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.]