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RATINGS: 1827   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (8145) - Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2010
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma was citrus with an emphasis on grapefruit, resiny with a slight hint of spiciness. The flavor had an underlying biscuity malt with lemon zest, citrus and a touch of resin. The early sweetness fades quickly to a dry bitterness. Medium bodied and drinkable, but not something I would actively pursue again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (5163) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 6, 2010
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours pale, clear amber with a thin, off-white head. Aroma of dough and spice from the yeast that is typical of Belgian beers, but has a floral hop component as well. The flavor has notes of banana, spice, and the hops. The finish mainly has hops and alcohol in it. Average body. A pretty good beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
robgibbens (428) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 6, 2010
Golden amber color with a good foam with a lot of lacing that sticks to the glass. The aroma is caramel and lemon zest with floral notes (it’s very strong). This IPA has a medium bitter flavor that lingers on the tongue. It’s almost chewy, you can certainly feel it in your mouth as it settles on your taste buds. Flying Dog nails it with this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 5, 2010
Bottle served in a tulip. Excellent pour. Clear, dark gold in color with a massive off-white head with great retention. Pink eraser-Belgian yeast and orangey citrus nose. Big floral aromatics from the dry hopping. Sweet belgian flavor, good malt balance, substantial hops. Medium body, mild carbonation, and a lengthy, dry, sticky, bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1280) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2010
(bottle) This was on-sale and I’ve read good things about it, so I decided to give it a go. Pours light orangish-amber with a voluminous off-white head that retains quite well and possesses a meringue-like consistency when agitated. Smells lightly piney, braunschweiger spread over club crackers, tangelo, possibly banana, and could be some mint thrown in as well. Odd, but pretty good. Taste begins with some sweet orange juice and candi sugar, which quickly transitions to drier grapefruit pith that is accompanied by a hefty dose of dry pine on the finish. Decent enough, but the super dry finish gets to be a bit much. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is restrained. Not bad at all, and definitely worth the price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2263) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Pour is blood orange with big soapy head and nice sticky lacing. Aroma is bitter citrus and sweet hay. Taste is bitter pine, citrus and wheat malt. Palate is crisp, bitter and dry. A very nice style, well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BnMBrewCrew (36) - Randolph, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Aroma - Hops, Grapefruit, earthy notes, malt, citrus, caramel Appearance - Amber, light head, clear body Taste - This has enough hops to live up to the raging bitch name, yet its surprisingly smooth. There’s a sharp bitter bite, transitioning into a surprisingly subtle bitter finish. Caramel and grapefruit notes. Palate - oily, low carbonation, medium body. Overall - We don’t know why they named this "raging bitch". It is surprisingly refined for a hop head IPA. A few other names would more adequately describe this beverage: 1) Raging Lady of the Manor 2) Buddhist Bitch 3) Raging Bitch on Valium

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Picked up a six after what seems like forever since I have seen it out on shelves. Pours a nice honey/orange tinted color with a nice fluffy 2 finger head. Excellent lacing already forming. The smell is very subtle to me. Hints of both the belgian yeast aroma and hops. The taste is extremely interesting. Your mouth gets a little bit of everything up front, hops, malt, and belgian flavor. Subtle sweetness transforms into the hops flavor and finally an aftertaste of the belgian. Slightly alcohol bite at the end but well hidden at 8.3% Mouthfeel is medium. I was hoping this would have a little more belgian style to it but otherwise it is very tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12241) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2010
An orange amber ale with a thin lacing light moka head. A pleasant aroma of biscuitty malt, belgian yeasts and floral hops, nice and smooth. In mouth, a smooth funky IPA with biscuitty malt, spiced coriander, light earthy notes, sustained hop, quite nice. On tap at J. Ryans, May 2, 2010.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 1, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2010 Pours dark coppery peach with a 1-2 finger creamy, white head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is huge on orange marmalade, caramel, tree fruit, wet rocks, dusty grain, prarie flowers, bubblegum and banana peels on the back end. Flavor is again, orange marmalade, citrus rinds, wet basement, peach pits, light bubblegum and banana notes, then spice and bitter citrus to finish, with a lightly funky, citrus and caramel fade. Palate is medium bodied with a light dusty feel and moderate, bright and not too sharp carbonation. Definitely a nice brew, a little brash toward the middle and finish, but still quite tasty.

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