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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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2.7
suprchunk (2994) - Crestview, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2011
On draft at Beer Temple Amsterdam. Amber orange, with a big frothy white head that stuck around the entire drink. Leaving ample lacing. Hoppy aroma, no malt aroma. Not a great Belgian style as it was touted to be. A hoppy sweet, slight malty concoction with no hint of the flavors you would associate with Belgian yeast. A hoppy chalk-like aftertaste. Not impressive. A little too bitter for the beer it was trying to be. But for an IPA it’s not that bad. But it overpowers anything they were trying to get from the Belgian yeast.

3.7
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Aroma is bitter hops but sweet fruit from the yeast. The appearance is a dark golden color with a small white head. Taste is a mix of IPA bitterness from the hops, but is balanced with the malt, but then you get the Belgian flavors from the yeasts. Banana is what I taste. A nice strong beer at 8.3 ABV, that really is a smooth drinker overall

3.7
brigg (680) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 24, 2011
(bottle) Relatively clear copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma contains the prototypical spicy-banana-bubblegum nose; hops are present but floral and only midly citrus; overall delicious aroma. The flavor starts out all Belgian: very yeasty and spicy, banana and bubblegum are there but not nearly so much as in the aroma. The Belgian side doesn’t last long as the flavor quickly gains a hoppy momentum with lemon, grapefruit, orange peel and pine; drying out quickly in the finish. Medium bodied. I’m a fan of Belgian IPAs. This one is kind of interesting in that the aroma is so dominated by the Belgian side, while the flavor is mostly IPA.

3.9
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2011
I’ve had this a few times-just hadn’t sat down to review it yet-this is a live review. A-Body is a pale completely transparent bronze colored body. Bubbles can be seen steadily rising to the top. Pours with a 2 finger or so head. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. S- Overall impression of the nose is sweet an bready. Floral and slightly grassy hop overtones are present as well as a mild yeasty funk. T- Flavor is similar to the taste-but is quite a different story. The big bitter floral and grassy hop profile chimes in right away with a sugary sweet bready yeast backbone, and a hint of funk. All the flavors intensify for the finish and the hops fade a bit but then come back in with a bitter floral lash. This lingers on for awhile with a mild spiciness. M- Medium to high carbonation and lightweight full body. D- This is a very good beer overall and one of the best that flying dog makes. Over the past year or so I have become a HUGE fan of Belgian IPAs-and while this one is good and definately fits to the style it doesn’t measure up to a lot of other great examples of the style. Serving type: bottle

3.7
raphael (1254) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Blushing, almost apricot color w/ modest white head. Balanced aroma mix of resiny hops and cotton candy. Belgian yeast gas. tastes more citrus. like a rich ripe orange, w/ some grass, alcohol, and an edgy sweetness. a little flat in the mouth. some warming very smooth

3.8
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Bottle. Belgian candi sugar notes in the nose. Hazy amber body, with huge, billowy, off-white head that doesn’t leave much lace. Citrus notes with a bit of a peppery finish. Hoppier than most Belgian-inspired ales. Initial mouthfeel had a bit of a disorganized harshness to it, but clarity arrives upon warming. A pretty good, quite enjoyable brew.

3.7
VsXsV (4438) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2011
355 ml bottle from bierzwerg.de. Clear, light amber body with off-white/yellowish, medium head. Some lacing. Aroma is citrus, piney hops, belgian yeast, banana, cloves, pepper and bready malts. The combination of amarillo and belgian yeast really works well. Taste is malty with notes of caramel and toffee with a medium bitter ending. Well tasting, though the bitterness feels a bit stringent. Nice alcoholic warmth. Medium bodied with nice, lingering finish. This is a cross-over that really works well.

4
mxtur (266) - Michigan, USA - FEB 21, 2011
This beer does everything for me. A Belgium and I.P.A. together. O-M-G forizzle. That’s all that needs to be said.

4
POLK (2219) - Hørning, DENMARK - FEB 21, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2012 Fantastic delicious fruity IPA as its Belgian tones makes it complex and quite unique. As many other Flying dogs, there is spent large amounts of delicious American hops, but without the beer is too bitter. A velafballanceret beer for the hop happy people. This beer is brewed in honor of Flying dogs 20year anniversary. Cheers and congratulations...

3.5
planky84 (3263) - Lee, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 19, 2011
Bottle from Beer Ritz. Orange/amber pour with a white head. Apricot, grapefruit, tangerine and caramel aromas. A bit of wood and smoke in there too. Bitter lemon, grapefruit and pear flavours. Fruity, crisp hoppy finish.


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