THE DRINK NATION IS A FREE RESOURCE FOR FINDING EVERYTHING AWESOME ABOUT DRINKING IN YOUR LOCATION
Home Bar Project Leaderboard Below Navigation

Beer Review: Flying Dog Raging Bitch

Hoppy, strong, bitter and delicious
by David Covucci on Dec 23, 2011 in Beer
Beer Review: Flying Dog Raging Bitch

The intensely hoppy style known as India Pale Ale originated in Great Britain, but the U.S. has largely taken over the art form of infusing brews with beautifully bitter flavor. There are a huge number of IPAs out there, and no one brews a better one than Flying Dog Brewery, originally based in Denver, CO, and now in Fredricksburg, MD.

The much celebrated Raging Bitch Belgian IPA hasn’t even been in the Flying Dog arsenal that long. The company’s first IPA was known as Snake Dog. But for the Great American Beer Festival in 2010, in celebration of their 20th anniversary, the brewery set out to create a new and improved rendition. And out came a Raging Bitch that was so popular, they decided to make it a year-round staple.

It’s beer not to be messed with. Uncap a bottle or take a whiff of a draft fresh from the tap and you’ll be hit with a floral aroma laced with a scent of citrus, which comes from grapefruits hops with grapefruit notes used in the process. The beer pours like the best IPAs should, with a thick but airy white head atop a dark, deep amber body.

The first sip hits you with hops, a bite that the brewers liken to being attacked by a rabid dog. It’s overwhelming and it should be. The ale is brewed with three different types of hops, and comes in at 60 on the International Bitterness Units scale – high even for an IPA. That’s not the only part of Raging Bitch that tops the charts. The beer is a strong, clocking in at 8.3%. However, beneath these hefty numbers is a strong malty body, which helps undercut some of the intensity and allows drinkers to enjoy this first-rate quaff from first sip to last. And then, makes you want to follow it with a second one.

Recent Articles

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Grand Central's Campbell Apartment Will Close at the End of July

Grand Central's Campbell Apartment Will Close at the End of July

The Campbell Apartment, a New York institution connected to Grand Central Station, will close at the end of July....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jul 18, 2016
Breckenridge Brewery Introduces the Nitro Series

Breckenridge Brewery Introduces the Nitro Series

These are no ordinary beverage delivery vessels. ...read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jul 8, 2016
Head to the Springs for Maker's Mark Weekend at The Broadmoor

Head to the Springs for Maker's Mark Weekend at The Broadmoor

You need to head for Colorado Springs for the Maker's Mark Weekend at The Broadmoor....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jul 7, 2016
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
Boston Beer Company Wants to Trademark 'Brexit'

Boston Beer Company Wants to Trademark 'Brexit'

After the historic Brexit vote in the UK, Boston Beer Company has registered to trademark the term for one of its ciders....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jul 5, 2016
Sam Adams to Hold World's Largest Tap Takeover at Old Chicago Nationwide

Sam Adams to Hold "World's Largest Tap Takeover" at Old Chicago Nationwide

Saturday, July 9, is the "World's Largest Tap Takeover" from Sam Adams and Old Chicago restaurants nationwide....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jul 1, 2016
Colorado's Most Expensive Cocktail:  The Leyenda at The Broadmoor

Colorado's Most Expensive Cocktail: The Leyenda at The Broadmoor

For only $88, you can sip The Leyenda, one of Colorado's most exclusive cocktails....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jul 1, 2016
Enter to Win the REEBellion at the Ranch from Oskar Blues Brewery

Enter to Win the REEBellion at the Ranch from Oskar Blues Brewery

The winner will receive a three-night trip for four along with an embarrassment of epic prizes....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jun 30, 2016
You Can Now Drink Much Earlier on Sundays in NYC

You Can Now Drink Much Earlier on Sundays in NYC

It may come as a shock to those living outside of New York, but, up until very recently, the sale of liquor on Sundays was prohibited before noon...read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 28, 2016
The Shark Week Drinking Game

The Shark Week Drinking Game

This year, one of cable TV's longest-running programs celebrates its 29th anniversary. Enjoy it to the fullest with this handy game. Shark Week starts...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 26, 2016
There Is Now a Non-Alcoholic Wine Made for Cats

There Is Now a Non-Alcoholic Wine Made for Cats

Ever wanted to share some wine with your cat? Thanks to Apollo Peak, you can now....read more ›

by Alexander Frane Jun 21, 2016
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close