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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

2,901 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,901
Reviews: 1,161
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 22
Gots: 296 | 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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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-A beautiful, pristine amber beer with an off-white heap, low retention. Head quickly reduced to a thin but attractive layer of bubbles.

S-Some flowery and herbal hop aromas, minimal caramelly malt.

T-The taste starts with hearty, herbal/resiny hop flavors, followed by an assertive bitterness over caramel and toasty malts. As the malt fades, the bitter remains, watching over a crisp finish.

M-Medium-high body, moderate carbonation. The beer slithers across my palate and down my throat.

D-This one's drinkable. Non-remarkable as far as IPAs go, but I'll certainly remember it if I see it around again.

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

Snake Dog was the last stop on my latest trip through the IPA section of the singles cooler. Decent beer, but it didn't hold up well against the competition.

A: Orange amber with a soapy off-white head. Good clarity and minimal carbonation. Head retention is OK, but not great. leaves bits of lace.

S: Citrus and pine with a whiff of caramel.

T: Nice malt profile that leans toward a caramel sweetness. Hop level seems pretty light for this style. Lemon and grapefruit are the dominant hops flavors. Finishes with a mild bitterness

M: Medium light body is a bit too fizzy.

D: Certainly a good beer, but not the best take on this style in my opinion. I probably won't revisit this, as there are better IPA's to be had.

Photo of argock
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pleasing amber hue with frothy, sticky off-white head with several rings of lace.

S: Nice hoppy aroma with spicy, leafy, and pine elements. Caramel and pale malt aromas are light but present.

T: The taste is a let-down as the pine element of the nose is the only thing that translates with the same proportionality. This beer is an aggressively hopped APA. There are strong pale malt flavors present with piney and grapefruit, citrus hops taste as well. It comes off as a fruity APA with a nice hops nip at the end.

M: The mouthfeel is a bit thin without the prototypical coating-IPA quality. Aftertaste is a good mix of citrus hops and pale malts flavors. Carbonation is low.

D: This is a satisfying brew but fits more in the APA category. As long as you approach it as an APA, I think this beer is quite enjoyable.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Nice two finger head that recedes to athick foam, atop a light mahagony, amber color. Good bubbling and a splash of sticky on the glass after each sip. Minty orange jumps into the nostrils, but only a little toasted malts. The taste I get some water biscuits first, then with a spread of citrus and pine jelly. Vey astringent palate just cleans all other flavors that might have been lingering, are washed clean with every sip. Just a great session AIPA.

Photo of Buebie
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cant remember who traded me this, but I think it was JoeCeez.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle with no freshness date into a brandy snifter.
Transparent copper/ amber color. Head is 1 1/2 fingers, fluffy and white. Nice amount of retention, spotty lace.

Sweet malty grapefruit hop aroma with a mixture of grassy hops, honey, pine and caramel rolls. Similar in smell to hopslam.

Dominateing grapefruit hop flavors upfront, turning to carbonation zing, sweet malt, minerally water and a dry hop finish.
Nice balance, great water, this was delicious.

Photo of william5586
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very nice amber color with 1 finger head that leaves some nice lacing.

S-Nice citrus hops. Floral smell dominates.

T- Some malt sweetness that fights to get though the hop bitterness

M- good mouth feel with a dry finish

D- pretty easy to put back

Pretty decent IPA. nothing bad here but nothing amazing either.

Photo of marcpal
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of a Trader Joe's make your own six. Ive ignored this one many teams so here's a go.

Poured into English pint glass.

A: It just flat out looks like an IPA. Gold, burnt orange, shady, chestnut thin head and some lacing.

S: Mild hop aromas and malty backing for low alcohol. Floral notes dominate but there is something unpleasantly metallic.

T: Mild in both the hops and the sweetness but balanced. Nothing thats going to blow your mind or taste buds but thats not its intention. Bitterness eventually does take over the malt flavors.

M: Very light on the mouth and chiming bitterness. Not too much carbonation.

D: Easy to drink. Middle of the road IPA. Good and one that should start a night before getting into anything more flavor dominant. Really darn good taste.

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

Appearance: Brilliantly clear and golden-amber with a finger and a half wide high creamy off white head that settles into average lacing.

Aroma: As one would expect, glorious floral hops absolutely dominate. One can also detect citrus and biscuity malt underneath.

Taste: True to style, this beer is absolutely bitter thanks to a heaping serving of hops. Much more intense than other Flying Dog offerings I've tried, I'm glad to see they can crank it up a bit. Once you peel off all of the bitterness, you find lackluster sweet biscuit malt underneath. The booze is hidden well, but provides a welcome kick from time to time.

Mouthfeel: Silky and full-bodied with the right amount of carbonation. A delicious bitter hop aftertaste lasts well into your next sip.

Drinkability: While this beer is certainly aggressive, and I might take my time, I could certainly throw back a few of these in one sitting.

Verdict: While not earth-shakingly amazing, this is quite a tasty little IPA. While I would be happier with something a little more exciting to accompany the bitterness, those hops still have me salivating for more. As I mentioned, I'm just glad that Flying Dog can produce flavorful beer. It makes me a little more excited about the other styles waiting for review in the fridge.

Photo of rtratzlaff
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden with small white head that leaves a little lacing down the glass.

Smells are citrus fruit with some floral notes as well.

Taste is rather interesting. Not exactly what I like in an IPA. There is a malty thing going on muddling things up. It reminds me of the Double Dog, but this is an IPA, not a double IPA.
A good bit of citrus hop character is in there.
The mouthfeel is slightly heavier than other IPA's with lower carbonation.

This is not an IPA that I will go back to, but its worth a try.

Photo of alovesupreme
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a nice light head on a dark amber body. Nice retention looks tasty.
Good amount of hops, fruity and a little soapy.
Rather soapy tasting, definite hops but not as good as it could be a little biscuit but not much. lingering mediocre aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is acceptable.
Not a big fan of the aftertaste. Not a bad beer but I dont plan on buying it again. Unless its in a mix pack.

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

Pours a clear copper with a small white head.

Smells of grapefruit esters and hops, as well as a bit of citrus later on. The taste echoes this quite closely; one of the fruitier IPAs I've had.

A really decent beer that would be much more attractive if it were less expensive.

Photo of Douglas14
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear burnt orange color with an ok, white head. The aroma is strongly of hops and a little bit of malt. The taste is sharp and piney. Lots of hop flavor. The beer has a medium body and you can't tell it has a 7.1% ABV. Good, but nothing special.

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

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A golden amber color with a minimal off white head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Citrus and earthy hops with a slight malt sweetness that carries along.

T: Tastes of citrus and floral hops up front with an underlying malt sweetness that pretty much stays well hidden. Finish is all hops.

M: Thin and bitter. A bitter beer, but it doesn't linger and it just doesn't seem to fill the mouth. No traces of alcohol and carbonation is just about right.

D: Pretty good, they go down nicely and you can have a few at a sitting.

Overall a decent beer, but nothing I would write home about. The mouthfeel was thin and it really was not all that complex. I think they need to ramp up the hops and malt to just give it more flavor. There are much better IPAs out there to drink, but in a pinch these will do.

Photo of MisterClean
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from total wine, hooray total wine west side.

A - Pours a beautiful 2 finger head, slightly orange foam, with nice lacing, and dissipates slow and sexy. Body is golden in color. Flawless.

S - Flowers, grass, crystal malts, and barley. I get a slight smell of caramel off the end and a bit of alcohol.

T - Flowers almost tastes like a honeysuckle, caramel, and grass.

M - Slightly warming, but well-balanced.

D - This is a great example of a well-made IPA, sans the alcohol I get in the nose. Would drink again and would love to try on tap or even aged a bit longer.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The nose is filled with hops. The hops are floral, and a bit of sweetness comes through. Pretty good nose. The beer is golden with a cm head. A bit of carbination comes through. Good retention and lacing. It's definitely a good looking IPA. The bitterness is very smooth. The hop bite hits you, but leaves fairly quickly. The floral flavours of the bee come out a lot to help; however, the beer is really thin. The malts do not come through at all, which is pretty annoying. It's pretty much like hops and water. The beer is drinkable, but a bit too carbonated.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was just a bit funky for me. Besides the terrible Tire Bite, the rest of the mixed pack was pretty good.. except this one. I mean I like IPA's and all but this one had something odd going on with it and the taste didn't sit well with me. Maybe a little out of balance? Either way I wouldn't seek it out again.

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

Deep golden/light amber color with a fluffy 1 finger deep head. Some sticky lacing on glass.

Smells of earthy & grassy hops, some citric aroma hops, faint bisquity aroma.

Moderately hoppy with the afformentioned earthy hops, some caramel malt flavors, bready malt, nice bitter hoppy finish.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, lingering bitterness.

Nice session beer. Tasty enough to bring me back again. Nicely priced at $6.99 a sixer as well.

Photo of AMoceri7
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, all I have to say is wow. I am thoroughly impressed. This has been a very pleasant surprise seeing it was 7.99 for a six.

A: Very pretty golden yellow with hints of yellow-green. This thing screams hops.

S: Cracked it open and took a step back as do I on all IPAs. The hop aroma filled the room. Cant wait!

T: Exactly what you smell. Must have used the same hops for B/F/A. Nothing short of impressively intricate. VERY GOOD

M: Typical of an IPA, not overly bitter as the bottle says, but taste jumps around your mouth.

D: Just sipping away right now. Might be because of the 4 pack of DFH Punkin Ale I had earlier. TAKING TIME

O: Wonderful beer, very much worth the money, and if anyone tells you otherwise, punch them in the head.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Buckeye Brew Engine. C-hop aroma. Yellow with a thick white head and thick lace. Astringent bitterness but drinkable with the offsetting malts that kick in. 60 IBU, Crystal Malt, Warrior and Columbus hops, and dry hopped with Columbus.Interesting IPA and worth a try.

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass.

Beer pours with a deep, crystal-clear copper hue mounted by a thick, creamy off-white head that fizzles down to a nice firm cap, leaving a nice sheet of lacing along the sides of the glass.

Sweet malt and bright floral hop aromas make themselves clear in the nose, typical of a good IPA.

Nice medium body with bitter, herbal, resinous hops on the tongue, balanced by a nice underbody of caramel malt and subtle hints of apple. Beautifully well-balanced with a slightly bitter, slightly sweet, semi-dry finish that begs for more. And, despite the 7.1% ABV, I could definitely go for some more.

Photo of GJ40
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Apex Beverage Co.

A - Golden with good clarity and a small to moderate off white head. Good lacing.

S - A combination of malt and citrusy hops.

T - A good balance of malt and hop bitterness. Nice grapefruit flavors. I'd like more hops in it but it's still a decent beer. The 7.1% alcohol is well hidden.

M - A good firm consistency.

D - I like my IPAs to be hoppier but I have nothing bad to say about this beer. It's got good balance and sufficient complexity.

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

Color is a deep orange with minimal head. Smells of citrus, tastes of bitter citrus, mainly orange and pineapple with some grapefruit thrown in. A bit different than most IPAs, but a solid entry in the style. The alcohol is not all that prominent in the flavor, but you feel it. Solid!

Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this over the weekend camping, made an excellent fireside companion.

Poured a clear crisp orange with a thin bubbly white head.

Smells of hop and citrus with some earthy undertones.

Taste is great, grassy hop leads with an assertive citrus back presence. Superb.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a clean crisp bite and a dry finish.

Drinkability is good. The best IPA I've had yet and at the very least, a great choice for a 6'er.

Photo of Squelch
4.67/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear orange/golden hue with an off white head that dissipates fast.

Smell: Wonderful citrusy/earthy hop aroma dominates. Practically perfect.

Taste: Hops dominate. Fruity taste comes through with the hops and I don't think its esters so it must be from the hops. Grasy flavors come through as well with slight citrus. Excellent. One of the best IPA's I've tasted.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light mouthfeel. Medium Carbed accentuates the flavors nicely.

Drinkability: On par with the best I've had in this style. Well done Flying dog!

NOTE: I'm editing my review because I realized I'm the highest reviewer of this beer out of 500+ reviews. If you sort by date, you'll notice the higher reviews are more recent, while the lower ones are 4-5 years ago. Maybe they've changed the recipe or process? I still think this is one of the better IPA's I've had. Very close to my fav of Great divide's Titan IPA.

Photo of gatorguy813
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am currently enjoying my first flying dog ipa as i write this review. I am very impress by this beer. This is without a doubt one of the top three ipa brews that i have tasted this year. The smell is excellent, the appearance is great, and the taste is exceptional. I certainly recommend this brew to anyone who wants to experience an exceptional IPA.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,901 ratings.