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RATINGS: 1571   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (2842) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5225) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 6, 2010
UPDATED: APR 14, 2010 Bottle - 750mL corked and caged from the Rare Beer Club. Label shows 8.3% ABV and VINTAGE09AB. Murky amber pour with a tall, foamy white head. Sticky, delicate lacing on the glass. Aroma is big floral hops, strong citrus, spicy notes, yeast, tropical fruit, sweet malt and toffee. Tastes of big citrus and pine with orange peel, spicy hops, floral hops, yeast notes chewy malt, caramel, light toffee and tropical fruit. Body is medium with a creamy carbonation and a strong lingering bitterness. Resinous as well. Ends with more big pine and citrus notes, grapefruit juice, pineapple, spicy hops, yeast, sweet malts, and toffee. Enjoyable!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgedOak (98) - Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2010
Astonishing! 12 oz. bottle. A clear amber with a large foamy white head. Nose of hops, spice, spice and more spice. Flavors are all over the place, spice, citrus, pine and peppery; all followed up with a sweetness which was unexpected. This is like two brews in one, beginning with an IPA and ending with a belgian. A perfect blend of two beers in one glass, an you don’t even need to use a spoon. This is the flip side of "Gonzo". Beer is a perfect match with the label/art of Steadman

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5059) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 6, 2010
Tap @ wildeman. Clear golden color, big slight off-white head. Aroma of hop, lemon, grapefruit. Decent bitter taste, crisp. Dry, bit lemony. Decent stuff.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Aurelius (4121) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Excreta, on multiple fronts. The aroma was floral and pungent -- to be honest, it reminded me of the combination of deodorant and female sweat. Perhaps they should name this beer Smells Like Teen Spirit. Medium, clear brown -- I don’t know what Nimrod thought that the disturbed art on the bottles would help them sell beer. Flavors put me in the mind of caramel and cat urine. Market Square Liquors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2652) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2010
20100205 12oz bottle during Snowmageddon 2010. If this is going to be my last beer ever, I guess I’d be okay with that. Attractive medium amber color with thin but sticky, fine white head. Aroma is pungent with huge hops and yeast, the Amarillos in this case taking over in a great way. The beer is intensely reminiscent of a dank Aussie Sauvignon Blanc, including cut grass and running a fine line between ripe grapefruit and garlicy thiols, also juicy tropical fruits. Perhaps not refined, but definitely one of the most enticing and interesting aromas I’ve come across in some time. Body is a slight disappointment if only because I wanted more. It’s not quite as dry as I’d like, with the yeast bringing a nice peppery feel, but the hops not providing an accompanying dryness that would really bring it all together like a great rug. what? Flavor is right in line with aromas up front, but becomes briefly bland across the middle of the sip. Finish is peppery and bitter but, as mentioned, not quite as dry as it seems it should be. Instead, there’s a slight but lingering medicinal note, a bit of menthol. Alcohol presence is felt mostly with temp, but it is a bit more harsh than seems necessary. Overall, this beer has shocked me with its complexity, and accessibility. Others have approached the style, but I think this one brings a more definitive American flair with the bold Amarillo presence, and it helps that the price is under nine bucks a six pack. Now couldn’t they have pulled this off with a 4.5-5.5 percent beer? The only thing that is going to keep me from buying a lot of this stuff is the high ABV.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3194) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Pour is a copper with a large white head. Aroma is peppery and spicy with lots of belgian fruityness. Flavor has lots of the belgian yeast thing going on with the fruit and spice but the hops make an appearance here that give it a nice mellow bitterness. This was a pleasant sipper as each time i took a drink i would catch something new. I throughly enjoyed this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Bottle...surprising brew. This has been a style that has always missed for me. This one worked. Hop bite gracefully blended with the belgian schwagger. yes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stephen7424 (30) - Burns Harbor, Indiana, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Pours a clear amber in color with a nice white foam. Have medium lacing around the cup, and has taste similar to sierra nevada ipa. It leaves a nice hoppy aftertaste thats not super strong. A pretty good choice from flying dog with a nice abv.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (4833) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Pours a fairly clear copper, with a thick, soapy lace - aroma of herbal, minty, peppery hops, with moderate belgian yeast phenols, some notes of sage and thyme - soft carbonation, full to medium body - strong, peppery, herbal hops work well with the moderate phenolic character kicked out by the yeast - a lot of the herbal qualities from the aroma are present in the flavor, which adds a nice dimension to the flavor - some honey sweetness on the back end is tempered by the lingering hop bitterness - I would like it better if it were more dry, but this is fairly good.

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