Belgian trippel. Very nearly clear copper under a thin, clingy, white sheet. Blast of bitter grapefruit/pine hops up front that develops into a woody, Orval-like bitterness that lingers a bit on the tongue together with some spicy caramel. Pineapple and peach accents. Medium body, medium carobonation, medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle thanks to blutt59. The look is cloudy, whitish head, and golden in color. The smell is orange, spice, pine, citrus, and caramel. The taste is spices, hops, fruits, pine, and caramel.

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