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RATINGS: 1889   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.8
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
(12 ounce bottle - pint glass) Has a translucent golden almost brown color. Head is frothy, lasts a long time and leaves a good lace on the glass. Aroma is of belgian yeast and hops, mostly hops. Taste is of citrusy grapefriut hops with a little bit of banana and cloves from the type of yeast used. But really the hops kind of masks the belgain yeast qualities. Oily texture and soft carbonation.

3.3
JPDIPSO (6257) - Wauwatosa, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Amber color with a moderate, frothy canvas colored head. Fresh hops and yeast abound in the aromas. Orange zest and wheat dough come to mind. Light sweetness followed by a rather sharp bitterness in the flavors. Raging, raw, reckless, perhaps, actually I’d have to say a bit unrefined. So, as a raging bitch (which I can really relate to), is this a good or a bad thing. It does not hold back. It’s some real truth in advertising. As a raging bitch, it’s right there, as a refined brew, well, it is a raging bitch.

3.8
reggiedunlop (3725) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2010
pours a very clear golden honey color with a medium white head...lively looking. aroma is very pungent and hoppy with grapefruit and spicy hops...subtle pineapple too but not sweet. flavor is very hoppy and definitely has grapefruit, spice, and some grassiness but again not sweet. belgian yeast is evident. mouthfeel is mildly oily and the finish is dry and grapfruity. very nice!

3.2
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Bottle pours clear amber color with off white head. Aroma is sweet belgian yeast rather than spicy and pine hops mixed in. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor is belgian yeast with some hops and a dry finish. This is ok. Not great. The belgian yeast isn’t as upfront and in your face as with other belgian ipa’s. But still just ok.

3
ericcassidy (38) - Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
very sweet and hoppy. a spicy and tingly mouth-feel. the aftertaste really lingers. It gets less shocking as you go. kinda dry and making me thirsty, though...

3.2
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
(Sample Date: 1/12/2010 Source:Capital Ale House - Downtown) Fruity spicy grapefruit with almost a tobacco aroma. Clear orange golden with a persistent lacy off-white head. Catty grapefruit hop flavor with spicy phenolics. Intensely bitter. Dry very bitter finish. Too much for me.

3.8
ben4321 (6607) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Location: 12 oz bottle from Gilly’s, 1/14/10

Aroma: Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, a bit of Belgian yeast, and some pine
Appearance: Mostly clear medium orange color with a whole lot of lace
Flavor: Taste of mostly hops from the apricot, citrus, and pine with Belgian yeast for balance
Palate: Medium body with average carbonation and a somewhat sticky texture
Overall Impression: I liked this one, an interesting offering from our friends up the road at Flying Dog. A pretty solid take on the Belgian IPA style. A nice beer and well-hidden 8%. This one is pretty nice.

3.3
WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Bottle A hazy golden amber color pour with a lasting foamy white head leaving plenty of jagged lacing , light carbonation . Aroma Is quite fruity , lots of apple skins , peaches. caramel , and citrus rhind , lots of yeasty slightly bready notes as well, a light hint of alcohol . Flavor is lightly malty and just sweet enough to balance the hops , lots of cirtus and orange type hops with very little bitterness , lightly earthy but very good flavor . Light to medium body with a very fresh clean mouthfeel . long dry slightly chalky finish, Very drinkable and quite sessionable . A nice brew .

3.8
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Bottle from tarheels86. This I could drink every day I think. Nose is perfectly par with rich malt that barely conceals gamey, sharp hoppage. Color is an enticing bloody orange. Flavor is that same spicy malt with the faint flavor of overripe strawberries just starting to turn mushy. But in a fierce way.

3.5
Tmoney99 (14773) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Bottle. Poured clear copper color with a large frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy tart citrus hop and small yeast aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate citrus sweet flavor with a moderate bittersweet finish of medium duration. Very good complex brew.


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