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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,602 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,602
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 122 | 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 RedwoodGeorge


3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If the Ralph Steadman artwork on the label doesn't scare you off, you might just be surprised with a pleasant - if not challenging - India Pale Ale.

The beer pours a golden-yellow that's just a few shades deeper than straw with a heavy, sticky head of white foam. The head breaks down quickly enough but it leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The nose doesn't offer much - there's a few clean notes of pine and citrus but they're pretty subdued. No real malt notes to speak of and no other scents that you'd normally expect. At first I thought the beer might have been served too cold but even as it approached room temperature there still wasn't much nose.

Once it hits your tongue, though, this is a pretty drinkable IPA. The malt character was a bit on the weak side but the hops were strong and smooth. There was an interesting note of green apple in this brew that actually made it quite refreshing. The beer was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation to freshen up with each drink. While this isn't one of those "hop monster" IPA's that we all like to torment ourselves with it's certainly much stronger than your typical Pale Ale.

The true yardstick is how you feel when you finish the bottle and my response was "wow, I'm pleasantly surprised. I'd certainly have one of those again!" This beer was tasty, smooth and had a very nice mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2005 05:24:46 | More by RedwoodGeorge
Photo of Shaw


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

Looks good after pouring. It's cooper-colored with a pretty head that quickly reduces to a thin layer of foam in my glass. It has a nice hoppy smell, but I wish it were a bit stronger.

The taste is interesting. It's bitter -- as expected -- but a little "thin." I wish there were more flavor than the very light malt notes to help out the bitter flavors. The body is also a little thin. I guess Flying Dog should have put a few more pounds of malt into the mash.

Overall this is an above-average American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2005 06:22:33 | More by Shaw
Photo of francisweizen


2.25/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Muddy, ruddy brown/amber with a big sticky head of foam. Aromas are of dirty water (no joke), and some sort of sickly sweet malt and hop combination. The taste is icky, with bad water, and sweet, tainted hops making this taste like horrible-ness. Mouthfeel is average but drinkability is horrible, as the aromas and flavors of this beer are just wrong. My first flying dog beer, from a super-fresh 12ouncer. I'm not interested in trying their other beers! (Well *maybe* the wild dog)

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2005 22:59:09 | More by francisweizen
Photo of GClarkage


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

12/22/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with some weird ass snake-dog mutation of an animal. Suprised it didn't give me nightmares last night. Code of 020A05 at the bottom of the bottle. Poured into my Moab Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Amber brew with a smaller head and less than average lacing.

Smell- This one definitely smelled yeasty. It had that kind of yeast smell I don't particularly like. Other than that, some fruity hops.

Taste- More on the conservitive end when it comes to hops. Not as intense as I enjoy. Flavors of lemon and orange come out.

Mouthfeel- Thicker than your average IPA, well carbonated and goes down without a problem.

Drinkability- Overall, besides the smell, a pretty average, run of the mill IPA. Decent, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2004 17:31:26 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Hagbard


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a very thin head. Not very much lacing results as the glass is emptied. The aroma is on the weak side, but what is there seems nice. A bit of floral hops with a malt touch to the background. The taste begins with a touch of bitterness before a segue into a floral hop aspect. The bitterness stays present in the background. Throughout, the malt background stays constant, providing nice blance. This IPA is not nearly as complex or hoppy as some, but it is still a very tasty brew, one that I genuinely enjoyed drinking. I imagine this would be a great choice to show someone "what an IPA tastes like," not too overpowering but still exhibiting the trademark hp bite in the taste. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2004 19:40:33 | More by Hagbard
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

You know what's weird? I had the Flying Dog Pale Ale on tap a few weeks ago, and then I had the bottle version of their IPA today. The relative hoppiness in the Pale is greater.

It's strange. This IPA did not taste like an American IPA to me. Maybe, just maybe, it could have been classified as an English IPA.

The beer poured a deep golden color. There was not that much of an aroma though, and most of the aroma was dominated by a caramel malt nose.

The beer was well balanced, albeit a little off-balanced for an IPA. What seemed to be lacking was a strong hop presence upfront... perhaps a strong dose of bittering hops needed.

The beer was medium bodied, and seemed to be slight in carbonation.

Overall, it was a very drinkable beer, even though it seemed a bit out of style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2004 18:44:32 | More by Sixpoint
Photo of NeroFiddled


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

Snake Dog IPA was a disappointment to me. I like most of the Flying Dog beers, but this one just falls short of my expectations. I thought of it more as an extra-hopped amber ale than a true IPA. It's slightly hazy golden body rests beneath a frothy head of off-white that holds fairly well and and leaves some nice splotchy lace about the glass. The nose delivers a caramelish and biscuity malt that's fluffed with leafy and mildly floral hops (seems like Fuggles to me), but regardless, it's very English in nature. The body is medium and it's soft and slightly creamy across the palate; again, very English in nature. The flavor is full and bold, with it's sweetish caramel malts dominating at first; followed by earthy, leafy, and even mineral-like hops towards the swallow and into the lingering finish. The bitterness is well-balanced, however, and once that initial note of sweet malt is reigned in it slowly waltzes to a long and dry hoppy finish. (I keep thinking Fuggles, and I'm not fond of Fuggles.... so maybe it's just me!).

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2004 02:12:39 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of arizcards


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

This was part of the mixed case of flying dog brews purchased at Costco in the late summer.

Apprearance is amber, poured an initially nice head that dissapated quickly but is leaving a nice lacing in my glass. Nose is of floral hops and of malt that has a buiscuity tone to it. Taste is of a slightly unbalanced match of citrus, malts, and dry hops. Mouthfeel is reasonably full, the beer awakens the palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good. It is a fine beer for a tailgate but is something I would not go after to enjoy after a hard day's labor.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 00:14:16 | More by arizcards
Photo of cncbofh


2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thin, lazy white head that clings to the side of the glass tightly.
Noticeable hoppy scent, hardly noticeable malt, slightly astringent.

This beer is too bitter for my tastes. Not well balanced with malt of hops flavor. The hops were used too much to bitter this brew, rather than flavor it. The alcohol is warming and doesn't seem to interfere much. Not a great example of what I think an American IPA should be.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2004 22:48:54 | More by cncbofh
Photo of BrewMaster


2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle it displays a golden color with almost no head. There's a light floral and piney hop scent with a bit of malt a roma as well. The flavor has a light hop bitterness to begin but it fades fast into a thin malt flavor. It is smooth with a sweet, clean finish but it lacks the body to leave a good flavor in the mouth. Overall, this is just not a good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2004 17:35:41 | More by BrewMaster
Photo of mobyfann


2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Paid $1.49 for a single...

The beer pours a pure amber base with a small white head, good rentention but minimal lacing effects. The aroma was a decent mix of hops, one would expect this from any IPA though.

The taste just didn't do it for me in any way, after the beer relased down the throat the taste was a blast of alcohol, thus leaving that as an aftertaste. Before this aftertaste, the IPA works, but that's it. Mouthfeel is just average, a little rough in the mouth and it isn't highly drinkabile, I wouldn't drink another at all.

Final Thought: This was disappointing, after the first drink I took I wish I would have chosen the Anchor Liberty to review instead... Not a good beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 02:13:16 | More by mobyfann
Photo of longarm


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

Great amber color and thick carbonation. The foam doesn't just stick to the sides of the glass, but clumps and juts-out over the amber liquid bubblin below.

Aroma has toasted malt attributes with mild hops and a slight touch of alcohol. Since it's an IPA, I would rather catch a little more hops with each smell, but it's still above average average.

Somewhat uninteresting Flavor. Moderate hop bitterness and mild to moderate hop flavor. Malt flavors are a little nutty with some touches of toasted/biscuit malts. A light alcohol taste on the finish fits the style.

The body is a little thin, but not too detracting.

It's a mild IPA, but seems to be a good example of a beer that's greater than the sum of its parts. In spite of its weaknesses, this is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 16:04:49 | More by longarm
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

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

pours a slightly watered down looking amber colour. body looks crisp but not full. the head is nice and thick and very sticky here. at first whiff a nice aroma of sweet hops comes out, but subsequent whiffs are met with a struggle to find anything above a thin layer of sweetness and hop. weird how that first one is the only good whiff you get. anyway, the flavour is quite nice: floral hops with a nice earthy malt background. the finish has a bit of a sweet (and juicy) spice kick to it. in terms of hop levels, i'd say this one is middle of the road, but can still be pleasing to everyone. mouthfeel is just about right here. this one is failry nice overall. it's a step up in terms of boldness (though not thoroughly bold by any means) from something like harpoon ipa, which seems to have targeted the masses in recent years and dumbed itself down a bit. i certainly wouldn't mind a few more of these. the best flying dog offering i've had thusfar.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2004 03:57:44 | More by guinness33
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden with a two finger head that settles nicely,I pick up some grapfruit in the aroma from the large dose of hops with some nuttiness that lingers as well.Taste is pretty blazee,not much going on here some soapiness and some zesty hop in the aftertaste thats it Iam still tryin to get get more from this beer but nuttin.Man Flying Dog really needs to check themselves there beers are pretty lackluster.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2004 00:09:29 | More by oberon
Photo of mynie


4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog gets a bad rap, if you ask me. All their beers are at least decent examples of style, and some are even exceptional. This beer falls somewhere in between.

Very pretty amber, full head, great retention, full lacing.

Smells sweet with hints of corn and citrus. Tastes bittersweet, with that great IPA hop bite that I've come to love. Very nice bitter aftertaste.

If there's anything wrong with this beer it's that its body is a little thin. Aside from that, this is one damn fine Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 03:59:48 | More by mynie
Photo of Andreji


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake dog IPA is one other among the Bogota Airlift.

The appearance was very much following the pattern of the american micros i've tried, which is an amber like tone with a medium head, sort of tan and consistent.

The smell is not all that strong, giving off malts and hops mostly, in a moderate fashion.

The taste, despite this being my first IPA, was very much what i'd expect for an average Pale Ale. the brew wasn't magnificent, with a lot of malty sweetness combined with a strong flavour/mouthfeel experience from the hops, making it a decent experience.

Snake dog is certainly "worth a try", but not necessarily a premium.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2004 00:09:33 | More by Andreji
Photo of farHillsBrewer


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

A decent IPA with a cool label that can entertain the drinker.

It pours golden amber with thin white head and leaves a thin lace line after each swallow. It pleases the way an IPA should with solid malt sweetness blending with a slightly roastiness.
It transitions into a pleasing hop bite that has some length.
I found it quite drinkable as well, and would easily do another.

But, there are so many better IPA's available. This one fits somewhere about the middle of IPA territory.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2004 18:31:58 | More by farHillsBrewer
Photo of HopHeadKen


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

Poured Clear Orange Copper color with ivory foam head.
Good Hop Aroma, but not overwhelming. Bottom of bottle
was clean, so this beer does not appear to be 'bottle conditioned'
that might explain why it is clearer that some other IPA's that
I have recently had.

Taste is malty and sweet, hop flavor lingers on the back
of your tongue.

I think this American Style IPA is better than the 'average'
and very drinkable. Very nice !

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 22:26:17 | More by HopHeadKen
Photo of SetarconeX


3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rather weak, for something that claims to be an IPA. It's a lovely amber color, and smells rather tasty, but something just goes wrong on the flavor. It's nowhere near as strong as I expect an IPA to be, and though there hops are definitely there, something doesn't taste right in these.

I did, however, fry up some catfish in this stuff, and it came out quite well. Still, the hops in it are oddly bitter in a less than appealing way. I know Flying Dog has a devoted following, but this one's really failed to stand out. I do, however, slightly prefer it to their standard Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2004 18:41:21 | More by SetarconeX
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased fall of '03. (Meant to enjoy these sooner)

Appearance - slightly clouded translucent orange. The last few drops contain some sediment that create some inky like tendrils trailing into the beer. Thin head settles into a creamy top, and leaves some lacing.

Aroma - the hops have lost much of their snap, but I can still pick up some floral stuff. Orange-like, mostly, and generally sweet-smelling.

Taste - good malt base, transitioning to some hoppiness. Some grapefruit comes out on the swallow and into the aftertaste. Pretty good balance, not overly hopped. Slight metallic taste, not sure if that's because of age or what, but it's only a minor point.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is medium to soft, pairing well with the low-level hop smoothness/oiliness.

Drinkability - good all around drinker, very easy to drink a session's worth.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2004 21:07:28 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of ElGordo


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

Pours an orange-amber with a smallish white head. Nice hoppy aroma, with minor notes of orange, brown sugar, and biscuit. Slightly foamy, creamy body holds a palate of sweet citrus, very light malt, and a fair amount of hops. Aftertaste is a nice, sweet parting shot. Not hoppy enough to be west-coast caliber, but a decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2004 23:42:20 | More by ElGordo
Photo of RocketWidget


2.45/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cool label on this beer, but that hardly makes up for the rest of it. Pours a pretty, translucent gold, with good head retention. Smell is hoppy but unremarkable. Taste disappointed me. Aren’t IPA’s supposed to be hoppy? Might pass for a pale ale. Dry and plain, slightly sour, there are far better IPA’s out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2004 23:34:11 | More by RocketWidget
Photo of Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours down a clear orange with a white fluffy head.
Has a sweet, citrusy hop aroma.
In both cases, nothing spectacular.

The taste was definately malty. In fact, way too malty for the India Pale Ale appellation. The hop finish was discreet to say the least. Mouthfeel was medium, and moreso because of the malt than the hops. The first one off my sixer I tasted about half an hour after a DFH 90 minute IPA, so at first I concluded that the huge alpha acid trip kinda short-circuited my tastebuds, so I had another the next day with a clean palate to compare and the taste didn't change a bit. Pretty weak for an american IPA, but would fit in nicely in the american Pale Ale slot. I'll bet if I serve this to friends in a blind tasting they'll say PA instead of IPA for sure.

Does it fit the style? I don't think so.
Will that stop me from finishing off my 6-pack? Hellz no. It was quite quaffable in fact.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 00:48:03 | More by Goldorak
Photo of Gruntlumber


2.98/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Totally mediocre IPA. Pretty much a lighter-style ale with a hop flavor. No challanging flavors, no daring spices thrown in, just a straight forward weak hoppiness. Though not a bad beer, in a world full of supurb IPAs this doesn't make a memorable mark.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2004 20:28:36 | More by Gruntlumber
Photo of Gusler


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

The evacuates the 12-ounce brown bottle a luminous burnished copper color, the head is pythonic in size, light tan in color with a semi-creamy texture as it slowly evaporates, the lace forms a thick and sealing blanket upon the glass. Nose has a nice hop floral spiciness, sweet malt, citrus like in its crispness, fresh and clean to the senses, start is sweet with decent malt and the top light to middling in feel. Finish is passably acidic, the hops pertinent to the style, very dry aftertaste, cannot help but feel it lacks just a bit of body to make it a good IPA instead of a mediocre one.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2004 21:23:39 | More by Gusler
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,602 ratings.