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RATINGS: 1861   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2010
I had this on tap at the Maple Tree Inn in Blue Island, IL, drinking a toast to the restaurant’s late owner, Charlie Orr, whom we recently lost. (Thanks for being one of the first in the Chicago area with Cajun & Creole food as well as a fine outpouring from twenty-four [-six?] taps!) The ale poured a hazy golden amber body with a frothy white head. The aroma had pine and grapefuit, light caramel/toffee scents, and bubblegum and cotton candy. The flavor faithfully reflected the nose but had the addition of intensified hop flavors and bitterness. The sturdy ABV remained well hidden throughout. Pretty decent beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jonno (2461) - JAPAN - APR 24, 2010
Nose is pure IPA - citrus and pine as well as tropical fruit. In the mouth it is very light for the ABV, a bit spicy with a nice citrus finish. Exactly what I would expect a Belgian IPA to taste like. Very ’poundable’ for want of a better word. Loses points for being outrageously expensive ($14.50 a bottle!!).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - APR 22, 2010
12 oz. bottle pours an intruiging copper-orange with a pinkish hue. Large head leaves sparse lacing. Aroma is hoppy with sweet, floral overtones. Hoppy front palate with solid malty middle and crisp citrus finish. Hints of bubblegum and corriander carry consistently throughout. This is not what I expected given the Belgian-style IPA description on the label. The unexpected mix of hoppiness of an IPA with the softer, floral spiciness of a Belgian was a very pleasant surprise. This may become a go-to beer for many months as it is a great way to welcome the warmer days of spring as they ease into the hotter days of summer. Could be a lovely accompaniment to a mild caesar salad, a beautiful mid-rare buffalo roast cooked over an oak chipped BBQ grill, garlic roasted potatoes and fresh green beans straight from the garden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, caramel), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, apricot, resin), lightly yeasty (basement, cobwebs), with light notes of lemon candy, gum, alcohol, cooked eggs. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Pretty good for this brewery. Little twang of something eggy, but otherwise the aroma is varied and pleasant. Fairly good flavor balance, given the style...a bit brutish and abrasive, but acceptable. Nice mouthfeel, but there is certainly a lot of burn for being 8.3%. Overall a good effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2010
[Bottle] Pours orange with a small, dense white head. Aroma of pine needles, grapefruit and caramel. The taste is heavy on the hops. Also sweet and fruity Belgian yeast notes throughout. Quite oily and thick, with a lasting bitter coating remaining on your tongue. I’m not a huge fan of most Belgian IPA’s, but this one is more balanced and tasty than most.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zizzybalubba (1785) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Dark orange pour with an off-white head. Aroma is more like a Belgian ale than an IPA. The flavor, however, is the best of both worlds. Still a bit too much of the bitterness from the Belgian side (which is way different than the bitterness of an IPA), but a very good beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2010
Lively big white head amber... fruity passion fruit not very hoppy aRoma... muddled fruity flavor with notes of belgian malts... decent body... very good belgian ipa...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - APR 20, 2010
Clear amber pour with lively carbonation in the body and a nice fluffy off white head. Head retention is excellent. The aroma is dank and resinous with notes of pine, juicy-sweet citrus, grass, bubblegum, and banana clove esters. The flavor is grassy resinous pine, lively citrus, and a bready malt backbone with some nice fruity Belgian dough. The palate is medium bodied with lively effervescence, a nice prickly mouthfeel, and a sticky resinous finish,

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2010
I am never sure what to make of these Belgian IPAs you see from time to time. For the most part, they seem more Belgian than IPA but this is definitely an exception. It pours a clear orange amber and has a huge hoppy nose. Citrus and floral notes play w/ an intensely fruity Belgian yeast character. Medium bodied and very highly carbonated. Flavor too is very hoppy too though in this case I’m not sure if the ale yeast and the bitterness compliment each other rather than clash. Still, a complex and interesting ride across two flavor profiles many will assert never should be combined. This just proves them wrong. It’s not perfect but it’s a well done beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2010
Best aroma from a BIPA ever. It’s got both the bright citrus hops and the Belgian yeast character and they both jive quite nicely. The flavor, on the other hand, I don’t love as much - it’s much more dominated by the Belgian yeast and the hops seem like more of a bitter afterthought.

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