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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,597 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,597
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 19
Gots: 122 | 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 TroyS


3.55/5  rDev 0%
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 +0.8%
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 +8.5%
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%
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 +2.8%
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 +12.7%
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 +14.9%
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 -5.6%
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 -19.7%
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 +7.9%
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 +11.3%
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 -8.5%
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
Photo of GreenCard


3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: sparkly copper, good clarity, two fingers of light tan froth, good head retention

Aroma: lush grapefruit rind, gooey malt caramel, grain husks

Flavor: a double hit of malt and grassy hop flavor; hints of tobacco, citrus, and biscuity malt; finishes dry with a lingering grapefruit bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, zippy carbonation, bit o' alcohol warmth

Other comments: A good, chewy, crisp IPA. A bit annoyed though because I noticed the bottle was a short fill. Jipped by an ounce!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 22:56:10 | More by GreenCard
Photo of Rootdog316


3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake Dog pours a clear amber color with a big off-white head. The aroma is of caramel malt, grape and is floral. The taste is of caramel malt, grape, pine and a bit sweet, although well balanced. Medium body with a sweet dry hoppy finish. Not a bad IPA at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 00:30:18 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of sholland119


3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear medium orange color with a moderate creamy head. Some decent lacing.

S-Some modest citrusy hop aromas. Not too powerfl on the nose.

T-A nice moderate hoppiness throughout. Some malty balance in the finish along with some moderate bitterness. Less hop character than I might have expected for the style.

M-nice and light, moderate carbonation. Leaves a slight bitterness on the tongue.

D-A little bland but could certainly fill the bill as a session brew.

I guess this is more of an English style mild IPA than an American hop blast. It's nice enough but not really memorable.


Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 22:32:14 | More by sholland119
Photo of stewart124


3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear pale amber color with thick white head. This leaves a nice lacing along the glass.

Smells of centennial hops: strong citrus, pear, and ever-so-slight pine in the nose.

Taste is fairly big at first but not quite the body I was expecting. Hops seem strong in the bittering but fade. Balance of caramel malts and hops bolds well. I'm picking up juicy pears and a sweetness from the malt. Very slight bready character in the end. Leans towards grainy.

Aftertaste is a strong bittering of pine and grapefruit.

I think this is a drinkable American ale but it is a bit weak for an IPA and could fit into an amber or pale ale. Still a solid beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 03:10:11 | More by stewart124
Photo of jadpsu


3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber with minimal frothy head that disippated quickly leaving a quite a bit of lacing.
Not overpowering but a moderate citrus and piney hop smell are definitly there.
High carbonation and medium body, smooth going down with a little tart, bitterness in the aftertaste.
I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 21:36:51 | More by jadpsu
Photo of Lothore


3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear orangish color with a small fizzy head.

S- Smell consists mostly of piney hops.

T- Starts out with piney hops, moves into a bit of a bland area in the middle and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M- Medium viscosity with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is an easy drinker. Not the most complex or interesting brew but nothing too offensive about it. I'd drink another.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 04:05:15 | More by Lothore
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a lucid, clear, copper/amber color with a minimal frothy head that soon receded, leaving a fair amount of lacing...
Strong pine and hop aroma bursting through... the pine essence is really noticeable with this one, dominating the overall smell...
Slightly unblanaced taste with a strong bittersweet, honey and vanilla flavor pervaded by hops and florals along with bittersweet grapefruit...
A good mouthfeel, crisp and clean, led to an equally good level of drinkability... this one went down effortlessly and was enjoyable and very drinkable without any cloying or interfering factors...
Certainly not the best IPA I've sampled, but a good rendition nonetheless...
Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 01:58:56 | More by dsa7783
Photo of gmfessen


4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, golden-amber color with a dense, pillowy head. The smell is all American hops; grapefruit, orange and pine come to mind - nice. The taste is an excellent bouquet of formerly said hops, citrusy with a good malt base that balances the beer. Not a hop bomb by any means, but a great tasting AIPA. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy carbonation. A very drinkable beer, this is one of my new favorite Flying Dog brews!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 00:40:30 | More by gmfessen
Photo of SurlyDuff


4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold amber and crystal clear. Fluffy beige head with sticky lacing.

Great ipa aroma. Solid hops presence. Bready, yet rubbery aromas. Really nice.

Warrior hops, and ther'es others too, im sure. Citrus (orange and lime) with a pine background. Starts out with high carbonation and a medium body. Finish is nice and bitter.

I am really enjoying this IPA, and I actually didn't think it would compare with the big PacNW IPA's that I am surrounded by.

Good drinking. Smooth and mouthwatering. I have often avoided flying dog, just because i see it all the time, both on east and west coast. But now I will seriously consider this IPA against Stone, DFH, and other favorites.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 03:03:40 | More by SurlyDuff
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, also it says 7.1 ABV on the bottle but only 5.83 here on beer advocate, did they change the beer or is it just mislabeled here.

A: Pours a clear and dark mahogany pretty much the same color as the Victory I just tried. The head is thick and has lots of big bubbles with what looks to be supremely sticky lacing. The head disappears in a few minutes to nothing and leaves little lacing.

S: Woah, this is a lot different than the Hop Devil and smacks you over the head with a hop hammer, super piny and peppery grapefruit, just intense.

T/MF: This is a pretty interesting beer right here, it is intensely piny in its hop profile with a strong grassy (almost earthy) background profile as well. The finish is long and lets the hops show their stuff again as they are a bit mellower, but damn if this one is a bit one sided.

D: Uh I like the nose on this one, the hops are a bit too intense or at least I don't like the style of hops used here, just a bit to medicinal for my tastes, not as juicy or piny or nutty as I was expecting and hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 04:19:09 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of alamode


3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date into an American pint

A - nice amber color, white head that disappears and leaves some lacing, lots of carbonation

S - smells really good, better than expected, piney hops, some malt, very fresh

T - citrus fruit, floral hops, slight malt, more alcohol than expected (is this really under 6% ABV?), nice bitterness, slightly above average balance. amazing clean-up, expected more hops.

M - good mouthfeel, carbonation, doesn't destroy your mouth, cleans up after itself

D - definitely could session this one, very drinkable, it makes a good fail-safe. my first from this brewery, I liked it.
I would buy again and try their other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 15:21:09 | More by alamode
Photo of ballewblake

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured semi aggressive to get a decent head into a Bush Noel glass. Transparent and litely carbonated light amber color with a full head that hit the top of the glass. Head recedes pretty quick to a lite ring around the top of the brew. Excellent piney hops in the smell, smells like an IPA. Maybe cascade? might be a bad idea here, but followed this with a DFH 120 so even after cleaning the palette the following is what I'm getting. Hops hitting me heavy after a waff of carbonation rolls off my tongue, bitterness hits after that. Love smelling this between drinks, smells a little bitter after time, but I'm digging it. Getting some light wood flavors, harsh citrus notes, and bitters flaring on the sides of my tongue, but I almost think the carbonation is too strong. Defiantly getting a bitter aftertaste from the hops here. Overall I think the carbonation is too heavy after getting through it, might be because my tongue is dead from the 120, but I don't have another in the fridge to compare later. Maybe I'll edit the review on a clean palette later. Not a bad IPA by any means.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 02:12:40 | More by ballewblake
Photo of johnnyirishman


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off this is an excelent tasting beer by my standards.. But for the style

A- Golden brown or copperish in color with a small head that dissapated quickly to good lacing

S- Definately hoppy smell but not overpowering, intriguing.

T&M- A punch of hopps in the beginning with a malty, smooth, clean finish. Definately not a powerful hoppy taste when compared to other IPA's

D- Great Drinkability, light and smooth, also tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 01:44:01 | More by johnnyirishman
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