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RATINGS: 1913   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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3.7
jmcinerny (17) - Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2010
Amber color, lacy, no head, complex nose jumps right out of my tulip shaped glass, aromas of grapefruit, bubblegum and band aid. It’s just what it says it is on the bottle - a Belgian IPA. I would qualify that by saying it is an IPA with a Belgian accent - American West Coast IPA that is. Lots of hops, no malt to speak of but some cloves and banana, long hoppy finish, can not tell at all that it is 8.3% alcohol, probably because of the big hops, not sure that I am sold on the idea. However, I am a homer all the way, I am from Maryland, the beer is now from Maryland so I will give it some bonus points for that.

3.7
StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 29, 2010
12 oz bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent gold color with a big foamy white head that has good retention. The aroma is strong with caramel, citrus and yeast. The flavor is soapy-fruity with a good biter bite; I get some bubblegum, orange, pine and soap. The palate is full and malty smooth, the carbonation is very prickly. The finish is long with lingering biter-sweet notes. Overall: A very tasty IPA.

3.9
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2010
I don’t know if I’ve ever had a Flying Dog before; I’ve seen them for years and have heard reviews ranging from awful to excellent, and for some reason I’ve just never been interested in them. But I am VERY interested in the belgian/IPA crossover style. Hence I swooped this up the second it caught my eye, and well, in my book Flying Dog is off to a pretty wild start. This brew is aptly named. The smell is straight up violent, a sharp, tangy buckshot of hops that almost tingles the nose. This brew’ somehow engages each class of tastebud receptors totally independently, creating a swirling, schizophrenic clusterfuck of flavors that is soothing and abrasive at the same time. Looks like a standard, dark-ish IPA at first but there are some very fine sediment particles floating in there. Mouth is in-your-face thick, and lingers forever. Good god, what an extreme brew. Aside from the Fantome saison I drank last weekend this is the most intriguing beer I’ve tried in months.

4.6
tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - JAN 29, 2010
absolutely delicious. i drank this on the first date with my hop-head girlfriend. i knew she was amazing from the moment i tasted her recommendation.

3.8
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2010
Pours light amber with a nice sized white head. Aroma is a combination of citrusy and minty hops, with a little bit of spice. Flavor is full of citrusy, minty hops, with a little bit of estery yeasty flavors and a subtle bitter finish. Pretty good.

4.5
epf33 (228) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2010
aroma is lively, though slightly sour. looks like a belgian, pours like an IPA. leaves behind an ivory white lace. head is milky. the taste is to die for! :D

3.6
rocbyter (2193) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Strong citrus hop aroma. Clear orange color with a small white head. Moderate bitter beginning with a sweet dry finish.

4.4
malrubius (3119) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 26, 2010
12 ounce bottle in Grimbergen goblet. Clear golden with flat head and lotsa lace. Bready sweet lemon pastry and earthy gummy orange aroma. Medium sweet orange honey with assertive hop flavor and bitterness citrusy grapefruit pleasantly lingering finish. Nicely carbonated (fresh, thank god). Really really tasty. By far my favorite Flying Dog. Of course, it’s one of my favorite styles. Excellent. Drank it way too fast.

3.9
jodah52 (210) - Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2010
Good beer - one of the best this solid brewery has to offer. Deep gold with a thick head and strong body, it strikes you first with its aromas. Strong hops, citrusy with a hint of fruit, backed by a bit of malt. Flavor is about perfect for the style, good bitterness with a bit of sweetness balancing. If it stopped there, it would be a good ipa. But then the belgian twist kicks in. Musky, fruity aromas embrace this glass of good cheer; they speak of sunlight in cellars and good trappist trippel.

3.6
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Bottle: The aroma has moderate amounts of bubblegum along with banana and light citrus hops. It pours a slightly hazy amber with some very fine sediment and an inch tall off-white head with decent retention and spotty lacing. The flavor starts with some light bubblegum and Belgian yeast. The finish has moderate citrus hops and some light banana. There’s a lingering of grapefruit and bubblegum in the aftertaste which is a weird combination for me. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.


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