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RATINGS: 1906   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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3.4
AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Interesting combination. They typical American IPA is smoothed out by the banana breaded yeast. Highly hopped taste is mellowed out a little bit. Smooth, for this high of an IBU rating.

3.8
bluemooner (657) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Draft. Pours amber with a medium white head. Aroma is grassy, citrus hops, yeast, and spices. Flavor is hoppy with hints of grass, citrus, grapefruit, banana, spices, malt, and yeast. Medium mouthfeel with low/medium carbonation. A pretty good IPA.

3.6
elgiacomo (747) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - JUN 24, 2010
12oz bottle, marked 320FX10, best by Nov 16, 2010. Pours amber with a two finger off white head that leaves nice drippy rings of lacing and holds a good foamy cap. Smells like a Belgian Tripel, yeast, bubblegum, lemon, banana, pear, spices, as well as a bit of pine and citrus rind. Aroma is very big and powerful overall. Flavor follows suit in the strength department, very fruity and spicy with banana, pear, a lot of spice, bread, yeast, caramel, and then the resinous hop bitterness on the finish, pine, grass, a bit of citrus. Long finish with good bitterness, some alcohol is also present. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, finishes sticky, medium to high carbonation. I rarely drink Tripels, never been a big fan, and this certainly has a whole lotta Tripel going on. Regardless, this is a monster of a beer and I give Flying Dog a lot of credit on a fine brew.

1.8
cheap (6204) - CHINA - JUN 24, 2010
No way, thought this was some kinda strong american ale, heheh. Good aroma of animal like BO from your mate, in a good way. Interesting and ruff. Darker yellow with a thin alabaster head. Very nifty too look at with sizzling carbonation greeting the eye. Genuine cranky rude citrus bitter commencing whack on the mouth and taste buds. Carboantion is covered by pine and spruce tar sap yuck. If you are trying to make a really annoying beer, this is it and on nasty style. oily, nasty terrible bitter. Old stock leather nasty finish, wew.

4
ndon (857) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 22, 2010
what a tops beer! its a dark amber with a creamy head. quite tropical in aroma and taste, with pine and grass jumping in as well. finish has a bit of spice and a nice bitterness.

4
tennessejed420 (940) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 22, 2010
bottle. Pours orange honey color with nice frothy off white head which sticks around with nice lacing, bubbles. Aroma of belgian yeast, spices, with hops noticeable, spices dominating. Smooth, creamy mouth feel with slight booziness on the breathe after a sip. Warming. Notes of east-coasty hops, floral, pungent, slightly citric, with belgian spices and yeast very much involved, hops prevailing on the finish. Best brew I have had in awhile, very glad I chose this.

3.3
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 22, 2010
12 oz. bottle. I was very excited to give this new beer a shot. It did not fail. Pours a nice dark brown color with light to medium off white head. Tastes include some sweet and bitter. Also smells lightly of alcohol which is surprising for the total content of alcohol. Recommended. Get it while you can.

4
carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2010
on tap at saraveza. rich orange color with a strongly bitter without being toxic. Invigorating

3.9
hoptimist (99) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 21, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2010 Who knows what El Diablo yeast is? Whatever it is it certainly imparts what would be expected from a Belgian yeast. Banana, and bubblegum for sure as stated in the commercial description, along with some nice spicy clove like notes and fruity esters galore. Nicely hopped as well. Copper color with lasting white head with only slight lacing. Medium light carbonation. Malty sweetness up front with nice lasting bitterness in the finish. Fairly creamy texture. A little bit of alcohol heat on the palate and nose as it warmed up. Had a hard time pacing myself with this beer as it was the first time drinking it. In other words, I finished the rating as I finished the last sip.

3.5
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 Draught. Pours a nice copper color with a small tan head. Aromas of spices, fruit, sugar, and yeast. Flavor is very much a fruity Belgian IPA; notes of yeast, berry, pine, and bubblegum. This is pretty good, certainly a deviation from the norm.


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