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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,893
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 Keffa
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Hennepin glass.

A: Poured a nice copper/gold color, 1 finger white head that receded pretty quickly into a small ring/cap, leaves a little oily lacing that retreats quickly into the little ring around the edge. Not bad.

S: Wow, this one is nice, grapefruit, a slight caramel malt, pine, orange, biscuits, a slight graininess, and a very nice floral hop. This one smells good....

T: Meh. Let down by the flavor somewhat. Starts off slightly bitter and piney, then turns to the caramel sweetness, then turns to the grapefruit and grain and then finishes slightly dry and spicy. Weird combination, not horrible by any means, but very different than any other IPA I've had. What makes it more weird is that it changes flavors so quickly that you don't get enough of each component and it makes you want for more, one more sip to get more of each flavor.

M: Nice carbonation, little bit dry and lighter than expected for the style, especially the bitterness. Was expecting a little more from Flying Dog, to be honest.

D: Meh, if the odd combination (and quickness in which the flavors change) is your thing, this is a very easy to drink beer. The alcohol is hidden completely (imo) and the bitterness is nowhere near enough to keep you from taking nice size sips of it. This one is devilish in that sense. I could see this being dangerous to someone who loves the flavors within.

Overall, an okay IPA. I've certainly had worse, but I've certainly had better. Maybe if I can come across a fresh one, or better yet, on tap, I will review it again. I don't know how fresh this one was, FWIW.

Photo of clayrock81
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a tawny brown/ruby red body that is well-carb'd with one-finger head and lace with a sour citric fruit smell for hops and some faint malts but rather nondescript aroma. A real dry beer; very hoppy but has a strong breadiness/huskiness to it and a bitter hop presence leads to the somewhat harsh dryness. Not much sweetness or balance and ends with a rather bland sour finish. A strong IPA that was nice to sip on but one is enough and I won't be bothering w/ again.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear copper body having moderate carbonation. The top is a pale tan standing at a few inches tall.

S - Malt and yeast with hints of hops.

T - Piny bitterness with a light, dry hoppy finish.

M - It has a nice dry feel to it. The feel of this brew is about as good as I've had in an IPA.

~ Overall I recommend you give this beer a try. It goes down well and is remarkably light.

Photo of Jemonster
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Attractive, unfiltered looking orange-gold body with a lasting cloudy white head when poured into a hefe glass. Leaves behind a lot of lacing, but it could be because I was drinking it so quickly. I didn't so much like the look of the head when it was fading away; patchy and dry looking.

S: Dominant hops/bitterness in the smell, as to be expected by an IPA. Slight maple syrup scent in the background. Average smell for the style.

T: This was the most "balanced" IPA I have had in a while. Some nice acidity when you pour it in your mouth, then some hop bitterness. At 60 IBU, it doesn't blow you away, but it is definitely present. I think this might be a good IPA for people who don't really like IPAs.

M: I think this was the weakest area for this beer. It was kind of flat and dry. The smallest bubbled carbonation possible. The bubbles constantly replenish the head. I think a little more carbonation would make this beer really special.

D: I think I could drink a lot of these, so the drinkability is great. The hops don't stick around and build up as long as other IPAs in my opinion. It is pretty tasty and smooth. Again, the drinkability might be a 5 if it were just a bit more bubbly.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Amber with a head that isn't huge but leaves lacing.

S-Dissappointing. Bland hops and malts. Nothing very strong or memorable.

T-Fairly bitter but lacking anything that makes it stand out from a crowd. Simply not a taste I will remember.

M-Not a bad mouthfeel pretty run of the mill.

D-Pretty easy drinker I just don't love the taste.

Plenty of widely distributed IPAs out there that make this one look foolish.

Photo of tommy78
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep orange color with a thin layer of head when poured out of a bottle.

S - A great aroma of citrus and hops.

T - The taste disappointed me. A bit too bitter for my tastes, especially towards the tail end of it.

M - A good amount of carbonation for an IPA.

D - Taste aside, I would have more than one in a sitting. As I kept sipping the beer, the bitterness lessened. What helped was that I had the IPA with a spicy meal, and it went really well.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark gold full of tiny carbonation bubbles. Thick marshmallow froth tops it all off. A good layer of it stayed until the end. Lots of lacing clumps.

S- Creamy mandarin and pine. Very good. Sweet. Spicy alcohol now that it's at room temperature.

T- Smooth. Both flavour and bitterness come and go gently but there's plenty to taste. I get it's malty but it's hard to describe the malt taste. Pine and white grapefruit towards the end. Sweet overall but not too much.

M- Smooth is the word. Very low carbonation. Dry.

D- Great. Very easy to drink. You don't really notice the alcohol. Just enough going on to keep you interested.

Good to have pretty cold because as it warms the mouthfeel loses some zing.

Photo of otersen73
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Great Lakes stout glass. Beautiful white foamy head that lingered for a little bit. Great deep gold color.

Earthy aroma, which is very pleasant and refreshing. Hints of pine and citrus poke through.

This is a huge IPA! I wish more breweries would set this brew as a standard and then take off from there. It's highly hop dominated (thanks to the Columbus) but there is a subtle caramel malt backbone that is hard to pick out if you're not paying attention. Big Flavour!!!

This brew has an almost oily residue that seems to hang around in your mouth. Kind of like a coating...possibly from all the hop oils??? Not too chewy, not too thin, just right. Great carbonation.

I could definitely have more than one in a row. Refreshing but keeps you wanting just one more sip...dangerous!

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

A - Pours a deep copper amber color with an even creamy, white head across the top with moderate to very active carbonation.

S - Cracker crust malt, moderate pine aroma with nice amounts of citrus rind to round out the hops.

T - Has a spicy malt character with pungent pine and citrus rind, ripe oranges, sweet citrus hopping. There's a appropriate amount of malt backbone to support the generous hopping. Tang on the front of the tongue with bitter citrus on the back. Finishes semi-dry and leaves a citric-peppery aftertaste that lingers long after the sip. The hopping leaves a crisp, bitter bite.

M - Mild prickly on the tongue with a medium body.

D - A nice example of an IPA, especially from the East Coast. This right coast concoction can holds its ground against the West Coast counterparts. Personally, I think it could pass as a West Coast IPA. This beer hasn't gotten enough credit.

Photo of IronLover
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange with a deep haze and thin head that leaves a decent white cap. Lively carbonation. Floral orange and grapfruit aromas. Pretty smooth feel with a buttery smooth ending. Heavy hop character with ornage and pine, too much for malt flavors to fight through.it spicy/peppery in the middle and a fairly bitter finish and aftertaste.

Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Variety #5 from the mixed half case.

A: This IPA is a golden, sun-baked orange color that has sacrificed much of its translucence for the bright glow. A finger of head manages to leave a bit of lacing behind.

S: The nose has a strong citrus component that mixes with a bit of pepper. The heat is noticeable, an herbal aroma atop the caramel breadiness.

T: A nice bittery twang runs through the opening sip, adding flowers, herbs and citrus fruits into the mix. The hops have an oiliness that is apparent from the first sip, coating the mouth with citric bitterness. Caramel malts, strong enough to escape the hops, make their presence known early. The hops take on a tropical, lush flavor later in the glass, a lively way to end the beer.

M: The mouthfeel lives and dies with the hops, going from hot to tropical over the course of the pint.

D: The tropical flavors make me want some more. This range of flavors is one reason that I love IPAs.

Photo of mash4077
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly reddish-orange, light pumpkin in some spots. Very small white head that disipates quickly.

S- Nose is pretty simple, a nice blend of laid-back, mellow malts and strong hops.

T- Much smoother than I expected. Hops come out with a bit of bite, then quickly back off. The malts are creamy and not too sweet. Not the most complex tastes either, but well balanced and satisfying.

M- Decent body, carbonation could be a bit stronger, leaves an odd feel.

D- Good for an IPA, smooth and easy.

Photo of BB1313
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a a very nice hazy orange. Very nice white fluffy head and sticky lacing. This is a great looking IPA! Smell bursts w/ sticky orange hops. Orange is pretty overpowering in the taste. Slightly piney and w/ hints of resin. Mouthfeel is alright, very thin and carbonated. Finishes pretty bitter. Drinkability is ok, although the flavors and aromas aren't offensive, I wasn't thinking about my next one.

Ehh.. not a bad IPA, but there are other options out there if you're looking for a hop fix.. but this really isn't bad.

Photo of UncleRicoII
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought b/c of label and I love IPAs.

Pours out with large head that sticks around with what appears as big bubbles and white. Appearance is more cloudy pale ale than amber that I see in most IPAs.

Aroma is true IPA with floral hops, citrus, and earth. Pavlov's dog effect! Taste buds get fired up waiting to join in.

Taste is great, especially after worry of large head. Hoppy, perfect bitterness, and as the bottle says "attitude." Slight sweat after-flavor.

Would definitely recommend.

Photo of zoso1967
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with nice woody orange hues and a cream colored head that sticks around forever and leaves messy lace. The aroma is full on American IPA. It is predominantly pine, but with a good amount of grapefruit and citrus. It has a pretty classic C hop aroma, and a nice one at that. It also carries a sweet caramel malt aroma that gives the citrus a bit of a candied character. The hop profile is a bit different in the taste. Still plenty of pine, but the grapefruit is a bit more white than ruby red, with more pith than in the nose. There also is a bit more of a spicy herbal thing going on in the flavor and the malt is further in the background with some grainy astringency. Perhaps that is the real issue here. It just seems to be a bit unbalanced with the hops tipping the scale. The body is on the lighter side of medium with a bracingly bitter finish that is pretty sticky. This is a fairly drinkable IPA, if not a bit of a palate bruiser. As mentioned above, it has some balance issues, but is still a fairly solid offering.

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

12oz brown bottle with a picture of a "snake dog" and no freshness date. Pours a medium orange color with a fine white head that quickly recedes to a ring. Smell is primarily citrus hops with a touch of male and sweet ale yeast. Taste is bitter hops with a bit of smooth light malt to balance it out. Yeast is virtually unnoticeable in the taste. Hops are bitter, rather than citrusy and sweet as the smell suggests. The citrus taste in the hops becomes more prevalent as the beer warms up a bit further down the glass, but they are still not dominant. Light carbonation allows for the hops bitterness to provide the bite of the beer, and it is quite smooth with a nice floral aftertaste.

I like this beer and would drink it again - there are better IPAs, but it is enjoyable. Out of the six beers in the Flying Dog variety pack, it is the only one I would drink again.

Photo of mikedgt
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I feel like they've made some changes with this beer since I last had it...hoppier than it used to be.

Anyway, starts off looking like the perfect IPA with a good thick head. The aroma's right on for the most part too. Even the first taste - as the hops smack you in the mouth - is right on. But then it all crashes down. And by that I mean it goes from potentially exceptional to a very good but run-of-the-mill American IPA.

The taste turns a bit metallic and the beer just feels...watery. Almost a sulfur taste - it's like they hopped up a Bass...but not nearly as smooth.

A good and somewhat interesting IPA, but there are plenty better out there.

Photo of jmarvin4189
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a golden cloudy color with white head

Smell - very floral like you would expect from an IPA

Taste - not to much flavor you can just taste the hops.

Mouthfeel - smooth at first with a bite about a quarter the way through the sip with a nice refreshing finish.

Drinkability - very drinkable

Photo of Risser09
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - brewed 1/10/10

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper orange color with tons of carbonation. The head is off white and tops 2.5" with lots of great retention. Tons and tons of coating, spongy lace cling to the glass. A real beauty of an IPA. A ramp of foam stays on the surface of the beer and then attaches itself to the side of the glass.

Smell: Pine, grapefruit and vegetal hops create a melange that is probably piney in dominance. Subtle malt aroma underneath.

Taste: A great balance of malt flavor and hop bitterness. This beer packs a flavor punch of base malt and caramel malt than brings in the vegetal hop flavor. Grass, veggies, grapefruit and pine substantiate themselves nicely.

Mouthfeel: A little bit more than medium body with plenty of residual sugar and some booze in the finish. Plenty of hop bitterness.

Drinkability: A good IPA that has plenty of flavor, aroma, bitterness and even alcohol content. This one is worth having multiples of and also would stand up well to most dishes. Worth revisiting.

Photo of BBMuffins
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pretty nice direct amber color with some mild cloudiness. The head maintains between half a finger and a full finger through the majority of the glass, and likes to stick to the side. It's a pretty beer, that's for sure.

B - Smells like a pine tree standing in an open grass field. That's about as accurate as I can make. It's not spectacular, but it's definitely not bad.

T - Tastes like a medium-strength IPA, which is basically what it is. It's of course bitter and hoppy like any IPA should be. You are hit first with a pine-like taste, followed pretty briskly by the bitters. It's pretty good, I'd say it's above average for an IPA, but not the best.

M - Not a whole lot to say here. Carbonation is tight, coats the mouth before you can taste it initially, but it comes down slightly more-watery-than-malty and clears out just a little sticky. Bitter flavor hangs around for a bit.

D - It's a decent IPA that I wouldn't particularly recommend over any other IPA, but it's definitely not bad. I may buy it again depending on the choices available nearby. It's good, but not good enough to make me seek it out actively.

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

Pours a nice golden amber color from the bottle into a standard pint glass. White head builds to about one finger and sticks around some with little lacing. Smell is very piney with a faint grassiness. Tastes is bitter pine and has some malt but very light. Feels crisp but not as oily as expected for an IPA. Drinks well and is an enjoyable IPA. Not epic but enjoyable.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got the flying dog 12 pack sampler, two of each offering, first one to be reviewed from the pack.

Nice looking amber colored brew, mostly clear, rising bubbles, keeps its head and leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells like fresh dug dirt with some hops and malts.

Tastes hoppy, piney and citrusy, some bitterness but it doesn't overpower.

Feels quite nice going down. Tangy carbonation and a medium overall body make this a pretty good offering for the IPA lovers.

Drinkability is pretty decent tho I prefer two from the sampler over a six pack.

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

First the more I drink it the better I like it. Medium amber color with small bubbles. Thin white head that stays until the last sip. Light birch smell with a hint of citrus. Good hop flavor with a moderate bitter bite. Pleasing bitter aftertaste. Drink temperature started at 47F and continued thru 64F. The warmer, the better. When it gets warmer, there is less bitter bite. Couldn't find a brew or drink by date, just 292FX10 under the UPC. Bought six pack at the Warehouse Package Store, Valdosta, GA. Just less than a dollar a bottle without tax. Not a waste of money might buy again, after sampling the Flying Dog line carried at the Warehouse.

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

a: medium amber, nicely retained head

s: piney hops on a standard body of pale and moderate caramel malts, a touch of earthiness, okay

m: carbonation medium and smooth,

t: pale caramel malt structure holding a moderate pine malt presence, not a timid ipa but not an aggressive one either - somewhere in the middle, nice bitterness

d: easy enough - a simple, drinkable ipa that doesn't put much out there

single bottle split with Dad

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown 12Fl Oz bottle, poured into a Hoegaarden Grand Cru stemmed tulip. Best before 1st Dec 2010, drank 27th Jul 2010.

The body is a dark amber, dirty orange colour, the head off-white and clingy.

The aroma is all bitter hops, as is the first taste. The second and third sips also taste of hop bitterness, as did the rest of them: typical of this (in my opinion) over hopped style.

As the beer warmed a little the alcohol reared its head and became a factor in the hop flavours. Scored it for style not personnal taste.

Glad I only bought one bottle, I'll not be getting another, just not my taste, sorry to all you hophead types!

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,893 ratings.