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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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2,724 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,724
Reviews: 1,147
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 182 | 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 aaronh
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light copper color with amber highilights. Good clarity. Topped by a generous off white head that shows decent retention and throws a bit of lace. Aroma is just a touch of sweet floral hops. Not much else. The taste is well bittered, but not overt;ly hoppy by any means. Nice malt sweetness is complimented by additional floral sweetness. A gentle bitterness is released on the finish. The aftertaste retains some of the bitterness as wisps of light fruity and floral sweetness dance in and out. This is a smooth and malty IPA, seems more in the British Style than the American style. Mouthfeel is pretty solid, as there is a bit of lingering body to accompany the playful aftertaste. Drinakabilty is very good, and one of these will not last long. This is one of the better offerings from Flying Dog, along with the Road Dog. I would drink this one again without hesitating.

aaronh, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange color. Medium head. Aroma is citrusy hops, slightly floral. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty and slightly sweet, with a touch of fruit. Hops are bitter and grapefruity. Touch of orange peel. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

beerguy101, Aug 14, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper with slight tint of amber and a large fluffy two finger in width cream hued off white head leaves nice thin rings of even lacing around my pint. Aroma contains a butterscotch esque malt profile with a fair hop aroma thta seems a bit timid for an IPA with some fruit tones thrown in for good measure. Flavor is a bit rusty hop bitterness blended with a syrupy sweet caramel sweet finish not bad just less hops than I expect from an IPA somewhat cloying and not as smooth as I yearn for. Mouthfeel to this medium bodied brew from CO has a great residual sticky texture clings to the palate and doesn't wanna let go. Drinkability is decent if no better IPAs were around I would go for the one with the weird looking dog wth a snake crawling up it's ass. I could drink a few just not as spectacular as the Pale Ale from Flying Dog in my opinion.

WVbeergeek, Aug 05, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to this IPA. Nothing special.

A clean golden color. A bit bright and transparent. The scent is not strong and it is very floral with a nectarine smell.

The taste is also floral. Not much hop bite and the malts are a bit weak. The taste is very mild for an IPA.

It drinks easy with a mild feel and it goes down easy. From the look of the bottle I thought I was in for a hop blast. Instead it was just a weak IPA. Not a bad IPA if one is looking for a mild fruity taste. Not for the hop head who wants a bit of bitterness and strong hops. This ale does not jump out at you.

Rumrunner, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of dmarch
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure what to expect of flying dog yet. They seem pretty hit or miss to me. Pours copper in color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is mostly grassy. There is a lot of huskiness in the taste. Probably not the best choice of hop variety. Overall, a dissappointing IPA.

dmarch, Jul 18, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a large frothy off-white head with very fine-small sized bubbles. The body was clear with very little carbonation observed. The hue of this beer was orange. The nose was hoppy and citrusy. The lacing was excellent on the sides of my glass. The flavor was very hoppy and bitter from start to finish and the bitterness lingered. The mouthfeel was tingly on my tongue.

hotstuff, Jul 17, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was grassy, slightly sweet and a little flowery. The only citrus I picked up was in the flavor after it had warmed and as part of the finish. Rich amber color with oranges and red hues. Good steady head with lacing that dropped as drank. Nice bite to the flavor. Still somewhat grassy, quite bitter with a long lingering. Slight malt foundation that didn't increase as warmed (I like it when an IPA does that). Feel was medium and unassuming. Overall decent IPA. Some smoothness developed in time, but not much. Overall covers the bases fine with no apparent weaknesses.

garymuchow, Jul 11, 2003
Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I love IPAs, but what is going on here!?! Good color of a nice amber with thin white head that diminishes into a ring. Aroma is sweet with lots of grapefruit. Flavor is sweet at first with a strong taste of hoppy fruit and a tongue coating hoppiness that is not very bitter. The finish is long due to hoppy tongue coating but it might be due to the temperature i served it at (48 F). This is a crazy IPA that breaks boundaries set by the IPA style and seeks to blow the minds of it's drinkers. I don't like it as much at first as i might after finishing this sixer but it is definetly not a traditional west coast IPA. An excellent beer to try if you want to broaden horizens or at least raise eyebrows.

RenoZymurgist, Jun 30, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh the crazy art says it all. Pour was an extremely light, clear copper color with a white head that had some very decent lacing for a IPA. The smell, however, left much to be desired. It was too indistinct and I got no feel for what maybe lurking inside. The taste was much more malty than most IPAs with nice woodsy smoked flavor with just a little tartness in the after taste. There were some pleasent hops in the finish, but not my prototype for an IPA. I need a little something extra. Mouthfeel was generous and creamy. All in all a good brew and pretty damn cheap to boot.

GreatPondBrewer, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey colored with a big off-white head of tiny bubbles. The head remains for quite a while and leaves excellent lacing around the glass as I drink. Aroma is of hop, pine, and a bit of yeast. Flavor is of smooth hops, not too bitter, with some fruit and honey qualities. Very low malt. A small hop bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, not too bubbly. Not over the top, but tasty and drinkable beer.

far333, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a darker golden color with a nice white head that sticks around. The aroma is piney with a slight mustiness about it. The taste is alright, but not that great. There is decent bitterness and a taste of soap suds or something. There is moderate hop flavor. This taste doesn't really do anything for me. The mouthfeel however is pretty light making it a good drinking beer. As most of their other beers, I probably won't buy this one again.

WesWes, Jun 21, 2003
Photo of edchicma
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmmm.....not the usual bite of an IPA. Smell was barely perceptible.....Appearance was nice, but head did not last. Taste was unusual. It wasn't very hoppy and had an odd smoothness that eventually left a bit of bite in the aftertaste. Still, the odd quality was still pleasing, just not expected in an IPA. Very drinkable....probably a pretty good choice after mowing the lawn.

edchicma, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of kelticblood
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Below average appearance with a thing head that didnt go anywhere.Clear gold in color with bubbling carbonation.Thin trails of lace left that were somewhat impressive.Bitter hop aroma that wasnt too strong.Very crisp mouthfeel with a long lasting bitterness.Taste is not complex at all.Bitterness and hops hide any other flavor that might be present.I didnt really like this IPA.I thought their Pale Ale had alot more hops and a better taste.A hint of malt on the aroma.Overall good but could be more balanced with the bitterness and malt.I'd rather drink their Pale Ale.

kelticblood, Jun 09, 2003
Photo of BitteBier
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Between golden and amber, this beer pours clear with a decent pillowy, off-white head and strong lacing down the side of the glass. Hop bitterness is present in the nose, but not as strong as one usually finds in an IPA. Head lends a strong sweetness to the nose; it fades as the head dissipates. Like Flying Dog's pale ale, the taste and mouthfeel of this beer are somewhat watery. The hops hint at a crush of flavor at the start only to fade into a (not unpleasant, but not IPA-esque) mix of malts and water. Finish is pleasant, though--dry and hoppy.

BitteBier, Jun 08, 2003
Photo of 86MonteSS
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To my surprise, this one seems to have fewer hops than Flying Dog's Classic Pale Ale. How'd that happen?

Great coloration and head. Smells a little corny... definitely lost a point for that. I mean, what is this, Spain or something?

Snake Dog tastes good but after having Doggie Style, it's a little disappointing. I was trying to work my way up to a higher hop content, but it was actually a step down. Still, it is a very drinkable beer.

86MonteSS, May 24, 2003
Photo of jlervine
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color. One bottle had no head at all, the next had a creamy head that faded quickly. Smell is malty with a hint of hops, while the taste is completely opposite. Hmm. Doesn't seem that different from the pale ale they offer.

Disappointing, but still good.

jlervine, May 04, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting IPA with a multiple personality syndrome. On the open the prevailing nose was heavily malty. The pour created a great ivory to tan head with great retention and lacing. Color is a very hazy amber. First tastes were also very malty to match the early nose. As the head receded a bit the nose and flavor moved boldly to the hop component. This is a more balanced IPA than most, but also one that is quite enjoyable. It doesn't seem under-hopped but rather greatly balanced, full-bodied, and very drinkable. No overbearing aftertaste, it fades nicely from the middle. Very warming alcohol content. I like it - a lot, but it's probably not a good representative of the style. Great label.

Note: I'd had this bottle stored back for some time, but protected from light. Don't know how much that affected the sampling. If it did at all, it was probably toward the positive considering the style's original purpose.

AtLagerHeads, Apr 14, 2003
Photo of BeerBuilder
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Copper in color with a tan head. The aroma was semi-sweet malt, it was also somewhat fruity. The flavor had a malt sweetness, and a bit of hop flavor. It was a medium bodied beer, with a dry finish. It was easy drinking, but not hoppy enough for an IPA. Their pale ale had more bitterness than this one. It was more balanced than anything. I wasn’t impressed.

BeerBuilder, Apr 10, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

A heavy pour gives a nice vanilla ice cream head. Thick lacing is immediate as the head dies to 1cm fast. Very nice. The beer is a dull amber with lethargic carbonation.

The smell is sackgrabbingly hoppy. There's something else in there too but who cares? It's pretty obvious this is going to be about the hops. The front is fresh, juicy tobacco. The middle is slightly fruity, with a fresh bitter finish. Some grains on the after-aftertaste. I'm pleasantly surprised by this one. It has some original character.

kbub6f, Apr 04, 2003
Photo of beernbbq
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent take on this style. Fairly good body, with some nicely bitter hops. Just nothing terribly interesting going on as you drink one. I find with the better IPAs you geta variety of flavors and tastes as it warms. This one is essentially the same from start to finish. Good in a pinch, but not if others are available.

beernbbq, Mar 30, 2003
Photo of bmills1608
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very light copper color, excellent clarity, good sized off white head, mildly thick and creamy. The head fades a bit but laces the glass well

Nose was decidedly hoppy, floral with dandelion, herbs and citrus. My first impression was cascades, but reading the label I find that Goldings are used. For some reason, American versions of English beer using English hops STILL end up smelling a bit like cascades to me for some reason.

Taste was biscuity malt, a bit toasted, followed quickly by a rather forceful dose of fresh hops, the bitterness follows that but is short lived as a feint fruity sweetness jumps in finally ending bitter hop again. The finish was a sticky bitterness, very pleasant, that lingered nicely, with perhaps a touch of caramel.

Overall impression of this brew was very good. You can tell its well crafted, it was fresh and very satisfying. No faults at all.

bmills1608, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of fattyre
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear yellow/red with a moderate white head and a moderate to firm mouthfeel. The smell is malty bread mixed with stronger grapefruit. The taste was a round maltiness then a cedary resiny bitterness. Overall a fairly nice IPA. The labels are (as always for Flying Dog) much cooler than the beer inside, though this is one of their better efforts.

fattyre, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This was an amber brew with a foamy, light tan head. It rose up easily to two fingers and settled down slow and rocky. It left a lot of lace clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell: After the pour, it had a strong, oily, raw hops smell that reached out of the glass and bit me in the nose. It was all sickly bitterness and rotting citrus fruit. This matched the smell of the beer when sniffed directly from the bottle. As the beer settled down, though, the hops mellowed out to a pleasant citrus smell, and some sweet malt and cracker aromas became evident.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-thin body that could have been a little smoother for my tastes.

Taste: Upfront were some very faint malt flavors that were semi-sweet. This gave way almost immediately to a strong, oily tasting hops bitterness. The hops character was not crisp and clean; it was more putrid, oily, and clinging.

The bitterness is there for this to be an IPA, but it isn't a pleasant bitterness. And there just isn't enough malt up front to balance this beer out.

Quaffer, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA poured golden with a strong long lasting head. The aroma was predominately malt as was the taste. The hoppiness was strong but not really up to a typical American IPA. The maltiness can actually be tasted in the finish. The mouthfeel is refreshing and bitter and a bit light. I find this a VERY drinkable IPA, but that is coming from someone who does not like IPA's. This is not something I would give as a classic example but nice none the less.

LarryKemp, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of nixhecks
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I can't deny it - the crazy labels are what first drew me to Flying Dog. However, now it is also the quality tastes that their beers supply. Snake Dog poured a bright gold color and had a decent foamy white head. The aroma is awesome, fully hopped with floral and candy-like accents - my mouth was watering. Full fruity taste on the first sip with minimal carbonation and a pleasantly dry bitternesss from the hops as it went down. A very nice IPA, comparable in taste (but always below) Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale.

nixhecks, Mar 03, 2003
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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