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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,892 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,892
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 22
Gots: 292 | FT: 0
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Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Code 025A11...whatever that means. 12 oz brown glass pry-top bottle.

Pours a hazy orange brown with some creamy white head that leaves some lacing. Nose is bright and citrus-y with some honey notes and a little green earth.

Palate is bitter right off the bat with some biscuit malt underneath. This seems to be an American version of a British IPA in the true sense. Carbonation is creamy and the hops seem to add more bitterness than flavor. Some faint honey flavor is there too and the finish is rather quick and not overly bitter.

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

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

It was light copper, orange, with a nice off-white head.

Smells of sweet malt, pine, grapefruit and orange.

Taste has a lemon hop bite, some melon and bubblegum, and the aftertaste is toasted malt.

The beer is medium bodied with a dry, bitter finish.

I thought this IPA was well balanced and mellow but still flavorful.

Photo of samyoung
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog has the Fear and Loathing theme down. Illustrations and bottle quotes correspond highly to my eagerness to drink this beer.

A - Golden and red.
S - Hops, hops and more hops with a slight hint of pine and citrus.
T - Notes of pine, grapefruit. The label said it was going to be very bitter yet I did not find this to be the case.
M - Nice and thick.
D - Easy-drinking due to complex flavors and great after-taste.

This is a great American IPA.

Photo of joelshults
2.84/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Nice copper color with just a tiny bit of hop haze. Decent finger and a half of cream colored head. Lots of nice tiny bubbles.

Smell - Not nearly as strong a smell as a lot of IPA's. Buttery malt sweetness comes through the catty hop smell.

Taste - There is a sweet lemon flavor and a mouth puckering acidity. Not like a lemon but like a lemon vinaigrette. Bitter finish and a bitter and puckering aftertaste. Astringint cat pee flavor throughout.

Mouthfeel - Decent. A little on the watery side.

Drinkability - I'm a big fan of IPA's and big hops but this one is bizarre. Maybe I just need to get used to it, but I have a hard time believing I could drink many of these.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured clear orange color w/ a small head and a bit of lace, very unexceptional appearance-wise but nice enough. The nose is great though, big hops, loads of pine and fruit. The taste doesn't really hold up though. It is sort of bitter and one dimension, astringent w/ a sort of iced tea character. The palate is decent enough, medium bodied w/ brisk carbonation, but I just don't think this is exceptional for its style or in general.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Pours light copper, hazy, 1 finger off-white frothy head that slowly dissipates. Leaves just a little lacing.

S: Slightly dank citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, lemon), floral/perfume hop aroma, spicy alcohol

T: Hops are muted compared to the nose. Citrus flavors are pretty mellow up front and only seem to finally bloom and burst right before the finish as the carbonation fizzes out. Golden pale malt lends a little caramel sweetness, toasted grains. Hops seem a little more floral and earthy than citrus, it doesn't come through like it did on the nose. Tiny bit of bitterness. Finish is slightly alcoholic, very mildly bitter, grainy. There's some complexity and depth here, but you really have to look for it, there's nothing "in your face" about this brew.

M: Medium to high carbonation that takes a little while to fizz out completely. Body is fairly light, slightly chewy, not very sticky or resiny.

D: I could probably drink this in a minute, while it's a plus that alcohol isn't really a factor, I expect my IPAs to be too strong/bitter to drink too quickly.

Photo of JayS2629
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- a medium amber with a descent off white head that fades slowly and leaves descent lace.

S- Soft subtle biscuit filled with citrus, pine, and floral notes. Hints of leather and earthy musty notes.

T- The hops are nothing compared to the nose on the front end of the taste. Malt is barely detectable. Not balanced. Over hopped. Bitter aftertaste of grapefruit and lemon with metallic notes.

M- Watery and light for this style.

D- Not very drinkable. Unbalanced and astringent aftertaste that lingers.

Photo of iSip
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Disclaimer, I am not a big fan of the Salvador Dali-esque graphics, strange beer names (what is a snake dog?) and notations on the Flying Dog brand products. But a high rating on Beer Advocate for the Snake Dog IPA lured me into giving it a try. Once out of the bottle, the Snake Dog IPA has a nice hoppy-sweet aroma, fine golden color and appropriate head. The flavor starts with some good hop and the right amount of a malt base, but then gets thin to the finish with a bitter aftertaste - not in a good way. In my book, there are better IPA's out there. Maybe I am biased, but when you buy a beer, you do buy the whole package, marketing and all. It would take a very fantastic pour out of a Flying Dog bottle for me to overlook the graphics, and this IPA did not make the grade.

Photo of paulginva
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

APPEARANCE: Pouring from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass produced a 1" frothy off-white head with a modest amount of lacing that dissipated quickly. Carbonation was on the soft side and the dark amber body was cloudy.

AROMA: There was a moderate citrus scent overlayed with floral, leather and pine. No malt scent was detected.

TASTE: My first impression was one of citrus but the taste built quickly to a harsh, bitter, over-hopped taste with only a slight malt taste. There was no balance here -- the beer seemed as if there was insufficient malt base upon which to build the intense bitterness. There was a significant pine taste as well, which only seemed to enhance the bitterness.

MOUTHFEEL: The beer had a light body that seemed almost (but not quite) too thin. Carbonation was moderate, which probably enhanced the astringent, bitter aftertaste. The initial taste was lightly to moderately acidic and moderately bitter, however it built swiftly to a harsh dry bitterness that lasted for a moderate amount of time. There was little body lacing.

DRINKABILITY: With a bit more malt and a bit less dry-hopping, which would also improved the body clarity, this could have been a great beer. As it is, the brewmaster pushed the edge of the envelope a little too hard and punched right through it into over-bitterness, making this beer forgettable, with nothing to really recommend it. I seriously doubt I'd buy another except maybe to give as a gift to someone I don't particularly like.

Photo of jsprain1
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- golden amber. one and a half finger head stays well. Minimal lacing.
S- Smell is floral and citrus hop aroma.
T- Quick herbal hop kick and then the bottom fell out under it. There's not much in the finish. It's not that it's balanced, it's just that there's no lingering hop flavors.
M- Excessively light weight for style. Carbonation is decent.
D- This beer smells nice, but beyond that, it's just an average IPA for me.

Photo of jiggahertz
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Solid finger head sticks around forever, beer is murky orangish amber. Excellent lacing throughout.

S: Floral hops dominate the nose with some citrus back notes.

T: Much less hops on the tongue than I was expecting after the aroma. Comes off as thin and lacking a good first taste. Hops come through in the finish with some nice citrus notes but the first part of the flavor profile is missing.

M: Thin, low carbonation, decent finish though.

D: Haven't had IPAs in a while but was left underwhelmed by this one.

Photo of CPeterson
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A -- A reddish golden brew that pours into a two finger head and settles quickly into a light foam and leaves wisps of lacing.

S -- Citrus, leather, pine, and astringent hop aromas.

T -- Mild malts, citrus, followed by harsh, bitter hopping. Way out of balance.

M -- Light in body, and well carbonated, which only adds to the dryness that the bitter hops give the brew.

D -- Meh. Not my first suggestion, not horrible but definitely not great.

Photo of bsp77
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of jwhancher
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of patriot76
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of shand
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of mbusster88
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of leedorham
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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.

Photo of mountsnow1010
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of tharper
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of Genuine
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,892 ratings.