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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,859 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,859
Reviews: 1,156
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 251 | 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 Rootdog316
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake Dog pours a clear amber color with a big off-white head. The aroma is of caramel malt, grape and is floral. The taste is of caramel malt, grape, pine and a bit sweet, although well balanced. Medium body with a sweet dry hoppy finish. Not a bad IPA at all.

Photo of sholland119
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear medium orange color with a moderate creamy head. Some decent lacing.

S-Some modest citrusy hop aromas. Not too powerfl on the nose.

T-A nice moderate hoppiness throughout. Some malty balance in the finish along with some moderate bitterness. Less hop character than I might have expected for the style.

M-nice and light, moderate carbonation. Leaves a slight bitterness on the tongue.

D-A little bland but could certainly fill the bill as a session brew.

I guess this is more of an English style mild IPA than an American hop blast. It's nice enough but not really memorable.


Photo of stewart124
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice clear pale amber color with thick white head. This leaves a nice lacing along the glass.

Smells of centennial hops: strong citrus, pear, and ever-so-slight pine in the nose.

Taste is fairly big at first but not quite the body I was expecting. Hops seem strong in the bittering but fade. Balance of caramel malts and hops bolds well. I'm picking up juicy pears and a sweetness from the malt. Very slight bready character in the end. Leans towards grainy.

Aftertaste is a strong bittering of pine and grapefruit.

I think this is a drinkable American ale but it is a bit weak for an IPA and could fit into an amber or pale ale. Still a solid beer though.

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

Pours a hazy golden amber with minimal frothy head that disippated quickly leaving a quite a bit of lacing.
Not overpowering but a moderate citrus and piney hop smell are definitly there.
High carbonation and medium body, smooth going down with a little tart, bitterness in the aftertaste.
I liked it.

Photo of Lothore
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear orangish color with a small fizzy head.

S- Smell consists mostly of piney hops.

T- Starts out with piney hops, moves into a bit of a bland area in the middle and finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

M- Medium viscosity with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is an easy drinker. Not the most complex or interesting brew but nothing too offensive about it. I'd drink another.

Photo of dsa7783
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a lucid, clear, copper/amber color with a minimal frothy head that soon receded, leaving a fair amount of lacing...
Strong pine and hop aroma bursting through... the pine essence is really noticeable with this one, dominating the overall smell...
Slightly unblanaced taste with a strong bittersweet, honey and vanilla flavor pervaded by hops and florals along with bittersweet grapefruit...
A good mouthfeel, crisp and clean, led to an equally good level of drinkability... this one went down effortlessly and was enjoyable and very drinkable without any cloying or interfering factors...
Certainly not the best IPA I've sampled, but a good rendition nonetheless...
Worth a try...

Photo of gmfessen
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, golden-amber color with a dense, pillowy head. The smell is all American hops; grapefruit, orange and pine come to mind - nice. The taste is an excellent bouquet of formerly said hops, citrusy with a good malt base that balances the beer. Not a hop bomb by any means, but a great tasting AIPA. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy carbonation. A very drinkable beer, this is one of my new favorite Flying Dog brews!

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

Gold amber and crystal clear. Fluffy beige head with sticky lacing.

Great ipa aroma. Solid hops presence. Bready, yet rubbery aromas. Really nice.

Warrior hops, and ther'es others too, im sure. Citrus (orange and lime) with a pine background. Starts out with high carbonation and a medium body. Finish is nice and bitter.

I am really enjoying this IPA, and I actually didn't think it would compare with the big PacNW IPA's that I am surrounded by.

Good drinking. Smooth and mouthwatering. I have often avoided flying dog, just because i see it all the time, both on east and west coast. But now I will seriously consider this IPA against Stone, DFH, and other favorites.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass, also it says 7.1 ABV on the bottle but only 5.83 here on beer advocate, did they change the beer or is it just mislabeled here.

A: Pours a clear and dark mahogany pretty much the same color as the Victory I just tried. The head is thick and has lots of big bubbles with what looks to be supremely sticky lacing. The head disappears in a few minutes to nothing and leaves little lacing.

S: Woah, this is a lot different than the Hop Devil and smacks you over the head with a hop hammer, super piny and peppery grapefruit, just intense.

T/MF: This is a pretty interesting beer right here, it is intensely piny in its hop profile with a strong grassy (almost earthy) background profile as well. The finish is long and lets the hops show their stuff again as they are a bit mellower, but damn if this one is a bit one sided.

D: Uh I like the nose on this one, the hops are a bit too intense or at least I don't like the style of hops used here, just a bit to medicinal for my tastes, not as juicy or piny or nutty as I was expecting and hoping for.

Photo of alamode
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no date into an American pint

A - nice amber color, white head that disappears and leaves some lacing, lots of carbonation

S - smells really good, better than expected, piney hops, some malt, very fresh

T - citrus fruit, floral hops, slight malt, more alcohol than expected (is this really under 6% ABV?), nice bitterness, slightly above average balance. amazing clean-up, expected more hops.

M - good mouthfeel, carbonation, doesn't destroy your mouth, cleans up after itself

D - definitely could session this one, very drinkable, it makes a good fail-safe. my first from this brewery, I liked it.
I would buy again and try their other offerings.

Photo of ballewblake
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured semi aggressive to get a decent head into a Bush Noel glass. Transparent and litely carbonated light amber color with a full head that hit the top of the glass. Head recedes pretty quick to a lite ring around the top of the brew. Excellent piney hops in the smell, smells like an IPA. Maybe cascade? might be a bad idea here, but followed this with a DFH 120 so even after cleaning the palette the following is what I'm getting. Hops hitting me heavy after a waff of carbonation rolls off my tongue, bitterness hits after that. Love smelling this between drinks, smells a little bitter after time, but I'm digging it. Getting some light wood flavors, harsh citrus notes, and bitters flaring on the sides of my tongue, but I almost think the carbonation is too strong. Defiantly getting a bitter aftertaste from the hops here. Overall I think the carbonation is too heavy after getting through it, might be because my tongue is dead from the 120, but I don't have another in the fridge to compare later. Maybe I'll edit the review on a clean palette later. Not a bad IPA by any means.

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

First off this is an excelent tasting beer by my standards.. But for the style

A- Golden brown or copperish in color with a small head that dissapated quickly to good lacing

S- Definately hoppy smell but not overpowering, intriguing.

T&M- A punch of hopps in the beginning with a malty, smooth, clean finish. Definately not a powerful hoppy taste when compared to other IPA's

D- Great Drinkability, light and smooth, also tasty.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog- Snake Dog IPA

A- Light golden copper with a small filmy head.
S- Caramel malt with a touch of pine hops.
T- Sweet candy caramel malt with a fresh pine hop pellet flavor.
M- Sweet and chewy with an good malt hop balance. Flavors are light/ subdued.

Overall- A watery IPA, easy to drink and subdued. Not bad, just needs a hop infusion.

Photo of manleyphoto
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have a soft spot for troublemakers. I like a little punk-rock, thumb to nose insubordination, especially when it serves as a business model. The Flying Dog brewery in Denver has made a habit of raising the hackles of the brewing industry and just about every regulatory committee it has come up against. That's just the kind of iconoclast I can really get behind.
The Colorado breweries association with their neighbor, writer and fellow rabble-rouser, the late Hunter S. Thompson and the brewery's labels, illustrated by longtime Thompson artistic collaborator Ralph Steadman have solidified their place as "gonzo" muckrakers. One example of their abrasive tactics revolves around a six-year legal battle to get approval for their Road Dog Porter that included an expletive on the label. With the help of the ACLU, Flying Dog won the fight and kept right on stirring up the water.
Snake Dog IPA is the on the bitter-end of the brewery's core lineup of beer. As would be expected from an American IPA the hops are at the forefront of the beer, but Snake Dog offers quite a bit of sweet-malt and the hops end up being downright bashful in comparison to other IPA's on the shelves. The beer pours a lovely bright amber-orange and has a nice aroma of American citrusy hops with hits of stone fruit, or apricot. The beer is a thick full bodied drinker with a malt balance twinged with caramel sweetness more typical of an English beer than an American. The finish is big and full with a lingering sweetness that is pleasing to the palate. I like snake dog because it bucks the trend of thin-body hop bombs that are in vogue with American brewers. In the hands of an iconoclast, even the standard IPA can take a different direction.

Photo of JDV
2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Rich honey orange pour with lasting offwhite head. Smell is sweet grassy, soapy hops, bordering on some spices. More pale ale like, I thought, than an IPA, but with notes of clove, some hops and sweetness. Not one of my favorite IPAs by far, but drinkable. Wouldn't really recommend.

Photo of srobertson59
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle:

A - Pours a very clear burnt orange with frothy one finger off-white foam. Foam subsides slowly, but leave little lacing.

S - Grainy with a hint of hops. A bit of caramel malt and notes of citrus zest.

T - Something's wrong. All of the hints from the nose are there, but they get scrambled on the tongue. The sweetness is there; the bitterness is there (more of an ESB bitter); the citrus is there; but the hops seem too hidden. Alcohol is too overpowering (in flavor, not ABV). Reminds me of when I get my Old Spice aftershave on my lips...tingly bitter alcohol.

M - Creamy, but thin. The alcohol seems to wash away any potential to this brew. Thankfully, the flavors remain on the tongue well after the swallow, but the alcohol seems to scatter them and keeps them from being complex.

D - Good beer...or at least it wants to be. All of the makings are there for a very tasty brew. It's a shame that the alcohol seems to whisk the blends away from the palate.

I will have to try this one again. It seems that everything that I like in an IPA is there, but this one didn't seem to come together for me. The individual flavors never blended for that IPA complexity that I've come to like.

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Snake Dog pours a clear golden color with a sea foam head with some encompassing lacing.

The aroma is of orange peel and hops. The taste is thin bodied with a maltiness in the front and raw hop bitterness on the back end. Not a bad IPA I am just used to one with more character and a better hop presence.

Photo of genog
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orange color with plenty of white head resting on top. Slight amount of lacinig stays for the session. Aroma is sweet with plenty of citrus. A lot of delicious grapefruit is heavily pronounced in the nose. Not too overpowering malty sweetness, but the taste remains very sweet with a slight citrus ending. Very watery mouth feel, but still very tasty.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown and copper in color. No head, but plenty of good lacing. Smell is hops, mostly piney and "cleaner" in smell. Taste is bitter hops with some decent basic malts helping out. A beer that you would expect on draft at a sports pub. Where the focus isn't on the beer, but it's along for the ride. Eh.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear red amber, some head which fades quickly, some lace.

citrus and piney hop. hint of grains and malt? maybe? got a whiff of fresh varnish on a couple sips...

taste has similar hop character, but like the previous beer i just tried (canned snapperhead IPA), seems a bit muddled. ...but certainly not subdued though. it definitely tries to make a statement, but kind of at the expense of the all-too-subtle malt profile, which only barely pulls through. i suppose it's okay though, overall. bitterness peaks before the aftertaste, but otherwise is moderate throughout.

pretty smooth, very slight astringency. carbonation is moderate to low.

a (maybe slightly-better-than-) average american IPA

Photo of tronester
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a thin off-white head. Smells of citrus and pine. Taste is hoppy, doesnt have quite the same hop taste as most IPA's, but still good. Also a bit of biscuity malt, with a earthy taste as well. There is also a tiny hint of chalkyness. The mouthfeel is average, and the carbonation is a tiny bit rough, but nothing too bad. Pretty drinkable, I could drink a few of these. Not my favorite Flying Dog Ale, but a decent beer that I would drink again.

Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Parents brought this back from Total Wine in VA on their way down south.

Poured from a 12oz. bottles.

Appearance: Huge, foamy head fills glass. Tried to pour more slowly but no dice. Weird because it was in the fridge for a couple of weeks. As it finally receds, golden body shows. Nice appearance but the immense head is a bit off-putting (took a good 5 minutes to pour) Lace clings to glass.

Smell: Pungent citrus aroma with some hops for good measure.

Taste: Hoppy bitterness with a small wood-like feel & citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Hops are consistent throughout, nice spiciness as it warms.

Drinkability: Smooth, not too aggressive. I would certainly have another.

Overall: A nice solid IPA, good balance to it. Starting to really like this brewer.

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

Appearance - Poured into a glass, this beer has a nice thick 2 finger head that recedes slowly but has excellent lace that clings like a magnet to the glass. The color wasn't to amazing, however, keeping it from being a 5 in my book.

Smell - A classic IPA here, nice crisp hop notes come through with a hint of citrus or lime.

Taste - The taste on this one is quite nice with an excellent balance, in my opinion, of hops and malt. On the back end of the pallette on the finish it is a little bitter but it works will with the long finish.

Mouthfeel - Spot on in my book, this one is excellent. The carbonation is excellent on each of my senses was taken for a smooth ride.

Drinkability - I will definitely plan on drinking these again in the future. The only thing that kept it from being 4.5-5's was the somewhat bitter finish on the back of the pallet. A great session brew, in my opinion.

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

12oz bottle. sampled jan 20/08.

pours crystal clear deep amber colour with a large dense off-white head. the head is very slow to drop and leaves a sheet of lace as it falls, with rings the whole way down the glass.

aroma is good. grapefruit and pine. big bready malt. alcohol. light citrus sweetness. bit of caramel. biscuit.

taste is good. grapefruit and a touch of pine again. light alcohol. orange zest. bread and biscuit malt. bit of caramel sweetness. medium bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced and very drinkable. i was picking up sixers of this one all summer whenever i was in detroit. wish it was available locally and i'd be drinking it all the time. a solid american ipa.

Photo of tab021
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: amber/red color with medium lasting head.

S: very unremarkable didnt smell like anything besides a tiny bit of hops.

T: fruity hoppy with HUGE flavor, i could see how some would like this beer, but not really for me at all. Long lasting flavor which is seemingly fruity with lasting bitterness

M: Medium body with light carbonation

D: there is no way i could drink even a whole bottle of it. For some reason it does not work for me. I like most everything from flying dog, but this is my least favorite of the sampler

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,859 ratings.