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RATINGS: 1871   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   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


lucklys' rating

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lucklys (62) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
A Belgian-Style IPA, it’s just as rowdy and provocative in execution as it is by title. I really dig how this brewery names all of their beers in a doggy spirit without holding back on the bite...clever and attention grabbing. Appearing a clear burnt orange with copper highlights, the Raging Bitch held a respectable sandy head that gradually faded to sticky sheets of lace. The nose came across as a bright orange peel citrus combined with a light lemon zest making the aroma quite crisp and bitter. There is also quite a bit of Belgian yeast, as there should be, and in the end, the nose is really pleasing. Leading straight into the flavor, there are a lot of hops (Warrior, Columbus, and Amarillo - holy goodness) that make up a large, fantastic bitter bite. The orange is still quite present as a quick zest in the spicy carbonation and medium mouthfeel, though I found myself searching for the yeast after a while. Regardless, this is one Bitch that is definitely raging.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mezr (100) - California, USA - SEP 25, 2016
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. A stunningly beautiful, clear deep amber with an off-white, almost tan head. Floral scents and citrus. Medium body and bitterness. A bit sticky with a nice subtly bitter finish. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatusBeer (464) - Košice, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 20, 2016
355 ml bottle. Clear amber colour with stable head off. Aroma of belgian yeasts, oranges. Taste of yeasts, grapefruits, tangerines, pine, honey sweetness, then huge bitter aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjoeng (857) - SINGAPORE - SEP 14, 2016
5%ABV. Amber ale. Poured out dark amber. 16şSRM. Nose is sweet with treacle, honey and molasses in the nose but without the sour tang. A very clean sweet aroma, like nectar. Hint of bitter pine sap aroma. Mouthfeel is cough syrupy. Palate has an amber ale’s rounded fuller, nutty character. The back of the throat has that aroma-flavor of old leather which I associate with a nice amber. Hops are barely there. Finish is clean and lightly beery.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jsporrer (711) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Sample on tap @ the brewery. Pours a medium caramel brown with a thin white ring. Light Belgian spices but fairly ordinary flavors. Not as good as I expected.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirstyrabbit (1740) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 11, 2016
Bottle. Clear orange body, medium tall head. Aroma has sweet citrus fruits, figs, marmalade, piney American hops, mild yeast funk. Pleasant mouthfeel with good carbonation. Taste has dry/piney hops combined with zesty tangerine peel and marmalade. The yeast gives more dryness and also adds some complex "wild" notes which add a lot of depth to this IPA. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tfredvik (1751) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 4, 2016
Pours a hazy, pale amber body with a large, creamy, quite dense, off-white head that settles as a layer of foam that leaves lots of laces. Strong aroma of overripe light fruits, oranges, sweet caramel and some yeast. Strong flavour of sweet caramel, overripe light fruits, citrus, red berries and resin. Moderate to light sweet taste with a rather heavy bitter grapefruity and long-lasting finish. Close to full body, smooth texture and soft carbonation. Doesn’t strike me as particularly Belgian or IPA-like, but still a nice brew. It might have been a bit too old.
[35.5 cl bottle enjoyed 1 month before BB date, courtesy of Thijs

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
calern (34) - - SEP 2, 2016
Clear orange body with white foam. Fruity hops with hints of caramel and yeast. Bitter and a bit dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lukka19 (746) - Myjava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 29, 2016
Tap at Sviatok Piva Myjava. Amber color, thick white head. Aroma of caramel malt, honey, some spices, oranges, grapefruits. Zesty, piney, resiny. Taste is medium sweet of caramel malt, honey and tangerines. Light yeasty. Good citrusy-hoppy finish with zest and resins

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
PugUglyBrewer (141) - - AUG 26, 2016
Mind you, I have had but a handful of Belgian Style IPAs but Flying Dog has my blessing as the best. Raging Bitch is the most recognizable label. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The head is at about two fingers, fluffy, creamy and a bit off white. The color is a polished orange that could be considered a dark copper. The nose opens a bouquet of fresh sweet bread, delicate florals and fruitful esters. Upon tasting I get a flavor with the likes of caramel and sweet bread almost like caramel cake at the top of the tongue. Toward the middle is a more dull sweetness of the malt lend toward the finish which is a bit funky and sweet with hints of lemon and a bit of candied sugar. The hoppiness is lemony and moderately dry. Fantastic.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vinivini (1267) - BELARUS - AUG 25, 2016
Clear amber, white moderate head. Belgian yeast, perfumy fruit, honey, melon on nose. Medium body. Dryish flavour. Not much yeast to be detected. Nectar, melon. Smooth. Bitter grapefruit making it an American one. Very good.

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