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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,610
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 125 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001)
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Photo of wolfinthemirror


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
Photo of muttyd


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
Photo of BlackBearForge


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
Photo of bnes09


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
Photo of BeerNemesis

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
Photo of greengorilla


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
Photo of vdread


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
Photo of tchenery


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
Photo of alkchrios

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
Photo of dpaulmiller


2.03/5  rDev -43%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I almost poured this out upon first nose/taste, but decided to weather this storm. My opinion is close to most others - Happy with the appearance, but upon smell, and taste, could not find an affinity. Somewhat musty nose, also reminds me of an electrical-ion sort of essence. To me, not a lot of hop character, hardly drinkable, decided to sewer the last 6 ounces. Sorry Flying Dog, until now, I hadn't met an IPA I didn't like.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 22:21:33 | More by dpaulmiller
Photo of aepb1


3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden yellow with a white 1 finger head

S- Floral, citrus and piney hops

T- Hoppy foretaste and piney in there too. There's a malty-butter taste in there before the dirty bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied as expected, no surprises here

D- Meh... ok but certainly not the best IPA out there. It was nice to have that different buttery taste from other IPAs but I am still not sure if I like that or not!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 04:21:03 | More by aepb1
Photo of Zekezilla


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

Tried this at the recent City Paper Brew Fest in Baltimore. This one was one of my favorites of the day. Very hoppy and very drinkable throughout. Would definitely seek this one out again and am looking forward to trying other offerings from Flying Dog. Best of all, I get to support "local" breweries.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 01:52:52 | More by Zekezilla
Photo of hdog09


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

-Poured into glass, golden/amber in color looks appealing.

-light citrus smell from the hops, lacking more smell than expected

-Taste is good just not as hoppy as I would like in an IPA

-Not a bad beer by any means just prefer other IPA's over it.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 05:15:05 | More by hdog09
Photo of cantloveemall


2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - pale yellow
S - hops, malts, floral notes
T - alright, not really hoppy enough for me, has a really strong chemical taste to it
M - biting but not in a good way
D - Not too smooth

O - I'd never buy this again, however if a friend offered I'd drink it.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 03:18:36 | More by cantloveemall
Photo of ocelot2500


2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of some floral and citrus hops.

Tastes of a decent malt backbone, but little hops. Little to no bitterness and not much in the way of hop flavor. Malt is grainy and a little raw. I also pick up some diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a fizzy amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 02:19:23 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, dark amber with great creamy 2 finger head. Great retention. Smell Sweet with some malt but predominant fruity hop character. Taste was similar, but an unpleasant watery character up front. Not bad, just not good. Big fan of the big Flying Dog beers but their smaller ones dont seem to measure up.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 03:46:06 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of Stigs


3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - poured with a big inch+ of incredibly frothy, just slightly off-white cream colored foam. barely fit the entire 12oz bottle in my pint glass. the beer is slightly burnt amber colored, crystal clear.

S - very pungent piney hops, slightly grassy. malts struggle to make their wa through for some balance but succeed...laying a nice thin layer of caramel and brown sugar underneath it all.

T - expectations are met here. only a modest bittering kick of earthy piney hops, left tasting a bit oxidized and cardboard-y. malts lay a typical bed of caramel, butter, and a very subtle pepperyness underneath. aftertaste is actually decent with hops shining through.

M - very thin body for the stlyle, carbonation is adequate but overpowering with the watery body. alcohol is pretty well hidden though.

D - mixed on this. started with high hopes but quickly came down to earth. not a bad IPA though, desperately needs some body to carry everything else. might go down well on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 02:17:38 | More by Stigs
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New Hampshire

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

From the 355 ml. bottle marked 216FX10. Sampled on April 9, 2010. The pour is copper in color with a bit of cloudiness and a quarter inch foamy off-white head that really lingers on. The aroma is notably hoppy as expected but also it carries a bit of orange zest or other fruitiness in the background. The texture of the body is creamy and smooth. The taste has a great hoppiness up front and a little more bitter in the backside. But overall it is a fairly nioce IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2010 23:58:32 | More by puboflyons
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3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear orange-gold color with a fairly dense 1 1/2 inch head.

S: Nice hoppy smell, citrus with a slight floral presence. There's also a little chemical smell there. Glass was hand-washed and smelled clean, so I think it's coming from the beer.

T: Decent grapefruit tastes carries in from the smell, but is gradually replaced with a bready-malt taste that is unwelcome. Finishes a little bitter, leaving a chewy mouth feel.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. In line with expectations.

D: Average at best. It's not a bad beer, but given the number of solid IPAs available right now, this one won't be a go-to anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 22:19:45 | More by oregonskibum
Photo of BostonBrewins


2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a white head. Not too many carbonation bubbles.

S - Citrus and spice notes smell pretty damn good.

T - Citrussy, earthy, herbal hop flavor dominates. Finish is earthy, almost dirty tasting, a bit overpowering.

M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation, maybe a bit too high.

D - Not a bad beer but there are much better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2010 00:57:51 | More by BostonBrewins
Photo of nsmartell


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle stamped "103FX10" to a tulip glass. Another nice Christmas gift from my sister-in-law.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red/orange color with thick, billowy, slightly dirty white head that hangs around for a while.

Smell: Grapefruit dominates the aroma, followed by nice piney hops.

Taste: Again, the grapefruit taste dominates here. Bitterness is decent for an IPA, with lots of pine flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth and maybe a tad too sweet for my liking. Good carbonation though.

Drinkability: Too sweet for more than 2 or 3 in a sitting for me, but overall, not a bad tasting IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 11:19:29 | More by nsmartell
Photo of Bfarr


3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Snake dog is a clear, almost red amber with an nice egg shell meringue head with great retention. A light grapefruit hop aroma belies the chocolate malt beginning. It doesn't stay for long as the herbal hops fight for position. The fight doesn't last long and the hop bitterness bites back at the end with an overwhelming grapefuit finish. Great mouthfeel with a smooth, foamy feel to it.

This started off very promising but eventually any malts are drowned out by the hops which wouldn't bother me except for the hops just aren't that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 01:55:58 | More by Bfarr
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