Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,866 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,866
Reviews: 1,157
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 264 | FT: 0
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Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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-

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

A: Poured a hazy orange, slightly copper color. Slight bit of rocky head, but faded pretty quickly. Some lacing, but not a ton.

S: Grassy, grainy, little bit of citrus/grapefruit on the nose. The aroma was probably the highlight of this one for me.

T: Bitterness throughout. Some grainy malt, but mostly a strong bitter taste. Floral/spicy hops with a tinge of grapfruit, but mostly just got the bitterness.

M: Pretty dry..fairly high carbonation. Not much body to back up the long-lingering bitterness. Wasn't impressed with the mouthfeel on this one.

D: The one that I had went down ok, but the bitter aftertaste put me off on drinking another. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but it's not really a sipper either.

Overall, I wouldn't order it again, but it wasn't terrible. Pretty average American IPA.

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

This American IPA pours (from the bottle, in this case) with a thick billowing head that slowly sinks, leaving a thin translucent layer atop a light amber body. Rather light color to indicate little complexity. The initial aroma does offer a heavy nose of pine and citrus; however, this dissipates quickly.

There is a semi-sweet, if none too overwhelming, balance of hop that makes for a nice sessional quaff. It is supposed to be an American IPA, but I thought this one to be a somewhat milder version of this style. While, I would not go out of my way to look for it, I'd pick some up if the price were right. Look for the label picturing a deformed dog. Woof!

Photo of HoustonTX
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake Dog IPA.

Snake Dog pours out with a pale amber body, lots of frothy head and lacing, along with ample carbonation.

Smell is grainy, with a noticeable alcoholic fusel note rounding out the back end. A bit of caramel malt, and citric hops come through as well. Not very appealing.

Taste is definitely East Coast IPA reminiscent. Spicy pungent hop oils, resinous dank leafs, and sappy bittering pine. There is a reassuring muskiness, that blends with the pungency to create a very straight forward yet, pleasing IPA. The hopping is very assertive, and the malt balance is definitely there. The bitterness is raw, and earthly. Very solid IPA here. Could down a couple of the no problem.

Good East Coast IPA. Borderline DIPA. Tasty, and easy to drink, good balance.

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

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pours a dark straw with a non present head that settles to a cap and leaves spotty lace. Clarity is good.

Aroma is of floral citrus hops. Tannic acid aroma is there along with the slightly caramel aroma.

Flavor is straight up hops on the front. Slight malt flavor on the middle. The middle is completely overpowered by the hops, they make the finish dry and bitter. Hops are piney and earthy.

Mouthfeel is medium and holds up good to a smallish chill. Carbonation is pretty well done.

All in all a good hoppy flavor with not much for a malt back, a refreshing IPA that suffers from lack of balance.

Photo of mnrider
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (In Pint Glass) Half inch of off white head, which eventually turns coaster thin. Color is medium amber. Normal bubbles rise to the top.

Smell: Spicy and lightly hoppy.

Taste: It actually tastes as it smells. You wouldn't even know that this brew was 7.1 ABV. The bitterness (IBU 60) helps cover this up slightly. Not as strong tasting as other IPA's, which can be good and bad.

Drinkability: I could drink a bunch of these in a siting, and would even consider buying this brew again in the future. I really like the under the radar 7.1 ABV.

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

Overall theres a very fresh hoppy characteristic to this one.. It looks more like a DIPA than a, um.. single(?) ipa with its deep amber color.. Theres an interesting presence in the taste I couldn't quite put my finger on, a bit sweet and a bit spicy.. A fairly light body, easy drinkability. Overall I feel light theres not a ton to say about it.. its quite good, of course, but is sort of just your standard good IPA.. nothing quite unique about it, definitely good though.

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

A solid beer that is quite drinkable. Nice amber color and a fair amount of head. I could smell the hops and got some citrus tones as well. This does not have an overpowering taste like many IPAs but there are nice flavors going on here. It is not too highly carbonated and it paired well with the BBQ.

Photo of jera1350
2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden yellow, frothy two finger head. Some lacing.

S- Mostly hops, some malty and yeasty smells. Faint citrus and grass.

T- Big surprise here. Hops are minimal. I don't even know if this could be called an IPA, there are so few hops here. Malty with the hop bitterness at the end, but not much. Alcohol is well hidden.

M- Rather thin, lacking in carbonation.

D- Good drinkability. I couldn't believe it had 7% ABV because it is undetectable. Not enough hops for the style though.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: A clear, bright orange-bronze color with some active carbonation. The off-white head is tall, foamy, and somewhat rocky. Retention is good, with some sticky bits of lacing.

S: A moderate dose of biscuity malt in the nose. Floral and citric hops are evident, with some orange character. A touch metallic.

T: Some grainy, biscuity malt up front. Surprisingly grainy, in fact. A touch of citric flavor, but the hops are mostly floral, providing a gradual crest of bitterness into the finish. A rather mineraly character as well, with some flashes of alcohol.

M: A bit watery and lightly carbonated. A slight dryness into the finish. It could really stand to be bigger and more robust.

D: Like many other Flying Dog offerings, this beer has promise, but is offset by several flaws. In this case, the mouthfeel really holds things back. It could also benefit from a bigger hop presence. Not bad, but there are dozens of better IPAs out there.

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

Poured out the bottle into a willi glass, it has a copper/ straw clear appearance with a frothy white head. The nose was spicy and slightly bitter, not very much on the nose compared to many IPAs. The taste is standard grapefruit zest with notes of pine. A bit more of a bitter finish than some. Mouthfeel is about medium bodied. I wouldn't go so far as calling this a good session beer, the bitterness would likely bother me after a couple. All in all, this is a decent IPA at the price point, nothing offensive but nothing extraordinary.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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