RAGING BITCH. Yes, that’s the name of the 20th Anniversary Brew from Flying Dog Brewery in Fredericksburg Maryland. And no, I don’t really believe they named that beer after me, but they certainly could have.
Did I buy this beer because of the name? Partially. Perhaps it was the label art that caught my eye. The artist is Ralph Steadman, and if you’re not familiar with his work, please click on his name and spend a few minutes on his site. I’ve been a fan of his since my friend Fred Knapp brought a bottle of Syrah over for a dinner party a few years ago. The label was evocative, whimsical and edgy. I kept track of that bottle (if you’ve been to our parties you know how difficult that is) and it has been within arms reach of my BlueStar as an olive oil dispenser ever since.
Why did I come here? Oh, right, the actual beer. So, yes, I do sometimes buy beer and wine because I like the label art and the name. Wrong? Probably. Should I know better? Maybe. I think that if a brewery or winery puts so much effort into the name and label art, well then perhaps what’s inside the bottle is worth that effort. Sadly, this is not a fool proof method. I’ve opened many a bottle only to be bitterly or cloyingly disappointed.
Ok, ok, now I’m going to stay on track.
Raging Bitch is a Belgian Style IPA – Indian Pale Ale – The beer pours a translucent orange amber color with an inch or more caramel colored head that leaves strong lacing on the sides of the glass. There’s a slight effervescence, yet it feels silky smooth. Traditional belgian aroma shines, dabbled with a pineapple grapefruit citrus. A sweetness surfaces right before classic Belgian flavors make their appearance. Finally, this intriguing brew finishes with a clove pine touch.
Unlike most raging bitches, this one’s extremely drinkable. Pick-up a six or two of this limited edition brew and give it a swirl.