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RATINGS: 1906   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
TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2011
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de pamplemousses avec une pointe de pins. Apparence: La couleur est cuivrée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Apparence: Goût de de pamplemousse avec une pointe de pins et de pêches. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût houblonné. (Rating #3706)

3
JDBaker11058 (2427) - Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2011
Appearance: deep, coppery amber with a nice off-white head and very good lacing. Aroma: strong notes of brown bread, cinnamon, allspice, some clove, ginger and dark fruits, with earthy, slightly dank pine. Taste: sweet and darkly spicy at first, like toasted bread with cinnamon sugar; then a wave of damp, earthy, resinous hops crashes in. Finish: bitter and piney, giving way to dry floral notes, with a whisper of malty sweetness in the back. Notes: DISCLAIMER: I hate IPAs. That said, I love Belgian beers. Since this was labeled a Belgian IPA, I thought I’d give it a shot. Loved the first half, which reminded me of a sweeter take on Ommegang’s Rare Vos. The second half, while strongly bitter, had enough character that it was tolerable. Not bad.

4
12HundredBaud (262) - Sausalito, California, USA - JUN 15, 2011
33cl on tap at BeerCentre, Manresa. It pours a cloudy light amber liquid with a nice medium-high head that lasts throughout the beer and leaves a nice lacing. The aroma is, of course, very hoppy, with green olives, hints of herbs and pine, and lots of citron (grapefruit). It tastes likewise, without the green olives touch and a notable but mild malty base. It has low sweetness, medium sourness and medium-high bitterness. Mildly-lively carbonated and medium-bodied, it ends long and dry, with a fruity and piny aftertaste. Pretty good IPA.

3.8
mikesaum (712) - Newark, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2011
pours dark orange with one inch off white head, not much lacing in my glass, aroma is fairly fruity, apples and peaches, then you also catch a whiff of piney hops. taste is nice , you can taste the belgian yeast in there, pretty much taste just as the aroma, with a dry hop finish that is clean, nice brew.

3.7
yngwie (17284) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2011
Bottle. It pours an almost clear, almost golden body and a small, off-white head. Peachy nose with citrus peel and malty sweetness. Sweet and malty flavor, quite bitter, but overall not in the same league as the aroma. Lasting bitterness in the end, with peaches and pinecones. Full-bodied, slightly warming and pleasantly carbonated. A nice beer indeed, pity the flavor, which after all is the most important part of the beer drinking, isn’t equally as good as the aroma. 110204

3.7
erickok (6036) - 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 doesn’t 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
Anvandarnamn (4) - SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2011 does not count
I really liked this beer. It’s 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
9er (100) - 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 I’d return to very soon. Just not for me.

4
JB84 (652) - 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
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.


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