“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 8.3% Belgian Style IPA
Purchased from The Fort in Fresno, California
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my stemmed Belgian ale glass. Raging Bitch has a slightly hazy appearance, coppery orange in color. The head is off-white and relatively small considering how this glass usually pronounces them, and leaves light lacing. A good amount of carbonation is visible on the glass.
Aromas of sweet candied Belgian ale characteristics are, light citrus notes, and a slightly funky sour yeasty undertone.
The body is medium-light, especially considering Raging Bitch’s 8.3% ABV. Moderate carbonation harshness is present as well. The flavors are remarkably different than the aromas. I get a touch of caramel candied sweetness, but the main flavors come in the aftertaste. I get an earthy, orange/pekoe tea flavor, followed by light bitterness (for an IPA) and a bit of lemony zest.
For being a Belgian IPA, I don’t really get enough Belgian ale characteristics or IPA traits in this brew. While it hides is alcohol well for a larger beer, the flavors didn’t really wow. For the potential in a hybrid Belgian IPA, it seemed to be subdued, playing it safe with the profile. Probably a pass for me in the future. 6/10
Flying Dog Brewery – Frederick, Maryland