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RATINGS: 1634   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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7185) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Bottled. Poured a healthy shade of medium orange with a lovely cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up juicy grapefruit, starfruit, and caramel (mostly beneath) with black pepper, banana sweetness, and catty notes around.. warm, but with enough sugars to balance it out. The flavor opened with tart, almost woody notes and catty bitterness with an odd array of malts (sweeter caramel, spicy fruits, and maybe a touch of toffee.. came together strangely).. more catty and floral bitterness surrounded along with peppery yeast and boozage.. finished sharp and strong, losing the juiciness from the nose. Strong and assertive on the palate.. the yeast clashed some with the Amarillo.. overall a solid drink, but it went downhill from the nose.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - JAN 18, 2010
This is definitely the best, or maybe second best beer next to Gonzo, that I have had from flying dog. The aroma was the best part of it for me. I swear the belgian yeast must has enhanced the floral/citrucy aromas from the hops. Full bodied, hoppy beer. Some spice, peachy fruitiness mixed with some pine and spice. Big fan of this one. Tried it next to a Le FReak from Green Flash and it was really interesting to compare the different interpretations of belgian style ipa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (910) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear copper/orange with a slew of bubbles and tight, foamy white head that leaves a lot of lacing in it’s tracks. Has a dirty, herbal, faintly citrus Amarillo and Simcoe hop aroma with bubblegum and banana from the yeast. Not much aroma from the malt, but this does smell sweet. This has an assortment of flavors. Starts out with sweet bubblegum, light banana, and caramel, candy apple, then fades into bold Amarillo hops. Has a considerable amount of bitterness, but also maintains a lot of sweetness as well. This is one of the best Flying Dog beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, pine, resin, Belgian yeast, spices, grass, and fresh hop cones. Poured amber/orange in color with a large, creamy, dense, rocky, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is medium bitter. Tastes of hops, pine, malt, Belgian yeast, spice, grass, and some resin. Medium body. Oily, lightly tingly, then slightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Hop, Belgian yeast, grass finish is medium to heavily bitter and slightly dry. 8.3%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2010
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a medium golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pine, floral hopes, spruce, and yeast. Tastes of the same floralness, spruce, with some lighter caramel and yeast. Lacing left on the glass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
(12 ounce bottle - pint glass) Has a translucent golden almost brown color. Head is frothy, lasts a long time and leaves a good lace on the glass. Aroma is of belgian yeast and hops, mostly hops. Taste is of citrusy grapefriut hops with a little bit of banana and cloves from the type of yeast used. But really the hops kind of masks the belgain yeast qualities. Oily texture and soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Amber color with a moderate, frothy canvas colored head. Fresh hops and yeast abound in the aromas. Orange zest and wheat dough come to mind. Light sweetness followed by a rather sharp bitterness in the flavors. Raging, raw, reckless, perhaps, actually I’d have to say a bit unrefined. So, as a raging bitch (which I can really relate to), is this a good or a bad thing. It does not hold back. It’s some real truth in advertising. As a raging bitch, it’s right there, as a refined brew, well, it is a raging bitch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3226) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2010
pours a very clear golden honey color with a medium white head...lively looking. aroma is very pungent and hoppy with grapefruit and spicy hops...subtle pineapple too but not sweet. flavor is very hoppy and definitely has grapefruit, spice, and some grassiness but again not sweet. belgian yeast is evident. mouthfeel is mildly oily and the finish is dry and grapfruity. very nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle pours clear amber color with off white head. Aroma is sweet belgian yeast rather than spicy and pine hops mixed in. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is belgian yeast with some hops and a dry finish. This is ok. Not great. The belgian yeast isn’t as upfront and in your face as with other belgian ipa’s. But still just ok.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ericcassidy (38) - Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
very sweet and hoppy. a spicy and tingly mouth-feel. the aftertaste really lingers. It gets less shocking as you go. kinda dry and making me thirsty, though...

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