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RATINGS: 1896   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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3.5
grapefruitmoon (22) - SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2011
Classic Belgian aroma, dark golden colour and tight white head. Immediate taste is the clove-ish yeast. Nice strong bodied beer, good bitterness with (I think) American hops. Banana on the finish.

2.5
Wim (4133) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JUL 26, 2011
amber coloured body with a white head a spicy hoppy bitter aroma a spicy hoppy bitter taste with a bitter finish

3.6
hellbilly (3247) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2011
9/23/10. orange brown with a big ’ol fluffy off white head. aromas of yeast, cinnamon, peppery spice, grass, straw, skunk, mild pine and florals. the flavor is the same only a bit too sweet. there is a minimal amount of bitter and dryness on the finish but they’re not enough. it is crisp but sweet. 7/4/7/3/15

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mabel (9245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 25, 2011
[3825-20110713] 355mL bottle. Floral muted soap aroma has strong notes of lychee hops. Slightly hazy, dark orange body with a medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Bitter mango hops flavour follows up with lychee. Medium body is quite bitter. Great balance overall, love the muted tropical fruit infusion and bitter bite. (8/3/8/4/17) 4.0+
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3.9
buckduckgoose (7) - westminster, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2011 does not count
One of my favorite ipas. A local brewery that has come along way. A staple in my beer frig. Banana note if your looking for it and citrus.

4.4
twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - JUL 24, 2011
. Pours a light brown/orange beer with a decent white head. Fruity aroma with hints of spices. Taste is great. Starts malty,fruity and ends with a big amount of hops. Bitter aftertaste. I really enjoyed the belgian touch to this IPA. Interesting combination.

3.5
DanielBrown (4532) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2011
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Smells like Duvel, with a slight lowering of dryness. Can’t quite reconcile this one: the initial IPA is reasonably peppered and spritzy, whilst the finish is seawater dry. The Belgian strength reveals itself briefly mid-way, with a yawn of earwaxed bubblegum. Quite drinkable I suppose, for the strength, but neither fish nor foal.

3.7
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 20, 2011
Draft. I do like the combo of two styles and this one pulls it off. Pours a deep golden yellow. Smell is of Citrus hops, some caramel hops and the knob Belgium yeast component. Taste is medium bitter but is really mellowed by the banana and Bready yeast. Nice combo that hides the booze very well for a non-overpowerimg brew.

3.4
JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2011
Bottle. Clear yellow/orange with a white head. Banana, light yeast, sweetness, bitter grassy hops, and light clove/spice. I am not a big fan of flying dog, but this was fairly good.

3.9
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Pours dark copper with a fair light tan head. Aroma is full of hops, citrus and floral, some sweet malts and pine. A little thick but very smooth, it has a a hop character that follows you all the way through. There are tastes of earth, pine, alcohol and caramel.


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