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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,604 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,604
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 122 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-07-2012 22:40:03 | More by bronzzoot
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-06-2012 06:06:21 | More by gtermi
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2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a light amber with a medium fizzy white head. Solid retention, some big spotty lace.

S: Booze and melon rind, smells like a light Double Dog.

T: As with the nose, booze and melon rind. Light astringent hoppy flavours. Some minor malt character.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, boozy and astringent.

O: A mediocre IPA is what it is. Awkward and disjointed, the ethanol takes over, making this feel a lot more alcoholic than it actually is.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 06:24:22 | More by Halcyondays
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

10-05-2012 01:28:11 | More by TheBeard89
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3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog's Snake Dog IPA. What does its name mean? Furthermore, what does the quote on the bottle mean: "It shakes down the throat like a faithful friend." Huh? Or consider the long quote on the back of the bottle: "He slithers through the city in search of his face. No place too seedy, no place too fake--they're all on the menu tonight. And of course she'll find him irresistable, for it's te forked tongue she prefers." How are we to make sense of this? There is something about it that is vaguely reminiscent of T.S. Eliot's The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, but I can't put my finger on what it is...

Left Hand's "Snake Dog" (whatever that means) pours a lovely rich amber color with a head that settles nicely into an appealing, thin eggshell-white disc.

A lovely bouquet of hops dominates the nose. Malty aromas are present, but subdued. Aromas of alcohol and hops mingle beautifully. This is not the best combination of hoppy aromas that I've found, but it's lovely. Nice.

The mouthfeel is typical of the style, but that is not to say that it's "average." A nice sparkly foam accentuates the hoppy bouquet.

"Snake Dog" may not be intelligible as a name, but the beer that bears it as its name is delicious. Pick up a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 22:31:38 | More by GMB
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United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

10-02-2012 17:13:17 | More by ceetee26
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-02-2012 14:27:26 | More by VikeMan
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-01-2012 00:31:15 | More by slim2043
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-30-2012 20:29:16 | More by nosavingsaccount
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, orange-copper coloring with a thin, fluffy, foamy, bright white head that quickly settles into a surface cling that also coats the glass. Aromas on a toffee backbone are very complex and blended very well. Hints of orange zest, with basil and oregano spicing, highlight a hops presence that is dynamic, while still providing the nose with the resiny and bitter character people come to expect from an IPA. Smells extremely tasty. Flavors are full and rich, and you get a mouthfull of toffee sweetness on the forward tongue followed quickly by a subtle resiny profile and a little stronger pepper and basil highlight that really balance everything well. Very spiced offering, with a strong malt component that is not usually seen in the IPA field. Borderline malt-bomb, but very tasty. The aftertaste has a great balance of the malt rich and sweetness, with a solid peppery tone that remains consistent from beginning to end. The aftertaste lightens up quickly as the beer approached the end of the palate, and the finish is slick, smooth, with a touch of drying and spicing. Very unique IPA, and the higher ABV never rears its head because it is held in check by the balance of the beer itself. I would seek this out again...this is a very solid brew.

Serving type: can

09-30-2012 03:10:30 | More by GarthDanielson
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-29-2012 23:58:38 | More by RyanAU
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-29-2012 18:28:11 | More by bigjer78
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New Mexico

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

A small to medium sized off white head settles nicely above a clear reddish golden colored beer.

Big nice citrus, pine, and floral hops aroma blends well with a sweet light caramel malt.

Pine, citrus, and light floral hops balanced with a light sweet malt taste.

A dry aftertaste with lingering aspects of the taste on this medium bodied beer.

A decent beer from Flying Dog, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 20:36:11 | More by LXIXME
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

09-28-2012 06:15:12 | More by JSeabrookeFox
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-27-2012 15:55:24 | More by HolyFro
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

09-27-2012 14:08:01 | More by CalbeDacks
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

09-26-2012 19:16:04 | More by alva7172
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-25-2012 22:52:21 | More by MarkyMOD
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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Cloudy pale amber body with a golden hue coming through. Big foamy head that leaves decent lacing.

S- Huge hop aroma comes through right away with sweet malt coming through as well. Nice aromas of pine, flowers, citrus and sweet bread.

T- Pretty balanced IPA with the piney hops coming through first, followed by a sweet toasted malt flavor. Pretty strong on flavor.

M- Medium-high carbonation, with some sting on the tongue. Full-bodied.

O- Solid, balanced IPA.

Serving type: can

09-23-2012 20:19:16 | More by stephenjmoore
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Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

355 mL from Luvian's, St. Andrews. Pours a good head of soapy foam, an attractive medium copper brown colour. Head lingers for some time, leaving a generous lace and film.

Aroma is very restrained, hope it will improve with warming up. Light grassy hops, faint malts, lemon notes. Slightly sour note.

Taste has a full rounded hoppy bitterness, malts are a bit subdued. Light citrus and fruitiness, with a bit of a sour character. I'd say it falls into the typical IPA character, refreshing enough, if not earth-shaking. Hops are nicely incorporated and assertive, overall I quite like the flavour.

Mouthfeel is pretty full, and drinkability is average. Carbonation is a bit on the high side for my personal taste, feel like it takes away from the flavour of the beer. Aftertaste is slightly astringent, but overall dry.

Solid IPA, great flavour, a few points off here and there, but overall I'd say it's a quality IPA, probably a bit standard, but has a good bitterness and balanced character on the palate. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 18:04:04 | More by mick303
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3/5  rDev -15.7%

09-20-2012 04:19:18 | More by dpadilla21
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3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled mug. Orange- copper with a fluffy satisfying head. A tad of citrus and some pine on the nose amongst sweet malt notes. Medium bodied and with good carbonation, Snake Dog excells in the taste department. Citrusy and hoppy with caramel undertones, pleasant resinout notes come out with the bitter kick and crisp bitter finish.

A good evening IPA, above average for its style.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 19:11:47 | More by tsavatar
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3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear apricot, moderate initial head, nice lacing.

Not getting much smell, faint pine.

Biscuity, mostly piney hops, crisp grassy note.

Mouthfeel a bit on the watery side.

This was middle of the road for me. Pleasant enough but not a stand out.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:48:02 | More by Strix
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3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes.

A - Pours a brilliantly clear with a 1 finger off-white that creates nice lacing on the top of the glass.

S - Citrus, leafy green, and spicy floral hops, bready caramel.

T - Follows the nose, with stingy citrus, and leafy green hops wrap around a sweet caramel and grainy pale malt, pine resin starts to seep out with a lemon and grapefruit bitterness. Finishes bright and bitter hops.

M - Creamy feel, full carbonation, medium body.

Above average IPA here. Good hop flavor and bitterness mixed with a balance malt bill. I will buy more!

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 23:02:05 | More by StaveHooks
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

09-15-2012 19:29:30 | More by AntLeatherface
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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