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RATINGS: 1689   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Deep amber pour with a big thick off white head. Aroma is complex with lot’s of fruit, spice, and hops. Flavor is big, smooth, and slightly sweet. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (4349) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2010
Bottle from Bierzwerg.de. An excellent IPA. Aroma is fruity, taste is very bitter, and hoppy, and the palate is very long and nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Sixer from the Super Jr on 7th and C, Best Damn Beer Shop. Went in looking for Stone Cali Begique, but they were sold out so Sid recommended Flying Dog. OK, so I’ve had my share of IPA and know what to expect in a Belgian, but haven’t had a "Belgian Style IPA" before. First impression...whoa, is that cherry? Smells of syrupy sweet cherry and candy sugar and, I don’t know...hairspray? This thing is like Barry Bonds, you respect the ability but it seems enhanced and overdone. Booze, sugar, winstrol, caramel, pine sol, hops. Tell ya what, I respect the palate shot and the appearance is a crisp, clean amber, aesthetically pleasing. I still have high hopes for Stone’s Cali Begique but the Belgian/IPA experiment isn’t doin it for me with Raging Bitch. The name is appropriate though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Silencio305 (34) - Miami, Alabama, USA - MAR 22, 2010
vanilla, banana, golden, orange, clear, sparkling, white foam, frothy, very bitter, salty, full body, slick feel, fizzy, bitter, astringent,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Pours a pale copper color with a nice white head. Aroma of sweet citrus hops and cloves. Taste is hops, caramel malt, and a bit of banana/cloves. Not an overwhelmingly bitter finish either - the hops are more for flavor than bitterness. Alcohal is very well-hidden. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Outstanding.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2010
Bottled. An amber beer with a huge off-white head. The aroma has strong notes of citrus and grapefruit. The flavor is sweet with notes of malt, lemon, grapefruit, and orange peal - lovely, leading to a dry and bitter finish. Thanks yespr for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kungfujesus (14) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Very good beer overall, starts with a great pour and head, and really great color. The beer came right from the fridge and was a little subdued until it warmed, and as it warmed, WOW is all i can say. Great hop character. Controlled and not out of control, this beer has a very nice bite which fits the beer very well. After the beer reaches room temperature the thick mouth coating really begins to set off the hop and semi sweetness that i was getting from it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3465) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2010
12 oz bottle. Clear orange with a fluffy bone head. Nose is yeast and dough with citrus peel and pine. Medium light with refreshing, vibrant carb. Taste is lemon, quinine and banana taffy. Finishes with bitter greens. Well balanced for the style with a surprising kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Amber red with a frothy head. Strong aroma of Belgian yeast esters mixed in with hops. You can tell before sipping that it’ll be interesting. The taste s strong with hops, which seem to overpower the Belgian yeast. Then there’s some sweetness and it all fades into a bitter finish. It’s a good IPA that’s a bit different than those normal summertime IPA beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2010
On draft at Backyard Ale House, Scranton,PA. I was impressed by this mix of Belgian sweet yeasti-ness with a healthy dose of hops. The citrus-amarillo driven aroma drew me in quickly. Body is medium-dry with a crisp feel to the tongue. I agree the elements don’t always sync as far as the yeast and the hops but this still comes off as a tasty beer. Probably the best beer I’ve had from Flying Dog except for Gonzo Porter.

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