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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,616 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,616
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 19
Gots: 127 | 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 Ricochet


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the sampler pack....

App: Orange, mild carbonation, better than average

Smell: Fruity and a little sour, a little better than average but seemed to be on par with JWD Pale.

Mouth: Average pale, a little bitter, slightly creamy at the end

Taste: Very hoppy (well duh) and very balanced, only slight grapefruit notes and slightly sweet, caramel finish. At first, I didn't think much, but as it's warmed in the glass, it has came into it's own. Very good.

Drinkability: Yep. I could drink a few. On par with Sierra Nevada, but closer to Goose Island.

Impression: Let this warm a bit, and it comes on strong. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 04:43:52 | More by Ricochet
Photo of dansteino


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

Appearance: Reddish tan. Decent head. Some lacing.

Smell: Good. Mostly hops. Some malt.

Taste: Average. Nice malt and hops presence. The beer lacks body -- and bite. The taste is a little sweet and cloying.

Drinkable: Pretty drinkable. A little too sweet.

Good but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 05:55:51 | More by dansteino
Photo of beerceller99


3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with an ample white head. Sweet smell of apricots, grapefruit, bubblegum. Loads of carbonation with a medium bodied, smooth mouthfeel. Mostly sweet malt taste with an herbal hop taste here.
Pretty unique flavor for a pale ale, more in the English style.
I'll buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 14:54:48 | More by beerceller99
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

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

Hazy orange color with a nice white head that leaves a lace around the glass. Smells hoppy. Lots of citrus with a sweet malt background. Taste is oily hops at first and then is balanced by a nice buscuit malt. Has a semi-dry citrusy aftertaste. Meduim bodied a good drinkablity. A well done Indian Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 04:30:45 | More by Luigi
Photo of cracker


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

Not a bad IPA but nothing special either. Pours a light amber color with not much head or lace. Slight smell of pine and spruce. Taste has decent bittering hops but also is a bit tangy and lemony. Lacks good American aroma and dry hops. Malt balance is there with caramel and biscuit notes. Seems a little 'weak' for an American IPA probably more on par with a British IPA. Overall a decent IPA but there are many better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2005 23:57:40 | More by cracker
Photo of oxmasterscream

New Jersey

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

Crystal clear, ambered golden. Trickles of bubbles. Thin, white creamy head leaves plenty of lacing behind. Smells purely of pine and spruce with a solid, honey-like, sweet aroma in the background. Piney and bready in taste with a bittering that comes on slowly and smoothly and lingers alongside a fruity aftertaste. At times, it's citric and tangy as well. Mouth is medium-full, creamy and carbonation is barely there. Very smooth on the tongue. A tasty, easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 00:37:19 | More by oxmasterscream
Photo of BeerFink


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

Pours a pretty clear golden amber color with a bit of frothy head which fails to leave any lacing. However, the head never completely goes away. Smell is hoppy - citrous and a little floral, with a hint of pale malt. Taste, although hoppy, was overall subdued. Orange peel and piney hops are quick to hit the palate, followed by a faint caramel taste. Finish is slightly astringent, not bitter from hops, but seems like tannins from the grain husks. Although drinkable, nothing stands out about this beer - a fairly average example of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2005 22:51:08 | More by BeerFink
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

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

Yet another Flying Dog product that has made its way into these parts. Pours out a clear light marmalade hue, lots of carbonation, a thin frothy white head, which retains to a wafer thin presence as the beer is consumed. Decent lacing for an IPA. The nose is all malt at first, rich buttery caramel malts, only now and then do I get a zesty whiff of citrus hops, the hops seem to be sleeping. Or hiding. Ah, there they are, in the flavour. Although present, the malt takes more of a back row presence in the flavour, providing support and a backbone to the ale. The hops in turn slide across the surface almost from front to back, yet mellowing out on the aftertaste. The taste as a whole is pretty mild for an IPA, like the curtain on the stage hasn't been lifted yet, and all we get are the muffled sounds of the activity behind it. Hey, we paid good money for these tickets, had to get a babysitter and pay exorbitantly for parking, we want to see some action! Mild at best is how the flavour can be described for this IPA. Well, no, here's a secret hint: when you drink it straight from the bottle you do get a nice zap from the hops, it's more accentuated that way. The mouthfeel is light, a bit more of a carbonated kick in the beginning, but as it sits it loses that edge. In the end, to my chagrin, this is somewhat of a disappointing IPA, it lacks the ooomph that is associated with the style. I also must admit that I do enjoy this straight out of the bottle, it does hide the defects and accentuates the goodness that is hiding within this ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 17:05:30 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of RushLimbmalt


1.5/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a dark golden color and has a huge white head. The aroma is very malty, lot's of caramel and a definite butter note hidden in there with the hops. Nothing great and for some reason not too appealing. The taste is heavy on the malt and has a decent hoppiness, but it has a nasty butter flavor that overpowers everything else. And the burps I get from this beer almost make me gag. It does have a decent body for an IPA, but I have had way better IPAs than this and they don't make me want to vomit.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 09:03:40 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

As I put a dent in my Flying Dog mix pack, I'm becoming more and more disappointed. This IPA is no different. Very plain for the style, no kick with the hops, okay head and lacing. Took a while to finish and would not recommend for a session beer. I'm starting to enjoy IPAs in the past few months, but this one did not help that cause.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 04:39:01 | More by Backer2004
Photo of allengarvin


3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber-tinted orange with a small head. Smell is combination of fruits and grassy hops. Moderate-high bitterness, light toasted malt, fresh hop flavor (tending citrus). Finishes fruity, dry, and slightly tart. Medium body.

A fairly average IPA. Nothing especially sticks out.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 21:20:19 | More by allengarvin
Photo of santoslhalper


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearence: Pours a light cabronation-filled copper with a thin, decently lasting but zero lacing white head.

Smell: The smell is a wonderful mix of rich malts and strong, powerfully complex hops that are almost perfectly balanced. Perhaps this Flying Dog may stand the test...

Taste and Mouthfeel: The taste is not as good as expected, but still not bad. The hops are strong, flavorful, and have hints of citrus and almost an earthy feel to them. The malts are almost non-existent, and the aftertaste is that typical yeasty taste that Flying Dog tends to have problems with (or they want it that way). The mouthfeel is thin.

Drinkability and Overall: This beer is just a tiny bit above the average IPA, but definitly nothing too seek out. While it's gorgeous boquet promises greatness, the rest is lacking anything special? Would I have another? Yes. Would I enjoy it? Doubt it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 02:29:24 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of woemad


3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from an assorted Flying Dog 12-pk purchased at a Rosauer’s store in Spokane for $12.99.

Poured a see-through copper color, with a moderate, off-white head that took a couple of minutes to dissipate. A foamy surface remained. A moderate amount of lace as well.

Smell was an agreeable mix of citrusy, peppery hoppiness and mildly sweet maltiness. Not a big hop-head pleasing odor, but nicely balanced all the same.

Taste is not as well balanced as the smell. There is a moderate hoppiness at the start, but the maltiness noted on the smell fails to come through in any decent amount. This isn’t hoppy enough to compare to those IPAs that banish the frightened malts into the far background. It would be a halfway-decent example of the style if there was a decent malt backbone, but it tastes unfinished the way it is.

This is slightly thin for an IPA, though not to an unpleasant degree. Mouthfeel is not it’s biggest problem.

This isn’t as bad as I thought it would be, based on the rather lackluster Flying Dog brews I have already sampled. I’m just annoyed that the promise of the nose never panned out. A decent session brew, but by no means worth searching out.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2005 08:04:08 | More by woemad
Photo of smcolw


3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber and clear, the beer pours a nice head with good lace on the glass.

Interesting aroma of very light hop and stale malt. This is a surprisingly under-smelling beer.

A much better taste than smell. Crisp, clean with a malt to hop transition in the taste. The hop bitterness lasts through the swallow and aftertaste, although it dies more quickly than expected. Richer than most IPA's, this beer is also highly carbonated.

A nice beer, but certainly not at the top of the IPA world. Since this is my favorite style, I would probably pick this up before most. Still, it has an opportunity to excel and falls short.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 21:19:15 | More by smcolw
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
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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
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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
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,616 ratings.