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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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1,183 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,183
Hads: 3,162
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 21.35%
Wants: 40
Gots: 523 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

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 scotorum
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decoding the label, which Flying Dog makes a bit of a challenge, this one was apparently bottled about May 7th 2013. Bought July 31st at The Beer Shop in East Longmeadow Mass. So getting close to the end of its freshness limit of 140 days according to the brewer.

Poured into a Harpoon IPA glass from the 12 oz. bottle

a: Clear amber with an inch high off-white head which declined to surface foam and moderate lacing.

t: Moderate hops up front over an undistinguished malt base. Went fine with my Subway club sandwich.

m: Light to moderate, refreshing.

o: A good solid medium IPA. If the three and a half months which elapsed between bottling and consumption negatively affected the taste, Snake Dog is even more impressive.

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Photo of deadxmastrees
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear, honey-colored pour. Not much head. After reading some of the other reviews I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle because what I taste is almost completely the opposite from what others tasted. I looked all over for a bottled on date but none. Not to say its bad either - just very different from expected based on reviews.

I found it to be very bitter which I like. There was almost no scent which was disappointing. It also tastes very hoppy to me(but not citrusy). I like bitter, hoppy IPAs but this was almost too much. If it had been better balanced I would have loved it.

I would of bought this regardless, just to ad the bottle to my collection - love Steadman's art!

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Photo of Floyd-O
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The appearance of the bottle was almost comical which wasn't quite up my ally. Although that's Flying Dog's trademark.

Had a thick almost flat mouth feel that I noticed right off the bat but finished dry.

Smelled great! Hoppy / piney like a good IPA should also sweet.

As for the taste bitter and citrusy right away but that died off quickly and I was left with very little aftertaste. I should preface that by saying I had this right out of the bottle from a gas station, so I'm not so sure how fresh the beer really was. I will say it lacked something in flavor I just couldn't put my finger on it.

Overall: Decent beer! Good for beginner IPA drinkers and great for hot days when you wanna drink more than 3 or so. It drinks very well. Would I have it again? Yes! I would love to find it on tap.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this one - it's unremarkable. Some citrus hoppiness on the nose that carries through to the taste, along with a little mango. Everything seems a little stale and flat, but this sixer is fresh as can be. Hop profile is too thin to cloak the high ABV - the effect is like a slightly hopped up cheap malt liquor.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very, very foam. Dark orange, almost brown. Very thick as well.

Smell: Smells like salty pineapple (?)

Taste/Mouthfeel: Tastes like it smells. Very summery and fitting for a day at the beach. Clean feel but definitely a bit thin.

Overall: One of the better pure summer IPAs out there.

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Photo of nine000
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Somehow this is my first Flying Dog after a few years of beer adventure.

The label art is so cool I did not pour in a glass. Half-inch of head in bottle.

I like my IPAs bitter and Snake Dog is rather mellow. Very drinkable however and I would posit there is close to zero aftertaste. A good IPA for the dog days of summer.

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

Beautiful honey colored brew with a thick white head that lasts forever. Nose is crisp, grassy, fruity hops with a floral note coming through. Clean citrus hops on the palate along with a bit of grass and dried apple. Long, dry finish. Overall solid IPA.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice transparent orange with a thin but fluffy head. Smells of floral and piney hops. Tastes of piney hops with a tad of alcohol taste, but definitely has some body to it. Beer is carbonated correctly, light/medium bodied, goes down great. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of jaz58
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent IPA. Good orange colour with a thin cream coloured head.

Subtle nose of grapefruit followed by a slight sour malt.

Nice mouthfeel.

Good butterscotch flavour leading into a generous hop finish.

A good ale for spicey thai, indian, mexican foods.

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Photo of dwren89
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: SRM around 15, golden amber and thick white moussy/fluffy head, great clarity

Aroma: caramel and toasted bread malt, citrusy and floral hops, clean yeast character,

Taste: a smooth and well attenuated IPA with strong hop flavor and a very toasty malt finish. Some malty complexity, though not as much as some other IPAs, but the toasty finish is a nice touch that distinguishes the Snake dog from others.

Mouthfeel: smooth, well attenuated, and crisp on the finish. Medium-full body, medium carbonation

Overall Impression: I drank mine from a can poured into a glass, and couldn't taste any difference from one poured from a bottle. So cheers to the craft can revolution! As for the beer, I quite enjoyed the subtle complexity and nice floral and citrus hops. My favorite part was the toasty finish that is much toaster and slightly less bitter than most IPAs. Overall a solid choice for an IPA on any occasion.

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Photo of MostlyNorwegian
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Lovely looker with nice head on first pour which drops to some very steadman like patterns and leaving some decent lacing on the drinking. but wow. That's an interesting thing happening in the mouth. Living alongside its name. This beer is a bit of a dog with how it can not hide the 7.1 abv it has staked out for itself. It's all there. This might be a better beer with a heatwave, or a deep cold spell or also a burger with red onion and some bleu cheese. But it's not working here for me today as a solo.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: World Market in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.99
Purchased: July 11, 2013
Consumed: July 13, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel amber hazy color with 2-3 fingers of frothy khaki-white head. Good uneven lacing along the sides. Great retention all the way down.

Smelled a bunch of hops obviously from the get-go. Got Cascade hops, spicy hops, floral hops, citrus hops and a bit of resin hops. Lemon, lime, pine, tangerine and orange.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, although not as good. Could definitely taste the 7.1 percent. Cascade hops, spicy peppery hops, floral hops, resin hops and citrus hops. Very bitter. lime, pine and tangerine.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, dry finish.

A pretty good IPA overall. It about lived up to my expectations. I’d have it again.

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Photo of Beerney
2.26/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not good. My usual issue with IPA's is that they can be way too bitter. This beer is not bitter at all and has no hop aroma. Very malty. Carbonation dissipates really quickly...after writing this quick review, now I need to finish this flat, slightly warm beer.

Cool looking can.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Brewery - Snake Dog IPA, poured into DFH IPA glass.

Look - Pours a slightly hazy but mostly filtered orange amber with a large frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves some chunks of lacing. Bubbly and heavily carbonated.

Smell - Aroma is dank citrus with some slight pine. Some candy sweetness from the malt. Somewhat astringent.

Taste - Floral with pine bittering hops that peaks bitter. I expected a wave of something else but didn't get it.

Mouthfeel - Light/medium, more dry than sticky but the malt does provide some chewiness. Slightly on the hot/boozy end but otherwise drinkable.

Overall - Decent brew, I felt that it couldn't make up its mind between being BIG or being crisp and refreshing. Can't be both, at least not successfully, and this is what happened here.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This IPA looks great, with its toasted orange color and frothy, cream colored head initially standing tall at over an inch. As it recedes, the head remains at about 1/2" with copious amounts of lacing left on the glass. There's much carbonation and good clarity as well.

The aroma is sweet, with sugary malts, grains, citrus esters, and maple syrup. Unfortunately there's a bit of an oxidized/metallic scent throwing things off a bit.

After a taste, there's an odd overwhelming herbal aspect to this, and the bitter hops are very rough. The two aspects are not easily defined and they don't mesh well together. The body and feel are very heavy, especially in the finish. I find it too boozy for only 7.1% alcohol.

Overall this is a disappointment, after the wonderful appearance and decent aroma. It has no identity with the hop flavor. It's easy to take for granted the ability to have a great IPA since there's so much fantastic work out there by our local microbreweries... which is precisely why I will not choose to but a Snake Dog IPA again.

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Photo of TheShat
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A deep, golden amber color. Clean and clear with a 1 and 1/2 finger head that is quick to diminish in the mug.

Smell: Very faint hoppy aroma. Very little there, even when almost up the nose.

Taste: Upfront there's a well-balanced presentation of hops, but not too much to overwhelm the palate. After the hops your mouth is well ready for a finish which unfortunately just isn't there.

Mouth Feel: Light with a crisp level of carbonation. Very refreshing.

Overall: A good balance of upfront IPA hop flavors, but nothing behind it to really back it up. Not a bad beer, but a simple and one-dimensional IPA.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber color with 2 fingers head that lasted. Cloudy bitter and not too much funk or malt. Lacing well. Just enough hops on the nose to get you into the glass and that’s where I stayed. Good bitter IPA. Light carbonation, bright citrus, a little pucker and a great after taste. This beer would compliment a variety of Chinese dishes.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden orange, finger of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops, caramel and toffee notes and an earthy cedar finish.

T - Citrus rind, floral hop notes, candied sugar and caramel, earthy cedar and pine notes and bitter citrus flavours linger on the finish.

M - Medium bodied, a tad prickly and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A solid IPA and easily sessioned. Heavy hop bitterness but still nicely balanced. I would definitely make this a regular go-to if it were actually available in On-terrible.

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Photo of Act25
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into .5l Spaten glass.

Appearance: Rich golden amber, cream colored head, FAST fade, some frothy lace. Well carbonated.

Smell: Fruity, in style of 60 min ipa (Delaware), biscuity malt and grassy hop aromas. Not that much aroma, better as it warms.

Taste: Arcs between biscuity, cookie, malt flavor and assertive, hop bitterness that has fruit, herbs, grass, mango going on. Malt combines with fruit and esters, then complets with hop tingle, and bitterness, a nice arc and not a me-too style. Alcohol warms too.

Feel: Good mouth feel, good finish, great w food. STRONG! Nice tang, nice originality, like the finish on a 2nd try many months later. Wine-like, Tea like tannins and great with food. (In this case, garden tomatoes, peppers, provolone, mozzarella, pasta)

Overall - in the direction of Middle Atlantic IPAs - DE, PA. Definitely want to try again and again, and perhaps add notes to my review because a lot going on.

REDUX - Came back to taste vs Racer 5. Completely different IPAs, both good and worth a try.
Agree that this brew has a nice see-saw battler between malt and hops. Like the tannins, wine like feel of this beer.

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Photo of JasonL
4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've always been a fan of IPAs and once I seen flying dog snake dog I had to try it. What I look for most in a IPA is the hops and the biterness value. I love the bitterness of IPAs and this beer has it. The hops are not overwhelming but you can definetly tell its a IPA. I think that flying dogs style has great redrinkability as it is not overwhelmingly bitter like most other IPAs. The mouthfeel is great and this beer has a great bite. With 7.1 abv you can't really taste the alcohol but I like this in a IPA. I'm sick of seeing IPAs with 5% abv. Overall this is a great beer and it did not dissapoint.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper colred with ample, creamy head at pour. Good lacing.

S: Hops present - pale, citrus, spices.

T: Nicely balanced hop flavor with a bit of sweet malts - maybe some Belgian Candi Sugar to sweeten the finish.

M: Good depth of flavor and lots of nice things happening on the tongue. Not too heavy.

O: Very nicely done brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

like the few other flying dog brews ive had, this one was also a considerable disappointment. I kind of see why they got out of Denver now. this ipa is lackluster. it smells more like an American pale, with nothing at all distinct about the hop profile, and quite a bit of sweeter grain too. the flavor is balanced, but its boring. the hops are mildly bitter, but there is some red malt pushing back. the feel is way too heavy for the style, its filling after one, and its just uninspired to me. the carbonation is fine, upbeat even, but the heft of the body is overpowering, especially without the typical hop bomb type finish to rev me up. I probably am done buying flying dog beer for awhile. it will take something really special to turn me back around on these guys, any suggestions?

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Photo of BeerYoss
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to goblet

Appearance - nice big pillowy head that slowly dissipates but continues to cover the entire surface. solid lacing all the way down. perfect golden amber.

Smell - woodsy, musky perfume with a touch of spice.

Taste - the hops are not overwhelming but pleasant pine freshness and a citrusy finish. nice balance from first sip to the finish.

Mouthfeel - medium to heavy mouthfeel. has a nice chew on it but the mouth doesn't feel coated afterward. just a touch of carbonation

Overall - nice solid IPA. nothing spectacular but pleasant and highly drinkable.

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Photo of godlessape
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one into a Samuel Adams pint glass. The body has a beautiful electric amber color to it that seems to actually glow, and it's topped with a creamy white head of foam.

The aroma is a well balanced mix of caramel malt notes along with a earthy floral, citrus and pine atmosphere that I expect with an IPA but could never grow tired of in a million years. The orange zest presents it's self rather nicely, and I swear I smell bud in here--the good kind.

The malt stands out proudly in the flavor, but only briefly before it gets body slammed by the hop bitterness. There's a lot of grapefruit here as well as peaches and weed that just jumps out at you like the Ralph Steadman art work on the label.

The mouthfeel is heavy and the carbonation moderate.

Overall I like this brew, and now wonder why I ignored it for so long.

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Photo of Mojo
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a soild if unspectacular beer. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Dogfish Head glass, the appearance was a clear medium amber with a minimal head, small amounts of lacing and not much head retention. The nose is very floral and bready, fairly nice. Taste is a sweet malt upfront followed by that distinctive citrus flavor that I love. Finish was bitter, but not overly so. This is a great beer for what it is, but hardly the stuff of legend.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,183 ratings.