Snake Dog
Flying Dog Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #7,116
Ranked #46,021
3.59 | pDev: 12.81%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Snake DogSnake Dog
Notes: A potent snakebite of Citra, Mosaic, Warrior, Simcoe, and Columbus hops (more than 2lbs per barrel) gives this beer its citrus-forward superpower. Orange and tropical fruit aromas temper slightly-piney crispness, turning Snake Dog into a more complex breed of West Coast IPA. You’ll find Snake Dog bites hardest when paired with peppery cheeses, curries, and mild Thai dishes whose names you can’t pronounce properly.

60 IBU
Reviews: 1,254 | Ratings: 3,482 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I’ve had so many IPAs that unless it has a uniqueness about it, it just blends in with the rest of the noise. This one unfortunately just blends in with the rest. It’s not bad, it’s definitely serviceable, but not one of the best either…

Nov 21, 2021
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Shelbs90 from Montana

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not a big ipa drinker. looks great. the smell was gross for me. i was surprised by how good it tasted. it tastes almost nutty and earthy. i really enjoy it. it also is very smooth. i would definitely buy again. i’m very impressed. the best ipa i’ve had

Mar 28, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-clear amber-orange can pour with a 1 cm foam cap that dissipates quickly.
The aroma is faintly resinous.
The flavor is pine-forward.
The finish is clean.
This is a pleasant brew, possibly my favorite from this brewery.

Feb 06, 2021
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Large tan head atop a clear amber body leaves very good lacing. Pungent citrus and resinous hops lead off the aroma with a wee bit of fruitiness if you inhale long enough. Citrus hops hold sway on the palate, but with sufficient sweetness to help balance things out. Medium bodied, nicely carbonated mouthfeel, with a bitter, lingering finish. Personally, a very satisfying offering; consistent quality, affordable, and something I can easily find on tap or in the bottle.

Jan 16, 2021
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L- Dark gold, pours with a tiny hint of haze and zero sediment in the bottle. Pours with 2mm white head; holds pretty well and forms lacing.
S- Oh boy, prominent fruit cocktail going on here. I especially get citrus.
T- Quite dry on the front and right into citrus peel, somewhere over the grapefruit part of that spectrum. Then there is a perfumed note that is akin to lychee.
F- It's pretty dry but not a 'hop-bomb' as some contemporary/fashionable beer can be. It is greatly helped by having something of a solid ABV% that moves it towards balance.
O- It's hoppier than I would usually got for, so not one I'll be buying again. But it's interesting to try and I'm sure for many people, perhaps esp younger ones this should be something special.
330ml bottle. £2.89. Bought from BeersOfEurope/UK for home delivery. BB: 19/05/2021.

*Written before reading the bottle's lable or other reviews below. Ie my review is independent and now I have the fun of seeing 'how well I did' vs how others describe it :)

Oct 15, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light copper with a one inch head, which dissipates quickly. Moderate lacing. Aroma is strong -- citrus, pine and floral hops. Taste is citrus at the start with piney, dry finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, with 7.1% ABV. I like this one -- another good IPA from Flying Dog.

Sep 30, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Clear light amber, dense white head, good retention, rings of lace
Lots of grapefruit, pine, and slight dank in the nose, a bit of sweet malt underneath
Caramel malt flavor along with some grapefruit and pine hop flavor.
A little sticky, would like more carbonation.

Aug 11, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Snake Dog has it's weaknesses, but taste is not among them. It pours a shallow copper without much head, although it's highly carbonated. The draining glass gives no witness that there was ever a beer there. That trait is more than compensated by a bitter hoppy aroma quite pronounced at the top of said glass. This one is hop forward, hop midstream and hop lingering. None of the stages are overly bitter, at least to a hop head. A bit of the 7.1 % ABV is noticable, but it wouldn't be fair to deduct points for that.

Aug 05, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

3.99/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light amber with a 1 inch white head, which dissipates. Moderate lacing to the end. Slight haze.

Strong aroma of orange and grapefruit zest, pine , grass.

Taste is very grassy, strong pine, citrus zest.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Dry, bitter finish.

Another good IPA from Flying Dog.

May 05, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not so good, but admittedly that’s probably because I snagged this one online and when it arrived I noticed with horror that “Enjoy by 10/22/19” was printed on bottle. Too old! Oh well, had to try it. Haven’t had this brewery’s beers in years and wanted to start recording them. Pours an amber color that was rich and vibrant, great fluffy white head and small rings of lingering lacing. Very nice. Aromas of malt, caramel, vanilla, biscuit, some odd muddled fruity and piney hops. Tastes similarly, but unfortunately so much of the hoppiness has faded that it was just predominantly malty sweetness that persisted. Disappointing. Smooth mild, slightly thin mouthfeel which fell a little flat with carbonation as the beer warmed. Not bad, I’m just certain it would have been a whole lot better months ago.

Apr 07, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle (enjoy by 3/19/20) into a pint glass. Pours a translucent light copper color with about a half finger of white head that disappears quickly. Moderate lacing with visible carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The smell is faint but picking up some fruitiness-I almost want to say apples and some mild floral. Taste is fairly mild as well, but sweet with a bitter aftertaste that occurs well after the swallow-kind of unique. Mouthfeel is dry. Overall, a unique tasting IPA, good but not great.

Dec 12, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle
Best by 9/2/19
SN Spiegl glass.

Hazy light gold with a fluffy creamy head of 2 fingers leaving lots of lace as it recedes.

Heavy piney sappy aromas with grapefruit zest, lemon zest, and tangelo. Slight tangerine and blood orange. If I were blindfolded and was smelling an Alchemist beer or something similar I would rate it similarly, it's very good.

Flavor brings slight seltzer fruitiness to start, in the form of grapefruit, strawberry yogurt, mandarin orange, and blood orange; then a nice sawdusty pine wave comes in with lingering notes of apple and sawdust.

Feel is crisp and heavily carbonated, pleasant resins, a little too oily on the finish but only by a little. Mild warming alcohol.

Overall, this beer is better than its overall score IMO. It's refreshing and tasty and moderately complex. I'd have it again.

Jul 29, 2019
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I thought this IPA was pretty good easy drinking but I thought it was mild for an an IPA it is mild but good though.

Look: cloudy dark golden with a finger thick white head

Aroma: caramel, grapefruit, floral, pine

Taste: It's lots of caramel some grapefruit and orange and pine at the end.

Body/Overall: light to medium body

Jun 21, 2019
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izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light and hazy. Smells fruity. Fruit and hop body. Not overpowering. Slight malt sweetness at the end. Very smooth and refreshing. You wouldn't think it 7.1 abv. Very solid brew.

May 05, 2019
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good_to_sea from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear yellow/amber with a rocky head. Good lacing.
Smell: Pine, grapefruit, lemon, mint. Not as heavy on the nose as a lot of IPAs.
Taste: Light caramel malt sweetness up front. Some citrus sweetness. A nice, minty, herbal, slightly bitter hop aftertaste.
Feel: Light, dry, crisp, and refreshing. Slightly watery.
Overall: This is a nice, mild, balanced, light IPA. Extremely drinkable.

Apr 15, 2019
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ramseye4 from Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap on Reston va. Decent lacing minimal head. Aroma is very weak. Taste is ok, a mild hoppy profile, more of an APA than IPA taste. Mouthfeel pops. It’s very drinkable but not a stellar IPA by any means.

Mar 17, 2019
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pour a bright orange with a solid head. The aroma leads with grapefruit pith, bright pine, bitter orange peel, and resin. The flavor follows suit, with grapefruit pith and a bit of flesh, bitter orange, pine, and a touch of caramel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with tight, tense carbonation. Overall this is a really delicous classic beer, with good balances between sweetness and bitterness, and a rather moreish tinge.

Mar 13, 2019
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damndirtyape from Ohio

3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a milkshake pilsner glass. Date stamp: 03/22/19.

Appearance: Light to medium amber with just a bit of haze. Initial 1/4" thick white head died back to a persistent thin foam across the top. Long lasting fine strands of lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Faint - mostly floral with a bit of pine and citrus rind.

Taste: Hoppy up front with pine, orange, lemon, a bit of bready malt sweetnes, and then a very unexpected finish which is lager-like with noble hop character. Very unusual and it clashes just a bit.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, good thickness, definite stickiness on the teeth. Dry finish with some lingering spiciness on the tongue.

Overall / Drinkability: Versus all the other hoppy AIPAs out there, this one isn't very hoppy and has such an unusual finish that I feel its quite unique, but it's not quite working for me either. I find one is enough. Maybe with the right meal I would feel different about this beer, but by itself, it's just okay.

Jan 27, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

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

Amber body with a two fingers head
Quite citrusy, and resinous. Some caramel. The bitterness is distinctive. Not really balanced in any case.
Moderate carbonation

Jan 14, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very non-descript IPA, not very much flavor besides a vague bitterness and some oily hop acidity, heavy on the malt and not exactly a refreshing option

Dec 11, 2018
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WJL2112 from Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from fresh 16 oz can.
Look was a very nice copper, with a large frothy head, a bit of lacing that lasts till the end.
Smell was of citrusy, grapefruit mostly, and some pine.
Tasted very nice, with good hoppiness, a little bitterness which was nice.
Feel was good, smooth, very easy drinking for 7% ABV.
Overall, very nice IPA offering. Can get locally, cheap. Will continue to purchase.

Dec 01, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangish honey color with a thick white cap that lingers and leaves good lacing. Aroma is citrus hop forward. Flavor follows with lots of citrus and a good hop bite. Feel is fresh and crisp, well carbonated. Overall a decent beer without being special.

Nov 13, 2018
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Lucular from Maryland

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper with a moderate white head. This is a solid, citrusy (predominantly grapefruit) IPA with a caramel malt backbone. A decent example of an old-school American IPA.

Oct 22, 2018
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wifiboi from New York

4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Some have said this is underwhelming, however I find it to be a really nice, smooth drink. First drink I had from Flying Dog, will definitely look into there other flavors. Lots of grapefruit, not overly filling.

Sep 22, 2018
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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Hazy, faded gold color. Soapy, thick white head that dissipates quickly, good lacing. Moderately-high carbonation.

Lots of citrus and tropical hops in the smell. Pineapple, kiwi, cantaloupe, oranges, grapefruit, other notes of pine, resin, and grain, along with herbal and floral notes.

Piney, hoppy composition that is not too dominating, but has a bitter aftertaste and sweet malty balance. Notes of grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, grain, and other citrus and tropical flavors. Feels richly smooth.

Sep 14, 2018
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