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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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Reviews: 1,183 | Hads: 3,162
Photo of Gruntlumber
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Totally mediocre IPA. Pretty much a lighter-style ale with a hop flavor. No challanging flavors, no daring spices thrown in, just a straight forward weak hoppiness. Though not a bad beer, in a world full of supurb IPAs this doesn't make a memorable mark.

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Photo of Gusler
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The evacuates the 12-ounce brown bottle a luminous burnished copper color, the head is pythonic in size, light tan in color with a semi-creamy texture as it slowly evaporates, the lace forms a thick and sealing blanket upon the glass. Nose has a nice hop floral spiciness, sweet malt, citrus like in its crispness, fresh and clean to the senses, start is sweet with decent malt and the top light to middling in feel. Finish is passably acidic, the hops pertinent to the style, very dry aftertaste, cannot help but feel it lacks just a bit of body to make it a good IPA instead of a mediocre one.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer out of the variety 12-pack of flying dog picked up in Cleveland. This is the one I’ve been wanting to try the most as it is one of my favorite styles.

Pours out a very transparent tone of copper colored amber. A perfect creamy, frothy head rolls up a good three fingers high and sticks around nicely. Sticky swirls and rings of lacing cling thickly to the glass. Millions of ultra-fine bottle conditioned carbonation bubbles race swiftly up to the head.

The smell is lovely and laden with juicy piney hops at the front, citrusy hops are apparent around the edges and the smooth chalky malts lay the background.

Taste is exactly just what I thought it would be after trying the pale ale. Piney resinous hop flavors lead the taste. This transitions into the sweet, chalky malts…there is definitely a noticeable amount of malt flavor here. The finish zigs and zags with a break-down of citrusey hop flavors. Mouthfeel is a little light.

I enjoyed this beer and I will have to say it's a decent IPA…no big dog, but I can definitely handle drinking it. Great session IPA.

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Photo of kegerator
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

i enjoyed this beer quite a bit.
poured a nice orange amberish with a nice 1 inch head that left great lacing throughout...
smell was pleasing, floral and citric hops and a little maltiness in the background.
taste was very pleasing as well, noticeable hops up front with a blast of malt in back. surprising.
this one was felt a little watery in the mouth but this is very drinkable, great session beer for sure.

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Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness date, but nice Steadman artwork. Very "fear and loathingesque" Pours a light golden amber, not much head, but does leave some tiny bubble and moderate lacing. Light floral hop nose. Missing some malt in the middle of this one, a tad thin and watery. Hops are moderate, grainy and citric, but again a bit weak for an American IPA. More British in attack. So so IPA, they need to toss in more malt and alot more hops to get this one up to speed.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The snake wraps nicely around the tongue--ummm.... I should clarify. The beer's finish is very well-rounded and works its way around the tongue very nicely. It pours golden brown in color. There was little head and no significant lace around the glass. The hops are bitter and strong. But they mellow quickly in the mouth and finish sweet and rich.

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Photo of Stingray5
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pours a very clear amber/brown, short lived head. Hello balance in the aroma, spicy hops and a malt sweetness had best be a sign of things to come. Impressive mouthful leads to a subdued taste, but in a nice way. solid malt backbone really makes the hops shine. Spicy hops in the finish, not too dry.

Bought this on a whim upon seeing it in the store. Will definitely be stocking up. Very nice session brew.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I did not pour this brew out of the bottle, but rather, just popped the top and took my pleasures straight from the dark brown 12oz glass bottle.

First on the tongue... citrus, (grapefruit) then a pleasant bitter hops, not floral, just a nice assertive bitter, with a side of diacetyl (butterscotch). A small amount of malt comes into the picture, but not in any significant amount.

Having to give points on presentation, I poured a bottle into a tumbler, just to see what it looked like... Well, it looked like beer..i.e. a clear, yellowish orange amber, with bubbles.

“Snake Dog IPA” went well with the rib steak and potatoes that I had during this review.

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Photo of MobBarley
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good amber-orange hue with a strong, stubborn white head and some webby lacing. Tinny hops and grassiness on the nose. On the palate, it begins like most IPAs, with a good rindy blast up front that becomes more intense. However, I found the intensity of the bitterness lacking for the style. As for balance, there is little to be had in a glass of Snake Dog. The finish is dry and spicy/herbal...peculiar in a good way. Mouthfeel is a little thin but overall it is satisfactory. Drinkability is high, and this driks more like an Amber than anything. A decent beer from a brewery that has thusfar mixed reviews from me.

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Photo of oracle
2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer was a disappointment to me. Being a huge IPA fan, I had high hopes. The appearance was pretty typical IPA fare, medium amber with a fluffy white head. Smelled like a good IPA, lots of hops mixed with citrus. The downfall is evident with the first sip. Hops, hops and more hops, but very little else. No malt that I could detect and the citrus aromas were not reflected in the taste at all. All in all, an unbalanced beer that i will probably not purchase again.

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Photo of AllThingsNinja
2.73/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Eh. This beer was a disappointment. The unremarkable brown appearance wasn't unexpected. The grain and citrus aroma should have warned me, but I held out hope. The key factors were there, there was just no synergy. The flavors were disappointing, and drinkability was just about par for the craft brewed world. All the pieces of a good IPA are present. There's a nice malt backbone, and a solid - but not overpowering hop flavor. This brew simply lacks the magic necessary to transcend its basic ingredients.

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Photo of shapudding
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off I just have to say I just freakin love this brewery's entire lineup. Big fan of the brew and like I say, gotta love an entertaining label!
Poured a nice golden color with a head that went away quite quickly. Scents of pineapple and piney hops. Good hoppy flavors. Very smooth and nicely drinkable. Bitterness is fairly low. Great session beer!

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice look but a weak aroma. There was little hop presence in the nose. There was, what seemed to be, a sharp hoppy start, but it finished more of a sour taste. I don't find too many IPAs that I don't like and this one isn't too bad as well. Just an average IPA with an Above average label.

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Photo of hammerhead
2.21/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this beer at my regular beverage store for the first time, so I had to try it. Cool label, but that was about it. Beer is definitely not an IPA. Tasted astingent with minimal hop presence. Color was an appealing orange, but taste and aroma were not pleasant. At ten dollars a sixer, I won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of taez555
3.12/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a tiny wheat tan head with a clear orange body.

The nose is classic 1990’s microbrew. Biscuit malt dominates, with actually a really nice very fresh brewery malt smell. There’s little to any hop smell in the nose.

The taste is light to medium bodied. A sharp malt and hop flavor. Biscuit malt, caramel malt, some citrus hop, a medium bitterness, and sweet malt. There’s a smooth texture to this beer with a slight earthy citrus hop touch. It ends with a slight lingering bitterness.

This is a decent middle of the road pale ale. The sad part is that this is an IPA, not a standard pale ale. The hops are mellow and there’s no bite. The body is light and doesn’t have much character. It’s a decent session beer, but next time I’ll pass. This beer reminds me why I was never crazy about flying dog beers.

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Photo of avylover
4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an IPA for the bitter hop lover. Pours very golden, with a good tan head that clings to my glass. Aroma is really more malty than hoppy, with camamel maltiness poking through like a german doppelbock in the nose. Taste has a distinct maltiness, which is accompanied and overran by a good dose of hoppy bitterness. The hops bring an adequate citrous taste too, but provide a great dry bitterness. Good slick mouthfeel, and very drinkable. This is a good , very balanced and sweet IPA.

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

A most cryptic 174A04 label code on this IPA Snake Dog.

Sizzly amber clear pour with lots ‘o bubbles flying up, covered with a ¼” off white tight head, that paints the glass like it was applied with a roller.

Easy clean balance of malts and slight hidden mixed fruity apples & oranges hops in the nose. Not too much one way or another. At least some aroma showed up to this party.

Flavor says that this is an IPA for those who say they like IPAs that are not really grapefruity or strong hoppy flavor. Barely discernable dry hops start taste reminds me more of an errant, lost Pale Ale than an IPA, with a refreshing clean Spring Water finish. This brew eventually finds its IPA identity but not without a search.

There is a solid body to this, with a rock solid carbonation level that lends to some drinkable enjoyment.

Last swigs: If this is an IPA it’s lacking the hop kick and ABV. Instead of FLYING DOG IPA, this should be called Lost Dog IPA because I had to seek and find the flavor in the bottle here. This was part of a mixed case that ran me $29 + tax for 2 12 x 4 types: IPA, Wheat, Scotch Red and Golden Ale. A better than average mixed case, but that means nothing here. Higher marks than say ABITA, but this FLYING DOG still stands in the middle of the road. A good convert mixed case.

Beer is good. Happy seeking and beering.

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Photo of cokes
2.14/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A slightly darker shade of golden with slow rising bubbles. The head is not much more than a patchy skimming.
Like inhaling through a damp cloth, the aroma is all muted and obtuse. Bread and yeast come through as do green apples. Some citrus? Maybe. Toasted caramel? I guess. Mostly, it just smells wet.
Begins with a hollow maltiness. Vaporously toasty and toffee sweet. More breads and loads of yeast. Off flavors to boot. Metals and veggies and butter. Turns apple sour during the final half, increasingly so as it warms. Ends with a quick and flaccid UK hop snap.
Pale bodied and lifeless.
This is needy in almost every catagory. And I might be willing to forgive it, and relocate it as a half-assed sessionable brew. But the parade of off-flavors prohibit any generosity.
This is borderline sink-bound. Off and boring aren't things I embrace.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty, corny aroma can't seem to find the hops. Yellowish tan head leaves a solid coat of lace as it slowly fades. Light orange colored beer, clear with very little carbonation bubbles. Floral and tea hops in the flavor, decent sweet malt base. Finish is a little bitter, nothing too much. Body isn't all that full, just thick enough to slap some flavor on your tongue. Gimme some damn hops!!! The only difference between this and the pale ale is the pale ale has more hops in the aroma, and the IPA is a bit more bitter in the finish. The bitterness is a bit much for the mild flavor if you ask me.

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Photo of garthwaite
3.22/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold with all kinds of carbonation. Aroma is pleasant - mild malts, caramel, citrus. Really uneventful in the mouth. Medium body, slightly sweet malts, mild floral hops, some rather unfortunate metallic flavors towards the end. I'm indifferent.

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Photo of Mitchster
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

OG=14.0 Plato, SG=1.056, ABV=5.8%.
Brewed with English Marris Otter malt and Golding hops. Dry-hopped with Chinook and Golding.

Clear copper with a slight haze, forming a thick and soapy light-biege head with very good retention and delicate lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is fragrant with medium intensity green, leafy hops (this reminds me of the hop room of a brewery tour, and the old mattress aroma is distinctively Chinook), a lingering residual grainy sweetness, a touch of grapefruit rind and a clean ferment. Mouthfeel is spicy and lively with a clean, dry finish and a medium body. Taste is an echo of the aroma....starting with leafy hops, melding into a well-balanced biscuit malt body with residual husky sweetness, followed by a medium herbal bitterness and a clean finish with lingering toast. Hops towards the middle suggest cologne. Swirling the glass and dispersing the carbonation makes the mouthfeel really enjoyable.

While not quite hefty enough to be an IPA, and a little to stately to be a pale ale, this brew is very similar to a Anchor Liberty Ale with more grainy toast and less hops. It's flavorful and drinkable, but not outstanding in any one regard. Still, if the price were right, I'd gladly drink this again.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.17/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle.

Amazingly super clean and clear compared to what i'm used to! This beer is filtered and is not bottle conditioned. OK, now that i'm out of my Two-Hearted mindstate...

This one had a really nice sticky head that left a great lace. The color was a light red/copper.

The nose is very creamy, with a bubblegum maltiness and a nice amount of hops.

The taste starts out equally hoppy, but then fades to a grainy sweetness.

The mouthfeel is pretty gooey for how low the alcohol is, and there just needs to be a larger presence of hops to cut through the sticky maltiness. Its a refreshingly dry brew, and one that could appeal to a wider audience than most overblown IPAs, but this one isn't me.

It would be hard to be the brewer of this beer - I could see how this would've pushed the game ahead a bit 10 years ago - but now the brew seems overly tame. Change the recipe and offend someone? That might be the call i'd make...

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Photo of Southernbrew
2.65/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange with a small head.

Hops noticable in the nose along with some grain.

Medium body, very weak hops presence for an IPA. Usual citrus flavors with a bit of dryness and bitterness, but flavors are really subdued. Finishes with grapefruit flavors.

I'm not necessarily a hop-head, but I do appreciate a good IPA, this is not one. Glad I just got a single, won't be buying again.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper color with a white foamy head that stayed for a while. There was little lace on the glass as I finished. Smells like grapefruit with a slight hint of flowers. Tastes slightly toasted, earthy, with a hint of grapefruit at the end, but not as much as I anticipated. Seemed medium-bodied with just a tad too much carbonation. Seems pretty drinkable, not a bad IPA.

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

12 ounce bottle drawn from a variety pack purchased at Courthouse Market in Eureka, California.

Pours bright yet hazy copper with a sturdy, inch tall head like a layer of cream of wheat. A bubbly collar of lace encircles the glass as the head dissipates, lots of pizza-crust-like bubbles all over the surface of the brew.

The nose is a peppery malt slap with a background of citrus rinds.

Taste opens with a toasted malt sweetness. A grapefruity bitterness kicks in quick and elevates through to the finish with the malts still playing out in the background, spicy and chewy.

Mouthfeel -- creamy, like whole milk, middling carbonation.

A great cross between the American and English versions of this style.

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