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RATINGS: 1806   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 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Bottle from the Fort Worth Central Market. Yellow pour with a fizzy white head. Aroma is crazy. Very piny hops, citrus, pepper, sweet, sticky, vanilla. Taste is pepper, hops, alcohol, old fruit, pine, caramel. There’s just way too much going on here. Like a handful of Hogwarts Jelly Bellies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TBone (14899) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2010
Bottled (BZ, BB 07/2010)
Clear amber color, good creamy off-white head. Strong hayish, fresh cut grass hoppy nose. Mouthfeel starts mellow leading to medium pale malty body. Flavor is par to nose: fresh cut grass, very bitter, light sweetness and white pepper spiceyness. Aftertaste has warming alcohol. Very nicely balanced hoppyness in this IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (4086) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Fratto. Clear light orange appearance with a bubbly white head. Huge freaken stank hops climb out of the glass and spit acid into your eye. Sticky resin hops with almost a body odor over zealousness with pine sticky. Taste is super pine tree sap. Needles of the tree with a broiled veggies taste. Peppery finish comes through later. Wow, intense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2010
12oz bottle from D’s Six Pax & Dogz in Pittsburgh. Pours a clear, golden-orange colored body with a finger-width, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is filled with American hops and Belgian yeast. Lots of strong citrus with plenty of piney grapefruits, floral oranges, peaches, and a bit of an earthy spice. Solid Belgian yeastiness with some fruity esters and a hint of banana. A touch of caramel and balancing malt as well as some clove. Flavor leans much more towards the hops. Thats saying a lot since the aroma was very hoppy. Lots of American citrus with plenty of grapefruit and estery fruits. Tons of sweet florals and a moderate pine. All-in-all, a bit too sweet on the hops. The Belgian yeast is present, but not as balanced as the aroma. However, there is a nice yeasty, fruity ester and banana. Finishes very dry with a medium-high bitterness, plenty of floral/piney hops, and a moderate Belgian yeastiness. Lengthy aftertaste after a medium body and lightly fizzy carbonation. Overall, an interesting Belgian IPA. I liked the aroma a bit better in that it seemed more rounded and balanced. The flavor was plentiful and enjoyable, but seemed just a touch off balance with the hops. Despite the slight balance issues, this was highly enjoyable. Not bad.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (8294) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
On tap at The Trappist. Pours clear reddish brown with a nice beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a rich caramel malt flavor with some raisin, current, significant hop bitterness and a bit of carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Bottle Pours a clear copper with a good creamy off white head. The head lasts well and laces okay. Aroma is spruce, light floral, spice, and a touch of fruits. Has a good carbonation. The flavor is excellent. Lightly bitter. A mild hopiness, with a good spice kick. Has a full body. The texture is slick. Alcohol is well hidden. But it warms you. A great finish and nice aftertaste. This is very well done, just a good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2010
12oz bottle from Sam’s, Durham. I’ve been surprised of late at how divisive a style the Belgian IPA is, considering how ruling I find it. Bold imperial pales with yeast and funk? Dial me in! Bright creamsicle pour with the cloudy body and sticky looking head suggesting a beer with a bit of attitude (not of the fairly tiresome Gonzo branding, but of the craft variety). Floral hops and a bit of malt stickiness in the nose, but a goodly dose of yeast comes on quickly. A little bit more to the sweet side of things than, say, Houbolon Chouffe or Wild Devil, but not at the expense of dryness. Just more of a floral, fruity quality to the base beer perhaps. The sweetness, however, doesn’t overwhelm and the beer is as quaffable as it is complex. Suprisingly good offering from a brewery from which I don’t expect much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2010
Deep amber pour with a big thick off white head. Aroma is complex with lot’s of fruit, spice, and hops. Flavor is big, smooth, and slightly sweet. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (5603) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2010
Bottle from Bierzwerg.de. An excellent IPA. Aroma is fruity, taste is very bitter, and hoppy, and the palate is very long and nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Sixer from the Super Jr on 7th and C, Best Damn Beer Shop. Went in looking for Stone Cali Begique, but they were sold out so Sid recommended Flying Dog. OK, so I’ve had my share of IPA and know what to expect in a Belgian, but haven’t had a "Belgian Style IPA" before. First impression...whoa, is that cherry? Smells of syrupy sweet cherry and candy sugar and, I don’t know...hairspray? This thing is like Barry Bonds, you respect the ability but it seems enhanced and overdone. Booze, sugar, winstrol, caramel, pine sol, hops. Tell ya what, I respect the palate shot and the appearance is a crisp, clean amber, aesthetically pleasing. I still have high hopes for Stone’s Cali Begique but the Belgian/IPA experiment isn’t doin it for me with Raging Bitch. The name is appropriate though.

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