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RATINGS: 1871   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2010
The pour is a sparkling, translucent, orange color with an average, creamy, frothy, eggshell-colored head which is somewhat lasting and leaves sporadic, Belgian lace. The nose is typical with banana esters, white, grapefruit, pine tar, papaya, and some faint biscuits. The flavor is similar but the hop flavors and Belgian notes actually mesh well together; peach and papaya, banana, pine tar, typical Amarillo citrus, and again minimal biscuity notes. The palate is fair with a less than medium body, lively carbonation, and a thin texture. Finishes still balanced between Belgian yeast and American hops with the pine turning almost rustic, banana becoming bubblegum, and the papaya note still in there. Interesting attempt at a challenging style; the mix of yeast esters and hop flavors worked well in the moderately high bitterness. Aside from the flabby palate, a nice offering for this anniversary beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Tap at Belmont Station. Clear Orange pour with an insanely quickly dissipating white head. Smells like orange, grapefruit, pepper and a light clove note. Flavor is a little more boring, being fairly typical IPA flavors of grapefruit and pine with a moderate clove and pepper bit in the finish, but nothing overly special. Then again, this style doesn’t really do it for me to begin with, but this in particular wasn’t one that interested me much. Fantastic name though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2010
This must be my night for wild babes beers.... started out with a Double Wench, and moved quickly over to a Raging Bitch. I guess I’m asking for it. The Wench was similar in color, though the head was more a cream color than the Bitch’s white... and the Bitch is much smoother, with, as noted, some piney, floral hop taste, which makes it much smoother on the palate than the Wench. Also as noted, I wouldn’t really consider this a Belgian, but I certainly will enjoy the other 5 bottles awaiting. To the dungeon with those other lighter, more citrus flavored summer ales... I’ll take a ride with the Raging Bitch any time.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
theSlipperyPen (248) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2010
Pours clear amber and sends a tall white head to the top of the glass. On the nose are notes of white blossoms, passion fruit and pineapple. Then with a bit of air the Belgian yeast gives it an earthy tone. It’s very bitter in the mouth, where one finds all the flavours of the aroma, but added to this are hints of banana and apple skin. There is also a grainy taste, possibly from the mixing of the hops and the yeast. Mouth feel is thin and cleansing with a sparkling, fine carbonation. Finish is sharp with a souring of the citrus flavours. A refreshing summer ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 5, 2010
Bottle from Casa De Oro. Aroma is a little yeasty with some strong hop character. Flavor is hoppy with peppery qualities. The Belgian character seems to soften the hoppy bitterness. Prett smooth and easy to drink. Alcohol is well hidden. Soild brew at a good price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rman18 (312) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Very good beer. The taste and aroma of hops is the first thing you notice. Then you taste the slight floral and grass flavors with the roasted malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6719) - Tau, NORWAY - AUG 4, 2010
355 ml bottle, from Voldby Købmandsgård, Denmark. ABV is 8.3%, IBU 60. Clear orange colour, big off-white head. Lovely strong aroma of fruity and piney American hops, notes of oranges and slightly caramellized orange marmalade. The flavour is a hoppy explosion from start to finish, fruity (orange marmalade) first, very bitter in the end. There is a considerable malty sweetness that stands up to the bitterness. I don’t get many "Belgian" notes out of this "Belgian IPA", it is all very American to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
imdownthepub (13234) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2010
Bottle conditioned at Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Gold with white head. Crikey, this is one bad boy, extremely hoppy, perhaps to excesiveness or somewhere close, bitter and dry sounds a bit tame, but that’s where it was at then bitter orange and herbs, phew. Massive, as they used to say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2908) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 3, 2010
Bottle. Appearance slightly hazy copper with a tiny white head. Aroma: delightfully hoppy with a good spicyness to it, lots of yeast & honey, peach too. Flavour: lovely & malty, tons of hops, pine, varnish, a slight hint of alcohol, spicy, a good amount of yeast & honey in the finish. Lovely

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - AUG 3, 2010
Copper color pour with a nice white head. Nice lacing around the glass that sticks. Aroma of citrus, hops, and pine. Flavor of citrus, malts, and yeast. A terrific beer. Highly recommended.

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