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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

2,610 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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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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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: 1/2" white head w/ decent retention leaving a nice lacing. Clear amber body.

S: Yoi! Like being punched in the nose with a Christmas tree - but in a good way.

T: Despite the hoppy aroma, the taste reveals an interesting battle between sweet malt & citric hops. For an IPA, it really should be hoppier, but it's still pretty good.

M: A bit watery, but still somewhat smooth (somehow). Lasting citrusy finish.

D: A little bit odd taste & mf for the style, but still pretty good and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 03:22:57 | More by OKCNittany
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Spidey13

Kentucky

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

This beer is a nice, deep amber color. A nice, frothy head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The smell was like sticking my nose in a grapefruit. Tasted some slight citrussy sweetness at the tip of the tongue with hoppy bitterness in the middle and at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. A pretty decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 02:29:06 | More by Spidey13
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PhageLab

Virginia

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

12oz bottle poured into my Hobgoblin glass. Inspecting the bottle, love the art by Ralph Steadman as always. 2500 7FX stamped on the side, unsure of what that might mean, but here goes;

A - Delightful golden amber hue which produced a nice frothy head that stuck around. Blotted lacing and rising suds.

S - Big on the citrus end here, but not in a bad way. Reminds me of raspberries and hops mostly, with a slight tinge of skunk near the end.

T - I've tried this several times before, but always ice cold out of someone's refrigerator. For my review, I wanted to try it at room temperature, and I definitely recommend it that way. The bitterness really shines through as it warms. Smooth floral notes finish it off. Not too complex, but very tasty.

M - Decent carbonation level, but it leaves a slightly oily feel in the mouth. Medium bodied and rather creamy.

D - I'll go through a sixer without a problem. Very accessible IPA. Flying Dog didn't get where they are today by putting out bad brews. This is an easily sessional brew, I'd recommend it especially to those looking for an introduction to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 22:49:41 | More by PhageLab
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alexgash

Connecticut

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

Clean, clear, bronze-orange body with lighter edges and a little finger of gauzy, off-white head. Bready malt and fruit malt infused with piny, resinous, and scotch-tape hop funk. Toasted malt and herbal hop bitterness flavors up front. Piny hops follow, with scorched caramel and fruit malts. Citrus and scotch-tape hop bitterness in the finish with some lingering soapy, sugary malt. Medium-bodied with a slightly oily feel and a soapy finish. Not bad, but not too memorable in the big world of American IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2007 22:06:35 | More by alexgash
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sleazo

New York

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

A_pours a medium copper with a noce off white head. Lacing is strong with good staying power.

S_minor grapefruit hop notes. Not very strong

T_biscuity malt battles with a very grapefruit hop presence. After taste is the same as well with the hops slightly winning.

M_slightly below medium b odied with a good dose of carbonatoon

D_this seems like a good mix of a sierra like ipa and an English one. This a good but not great choice. One I would gladly entertain again

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 04:54:23 | More by sleazo
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armock

New York

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

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Mostly hops some citrus comes through

T - lots of hops a little bit of citrus finishes bitter

M - Theres a good amount of carbonation in here

D - I'm just starting to come around on IPAs so I could have a couple of these like two maybe three

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 23:12:41 | More by armock
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snpub540

California

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light copper hue. Had a 1/4" cream colored head that had some nice staying power. Great lacing that clung tightly to the side of the glass the whole way down.

Aromas were mostly hops with herbal and floral notes most abundant. Also a hint of pine on there.

Taste was mostly hops but the malty sweetness provided a nice balance and added some complexity. Grapefruit and grassiness were most present with some caramel also in there. A slight roasted taste in the finish.

Medium-bodied and creamy on the mouth. A very nice example of an American IPA. Drinkability is good because of the nice balance. I will have to pick up a 6 pack of this next time.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 20:30:54 | More by snpub540
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dogger6253

Minnesota

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

Clear, honey color with a big off-white head. The head falls slowly but surely, leaving some lace behind. Big, cloud-like foam on this one.

The nose is mostly hops - juicy, citrus hops with grapefruit and oranges coming out in the aroma. There's a slight coriander smell and a strong yeast presence.

The flavor has a lot of hops, but no kick. The juicy, fresh citrus that I smelled is definitely dulled down in the flavor. There really isn't much to the flavor at all. The hops are nice, and there's a bit of honey in here too.

Light body, light carbonation, very thirst-quenching. A little bit dry in the aftertaste. I think this would be a nice fall evening beer. I should have taken mine outside. It seems perfect for a cool, autumn night with friends - not really that great for a night inside writing beer reviews...

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 04:59:48 | More by dogger6253
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brewshakes

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a mixed twelve pack of Flying Dog on Friday night. I'm usually not a big fan of IPA's but when it comes in the box it must be drunk! The beer poured a copper color with a nice foamy head. The smell was pine, flowers, and citrus. The taste is pine and citrus with a bitter aftertaste. The hops really come through. Could definitely drink a few of these. As I said earlier, IPA's usually don't do it for me but this one wasn't too bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2007 13:30:16 | More by brewshakes
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nickfl

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper-orange with a foamy, white head a finger and a half high. A bit hazy but not too bad.

S - Lemon and pepper hop aroma. A little bit of caramel maltiness, surprisingly spicy overall.

T - More of the same lemon peppers hop character, but with more grapefruit. There is some nice caramel maltiness followed by stiff bitterness. The bitterness gets somewhat acrid in the finish and may be accompanied by darker grain flavors.

M - Medium body with moderately high carbonation and some definite astringency in the finish.

D - Pretty good IPA. The hop character is excellent but I am not too pleased with finish. It gets kind of harsh and soapy and leaves a lingering, astringent bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 04:06:54 | More by nickfl
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy copper with a rich, foamy off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing with this one.

Aroma is a bit of citrus but mostly nice and malty.

Taste is plentiful on the malt side and lean with the hops. Finish has a really nice caramel flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slickness to the tongue and mild carbonation.

This is a very nice sessionable IPA. More malt and less hoppy than some but still one to enjoy when you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 20:51:48 | More by Monkeyknife
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KevinB

New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour revealed a nice erythraean orange body topped off with a foamy one finger off white head. Head retreated over time leaving a good amount of lacing left behind.
Smell is very piney, flowery and hoppy
Taste is snappy hops with strong citrus notes and a dry bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, kinda sticky with decent carbonation.
Overall it's a pretty interesting IPA it makes you think a bit, it's kinda all over the place. One is enough in a sitting but it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 04:52:32 | More by KevinB
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TheDeuce

New York

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA

Orange in appearance with a big head, flowery smell which is hoppy and alcoholic. Taste is smooth if lighter than I thought it would be , mouthfeel is very good, this is definitely a very drinkable IPA with food. Not too alcoholic so drinkability is high. Overall I would say it's a great session IPA but something is off for me just a little bit, I think the kick of hops is light and the alcohol (even though there isn't much) isn't too masked. Definitely a fine IPA though.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 01:51:16 | More by TheDeuce
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pwoods

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. single from Party Source poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a typical hazy orange. 1 finger cream colored head with big bubbles. Good retention til about half way and moderate patchy lacing.

S: Coulud smell this the second I opened the bottle. Big floral hops with prominent orange oil.

T/M: The hops are w/o a doubt there but not nearly as hard a kick as I would have like... or expected after smelling it. Bright and crisp with a dry finish. Getting a buttery malt background that I think pokes its head out a bit too much. Much lighter body than expected, too.

D: It's a tasy enough brew and drink easily. Very sessionable. It's priced the same as 2 Hearted so I don't see myself getting any more of this. If it was priced like the cheap JW Dundee's I'd make this my everyday IPA and save the 2 Hearted(and some bucks) for better occasions.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 03:42:55 | More by pwoods
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soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-copper, crystal clear beer with two fingers of big bubbled head. Leaves fairly solid lacing. Strong fruity hops in the nose, although fairly mild, almost pale ale levels. Sort of odd beer, almost rough, roasted bitterness. Drying hops - very drying. A little spicy. Medium body with good carbonation. A good one, although not great. I liked the FD Pale Ale more. I maintain the best thing about Flying Dog beers is the label.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 15:28:06 | More by soupyman10
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a beer with too much hops. It starts off promising in appearance and scent: amber, cream head and a hoppy scent with a good malt body.

Taste is too much on the hoppy side. It is overly floral, with weak malt and a very distinct, unpleasant syrupy taste. Overly hopped and overly sweet. Okay carbonation, but this a very unbalanced taste for an IPA. It taste too hoppy and almost...creamy...at times. It took me almost three weeks to go through a six pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 05:45:59 | More by BDTyre
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dickieb

Rhode Island

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color, small head, but leaves some nice lacing. The smell is rather hoppy and unbalanced, not that thiers anything wrong with that. The taste starts with a bit of malts and then goes mostly hoppy finishing bitter and clean. A good mouthfeel, and average drinability for the style. Better then the tire bite i just had. About average for the style

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 00:35:36 | More by dickieb
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Floydster

California

2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle from Cost Plus in Ontario

Poured into a chilled pint glass with an average size head

Over hopped in my opinion

Pretty light for an IPA

Tasted pretty good with my salty dinner, but if drinking by itself, it would have been less enjoyable

Probably would not have this one again

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 17:41:12 | More by Floydster
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a clear pale bronze color. The head is large, creamy, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of citruc with a hint of grass, but is rather faint. The taste is very grassy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this IPA does not agree with me. It lacks any sort of complexity, and is annoyingly grassy.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 22:40:16 | More by KarlHungus
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark orange in color with a bit haze. Thick light tan head. Plenty of lace sticking to the glass. Herbal and citrus hop odors present. Sharp citrus hop flavor up front. Then a bitter tingle near the front of tongue. Unfortunately ends with an unpleasant medicanal, herbal hop taste at the end which lingers for a while. Brew was nicely carbonated and I could probably down a few despite the lingering aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 15:50:58 | More by dgherm
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treehugger02010

Pennsylvania

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

I got this 12 ounce brown bottle from my friend and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A beautiful amber color with a big white head with great retention and good lacing.
Smell: Floral with hints of grapefruit.
Taste: A rather big grapefruit taste with an awsome malt background, well balanced.
Mouthfeel: A ncie ridgid mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Good drinkability:
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 00:33:02 | More by treehugger02010
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zdk9

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a bright orange, with a finger of head, but little lacing- depressing.

S- Grapefruit hops hit my nose with force but it tries to forge ahead to find some malt smells. At last the hops give way to a light sweet, almost cinnimony breadiness.

T- The hops on this beer are nothing new- agressive West Coast citrus/pine. What did it for me was a great balance in the malt flavors. There's a sweetness which I wouldn't describe as carmel, but is more complex, like a cinnamon bun or an unbaked wholewheat loaf. This combined very nicely with the citrus in the hops to give a full flavored beer.

M- Creamy, but smooth. Bitterness was not overpowering and I enjoyed it.

D- I drank this bottle at a friends, but may have to go buy a sixer of it as I really liked this IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 19:28:08 | More by zdk9
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albern

Massachusetts

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

This beer is a bit of a surprise. It is a amber orange with a decent head, retention, and some lacing. The smell is lemon grass, hops, some sweet malts. This beer is quite bold. It is ever so slightly less than medium bodied and plenty carbonated. You get a blast of these very strong grassy malts and oily esters, then bitter hops kick in, and then some hoppy aftertaste that tends to linger too long. I don't know if this is what was necessarily intended by the brewhouse, but it does make for an interesting beer that is quite drinkable and enjoyable. L'Chaim.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 21:23:33 | More by albern
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maddogruss

New Jersey

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

My Dad decided to pick this up for a poolside hangout. While, not my choice to hang out poolside with an IPA, I figure I would give it a shot anyway.

A: Pours a nice, amber with with a decent, off-white head with pretty solid retention and a nice lacing.

S:The smell was pretty hoppy, but nothing too overzealous.

T: The taste was fairly hoppy in and of itelf. There were some malts in there to kind of balance it out, but it still tasted like an IPA to me at heart.

M: A nice, full-bodied mouthfeel, typical of a solid IPA

D: For an IPA, even on a hot day hanging by the pool, thsi one is pretty drinkable. Not too alcoholic so you will not warm up too much and not too hoppy for an IPA (if that's a conundurm, I apologize, but it's the best I can describe it). It's smooth taste makes it an easy drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2007 20:46:18 | More by maddogruss
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Budro

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a sixer on a Friday afternoon after work. Been studying a lot of American Pales and IPAs, thought I'd put this one under the figurative microscope.
A: Lightly copper-hued. You expect copper hues, but you don't expect them to be so light. Another thing you don't expect is the absolute clarity of this brew, a clarity which, the longer you study it, seems more and more suggestive of thinness rather than simple purity. Other reviewers have noted their suprise at this brew's paleness and clarity, and I gotta say: I'm suspicious of claims to greatness in an IPA when you don't see at least a dusting of yeast in the amber when you hold your glass to the light.
S: Especially as it warms, the nose seems less evocative of pine stands and citurs pith than of maple syrup. The malts dominate in the nose. Smells clean and refreshing.
T: It's all hops in the palate. The piquancy and bitterness of the front never seems to yield entirely, as hoppy flavors rise in the back even as the front fades. Tasty, but one-note.
M: Surprisingly thin for the style. Although the head is pleasantly creamy, the body's thinness becomes more pronounced and therefore more unpleasant as the beer warms. The bitterness dries the palate somewhat, leaving one with the feeling you get after a snack of sharp cheddar.
D: The way the beer thins as it warms discourages me from cracking open a second one.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 20:52:56 | More by Budro
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