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RATINGS: 1919   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 weekends Gonzofest party. Al from Hop Talk was in attendance and reported on his blog, I understand its made from an augmented Snake Dog wort with an exclusive Belgian yeast strain (called Diablo) and dry-hopped with a load of Amarillo hops. Theyre 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 wordsone wild drink. Nectar imprisoned in a bottle. Let it out. It is cruel to keep a wild animal locked up. Uncap it. Release itstand 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (5688) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 11, 2011
Dark murky orange with very small head. Surprising aroma with toffe, fresh plums, apple, hay, light citrus and sourdour. Also a very little metallic, but nothing unsetteling. Yes it might be sweet and yeasty in taste compared to the crazy hop monsters of America, but that doesnt matter. This is a still well hopped beer with a tasty Belgian twist. Reminds me off Chouffe Houblon IPA Tripel which I love. Surely recommanded. (355ml bottle at Cafe Belgie)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Anvandarnamn (4) - SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2011 does not count
I really liked this beer. Its got that characteristic belgian yeast-smell well blended with amarillo hops. Taste of honey. Not as hoppy as one would expect. It is nevertheless a very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
9er (89) - Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2011
Nose metalic. Color, sweet congac.. Robust but kind hops. Ale is present but not too bitter nor sour. Nice balance of hops and alcohol. This is not the most delicious beery but is is approachable. The flavor is normal, and rather on the chill side. Drink very cold. The beer has a nice color to it as referenced above and is not one beer Id return to very soon. Just not for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2011
Pour golden orange off white head good lace. Aroma spicy belgian yeast, sweet malt, honey, bitter hops, citrus, banana. Taste banana, bubble gum, spicy yeast, nice bitterness, caramel, sweet malt. MF medium body mild carb. Excellent taste very well balanced a great example of a new style of beer super easy to drink abv very well hidden.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2011
On tap at North Bar, Leeds. Very interesting IPA, strong and pricey at 4.90 for a half. Probably worth it, though, very nice indeed, a more complex taste than I expected from an IPA. Golden haze, small head. Malty, fruity, quite sweet. Not as hoppy as you might expect from an IPA, but rather beautifully balanced. Citrusy and a bit of spice too, with a bit of a kick on the aftertaste. Very nicely balanced, very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 6, 2011
Great Belgian yeast nose, pineapple, doughy shortbread, orange peel. Clear toffee, yellowed edges, creamy white head. Doughy herbal body, persistent citrus notes of pineapple, nectarine and pine in the finish. Faint whisper of smoke.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mile (3888) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUN 5, 2011
Bottle. Golden, hazy, small and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and fruity sweetish aroma, some caramel and yeast, sweetish fruity grapefruit hoppyness. Body is medium, malty, sweetish flavor, grapefruit hoppyness, yeast and some spiciness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, grapefruit hoppyness with some caramel. Belgian yeast and American hops just do not mix.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2011
Would some home brewers out there PLEASE send this company some hops so that they could add it to their IPAs. Arent these beers supposed to be hoppy? Well, this Belgium style beer does have a sweet Belgian taste, which I enjoyed. But, the beer is classified as an IPA. As a Belgium style beer I rate this much higher (3.8), as an IPA style, I rate this a .5. I would drink another one of these beers, but I would not seek it out. So, I split the difference.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maledictum (762) - Pyongyang, NORTH KOREA - JUN 4, 2011
Bottle at home. Clear amber color/ ivory head. Soapy, herbal, spicy belgian yeast aromas. medium bodied. Nice pale malt, spicy yeast, dry hay flavors- very good.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - JUN 2, 2011
Bottle. Hops, and sweet malt aroma, almost like candy. Clear orange with a generous, fluffy off white head. I got face smacked by a coppery metallic taste which then faded into bitter hops. Not impressed.


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