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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,859 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,859
Reviews: 1,156
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 249 | 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 therica
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After reading several extremely-derogatory ratings, I was afraid to even open this one, since I'm not much of a hops-bitterness fan. Well, I was glad for the ultra-hops warning, but ... this turned out to be an extreme delight! Even my ANTI-hops wife seemed to like the initial scent and taste, although she said she didn't like the hops-bite aftertaste, which was expected.

A= orange-ish medium copper, small head.

S= extreme delight of floral hops and citruses with a slight hint of the hops-bitters to follow.

T= WOW, what a rush of hops florals, heavenly. Warrior & Columbus hops used in the process, then dry-hopped with Columbus. Yes, of course followed quickly by the hops-bitters in the swallow. If you like amazing hops florals, you'll love this. More than just hops,it's actually got character and malty depth. There's an interesting taste in here that kept reminding me of something that grows in our lower back yard. I finally identified it-- fresh catnip! Ha ha Wouldn't that be funny and ironic for a Dog-IPA!

M= very floral, citrus, superior hops, and the traditional hops bitterness.

D= very drinkable if you're a floral-hops fanatic.

Photo of JRed
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The kings of mediocrity are back with the Snake Dog. Please leave your "flavor of the week" pet at home. An amber color with a pretty good head but no carbonated body sits in front of me. Smells like pine cones and bleach, I am afraid to try this. It's not poison but it might as well be. I think someone put listerine packs in my brew. This beer is the brewery just stabbing in the dark when it comes to an IPA, no consideration on balance at all. Hops out the ass and that is some bitter shit with no complexity throughout. Lack of ingenuity, character, and thought. Might as well just put hops in water and see what happens. Bitter in a bad way, cool artwork can only go so far.

Photo of berserker256
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange/gold with a moderate white head with big bubble circles. It really sticks to the side of the glass as I drink it down. It has the hopped-up pine tree aroma associated with I.P.A.s along with a little citrus in there. The flavor contains a pleasant bitterness and citrus hint. This I.P.A. doesn't have a "sour dish rag" stink to it that I've picked up on in other I.P.A.s. This is a good one. Good fizz and a pleasure to drink. But this is the second Flying Dog Ale that I've reviewed that had a different ALC/VOL content on the label than what the site says. My bottle says 7.1%. Nevertheless, This is good beer.

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

A: Deep, clear golden amber color; really nice. Poured with a full two inch coarse off-white head. Head held and laced pretty thick. Light carbonation.

S: Initially, dominated by herbal hops. Slight sweet, caramel malts balance pretty nicely.

T: Flavor was fairly balanced overall. Up front sweet malt yields to herbal/pine hop finish that ends slightly bitter, but surprisingly clean.

M: Full and thick coating the mouth and tongue in a pleasant warming way. Good hop bite.

D: Clean flavor and hops that aren't overdone makes for a really drinkable IPA.

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

Appearance: Amber with a good sized head.

Smell: Sweet citrus aroma with a little mint note?

Taste: This bottle seems to be on the malty side. Sweet and smooth drinking, with enough piney hops at the end to balance it out.

Drinkability: The lower alcohol and balance make this pretty drinkable.

This is a pretty decent IPA, on the balanced side so could be sesssioned. These are usually reasonably priced so I probably will pick this up again.

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

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It poured with a 1 finger, dense, off-white head that turned to a fluffed lace that left good sticky rings and a gold-amber body with light-medium carbonation and a clean look.

S- Initially, there were a lot of hops. It was almost like opening a bag of pine-like hop pellets. Some sweet, caramel malts eventually slip through. It could have been more robust.

T- The flavor was fairly balanced overall. Initial malts give way to a pine hop finish that ends dry and clean.

M- It was thick and oily in a good way. It had a full feel with some hop bite.

D- Clean flavor and hops that aren't overdone makes for a good drinker. What I thought was a slightly higher ABV stops you from drinking too many in a single sitting. It could pair well with spicy/greasy food.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, big grapefruity citrus hops. In the taste, sticky-sweet grapefruity hops. A hoppy/ bitter and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a grapefruity hop sweet to dry aftertaste. Big hops, lighter body, good beer, and easy to drink.

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

Pours a clear golden color. Small head , no lacing.

Slight aroma of hops , and some cooked vegetables on nose.

Surprising amount of hop bitterness on tasting. Astringent to the end with very else rounding this out.

Mouthfeel is thin , carbonation is good.

Overall a decent IPA , but theirs better to be had.

Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum! Poured a dark, semi-hazy copper with a little head that dissipated within minutes. Smelled hoppy and sweet and tasted the same. A strong but not too bitter hop on the palate and finishes hoppy but barely bitter, leaving the hop taste behind to savor. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. Nothing too distict, but a well-done IPA nonetheless. Try it!

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

a: amber body with minimal off-white head that leaves some light wispy lacing on the side of the glass

s: brandy; caramel malts; nice citrus hops; kind of a big nose

t: caramel malts is dominant; there is some molasses; brandy and just a touch of citrus hops;

m: it was smooth and creamy enough w/ light carb

d: a decent beer but a little weird for the style since the hops play a very subdued role; i would have it again but maybe with a relabel

Photo of everetends
2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle out of a Flying Dog mixed 12. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a clear, golden amber that produced a light fluffy head. Not bad looking.

S: Smelled of citrus hops and sweet malt.

T: Tastes like a metallic bag of ass. All that I am getting is the metallic flavor with a touch of sweetness before it. Once again I think this must be their hops but every Flying Dog beer I drink has this metallic flavor. This is by far the worst.

M: It is smooth, clean and crisp but that metallic aftertaste lingers on your tongue.

D: Not for me. Wish I could chalk it up to a bad bottle but I have had several of these out of my optimistic nature, and each has failed me.

Photo of jordoo
2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Dark golden yellow in color with orange tints. Big long lasting white head after an agressive poor. Smellis understated for an IPA still citus/grapefruit are there but take a backseat to the smell of straw and something strange like the sticky side of tape smell. Taste is manly sweet straw like malt flavor with some bitterness on the hop end that doesnt really make it all the way out and again this strange flavor that I smelled is also on the back end which is unpleasant. Light feel for an IPA but did have some stickyness to it and really rather average drinkability. Overall not enough hops for an IPA and also something strange going on in the finish.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This pours an appetizing dark brownish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is seriously hoppy and has strong hint of evergreen, promising a very hoppy beer. Flavor is as fiercely hoppy as the aroma and even has an evergreen component. Bitterness is mild. Texture is very lively and zingy. Recommended to all hop fanatics.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge IPA fan but this one goes down fairly well.

Poured a golden yellow-orange into a glass. Light head.

Great floral hop smell, almost a sweet aroma.

Taste was pretty good hop taste, ending with a earthy floral flavor, then finished with a lasting bitterness. Bitter but not to strong for an IPA.

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

A: snifter. pours a clear medium copper color with a nice off-white head. good retention rate and some nice lacing that clings to the glass.

S: wonderful IPA nose. what a nice bouquet of hop aromas. tones of earthy tones, like pine and other evergreens. there is also a lot of citrus hints all over this.

T: nice crystal malt backbone followed by a wonderful citrus hop flavor, mostly grapefruit and an earthy flavor.

M: smooth and crisp, with a medium body. nice bite from the hops.

D: very nice session IPA. another good brew from Flying Dog.

Photo of birchstick
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured amber with a nice head that slowly went away. It smelled of hops and a touch of citrus/grapefruit, not much else going on. I tasted how I expected it to taste, with the dominating grapefruit/citrus from the hops overpowering everything else. This was a pretty good IPA, however it is very bitter. I will have to say that this was probably my favorite out their mix pack.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce longneck with funky Steadman art on it, poured into my DFH pint glass yields a golden copper body sporting two fingers of soft off-white foam that retains nicely and leaves a little lacing.

The vaguest sweet malt aroma is drowned in an essence of juicy grapefruit that dominates a citrusy bouquet.

Caramel punctured by grapefruity notes with strong, solid bitterness greets the tastebuds, softened by mellow toasty notes. For me, the beer is much more drinkable when accompanied by an appropriate snack, else the bitterness builds to a point I can taste little else.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured up crystal clear golden amber with a dense, long lasting white head

S - Full of citrus hops. Some malt sweetness adds weight to the aroma.

T - Disappointingly mild flavor. I didn't notice any malt flavor, or any flavor at all until the hops come in at the finish.

M - Feels a little thin.

D - I am a bit disappointed with this beer. There seems to be very little malt flavor to balance the hops. It's okay, but not my favorite Flying Dog brand.

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

Amber body with a thick finger of white foam, nicely lacing the Yankees pint glass. The smell is well-hopped, but also tinged with caramel malt. I expected the taste to be more hopped than it was, although it's pretty good. Yet the aroma emitted enough hop smell to be somewhat of a teaser. I must still conclude that this is pretty good stuff--nicely hopped and with fairly good citrusy taste. The caramel malt emerges well here, balancing Snake Dog in solid if unspectacular fashion. The texture could be somewhat thicker and fuller, a fair detraction.

Still, this is a pretty good AIPA--not top of the line, but not one to refuse. It could and should be bolder, and I'd certainly prefer a stronger allotment of hops in this. However, it's a solid version, and worth a go. Recommended in my book.

Photo of elniko
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A: Typical IPA coloring, half finger of head with lacing, decent looking brew.

S: Not strong for IPA, slightly fruity smell, not much hop on the nose.

T & M: Really nice taste in my opinion. Not overwhelming but hops linger on the tongue and in the mouthful. Pleasantly surprised as some Flying Dogs have left me underwhelmed.

D: Very drinkable for IPA, could definitely drink a few in a sitting. I will definitely be having again.

Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a rusty amber color with a god size white head of suds, and fair lacing followed. The aroma was not strong or complex but it suggested a decent blend of citrus and malt. The taste was also not very intense, a midland mouthfeel, maybe even on the aqueous side, sort of a peppery sweet citrus with a bready malt accompaniment. Very decent, very drinkable, very nicely carbonated, delivering the necessary quota of citrus hops. But this was not one I would go searching for, just a solid standby for the IPA lover.

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

Aroma: Orange rind and low fruity esters with carmel background notes. Floral hop notes assert as it warms a bit.

Appearance: Bright copper colored pour with a sudsy white cap.

Flavor: Grapefruit rind up front, resiny hop bitterness, a touch of malty sweetness, and a subtle background alcohol note that is well knit together. Finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, a touch oily, with medium high carbonation.

Overall impression: A bitter, hop forward IPA. A touch unbalanced as there is very minimal malt to balance all the hops but it is dry and light enough to be quaffable. Perfect for summer sipping.

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

Snakedog pours a bright, clear, goldy orange color with a nice fuzzy-creamy cap of white with a lemony lean.

Nice, but far from powerful, nose of bright citrusy and fresh piney hops.

Medium bodied with a lightly fuzzy and creamy carbonation. Taste takes a step back from a good nose. It is sweet and grainy malty with to light of a load of fresh orangey grapefruit hops which have a lightly lingering citrus rind bitterness.

After enjoying Doggie Style classic pale ale pretty well I was hoping this would step up into the A range. I was somewhat let down as it did not live up to my expectations. Still a decent IPA and, as always, sweet labels make it worth the purchase.

Photo of gwood
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with a big head from a bit of a rough pour which resulted in a big pillow of foam with different density in some spots but it all died down quicker than expected to a small sheen on the top of the beer. Nose is pretty much expected, some citrus but also some floral notes along with some odd sour vegetal qualites that I can't put my finger on. There is no freshness date on the bottle and this left me wondering a bit although it didn't seem to come through in the taste. Pretty standard malt middle but the hops are a bit mixed, I can't quite decide where they are going with the hop bill and I'm still not sure if that is good or bad or somewhere in between. At times I almost think there are very light hints of noble or english but they seem to get smacked around with the typical american notes repeatedly after the fact. The finish has a what starts as a clean dryer bitterness but transitions to an odd lingering confusion of hops, slight esters?, and that vegetal taste that I had earlier determined hadn't shown up which in fact has in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but the beer is more drinkable than other 7% ale out there.

Photo of AmishT
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A - Pale amber with a one and a half finger white head that retains decently and leaves behind lots of nice lacing. Crystal clear.

S - A balanced nose: biscuity malts and spicy, herbal hops blend together. Moderately strong aromas.

T&M - Starts off with a somewhat balanced flavor between bready malts and faint spicy hops. I feel that the malts are much more assertive; the hops just barely tickle the palate. The flavors don't last very long, and the finish is thin and watery. Bitter remnants of the flavor coat the palate after swallowing. The carbonation is appropriate. Medium to light bodied.

D - It doesn't have a bad taste; the finish is fairly clean. The body isn't too filling. The abv is a little on the high side. All in all, I think it's a pretty drinkable ale. Just wish it had more hops.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,859 ratings.