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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,714 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,714
Reviews: 1,146
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 179 | 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 wahhmaster
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Appearance: Pours a tannish-gold color with a nice and fluffy white head. The head dissipates quickly, though, leaving only a little spotty lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and grainy. The grapefruit smell found in many IPAs comes out here as well.

Taste: Pretty tasty. Hoppy as hell, as an IPA should be. A little bready and wheaty with a touch of malt. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth. A little over-carbonated but not so much that it ruins the experience.

Drinkability: A solid IPA. Certainly not the best, but you could definitely do much, much worse. Worth a try.

wahhmaster, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

Beautiful dark clear amber orange with a short white head that rapidly fades but comes back nicely with a quick swirl.

Belgian fruit juxtaposed with grapefruit hops in the nose that yields to the fruit.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and full.

Flavors follow nose. Front end of Belgian fruit that gives way to big hops. This is a strange one for me. Tries to be two beers in one and it actually may pull it off! This is a Belgian like a Maredsous 8 blended with a "hop head." I think it works although it takes getting used to. Malt, fruit in the front and middle; huge grapefruit and pine resin in the end an finish. Very complex and layered.

I've decided I like it a lot and that it would really be good with all kinds of food flavor profiles.

GRG1313, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thick off-white head with very good retention. Orange-red, or scarlet red, clear, with lots of carbonation evident. Head fades slowly to a thick healthy cap and leaves lots of good lacing. Nice looking brew.

SMELL: Decent nose of toasted malt and lots of spices, coriander and tyme and white pepper. Hoppy floral notes as well and grapefruit notes abound.

TASTE: Toasted malt, coriander and tyme, and very peppery. Spicy for sure. Floral notes in the background and lots of citrus and bitter grapefruit flavors in there too. A touch of alcohol in the end. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is spicy and bitter with some alcohol there as well. This is interesting for sure. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Full body, creamy and chewy on the palate, goes down thick and smooth and finishes with a bit of a bite. Finishes on the dryer side of spectrum. Very nice mouthfeel. Flying Dog brews always impress in this area.

OVERALL: Good beer. Flying Dog has deinitely grown on me. Enjoyed this one much better than their Double Dog IIPA, which was a bit too rough around the edges. One I would pick up again.

Jeffo, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of kegger22
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%

Poured an amber with a modest head that reduced quickly to a thin skin. The aroma was typically IPA... citrus (not that there's anything wrong with that). The taste was a slightly hoppy citrus with a malty finish. The feel was light bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. Typical IPA, but I like typical IPA's.

kegger22, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of JamesS
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%

Pours a nice dark copper with some decent head and a bit of nice lacing. Excellent scent, very hoppy with wonderful citrus and slight floral tones, with the hint of malt in the background. Nice taste, excellent use of hops for bittering, aroma, and flavor; great citrus hop flavor with a nice bitter aftertaste. Excellent brew.

JamesS, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden colors with a tiny head that turns to lacing and a medium amount of carbonation.

Smell: There is a nice floral hop scent that isn't too strong but its definitely an enjoyable aroma for a hophead.

Taste: Herbaceous pine and hops basically fills this beer, there is a touch of caramelized flavor to it but not much.

Mouthfeel: Flows around in a crisp yet smooth manner with a light carbonation that leaves a lasting bitterness thats right on target.

Drinkability: This stuff is mighty tasty, not overly hoppy like an imperial but just the right amount. The abv might throw people off from slamming down a bunch of them in a night but this would definitely be a good choice in my book.

craftaholic, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of jbhuxley
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours crystal clear golden orange in color. Aggressive pour yields minimal head, less than 1/4", which dissipate immediately.

Very little smell to this. I can barely make out a bit of floral hops. Not much else.

Nice little pine taste, but there's just not a lot going on.

Mouthfeel is thin, with fairly low carbonation.

Despite this beer not having much character, it is quite drinkable. There is nothing offensive about the smell of flavor of the beer, there is just not a lot going on. It is fairly week for an IPA. I think this is the light beer of IPA's. I'm quite suprised that the ABV is as high as it is (7.1%). I would put this in the same category as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; nice, non-offensive ale.

jbhuxley, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%

Poured a nice amber color with a good head into an American pint glass, with little carbonation. This is a great beer for hopheads, as both the nose and flavor were overpowering with bitterness. The taste did yield more hints of citrus than the nose, but the finish was very bitter, and extremely dry. I felt like taking a sip of water for every two or three sips of beer. The body was medium, with soft carbonation, but I couldn't escape the dry-tongue feeling. Mildly good session beer for the hophead.

donniecuffs, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of MikeBrandman
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

A - Pours a deep amber. Reddish and brown. Lot of carbonation. 2 fingers of off white head that fades to one. Transparent. Very appetizing. Lacing a little disappointing.
S - Smell is great. Right out of the pour you can smell the hops from a few feet away. Not very complex, just straight hops.
T - Again, strong hops but not much else. I think it's cascade and saaz hops, but I can't be sure. Not much balance, but again, it's an IPA.
MF - Nothing special here. Medium body, good compliment to the flavor.
D - Great time to drink. Doesn't get too alcoholic, but might get a little boring. Every sip packs a punch.

MikeBrandman, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4/5  rDev +12.4%

appearance: nice beutiful red amberish color

smell: light hop smell. could have used more

taste: not a loaded IPA, but good pine/grapefruit flavor, decent flavor fro an IPA

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA

drinkability: overall a decent IPA, not the best but if Im in the local area I will hit it up

CampusCrew, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of baos
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%

12 ounce bottle into dog-faced mug.

A: Golden-amber with a three finger white head. Head dwindles down to a few dollops of foam here and there with good lacing. A dark pale ale? lol?

S: I love a powerfully hopped brew from time to time. This one is extra spicy floral and grapefruit rind hops. Warrior and dry hopped with Columbus hops. Nice!

T: Floral hops, grapefruity zestiness, piney kind-budness, and actually after the hops reside a bit there's some maltiness detectable. Ends dry and bitter; a good beer.

M: Light to medium-light

D: Pretty drinkable. I like this one cold cold. The coldness goes well with the hop (snake dog) bite. Wasn't snake dog a character from Road House or something?

baos, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%

poured into a perfect pint

pours a standard IPA gold with lots of carbonation and a pretty good head, not so much lace.

smells hoppy, floral and citrusy, but underdeveloped. would have liked a little more aroma. taste was pretty standard as well. not much variety. A bit hoppy but no defining features. pretty weak flavor.

light body with plenty of carbonation. i liked the snakedog label though

Anthony1, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of pmccallum86
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%

This beer pours a clear golden red amber color with a nice thick head which has great retention. Lacing remains on the glass as the beer slowly disappears into my mouth.

Smell is pretty good, strong hop aroma more pine than citrus. Good malt aroma also detectable.

This beer tastes very good, great hop presence as you would expect from an American IPA with a perfect malt balance. Pine and citrus floral hop notes appear, very smooth finish.

This beer has a great level of carbonation for an IPA, a rather thin mouthfeel though.

Very drinkable beer, Flying Dog has come through with quite a solid IPA here.

pmccallum86, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of adamb02155
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%

A - Nice copper color, lighter than expected, and a good head when poured.

S - Sweet hoppy smell.

T - This is one of my favorite IPAs. Slight metallic bite but overall, great hop taste.

M - First impression is a nice little kick, but not a ton of carbonation and kick here.

D - 7% ABV means you can't drink a ton but I personally like the hop flavor here, which is strong enough to be assertive but not so strong to be offensive. Not the most balanced IPA but has been my standby this summer!

adamb02155, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%

Bought this beer during my last vacation trip to Maine in 2009. Tasted on August 9, 2009.

A: Very clear beer with a copper looking color. The head is superb and is formed of big bubbles. The head remains and is very sticky to the glass. Nice.

S: Inviting sent and of medium intensity. Mainly floral hops, and the malts are difficult to get. It's me however, I'm always overwhelmed by hops and like it so much that I can focus on anything else.

T: The taste present mainly a bitterness from hops. This is more intense in the taste than in the aroma. Yeah, the more I drink it, the more I find it intriguing, but good, the taste is a lot more aggressive than the smell.

M: Medium body and very harmonious in the mouth. I like this.

D: Easy to drink, not sure I would get more than 2 per session 'tho.

This is a good IPA in my opinion, and it is very balanced.

ZorPrime, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
3.88/5  rDev +9%

Had this beer three weeks ago in the Vlaamse Reus, a very nice pub specialized in Belgium beers, in Wageningen. The beer has a clear amber color, with a rather small, white head.

Smell: sweet malts, some caramel and very strong grapefruit nose.

Taste: malty, sweet caramel, spicy hops and a very nice, bitter aftertaste, with a clear grapefruit flavor in it. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, the beer feels a bit thick. The alcohol is medium-hidden

Overall: Surprisingly nice American IPA, with a unique bitter grapefruit taste. Well balanced sweetness and bitterness. Had already several ones and will have it for sure again.

rvdoorn, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of wknight167
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

Apearance - Pours a clear goldencopper with a quickly dissapating 1 finger head. slow but steady stream of bubbles.

Nose - Citrus, grapefruit and orange? Pine. strong classic American IPA nose

Palate - Unrefined almost grainy. Piny, lemony then spicy notes from the hops. Alcohol level is in your face. Slight malt sweetness in the finish. In my opinion, unbalanced. The hop profile doesn't match the malts, allowing the alcohol to show through.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation, medium bodied, almost grainy in texture.

Drinkbility - Not a bad IPA, but not my favorite either.

wknight167, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly but does leave a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Vaguely citrusy in a floral way; a nice aroma but a bit underpowering

Taste: Grainy malt flavors at the outset with a growing piney bitterness that has some soapy elements to it; after the swallow, there is a surprising amount of sweetness that fades as the grainy elements take over the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer by any stretch but there are a lot of IPAs out there that I prefer

brentk56, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of wesl56
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%

a- pours a dark, somewhat opaque amber... verry small almost no head, very little/no lacing

s- FLORAL! is all i get

t- not overly hoppy, but still has a considerable bite

m- seems to be lacking carbonation, but served very cold it is pleasant

d- drinks very well for an IPA, certainly on the hoppy side

this review makes it sound not so great, but i really enjoyed this IPA. Seems a hair unbalanced, as it is very very floral, but it isnt overly hopped. not my favorite IPA but ill buy it again

wesl56, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of jsg2220
3.88/5  rDev +9%

Served - 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Shiny copper with a tan head over 1" with a few medium bubbles rising up.

S - Mild citrus and pine infusion. Neither is dominant.

T - Lots of mellow piney flavor and a smooth bitterness.

M - Crisp.

D - Nice middle of the road I.P.A. Just bitter enough and in good balance with the malt. Not at all overpowering.

Etc. - 7.1% ABV, 60 IBU (on the label)

jsg2220, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%

@ Flying Dog brewery, Frederick, MD

Decent, amber color with a light tan head and light carbonation. Medium body that is slightly hazy and contains aromas of truffle butter and grass seed. A touch sour, but the hops are full of life and very grainy (this seems to be the dominant characteristic of most Flying Dog beers I've had).

A touch dry, with a moderate-strong ABV of 7% and a moderate, hoppy finish. A bit sour on the back end. Comparable to many other grainy IPAs of its style, with predictable Cascade hops and a moderate complexity.

TLove, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of noknife83
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

poured into a pint glass... nice inch or so of thick creamy head... pours light amber and has a smell of tree sap and citrus... a very good beer, i'm surprised that it's 7.1, because it don't taste that strong... reminds a lot of stone IPA... a good beer i'd recommend.

noknife83, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Nice rich dark amber color, very transparent. A thick creamy head. Smells like a hopped IPA with a slight wisp of something else that didn't appeal to me. Tastes lake a darker malt almost porter-ish. Over all I'd go with something else if I had the choice.

JordanEllwanger, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%

A- Pours a pretty clear golden orange color with an off white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of pale, bready malts, piney and citrus hops.

T- Taste is resiny hop flavors, followed by an assertive bitterness over caramel and toasty malts. As the malt fades, the bitter remains, but then there is something else sliding in that I can't put my finger on but I don't like it.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- I think there are many better IPA's out there. I could drink this if I was in a pickle but nothing I'd seek out.

nrbw23, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of bmwats
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber color. Really light carbonation. Pours into a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Slowly settles leaving little peaks and craters, substantial sticky lacing remains as it does.

S: Roasted malt, sharp hops, and pine nuts.

T: "Woody" lightly malted flavor. Biting hops, and the requisite [IPA] pine nut flavor cap this one off.

M: Really dry, and steely. Hops will make your mouth draw up.

D: Pretty nice. (Of course, I'm a pretty big IPA fan.) Nice, sharp biting, hoppy brew. Maybe a bit too dry.

Really solid atmosphere. Great appearance, solid nose pretty characteristic of the style. Decent flavor. . . again pretty much in lock-step with the style. Although this style is going to be dry, this is profoundly so. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

bmwats, Jul 11, 2009
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