Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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Reviews: 1,169
Hads: 3,050
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 34
Gots: 430 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Reviews: 1,169 | Hads: 3,050
Photo of taez555
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a tiny wheat tan head with a clear orange body.

The nose is classic 1990’s microbrew. Biscuit malt dominates, with actually a really nice very fresh brewery malt smell. There’s little to any hop smell in the nose.

The taste is light to medium bodied. A sharp malt and hop flavor. Biscuit malt, caramel malt, some citrus hop, a medium bitterness, and sweet malt. There’s a smooth texture to this beer with a slight earthy citrus hop touch. It ends with a slight lingering bitterness.

This is a decent middle of the road pale ale. The sad part is that this is an IPA, not a standard pale ale. The hops are mellow and there’s no bite. The body is light and doesn’t have much character. It’s a decent session beer, but next time I’ll pass. This beer reminds me why I was never crazy about flying dog beers. (835 characters)

Photo of avylover
4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an IPA for the bitter hop lover. Pours very golden, with a good tan head that clings to my glass. Aroma is really more malty than hoppy, with camamel maltiness poking through like a german doppelbock in the nose. Taste has a distinct maltiness, which is accompanied and overran by a good dose of hoppy bitterness. The hops bring an adequate citrous taste too, but provide a great dry bitterness. Good slick mouthfeel, and very drinkable. This is a good , very balanced and sweet IPA. (491 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A most cryptic 174A04 label code on this IPA Snake Dog.

Sizzly amber clear pour with lots ‘o bubbles flying up, covered with a ¼” off white tight head, that paints the glass like it was applied with a roller.

Easy clean balance of malts and slight hidden mixed fruity apples & oranges hops in the nose. Not too much one way or another. At least some aroma showed up to this party.

Flavor says that this is an IPA for those who say they like IPAs that are not really grapefruity or strong hoppy flavor. Barely discernable dry hops start taste reminds me more of an errant, lost Pale Ale than an IPA, with a refreshing clean Spring Water finish. This brew eventually finds its IPA identity but not without a search.

There is a solid body to this, with a rock solid carbonation level that lends to some drinkable enjoyment.

Last swigs: If this is an IPA it’s lacking the hop kick and ABV. Instead of FLYING DOG IPA, this should be called Lost Dog IPA because I had to seek and find the flavor in the bottle here. This was part of a mixed case that ran me $29 + tax for 2 12 x 4 types: IPA, Wheat, Scotch Red and Golden Ale. A better than average mixed case, but that means nothing here. Higher marks than say ABITA, but this FLYING DOG still stands in the middle of the road. A good convert mixed case.

Beer is good. Happy seeking and beering. (1,366 characters)

Photo of cokes
2.14/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A slightly darker shade of golden with slow rising bubbles. The head is not much more than a patchy skimming.
Like inhaling through a damp cloth, the aroma is all muted and obtuse. Bread and yeast come through as do green apples. Some citrus? Maybe. Toasted caramel? I guess. Mostly, it just smells wet.
Begins with a hollow maltiness. Vaporously toasty and toffee sweet. More breads and loads of yeast. Off flavors to boot. Metals and veggies and butter. Turns apple sour during the final half, increasingly so as it warms. Ends with a quick and flaccid UK hop snap.
Pale bodied and lifeless.
This is needy in almost every catagory. And I might be willing to forgive it, and relocate it as a half-assed sessionable brew. But the parade of off-flavors prohibit any generosity.
This is borderline sink-bound. Off and boring aren't things I embrace. (853 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty, corny aroma can't seem to find the hops. Yellowish tan head leaves a solid coat of lace as it slowly fades. Light orange colored beer, clear with very little carbonation bubbles. Floral and tea hops in the flavor, decent sweet malt base. Finish is a little bitter, nothing too much. Body isn't all that full, just thick enough to slap some flavor on your tongue. Gimme some damn hops!!! The only difference between this and the pale ale is the pale ale has more hops in the aroma, and the IPA is a bit more bitter in the finish. The bitterness is a bit much for the mild flavor if you ask me. (599 characters)

Photo of garthwaite
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold with all kinds of carbonation. Aroma is pleasant - mild malts, caramel, citrus. Really uneventful in the mouth. Medium body, slightly sweet malts, mild floral hops, some rather unfortunate metallic flavors towards the end. I'm indifferent. (257 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OG=14.0 Plato, SG=1.056, ABV=5.8%.
Brewed with English Marris Otter malt and Golding hops. Dry-hopped with Chinook and Golding.

Clear copper with a slight haze, forming a thick and soapy light-biege head with very good retention and delicate lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is fragrant with medium intensity green, leafy hops (this reminds me of the hop room of a brewery tour, and the old mattress aroma is distinctively Chinook), a lingering residual grainy sweetness, a touch of grapefruit rind and a clean ferment. Mouthfeel is spicy and lively with a clean, dry finish and a medium body. Taste is an echo of the aroma....starting with leafy hops, melding into a well-balanced biscuit malt body with residual husky sweetness, followed by a medium herbal bitterness and a clean finish with lingering toast. Hops towards the middle suggest cologne. Swirling the glass and dispersing the carbonation makes the mouthfeel really enjoyable.

While not quite hefty enough to be an IPA, and a little to stately to be a pale ale, this brew is very similar to a Anchor Liberty Ale with more grainy toast and less hops. It's flavorful and drinkable, but not outstanding in any one regard. Still, if the price were right, I'd gladly drink this again. (1,263 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Amazingly super clean and clear compared to what i'm used to! This beer is filtered and is not bottle conditioned. OK, now that i'm out of my Two-Hearted mindstate...

This one had a really nice sticky head that left a great lace. The color was a light red/copper.

The nose is very creamy, with a bubblegum maltiness and a nice amount of hops.

The taste starts out equally hoppy, but then fades to a grainy sweetness.

The mouthfeel is pretty gooey for how low the alcohol is, and there just needs to be a larger presence of hops to cut through the sticky maltiness. Its a refreshingly dry brew, and one that could appeal to a wider audience than most overblown IPAs, but this one isn't me.

It would be hard to be the brewer of this beer - I could see how this would've pushed the game ahead a bit 10 years ago - but now the brew seems overly tame. Change the recipe and offend someone? That might be the call i'd make... (955 characters)

Photo of Southernbrew
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange with a small head.

Hops noticable in the nose along with some grain.

Medium body, very weak hops presence for an IPA. Usual citrus flavors with a bit of dryness and bitterness, but flavors are really subdued. Finishes with grapefruit flavors.

I'm not necessarily a hop-head, but I do appreciate a good IPA, this is not one. Glad I just got a single, won't be buying again. (395 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a white foamy head that stayed for a while. There was little lace on the glass as I finished. Smells like grapefruit with a slight hint of flowers. Tastes slightly toasted, earthy, with a hint of grapefruit at the end, but not as much as I anticipated. Seemed medium-bodied with just a tad too much carbonation. Seems pretty drinkable, not a bad IPA. (382 characters)

Photo of RootedFool
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle drawn from a variety pack purchased at Courthouse Market in Eureka, California.

Pours bright yet hazy copper with a sturdy, inch tall head like a layer of cream of wheat. A bubbly collar of lace encircles the glass as the head dissipates, lots of pizza-crust-like bubbles all over the surface of the brew.

The nose is a peppery malt slap with a background of citrus rinds.

Taste opens with a toasted malt sweetness. A grapefruity bitterness kicks in quick and elevates through to the finish with the malts still playing out in the background, spicy and chewy.

Mouthfeel -- creamy, like whole milk, middling carbonation.

A great cross between the American and English versions of this style. (723 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is boring for an IPA, but it it were labeled just Pale Ale, I might see it differently. It still wouldn't be earth shattering, but you wouldn't come in expecting more from it. It's really not that hoppy. The malt is good, but the hops are lacking. (252 characters)

Photo of DPMomutant
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pinky-size head retains some lace. Body is medium-amber as to be expected and very nice.

Smell is superior. A robust but citrusy smell that you get a hint of straight out of the bottle.

This comes out on the taste as well. It does taste fine, but not as aggressive as I was expecting. Tastes more like a slightly stronger ordinary pale ale. Not bad but was looking for different.

It has a nice feel to it, again much like a good pale, in fact much like Flying Dog's pale. If I were looking for a decent pale, I could drink a few of these, though

Overall, not a bad beer, but not much an IPA either. (611 characters)

Photo of Globetrotter
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No, I didn't buy this in Moscow. If only I could be that lucky. It was hand-delivered from the States - a little American island in the pale lager ocean that is Russia. It poured a cloudy orange copper color under a one finger off-white head with big bubbles, decent retention and nice lace. The nose is surprisingly mild, with just a hint of mild flowery hops. The mouth is medium-bodied and well carbonated. There's a touch of sour (orange?) and a bit of tinniness amongst all the flowers and bitterness. The finish is all chewable hoppy bite, while the aftertaste has a touch of the sour and the metal. This is not as smooth or hoppy as many IPAs, but certainly enjoyable. (675 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colored brew, little carbonation bubbles rising slowly. Big white foam head with some big bubbles. The scent is orangey, with some hop oil scent as well. Taste is hoppy, but not overwhelmingly so. Citrus flavors, oilly texture. Some malt balance. Med/full bodied. A different take from the extremly hoppy IPAs found from this country, not a bad beer at all. (364 characters)

Photo of oelergud
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light golden body, low carbonation, uneven rocky almost white head, great lace and retention.
Scents of bitter hop citrus and slightly masked malt.
Brisk hop flavors with underlying malt presence. Grassy and herb in a mix with a citric twist. Long lasting citric/bitter aftertaste.
Moderate fullness, clasical IPA feel, some oily residue on the tongue.
I think this was a good IPA, great hops but not too bitter, the malt was there to balance things out. Could make a good session beer.

-Oelergud (509 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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? (1,039 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer bottle from prepackaged mixed 12- pack from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a half inch tall almost white head, which fades to a bubbly film rather quickly. Golden hue, good lacing present. Kind of a fruity nose, and a flavor consistant with that. Would expect more hoppiness, alhtough it does kick in at the end of the taste. Quite drinkable, for sure. (406 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Soft golden sunshine hazy yellow color with some steady carbonation bubbles at first but calms to lightly lifting and in less amounts. Nice finger high head of off-white foamy froth that diminishes with a steady flow, lacing leaves broken, thin stringy sheets and tiny spots. Smell is mostly malts with a dryish biscuity caramel, touching some sweet fruitiness and floral attributes with the hops, but nothing strong enough to portray a hopped up IPA. Flavors aren't as hoppy as I like but its not a bad tasting beer overall. Its mostly malts with a biscuity dry caramel, a bit oxidized and plain, but comes across soflty enough, yet starchy as well, which doesn't help much. Hops are tame in its bitterness, just a bit of a bite but doesn't carry much character or length, just some slight floral and woody dryness floating around in the finish that has a fairly decent dryness thats mild and pleasing. Mixing in a bit more are another layer of the biscuity drying malts that has a whole grain touch. Feel is a bit harsh and scratchy in texture thats a bit chalky too just before the finish, other then that its medium in body and would be quite nice if it was smoother. I wanted to like this beer, I seemed to like it, but I didn't. It has effort but no results for an IPA. (1,275 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color with some copper tones thrown in. About an inch and a half thick rocky off white head with medium carbonated body resulting in an attractive appearance. Aroma is pine resin, and mandarin orange with a hint of grass. Bite of citrusy hoppy bitterness in the taste is relatively mild (for an IPA). The underlying malt is not terribly complex, but does add caramel like sweetness to the mix. Medium to thin body with smooth mouthfeel. A sessionable IPA that is well above average. (498 characters)

Photo of merlin48
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/red amber, with a small beige head that retains well and leaves behind some patchy lace. Aroma is disappointing, being very subdued. Some pine hoppiness and caramel maltiness are barely picked up. Mouthfeel is actively carbonated with a mild hop bite. Taste is not very complex, with caramel malt sweetness and pine oil hoppiness. Finishes dry and bitter with a pine oil aftertaste. Not bad, and pleasantly drinkable. A middle of the road American IPA. (473 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.06/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy red brew.

Smell is too mild for an IPA, very mild hop and malt smell and that is all that there is.

Taste is sweet and weird. Noticeable hops but not really bitter and a weird pine and egg taste. An IPA should be drier than this. Yep Pine and egg flavor, how they did that I have no idea.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable, but why would I want to drink this? YECH! (385 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

For some reason this poured with an enormous head on it (I didn't think i shook up the bottle at all). Very mild smelling for an IPA, smells lightly of hops, that's about it. Taste is pretty unpleasant. Has a sour flavor that taste like hops and melted plastic. This is the worst IPA I have ever had, and this is the 10th different one I have tried. There are many better IPAS out there, and I wouldn't waste your money on this one. (432 characters)

Photo of mschofield
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a somewhat hazy orange-gold with a tall three finger soapy tan head. Leaves thick sticky webs of lace.
Grapefruit nose with a touch of lemon.
Spicy, bitter taste, toasted malt backbone mainly hides behind the hops, some pine. Caramel and biscuits.
Medium, oily feel, very good drinkablility, I wish the taste and aroma were a little better. (349 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark gold with an average white, frothy head. As I drink this ale the lace forms thick rings around the inside of the pint glass. Looks like there's lots of carbonation. The smell is very light, nothing dominant, but the citrus aromas are most prevalent and the hoppiness very subtle. Slightly viscous mouthfeel, and here the carbonation is less than I expected. The taste is sweeter than most IPA's; there's a little touch of apple, perhaps. This is a nice friendly brew. (485 characters)

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