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Snake Dog IPA - Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

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BA SCORE
81
good

2,597 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 2,597
Reviews: 1,143
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 19
Gots: 122 | 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)
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LeeryLeprechaun

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours an orange color with a nice fluffy white head.

Some citrus aroma but mostly pretty underwhelming. I am unable to detect much depth in the aroma of this beer. I looked for a best buy date but was unable to tell if this is just how this beer smells or if it was past its prime.

Beer is fairly bitter straight through. There is some malt background but it does not hold up well to the massive hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium and is fairly well done.

There are so many excellent IPAs on the market, in my opinion this beer is not one of them. It lacks a hops bursted nose and finish which really just makes it a bitter beer, not an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 00:39:19 | More by LeeryLeprechaun
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper to reddish amber colour with a slightly off-white head about a fingers width tall and of bubbly texture. The head eventually settles to a thin lacing

Sweet and sugary with some good toffee notes following this up, I can also detect a touch of caramel which seems to go hand in hand with toffee in a lot of beers. There is a nice fruity aroma to it and a touch of hops and a biscuit malt aroma.

A malty taste to begin with quickly followed by some toffee and biscuit flavours and a touch of caramel. There is a tiny amount of malty hops and a sweet, earthy flavour.

Medium in body and with a lot of sweetness. The carbonation is lively and the finish is a wet one with a lingering malty feel.

A great beer although not what I was expecting when I read that it was an IPA, it was a lot more malty and earthy than that but very enjoyable and a good variation of the usual style.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 12:41:17 | More by flyingpig
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xdtfx

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-27-2012 04:07:06 | More by xdtfx
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Tpitty23

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-27-2012 01:59:43 | More by Tpitty23
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scottiethebody

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-26-2012 05:54:54 | More by scottiethebody
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hardcor33

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-26-2012 03:07:10 | More by hardcor33
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beerpadawan

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-25-2012 20:40:24 | More by beerpadawan
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. I love the art on this can by the way. Very cool.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of rich white head that maybe has a bit of an off-white look to it. This maintains a robust ½ finger, just drenching the sides of the glass with rich sticky lacing. The aroma smells herbal, zesty, and little spicy, backed in the nose by mellow tropical fruit and grainy sweetness. That ripe herbal feel really picks up as this warms.

The taste is bitter grapefruit and pine, which intertwines with a herbal feel and is tempered on the sides by notes of ripe fruit, sweet grains, and a touch of stickier caramel. Resins, bitterness and spice all hang with some strength in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick mellow crispness to the carbonation that glides along fairly easily in the mouth. This could maybe use just a tad more crispness to it. The alcohol here had a bit of an underlying warm bite to it that brings out the strong finish on this.

This was OK but just really isn’t my style of American IPA. It’s just got too much herbal character and sweetness to it, with each sip leading into an assertive finish of resins, spice and bitterness. It’s great to see Flying Dog putting another style in cans though. Let’s hope they keep adding to it.

Serving type: can

08-23-2012 17:10:50 | More by Kegatron
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Cjalbers


2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

08-23-2012 00:41:59 | More by Cjalbers
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Health


3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

08-20-2012 22:00:21 | More by Health
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GiantMidget

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-19-2012 21:50:38 | More by GiantMidget
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slowdaddy

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-19-2012 16:46:35 | More by slowdaddy
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into becker pint glass; clear orange/amber with a thin white head that fades after a short bit into nothing. Smell is big floral hops, not much malt to back it though. Taste is bitter spiky hops all over the palate, no citrus/floral flavors at all, and not enough malt to back it up. It's not a bad IPA, but it could use some balance. I love hop bombs but this one is just out of whack.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 02:21:51 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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exx

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-18-2012 01:17:25 | More by exx
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chasmandocharles

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-17-2012 22:05:11 | More by chasmandocharles
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright slightly hazy orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of earthy and bitter hops with a lightly sweet caramel malt backdrop. Taste is also dominated by earthy and citrus hops with a bitter edge and a slightly sweet caramel malt base. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good but more floral notes form the hops would have been better in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 18:37:54 | More by Phyl21ca
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BuxMontBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was from a 6pk purchased at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

Poured and sampled from a DFH Pint Glass

A - Beer pours a reddish/copper color. Slightly hazy. An aggressive, foamy two finger head on the initial pour that gradually fades. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

S - Not a very impressive aroma. More of a sweet, malty smell as opposed to a hoppy, citrusy aroma that I normally associate with an IPA. Not off-putting but not quite spot on for an IPA.

T - For what it is, the taste isn't bad. But it's more of a pale ale taste than a true hoppy, citrusy, piney IPA taste. A caramel-like maltiness is dominate. The hops are there and the familiar grapefruit/citrus taste is there but no where near what is commonly found in other IPA's. There is a mild bitterness also. The ABV isn't noticeable.

M - Thin consistency. Mild carbonation.

O - The beer itself isn't bad. The taste isn't horrible nor is it a beer I'd never drink again. It's just not what I'm looking for when I purchase an IPA. There are much better examples of American IPAs out there.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 15:29:52 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-17-2012 06:46:06 | More by SocalKicks
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nitter

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-16-2012 23:15:03 | More by nitter
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a toasted copper colored brew. It holds a two finger tall vanilla colored head. This shows nice retention, leaving thick sheets of patterned lacing along the walls of our glasses. There is a definite haze to it, with no sediment, while carbonation appears moderate. The nose fills with notes of crisp pale malts, with a hearty toast, and a nice mix of floral and citric hops. The latter are dirty, and a bit muddy with minerals, but otherwise bright and fresh. Booze and pine take up the back, and are enhanced in strength by warmth. Our first impression is that the hops begin nicely, but allow too much room for a steely malt to break them down. As we sip, spicy hop bitterness hits first. Pineapple and passion fruit pop in for a bit, especially within the first few sips. Booze is apparent right off the bat, adding puckering and more sour bitterness. Malts and steel come to mix, persisting to the peak, where the malts shine thoroughly through the initial hop bite. The toast to the malts from the nose works in too, adding a bit more bite. Honey nectar sweetness comes to the finish, with more citric rind bitterness to round things out. That same mud and mineral come in from the nose, giving it a near-adjuncty vibe right at the end. The aftertaste breathes heavily of ethanol, citric and floral hops, light plastic phenols, bitter steal, and minerals. The body is lighter to medium, and the carbonation is even. There is hearty slurp and smack, thanks to the head, with a nice finishing pop to the lips. The tongue is cooled from the booze, feeling icy as if with spearmint. The entire mouth is rather cooled and lightly coated, with a final sting from ethanol all the way down. The abv is getting up there for a single, but the beer drinks fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose and the slurp. All the notes in the aroma were relatively fresh, and the sweeter, fresher hops made for an inviting brew. The taste did little to hide the big booziness, so that became a bit overpowering at times. This is a nice treat for us in the hop-deprived Caribbean, but it doesn’t stand up too well against some of the more robust East Coasters it’s up against.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 04:32:41 | More by TheBrewo
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

08-12-2012 23:12:47 | More by GaryMarkle84
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A - Pours an off-white, medium sized head. The beer is a light shade of amber, a slight haze to it. Left a little bit of lacing.

S - A blend of lemon and piney hops. A touch of some spicy/powdery yeast. Some very mild crystal malts.

T - The malt stikes a little bit of balance to the herbal and piney hop flavors. Has quite a bit of bitterness hitting halfway through the taste. Finishes pretty dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, medium-light carbonation. Good dryness.

O - Pros: Has a good deep color to it. Bright lemony hop smell was pleasurable. Light malt smell was nice. Good flavor balance. Dry.

Cons: Slight haziness. Saison-esque yeast smell was out of place to be classified as an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 22:53:51 | More by Jparker37
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PeterOrlando92

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

08-12-2012 03:23:04 | More by PeterOrlando92
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wcl113

Illinois

4/5  rDev +12.7%

08-12-2012 03:04:03 | More by wcl113
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Rocketman8911

California

4/5  rDev +12.7%

08-10-2012 04:26:30 | More by Rocketman8911
Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 2,597 ratings.