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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,952 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,952
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 27
Gots: 336 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Ratings: 2,952 | Reviews: 1,169
Photo of mizzourah
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: It's a nice golden amber color with a one-finger creamy white head, leaving decent amounts of lacing.

S- The aroma is of citruses and hints of pine, but it's somewhat weak. I would have liked a more pronounced smell.

T- This is mostly hops. At first I detect some pine and then it finishes with citruses, perhaps some grapefruit in there. I didn't pick up many malts. I didn't really taste the alcohol, and it finishes somewhat dry.

M- It's smooth and somewhat creamy. Light to medium bodied.

D- This is a drinkable IPA but not my favorite. While I enjoyed the taste, I would have liked a little more complexity and balance. I bought this in a 6-pack mixer, and while I'm glad I did, there are other IPA's that I'll buy first.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice IPA, Aroma is somewhat lacking.
Good appearance, very little to no head. A nice deep amber color.
The right amount of hoppiness for a standard IPA. The hops linger for a decent amount of time. almost earthy but still very smooth and crisp.

Very refreshing after a hot day!

Photo of northaustin
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this one a few times now so its not as surprising as when i first had it. poured into a tulip. its color is darker than expected but is consistent all the way through. a thin head.a mildly hoppy taste. at first i thought the beer was ultra hoppy but since ive had more ipa's the taste sort of evens out.mouthfeel and drinkability are above average but nothing else. what sets this beer apart is its balance. at 7.1% it has a much better flavor balance than most of the 6% ipa's ive had. considering how available this beer is it is definately a must try. a good one to have as a standard cheap and tasty ipa in your fridge

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

I really enjoyed the Snake Dog. It poured orangey gold with a nice head that produced nice lacing all the way down the glass. Definitely a beer that based on citrus foundations. There is grapefruit in the nose. The mouthfeel is very juicy at first and typically drying at the finish. The taste isn't too bold, but it is flavorful and very enjoyable. It is not the most quaffable beer out there, but it is no less drinkable than the majority of IPA's out there. Great beer, not too expensive.

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

Reddish amber color, with a light beige foam, not too much, but beautiful. Beautiful color, too.
AT the smell, wel, yes, it's an America IPA, with a lot of american hops, pink grapefruit, good. Some piney, resins. Not too strong, for an APA.
The taste is intense, again with a good amount of hop. Nothing new, obviously, but a good APA, with a good hopping.
Not extreme, balanced, drinkable.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer was poured into a clean pint glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Looks a very pale yellow.

Smells of hops strongly.

Taste is a disappointment. Overly hopped with absolutely no balance.

Average mouthfeel, and this beer is drainpour worthy.

For the over the top hop head. Ill pass for now.

Photo of rgopalani
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Type - Bottle

Appearance - Poured a solid copper, with nice lacing.

Smell - Floral hops, as you'd expect, with a bit of malt

Taste - There is definitely an nice sweetness, but it hits you hard with the bitter aftertaste a bit too quick.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness takes hold pretty quick, as I mentioned.

Drinkability - Not a session beer, but a solid IPA nonetheless. Still, with all the great domestic IPA's out there, it's hard to justify getting this one on a regular basis.

Photo of nick76
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is very hoppy with a very pine like hops and a bit of citrus. The malt is very sweet and caramel like with nuts, bread, and butter in it as well. The appearance is amber with an average head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a very nice IPA.

Photo of goblue3509
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours an orangish color to it. The aroma is of hops. The smell is good. The taste is not as bitter or hoppy as some others in this category. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated but not overly so. This beer is drinkable but not overly so. You could have two or three of them but not many more.

Photo of heapofaoatmeal
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

wow, better then expected. beautiful orange color. nice, but small head. kinda weak aroma, some malt, some hop nice but not especially memorable. nice malt background, carmel sweet but light. hop bitterness is the name of the game. nice rich scrubbing hops. a mix of variatals plays like a symphony. sharp cleaning bitterness is prominant but drinkable, but evident. hop flavor is moderate, aroma is mild. this beer is a scrubber, it can clean your palate with ease. it is surely better with food. at und $2 it is a bargain.

Photo of jsimmons
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep, foreboding coppery amber color, deadly clear and with no head. Thin lacing, with consistent but sparse bubbling. A truly beautiful beer.

S - Typical IPA. Distinct but not overpowering citrus, piney hop aroma.

T - Tastes exactly like an IPA should and exactly like the aroma implies. Powerful hop character, much closer to the raw bitterness end of the hop spectrum than floral or citrus, yet the hops still seem to be "under control." There's a lingering undertone of sweet maltiness, which cuts the hops ever-so-slightly. Sadly, the aftertaste is just a tad too bitter for my preference, but I suppose it comes with the (IPA) territory.

M - The carbonation is spot-on, and it's light but not watery, clearing the palate quite nicely. The aftertaste, as noted, is a mite bit bitter, but completely understandable.

D - Without some munchies or something to break up the lingering bitterness, I wouldn't want to drink too many of these in a row. Like any good IPA, it's best enjoyed slowly.

Now, to be fair, I was a bit disappointed with this beer. This is the first Flying Dog I've had, having heard very good things about the brewery, and it turned out to be, while quite good, a rather run-of-the-mill well-executed IPA. I expected something a little more out there and adventurous, and didn't quite find it. Still, a great IPA.

Photo of mithrascruor
2.51/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with minimal visible carbonation. Big fluffy slightly off-white head leaves nice lacing.

Smell: A bit of citrus/hops, but I can hardly smell anything in it.

Taste: Some grain-like malts, hoppy citrus flavor, a bit of alcohol burn at the finish, and the aftertaste is a bitter flavor on the tongue that's not all too nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with light tingly carbonation. Mostly smooth, but a tad rough at the finish.

Drinkability: A bit more alcohol in the taste than I'd like, but it isn't so bad.

A bit of a disappointment from Flying Dog! I've never been in awe of their beers, but never had one this lame. I think it could be consumed OK together with some food, and I'm fine finishing off the six-pack, but not worth getting again.

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

I believe this is the first of Flying Dog's offerings I've tried. Why not start with the IPA?
The appearance is this beer's best aspect. A rich golden color and a nice frothy head that left thick lacing in patches. It doesn't look all that lively, though.
The smell is pretty good; it's a bit weak but the citrus hops were there with light grains in the background.
There is also a note of malts. Nothing complex.
The taste is IPA enough if not a little weaker than expected. Hops bitterness up front with toasty malts following close behind. Then there's a whole mix of things that throw off the balance. Grains, herbal notes, earthy flavors, etc. but all a little weak and not really working together but vying for attention.
The mouthfeel is a little thinner than expected but nice, crisp and smooth. All in all this is a good brew to try. There are better, stronger IPAs but this isn't a bad example of the style by any means.

Photo of biegaman
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fortunately, the beer is far more attractive than the bizarre 'snake-dog' monstrosity that adorns its label. It sits an indolent tone of coppered orange with single digit bubbles that, in well spaced intervals, shiftlessly drift upwards. Good thing is the head formed quick and early before it, too, became averse to any activity or effort. The beer looks lazy.

Luckily, the hops are still doing their job. Musty, herbal hop cones fill the air around the glass with notes of fresh-cut flowers and various citric fruits including some very bitter grapefruit piths. It isn't nearly as lively and vivacious as the best IPAs are but its bouquet certainly ranks above par. The more air that get's to it seems to be draining it dry; turns out the hops aren't so exuberant after all.

I'm finding there is something terribly distracting about this IPA. It's a very displeasing astringency that is from either a cheap, thin malt bill or an excess of hop extract (or more likely, a combination of the two). I get the essence of sweet, toasty caramel coated malts and see the attempt at a crisp, tangy bitterness but it doesn't translate into great beer.

These ingredients are good as far as they go, but it really pays to go a little further. What am I asking for? More malt, for one; the alcohol is absent, but so too is the toasty, sugary and most importantly, chewy, malt sweetness. I'd also add a few more aromatic hops to pair up with the liberal use of bittering ones (this is only 60 IBU but without the cast of complimentary flavours it goes pretty much unmasked).

Flying Dog's Snake Dog IPA is by no means a bad beer. I may be a little disappointed with respects to a few things but I'm certainly not intending to pour the rest of it out! If there is one redeeming aspect of the beer it is that it is enjoyably, easily drinkable. I'm picky because I've tasted so many better IPAs but if you want to ease yourself in to the style this is a decent place to start.

Photo of Wutz
2.71/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes taken 3-4-09

As a fan of a few other Flying Dog brews, and a fan of IPAs, I was hoping for the best on this guy. Maybe I went in with an elevated expectation (though I tried to be subjective), but I was a bit let down by Flying Dog's Snake Dog IPA.

Appearance - A gold/copper color with a decent head & head retention with good lacing.

Nose - Mostly hops in the nose. I got a lot of citrus and some earthy aromas.

Taste - Plenty of bitterness with a flavor reminding me of dried fruit. After some digging I found a bit of malt sweetness.

Mouth - Nothing notable in the mouthfeel. Maybe that's good, it doesn't draw any attention to itself. Pretty smooth with a medium body.

Drinkability - I'd say I was quite able to swallow this beer. It's got a bit of alcoholic bite but the swallowbility is high. Now, would I want to drink a few of these? No. I didn't really care for it. It was pretty unremarkable to me.

Summary - Nothing bad, just unremarkable. Maybe a little added variety in ingredients to provide some complexity and it'll come around.

Photo of gabe23
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, deep amber color with a huge off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Floral and earthy hops aroma with only a hint of malt.

T - Some sweet, grainy malt up front. Citrusy hops take over next, but not in a tongue piercing manner as so many IPAs seem to do these days. Well balanced with a bitter and dry finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with average carbonation. Goes down smooth.

D - This is a nicely balanced IPA. I've got others that I prefer more, but I sure wouldn't turn this down if offered.

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

Done horizontally with Full Sail IPA.

From notes 1-19-09

Eye: Golden amber/copper in color with nice head formation and retention at about a finger. Head is a creamier looking head as opposed to rocky or soapy. Overall all quite a nice look. Lacing is .

Nose: Fresh cascade aroma. Smells like a bag of cascade was just opened whilst homebrewing and dumped into the kettle, steam carrying the aroma throughout the room. Very green aroma, citrus and grassy aromas. Nice malt backbone in there to back it all up, though it is really background to the hops, just there, subtley adding depth. However, it could add more depth and be a bit stronger. Hop aroma is rather one dimensional, some complexity in there would be nice, maybe some other varities coming through besides cascade, I mean complexity in hop aroma is something you don't usually find in IPAs, and any that has it is a true joy.

Tongue: Hop flavor is more subdued in this beer compared to the Full Sail, yet it is better, I think that the best way to describe it is that it is not as sharp, not as square. It is part of the flow of the beer, a natural flow of the beer's flavor, whereas the Full sail it seems like the hops are just stuck in there...basically I feel that this one is crafted better, the flow of the flavors is smoother. Its like editing music or movies, a seamless transition from scene to scene, take to take. Hop flavor is grassier than Full Sail and fresher it seems. Not much of the citrus that I got in the aroma. Some spiciness and pepper notes. Bitterness sits on the back of the tongue complimenting a dry finish. I knew there was something in here that I couldn't put a finger on, something I didn't like about it....notes of bubblegum. Not all that bad (I hate this phenolic/ester in beer), not bad enough to keep me from drinking it or enjoying it.

Feel and Drinkability: Feel is medium bodied with light carbonation and a drier finish. This is a good beer, but there are many better IPAs out there. Give it a shot, but I'm telling you, for small beers, small IPAs it doesn't get better than Two Hearted. This is one I'd buy again under certain circumstances, and the decision in that situation would be made with some deliberation...its the bubblegum thing...I'm getting it, and its something that I really don't care for....but as I said its not all that noticeable.

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

Bottle from Party Source.

Poured clear copper with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hoppy & malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium smooth bitter finish of moderate duration.

A solid drinkable beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

G: Poured into a Stone Arrogant Bastard ping glass.

A: Slightly copperish; more the color of grain--doesn't appear as "heavy" as the typical IPA. Decent single-finger head to start off, although this dissipates quickly, leaving a little bit of lacing.

S: Slightly hoppy. Not much citrus, and a little bit of pale malt. A tiny bit of amber as well.

T: Quite malty. I would say that there is a decent balance, although I think this tends a little too much toward malt for the style. With the hops, I'm not getting all that much--I don't know where the 60 IBU's are. The malt is slightly biscuity.

M: Smoothe with light carbonation. Mellows in the mouth.

D: Drinkable enough, nothing too special. I'll try this on tap if I see it, just to see if it's any different.

Photo of irishtjb11
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this beer has some up and some downs. right away the appearance is a bit of a let down. i personally like the unfilitered look on an ipa, not the case here. also, the head reduces itself to about anothing half way down the glass. however, on the plus side, there are nice spider webs throughout the glass. the color loans itself to a bit of an amber, but if looking quickly it looks like a budweiser.

smell basically typical of a nice micro ipa, floral scents, soem fruits, all coming from the hops. yet, none of them seem to be too strong, a bit shy on the smell.

taste is the strong point of this beer, so take that as you will. only thing i'm not the biggest fan of is the bitterness. i like bitterness, who doesn't, in an ipa atleast. but, thats about all you get with this. there are some floral notes, some hoppy hints, but for the most part its hop bitterness from start to finish. its not a gentle, enjoyable bitterness. its a very obtuse, blunt bitterness.

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

A - Pours amber/copper color, clear with a one inch white/off-white head. Dissipates to a thin ring leaving some lacing on the way down.

S - Hop dominate. Floral and earthy. Dry hopped characteristics.

T - Bitterness leads the way into a hoppy flavor finish. Caramel malt in the background.

M - Moderate body, biting. Warm on the throat.

D - Drinkable. I will buy more in the future.

Overall - I like this beer, particularly the name and the label - very creative.

Photo of schoolboy
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dog, schmog. They are all good, these winged creatures. I have long felt the Flying Dog's sampler was worth the extra bucks (generally around $16 in carry outs around here).

Everything has character and everything is drinkable. I have purchased the samplers at least a half dozen times and numerous Flying Dog 6 packs. I am a fan.

This IPA has a nice, pungent, hoppy taste, as they should. But it does not overpower. You could easily drink a dozen of these! OK, maybe 6 or 8 and then you really should stop.

Photo of Atlas1
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a long while since I had this beer, but a friend recently brought some over to the house and left a couple in my fridge. Great opportunity to review.

Pours a golden bronze color, with a nice, relatively thick, one-finger white head on top. A decent look beer that leaves behind some noticeable lace. The nose is sweet and spicy. Noticeable hop character gives it a peppery scent, but it's more malty-sweet in aroma than anything. Nice fruit smells too (strawberry and peach come to mind). Taste is quite nice. Good fruit flavors up front with a splash of pepper. Finishes tangy with a lingering mellow bitterness. Mouthfeel is firm and full-bodied.

A solid American IPA here. The relatively high ABV (7.10%) is muted and well contained. Solid hop presence. Much better overall than I remember this beer being. Nicely done. I've had dozens of other IPAs that don't match up.

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Gold with a slight tinge of amber. Off-white head leaves wet lacing. Aroma is kind of faint, with notes of grapefruit and pale malt. Flavor is weak. This would be better categorized as an APA if not for the abv. Modest crackery malt base with a slight caramel character. Watery citrus hoppiness with some astringency and almost negligible bitterness. What the hell was the yeast eating during fermentation to put out 7% alcohol? Thin mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Bo ring.

Photo of gatornation
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this ipa pours well and looks good its an orange/brown color with a good head/lacing... the smell is mostly malts not much hop/citrus smell.. taste is the same more like an amber beer for me with big malts and biscuity taste than hops/ipa taste, its a solid beer well crafted it just needs more bite.. mouthfeel is average again with too much malt taste its smooth, it is drinkable and not a bad brew but for me it just misses as an IPA.. just not enough... from the snake dog

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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