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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,830 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,830
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 235 | 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 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
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Light golden yellow/orange with thin head, leaving small,minimal lacing that sticks for a little for a few minutes then fades quickly.

S&T=Good sweet bready malt with citrus hops coming through, not overpowering but making the mandatory hoppy distinction necessary for an IPA.

M=Nice medium feel with good, just-the-right-carbonation level, make this very drinkable session IPA for any given night. Very pleasant, very good introducing others to the fine art of craft brew.

Very enjoyable. I like it, not the best IPA, but very good craft brew indeed. Would drink again and recommend.

happy4hoppybeer, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of mbusster88
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint.

A: Orange copper color with white head of 1 finger. Head does not last all that long. Some lacying on the glass but not much. Caebonation is very light.

S: Some citrus and pine notes in the nose. Not much by way of killer profile mostly hop presence. Also do get an earthy kind of aroma.

T/M: Get some good hop bite up front and then some earthy malt flavors. The earthy flavors contiue for quite some time in this one. Mouth feel is good with some dryness from the hop profile.

D: Very inviting beer. Good for the newer ipa drinker, but not anything that will wow you.

mbusster88, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of leedorham
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a darker orange with a 1/2" white head. A bit hazy.

S - Pungent aroma. A bit earthy. Some evergreen character and some herbal.

T - Good malt backbone to back up the IBU's. Fruity esters with some tartness and sweetness.

M - Fairly high carbonation with some acidity to the palate. Full bodied.

D - Drinks a couple notches lower than the ABV would indicate and the beer disappears pretty quickly.

leedorham, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of gskitt
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was not sure what to expect with this IPA and my taste buds. Have been drinking stouts. Poured a nice golden amber/orange. Pillowy, fluffy head with some good lacing and stick. Tasted like a solid IPA. The citrusy hops is front and center, some malt but not much. Has some woody characteristics as well. Average mouthfeel, not sticky. I would say this is a pretty drinkable American IPA.

gskitt, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of mountsnow1010
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - brown with a thin white head, reasonably thick lacing
S - Not much going on, hint of floral hops but that's about it
T - Initial bitterness followed by floral and citrus flavors. pretty clean, would like a stronger malty backbone though
MF - would like more body. very tingly carbonation.
D - Could easily have 4-5 of these

Very nice fresh/on tap - have had this in bottles and was quite disappointing.
Good, but not great.

mountsnow1010, Jan 15, 2011
Photo of tharper
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice normal American IPA

A - depends on the pour but sloppy pour can give you a nice rocky head that lasts for five minutes and diminishes to 1/2 finger. Copper/pale color with slight sediment.

S - Cascade hops - slight malty linger - honey

T - clean low astringency, honey which diminishes over time. Piney with low pepper for a cascade IPA

M - light with slight sweetness linger and dry

D - that's the probem, I could drink a sixer pretty easily. But, maybe that is my problem.

Overall this is a simple, good, American IPA. Good to drink and doesn't hurt you too much. I return to this on many occassions.

tharper, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium egg-shaped, stemmed glass. Small but lovely head that hung around and left lacing. Deep copper colored ale. Good looking IPA.

Taste is balanced with a fizzy bitterness on the tongue and a pleasant bitter finish that begs another sip. A slightly different flavor profile than their Doggie StylePale Ale. Actually I found the pale ale more hoppy. Of course that was yesterday and my taster could be a little off.

Overall, a good American IPA. I wouldn't hesitate to drink another, but I don't think I'd buy a sixer if there were other possibilities.

airheadmtrcycle, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of Genuine
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to try this while watching a local holiday light parade.

Poured from the bottle and the nose immediately picked up on the very pungent citrus, pine and grapefruit notes. It is dark amber in color with a head that sticks will to the sides of the glass.

Smell - as stated before, citrus and pine notes come across first, along with some fruity essence.

Taste - a clash of pine and citrus hops that seem to battle for the forefront, while the malt backbone reaches forward to bring things into balance. Very nicely done and I'm surprised, as this is my first flying dog brew.

Mouthfeel - creamy and bubbly, but not overly carbonated.

Drinkability - I could have a few of these without getting tired of it. pretty solid IPA from flying dog and glad this is the first brew of their that I tried.

Genuine, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of BeerCon5
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber color with a nice creamy white head, pretty good retention.

The scent is strongly aromatic, full of citrus and sweet fruit, some bread and floral hops.

The taste was almost entirely citrus, it was difficult to get much else, the citrus just took over.

Light bodied, very crisp feel, high carbonation.

I didn't really enjoy this beer, at first it looked and smelled great, but the flavors were way out of balance.

BeerCon5, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of pilotgod
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden amber and presents with almost no head. What head there is forms at the edge along the glass and does leave a little Belgian lace, so that at the end it appears you drank a more substantial beer than you did.

Smell: Average for the IPA style, as in hoppy. It is difficult to get any other smells out though. This leads to the assumption this will be a strong hoppy beer.

Taste: While the taste is good and hoppy, it is not as powerful as the aroma would lead you to believe. The bitterness of this beer is a bit subdued compared to other IPA's, but the other flavors of citrus (grapefruit?), pine, malt, and an earthy tone that I can't quite describe all come together to make this a pretty tasty brew. As is typical, it leaves with a pronounced maltiness that fades into the hoppy bitterness that defines the style.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is good for the style, slightly more carbonated than others, but not "fizzy". The bitterness provides some bite, but again this is something sought out in the IPA style.

Drinkability: Slightly above average. I appreciate this beer, but compared to other selections it isn't my first choice. It comes across a bit restrained. Definitely a great beer to pick up when you see it, but not one to go out of your way for.

pilotgod, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

snake dog ipa

a 4 clear medium amber, frothy head sticks pretty well

s 3.5-4 about equal parts nougaty citrus, pine, and bread. if it were powerful it would earn the next higher score.

t 3.5-4 the pine is apparent on the palate. the bitternessd is of both a spicy and citric variety, and there's plenty of malt to go around. a lot of hopheads would think it's too malty, but the lingering citrus somewhat makes up for it imo.

m 4-4.5 on the full side of medium and the carbonation is creamy.

d 3.5-4 this is a big, flavorful, "balanced" ipa that i am presently holding in high esteem. it's piney, spicy, and citric all at the same time. more dry hopping (or maybe a fresher bottle? don't know the bottling date of this one) would quell concerns about bogging down in the malt and boost this beer somewhere into the statosphere. flying dog seems to me a very underrated brewery. i stayed away for the most part due to their ugly labels and juvenile naming. but let them put out some more stuff that ages well (haven't tried the horn dog yet; there is but a single bottle in my cellar) and flying dog could make it into my personal top 5.

brewmudgeon, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. As always, dig the Ralph Steadman artwork on the label..

Pours a clear, carbonated dark gold. Nice patchy head that's got some stick. The nose is a feast of hops, a few distinct smells battle it out. First taste is like wave of piny, citric hops, that ebbs a few times, then retreats back into a subdued malt base. But, oh the splash of hops cannot help but linger on the pallete. Dry finish, a bit of alcohol burn. A suitable IPA that almost acts like an imperial.

sixerofelixir, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lightly hazed amber color with thin cap of white froth... scent is of grassy and earthy hops with touches of pine and citrus, some nutty malts and some damp notes... taste comes out muddled, grassy and earthy hops are present, but light in flavor, somewhat high in bitterness. Some off notes of damp paper and mud, a fairly big nutty malt backbone. Medium bodied, ok carbonation. A disapointment of an IPA.

rfgetz, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of beveritt
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is Steadman drawing of a dog with a snake head. No clear freshness date, although 017A11 is printed on the back.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of very light tan head. This settles slowly to a thin, incomplete layer of puffy foam leaving behind very nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is medium amber and perfectly clear with a small amount of activity. Some loose sludge in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Piney hops upfront with hints of pineapple and honey.

Taste: Spicy hops upfront with strong pine and citrus fruit flavors, layered over a solid, slightly sweet, biscuity malt backbone. Hints of toffee and smoke. Finishes with a medium high hop bitterness that lingers well after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is great, viscous with a slick after feeling.

Drinkability: Despite my distaste for their labels and sophomoric names, I tend to be impressed with the solidness of Flying Dog's beer. Another well put together one here.

beveritt, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of hopsolutely
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Surprised to see this classified as an American Pale Ale, as the bottles I've purchased seem to be almost devoid of hops, except in aroma. Lovely colour, but the predominant taste profile is entirely roasted malts - dark, caramelized & lovely, but certainly not hop-centric.

There are some incredible Flying Dog beers, so perhaps my expectations were unreasonably high - but I would vote this beer as an American Amber or a British Pale Ale...

hopsolutely, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of slackerlack
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nutty light brown, golden, honey color, cloudy.
S - Smells of hops and citrus
T - Very hoppy and bitter, but has a great flavor behind the hops.
D - Even with the mouth puckering explosion of hops present, its still a smooth ride down. Leaves the mouth a little dry.

slackerlack, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Duhast500
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Gritty's pint glass.

The is a clear amber/gold with three fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is sticky with hops. The bitterness rules in the nose with some real funky, earthy hops that smell a little like they've been stepped on, just a little bit dirty or dusty.

The taste is bitter and feels like a quick smack of hops hits you but then leaves with little earthy flavor again and some citrus flavor that has a slight acid like flavor. There is a tangy flavor that holds the end up a bit but goes away quickly.

This beer has a medium body with a slight aftertaste that seems to wash away quickly and does not leave a bitter footprint on your tongue. It has a nice drinkable feel and it hits you with a well padded alcohol punch.

Duhast500, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of CheckmateBrew
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - small head with a nice amber to light orange color.

S - Hops rule, but for an IPA, a touch light.

T - This is a good beer, but only slightly above average for an IPA. Hops good, but needs a touch more malt.

M - Not bad, just not great. Well carbonated, more of a lighter feel on the pallet.

D - I am giving this bonus points for the one thing that does impress me is that for a 7.5% brew, the alcohol is well hidden. Very drinkable on a hot sunny day.

CheckmateBrew, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of eporter66
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - About a quarter inch head that quickly retreats back to just a covering over the beer. Amber copper coloring

S - A nice citrus aroma along with a more earthy smell

T - The earthy smell comes across more in the taste with the citrus retreating. The fruit flavor does stay with you after finishing the beer. A good bitter bite, but would like the fruity flavor upfront more. Very little malt comes through

M - Rather light, well carbonated

D - For 7.1% ABV, I thought it was hidden well, which for me is a good thing. I do prefer a more citrusy flavor, this leaned more towards an earthy/pine flavor. Good beer, just nothing special

eporter66, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of Phillie
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled out of a bottle and into a tumbler glass.

Using a relatively liberal pour, I achieved a half inch off-white head. The colour of this beer to me is a beautiful bronze/gold showing minimal carbonation as the bubbles ascend towards the surface. The head retention lasted several minutes and as the beer was consumed the lacing was very apparent and abundant.

This ipa has the typical nose characteristics of evergreens and hops. The smell is quite inviting.

A large swallow of the beer invites the hops to burst forth from the liquid. The smell and taste are closely one in the same. I can taste subtle evergreens among the hops. The taste is very refreshing and easily hides the flavour of alcohol. The after taste is not overwhelming for a hoppy beverage but certainly exists; however, it doesn't disappoint.

This beer rolls off the tongue with great flavour and to me is somewhere between medium and light. This beer is a solid contender for a typical ipa and has very solid drinkability.

Phillie, Dec 05, 2010
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,830 ratings.