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.
Mad Men may be able to drink on set, but could you get away with drinking at work?...read more ›
The beer from this limited edition series that gets the most votes will go into regular production in 2015 ...read more ›
Fireball has been pulled from European shelves for containing "excessive levels of propylene glycol."...read more ›
Jeffrey Morgenthaler shares tips on setting up a simple, effective home bar. ...read more ›
Have you ever been tempted to pick up those bright, boozy 'jel shots' by the register at the liquor store? You might want to read this first. ...read more ›
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 ›
Terrifying names and frightening labels make these brews perfect for setting the scene at your Halloween party....read more ›
Never fear, Captain 6-Pack is here!...read more ›
The Belgian Dubbel is a little more straightforward than Ommegang's previous beers inspired by the HBO hit fan...read more ›
There's a new app making waves in the booze world, and not necessarily for its functionality. ...read more ›
The bitter world of aperitifs and digestifs is one rich with history, but one without much tradition in the U.S....read more ›