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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,674
Reviews: 1,145
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 20
Gots: 156 | 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 lehows

New York

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

Comes out light copper in tone, large off-white head and mild lacing. Nose is of citrus, pine, some spice. Flavor is pretty typical of an average IPA, citrusy bitter hops, some earthy dough flavors, and notes of peppery spice. Hops are pronounced but probably wouldn't satisfy a serious hophead. A pretty good IPA that is very drinkable.

02-14-2007 16:14:10 | More by lehows
Photo of RevDru

New Mexico

3.3/5  rDev -7%

A - Pours a clear, light golden brown with a half-inch of foam, excellent carbonation, and good head retention.

S - Orange and lemon, a hint of black pepper, and lightly piney.

T - Orange and vanilla. Bitter orange peel at top of throat in aftertaste. A bit sweet.

M - Crisp and lingering. Bubbly. A little strong down the throat.

D - Almost too sweet for the bitterness. Not enough balance.

02-13-2007 23:20:20 | More by RevDru
Photo of Neehan

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.9%

This poured a nice, golden-honey color with a finger sized head and good lacing all the way down. The smell is quite hoppy but with a nice sweet backing that has a honey/nectar quality. The taste is not as sweet with a good smack of bitter hops and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but pleasant. This would be a great session ale. Not bad at-all.

02-11-2007 23:42:01 | More by Neehan
Photo of EagleTalon


3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

Pours a thin white head with considerable lacing. Color is orange-copper and slight haze. Aroma is American citrusy hops and some malt sweetness and some spicy yeast esters (different, but welcome!). Flavor is pleasantly hoppy and bitter with a strong malt backbone to hold it up, a very good American IPA flavor. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter. A fine choice.

02-11-2007 17:03:40 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of BigJTrucker


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from a 120z bottle into a snifter. Thin head quickly dissipates. little foam bits cling to the glass. Orange/Amber in color. Slightly bitter taste reminds me vaguely of grapefruit, about what you might expect from an American IPA. Very easy to drink. I wouldn't mind having this beer again

02-08-2007 01:31:21 | More by BigJTrucker
Photo of SaCkErZ9


4.22/5  rDev +18.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appearance is very nice. A stiff, white head forms, followed by some very nice lacing. A slightly chill hazed dark straw colored beer lies below the surface.

Very nice grapefruit aromas. Not the bitter kind but the sweet kind. Tons of caramel malts as well to add a nice balance and body to the aroma. Grasses and hays follow suit. Lots of hop flavors which are what I love in an AIPA.

Nice hop bitternes greets the palate. Fruity and grassy. Tastes very fresh (not sure of the bottling date; too lazy to get up and look). The caramel backs that up and makes for a very we balanced beer. Just a little bit of an astringent, metallic, chalky characteristic near the finish. Hop bitterness lingers in the finish to entice the consumer to whet his palate once more: I will gladly do so.

A very nice beer here, especially considering the price of around 8 bones per sixer. Medium bodied and finishes a shade on the dry side. As far as the drinkability, damn near perfect. Definitely give this one a go. Well worth my money.

02-05-2007 01:29:36 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle with crimped cap.

Light coppery color,2" off-white head thick,pillowy head,a few stringing bubbles,good lacing down the glass.

Moderate aroma mostly hop, lots of pine,also citrus,minty ,some notes of malty carmell.

Clean ,big citrus/pine taste turns to grapefruity. Some sweet carmell tastes,a bit watery, lacking maltyness unbalanced very hoppy. I'm missing the malt tastes,but a great hop flavor to this beer. A hop lovers taste all the way

Medium mouthfeel,sticky hops give a cloying feeling. A tasty very hoppy beer,the lack of malt makes the beer a bit thin making this a really drinkable beer. If you like hops this beers for you,if you like malt you might be a bit dissapointed.

02-04-2007 06:23:45 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of Hibernator


3.78/5  rDev +6.5%

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink #04007FX
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours an orange-amber with a fluffy head on top with good sustain. Nice patterns of sticky lacings decorate the glassware.

Floral hop aroma for sure with a spicy kick. Possibly some caramel malts in the nose with a touch of lemon-lime twang.

Yup, sweet caramel malt backbone with an acidic spicy fruit blast and orange citrus undertones. Strong biscuit malt flavors too. A tad peppery and certainly hoppy, but finishes a tad unbalanced.

02-03-2007 02:37:49 | More by Hibernator
Photo of BeerSox


3.73/5  rDev +5.1%

12oz bottle into mug.

Crystal clear with a one inch off white head that settles to a thin cap.

The hops in this one give off a sweeter aroma, more floral than piney. A little bit of grainy malt and a touch of honey are in the background. Although this is atypical, it still is a nice aroma.

At the beginning of each swig, the hops are a little weak, and don't really show until the end when they show up as a acidic bitterness. The malt shows up in the beginning more than it usually does in an American IPA, with a little bit of butterscotch coming in as well. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is full of spicy bitter hops, which linger for a while.

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA is a good IPA, however to see it just doesn't seem like a full-on American IPA. In my opinion, it's more like an English IPA with a few extra hops. For an American IPA, it gets a high 3. For an English IPA, it gets a low 4. Enjoy!

01-29-2007 00:24:17 | More by BeerSox
Photo of TechMyst


3.48/5  rDev -2%

Ok, I’ve had quite a few IPA’s, and I wasn’t expecting much because I didn’t know anything about this brewery. But I must admit this brew did bitch slap me upon first taste. Aroma was very strong floral and bitter hops. Hazy yellow color. Semi-sweet malts (I would imagine) this is quite an unbalanced beer...but just at the edge of being undrinkable...so I have to give them points for making an extreme beer and not going over. my glass was empty and I could still get wafts of the aroma even through my stuffed up nose. the last sip even bitch slapped me with bitterness. oh yeah, resinous mouth feel...ok lacing...

01-21-2007 22:36:13 | More by TechMyst
Photo of jackorain


3.88/5  rDev +9.3%

A-1 inch croned, rocky head. excellent retention. golden amber coor with a touch of haze. nice lace

S-Carmel malt and citrus hops, nice but not complex

T-Green leafy and spicy hops with a little citrus from the nose. malt (biscuit and carmel) backbone pulls it together nicely

M-creamy, oily medium body, nice carbonation

D-It's pretty good, easy sessinable IPS.

It's drinkability combined with price makes it a regular in my fridge

01-21-2007 19:08:14 | More by jackorain
Photo of stephendr


4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

12 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a medium white head - nose of bitter hoops , piney hopps , sweet perfume , cannabis , and resin – taste of grapefruit , pine hopps , bitter hopps , and - body light watery , and medium carbonation– aftertaste of tar, hopps , and grapefruit

01-19-2007 06:41:50 | More by stephendr
Photo of mentor


4.08/5  rDev +14.9%

No stamp on the bottle, but obtained in a mixed 12-pack with the Doggie Pale Ale that I just reviewed. Pours a one finger yellowy head over a slightly cloudy orange gold liquid. Smells musty earthy hops. Some orange and pink grapefruit pith. Almost no malt. Head cavitates into a clingy frothy layer.

Tastes dark earhty hops with noticable orange. Some grapefruit fiber and pith. Lemony sour tempering. Malt sweet rises late and is accompanied by a a drying hop bitter that comes across as woody. Plus some fruit esters. Thick mouthfeel and mild, but even carbonation. A nice IPA. Dry finish keeps things clean and tidy.

01-18-2007 04:41:21 | More by mentor
Photo of jwc215


3.83/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours amber with a thin head that soon becomes patchy, but reappears upon gentle swirling.

The smell is of citric fruitiness and a touch of pine.

The taste is of tropical/citric fruits with a leafiness and a hint of pine. Bready malt backs it up. It has a nice taste. I found though, that it seems that the malt comes out more at certain times than at others - not really mixed in together. Still, overall, it has an assertive hoppiness as well as a bready malt character. The alcohol is pretty well covered.

This one thins a bit. It's fairly smooth. Nothing extraordinary or over-the-top, but tasty enough to be enjoyable and easy enough to drink.

01-12-2007 02:12:59 | More by jwc215
Photo of jlipski

New York

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%

appearance = 20%
red, nice color, cloudy, low carbonation, litle to no head
smell = 20%
citrus smell, slightly sour

taste = 40%
cirus flavor, slightly hoppy and bitter

Very light, not impressed.

easy to drink as watery

Initially, not impressed because lack of a fully body yet, the hoppy taste will improve as you drink more. Would not purchase again.

01-11-2007 03:44:01 | More by jlipski
Photo of billybob


3.63/5  rDev +2.3%

pours a cloudy orange gold color with a two finger off white head that holds for a bit with fair lacing on the glass. very strong floral and fruit aroma. taste is slightly sweet, fruity, like peaches turning grapefruit then grapefruit rind. medium mouthfeel with a lingering bitter after taste. taste was a little to strong and i didn't like the bitter after taste. i don't think i would buy it again.

12-28-2006 14:52:53 | More by billybob
Photo of jscottku21


4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

Tried this from a sampler pack and I was pleasantly surprised. While not my favorite IPA (That would be Victory HopDevil) this is a nice representation of the style and, of the five I've tried from Flying Dog, certainly my favorite. I would definitely enjoy sessioning this brew in the future. Cheers!

12-28-2006 13:26:39 | More by jscottku21
Photo of Erdinger2003


2.55/5  rDev -28.2%

This beer pours out a slight head that falls into a light head with a good lacing. It has a slightly cloudy golden brown color to it. Smell is hoppy and a little muggy, but still ok-must have an old bottle. The taste is just hoppy and I can't taste any other flavors at all.

12-28-2006 13:17:33 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of shadow1961


3.2/5  rDev -9.9%

Flying Dog's Snake Dog IPA (Imperial Pale Ale) pours out a
rocky head over a light amber brew. Carbonation is moderate,
and the nose is of hops and strawberry. As expected the flavor
is dominated with a strong, dry, herbal hop taste, with citrus
undertones. The aftertaste is also of bitter hops. For me, Flying
Dog's beers have been a little uneven- only sometimes living up
to the attitude they are trying to project. But Snake Dog seems up
to the challenge. Mind you, there are better IPA's out there (for my
money Bell's Two-hearted Ale is hard to beat). But if you want a
decent example of the style, you can't go too far wrong if you got
yourself some Snake Dog.

12-27-2006 08:25:18 | More by shadow1961
Photo of zeff80


3.53/5  rDev -0.6%

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and grain.

T - It tasted mostly of grassy hops and malt. Slight bitterness.

M - It was crisp and a little dry. Light-bodied.

D - Overall, it is an okay IPA. It just isn't hoppy enough to be considered great.

12-09-2006 22:23:23 | More by zeff80
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.7/5  rDev -23.9%

A 12 oz bottle I bought as a single at World Market in Greendale.

This beer poured a very hazey orange color with white head that was tightly bound together and appeared to have good staying power and would leave lacing on the glass.

The smell of this beer was wonderful...a hoppy-citrus quality reminiscent of Three Floyd's Gumballhead (my favorite IPA) that led me to expect more of the same from the taste of the beer.

Alas, I was disappointed. The taste and mouthfeel of thisbeer seemed a bit thin to me. And the taste didn't live up to the expectation created by the beers aroma. It was somewhat bitter, but not bitter enough to really transmit that citrus hop taste. I felt a bit let down. Also, I felt this beer could be slightly improved by being a bit more carbonated.

12-09-2006 14:35:48 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


4.2/5  rDev +18.3%

Light yellow/amber color, clear, mild carbonation. Nice head.

Strong American hops. Floral and citric/pine. Very mild malt tone.

Strong American hops, not quite as strong as in aroma. Mild to moderate nectar sweetness.

Very smooth and thick. Mild oral foamation. Moderate carbonation.

Beautiful American IPA. The initial insane blast of flowery grapefruit-like flavors subside as my tongue gets used to it or numbed by it. By the end Snake Dog is a well balanced bittersweet beast. Also, I dig the zany art.

12-09-2006 05:00:14 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of DrMalt

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +10.7%

Acquired from a local bottle shop. Price was steep but it's an IPA so I bit. Poured into my sturdy "Christmas" Pint glass

Appearance: Poured a clear and essentially golden colour with a fine bubble white head. Top to bottom long lasting lacing.

Smell: The aroma has strength with grapefruit, some orange, and floral whiffs.

Taste: Hop bitterness is dominant which creates notes of grapefruit and orange. Perhaps could be balanced off with more maltiness and hops lacked the piney flavours I typically like in an American IPA.

Mouthfeel: The lack of maltiness detracts some mouthfeel. Seems a bit thin bodied.

Drinkability: A good amount of hop but a wee bit thin bodied. Yet it is still a very drinkable but not memorable IPA.

12-08-2006 03:48:52 | More by DrMalt
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%

Pours a nice rich golden honey color. Perfect one finger head with excellent retention, and lacing. Smell is of piney earthy hops,and citrus. Taste is the same, leaning toward grapefruit, but well balanced in every way. Nice bittersweet finish.This medium bodied beer is good stuff!!

11-27-2006 20:34:39 | More by riversider76
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.98/5  rDev +12.1%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is a dark amber, with good carbonation. The head is 1 finger, off white and leaves little lace.

The smell is light roasted maly. Some mellow hops

The taste follows smooth crisp malty body, with a light hopy finish

The mouthfeel is good, good carbonation, a medium body, and quite refreshing.

The drinkability is good, a nice smooth drinkable beer. MK

11-25-2006 05:37:37 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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