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RATINGS: 1735   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2010
Lively big white head amber... fruity passion fruit not very hoppy aRoma... muddled fruity flavor with notes of belgian malts... decent body... very good belgian ipa...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2010
Clear amber pour with lively carbonation in the body and a nice fluffy off white head. Head retention is excellent. The aroma is dank and resinous with notes of pine, juicy-sweet citrus, grass, bubblegum, and banana clove esters. The flavor is grassy resinous pine, lively citrus, and a bready malt backbone with some nice fruity Belgian dough. The palate is medium bodied with lively effervescence, a nice prickly mouthfeel, and a sticky resinous finish,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3333) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2010
I am never sure what to make of these Belgian IPAs you see from time to time. For the most part, they seem more Belgian than IPA but this is definitely an exception. It pours a clear orange amber and has a huge hoppy nose. Citrus and floral notes play w/ an intensely fruity Belgian yeast character. Medium bodied and very highly carbonated. Flavor too is very hoppy too though in this case I’m not sure if the ale yeast and the bitterness compliment each other rather than clash. Still, a complex and interesting ride across two flavor profiles many will assert never should be combined. This just proves them wrong. It’s not perfect but it’s a well done beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2010
Best aroma from a BIPA ever. It’s got both the bright citrus hops and the Belgian yeast character and they both jive quite nicely. The flavor, on the other hand, I don’t love as much - it’s much more dominated by the Belgian yeast and the hops seem like more of a bitter afterthought.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle from trip to Buffalo. Label that would never get by the censors at the LCBO in Ontario. Body is a rich copper-gold with a thick white head. Aroma and flavour both expertly fush the over-the-top citrus and pine resin hops of an American IPA with the sweet, yeasty and mildly funky notes of a Belgian golden ale. Some tropical fruit notes also come into play as it warms up. Absolutely delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2010
Pours copper with an off white head. Smells of citrus, some caramel, dry malt. Tastes of citrus, some peppery hints, some funky hints, dry. Nice, straight forward BIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3095) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2010
Pours a clear copper color with no head. Aroma of Belgian yeast-banana and bubble gum with a touch of hops. Flavor is quite unique with bubble gum and banana upfront followed by a dry, bitter hop finish. Very much enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slipstream (2227) - USA - APR 17, 2010
Fresh, zesty, floral hop aroma - very nicely done. Ralph Steadman drawing and quote on the label - is he one of the owners perhaps? Nice pour and a sticky head. Raging Bitch is a dry and sharp IPA that has a grapefruit kick in it, and a pith aftertaste. It tastes more West Coast than Belgium to me. In fact, it tastes like liquid hops. It is pretty good, but it points out the problem I have with this type of IPA - there is too much emphasis on the hops, i.m.o. I love hops, but not all by themselves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
Sample pour at a local beer tasting event from a 12 ounce bottle. Clear golden amber, thin head recedes to a collar around the perimeter. A few bubbles rise from the bottom. Citrus hoppy grapefruit aroma. Lots of grapefruit & hoppy bitterness. Somewhat oily with medium body and medium carbonation. Taste more like a normal IPA to me -- I’m not picking up a whole lot of Belgian qualities in this. Very smooth for 8.3 ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2010
Pretty golden/coppery pour...with some moderate white head. Nose is very moderate Belgian yeast esters (very far in the background)...yeasty and fruity and touches of banana. Some moderate PNW hopping, but also pretty restrained and somewhat distant. Certainly drinkable and different, but nothing that knocked me out or made me want to seek out another one any time soon!

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