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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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Photo of mynie
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog gets a bad rap, if you ask me. All their beers are at least decent examples of style, and some are even exceptional. This beer falls somewhere in between.

Very pretty amber, full head, great retention, full lacing.

Smells sweet with hints of corn and citrus. Tastes bittersweet, with that great IPA hop bite that I've come to love. Very nice bitter aftertaste.

If there's anything wrong with this beer it's that its body is a little thin. Aside from that, this is one damn fine Pale Ale.

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Photo of Andreji
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake dog IPA is one other among the Bogota Airlift.

The appearance was very much following the pattern of the american micros i've tried, which is an amber like tone with a medium head, sort of tan and consistent.

The smell is not all that strong, giving off malts and hops mostly, in a moderate fashion.

The taste, despite this being my first IPA, was very much what i'd expect for an average Pale Ale. the brew wasn't magnificent, with a lot of malty sweetness combined with a strong flavour/mouthfeel experience from the hops, making it a decent experience.

Snake dog is certainly "worth a try", but not necessarily a premium.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent IPA with a cool label that can entertain the drinker.

It pours golden amber with thin white head and leaves a thin lace line after each swallow. It pleases the way an IPA should with solid malt sweetness blending with a slightly roastiness.
It transitions into a pleasing hop bite that has some length.
I found it quite drinkable as well, and would easily do another.

But, there are so many better IPA's available. This one fits somewhere about the middle of IPA territory.

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

Poured Clear Orange Copper color with ivory foam head.
Good Hop Aroma, but not overwhelming. Bottom of bottle
was clean, so this beer does not appear to be 'bottle conditioned'
that might explain why it is clearer that some other IPA's that
I have recently had.

Taste is malty and sweet, hop flavor lingers on the back
of your tongue.

I think this American Style IPA is better than the 'average'
and very drinkable. Very nice !

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rather weak, for something that claims to be an IPA. It's a lovely amber color, and smells rather tasty, but something just goes wrong on the flavor. It's nowhere near as strong as I expect an IPA to be, and though there hops are definitely there, something doesn't taste right in these.

I did, however, fry up some catfish in this stuff, and it came out quite well. Still, the hops in it are oddly bitter in a less than appealing way. I know Flying Dog has a devoted following, but this one's really failed to stand out. I do, however, slightly prefer it to their standard Pale Ale.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased fall of '03. (Meant to enjoy these sooner)

Appearance - slightly clouded translucent orange. The last few drops contain some sediment that create some inky like tendrils trailing into the beer. Thin head settles into a creamy top, and leaves some lacing.

Aroma - the hops have lost much of their snap, but I can still pick up some floral stuff. Orange-like, mostly, and generally sweet-smelling.

Taste - good malt base, transitioning to some hoppiness. Some grapefruit comes out on the swallow and into the aftertaste. Pretty good balance, not overly hopped. Slight metallic taste, not sure if that's because of age or what, but it's only a minor point.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is medium to soft, pairing well with the low-level hop smoothness/oiliness.

Drinkability - good all around drinker, very easy to drink a session's worth.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-amber with a smallish white head. Nice hoppy aroma, with minor notes of orange, brown sugar, and biscuit. Slightly foamy, creamy body holds a palate of sweet citrus, very light malt, and a fair amount of hops. Aftertaste is a nice, sweet parting shot. Not hoppy enough to be west-coast caliber, but a decent IPA.

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Photo of RocketWidget
2.49/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cool label on this beer, but that hardly makes up for the rest of it. Pours a pretty, translucent gold, with good head retention. Smell is hoppy but unremarkable. Taste disappointed me. Aren’t IPA’s supposed to be hoppy? Might pass for a pale ale. Dry and plain, slightly sour, there are far better IPA’s out there.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours down a clear orange with a white fluffy head.
Has a sweet, citrusy hop aroma.
In both cases, nothing spectacular.

The taste was definately malty. In fact, way too malty for the India Pale Ale appellation. The hop finish was discreet to say the least. Mouthfeel was medium, and moreso because of the malt than the hops. The first one off my sixer I tasted about half an hour after a DFH 90 minute IPA, so at first I concluded that the huge alpha acid trip kinda short-circuited my tastebuds, so I had another the next day with a clean palate to compare and the taste didn't change a bit. Pretty weak for an american IPA, but would fit in nicely in the american Pale Ale slot. I'll bet if I serve this to friends in a blind tasting they'll say PA instead of IPA for sure.

Does it fit the style? I don't think so.
Will that stop me from finishing off my 6-pack? Hellz no. It was quite quaffable in fact.

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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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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,192 ratings.