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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,929 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,929
Reviews: 1,165
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 25
Gots: 325 | 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 SpecialK088
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
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
3.95/5  rDev +11%
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
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
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
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
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
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
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
3.49/5  rDev -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.

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

Pours a bright copper with dense two finger head. Nice retention and clumpy lacing. Smell: sweet, piney, citric hops. Taste: hops are piney, grapefruit. Fairly balanced with biscuity, sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel: full bodied, syrupy, like an AIPA should be. This is a lot better than I remember. Not a hop bomb, but a nice dose of hops and enough malt to keep it from being one sided.

Photo of umustdrink
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, darker orange color. White head fades to a thick film. A few thin sheets of lacing.

S - Lots of sweet sugary cereal malts with some lightly piny bitter hops. Smells like some good ambers I've had.

T - Tastes like an amber too. Starts out with sharp bitterness and carbonation with a pronounced cereal maltiness. Flavors intensify a bit, green tasting bitterness with brown sugary malts. Finish leaves a light summary of all the flavors.

M - Medium to light consistency with elevated carbonation.

D - This is actually pretty good. Not a very hoppy IPA but maybe I got an old bottle. I will have this again.

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

poured a crystal, clear blond in color. Nice head but very little lacing left behind.
Smell was hops in the face,. Very heavily hopped and ctrusy. Good nose. Seemed to be lacking malt.
Taste was a hop explosion, but very little in the malt department. I like em a little more balanced, but this was a very drinkable beer.

Photo of Portertime
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a pretty good IPA. Had the "hop stink" on the nose. It poured an amber/burnt orange color. Bunch of hops in the front with that oily mouth feel and a smooth finish. Hop bite was good but alacohol content was a bit low. Not a bad brew but a tad watered down taste.

Photo of whiplash3825
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange/copper with a smallish head with minimal retention. Good amount of lacing.

Fresh floral and citric hops in the nose. Malt detectable in the background... faint.

Nice balance of flavors... grapefruit-y hops tempered nicely with the malt. For non-hopheads like me the moderate bitterness is nice.

Nicely carbonated, kinda chewy for an IPA, and just the right amount of slick oily-ness from the hops.

Definately easy to drink and tastes like a quality beer should.

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

A orange, copper beer with lots of carbonation and a thin beige head.

Smell is full of caramel malt, with sweet and fruity notes. My guess is that the yeast is Chico 1056. The distinct flavors of this yeast are really clear in this beer. The hops are moderately citric and a little piney.

Taste is sweet caramel malt with citric hop notes. A pretty standard, but high quality IPA. Bitterness is not crazy, just at the right level. Again there are the Chico ale characteristics that are really distinct. Great beer, but overruled by magnificent other IPAs.

Photo of Pencible
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like the bitter beers, but I didn't like this one as much as Flying Dog's Classic Pale Ale. It has plenty of hops, and it was very bitter, but it was just too one-dimensional for me. I want a more balanced flavor with some character to it. No malt was detectable, and the mouthfeel was too generic.

Photo of GreenCard
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: sparkly copper, good clarity, two fingers of light tan froth, good head retention

Aroma: lush grapefruit rind, gooey malt caramel, grain husks

Flavor: a double hit of malt and grassy hop flavor; hints of tobacco, citrus, and biscuity malt; finishes dry with a lingering grapefruit bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium body, zippy carbonation, bit o' alcohol warmth

Other comments: A good, chewy, crisp IPA. A bit annoyed though because I noticed the bottle was a short fill. Jipped by an ounce!

Photo of Rootdog316
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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