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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,599 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,599
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
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 ballewblake

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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%
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
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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

Flying Dog- Snake Dog IPA

A- Light golden copper with a small filmy head.
S- Caramel malt with a touch of pine hops.
T- Sweet candy caramel malt with a fresh pine hop pellet flavor.
M- Sweet and chewy with an good malt hop balance. Flavors are light/ subdued.

Overall- A watery IPA, easy to drink and subdued. Not bad, just needs a hop infusion.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 00:35:03 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of manleyphoto


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have a soft spot for troublemakers. I like a little punk-rock, thumb to nose insubordination, especially when it serves as a business model. The Flying Dog brewery in Denver has made a habit of raising the hackles of the brewing industry and just about every regulatory committee it has come up against. That's just the kind of iconoclast I can really get behind.
The Colorado breweries association with their neighbor, writer and fellow rabble-rouser, the late Hunter S. Thompson and the brewery's labels, illustrated by longtime Thompson artistic collaborator Ralph Steadman have solidified their place as "gonzo" muckrakers. One example of their abrasive tactics revolves around a six-year legal battle to get approval for their Road Dog Porter that included an expletive on the label. With the help of the ACLU, Flying Dog won the fight and kept right on stirring up the water.
Snake Dog IPA is the on the bitter-end of the brewery's core lineup of beer. As would be expected from an American IPA the hops are at the forefront of the beer, but Snake Dog offers quite a bit of sweet-malt and the hops end up being downright bashful in comparison to other IPA's on the shelves. The beer pours a lovely bright amber-orange and has a nice aroma of American citrusy hops with hits of stone fruit, or apricot. The beer is a thick full bodied drinker with a malt balance twinged with caramel sweetness more typical of an English beer than an American. The finish is big and full with a lingering sweetness that is pleasing to the palate. I like snake dog because it bucks the trend of thin-body hop bombs that are in vogue with American brewers. In the hands of an iconoclast, even the standard IPA can take a different direction.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 17:44:42 | More by manleyphoto
Photo of JDV


2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rich honey orange pour with lasting offwhite head. Smell is sweet grassy, soapy hops, bordering on some spices. More pale ale like, I thought, than an IPA, but with notes of clove, some hops and sweetness. Not one of my favorite IPAs by far, but drinkable. Wouldn't really recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 21:49:09 | More by JDV
Photo of srobertson59


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle:

A - Pours a very clear burnt orange with frothy one finger off-white foam. Foam subsides slowly, but leave little lacing.

S - Grainy with a hint of hops. A bit of caramel malt and notes of citrus zest.

T - Something's wrong. All of the hints from the nose are there, but they get scrambled on the tongue. The sweetness is there; the bitterness is there (more of an ESB bitter); the citrus is there; but the hops seem too hidden. Alcohol is too overpowering (in flavor, not ABV). Reminds me of when I get my Old Spice aftershave on my lips...tingly bitter alcohol.

M - Creamy, but thin. The alcohol seems to wash away any potential to this brew. Thankfully, the flavors remain on the tongue well after the swallow, but the alcohol seems to scatter them and keeps them from being complex.

D - Good beer...or at least it wants to be. All of the makings are there for a very tasty brew. It's a shame that the alcohol seems to whisk the blends away from the palate.

I will have to try this one again. It seems that everything that I like in an IPA is there, but this one didn't seem to come together for me. The individual flavors never blended for that IPA complexity that I've come to like.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 19:42:29 | More by srobertson59
Photo of cswhitehorse


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

The Snake Dog pours a clear golden color with a sea foam head with some encompassing lacing.

The aroma is of orange peel and hops. The taste is thin bodied with a maltiness in the front and raw hop bitterness on the back end. Not a bad IPA I am just used to one with more character and a better hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 01:31:19 | More by cswhitehorse
Photo of genog


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orange color with plenty of white head resting on top. Slight amount of lacinig stays for the session. Aroma is sweet with plenty of citrus. A lot of delicious grapefruit is heavily pronounced in the nose. Not too overpowering malty sweetness, but the taste remains very sweet with a slight citrus ending. Very watery mouth feel, but still very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 21:05:28 | More by genog
Photo of FtownThrowDown


2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown and copper in color. No head, but plenty of good lacing. Smell is hops, mostly piney and "cleaner" in smell. Taste is bitter hops with some decent basic malts helping out. A beer that you would expect on draft at a sports pub. Where the focus isn't on the beer, but it's along for the ride. Eh.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 15:11:06 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of tai4ji2x


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

clear red amber, some head which fades quickly, some lace.

citrus and piney hop. hint of grains and malt? maybe? got a whiff of fresh varnish on a couple sips...

taste has similar hop character, but like the previous beer i just tried (canned snapperhead IPA), seems a bit muddled. ...but certainly not subdued though. it definitely tries to make a statement, but kind of at the expense of the all-too-subtle malt profile, which only barely pulls through. i suppose it's okay though, overall. bitterness peaks before the aftertaste, but otherwise is moderate throughout.

pretty smooth, very slight astringency. carbonation is moderate to low.

a (maybe slightly-better-than-) average american IPA

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 15:17:46 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of tronester


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin off-white head. Smells of citrus and pine. Taste is hoppy, doesnt have quite the same hop taste as most IPA's, but still good. Also a bit of biscuity malt, with a earthy taste as well. There is also a tiny hint of chalkyness. The mouthfeel is average, and the carbonation is a tiny bit rough, but nothing too bad. Pretty drinkable, I could drink a few of these. Not my favorite Flying Dog Ale, but a decent beer that I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2008 06:11:56 | More by tronester
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Parents brought this back from Total Wine in VA on their way down south.

Poured from a 12oz. bottles.

Appearance: Huge, foamy head fills glass. Tried to pour more slowly but no dice. Weird because it was in the fridge for a couple of weeks. As it finally receds, golden body shows. Nice appearance but the immense head is a bit off-putting (took a good 5 minutes to pour) Lace clings to glass.

Smell: Pungent citrus aroma with some hops for good measure.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness with a small wood-like feel & citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Hops are consistent throughout, nice spiciness as it warms.

Drinkability: Smooth, not too aggressive. I would certainly have another.

Overall: A nice solid IPA, good balance to it. Starting to really like this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 19:31:31 | More by papat444
Photo of Greggy


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

Appearance - Poured into a glass, this beer has a nice thick 2 finger head that recedes slowly but has excellent lace that clings like a magnet to the glass. The color wasn't to amazing, however, keeping it from being a 5 in my book.

Smell - A classic IPA here, nice crisp hop notes come through with a hint of citrus or lime.

Taste - The taste on this one is quite nice with an excellent balance, in my opinion, of hops and malt. On the back end of the pallette on the finish it is a little bitter but it works will with the long finish.

Mouthfeel - Spot on in my book, this one is excellent. The carbonation is excellent on each of my senses was taken for a smooth ride.

Drinkability - I will definitely plan on drinking these again in the future. The only thing that kept it from being 4.5-5's was the somewhat bitter finish on the back of the pallet. A great session brew, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 05:07:57 | More by Greggy
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. sampled jan 20/08.

pours crystal clear deep amber colour with a large dense off-white head. the head is very slow to drop and leaves a sheet of lace as it falls, with rings the whole way down the glass.

aroma is good. grapefruit and pine. big bready malt. alcohol. light citrus sweetness. bit of caramel. biscuit.

taste is good. grapefruit and a touch of pine again. light alcohol. orange zest. bread and biscuit malt. bit of caramel sweetness. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced and very drinkable. i was picking up sixers of this one all summer whenever i was in detroit. wish it was available locally and i'd be drinking it all the time. a solid american ipa.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 01:07:51 | More by grub
Photo of tab021


2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: amber/red color with medium lasting head.

S: very unremarkable didnt smell like anything besides a tiny bit of hops.

T: fruity hoppy with HUGE flavor, i could see how some would like this beer, but not really for me at all. Long lasting flavor which is seemingly fruity with lasting bitterness

M: Medium body with light carbonation

D: there is no way i could drink even a whole bottle of it. For some reason it does not work for me. I like most everything from flying dog, but this is my least favorite of the sampler

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 21:20:18 | More by tab021
Photo of ksbrainard


4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy but somehow brilliant dark orange color, with a fair head that quickly retreated to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Flowery and citrusy hops invade the nose, leaving little room for much else. What else would you expect from an IPA?

Taste: Hops all throughout. Cascade citrus and pine flavors (actually Columbus according to the Flyin Dog web site - oh and Goldings - there's the flowery smell) with a solid background of hops bitterness. Plenty of hops all around. Not a killer to leave your tongue begging for mercy mid-glass, no, rather a nice realistic everyday IPA. As you get into it, the alcohol begins to warm you from the inside. Flying Dog's site claims 7.1%, which is more believable than the 5.8% shown here, based on the sensation.

Mouthfeel: Full and fizzy. It is remarkably smooth, soft, and full, especially considering the healthy dose of hops that could have easily erased any softness with their bitterness.

Drinkability: This is easy to drink and also enjoyable. Again, it isn't the most extreme IBU IPA, but it is tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 00:14:03 | More by ksbrainard
Photo of TJustice


3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer had around a finger and half head (bone in colour) while poured. Brown/red appearence with a high concentration in bubbles. Head remainded thoroughout the drink with lacing.

The smell of this beer was alot milder than I expected. Had a slight hoppy smell, but nothing that would be noticable across the room.

Taste was a bit of a surprise from the smell. I expected your run of the mill IPA taste, which to me is purly a hoppy experence to me, however it was a mild in hoppy taste, with what I would explain as a fruity flavor. The finish was a bit like nothing I have had before, its as if the same fruit flavor re-visits your pallet on exhalation.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin, however not bad at all. Upon mouth rotation the beer took on a frothy character.

Drinkabiity was smooth, nothing that I would consider a chore to drink. Overall I would consider it average.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 01:14:10 | More by TJustice
Photo of jeffmonarch


4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice red/golden yellow color with a thin white head.

S - Hops sweet hops.

T - Just like the smell, it's sweet and hoppy. There's a good bitterness and clean finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great IPA. I love this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 23:03:54 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of DoubleJ


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed with pork tenderloin spiced with rosemary, on to the beer:

What a treat it is. The beer shines a light copper color in the glass with a head that lasts all the way down. There's a good amount of hop bitterness in this brew, although the overall brew is a little lighter than others. I'm going against the BA opinion by granting it a higher score, but I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 02:55:02 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of adamks

District of Columbia

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

pours a dark gold with a strong, lacing offwhite head.

smells of hops with citrus hints?

tastes of sweet malt with a smooth transition to a good bitterness, perhaps citrus hints on the finish.

keeps the carbonation well for a medium, smooth feel.

it's a very good overall IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 00:19:31 | More by adamks
Photo of Seanish


3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear light copper, nice head that leaves some lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Smells very pleasant, accentuated by a faint citrousy hop presence.

The taste begins with a sweetness and proceeds through through the hops to a level of bitterness. The transition is excellent. Crisp while present but leaves an oily feeling, typical for IPAs

Overall, this is a better IPA compared to others I've had. I'm learning to appreciate the style so bear that in mind but offerings like this give me faith that this is a style I can like a lot.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 05:33:43 | More by Seanish
Photo of MMAJYK


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

A- Golden color and transparent with a nice orange tint. Head is one finger and white. Lacing is nice and clingy for the duration of the drink.

S- Sweet caramel backbone which to me is a little different in an IPA. Hops are definitely present, but not too bitter or strong. More of a grapefruit (citrus) smell than piney.

T- Sweet malt to start and a more bitter midstream taste. The same citrus fruits (grapefruit/oranges) are present.

M- Medium carbonatioin and a semi thick feel. Very sticky.

D- Too sweet for a session and not dry enough to keep you wanting more. However, it is a nice offering.

Overall- Different aspects of an IPA than what I like. I like a more dry taste and finish where this one is sweet and sugary. This is a nice beer though, and I liked it, but is not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 23:58:10 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber red body topped with a nice frothy white head. Nice citrus hop aroma with some detectable malt. Good citrus and malty aroma. Good sweetness. Ends with a lasting bitterness but there isn't much initially. Pretty tame beer for Flying Dog really. Good body and good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 00:52:40 | More by drseamus
Photo of SargeC


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep gold with a frothy, off-white head.

Smell: Good hop presence, buttery notes.

Taste: Apple base flavor with mild citrus flavors and hop bitterness. Limited aggression in this brew.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Finishes sweet for an IPA.

Drinkability: Very tame, but very drinkable IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 07:50:26 | More by SargeC
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Pours a clear orange/gold. Good head that falls fast and leaves a lot of lace. Nose is sweet with a pine tone. Hello hops. Taste is robust from the hops and has a citric edge to it. Flavor stays with you and doesn’t leave your tongue. Feel is carbonated and thick with a slight syrupy edge. Very drinkable if you don’t mind the large hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 06:14:19 | More by RblWthACoz
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