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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,929 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,929
Reviews: 1,165
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 25
Gots: 324 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Photo of atsprings
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crisp clear amber with a thin diminishing head. The aroma is on some citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is somewhat well balanced between the citrus hops and sweet malts, but is still nothing spectacular, slightly weak, doesn't really seem like an IPA. The beer is crisp, but the taste gets in the way. This beer certainly seems like a generic example of a weak IPA, truly nothing special.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Florian's - first time I've seen it in ME. Translucent amber-red body with a good inch of off-white head that sticks around. Citrussy hops with a good bit of caramel malt. Citrussy hops and caramel malt equally share the flavor. The mouthfeel is mid-range, but borders on syrupy which hurts the drinkability IMO. Not my favorite IPA, but a fairly solid one nonetheless.

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

This is another brew from my (incomplete) sampler box (it came missing one of the brews pictured outside, and the quantities were quite irregular.
Golden, minimally hazy, whitish head with average retention.
Aroma is obviously hoppy, with a few malts, mostly caramel, but grossly overpowered by the hoppiness.
Medium bodied, it is hoppy and dry, with some balancing maltiness, but not enough for me.
Pleasant, but not really that interesting. Their classic pale ale was better.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A steady pour gives a big creamy head on top of a well-filtered rust color. Appearance-wise, pretty much par for the course, as IPAs go.

Aroma is big fruity hops backed up by a generous malt presence.

Fruity and juicy hops greet the mouth first, but then turn herbal and finally finish with a pungent bitterness. Good depth there, in terms of just the hops, while a steady malty sweetness balances things out.

Mouthfeel is thin, aiding the crisp bite brought by the healthy carbonation.

Solid solid solid. Leans on the hop side of the scale, but that's expected...yet it's still balanced. Highly recommendable.

Photo of benmiliron
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $1.69 for a single. Very clear, orange blossom honey yellow/orange color. Not much head after a few sips. Smell is citrus, pine, wildflowers. Taste is heavy bitter with good malt backup. Great texture.

This is a great session beer for a hophead looking for a good fix, but not a super-heavy ball-buster of a brew.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly tarnished orange body, no carbonation, hint of haze, topped by two fingers plus of whipped white micro bubbles.

Pleasant but not powerful citrus nose, heavy on oranges, then grapefruit.

Light malt start, some depth of flavor, but it slides by a mite quick, doesn't dig to establish itself. As the semi-sweet malt flows on, a fruity sweetness arises along the sides of the tongue and mouth.A somewhat sloppy hop bite nips at a the swallow, though the teeth could use a little sharpening. Enjoyable bitter/fruity aftertaste mix.

Mouthfeel is a little wimpy, little too loose. Drinkability is fine, if maybe a little too easy.

A middle of the road IPA. Nothing really wrong, but unimpressive. I'd stick to either side of the Dog pound here, either Doggie Style Pale Ale, or Double Dog.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass

A - very nice clear orange/amber color with a big sticky white head that leaves a very nice sticky glass lacing.

S - piney hop/alcohol aroma.

T - piney hop bite upfront, sweet malty middle, bitter hop finish, very good balanced brew.

M - medium bodied, crisp flavor, dry ending, very nice all around mouth feel.

D - very drinkable beer once you get used to the Colorado style IPA taste. Different and drinkable

I recommend trying this flying dog brew, it's good beer, no shit.

Photo of logansboat15
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Snake Dog's label appealed to my 4-year old daughter as I was perusing the shelves, so I bought a six-pack. The beer poured a stunningly clear deep copper with a generous foamy head. Heavy white lacing is excellent. Fresh piney, earthy smell. A better than average hoppy flavor, but does not have a bitter finish like some harsh versions of the IPA style. Medium mouthfeel that is highly drinkable to afficionados of the style. Goes great with cold sandwiches, subs, etc.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- clear amber body with thin white head. Good head retention.

S- fruity and hoppy. hints of malt too.

T- strong fruit and malt backing with solid coppery hop aftertaste. somewhat light

M- medium carbonation and fairly light body. Not very smooth.

D- this is an interesting IPA that is work a try. Fairly drinkable because of its lightness.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.72/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dull golden-brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity and sweet with citrus and some berries. There’s some of hops in the background, but very little for the style.

T: Just like with the smell, the taste starts out with very fruity citrus flavors. Again, the hops flavor is only in the background and isn’t the more prevalent flavor as you would expect from an IPA. Even as the beer warms, what hops flavor that comes in is quite pale and only stays for the after-taste as the sweetness finally fades.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, this is definitely not a beer that I would continue to drink or even start drinking, if I had another decent choice.

Photo of zymurgy4all
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I expected a little more from Flying Dog with this IPA. I enjoyed their Pale Ale, however this has a little funky flavor that I think is due to their yeast. I brewed with their yeast, and my beer came out with that same flavor. I also pitched with a dry yeast in the same beer, but different fermentation bucket, and it came out much cleaner.
I like their malt bill for the beer, and the hops come out well. The aroma is great, and the beer is a decent IPA, however I think their yeast detracts a little from the nice hoppiness expected from a traditional IPA.

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

with a little sweet nut

leans toward the bitter
yet is still good stuff

pours a brown tan

smells of nut and hop land

mouthfeel is a little "resin-y"

yet drinks
without becoming bland

primarily american hop
flavor still within line
a constant slight
feel of sweet nut grass raw pine

Photo of irishman06
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I love the Flying Dog bottle art, very appealing, although it makes the beer out to be better and more badass than it really is. I poured a 12 oz. bottle (no freshness date) into a mug. The heady was extremely foamy and lasted for almost the entire tasting. Great lace too. Nice deep golden color, almost amber. Overwhelming hop aroma with citrusy, almost grapefuit-like, tones. The taste was similar. This is a serious hoppy beer. Best thing I can relate this too is a very bitter grapefruit juice. The overpowering hop bitterness masks some of the more subtle toasted malt tones. The beer doesn't finish as nicely as it begins, but it is easier to taste the toasty, almost burnt, malt notes. Overall, not bad. Perfect if you need a good hop fix.

Photo of AlexJ
2.47/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Garnet copper in color with a short lived white head that slides into nothingness.

Aromas of buttery caramel, honeyed bread, and lemony citrus and earthy, dry pine.

Flavor is a dissapointment, buttery and undercooked dough malt notes are shadowed by highly bitter, astringent hops that have no actual flavor componants except raw bitterness.

Body is average, medium-bodied and smooth, but not too easy to drink due to the unbalanced ingredient profile. I do remember trying this before and not being crazy about it, but it wasn't as poor as this bottle, maybe it's been mishandled or misbrewed?

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

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date. And nice modern art on the label.

Appearance: Pours copper to amber in color, crystal clear. Fluffy 1 finger soft head that faded into a loose lace.

Smell: Piney hops and mild clove.

Taste: Resin of piney hops, pretty bitter. Slight caramel maltiness. A fair amount of clove and grapefruit. Subtle hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body, carbonation is very mild goes great with this style.

Drinkability: Good. This is a pretty refreshing IPA for a nice hot day.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.91/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark golden with a head that quickly fades. Pretty decent lacing. The smell is slightly sweet and grainy with light floral hops. Not what I'm looking for in the style. The flavor is better, but still a lot of graininess and light hops. A little sweet and with a dry maltiness that is almost chalky. Not terrible, but not my top choice. Mouthfeel is okay, relatively crisp, but pretty grainy and a little light. Okay drinkablility, but the graininess is annoying. Many better options.

Photo of BeerZack
2.57/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Pours a nice light copper color with decent foam. The hop aroma is pretty strong from the get go, spicey and piney and a little sweet.
The taste is pretty disappointing. The hops dominate the palate and offer woody and sulfuric tastes that definately excercise my tastebuds, but its just too astringent despite the sweet malt that comes out in the finish.
Just can't do it.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at around 40 degrees.

A - Pours a reddish-golden color with good carbonation and a small white head that quickly dissipates.

S - A little lacking...grassy hops with some lemon in the background, but some stale notes lessen my opinion of the aroma.

T - Better flavor than the scent led me to believe. Good balance of piney hops and fruity, earthy tones; mild malt detected.

M - Good carbonation and a lighter body.

D - A good session IPA and a good selection to bring someone into the style.

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

This IPA has a nice, appealing light orange color. Pretty clear, but still has that bit of slight haziness. Looks like Triaminic cough syrup. One finger of head takes its coat off and sticks around for a while. Appealing carbonation. Some specks of lace.

Solid bitter hop smell with just a hint of citrus. Hops dominate, and esters come out as a secondary scent. Also woody "notes" after the fact.

Bitter, woody hop flavor. Nice yeast base. Quite bitter indeed. Slight metallic/chemical taste that I have found to be common for this brewery; not in a bad way. Tastes like an Imperial IPA.

Medium bodied and "wet" feeling. Slightly fizzy, with a bit. Thickens at the end. Quite buoyand on the tongue. It's a very good drink. Maybe too thick for more than two in a row, but definitely good enough.

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

This Flying Dog offering pours a bright copper with a rocky foamy finger of head and aggressive, sticky lacing. Nose is pine tinged hops with a very strong citrus flavor, like lemon peel or pulp. Overall enough originality to be interesting but solid and recognizable as an American IPA.

Strong, assertive hop presence with piney bitterness through the sip. Slight citrus twinge and smooth mouthfeel without overcarbonation or any bells and whistles, just straight hop attack. Nothing imaginative about the taste, but solid and drinkable. My second favorite of these puppies after the Gonzo porter.

Photo of Alexmc2
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours a golden orange with a light cream colored head. Smell is of floral hops and citrus. Beer tastes a bit unbalanced with the malt and hops just fighting it out rather than complimenting each other. Typical mouthfeel, nothing to write home about. While I wouldn't turn down this beer when offered one, there are better examples of the style out there.

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

This is a good session brew.

It poured out into a pint glass. Large foamy head. The color was a nice amber/copper. The aroma of earthy hops is present. The aroma is pleasant. The taste is the fruity hops up front and the malt comes through quickly thereafter. The body isn't a medium, but I wouldn't call it thin. The alcohol and taste allow for you to have quite a few before you call it quits.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into Nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Copper-orange colored body with off-white 1" head offers a very refreshing look. Head recedes to leave layered lacing on sides of glass with dollop of foam to remain for most of this beer.

Smell: Mild piney hops with grassy notes. Rinds of grapefruit, lemon or orange. Slight grain sweetness.

Taste: Well balanced hop bitterness to nutty dry sweetness. Biscuit maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with gentle carbonation. Nice dryness on the tongue at finish.

Drinkability: Easy drinking "sessionable" beer with flavor that is not overpowering. I've been drinking this beer for years, even before visiting their brewpub in 2000. Always look forward to picking up a six-pack.

Photo of brushpig
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had one as part of a mixed 12-pack, found at hahns Liquors,Chicago.

Reddish amber color with very light head that left quickly.

Aroma of fowers, light fruit, malts and hops.

Taste was sweet at first followed by hops and biscuit malts. The body was quite thin. Not bad, but something is missing. Like a good bite, or balence.Something?

Definitely drinkable, but one can do better.

Photo of jettjon
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, bar pour yields a thin head yet with decent retention and spotty lacing capping a transparent amber color with no carbonation. Piney hops on the nose along with some sweet malt, not bad here. Good piney hops flavor with some sweet malt to balance thing out, dry bitter crisp finish. Good, solid, APA flavor here. Mouth is wet, slick, and mid-bodied. Drinkability is good; this is a tasty and smooth and easily sessionable.

Overall: A solid pale ale, largely unremarkable but decent. Good one for just enjoying and not worrying about much else. Worth a try.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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