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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,925 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,925
Reviews: 1,165
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 25
Gots: 320 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Photo of stumac
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this brew pours up a pretty clear copper color with a very small white head. nice lacing on my cheap glass mug. the nose is big bitterness, slight grapefruit, pale malts. the taste is very bitter, floral and piney hops. medium bodied, low carbo. a decent IPA. This is no Elissa though...

Photo of bbarrows
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle to pint glass.

A - Amber and clear with 1" fluffy white head. Head recedes to only a thin film, but leaves a dense lacing behind for the first 1/2 of the pint.

S - Strong citrus and pine aroma, malt is barely noticeable.

T - Fresh citrus and pine, with slight malt flavor in the background; lingering bitter hop finish. Decent balance of flavors.

M - Thin, perhaps thinner than I like, but it makes it easy to drink. Not necessarily a sipping beer.

D - Easy drinking, maybe too easy.

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

Appearance: This brew pours as a reddish amber. Head is full and frothy. Tacings are generous. Carbonation is excellent. Great job.

Smell: As most IPA's, this brew has a strong hop presence. Very minor pine/fir tree aroma.

Taste: The hops really jump out. Strong bitterness that although strong is still very smooth and defined. This brew has some subtle taste actions occuring. This recipe was well designed and well executed. Great job.

Mouthfeel: The hops bitterness is not crowding to the palate. Of course, with an IPA finding a complimentary fodd may be difficult. The strength of this brew will be excessive for neophyte drinkers, but sophisticated drinkers will appreciate the fullness of this selection.

Drinkibility: As with mouthfeel, a litle IPA can go a long way. With that said, this barticular brew does not sit as heavy on the stomach as some selections do. I rate this high.


Photo of hoplover82
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty average IPA to me. I like it and recommend it to you.

Pours an amber color with an off white head that dissapates fast but with ok lace.

Aroma is of soft hops and a little sweet malts.

Flavor is pretty mild too but not too week for a hophead like me to enjoy. Some sweetness to . Finishes slightly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Ok drinkability.

Photo of macster
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with a fairly durable bone white head.

Aroma of citrus and freshly cut pine wood with a touch of sweet crystal malt.

First sip reveals a smooth mouthfeel with nicely subdued carbonation.

Initial short blast of sweet caramel malt flavor followed quickly by a moderate hoppy grapefruit bitterness. Mid palate then seems to settle into a distracting thin watery taste before finishing with a very dry, mineral-like hop finish. Just an average American IPA, nothing to great or terrible.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes 9/15/08
A nice amber pour,with a light tan two fingered head.Aroma of floral,citrus,and spruce hop notes.A bright flavor very balanced between the hops and sweet malt.Thin watery mouthfeel.Not as thick or hoppy as I like my IPA but this would make a good gateway IPA or a nice Summer day pounder .

Photo of tempest
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer, but I've had this a few times. Really, its not much of an IPA, but it would be a decent pale ale. The flavor and aroma have a bright citrus hop profile, but it's weak by comparison to normal IPA's. It's more on par with Sierra Nevada pale ale, but still not quite as good. Still, very drinkable and it does taste good.

Photo of gdfan47
4.54/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a really nice amber/ brown color with a big white head and ALOT of nice lacing
S- like pot, and not bad pot ... the really really good stuff ( im a deadhead/phish head...) ive smelled it before.... , wow , really refreshing and fresh
T- tastes like pot, hops, flowers, as refreshing as a DIPA
M- Smooth, the ingrediants really come through nice, not the least bit synthetic, very fresh
D- very nice, I could drink this all night.. for many many reasons

Photo of Vendetta
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Original Rating Date:
September 13, 2008

Pours a deep amber, with a middle head. Good, hoppy scent. Taste is hops balanced with some spice. Clove? Real quality here, not often that you find an IPA balanced with spice over malt. A bit dry, good palate, good aftertaste.

Photo of mtbbaboon
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color into my pint glass. Leaves a rather thin head then settles down quickly. A little bit of lacing. Smells about right for an IPA...hops, pine, some citrus. No one single dominant scent, which leaves me to believe it will taste balanced. I think this tastes very good. Lots of hoppines up front, but a noticable citrus taste comes through. Grapefruit, I believe. Tastes of pine as well, and a nice bitterness is there. A light to medium body. Leaves a little bit of stick but not a whole lot. It's a very drinkable IPA. BA says this is 5.8% ABV and the bottle says 7.1. So who's right?

Photo of yesyouam
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Snake Dog IPA is a very clear and sparkling light amber ale with a thin, oily, off-white head that leaves great lacing. Orange peel dominates the aroma, with a backdrop of crackers. It's medium bodied; smooth with a slightly chalky finish. The flavor balance is great. The citrus bitterness is like tangerine and pine needles. First, it's juicy. Later in the flavor is the alcohol and black pepper and juniper, which lingers. It's an enjoyable IPA.
(rated Aug 5, 2008)

Photo of cnally
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another crazy label from the colorado crazies.

the beer pours with a grand white head, but the amber color of the beer is oddly clear and detracts from the sight.

scent is spicy hops, floral. very appealing.

the flavor has an initial flavor of hops, but the mellow nature is surprising. the hops get lost in a faintly malty taste. ends up sightly empty, but well balanced.

the feel is very dry but smooth.

a mild ipa, maybe an introduction type beer to the style. mild.

Photo of Onenote81
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light off-orange with a nice foamy white head that ratains wonderfully. Good lacing. Smell is very understated. Some citrus, and some malt. Really tamed down.

Taste is hoppy but, as others have already stated, lacks the nice citrus complement. Not a bad brew for hop-heads, but there are much better AIPAs out there. I enjoyed it and would have another sometime, but I gotta rate it against its counterparts, and this one falls a tad short.

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

A: Poured a coppery-orange with a dense foamy white head about 1 finger high before falling to a thin, sudsy layering.

S: a nice floral and citrus hopping with a light grassiness.

T: The flavor was sharp citurs, spicy and tangy, full of grapefruit laced hops and flowers. There was some pine and some sweet sugar malting that also was detected. A great citrusy helping of "C" hops provide a nice spicy bite and finish finishing with a little grassiness.

M: vibrant and sharp with a lively carbonation that brings out the huge citrusy nature of this beer.

D: Crisp, light bodied and leaves a nice spicy hop tang behind. An excellent everyday ipa you can easily drink during any season and lots of it.

Photo of magictrokini
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I finally got past the obnoxious label and bought one of these, and its... okay. Pours light orange with a decent head. Aroma is hoppy, but mostly the bitter Golding variety. Taste seems watered-down. The hops are there, but without the nice resiny-piney-citrus flavors. Average.

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer has a beautiful orangish honey color and is crystal clear. The head was very frothy with a nice tan color. With such a nice head, I was a little disappointed by the subtle lace.

Smell: I get aromas of apricots and hops. The smell was not quite what I was hoping for, nothing loud and in your face.

Taste: The bitterness from the hops are dominant. However, this beer did leave a metallic aftertaste that I did not care for.

Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp says it all. This is a well balanced beer that leaves your mouth feeling refreshed!

Drinkability: This is an easy drinking IPA, but nothing spectacular. I wouldn't even consider this to be a fine example of an IPA. :( Nothing clearly stands out to make in an exceptional beer. I think this could best be described as a beginner IPA. An Introductory India Pale Ale, IIPA. Its not too complex, not overly hoppy, great carbonation.

Photo of benclimbs
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad IPA, some of their beers are actually really good despite their horrible label, but this one i would say is just kinda ok. It pours pretty light for an IPA and smells a lot like non-caramelly malts, not much hoppy goodness at all. In the mouth it's not good but not bad. Eh, so so.

2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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

A: Pours a clear copper with a billowy off-white head that left beautiful lacing.

S: Malt, flowery hops and pine.

T: The maltiness was the first taste that caught my attention, followed by piny hop bitterness. As the beer warmed, the hop bitterness transformed too far into astringent for my tastes. The finish reminded me of stale cookies.

M: Medium body with good carbonation.

D: The nice flavors waned as the beer warmed. I'll pass on this in the future.

Photo of hoppheadIPA
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

out of the bottle pours a golden orange.
Smells of hops with a hint of malt in the backround.
It tastes of citrus, mostly grapefruit hops. Has an annoying buttery flavour in the backround that I did not care for.
Mouthfeel isn't bad with good carbonation. Wouldn't make a bad session beer in my eyes.
There's way too many great IPA's out there casting a shadow on this one.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light copper.Nose is herbal hop aromas and sweet malts. Taste is slightly bitter, with lots of malts to balance. Some fruitiness is present as well. Medium mouthfeel, I'm not noticing a lot of carbonation. Good beer but with all of the great IPAs on the market I wont get another.

Photo of cvfish
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - pale amber color, white head that disappears but leaves some decent lacing

S - a little bit of lemon/floral smell, but nothing great

T - slight citrus taste, slight hops, and slight bitterness. overall, a "slight" beer

M - the feel on the tongue was the worst, very soapy, light bodied beer

D - my first IPA, and was not impressed. maybe i got a bad one becuase others have reviewed this well, but i won't gamble on this one

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

Very impressed with this brew. Never been a flying dog fan for the most part but I thought I would give this one a try. Poured a beautiful clear amber into my pint glass with a nice piney aroma. Just enough head retention with some nice lace action. Nice bite at the beginning followed by some caramel malt character. Well that's enough beer porn for now; Im gonna finish my glass.

Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.47/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't know why this one is rated so low but i think that it is great. Pours a nice clear amber color with a decent off white head. Little to no lacing but the aroma and taste makeup for it. The aroma comes out with a great blend between hops and malt and the taste is like Oh Yeah! Not bitter at all, goes down nice and smooth. My bottle says 7.1% and at that rate i could get tipsy off these bad boys pretty easily. I personally say that this is a must try.

Photo of rgrholmes168
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

The beer poured nice and clear. It had a two finger head which disappated leaving a nice bit of lace on the sides of the glass.

The beer has a strong hop smell to it. The hops are not overpowering.

Really good taste to the beer. The hops leave a bitter aftertaste which is a good reminder that this is an IPA.

The beer goes down really smooth and is crisp.
As for drinkability, I don't know how many in a row I could drink, but it would be a few.

A really good IPA. One of the best that I have had. The hops are really balanced and it taste really good.

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.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,925 ratings.