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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

2,826 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,826
Reviews: 1,154
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 233 | 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 adamb02155
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

@ 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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of dudecandle
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Dark orange-gold with highly apparent carbonation, large, though thin head, dissipated quickly, but left decent lacing and cap.

S/T: Substantial fruit, peatiness, and an herbal complement.
A weird, and rather strong combination of booze, hops, and heavy bready caramel and barley malts. It's got a bit of a spicy finish.

M: Modest, unremarkable, but serviceable.

D: Not the truest IPA. The hops are definitely present, but they're overwhelmed by everything else going on. Not a bad brew, shows a great complexity, but it doesn't necessarily all add up.

dudecandle, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date apparently. Last one of the Flying Dog sampler.

A - Totally clear amber color with a rich and sudsy off-white head that was not only large, but long-lasting. Sticky spots of lacing down the glass.

S - Incredibly strong hops consisting of rich citrus and pine aromas. Complex with fruity hints of grapefruit in the background. No malts detectable here. Delicious smelling.

T - Sharp and crisp hop flavor with little in terms of a malty backbone. It's hop taste is strong yet delicate. It's comprised of mellow pine needle in comparison to the lemon-wedge-like citrus squirt. Finishes with a grapefruity zest. Very hop-heavy in flavor.

M - Crisp, light, and refreshing, it's a lighter-bodied beer. Well, actually it doesn't have much of a body at all. The malts are absent.

D - As it should be, it's a drinkable beer that's crisp and refreshing especially on a hot summer day. Delicious and the best of the Flying Dog sampler I think.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snake Dog produces about a finger thick of light tan head with a moderate strength pour, and has a golden copper colored body, with slight haze.

The aroma is exceptional with strong hints of pine, grassy, and buttery caramel fragrances.

Upfront the hops dominate the taste: very piney and grassy--Very prickly in the mouth feel, and leaves the palate nice and wet. This makes for a good thirst quencher even with the moderate ABV level.

TheSarge, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of sofakingawesome
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep gold with a bit of head

Smell: hops, grains and fruit

Taste: BITTER aaand bitter

Mouthfeel: good carbonation but the bitter aftertaste sticks

Drinkability: tried this at the bar after having a few. thought the alcohol was well balanced by the hop-taste, but wasn't overly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

sofakingawesome, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of Dodo2step
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a golden orange color pour with a sticky lacing head. Rises about half a finger but the end pour out of the bottle is all head. Quite clear!

S- faint citrus hops but barely there. I had to sniff a few times to get any. a salty maltness as well.

T- pungent grapefruit hops on the tastebuds. Where was this in the smell? That is the only thing to comment on taste.

M- dry and hoppy. Coats the mouth smoothly but the hops are sticky.

D- not a bad ipa but i wouldnt buy a sixer of it. This is a nice beer to try and get a feel for if you like IPA's.

Dodo2step, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of wl0307
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Notes of 02/2009) Tasted during a horizontal tasting of two American IPAs, the other one being the Harpoon IPA; BB 02/10/2008, served only mildly chilled in a wine glass. NOTE: This bottle comes at only 5.6%abv., way lighter than the 7.1%abv. reported here.

A: mildly carbonated dark reddish amber hue with light haze, topped with a creamy off-white frothy head settling to a thin blanket to last throughout the drink, with uneven sheets of lace left behind.
S: the aroma is "deeper" in a sense than the Harpoon IPA tasted alongside, with a richer honey-ish malt base vis-à-vis a slightly understated hop profile; but still, the lychee-fruit fragrance remains intact, added by cara-malt, and a rather deep touch of overripe, faintly stinky-sweet fruits (like peaches) in terms of the yeasty influence.
T: surprisingly, the foretaste is pleasantly tea-ish from the beginning, showing rich and mildly tannic bitterness with a mild flowery-scented and lychee-shell-ish hoppiness following closely behind; leading towards a deep-running, increasingly bitter and lively finish (as if from whole hops) alongside random hints of nutty malts. However, the long finish is rounded even, more like an English IPA overall on the balance of flavour.
M&D: compared with the Harpoon IPA, the texture/mouthfeel is so much softer and more rounded, the body comes roughly medium, and the alc. hides very well indeed. Overall, between the two this might be the quieter one in terms of flavour and hop profile, but it benefits from a better depth and balance, highly attributable to the bottle-conditioning I think.

wl0307, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of Brencr
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK so it is not the uber IPA, but it is a great deal compaired to others in the class. As with most Flying Dog products, it has little head with a filtered appearance. What I realy like about this IPA is the flavor and the ABV. If I'm going to spend money for a decent drink, I expect it to fall with in the catagories of it's name. For my money, this is one of the best IPAs on the market when all things are considered.

Brencr, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of Norfawkers
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lot of kick for its weak smell but an average American IPA nonetheless

Appearance: Deep golden with little head

Smell: Faint hoppiness

Taste: Hop kick with lingering grapefruit flavor

Mouthfeel: Quite a lingering bitterness

Drinkability: Might be better paired with a meal given its overall bitterness; a servicable beer

Norfawkers, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of jbertsch
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear gold color, or almost a light amber. This baby looks refreshing and presents nice bubbling action. The white, one-finger head is small but with sexy lace. Even though my head was small, it did last a while.

Primary aromas are hops, grapefruit, and grains.

On the palate, this is hoppy and citrusy, with a caramel or otherwise sweet malt undertone.

Mouthfeel is refreshing and somewhat crisp. Finishes long and a little bitter.

Fair drinkability. Because of its hoppy taste, I'd like it on a humid hot day...after a sweaty fishing trip or a bad day at work. I would drink this with pub food, a good bistro burger probably. If I had a few on its own without food, the bitterness would become unwelcome.

Worth trying.

jbertsch, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of Rhynes2
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My second beer out of the Flying Dog sample pack. I was flipping through the reviews and one thing I really agree with is that it isn't as aggressive as I thought it would be. As usual with an IPA it was hoppy and bitter. The color is a light copper color and poured a great foamy head that laced the whole way down the glass, a clean line for every sip. I liked this beer a lot and am looking forward to sample #3.

Rhynes2, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of pezfiend
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale almost orange transparent, very thin head.

Smell: light hop scent, fruity (grapefruit/apricots)

Taste: Bitter sweet, simple pale malt, light on hops

Mouthfeel: Smooth, some slight oily hop residue after being swallowed

Drinkable: Enjoyable, i could see myself spending a summer afternoon with a six of these.

Serving type: bottle into pint glass

pezfiend, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light translucent copper color. Thick 2 1/2 fingers of sticky head leaves a good amount of lacing.

S: Decent, but somewhat muted. A little spice and a little grapefruit.

T: Light malts followed by a good dose of bitterness. Some mildly spicy and grapefruit hops flavors are noticeable, but they're not competing with much in the way of malts either. Very short finish.

M: Light-medium in body. Medium carbonation. A good bit of bitterness while its in the mouth, but astringency doesn't hang around after you swallow.

D: A better than average IPA. Certainly light enough to be a session beer, but with enough character to make it worth drinking. Reasonably priced as well.

Florida9, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very nice copper color, with a thick full off white head.

S: Very sweet.. a good bit of alcohol, Ripe fruit, a little hops in there but not a lot for an IPA... Smells good.. But does not smell like an IPA.

T: There are the hops... spicy.. a little deeper than most IPA's. Almost a sweet bit in there...

M: Perhaps a tad on the syrupy side.

D: Not much going on here... Not amazing.. not horrible.. I took a gamble for .99-

Beejay, Jun 12, 2009
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,826 ratings.