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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,573 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,573
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 18
Gots: 113 | 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 OzarkElmo


3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium clear amber with small white head. /good lacing throughout. Aroma is not strong, but good. Taste is well balanced - tart, sour, dry, fruitful with just enough malt presence to balance it all out. Good beer and would purchase again. Would put it in top third of IPAs I've had - -- Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 03:21:16 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of Mistofminn


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

Fresh on tap at Stub and Herbs. I've always been skeptical to purchase this in stores because I was unsure of their Flying Dog turnover rate. I know this is fresh at Stubs so I jumped at the chance to try it.

Served in a pint glass, it's a hazy reddish amber color, with a sticky off white head. A lively carbonation fuels decent retention and leaves some nice lacing.

The nose starts out big with fresh citrus and floral hop aromas. Excellent! This is exactly what I was looking for. Piney hops lie in waiting in the background, with a nice caramel malt backbone.

The taste takes the citrus and floral notes and replaces them with a solid piney bitterness, with resiny hops dominating. Malt backbone isn't as noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a crisp carbonation and a decent hop bite. Drinkability is good.

Overall, I think a very underrated IPA. I will gladly have this again, given that it is fresh.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 08:50:19 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of giblet


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a pretty decent beer. poured nice with about three quarters inch of head. steady carbonation and decent lacing.

good balance of hops. not overpowering but good taste. i was afraid the abv would be a bit strong without the hops to hide it but it was fine.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 20:42:36 | More by giblet
Photo of wilbrew


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

A- Clear amber color. One inch off white head which dissipates quickly and leaves a slight lacing.
S- Light earthy pine aroma.
T- Pine and citrus hop profile with a slight malty flavor. Bitterness typical of an IPA.
M- Good carbonation level which complements the flavor profile.
D- IPA Bitterness could make it tough to drink more than a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 02:55:47 | More by wilbrew
Photo of bishopdc0


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Golden amber with a thick head and good lacing.

Smell: Earthy citrus aroma with a slight maltyness.

Taste: Starts with a sweetness that is cut by the carbonation. the bitterness begins as the carbonation dissipates. The bitterness is earthy and lingers.

Mouth: smooth carbonation not harsh

Drink: Its malty start and earthy bitterness makes this beer more enjoyable the flavor from the finish and the start mix quite well.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 23:03:11 | More by bishopdc0
Photo of eduardolinhalis


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

330ml bottle served in a chalice.

A: Pours a dark orange to copper amber color forming a small thin bubbled yellow color. Good retention and many soapy and molasses lacings left in the glass.

S: Very hoppy in the nose. Skunky, grassy and piny. Caramel malts backbone

T: Follows the nose. Quite pine-citrus-grassy hops bitterness mixed with sweet caramel malts in upfront. American IPA character. Delicious hoppy sting in the end

M: Medium body. Bit molasses. Good carbonation. Nice hoppy, skunky bitter aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Delicious American IPA specimen

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 22:30:31 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of DaveJanssen


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

12 oz poured into a pint glass. Reviewed 5/26/2009

Ar: Citrus and pine hop, grapefruit, lighter lemony citrus, caramel malt presence, light fruitiness

Ap: clear copper, thick fluffy off white/tan head, great retention

F: Citrus resin, oranges, light alc, honey/light caramel, pale malt, light fruitiness, very drinkable, good balance, pine, caramel malty balance works nicely with hops, good resin, light astringency, not as hop forward and dry as west coast IPAs

M: med very fine carbonation, light/medium mouthfeel, lightly creamy, good bitterness, not overly astringent

O: very well balanced, clean and enjoyable, could use more assertive flavor

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 02:42:40 | More by DaveJanssen
Photo of wagenvolks


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Snake Dog pours a rustic copper hue with a hint of blonde at the edges. Decent retention on the off-white head, but the lacing and carbonation are minimal. Nice caramel-rich aroma, with a hint of pine and resin from the hops balancing alongside citrus and tropical fruits. Smells maltier than I remember, although this may be a slightly outdated bottle.

The taste also suggests a muted hop profile, reminiscent of an English IPA more than the American counterpart. Snake Dog starts off sweet and toffee-rich with lots of pale and caramel malts, too. Decent balance of hops, but the bitterness is mild and in the "Pale Ale" IBU range. Finish falls flat, as the thin, under-carbonated body is sluggish and creamy on the back of the palate. Now I remember why I haven't drank Snake Dog IPA since I first started enjoying craft brews over 5 years ago...I think I'll pass for another half decade.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 05:02:03 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of Mora2000


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

Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours reddish-orange with a large white head. The aroma is resiny hops with some citrus notes. The flavor is resiny hops and something that resembles grapes. Low to medium bitterness. Medium carbonation and thin-medium mouthfeel. A decent American IPA, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 04:56:47 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber with a small but foamy head. Smells slightly tropical with melons and oranges. Taste follows with slight tropical notes, sweet up front, leading to just kind of a harsh bitterness...Aspirin. Astringent mouthfeel and finish. Well carbonated. Not too bad, slightly better than your average IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 18:08:37 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

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

A good IPA that lingers on its malty side and for a brief instant is almost reaching out to a DIPA.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Perennial Ralph Steadman label design this time with the image of a dog with the neck and of a snake and a hybrid head. Side rambling note about a generic and unfortunately not very PC story about how the profile of the brew mirrors the behavior of annoying exs... Not particularly funny either. Lacks a clear best by or bottling date but offers a batch number (103FY10). Notes IBUs (60), and Alc. by Vol. (7.1%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to deep amber pour, with a good head, medium retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Citrus, and pine hoppiness with a nice and small floral touch.

T - Hoppy sense with a hefty malty sense that takes command. Caramel malt and a citrus and pine hoppiness that offers a good if a bit short counter-balance.

M - Medium body with fair carbonation and a creamy finish.

D - Not bad at all. Maybe not stellar as an IPA but it is rather nice.

Notes: It´s true that this may not match the bill of an IPA for most, and maybe my appreciation that for an instant made me think of a DIPA, is more of a wish on my part of what it could be than what this is headed for. Hoppy amber then? Dunno, and in any case is rather quaffable. Good but sure enough not the best offerings from Flying Dog and while not avoidable not an IPA that I will look for in particular.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2010 14:59:05 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

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

12 oz. undated bottle.

Pours mostly orange in color with thick, frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation going on and tons of lacing.

Heavy hops smell - a lot of grapefruit and pine sap here, with a nice planty hop aroma. That's it though, not much else to speak of.

Some of the hops are carried over in taste but there is less "oomph" compared to the aroma. Still a strong bitterness present however, with lots of pine flavor. The citrus is very diminished in taste. Leaves a bit of a clingy pine taste but the finish is mostly clean, with just a touch of malty sweetness detectable.

A medium body owing to the strong bitterness of the hops and the moderate ABV. The pine flavors adds a sticky feel to the beer.

Good drinkability here. Sometimes you don't need a total hop bomb, this is a pretty good balance between lots of hop flavor without being overly bitter or intense.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 19:32:04 | More by goldbot
Photo of cbutova


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

Pours out a clear light orange-amber with a two finger head that has decent retention and is creamy. The off-white head leaves medium-thick lacing behind as I drink this one down. Smell is of nice, fresh hops. The hops are mostly citrus/fruity to me with some earthy ones in the background. The pale malts come through in the aroma a bit also. A well balanced aroma starts this beer off well. The only criticism is the aroma could be a bit stronger. Taste is good. The fruity, earth and citrus hops have less flavor than aroma but their bitterness is not missed. The bitterness is a bit too high in comparison to the hop flavors. The malts in the background come through well and help balance but the bitterness still dominates. Tone down the bitterness and this beer is much, much better. Mouthfeel is good for the style. Light to moderate body with medium carbonation and really no warming. Nothing wrong here but I would like a tiny bit more substance/creaminess. Drinkability is good. The price/ABV ratio is spectacular and the flavors are nice. The bitterness might get to me after 3-4 of these but it is still certainly sessionable. I am glad I tried this beer and will continue to try the Flying Dog ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 04:36:33 | More by cbutova
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orangy hazy yellow sunsetty color with a huge 3 finger foamy, honey comb like head. Lots and lots of lacing down the glass, huge head retention. One of the best in this style.

Smell: light musty pine and grapefruity aroma. Slight orange peel aroma and yeasty breadyness like a crepe on the nose.

Taste: Tastes clean crisp and fresh. I cant believe this isnt rated higher. Smooth transition from hop bitterness to bready malts. Pastry like breadyness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Hides the 7.1 abv very well. the carbonation is vanished quickly despite the great head retention. Sort of flat on the palate. Slight metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability: Overall its above average for drinkability: ABV is a bit on the high side but nonetheless its drinkability is pretty good. I would try this again and its often passed over when i go to the store.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 22:23:42 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of albertjr21

New York

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

From the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this light caramel colored beauty poured to leave a 1.5 inch head of medium density. Hop heads like myself ought to love this IPA with its slightly sweet, moderately robust but smooth taste that lightly slaps the palette and tingles the tip of the tongue after every drink. Light lacing. Average drinkability. Enjoyable...

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:12:15 | More by albertjr21
Photo of Wasatch


3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white creamy head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus notes, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, malty, bitter, with some citrus notes and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this one is pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 01:20:50 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Beerisgood3

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: a light and transparent amber with a 1.5 finger slightly off white foamy head which dissipates within a minute leaving a film of head floating on top and some lacing down the sides of the glass. More lacing left around the glass as you drink.

S: Very faint smell. Slight citrus notes, maybe a bit of grass and a tad of hops. Not much at all...overall has very little smell, especially after the head has faded.

T: Hops up front, bitter, but not overly so. A tiny hint of malty caramel comes in half way through the sip (if you look for it) which succumbs quickly to a lingering hop finish as you swallow. Seems to be fairly one-noted - hops. As the beer warms over a few minutes the taste becomes slightly more complex. There is a more noticeable malty presence which lasts longer than before, and comes in earlier. Also has a less intense hop finish. the 7% alcohol isn't noticeable in the taste, but does leave you with a slightly warm belly.

M: Coats the mouth nicely but the finish is fairly clean. If you let the beer come to temperature a bit the finish becomes less clean, leaving a slightly sticky mouth feel.

D: Could drink a few of these though the 7.1% alcohol will certainly creep up on you. Not my first choice, but wouldn't turn one down.

Overall, seems a little one dimensional. It's above average, but not by much. There are better IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 21:48:28 | More by Beerisgood3
Photo of Magpie14


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

A: the body is a shiny golden orange with plenty of bubbles rising to the top. A good dose of sticky alabaster foam has adhered all around the glass. The head itself provided only a brief showing

S: rather malty, sweet, and lackluster in hops for an IPA. However, things still smell good and have a floral citrus tinge in the nose

T: a tough biscuit malt flavor is rather strong and large in profile. Hops are somewhat hidden in the back and range from mild mannered citrus to a few floral leaves, some pine notes show as things progress. Hops are bigger on the palate than what the nose sought out and I am finding this IPA rather enjoyable

M: somewhat creamy and mild to medium in body and feel. Carbonation is in good order...maybe a touch strong. Sometimes it feels thin to me

D: should reach my fridge from time to time. Flying Dog has some nice stuff and this is one is of good caliber. Sweetness takes hold a little more than I care for in an IPA and I think that the hops could stand to be amped up a bit. Anyway, still pretty solid

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 21:24:54 | More by Magpie14
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber; lots of carbonation; lots of head.

S - Very hoppy; not a whole lot going on.

T - Extremely bitter and hoppy. Had a bit of a piney flavour to it; didn't pick up any citrus at all (which I was expecting).

M - Very chewy. Expected a lot of carbonation based on the appearance but carbonation was average.

D - Not a very drinkable beer. The bitterness makes it difficult to even get through one bottle. Not enough going on with the flavour aside from the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 01:29:25 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of claminat420


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

A- poured a transparent amber color with a solid one finger head. medium lacing that hangs alil.

S- biscuity malt with some earthy hops. you can detect the alcohol just a tad.

T- same as the smell but with a tad citrus hop taste.

M- light bodied. decent carbonation.

D- can handle 4 or 5 out of the 6.

Overall- not to shabby of a brew but nothing special. i don't get the watery oily feel from the mouthfeel. i would recommend trying just a single first and take it from there.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 08:51:26 | More by claminat420
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light fall amber color with lots of lively carbonation and a finger of white foamy head that hung around for quite a while. Left some nice, thick lacing around the glass.

The aroma consists of lots of citrusy and piney hops with maybe a small amount of malt in the background.

Flying Dog must have changed the recipe for this beer, because a lot of the older reviews said that the hops were lacking and it was mostly dominated by malt. I do not find this to be the case at all; the hoppiness is up front and although its moderately bitter, Snake Dog is pretty tasty, with citrus and pine resin up front, then attempting to be balanced by a bit of caramel maltiness and some fruits before the hops take back over. Pretty damn good taste, I say.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me, though. What I do like about the mouthfeel is the way the carbonation works with the flavors to cover up the 7% alcohol, which I can't detect at all. Other than being thin, it's pretty smooth.

I like this IPA quite a bit. Not the best I've had by far, but it fills out the basic checklist for what an IPA should be: flavorful, hoppy, and refreshing. Pretty solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 00:31:00 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours out like a standard pale ale. A little yellow orange to it, standard head depth, carbonation. Aroma, not hoppy, a little alcohol, something else going on, not necessarily good.

Taste, a little better, a more British style than you typically see this far West (Edit: When the heck did this brewery move to MD? I always knew them as a CO brewery, but I digress).

Not the customary hop profile. A little sweeter, but still bitter. Degrades through the drink. Now that they're on the other side of the country, and no bottle dating, getting a fresh bottle is even tougher.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 17:46:08 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of donkeyrunner


2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Flying Dog, Thirst Dog, Red Dog, Dogfish Head...I'm sick of dog beers.

Clear amber and very stagnant looking. Large white head that disappears by sip #3. Citrus hop aroma with some pine fortification. Mild alcohol and cider malt. Taste unimpressively parallels aroma. 60 IBUs come through primarily in taste and aftertaste rather than bitterness. Juicy mouthfeel with a crystal sugar blob in back. This is pretty lame.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 22:49:58 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of tone77


3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly hops, some citrus. Taste is very hoppy and bitter, a bit to much for me. Feels light in the mouth. One of these was enough for me. Overall not a bad beer, but not really to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 15:37:39 | More by tone77
Photo of mjurney


2.15/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

[Appearance]: Amber orange color, clear, some carbonation, foamy head, lacing looks quite nice.
[Smell]: Bitter citrus nose.
[Taste]: Malty, bitter citrus (orange peel like) from the hops, I could detect some piney, some slight coffee at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light bodied, carbonation is light, has harsh bitter coffee aftertaste that lingers.
[Drinkability]: Not too drinkable, very harsh.

Note: Probably the worst IPA I ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 04:18:48 | More by mjurney
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