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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,953 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,953
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 27
Gots: 336 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 2,953 | Reviews: 1,169
Photo of Florida9
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
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
3.06/5  rDev -14%
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
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
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
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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
3.49/5  rDev -2%
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
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown long neck bottle poured into an American pint glass. Only date printed on bottle: 112FX09 (Freshness: '09?)

Pours thin, creating very little head (off white), and leaving minimal lace. The body is golden amber with orange hues. A bit murky.

There is quite of bit of fruity yet leafy hops coming through, followed by candy and citrus (fuggles or cascades?). Faint toast like maltness is underlying the herbal, floral, and grapefruit notes.

Bittersweet candy flavor is enhanced by the thick mouthfeel in this one. Soft carbonation creates a long yet crisp finish with plenty of hop bitterness; a bit powdery towards the back of the mouth. Notes of mandarin orange, citrus, and grapefruit are similar to the nose, with plenty of leafy hops. There is unfortunately little balance provided by the malt profile. Very little alcoholic flavors are noticeable.

Though the hops are noticeable in this brew, IPA's should be loaded with them. This is not. Just the malt profile is weakened to let the hope flavors/aromas come through more noticeably (instead of being stronger). Also, the sweetness takes away from the slick mouthfeel and medium-full body by giving a stickiness to the lips. It should be replaced with a more stable malt profile for better balance.

Don't get me wrong, the bitterness, as well as floral palate and bouquet, are quite pleasant. There should just be more of it. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor, but is definitely noticeable in the belly by the end of the pint.

This would probably be best paired with spicy cuisine with lots of flavor. Especially seafood and peppery cheeses.


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

Poured into my trusty beer mug, had some foam on top, faded in a short while. Pretty big pine smell to it, lots of hops, kinda oily taste, but not overbearing. Has a kinda lingering bitterness to it, can be expected with the 60 IBU rating. Have had better IPA's with better overall taste, but is worth trying, however.

Photo of MLasoski
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served: In a bottle, poured into an ale glass.

A: A crisp, carbonated IPA with a golden color. The head is there, but fades away quickly.

S: Just like other IPAs I've had, the hops are there. Something of a piney-smell sticks out for me as well.

T: Pretty hoppy from the get-go and then a pinewood aftertaste. It reminds me of a grapefruit aftertaste actually.

M: Crisp, hoppy, and has that grapefruit sourness at the end.

D: Not my favorite IPA; however, it does the job with its 7.10% ABV. One of my more favored beers from Flying Dog.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask tonight at Max's in Baltimore.

I was absolutely amazed by both the smell and taste. It appeared no different from the regular Snake Dog, but it was chock full of hop oil aroma and tons of herbal hop flavor. There must have been an addition of wood as oak came through full force leaving this one to be remembered.

3.5 A
4.5 S
4.5 T
4.0 M
4.5 D

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

Served cold (too cold ?), this one forms almost no head. Golden lightly orange in colour.

Nose: Citrus and pine. Floral notes

Mouth: Good carbonation. Citrus (grapefruit) and pine flavours withou a doubt. Sweet malt after the hop attack. Bitterness is very pleasant, just like what I like in an IPA. Drinkability is ++.

Aftretaste: Long, piney and grapefruit

Conclusion: Nice IPA. Did not stood out of the mass of the other good IPA, but I surely buy it again.

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

I have grown fond of several of their stronger brews so I purchased this with great anticipation.

This beer poured with a very healthy white head and kept some throughout the drink. Body was a clear dark gold.

The nose was not strong but smelled fresh. Some grapefruit and pine. Less than most IPA

Taste was not quite where I want it. Citrus, malt and hops are there but the balance between all is not quite right.

This beer is good but not exceptional.

Photo of n00tz
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Average IPA, golden-amber body containing semi-active carbonation below an off-white 1cm head. Beautiful lacing left all the way down the glass.

S - Piney hops (no-doubt cascade), sweet citrus.

T - I get the piney hops, with some sugary malts that clash in my mouth. Finishes with a grapefruit bitterness.

M - Light and sticky. The citrus kills it. Seems like it was imbalanced. Burps a fantastic cascade hops though.

D - I had a lot of hope for this one, so it was a disappointing average unfortunately. Not a bad brew at all though. Just had some identity crisis throughout the experience. I'll have to revisit this later and give it a fair re-evaluation.

Photo of MeisterBurger
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice, crystal clear amber with a copious head. Fantastic head retention and lacing.

Smells earthy and spicy with some sweet malt. Somewhat fruity. It's subtle.

Whatever weak biscuity caramel malt there is killed swiftly a barrage of citrusy, earthy bitterness. The grass/leafy astringency kind of sticks around in the aftertaste, with an aftertaste that reminds me of a Halls Mentho-Lyptus cough drop. Thin bodied. Meh.

There are far too many better American IPAs out there for me to bother with this one again.

Photo of pradipta
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

clear golden red with an extremely well-behaved head - about an inch thick on pouring subsiding very very slowly to a respectable 2mm or so. Promising nose of light toasted malt, subtle spice, and citrus - but does not deliver in the mouth where bitterness takes over and remains dominant in the aftertaste, getting rather medicinal, in fact. Overall a bit disappointing, given the quality of their classic pale ale.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copperish orange color with about a half finger of white head and some light lacing.

Smells strongly of citrus with some light piney hops.

Taste is fairly fruity and the hops are a bit more pronounced. Starts off with lemon and pine, and a subtle touch of malt comes through in the end.

Medium body and medium carbonation.

Overall, not one of the best IPAs out there, but still decent and refreshing. I wouldn't mind trying it again.

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

Nice head. Retained a thin level of foam throughout the drink. Right away the way it looks and smells like more of a caramel Ipa. Niceley hopped such a smooth mouthfeel with the bitter hop bite. Some lacing but only a little. This is a nicely flavored sweet Ipa. Its not a incredibly bitter Ipa but a nice balance of sweet and bitter. Nice.

Photo of endincolorado
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear, light, copper-amber with clean, white head and decent lace.

Smell- Citrusy hops, with a little hint of pine. General, inviting fruity aromas, along with some pale malt to balance.

Taste- Refreshing fruity flavors, with crisp hop-bite. Hops are dry and citrusy. Pale malt and dry crisp in the finish. Overall, pretty focused, and balanced flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with good carbonation.

Drinkability- Wish I had more than the two this variety pack has to offer. Will definitely pick up a six pack, as this is one IPA i could drink all night.

Photo of juju7
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Vibrant orange/copper with an ample soft head that laced very well. Lychee, citrus notes jumping out of the glass. Nice big hoppiness with a touch of caramel malt in the background. A touch awkward on the palate balance-wise, but big, robust bitterness holds firm. Fruit flavours are there with the caramel malt coming to the fore just a touch. A touch over carbonated for my tastes but that's purely personal preference. Don't get many American IPA's round these parts so I'm more than happy just to have tried this.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,953 ratings.