Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,865 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,865
Reviews: 1,157
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 258 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001)
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Photo of yesyouam
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Snake Dog IPA is a very clear and sparkling light amber ale with a thin, oily, off-white head that leaves great lacing. Orange peel dominates the aroma, with a backdrop of crackers. It's medium bodied; smooth with a slightly chalky finish. The flavor balance is great. The citrus bitterness is like tangerine and pine needles. First, it's juicy. Later in the flavor is the alcohol and black pepper and juniper, which lingers. It's an enjoyable IPA.
(rated Aug 5, 2008)

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

another crazy label from the colorado crazies.

the beer pours with a grand white head, but the amber color of the beer is oddly clear and detracts from the sight.

scent is spicy hops, floral. very appealing.

the flavor has an initial flavor of hops, but the mellow nature is surprising. the hops get lost in a faintly malty taste. ends up sightly empty, but well balanced.

the feel is very dry but smooth.

a mild ipa, maybe an introduction type beer to the style. mild.

Photo of Onenote81
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light off-orange with a nice foamy white head that ratains wonderfully. Good lacing. Smell is very understated. Some citrus, and some malt. Really tamed down.

Taste is hoppy but, as others have already stated, lacks the nice citrus complement. Not a bad brew for hop-heads, but there are much better AIPAs out there. I enjoyed it and would have another sometime, but I gotta rate it against its counterparts, and this one falls a tad short.

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

A: Poured a coppery-orange with a dense foamy white head about 1 finger high before falling to a thin, sudsy layering.

S: a nice floral and citrus hopping with a light grassiness.

T: The flavor was sharp citurs, spicy and tangy, full of grapefruit laced hops and flowers. There was some pine and some sweet sugar malting that also was detected. A great citrusy helping of "C" hops provide a nice spicy bite and finish finishing with a little grassiness.

M: vibrant and sharp with a lively carbonation that brings out the huge citrusy nature of this beer.

D: Crisp, light bodied and leaves a nice spicy hop tang behind. An excellent everyday ipa you can easily drink during any season and lots of it.

Photo of magictrokini
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I finally got past the obnoxious label and bought one of these, and its... okay. Pours light orange with a decent head. Aroma is hoppy, but mostly the bitter Golding variety. Taste seems watered-down. The hops are there, but without the nice resiny-piney-citrus flavors. Average.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer has a beautiful orangish honey color and is crystal clear. The head was very frothy with a nice tan color. With such a nice head, I was a little disappointed by the subtle lace.

Smell: I get aromas of apricots and hops. The smell was not quite what I was hoping for, nothing loud and in your face.

Taste: The bitterness from the hops are dominant. However, this beer did leave a metallic aftertaste that I did not care for.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp says it all. This is a well balanced beer that leaves your mouth feeling refreshed!

Drinkability: This is an easy drinking IPA, but nothing spectacular. I wouldn't even consider this to be a fine example of an IPA. :( Nothing clearly stands out to make in an exceptional beer. I think this could best be described as a beginner IPA. An Introductory India Pale Ale, IIPA. Its not too complex, not overly hoppy, great carbonation.

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

Not a bad IPA, some of their beers are actually really good despite their horrible label, but this one i would say is just kinda ok. It pours pretty light for an IPA and smells a lot like non-caramelly malts, not much hoppy goodness at all. In the mouth it's not good but not bad. Eh, so so.

2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

A: Pours a clear copper with a billowy off-white head that left beautiful lacing.

S: Malt, flowery hops and pine.

T: The maltiness was the first taste that caught my attention, followed by piny hop bitterness. As the beer warmed, the hop bitterness transformed too far into astringent for my tastes. The finish reminded me of stale cookies.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: The nice flavors waned as the beer warmed. I'll pass on this in the future.

Photo of hoppheadIPA
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

out of the bottle pours a golden orange.
Smells of hops with a hint of malt in the backround.
It tastes of citrus, mostly grapefruit hops. Has an annoying buttery flavour in the backround that I did not care for.
Mouthfeel isn't bad with good carbonation. Wouldn't make a bad session beer in my eyes.
There's way too many great IPA's out there casting a shadow on this one.

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

Poured a light copper.Nose is herbal hop aromas and sweet malts. Taste is slightly bitter, with lots of malts to balance. Some fruitiness is present as well. Medium mouthfeel, I'm not noticing a lot of carbonation. Good beer but with all of the great IPAs on the market I wont get another.

Photo of cvfish
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - pale amber color, white head that disappears but leaves some decent lacing

S - a little bit of lemon/floral smell, but nothing great

T - slight citrus taste, slight hops, and slight bitterness. overall, a "slight" beer

M - the feel on the tongue was the worst, very soapy, light bodied beer

D - my first IPA, and was not impressed. maybe i got a bad one becuase others have reviewed this well, but i won't gamble on this one

Photo of dojobrewco
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very impressed with this brew. Never been a flying dog fan for the most part but I thought I would give this one a try. Poured a beautiful clear amber into my pint glass with a nice piney aroma. Just enough head retention with some nice lace action. Nice bite at the beginning followed by some caramel malt character. Well that's enough beer porn for now; Im gonna finish my glass.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't know why this one is rated so low but i think that it is great. Pours a nice clear amber color with a decent off white head. Little to no lacing but the aroma and taste makeup for it. The aroma comes out with a great blend between hops and malt and the taste is like Oh Yeah! Not bitter at all, goes down nice and smooth. My bottle says 7.1% and at that rate i could get tipsy off these bad boys pretty easily. I personally say that this is a must try.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

The beer poured nice and clear. It had a two finger head which disappated leaving a nice bit of lace on the sides of the glass.

The beer has a strong hop smell to it. The hops are not overpowering.

Really good taste to the beer. The hops leave a bitter aftertaste which is a good reminder that this is an IPA.

The beer goes down really smooth and is crisp.
As for drinkability, I don't know how many in a row I could drink, but it would be a few.

A really good IPA. One of the best that I have had. The hops are really balanced and it taste really good.

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

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-A beautiful, pristine amber beer with an off-white heap, low retention. Head quickly reduced to a thin but attractive layer of bubbles.

S-Some flowery and herbal hop aromas, minimal caramelly malt.

T-The taste starts with hearty, herbal/resiny hop flavors, followed by an assertive bitterness over caramel and toasty malts. As the malt fades, the bitter remains, watching over a crisp finish.

M-Medium-high body, moderate carbonation. The beer slithers across my palate and down my throat.

D-This one's drinkable. Non-remarkable as far as IPAs go, but I'll certainly remember it if I see it around again.

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

Snake Dog was the last stop on my latest trip through the IPA section of the singles cooler. Decent beer, but it didn't hold up well against the competition.

A: Orange amber with a soapy off-white head. Good clarity and minimal carbonation. Head retention is OK, but not great. leaves bits of lace.

S: Citrus and pine with a whiff of caramel.

T: Nice malt profile that leans toward a caramel sweetness. Hop level seems pretty light for this style. Lemon and grapefruit are the dominant hops flavors. Finishes with a mild bitterness

M: Medium light body is a bit too fizzy.

D: Certainly a good beer, but not the best take on this style in my opinion. I probably won't revisit this, as there are better IPA's to be had.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pleasing amber hue with frothy, sticky off-white head with several rings of lace.

S: Nice hoppy aroma with spicy, leafy, and pine elements. Caramel and pale malt aromas are light but present.

T: The taste is a let-down as the pine element of the nose is the only thing that translates with the same proportionality. This beer is an aggressively hopped APA. There are strong pale malt flavors present with piney and grapefruit, citrus hops taste as well. It comes off as a fruity APA with a nice hops nip at the end.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit thin without the prototypical coating-IPA quality. Aftertaste is a good mix of citrus hops and pale malts flavors. Carbonation is low.

D: This is a satisfying brew but fits more in the APA category. As long as you approach it as an APA, I think this beer is quite enjoyable.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Nice two finger head that recedes to athick foam, atop a light mahagony, amber color. Good bubbling and a splash of sticky on the glass after each sip. Minty orange jumps into the nostrils, but only a little toasted malts. The taste I get some water biscuits first, then with a spread of citrus and pine jelly. Vey astringent palate just cleans all other flavors that might have been lingering, are washed clean with every sip. Just a great session AIPA.

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

I cant remember who traded me this, but I think it was JoeCeez.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle with no freshness date into a brandy snifter.
Transparent copper/ amber color. Head is 1 1/2 fingers, fluffy and white. Nice amount of retention, spotty lace.

Sweet malty grapefruit hop aroma with a mixture of grassy hops, honey, pine and caramel rolls. Similar in smell to hopslam.

Dominateing grapefruit hop flavors upfront, turning to carbonation zing, sweet malt, minerally water and a dry hop finish.
Nice balance, great water, this was delicious.

Photo of william5586
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very nice amber color with 1 finger head that leaves some nice lacing.

S-Nice citrus hops. Floral smell dominates.

T- Some malt sweetness that fights to get though the hop bitterness

M- good mouth feel with a dry finish

D- pretty easy to put back

Pretty decent IPA. nothing bad here but nothing amazing either.

Photo of marcpal
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a Trader Joe's make your own six. Ive ignored this one many teams so here's a go.

Poured into English pint glass.

A: It just flat out looks like an IPA. Gold, burnt orange, shady, chestnut thin head and some lacing.

S: Mild hop aromas and malty backing for low alcohol. Floral notes dominate but there is something unpleasantly metallic.

T: Mild in both the hops and the sweetness but balanced. Nothing thats going to blow your mind or taste buds but thats not its intention. Bitterness eventually does take over the malt flavors.

M: Very light on the mouth and chiming bitterness. Not too much carbonation.

D: Easy to drink. Middle of the road IPA. Good and one that should start a night before getting into anything more flavor dominant. Really darn good taste.

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

Appearance: Brilliantly clear and golden-amber with a finger and a half wide high creamy off white head that settles into average lacing.

Aroma: As one would expect, glorious floral hops absolutely dominate. One can also detect citrus and biscuity malt underneath.

Taste: True to style, this beer is absolutely bitter thanks to a heaping serving of hops. Much more intense than other Flying Dog offerings I've tried, I'm glad to see they can crank it up a bit. Once you peel off all of the bitterness, you find lackluster sweet biscuit malt underneath. The booze is hidden well, but provides a welcome kick from time to time.

Mouthfeel: Silky and full-bodied with the right amount of carbonation. A delicious bitter hop aftertaste lasts well into your next sip.

Drinkability: While this beer is certainly aggressive, and I might take my time, I could certainly throw back a few of these in one sitting.

Verdict: While not earth-shakingly amazing, this is quite a tasty little IPA. While I would be happier with something a little more exciting to accompany the bitterness, those hops still have me salivating for more. As I mentioned, I'm just glad that Flying Dog can produce flavorful beer. It makes me a little more excited about the other styles waiting for review in the fridge.

Photo of rtratzlaff
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with small white head that leaves a little lacing down the glass.

Smells are citrus fruit with some floral notes as well.

Taste is rather interesting. Not exactly what I like in an IPA. There is a malty thing going on muddling things up. It reminds me of the Double Dog, but this is an IPA, not a double IPA.
A good bit of citrus hop character is in there.
The mouthfeel is slightly heavier than other IPA's with lower carbonation.

This is not an IPA that I will go back to, but its worth a try.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a nice light head on a dark amber body. Nice retention looks tasty.
Good amount of hops, fruity and a little soapy.
Rather soapy tasting, definite hops but not as good as it could be a little biscuit but not much. lingering mediocre aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is acceptable.
Not a big fan of the aftertaste. Not a bad beer but I dont plan on buying it again. Unless its in a mix pack.

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

Pours a clear copper with a small white head.

Smells of grapefruit esters and hops, as well as a bit of citrus later on. The taste echoes this quite closely; one of the fruitier IPAs I've had.

A really decent beer that would be much more attractive if it were less expensive.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,865 ratings.