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RATINGS: 1885   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
fodesouare (24) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Citrus spice aroma, dark amber color. Hoppy flavor with a Belgian spiced aftertaste. Dry hoppy taste.

3.9
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2011
12 oz. bottle from HyVee Marion Ar: Lots of Belgo banana aroma but nicely complemented by peach and clove notes. Ap: Hazy copper-amber pour with a huge pillowy off-white head atop my tulip. Lovely circles of lace. Damn good looking beer. T: Mild caramelly maltiness. Not hugely hopped for an IPA this big; finish is lightly tannic with nice peach flavors. P: Medium, slightly sticky body. Carbonation is somewhat mild. O: Probably the best Belgo-IPA I’ve ever had. I’m not usually a fan of Flying Dog, but this is a damn good beer.

3.8
DuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle in a trade from paco-- thanks man! I drank this straight from the bottle while landscaping my front yard on the first nice day of spring, so I’m guessing it looked nice. Aroma off the neck was full on citrus and pine, very aromatic. Fresh citrus and stone fruit hop character, bitter finish with a peppery dryness. I sucked this back in about 10 minutes. Fantastic.

3.3
Beaver (1807) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a clear copper gold with a medium white head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is soapy bubblegum with a little spicy hops.

The flavor is floral malts with some earthy yeast, leading to a medium spicy dry bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, I don’t really care for Belgian IPAs, but this is one of the better ones I’ve had.

3.5
JediMindTricks (446) - Remington, Virginia, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Clear amber color/ ivory head. Soapy, herbal, spicy belgian yeast aromas. medium bodied. Nice pale malt, spicy yeast, dry hay flavors- very good.

3.6
RexTalionis (3775) - FINLAND - MAY 3, 2011
On tap at Beer Temple, Amsterdam. Poured clear copper in color with fluffy off-white head. Pine and grassy hops in aroma. Slightly bitter grassy in flavour.

3.8
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2011
12oz bottle. Huge white head, dark yellow color with many active bubbles. Smells like a hefeweizen, and the first impression upon tasting does not dissappoint - definitely a banana aroma somewhere in those hops. Pretty bitter, at first, but you get accustomed to it halfway through. Slightly sweet. Seems much less fizzy compared to other Flying Dog brews, which for me is a good thing... Although it lacks a crispness. 8.3% ABV is impressive for an IPA, and I think it pulls it off.

3.6
Barrelbelly (750) - BELGIUM - MAY 2, 2011
Amber colored, small to medium size head. Sweet hoppyness that is somewhat fruity. Bitterness should kick through more, but great beer.

4.1
loulan (126) - SPAIN - APR 30, 2011
Marcado aroma floral. Entra suave y envuelve el paladar. Regusto amargo al final del trago. Muy buena cerveza.

3.6
AshtonMcCobb (6665) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2011
355ml. Pours an amber/orange colour with gentle bubbles and a nice medium lacy head. The nose has pine, grapefruit and a little sweet maltiness. The taste is initially creamy malt, then grapefruit pith which turns a little bit sweet. The palate has good structure and texture with a long clean finish. Overall, this is just within the realms of being ’balanced’. A good beer!


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