RATINGS: 1925   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 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 (1090) - 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 (1544) - 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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosco (305) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2014 Deep amber, sharp, bitter, has bite, nice...big fan of Flying Dog brews. $9/sixer at Boca Total Wine & More. Re-rated 11/07/14: Now enjoying the draft version at The Kings Tavern, Leesburg, VA, Peppery, spicy like a Rye IPS. More bitter on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drupgyu (9) - USA - NOV 15, 2010 does not count
Not a big fan of Belgian IPAs I must admit, but with the Ralph Steadman art I had to give it a shot. If you are a fan of the maltiness of beer, it is certainly worth your dollar. A sweet taste which is occasionally masked by a false IPA-ness, it is a good brew that would be better as a pint rather than a six pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 15, 2010
A big hop bite with just the right amount of belgian sweetness swirling in the mix. Surprisingly enjoyable.

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