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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,567 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,567
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 18
Gots: 109 | 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 grs8313


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

Appearance: 12oz bottle with no bottling date. Pours an amber color with a loose white head, that gets to one and a half fingers. The head then dissolves, leaving lacing around the glass.

Smell: Hop and spice aromas. Lots of hop aroma off of this one.

Taste: Hops and some warming alcohol with some sweet malt flavors can be detected, but the malt flavor subsides to the hops. The aftertaste is hops.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than water and a little creamy feeling. Carbonation can be detected, but it is not strong. The beer leaves the mouth a little dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA, which is very balanced and not to hoppy, with an aftertaste that is not over powering. Without the bottle saying so I would have never guessed this beer is 7.1% alc/vol. A little deceptive in that regard, but this beer is a well balanced IPA, that I enjoyed and would absolutely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 23:14:54 | More by grs8313
Photo of dancinwillie


3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a creamy, light tan head. A lot of carbonation, it took me 2 pours to get it all in the glass.

Smells of puckering grapefruit, and malt. Also some floral hop aroma.

Good first impression. Bitter orange and a little grapefruit flavor hit the front of my tongue, a bit of a bite, and the malt washes it down. Very tasty, but mouthfeel is somewhat thin. A bit of a dry finish, although I would like it a little crisper.

Overall, a good drinker, and I could see this as a good one to have if I wanted 3 or 4. I would like a bit more of a "bite" though. I do like this brewery quite a bit, and I guess I'll have to review their Double Dog, and see if that gives me what I need.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 20:52:30 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of jwinship83


3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- this is your basic IPA. amber colored with a small bone white head.

S- very subdued floral hops. a little disappointing

T- slightly better than it smelled. floral hops with a nice balance and a faintly bitter aftertaste.

M- right about where it should be. light and crisp.

D- there is nothing wrong with this one, its just nothing special really. there are several more interesting ones that are equally available to me. mediocre at best.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 03:41:39 | More by jwinship83
Photo of guntherhophead


4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Rich golden amber. Nice head with good retention.
S. Faint hops. Some floral hints with a nice citrus background.
T. Nice! Floral hops. Citrus with a slight bitter aftertaste.
M. Good mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated like some IPA's.
D. A very nice beer. It goes down smooth. It's taste masks the alcohol content too you might not realize it's a 7.1% so be careful not to drink too quickly.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 22:38:25 | More by guntherhophead
Photo of glid02


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a light copper color with a good-sized one and a half finger head. The lacing is also good.

The smell is probably the least impressive thing about this beer. There are some citrus aromas from the hops and not much else. The malt smell is there, but barely.

The taste is very well balanced. The tinge of citrus is there with a decent amount of hop bitterness. It's also slightly sweet for a moment. All of the flavors blend in well together, not one overpowers the others.

The mouthfeel is what I like in an IPA. It's pretty thick, and you can almost chew on it.

Overall this is a pretty drinkable beer. It's pretty bitter, which I personally like, but it's not overpowering.

Definitely recommended as a cheap IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 01:13:36 | More by glid02
Photo of jbphoto88


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper and amber color with a firm off white head that dissipates quickly. A light haze as you look through the beer. Some minimal lacing that slides down the glass after each drink.

Smell is citrus hops and a sweet malt. Mild and not a beat down of scents, in fact its a nice mix of hops and malts with a little more evidence of the previous.

Taste is slightly weaker then the nose. I was expecting bigger flavors then there is. Not that there is anything wrong with the taste I just feel the volume is turned down on this one. There is a definite hop flavor with a sweet malt backbone. A reasonable bitterness lingers into the aftertaste with a metallic coppery hint.

What this beer lacks in style it make up for in drinkability. The flavors are agreeable and the medium body makes this a pleasure to drink. Not a big beer but one you can drink a few times without obliterating your taste buds with flavor, spice or bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 22:27:40 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of BretSikkink


3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color, nice and white, with okay height of about two fingers. Not bad lacing, although the retention leaves a little to be desired.

I must be congested because I can barely smell this IPA. Mostly floral, APA-like aromas, with a whisper towards enough citrics to make it fun. Caramel-sweet malt is minimal, as the beer's color would indicate.

Disappointingly weak hops make a disappointingly weak IPA. The malt and hops, ironically, are in great balance: they're both sorry. Far too light for style, in terms of ingredients and mouthfeel. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 16:41:53 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of BeerB4Water


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at a Flying Dog tasting in conjunction with the #1 Ad Agency in the city. I must admit, I am not a huge fan of the IPA variety...alas...

A: Admittedly, the glass wasn't the cleanest but poured a nice frothy orange. May have been a trick of the eyes due to the orange Steadman labeling.

S: Like golden sunsets.

T: Enough hoppiness to feel it on the sides of your mouth and to recognize it as an IPA.

M: Makes you forget about everything you had to eat that day and every fiber or your mouth concentrates on the distinct light, noticeable flavor.

D: This is the biggest selling point. One of the most drinkable IPAs that I have had in a long time.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 19:48:30 | More by BeerB4Water
Photo of therica


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading several extremely-derogatory ratings, I was afraid to even open this one, since I'm not much of a hops-bitterness fan. Well, I was glad for the ultra-hops warning, but ... this turned out to be an extreme delight! Even my ANTI-hops wife seemed to like the initial scent and taste, although she said she didn't like the hops-bite aftertaste, which was expected.

A= orange-ish medium copper, small head.

S= extreme delight of floral hops and citruses with a slight hint of the hops-bitters to follow.

T= WOW, what a rush of hops florals, heavenly. Warrior & Columbus hops used in the process, then dry-hopped with Columbus. Yes, of course followed quickly by the hops-bitters in the swallow. If you like amazing hops florals, you'll love this. More than just hops,it's actually got character and malty depth. There's an interesting taste in here that kept reminding me of something that grows in our lower back yard. I finally identified it-- fresh catnip! Ha ha Wouldn't that be funny and ironic for a Dog-IPA!

M= very floral, citrus, superior hops, and the traditional hops bitterness.

D= very drinkable if you're a floral-hops fanatic.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 04:57:43 | More by therica
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The kings of mediocrity are back with the Snake Dog. Please leave your "flavor of the week" pet at home. An amber color with a pretty good head but no carbonated body sits in front of me. Smells like pine cones and bleach, I am afraid to try this. It's not poison but it might as well be. I think someone put listerine packs in my brew. This beer is the brewery just stabbing in the dark when it comes to an IPA, no consideration on balance at all. Hops out the ass and that is some bitter shit with no complexity throughout. Lack of ingenuity, character, and thought. Might as well just put hops in water and see what happens. Bitter in a bad way, cool artwork can only go so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 03:55:42 | More by JRed
Photo of berserker256


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange/gold with a moderate white head with big bubble circles. It really sticks to the side of the glass as I drink it down. It has the hopped-up pine tree aroma associated with I.P.A.s along with a little citrus in there. The flavor contains a pleasant bitterness and citrus hint. This I.P.A. doesn't have a "sour dish rag" stink to it that I've picked up on in other I.P.A.s. This is a good one. Good fizz and a pleasure to drink. But this is the second Flying Dog Ale that I've reviewed that had a different ALC/VOL content on the label than what the site says. My bottle says 7.1%. Nevertheless, This is good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 19:48:48 | More by berserker256
Photo of Haybeerman


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear golden amber color; really nice. Poured with a full two inch coarse off-white head. Head held and laced pretty thick. Light carbonation.

S: Initially, dominated by herbal hops. Slight sweet, caramel malts balance pretty nicely.

T: Flavor was fairly balanced overall. Up front sweet malt yields to herbal/pine hop finish that ends slightly bitter, but surprisingly clean.

M: Full and thick coating the mouth and tongue in a pleasant warming way. Good hop bite.

D: Clean flavor and hops that aren't overdone makes for a really drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 02:35:45 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of Mdog


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a good sized head.

Smell: Sweet citrus aroma with a little mint note?

Taste: This bottle seems to be on the malty side. Sweet and smooth drinking, with enough piney hops at the end to balance it out.

Drinkability: The lower alcohol and balance make this pretty drinkable.

This is a pretty decent IPA, on the balanced side so could be sesssioned. These are usually reasonably priced so I probably will pick this up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 16:39:46 | More by Mdog
Photo of GRPunk


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

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It poured with a 1 finger, dense, off-white head that turned to a fluffed lace that left good sticky rings and a gold-amber body with light-medium carbonation and a clean look.

S- Initially, there were a lot of hops. It was almost like opening a bag of pine-like hop pellets. Some sweet, caramel malts eventually slip through. It could have been more robust.

T- The flavor was fairly balanced overall. Initial malts give way to a pine hop finish that ends dry and clean.

M- It was thick and oily in a good way. It had a full feel with some hop bite.

D- Clean flavor and hops that aren't overdone makes for a good drinker. What I thought was a slightly higher ABV stops you from drinking too many in a single sitting. It could pair well with spicy/greasy food.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 00:39:53 | More by GRPunk
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, big grapefruity citrus hops. In the taste, sticky-sweet grapefruity hops. A hoppy/ bitter and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a grapefruity hop sweet to dry aftertaste. Big hops, lighter body, good beer, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 23:00:50 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of shroompod


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color. Small head , no lacing.

Slight aroma of hops , and some cooked vegetables on nose.

Surprising amount of hop bitterness on tasting. Astringent to the end with very else rounding this out.

Mouthfeel is thin , carbonation is good.

Overall a decent IPA , but theirs better to be had.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 00:36:01 | More by shroompod
Photo of jeremyd365


4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum! Poured a dark, semi-hazy copper with a little head that dissipated within minutes. Smelled hoppy and sweet and tasted the same. A strong but not too bitter hop on the palate and finishes hoppy but barely bitter, leaving the hop taste behind to savor. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. Nothing too distict, but a well-done IPA nonetheless. Try it!

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 01:13:54 | More by jeremyd365
Photo of hoegaardenhero


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

a: amber body with minimal off-white head that leaves some light wispy lacing on the side of the glass

s: brandy; caramel malts; nice citrus hops; kind of a big nose

t: caramel malts is dominant; there is some molasses; brandy and just a touch of citrus hops;

m: it was smooth and creamy enough w/ light carb

d: a decent beer but a little weird for the style since the hops play a very subdued role; i would have it again but maybe with a relabel

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 09:03:55 | More by hoegaardenhero
Photo of everetends


2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle out of a Flying Dog mixed 12. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a clear, golden amber that produced a light fluffy head. Not bad looking.

S: Smelled of citrus hops and sweet malt.

T: Tastes like a metallic bag of ass. All that I am getting is the metallic flavor with a touch of sweetness before it. Once again I think this must be their hops but every Flying Dog beer I drink has this metallic flavor. This is by far the worst.

M: It is smooth, clean and crisp but that metallic aftertaste lingers on your tongue.

D: Not for me. Wish I could chalk it up to a bad bottle but I have had several of these out of my optimistic nature, and each has failed me.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 00:47:14 | More by everetends
Photo of jordoo


2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Dark golden yellow in color with orange tints. Big long lasting white head after an agressive poor. Smellis understated for an IPA still citus/grapefruit are there but take a backseat to the smell of straw and something strange like the sticky side of tape smell. Taste is manly sweet straw like malt flavor with some bitterness on the hop end that doesnt really make it all the way out and again this strange flavor that I smelled is also on the back end which is unpleasant. Light feel for an IPA but did have some stickyness to it and really rather average drinkability. Overall not enough hops for an IPA and also something strange going on in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 17:07:02 | More by jordoo
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This pours an appetizing dark brownish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is seriously hoppy and has strong hint of evergreen, promising a very hoppy beer. Flavor is as fiercely hoppy as the aroma and even has an evergreen component. Bitterness is mild. Texture is very lively and zingy. Recommended to all hop fanatics.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2008 01:40:52 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of GoodKnight1220


3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge IPA fan but this one goes down fairly well.

Poured a golden yellow-orange into a glass. Light head.

Great floral hop smell, almost a sweet aroma.

Taste was pretty good hop taste, ending with a earthy floral flavor, then finished with a lasting bitterness. Bitter but not to strong for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 03:13:28 | More by GoodKnight1220
Photo of paulthebeerguru


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: snifter. pours a clear medium copper color with a nice off-white head. good retention rate and some nice lacing that clings to the glass.

S: wonderful IPA nose. what a nice bouquet of hop aromas. tones of earthy tones, like pine and other evergreens. there is also a lot of citrus hints all over this.

T: nice crystal malt backbone followed by a wonderful citrus hop flavor, mostly grapefruit and an earthy flavor.

M: smooth and crisp, with a medium body. nice bite from the hops.

D: very nice session IPA. another good brew from Flying Dog.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 17:07:05 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of birchstick


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

This poured amber with a nice head that slowly went away. It smelled of hops and a touch of citrus/grapefruit, not much else going on. I tasted how I expected it to taste, with the dominating grapefruit/citrus from the hops overpowering everything else. This was a pretty good IPA, however it is very bitter. I will have to say that this was probably my favorite out their mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 16:54:21 | More by birchstick
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

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

12-ounce longneck with funky Steadman art on it, poured into my DFH pint glass yields a golden copper body sporting two fingers of soft off-white foam that retains nicely and leaves a little lacing.

The vaguest sweet malt aroma is drowned in an essence of juicy grapefruit that dominates a citrusy bouquet.

Caramel punctured by grapefruity notes with strong, solid bitterness greets the tastebuds, softened by mellow toasty notes. For me, the beer is much more drinkable when accompanied by an appropriate snack, else the bitterness builds to a point I can taste little else.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 16:45:07 | More by cvstrickland
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