May 20, 2012

Raging Bitch...


Flying Dog Raging Bitch (8.3%): Since I reviewed Classic Pale Ale back in March on this blog I was looking for another exciting expression from Flying Dog to review. When I saw the label of Raging Bitch on the shelf I simply couldn't resist. I didn't taste it before and the six-pack looked incredibly tempting. It's from the brewery's Canis Major line and labeled as Belgian-Style India Pale Ale. Actually couldn't sound better... Look: Clear medium amber with visible carbonation. White and not so firm but pretty persistent head. Nose: First I nosed orange and red citrusy aromas: Ruby red grapefruit, blood orange, mandarine. Really fresh and brisk. The second wave has sour yeast and fresh pine cones. I also get some cookie dough, bubble gum and malt mash. Palate: A cup full of hops in your face... In case you forgot that it was an IPA, Voilá..! Tree bark, toasted wood chips, dried cloves and roasted rye. Citrusy notes are more on the bitter and sour side: yellow grapefruit, fresh bergamot and kumquat. It is so stimulating, somehow doesn't feel like 8.3% abv. The sweet and sour taste of the yeast is always present at the background like Belgian dubbels. Overall: It's not a beer to drink one after another in front of your TV... Great summer afternoon sipping beer at a sidewalk cafe before dinner. Like I said you don't feel the abv while you are drinking but it might hit pretty hard if you rush. Another tasty expression from Flying Dog.