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RATINGS: 1556   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


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2645) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2010
20100205 12oz bottle during Snowmageddon 2010. If this is going to be my last beer ever, I guess I’d be okay with that. Attractive medium amber color with thin but sticky, fine white head. Aroma is pungent with huge hops and yeast, the Amarillos in this case taking over in a great way. The beer is intensely reminiscent of a dank Aussie Sauvignon Blanc, including cut grass and running a fine line between ripe grapefruit and garlicy thiols, also juicy tropical fruits. Perhaps not refined, but definitely one of the most enticing and interesting aromas I’ve come across in some time. Body is a slight disappointment if only because I wanted more. It’s not quite as dry as I’d like, with the yeast bringing a nice peppery feel, but the hops not providing an accompanying dryness that would really bring it all together like a great rug. what? Flavor is right in line with aromas up front, but becomes briefly bland across the middle of the sip. Finish is peppery and bitter but, as mentioned, not quite as dry as it seems it should be. Instead, there’s a slight but lingering medicinal note, a bit of menthol. Alcohol presence is felt mostly with temp, but it is a bit more harsh than seems necessary. Overall, this beer has shocked me with its complexity, and accessibility. Others have approached the style, but I think this one brings a more definitive American flair with the bold Amarillo presence, and it helps that the price is under nine bucks a six pack. Now couldn’t they have pulled this off with a 4.5-5.5 percent beer? The only thing that is going to keep me from buying a lot of this stuff is the high ABV.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3170) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Pour is a copper with a large white head. Aroma is peppery and spicy with lots of belgian fruityness. Flavor has lots of the belgian yeast thing going on with the fruit and spice but the hops make an appearance here that give it a nice mellow bitterness. This was a pleasant sipper as each time i took a drink i would catch something new. I throughly enjoyed this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Bottle...surprising brew. This has been a style that has always missed for me. This one worked. Hop bite gracefully blended with the belgian schwagger. yes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephen7424 (30) - Burns Harbor, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Pours a clear amber in color with a nice white foam. Have medium lacing around the cup, and has taste similar to sierra nevada ipa. It leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste thats not super strong. A pretty good choice from flying dog with a nice abv.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4788) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Pours a fairly clear copper, with a thick, soapy lace - aroma of herbal, minty, peppery hops, with moderate belgian yeast phenols, some notes of sage and thyme - soft carbonation, full to medium body - strong, peppery, herbal hops work well with the moderate phenolic character kicked out by the yeast - a lot of the herbal qualities from the aroma are present in the flavor, which adds a nice dimension to the flavor - some honey sweetness on the back end is tempered by the lingering hop bitterness - I would like it better if it were more dry, but this is fairly good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Tap at New Beer, and at Victoria Gastropub. Pours a slightly hazy bright deep orange with a nice fluffy cloud-like white head and nice lacing. Aroma is bubblegum phenolics, light belgian fruity yeast, and tons of big PNW hops- citrus, pine, lots of orange zest, and mango/tropical- very fruity overall. Flavor is moderate caramel malts, carapils, light honey sweetness, sticky, and resinous hops, light grass and bubblegum but tons of frutiy citrus hops, pine sap, peach, mango, and orange oils- clean and nicely bitter finish- Nice!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattnock (10) - Arden, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Surprisingly awsome beer from flying dog. medium body, creamy, spruce, citrus, grapefruit really. Reminds me of troegs nectar. Really good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Guava ice cream all over the delicious nose. Much fruitiness with a milky texture in the mouth then a huge hoppy dryness with plenty of fragrant skunk. Sweet then intensely bitter. Yeah this is pretty awesome.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2010
12oz from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours deep copper with a big puffy tan head. Nose is sweet and floral, clear indications of the belgian yeast, and some candi sugar I sense as well. Taste is sweet, and off putting. The major problem here is one that happens with belgian ipas, the belgian yeast hits the hops and they make for a muddled taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2010
On tap at Mad Mex, served in shaker. Pours a light copper color like a new penny with a thick white head that laces well. The hops in the aroma are spicy, citrusy, and floral, but there’s a yeasty sweetness that adds a nice complexity. The nose carries over to the tongue, but the yeasty characteristics are more pronounced, adding a banana and clove dimension to it. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Not what I expected from an IPA, but I enjoyed it.


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