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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,892 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,892
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 22
Gots: 291 | 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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Photo of TehAnkh
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light copper/orange with 2 fingers of big-bubbled fluffy white head that recedes quickly and leaves a pretty tenacious coat of lacing. The first thing that comes to mind is cream soda.

S: Lots of citrusy bite in the smell, hints of grapefruit and orange and some grassy hop presence in there rounding it out. Some biscuit malt also makes an appearance.

T: Mandarin orange and grapefruit come through loud and proud in the flavor. A bit of malty caramel comes through too. The smell basically translates over in to the flavor, no real surprises here. All the little would-be nuances seem to fall flat on their face right in the middle, you taste it expecting a lot more and then you're left saying "Aw... that's it?"

M: Light hoppy bitterness, very light bodied compared to what I expected, but plenty of carbonation. Plenty of aftertaste here, but nothing unpleasant.

D: I could drink quite a few of these actually, but it just doesn't seem to deliver any kind of punch. The alcohol content is hidden really well for me, so it's drinkable enough. Is it worth buying again? At most I'll give that a "Maybe".

Photo of katan
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a darker golden color - approaching brown. This beer is so filtered that I can see the other side clearly (in parabolic vision of course). Head formation is quick and strong, pearly white. Well retained, but eventually breaks down to a film.

S - A moderate citrus hoppy smell is the most prevelent attribute of this beer. Not extremely in your face as some other IPAs, where I would say it's not meant to give you the hop bomb smell. Certainly does have that "flying dog" standard smell to it that I get from their porter and double dog - must be a commonality of yeast.

T - Starts off with the only hint of malt I can find. It takes off immediately with some hop piney and grapefruit notes. Aftertaste is really the lightest part of the beer. Really bitter all the way around. Never do I say that sweetness takes over.

M - Moderate body - for an IPA I would find this mid-level. A hair more carbonated than the mean for this beer. Biting edge almost. Does leave behind a hop oil taste.

D - Again, middle of the road here too. I find this beers taste profile not too hard to drink. For a single IPA, I think the ABV is more than I would have desired. That does not make the beer any less sessionable. Carbonation is a hair filling.

A solid offering from Flying Dog. I for one am happy they are the macro scale innovator of the craft beer industry. I always know that when they are available, I'll have a good beer.

Photo of Bagman007
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear amber reddish coloring with a tiny bit of white head.

S- Very strong, hoppy scent, but by no means is it overpowering.

T- Very solid IPA. Probably a tad hoppier than most IPA's but it is still a very enjoyable beer.

M- Hoppy, but honestly it is not overly bitter.

D- Very drinkable beer. Hoppy, but not overly bitter.

Overall an excellent IPA. Great first impression from Flying Dog. I look forward to trying the rest of my beer in their sampler pack.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this beer had a two-and-a-half finger, large head of bubbly beige foam atop its hazy orange/amber fluid. There was a good amount of rising carbonation, the retention was good and the lacing excellent. The aroma was a pleasant blend of citrus, floral and semi-fruity hops. The flavors were big and rather aggressively hoppy. Mostly pine and some herbal/green hops with hints of citrus and some floral elements that appeared as it warmed up. It need a little more malt to balance it however. The mouthfeel was smooth but oily, the carbonation medium, the body medium. Good but not great.

Photo of Colt4540
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint mug.

A- Pours a clear light amber color with a one finger head that slowly disapates to a thin film. It leaves nice lacing and look really appealing.

S- Has a real citrus/pine smell coupled with the intense smell of hops.

T- The first thing you get is the hops which followed by the extremely present pine taste and finishes with a nice citrus flavor.

M- It has a real zingy mouthfeel and finished light and crisp.

D- A fairly easy beer to drink. Quite enjoyable.

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

Part of a mix 12 pack purchased at Harris Teeter in Pentagon City, VA.

A: Amber hue. Topped with a nice off white head with good retention. Brilliant clarity. Sticky lacing.

S: I like this aroma. Nice sharp, biting hop character - quite piney.

T: Grapefruit hop flavor. Bitterness is moderately strong and carries from beginning to end. Long lingering aftertaste.

MF: A little watery for an IPA.

D, notes: I liked this beer as a reliable IPA. Could have used some more malt and more defined hop character.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/25/2006 (12oz bottle):

Pours a red/amber colored body, clear, with a little white head, lasting. Has a very hoppy aroma, sweet, pale, and dry. Also has a bitter taste, then some sweetness. Has a somewhat dry aftertaste. A pretty good IPA.

Photo of wobblynoggin
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I can see why this IPA has polarizing reviews.
It is a little of everything, but a lot of nothing. I see that as a good thing. Where some IPAs, especially doubles, really smack you in the face with a powerful citrus candy sweetness, and others are thinner and balance out with malt, this beer does some of both.

A - The head was white and formidable but dissipates quickly, with weak lacing. The color is a bit lighter than most IPAs, almost golden. I wonder if it is just less syrupy due to its malt content.

S - A nice balance of hops and malt here. Almost a rose pedal aroma or a bit like you are smelling wilting flowers. Your normal citrus notes too, but balanced out with the maltiness.

T - Confusing in a good way. Too keep it simple, the malt tones down what seems like it will be a very hoppy, and citrus rush. Just when it seems like your run of the mill IPA, it becomes more complex, and fills your mouth very nicely with notes of tobacco, and caramel which are usually more noticeable in malty beers, not IPAs. I am no expert, but I am wondering if they have found a malt/hops combo that achieves this. Tobacco notes in the aftertaste too.

M - This is the best part of the beer in my opinion. It makes you want to take another sip. That's the best compliment I can give it.

D - At 7.1% it is surprising drinkable, which when all is said and done, may be trouble.

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

In my opinion, I always want to like flying dog but I yet to find an A+ beer from them. That's not to say they put out bad beer, far from it, it's just that I don't have a go-to beer like I do with Bells (Oberon, Hopslam, 2 Hearted).

That said this IPA is good, pretty good, not the best, but way above most other IPAs that I have tried. I would probably get it again? I'm not so sure since I'd probably get a Two Hearted instead.

Photo of Sigmund
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 fl. oz. bottle, now available in Norway at Vinmonopolet. ABV from 2008 is 7.1%. Clear orange colour, moderate white head. Pleasant fruity and sweetish aroma of American hops, distinct notes of citrus and blackcurrant leaves, also moderate notes of malts and toffee. The flavour is distinctly hoppy throughout (as expected from an American IPA), but the hoppiness is not overdone, which means that the bitterness is firm but not harsh. Furthermore, unlike many other IPAs this one is not too sweet, and seems pretty well balanced altogether. Definitely a beer I'll buy again.

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

This is an ok IPA. It's not a flavor explosion, but it's good. I could have a few while watching a game and eating.

A- Clear Medium Gold, Nice head and lacing
S - Light hoppy aroma, not much else.
T- Very bitter at the end. Short flavor length. No hop flavor, just bitterness.
M- long bitter linger
D- Pretty good, I would have a few.

I don't know if I'd buy it again, but who knows. I liked that it was an IPA and I could see that perhaps I (or someone) might want an IPA without the full punch you in the face experience other beers offer.

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

A - Clear light copper. Moderately dense head of foam.

S - Piney and herbal.

T - Husky grain and a background pine. Pine wins out and finishes with a long lasting bitterness.

M - Brisk carbonation and a light-medium body. Fairly dry.

D - Drinkable non-citrus IPA. Pretty straightforward brew.

Photo of gabeerfan
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light amber with a nice white head that falls to a thin cap.
Aromas of tropical fruit, orange/grapefruit rind, light brown sugar.
Fairly hoppy. Lots of citrus rind and piney hops with enough honey/light brown sugar sweetness from the malts to keep it from being a total hop bomb.
Medium-light bodied. Hops give an oily feel but the carbonation helps keep the palate fairly clean. The hops do linger, but not for long.
Nicely drinkable. Very good flavors make this a nice drinker, but at 7% it would be difficult to drink all night.
A very good beer that I would recommend, but with so many American IPA's out there, it can get lost in the shuffle.

Photo of cnjohn19
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Good people drink good beer. - Hunter S. Thompson

A - The best looking beer I have poured in quite some time...extremely clear, pure white head which although slight stayed constant the entire taste...

S - What appears to be pineapple or some sort of citrus...would like more of the hops to come through...Did seem to improve as I drank more...

T - Distinct, dry hops dominate...you can taste some of the citrus which you smell...

M - Usually with a beer with this ABV and strong of hops I would expect the flavor to travel more...

D - Would and will buy again...just light enough for non-craft drinkers too...

Photo of Quej
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange, very clear with little head and almost no retention.
S - Smells floral and hoppy with some sweet citrus notes.
T - Tastes very bitter and hoppy at first, lingers long and dry, with an aftertaste full of citrus. Nice refreshing bitterness throughout.
M - Very drying and almost leafy and sharp, quite rough and pleasant.
D - Almost too bitter, but not. Great refreshing ale.

Photo of hube
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Nice golden-amber color. Very clear. Good lacing on the glass. Not much head on the first, poured more aggressively on the second for comparison's sake and had a better result.

Smell isn't as strong as some IPAs, though it has nice bitter citrus notes with a hint of sweetness.

Taste is a bit sweet, though it's balanced by the grapefruit-rind flavor in the back of the mouth.

Mouthfeel is good. Smooth, not too much carbonation. Actually, a slight amount more would be welcome.

Highly drinkable.

Overall, a good session IPA, though fairly unremarkable in a relatively cluttered market.

Photo of CityBoy1986
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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

The pour is a nice golden colour with a thin white head. There is decent lacing on the glass.

The nose is overpowered by sweetness with a slight bitterness lurking in there. The taste is more bitter than the smell, with huge notes of citrus and flowers.

Mouthfeel is light and thin with a nice amount of carbonation. The lightness and thinness might be what make this brew have a high drinkability factor; if the ABV of 7.1% were not printed on the bottle, I would have said this has about 5% ABV.

I will definitely revisit this brew because of its flavours and its drinkability.

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

this brew pours up a pretty clear copper color with a very small white head. nice lacing on my cheap glass mug. the nose is big bitterness, slight grapefruit, pale malts. the taste is very bitter, floral and piney hops. medium bodied, low carbo. a decent IPA. This is no Elissa though...

Photo of bbarrows
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle to pint glass.

A - Amber and clear with 1" fluffy white head. Head recedes to only a thin film, but leaves a dense lacing behind for the first 1/2 of the pint.

S - Strong citrus and pine aroma, malt is barely noticeable.

T - Fresh citrus and pine, with slight malt flavor in the background; lingering bitter hop finish. Decent balance of flavors.

M - Thin, perhaps thinner than I like, but it makes it easy to drink. Not necessarily a sipping beer.

D - Easy drinking, maybe too easy.

Photo of stockingcpl
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours as a reddish amber. Head is full and frothy. Tacings are generous. Carbonation is excellent. Great job.

Smell: As most IPA's, this brew has a strong hop presence. Very minor pine/fir tree aroma.

Taste: The hops really jump out. Strong bitterness that although strong is still very smooth and defined. This brew has some subtle taste actions occuring. This recipe was well designed and well executed. Great job.

Mouthfeel: The hops bitterness is not crowding to the palate. Of course, with an IPA finding a complimentary fodd may be difficult. The strength of this brew will be excessive for neophyte drinkers, but sophisticated drinkers will appreciate the fullness of this selection.

Drinkibility: As with mouthfeel, a litle IPA can go a long way. With that said, this barticular brew does not sit as heavy on the stomach as some selections do. I rate this high.


Photo of hoplover82
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty average IPA to me. I like it and recommend it to you.

Pours an amber color with an off white head that dissapates fast but with ok lace.

Aroma is of soft hops and a little sweet malts.

Flavor is pretty mild too but not too week for a hophead like me to enjoy. Some sweetness to . Finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Ok drinkability.

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

Amber color with a fairly durable bone white head.

Aroma of citrus and freshly cut pine wood with a touch of sweet crystal malt.

First sip reveals a smooth mouthfeel with nicely subdued carbonation.

Initial short blast of sweet caramel malt flavor followed quickly by a moderate hoppy grapefruit bitterness. Mid palate then seems to settle into a distracting thin watery taste before finishing with a very dry, mineral-like hop finish. Just an average American IPA, nothing to great or terrible.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes 9/15/08
A nice amber pour,with a light tan two fingered head.Aroma of floral,citrus,and spruce hop notes.A bright flavor very balanced between the hops and sweet malt.Thin watery mouthfeel.Not as thick or hoppy as I like my IPA but this would make a good gateway IPA or a nice Summer day pounder .

Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer, but I've had this a few times. Really, its not much of an IPA, but it would be a decent pale ale. The flavor and aroma have a bright citrus hop profile, but it's weak by comparison to normal IPA's. It's more on par with Sierra Nevada pale ale, but still not quite as good. Still, very drinkable and it does taste good.

Photo of gdfan47
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a really nice amber/ brown color with a big white head and ALOT of nice lacing
S- like pot, and not bad pot ... the really really good stuff ( im a deadhead/phish head...) ive smelled it before.... , wow , really refreshing and fresh
T- tastes like pot, hops, flowers, as refreshing as a DIPA
M- Smooth, the ingrediants really come through nice, not the least bit synthetic, very fresh
D- very nice, I could drink this all night.. for many many reasons

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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