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RATINGS: 1648   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


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Bottle from Kegs & Barrels in Plano, TX. Pours a very nice looking deep burnt orange with thick creamy head. Aroma hits you in the face with spicy grapefruit with faint bubble gum. Flavor is bold, malty, grapefruit, light bubble gum with an aggressive bitter. Mouth feel is medium-heavy body with high carbonation. Overall, an excellent beer!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichardW (1576) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle, Rehills, Ncl. Wow!! A fantastic aromatic combination of Belgian style cloves and spices, with tonnes of fresh hops, leads to a superb, wonderfully tart and refreshing pale amber brew, that utterly belies its strength. Great carbonation and head retention and way too easy to drink. Some faint burnt caramel creeps in around the midpoint. A proper stunner of a beer, pleased it made it across to the UK.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5882) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle. Interesting aroma: Pine and grapefruit hop notes on pineapple yeasty fruityness, a hint boozyness. Amber golden, low lacing head, not much visible carbonation. Agressively hopped, higher alcohols mingle with the oils, sweet fruity, but with a surprisingly light body. Slightly sticky mouthfeel, elegant sparkly carbonation. Leaves on the same perfumed notes it came in on, fruityness and pine needles lingers on a bit. I like it, but think it would have been better with slightly less emphasis on the hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johninmelb (1126) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2010
Strong spicy nose with bubblegum, grapefruit, cloves and sandalwood. Pours slightly cloudy pale copper. Taste follows the nose with more of that clovey goodness and a burnt umbery malt all threaded through with a sprucey bitterness from the hops. Finish is dry and moreish. A good one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
usetheforce (52) - Wehl, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle bought at Bert’s Bierhuis. Pours an amber beer with a big white head. A bitter taste and hints of banana. Enjoyed this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
spkevin (397) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2010
Rating no. 100! Bottle from Bert’s Bierhuis. Pours a light brown/orange beer with a decent white head. Fruity aroma with hints of spices. Taste is great. Starts malty,fruity and ends with a big amount of hops. Bitter aftertaste. I really enjoyed the belgian touch to this IPA. Interesting combination.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Arayaga2 (1819) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 6, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2010 Apricot orange with a bit of white head. Aroma is spicy hops, with grassy notes, and a candy-like belgian yeast note. Taste is almost numbingly bitter for its IBU’s, and grassy grapefruit tastes abound in this otherwise dry and alcoholic presentation. $2/12oz

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2010
From a bottle poured a brown color with a fair amount of head. Nice grapfruit hoppy flavor with a quick finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8095) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2010
Bright amber with small white head, some lace. Grapefruit aroma, hops, citrus, inviting. Sharp citrus taste with dried grains, toast and chili pepper. Sharpish, burning MF, fizzy and long peppery finish. Bit aggressive, but I can dig the nice nose!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2628) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2010 12oz. bottle to a Czech-pils glass at Lunar Brewing Co. The color was a clear, deep gold/amber with decent off white foam to the head and clingy ribbons and spots of lacing. The aroma was grapefruit, sharp, resiny pine, a touch of caramel, and some light candi sweetness. The flavor added heavy malt and a strong hop bitterness that lasted well into the finish. A very potent Belgian style IPA. Next time, enjoyed on tap at Brixie’s in Brookfield, IL.. Snifter served, more deep copper to the color, web-like, Belgian type lacing, and some musty peat to the aroma.


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