Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tuesday Tasting: Flying Dog Raging Bitch

A coworker told me about this brew on tap at the Lockview, one of those trendy grilled cheese places that seem to be the cat's ass these days--at least in Northeast Ohio (see also). When he described it to me I said, "It sounds like a cross between a Belgian ale and a 90 Minute IPA."

"That's actually a really good comparison," he said. I still stand by that statement after tasting the beer on Friday.

Flying Dog's Raging Bitch is an 8.3 percent ABV American IPA brewed with Belgian yeast (hence my dead-nut's-on assessment above) and was released in celebration of the brewery's 20th anniversary.

The Enthusiast and I tasted hints of the sour citrus, and the hoppy bitterness was very subdued until the finish. The sensation of drinking the Bitch was like eating a tart grapefruit.

The only issue was the cost. The Lockview had this at $8 a pint. Way overpriced. I have yet to price the beer at the grocer to gauge just how badly I was gouged at the Lockview, which is way overpriced in general. (If any of you have a price point for Raging Bitch in bottles, please speak up.)

Booze Hounds Beer Rating: 3.9 Hiccups

[Drunkard's note: The Booze Hounds Beer Rating scale (0-5 Hiccups) is based on a complex mathematical formula that would be impossible to explain to such a dunderheaded audience. Let's just say the higher the score, the more likely I am to drink it again. Natty Light would get a zero.]


Anonymous said...

I sure would like to see the math on that one, but then again, I am a dunderhead.

I've stayed away from Flying Dog - too many bad experiences and inconsistency. That said, I appreciate that you enjoyed that particular brew.

Sun Runner said...

My parents talk about Melt a lot. I think they have a desire to drag me there at some point.

An $8.00 pint is...kind of suspicious. I'll keep an eye out for this Raging Bitch stuff at my local booze store. It does sound tasty.

Nitmos said...

"The only issue was the cost."

Isn't that a given?

misszippy said...

Is Flying Dog brewed in Colorado? I'm pretty sure it is and that it is my next door neighbor's son's brewery. Anyhow, that sounds like a nice one.

Al's CL Reviews said...

It was $7 by us. I didn't get it.

To answer one of your blogger's question, FD is brewed in Colorado and in Maryland.

Jerry said...

I live outside of Frederick, MD (where it is brewed) and I believe that it is $8 or $9 for a 6-pack at our local liquor shop. I have been putting down quite a few of them recently, I like it quite a lot.