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RATINGS: 1779   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6101) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Pours a clear medium orange color with a white head. The aroma is Belgian yeast, citrus and oranges. The flavor has lots of citrus with lemons and oranges. Belgian yeast flavors are present as is medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium to high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAR 19, 2010
12oz bottle from grape & gourmet. pours a clear copper with a fluffy, bubbly white head and sticky lacing. aroma is damn nice with spicy, belgian yeast, banana, light bubblegum, and a big, citrusy, herbal hop presence with hints of toffee and cedar wood. flavor is great as well with the big hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, and pine taking a front seat with notes of spicy clove, banana, belgian yeast, and sweet, candied, caramel malts coming in late. palate is medium bodied with a nice balance of spice, sweetness, and bitterness on the finish. overall, a very tasty new addition to world of belgian inspired IPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Pours a clear golden orange color with a moderate white head. Aroma is bubble gum sweetness, with a hint of floral hops. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and grassy hops. Unique. Doesn’t have as distinct a "Belgian" character as I was expecting, but a unique, enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 18, 2010
12oz bottle. Orange with a small white head Crystal clear with no sediment. Really nice floral, grapefruit, and piney hops in the aroma with a healthy amount of american-interpreted-belgian-yeast-esters. I don’t know what it is, but a lot of American takes on Belgian styles smell like this, while most actual Belgian beers don’t. Maybe they’re all using the abbey strain from white labs or something... nice enough mix, but doesn’t hit it out of the park. A bit hoppy in flavor up front, and then sweet through the finish with lots of pear and bubblegum esters. The green and floral hop flavor doesn’t quite clash with the yeast, but is a step away from blending seamlessly. The sweetness is just a tad much as well. Medium bodied with ample carbonation, and a lasting alcohol warmth in the finish. Pretty so-so stuff for me. Interesting components, but they don’t mesh all that great, and the sweetness is just too much to make it all work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Draft: Orangish amber with a big white head, nice hop nose, flavor is lightly malty with prominent pine and citrus hop finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
docsteigs (542) - Texas, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Awesome anniversary beer. The Belgian yeast really does an interesting number to the IPA backbone. I’m gonna try to brew on of these.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kassner (1462) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 17, 2010
had this beer on tap at Sharpedge. I can’t say it tasted like the usual hopped Belgians but it was a huge IPA, full mouth feel and all out assualt by both dry and aromatic hops. Not much head and no lacing but veryb nice with lingering flavors

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2010
Clear golden with a medium off white head. Hoppy aroma with pine, grapefruits and pine. Flavour had plenty of hops, pine, grapefruits and lemons. Nice one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Scouser (316) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2010
nice violet, grapefruit floral aroma. Amber honey colour with lots of white lacing. lots of citrus hops that is balanced well with malt. A nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (37031) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2010
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden orange with a lacing and slight off-white head. Aroma is dry peachy and pinewood hoppy. Peachy and dry pinewood hoppy initial flavoured. Nice caramel malt base to this. Not overly sweet. Good balance. Smooth peachy and fruity dry flavoured into the finish.

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