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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,951 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,951
Reviews: 1,169
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 27
Gots: 335 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 2,951 | Reviews: 1,169
Photo of jeremyd365
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yum! Poured a dark, semi-hazy copper with a little head that dissipated within minutes. Smelled hoppy and sweet and tasted the same. A strong but not too bitter hop on the palate and finishes hoppy but barely bitter, leaving the hop taste behind to savor. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. Nothing too distict, but a well-done IPA nonetheless. Try it!

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: amber body with minimal off-white head that leaves some light wispy lacing on the side of the glass

s: brandy; caramel malts; nice citrus hops; kind of a big nose

t: caramel malts is dominant; there is some molasses; brandy and just a touch of citrus hops;

m: it was smooth and creamy enough w/ light carb

d: a decent beer but a little weird for the style since the hops play a very subdued role; i would have it again but maybe with a relabel

Photo of everetends
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle out of a Flying Dog mixed 12. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a clear, golden amber that produced a light fluffy head. Not bad looking.

S: Smelled of citrus hops and sweet malt.

T: Tastes like a metallic bag of ass. All that I am getting is the metallic flavor with a touch of sweetness before it. Once again I think this must be their hops but every Flying Dog beer I drink has this metallic flavor. This is by far the worst.

M: It is smooth, clean and crisp but that metallic aftertaste lingers on your tongue.

D: Not for me. Wish I could chalk it up to a bad bottle but I have had several of these out of my optimistic nature, and each has failed me.

Photo of jordoo
2.86/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Dark golden yellow in color with orange tints. Big long lasting white head after an agressive poor. Smellis understated for an IPA still citus/grapefruit are there but take a backseat to the smell of straw and something strange like the sticky side of tape smell. Taste is manly sweet straw like malt flavor with some bitterness on the hop end that doesnt really make it all the way out and again this strange flavor that I smelled is also on the back end which is unpleasant. Light feel for an IPA but did have some stickyness to it and really rather average drinkability. Overall not enough hops for an IPA and also something strange going on in the finish.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.42/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This pours an appetizing dark brownish amber with an off-white head. Aroma is seriously hoppy and has strong hint of evergreen, promising a very hoppy beer. Flavor is as fiercely hoppy as the aroma and even has an evergreen component. Bitterness is mild. Texture is very lively and zingy. Recommended to all hop fanatics.

Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge IPA fan but this one goes down fairly well.

Poured a golden yellow-orange into a glass. Light head.

Great floral hop smell, almost a sweet aroma.

Taste was pretty good hop taste, ending with a earthy floral flavor, then finished with a lasting bitterness. Bitter but not to strong for an IPA.

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

A: snifter. pours a clear medium copper color with a nice off-white head. good retention rate and some nice lacing that clings to the glass.

S: wonderful IPA nose. what a nice bouquet of hop aromas. tones of earthy tones, like pine and other evergreens. there is also a lot of citrus hints all over this.

T: nice crystal malt backbone followed by a wonderful citrus hop flavor, mostly grapefruit and an earthy flavor.

M: smooth and crisp, with a medium body. nice bite from the hops.

D: very nice session IPA. another good brew from Flying Dog.

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

This poured amber with a nice head that slowly went away. It smelled of hops and a touch of citrus/grapefruit, not much else going on. I tasted how I expected it to taste, with the dominating grapefruit/citrus from the hops overpowering everything else. This was a pretty good IPA, however it is very bitter. I will have to say that this was probably my favorite out their mix pack.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce longneck with funky Steadman art on it, poured into my DFH pint glass yields a golden copper body sporting two fingers of soft off-white foam that retains nicely and leaves a little lacing.

The vaguest sweet malt aroma is drowned in an essence of juicy grapefruit that dominates a citrusy bouquet.

Caramel punctured by grapefruity notes with strong, solid bitterness greets the tastebuds, softened by mellow toasty notes. For me, the beer is much more drinkable when accompanied by an appropriate snack, else the bitterness builds to a point I can taste little else.

Photo of hiikeeba
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
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
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
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
3.11/5  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.

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