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RATINGS: 1566   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryecatcher (766) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear, burnt orange color with a medium off-white head, decent retention and lacing. Nose is sort of faint , but detectable are melon, some Belgian yeasty funk, bread dough and daffodils. Mouth is medium bodied, moderately bitter up front (and throughout for that matter) , some grapefruit mingling with yeasty spice, cakey malts, biscuit, some lemon zest. I think this may be an older bottle, but from what I’m getting out of this, I’d place it as slightly above average -- and not ’Belgiany’ enough for my tastes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bobroman (396) - Torun, POLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Beautiful aroma of Belgian yeast, spices and apricot. Small head disappearing to thin layer, but it’s quite durable with some lacing. Cloudy copper body. Very intensive bitterness in taste. Some hints of Belgian yeast and spices are completely covered by bitterness. Very long bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is completely hidden, but you can feel it later in your stomach. Maybe it’s too bitter, maybe it could be more Belgian, but for sure this beer is to be remembered for a long time.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yy0pp (494) - - JUN 27, 2014
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 Bottle 33cl. Klub malých pivovarů. Clear amber color with slim white head. Aroma of citrus, fresh hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
generallee08 (637) - New York, USA - JUN 25, 2014
The body has a bright clear orange amber color with lots of cool visible carbonation. The head is very long lasting and maintains a small cap of foam all the way to the last sip. Lacing is very good as well. Its aroma has deep citrusy grapefruit like hop notes over light Belgian blonde notes. There is a sweet and juicy citrus hop presence with deep notes of grapefruit pith. The hop character dominates over a sweet doughy malt and funky Belgian yeast base in a good way. It’s not like an enamel striping harsh bitterness but rather a tasty, juicy combination of hops and malt. The finish is fairly sweet and citrusy with only a mild bitterness way off deep into the background.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
javiercrasher (162) - Granada, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2014
Color naranja amielado, con un espesa capa de espuma. Aroma a levadura belga junto con cítricos. Buen cuerpo, oleosa y de carbonatación media. En boca, tras la levadura belga aparecen sabores cítricos del lúpulo. Maltosa y con final amargo. A medida que gana temperatura hacen acto de presencia los 8 grados de alcohol, aún así bien integrados. Sorprendente y curiosamente equilibrada, desconocía que se podían jugar con las ales belgas y las IPAs. Muy buena.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
miquelcrush (1357) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 24, 2014
Bona cervesa, equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adster (203) - HUNGARY - JUN 22, 2014
Borostyán színe elképesztő illatokat takar: gyantás, citrusos, ananászos és még egy tucat egyéb, könnyen odaképzelhető illattal operál. Ízében is legalább ennyire összetett, üde és gyümölcsös. Feltűnik némi bodzavirág is, majd becsörtet a komló, és végigszántja maga után az utat, hosszú percekre éreztetve jelenlétét mindenhol, amerre járt. A kezdeti könnyedségét remekül ellensúlyozza és egy markáns keretbe ágyazza karakteressége és vadsága, igazi remekmű.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gorgeous (4) - - JUN 20, 2014 does not count
vanilla,almonds,amarillo hops (the master brewer is a superstar) belgium yeast and a nice bitterness finish.. welldone flying dog.. a little centenial or cascade would have made it the best brew so far.... again fella’s welldone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StilleStorm (703) - Stavanger, NORWAY - JUN 20, 2014
DWG; Pours clear golden with a mostly fading off-white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, citrus, some tropic and cat pee. Taste is light sweet and moderate too full bitter, mostly bitter lasting. Body is medium, texture is oily to creamy, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AKORN (128) - Virginia, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Dark golden color with a nice frothy white head. Sweet fruit and spices aroma.Citrus bitter and fruity sweet taste, not too strong of an alcohol taste and good carbonation. Good beer

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