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RATINGS: 1633   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lagunitasfan (1321) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
12 oz bottle from Beverages4less. Thank you for being one of the few shops that’ll break up a sixer and sell singles. Nose is almost menthol and/or mint. Clear and sharp and high Belgian yeast. Orange amber with strong eggshell head. Taste is fruity sweet with a spiciness. Allspice, clove, anise. Banana abd bubblegum. Small hoppiness but it’s hidden behind the sharp Belgian. Good, but not my fave. I’ll take Stone Cali-Belgique.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 10, 2010
Initial aroma of a woody fruit crate,quickly overwhelmed by American hopping ,finally settles into a mago fruit,pear and hop mixture. Flavor is a battle between Belgian fruity estersand American flowery hopping,it literally floated back and forth between the two flavors,some alcohol is evident, nice hoppy after belches,another great example of this style that is becoming the rage

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - APR 10, 2010
Sampled on 4/9/2010. This India Pale Ale pours a deep orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is orange and floral hops, a touch of yeast. A medium bodied IPA. The malts are fruity, estery and sweet. Lots or orange and orange rind flavors, which are nicely balanced by the yeasts. The hops are citrusy and grapefruity. Lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round, Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2010
12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip Dark orange/copper hue with a contrasting white 1 inch head with great retention. Lively carbonation but clear (no floaters). Hops that hit the nose aren’t overpowering in the initial taste. Same with the boozy first sips. Orange, lemon, licorace and pepper balance the hoppy bitterness nicely. Just enough malt background as well. Light feel makes this a perfect hot day treat. Not sure about the "Belgian=style" description but I DID like this beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - APR 6, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear amber beer with an offwhite head. The aroma is malt, some caramel and hops with citrus and peach. The flavor is caramel, fruit and hops with peach, grapefruit. The palate is bitterness. Overall a good beer with a good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
Bottle Sample at Global Beer Expo. Pours a very attractive golden bronze. Slight haze, yellowish head. Nose is popping with dank hop notes. The yeast esters are restrained and work well with the hop choices here. Taste is nice with a ton of bitterness balanced by a rich yet subtle malt backbone. yeast remains restrained. The best example of the style I’ve had. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bullit (4030) - Burgos, SPAIN - APR 5, 2010
Bottle from The Cave. Clear orange colour, dense off-white head. Aroma is yeasty, citric hops and sweet malty. Flavour is sweet malty, sour, yeasty, and hoppy. Citrus. A bit odd but well enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 4, 2010
I really like Flying Dog’s take on this growing style. A lot of candy in the nose, the belgian yeast strain was very eident. The taste is all IPA though. Cool beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 4, 2010
THOUGHTS: The hops and funk blend perfectly in this one. I don’t think I’ve had a Belgian-style IPA I haven’t liked. Very nice. Hid alcohol. It was extremely intense when paired with Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium amber with an average to large, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished but left good lacing. There was also tiny particles in the body of an average to thick density. The aroma was light candy sugar; moderate grapefruit and orange hops; moderate earthy, funky and fruity yeast; and slight alcohol. The initial flavor was light to moderately acidic and slightly sweet; while the finish was lightly acidic, rather bitter and slightly sweet with a fairly long duration. There was candy sugar; light caramel, citrus (grapefruit and orange) hops, funky yeast, apple juice and fruity yeast. The light to medium body was dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and lightly alcoholic finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (855) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2010
A clear amber pour with a small antique-white head. A mouth-watering aroma of juicy oranges, grapefruits, pineapples, lemons, and a touch of caramel in the background. Medium to full-bodied. The flavour starts with a bit of caramel like malt and then some biscuity qualities come in. Some bananas and bubblegum follow. After that, it’s all resiny hop heaven! LOADS of juicy citrus fruits in the mix. A grassy, drying finish that lingers. Some floral qualities throughout. Hardly a hint of that 8.3% ABV. This is a real winner, superb IPA.

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