RATINGS: 1904   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 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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bagalagalaga (161) - Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Wow, this one was just about perfect. The earthy/fruity/banana Belgian yeast overlaps right on tops of the hops so that the aftertaste is a more subtle bitterness than a classic IPA. Nothing in it is so weird or overpowering that you would get tired of it after a while. I would drink this one all the time, I’ve forgotten how good some of the Flying Dog beers are and this makes me want to grab some more.

Drago7 (728) - Warsaw, POLAND - DEC 16, 2017
Backlog pite 2013-2014. Zapach: słodki, delikatne zywiczne chmiele. Smak: początek słodki, po przełknięciu pojawia się goryczkowa bomba wyrównana słodką słodowością. Goryczka jest cytrusowa (mix ananasa z grejpfrutem). Po ogrzaniu dochodzi żywica. Lekki rozgrzewające tło w postaci alkoholu w przełyku i na podniebieniu. Bardzo dobre.

Fishnmusicn (5) - Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2017 does not count
Caramel apple spice yeast with some alcohol at the finish. Not much hops going on here or carbonation. Smooth drinking, pleasant enough - reminded me of an English ale somewhat but it's not my style. Although it was nice for a change I probably wouldn't give it a second try, it is somewhat flat and underwhelming.

p0urmeac0ld0ne (312) - Merthyr Tydfil, WALES - DEC 3, 2017
Malty, dark and twisted IPA - yes, I know, easy to describe most Flying Dog brews in this way but this is what the brewery is known for. There is a hint of that Belgian influence, but personally it is very subtle in the mix. The Stone Belgique IPA is probably a better example, in my eyes at least. Raging Bitch is one of the brewery’s stronger offerings. Personally, I prefer Snake Dog and the Session IPA (I forget the name) but this is a decent and pleasant offering. Can’t really go wrong with a Flying Dog.

rotaman14 (751) - Wiesbaden, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2017
Appearance: deep amber body with a white head. Aroma: malt, brown sugar, cookies, butter and pine first and foremost. Taste: caramel like sweetness balanced out by a hoppy aftertaste. Palate: full bodied, smooth. Overall: the malt is definitely in the foreground here. A good brew, but there's room for improvement. More fruity hoppiness and we're gucci.

kimeechi (1) - - NOV 19, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2017 Bottle @ wholefoods. Nice and strong taste, perfect for the smaller bottle size.

serch_kaiba (24) - - NOV 18, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2017 Bottiglia 33 cL. Colore ambrato carico, opaco. Schiuma oleosa o non persistente. Il profumo è molto 'belga', dolce ed erbaceo. In bocca è un mescolone di malto e luppoli anonimi. Una birra che non va né da una parte, né dall'altra. Ha qualcosa della dolcezza delle trippel e qualcosa dell'amaro delle IPA, ma personalmente non mi convince affatto. Insicura.

BeerInHeaven (487) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 17, 2017
pours an amber gold with a medium white head. Definitely smell the banana/clove combo but also a light citrus. Complex taste. All kinds of stuff going on. I definitely get the Belgian yeast influence with light spiciness, but then moderate hop bitter with a slight pine citrus. Moderate bitter finish with spices lingering in the sinuses. I like it!

worldbeertaste (1818) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2017
Clear orange with a huge white head. Smells of fruity hops and pine needles with notes of yeast. Fruity flavour with pine needles with notes of spices and yeast.

nutjes (1290) - Zwevegem, BELGIUM - NOV 7, 2017
Proefglas van 33cl-fles op proeverij van Heerlijk Objectief Proeven. U: Helder oranje-amber met een dunne witte schuimkraag. G: Sinaasappel, hars, karamel en een licht gistprofiel. S: Moutzoet met een lichte citrusbitterheid. Esters, hars en tropisch fruit. M: Medium body en medium carbonatie.

insinabula (2) - - NOV 5, 2017 does not count
Not the best Belgian style IPA. Tastes alright but the after taste is kinda overwhelming after one bottle. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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