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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,610
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 125 | 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 AmishT


3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A - Pale amber with a one and a half finger white head that retains decently and leaves behind lots of nice lacing. Crystal clear.

S - A balanced nose: biscuity malts and spicy, herbal hops blend together. Moderately strong aromas.

T&M - Starts off with a somewhat balanced flavor between bready malts and faint spicy hops. I feel that the malts are much more assertive; the hops just barely tickle the palate. The flavors don't last very long, and the finish is thin and watery. Bitter remnants of the flavor coat the palate after swallowing. The carbonation is appropriate. Medium to light bodied.

D - It doesn't have a bad taste; the finish is fairly clean. The body isn't too filling. The abv is a little on the high side. All in all, I think it's a pretty drinkable ale. Just wish it had more hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 00:45:22 | More by AmishT
Photo of fitzy84


4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, a really good IPA. Had this one from the sampler as well. Great, dark amber appearance with a patchy, somewhat creamy lacing. The aromas were pungently strong with great spice, hops, alcohol and some woody flavoring. The taste is those smells actualized awesomely with a warm, bitter texture that is not too strong or weak. Just right. The mouthfeel helps the flavors a bit, but I felt it was a bit too lacking in body and crispness. A little crisper would not have hurt. Overall, some really great dimensions to this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 23:46:09 | More by fitzy84
Photo of smellsofstout


3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bronze in color. Strong hoppy smell with some slight fruit notes. Sharp bite and alot of hops with high carbonation. Tangy on the palate with a long bitter finish maybe a little too bitter. Not that impressed considering what part of the country it comes from.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 16:16:12 | More by smellsofstout
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light orange-amber color with a creamy off-white head that settles slowly and leaves impressive sheets of thin lace.

S: Floral and citrus hops and not a whole lot else. It's a bit too weak, though.

T&M: Some hop bitterness, but without any meaningful flavor. Some slight floral/herbal notes on top of a grain malt base. It's bitter, but not as bitter as an IPA would be, and without the bouquet of hop flavors that one would expect from a quality IPA. The body is closer to medium than light, but this beer would benefit greatly from a bit more carbonation and a longer finish. I like IPAs to have a dryer, longer finish than this one does. There just isn't enough to hold up the flavors.

D: Decent. It's nothing special for an IPA, so I can't go higher here. It's still rather easy to drink. More flavor would definitely make this one a quaffable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 21:54:03 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of Baileyuk


3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a good beer. Head was good, lacing okay.

Smell was a very pleasant hop smell and the taste gave a slight citrus taste.

Taste was good although the hop I am not a fan of. Please someone beer mail with the type of hop that gives of the slight metallic taste.

That said I liked the beer. It was an easy going IPA that was very pleasant. A good session beer, I went back for a second.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 01:18:37 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of andreasmwatt


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

Appearance - Nice Dark Copper Color. Head was the best out of flying dog's brewery but still pretty weak. Dissipated fast.

Smell - Very Hoppy. Inhibits a large batch of hops.

Taste - Fairly strong. Reminds me of a 90 minute IPA.

Mouthfeel - Pretty Good Zing. Hits your palate very fast.

Drinkability - If you like IPA's you will enjoy this beer, I am undecided on this beer as of right now. I probably will buy a sixer to find out.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2008 03:44:11 | More by andreasmwatt
Photo of SpecialK088


3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a very clear copper/amber color with about 1 finger of head maybe a tad more.
S-Kinda of light hop scent for an IPA still present but not as "in your face" also a very clean smell (citrus)
T-Bitter the hops don't really present themselves very well in the start or finish kinda of leaves a dry taste slight hint of grapfruit.
M-Goes down easy enough good carbonation level but is not overly smooth again kind of bitter.
D-With all the IPA's out there i love i could not see me reaching for this one on a very often basis i'd probably go for their APA even over their IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 22:43:27 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap last week at Holmes and Watson in Troy.

A: Nice copper IPA color. A finger of white head on top of the pint glass. Lacing.

S: Smelled like fresh hops and perhaps something else. Citrus and fresh cut grass.

T: While not a complex or overly hoppy IPA I found it to be good. The hops are pure westside citrus. Finished bitter.

M: Nice medium body good amount of carbonation.

D: On our groups tab there were 15 of these on there. Nuff said.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2008 02:10:32 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper, with a small 1 finger head that disappeared quickly to a collar. Moderate lacing.

S - Floral/grassy/piney hops with a touch of nuttiness in the background. Faint pale malt as well.

T - Nothing remarkable. Same floral hop flavors from the nose come through followed by breif semi-sweet malt, finishing up with a peppery kick before falling into useless and offensive bitterness. A moderate earthy flavor lingers.

M - Well carbonated and medium thin. The abundance of carbonation really amps up the bitterness, as does the thinness.

D - No more of these, please. It starts out pleasant enough but the lack of complexity on top of a pretty rough bitterness makes t his brew tricky.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 05:02:27 | More by PatrickJR


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

1 1/4" off-white head falls quickly to a cap. Thin lacing. Copper penny color with good clarity.Pine tree, grapefruit and late orange blossom mix with sweet creamy malt. HInt of caramel. Pine and herbal hops from start to finish in flavor. Smooth vanilla and creamy malt. Lingering bitterness. Light bodied IPA, medium carbonation with prickly bitterness on the tongue. The lightness of this IPA makes it sessionable ... pretty good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 23:39:53 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured this beer from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a small amount of head. Average lacing.

S: This beer had an aroma of hops, malt and some citrus. Decently well done.

T: The taste had a nice bite from the hops and also a slight lemon tang. Not a hugely complex or powerful flavor, but good.

M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a slick finish. This is an above medium-bodied beer.

D: This is a drinkable beer, but there are better IPAs out there. It goes down easy, but it isn't exactly the most complex beer of its style. Still, a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 14:41:56 | More by avalon07
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big frothy head and some lace as we go,clear golden brown - not a bad looking beer.

Aroma is gentle, grapefruit hops over sweet malt and a hint of grain. Has a bit off a medicinal off note though, that carries through to the taste of the beer. Hops over top of malt, follwed by some bitterness, and then some weird thing that ruins the moment. I enjoy IPA's and this one is right in there until the odd smell/taste creeps in. Drinks okay, but finishes poorly. Look for a better IPA.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 22:47:40 | More by TerryW
Photo of righlander


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

ok, first off here it says it's 5.8% but on the bottle i have it says 7.1% pours a pretty deep amber with a nice frothy head. very nice looking. smells of sweet malt and very hoppy, i detect some cascade hops in there. very yummy. decent lacing. taste is smooth malt with a very nice hop balance, the hops are not too much it's a nice balance. yet a nice bittering after bite. I like this IPA, it's funny too because from the look of the bottle i was thinking it was going to be some macro version of an IPA, but it's quite good. I will buy this again, and recommend it to people. thanks Flying Dog much respect.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 03:18:31 | More by righlander
Photo of TroyS


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

I picked-up this Snake Dog IPA by Flying Dog Brewing Company from The Wine Garden in Blackfoot, Idaho. This sucker has a monster head to it. Very fluffy and simple head. This sea foam sticks around for a bit. The smell of this one was quite complex and light for this style of beer.

I really like the color of this brew. It's nice and deep yet light brown. Does that make sense? These reviews would be cool if you could upload a picture and/or video. Anyhow...it's a brownish light amber color; it's a bit cloudy, but the mouthfeel is thin and carries some alcohol. I'd say that this one needs more hoppy oil mouth vs. the alcohol and thinness that I've found.

I'd better get off this one before I forget that it's a good brew. I'v enjoyed this beer many times and will again I'm sure.

An afterthought...this is an earthy IPA. It's not super hoppy. This sucker has some floaties in there, but still not a huge beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2008 23:45:04 | More by TroyS
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

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

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

A: Pours crystal clear golden amber with a dense white head of about 1/4" that stays with the brew for the whole experience. Good lacing.

S: Mix of citrus and flowery hops is most prominent with some underlying pale malt. Light whiffs of alcohol can also be detected.

T&M: Sharp hops accentuate a mostly dry malt flavor with a medium weight on the tongue. There's a bit of a slick disposition with this and there was a clear alcohol presence in the linger. The initial portion of the finish was rather bitter with hops, but enjoyably so. Carbonation is relatively light and well matched for the most part.

D: I always find detectable levels of alcohol on the palate slightly annoying and the closer to the bottom I got, the more pronounced it was. Loved the hops! Great malts! Could use less of the phenolic taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 00:51:19 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of osi


3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful one inch head that settled into a yeasty inspired lace. Trace hung on the sides with ease. Nice golden brown body

S - Sweet caramel malts coupled with piney hops. There is the added sweet aroma that I love from an American IPA and Pales. Subtle hints of barley and citrusy grapefruit.

T - More hops than malts hints of roasted barley. Finishes bitter with the grapefruit seeping in.

M - Pretty highly carbonated with a finish that likes to hang around. Bitterness hangs around quite a bit.

D - I was skeptical when I first started this beer. The barley seemed to be taking over the back end of the beer but the more that I dove in, the more the elements meshed together seamlessly.

This brew was put together very well but it isn't one I would go out of my way to get. Have to try at least one though.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 22:54:09 | More by osi
Photo of CaptainIPA


3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber to burnt orange. Thin, eggshell-colored head that fades quickly. Sticky lines of horizontal lacing. Mild carbonation.

Floral citrus aroma with notes of grapefruit.

Rather one sided: All hoppy bitterness. No significant malt presence.

Crisp mouthfeel. Sharp, bitterness in the aftertaste that lingers entirely too long. For that reason, I have to put Snake Dog's drinkability on a short leash.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 23:09:27 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of Proteus93


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

A: Clear amber, off-white creamy head. Somewhat typical appearance, but decent.

S: A bit earthy, rather mild hops aroma, and a little grainy nose.

T + M + D: An herbal hop oil flavour, a decent bitterness, a bit of malty balance which seems a little strange, but not a bad thing. Some mild carbonation that could be a bit more lively. Medium body, and ultimately a decent enough drink. I'd have it over plenty of others, but would have an equal number of others rather than it.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 02:55:16 | More by Proteus93
Photo of babaracas


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

Pours a bright copper with dense two finger head. Nice retention and clumpy lacing. Smell: sweet, piney, citric hops. Taste: hops are piney, grapefruit. Fairly balanced with biscuity, sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel: full bodied, syrupy, like an AIPA should be. This is a lot better than I remember. Not a hop bomb, but a nice dose of hops and enough malt to keep it from being one sided.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 01:41:27 | More by babaracas
Photo of umustdrink


4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, darker orange color. White head fades to a thick film. A few thin sheets of lacing.

S - Lots of sweet sugary cereal malts with some lightly piny bitter hops. Smells like some good ambers I've had.

T - Tastes like an amber too. Starts out with sharp bitterness and carbonation with a pronounced cereal maltiness. Flavors intensify a bit, green tasting bitterness with brown sugary malts. Finish leaves a light summary of all the flavors.

M - Medium to light consistency with elevated carbonation.

D - This is actually pretty good. Not a very hoppy IPA but maybe I got an old bottle. I will have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 04:58:08 | More by umustdrink
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

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

poured a crystal, clear blond in color. Nice head but very little lacing left behind.
Smell was hops in the face,. Very heavily hopped and ctrusy. Good nose. Seemed to be lacking malt.
Taste was a hop explosion, but very little in the malt department. I like em a little more balanced, but this was a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 20:00:40 | More by dmamiano
Photo of Portertime


2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a pretty good IPA. Had the "hop stink" on the nose. It poured an amber/burnt orange color. Bunch of hops in the front with that oily mouth feel and a smooth finish. Hop bite was good but alacohol content was a bit low. Not a bad brew but a tad watered down taste.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 21:51:41 | More by Portertime
Photo of whiplash3825


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

Pours an orange/copper with a smallish head with minimal retention. Good amount of lacing.

Fresh floral and citric hops in the nose. Malt detectable in the background... faint.

Nice balance of flavors... grapefruit-y hops tempered nicely with the malt. For non-hopheads like me the moderate bitterness is nice.

Nicely carbonated, kinda chewy for an IPA, and just the right amount of slick oily-ness from the hops.

Definately easy to drink and tastes like a quality beer should.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 22:15:51 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of Absumaster


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A orange, copper beer with lots of carbonation and a thin beige head.

Smell is full of caramel malt, with sweet and fruity notes. My guess is that the yeast is Chico 1056. The distinct flavors of this yeast are really clear in this beer. The hops are moderately citric and a little piney.

Taste is sweet caramel malt with citric hop notes. A pretty standard, but high quality IPA. Bitterness is not crazy, just at the right level. Again there are the Chico ale characteristics that are really distinct. Great beer, but overruled by magnificent other IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 17:45:16 | More by Absumaster
Photo of Pencible


3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the bitter beers, but I didn't like this one as much as Flying Dog's Classic Pale Ale. It has plenty of hops, and it was very bitter, but it was just too one-dimensional for me. I want a more balanced flavor with some character to it. No malt was detectable, and the mouthfeel was too generic.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 23:15:29 | More by Pencible
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