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RATINGS: 1901   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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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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3.2
LordDrachen (116) - reggio emilia, ITALY - MAR 27, 2011
Amber-orange colored with a thin white head (not so long living). Aroma is mainly malty. Light sweetness: sherry-like, citrus fruitness, some resin. Typical "belgian" yeast aroma, covered by tons of american hops . Sharp mouthfeel and taste, with a bit too much bitterness. Very hard contrast between flavour and long bitter finish. Belgian IPA is not my kind of beer, but it’s not a bad one.

3.3
Brandman (2961) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 27, 2011
Copper body, white head. Aroma of malt, resiny hops, some yeast and alcohol. Flavour is quite rough, flying dog style. Nicely hopped, but this is again one of those american belgos that are more american than belgian. They really should open a new style to these. They just don’t fit into classic belgian style.

3.6
jesperhammer (4903) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2011
25-MAR-2011, bottle @home, from Magasin. I open the bottle near the sink, and off course it pours out, not wildly but just enough to spill some. I know my belgians by now... ...It pours clear orange/golden with a little thin white head. Nose is strange. Nothing I have tried before. Very alcoholic. Very bitter but not that grape fruity bitter that I prefer. But also some nice fruity yeasty notes mingle in. Strange. I don’t really like the aroma though I must admit it is quite complex. Taste is somewhat the same with oranges, lemon and again an unpleasant bitter alcoholic note and spices that I cannot nail. Medium body with high carbonation of small bubles. Fine experiment but it just does not work for me. My rating is somewhat higher than I really think of this beer. Fun to have tried it. Not worth if for me.

4.1
kevd193213 (992) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 24, 2011
12 oz bottle. Golden slightly cloudy copper pour with a medium off white head. Aroma of vanilla hops. Fantastic taste of yeast and citrus hops with a creamy vanilla finish.

3.9
MacBoost (1936) - Victor, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Huge hops in the nose. Pepper, citrus, bananas, cloves. Pours an amber color with a head that starts off promising but quickly fades away. Every sip I take makes me want to immediately take another to try and understand what is happening here. This is a complex and interesting IPA, with an alcohol level that suggests an Imperial IPA. Very peppery and hoppy. This is a good beer, although I’m not sure I could drink more than 2 or 3 of these in a row. May buy again.

3.2
BrewBoxer (2664) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Pours a copper brown color. Smells of lemon, malt and banana$ taste is crisp but the abv makes it more like a double ipa. Aftertaste iis bitter and citrusy. Not bad, not great

3.8
Rasmus40 (21986) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 22, 2011
Clear orange with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel and rather hoppy - peach, grapefruit and pine. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and bitter finish. Very nice. 040910

3.3
3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2011
bottle. unfiltered orange. at 8.3% you might expect something similar to double IPA. with surprising dryness and the alcohol hiding beneath a musty belgian yeast strain, it certainly fits more with IPA and the belgian IPA paradigm. dried fruit and egg-shell flavor. combined bitterness, dryness and chalkiness from the yeast perform a thorough roughing of the palate. i can’t help but feel it’s always tasted old, no matter the batch or age.

3.9
DiarmaidBHK (5888) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2011
Pours with an inch head. Lots of hoppiness on the nose. A hint of sweetness on the tongue until the grapefruit rushes in. Very nice!

3.3
Scopey (15687) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2011
On tap at the Euston Tap. It pours a golden amber colour with moderate carbonation and a quickly dissipating head. The nose is pine, wood varnish, resin, peach and grapefruit. The taste is astringent, wood, yeast, brown sugar, lemon and lime zest, grapefruit, wheat, a little vanilla and some alcohol warmth towards the finish. I didn’t enjoy the combination and balance of flavours in this one.


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