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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,594
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 jera1350


2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow, frothy two finger head. Some lacing.

S- Mostly hops, some malty and yeasty smells. Faint citrus and grass.

T- Big surprise here. Hops are minimal. I don't even know if this could be called an IPA, there are so few hops here. Malty with the hop bitterness at the end, but not much. Alcohol is well hidden.

M- Rather thin, lacking in carbonation.

D- Good drinkability. I couldn't believe it had 7% ABV because it is undetectable. Not enough hops for the style though.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 00:00:29 | More by jera1350
Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A clear, bright orange-bronze color with some active carbonation. The off-white head is tall, foamy, and somewhat rocky. Retention is good, with some sticky bits of lacing.

S: A moderate dose of biscuity malt in the nose. Floral and citric hops are evident, with some orange character. A touch metallic.

T: Some grainy, biscuity malt up front. Surprisingly grainy, in fact. A touch of citric flavor, but the hops are mostly floral, providing a gradual crest of bitterness into the finish. A rather mineraly character as well, with some flashes of alcohol.

M: A bit watery and lightly carbonated. A slight dryness into the finish. It could really stand to be bigger and more robust.

D: Like many other Flying Dog offerings, this beer has promise, but is offset by several flaws. In this case, the mouthfeel really holds things back. It could also benefit from a bigger hop presence. Not bad, but there are dozens of better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 02:15:12 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of littlekidlover


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out the bottle into a willi glass, it has a copper/ straw clear appearance with a frothy white head. The nose was spicy and slightly bitter, not very much on the nose compared to many IPAs. The taste is standard grapefruit zest with notes of pine. A bit more of a bitter finish than some. Mouthfeel is about medium bodied. I wouldn't go so far as calling this a good session beer, the bitterness would likely bother me after a couple. All in all, this is a decent IPA at the price point, nothing offensive but nothing extraordinary.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 01:45:55 | More by littlekidlover
Photo of dbmcrorie


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

12 oz. brown long neck bottle poured into an American pint glass. Only date printed on bottle: 112FX09 (Freshness: '09?)

Pours thin, creating very little head (off white), and leaving minimal lace. The body is golden amber with orange hues. A bit murky.

There is quite of bit of fruity yet leafy hops coming through, followed by candy and citrus (fuggles or cascades?). Faint toast like maltness is underlying the herbal, floral, and grapefruit notes.

Bittersweet candy flavor is enhanced by the thick mouthfeel in this one. Soft carbonation creates a long yet crisp finish with plenty of hop bitterness; a bit powdery towards the back of the mouth. Notes of mandarin orange, citrus, and grapefruit are similar to the nose, with plenty of leafy hops. There is unfortunately little balance provided by the malt profile. Very little alcoholic flavors are noticeable.

Though the hops are noticeable in this brew, IPA's should be loaded with them. This is not. Just the malt profile is weakened to let the hope flavors/aromas come through more noticeably (instead of being stronger). Also, the sweetness takes away from the slick mouthfeel and medium-full body by giving a stickiness to the lips. It should be replaced with a more stable malt profile for better balance.

Don't get me wrong, the bitterness, as well as floral palate and bouquet, are quite pleasant. There should just be more of it. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor, but is definitely noticeable in the belly by the end of the pint.

This would probably be best paired with spicy cuisine with lots of flavor. Especially seafood and peppery cheeses.


Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 15:10:17 | More by dbmcrorie
Photo of mrhiccups


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty beer mug, had some foam on top, faded in a short while. Pretty big pine smell to it, lots of hops, kinda oily taste, but not overbearing. Has a kinda lingering bitterness to it, can be expected with the 60 IBU rating. Have had better IPA's with better overall taste, but is worth trying, however.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 02:33:55 | More by mrhiccups
Photo of MLasoski

New Jersey

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

Served: In a bottle, poured into an ale glass.

A: A crisp, carbonated IPA with a golden color. The head is there, but fades away quickly.

S: Just like other IPAs I've had, the hops are there. Something of a piney-smell sticks out for me as well.

T: Pretty hoppy from the get-go and then a pinewood aftertaste. It reminds me of a grapefruit aftertaste actually.

M: Crisp, hoppy, and has that grapefruit sourness at the end.

D: Not my favorite IPA; however, it does the job with its 7.10% ABV. One of my more favored beers from Flying Dog.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2009 02:09:57 | More by MLasoski
Photo of DavoleBomb


4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask tonight at Max's in Baltimore.

I was absolutely amazed by both the smell and taste. It appeared no different from the regular Snake Dog, but it was chock full of hop oil aroma and tons of herbal hop flavor. There must have been an addition of wood as oak came through full force leaving this one to be remembered.

3.5 A
4.5 S
4.5 T
4.0 M
4.5 D

Serving type: cask

05-17-2009 06:27:49 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of blaje

Quebec (Canada)

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

Served cold (too cold ?), this one forms almost no head. Golden lightly orange in colour.

Nose: Citrus and pine. Floral notes

Mouth: Good carbonation. Citrus (grapefruit) and pine flavours withou a doubt. Sweet malt after the hop attack. Bitterness is very pleasant, just like what I like in an IPA. Drinkability is ++.

Aftretaste: Long, piney and grapefruit

Conclusion: Nice IPA. Did not stood out of the mass of the other good IPA, but I surely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 01:25:16 | More by blaje
Photo of daledeee


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

I have grown fond of several of their stronger brews so I purchased this with great anticipation.

This beer poured with a very healthy white head and kept some throughout the drink. Body was a clear dark gold.

The nose was not strong but smelled fresh. Some grapefruit and pine. Less than most IPA

Taste was not quite where I want it. Citrus, malt and hops are there but the balance between all is not quite right.

This beer is good but not exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 22:04:39 | More by daledeee
Photo of n00tz


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

A - Average IPA, golden-amber body containing semi-active carbonation below an off-white 1cm head. Beautiful lacing left all the way down the glass.

S - Piney hops (no-doubt cascade), sweet citrus.

T - I get the piney hops, with some sugary malts that clash in my mouth. Finishes with a grapefruit bitterness.

M - Light and sticky. The citrus kills it. Seems like it was imbalanced. Burps a fantastic cascade hops though.

D - I had a lot of hope for this one, so it was a disappointing average unfortunately. Not a bad brew at all though. Just had some identity crisis throughout the experience. I'll have to revisit this later and give it a fair re-evaluation.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 17:54:26 | More by n00tz
Photo of MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice, crystal clear amber with a copious head. Fantastic head retention and lacing.

Smells earthy and spicy with some sweet malt. Somewhat fruity. It's subtle.

Whatever weak biscuity caramel malt there is killed swiftly a barrage of citrusy, earthy bitterness. The grass/leafy astringency kind of sticks around in the aftertaste, with an aftertaste that reminds me of a Halls Mentho-Lyptus cough drop. Thin bodied. Meh.

There are far too many better American IPAs out there for me to bother with this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 00:38:55 | More by MeisterBurger
Photo of pradipta


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clear golden red with an extremely well-behaved head - about an inch thick on pouring subsiding very very slowly to a respectable 2mm or so. Promising nose of light toasted malt, subtle spice, and citrus - but does not deliver in the mouth where bitterness takes over and remains dominant in the aftertaste, getting rather medicinal, in fact. Overall a bit disappointing, given the quality of their classic pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 14:05:53 | More by pradipta
Photo of Vengeance526


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copperish orange color with about a half finger of white head and some light lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus with some light piney hops.

Taste is fairly fruity and the hops are a bit more pronounced. Starts off with lemon and pine, and a subtle touch of malt comes through in the end.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall, not one of the best IPAs out there, but still decent and refreshing. I wouldn't mind trying it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2009 19:31:06 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of storksonm


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

Nice head. Retained a thin level of foam throughout the drink. Right away the way it looks and smells like more of a caramel Ipa. Niceley hopped such a smooth mouthfeel with the bitter hop bite. Some lacing but only a little. This is a nicely flavored sweet Ipa. Its not a incredibly bitter Ipa but a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 17:21:26 | More by storksonm
Photo of endincolorado


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear, light, copper-amber with clean, white head and decent lace.

Smell- Citrusy hops, with a little hint of pine. General, inviting fruity aromas, along with some pale malt to balance.

Taste- Refreshing fruity flavors, with crisp hop-bite. Hops are dry and citrusy. Pale malt and dry crisp in the finish. Overall, pretty focused, and balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability- Wish I had more than the two this variety pack has to offer. Will definitely pick up a six pack, as this is one IPA i could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 21:38:53 | More by endincolorado
Photo of juju7


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

Vibrant orange/copper with an ample soft head that laced very well. Lychee, citrus notes jumping out of the glass. Nice big hoppiness with a touch of caramel malt in the background. A touch awkward on the palate balance-wise, but big, robust bitterness holds firm. Fruit flavours are there with the caramel malt coming to the fore just a touch. A touch over carbonated for my tastes but that's purely personal preference. Don't get many American IPA's round these parts so I'm more than happy just to have tried this.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 10:12:34 | More by juju7
Photo of mjryan


4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the bar a while back and I found it to be much better than I ever remember it being. Just the other day I bought a sixer and boy Im glad I did. Very clear gold/amber with a firm head. Good retention and lots of sticky lace. Smells like cannabis, a lot like cannabis, like really, really good cannabis. Very pungent. Checked out the website and its dry hopped with Columbus hops which the only way Ive ever been able to describe their aroma is that they smell like dank weed. Flavour starts out hoppy in that Columbus way. Kind of citrusy but not really, maybe a bit of pine but not quite, really hard to pin these hops down. Sweet crystal malt flavour in the middle, which becomes much more pronounced as the beer warms up, finished off by a well rounded bitterness that doesnt completley scrub away the sweet malt. Perfect medium body and carbonation. I really like this IPA. I dont remember it ever tasting so good. Yes please Ill have another!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 19:34:47 | More by mjryan
Photo of mizzourah


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

A: It's a nice golden amber color with a one-finger creamy white head, leaving decent amounts of lacing.

S- The aroma is of citruses and hints of pine, but it's somewhat weak. I would have liked a more pronounced smell.

T- This is mostly hops. At first I detect some pine and then it finishes with citruses, perhaps some grapefruit in there. I didn't pick up many malts. I didn't really taste the alcohol, and it finishes somewhat dry.

M- It's smooth and somewhat creamy. Light to medium bodied.

D- This is a drinkable IPA but not my favorite. While I enjoyed the taste, I would have liked a little more complexity and balance. I bought this in a 6-pack mixer, and while I'm glad I did, there are other IPA's that I'll buy first.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 22:56:30 | More by mizzourah
Photo of kingcrowing


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice IPA, Aroma is somewhat lacking.
Good appearance, very little to no head. A nice deep amber color.
The right amount of hoppiness for a standard IPA. The hops linger for a decent amount of time. almost earthy but still very smooth and crisp.

Very refreshing after a hot day!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 22:04:57 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of northaustin


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

had this one a few times now so its not as surprising as when i first had it. poured into a tulip. its color is darker than expected but is consistent all the way through. a thin head.a mildly hoppy taste. at first i thought the beer was ultra hoppy but since ive had more ipa's the taste sort of evens out.mouthfeel and drinkability are above average but nothing else. what sets this beer apart is its balance. at 7.1% it has a much better flavor balance than most of the 6% ipa's ive had. considering how available this beer is it is definately a must try. a good one to have as a standard cheap and tasty ipa in your fridge

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 18:02:04 | More by northaustin
Photo of joshuadlight


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed the Snake Dog. It poured orangey gold with a nice head that produced nice lacing all the way down the glass. Definitely a beer that based on citrus foundations. There is grapefruit in the nose. The mouthfeel is very juicy at first and typically drying at the finish. The taste isn't too bold, but it is flavorful and very enjoyable. It is not the most quaffable beer out there, but it is no less drinkable than the majority of IPA's out there. Great beer, not too expensive.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 15:41:32 | More by joshuadlight
Photo of stcules


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

Reddish amber color, with a light beige foam, not too much, but beautiful. Beautiful color, too.
AT the smell, wel, yes, it's an America IPA, with a lot of american hops, pink grapefruit, good. Some piney, resins. Not too strong, for an APA.
The taste is intense, again with a good amount of hop. Nothing new, obviously, but a good APA, with a good hopping.
Not extreme, balanced, drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 17:42:08 | More by stcules
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.7/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was poured into a clean pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Looks a very pale yellow.

Smells of hops strongly.

Taste is a disappointment. Overly hopped with absolutely no balance.

Average mouthfeel, and this beer is drainpour worthy.

For the over the top hop head. Ill pass for now.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 14:37:13 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of rgopalani


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Type - Bottle

Appearance - Poured a solid copper, with nice lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, as you'd expect, with a bit of malt

Taste - There is definitely an nice sweetness, but it hits you hard with the bitter aftertaste a bit too quick.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness takes hold pretty quick, as I mentioned.

Drinkability - Not a session beer, but a solid IPA nonetheless. Still, with all the great domestic IPA's out there, it's hard to justify getting this one on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 21:54:00 | More by rgopalani
Photo of nick76


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is very hoppy with a very pine like hops and a bit of citrus. The malt is very sweet and caramel like with nuts, bread, and butter in it as well. The appearance is amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a very nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 05:26:50 | More by nick76
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