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RATINGS: 1580   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Pours a transparent amber copper with an airy froth of off-white head. Has a sweet pale malty nose with a perfumy floral hop kick. Starts with good light caramely sweetness with an assertive resiny piny hop flavor and herbal bitterness finishing drier and bittersweet with some lingering hop perfume. An enjoyable and true to style Belgian double IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours orange with thick white head. Huge citrus hops in the nose. Taste has piney hop bite with slight notes of Belgian yeast in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Taste more like an American IPA than a Belgium due to the abundance of hops. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle/12 - Pours a hazy golden amber in color with a medium white head that settles to a thin covering over the beer. Aroma is strong of both citrus hops and bready Belgian yeasts. Flavor is quite fruity with citrus/orange taking the lead, but with peach/apricot playing a significant role as well. Slightly sweet before the hop bitterness kicks in. Finish is lingering and bitter. Really good...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4208) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2010
On tap, 2010-02-06, Göteborg (Haket...) AP: golden colour, heavy head, AR: strong american hops, grapefruit. F: strong american hops, grapefruit., loads of bitterness, lemon juice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2010
bottle at home ... thanks to Bullet for this ... amber .... thin white lacing ... pink grapefuit ... big perfume orange .... floral nose ... very perfumed light orange hop ... again pink grapefruit .... little drying ... od and nice for a taste ... less sure

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2010
Hazy orange with a small white head that leaves minimal lazing behind. Very nice, fresh hop aroma with notes of grass, wet leafs and belgo yeast. Sweetish malt flavour with light juicy hops, light estery yeast and caramell. Ends on a dry, hoppy and yeasty note. Medium bodied, somewhat sticky with nice fine bubbled carbonation. Highly drinkable for the abv, fantastic nose but a slightly too sweet flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsquire (3465) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Clear golden color with a thick, frothy green tinged head. This has a big, pinching spicey hop nose. It is a syrupy beer with just tons of hop flavor. Fresh pine and spruce with grapefruit rind. This has the musky strength of a bitch in heat, but it’s much more IPA than belgian.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 6, 2010
Draught at Sorbon, Bromma, Sweden. Pours out in a deep hazy orangey amber colour with a creamy white foam. Hoppy and fruity aroma of resin, mango, flowers, nectarines and peaches with subtle undertones of peppery yeast. Nearly full-bodied with notes of blonde grapefruit, flowers, mango and mild resin with touches of white pepper, wet grass and and yeast. Really tasty but it’s more like an American IPA than a Belgian since the estery yeast is quite shy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 6, 2010
To be honest I would like to see a little more Belgian character in this beer. The American hops seem to overpower the yeast in this beer. But it is a very drinkable IPA. Nice hop aroma and bitterness backed by enough malt backbone to balance. Flavors much like the aromas, American hops with a light phenolic spice that plays behind the hops. My advice, give it a try and embrace your inner "Btich"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (2854) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2010
A delicious IPA though I usually don’t care for the IPA/Belgian hybrid. Aroma was great. Heavy on the Belgian yeast with a hint of hops. Pour was a nice deep gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was very nice. One of the few Belgian/IPA beers that I’ve had that gets it right. Perfect mix of earthy hops and the classic Belgian flavor. Mouth drying bitter aftertaste with that yeast sticking to the back of the tongue. Good carbonation.

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