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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,901
Reviews: 1,161
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 22
Gots: 296 | 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 tonistruth
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- clear dark straw in color w/ a 2 finger fluffy white ehad, very good retent, lace on glass, head settles to little ring.

S- grapefruit, citrus, some malt, fresh

T- malts up front that slowly becomes citrusy, citrus in background even during malt front, bread like malts, tame citrus hop bitterness, grapefruit finish and after

M- smooth, light bodied, sticky finish

d- sessionable, hoppy but tame, great nose, feels like something is missing up front, but enjoyable none the less, can't say i wouldn't have it again or that i wouldn't recommend it, pleasing

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

Another gift from the same sampler pack as I received the Tire Bite. I love my friends! Not just because they give me beer....

Poured this from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Immediately arose a thick 2" head that stuck around nicely! Color was an orangy amber. The head settled down while leaving a nice lacing on the glass.

From the smell, you could tell that this was going to be a hoppy offering. A bit of pine and just a hint of grapefruit.

Taste was very interesting! The hops were there (not as pronounced as I expected). The citrus bitter grapefruit came out at the end. In between, there was an interesting hint of sweetness that came through making for a complexity however, it was quickly overcome by the hoppy bitterness.

Actually quite refreshing! The mouthfeel was nice and robust. I did not note a thin-ness like many of the other reviewers suggesting that maybe the formulation had changed recently with this beer.

Overall, I would try this beer again. It's drinkability is very good.

Photo of lehows
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out light copper in tone, large off-white head and mild lacing. Nose is of citrus, pine, some spice. Flavor is pretty typical of an average IPA, citrusy bitter hops, some earthy dough flavors, and notes of peppery spice. Hops are pronounced but probably wouldn't satisfy a serious hophead. A pretty good IPA that is very drinkable.

Photo of RevDru
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear, light golden brown with a half-inch of foam, excellent carbonation, and good head retention.

S - Orange and lemon, a hint of black pepper, and lightly piney.

T - Orange and vanilla. Bitter orange peel at top of throat in aftertaste. A bit sweet.

M - Crisp and lingering. Bubbly. A little strong down the throat.

D - Almost too sweet for the bitterness. Not enough balance.

Photo of Neehan
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured a nice, golden-honey color with a finger sized head and good lacing all the way down. The smell is quite hoppy but with a nice sweet backing that has a honey/nectar quality. The taste is not as sweet with a good smack of bitter hops and a dry finish. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but pleasant. This would be a great session ale. Not bad at-all.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thin white head with considerable lacing. Color is orange-copper and slight haze. Aroma is American citrusy hops and some malt sweetness and some spicy yeast esters (different, but welcome!). Flavor is pleasantly hoppy and bitter with a strong malt backbone to hold it up, a very good American IPA flavor. Finishes dry and pleasantly bitter. A fine choice.

Photo of BigJTrucker
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 120z bottle into a snifter. Thin head quickly dissipates. little foam bits cling to the glass. Orange/Amber in color. Slightly bitter taste reminds me vaguely of grapefruit, about what you might expect from an American IPA. Very easy to drink. I wouldn't mind having this beer again

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appearance is very nice. A stiff, white head forms, followed by some very nice lacing. A slightly chill hazed dark straw colored beer lies below the surface.

Very nice grapefruit aromas. Not the bitter kind but the sweet kind. Tons of caramel malts as well to add a nice balance and body to the aroma. Grasses and hays follow suit. Lots of hop flavors which are what I love in an AIPA.

Nice hop bitternes greets the palate. Fruity and grassy. Tastes very fresh (not sure of the bottling date; too lazy to get up and look). The caramel backs that up and makes for a very we balanced beer. Just a little bit of an astringent, metallic, chalky characteristic near the finish. Hop bitterness lingers in the finish to entice the consumer to whet his palate once more: I will gladly do so.

A very nice beer here, especially considering the price of around 8 bones per sixer. Medium bodied and finishes a shade on the dry side. As far as the drinkability, damn near perfect. Definitely give this one a go. Well worth my money.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. long neck brown bottle with crimped cap.

Light coppery color,2" off-white head thick,pillowy head,a few stringing bubbles,good lacing down the glass.

Moderate aroma mostly hop, lots of pine,also citrus,minty ,some notes of malty carmell.

Clean ,big citrus/pine taste turns to grapefruity. Some sweet carmell tastes,a bit watery, lacking maltyness unbalanced very hoppy. I'm missing the malt tastes,but a great hop flavor to this beer. A hop lovers taste all the way

Medium mouthfeel,sticky hops give a cloying feeling. A tasty very hoppy beer,the lack of malt makes the beer a bit thin making this a really drinkable beer. If you like hops this beers for you,if you like malt you might be a bit dissapointed.

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

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink #04007FX
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours an orange-amber with a fluffy head on top with good sustain. Nice patterns of sticky lacings decorate the glassware.

Floral hop aroma for sure with a spicy kick. Possibly some caramel malts in the nose with a touch of lemon-lime twang.

Yup, sweet caramel malt backbone with an acidic spicy fruit blast and orange citrus undertones. Strong biscuit malt flavors too. A tad peppery and certainly hoppy, but finishes a tad unbalanced.

Photo of BeerSox
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into mug.

Crystal clear with a one inch off white head that settles to a thin cap.

The hops in this one give off a sweeter aroma, more floral than piney. A little bit of grainy malt and a touch of honey are in the background. Although this is atypical, it still is a nice aroma.

At the beginning of each swig, the hops are a little weak, and don't really show until the end when they show up as a acidic bitterness. The malt shows up in the beginning more than it usually does in an American IPA, with a little bit of butterscotch coming in as well. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. The finish is full of spicy bitter hops, which linger for a while.

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA is a good IPA, however to see it just doesn't seem like a full-on American IPA. In my opinion, it's more like an English IPA with a few extra hops. For an American IPA, it gets a high 3. For an English IPA, it gets a low 4. Enjoy!

Photo of TechMyst
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I’ve had quite a few IPA’s, and I wasn’t expecting much because I didn’t know anything about this brewery. But I must admit this brew did bitch slap me upon first taste. Aroma was very strong floral and bitter hops. Hazy yellow color. Semi-sweet malts (I would imagine) this is quite an unbalanced beer...but just at the edge of being undrinkable...so I have to give them points for making an extreme beer and not going over. my glass was empty and I could still get wafts of the aroma even through my stuffed up nose. the last sip even bitch slapped me with bitterness. oh yeah, resinous mouth feel...ok lacing...

Photo of jackorain
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-1 inch croned, rocky head. excellent retention. golden amber coor with a touch of haze. nice lace

S-Carmel malt and citrus hops, nice but not complex

T-Green leafy and spicy hops with a little citrus from the nose. malt (biscuit and carmel) backbone pulls it together nicely

M-creamy, oily medium body, nice carbonation

D-It's pretty good, easy sessinable IPS.

It's drinkability combined with price makes it a regular in my fridge

Photo of stephendr
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a medium white head - nose of bitter hoops , piney hopps , sweet perfume , cannabis , and resin – taste of grapefruit , pine hopps , bitter hopps , and - body light watery , and medium carbonation– aftertaste of tar, hopps , and grapefruit

Photo of mentor
4.06/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No stamp on the bottle, but obtained in a mixed 12-pack with the Doggie Pale Ale that I just reviewed. Pours a one finger yellowy head over a slightly cloudy orange gold liquid. Smells musty earthy hops. Some orange and pink grapefruit pith. Almost no malt. Head cavitates into a clingy frothy layer.

Tastes dark earhty hops with noticable orange. Some grapefruit fiber and pith. Lemony sour tempering. Malt sweet rises late and is accompanied by a a drying hop bitter that comes across as woody. Plus some fruit esters. Thick mouthfeel and mild, but even carbonation. A nice IPA. Dry finish keeps things clean and tidy.

Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thin head that soon becomes patchy, but reappears upon gentle swirling.

The smell is of citric fruitiness and a touch of pine.

The taste is of tropical/citric fruits with a leafiness and a hint of pine. Bready malt backs it up. It has a nice taste. I found though, that it seems that the malt comes out more at certain times than at others - not really mixed in together. Still, overall, it has an assertive hoppiness as well as a bready malt character. The alcohol is pretty well covered.

This one thins a bit. It's fairly smooth. Nothing extraordinary or over-the-top, but tasty enough to be enjoyable and easy enough to drink.

Photo of jlipski
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

appearance = 20%
red, nice color, cloudy, low carbonation, litle to no head
smell = 20%
citrus smell, slightly sour

taste = 40%
cirus flavor, slightly hoppy and bitter

Very light, not impressed.

easy to drink as watery

Initially, not impressed because lack of a fully body yet, the hoppy taste will improve as you drink more. Would not purchase again.

Photo of billybob
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy orange gold color with a two finger off white head that holds for a bit with fair lacing on the glass. very strong floral and fruit aroma. taste is slightly sweet, fruity, like peaches turning grapefruit then grapefruit rind. medium mouthfeel with a lingering bitter after taste. taste was a little to strong and i didn't like the bitter after taste. i don't think i would buy it again.

Photo of jscottku21
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this from a sampler pack and I was pleasantly surprised. While not my favorite IPA (That would be Victory HopDevil) this is a nice representation of the style and, of the five I've tried from Flying Dog, certainly my favorite. I would definitely enjoy sessioning this brew in the future. Cheers!

Photo of Erdinger2003
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours out a slight head that falls into a light head with a good lacing. It has a slightly cloudy golden brown color to it. Smell is hoppy and a little muggy, but still ok-must have an old bottle. The taste is just hoppy and I can't taste any other flavors at all.

Photo of shadow1961
3.24/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Flying Dog's Snake Dog IPA (Imperial Pale Ale) pours out a
rocky head over a light amber brew. Carbonation is moderate,
and the nose is of hops and strawberry. As expected the flavor
is dominated with a strong, dry, herbal hop taste, with citrus
undertones. The aftertaste is also of bitter hops. For me, Flying
Dog's beers have been a little uneven- only sometimes living up
to the attitude they are trying to project. But Snake Dog seems up
to the challenge. Mind you, there are better IPA's out there (for my
money Bell's Two-hearted Ale is hard to beat). But if you want a
decent example of the style, you can't go too far wrong if you got
yourself some Snake Dog.

Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and grain.

T - It tasted mostly of grassy hops and malt. Slight bitterness.

M - It was crisp and a little dry. Light-bodied.

D - Overall, it is an okay IPA. It just isn't hoppy enough to be considered great.

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle I bought as a single at World Market in Greendale.

This beer poured a very hazey orange color with white head that was tightly bound together and appeared to have good staying power and would leave lacing on the glass.

The smell of this beer was wonderful...a hoppy-citrus quality reminiscent of Three Floyd's Gumballhead (my favorite IPA) that led me to expect more of the same from the taste of the beer.

Alas, I was disappointed. The taste and mouthfeel of thisbeer seemed a bit thin to me. And the taste didn't live up to the expectation created by the beers aroma. It was somewhat bitter, but not bitter enough to really transmit that citrus hop taste. I felt a bit let down. Also, I felt this beer could be slightly improved by being a bit more carbonated.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light yellow/amber color, clear, mild carbonation. Nice head.

Strong American hops. Floral and citric/pine. Very mild malt tone.

Strong American hops, not quite as strong as in aroma. Mild to moderate nectar sweetness.

Very smooth and thick. Mild oral foamation. Moderate carbonation.

Beautiful American IPA. The initial insane blast of flowery grapefruit-like flavors subside as my tongue gets used to it or numbed by it. By the end Snake Dog is a well balanced bittersweet beast. Also, I dig the zany art.

Photo of DrMalt
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from a local bottle shop. Price was steep but it's an IPA so I bit. Poured into my sturdy "Christmas" Pint glass

Appearance: Poured a clear and essentially golden colour with a fine bubble white head. Top to bottom long lasting lacing.

Smell: The aroma has strength with grapefruit, some orange, and floral whiffs.

Taste: Hop bitterness is dominant which creates notes of grapefruit and orange. Perhaps could be balanced off with more maltiness and hops lacked the piney flavours I typically like in an American IPA.

Mouthfeel: The lack of maltiness detracts some mouthfeel. Seems a bit thin bodied.

Drinkability: A good amount of hop but a wee bit thin bodied. Yet it is still a very drinkable but not memorable IPA.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,901 ratings.