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Snake Dog IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Reviews: 1,192 | Ratings: 3,208
Photo of maxefforthop
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cool Flying Dog offers this in a can, an awesome looking can at that. Poured into Westbrook Brewing goblet, very impressive looking brew with a dark gold almost orange color to it. About a finger and a half of head from a fairly aggressive pour. Big hop smell instantly followed by a somewhat citrus aroma, grapefruit or mango maybe? Smells great. Very similar to the smell was the taste with big hops upfront with somewhat of a mild citrus flavor, wish there was a little more there honestly. Mouthfeel is average, somewhat thin I guess. Overall a good quality IPA, one of my favorites but also not the best I've had. I consistently keep this brew in the fridge just because it's sessionable, high quality, easy to find and because I love Maryland.

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Photo of horshamguy
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a tankard.

A--Copper/amber, with a nice, frothy, rocky head that hangs around for quite a while and leaves some lacing. Looks like an IPA that's darker and richer than normal.

S--Some citrus, some flowers. There's both prominent hops and underlying malts going on.

T--Both hops and malts are clear and upfront. A little biscuit and graininess from the malt and some lemony citrus and floral notes from the hops. Quite good. Not by any means the typical hop-bomb; much more subtly enjoyable.

M--A good amount of carbonation keeps some crispness apparent. Refreshing and quenching. A bit of astringency at the finish.

O--Very good to excellent. I'm a Flying Dog fan, and this isn't their best. It is, however, really good. Quite a good example of what an IPA can be in the hands of quality brewers.

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Photo of ali1987
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- clear amber body, minimal off white head.

S- smells piney and malty with musty undertones; not as hoppy as I'd hoped for

T- tastes bitter and hoppy with very little citrus. Quite boring.

M- moderate carbonation. Crisp.

O- disappointing IPA. Very one-dimensional.

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Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, copper body with a sticky, foamy white head. Resiny, pine-like aroma. Light caramel malt flavor with a bold hop bitterness. Medium body; thick and chewy; dry finish.

If you're looking for hop bitterness in your IPA, then Snake Dog should hit the mark. A pretty good if rather ordinary IPA offering.

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Photo of Huffs
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a nice full heas, off white in color, which had good retention and lacing. Appearance was slightly hazy with light orange to gold color. Aroma was of some hop and citrus with a little malty / caramell background. Tasted malty and hoppy with citrus notes and some spice. Nice full mouthfeel with a lasting aftertaste

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Photo of I3eck
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a wine glass

A: Light orange/amber, looks like weak iced tea, medium white head.
S: Citrusy hops, slight malty caramel. Smells pretty solid.
T: Hoppy, grassy, lingering (back of tongue) bitter orange hoppiness.
M: Surprisingly thin given that it is 7.1% & highly hopped. Not overly carbonated.
O: Hops really hung around long after each gulp. Love the hoppiness but not much complexity. High alcohol content hidden well. Taste doesn't quite back up the punch it delivers with the aroma. Good beer, just was hoping for a little more body.

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Photo of crzepilot
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance clear with an oranger hue than golden. Not much head not sure if it was the glassware.

Smell was not overwhelmingly hoppy but pleasant.

Tasted refreshing but very middle of the road clean fermentation with mild to moderate bitterness. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was a medium bodied beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and thought that it was well balanced and drinkable but I didn't did anything notable. I would drink this one again though.

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

Slightly earthy on the nose. This bellies the bright citrus on the tongue. The color is on the Orange side of golden. A slight speckled lace follows the level of the liquid as the glass is slowly raised and lowered and the bottom comes closer and closer to the top. Not a session beer by any means but refreshing on a hot summer's evening.

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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 larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker orange color with a slightly reddish hue.

Caramel malt and citrus fruit.

Flavor matches aroma mainly citrus fruit, but a strong caramel malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, decent but nothing great.

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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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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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