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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

2,736 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,736
Reviews: 1,148
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 186 | 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 williamherbert
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA has a nice, appealing light orange color. Pretty clear, but still has that bit of slight haziness. Looks like Triaminic cough syrup. One finger of head takes its coat off and sticks around for a while. Appealing carbonation. Some specks of lace.

Solid bitter hop smell with just a hint of citrus. Hops dominate, and esters come out as a secondary scent. Also woody "notes" after the fact.

Bitter, woody hop flavor. Nice yeast base. Quite bitter indeed. Slight metallic/chemical taste that I have found to be common for this brewery; not in a bad way. Tastes like an Imperial IPA.

Medium bodied and "wet" feeling. Slightly fizzy, with a bit. Thickens at the end. Quite buoyand on the tongue. It's a very good drink. Maybe too thick for more than two in a row, but definitely good enough.

williamherbert, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of daliandragon
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Flying Dog offering pours a bright copper with a rocky foamy finger of head and aggressive, sticky lacing. Nose is pine tinged hops with a very strong citrus flavor, like lemon peel or pulp. Overall enough originality to be interesting but solid and recognizable as an American IPA.

Strong, assertive hop presence with piney bitterness through the sip. Slight citrus twinge and smooth mouthfeel without overcarbonation or any bells and whistles, just straight hop attack. Nothing imaginative about the taste, but solid and drinkable. My second favorite of these puppies after the Gonzo porter.

daliandragon, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of Alexmc2
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours a golden orange with a light cream colored head. Smell is of floral hops and citrus. Beer tastes a bit unbalanced with the malt and hops just fighting it out rather than complimenting each other. Typical mouthfeel, nothing to write home about. While I wouldn't turn down this beer when offered one, there are better examples of the style out there.

Alexmc2, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of phishgator
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good session brew.

It poured out into a pint glass. Large foamy head. The color was a nice amber/copper. The aroma of earthy hops is present. The aroma is pleasant. The taste is the fruity hops up front and the malt comes through quickly thereafter. The body isn't a medium, but I wouldn't call it thin. The alcohol and taste allow for you to have quite a few before you call it quits.

phishgator, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of Procrastinator
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Copper-orange colored body with off-white 1" head offers a very refreshing look. Head recedes to leave layered lacing on sides of glass with dollop of foam to remain for most of this beer.

Smell: Mild piney hops with grassy notes. Rinds of grapefruit, lemon or orange. Slight grain sweetness.

Taste: Well balanced hop bitterness to nutty dry sweetness. Biscuit maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Nice dryness on the tongue at finish.

Drinkability: Easy drinking "sessionable" beer with flavor that is not overpowering. I've been drinking this beer for years, even before visiting their brewpub in 2000. Always look forward to picking up a six-pack.

Procrastinator, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of brushpig
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had one as part of a mixed 12-pack, found at hahns Liquors,Chicago.

Reddish amber color with very light head that left quickly.

Aroma of fowers, light fruit, malts and hops.

Taste was sweet at first followed by hops and biscuit malts. The body was quite thin. Not bad, but something is missing. Like a good bite, or balence.Something?

Definitely drinkable, but one can do better.

brushpig, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, bar pour yields a thin head yet with decent retention and spotty lacing capping a transparent amber color with no carbonation. Piney hops on the nose along with some sweet malt, not bad here. Good piney hops flavor with some sweet malt to balance thing out, dry bitter crisp finish. Good, solid, APA flavor here. Mouth is wet, slick, and mid-bodied. Drinkability is good; this is a tasty and smooth and easily sessionable.

Overall: A solid pale ale, largely unremarkable but decent. Good one for just enjoying and not worrying about much else. Worth a try.

jettjon, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of mooseisloose
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy bronze with a nice foamy and clingy head. Smells very malty and the bitterness of the hops is evident in the smell. The taste has a great balance of the sweetness and bitterness. Flavor is consistent throughout, no variance from first hitting the lips to the finish, rare for a beer of this type. Very fresh and surprisingly light on weight but not on flavor. Carbonation is perfect. A delicious brew. I will seek out again.

mooseisloose, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

It poured a nice amber color with a 2-3 finger eggshell colored head that stayed for a while.
The smell of hops and grapefruit was fantastic (and fairly strong), not much else there though.
There is a nice grapefruity hop bitterness and a little crystal malt sweetness and then it fades away to nothing. No complaints on the taste; I want to tatste hops from an IPA, but there isnt too much else here. Not as hoppy as the smell leads you to believe.
Kind of thin bodied. But I really like this IPA, I could drink it all day.

IPAcraig, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this 12 oz bottle from a pint glass. The color was a nice light orange with a 1" white head. The appearance was very nice. The nose was strange with a little hops and something else I couldn't quite place. The taste was a little malty to me but I could also taste the hops. The beer was pretty sessionable and I ate some aged sharp cheddar with it which really seemed to complement the beer. For some reason I kept thinking "they should make a Double Snake Dog" and that would be good.

ArrogantB, Feb 28, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- clear dark straw in color w/ a 2 finger fluffy white ehad, very good retent, lace on glass, head settles to little ring.

S- grapefruit, citrus, some malt, fresh

T- malts up front that slowly becomes citrusy, citrus in background even during malt front, bread like malts, tame citrus hop bitterness, grapefruit finish and after

M- smooth, light bodied, sticky finish

d- sessionable, hoppy but tame, great nose, feels like something is missing up front, but enjoyable none the less, can't say i wouldn't have it again or that i wouldn't recommend it, pleasing

tonistruth, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of TheBierBand
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gift from the same sampler pack as I received the Tire Bite. I love my friends! Not just because they give me beer....

Poured this from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Immediately arose a thick 2" head that stuck around nicely! Color was an orangy amber. The head settled down while leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

From the smell, you could tell that this was going to be a hoppy offering. A bit of pine and just a hint of grapefruit.

Taste was very interesting! The hops were there (not as pronounced as I expected). The citrus bitter grapefruit came out at the end. In between, there was an interesting hint of sweetness that came through making for a complexity however, it was quickly overcome by the hoppy bitterness.

Actually quite refreshing! The mouthfeel was nice and robust. I did not note a thin-ness like many of the other reviewers suggesting that maybe the formulation had changed recently with this beer.

Overall, I would try this beer again. It's drinkability is very good.

TheBierBand, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of lehows
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

lehows, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of RevDru
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

RevDru, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of Neehan
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Neehan, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of EagleTalon
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

EagleTalon, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

BigJTrucker, Feb 08, 2007
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

SaCkErZ9, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

jcdiflorio, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of Hibernator
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hibernator, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of BeerSox
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

BeerSox, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of TechMyst
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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...

TechMyst, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of jackorain
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

jackorain, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of stephendr
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

stephendr, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of mentor
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

mentor, Jan 18, 2007
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,736 ratings.