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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,758 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,758
Reviews: 1,151
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 22
Gots: 201 | 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 mrasskicktastic
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Clear golden-copper with a medium head and weak lacing. Nothing spectacular.

Smell - Very, very aromatic piney hops.

Taste - This tastes more like the ESBs I've had than the IPAs I've had. It has a fairly fruity/pine hoppy entrance and a potent bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Thin and a little flat. The hops are a little drying too.

Drinkabilty - Could go well with a lots of foods. The strong bitterness prevents me from coming back for more though.

mrasskicktastic, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can't seem to understand why this IPA is rated so low... I wasn't expecting much not only because of the ratings, but because the majority of Flying Dog beers I've had have been mediocre, but this was very tasty (and even on sale at Baker's, a regional chain grocery store in Omaha).

The beer poured to a very clean and clear golden amber color with a thick and fluffy, dimpled white head. Leaves a nice sheet of lacing. Carbonation is quite active.

The smell is like a very ripe grapefruit mixed with other citrus hop flavors. Judging by the juiciness of the bouqet, I'd guess that this beer is hopped with amarillo. Smells like bubblegum almost (Gumballhead springs to mind).

The taste is also ripe with juicy amarillo flavors. Has a sweet malty backbone that matches the slight bitter mouthfeel quite nicely. The finish has a great residual hop bitter along with the juicy hop flavor.

The mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and sweet with a subtle and lasting bitter. Quite good. Quite drinkable. I'm almost glad that the liquor store I originally wanted to go to was closed leaving this beer as a shining choice in the more limited selection.

edit: after reading some of the reviews previous to mine, I'm almost wondering if we were drinking the same beer. I don't have a single complaint against this beer, even regardless of the fact I have had better IPAs.

neonbrown82, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of HoorayBeer
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear amber color, slight head that vanished quickly.

Odd aroma, hoppy smell. Could not identify the other aromas, but I do not think I want to.

Good first bite, not a huge fan of IPA's, but this one is good, I enjoyed this. Very hoppy, with a bitters finish.

Easy to drink on this hot day.

HoorayBeer, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out a clear copper color with minimal head. The aroma is unpleasant. The best I can describe it is juicy hops mostly covered by green apples and sour yeast. The flavor consists of the problems mentioned about the aroma plus a weird medicinal quality. The English hops are good, but not enough to safe this beer. This beer just barely safed itself from the sink.

beveragecaptain, Jul 31, 2005
Photo of ryantupy
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This one pours a very nice copper amber color with a creamy colored head that is a little rocky.

Smell: Smells of a biscuity malt and maybe dry golden hops

Taste: A fruity floral hop taste with a biscuity malt flavor and as usual with ipa's a little hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and golden hoppy feel that swishes around nicely.

Drinkability: Very drinkable with some very nice flavors. this is a good IPA and I would reccomend it.

ryantupy, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew was up and down for me. One of the most drastic change in rankings for every category of any beer I've gobbled to this point. as high as 4.5 in appearance, and mouthfeel and as low as 2.5 in drinkability as this beer just doesnt know which way its going, lacking direction in my opinion.

It started with an outstanding pour. Beautiful Frothy white head that laces the glass extremely well. Not sure how they could improve the appearance although it does look highly carbonated

Smelled like it has hop extract infused in this baby with a heavy malty, earthy type background. Huh? exactly.

Tasted same as smell....something like a huge double IPA and then it fades into this confused burnt malt flavor then back to the bitter hops.

Mouthfeel was excellent. A creamy massaging oily type presence that was pleasant. The high carbonation I see in the appearance does not bother the palate at all as it comes accross tame.

Just a confusing beer all around for me...loved parts of it hated others. I would get this again, especially if I see it on tap.

DogFood11, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seems to me to be an over hopped pale ale that is an IPA wannabe. Compared to Stone’s IPA this is laughable. Appearance is a cloudy gold with minimal head and lacing, with a pungent aroma of yeasty brown sugar and flowers. Though there is adequate flavor to this brew, the flavor is not such as to cause one to order a pitcher! The finish is bitter and dry. I pass.

palliko, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of danielharper
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

Pours a deep orange-amber color with a thick foamy off-white head. Very nice presentation, knocked up another notch by the really neat label design on the bottle. Whatever you say about Flying Dog, at least they know how to design a label. Head dissipates slowly during the life of the beer.

Smell is actually vaguely unpleasant, with a strong hop presence (to-style for an IPA) mixed with a vaguely "off" fruit profile. Smells like two very different flavors trying to outdo each other, and neither able to give in to the other in the slightest. Doesn't seem to be very well balanced at all, but it does tend to grow on you a bit as you drink it.

Taste is much the same, very, very hoppy beer mixed with very, very fruity taste notes. Seems to be way off-balance, even for an IPA, and it leaves a fairly discouraging aftertaste that's even worse than the beer itself. It's not really terrible, but it doesn't leave me wanting more.

Mouthfeel is fairly decent -- this one has a nice foaminess that I expect from a good IPA, and the carbonation isn't overdone, but it's fairly watery otherwise. Goes down smoothly enough, but nothing that makes me overly excited.

Overall drinkability is a 2.5 for me, as I think this is a beer that I can drink (I don't exactly actively dislike it), but I really wish I could have something else instead. I'll make it through this six-pack okay, but I'm unlikely to ever buy it again. I'll be sticking to the Bridgeport in the future.

danielharper, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of deaconblues
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pleasant copper color with a decent head. Has a bright citrus aroma. I enjoy the taste, especially the hoppiness, but it could stand to offer a richer mouthfeel. I think that the taste could linger a bit longer. Overall, I would say this is one of my favorites from the Flying Dog "litter."

deaconblues, Jun 20, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a deep copper color with a small head that falls to a ring over the top. The nose is citrusy, slightly spicey and a little dirty in the hop with a sweet caramel base. Smells pretty nice. The flavor is more spicey from the hop, not a lot of sweet grapefruit, which I like. There is a slight bitter on the finish, but it is rather refreshing. The feel is a light moderate with a moderate carbonation. Its an okay beer. The flavor is not quite what I expect from an IPA. The feel is also not as thick as I would like it.

kmpitz2, Jun 15, 2005
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured from a 12 oz.'er with a April 05 freshness date. When poured, a nice thick off white head about two fingers resulted. There is a good amount of sticky lace around the glass. The color is shiny copper with great clarity and plenty of rising bubbles.

The smell is like grapefruit, pretty strong. There are also hints of pine. The taste is good and hoppy with ample citrus flavor. Other IPAs have been stronger in the hops than this one, the main reason for the lower scores on mouthfeel and drinkability. Overall, this is a fair IPA.

abcsofbeer, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance = good looking deep amber, nice reddish hue, clear, minimal head but still delicious looking

smell = nice citrus that doesn't dominate. Lots of other spice added in, a bit peppery. Hops and alcohol are definitely present

Taste = Very disappointing especially given how much I love IPAs and how the beer clerk advocated this brew. Very bitter not much balance at all. You can taste the citrus a bit and it starts off promising but it fades quickly and then you're smacked with a bitter wall that goes no where .

Overall = I hold IPAs to a higher standard since they're my favorite style. I have to admit this one is a bit below average, especially in the taste department. It's not awful but it just can't stack up with Dogfish Head, Avery, or Smuttynose.

LPorter33, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: high boquet of florals. Smells of various hops. Mildly malty. Refreshing even to the nose.
Appearance: dark copper colored. Off white, chunky head. Tight and excited carbonation. Decent lacing. Head flatens steady over 5 or so minutes. Flying Dog undoubtedly has the best bottle art in the business.
Taste: Bold hops, spices, and carbonation at the nose. Medium round body. Balances nicely with malts. Mild notes of ethinol. Body and flavor develops through the finish. Finishes drying and refreshing.
Aftertaste: definate hop bittering and flavoring lingers. Continues to dry. Maltiness returns within seconds. Picks up a bit metalic.
Impression: very good beer. Never disapoints. A thirst quencer for those hot summer days.

BEERchitect, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of maxpower
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a cloudy amber-copper with a nice creamy off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Typical citrus and pine aromas, citrus and pine flavors with some caramel. Medium bodied with a soft and creamy mouthfeel, finishes bitter, a pretty average IPA, worth a try.

maxpower, May 27, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange pour with a nice head and decent retention. Floral, almost piney hop aroma. Nothing overpowering though and a little bit mild for my tastes. The hops were definitely present in the taste and were even more pine-like. A very drinkable IPA, but kind of dull and unexciting. Still, those are the only complaints I have about this brew. I had no problem drinking it, but I probably wouldn't buy it again. Glad I tried it though.

Jacobob10, May 27, 2005
Photo of sinistermadman
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale pours a clean, almost transparent amber emanating a two-finger head which settles to a small foam laced cap.

Smell: Mild citrus notes, pine, and some subtle hop texture.

Taste is very light in nature. Hop bitterness is evident but is definitely not outrageous. Finish is comprised of a lemony tinge and subtle carbonation tingle and hop bite. Nothing stands out as far as constituent ingredients are concerned. Fairly mild mannered from start to finish. Not a bad IPA, but not one of my favorites either.

sinistermadman, May 18, 2005
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.

Ricochet, May 07, 2005
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.

dansteino, May 03, 2005
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.

beerceller99, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of Luigi
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.

Luigi, Apr 18, 2005
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.

cracker, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of oxmasterscream
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.

oxmasterscream, Apr 13, 2005
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.

BeerFink, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of IronDjinn
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.

IronDjinn, Mar 18, 2005
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.

RushLimbmalt, Mar 17, 2005
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,758 ratings.