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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,598 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,598
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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Photo of AlCaponeJunior


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
Photo of beerprovedwright


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
Photo of blackie


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
Photo of 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
Photo of beergambit


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
Photo of bundy462


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
Photo of gildobeer


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
Photo of 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
Photo of HosP


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
Photo of jsanford


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

A - Pours a hazy copper with a 1 finger creamy ivory head.

S - Caramel malt. Resinous hops. Pine and citrus.

T - Lots of malt in the taste with bitter hops toward the rear. Slight spiciness. Ultimately it's nicely balanced.

M - Thin bodied but creamy. Medium carbonation, a bit watered-down. No hint of ABV, so at +7% this may sneak up on you.

D - Not bad. It's not a huge hop-bomb or anything but I can easily knock back a few of these sitting on my back porch or while grilling. Overall it's pretty much what I expected out of a 12-pack sampler.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 22:22:26 | More by jsanford
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours to the pint nice amber shade, hazy and not much head. Looks to be the typical IPA from appearance.

Smell is of strong pine notes. Not much maltiness, big hop bitterness, which I love in an IPA.

Taste is a bit more balanced. Not so bitter, yet pleasant, followed up by slight hop bite in the end. Feel is obviously slick with those great hop oils, not too drying. Good drinkability, though could be packing some more flavor for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 18:22:04 | More by BabyBastard
Photo of DoctorDog


3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Light opper with a slight bit of a haze. Pours with ~1 finger of creamy, light tan head, which fades slowly to a thin, incomplete cap. Good retention.

S- Feint pine hops with a bit of soapiness, along with some caramel malt.

T- Soapy, pine resin hop notes provide a lingering bitterness. A bit of caramel sweetness fights to provide a modicum of balance.

M- Moderate carbonation. Medium-light feel, and slightly watery.

D- Mediocre. Nothing terrible about this beer, but nothing all that positive either. A decidedly mediocre beer on all fronts.

Future outlook: OK, but absolutely no reason at all to try again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 04:05:33 | More by DoctorDog
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3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass. Look: Dull brown color, lots of bubbles, a thin white layer of foam, like a snowy field. Smell: Pine and floral hops, some biscuity malts at the background. Taste: Pine hops, wood and small proportion of toffee malt. Mouthfeel: Semi woody finish, very dry, extra bitter, medium body, very smooth. Drinkability: Would have been better with more body.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 19:29:09 | More by roddwolff
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a hazy honey color, lots of fine bubbles, and a half inch of suds. A typical delicious looking beer that excites the senses.

I get a lot of malt in the smelll, not a lot else really.

The taste is very malty with some slightly resinous, fresh pine. Sweet, caramel.

a little thin, but fairly balanced. carbonation is moderate.

I was happy to try this, pretty decent IPA all in all.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 04:23:29 | More by wolfinthemirror
Photo of Mbarnes304

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head was white and thin, it seemed to be lightly carbonated. The initial smell of cascade or citrus hops where strong. The hop smell quickly disappeared and the smell was a little like a light beer. This beer has a good taste and a good balance between hops and malt. For an IPA it's not that bitter, which your looking for. It's also a little watery. This IPA has a crisp carbonation on the tongue and a slight citrus pine in the back of the throat. This beer is very drinkable. People that want to try IPA's should start with this beer. As I stated, it's watery/not as bitter compared to other IPAs. I would buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 20:31:54 | More by Mbarnes304
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2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Amber/orange body with a thin white head that slowly fades away.

S - Some pine, caramel sweetness. Pretty mellow, wish this had more of a head to open up the flavors.

T - The bottle says 203FY10, so it is within its freshness period. However, I am rather disappointed. Sweet bready malts up front followed by a mellow hop bite. I'm not disappointed that the hop profile is weak or that the malt flavor dominates, I just don't think this beer (maybe this batch) was well put together.

M - Creamy body with some carbonation. Probably the best feature of the beer.

D - I really wanted to like this beer. Maybe I just got a bad batch, but as far as American IPAs go, this one will have to take a back seat to some of the other offerings in the greater Boston area.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 02:06:43 | More by muttyd
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle dating code: 249FX10 ( I need to check on this but this presumably means best by the 249th day of the year, which comes out to Sept. 6)

Snake Dog pours a nice golden tinged orange/amber with a nice creamy/frothy bone white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing as it falls.

The aroma has a mild spicy hop scent with a touch of resin and citrus and a faint lightly toasted malt.

Flavor is good! Bitter up front but not overpowering, spicy hops more resinous than citrus with an earthy English hop flavor as well. The malt stays in the background but keeps things grounded with lightly toasted fresh baked bread.

Mouthfeel is on the light side of medium, nicely carbonated and just a bit rough on the lingering and bitter finish.

Snake Dog IPA is a beer I would gladly buy from time to time as a rotation among the IPAs available to me. It is nicely bitter and refreshing and has a unique flavor profile from other IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 22:33:32 | More by BlackBearForge
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Orange in color and a bit hazy. White head leaves a creamy layer and blankets the side of the glass.

Hop aromas dominate the nose with pine and soap tones.

Taste follows the smell very closely beginning with the bold hop character. The malt is mellow and buscuity. Hops seem to over-ripen during the sip and leave a lingering grassy, soily aftertaste which is not too pleasing.

Medium bodied and an overdrying texture.

Ok for an IPA. Some of the flavors are a little off though. It gets the job done and is refreshing nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2010 04:07:08 | More by bnes09
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Snake Dog IPA | 16 oz. on-cask | 7.1% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Flying Dog Brewery
Style: American IPA
Glass: Pint

Golden amber in color, but served from the cask with virtually no head -- this is odd considering the cask was freshly tapped. Generally unremarkable.

Very pungent and aromatic. Bisquity malts and leafy hops also play a role.

Beer in the raw! Well first the positives: The bitter, aromatic hop character was astoundingly vibrant. A volley of flavors was continually hitting my tastebuds -- juicy, bitter, leafy, oily. It was spectacular, and to be honest, I've never had this reaction to a brew. That said, there were some major downsides. Aside from the freshness and vivacity achieved by growing up as a "real ale," Snake Dog IPA is pretty one-dimensional as IPA's go. The bitterness was intense, but there was really no malt counterpoint for me to lean on. Since it's biggest strength was the medium in which it was brewed, I say +1 for cask ales, but a big "meh" for Snake Dog.

Oily and smooth. Medium-bodied. The carbonation was low (as expected), but really too low for the style.

One other problem occurred that aversely affected the experience: the brew was served closer to room temperature than cellar temperature. I have tried to keep that in mind when writing this review, but I can't help but think that it was a bit of a problem. Overall, I found Snake Dog to be high in juicy, leafy, hoppy flavor, but low in balance. I will not order this again, though it has convinced me that cask ales can deliver the goods in a way bottles or kegs cannot.

Price = $6.00 at David Copperfield's
Cask opened: May 2010

Serving type: cask

05-28-2010 18:45:13 | More by BeerNemesis
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad IPA, certainly not the best

Appearance is nice, amber color, 1 finger head that fades. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is alright, citrus hops, exactly what i would expect

Taste is bitter, no balance. After taste is bitter, but still a little unusual.

Mouthfeel is moderate, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is good, i could put down a few of these down. Its pretty good, not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 02:48:07 | More by bs870621345
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

It is a nice clear orange color with a good one finger white head and minimal lacing.

It smells good with a nice balance of hops and citris.

The taste is not quite the same. The hops are there, but it just tastes bitter without that balance of the citris that I was expecting.

The mouthfeel was fine, and it was drinkable, but I was a little disappointed by this one. I probably won't buy more.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 15:07:21 | More by greengorilla
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA pours a clear bright orange with a ton of froth on the top that clings as it goes down, leaving dozens of tiny sheets down the glass.

smells are strong with citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange. some caramel malt is detectable as well.

taste is heavy with citrus like grapefruit and orange, along with a faint apricot taste, all backed by thin malt. the hops are tasty, and the bitterness is firm, sometimes abrasive. the alcohol is remarkably well hidden, though.

mouthfeel light, especially for the style, but passable. otherwise very smooth, with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 22:18:38 | More by vdread
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3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

Color of the beer is a light amber-orange with slight hints of yellow around the edges. Very 'pale' looking, not too dark like some IPA's. There was a nice bone-white head on top.

It smells floral. The hops definitely overpower any malt smell and give a nice prequel to the initial tasting. Citrus hops are the predominant smell.

It tastes great. The hops are flavorful but not completely overpowering. The malt is there, but it's completely subdued due to the hop presence. It has a milky smooth mouthfeel that sticks with you after each taste.

I like this beer and would go for it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 16:05:24 | More by tchenery
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up because I had heard nothing but good things about this brewery... I must say I was rather unimpressed. Poured into a standard pint glass the dark copper colored beer gave way to about an inch head that went away rather quickly. Giving the beautiful color I assumed this was going to be a rather hoppy IPA.. unfortunately this wasnt the case... mouthfeel was very nice.. very smooth and creamy... but the taste was lacking in the hoppiness ipas usually have. Slightly fruity and not very carbonated... I wouldnt really suggest it if asked about a good ipa....not a bad summer beer though..

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 20:31:29 | More by alkchrios
Photo of regspeir


2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft into a standard pint glass @ Prohibition Taproom.
Poured a light amber with a small, one-finger head. Lacing was thin but lasting. Not a great deal of carbonation was visible. Nose was citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Taste - citrus and pine and relatively sweet malts underneath. There is some bitterness fighting with the sweetness. Mouthfeel is lighter than many IPA's (watery?). I found this an OK IPA but without much to set it apart. It wasn't awful but not terribly interesting either.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2010 14:08:41 | More by regspeir
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