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RATINGS: 1633   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (2464) - BELGIUM - OCT 26, 2014
’Belgian-style IPA’ but very American to me. Anyway, a wonderful IPA with a thick, yellow white, dense moussy head with very good retention and a warm, beautiful, pure amber colour with quiet fizz. Powerful aroma of orange peel, grapefruit, bell peppers, white bread, cake, field flowers, vanilla, cava, tomato, rhubarb, overripe mango, soap, tobacco, chicken broth, bourbon and something vaguely, but not disturbingly sulphuric. Crisp, vivid and assertive onset, a basket of exotic fruits overladen with truckloads of citrus, resinous, rounded and full palate, caramelly malts, a subtle vanilla-like sweetishness and lightly minerally, lightly sourish carbo; the finish is impressive, with continuing slick malt sweetishness underlying a very powerful yet elegant, herbal, peppery, pine-needle-like, citrussy hop bitterness, very long and dry but kind of ’juicy’ as well, accompanied by gin-like, warming but subtle and in all well-hidden alcohol. I can’t seem to get enough of this style. But talking about style: though something like ’Belgian IPA’ has gradually come to emerge in recent years (and is already recognized as a different substyle by our friends at Beeradvocate), I had expected something more yeasty and less citrussy, with a more ’European’ hoppiness - so I still fail to see the ’Belgian’ qualification in this. Which is of course not a problem at all.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
remice2 (137) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2014
superbe IPA , Attaque de mangue,pommes vertes,ananas,et lime sous une touche mielleuse , qui donne sur le poivres trois couleurs,un tout petit peut huileuse et j’aime ça , coté résineux bien établis, très facile pour une ipa amertume franche , crissement bonne

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rarbring (1551) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2014
Aroma: Smelling of toffee, tropical fruits, lemon and grass.
Appearance: The beer is clouded dark amber, an off-white firm head with nice lacing.
Taste: The taste is upfront sweet, caramel, citric grape-fruit, mango, apples, pine needles and soap.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a soft but heavy body, complex, refreshing and dry.
Overall: A really nice IPA, a bit more American IMHO.
Note: on-tap ... at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden. Reviewed 2010-11-20.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
NoDirection (20) - - OCT 20, 2014
My go to IPA. Great taste, strong finish and makes you feel like you can conquer the world. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
koshack (207) - Gdańsk, POLAND - OCT 18, 2014
Piana drobna, trwała, białego koloru. Zostawiła piękną koronkę na szkle. Kolor bursztynowy. Aromat z butelki przypominający jakieś lekarstwo. Słodko-gorzki. Po przelaniu do szkła wyraźne aromaty chmielowe. Nuty belgijskie w drugiej nucie. W smaku zdecydowana goryczka, nadal narzucające się skojarzenie z jakimś gorzkim lekarstwem. Nie jest to smak nieprzyjemny ale tak mi się kojarzy. Lekkie nuty garbnikowe, drewniane, dębowe. Piwo pełne, treściwe, dość słodkie ( kontra słodowa wyraźna). Alkohol dobrze zamaskowany, lekko grzeje w przełyku.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kidobutai (424) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Great frothy head, slightly reddish hazy color. Hops and grapefruit, fairly predictable in the taste. Smooth, a bit acidic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eduardovl (968) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2014 350ml bottle poured in a chalice. Nice tentative of doing a Belgium IPA. IMHO, it tastes like is a double IPA with Belgium style yeasts. In the end, a very traditional, bitter and flowery hoppy American ale. A: Deep clean orange color with a nice creamy persistent and beige head. As it disappears, it leaves a lot of lacings around S: Strong smell of flowery hops. Belgium style yeasts T: Hops, hops and hops. Wonderfully bitter. Caramel malts can also be felt with less intensity M: Full heavy body. Creamy and molasses. Medium to low carbonation. Extremely bitter D: Delicious beer. I would drink a barrel [ BA Review @ 8/7/2010 ]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ADfan (616) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 13, 2014
Poured from the bottle it has a hazy color with a medium head. Aroma of hops, resin and lemon. Taste has some bitterness with some lemon, malts and alcohol. Long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerdedDave (513) - - OCT 13, 2014
amber color; citrusy hoppy aroma; a blast of grapefruit citrus hops up front with a fruity, somewhat funky Belgian aftertaste; 8.3% abv, yet smooth and very drinkable; an outstanding beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperTiti33 (617) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
Ambrée. Belle mousse dense et beige. Nez: fruit. Mangue. Pêche. Miel. Herbacé. Floral. Rose. Bouche: ronde. Sucré. Malté. Belle amertume. Très florale et parfumé. Rose. Lavande. Épicé. Ne fait pas son pourcentage. Rafraichissante. Très bien.

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