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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,856 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,856
Reviews: 1,155
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 247 | 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 Gritsak
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- light copper with a nice fluffy white head. retention is great and it laces all down the glass.

S- nice floral hop aroma.

T- decent malt flavor balanced with hops. the hops are a little weak for me, especially in an IPA. i felt there was more hop "kick" with the flying dog pale ale. this definitely has the floral taste though.

M- medium body with mild carbonation.

D- pretty easy to drink. no real obnoxious flavors.

overall- at the first taste of this beer it feels like it will be a hit. but it just doesnt finish as strong as an IPA should. the hops trail off at the finish, when they should be peaking. with some tweaking i think this could be excelent, but as of now its just ok.

Photo of swid
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, gold; a 1/2" head initially, then collapses to a soapy ring. Mild carbonation and little lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly little hop aroma for an IPA. An earthy aroma with small amounts of citrus. Caramel scents.

Taste: Initially bitter, but in a restrained manner. Herbal and citrus flavors. Caramel sweetness is noticeable after a little bit.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat light and dry. Finishes crisp and clean, with a pleasant mildly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: Tasty, an easy-drinking, everyday beer.

Photo of hero27
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely appears to be a filtered IPA..clear copper color with a thin, tan head. Lacing is minimal. Big floral hop aroma & taste..fairly well-balanced malty sweetness to go along with the hop character. Not as smooth as expected..and mouthfeel is pretty dry. Not a bad IPA, but not a great one either.

Photo of snarl
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake Dog IPA has a light copper color, but looks a bit watery and light for an IPA. The head dies quickly after pouring (although I wasn't using a beer-cleaned glass).

The smell is a touch sweet, although I'm not getting a lot from it. At best it's inoffensive.

The taste has a touch of butterscotch (just a touch) and a smidgen of caramel that is quickly beaten into line from the dominant hops which round out and flattens into a flabby, mildly bitter and salty grapefruit.

Like most Flying Dog brews, I don't really care for this and there's nothing terribly compelling about it; but oddly enough, I could drink a bucket or two of it. Ehhh, it's decent enough to get you through the morning.

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

A hazy reddish gold IPA. Lots of yeast floaties and a frothing off white head. The nose is equal parts pine and grapefruit. Not as hoppy as many of this style, but the sweet malt taste and touch of sugary honey make for a smooth, easy drinking combo. Alcohol content is masked by the slight hop bitterness. Now I'm curious to try the Wild Dog Imperial. For a long time, I had been leery of trying Flying Dog's brews, after a bad experience with Tire Bite and Road Dog, but after this one, and after loving the Gonzo, I'm willing to give this quirky brewery another shot.

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

Pours a medium amber, hazy with little lacing and average froth. The bouquet is unexceptional: floral hints as one would expect, with an almost tar-like overtone. Fortunately, this dog proves to be more complex than I first thought it would...the taste though is full of lemon and honey, matched with good hop bitterness to keep things in true IPA check. A medium body with nice balance and a pleasant, lingering hop aftertaste.

Over the course of 12 oz. this grew on me considerably, and by the end I was wishing for a second...a testament to its drinkability and overall flavor profile. I'd be happy to get ahold of another one of these guys.

Photo of karengarys
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber, bit of a head.

Smells good, nice and hoppy as you would want with an IPA.

Taste is quite good! Nice and hoppy, but it isn't all piney and bitter hops, it has a nice refreshing dryness.

Mouthfeel is very good, it is a little coarse, but nicely fizzy so.

Finish is somewhat clean, with a bit of pine nipping around.

This is a really good IPA - I recommend it if it is available to you.

Photo of UberWasser
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a Stine.

Pours a pretty amber color with a big, frothy head when poured with vigor. This dissipates into a two finger head fairly quickly. Foam is relatively dense. After a few drinks the head reduces to a thin layer, but remains until the very last sip. A good looking beer.

The smell is an earthy one; herbal hops comes through most. A bit of spiciness is present. Some wood tones, some leafy smells. Complex and aggresive.

The taste is packed with complex flavors that begin with leafy hops and some spiciness. As the beer warms, more of the earthy, herbal tastes come through. Towards the end the wood and roughage start to come out. My only real complaint is that the alcohol is a bit more present than need be for a beer in the 6% range. Mouthfeel is slightly on the thick side, but still a little watery for a beer with as much body of flavor as this has.

An enjoyable experience from start to finish. A real variety of flavors make it fun.

Photo of Oxymoron
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A barking snake? Flying Dogs Snake Dog pours an light amber color that is a little lighter then what I consider an IPA. Some orange hues and a filtered clear tinge. There is a white frothy head but quickly disappears. There is some limited lacing but also doesn’t last long.

The hop aroma is strong and defiantly barks Cascades. Some sweetness in the nose but really of one flavor and not much extra. Not much with malt backing but what you can determine is mostly basic malts with a hint a caramel.

The flavor is strong with a nice hop presence. Some light citrus taste that is more of a grapefruit then say grassy. Some taste of what I best describe as soapy that leaves an almost oily taste is noticeable. Not sure if from hops but it’s felt and more pronounced at the end of the taste. The malt is good and backs up some of the hop presence but is pretty basic in taste.

The carbonation is relatively high for style but noting extreme. Not bad, but a little pasty for me.

Photo of fisherman34
2.95/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale amber in colour and very carbonated. Nice citrusy hop aroma... tangerine is the specific smell here. Flavors begin citrusy, but quickly shift into sour apple with a bitter finish. Far too light on the palete. File this one in the "smells great but tastes not-so-good category".

Photo of ikats
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gold color. Medium white head.

Beautiful aroma. Floral hops fill the nose, and suddenly I feel guilty that it's been awhile since the last time I had a decent IPA.

Taste is wonderful too. Hops, refreshing hops, satisfying hops with a touch of malt sweetness. I take a first sip. I try to put down some notes, but the temptation is too strong, and I take the second sip. Then the third. Finally, I can catch a break to type a note. Fourth sip.

Light body. Very drinkable. I do have to disclose that I had a craving for some good IPA. Snake dog didn't disappoint me, but there is a possibility that my review is a bit tainted. I did find it surprising that the rating of this beer is only average. Well, regardless it's time for me to grab another bottle.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from a mixed 12pk. Pours out clear copper with a solid off white head. Thick sheet of lacing.
Grapefruit aroma mixed with a little earth.
flavor is mostly grapefruit/citrus with a some malty sweetness and a little spicyness.
Body is thin.

Photo of SteveO1231
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color, thin white, fizzy head sticks to the inside of my glass after every sip. Lots of carbonation visible.
Sweet, strong hoppy aroma.
Smooth first sip, finish has a nice bite to it that sticks on the tongue. Much more bitter than the smell implied.
Sweet and hoppy. Really crip with a strong bitter kick.
Very nice IPA.

Photo of Derek
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this beer is under-rated. Perhaps it's because it claims to be an IPA, while the gravity is a little light, and the bitterness is SO smooth!

A: Yellow/amber, with a small white head.

S: Pacific Northwest hops.

T: Bitterness is VERY smooth. Hard to believe there's 48 IBU's here! VERY citrousy flavour... I'd swear there were Cascade hops here!

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: Truely is exceptional. So smooth, yet plenty of flavour for all the beer geeks!

I'm loving those Columbus hops! I'll have to get my hands on some for my next Pale Ale!

Thanks for the bottle Len!

Photo of dgallina
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draft in a shaker pint. Pale golden-yellow with small white head and no lace. Smells of leafy English hops and not much else. Tastes of biscuit malts with weak floral English hop finish. Flavors are muddled and indistinct; pleasing hop flavors are nearly ruined by the yeast's musty earthiness. Average body and carbonation.

Thoroughly disappointing. Nice to see subtle English hops in an American IPA, but the execution is sloppy and unappealing.

Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with good God almighty head retention! !!!

Nose: All I can smell is hops, some morehops, .. & then some malts///

Taste: Tastes of hops malts & vallhalA

moithfeel & drinkinesesss....tHE LAST 2 COLUMNS ARE SUMMED UP AS.... yum& then some yummmm...


Photo of beersarang
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden with a white head that is big and foamy. Retains pretty well.

Slight malt aroma, citrusy hops.

Light malt sweetness, some biscuit and grain, then a quick hit of bitterness and a lingering hop bite. Almost seems like chinook. Finishes with slight alcohol.

Medium bodied, fits the style, smoothly carbonated.

Not the greatest IPA in the world, but it's not terrible either.

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

Not bad, middle of the road IPA. Clear (don’t like) yellow/gold pour with a foamy white head. Some citrus and floral in the aroma, but generally a little weak. Taste was somewhat malty, just not enough hop balance.

So, overall the mouth was a tad to thin and weak. You could drink a few of these in a session, but there are much better IPAs at the same price (Great Divide, Avery).

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

I recently got a mixed selection of the Flying Dog beers from a friend. I had not tried these beers in quite a few years, silly me! This IPA comes off more like an English Ale in it's dark color and bitter taste. The hops were there, but a little slow to come around. The color was almost red and the head was nice and big. It was more bitter than I had expected, but still a decent brew. I found the Pale Ale to be more like an IPA.

Photo of Naes
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is copper colored with hints of orange. The head is frothy and white with decent lacing.

Aroma is of grapefruit and hops.

The flavor is a great match to the aroma. Hops and citrus are the main characters with a bit of grassy and presence.

Mouth feel is light and refreshing with mild carbonation which makes this an easy drinking beer.

Photo of beertaster13
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golent hue with hazy distortion. The head is an off white batter that rises to 2 inches in depth. The hop blast will hit the nose, grass hints, the floral tones are noticable. A very earthy pine. The taste is heaven, a nice light grain goes smoothly with a great syrup malt. The malts are nice and caramelized. The hops are citrusy and pungent. A nice pucker up IPA.

Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear golden color with adequate white head that quickly fell to a thin ring. Smell is more of citrus fruit, but some hops are noted. Taste is slightly sweet with hops present, but not overpowering. Finished with only a moderate dryness. OK to drink but not great.

Photo of dwvarner77
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper/orange color with a tall creamy head. Nose is grassy hops, flavor is same with a bit of grapefruit citrus. Backbone of caramel malt balances, some bitter aftertaste but not greatly. Somewhat slight mouthfeel, modest active carbonation. Decent IPA, non-offensive, easily drinkable.

Photo of Torch
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Spec's Liquor, Conroe, Texas.

Appearance: Nothing spectacular but nothing disappointing either. 1 - 2 finger mostly white, slightly yellow head. Very small bubbles throughout from beginning to end. Minimal lacing for a beer this hoppy.

Smell: Aroma is this beers strength. Very hoppy smell = very good smell. It has a strong citrus/grapefruit character. Very nice. Very little maltiness in the aroma.

Taste: Initially this beer really pleases. Hoppy bitter, citrus flavor as soon as you put it in your mouth. Unfortunately it doesn't finish very well. Maybe it just needs to be balanced a little better. Something is wrong though. The longer it is in your mouth the more odd the flavor becomes. It almost tastes skunky. Maybe the hop variety just needs improvement.

Mouthfeel: Average.

Drinkability: This is not at all a difficult beer to drink. Quite enjoyable overall. Not too heavy and not too light.

A good effort overall. If they could balance out the funky, skunky flavor somehow this would be a very fine beer.


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.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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