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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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1,183 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,183
Hads: 3,162
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 40
Gots: 523 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 7.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two of these beers after a few hours of shoveling and chopping wood so i was real thirsty. I prefer IPA's in the winter after working outside for a few hours. Not a fan of IPA's in the summer.
I'd buy this again if I find it on tap and I'm real thirsty.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: As far as color, it's a definite pale amber with a 9 on the SRM chart IMO. Not very cloudy. Head started off at about off white to ivory on color and about half an inch of thickish foam. It did not last long though. I didn't notice much lacing at all in the beginning or later.

S: Fruity aroma with definite orange notes. The orange definitely is the strongest notes as far as the fruity scent. Floral notes no doubt, light but definitely there, I would say like the floral aroma in a grassy wild field on a summer day as opposed to something indoors like the cooler in the shop when you're buying flowers for your girlfriend. No sulfery aroma - a tiny tiny bit at the way end of the after taste maybe, but that's it. Not much caramel or toastiness, but I didn't really find that to be a problem.

T: Definite hop bitterness which was surprising a little because there was no burnt or bitterish type aroma. Definitely grassy flavor with orange notes and a mild floral flavor just sitting in the middle of that balance, but a little too mild for me. There is a breadiness, wheat-like, no caramel and even though the bitterness of the hops is there I wouldn't say it's toasty or burnt much. Not much as far as sulfur. Fairly high ABV for an IPA but not much alcohol in the taste.

F: There is a definite medium body I'd say and some astringency to it- not too much, and decent carbonation leaning towards the low end of high. It is a stronger version with 7.1 ABV and there is definitely a warmth, not huge but there.

O: I'm not experienced enough to tell how it compares to English or American Pale Ales, but it is definitely hoppy and there is definitely the fruitiness from the yeast. It's stronger and that was definitely noticeable for me, anyway. Good beer, I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, brownish light orange liquid... tight, cottony, off-white foam - retention fairly long, slow fade

S: honey graham underneath (minus the cinnamon)... fragrant sweetish orange peel... mild toasted notes complimented by spicy (vaguely coriander) hop aromas... is that new shoe smell??... smell mellow overall, while the fruit notes shine brighest

T: not quite as bitter in the middle as expected - concentrated on the sides of the palate... herbal spice in the aftertaste... bitterness does build with a touch of alcohol lingering... nice balance - hops are quite fruity but matches well against the clean malt backbone

F: not much of a fizzy bite... hop oils in the foam seem to enhance the marshmallowy cushioning effect in the flow... medium-bodied, but light in weight... mildly silky smooth

O: pretty well made... clean, soft, fairly balanced... hops are bitter enough and the bitter is bright, clean, un-obscured... English-leaning subtleties...

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Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a frothy head with a slightly cloudy body. Head remains for a while before simmering down to a lacy finish. Tropical fruits - particularly pineapple but also caramel fro the malted barley. The malted barley comes through strongly on the taste - a little too strong for me - which presents plenty of bitterness. Not much taste of alcohol considering it's over 7% and the hops are over powered by the Martinez. Lingers well in the mouth. Probably a nice beer if you like malted ales, but too bitter for me

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Photo of fscottkey
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] Gave it an aggressive pour that yielded a 2 1/2 finger head. The head is nice tight dense bubbles. The brew is a slightly hazy amber color. The head starts to break down in chunks leaving nice frilly lacing. The bottle lists the ABV (7.1%) and the best by date code translates to today! Have to drink fast!

S: [4.00] I get slight pineapple and citrus on the nose. It is not pungent - just hints of nice fragrances.

T: [3.50] The beer has a slight citrus front then moves to a bitter back end. There is a slight "buttery" flavor that is nice. The bitter is balanced out with some sweetness from the malts.

M: [3.50] Decent mouthfeel - maybe a slightly elevated carbonation level. There is a bit of a dry finish with the hops.

O: [3.75] I was hoping that the taste would follow the nose and present with stronger citrus/pineapple (these are flavors that I really like in an IPA). As the beer warmed these became more prevelant. Good overall flavor. I'd like to try one fresh.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours light amber - brown, and retains a nice head for a few minutes.

S: Hops and Alcohol, maybe a slight piney kick. Nothing is very strong, though.

T: This is a nice, easy to drink beer considering it's higher alcohol content. The hops are very present, along with a citrus, lemony element. The alcohol is there, but not very strong, and it all finishes with a bitter bite.

F: It's a lighter, we'll carbonated IPA, as it should be.

O: A good, easy to drink IPA with a nice hoppy touch and a surprising alcohol content.

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Photo of jonb5
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

330ml bottle, poured into a tester glass.

A: Bronze colour, clear, one finger head faded to tiny rim of film, minimal lacing.

S: More earthy thanwhat is the norm for an American IPA, the fruity notes were strawberry, also had some darkchocolate.

T: Strawberry, malts, molasses, slight dark chocolate. Well balanced, slightly boozy.

M: Slightly thick texture, coarse edge.

O: Less hoppy and fruity than other American IPAs, seemed to work though.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear pale body with a frothy white head and great lace.. A/T is sharp bitterness, pine, floral hops.. Slight sweet pale cracker malt.. Simple straight forward ipa.. Every ipa doesn't need flowers and spices and such to make them good.. This one is a great choice.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; burnt orange; 1 finger slightly off white head that receded very slowly to a very thick cap; moderate lacing;

S: a smorgasbord of hop aromas - tropical fruit, floral, earthy, pine, a little soapy;

T: more earthy that anything else; a bit of ripe tropical fruit sweetness in the background; moderate bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very enjoyable;

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Photo of kmkryah
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark, coppery, not very clear. Small head that faded quicky.

Smell - Sharp smell of citrus and hops, dash of pine.

Taste - Bitter at first, with a dry aftertaste. Balanced, nothing seems particularly out of place.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, slightly astringent.

Overall: 3.75 - solid IPA, but nothing extraordinary. Leaves you wanting after each sip, but the taste is solid and it's a good bang for your buck.

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Photo of janubio
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Hazy oraonge colour, with a small white head that does not hold. Yet there's a good lacing. Smell of tropical fruits, citrus , floral and pine notes. Correct carbonation, medium body and dry finish. Taste of resine, tropical fruits, pine, caramel. It's OK, but not the best Brew Dog I've tried.

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Photo of rjs246
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Flying Dog's best effort at an IPA. I find that FD usually trades some taste in favor of higher alcohol content. This version manages to nail the best of both.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 212A14 at 35 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma mixed citrus and pine, not very strong
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and frothy layer
Lacing good – wide complete rings of small to medium bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor mildy bitter and piney, ends just bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.375
A very unspectacular IPA.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, Julian dated 212A14
A 4 - hazy amber body with a tall, creamy, ivory head that holds good retention
S 3.75 - fruit, pine, caramel, toasted grain
T 3.75 - heavy dose of pine, caramel, bread, toasted grain, grapefruit rind and pith
M 4 - medium body, creamy but resinous, ample carbonation, finishes moderately bitter with lingering pine and grapefruit
O 3.75 - it's been years since I had this last, so it was nice to come back to it. I like it for what it is - a straight forward American IPA.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch off-white head that retains good and long before slowly making its way down to an 1/8 inch head. Sticky, sudsy lacing clings to the glass.

S- Moderate cereal grain malt sweetness with some mild hop character in the back. A bit boozy and slightly musty.

T- Solid bitterness that comes with some earthy hop taste. The flavor is a bit muddled as the hop character pulls in opposite directions and the malt sweetness has trouble meshing properly. After the palate acclimates, things become even less interesting as the conflicting tastes just turn watery.

M- Oily with a dry afterfeel. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- An amateurish IPA from a brewery I expect more from.

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Photo of Lionhearted1987
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Overall, I found this IPA to be very refreshing. Pours dark golden, with a frothy head of about two fingers. Smell was unimpressive and the weakest characteristic of the beer. Taste was crisp and yet juicy; lots of citrus and hops. Very flavorful. Mouthfeel was good, but not as good as something like 90 minute or Sculpin. Overall, this was a very enjoyable beer paired with awesome art (the bottle was placed over the fireplace as a trophy). Will pick this up again if I run across it.

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Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BWI airport
Served into a pint glass

A: copper with one fingers width of white colored head; head has decent retention and leaves lots of lacing

S: citrus rind, floral hops, faint tropical fruits

T: big bitterness with piney hops, citrus and subtle tropical fruits, malts to balance it out; nice hop profile

M/D: full bodied, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is good

O: well done IPA

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (no dating)

A: Nice copper body with nice head that recedes rapidly but leaves some lacing and a nice collar.

S: Sweet malt/pine with a great overall hop presence.

T: Light in body but with a solid malt and hop balance that is refreshing and easy-drinking.

M: Small rough bubble carbonation along the tongue.

O: This is great coming out of the can, which helps preserve the hops from the light. I'd rather buy an old IPA in a can over one in a bottle (or at least one with no date). Good enough, but they have better IPAs and beers that I would go after first.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased in Alabama in a mix a 6pk for $9.99. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Very good. Nice copper color and good head. Dissapates after 2mins

S- Ok but not the best. Good hops. Good corriander but not a lot

T- Very good. Nice try at an IPA.

M- Typical

O- Very good. Typical IPA. Will buy again if I can get it but best of luck getting this beer in Canada

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA goes well with... Roasted chicken


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Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is ripe grapefruit and musty lemon. Different but good.
The taste is well balanced with the bitterness taking over midway through. Lots of dry bitterness, mild malt. Enjoyable.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
An IPA of a different strain but good all the same.

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Photo of RiverCityBeerGuy
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Darker golden color, very clear. Thick head after slightly too vigorous pout, receded to a steady quarter-inch layer with some lacing. Very nice looking beer.

S: Faint hops with a biscuity malty aroma most present

T: Citrusy hops upfront with a bitter finish. After warming the beer rounds out, with a sweeter back end.

M: Thinner mouthfeel but still coats the tongue, hop bitterness resides for a while on the palate.

O: A drinkable IPA, not as big or intense as the name and packaging suggest. Definitely worth bringing to your next poker game or barbecue.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a snifter. This beer was a gift from my brother Brian.
The beer pours a bright clear copper hue with creamy eggshell white head of 2 cm that fades to a wispy surface layer.
Aroma is grassy and grapefruit rind citrus. Lots of hops on the nose with only a little bit of biscuity malt on the balance.
First sip reveals a smooth texture and slightly sticky body that coats my palate on each sip. Carbonation is fine and tingly, adding to the sensation as I swallow a mouthful.
Finish is very dry.
Flavor starts with just a bit of caramel but moves to all hops quickly after that. I get some citrus rind and grass and a fairly astringent finish. No doubt this is an American IPA.
I dont detect any of the booze that I thought may show through at 7.1%.
Overall this is very drinkable and solid IPA. I would try this one again if I was looking for a hop fix without completely blasting my tongue off.
nice beer!

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Photo of tmm313
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- Orange amber color. Nice 2 finger head. Good lacing.

S- Big floral with some light peach. Notes of caramel and earthy hop. Very Inviting.

T- Departed pretty drastically from the smell. Bitter hops and light citrus up front. Earthy hop and some bready notes mid way. Big grapefruit rind on the finish. When it was cold, a slight medicinal flavor popped in and out. After it warmed, it went away.

M- Medium body with slightly aggressive carbonation. Oily feel.

O- Overall, this one was pretty good. I doubt I'll buy it again, but I wouldn't have a problem drinking it if it were offered to me.

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Photo of rawfish
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Good looking beer pours clear and gold with a huge frothy three finger high head. The retention is excellent. The head is a bit sticky and leaves minimal foam on the glass.

Husky and grainy, sweet bread with a bit of syrup sweetness. Fruity esters of red berry and plum. Hops are rather light, a bit of pine, citrus and medicinal herbs.

Raw and husky grain with white bread and caramel sweetness, some cream and buttery muddling in there. Hops are also light pine and red berries and under ripe citrus. Finishes with yeast and watery grains, a bit of medicinal herbs and citrus.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Easy drinking but watery in flavor, raw grainy to finish, Alcohol is muted.

Not the greatest IPA, malts need to be tightened up and the hops are equivalent to a pale ale at best. Still not overly off putting just...lacking.

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Photo of Bis4beer70
3.99/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first had Flying Dog out in Colorado.Liked it then.Like it now....I quit drinkin' it for awhile...Started back into it a couple years ago about the time that i was still drinking Guinness almost exclusively...flying dog got me back in the beer world again and not remaining stagnant with my tastes...but now that the beer culture has exploded,i see they are not the best (still one of the best,though) & i will remain loyal because they are consistent & this beer in particular is one main reason for this...i also dig their innovation/artwork and good deeds w/beer like the "pearl necklace"A Great beer for a great charity...Of course,Ralph Steadman & the Hunter S.Thompson connection will always be a BIG gonzo factor here as well...cheers!

Appearance: clear orange/golden /off white head that dissipates a little on the quick side.

Smell: citrusy/earthy hops aroma .

Taste: Hops no doubt. Fruity taste,Grasy flavors,big citrus. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light . Carbonation high though.

Drinkability: One of the best I've had in this style. Original taste/drinkability is Flying dog!
I still do think this is one of the better IPA's out there.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.