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RATINGS: 1631   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2010
Clear orange-gold pour with a loose, 1-finger, white head. The aroma has a really nice blend of the citrusy hops and Blegian esters. They work nicely together to create a great fresh, juicy grapefruit and honey character with a touch of clove and banana. The flavor again gets a nice dose of fresh citrus and bubble gum, a touch of catiness from the amarillo, and sweet honey from the malt. The finish is where it starts to go a little wrong though. Too much bitterness. The sharp pinyness doesn’t work well the the esters. The body is creamy and medium-full with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2010
This was as advertised- super good- sticky mouthfeel preceded by an awesome tangerine/ citrus/ pnw hop aroma- beer starts out hoppy as hell, and finishes with as pleasant a belgian banana ester taste you’re going to find- wow.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MoritzF (8590) - Bochum, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2010 (bottle, 35.5cl) Slightly hazy, amber colour with a medium-sized, slightly off-white foamy head. Piney and moderately fruity (citrus, grapes, pineapples) hoppy aroma with zesty notes and a delicate cara-malty background. Moderately bitter flavour, medium to full bodied with a moderate crispiness. Fruity (pineapples) and spicy hoppy taste with a soft (cara-)malty base; pretty dry and moderately bitter finish with fruity and piney notes; the alcohol is well-hidden. Not an extremely Belgian but somewhat different, but most of all quaffable IPA. 20.II.10

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2010
12 ounce bottle. A orangeish copper pour off white head a big fruit apricot flavor up front and a nice bitter hop finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HippieRN (23) - thornton, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2010
comming soon..............................................

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2010
UPDATED: APR 27, 2010 Bottle from Sam’s, and yes, I’m going back for a sixer. This is some tasty shit. Nose of fresh hops and funky yeast. Hop nose and taste is more like real, fresh, raw hops than most. Taste hits an odd and lovely scuppernong note as well. I dunno what’s going on here, but this is lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with Vinny. Pours clear tangerine with a frothy, creamy white head. Intensely hoppy, pungent nose with hints of soap, pine, clementine, and grapefruit. Body is medium with a nice bitter, tangy palate. Smooth, balanced finish. Very good IPA.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cebl (6) - DENMARK - FEB 27, 2010 does not count
Very complex, full bodied beer. Fantastic name. Copper coloured, with small head. The smell is a bit weird, had to change glass to be sure, I wanna say tuna and pine, but not in a bad way. The taste is clearćy hops, yeast and sweet fruit. The "rage" is represented nicely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Embrouille (2830) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 27, 2010
Bottled 355ml. Ordered from www.bierzwerg.de. Great spicy yeasty nose which shows a fantastic hop profile. Sweat and lemon peel sneaking in. Very fruity (grapefruit, melon) with hop resin and belgian yeast showing up in the taste. All the components are well integrated. The finish is suprisingly dry, which I like with hop resin being quite present. Nicely drinkable and delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2010
12oz bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours clear golden copper with large off-white head. Aroma of citrus, hops, yeast, light malt, mangos and other tropical fruits. Flavors of sweet malt, yeast, belgian spices, tropical fruit, pine, citrus, and bitter hops. Finishes bitter. Nice hop bitterness. Especially for a belgian style IPA. Pretty good beer and definitely the top one or two from this brewery.

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