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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,893 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,893
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 22
Gots: 292 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Photo of thain709
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice hazy copper body...an average sized, off white head forms and retains nicely...it only falls about a half an inch...becomes a little rocky...great lacing

S - A very bright and clean hop nose...a mixture f floral and piney hops...a decent backbone of caramel malts

T - The flavors in here aren't bad but they fall short in some ways...the flavor starts off with the initial citrus hops which were not present in the nose...it fades into a more piney taste and mixes with the caramel malts as well...the malts linger for a while but are then dominated with a pine bitterness that ends this one

M - Medium bodied...creamy and a long lasting bitterness

D - This was a decent IPA...I'm glad I got to try and I could drink this one if it was around...now it's on to it's bigger brother

Photo of carolinahophead
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A fine example of an american IPA. Well made and easy to drink. A light copper appearance. Abudance of carbonation . A typical fruity bouquet of an IPA . It has grapefruit and wild citrus aromas.Taste was of an average american IPA . The bitterness and acidity is well represented .What a wonderful mouthfeel and easy to drink with food. Overall a great beer from Flying Dog.

Photo of TheJollyHop
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer unfolds into a glass as a rich golden amber and forms a foaming head that retains its character and fades slowly. Hops aroma of pine and citrus are prevalent. On the palate the beer feels light and thing, and a subtle malt flavor yields to a building, albeit, not overpowering bitterness that is highly drinkable but nothing special.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden, slightly amber color with a three-finger (yet thin) off-white head that leaves quickly with minimal lacing.

Smell: Toasted malt with lots of earthy and floral hop aromas. Relatively weak smell overall, though.

Taste: Starts with an apple-like sweetness with hints of toast and nut, finishes with a pleasant earthy bitterness. The only beer from Flying Dog I have had so far that actually has an aftertaste!

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body, balanced carbonation, with a crisp, dry finish.

Drinkability: A well-rounded IPA. Not totally hopped like many of the style, so not good for hopheads, but I appreciate the balance in this brew.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Appearance: Pours a tannish-gold color with a nice and fluffy white head. The head dissipates quickly, though, leaving only a little spotty lacing.

Smell: Hoppy and grainy. The grapefruit smell found in many IPAs comes out here as well.

Taste: Pretty tasty. Hoppy as hell, as an IPA should be. A little bready and wheaty with a touch of malt. Nice.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth. A little over-carbonated but not so much that it ruins the experience.

Drinkability: A solid IPA. Certainly not the best, but you could definitely do much, much worse. Worth a try.

Photo of GRG1313
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark clear amber orange with a short white head that rapidly fades but comes back nicely with a quick swirl.

Belgian fruit juxtaposed with grapefruit hops in the nose that yields to the fruit.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and full.

Flavors follow nose. Front end of Belgian fruit that gives way to big hops. This is a strange one for me. Tries to be two beers in one and it actually may pull it off! This is a Belgian like a Maredsous 8 blended with a "hop head." I think it works although it takes getting used to. Malt, fruit in the front and middle; huge grapefruit and pine resin in the end an finish. Very complex and layered.

I've decided I like it a lot and that it would really be good with all kinds of food flavor profiles.

Photo of Jeffo
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger medium-thick off-white head with very good retention. Orange-red, or scarlet red, clear, with lots of carbonation evident. Head fades slowly to a thick healthy cap and leaves lots of good lacing. Nice looking brew.

SMELL: Decent nose of toasted malt and lots of spices, coriander and tyme and white pepper. Hoppy floral notes as well and grapefruit notes abound.

TASTE: Toasted malt, coriander and tyme, and very peppery. Spicy for sure. Floral notes in the background and lots of citrus and bitter grapefruit flavors in there too. A touch of alcohol in the end. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is spicy and bitter with some alcohol there as well. This is interesting for sure. Enjoyable.

PALATE: Full body, creamy and chewy on the palate, goes down thick and smooth and finishes with a bit of a bite. Finishes on the dryer side of spectrum. Very nice mouthfeel. Flying Dog brews always impress in this area.

OVERALL: Good beer. Flying Dog has deinitely grown on me. Enjoyed this one much better than their Double Dog IIPA, which was a bit too rough around the edges. One I would pick up again.

Photo of kegger22
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an amber with a modest head that reduced quickly to a thin skin. The aroma was typically IPA... citrus (not that there's anything wrong with that). The taste was a slightly hoppy citrus with a malty finish. The feel was light bodied with medium carbonation. Drinkability was good. Typical IPA, but I like typical IPA's.

Photo of JamesS
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark copper with some decent head and a bit of nice lacing. Excellent scent, very hoppy with wonderful citrus and slight floral tones, with the hint of malt in the background. Nice taste, excellent use of hops for bittering, aroma, and flavor; great citrus hop flavor with a nice bitter aftertaste. Excellent brew.

Photo of craftaholic
4.14/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden colors with a tiny head that turns to lacing and a medium amount of carbonation.

Smell: There is a nice floral hop scent that isn't too strong but its definitely an enjoyable aroma for a hophead.

Taste: Herbaceous pine and hops basically fills this beer, there is a touch of caramelized flavor to it but not much.

Mouthfeel: Flows around in a crisp yet smooth manner with a light carbonation that leaves a lasting bitterness thats right on target.

Drinkability: This stuff is mighty tasty, not overly hoppy like an imperial but just the right amount. The abv might throw people off from slamming down a bunch of them in a night but this would definitely be a good choice in my book.

Photo of jbhuxley
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear golden orange in color. Aggressive pour yields minimal head, less than 1/4", which dissipate immediately.

Very little smell to this. I can barely make out a bit of floral hops. Not much else.

Nice little pine taste, but there's just not a lot going on.

Mouthfeel is thin, with fairly low carbonation.

Despite this beer not having much character, it is quite drinkable. There is nothing offensive about the smell of flavor of the beer, there is just not a lot going on. It is fairly week for an IPA. I think this is the light beer of IPA's. I'm quite suprised that the ABV is as high as it is (7.1%). I would put this in the same category as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; nice, non-offensive ale.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color with a good head into an American pint glass, with little carbonation. This is a great beer for hopheads, as both the nose and flavor were overpowering with bitterness. The taste did yield more hints of citrus than the nose, but the finish was very bitter, and extremely dry. I felt like taking a sip of water for every two or three sips of beer. The body was medium, with soft carbonation, but I couldn't escape the dry-tongue feeling. Mildly good session beer for the hophead.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber. Reddish and brown. Lot of carbonation. 2 fingers of off white head that fades to one. Transparent. Very appetizing. Lacing a little disappointing.
S - Smell is great. Right out of the pour you can smell the hops from a few feet away. Not very complex, just straight hops.
T - Again, strong hops but not much else. I think it's cascade and saaz hops, but I can't be sure. Not much balance, but again, it's an IPA.
MF - Nothing special here. Medium body, good compliment to the flavor.
D - Great time to drink. Doesn't get too alcoholic, but might get a little boring. Every sip packs a punch.

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

appearance: nice beutiful red amberish color

smell: light hop smell. could have used more

taste: not a loaded IPA, but good pine/grapefruit flavor, decent flavor fro an IPA

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA

drinkability: overall a decent IPA, not the best but if Im in the local area I will hit it up

Photo of baos
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into dog-faced mug.

A: Golden-amber with a three finger white head. Head dwindles down to a few dollops of foam here and there with good lacing. A dark pale ale? lol?

S: I love a powerfully hopped brew from time to time. This one is extra spicy floral and grapefruit rind hops. Warrior and dry hopped with Columbus hops. Nice!

T: Floral hops, grapefruity zestiness, piney kind-budness, and actually after the hops reside a bit there's some maltiness detectable. Ends dry and bitter; a good beer.

M: Light to medium-light

D: Pretty drinkable. I like this one cold cold. The coldness goes well with the hop (snake dog) bite. Wasn't snake dog a character from Road House or something?

Photo of Anthony1
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a perfect pint

pours a standard IPA gold with lots of carbonation and a pretty good head, not so much lace.

smells hoppy, floral and citrusy, but underdeveloped. would have liked a little more aroma. taste was pretty standard as well. not much variety. A bit hoppy but no defining features. pretty weak flavor.

light body with plenty of carbonation. i liked the snakedog label though

Photo of pmccallum86
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden red amber color with a nice thick head which has great retention. Lacing remains on the glass as the beer slowly disappears into my mouth.

Smell is pretty good, strong hop aroma more pine than citrus. Good malt aroma also detectable.

This beer tastes very good, great hop presence as you would expect from an American IPA with a perfect malt balance. Pine and citrus floral hop notes appear, very smooth finish.

This beer has a great level of carbonation for an IPA, a rather thin mouthfeel though.

Very drinkable beer, Flying Dog has come through with quite a solid IPA here.

Photo of adamb02155
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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!

Photo of ZorPrime
4.13/5  rDev +16%
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.

Photo of rvdoorn
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of wesl56
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
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

Photo of jsg2220
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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)

Photo of TLove
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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