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RATINGS: 1652   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


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (1910) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Strong citrus hop aroma. Clear orange color with a small white head. Moderate bitter beginning with a sweet dry finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (1902) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 26, 2010
12 ounce bottle in Grimbergen goblet. Clear golden with flat head and lotsa lace. Bready sweet lemon pastry and earthy gummy orange aroma. Medium sweet orange honey with assertive hop flavor and bitterness citrusy grapefruit pleasantly lingering finish. Nicely carbonated (fresh, thank god). Really really tasty. By far my favorite Flying Dog. Of course, it’s one of my favorite styles. Excellent. Drank it way too fast.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Good beer - one of the best this solid brewery has to offer. Deep gold with a thick head and strong body, it strikes you first with its aromas. Strong hops, citrusy with a hint of fruit, backed by a bit of malt. Flavor is about perfect for the style, good bitterness with a bit of sweetness balancing. If it stopped there, it would be a good ipa. But then the belgian twist kicks in. Musky, fruity aromas embrace this glass of good cheer; they speak of sunlight in cellars and good trappist trippel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5210) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Bottle: The aroma has moderate amounts of bubblegum along with banana and light citrus hops. It pours a slightly hazy amber with some very fine sediment and an inch tall off-white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The flavor starts with some light bubblegum and Belgian yeast. The finish has moderate citrus hops and some light banana. There’s a lingering of grapefruit and bubblegum in the aftertaste which is a weird combination for me. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2010
I had this on tap at the Capital Ale House in Richmond, VA. I picked this beer completely at random, partly because of the name, and the style. I absolutely loved this beer! It was a perfect blending of an IPA with a Belgian style twist. I had it with a Cuban sandwich, and it was almost perfect. Cheers!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Red-orange pour with an off-white head. Nice fruity hop aroma. Taste- Wow! Great hop flavor-little spicy at the end. Sweethoppy flavor at the start, which leaves a nice aftertaste. Nice lacing. IMO- the best I have had of FD so far. Definately worth trying again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PorterPounder (5766) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Pours a pleasant medium copper with a sticky white head that leaves sticky lacing. Fresh hoppy aroma that smells a hint of cat urine (in a good way mind you) and some fresh medicinal quality hemp. Flavor is decidedly bittersweet with tons of citrusy grapefruit, some sweet toffee, and a bit of mint all melded together nicely. Mouthfeel leans a bit towards the stinging side, but with the abv and amount of flavor - is expected. Surprisingly impressed.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5436) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Dark golden color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, pine, citrus fruits, light spices, some caramel, and a bit of toast. Taste of pine, caramel, citrus fruits, grapefruit, banana, bubblegum, and a grapefruit finish with some light alcohol as well.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Clear amber hue with minimal eggshell head. Decent malty aroma. Very nice caramel hoppy taste. One of the smoothest beers I have had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGB (524) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Pours a light, clear tan. Aroma is strong with herbal hops, yeast and wet earth. Taste is medium to full bodied, with hops, citrus and some unappealing astringency on the finish. Decent, but there is some chemical taste there that bothers me.


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