Brew Review

Beer Review – Flying Dog Raging Bitch

Freaky labeling deserves a freaky photo.

There are Belgian-style beers. There are IPAs. And then there’s Belgian-style IPA. Could it get any more complicated?  The answer is yes, it can get really complicated! And if you don’t believe me, the Brewers Association has published a 34 page guide that will tell you how complicated it really is.

While the craft beer world is definitely complicated, it’s also an endless source of discovery and fun! Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian IPA appears to be one of those really complicated craft beers. Here’s how Flying Dog Brewery describes it:

“Bitches come in a variety of forms, but there’s never been something as sassy as Flying Dog’s Raging Bitch Belgian IPA. An American IPA augmented with Belgian yeast, our 20th anniversary beer jumps out of the glass and nips at your taste buds with its delicate hop bitterness. At 8.3% ABV, this bitch is dangerously drinkable.”

Let’s see if the Raging Bitch is as sassy as they claim…

Appearance: Clear copper color. Fluffy, half-inch head that dissipates slowly. Moderate lacing. Lots of crystal clear bubbles that float rapidly to the surface.

Aroma: Orange zest. Clove. Dried apricots. Floral hops. In a nutshell, it smells like a Belgian white had a head on collision with an American IPA.

Taste: Very well carbonated. Spices that tingle your palate. Citrus flavors towards the middle. Robust hop finish which is pleasantly bitter.

ABV: 8.3%

This is not a subtle beer and I really like it. It pours beautifully, smells fantastic, and has a really aggressive palate. If you like a beer that’s loaded with spices and hops, then this might be the one for you. Although it’s 8.3% ABV is well hidden, this is definitely NOT a session beer. Drinking more than two of these would be dangerous. Proceed with caution.

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  1. American “Belgian style IPAs” are he craft beer version of the Reese’s Cup. Some otherwise competent brewer preparing to pitch the yeast into a fermenter filled with IPA wort only to discover that he’d failed to read the label on the yeast and mistakenly used a Belgian strain…….

    Thank the craft beer gods for that F up.

    American “Belgian IPAs” are a wonderful one-off style. Some of my favorites are Green Flash Le Freak & Stone Cali-Belgique. Locally, Iron Hill Brewpubs turn out a nice one called Caprice.

    Oh, and back to the Reese’s analogy: we all know that that the dimwit who mistakenly filled the chocolate cups with sugary peanut butter was supposed to fill it with nougat.


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