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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,927 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,927
Reviews: 1,165
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 25
Gots: 323 | 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 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.

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

12oz. bottle into DFH specialty glass on 8/31/08

A - Clear amber/orange body with almost two full fingers of rocky off-white head that settled into a solid quarter inch of retention and left sticky lace around the glass. Average amount of carbonation present in the form of lively, tiny bubbles.

S - Hops are primarily earthy and grassy, but ultimately this has a fairly malty nose with plenty of toasted grains, bread and caramel. There's also a bit of citrus rind in the aroma.

T - This IPA tends to go back and forth from sweet to hoppy, starting off with a bit of caramel sweetness and citrus hops, then moving into more of a bready/biscuity character with some grassy attributes. Finish is a blend of grainy maltiness paired with a solid hop kick.

M - Medium body with smooth, creamy texture and mild carbonation on the tongue. Finish is somewhat dry and mildly astringent with a bit of hop bitterness that lingers for a short while.

D - This is a solid IPA that's well-balanced and sessionable. Certainly not at the top of the heap when it comes to IPAs, but I'd definitely have this one again in the future. Great label artwork as well.

Photo of jdhilt
2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Broadway brewing used to brew this beer for the Flying Dog brewpub but now the Flying Dog is brewing & bottling themselves but the taste is the same.
Pours a four finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit hop nose. Flavor is balanced then goes to grapefruit with the expected lingering bitter finish of an IPA. $1.67 for a 12oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

Photo of FuzzyGuy84
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass

A - Light in color for an ipa - a pale amber/copper color. Nice carbonation. Thin head but excellent retention. No opaqueness.

S - Lots of hops, which makes sense for the style. Definitely already feeling some sweet heat on the nose, but not totally out of balance. Pleasant, and not overbearing, but also not remarkable.

T - There's just not a lot going on with this beer. Overall it's a competent IPA, the hop flavor you want is there and I don't feel like it's overhopped. But there's very little balance, and the aftertaste is too bitter and alcohol-laden for me.

In a world of so many great American IPAs, this is difficult to recommend. It's not terrible, but more than anything else it's just boring.

Photo of changeup45
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper color with a thin head. Aroma is of some sweet fruits, hops and a malty almost grassy lager like scent. The flavor has that nice bitter grapefruit hoppy flavor but it doesn't bite hard, rather it's gradual and easy going. It finishes bitter and somewhat dry. I can see this as a good entry level IPA. Nothing special but it's still pretty good and I'd have it again.

Photo of NatetheGreat
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: sienna-orange amber glow, with big white head.

S: subdued aroma of citrus hops and sweet candy.

T: more balance than expected for an IPA with sweet honey malts playing with strong citrusy hops. Quite hoppy but there's a deep sweetness latent in the beer that keeps this surprizingly balanced.

M: fine with me, but maybe on the weak side but adds to the drinkability.

D: very easy to drink for the style. refreshing and tasty.

Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a thick white head that had excellant retention. Large amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Has a distinct citrus hop aroma. That is just about all I can smell.

Rather one dimensional in the flavor. Citrus flavors and bitter. Leaves a lingering citrus flavor on finish.

Impressive mouthfeel. Creamy and full texture.

A nice IPA but not a favorite.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cool from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a lovely, crystal clear dark amber color with a nice 1/2" tan head that persists all the way down, coating the entire glass with heavy lacing. The best looking IPA I've ever seen.

Aroma is huge with pungent hops, not much malt behind the hop bomb.

Flavor is likewise dominated by pungent, woody hops. Massive hops all the way through this one.

Mouthfeel is moderately bitter, smooth finish.

Drinkability is great, this one went down fast and I wish I had another to follow up. Great beer. Great example of the American IPA style.

Photo of TexIndy
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle (do dating info) into a pint glass. I always enjoy the Flying Dog labels - cool art and good side stories. It was a clear copper color with good carb fountain in center. It has a finger of white head that settled into a foam. Some lacing.

The aroma was really good with floral hops dominant and malt backbone. The taste was good but not up to the promise of the aroma. Had a decent bite but the aftertaste was off. Not bad but have had better AIPA's.

Overall, a good but not great beer. Worth trying but don't knock yourself out getting it.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Peach gold body, nice white head reduces to a sporadicly bubbled film. Excellent lace.

Aroma starts out sweet and malty, then the spicy hops come through. Hints of citrus.

Flavor is very smooth. Flowery hops, creamy malt. Bitterness lingers, though not overly intense.

Photo of grs8313
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 12oz bottle with no bottling date. Pours an amber color with a loose white head, that gets to one and a half fingers. The head then dissolves, leaving lacing around the glass.

Smell: Hop and spice aromas. Lots of hop aroma off of this one.

Taste: Hops and some warming alcohol with some sweet malt flavors can be detected, but the malt flavor subsides to the hops. The aftertaste is hops.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than water and a little creamy feeling. Carbonation can be detected, but it is not strong. The beer leaves the mouth a little dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable IPA, which is very balanced and not to hoppy, with an aftertaste that is not over powering. Without the bottle saying so I would have never guessed this beer is 7.1% alc/vol. A little deceptive in that regard, but this beer is a well balanced IPA, that I enjoyed and would absolutely drink again.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish amber with a creamy, light tan head. A lot of carbonation, it took me 2 pours to get it all in the glass.

Smells of puckering grapefruit, and malt. Also some floral hop aroma.

Good first impression. Bitter orange and a little grapefruit flavor hit the front of my tongue, a bit of a bite, and the malt washes it down. Very tasty, but mouthfeel is somewhat thin. A bit of a dry finish, although I would like it a little crisper.

Overall, a good drinker, and I could see this as a good one to have if I wanted 3 or 4. I would like a bit more of a "bite" though. I do like this brewery quite a bit, and I guess I'll have to review their Double Dog, and see if that gives me what I need.

Photo of jwinship83
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- this is your basic IPA. amber colored with a small bone white head.

S- very subdued floral hops. a little disappointing

T- slightly better than it smelled. floral hops with a nice balance and a faintly bitter aftertaste.

M- right about where it should be. light and crisp.

D- there is nothing wrong with this one, its just nothing special really. there are several more interesting ones that are equally available to me. mediocre at best.

Photo of guntherhophead
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Rich golden amber. Nice head with good retention.
S. Faint hops. Some floral hints with a nice citrus background.
T. Nice! Floral hops. Citrus with a slight bitter aftertaste.
M. Good mouthfeel. Not overly carbonated like some IPA's.
D. A very nice beer. It goes down smooth. It's taste masks the alcohol content too you might not realize it's a 7.1% so be careful not to drink too quickly.

Photo of glid02
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a light copper color with a good-sized one and a half finger head. The lacing is also good.

The smell is probably the least impressive thing about this beer. There are some citrus aromas from the hops and not much else. The malt smell is there, but barely.

The taste is very well balanced. The tinge of citrus is there with a decent amount of hop bitterness. It's also slightly sweet for a moment. All of the flavors blend in well together, not one overpowers the others.

The mouthfeel is what I like in an IPA. It's pretty thick, and you can almost chew on it.

Overall this is a pretty drinkable beer. It's pretty bitter, which I personally like, but it's not overpowering.

Definitely recommended as a cheap IPA.

Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper and amber color with a firm off white head that dissipates quickly. A light haze as you look through the beer. Some minimal lacing that slides down the glass after each drink.

Smell is citrus hops and a sweet malt. Mild and not a beat down of scents, in fact its a nice mix of hops and malts with a little more evidence of the previous.

Taste is slightly weaker then the nose. I was expecting bigger flavors then there is. Not that there is anything wrong with the taste I just feel the volume is turned down on this one. There is a definite hop flavor with a sweet malt backbone. A reasonable bitterness lingers into the aftertaste with a metallic coppery hint.

What this beer lacks in style it make up for in drinkability. The flavors are agreeable and the medium body makes this a pleasure to drink. Not a big beer but one you can drink a few times without obliterating your taste buds with flavor, spice or bitterness.

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

Golden orange color, nice and white, with okay height of about two fingers. Not bad lacing, although the retention leaves a little to be desired.

I must be congested because I can barely smell this IPA. Mostly floral, APA-like aromas, with a whisper towards enough citrics to make it fun. Caramel-sweet malt is minimal, as the beer's color would indicate.

Disappointingly weak hops make a disappointingly weak IPA. The malt and hops, ironically, are in great balance: they're both sorry. Far too light for style, in terms of ingredients and mouthfeel. Not impressed.

Photo of BeerB4Water
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this at a Flying Dog tasting in conjunction with the #1 Ad Agency in the city. I must admit, I am not a huge fan of the IPA variety...alas...

A: Admittedly, the glass wasn't the cleanest but poured a nice frothy orange. May have been a trick of the eyes due to the orange Steadman labeling.

S: Like golden sunsets.

T: Enough hoppiness to feel it on the sides of your mouth and to recognize it as an IPA.

M: Makes you forget about everything you had to eat that day and every fiber or your mouth concentrates on the distinct light, noticeable flavor.

D: This is the biggest selling point. One of the most drinkable IPAs that I have had in a long time.

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

After reading several extremely-derogatory ratings, I was afraid to even open this one, since I'm not much of a hops-bitterness fan. Well, I was glad for the ultra-hops warning, but ... this turned out to be an extreme delight! Even my ANTI-hops wife seemed to like the initial scent and taste, although she said she didn't like the hops-bite aftertaste, which was expected.

A= orange-ish medium copper, small head.

S= extreme delight of floral hops and citruses with a slight hint of the hops-bitters to follow.

T= WOW, what a rush of hops florals, heavenly. Warrior & Columbus hops used in the process, then dry-hopped with Columbus. Yes, of course followed quickly by the hops-bitters in the swallow. If you like amazing hops florals, you'll love this. More than just hops,it's actually got character and malty depth. There's an interesting taste in here that kept reminding me of something that grows in our lower back yard. I finally identified it-- fresh catnip! Ha ha Wouldn't that be funny and ironic for a Dog-IPA!

M= very floral, citrus, superior hops, and the traditional hops bitterness.

D= very drinkable if you're a floral-hops fanatic.

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

The kings of mediocrity are back with the Snake Dog. Please leave your "flavor of the week" pet at home. An amber color with a pretty good head but no carbonated body sits in front of me. Smells like pine cones and bleach, I am afraid to try this. It's not poison but it might as well be. I think someone put listerine packs in my brew. This beer is the brewery just stabbing in the dark when it comes to an IPA, no consideration on balance at all. Hops out the ass and that is some bitter shit with no complexity throughout. Lack of ingenuity, character, and thought. Might as well just put hops in water and see what happens. Bitter in a bad way, cool artwork can only go so far.

Photo of berserker256
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark orange/gold with a moderate white head with big bubble circles. It really sticks to the side of the glass as I drink it down. It has the hopped-up pine tree aroma associated with I.P.A.s along with a little citrus in there. The flavor contains a pleasant bitterness and citrus hint. This I.P.A. doesn't have a "sour dish rag" stink to it that I've picked up on in other I.P.A.s. This is a good one. Good fizz and a pleasure to drink. But this is the second Flying Dog Ale that I've reviewed that had a different ALC/VOL content on the label than what the site says. My bottle says 7.1%. Nevertheless, This is good beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear golden amber color; really nice. Poured with a full two inch coarse off-white head. Head held and laced pretty thick. Light carbonation.

S: Initially, dominated by herbal hops. Slight sweet, caramel malts balance pretty nicely.

T: Flavor was fairly balanced overall. Up front sweet malt yields to herbal/pine hop finish that ends slightly bitter, but surprisingly clean.

M: Full and thick coating the mouth and tongue in a pleasant warming way. Good hop bite.

D: Clean flavor and hops that aren't overdone makes for a really drinkable IPA.

Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber with a good sized head.

Smell: Sweet citrus aroma with a little mint note?

Taste: This bottle seems to be on the malty side. Sweet and smooth drinking, with enough piney hops at the end to balance it out.

Drinkability: The lower alcohol and balance make this pretty drinkable.

This is a pretty decent IPA, on the balanced side so could be sesssioned. These are usually reasonably priced so I probably will pick this up again.

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

Bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

A- It poured with a 1 finger, dense, off-white head that turned to a fluffed lace that left good sticky rings and a gold-amber body with light-medium carbonation and a clean look.

S- Initially, there were a lot of hops. It was almost like opening a bag of pine-like hop pellets. Some sweet, caramel malts eventually slip through. It could have been more robust.

T- The flavor was fairly balanced overall. Initial malts give way to a pine hop finish that ends dry and clean.

M- It was thick and oily in a good way. It had a full feel with some hop bite.

D- Clean flavor and hops that aren't overdone makes for a good drinker. What I thought was a slightly higher ABV stops you from drinking too many in a single sitting. It could pair well with spicy/greasy food.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.24/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper/ orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, big grapefruity citrus hops. In the taste, sticky-sweet grapefruity hops. A hoppy/ bitter and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a grapefruity hop sweet to dry aftertaste. Big hops, lighter body, good beer, and easy to drink.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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