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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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1,183 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,183
Hads: 3,162
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 40
Gots: 522 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Reviews: 1,183 | Hads: 3,162
Photo of Shiredave
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very pretty beer, deep, golden amber with a stable, lacey head. Aroma is inviting; grapefruit and orange with crushed flower petals, buttery notes of diacytal in the background. Very low carbonation.
Grainy sweetness up front followed by hot, assertive hop bite on the tongue. Body is a bit thin with a distracting metalic flavor that doesnt compliment the "sugar smacks" malt trying to fight through.
Finish is warm and hoppy, chewy green leaves and bread crust stuck in your teeth.
A good session IPA that lacks a little body. It seems alot of bottled beers lack the body and character of thier Keg versions. But this is not news to most. This beer suffers that affliction, as I know it is fuller and more balanced on draft. Either ultra filtration and/or forced carbonation at bottling seems to suck some of the life out of this dog.

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Photo of inebrius
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What's a snake dog?

Definitely seems to lean traditional English. Butter jumps right out at you, especially at the end of a belt. Velvety smooth. Leafy, toffee nose. Earthy bitterness balances out a honeyed malt fairly well but the whole package seems disjointed somehow. Lingering blood at the back of the tongue.
I wouldn't pass a free one down but it's just not my cup of tea, old bean.

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Photo of Lafe
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon pour, the appearance of this brew shines through. A tight, white head forms over the beer, with a crystal-clear amber base. Beautiful!

Aroma is a medium, orangy-citrus, hoppy nose. The first taste gives an ambiguous bitterness backed up by a fairly weak malt base. Subsequent tastes show a strong hop bitterness reminiscent of orange or grapefruit with a slight malt base. Carbonation is medium-high, and necessary for this brew.

This brew is slightly overbalanced in the direction of hop bitterness, but for hopheads this is a good thing. Not exceptional for an American IPA, it is still a strong showing for the style.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snake dog IPA comes in a bottle with one of the coolest labels I've ever seen. I take it upon myself to test it for myself and for the good of mankind (don't say I've never done anything for the planet) So much frothy head!!! The georgous head slowly backs down leaving a pretty lace covering the entire glass. The head leads to a coppery amber color.The smell is fruity... orange. Lots of orange. The taste is also quite orangy. There isn't much to speek of in the terms of hops, but I do very much enjoy this beer. It's very refreshing... much like a fruit beer. This beer is without a doubt step two for the rookie beer drinker.

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Photo of Dmann
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a very light amber color with a thin pillowy white head that left slight lace down the glass. The smell was very strong on oranges with a very slight hop scent comming through as well. The taste was quite dry with a touch of hop flavor, but other than that there was not much else to taste other than a slight hint of orange. The mouthfeel was a little too carbonated for my taste and could have been toned down quite a bit. This beer had potential it seems, but it is just unbalanced and not as flavorful as it could have been.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber in colour, lively carbonation, short white crown with a tall glass cling. The aroma is yeast and the taste is like biting into an orange peel and I mean that in a very positive way.
The body seems just a tad cloudy.
A very nice IPA, I will definetly consume more of these.

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Photo of oldgrowth
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange copper color. No head to speak of. Sweet citrus mainly orange/ some grapefruit. A little yeasty. Citrusy lemon orange hops with a toasty toffee malt flavor. Linguring bitterness. Kinda syrupy, but not thick. Very drinkable. Not bad, doesn't distinguish itself from the pack though.

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Photo of clvand0
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a small head that is gone quickly. Aroma is citrusy with a little hops and malts in the back. The flavor is orange peels with the malts detectable in the back and the finish is a little dry. I wasn't too impressed with this one.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice, light copper coloring in the body with a decent head that went down slowly and laced the heck out of my glass.

Smell – The citrus hop aroma opened up a little as the beer sat. There’s also a slight yeasty malt scent, but you have to dig for it.

Taste – The hops, orange rind in flavor with a measure of bitterness, came out well at the taste. There seems to be a slight malt balance in there as well, but this is all about the hops. The finish is a thick, orange syrup.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is light, and the beer itself is thick and chewy, especially for an IPA. The classic dryness of the style is present as well.

Drinkability –It went down very smooth, felt good from beginning to end, and left me wanting another.

Comments - I thought this was well done. Clearly, I favored this more than most of the other BAs, but to each his own. However, when reviewing this beer, I would suggest letting it open up a little in a wide-mouthed glass. This one is packed in there pretty tight.

Update – I was the high ball review over a year ago so thought I should revisit this fella’ with a 2004 vintage. I massaged the ratings a bit but overall I still stand by my recommendation. This is a terrific and fresh (new) IPA.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in the 12 oz. bottle. The color is copper, with some head. The smell is hoppy. The taste is a very mild hoppy bitterness, without the real hints of citrus; more like an English IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkability-wise, could have a couple more.

I don't know if the label is the best thing about the beer, but it's gotta be up there. A fairly average IPA.

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Photo of aaronh
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color with amber highilights. Good clarity. Topped by a generous off white head that shows decent retention and throws a bit of lace. Aroma is just a touch of sweet floral hops. Not much else. The taste is well bittered, but not overt;ly hoppy by any means. Nice malt sweetness is complimented by additional floral sweetness. A gentle bitterness is released on the finish. The aftertaste retains some of the bitterness as wisps of light fruity and floral sweetness dance in and out. This is a smooth and malty IPA, seems more in the British Style than the American style. Mouthfeel is pretty solid, as there is a bit of lingering body to accompany the playful aftertaste. Drinakabilty is very good, and one of these will not last long. This is one of the better offerings from Flying Dog, along with the Road Dog. I would drink this one again without hesitating.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange color. Medium head. Aroma is citrusy hops, slightly floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet, with a touch of fruit. Hops are bitter and grapefruity. Touch of orange peel. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Rumrunner
2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to this IPA. Nothing special.

A clean golden color. A bit bright and transparent. The scent is not strong and it is very floral with a nectarine smell.

The taste is also floral. Not much hop bite and the malts are a bit weak. The taste is very mild for an IPA.

It drinks easy with a mild feel and it goes down easy. From the look of the bottle I thought I was in for a hop blast. Instead it was just a weak IPA. Not a bad IPA if one is looking for a mild fruity taste. Not for the hop head who wants a bit of bitterness and strong hops. This ale does not jump out at you.

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Photo of dmarch
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure what to expect of flying dog yet. They seem pretty hit or miss to me. Pours copper in color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is mostly grassy. There is a lot of huskiness in the taste. Probably not the best choice of hop variety. Overall, a dissappointing IPA.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a large frothy off-white head with very fine-small sized bubbles. The body was clear with very little carbonation observed. The hue of this beer was orange. The nose was hoppy and citrusy. The lacing was excellent on the sides of my glass. The flavor was very hoppy and bitter from start to finish and the bitterness lingered. The mouthfeel was tingly on my tongue.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was grassy, slightly sweet and a little flowery. The only citrus I picked up was in the flavor after it had warmed and as part of the finish. Rich amber color with oranges and red hues. Good steady head with lacing that dropped as drank. Nice bite to the flavor. Still somewhat grassy, quite bitter with a long lingering. Slight malt foundation that didn't increase as warmed (I like it when an IPA does that). Feel was medium and unassuming. Overall decent IPA. Some smoothness developed in time, but not much. Overall covers the bases fine with no apparent weaknesses.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I love IPAs, but what is going on here!?! Good color of a nice amber with thin white head that diminishes into a ring. Aroma is sweet with lots of grapefruit. Flavor is sweet at first with a strong taste of hoppy fruit and a tongue coating hoppiness that is not very bitter. The finish is long due to hoppy tongue coating but it might be due to the temperature i served it at (48 F). This is a crazy IPA that breaks boundaries set by the IPA style and seeks to blow the minds of it's drinkers. I don't like it as much at first as i might after finishing this sixer but it is definetly not a traditional west coast IPA. An excellent beer to try if you want to broaden horizens or at least raise eyebrows.

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh the crazy art says it all. Pour was an extremely light, clear copper color with a white head that had some very decent lacing for a IPA. The smell, however, left much to be desired. It was too indistinct and I got no feel for what maybe lurking inside. The taste was much more malty than most IPAs with nice woodsy smoked flavor with just a little tartness in the after taste. There were some pleasent hops in the finish, but not my prototype for an IPA. I need a little something extra. Mouthfeel was generous and creamy. All in all a good brew and pretty damn cheap to boot.

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Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey colored with a big off-white head of tiny bubbles. The head remains for quite a while and leaves excellent lacing around the glass as I drink. Aroma is of hop, pine, and a bit of yeast. Flavor is of smooth hops, not too bitter, with some fruit and honey qualities. Very low malt. A small hop bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, not too bubbly. Not over the top, but tasty and drinkable beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of edchicma
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmmm.....not the usual bite of an IPA. Smell was barely perceptible.....Appearance was nice, but head did not last. Taste was unusual. It wasn't very hoppy and had an odd smoothness that eventually left a bit of bite in the aftertaste. Still, the odd quality was still pleasing, just not expected in an IPA. Very drinkable....probably a pretty good choice after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of kelticblood
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Below average appearance with a thing head that didnt go anywhere.Clear gold in color with bubbling carbonation.Thin trails of lace left that were somewhat impressive.Bitter hop aroma that wasnt too strong.Very crisp mouthfeel with a long lasting bitterness.Taste is not complex at all.Bitterness and hops hide any other flavor that might be present.I didnt really like this IPA.I thought their Pale Ale had alot more hops and a better taste.A hint of malt on the aroma.Overall good but could be more balanced with the bitterness and malt.I'd rather drink their Pale Ale.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Between golden and amber, this beer pours clear with a decent pillowy, off-white head and strong lacing down the side of the glass. Hop bitterness is present in the nose, but not as strong as one usually finds in an IPA. Head lends a strong sweetness to the nose; it fades as the head dissipates. Like Flying Dog's pale ale, the taste and mouthfeel of this beer are somewhat watery. The hops hint at a crush of flavor at the start only to fade into a (not unpleasant, but not IPA-esque) mix of malts and water. Finish is pleasant, though--dry and hoppy.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To my surprise, this one seems to have fewer hops than Flying Dog's Classic Pale Ale. How'd that happen?

Great coloration and head. Smells a little corny... definitely lost a point for that. I mean, what is this, Spain or something?

Snake Dog tastes good but after having Doggie Style, it's a little disappointing. I was trying to work my way up to a higher hop content, but it was actually a step down. Still, it is a very drinkable beer.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.