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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,892 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,892
Reviews: 1,159
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 22
Gots: 291 | FT: 0
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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 hiikeeba
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured up crystal clear golden amber with a dense, long lasting white head

S - Full of citrus hops. Some malt sweetness adds weight to the aroma.

T - Disappointingly mild flavor. I didn't notice any malt flavor, or any flavor at all until the hops come in at the finish.

M - Feels a little thin.

D - I am a bit disappointed with this beer. There seems to be very little malt flavor to balance the hops. It's okay, but not my favorite Flying Dog brand.

Photo of Gehrig
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber body with a thick finger of white foam, nicely lacing the Yankees pint glass. The smell is well-hopped, but also tinged with caramel malt. I expected the taste to be more hopped than it was, although it's pretty good. Yet the aroma emitted enough hop smell to be somewhat of a teaser. I must still conclude that this is pretty good stuff--nicely hopped and with fairly good citrusy taste. The caramel malt emerges well here, balancing Snake Dog in solid if unspectacular fashion. The texture could be somewhat thicker and fuller, a fair detraction.

Still, this is a pretty good AIPA--not top of the line, but not one to refuse. It could and should be bolder, and I'd certainly prefer a stronger allotment of hops in this. However, it's a solid version, and worth a go. Recommended in my book.

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

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A: Typical IPA coloring, half finger of head with lacing, decent looking brew.

S: Not strong for IPA, slightly fruity smell, not much hop on the nose.

T & M: Really nice taste in my opinion. Not overwhelming but hops linger on the tongue and in the mouthful. Pleasantly surprised as some Flying Dogs have left me underwhelmed.

D: Very drinkable for IPA, could definitely drink a few in a sitting. I will definitely be having again.

Photo of Durge
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a rusty amber color with a god size white head of suds, and fair lacing followed. The aroma was not strong or complex but it suggested a decent blend of citrus and malt. The taste was also not very intense, a midland mouthfeel, maybe even on the aqueous side, sort of a peppery sweet citrus with a bready malt accompaniment. Very decent, very drinkable, very nicely carbonated, delivering the necessary quota of citrus hops. But this was not one I would go searching for, just a solid standby for the IPA lover.

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

Aroma: Orange rind and low fruity esters with carmel background notes. Floral hop notes assert as it warms a bit.

Appearance: Bright copper colored pour with a sudsy white cap.

Flavor: Grapefruit rind up front, resiny hop bitterness, a touch of malty sweetness, and a subtle background alcohol note that is well knit together. Finish is bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, a touch oily, with medium high carbonation.

Overall impression: A bitter, hop forward IPA. A touch unbalanced as there is very minimal malt to balance all the hops but it is dry and light enough to be quaffable. Perfect for summer sipping.

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

Snakedog pours a bright, clear, goldy orange color with a nice fuzzy-creamy cap of white with a lemony lean.

Nice, but far from powerful, nose of bright citrusy and fresh piney hops.

Medium bodied with a lightly fuzzy and creamy carbonation. Taste takes a step back from a good nose. It is sweet and grainy malty with to light of a load of fresh orangey grapefruit hops which have a lightly lingering citrus rind bitterness.

After enjoying Doggie Style classic pale ale pretty well I was hoping this would step up into the A range. I was somewhat let down as it did not live up to my expectations. Still a decent IPA and, as always, sweet labels make it worth the purchase.

Photo of gwood
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice copper color with a big head from a bit of a rough pour which resulted in a big pillow of foam with different density in some spots but it all died down quicker than expected to a small sheen on the top of the beer. Nose is pretty much expected, some citrus but also some floral notes along with some odd sour vegetal qualites that I can't put my finger on. There is no freshness date on the bottle and this left me wondering a bit although it didn't seem to come through in the taste. Pretty standard malt middle but the hops are a bit mixed, I can't quite decide where they are going with the hop bill and I'm still not sure if that is good or bad or somewhere in between. At times I almost think there are very light hints of noble or english but they seem to get smacked around with the typical american notes repeatedly after the fact. The finish has a what starts as a clean dryer bitterness but transitions to an odd lingering confusion of hops, slight esters?, and that vegetal taste that I had earlier determined hadn't shown up which in fact has in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but the beer is more drinkable than other 7% ale out there.

Photo of AmishT
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A - Pale amber with a one and a half finger white head that retains decently and leaves behind lots of nice lacing. Crystal clear.

S - A balanced nose: biscuity malts and spicy, herbal hops blend together. Moderately strong aromas.

T&M - Starts off with a somewhat balanced flavor between bready malts and faint spicy hops. I feel that the malts are much more assertive; the hops just barely tickle the palate. The flavors don't last very long, and the finish is thin and watery. Bitter remnants of the flavor coat the palate after swallowing. The carbonation is appropriate. Medium to light bodied.

D - It doesn't have a bad taste; the finish is fairly clean. The body isn't too filling. The abv is a little on the high side. All in all, I think it's a pretty drinkable ale. Just wish it had more hops.

Photo of fitzy84
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Wow, a really good IPA. Had this one from the sampler as well. Great, dark amber appearance with a patchy, somewhat creamy lacing. The aromas were pungently strong with great spice, hops, alcohol and some woody flavoring. The taste is those smells actualized awesomely with a warm, bitter texture that is not too strong or weak. Just right. The mouthfeel helps the flavors a bit, but I felt it was a bit too lacking in body and crispness. A little crisper would not have hurt. Overall, some really great dimensions to this IPA.

Photo of smellsofstout
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bronze in color. Strong hoppy smell with some slight fruit notes. Sharp bite and alot of hops with high carbonation. Tangy on the palate with a long bitter finish maybe a little too bitter. Not that impressed considering what part of the country it comes from.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light orange-amber color with a creamy off-white head that settles slowly and leaves impressive sheets of thin lace.

S: Floral and citrus hops and not a whole lot else. It's a bit too weak, though.

T&M: Some hop bitterness, but without any meaningful flavor. Some slight floral/herbal notes on top of a grain malt base. It's bitter, but not as bitter as an IPA would be, and without the bouquet of hop flavors that one would expect from a quality IPA. The body is closer to medium than light, but this beer would benefit greatly from a bit more carbonation and a longer finish. I like IPAs to have a dryer, longer finish than this one does. There just isn't enough to hold up the flavors.

D: Decent. It's nothing special for an IPA, so I can't go higher here. It's still rather easy to drink. More flavor would definitely make this one a quaffable IPA.

Photo of Baileyuk
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a good beer. Head was good, lacing okay.

Smell was a very pleasant hop smell and the taste gave a slight citrus taste.

Taste was good although the hop I am not a fan of. Please someone beer mail with the type of hop that gives of the slight metallic taste.

That said I liked the beer. It was an easy going IPA that was very pleasant. A good session beer, I went back for a second.

Photo of andreasmwatt
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Nice Dark Copper Color. Head was the best out of flying dog's brewery but still pretty weak. Dissipated fast.

Smell - Very Hoppy. Inhibits a large batch of hops.

Taste - Fairly strong. Reminds me of a 90 minute IPA.

Mouthfeel - Pretty Good Zing. Hits your palate very fast.

Drinkability - If you like IPA's you will enjoy this beer, I am undecided on this beer as of right now. I probably will buy a sixer to find out.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a very clear copper/amber color with about 1 finger of head maybe a tad more.
S-Kinda of light hop scent for an IPA still present but not as "in your face" also a very clean smell (citrus)
T-Bitter the hops don't really present themselves very well in the start or finish kinda of leaves a dry taste slight hint of grapfruit.
M-Goes down easy enough good carbonation level but is not overly smooth again kind of bitter.
D-With all the IPA's out there i love i could not see me reaching for this one on a very often basis i'd probably go for their APA even over their IPA.

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

Had this on tap last week at Holmes and Watson in Troy.

A: Nice copper IPA color. A finger of white head on top of the pint glass. Lacing.

S: Smelled like fresh hops and perhaps something else. Citrus and fresh cut grass.

T: While not a complex or overly hoppy IPA I found it to be good. The hops are pure westside citrus. Finished bitter.

M: Nice medium body good amount of carbonation.

D: On our groups tab there were 15 of these on there. Nuff said.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear copper, with a small 1 finger head that disappeared quickly to a collar. Moderate lacing.

S - Floral/grassy/piney hops with a touch of nuttiness in the background. Faint pale malt as well.

T - Nothing remarkable. Same floral hop flavors from the nose come through followed by breif semi-sweet malt, finishing up with a peppery kick before falling into useless and offensive bitterness. A moderate earthy flavor lingers.

M - Well carbonated and medium thin. The abundance of carbonation really amps up the bitterness, as does the thinness.

D - No more of these, please. It starts out pleasant enough but the lack of complexity on top of a pretty rough bitterness makes t his brew tricky.

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

1 1/4" off-white head falls quickly to a cap. Thin lacing. Copper penny color with good clarity.Pine tree, grapefruit and late orange blossom mix with sweet creamy malt. HInt of caramel. Pine and herbal hops from start to finish in flavor. Smooth vanilla and creamy malt. Lingering bitterness. Light bodied IPA, medium carbonation with prickly bitterness on the tongue. The lightness of this IPA makes it sessionable ... pretty good drinkability.

Photo of avalon07
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured this beer from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a bright amber color and a small amount of head. Average lacing.

S: This beer had an aroma of hops, malt and some citrus. Decently well done.

T: The taste had a nice bite from the hops and also a slight lemon tang. Not a hugely complex or powerful flavor, but good.

M: A fairly high amount of carbonation and a slick finish. This is an above medium-bodied beer.

D: This is a drinkable beer, but there are better IPAs out there. It goes down easy, but it isn't exactly the most complex beer of its style. Still, a decent brew.

Photo of TerryW
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big frothy head and some lace as we go,clear golden brown - not a bad looking beer.

Aroma is gentle, grapefruit hops over sweet malt and a hint of grain. Has a bit off a medicinal off note though, that carries through to the taste of the beer. Hops over top of malt, follwed by some bitterness, and then some weird thing that ruins the moment. I enjoy IPA's and this one is right in there until the odd smell/taste creeps in. Drinks okay, but finishes poorly. Look for a better IPA.

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

ok, first off here it says it's 5.8% but on the bottle i have it says 7.1% pours a pretty deep amber with a nice frothy head. very nice looking. smells of sweet malt and very hoppy, i detect some cascade hops in there. very yummy. decent lacing. taste is smooth malt with a very nice hop balance, the hops are not too much it's a nice balance. yet a nice bittering after bite. I like this IPA, it's funny too because from the look of the bottle i was thinking it was going to be some macro version of an IPA, but it's quite good. I will buy this again, and recommend it to people. thanks Flying Dog much respect.

Photo of TroyS
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked-up this Snake Dog IPA by Flying Dog Brewing Company from The Wine Garden in Blackfoot, Idaho. This sucker has a monster head to it. Very fluffy and simple head. This sea foam sticks around for a bit. The smell of this one was quite complex and light for this style of beer.

I really like the color of this brew. It's nice and deep yet light brown. Does that make sense? These reviews would be cool if you could upload a picture and/or video. Anyhow...it's a brownish light amber color; it's a bit cloudy, but the mouthfeel is thin and carries some alcohol. I'd say that this one needs more hoppy oil mouth vs. the alcohol and thinness that I've found.

I'd better get off this one before I forget that it's a good brew. I'v enjoyed this beer many times and will again I'm sure.

An afterthought...this is an earthy IPA. It's not super hoppy. This sucker has some floaties in there, but still not a huge beer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours crystal clear golden amber with a dense white head of about 1/4" that stays with the brew for the whole experience. Good lacing.

S: Mix of citrus and flowery hops is most prominent with some underlying pale malt. Light whiffs of alcohol can also be detected.

T&M: Sharp hops accentuate a mostly dry malt flavor with a medium weight on the tongue. There's a bit of a slick disposition with this and there was a clear alcohol presence in the linger. The initial portion of the finish was rather bitter with hops, but enjoyably so. Carbonation is relatively light and well matched for the most part.

D: I always find detectable levels of alcohol on the palate slightly annoying and the closer to the bottom I got, the more pronounced it was. Loved the hops! Great malts! Could use less of the phenolic taste.

Photo of osi
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beautiful one inch head that settled into a yeasty inspired lace. Trace hung on the sides with ease. Nice golden brown body

S - Sweet caramel malts coupled with piney hops. There is the added sweet aroma that I love from an American IPA and Pales. Subtle hints of barley and citrusy grapefruit.

T - More hops than malts hints of roasted barley. Finishes bitter with the grapefruit seeping in.

M - Pretty highly carbonated with a finish that likes to hang around. Bitterness hangs around quite a bit.

D - I was skeptical when I first started this beer. The barley seemed to be taking over the back end of the beer but the more that I dove in, the more the elements meshed together seamlessly.

This brew was put together very well but it isn't one I would go out of my way to get. Have to try at least one though.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber to burnt orange. Thin, eggshell-colored head that fades quickly. Sticky lines of horizontal lacing. Mild carbonation.

Floral citrus aroma with notes of grapefruit.

Rather one sided: All hoppy bitterness. No significant malt presence.

Crisp mouthfeel. Sharp, bitterness in the aftertaste that lingers entirely too long. For that reason, I have to put Snake Dog's drinkability on a short leash.

Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber, off-white creamy head. Somewhat typical appearance, but decent.

S: A bit earthy, rather mild hops aroma, and a little grainy nose.

T + M + D: An herbal hop oil flavour, a decent bitterness, a bit of malty balance which seems a little strange, but not a bad thing. Some mild carbonation that could be a bit more lively. Medium body, and ultimately a decent enough drink. I'd have it over plenty of others, but would have an equal number of others rather than it.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,892 ratings.