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RATINGS: 1695   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


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at the Rake.
Sometimes what I put into the RB search field without noticing makes me chuckle once I’ve hit enter. Considering I’ve just done a search for "Fly Bitch" this was definitely one of those. Yeah homeboy, bring on the fly bitches. Ahem… Fantastic clean amber body with a good white head that lasts well and leaves some decent lacing. Bloody brilliant NZ type hoppy snout. Some amonia, lots of tropical fruit and pleasantly fierce. The flavour is more ofthe same. Grassy and resinous, plus a good hit of chewy malt. Excellent bitterness. Great dryness. Good lingering juicy fruits. Damn good stuff all round.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6433) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2010
Bottle [12oz]. Pours a clear, bubbly orange-copper with a small frothy off-white head. Aroma: Oh wow, I really like that! Yeasty yeah, but quite hoppy too, along with sweet caramel malt, a hint of spices, bubblegum and some citrus and tropical fruit. Flavour’s also yeasty and hoppy (herbal and perfumey), along with caramel malt, some spices, fruit and a dry, average bitter finish. A surprising amount of hops in this beer and that makes me happy. Alcohol’s totally hidden to me. Medium bodied. This is one of the better Belgian-style IPAs I’ve had, I really enjoyed it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (3940) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2010
I thought my eyes deceived me when I spotted this on the shelf at one of my local beer stores. A new FD beer! Awesome! And even though my first sip was mildly dissappointing, this one grew on me. The dull golden amber pour with fairly small ring of light tan head didn’t do anything to wow me. But the aroma of citrus and bubblegum certainly perked me up. Flavor even more pungent on the hops, somewhat grapefruity, with a lasting bitter finish. As usual, great label, but the name really puts this one over the top. Nice. Happy 20th FD!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jerohen (2058) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - FEB 8, 2010
Tasted at Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Clear golden/copper colored. Fruity nose, orange. Flavor of hops, pine, fruit and maple syrup. Ok.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (906) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Poured a light amber with a smallish white head. Strong hop aroma. Very floral and slightly grassy. Bit more malty sweetness in terms of flavor, but again, mostly hops. This beer was nicely carbonated and had a long finish. Pretty good, but I would have liked a more Belgian character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Pours a transparent amber copper with an airy froth of off-white head. Has a sweet pale malty nose with a perfumy floral hop kick. Starts with good light caramely sweetness with an assertive resiny piny hop flavor and herbal bitterness finishing drier and bittersweet with some lingering hop perfume. An enjoyable and true to style Belgian double IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - FEB 7, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours orange with thick white head. Huge citrus hops in the nose. Taste has piney hop bite with slight notes of Belgian yeast in the finish. Medium mouthfeel. Taste more like an American IPA than a Belgium due to the abundance of hops. Good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - FEB 7, 2010
Bottle/12 - Pours a hazy golden amber in color with a medium white head that settles to a thin covering over the beer. Aroma is strong of both citrus hops and bready Belgian yeasts. Flavor is quite fruity with citrus/orange taking the lead, but with peach/apricot playing a significant role as well. Slightly sweet before the hop bitterness kicks in. Finish is lingering and bitter. Really good...

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4727) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 7, 2010
On tap, 2010-02-06, Göteborg (Haket...) AP: golden colour, heavy head, AR: strong american hops, grapefruit. F: strong american hops, grapefruit., loads of bitterness, lemon juice

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (16655) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 7, 2010
bottle at home ... thanks to Bullet for this ... amber .... thin white lacing ... pink grapefuit ... big perfume orange .... floral nose ... very perfumed light orange hop ... again pink grapefruit .... little drying ... od and nice for a taste ... less sure


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