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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,680 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,680
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 20
Gots: 159 | 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 emerge077


3.35/5  rDev -5.6%

A beer i've somehow managed to avoid all my life until now.
Bottle printed with date code "272 11" on the bottom, making the bottle 3-4 months old at this point.

Glowing saturated candy orange tone, lasting white cap of foam that leaves behind a delicate halo of lacing. Lazy trails of rising carbonation.

Smooth and sweet with caramel and bready malt flavors. Hops come across as dried citrus fruit with minimal bitterness. Aroma is a dull sweet malt/vague fruity hop combo. Medium bodied, slightly watery, light and fairly easy to drink, though I wouldn't seek it out again.

03-07-2012 01:41:55 | More by emerge077
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3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and grain.

T - It tasted mostly of grassy hops and malt. Slight bitterness.

M - It was crisp and a little dry. Light-bodied.

D - Overall, it is an okay IPA. It just isn't hoppy enough to be considered great.

12-09-2006 22:23:23 | More by zeff80
Photo of JAHMUR


3/5  rDev -15.5%

12-29-2011 22:18:39 | More by JAHMUR
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3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

Snake Dog IPA was a disappointment to me. I like most of the Flying Dog beers, but this one just falls short of my expectations. I thought of it more as an extra-hopped amber ale than a true IPA. It's slightly hazy golden body rests beneath a frothy head of off-white that holds fairly well and and leaves some nice splotchy lace about the glass. The nose delivers a caramelish and biscuity malt that's fluffed with leafy and mildly floral hops (seems like Fuggles to me), but regardless, it's very English in nature. The body is medium and it's soft and slightly creamy across the palate; again, very English in nature. The flavor is full and bold, with it's sweetish caramel malts dominating at first; followed by earthy, leafy, and even mineral-like hops towards the swallow and into the lingering finish. The bitterness is well-balanced, however, and once that initial note of sweet malt is reigned in it slowly waltzes to a long and dry hoppy finish. (I keep thinking Fuggles, and I'm not fond of Fuggles.... so maybe it's just me!).

11-25-2004 02:12:39 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of SocalKicks


3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-17-2012 06:46:06 | More by SocalKicks
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a clear orange/gold. Good head that falls fast and leaves a lot of lace. Nose is sweet with a pine tone. Hello hops. Taste is robust from the hops and has a citric edge to it. Flavor stays with you and doesn’t leave your tongue. Feel is carbonated and thick with a slight syrupy edge. Very drinkable if you don’t mind the large hop presence.

12-30-2007 06:14:19 | More by RblWthACoz
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Rhode Island

2.68/5  rDev -24.5%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dull golden-brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity and sweet with citrus and some berries. There’s some of hops in the background, but very little for the style.

T: Just like with the smell, the taste starts out with very fruity citrus flavors. Again, the hops flavor is only in the background and isn’t the more prevalent flavor as you would expect from an IPA. Even as the beer warms, what hops flavor that comes in is quite pale and only stays for the after-taste as the sweetness finally fades.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, this is definitely not a beer that I would continue to drink or even start drinking, if I had another decent choice.

05-03-2007 03:33:28 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

A - Copper-orange with a foamy, white head a finger and a half high. A bit hazy but not too bad.

S - Lemon and pepper hop aroma. A little bit of caramel maltiness, surprisingly spicy overall.

T - More of the same lemon peppers hop character, but with more grapefruit. There is some nice caramel maltiness followed by stiff bitterness. The bitterness gets somewhat acrid in the finish and may be accompanied by darker grain flavors.

M - Medium body with moderately high carbonation and some definite astringency in the finish.

D - Pretty good IPA. The hop character is excellent but I am not too pleased with finish. It gets kind of harsh and soapy and leaves a lingering, astringent bitterness.

10-08-2007 04:06:54 | More by nickfl
Photo of Jason


3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a funky dog theme artsy label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Rich golded amber in colour with a cream coloured frothy rocky lace.

Smell: A bit of fruitiness, biscuity malt and faint leafy hop aromas.

Taste: A back and forth fight between a bicuity(mild husk) malt flavour and an assertive hop bitterness that has some coasre leafy flavours. A touch of malt sweetness is comes through after the fight with some fruit and esters, then this brew finishes with faint notes of grain and hop flavour. Alcohol warms the belly a little also.

Notes: The flavour is like a wave ... quick to come crashing in then slowly fading back out. Nice head retention. This is a great American IPA ... good doses of bicuity malt and hops with an sufficing alcoholic punch.

03-09-2002 12:38:32 | More by Jason
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West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours copper with slight tint of amber and a large fluffy two finger in width cream hued off white head leaves nice thin rings of even lacing around my pint. Aroma contains a butterscotch esque malt profile with a fair hop aroma thta seems a bit timid for an IPA with some fruit tones thrown in for good measure. Flavor is a bit rusty hop bitterness blended with a syrupy sweet caramel sweet finish not bad just less hops than I expect from an IPA somewhat cloying and not as smooth as I yearn for. Mouthfeel to this medium bodied brew from CO has a great residual sticky texture clings to the palate and doesn't wanna let go. Drinkability is decent if no better IPAs were around I would go for the one with the weird looking dog wth a snake crawling up it's ass. I could drink a few just not as spectacular as the Pale Ale from Flying Dog in my opinion.

08-05-2003 07:00:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Nice amber color with good God almighty head retention! !!!

Nose: All I can smell is hops, some morehops, .. & then some malts///

Taste: Tastes of hops malts & vallhalA

moithfeel & drinkinesesss....tHE LAST 2 COLUMNS ARE SUMMED UP AS.... yum& then some yummmm...


09-18-2005 06:10:20 | More by russpowell
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3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

12 oz can into a pint glass. I love the art on this can by the way. Very cool.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of rich white head that maybe has a bit of an off-white look to it. This maintains a robust ½ finger, just drenching the sides of the glass with rich sticky lacing. The aroma smells herbal, zesty, and little spicy, backed in the nose by mellow tropical fruit and grainy sweetness. That ripe herbal feel really picks up as this warms.

The taste is bitter grapefruit and pine, which intertwines with a herbal feel and is tempered on the sides by notes of ripe fruit, sweet grains, and a touch of stickier caramel. Resins, bitterness and spice all hang with some strength in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick mellow crispness to the carbonation that glides along fairly easily in the mouth. This could maybe use just a tad more crispness to it. The alcohol here had a bit of an underlying warm bite to it that brings out the strong finish on this.

This was OK but just really isn’t my style of American IPA. It’s just got too much herbal character and sweetness to it, with each sip leading into an assertive finish of resins, spice and bitterness. It’s great to see Flying Dog putting another style in cans though. Let’s hope they keep adding to it.

08-23-2012 17:10:50 | More by Kegatron
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3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

Beautiful orange color, and a nice, but swiftly receing head. Aroma is terrifically fruity: apricot, peach, tangerine, citrus. This is my first time drinking this in at least a year, and something tastes different, for I don't recall the aroma being quite so vivid.
The label used to read :"Snakes down your throat like a loyal friend", a quote attributed to Anna Steadman, the illustrator's wife?, but the slogan is missing now. It remains a true endorsement, however. Hoppy, but not wildly so . Wonderfully soft and delicious palate. At times, I'm reminded of Anchor Liberty, but it's closer to Bass in smoothness and drinkability. Much less hoppy than many a MidWestern IPA. Ideal as a session beer.

02-20-2003 19:47:46 | More by feloniousmonk
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4.05/5  rDev +14.1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice thick head at first, strong hop aroma, the aroma fell away as the head shrank, leaving a steady and persistent head that covered the top of the beer. Carbonation moderate with medium sized bubbles. No lacing left on the glass. Beer was dark yellow / orange in color.
Taste was bitter but not overwhelming, hardly any aftertaste, but the bitterness builds as you drink. Mouthfeel was full and satisfying. I really like this beer. I think its OK as an IPA but a good beer overall. I recommend it as an East coast pale ale. Seems a little weak for an IPA over all, but probably a bit too strong as a pale ale. Check it out.

09-29-2009 01:07:54 | More by drabmuh
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

05-17-2013 14:01:24 | More by Slatetank
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3.58/5  rDev +0.8%

A light creamy bubbly head fades over clear toasty orange color.

Nose of light crystal malts with light spicy and earthy hops and a bit of chewy hops.

Taste is semi malty light crystal malts, fairly bitter with strong earthy almost UK style hops with a bit of chewy hops and a bit of astringency. Light sweetness but finishes a bit drier. Very light fruit with apricot etc. long bitter semi astringent herbal UK bitter hops.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so with an overpowering bitterness and stringency and light minerality. Not much in the way of booze though.

11-22-2010 22:01:41 | More by jlindros
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3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

like the few other flying dog brews ive had, this one was also a considerable disappointment. I kind of see why they got out of Denver now. this ipa is lackluster. it smells more like an American pale, with nothing at all distinct about the hop profile, and quite a bit of sweeter grain too. the flavor is balanced, but its boring. the hops are mildly bitter, but there is some red malt pushing back. the feel is way too heavy for the style, its filling after one, and its just uninspired to me. the carbonation is fine, upbeat even, but the heft of the body is overpowering, especially without the typical hop bomb type finish to rev me up. I probably am done buying flying dog beer for awhile. it will take something really special to turn me back around on these guys, any suggestions?

05-29-2013 15:46:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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New York

3.55/5  rDev 0%

The beer pours a darker golden color with a nice white head that sticks around. The aroma is piney with a slight mustiness about it. The taste is alright, but not that great. There is decent bitterness and a taste of soap suds or something. There is moderate hop flavor. This taste doesn't really do anything for me. The mouthfeel however is pretty light making it a good drinking beer. As most of their other beers, I probably won't buy this one again.

06-21-2003 14:58:58 | More by WesWes
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3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours reddish-orange with a large white head. The aroma is resiny hops with some citrus notes. The flavor is resiny hops and something that resembles grapes. Low to medium bitterness. Medium carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel. A decent American IPA, but nothing special.

02-16-2010 04:56:47 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-16-2011 01:09:03 | More by oline73
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -4.8%

From 08/25/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pour a murky, dark orange-yellow color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, fruity malts, and light citrus hops. Not bad but very malty and not a lot of hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, pale smooth malts, and citrus hops. Again, not a ton of hops, but more than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average beer. Not bad, but very malty for an IPA. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

09-01-2011 23:28:31 | More by mdfb79
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

06-19-2012 03:29:58 | More by mendvicdog
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3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours amber with a thin head that soon becomes patchy, but reappears upon gentle swirling.

The smell is of citric fruitiness and a touch of pine.

The taste is of tropical/citric fruits with a leafiness and a hint of pine. Bready malt backs it up. It has a nice taste. I found though, that it seems that the malt comes out more at certain times than at others - not really mixed in together. Still, overall, it has an assertive hoppiness as well as a bready malt character. The alcohol is pretty well covered.

This one thins a bit. It's fairly smooth. Nothing extraordinary or over-the-top, but tasty enough to be enjoyable and easy enough to drink.

01-12-2007 02:12:59 | More by jwc215
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +12.7%

11-21-2011 18:35:34 | More by Rochefort10nh
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Bottle Code 119A06, Sampled October 2006
Pours with a lightly hazy, amber tinged, copper color and is topped by an initially two and a half finger thick, billowy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is definitely hop focused with notes of grapefruit intermingled with pine and a sort of raw, almost dank hop note. Underneath the hops is a toasted grain character mixed with a touch of caramelized malt, which gives the beer a sweet finish to the aroma. There really is a sort of musky hop note here, almost like an herbaceous garlic note or something.

This beer starts out dry, and bready with a toasted grain edge to it. It quickly becomes quite hoppy with a bit of balancing malt sweetness. Solidly bitter, but also with flavorful hop character that has touches of pine, a solid citrus-like note of grapefruit, and even some of that herbaceous almost garlic like note. There seems to be a green apple like note here as well, it sort of melds in with the citrus character. The beer finishes with a raw, herbaceous, biting bitterness that lingers on in the palate well after the beer has left my mouth.

This beer is quite a bit more aggressive than I was expecting from Flying Dog, their other beers in the regular lineup are much more subdued. While the flavors may not be perfectly integrated (it does seem a touch disjointed at times) in this beer, I do like the raw, aggressive hop character. This is still fairly light and quaffable, and is certainly enjoyable. Flying dog is certainly turning out to be a better brewery than I have given them credit for.

Purchased: 58 Degrees, Tucson AZ

10-01-2006 20:50:37 | More by Gueuzedude
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