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Beer Review: Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA

   April 28, 2011

Flying Dog was the first brewery to send me samples for reviewing purposes, back when I never imagined anyone doing that.  They sent me their Raging Bitch Belgian-style IPA some time ago and I did tasting notes and thought I had posted the review, but it appears I never got it posted.  So I am posting it now, and hope you’ll enjoy.

According to the Flying Dog website, this is an American IPA augmented with Belgian yeast.  It also weighs in at 8.3% ABV, so beware the wrath of the Raging Bitch!

The Pour
This beer is a slightly dark honey color with ruby undertones.  The pour results in a fluffy off-white, 1 1/2 finger head consisting of small tight bubbles lacing the glass.

The Nose
The nose shows off great juicy citrus hoppiness, with no bitterness at all.  There are also hints of spice in the nose.

The Taste
The most noticeable profile here is a somewhat mouth-puckering hoppiness (not overly puckery) with slight hints of citrus.  Hints of black pepper are on the forefront of the flavors that are almost cleansed from the palate by the hoppy dryness, though the black pepper does make a return appearance on the finish.  This has a semi-dry mouthfeel with a very slight malty sweetness in the beginning and a slight sourness on the finish.  Medium bodied, this beer shows no sign of the higher (8.3%) ABV.

Scoring Breakdown

Appearance: Good looking pour, nice color & head.
8 points out of 10.

Nose: Great, juicy hoppy nose, mouthwatering.
14 points out of 15.

Taste: The way it changes on the palate, with the black pepper coming and going, is very interesting and enjoyable.
43 points out of 55.

Style: Juicy tasty American IPA, and the addition of the Belgian yeast doesn’t take away from this.
20 points out of 20.

Total rating: 85 points out of 100

In a nutshell: Pretty tasty, and the black pepper notes I picked up made it memorable to me.

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  1. I keep hearing good things about this beer but it is hard to find around me. Hopefully I will find one soon. I really like Flying Dog’s Imperial Gonzo Porter also.

    Best regards,

    Dave (www.howmanybeerscandavedrink.com)

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