Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

1,169 Reviews
THE BROS
75
okay

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Reviews: 1,169
Hads: 3,050
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 34
Gots: 430 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Reviews: 1,169 | Hads: 3,050
Photo of dmarch
3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure what to expect of flying dog yet. They seem pretty hit or miss to me. Pours copper in color with a fluffy white head. Aroma is mostly grassy. There is a lot of huskiness in the taste. Probably not the best choice of hop variety. Overall, a dissappointing IPA. (272 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a large frothy off-white head with very fine-small sized bubbles. The body was clear with very little carbonation observed. The hue of this beer was orange. The nose was hoppy and citrusy. The lacing was excellent on the sides of my glass. The flavor was very hoppy and bitter from start to finish and the bitterness lingered. The mouthfeel was tingly on my tongue. (382 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma was grassy, slightly sweet and a little flowery. The only citrus I picked up was in the flavor after it had warmed and as part of the finish. Rich amber color with oranges and red hues. Good steady head with lacing that dropped as drank. Nice bite to the flavor. Still somewhat grassy, quite bitter with a long lingering. Slight malt foundation that didn't increase as warmed (I like it when an IPA does that). Feel was medium and unassuming. Overall decent IPA. Some smoothness developed in time, but not much. Overall covers the bases fine with no apparent weaknesses. (576 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I love IPAs, but what is going on here!?! Good color of a nice amber with thin white head that diminishes into a ring. Aroma is sweet with lots of grapefruit. Flavor is sweet at first with a strong taste of hoppy fruit and a tongue coating hoppiness that is not very bitter. The finish is long due to hoppy tongue coating but it might be due to the temperature i served it at (48 F). This is a crazy IPA that breaks boundaries set by the IPA style and seeks to blow the minds of it's drinkers. I don't like it as much at first as i might after finishing this sixer but it is definetly not a traditional west coast IPA. An excellent beer to try if you want to broaden horizens or at least raise eyebrows. (703 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh the crazy art says it all. Pour was an extremely light, clear copper color with a white head that had some very decent lacing for a IPA. The smell, however, left much to be desired. It was too indistinct and I got no feel for what maybe lurking inside. The taste was much more malty than most IPAs with nice woodsy smoked flavor with just a little tartness in the after taste. There were some pleasent hops in the finish, but not my prototype for an IPA. I need a little something extra. Mouthfeel was generous and creamy. All in all a good brew and pretty damn cheap to boot. (581 characters)

Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey colored with a big off-white head of tiny bubbles. The head remains for quite a while and leaves excellent lacing around the glass as I drink. Aroma is of hop, pine, and a bit of yeast. Flavor is of smooth hops, not too bitter, with some fruit and honey qualities. Very low malt. A small hop bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, not too bubbly. Not over the top, but tasty and drinkable beer. (401 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a darker golden color with a nice white head that sticks around. The aroma is piney with a slight mustiness about it. The taste is alright, but not that great. There is decent bitterness and a taste of soap suds or something. There is moderate hop flavor. This taste doesn't really do anything for me. The mouthfeel however is pretty light making it a good drinking beer. As most of their other beers, I probably won't buy this one again. (453 characters)

Photo of edchicma
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmmm.....not the usual bite of an IPA. Smell was barely perceptible.....Appearance was nice, but head did not last. Taste was unusual. It wasn't very hoppy and had an odd smoothness that eventually left a bit of bite in the aftertaste. Still, the odd quality was still pleasing, just not expected in an IPA. Very drinkable....probably a pretty good choice after mowing the lawn. (379 characters)

Photo of kelticblood
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Below average appearance with a thing head that didnt go anywhere.Clear gold in color with bubbling carbonation.Thin trails of lace left that were somewhat impressive.Bitter hop aroma that wasnt too strong.Very crisp mouthfeel with a long lasting bitterness.Taste is not complex at all.Bitterness and hops hide any other flavor that might be present.I didnt really like this IPA.I thought their Pale Ale had alot more hops and a better taste.A hint of malt on the aroma.Overall good but could be more balanced with the bitterness and malt.I'd rather drink their Pale Ale. (571 characters)

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

Between golden and amber, this beer pours clear with a decent pillowy, off-white head and strong lacing down the side of the glass. Hop bitterness is present in the nose, but not as strong as one usually finds in an IPA. Head lends a strong sweetness to the nose; it fades as the head dissipates. Like Flying Dog's pale ale, the taste and mouthfeel of this beer are somewhat watery. The hops hint at a crush of flavor at the start only to fade into a (not unpleasant, but not IPA-esque) mix of malts and water. Finish is pleasant, though--dry and hoppy. (553 characters)

Photo of 86MonteSS
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To my surprise, this one seems to have fewer hops than Flying Dog's Classic Pale Ale. How'd that happen?

Great coloration and head. Smells a little corny... definitely lost a point for that. I mean, what is this, Spain or something?

Snake Dog tastes good but after having Doggie Style, it's a little disappointing. I was trying to work my way up to a higher hop content, but it was actually a step down. Still, it is a very drinkable beer. (445 characters)

Photo of jlervine
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden amber color. One bottle had no head at all, the next had a creamy head that faded quickly. Smell is malty with a hint of hops, while the taste is completely opposite. Hmm. Doesn't seem that different from the pale ale they offer.

Disappointing, but still good. (278 characters)

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

This is a very interesting IPA with a multiple personality syndrome. On the open the prevailing nose was heavily malty. The pour created a great ivory to tan head with great retention and lacing. Color is a very hazy amber. First tastes were also very malty to match the early nose. As the head receded a bit the nose and flavor moved boldly to the hop component. This is a more balanced IPA than most, but also one that is quite enjoyable. It doesn't seem under-hopped but rather greatly balanced, full-bodied, and very drinkable. No overbearing aftertaste, it fades nicely from the middle. Very warming alcohol content. I like it - a lot, but it's probably not a good representative of the style. Great label.

Note: I'd had this bottle stored back for some time, but protected from light. Don't know how much that affected the sampling. If it did at all, it was probably toward the positive considering the style's original purpose. (937 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Copper in color with a tan head. The aroma was semi-sweet malt, it was also somewhat fruity. The flavor had a malt sweetness, and a bit of hop flavor. It was a medium bodied beer, with a dry finish. It was easy drinking, but not hoppy enough for an IPA. Their pale ale had more bitterness than this one. It was more balanced than anything. I wasn’t impressed. (360 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-65F.

A heavy pour gives a nice vanilla ice cream head. Thick lacing is immediate as the head dies to 1cm fast. Very nice. The beer is a dull amber with lethargic carbonation.

The smell is sackgrabbingly hoppy. There's something else in there too but who cares? It's pretty obvious this is going to be about the hops. The front is fresh, juicy tobacco. The middle is slightly fruity, with a fresh bitter finish. Some grains on the after-aftertaste. I'm pleasantly surprised by this one. It has some original character. (616 characters)

Photo of beernbbq
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent take on this style. Fairly good body, with some nicely bitter hops. Just nothing terribly interesting going on as you drink one. I find with the better IPAs you geta variety of flavors and tastes as it warms. This one is essentially the same from start to finish. Good in a pinch, but not if others are available. (322 characters)

Photo of bmills1608
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a very light copper color, excellent clarity, good sized off white head, mildly thick and creamy. The head fades a bit but laces the glass well

Nose was decidedly hoppy, floral with dandelion, herbs and citrus. My first impression was cascades, but reading the label I find that Goldings are used. For some reason, American versions of English beer using English hops STILL end up smelling a bit like cascades to me for some reason.

Taste was biscuity malt, a bit toasted, followed quickly by a rather forceful dose of fresh hops, the bitterness follows that but is short lived as a feint fruity sweetness jumps in finally ending bitter hop again. The finish was a sticky bitterness, very pleasant, that lingered nicely, with perhaps a touch of caramel.

Overall impression of this brew was very good. You can tell its well crafted, it was fresh and very satisfying. No faults at all. (899 characters)

Photo of fattyre
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear yellow/red with a moderate white head and a moderate to firm mouthfeel. The smell is malty bread mixed with stronger grapefruit. The taste was a round maltiness then a cedary resiny bitterness. Overall a fairly nice IPA. The labels are (as always for Flying Dog) much cooler than the beer inside, though this is one of their better efforts. (364 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: This was an amber brew with a foamy, light tan head. It rose up easily to two fingers and settled down slow and rocky. It left a lot of lace clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell: After the pour, it had a strong, oily, raw hops smell that reached out of the glass and bit me in the nose. It was all sickly bitterness and rotting citrus fruit. This matched the smell of the beer when sniffed directly from the bottle. As the beer settled down, though, the hops mellowed out to a pleasant citrus smell, and some sweet malt and cracker aromas became evident.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-thin body that could have been a little smoother for my tastes.

Taste: Upfront were some very faint malt flavors that were semi-sweet. This gave way almost immediately to a strong, oily tasting hops bitterness. The hops character was not crisp and clean; it was more putrid, oily, and clinging.

The bitterness is there for this to be an IPA, but it isn't a pleasant bitterness. And there just isn't enough malt up front to balance this beer out. (1,055 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This IPA poured golden with a strong long lasting head. The aroma was predominately malt as was the taste. The hoppiness was strong but not really up to a typical American IPA. The maltiness can actually be tasted in the finish. The mouthfeel is refreshing and bitter and a bit light. I find this a VERY drinkable IPA, but that is coming from someone who does not like IPA's. This is not something I would give as a classic example but nice none the less. (455 characters)

Photo of nixhecks
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I can't deny it - the crazy labels are what first drew me to Flying Dog. However, now it is also the quality tastes that their beers supply. Snake Dog poured a bright gold color and had a decent foamy white head. The aroma is awesome, fully hopped with floral and candy-like accents - my mouth was watering. Full fruity taste on the first sip with minimal carbonation and a pleasantly dry bitternesss from the hops as it went down. A very nice IPA, comparable in taste (but always below) Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. (513 characters)

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a simple gold color with a thin, but creamy head. The head clings to the glass throughout. The smell is of sweet fruit, and obvious hops, the hops seem to be jumpin. The mouthfeel is very sweet for an IPA, the taste of fruit left on the palate with the hops in the background. A very crisp and sharp IPA.

Notes. Sampling from Blue Max, the label got me, Flying Dog has some unique graphics and label design! (416 characters)

Photo of drizzam
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first journey into the world of the Flying Dog brewery. This IPA poured a clear amberish orange color with a really nice foamy white head that left excellent lace down the inside of the glass. Not very hoppy or bold for an IPA but I like it because I'm not much of a hop-head. Thin mouthfeel and it finished crisp and clean. A very drinkable IPA...one that I think I will definitely be buying again in the near future! (421 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful orange color, and a nice, but swiftly receing head. Aroma is terrifically fruity: apricot, peach, tangerine, citrus. This is my first time drinking this in at least a year, and something tastes different, for I don't recall the aroma being quite so vivid.
The label used to read :"Snakes down your throat like a loyal friend", a quote attributed to Anna Steadman, the illustrator's wife?, but the slogan is missing now. It remains a true endorsement, however. Hoppy, but not wildly so . Wonderfully soft and delicious palate. At times, I'm reminded of Anchor Liberty, but it's closer to Bass in smoothness and drinkability. Much less hoppy than many a MidWestern IPA. Ideal as a session beer. (704 characters)

Photo of johnrobe
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good session IPA. My main complaint with this brew is that it does little to distinguish itself from Flying Dog's PA, Doggy Style. The hops profile is a bit different. Doggy Style is all citrus while this brew's hops are more piney and floral. But I expect IPA's to be bigger, bolder, fuller-bodied versions of PA's and this brew could easily be considered just another PA. Nevertheless it has a nice bitter bite that I find appealing. A touch of light caramel malt shows up in mid-palate, but this brew could use a bit more. It pours a light orange amber with a white head that maintains a cap and leaves scant rings of lace. (643 characters)

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 1,169 ratings.