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RATINGS: 1565   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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2010
Strong spicy nose with bubblegum, grapefruit, cloves and sandalwood. Pours slightly cloudy pale copper. Taste follows the nose with more of that clovey goodness and a burnt umbery malt all threaded through with a sprucey bitterness from the hops. Finish is dry and moreish. A good one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
usetheforce (52) - Wehl, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle bought at Bert’s Bierhuis. Pours an amber beer with a big white head. A bitter taste and hints of banana. Enjoyed this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkevin (378) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2010
Rating no. 100! Bottle from Bert’s Bierhuis. Pours a light brown/orange beer with a decent white head. Fruity aroma with hints of spices. Taste is great. Starts malty,fruity and ends with a big amount of hops. Bitter aftertaste. I really enjoyed the belgian touch to this IPA. Interesting combination.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1775) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2010 Apricot orange with a bit of white head. Aroma is spicy hops, with grassy notes, and a candy-like belgian yeast note. Taste is almost numbingly bitter for its IBU’s, and grassy grapefruit tastes abound in this otherwise dry and alcoholic presentation. $2/12oz

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremytoni (2979) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2010
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice grapfruit hoppy flavor with a quick finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (7875) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2010
Bright amber with small white head, some lace. Grapefruit aroma, hops, citrus, inviting. Sharp citrus taste with dried grains, toast and chili pepper. Sharpish, burning MF, fizzy and long peppery finish. Bit aggressive, but I can dig the nice nose!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2356) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 12oz. bottle to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co. The color was a clear, deep gold/amber with decent off white foam to the head and clingy ribbons and spots of lacing. The aroma was grapefruit, sharp, resiny pine, a touch of caramel, and some light candi sweetness. The flavor added heavy malt and a strong hop bitterness that lasted well into the finish. A very potent Belgian style IPA. Next time, enjoyed on tap at Brixie’s in Brookfield, IL.. Snifter served, more deep copper to the color, web-like, Belgian type lacing, and some musty peat to the aroma.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chalsk (1053) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Pours a clear deep amber color with life. Has a thin head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, caramel, and toffee with hints of banana. I would classify this as a mix between and Tripel and an 2IPA. Interesting but not lighting it up.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebusstop (178) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2010
The nose on this one is fun...bubble gum, cherry, cookie, grapefruit...a little bit of everything! The flavor overwhelmingly bitter, but the belgian ale is evident enough. I found the light amber appearance a bit flat looking, but who could complain with this feast of aromas. My palate was quickly exhausted, so one’ll do!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2456) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2010
On tap at Vintage. Pours a dark gold with a thin head and aromas that hit with a bit of pine at first, but on second sniff it seems to have faded. Flavor has a lot of sweetness... Mostly toffee and butterscotch with some caramel. Hops come through as a herbal/medicinal medley with a touch of peach and grapefuit, but this doesn’t have a huge hop punch. Mouthfeel is a little sticky and there’s a touch of warmth as it settles across the palate.


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