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RATINGS: 1581   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2227) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 22, 2009
Clear, dark copper pour with lots of carbonation and a slowly building bubbly head. Aroma is really nice; hop character is marked with pine and spruce, earth, resin, freshly grated orange rind, lemon zest, caramel malt, and a bit of Belgian yeast. Flavor is also quite solid- earth, resin, and evergreen take over more of the hop content from the citrus, and the yeast notes mix nicely with the caramel and a touch of molasses. Palate is full and bold with a marked bitter finish, but not aggressively unbalanced like the name would suggest. Seems like it Flying Dog was trying to come somewhere close to Stone’s Arrogant and Double Bastard, and while they produced a damn good IPA, it’s not quite kick ass enough to merit its name.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6283) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2009
Tap. orange pour, thin white head. Sweet hop aroma, taste is pine hop and maybe a little caramel. Pretty damn good:)

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2009
Tap at Stub & Herb’s. Golden brown color. Fruity hops aroma. Big hops flavor, slight citrus and very bitter with a very bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2250) - New York, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Draught. Poured a reddish brown with mild head. Strong and hoppy as promised. Actually it overpowered a bit, not as balanced as I would like.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcos (1527) - Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2011 Rerate, alongside Cali-Belgie, 5/10/2011. Pours a clear copper. Citrus aroma, along with strong hop flavor. Taste is bitter, a little bit sour at first. Long aftertaste. I enjoy this beer, but I think I prefer the Cali-Belgie. A little too aggressive in some way that doesn’t sit well with me, and I like aggressive beers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2009
On Tap at the Paramount Cafe, Denver 23/09/2009 White head. Carbonation. Big hop aroma. Amber golden coloured very hoppy and fruity with an orange flavour. A little dryness in a crisp and bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11535) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Draft. Clear amber body topped by beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral/orange, some grapefruit, light lemon, Belgian yeast. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit/floral, Belgian yeast, some lemon. Medium body, light acidity.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11184) - Kolding, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2009
Tap @ Beer Temple, Amsterdam.
Pours clear golden with a small, creamy, white head. Aroma has piney hops, light fruit, crisp malt base. Medium carbonation, lovley dry and creamy mouthfeel. Good hoppy flavour, crisp malts, piney, sweet sugary, yeast notes and fine dryness. Light grainy. Good hybrid!

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1794) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2009
On tap. Very nice aroma from the glass of spice and hops. Good head and lacing on the beer. Tasted very hoppy with a good balance of malt and a belgian spice finish. Good beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
billdrinksbeer (18) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Draft at The Black Squirrel. Pours an opaque tan/light orange, almost the color of cream soda. White head that shows quite a bit of carbonation and moderate retention. Lots of fruit in the nose. Grapefruit and other citrus and sweetness. Lots of citrusy hop spiciness on the front. Classic Belgian spiciness on the back. It’s like a flavor mullet! Palette seems about right for this beer, keeps it crisp, not too thick or thin. Really well balanced, no hint of the considerable alcohol. Overall a very good beer and worth the wait of finding it.


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