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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,858 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,858
Reviews: 1,156
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 249 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001)
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Buckeye Brew Engine. C-hop aroma. Yellow with a thick white head and thick lace. Astringent bitterness but drinkable with the offsetting malts that kick in. 60 IBU, Crystal Malt, Warrior and Columbus hops, and dry hopped with Columbus.Interesting IPA and worth a try.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 1/31/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

G: Poured into a Stone Arrogant Bastard ping glass.

A: Slightly copperish; more the color of grain--doesn't appear as "heavy" as the typical IPA. Decent single-finger head to start off, although this dissipates quickly, leaving a little bit of lacing.

S: Slightly hoppy. Not much citrus, and a little bit of pale malt. A tiny bit of amber as well.

T: Quite malty. I would say that there is a decent balance, although I think this tends a little too much toward malt for the style. With the hops, I'm not getting all that much--I don't know where the 60 IBU's are. The malt is slightly biscuity.

M: Smoothe with light carbonation. Mellows in the mouth.

D: Drinkable enough, nothing too special. I'll try this on tap if I see it, just to see if it's any different.

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark clear amber orange with a short white head that rapidly fades but comes back nicely with a quick swirl.

Belgian fruit juxtaposed with grapefruit hops in the nose that yields to the fruit.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and full.

Flavors follow nose. Front end of Belgian fruit that gives way to big hops. This is a strange one for me. Tries to be two beers in one and it actually may pull it off! This is a Belgian like a Maredsous 8 blended with a "hop head." I think it works although it takes getting used to. Malt, fruit in the front and middle; huge grapefruit and pine resin in the end an finish. Very complex and layered.

I've decided I like it a lot and that it would really be good with all kinds of food flavor profiles.

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper in color, the beer has a light amount of carbonation visible in the form of rising bubbles. It poured with a thin yet dense white head that has good retention properties and never completely disappeared.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the hop flavors really stand out in the taste and are accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Despite being a hop bomb, this beer isn't that difficult to drink because the bitterness balanced to a large degree by the underlying malts.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly but does leave a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Vaguely citrusy in a floral way; a nice aroma but a bit underpowering

Taste: Grainy malt flavors at the outset with a growing piney bitterness that has some soapy elements to it; after the swallow, there is a surprising amount of sweetness that fades as the grainy elements take over the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer by any stretch but there are a lot of IPAs out there that I prefer

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: high boquet of florals. Smells of various hops. Mildly malty. Refreshing even to the nose.
Appearance: dark copper colored. Off white, chunky head. Tight and excited carbonation. Decent lacing. Head flatens steady over 5 or so minutes. Flying Dog undoubtedly has the best bottle art in the business.
Taste: Bold hops, spices, and carbonation at the nose. Medium round body. Balances nicely with malts. Mild notes of ethinol. Body and flavor develops through the finish. Finishes drying and refreshing.
Aftertaste: definate hop bittering and flavoring lingers. Continues to dry. Maltiness returns within seconds. Picks up a bit metalic.
Impression: very good beer. Never disapoints. A thirst quencer for those hot summer days.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright slightly hazy orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of earthy and bitter hops with a lightly sweet caramel malt backdrop. Taste is also dominated by earthy and citrus hops with a bitter edge and a slightly sweet caramel malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but more floral notes form the hops would have been better in my opinion.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber with a small amount of orange. The crown is ivory in color, average in size, descends to a thick, lumpy cover and leaves abstract patterns of lace at the top, rings in the middle and sheets down near the surface of the beer. The aroma is pleasant enough and features a floral and citrusy hoppiness.

Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't do justice to the nose. The biggest problem is that hops are too far in the background. I've had APAs that were more hoppy than this. IPA? Not even close. Grain-like malts are too noticeable due to the lack of lupulins.

The mouthfeel is not only lighter than it should be for the style, it's lighter than it should be for an APA. Work needs to be done here for damn sure.

Snake Dog's label got me in the mood for a big time IPA, but the beer doesn't measure up. The appearance and the aroma are good enough. Trouble is, flavor and body/mouthfeel are much more important and make or break a beer as far as I'm concerned. This doggy might not be broken, but he's cracked. Or is that neutered?

Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 2.5 finger head some lace with light amber, clear beer with golden hues.

S: pine and hops. Hint of citrus

T: very light grapefruit to start but that goes away rapidly to be mostly piney with hops background and bitter finish and aftertaste.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: the pine and bitterness are a little too much. The aroma is weak. Not a favorite.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always have been very anxious to try this, but could not get ahold of it until we finally popped that rediculous cap. Now I can get all my favorite brews and try out some good new ones. Awesome label as all the flying dogs have, and being the IPA lover I am, cannot wait for this one.

A - Poured a deep hazy, almost reddish amber with a big thick white sticky lacey and frothy head. Great retention lead to a thin layer of lace left up on the top. Very nice residual lacing down the sides and great carbonation evident from the streaming bubbles.

S - Crisp clean hops. Notes of pine and light citrus, not overpowering, but very clean and fresh.

T -Yummy, a thick tasting IPA.Deep bitterness hits immediatly. Very nice blend of flavors here. Lots of pine and a thick malt back. You can taste the earthy grain flavors all the way. Very well rounded. Nice dry finish. Touch of grapefruit or pineapple as it warms.

M - Very smooth. A Thick IPA, not the thin taste. Not oily, however there is a touch of resin in it. Good carbonation lets the flavor roll accross the tongue.

D - Awesome session IPA for sure. Has that sipper quality if you want it, but it could be downed all night as well. Not too heavy that it will fill you up too quick, but not that light as water feeling either.

Overall I really liked this and was very glad it was as good as I had hoped. Another classic brew from Flying Dog. I cannot wait to dry the Double IPA, as this was fantastic. A classic sessioner for me that will find its way into regular rotation.

Photo of Knapp85
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was better the second time I had it. This beer poured out as a nice looking copper color, it had a white soapy head on top that had a decent lacing. The smell of the beer was moderately hoppy with some malts in there too. The taste of this beer seemed hoppier to me the second time over the first time I drank it. The bitterness was pretty good in this one. The mouthfeel had a solid crisp feel to it along with a good dryness in the back. Overall this beer was pretty good.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -43.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out an exceptionally bright, clear orange-gold color. The head, though frothy and hearty at first, soon dissipates to a thin, fizzy cap of bubbles.

Smell: A rather lively, energized scent of citrus hops, wildflowers, and a trace of malt.

Taste: A brief hoppy citrus zing followed by a languid malt flavor and a metallic twang. Finish is dry and notably herbaceous. All in all, a rather unexceptional example of an IPA. The smell was misleading.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though there's a slight oily slickness. Standard carbonation.

Drinkability: Not one of my preferred IPA's. This beer's just not nearly as assertive as I'd like it to be.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,858 ratings.