THE DRINK NATION IS A FREE RESOURCE FOR FINDING EVERYTHING AWESOME ABOUT DRINKING IN YOUR LOCATION
Signup

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
Home Bar Project Below Features

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:
 
New London Bar Fills Empty Rooms With Clouds of Breathable Alcohol: What Could Go Wrong?

New London Bar Fills Empty Rooms With Clouds of Breathable Alcohol: What Could Go Wrong?

Are you tired of sipping on your cocktail? Try breathing in your cocktail instead at this new London bar....read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Jul 27, 2015
Dogfish Inn Expands Its Beercation Reach With All-INNclusive Experience

Dogfish Inn Expands Its Beercation Reach With All-INNclusive Experience

The All-INNclusive Dogfish Experience is the perfect way to make the most of your beercation. ...read more ›

by Erica Bauwens Jul 27, 2015
What Does the Firestone Walker Acquisition Mean for Craft Beer Fans?

What Does the Firestone Walker Acquisition Mean for Craft Beer Fans?

Firestone Walker made an announcement late last week that they had been "invested in" by Duvel Moortgat. But w...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Jul 20, 2015
SPONSORED
Perennial Funding - rectangle
Top 20 Drinking Quotes of All Time

Top 20 Drinking Quotes of All Time

Writers and musicians have a long, storied history with alcohol, and that intimacy with the bottle shows through in the memorable lines these artists ...read more ›

by Jenny An Sep 3, 2013
Tickets to the 2015 Great American Beer Festival on Sale July 29

Tickets to the 2015 Great American Beer Festival on Sale July 29

The GABF has sold out in well under and hour for the past six years. Tickets to this year's event go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, July ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jul 17, 2015
Retreat to the Mountains for the 12th Annual Steamboat Wine Festival, Aug. 5-9

Retreat to the Mountains for the 12th Annual Steamboat Wine Festival, Aug. 5-9

Put the Steamboat Wine Festival on your summer travel calendar, because events are selling out quickly and you...read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jul 16, 2015
Summer Six Pack: Six Refreshing Beers You Need to Try This Summer

Summer Six Pack: Six Refreshing Beers You Need to Try This Summer

Grab some of these refreshing brews for your next beach trip or cookout....read more ›

by Swabreen Bakr Jul 15, 2015
Music Festival Attendees' Urine is Getting Transformed into Beer in Denmark

Music Festival Attendees' Urine is Getting Transformed into Beer in Denmark

Urine from the Danish Roskilde Festival is being used to fertilize barley which will be turned into beer in a ...read more ›

by Ryan Hudak Jul 14, 2015
Oregon Brewers Festival Returns for 28th Year, July 22-26

Oregon Brewers Festival Returns for 28th Year, July 22-26

The country's second oldest beer festival is back July 22 through 26 and is still going strong after 28 years. ...read more ›

by Carrie Dow Jul 13, 2015
Whiskey Review: WhistlePig Straight Rye 10 Year

Whiskey Review: WhistlePig Straight Rye 10 Year

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey 10 Year is well worth seeking out. ...read more ›

by Robin Shreeves Jul 10, 2015
SPONSORED
Read The Drink Nation Anywhere You Are
View all Articles

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

Close