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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,929 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,929
Reviews: 1,165
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 25
Gots: 325 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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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

Photo of mempath
4.51/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a-beautiful. pours a medium deep golden, a three+ finger, light tan head that, from the bottom, slowly creeps to the top...as the head settles, an incredible lacing clings hard and consistent all around...no odd mutated trapezoids, but nice round or oval lacing marks, similar to what you see when a pancake needs to be turned over. a nice chunky head of 1/4 inch holds its ground after 2 minutes. nice.

s-there's the intensity i had hoped for in the classic pale...hops hops hops. it doesn't leap out of the glass. gotta get you nose in there, but when you do, it's THERE.

t-no, this isn't Ruination, hop orcs attacking you unawares...but it's not supposed to be. i think the new extremes and high standards have made us forget about basics. this has everything an IPA is supposed to have in flavor. there's a wonderful, cream-malty 'finish' (as we say in bourbon parlance) that really completes this bottling. i am surprised it seems so unintense to others. i can see this being a late winter/early spring session beer. easily.

m-smooth, thicker than the classic for sure, hops are truly snaking up the olfactory sense. nice carbonation tingling along the way. very complete again.

d-quite so. complex enough alone to simply enjoy, but i think it would pair up quite well with many foods. grilled seafood, pizza bianca. so far, my favorite FD brew.

one odd complaint...minor...but the labels on all these FD bottles are really applied poorly...alot of crinkles...peeling off...what's up with that? heck, if you're going to do paper, make it crisp like Dogfish Head. or do the permanent Stone Brewing style of print. with this wonderful Steadman art, you'd think it would be done better...

Photo of woodske1
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A good IPA but if you want Flying Dog go for the in heat wheat Hef. This is a nice offering but I think there are many better IPA's out there.

The smell isn't as strong as I'd like for an IPA and neither is the taste, they aren't bad, but aren't strong enough either. Its a good beer, it may be up your alley, not mine. It's weak overall.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a finger of creamy beige head over a copper coloured body.

Smell - 4.0
A very promising aroma, buttery shortbread, warm fruitcake, burnt sugar, slightly medicinal.

Taste - 3.5
Wow, there is a lot of flavour here. Lots of rich biscuity malt, a fair hit of alcohol, quite medicinal, orange peel, currants, candy floss, and a bitter finish, leaving a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Carbonation is on the low side, although very fine, almost creamy. Bitterness has resulted in some astringency.

Drinkability - 3.0
The American IPA is not exactly an easy drinking style, but there are many that are easier to drink.

OVERALL - 3.65
Not the most drinkable beer, but highly enjoyable with lots of flavour. I'd buy it again, but not at Australian prices ($10 a 330mL bottle).

Photo of patobandito
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another day, another beer from Flying Dog that has so much potential but falls short. The beer pours great, a good copper color with a thick foamy head and nice lace. Smells like an IPA with a good malt balance, feels good in my mouth and is easily drinkable. So how does it fall short? The taste. Its not bad, but it just isnt right somehow. The malt overbalances on the taste, and there is some hop bite, but it needs more. Especially after reading the label that it would smack me in the face with flavor. It turns out that it just kind of grazes the tongue with a bite, but it never quite clamps down.

Photo of robclark19
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid American IPA, but I found it underwhelming. I can't find anything wrong with it other than it's not exciting.

Don't get me wrong, this is a balanced IPA. A good aroma, distinct cereal malt flavor and a complex hop bite. But the hop bite isn't as Bite-y as I wanted it. The malt is excellent for this hop flavor--it just needs to be kicked up a notch.

The IPA category is bursting at the seams with offerings; this needs to be better to stand out.

Photo of webbcreative
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 23, 2009
Dark Golden color pour, with a 2 finger head. Aroma = i can smell alot of hops obviously, citrus, piney, pretty clean smelling. Taste is about what I expected, starts just a little sweet then has a Big hoppy taste, although not tooo bitter, which is perfect for me as im just now starting to come around to more bitter beers. Has a pretty good balance for an IPA i thought, but again im just getting into the style so im not experienced enough yet to make that call for sure. Overall Im liking this beer, and would drink again.

Photo of Birchgrove77
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very light caramel color with a fluffy one-inch head that persists for a few minutes before collapsing on itself. Nice laceing down the glass. Maybe a bit lighter than a standard IPA.

Smell: Nice toasty, bready character. Can really smell some malt sweetness, but not much hop aroma.

Taste: Very nice bitterness, but am surprised by the lack of aroma. Nice malt character that seems to be balanced with the bitterness level. A very slight alcohol bite at the very end, but the flavor seems like it really fits the beer.

Mouthfeel: Expected more hop bite, but I like the lightness of the mouthfeel combined with just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable beer, but would be afraid that I'd really feel the effects after just a few of these. Love the name though.

Photo of halo21
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured to a pint glass. Nice amber/orange-ish/red ale. Not too much head; did not retain for long

Smell: Very floral hoppy smell. Hint of the malt; but a balance between the hops and the grains. Not extremely hoppy especially for the style and it being a Flying Dog beer.

Taste: very floral with a good amount of hops up front. Malt comes through especially on the aftertaste. A dry, almost tart finish. As the beer warms, the grain flavors take a bit more presence on the flavor. Flavors stay strong until the end.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied. Refreshing amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth refreshing finish means I could put a few back, but at 7.1% alcohol, this is not a session beer for me. It warms you up nicely with only a bit of alcohol flavor on the finish.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.57/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Snake Dog IPA
Flying Dog Brewery
Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.10 %

Reviewed @ home - bottle > Imp Pint glass, 11/9/08
A 3.5 - golden copper color, almost cloudy, solid 2 finger head but gone quick
S 4.0 - hops center stage, malt and citrus sneak in some smells
T 5.0 - tastes as it smells, hops are a big presence, but are followed up with a nice malt profile, hints of citrus creep in also
MF 4.0 - medium body on palate, thin on finish, medium carbo - spot on carbo
5.0 - I dig the bottle/label, the availability, the price ($8/sixer), and the taste of this solid IPA. It's just my style. I drink it when I need a hop fix and it's semi "affordable" for a craft brew. The FD brews always make me smile.

Photo of Frosty80
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: sits a nice clear, golden brown with a slight amber hue

Smell: very strong piny hoppiness. minute amount of maltiness

Taste: pretty much same as aroma. great, strong hop presence. only a slight amount of malt - just enough keep the hops from being really course

Mouthfeel: full-light body. moderate carbonation.

Notes: the more styles i drink from flying dog the more i fall in love with this brewery. this is one of the best straight-up, no frills IPAs ive had. its litter-mate, Double Dog, is also one of my favorites with the difference only being a more aromatic, floral and sweeter structure

Photo of TehAnkh
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
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
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev +9%
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
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
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
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
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
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,929 ratings.