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RATINGS: 1590   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 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4896) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 11, 2010
12oz bottle pours a transparent, copper, orange amber with a frothy, slightly creamy, slightly off white head. Aroma is very well mixed, citrus fruits, candy sugar, bread, yeast, lemons, lightly sweet malt, a touch of earth. Flavor is sweet, malty, bready, grapefruits, a little pine, liquid sugar, crackers, lemon rind, candy. Finish is full bodied with lasting sweetness and a lasting bitterness. Honestly, I don’t love the style, but I felt this was a very good marriage of Belgian beers and IPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hombrepalo (1829) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2010
12 oz bottle from archers. Pours a clear golden amber color with a medium creamy offwhite head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is very hoppy with notes of citrus, peach, mango and an herbal, peppery bite. Taste is very bitter hops with a very dry peppery herbal thing along with lemon and a bit of other citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 11, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy copper toned body with a white head. Aroma of grass, pine oils, a light sap not quite maple and earth y citrus and more pine. Grass y floral a light green hoppiness but not to hinder the light citrus Belgian fruit tones. This strikes an odd balance due to the earth herbal hop tones, some pine, citrus and honey sweetness. Really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solesaver (15) - chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - FEB 10, 2010
This IPA was decent. Had a strong hoppy nose which fell a little short on taste. Slight citus start and a mild finish. Nice on a hot summer day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours a light amber color with a large, dense frothy white head. Lacing is extremely strong. Aromas of grapefruit dominate, with hints of banana and spruce. Palate is very smooth with a creamy, sticky finish. Aftertaste is nicely balanced bitter. Flavors of hops dominate the start, with a Belgium finish. Fantastic beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at the Rake.
Sometimes what I put into the RB search field without noticing makes me chuckle once I’ve hit enter. Considering I’ve just done a search for "Fly Bitch" this was definitely one of those. Yeah homeboy, bring on the fly bitches. Ahem… Fantastic clean amber body with a good white head that lasts well and leaves some decent lacing. Bloody brilliant NZ type hoppy snout. Some amonia, lots of tropical fruit and pleasantly fierce. The flavour is more ofthe same. Grassy and resinous, plus a good hit of chewy malt. Excellent bitterness. Great dryness. Good lingering juicy fruits. Damn good stuff all round.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6081) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2010
Bottle [12oz]. Pours a clear, bubbly orange-copper with a small frothy off-white head. Aroma: Oh wow, I really like that! Yeasty yeah, but quite hoppy too, along with sweet caramel malt, a hint of spices, bubblegum and some citrus and tropical fruit. Flavour’s also yeasty and hoppy (herbal and perfumey), along with caramel malt, some spices, fruit and a dry, average bitter finish. A surprising amount of hops in this beer and that makes me happy. Alcohol’s totally hidden to me. Medium bodied. This is one of the better Belgian-style IPAs I’ve had, I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3778) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2010
I thought my eyes deceived me when I spotted this on the shelf at one of my local beer stores. A new FD beer! Awesome! And even though my first sip was mildly dissappointing, this one grew on me. The dull golden amber pour with fairly small ring of light tan head didn’t do anything to wow me. But the aroma of citrus and bubblegum certainly perked me up. Flavor even more pungent on the hops, somewhat grapefruity, with a lasting bitter finish. As usual, great label, but the name really puts this one over the top. Nice. Happy 20th FD!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (1997) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2010
Tasted at Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Clear golden/copper colored. Fruity nose, orange. Flavor of hops, pine, fruit and maple syrup. Ok.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (871) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Poured a light amber with a smallish white head. Strong hop aroma. Very floral and slightly grassy. Bit more malty sweetness in terms of flavor, but again, mostly hops. This beer was nicely carbonated and had a long finish. Pretty good, but I would have liked a more Belgian character.

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