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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 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark orange, clear, with a frothy white head. Aroma of orange marmalade, caramelized fruits, sweet ruby grapefruit. Mouthfeel is lively, and just right. Flavor hits bitter and ashy, then moves into “hoppy” fruits, apricot, full full flavor. Really a sweet flavor right through the middle of this brew. Satisfyingly bitter ‘n’ hoppy finish. Pretty nice balanced DIPA if you ask me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2010 Bottle...pours a weird pink splattered gold topped with a frothy mixture of little and big bubbles about 2 cm thick and emitting a strong, thick, sweet, syrupy nose of cotton candy, reduced mandarine orange juice, cobwebs, cardamon, and who the hell knows what else. I don’t know if i really like it though...it’s cloyingly cloying in its thick, syrupy sweetness, yet it really isnt all that offensive either. Flavors are floral beyond belief like what a mouthful of tulip petals probably tastes like and there’s accents of dry mandarin orange. Gladly, its not really all that sweet. Bitterness is firm but so floral that you don’t realize it. The belgian yeast is full of cotton candy notes, but if cotton candy wasnt really all that sweet. The hops are floral and citrusy...the combination of it all is a tulip in a tulip. Unable to finish a 12oz bottle, never a good sign.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Pours a nice pale yellow with medium white head, minimal lacing. Aroma of citrus hops, yeast, grass, and a bit of banana. Flavor matches well and comes together nicely for an enjoyable, but different IPA. I am really starting to like this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Serving: 12 oz. bottle. A deep orange pour with nothing but a thin white ring for a head. A big herbal and citric hop nose with notes of oranges and leaves. Some candy sweetness on the palate along with nice herbal hop notes. Earthy with a little warming effect from the alcohol. High, fine carbonation and a smooth, rich mouthfeel. As you would expect, a long, bitter finish. I think this is a decent take on a Belgian IPA and actually one of their best beers yet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Poured sparkling clear deep copper with a white fluffy head that left lacing throughout. Massive floral and hop aroma with touches of freshly chopped celery. This is a medium bodied IPA with plenty of hop ’bite’ and hints of pine. There is a slight green vegetable that accents the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2010
Bottle. Moderate malt aroma of roasted, heavy herbs and pine for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with background notes of wood, pepper and medicine. Head is small, creamy, off-white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is sparkling clear orange/tan. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic and bitter, then finishes lightly acidic with a long bitter heavy to harsh side. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a very dry finish without much astringency. This is an "in your face" IPA, a little harsh in flavor, but the aroma is exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rickgordon (3845) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2010
Bottle, sampled at Haket, Göteborg. Cloudy deep amber colour with white head. Belgian yeast phenols show off, but the rich Amarillo aroma dominates in the shape of lime and dry citrus. It’s clean, clear and assertive. Medium bodied with a surprisingly high hop flavour, given the Belgian yeast (which usually tends to tone down the hops). No weird rubber here, just a clean hop backbone with a clean mouthfeel. There’s citrus, grape and lime here. Bitterness is medium-high.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottled. Poured a healthy shade of medium orange with a lovely cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up juicy grapefruit, starfruit, and caramel (mostly beneath) with black pepper, banana sweetness, and catty notes around.. warm, but with enough sugars to balance it out. The flavor opened with tart, almost woody notes and catty bitterness with an odd array of malts (sweeter caramel, spicy fruits, and maybe a touch of toffee.. came together strangely).. more catty and floral bitterness surrounded along with peppery yeast and boozage.. finished sharp and strong, losing the juiciness from the nose. Strong and assertive on the palate.. the yeast clashed some with the Amarillo.. overall a solid drink, but it went downhill from the nose.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2010
This is definitely the best, or maybe second best beer next to Gonzo, that I have had from flying dog. The aroma was the best part of it for me. I swear the belgian yeast must has enhanced the floral/citrucy aromas from the hops. Full bodied, hoppy beer. Some spice, peachy fruitiness mixed with some pine and spice. Big fan of this one. Tried it next to a Le FReak from Green Flash and it was really interesting to compare the different interpretations of belgian style ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (910) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear copper/orange with a slew of bubbles and tight, foamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing in it’s tracks. Has a dirty, herbal, faintly citrus Amarillo and Simcoe hop aroma with bubblegum and banana from the yeast. Not much aroma from the malt, but this does smell sweet. This has an assortment of flavors. Starts out with sweet bubblegum, light banana, and caramel, candy apple, then fades into bold Amarillo hops. Has a considerable amount of bitterness, but also maintains a lot of sweetness as well. This is one of the best Flying Dog beers I’ve had.

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