RATINGS: 1908   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
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 weekends Gonzofest party. Al from Hop Talk was in attendance and reported on his blog, I understand its made from an augmented Snake Dog wort with an exclusive Belgian yeast strain (called Diablo) and dry-hopped with a load of Amarillo hops. Theyre 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 wordsone wild drink. Nectar imprisoned in a bottle. Let it out. It is cruel to keep a wild animal locked up. Uncap it. Release itstand 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Pours from the 12 oz bottle an orangish-coppery color with a substantial slightly off-white head. Carbonation is light and soft, only a few bubbles rising in the glass. Aroma is quite sweet & fruity, must be the influence of the Belgian yeast. Not quite what one would expect from an IPA. 1st sip brings a potent, resiny piney blast of hops that is a 180 degree u-turn from the aroma. There is a slight hint of dry fruitiness on the swallow but it is quickly subdued by those hops. The alcohol makes its presence know as the beer warms. Mouthfeel is thick and sparkly! The drinkability is good, although this doesnt quite qualify as a session beer, IMHO. Overall, a very nice melding of styles! It wouldnt surprise me to see more brewers try their hand at their own version of a Belgian IPA soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Case (300) - GERMANY - NOV 27, 2010
Pours a dark orange with large white head. Aromas of flowers, hops, pineapple and candy fill the nose. Fairly faint, could be more pronounced. Taste is a deliciously spicy mix of citrus fruit, limes and grapefruit and sweet honey. Strongly hopped, full-bodied, bitter with an excellent long dry finish. Dangerously drinkable. My favourite from the Flying Dog beers Ive tried so far. Amazing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (12474) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear copper with an average, frothy off-white head, medium-short retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, straw), heavy hops (floral, herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of horse blanket, peach, and pineapple. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, straw), heavy hops (floral, herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of horse blanket, peach, and pineapple. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Appearance: amber and orange under a pithy head which slowly recedes into a blanket of decent thickness. Swirls with lace while maintaining her head.
Nose: orange skins with spice underneath. More orange, meats this time, along with mango and pineapple. There is an underlying greenness to the whole of her nose, like the tropics and the inner green of young Nature. Key lime for some zip and pep. In the back are floral notes of lavender and tropical flora.
Palate: sweet all the way through though in no way cloying or overwhelming. Green underneath from start to finish; fresh and lively. I descend into the tropics with pineapple, key lime, aloe, cactus, and mango galore. Long brash dry finish atop my tongue long after each quaff: fruit skins and spice. Lavender mingles with tropical fruit skins and flora in my breath. Lips are sticky with orange nectar and wild honey.
Final Thoughts: some may scoff at a Belgian-style IPA as being sacrilegious or not really an IPA to style, but I say pish-posh. Its all beer and good is as good tastes which is the Raging Bitch all the way. Good show, Flying Dog.<

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shitpantz (61) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Pours out clear copper in color, perfect head on the pint. Nice spicy hop aroma with the subtle Belgian ale hints. Taste is nothing like what was described to me - this one tastes smoked with a lot of hop character - wonder if I got an off batch. Tastes like a heavily hopped rauchbeir. Very happy with this as it is so different than anything I have had before. I went to the store looking for an IPA and left with this...overall a great purchase.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matthewjk (1086) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 21, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2011 I had to down-grade a former favorite! No way around it, I just didnt appreciate this one the fifth time around for some reason. Why? No idea. Something wrong with my palate. Yet, a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bella68 (42) - Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Bottle. orange/red color. Had this at Mellow Mushroom. Quite a nice surprise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bth122 (1530) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2011 Gold color, draft. Minimal head. Arom of citrus, honey. Interesting taste on this IPA. The hops are there, but it takes on more of a belgium beer taste. Def would get again. Rerate- bottle this time. Med head, lacing around glass. Still getting mostly citrus hops in the aroma (wanting more of the belgium yeast flavors. Flavors of citrus, pine and some honey. Medium-lite body, slightly creamy texture, alcohol is well hidden. This is still a great beer. May want to get a case of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOMeal (1093) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2010
bottle. Pours a clear amber with an off-white head. nose is of Belgian yeast, spices and its a bit perfumy. Taste is of bread and spices with bubblegum and fruity hops. Pretty tasty stuff. Mouthfeel is medium and mildly bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
big_boss (17) - helotes, USA - NOV 18, 2010
great bite, very happy with flying dog and there obsession with hops. great beer any time of year

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