1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

Not Rated.
Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

2,858 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,858
Reviews: 1,156
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 21
Gots: 249 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Snake Dog IPA Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,858 | Reviews: 1,156 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Brownsfan13
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/1/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and piney spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, pine, caramel, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, herbal, bread, pine resin, hop earthiness, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, citrus zest, floral, grass, herbal, light caramel, bread, hop earthiness, and piney spiciness on the finish for a while. Good balance and complexity of piney citrus hops, with a decent malt balance; and hardly any cloying bitterness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, very crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty nice IPA. Nicely balanced with lots of piney citrus hops; and very easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an golden-amber color with a small white head. The head has a moderate level of retention, eventually fading to leave a lighter level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is very light overall. It consists largely of a mix of sweeter and hoppier citrus; notes of tangerine are mixed with some bitter grapefruit. Along with these is an ever so light caramel smell.

Taste –The taste begins sweeter and maltier up front, with flavors of a bready nature and lighter fruits (apple and tangerine). Up front there isn’t too much hop other than a very light citrus hop. As the taste advances further it stays relatively malty and sweet with some caramel and more fruit coming to the tongue. More hop flavors come to the tongue as well however, balancing the sweet. These hop flavors are mainly of a grapefruit citrus nature but also contain notes of an earthy and pine nature. The earthy and grapefruit get stronger toward the end of the taste, but never become too strong. In the end a sweeter and lightly bitter (largely grapefruit) flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side for a 7.1% abv brew with a carbonation level that is rather average. The thinner body and carbonation make it quite easy to drink, although a little more thickness of body would likely have been nicer for the hoppier flavors of the brew.

Overall –A decent and fairly easy drinking IPA. It’s a little on the sweeter side and a little low on the hoppiness, but for the most part fairly balanced.

Photo of UnclePatches
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of shredder83
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Hellmeh
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of pquijal
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of craftbrew502
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of jeffhenders0n
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Thedrizzle
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bradfordjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Beerswag
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of thomscottson
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of bigsquirrel
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ALBuff
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hard not to want to love this for the killer artwork, but the bottom line is this IPA didn't blow me away. It's decent, mind you, but I'm more into the big citrus flavors of a west coast IPA. This pours a nice looking light amber color, with a narrow creamy head. The nose has elements of floral hops and bready yeast, whereas the taste combines an earthy, grassy bitterness with a slightly sweet and malty finish. There are also subtle nuances of metal or minerals, which I find mildly off-putting.

Photo of dweeuu
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of gnikola
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Joeyroush
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of vipguy814
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of BRD14
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Kmahood13
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Only my second Flying Dog brew - artwork is pretty trippy.

Poured into a goblet. Deep amber-copper, nice colour, good half inch of foam that simmers into a thick ring. Bits of lacing as well.

Nose is malt-forward, quite sweet - almost pushing into DIPA territory. Peach, orange, grapefruit and a few other hop goodies in there.

Solid IPA, with a noticeable peach-orange fruitiness that is held aloft by a big malty backbone. Again, this reminds me of a DIPA somewhat.

A bit heavier than I'd like, but quite crisp and slick on the tongue.

I liked this one, not sure why. Tropical, fruity hop flavors seem to yield automatic approval from me, and this one had that indeed. Good tasting IPA; I enjoyed drinking it.

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,858 ratings.