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RATINGS: 1660   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


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mattnock (10) - Arden, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Surprisingly awsome beer from flying dog. medium body, creamy, spruce, citrus, grapefruit really. Reminds me of troegs nectar. Really good

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alphadelic (1828) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Guava ice cream all over the delicious nose. Much fruitiness with a milky texture in the mouth then a huge hoppy dryness with plenty of fragrant skunk. Sweet then intensely bitter. Yeah this is pretty awesome.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - FEB 3, 2010
12oz from Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours deep copper with a big puffy tan head. Nose is sweet and floral, clear indications of the belgian yeast, and some candi sugar I sense as well. Taste is sweet, and off putting. The major problem here is one that happens with belgian ipas, the belgian yeast hits the hops and they make for a muddled taste.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rags2rags (149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2010
On tap at Mad Mex, served in shaker. Pours a light copper color like a new penny with a thick white head that laces well. The hops in the aroma are spicy, citrusy, and floral, but there’s a yeasty sweetness that adds a nice complexity. The nose carries over to the tongue, but the yeasty characteristics are more pronounced, adding a banana and clove dimension to it. Medium bodied with a slick mouthfeel. Not what I expected from an IPA, but I enjoyed it.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9840) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Draft… Hazy, dirty orange ale with a mid-sized, wispy, white head. Good retention; great lace. The aroma lends peppery, spicy hops layered upon lightly fruity, grainy notes of plum and straw. Medium-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Fruity, spicy flavor. Good bitterness. Crisp, snappy, moderately bitter finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2010 Pours a lovely copper color with a full white head, adding a bit o creaminess to the beer. The head remains throughout the entire glass leaving thick chunky lacing hanging on the sides. The aroma is very nice. It’s soft and supple yet firm and strong enough to give you good indication of what is there. It smells sweet and fruity with maybe a touch of earth. It’s very nice. There’s a bit of complexity in the subtleness of it, very intriguing. The flavor is delicately bitter and yet rather fruity. Some citrus, a touch of earth and pine coming through and ending rather bitter. This is a very nice ’relaxed’ sort of IPA to me. It still has a strong IPA presence to it, but it has a soft side to it I never expected to find in an IPA. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone who enjoys IPA’s.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - FEB 1, 2010
Bottle->tulip: pours a white, creamy head atop a hazy, amber body. Very floral hop aroma with some citrus and a general sweetness about the nose. Moderately bitter, but as well moderately sweet, medium bodied with a long sweet fruity taste on the back of the mouth. Very pleasurable indeed.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11800) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 31, 2010
Bottle. Probably from Wine Specialist. Pours orange gold with a 5 finger foamy white head. Unusal aroma combo of floral hop and some sort of herbal with spice. Medium body with smooth carbonation. This stuff is wild. Great hop - seems floral - with a lot of yeast/spice or something. Fruity. Like banana and tropical fruit. Finishes really hoppy and flavorful. I think I found my lifetime beer mate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2010
750 mL bottle, corked & caged (sampled January 31, 2010): hazed orange-gold. Off tan creamy foam. Pine, bark, lemon rind, and yeast aroma. Creamy palate, is for me, the best part of this beer...subtle tingle and coating in its creaminess. Strong vegetal flavour, with a strong pine resin hop bite. Lingering candi-sugar flavour with wisps of yeast and honey. Hop burps ensue. Not a one sided hop monster, but lacking the depth and complexity of some of the best big IPAs.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1412) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Bottle. A clear amber pour with a smallish antique-white head. A mouth-watering aroma of juicy oranges, grapefruits, pineapples, lemons, and a touch of caramel in the background. Medium to full-bodied. The flavor starts with a bit of caramel maltiness and then some biscuity qualities come in. Some bananas and bubblegum follow. After that, it’s all resiny hop heaven! LOADS of juicy citrus fruits in the mix. A grassy, drying finish that lingers. Some floral qualities throughout. Hardly a hint of that 8.3% ABV. Flying Dog Brewery with another good beer? I reckon the sun shines on a dog’s ass occasionally.


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