Flying Dog Raging Bitch Belgian Style IPA
Pours a nice caramel amber, clear. Smells primarily of hops, but there is a nice fruit presence and a bit of spice. Tastes fruity on the front, if a bit weaker than expected. That is followed up by a strong kick of bitter hops. The aftertaste is almost pure hops, with a bit of spice.
Impression: This is a beer that I used to drink quite often if I could find it on tap. Unfortunately in the bottle some of the shortfalls come through a bit more. The first taste is a bit weaker than it should be in order to balance well with the bitterness of the finish.
It is still quite a worthwhile beer though. There are some sweet floral flavors to pick out that connect it to a Belgian style beer, though I think it is only named Belgian style because it does not quite hit other categories as well.
The hop flavor could easily be a bit too bitter for those who are new to heavily hopped beers, but if you enjoy hops it really is a nice kick. This beer may not fall that neatly into a category, and it may not be the most balanced beer in the world, but for some reason it just works.
Raging Bitch has a charm about it that may not appeal to everyone. For those who do like this beer though, it does its job very well. Nothing is being held back here, and if you like that this will be a great beer for you.