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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

2,726 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 183 | 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 BeerBeatnik
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange, reddish hue with huge retaining 1 inch head. Good lacing. Floral hops, biscuit with citrus notes. A little alcohol is present in the smell. Not as much in the nose as some other IPA's. Nice bitter hop and caramel malt flavor start it off. There is grapefruit like lingering bitterness, but not too much. Good for an IPA in my humble opinion. Nice citrus finish with a little alcohol punch. Not overly complex, yet effective. Bitter hops at the very beginning give way to a smooth middle and nice ending with lingering bitterness. Medium Carbonation. A very nice all around IPA. Not outstanding. But very nice

BeerBeatnik, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of SuperSpy
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden and a little bit hazy. There is a big, rocky, eggshell colored head.

S - Leafy hops, the slightest hint of pine. Some biscuit underneath. The aroma is a bit weak, but the right smells are there.

T/M - Bitter leafy hops with biscuit and sweet fruits. The leafy, floral hops dominate at first but then the biscuit and the fruit start intermingling and no one flavor dominates. Very interesting and enjoyable. At the end the flavors all seem to mellow out and the finish just doesn't pack the hoppy punch I'm used to in most IPAs. The finish is dry and a little watery from somewhat low carbonation.

D - A drinkable IPA, but it is lacking something. The way the flavors intermix is great but the way it gets weak at the end just leaves me wanting something more. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy this beer, but there are better IPAs and compared to those this is about average.

SuperSpy, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of Shrews629
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very clear amber/orange color with several bubbles streaming to the top. Some bright yellow highlights at the bottom. A decent sized off white head that was kind of fluffy and soapy. Pretty good retention and some ok lacing.

Smell - Very nice floral, citrusy, piny smell. Very nice dose of grapefruit notes. Smells perfume-like even. As the brew warmed the aroma became a bit more tame, but it was still well balanced and appropriate.

Taste - Very solid amount of grapefruit citrus along with the piny flavors in the taste. considerable amount of hop bite. Resinous in the flavor with a mild bready malt background. Small touches of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Dry. Smooth. Mostly crisp. Small amount of alcohol warmth. Covers the palate in a more than average way. As it warmed it lost some of it's dryness and became a little bit thin.

Drinkability - Pretty good brew here. Decently balanced in all aspects. A worthy IPA. Very easily drinkable. Good for both Spring and Summer. A little high in ABV for a session brew, but it would still be easy to down a few.

Shrews629, Mar 03, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a golden/orange color with a thick creamy foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- Piney hop aroma with a noticeable amount of caramel malt and floral scents.

T- Very bitter upfront with some lemon and pine flavors. The alcohol packs a punch in the finish.

M- Medium bodided and good carbonation.

D- Fairly drinkable but not as many layers to the flavor profile as some others of this style.

projectflam86, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of prdstmnky
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on date: 1/20/2011

Pours a clear, golden amber body with a finger of sticky off-white head that lingers and clings to the side of my pint glass.

Citrusy nose, with some bready malts as well. The taste is right on the money with the aromas - citrus upfront with a malty backbone and a bitter dry finish. Lighter bodied than I like in an IPA, also seemed a bit under carbed. Nothing special or out of place, just an average run-of-the-mill IPA.

prdstmnky, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of Tartarus
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass.

A: Translucent amber color with about a finger of head. Head disappates to a clear thin layer over time. Very little carbonation.

S: Hops with some malt thrown in. Nothing really slaps me in the face, although I'm not the most seasoned "smeller."

T: Hops with a very bitter aftertaste. Tastes like there was a pretty hefty amount of grapefruit thrown in. It creates an interesting combo, the hops and grapefruit go well together, but I feel like they went a teensy bit overboard. It's a nice change of pace from other IPAs, however. There is really a lot going on in this one.

M: It feels heavier than it you would guess by it's color. It's a little dry but the citrus in the taste lends itself to a crispness.

D: Along with the multitude of flavors, it's got pretty high abv at 7.1%. I don't know if I could manage more than maybe two in a row

Tartarus, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of bosox941827
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Sierra Nevada Summerfest pint glass; served cold warmed as tasted
A - Pours a clear, dark orange/amber (no yeast); fluffy head off a rough pour.
S - Mostly caramel malt, with a hint of alcohol , despite the fluffy head
T - Caramel, chocolate and a bit of roasted malts. Hops only come in VERY late and last into the aftertaste. Hops are not prominent at all, which suggests to me that they were only used in the boil, and not at any other point in the brewing process. Would expect a bit more of a "punch" for an IPA. Hoppy aftertaste does last for a bit, but it's a subdued "suggestion" of hoppiness, rather than being prominent.
M - Medium carbonation and quite smooth.
D - Fairly drinkable due to the lack of prominent bitterness, but not sure that's what you're looking for in an IPA.
This is OK, probably better had in the warmer months when you're looking for something easier to drink, but certainly not a hop-lover's IPA.

bosox941827, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper in color, the beer has a light amount of carbonation visible in the form of rising bubbles. It poured with a thin yet dense white head that has good retention properties and never completely disappeared.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the hop flavors really stand out in the taste and are accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Despite being a hop bomb, this beer isn't that difficult to drink because the bitterness balanced to a large degree by the underlying malts.

metter98, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Code 025A11...whatever that means. 12 oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a hazy orange brown with some creamy white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is bright and citrus-y with some honey notes and a little green earth.

Palate is bitter right off the bat with some biscuit malt underneath. This seems to be an American version of a British IPA in the true sense. Carbonation is creamy and the hops seem to add more bitterness than flavor. Some faint honey flavor is there too and the finish is rather quick and not overly bitter.

SFLpunk, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of JMad
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

It was light copper, orange, with a nice off-white head.

Smells of sweet malt, pine, grapefruit and orange.

Taste has a lemon hop bite, some melon and bubblegum, and the aftertaste is toasted malt.

The beer is medium bodied with a dry, bitter finish.

I thought this IPA was well balanced and mellow but still flavorful.

JMad, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of samyoung
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog has the Fear and Loathing theme down. Illustrations and bottle quotes correspond highly to my eagerness to drink this beer.

A - Golden and red.
S - Hops, hops and more hops with a slight hint of pine and citrus.
T - Notes of pine, grapefruit. The label said it was going to be very bitter yet I did not find this to be the case.
M - Nice and thick.
D - Easy-drinking due to complex flavors and great after-taste.

This is a great American IPA.

samyoung, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of joelshults
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Nice copper color with just a tiny bit of hop haze. Decent finger and a half of cream colored head. Lots of nice tiny bubbles.

Smell - Not nearly as strong a smell as a lot of IPA's. Buttery malt sweetness comes through the catty hop smell.

Taste - There is a sweet lemon flavor and a mouth puckering acidity. Not like a lemon but like a lemon vinaigrette. Bitter finish and a bitter and puckering aftertaste. Astringint cat pee flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel - Decent. A little on the watery side.

Drinkability - I'm a big fan of IPA's and big hops but this one is bizarre. Maybe I just need to get used to it, but I have a hard time believing I could drink many of these.

joelshults, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear orange color w/ a small head and a bit of lace, very unexceptional appearance-wise but nice enough. The nose is great though, big hops, loads of pine and fruit. The taste doesn't really hold up though. It is sort of bitter and one dimension, astringent w/ a sort of iced tea character. The palate is decent enough, medium bodied w/ brisk carbonation, but I just don't think this is exceptional for its style or in general.

CuriousMonk, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Pours light copper, hazy, 1 finger off-white frothy head that slowly dissipates. Leaves just a little lacing.

S: Slightly dank citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, lemon), floral/perfume hop aroma, spicy alcohol

T: Hops are muted compared to the nose. Citrus flavors are pretty mellow up front and only seem to finally bloom and burst right before the finish as the carbonation fizzes out. Golden pale malt lends a little caramel sweetness, toasted grains. Hops seem a little more floral and earthy than citrus, it doesn't come through like it did on the nose. Tiny bit of bitterness. Finish is slightly alcoholic, very mildly bitter, grainy. There's some complexity and depth here, but you really have to look for it, there's nothing "in your face" about this brew.

M: Medium to high carbonation that takes a little while to fizz out completely. Body is fairly light, slightly chewy, not very sticky or resiny.

D: I could probably drink this in a minute, while it's a plus that alcohol isn't really a factor, I expect my IPAs to be too strong/bitter to drink too quickly.

Satchboogie, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- a medium amber with a descent off white head that fades slowly and leaves descent lace.

S- Soft subtle biscuit filled with citrus, pine, and floral notes. Hints of leather and earthy musty notes.

T- The hops are nothing compared to the nose on the front end of the taste. Malt is barely detectable. Not balanced. Over hopped. Bitter aftertaste of grapefruit and lemon with metallic notes.

M- Watery and light for this style.

D- Not very drinkable. Unbalanced and astringent aftertaste that lingers.

JayS2629, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of iSip
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Disclaimer, I am not a big fan of the Salvador Dali-esque graphics, strange beer names (what is a snake dog?) and notations on the Flying Dog brand products. But a high rating on Beer Advocate for the Snake Dog IPA lured me into giving it a try. Once out of the bottle, the Snake Dog IPA has a nice hoppy-sweet aroma, fine golden color and appropriate head. The flavor starts with some good hop and the right amount of a malt base, but then gets thin to the finish with a bitter aftertaste - not in a good way. In my book, there are better IPA's out there. Maybe I am biased, but when you buy a beer, you do buy the whole package, marketing and all. It would take a very fantastic pour out of a Flying Dog bottle for me to overlook the graphics, and this IPA did not make the grade.

iSip, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of paulginva
2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

APPEARANCE: Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass produced a 1" frothy off-white head with a modest amount of lacing that dissipated quickly. Carbonation was on the soft side and the dark amber body was cloudy.

AROMA: There was a moderate citrus scent overlayed with floral, leather and pine. No malt scent was detected.

TASTE: My first impression was one of citrus but the taste built quickly to a harsh, bitter, over-hopped taste with only a slight malt taste. There was no balance here -- the beer seemed as if there was insufficient malt base upon which to build the intense bitterness. There was a significant pine taste as well, which only seemed to enhance the bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: The beer had a light body that seemed almost (but not quite) too thin. Carbonation was moderate, which probably enhanced the astringent, bitter aftertaste. The initial taste was lightly to moderately acidic and moderately bitter, however it built swiftly to a harsh dry bitterness that lasted for a moderate amount of time. There was little body lacing.

DRINKABILITY: With a bit more malt and a bit less dry-hopping, which would also improved the body clarity, this could have been a great beer. As it is, the brewmaster pushed the edge of the envelope a little too hard and punched right through it into over-bitterness, making this beer forgettable, with nothing to really recommend it. I seriously doubt I'd buy another except maybe to give as a gift to someone I don't particularly like.

paulginva, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden amber. one and a half finger head stays well. Minimal lacing.
S- Smell is floral and citrus hop aroma.
T- Quick herbal hop kick and then the bottom fell out under it. There's not much in the finish. It's not that it's balanced, it's just that there's no lingering hop flavors.
M- Excessively light weight for style. Carbonation is decent.
D- This beer smells nice, but beyond that, it's just an average IPA for me.

jsprain1, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of jiggahertz
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Solid finger head sticks around forever, beer is murky orangish amber. Excellent lacing throughout.

S: Floral hops dominate the nose with some citrus back notes.

T: Much less hops on the tongue than I was expecting after the aroma. Comes off as thin and lacking a good first taste. Hops come through in the finish with some nice citrus notes but the first part of the flavor profile is missing.

M: Thin, low carbonation, decent finish though.

D: Haven't had IPAs in a while but was left underwhelmed by this one.

jiggahertz, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of CPeterson
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A -- A reddish golden brew that pours into a two finger head and settles quickly into a light foam and leaves wisps of lacing.

S -- Citrus, leather, pine, and astringent hop aromas.

T -- Mild malts, citrus, followed by harsh, bitter hopping. Way out of balance.

M -- Light in body, and well carbonated, which only adds to the dryness that the bitter hops give the brew.

D -- Meh. Not my first suggestion, not horrible but definitely not great.

CPeterson, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of bsp77
2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Clear copper with bubbly off-white head. Some nice lacing.

Smell: Spicy, metallic hops with just a touch of citrus and fruity malt. Way too mild.

Taste: Fruity and biscuity malts with a relatively strong spicy and metallic bitter finish. Not much true hop flavor here.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, very dry finish that is off-putting considering the taste.

Drinkability: Bitter but no substance, actually hard to drink. Not the greatest IPA by any stretch of the imagination, which is disappointing because both their standard Pale Ale and their DIPA are so strong.

bsp77, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of jwhancher
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a mixed case from Flying Dog a couple of weeks ago. Had one of these previously and enjoyed it. Tried a 2nd one for review:

A: Pours a clear light copper with finger width white head. Little carbonation. Bottle had label glue running down side of bottle.

S: Very piney and citrusy hop aroma. A bit of a peppery spice also. Some pineapple & grapefruit. Nice.

T: Strong hop taste that might be too overpowering for the malt backbone. Must have used a lot of pale & pilsner malts with very little darker malts for heavy flavoring. Wish they had added just a few more dark malts to even out the hop taste a bit.

M: A pretty bitter beer but light and refreshing drinking. Good if you're craving a hoppy IPA.

D: Seems reasonably drinkable but I could see myself switching over to less bitter/hoppier beer with more malt balance after a couple of these. One of the better brews in Flying Dog's mixed case, if not the best.

jwhancher, Jan 26, 2011
Photo of patriot76
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass

A- Orange, reddish hue with huge retaining 1 inch head. Outstanding lacing.

S- Floral hops, caramel malt, biscuit with citrus notes. A little alcohol is present in the smell. Not as much in the nose as some other IPA's.

T- Nice bitter hop and caramel malt flavor start it off... and go together nicely. There is grapefruit like lingering bitterness, but not too much. Just right for an IPA in my humble opinion. Nice citrus finish with a little alcohol punch. Not overly complex, yet effective.

M- Bitter hops at the very beginning give way to a smooth middle and nice ending with lingering bitterness. Medium Carbonation.

D- A very nice all around IPA which is just about the perfect balance for the style. Some are too much where you only want one, some try to placate to those who don't like in your face bitterness. This one should satisy them all...very drinkable.

patriot76, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of RickS95
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a coppery color sitting under a nice head of buggles.

Haven't had this kind of smell before, a mix of citrus, caramel and Kool Aid. It works.

I'm not much of a Flying Dog fan (other than their logos and the names of their beers), but this is a good IPA. Flowery hops are the most obvious taste, but there is a breadiness to it as well.

Most IPA don't feel great in the mouth. This beer starts off bitter from the first sip and it builds momentum til the breadiness calms it a bit in the swallow.

I like this. It's got good flavor and good alcohol. It's not over the top hoppy like some IPAs and barley wines, looking forward to trying this with food.

RickS95, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours a hazy orange-copper colour with two fingers of fluffy, bone-white head. Retention and lacing are both good. The smell here is just what I like from my IPAs. Floral hops with some citrus aspects, and a slight earthyness and, yes, dankness. Just a touch of sweet malts. Superb. The taste is also great, it's far from a hop bomb, but it still keeps things very interesting. The hops are just a touch bitter, but what really comes out here are the citrus and floral aspects. The grapefruit is strong with this one. The bready malts stick to the back (where they belong!) providing a solid backbone. There's also some serious pine and just a touch of fruit flavor.

The mouthfeel is probably a little bit too carbonated and thick for how this beer tastes - the delicate floral aspects make me long for something a little more mellowed out. The drinkability is quite good, the ABV is hidden well, and something about the complexities of the flavor keep me coming back. A very good IPA, and one of the brews that keeps me in their mix packs.

shand, Jan 23, 2011
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.