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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

2,564 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,564
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 18
Gots: 109 | 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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tommy78

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep orange color with a thin layer of head when poured out of a bottle.

S - A great aroma of citrus and hops.

T - The taste disappointed me. A bit too bitter for my tastes, especially towards the tail end of it.

M - A good amount of carbonation for an IPA.

D - Taste aside, I would have more than one in a sitting. As I kept sipping the beer, the bitterness lessened. What helped was that I had the IPA with a spicy meal, and it went really well.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 01:20:11 | More by tommy78
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark gold full of tiny carbonation bubbles. Thick marshmallow froth tops it all off. A good layer of it stayed until the end. Lots of lacing clumps.

S- Creamy mandarin and pine. Very good. Sweet. Spicy alcohol now that it's at room temperature.

T- Smooth. Both flavour and bitterness come and go gently but there's plenty to taste. I get it's malty but it's hard to describe the malt taste. Pine and white grapefruit towards the end. Sweet overall but not too much.

M- Smooth is the word. Very low carbonation. Dry.

D- Great. Very easy to drink. You don't really notice the alcohol. Just enough going on to keep you interested.

Good to have pretty cold because as it warms the mouthfeel loses some zing.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 23:48:36 | More by Yoonisaykul
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otersen73

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Great Lakes stout glass. Beautiful white foamy head that lingered for a little bit. Great deep gold color.

Earthy aroma, which is very pleasant and refreshing. Hints of pine and citrus poke through.

This is a huge IPA! I wish more breweries would set this brew as a standard and then take off from there. It's highly hop dominated (thanks to the Columbus) but there is a subtle caramel malt backbone that is hard to pick out if you're not paying attention. Big Flavour!!!

This brew has an almost oily residue that seems to hang around in your mouth. Kind of like a coating...possibly from all the hop oils??? Not too chewy, not too thin, just right. Great carbonation.

I could definitely have more than one in a row. Refreshing but keeps you wanting just one more sip...dangerous!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 20:58:53 | More by otersen73
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jzeilinger

Pennsylvania

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

A - Pours a deep copper amber color with an even creamy, white head across the top with moderate to very active carbonation.

S - Cracker crust malt, moderate pine aroma with nice amounts of citrus rind to round out the hops.

T - Has a spicy malt character with pungent pine and citrus rind, ripe oranges, sweet citrus hopping. There's a appropriate amount of malt backbone to support the generous hopping. Tang on the front of the tongue with bitter citrus on the back. Finishes semi-dry and leaves a citric-peppery aftertaste that lingers long after the sip. The hopping leaves a crisp, bitter bite.

M - Mild prickly on the tongue with a medium body.

D - A nice example of an IPA, especially from the East Coast. This right coast concoction can holds its ground against the West Coast counterparts. Personally, I think it could pass as a West Coast IPA. This beer hasn't gotten enough credit.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 05:34:09 | More by jzeilinger
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

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

Copper orange with a deep haze and thin head that leaves a decent white cap. Lively carbonation. Floral orange and grapfruit aromas. Pretty smooth feel with a buttery smooth ending. Heavy hop character with ornage and pine, too much for malt flavors to fight through.it spicy/peppery in the middle and a fairly bitter finish and aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 11:47:29 | More by IronLover
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

Variety #5 from the mixed half case.

A: This IPA is a golden, sun-baked orange color that has sacrificed much of its translucence for the bright glow. A finger of head manages to leave a bit of lacing behind.

S: The nose has a strong citrus component that mixes with a bit of pepper. The heat is noticeable, an herbal aroma atop the caramel breadiness.

T: A nice bittery twang runs through the opening sip, adding flowers, herbs and citrus fruits into the mix. The hops have an oiliness that is apparent from the first sip, coating the mouth with citric bitterness. Caramel malts, strong enough to escape the hops, make their presence known early. The hops take on a tropical, lush flavor later in the glass, a lively way to end the beer.

M: The mouthfeel lives and dies with the hops, going from hot to tropical over the course of the pint.

D: The tropical flavors make me want some more. This range of flavors is one reason that I love IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:39:16 | More by akorsak
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mash4077

New York

3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly reddish-orange, light pumpkin in some spots. Very small white head that disipates quickly.

S- Nose is pretty simple, a nice blend of laid-back, mellow malts and strong hops.

T- Much smoother than I expected. Hops come out with a bit of bite, then quickly back off. The malts are creamy and not too sweet. Not the most complex tastes either, but well balanced and satisfying.

M- Decent body, carbonation could be a bit stronger, leaves an odd feel.

D- Good for an IPA, smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 07:05:22 | More by mash4077
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BB1313

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a a very nice hazy orange. Very nice white fluffy head and sticky lacing. This is a great looking IPA! Smell bursts w/ sticky orange hops. Orange is pretty overpowering in the taste. Slightly piney and w/ hints of resin. Mouthfeel is alright, very thin and carbonated. Finishes pretty bitter. Drinkability is ok, although the flavors and aromas aren't offensive, I wasn't thinking about my next one.

Ehh.. not a bad IPA, but there are other options out there if you're looking for a hop fix.. but this really isn't bad.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 02:43:11 | More by BB1313
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UncleRicoII

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought b/c of label and I love IPAs.

Pours out with large head that sticks around with what appears as big bubbles and white. Appearance is more cloudy pale ale than amber that I see in most IPAs.

Aroma is true IPA with floral hops, citrus, and earth. Pavlov's dog effect! Taste buds get fired up waiting to join in.

Taste is great, especially after worry of large head. Hoppy, perfect bitterness, and as the bottle says "attitude." Slight sweat after-flavor.

Would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 02:09:15 | More by UncleRicoII
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zoso1967

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with nice woody orange hues and a cream colored head that sticks around forever and leaves messy lace. The aroma is full on American IPA. It is predominantly pine, but with a good amount of grapefruit and citrus. It has a pretty classic C hop aroma, and a nice one at that. It also carries a sweet caramel malt aroma that gives the citrus a bit of a candied character. The hop profile is a bit different in the taste. Still plenty of pine, but the grapefruit is a bit more white than ruby red, with more pith than in the nose. There also is a bit more of a spicy herbal thing going on in the flavor and the malt is further in the background with some grainy astringency. Perhaps that is the real issue here. It just seems to be a bit unbalanced with the hops tipping the scale. The body is on the lighter side of medium with a bracingly bitter finish that is pretty sticky. This is a fairly drinkable IPA, if not a bit of a palate bruiser. As mentioned above, it has some balance issues, but is still a fairly solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:59:01 | More by zoso1967
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Zodijackyl

Connecticut

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

12oz brown bottle with a picture of a "snake dog" and no freshness date. Pours a medium orange color with a fine white head that quickly recedes to a ring. Smell is primarily citrus hops with a touch of male and sweet ale yeast. Taste is bitter hops with a bit of smooth light malt to balance it out. Yeast is virtually unnoticeable in the taste. Hops are bitter, rather than citrusy and sweet as the smell suggests. The citrus taste in the hops becomes more prevalent as the beer warms up a bit further down the glass, but they are still not dominant. Light carbonation allows for the hops bitterness to provide the bite of the beer, and it is quite smooth with a nice floral aftertaste.

I like this beer and would drink it again - there are better IPAs, but it is enjoyable. Out of the six beers in the Flying Dog variety pack, it is the only one I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 03:43:56 | More by Zodijackyl
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mikedgt

Alabama

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I feel like they've made some changes with this beer since I last had it...hoppier than it used to be.

Anyway, starts off looking like the perfect IPA with a good thick head. The aroma's right on for the most part too. Even the first taste - as the hops smack you in the mouth - is right on. But then it all crashes down. And by that I mean it goes from potentially exceptional to a very good but run-of-the-mill American IPA.

The taste turns a bit metallic and the beer just feels...watery. Almost a sulfur taste - it's like they hopped up a Bass...but not nearly as smooth.

A good and somewhat interesting IPA, but there are plenty better out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 16:37:24 | More by mikedgt
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jmarvin4189

Vermont

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

Appearance - a golden cloudy color with white head

Smell - very floral like you would expect from an IPA

Taste - not to much flavor you can just taste the hops.

Mouthfeel - smooth at first with a bite about a quarter the way through the sip with a nice refreshing finish.

Drinkability - very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 01:02:29 | More by jmarvin4189
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - brewed 1/10/10

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper orange color with tons of carbonation. The head is off white and tops 2.5" with lots of great retention. Tons and tons of coating, spongy lace cling to the glass. A real beauty of an IPA. A ramp of foam stays on the surface of the beer and then attaches itself to the side of the glass.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit and vegetal hops create a melange that is probably piney in dominance. Subtle malt aroma underneath.

Taste: A great balance of malt flavor and hop bitterness. This beer packs a flavor punch of base malt and caramel malt than brings in the vegetal hop flavor. Grass, veggies, grapefruit and pine substantiate themselves nicely.

Mouthfeel: A little bit more than medium body with plenty of residual sugar and some booze in the finish. Plenty of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: A good IPA that has plenty of flavor, aroma, bitterness and even alcohol content. This one is worth having multiples of and also would stand up well to most dishes. Worth revisiting.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 01:01:56 | More by Risser09
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BBMuffins

Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pretty nice direct amber color with some mild cloudiness. The head maintains between half a finger and a full finger through the majority of the glass, and likes to stick to the side. It's a pretty beer, that's for sure.

B - Smells like a pine tree standing in an open grass field. That's about as accurate as I can make. It's not spectacular, but it's definitely not bad.

T - Tastes like a medium-strength IPA, which is basically what it is. It's of course bitter and hoppy like any IPA should be. You are hit first with a pine-like taste, followed pretty briskly by the bitters. It's pretty good, I'd say it's above average for an IPA, but not the best.

M - Not a whole lot to say here. Carbonation is tight, coats the mouth before you can taste it initially, but it comes down slightly more-watery-than-malty and clears out just a little sticky. Bitter flavor hangs around for a bit.

D - It's a decent IPA that I wouldn't particularly recommend over any other IPA, but it's definitely not bad. I may buy it again depending on the choices available nearby. It's good, but not good enough to make me seek it out actively.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 04:51:13 | More by BBMuffins
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jacobseyb

Alabama

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

Pours a nice golden amber color from the bottle into a standard pint glass. White head builds to about one finger and sticks around some with little lacing. Smell is very piney with a faint grassiness. Tastes is bitter pine and has some malt but very light. Feels crisp but not as oily as expected for an IPA. Drinks well and is an enjoyable IPA. Not epic but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 04:13:30 | More by jacobseyb
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

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

Got the flying dog 12 pack sampler, two of each offering, first one to be reviewed from the pack.

Nice looking amber colored brew, mostly clear, rising bubbles, keeps its head and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells like fresh dug dirt with some hops and malts.

Tastes hoppy, piney and citrusy, some bitterness but it doesn't overpower.

Feels quite nice going down. Tangy carbonation and a medium overall body make this a pretty good offering for the IPA lovers.

Drinkability is pretty decent tho I prefer two from the sampler over a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 17:32:59 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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beerprovedwright

Georgia

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

First the more I drink it the better I like it. Medium amber color with small bubbles. Thin white head that stays until the last sip. Light birch smell with a hint of citrus. Good hop flavor with a moderate bitter bite. Pleasing bitter aftertaste. Drink temperature started at 47F and continued thru 64F. The warmer, the better. When it gets warmer, there is less bitter bite. Couldn't find a brew or drink by date, just 292FX10 under the UPC. Bought six pack at the Warehouse Package Store, Valdosta, GA. Just less than a dollar a bottle without tax. Not a waste of money might buy again, after sampling the Flying Dog line carried at the Warehouse.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 20:33:42 | More by beerprovedwright
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blackie

Virginia

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

a: medium amber, nicely retained head

s: piney hops on a standard body of pale and moderate caramel malts, a touch of earthiness, okay

m: carbonation medium and smooth,

t: pale caramel malt structure holding a moderate pine malt presence, not a timid ipa but not an aggressive one either - somewhere in the middle, nice bitterness

d: easy enough - a simple, drinkable ipa that doesn't put much out there

single bottle split with Dad

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 02:31:26 | More by blackie
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 12Fl Oz bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip. Best before 1st Dec 2010, drank 27th Jul 2010.

The body is a dark amber, dirty orange colour, the head off-white and clingy.

The aroma is all bitter hops, as is the first taste. The second and third sips also taste of hop bitterness, as did the rest of them: typical of this (in my opinion) over hopped style.

As the beer warmed a little the alcohol reared its head and became a factor in the hop flavours. Scored it for style not personnal taste.

Glad I only bought one bottle, I'll not be getting another, just not my taste, sorry to all you hophead types!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 19:43:15 | More by BlackHaddock
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beergambit

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I saw the bottle it was like wtf...but not knowing what was instore for my taste buds nothing but a delicious drink. Not to cold not warm just at a perfect temp enough to taste every single citrus flavor with ease. Highly recommended to me and now highly recommended to others..

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 22:04:57 | More by beergambit
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bundy462

Texas

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

A: Clean amber color with a frothy but thin white head.

S: Sweet floral hops all over, slight grapefruit.

T: Nice brew, prickly hops throughout with a slight citrus tang.

M: Medium bodied, smooth, refreshing.

O: Nice brew from flying dog. Can certainly drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 04:05:26 | More by bundy462
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gildobeer

California

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light yellow color, looks like fizzy yellow beer. Moderate hop character, less so than most IPAs. Very drinkable but overall flavor is not what I expect from an IPA, but light flavor is definitely not offensive. Aroma and aftertaste of honey. Not bad, but not great, would be easy to finish too many as its taste is light for a 7 %er

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2010 06:17:01 | More by gildobeer
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malloyca

District of Columbia

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

Clear, light amber color with a thin white head. There are strong, sweet floral aromas, together with the citrus and pine that you would expect, and some ripe cheese.

The flavor profile fits an American IPA, with dry hops and some citrus. This is middle of the road as far as bitterness, but the strong flavors would prevent having more than one or two at a sitting. It has medium carbonation and a nice, long finish.

I would not pick this out of a lineup of premium American IPA's, but it definitely serves its purpose and is a solid beer that I would not hesitate to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 01:27:19 | More by malloyca
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HosP

Indiana

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

Drank one while buddy and I brewed a Saison home brew this evening.

A- Clear amber color. Small white head to it.

S- Got a stronger pine aroma from it.

T- Higher hop taste with good bitterness to the beer. More pine than citrus taste with small amount of malt background to it.

M- Medium body. Small amount of carbonation.

D- Typical IPA. Bitter with a good amount of hops to it. Middle of the road IPA. I could drink it, but aren't running out to find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 04:41:36 | More by HosP
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