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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,720 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,720
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 181 | 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 hdog09
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%

-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.

hdog09, May 02, 2010
Photo of cantloveemall
2.45/5  rDev -31.2%

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.

cantloveemall, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

ocelot2500, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

stingrayvr6, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

Stigs, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.88/5  rDev +9%

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.

puboflyons, Apr 09, 2010
Photo of oregonskibum
3/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

oregonskibum, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of BostonBrewins
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%

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.

BostonBrewins, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of nsmartell
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

nsmartell, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of Bfarr
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

Bfarr, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%

12oz bottle from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours clear amber with a medium-sized white head.

Aroma is sweet malt and tea, with some fairly faint herbal hops.

Flavor is sweet malt with a really herbal hop character that is not quite assertive enough for my tastes.

Average palate for style - a little short on the hop oils.

Overall this beer is not bad, but really not impressive for the style.

nickd717, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Golden with a tight cap of white head.

Snake Dog is all about Columbus hops with their signature sharp, herbal punch present throughout the taste, although their influence in the aroma is a bit weak, and instead a toasty graininess comes through.

A decent American IPA. It lacks depth, then again the beauty of using a single finishing variety is that the drinker gets schooled in its character.

***A less than 1 month old bottle enjoyed 6/19/12 revealed a much better IPA. Still a bit one-dimensional with the Columbus hop onslaught but juicy, fresh, and punchy***

bump8628, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of BeerGodz
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Look: Amber color, medium white head, decent retention and lacing

Smell: Floral hops, some citrus

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt. Finish: Floral hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body & carbonation, slightly sticky

Drinkability: Smooth and easy to drink

Overall Impression: Not a bad IPA, and it's not a bad value. Certainly worth trying out

BeerGodz, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of al3
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

A - Great looking beer, orange/amber, frothy top w/ lots 'o retention, and a good bit 'o lacing.

S - floral/citrus hops, with some sweet candy aroma.

T&M - somewhat sweet up front then bitter grapefruit, and hops bite. Dry on the finish. Feel is medium and fits the flavor. Well carbonated.

D - It's drinkable, but I've had better.

Overall, it looks great, but only has decent flavor, It just seems to be missing something, just not as good as some other American IPA's out there. This is one I would still want to try on draft.

al3, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

Wow I can't believe I came on here and see some hop heads dissing this beer. I figured as long as it has hops it was awesome is was drinkable. cool!

A - Nice dark amber with a decent head. Poured carefully
S - Floral or citrus hops. Hard to tell since this is a basic IPA :P
T - Well at first it seemed like a hop bomb. I do not dare drink the double dog tonight but it seemed just the right amount of hops to be considered an IPA.
M - Dry but refreshing. I can truly enjoy any of Flying Dogs offerings over the Tire entry
D - Well I have 4 more and really don't like IPA's but I almost reviewed it as the Gonzo which says it's almost as drinkable as a porter!

DrDemento456, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of teovaldi
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%

Pours a dark copper with a one finger light brown head that lasts for most of the beer leaving nice lacing.

Smell is of sweet citrusy hops.

The taste doesn't really do much...its quite hoppy, but it's a "bland" hoppiness, none of the citrus or sweet from the nose. Very minimal on the malt end. Finishes crisp and dry.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability suffers from lack of balance. Don't think I'll be trying this one again. I like hop bombs but there are so many more out there that have much better taste with equal hop bitterness.

teovaldi, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured an amber color with a 2 finger off white head that took a minute or two to dissipate. left some nice lacing down the glass. Not a bad ipa. Nothing incredible, but very drinkable. Nice floral notes throughout, with a slight bit of hop citrus as well. Tiny bit of a sweet malt backbone, which was enough to keep it balanced as the hops werent overpowering at all. Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied with a noticeable but not offputting amount of carbonation.

HURTemHIZZY, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of WOTO97
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%

A: 2-finger head with great retention, golden amber in color, no lacing

S: big standard IPA hop character--bright orange, some lingering spice notes

T: sweet malt and orange on the front, very mellow hop bite on the back end, some floral notes on the mid-palate, slight chalky finish

M: very light, finishes clean (perhaps too much so for the style), nominal hop feel

D: sessionable but too mild for my personal liking; having so many west coast styled IPAs, my palate simply may not be accustomed to such lighter IPAs, probably won't go back to it any time soon

WOTO97, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

# 123FX10

pours golden orange with a 1+ finger with ok retention and left some spotted lacing

smell is a little faint but i get pine citrus some tropical fruit

taste - a west coast style pine grapefruit some tropical fruit - but there are some off metalic flavors that keep this from becoming a great ipa

mouthfeel was light crisp good carbonation

drinkability is good - another solid brew from FD

jsh420, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of cdbooth219
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

A: Pours a light copper color with about two fingers of bubbly off white head that dissipates slowly leaving good lacing. A lot of carbonation bubbles continue to emerge even after the pour.

S: Lots of floral and grassy hop notes, with some light fruit aroma behind it. I cant quite put my finger on the fruit aromas though. I also detect some citrus notes in there as well

T: A lot of the same floral and grassy hops are prevalent. Quite a bit of sweet caramel malt flavor as well. Finishes with some citrusy flavors and finishes rather dry. As it warms, the malt and fruitiness become more prevalent, but the hoppiness is still strong.

M: Very well carbonated and light. A little bit of an oily feeling lingers in the mouth

D: Goes down surprisingly easy considering the abv in this beer. This tastes really good so I

could definitely drink this one all night

Overall, this is a very good beer. It is well balanced and easy to drink especially considering the high abv. I will definitely be picking this up again and checking out more of Flying Dogs offerings.

cdbooth219, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

A- Light copper color with a decent head that leaves some lacing. Pretty clear

S- Bold, spicy hops and some sweet, sticky fruit that reminds me of dried, sweetened apricots.

T- Pinching bitterness with a subdued sweetness that comes across as tart and yet quite smooth in it's own way.

M&D- Pretty light body with a fizzy carbonation make for a relatively easy-drinking beer, despite the raging bitterness found in IPAs

EnojysAnyBeer, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a thin white head. Copper, burnt orange color. Some lacing develops.

S: Almost more malt than hop here. Very light grassy and earthy hops. Maybe this isn't ideally fresh?

T: Moderate bitterness to start. Too strong of a malt base with not enough hops - just like in the nose.

M: Moderate carbonation, a little sticky.

D: Average if not below average IPA. Could drink but not if I really wanted hops. Disappointed with Flying Dog on this one.

kirkpjr, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of OzarkElmo
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%

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!

OzarkElmo, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

Mistofminn, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of giblet
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

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.


giblet, Feb 26, 2010
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