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RATINGS: 1947   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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2.1
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bought this on a couple recommendations, after proclaiming that I’d never buy another Flying Dog beer again, so to those that recommended that I give this a try, thanks for nothing ya bastards. Sugary sweet, astringent iced tea crystal malt along with astringent chunky bittering hops... nasty. Never again, and this time I mean it.

3.6
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottle shared by ryan. Pours a clear orange brown with a tan head. Aroma of oniony herbal hops. Some piny hops with bitter malt notes. Flavor is sweet and piny. Finish is dry and bitter. Bready and citrusy.

3.8
burg326 (5482) - Florida, USA - MAY 27, 2011
Im not a big fan of ipas but this imperial style was goodd. You can smell the sweet malt and the hops in this beer. Its not overpowing but a good mix. If you like ipas don’t try the snake and go straight to this ipa frpm flying dog.

4
Koelschtrinker (20419) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 25, 2011
Süßer Hopfenantrunk, der auf voller Breite im Mittelpunkt steht. Dabei ist der Hopfen erst stark holzig, später rücken an diese Stelle bittere Noten. Weiter überzeugen kann aber der Hopfen an sich, der nur wenig Bitternoten enthält, so dass das Hopfenbukett ansehnlich hervorkommt. Viskos wirkend, grasig-getreidig zum Ende. Ein leckeres und süßes IPA! 12/12/11/12/12/12

3.4
MrHangover (4563) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2011
My 100th rating!! Saw this on the menu and immediatley got curious. Never had an IPA before, let alone an Imperial IPA. Never had an American beer before, but now I have. Raging Bitch really is a raging bitch. Staring at you with the amber red orange eyes she has. Aroma has heavy hops, some dark fruit and cacao. Flavour has a lot hoppy bitterness, combined with some hints of dark cacao or chocolate. Really good beer, made me even more curious for more IPA’s.

3.5
scarletfire65 (1466) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
12 oz. bottle, sipped from a champagne flute. Aroma is very complex...strong wheat characteristics of banana and bubble gum, strong yeast, and also some soft notes of apricot and candy (Good and Plenty comes to mind). The body is heavy, with the 8.3% showing itself. Flavors are primarily yeast, grapefruit, clove, and grapes. The beer is very bitter, but the combination of IBU’s and Belgian yeast combines to leave an aspirin like astringency at the beginning of the finish. It’s endlessly complex, especially as it warms up, with layer upon layer of flavor, just not sure it works too well.

3.8
olsvammel (7226) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle from Systembolaget (mixed pack). A nice combination of belgian yeast and lots of hops. I got some herbal, fruity and grassy hops. It can be heard to balance the spicy yeast and hops together, but they did it very well in this beer.

3.6
jc4031 (129) - Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2011
im a huge fan of ipas but not so much with the belgian yeast. this was one of the better belgo ipas i have had though. the hops came out a bit more than others i have had but still not that crisp citrus aroma i love, more banana and cloves with the belgian yeast. but worth a try.

4
Mpulese (13) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 17, 2011
Nice bitter beer, smell off grapefruit, bit sweet, bit sour. Taste much bitter, very fresh. My first American beer. Interesting. On tap in Bottendaal, Nijmegen.

3.8
nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2011
On tap at Papago. Golden pour with a trim white head. Smells and tastes of salty hops, red chilies, Belgian yeast, and cardboard. Good, but in a strange way.


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