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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,681 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,681
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 20
Gots: 159 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001)
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Photo of crayphish


2.93/5  rDev -17.5%

This Flying Dog offering pours a extremely clear amber, not IPA like at all. A mediocre head bubbles quickly away. Very little lacing. Smell has floral hops with balanced malt hues countering. Honey sweetness. Not nearly enough definitive hops, the malt almost overwhelms the hop. Bready. I found the mouthfeel to be thick, and not nearly astringent enough. Despite its flaws it is a tasty brew, more of a pale ale, it's still drinkable.

08-06-2007 05:03:23 | More by crayphish
Photo of BlindPig


3.28/5  rDev -7.6%

A- Thick light tan head on a orange body with copper hues.
S- Grassy and grapefruit hops with some orange in there too. Very light hint of malt in there also.
T- Follows the aroma just with more grass to it. Maybe even a light pine comes out. A pretty dry overall feel with a little bit of sweetness to it.
M- Medium body with medium/low carbonation.
D- It is decent. I don't mind this one to much and might buy a 6-pack of it one day for a session beer.

08-06-2007 00:26:12 | More by BlindPig
Photo of stereosforgeeks


3.43/5  rDev -3.4%

Appearance: Clear amber color. Fluffy 1 finger head. Some mild retention and good lacing.

Smell: Piney hops, caramel, grapefruit, and cloves.

Taste: Piney hops followed by caramel and grapefruit. The cloves are in the background.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Slick on the tongue. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good IPA but nothing outstanding. I would pick up for another hot summer day.

08-04-2007 02:42:04 | More by stereosforgeeks
Photo of mhaws000


3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

A-pours a light copper with a 2 inch head. The head lingers around for a while leaving a sticky lace around the glass.

S-Nice floral and citrus notes from the hops. Smells like fresh squeezed orange juice with a little honey.

T-Really nice. Decent maltiness that is hit with a healty dose of bitter hoppy goodness. As a devout hophead, this was in no way overdone. Once again I pick up alot of citrus, especially orange. This is one of my favorite Flying Dog brews by far.

M-A little bit thick at first but cut nicely with pretty heavy carbonation. Has a distinct chewiness to it.

D-I really enjoyed this purchase and for the price I think it is a great IPA but like all hop-heavy beers they tend to annhialate the tastebuds so drinking more than one or two in a sitting is a bit much.

07-23-2007 07:22:48 | More by mhaws000
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

12 oz. bottle from sampler...pours a gentle opaque copper-orange with a near-perfect head, slow in dissipation...hints of pine fight with an overpowering hops aroma...crunchy (?), sharp warmth on the tongue--but services the whole tongue, thus balancing on an IPA tightrope...warm aftertaste; hops in effect, but more yielding than the aroma would indicate (unlike the alcohol?)...a serviceable IPA--reflects their pale ale in its balance...

07-18-2007 02:25:19 | More by dacrza1
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +22.5%

Always have been very anxious to try this, but could not get ahold of it until we finally popped that rediculous cap. Now I can get all my favorite brews and try out some good new ones. Awesome label as all the flying dogs have, and being the IPA lover I am, cannot wait for this one.

A - Poured a deep hazy, almost reddish amber with a big thick white sticky lacey and frothy head. Great retention lead to a thin layer of lace left up on the top. Very nice residual lacing down the sides and great carbonation evident from the streaming bubbles.

S - Crisp clean hops. Notes of pine and light citrus, not overpowering, but very clean and fresh.

T -Yummy, a thick tasting IPA.Deep bitterness hits immediatly. Very nice blend of flavors here. Lots of pine and a thick malt back. You can taste the earthy grain flavors all the way. Very well rounded. Nice dry finish. Touch of grapefruit or pineapple as it warms.

M - Very smooth. A Thick IPA, not the thin taste. Not oily, however there is a touch of resin in it. Good carbonation lets the flavor roll accross the tongue.

D - Awesome session IPA for sure. Has that sipper quality if you want it, but it could be downed all night as well. Not too heavy that it will fill you up too quick, but not that light as water feeling either.

Overall I really liked this and was very glad it was as good as I had hoped. Another classic brew from Flying Dog. I cannot wait to dry the Double IPA, as this was fantastic. A classic sessioner for me that will find its way into regular rotation.

07-17-2007 23:28:42 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

355ml bottle bought from the GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a nice bright coppery orange colour. Slightly off white head poured nice and thick and meringue like then faded slowly to good thick covering... no carbonation at all... pretty decent amount of lacing around the glass..

Aroma - Good strong piney / citrus hops, light toasted biscuity malts, juicy / spicy ripe fruits (grapefruits, oranges, lemons), very floral / perfumed, very light caramel / honey sweet notes, faint minty traces, some saltiness...

Taste – Peppery / grassy / piney hops to the fore, slight medicinal notes. juicy spicy fruits (grapefruits, lemons, apples), some light toasted bread notes, quite perfumed, very light caramel sweetness, pear drop notes / floral gums..

M&D - Quite rich and creamy with a little sharpness coming through... light medium bodied... very refreshing and sessionable...

Overall - A good simple bog standard IPA... nothing groundbreaking but certainly worth a try...

07-16-2007 11:13:40 | More by mdagnew
Photo of TuckerCarlson


3.15/5  rDev -11.3%

Pours an orange honey color with hints of red. Two fingers of fluffy orange-white head that leave a sticky ring as the head dissipates. Really nice lacing down the glass.

Pineapple. I swear I smell pineapple. Also some bready notes and vague sourness underneath the sweet fruit.

I think I have the same issue with this as I do with the Flying Dog DIPA: it goes straight from sweet to bitter. The smell promises some of those nice citric flavors, but they never surface; it's just a dose of medium-bodied sugar that fades into a mild-to-moderate hop bitterness. Sort of a drying astringency at the end that isn't particularly pleasant. A bit of a disappointment.

I remember enjoying this on tap once, but I wouldn't buy this again. After checking the bottle, the stamp says 19807FX. Not entirely sure, but I'm guessing August 19, 2007? If so freshness shouldn't be an issue. Just not a great beer.

07-14-2007 00:01:45 | More by TuckerCarlson
Photo of cypressbob

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

355ml bottle, Poured into a standard nonic pint glass

Pours with a rich amber body with a few copper highlights. Tight yellow tainted head with good retention. Some snake like lacing up and down the glass

Smell, gorgeous aroma of fresh sticky American hops, cascade noticeably floating around in there. Fresh grassy and floral aroma, little bit of sweet malt on the nose too. Some almost perfume like aromas, a faint aroma of candy floss and purple violets.

Taste, sweet hops, not an overwhelming amount of bitterness the hops seem to be there for flavour primarily and not for bitterness. Quite a thin mouthfeel, some smooth malt on the finish with a tiny amount of dry hop bitterness

The aroma of this beer is pretty impressive however the rest is a little disappointing. A solid beer none the less. Beer review #600... woo hoo

07-10-2007 11:13:14 | More by cypressbob
Photo of nortmand


4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Pours light caramel in color and crystal clear. Frothy white head.

Sweet grain and blood orange aromas dominate.

Rounded pine- citrus hop flavors up front, grainy sweetness mid-tongue. Nice bitter bite at the end.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation, a very nice, easy drinking IPA. Very balanced.

07-08-2007 18:35:09 | More by nortmand
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

A lot paler than most IPA's this beer does not let down in the hop arena. A real nice hoppy west coast style IPA with a certain lightness in the midbody ( a good thing as it adds to its drinkability)
I really enjoy the easy drinking take on the style but with lots of character.

07-05-2007 00:22:59 | More by canucklehead
Photo of uwmgdman


3.65/5  rDev +2.8%

This IPA pours a nice golden-copper with brilliant clarity. A moderately thick white head coated the top, kept a skim the whole way down with nice lacing. The aroma is moderate-high citrus, floral hoppiness with a little pine also evident. The flavor is moderate-high hop flavor, much like the aroma smells, hop bitterness is also medium-high. The malt presence provides a nice balance with a bit of malt sweetness and little graininess. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and finish a nice, leaves just enough hop flavor on the tongue without being too much. Overall a very tasty and good looking IPA, I’ll buy it again.

07-03-2007 21:29:09 | More by uwmgdman
Photo of wcdoyle


3.23/5  rDev -9%

Part of a Flying Dog mixed 12-pack.

When I opened the bottling this beer, I thought there would be trouble. Either the case had been shaken or the carbonation was ultra high in the bottle (like an over-primed homebrew). The cap al but shot across the room when opened and the head nearly shot out of the neck of the bottle. When poured, it quickly overflowed the glass. Thankfully, things got better after that.

Needless to say the head was--literally--over-the top. It did settle down, but stayed thick even after several minutes. Color was a cloudy yellow with a a brownish tinge. Smell was hop large with the malts way, way down.T: butterscotch and piney hops. Mouth feel was a bit lively--all the extra carbonation, but it was also creamy. If other bottles were less carbonated, I might push the drinkability up a bit. As is, it was average; better than some, not as good as others.

07-03-2007 20:50:32 | More by wcdoyle
Photo of beeragent


3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a clear deep gold, forming a very thin head, with light spots of lace. The aroma is intense hops! The flavor is a good balance between hops and malts. Hop citrus flavor, along with an equal amount of malt sweetness. I wa sexpecting a sharp, slightly harsh finish due to the high hop aroma, but I was suprised to find a very smooth mouthfeel and finish. This is a very easy IPA to drink and very sessionable if you like hops. Overall, I was impressed by this one. The aroma tricked me into thinking that this would be rough to drink, but I was proven wrong. A great brew from Flying Dog.

06-30-2007 00:14:11 | More by beeragent
Photo of BMoney575


2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Sampled on 6-27-07

Pours a clear amber color, with a nice bubbly head and big-time lacing.

Smell is all piney hops, with a good bit of sweet malt.

Taste is sweet at first, and then uber-bitter. The flavor is a pleasant fruity earthy combination, and then wow. It's all washed away by one of the most intensely bitter beers I've ever had.

Mouthfeel could be better, quite thin given the big hop flavors.

Drinkability is poor, this beer is a shock to your system. Overall, this beer has good flavors, but is brutally unbalanced. Not recommended.

06-27-2007 23:31:33 | More by BMoney575
Photo of happygnome


2.85/5  rDev -19.7%

a: dark copper color with half inch of head that does not dissapear fast leaves average lacing
s: more malt than hops
t: far sweeter than i expected an american pale ale to be, not as much hops as what could have been
m: medium bodied beer with average amount of carbonation

overall for an american pale ale there isnt enough hops although it would be a nice english pale ale

06-27-2007 18:07:54 | More by happygnome
Photo of Bamabrew22


3.7/5  rDev +4.2%

Got this one in a 12-pack mixer from Flying Dog. 12oz bottle with some far-out illustrations on the bottle. Rather amusing. Poured a golden coppery hue with decent head retention. Aroma of hops, hops and more hops wafted up to my nostrils. Great smell. Taste was really nice; packs a good hop punch which is balanced out by the malt rather well. Delightful. In my opinion, this was one of the better IPAs I've ever had. Granted, I haven't tasted that many, but this one was true to the style and really pleasing on the palate. Great beer.

06-26-2007 14:41:29 | More by Bamabrew22
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a good off-white head that left nice lacing as it dissipated. The smell is grassy, sugary grapefruit, a tad too sweet. A big bitter grapefruit rind hop blast but mellows out very quickly, leaving a grassy hop aftertaste. It has a sweet malt backbone to offset the bitter hop, perhaps a bit too malty as it quickly rids the hop flavor, still good though. Has a moderate body with a slick feel, finished remarkably not bitter. A good AIPA, probably not up to snuff for hop-heads but drinks well.

06-22-2007 23:17:07 | More by Gmann
Photo of jar2574


4.15/5  rDev +16.9%

Yellow-orange brew with cream colored head. Great head retention all the way to the last drink.

Lotsa hops and spiciness in the smell, and a nice IPA taste. Crisp, hoppy without being bitter.

Very smooth for an IPA, lacing was perfect, leading to a very satisfying mouthfeel. A great IPA.

06-22-2007 01:15:38 | More by jar2574
Photo of trep

West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

Clear orange honey with a nice frothy white, bubbly head. Leaves some lacing as it fades. Sweet, rich, tobacco hop aroma. Very earthy. Nice malt presence as well. This is incredibly pleasant.

Taste is just like the aroma. Nice, rich tobacco flavor with a great hop accent. Alot of things going on, all meld together very well.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth as can be, and would be a great session brew.

06-21-2007 01:31:35 | More by trep
Photo of 1fastz28


2.73/5  rDev -23.1%

pours a golden color with a slight reddish color to it, smells good too, floral hops are prevelant but not much else, no malt smell at all. tastes is odd, something seems off. has an ipa taste but has some kind of metallic aftertaste or something, i can't put my finger on it. most of the flying dog stuff is great, maybe i got a bad batch

06-20-2007 22:12:08 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of mobud


2.8/5  rDev -21.1%

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A- Dark copper color with a light oatmeal color head that remained thru most of the sample.

S- Very muted hops smell in this beer.

T- More malt than hops. This beer reminded me more of an English IPA rather than Amer.IPA.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Nothing that really jumped out me.

D- This is not my type of IPA. I am more of a hophead so I expect alittle more bang with an AIPA.

06-16-2007 22:58:31 | More by mobud
Photo of macpapi


3.18/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a reddish-orange color with a half-inch white head. Pretty decent lacing. A pretty nice-looking beer.

Smell is dominted by hops, wheat and grapefruit. Pretty bold and well-balanced.

Taste really does not match balance of smell. It is very hoppy, and grapefruit/citrus flavor is notable. But that is really it. There is minimal wheat and malt taste. Seems a simple attempt at bitterness and little else.

Mouthfeel is bitter and pretty full. Moderate carbonation and pretty good presence.

On the whole this is not a spectacular I.P.A. The heavy bitterness is too much when not complemented with any other flavor. Worth a try, but there are so many better examples out there.

06-14-2007 19:43:12 | More by macpapi
Photo of burnstar


3.1/5  rDev -12.7%

Pours clear gold with a small white head which recedes quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is really nice sweet citrusy hops, a little one dimentional but appetizing. The taste doesn't live up to the nose. Malt backbone is lacking. Hops are big, as expected. Citrusy but mainly it's bitterness that the hops impart. Big aroma hops, big bittering hops, but small flavor hops? That's what it seems like to me anyway. I do like the bitterness, and it's not really bad by any means, but it could be improved somewhat. Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated. Pretty drinkable but I'd rather have a different IPA. Okay overall.

06-14-2007 03:40:58 | More by burnstar
Photo of Redwood21


3.68/5  rDev +3.7%

A: nice hazy golden amber beer, white head that lasts with a good 1/8" that sticks around(much more frothy to start)

S: Nothing too strong there is some hops here but after a while you get nothing at all

T: pretty solid hop taste for a ipa, but not overwhelming or especially strong there is some bitterness and citrus sweetness, but mistly with the bitter

M/D: pretty solid beer, i ate some spicey pan fried catfish with the beer and it cleaned the palate extremely well. a very solid and different choice, nothing that will knock your socks off, but good justthe same

06-05-2007 02:40:39 | More by Redwood21
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