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RATINGS: 1692   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5194) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Bottle. Big sweet hoppy nose, some citrus and exotic jackfruit-and-mango notes. Light bread, orange peel, and a great, rare sort of floral note. Faint pine. Perfectly clear orange with a large rocky tan head. Full body, bitter, bitterness reminds of real grapefruit, mildly puckering and surely lasting. Not a whole lot beyond the big citrus, just a touch of caramel and vaguely Belgian yeast. This is like a hoppy saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5407) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Cloudy orange, dense white head. Smells very grapefruit and maybe some honeydew melon. Very Hoppy - lots of citrus, lots of caramel. That Belgian thing sorta come out as it warms. Pretty tasty stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2010
a very nice beer. belgian yeast, and american pine and citrus hops in the aroma and flavor. good lacing and head and overall a pretty good american belgian combo. also a little banana and bubblegum in the aroma and flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (6701) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle shared with Rudolf & Frylock. Deeper orange pour. Medium bitterness in the aroma with a good dose of Belgian yeast presence Flavor is extremely well balanced. Solid hop bitterness with right amount of Belgian yeastiness. Right up there with Stone Cali-Belgique. GOOD

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nephilium (1463) - Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Really strong hop aroma kicks this one off. Pours a clear amber, with a dusting of white head. Nice clean hop flavors, with the underlying fruit notes of a Belgian ale. Alcohol is well hidden, and this is clean on the palate. Quite a good beer, especially for the relatively low price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Holdwine (1111) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2010
I understand the theory behind this beer, and they hit their target, but I just didn’t find it that enjoyable. I will admit to have finishing it off, so it wasn’t that bad. I guess my biggest problem was the competing styles- the hard core hop attack didn’t allow the yeast to shine as one would hope with a belgian influenced beer. So, yes, a good delivery based on their own benchmark, but , no not one I particularly agree with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle from the Fort Worth Central Market. Yellow pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma is crazy. Very piny hops, citrus, pepper, sweet, sticky, vanilla. Taste is pepper, hops, alcohol, old fruit, pine, caramel. There’s just way too much going on here. Like a handful of Hogwarts Jelly Bellies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (13637) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2010
Bottled (BZ, BB 07/2010)
Clear amber color, good creamy off-white head. Strong hayish, fresh cut grass hoppy nose. Mouthfeel starts mellow leading to medium pale malty body. Flavor is par to nose: fresh cut grass, very bitter, light sweetness and white pepper spiceyness. Aftertaste has warming alcohol. Very nicely balanced hoppyness in this IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (3980) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Fratto. Clear light orange appearance with a bubbly white head. Huge freaken stank hops climb out of the glass and spit acid into your eye. Sticky resin hops with almost a body odor over zealousness with pine sticky. Taste is super pine tree sap. Needles of the tree with a broiled veggies taste. Peppery finish comes through later. Wow, intense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
12oz bottle from D’s Six Pax & Dogz in Pittsburgh. Pours a clear, golden-orange colored body with a finger-width, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is filled with American hops and Belgian yeast. Lots of strong citrus with plenty of piney grapefruits, floral oranges, peaches, and a bit of an earthy spice. Solid Belgian yeastiness with some fruity esters and a hint of banana. A touch of caramel and balancing malt as well as some clove. Flavor leans much more towards the hops. Thats saying a lot since the aroma was very hoppy. Lots of American citrus with plenty of grapefruit and estery fruits. Tons of sweet florals and a moderate pine. All-in-all, a bit too sweet on the hops. The Belgian yeast is present, but not as balanced as the aroma. However, there is a nice yeasty, fruity ester and banana. Finishes very dry with a medium-high bitterness, plenty of floral/piney hops, and a moderate Belgian yeastiness. Lengthy aftertaste after a medium body and lightly fizzy carbonation. Overall, an interesting Belgian IPA. I liked the aroma a bit better in that it seemed more rounded and balanced. The flavor was plentiful and enjoyable, but seemed just a touch off balance with the hops. Despite the slight balance issues, this was highly enjoyable. Not bad.

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