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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,724 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,724
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 182 | 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 TuckerCarlson
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours an orange honey color with hints of red. Two fingers of fluffy orange-white head that leave a sticky ring as the head dissipates. Really nice lacing down the glass.

Pineapple. I swear I smell pineapple. Also some bready notes and vague sourness underneath the sweet fruit.

I think I have the same issue with this as I do with the Flying Dog DIPA: it goes straight from sweet to bitter. The smell promises some of those nice citric flavors, but they never surface; it's just a dose of medium-bodied sugar that fades into a mild-to-moderate hop bitterness. Sort of a drying astringency at the end that isn't particularly pleasant. A bit of a disappointment.

I remember enjoying this on tap once, but I wouldn't buy this again. After checking the bottle, the stamp says 19807FX. Not entirely sure, but I'm guessing August 19, 2007? If so freshness shouldn't be an issue. Just not a great beer.

TuckerCarlson, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of cypressbob
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355ml bottle, Poured into a standard nonic pint glass

Pours with a rich amber body with a few copper highlights. Tight yellow tainted head with good retention. Some snake like lacing up and down the glass

Smell, gorgeous aroma of fresh sticky American hops, cascade noticeably floating around in there. Fresh grassy and floral aroma, little bit of sweet malt on the nose too. Some almost perfume like aromas, a faint aroma of candy floss and purple violets.

Taste, sweet hops, not an overwhelming amount of bitterness the hops seem to be there for flavour primarily and not for bitterness. Quite a thin mouthfeel, some smooth malt on the finish with a tiny amount of dry hop bitterness

The aroma of this beer is pretty impressive however the rest is a little disappointing. A solid beer none the less. Beer review #600... woo hoo

cypressbob, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of nortmand
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light caramel in color and crystal clear. Frothy white head.

Sweet grain and blood orange aromas dominate.

Rounded pine- citrus hop flavors up front, grainy sweetness mid-tongue. Nice bitter bite at the end.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation, a very nice, easy drinking IPA. Very balanced.

nortmand, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lot paler than most IPA's this beer does not let down in the hop arena. A real nice hoppy west coast style IPA with a certain lightness in the midbody ( a good thing as it adds to its drinkability)
I really enjoy the easy drinking take on the style but with lots of character.

canucklehead, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of uwmgdman
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This IPA pours a nice golden-copper with brilliant clarity. A moderately thick white head coated the top, kept a skim the whole way down with nice lacing. The aroma is moderate-high citrus, floral hoppiness with a little pine also evident. The flavor is moderate-high hop flavor, much like the aroma smells, hop bitterness is also medium-high. The malt presence provides a nice balance with a bit of malt sweetness and little graininess. The mouthfeel is quite smooth and finish a nice, leaves just enough hop flavor on the tongue without being too much. Overall a very tasty and good looking IPA, I’ll buy it again.

uwmgdman, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of wcdoyle
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of a Flying Dog mixed 12-pack.

When I opened the bottling this beer, I thought there would be trouble. Either the case had been shaken or the carbonation was ultra high in the bottle (like an over-primed homebrew). The cap al but shot across the room when opened and the head nearly shot out of the neck of the bottle. When poured, it quickly overflowed the glass. Thankfully, things got better after that.

Needless to say the head was--literally--over-the top. It did settle down, but stayed thick even after several minutes. Color was a cloudy yellow with a a brownish tinge. Smell was hop large with the malts way, way down.T: butterscotch and piney hops. Mouth feel was a bit lively--all the extra carbonation, but it was also creamy. If other bottles were less carbonated, I might push the drinkability up a bit. As is, it was average; better than some, not as good as others.

wcdoyle, Jul 03, 2007
Photo of beeragent
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer poured a clear deep gold, forming a very thin head, with light spots of lace. The aroma is intense hops! The flavor is a good balance between hops and malts. Hop citrus flavor, along with an equal amount of malt sweetness. I wa sexpecting a sharp, slightly harsh finish due to the high hop aroma, but I was suprised to find a very smooth mouthfeel and finish. This is a very easy IPA to drink and very sessionable if you like hops. Overall, I was impressed by this one. The aroma tricked me into thinking that this would be rough to drink, but I was proven wrong. A great brew from Flying Dog.

beeragent, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Sampled on 6-27-07

Pours a clear amber color, with a nice bubbly head and big-time lacing.

Smell is all piney hops, with a good bit of sweet malt.

Taste is sweet at first, and then uber-bitter. The flavor is a pleasant fruity earthy combination, and then wow. It's all washed away by one of the most intensely bitter beers I've ever had.

Mouthfeel could be better, quite thin given the big hop flavors.

Drinkability is poor, this beer is a shock to your system. Overall, this beer has good flavors, but is brutally unbalanced. Not recommended.

BMoney575, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of happygnome
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark copper color with half inch of head that does not dissapear fast leaves average lacing
s: more malt than hops
t: far sweeter than i expected an american pale ale to be, not as much hops as what could have been
m: medium bodied beer with average amount of carbonation

overall for an american pale ale there isnt enough hops although it would be a nice english pale ale

happygnome, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of Bamabrew22
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a 12-pack mixer from Flying Dog. 12oz bottle with some far-out illustrations on the bottle. Rather amusing. Poured a golden coppery hue with decent head retention. Aroma of hops, hops and more hops wafted up to my nostrils. Great smell. Taste was really nice; packs a good hop punch which is balanced out by the malt rather well. Delightful. In my opinion, this was one of the better IPAs I've ever had. Granted, I haven't tasted that many, but this one was true to the style and really pleasing on the palate. Great beer.

Bamabrew22, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a good off-white head that left nice lacing as it dissipated. The smell is grassy, sugary grapefruit, a tad too sweet. A big bitter grapefruit rind hop blast but mellows out very quickly, leaving a grassy hop aftertaste. It has a sweet malt backbone to offset the bitter hop, perhaps a bit too malty as it quickly rids the hop flavor, still good though. Has a moderate body with a slick feel, finished remarkably not bitter. A good AIPA, probably not up to snuff for hop-heads but drinks well.

Gmann, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of jar2574
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-orange brew with cream colored head. Great head retention all the way to the last drink.

Lotsa hops and spiciness in the smell, and a nice IPA taste. Crisp, hoppy without being bitter.

Very smooth for an IPA, lacing was perfect, leading to a very satisfying mouthfeel. A great IPA.

jar2574, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of trep
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange honey with a nice frothy white, bubbly head. Leaves some lacing as it fades. Sweet, rich, tobacco hop aroma. Very earthy. Nice malt presence as well. This is incredibly pleasant.

Taste is just like the aroma. Nice, rich tobacco flavor with a great hop accent. Alot of things going on, all meld together very well.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth as can be, and would be a great session brew.

trep, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of 1fastz28
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a golden color with a slight reddish color to it, smells good too, floral hops are prevelant but not much else, no malt smell at all. tastes is odd, something seems off. has an ipa taste but has some kind of metallic aftertaste or something, i can't put my finger on it. most of the flying dog stuff is great, maybe i got a bad batch

1fastz28, Jun 20, 2007
Photo of mobud
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A- Dark copper color with a light oatmeal color head that remained thru most of the sample.

S- Very muted hops smell in this beer.

T- More malt than hops. This beer reminded me more of an English IPA rather than Amer.IPA.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Nothing that really jumped out me.

D- This is not my type of IPA. I am more of a hophead so I expect alittle more bang with an AIPA.

mobud, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of macpapi
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish-orange color with a half-inch white head. Pretty decent lacing. A pretty nice-looking beer.

Smell is dominted by hops, wheat and grapefruit. Pretty bold and well-balanced.

Taste really does not match balance of smell. It is very hoppy, and grapefruit/citrus flavor is notable. But that is really it. There is minimal wheat and malt taste. Seems a simple attempt at bitterness and little else.

Mouthfeel is bitter and pretty full. Moderate carbonation and pretty good presence.

On the whole this is not a spectacular I.P.A. The heavy bitterness is too much when not complemented with any other flavor. Worth a try, but there are so many better examples out there.

macpapi, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of burnstar
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a small white head which recedes quickly but leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is really nice sweet citrusy hops, a little one dimentional but appetizing. The taste doesn't live up to the nose. Malt backbone is lacking. Hops are big, as expected. Citrusy but mainly it's bitterness that the hops impart. Big aroma hops, big bittering hops, but small flavor hops? That's what it seems like to me anyway. I do like the bitterness, and it's not really bad by any means, but it could be improved somewhat. Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated. Pretty drinkable but I'd rather have a different IPA. Okay overall.

burnstar, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice hazy golden amber beer, white head that lasts with a good 1/8" that sticks around(much more frothy to start)

S: Nothing too strong there is some hops here but after a while you get nothing at all

T: pretty solid hop taste for a ipa, but not overwhelming or especially strong there is some bitterness and citrus sweetness, but mistly with the bitter

M/D: pretty solid beer, i ate some spicey pan fried catfish with the beer and it cleaned the palate extremely well. a very solid and different choice, nothing that will knock your socks off, but good justthe same

Redwood21, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an amber color with ample carbonation (noticing a pattern here). Aroma is faint with hints of hops (is that Cascade I smell?) and a touch of fruitiness. Taste is interesting. There's a hop bite up front that quickly leaves a nice touch of bitterness on the tongue. Not overpowering and the finish is dry. I would say it's a decent IPA for the style. To me, an IPA has to have that touch of bitterness or else it's not really an IPA.

Brad007, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Unassuming copper gold color with a tangerine tint to it. Head is small but present, just some off white bubbles cast carelessly across the top of the body.

S: Major grapefruit rind, under ripe orange, lime zest with just a hint of sourdough.

T: Begins with strong caramel tastes that transition do a bready personality with red apple aspects. All the citrusy hops I smelled at first seem to be lost somehow. There’s some dull lemon and really minor grapefruit flavor but that’s really about it. A turbulent wash of bitterness comes next which seems unbalanced compared to the lack of flavor that should accompany it. Sort of like foods that are spicy just for the sake of being spicy. The bitterness starts out sort redwood barky but finishes just straight up dirty. Finishes a lot like it started…caramel apple but this time with bitterness.

M: Medium body, hard mouthfeel.

D: Eh. Nothing inspiring about this brew. Too much bitterness without enough balance for me.

Westsidethreat, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crisp clear amber with a thin diminishing head. The aroma is on some citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is somewhat well balanced between the citrus hops and sweet malts, but is still nothing spectacular, slightly weak, doesn't really seem like an IPA. The beer is crisp, but the taste gets in the way. This beer certainly seems like a generic example of a weak IPA, truly nothing special.

atsprings, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Florian's - first time I've seen it in ME. Translucent amber-red body with a good inch of off-white head that sticks around. Citrussy hops with a good bit of caramel malt. Citrussy hops and caramel malt equally share the flavor. The mouthfeel is mid-range, but borders on syrupy which hurts the drinkability IMO. Not my favorite IPA, but a fairly solid one nonetheless.

MrHurmateeowish, May 25, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is another brew from my (incomplete) sampler box (it came missing one of the brews pictured outside, and the quantities were quite irregular.
Golden, minimally hazy, whitish head with average retention.
Aroma is obviously hoppy, with a few malts, mostly caramel, but grossly overpowered by the hoppiness.
Medium bodied, it is hoppy and dry, with some balancing maltiness, but not enough for me.
Pleasant, but not really that interesting. Their classic pale ale was better.

brdc, May 24, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A steady pour gives a big creamy head on top of a well-filtered rust color. Appearance-wise, pretty much par for the course, as IPAs go.

Aroma is big fruity hops backed up by a generous malt presence.

Fruity and juicy hops greet the mouth first, but then turn herbal and finally finish with a pungent bitterness. Good depth there, in terms of just the hops, while a steady malty sweetness balances things out.

Mouthfeel is thin, aiding the crisp bite brought by the healthy carbonation.

Solid solid solid. Leans on the hop side of the scale, but that's expected...yet it's still balanced. Highly recommendable.

Metalmonk, May 22, 2007
Photo of benmiliron
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.69 for a single. Very clear, orange blossom honey yellow/orange color. Not much head after a few sips. Smell is citrus, pine, wildflowers. Taste is heavy bitter with good malt backup. Great texture.

This is a great session beer for a hophead looking for a good fix, but not a super-heavy ball-buster of a brew.

benmiliron, May 19, 2007
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,724 ratings.