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RATINGS: 1841   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (3076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle from trip to Buffalo. Label that would never get by the censors at the LCBO in Ontario. Body is a rich copper-gold with a thick white head. Aroma and flavour both expertly fush the over-the-top citrus and pine resin hops of an American IPA with the sweet, yeasty and mildly funky notes of a Belgian golden ale. Some tropical fruit notes also come into play as it warms up. Absolutely delicious!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2010
Pours copper with an off white head. Smells of citrus, some caramel, dry malt. Tastes of citrus, some peppery hints, some funky hints, dry. Nice, straight forward BIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3378) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2010
Pours a clear copper color with no head. Aroma of Belgian yeast-banana and bubble gum with a touch of hops. Flavor is quite unique with bubble gum and banana upfront followed by a dry, bitter hop finish. Very much enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Slipstream (2381) - USA - APR 17, 2010
Fresh, zesty, floral hop aroma - very nicely done. Ralph Steadman drawing and quote on the label - is he one of the owners perhaps? Nice pour and a sticky head. Raging Bitch is a dry and sharp IPA that has a grapefruit kick in it, and a pith aftertaste. It tastes more West Coast than Belgium to me. In fact, it tastes like liquid hops. It is pretty good, but it points out the problem I have with this type of IPA - there is too much emphasis on the hops, i.m.o. I love hops, but not all by themselves.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
chaz01 (190) - Miamisburg, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2010
Sample pour at a local beer tasting event from a 12 ounce bottle. Clear golden amber, thin head recedes to a collar around the perimeter. A few bubbles rise from the bottom. Citrus hoppy grapefruit aroma. Lots of grapefruit & hoppy bitterness. Somewhat oily with medium body and medium carbonation. Taste more like a normal IPA to me -- I’m not picking up a whole lot of Belgian qualities in this. Very smooth for 8.3 ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2010
Pretty golden/coppery pour...with some moderate white head. Nose is very moderate Belgian yeast esters (very far in the background)...yeasty and fruity and touches of banana. Some moderate PNW hopping, but also pretty restrained and somewhat distant. Certainly drinkable and different, but nothing that knocked me out or made me want to seek out another one any time soon!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2010
Pours a nice deep orange color with a thin white head. Aroma issweet, spicy, some hop character. Kind of spicy citrus. Flavor is spicy, a little bitter. Some Belgian character. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (4934) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 15, 2010
American Beer Dist. ($12): Pours a copper colour body with a white thick, but quickly dissipating head that leaves a solid layer of lacing. Aroma is rather filled with Belgian yeast and by extension a whole bunch of fruitiness. There are hops in the aroma, bit the B of the this BIPA has a far greater presence than the IPA part. Moderate hoppage throughout, which leaves off with a dry finish. Silky mouthfeel... at no point is it in anyway harsh, even a relative novice could handle it. Fruity flavors apparent in taste as previously noted. Basically, this is what happens if you mix together a BIPA with a Belgian ale... I would in no way call this a normal IPA and as such it should probably be considered in a different category. However, it is still quite do at doing what it does. And also considering the quality and the high alcohol content, this beer is a great value!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quack-Duck (9079) - Down South, GERMANY - APR 15, 2010
bottle from Bierzwerg. Clear golden colour, creamy white head. Fruity-hoppy nose. Malty background with lots of rather dry citrusy hops. Not as citrusy as other IPAs, the emphasis seems to be on dry and slightly resiny hops. Still very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 15, 2010
Bottle 35,5 cl. Pours golden with a sligt haze - wee impurities - and a creamy and lacing off-white head. Aroma is citrusy and peachy. Medium body, sweet fruits and again peaches with a vague yeasty edge. Quite some warming alcohol in the finish and a grapefruitish hoppy astringency. Belgian style IPAs are never gonna be a favourite of mine, but this is far from the worst. 150410

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