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RATINGS: 1590   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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
demitriustown (1070) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2009
12 oz bottle: Aroma is grapefruit hoppy with the subtle mixture of Belgian aromas. They get more prominent after the first pour nice yeast, clove, and fruity aroma intermingled. Appearance is a clear amber/brown with a medium sized off white head that lingers. I can taste the alcohol in this one, biting hops, then mixes into the more subtle Belgian textures later on in the taste. Palate is somewhat sticky on the tongue with an aftertaste of lingering bitterness and hop. Overall, More of an IPA than Belgian ale, so I guess it fit their marketing speak. Pretty good stuff. IMHO. Cheers!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dEnk (3811) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2009
Draught @ In de Wildeman, Hazelbrown with golden glow, nice creamy foamhead, slightly hazy. Hop and lemony aroma. Slight grapefruit taste with lots of hops, quite bitter. Long grapefruit aftertaste again with hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hatchattack (255) - Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2009
Draught at Capital Ale House. Aroma of the floral hops. get a sense of pine in the taste with the hops. good carbonation. interesting brew

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
guzzler67 (1507) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bright amber/orange appearance wih a large, off white head and very good lacing. Spicy, piney hop aroma with a modest amount of yeast poking through. Yeast is a little more prominent in the taste, about mid palate, where it picks up some sweetness. It’s still an IPA first, though, with resinous hops dominating. Full bodied, well carboanted mouthfeel with a dry, bitter, long lasting finish. Readily available in this marketplace and a good value. Most enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3372) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 29, 2009
Drought at In de Wildeman, Amsterdam. Pours an almost clear golden color with a thick white, creamy head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus, spicy fruits and sweet. Flavor is hoppy bitterness. Slightly less sweet than most IPAs, nice bitter lingering finish. Good drinkable beer, but not very outspoken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BvilleBronc (85) - Biglerville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle pour. Golden orangish almost pink color. Different. Gorgeous tan head that really clung the glass. Taste is more balanced than I expected. Still well on the hop side but expected a hop slap in the face with a name like raging bitch. Kind of citrus/piney. Long bitter finish with some alcohol burn in the end. Very enjoyable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
potbeerjob (1343) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottled. Burnt orange with thin white head. Aroma is grapefruit hoppy with backdrop orange and other citrus. Also yeasty and spicy are big part of nose. Flavor is also citrus orange and grapefruit, lighter caramel, and yeast adds spice. Creamy mouthful but not to heavy with a medium body ( definitely closer to full than lighter), and crisp and dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (3390) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Pours a dark orange pour with an off white head. Aroma of belgian yeast, fruity banana and citrus esters, and strong hops. Flavor is strong hops and belgian yeasty esters. Conjures up memories of chouffe doublin ipa, but not quite as good. However, a pretty strong showing from flying dog here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2009
aroma is stunning mix of orange/tangerine hop esters and rocky candy like yeast. a nearly offensive mix i have experienced elsewhere before and continue to be astounded that the two elements cause me to salivate as they do. appearance is translucent copper with good carb and some lacing. flavor is a nearly spicy hop bite that attacks with an instant burn in the back of the throat, more lime/lemon then the sweeter orange-like tones found in the nose. continues on with internse lingering bitterness on the sides of the tounge and and fleeting malt element that presents as nicely biscuity when it chooses to poke its head out. yeast is mellower in the flavor then aroma, or possibly just melds more on that playing field. still presents an interesting mystery sweetness with some bizarre nearly tropical fruits that come and go. aroma evolves to a distinct plastic/rubber note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftycarl21 (2238) - 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.

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