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RATINGS: 1634   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticBrew (866) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2302) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 2, 2010
Nice beer. Starts by looking nice, relative clear orange, with thick white head and thick lacing. Woody nose with a bit of the usual citrus. Palate has a bit of the subtle flavors the yeast brings before you are blasted by the hops, perhaps a bit wasteful, perhaps not. It is enjoyable. The finish is kinda lush and creamy, unusual in an IPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1787) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 2, 2010
(On tap @ Imbibe Wine.)Murky orange with a nice head.Aroma and flavor are citrus hops,Belgian yeast,and light fruit.Awesome brew from the flying Dog crew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
freekyp (1537) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - APR 2, 2010
This is one fine bitch. Roaring out of the bottle, you can immediately smell the sweet Belgian malt, but wait. There’s something else there. Why it is the strong (almost cannibis) aroma of high alpha American hops barking sharp orders to your palate. The two are a match made in bitchdom. The initial swig shows sharp resiny hops on the sides and back on the tongue, but the candi sugar character slowly melds with that character and settles into a finish that is both malty and hoppy at the same time. Fruity yeast esters a long earthy bitter finish round this one out. Complex, yet refreshing, this one hides its 8% attitude well. A fine quality for a bitch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 2, 2010
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy burnt orange body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, earth, grass, lemon, and perfume. Flavor of citrus, herbs, peach, and nuts with a dry, bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (13804) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 2, 2010
Bottle at ØLbaren. Clear amber - white head. Toasted, caramel, grassy, light yeasty, sparkling, candy, fruity, orange, citrus, bread, dark bread, light spicy, medium hoppy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2649) - 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 (5537) - 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 (4859) - 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.

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