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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 183 | 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 nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper-orange with a foamy, white head a finger and a half high. A bit hazy but not too bad.

S - Lemon and pepper hop aroma. A little bit of caramel maltiness, surprisingly spicy overall.

T - More of the same lemon peppers hop character, but with more grapefruit. There is some nice caramel maltiness followed by stiff bitterness. The bitterness gets somewhat acrid in the finish and may be accompanied by darker grain flavors.

M - Medium body with moderately high carbonation and some definite astringency in the finish.

D - Pretty good IPA. The hop character is excellent but I am not too pleased with finish. It gets kind of harsh and soapy and leaves a lingering, astringent bitterness.

nickfl, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy copper with a rich, foamy off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing with this one.

Aroma is a bit of citrus but mostly nice and malty.

Taste is plentiful on the malt side and lean with the hops. Finish has a really nice caramel flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slickness to the tongue and mild carbonation.

This is a very nice sessionable IPA. More malt and less hoppy than some but still one to enjoy when you can.

Monkeyknife, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of KevinB
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour revealed a nice erythraean orange body topped off with a foamy one finger off white head. Head retreated over time leaving a good amount of lacing left behind.
Smell is very piney, flowery and hoppy
Taste is snappy hops with strong citrus notes and a dry bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, kinda sticky with decent carbonation.
Overall it's a pretty interesting IPA it makes you think a bit, it's kinda all over the place. One is enough in a sitting but it's worth a try.

KevinB, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of TheDeuce
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA

Orange in appearance with a big head, flowery smell which is hoppy and alcoholic. Taste is smooth if lighter than I thought it would be , mouthfeel is very good, this is definitely a very drinkable IPA with food. Not too alcoholic so drinkability is high. Overall I would say it's a great session IPA but something is off for me just a little bit, I think the kick of hops is light and the alcohol (even though there isn't much) isn't too masked. Definitely a fine IPA though.

TheDeuce, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. single from Party Source poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a typical hazy orange. 1 finger cream colored head with big bubbles. Good retention til about half way and moderate patchy lacing.

S: Coulud smell this the second I opened the bottle. Big floral hops with prominent orange oil.

T/M: The hops are w/o a doubt there but not nearly as hard a kick as I would have like... or expected after smelling it. Bright and crisp with a dry finish. Getting a buttery malt background that I think pokes its head out a bit too much. Much lighter body than expected, too.

D: It's a tasy enough brew and drink easily. Very sessionable. It's priced the same as 2 Hearted so I don't see myself getting any more of this. If it was priced like the cheap JW Dundee's I'd make this my everyday IPA and save the 2 Hearted(and some bucks) for better occasions.

pwoods, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-copper, crystal clear beer with two fingers of big bubbled head. Leaves fairly solid lacing. Strong fruity hops in the nose, although fairly mild, almost pale ale levels. Sort of odd beer, almost rough, roasted bitterness. Drying hops - very drying. A little spicy. Medium body with good carbonation. A good one, although not great. I liked the FD Pale Ale more. I maintain the best thing about Flying Dog beers is the label.

soupyman10, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of BDTyre
2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a beer with too much hops. It starts off promising in appearance and scent: amber, cream head and a hoppy scent with a good malt body.

Taste is too much on the hoppy side. It is overly floral, with weak malt and a very distinct, unpleasant syrupy taste. Overly hopped and overly sweet. Okay carbonation, but this a very unbalanced taste for an IPA. It taste too hoppy and almost...creamy...at times. It took me almost three weeks to go through a six pack of this.

BDTyre, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of dickieb
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color, small head, but leaves some nice lacing. The smell is rather hoppy and unbalanced, not that thiers anything wrong with that. The taste starts with a bit of malts and then goes mostly hoppy finishing bitter and clean. A good mouthfeel, and average drinability for the style. Better then the tire bite i just had. About average for the style

dickieb, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of Floydster
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle from Cost Plus in Ontario

Poured into a chilled pint glass with an average size head

Over hopped in my opinion

Pretty light for an IPA

Tasted pretty good with my salty dinner, but if drinking by itself, it would have been less enjoyable

Probably would not have this one again

Floydster, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of KarlHungus
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a clear pale bronze color. The head is large, creamy, and recedes into nice lacing. The aroma is of citruc with a hint of grass, but is rather faint. The taste is very grassy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this IPA does not agree with me. It lacks any sort of complexity, and is annoyingly grassy.

KarlHungus, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of dgherm
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Dark orange in color with a bit haze. Thick light tan head. Plenty of lace sticking to the glass. Herbal and citrus hop odors present. Sharp citrus hop flavor up front. Then a bitter tingle near the front of tongue. Unfortunately ends with an unpleasant medicanal, herbal hop taste at the end which lingers for a while. Brew was nicely carbonated and I could probably down a few despite the lingering aftertaste.

dgherm, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of treehugger02010
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this 12 ounce brown bottle from my friend and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: A beautiful amber color with a big white head with great retention and good lacing.
Smell: Floral with hints of grapefruit.
Taste: A rather big grapefruit taste with an awsome malt background, well balanced.
Mouthfeel: A ncie ridgid mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Good drinkability:
Don't drink and review.

treehugger02010, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of zdk9
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours out a bright orange, with a finger of head, but little lacing- depressing.

S- Grapefruit hops hit my nose with force but it tries to forge ahead to find some malt smells. At last the hops give way to a light sweet, almost cinnimony breadiness.

T- The hops on this beer are nothing new- agressive West Coast citrus/pine. What did it for me was a great balance in the malt flavors. There's a sweetness which I wouldn't describe as carmel, but is more complex, like a cinnamon bun or an unbaked wholewheat loaf. This combined very nicely with the citrus in the hops to give a full flavored beer.

M- Creamy, but smooth. Bitterness was not overpowering and I enjoyed it.

D- I drank this bottle at a friends, but may have to go buy a sixer of it as I really liked this IPA.

zdk9, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of albern
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a bit of a surprise. It is a amber orange with a decent head, retention, and some lacing. The smell is lemon grass, hops, some sweet malts. This beer is quite bold. It is ever so slightly less than medium bodied and plenty carbonated. You get a blast of these very strong grassy malts and oily esters, then bitter hops kick in, and then some hoppy aftertaste that tends to linger too long. I don't know if this is what was necessarily intended by the brewhouse, but it does make for an interesting beer that is quite drinkable and enjoyable. L'Chaim.

albern, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My Dad decided to pick this up for a poolside hangout. While, not my choice to hang out poolside with an IPA, I figure I would give it a shot anyway.

A: Pours a nice, amber with with a decent, off-white head with pretty solid retention and a nice lacing.

S:The smell was pretty hoppy, but nothing too overzealous.

T: The taste was fairly hoppy in and of itelf. There were some malts in there to kind of balance it out, but it still tasted like an IPA to me at heart.

M: A nice, full-bodied mouthfeel, typical of a solid IPA

D: For an IPA, even on a hot day hanging by the pool, thsi one is pretty drinkable. Not too alcoholic so you will not warm up too much and not too hoppy for an IPA (if that's a conundurm, I apologize, but it's the best I can describe it). It's smooth taste makes it an easy drinking brew.

maddogruss, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Budro
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a sixer on a Friday afternoon after work. Been studying a lot of American Pales and IPAs, thought I'd put this one under the figurative microscope.
A: Lightly copper-hued. You expect copper hues, but you don't expect them to be so light. Another thing you don't expect is the absolute clarity of this brew, a clarity which, the longer you study it, seems more and more suggestive of thinness rather than simple purity. Other reviewers have noted their suprise at this brew's paleness and clarity, and I gotta say: I'm suspicious of claims to greatness in an IPA when you don't see at least a dusting of yeast in the amber when you hold your glass to the light.
S: Especially as it warms, the nose seems less evocative of pine stands and citurs pith than of maple syrup. The malts dominate in the nose. Smells clean and refreshing.
T: It's all hops in the palate. The piquancy and bitterness of the front never seems to yield entirely, as hoppy flavors rise in the back even as the front fades. Tasty, but one-note.
M: Surprisingly thin for the style. Although the head is pleasantly creamy, the body's thinness becomes more pronounced and therefore more unpleasant as the beer warms. The bitterness dries the palate somewhat, leaving one with the feeling you get after a snack of sharp cheddar.
D: The way the beer thins as it warms discourages me from cracking open a second one.

Budro, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this one. Golden head that dissipated fairly quickly and citrusy aroma. Very bitter on the palate, but very well-balanced. Taste is hoppy and floral. Very smooth with clean finish. If you like this style of beer, you won’t be disappointed.

biggmike, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of bboven
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great lacing, a little over-filtered, but great classic color.

Lots of hops, but the malt comes through as well.

Taste is textbook IPA, very nicely balanced Could be a 'control' IPA

A teeny bit thick, but not enough to warrant any demerits.

Very drinkable for an IPA because of the relatively low ABV compared to most IPA's

bboven, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of ChrisA
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just not what I have learned to expect from an IPA. More of a pale ale in my opinion. Good hoppiness to start, but felt watery on the back end. There did not seem to be a significant malt background to balance this beer. It just kind of bottomed out. Could be a decent session beer if you don't want to take on some of the higher gravity IPA's. But what you sacrifice in alcohol content is also sacrificed in depth of character. As many beer advocates may know, this is not a general rule, just an unfortunate consequence of this particular recipe.

ChrisA, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of iceball585
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Nice amber color, hints of copper, w/ a thin head that stayed for a little while

S- Good full hoppy smell

T- Good amount of earthy hops taste (not too much, not too little)

M- Medium weight

D- Very drinkable for IPA lovers

I would consider this a very good IPA. Actually the first Flying Dog beer that I can honestly say that I would definatly buy again. Just the right amount of hoppy taste for an IPA.

iceball585, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of crayphish
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

crayphish, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

BlindPig, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

stereosforgeeks, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of mhaws000
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mhaws000, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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...

dacrza1, Jul 18, 2007
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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