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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

2,819 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,819
Reviews: 1,153
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 228 | 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 Lukie
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden amber with a very minimal head. It dissipitated into a tiny amount of lacing. I am not sure on the freshness of the bottle.

Underpowered nose, with some floral, citrus notes. Orange, tangerine sublty comes across.

Strong flavour of orange, lemon, citrus. Light malt characteristics. Grapefruit aftertaste, which I have never tasted in a beer before. It is refreshing.

Low carbonation, with a great refreshing mouthfeel. This IPA is easy to drink, and is so much easier to drink then say, Titan IPA. So far, the best beer I have had from the recent micro induction, for the sole purpose of what would appeal to a wider audience in Australia.

Lukie, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of Opethsprite
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It's a brownish orange with a nice, frothy head that disentegrates and leaves some lacing. It smells sweet--honey being the dominant form of sweetness--and hoppy, but balanced. I don't care too much for the IPA style, but this is a very well-done beer. The hops are damn good and (again), properly balanced. Very sweet, but rounded with grassiness. Highly carbonated (*belch*).

Opethsprite, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of scottyshades
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a Flying Dog Mixed Pack at ABC for around $13...I have tried some FDs but not all of them so I figured this would be a good buy just knowing their reputation as being a good brewing company
A: Pours a golden color with hints of amber when held to the light, off-white 2 finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a spotty lace on the glass

S: The nose is hoppy with some floral notes alongside a citrus scent...very decent nose

T: Honestly, if I had tried this beer without looking at the bottle, I would NOT have guessed this to be an IPA...tastes more like a pale ale of some sort...having said that, you can assume that I did not taste alot of hops, although they were present, just not enough i guess. also, malty notes with some citrus notes

MF: Strange finish...the bitterness is definitely in effect, not too clean

D: Eh, this is a good beer, however the 2 in the Mix Pack were enough for me...

Overall, not Flying Dog's best offering, but a good beer nonetheless

scottyshades, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of JayQue
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A basic session beer. Looks good, an orangy amber color, with a big, soft, pillowy slightly off-white head. A very little resiny hops aroma. Taste alternated between sweet, bready malt and mild, oily hoppiness. Not bad but not memorable either. Mouthfeel is decidedly thin. Drinkability is good. This one goes down easy, but there is not enough here to satisfy an IPA lover.

JayQue, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of sampler pack on Thanksgiving, paired with meal. Pours a nice clear copper color with thick two finger rocky head. Good retention and lacing as well. Smell is strong of hops and thats about all I could notice, a pretty good aroma to it, smelled very fresh. Taste was good but something seemed a little off. Strong hoppy presence and I didnt notice much in the way of malts. A somewhat dry, bitter aftertaste left behind and a slightly oily feel to it. Moderate carbonation seemed right on. Overall a good, beer, not a stand out but not a bad choice.

bunnyhustle, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of rxdrewthejew
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've been on a bit of an IPA kick lately. Had a Stone IPA yesterday, so we'll see how this stacks up.

A: Hazy appearance, yellow on the edges and more orange in the middle of the glass. Not much head but plenty of lacing. Looks very smooth.

S: Smell is fairly sweet and malty. Some bitterness creeps in. There's an almost fruity aroma, like spiced apples or something.

T: A sweet start and ends with a frankly wimpy hop kick. The hops are mostly floral with maybe a little citrus. Honestly this beer is a little watery.

MF: Thin but very smooth. Not much aftertaste although some bitterness lingers.

D: Kinda disappointed. The flavor is OK, but not nearly as bitter as I like out of an IPA. Not even close to Stone or Bridgeport. It is a very easy to drink beer, and for parties or IPA newbies, not a bad choice.

rxdrewthejew, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

IPA colored with a very generous head. Nothing about this beer is extraordinary, but it's very well done. Nose is very suggestive of hops, and that's really about all. Taste strikes an ispiring balance between malt & hop flavors for an IPA that weighs in at under 6%. A very fine American IPA that I would not hesitate to buy again when I want a break from Stone, who has set the benchmark.

jeffjfindley, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of praufs01
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Deep amber color with creamy off-white head and a good amount of lacing that lined the entire glass.

Aroma – Very fruity hop dominates the nose. Freshly cut pink grapefruit sprinkled with sugar is what I get when I close my eyes.

Palate – Smooth and clean.

Flavor – Piney hop taste with strong grapefruit notes.

Final thoughts – Awesome! An excellent, well crafted IPA. Smooth clean and refreshing.

praufs01, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an over-sized Sacred Heart High School glass mug.

A: Poured a deep, ruby amber color with a creamy one-finger head which left a nice lace in its wake.

S: Smells sweet, fruity, and alcoholic. A fairly typical American IPA odor, but probably just smelled better because of the anticipation of enjoying another Flying Dog brew.

T: Taste is like a sweet wave of caramel malts and bitter, floral hops; and then, nothingness. The taste washes away almost completely. This might be great for some, but I like my hops to linger. Makes for great drinkability, though.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a sharp hop bite and smooth, creamy maltiness. Great balance and flavor retention.

D: Not too heavy, nice ABV; a great party-starter.

Overall, not the greatest American IPA I've had, but certainly not the worst. Newcomers to the style would be wise to check it out' not too intense and well-balanced enough for all to enjoy.

Gambrinus1184, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: 1/2" white head w/ decent retention leaving a nice lacing. Clear amber body.

S: Yoi! Like being punched in the nose with a Christmas tree - but in a good way.

T: Despite the hoppy aroma, the taste reveals an interesting battle between sweet malt & citric hops. For an IPA, it really should be hoppier, but it's still pretty good.

M: A bit watery, but still somewhat smooth (somehow). Lasting citrusy finish.

D: A little bit odd taste & mf for the style, but still pretty good and very drinkable.

OKCNittany, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Spidey13
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a nice, deep amber color. A nice, frothy head leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. The smell was like sticking my nose in a grapefruit. Tasted some slight citrussy sweetness at the tip of the tongue with hoppy bitterness in the middle and at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. A pretty decent IPA.

Spidey13, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of PhageLab
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Hobgoblin glass. Inspecting the bottle, love the art by Ralph Steadman as always. 2500 7FX stamped on the side, unsure of what that might mean, but here goes;

A - Delightful golden amber hue which produced a nice frothy head that stuck around. Blotted lacing and rising suds.

S - Big on the citrus end here, but not in a bad way. Reminds me of raspberries and hops mostly, with a slight tinge of skunk near the end.

T - I've tried this several times before, but always ice cold out of someone's refrigerator. For my review, I wanted to try it at room temperature, and I definitely recommend it that way. The bitterness really shines through as it warms. Smooth floral notes finish it off. Not too complex, but very tasty.

M - Decent carbonation level, but it leaves a slightly oily feel in the mouth. Medium bodied and rather creamy.

D - I'll go through a sixer without a problem. Very accessible IPA. Flying Dog didn't get where they are today by putting out bad brews. This is an easily sessional brew, I'd recommend it especially to those looking for an introduction to the style.

PhageLab, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of alexgash
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clean, clear, bronze-orange body with lighter edges and a little finger of gauzy, off-white head. Bready malt and fruit malt infused with piny, resinous, and scotch-tape hop funk. Toasted malt and herbal hop bitterness flavors up front. Piny hops follow, with scorched caramel and fruit malts. Citrus and scotch-tape hop bitterness in the finish with some lingering soapy, sugary malt. Medium-bodied with a slightly oily feel and a soapy finish. Not bad, but not too memorable in the big world of American IPAs.

alexgash, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A_pours a medium copper with a noce off white head. Lacing is strong with good staying power.

S_minor grapefruit hop notes. Not very strong

T_biscuity malt battles with a very grapefruit hop presence. After taste is the same as well with the hops slightly winning.

M_slightly below medium b odied with a good dose of carbonatoon

D_this seems like a good mix of a sierra like ipa and an English one. This a good but not great choice. One I would gladly entertain again

sleazo, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing

S - Mostly hops some citrus comes through

T - lots of hops a little bit of citrus finishes bitter

M - Theres a good amount of carbonation in here

D - I'm just starting to come around on IPAs so I could have a couple of these like two maybe three

armock, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of snpub540
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear light copper hue. Had a 1/4" cream colored head that had some nice staying power. Great lacing that clung tightly to the side of the glass the whole way down.

Aromas were mostly hops with herbal and floral notes most abundant. Also a hint of pine on there.

Taste was mostly hops but the malty sweetness provided a nice balance and added some complexity. Grapefruit and grassiness were most present with some caramel also in there. A slight roasted taste in the finish.

Medium-bodied and creamy on the mouth. A very nice example of an American IPA. Drinkability is good because of the nice balance. I will have to pick up a 6 pack of this next time.

snpub540, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of dogger6253
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, honey color with a big off-white head. The head falls slowly but surely, leaving some lace behind. Big, cloud-like foam on this one.

The nose is mostly hops - juicy, citrus hops with grapefruit and oranges coming out in the aroma. There's a slight coriander smell and a strong yeast presence.

The flavor has a lot of hops, but no kick. The juicy, fresh citrus that I smelled is definitely dulled down in the flavor. There really isn't much to the flavor at all. The hops are nice, and there's a bit of honey in here too.

Light body, light carbonation, very thirst-quenching. A little bit dry in the aftertaste. I think this would be a nice fall evening beer. I should have taken mine outside. It seems perfect for a cool, autumn night with friends - not really that great for a night inside writing beer reviews...

dogger6253, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of brewshakes
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a mixed twelve pack of Flying Dog on Friday night. I'm usually not a big fan of IPA's but when it comes in the box it must be drunk! The beer poured a copper color with a nice foamy head. The smell was pine, flowers, and citrus. The taste is pine and citrus with a bitter aftertaste. The hops really come through. Could definitely drink a few of these. As I said earlier, IPA's usually don't do it for me but this one wasn't too bad.

brewshakes, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper-orange with a foamy, white head a finger and a half high. A bit hazy but not too bad.

S - Lemon and pepper hop aroma. A little bit of caramel maltiness, surprisingly spicy overall.

T - More of the same lemon peppers hop character, but with more grapefruit. There is some nice caramel maltiness followed by stiff bitterness. The bitterness gets somewhat acrid in the finish and may be accompanied by darker grain flavors.

M - Medium body with moderately high carbonation and some definite astringency in the finish.

D - Pretty good IPA. The hop character is excellent but I am not too pleased with finish. It gets kind of harsh and soapy and leaves a lingering, astringent bitterness.

nickfl, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy copper with a rich, foamy off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing with this one.

Aroma is a bit of citrus but mostly nice and malty.

Taste is plentiful on the malt side and lean with the hops. Finish has a really nice caramel flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is medium with a slickness to the tongue and mild carbonation.

This is a very nice sessionable IPA. More malt and less hoppy than some but still one to enjoy when you can.

Monkeyknife, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of KevinB
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour revealed a nice erythraean orange body topped off with a foamy one finger off white head. Head retreated over time leaving a good amount of lacing left behind.
Smell is very piney, flowery and hoppy
Taste is snappy hops with strong citrus notes and a dry bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, kinda sticky with decent carbonation.
Overall it's a pretty interesting IPA it makes you think a bit, it's kinda all over the place. One is enough in a sitting but it's worth a try.

KevinB, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of TheDeuce
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA

Orange in appearance with a big head, flowery smell which is hoppy and alcoholic. Taste is smooth if lighter than I thought it would be , mouthfeel is very good, this is definitely a very drinkable IPA with food. Not too alcoholic so drinkability is high. Overall I would say it's a great session IPA but something is off for me just a little bit, I think the kick of hops is light and the alcohol (even though there isn't much) isn't too masked. Definitely a fine IPA though.

TheDeuce, Sep 28, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. single from Party Source poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a typical hazy orange. 1 finger cream colored head with big bubbles. Good retention til about half way and moderate patchy lacing.

S: Coulud smell this the second I opened the bottle. Big floral hops with prominent orange oil.

T/M: The hops are w/o a doubt there but not nearly as hard a kick as I would have like... or expected after smelling it. Bright and crisp with a dry finish. Getting a buttery malt background that I think pokes its head out a bit too much. Much lighter body than expected, too.

D: It's a tasy enough brew and drink easily. Very sessionable. It's priced the same as 2 Hearted so I don't see myself getting any more of this. If it was priced like the cheap JW Dundee's I'd make this my everyday IPA and save the 2 Hearted(and some bucks) for better occasions.

pwoods, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of soupyman10
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-copper, crystal clear beer with two fingers of big bubbled head. Leaves fairly solid lacing. Strong fruity hops in the nose, although fairly mild, almost pale ale levels. Sort of odd beer, almost rough, roasted bitterness. Drying hops - very drying. A little spicy. Medium body with good carbonation. A good one, although not great. I liked the FD Pale Ale more. I maintain the best thing about Flying Dog beers is the label.

soupyman10, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of BDTyre
2.4/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is a beer with too much hops. It starts off promising in appearance and scent: amber, cream head and a hoppy scent with a good malt body.

Taste is too much on the hoppy side. It is overly floral, with weak malt and a very distinct, unpleasant syrupy taste. Overly hopped and overly sweet. Okay carbonation, but this a very unbalanced taste for an IPA. It taste too hoppy and almost...creamy...at times. It took me almost three weeks to go through a six pack of this.

BDTyre, Sep 18, 2007
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,819 ratings.