Snake Dog
Flying Dog Brewery

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,827
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,374
Avg:
3.59 | pDev: 12.81%
Reviews:
1,247
Ratings:
3,463
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Flying Dog Brewery
 
Maryland, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  49
Gots
  706
SCORE
81
Good
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: 1,247 | Ratings: 3,463 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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malloyca from District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, light amber color with a thin white head. There are strong, sweet floral aromas, together with the citrus and pine that you would expect, and some ripe cheese.

The flavor profile fits an American IPA, with dry hops and some citrus. This is middle of the road as far as bitterness, but the strong flavors would prevent having more than one or two at a sitting. It has medium carbonation and a nice, long finish.

I would not pick this out of a lineup of premium American IPA's, but it definitely serves its purpose and is a solid beer that I would not hesitate to buy again.

Jul 13, 2010
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Todd from California

2.71/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

At first, this looks like it's going to be good. Healthy looking patchy white creamy head atop a solid amber coloured beer. Aroma was light, with faint grain and a touch of floral citrus hop smell. Get to the taste, and I'm sort of lost. The body is almost too weak, thin. A rawness hints to its level of hopping. There's little malt sweetness (dextrin, faint buttery maple), but there's a dominant hodgepodge of hop flavours that can't decide what it is; very herbal, hoppy and slightly bitter with a watery lemon flavour. No balance to this brew at all. The hops really try, but its bark is worse than its bite. Finish is leafy in feel with an odd floral/herbal leftover.

Great label, not so great beer. I expected something a bit more agressive, proving that looks are deceiving.

Feb 01, 2002
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with a funky dog theme artsy label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Rich golded amber in colour with a cream coloured frothy rocky lace.

Smell: A bit of fruitiness, biscuity malt and faint leafy hop aromas.

Taste: A back and forth fight between a bicuity(mild husk) malt flavour and an assertive hop bitterness that has some coasre leafy flavours. A touch of malt sweetness is comes through after the fight with some fruit and esters, then this brew finishes with faint notes of grain and hop flavour. Alcohol warms the belly a little also.

Notes: The flavour is like a wave ... quick to come crashing in then slowly fading back out. Nice head retention. This is a great American IPA ... good doses of bicuity malt and hops with an sufficing alcoholic punch.

Mar 09, 2002
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ZebraCakez from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

A: Pours light amber - brown, and retains a nice head for a few minutes.

S: Hops and Alcohol, maybe a slight piney kick. Nothing is very strong, though.

T: This is a nice, easy to drink beer considering it's higher alcohol content. The hops are very present, along with a citrus, lemony element. The alcohol is there, but not very strong, and it all finishes with a bitter bite.

F: It's a lighter, we'll carbonated IPA, as it should be.

O: A good, easy to drink IPA with a nice hoppy touch and a surprising alcohol content.

Dec 04, 2014
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ChadwickHines

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Yummy is all I can say. One of a couple favorites I have had from their lineup

Nov 22, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 212A14 at 35 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma mixed citrus and pine, not very strong
Head average (4 cm), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and frothy layer
Lacing good – wide complete rings of small to medium bubbles
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor mildy bitter and piney, ends just bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3, Flavor 3.25, Palate 3.25, Overall 3.375
A very unspectacular IPA.

Sep 23, 2014
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: slight haze; burnt orange; 1 finger slightly off white head that receded very slowly to a very thick cap; moderate lacing;

S: a smorgasbord of hop aromas - tropical fruit, floral, earthy, pine, a little soapy;

T: more earthy that anything else; a bit of ripe tropical fruit sweetness in the background; moderate bitterness at the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: very enjoyable;

Nov 08, 2014
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DrewsBrews450 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear pale body with a frothy white head and great lace.. A/T is sharp bitterness, pine, floral hops.. Slight sweet pale cracker malt.. Simple straight forward ipa.. Every ipa doesn't need flowers and spices and such to make them good.. This one is a great choice.

Nov 14, 2014
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Emporia from New York

4.4/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very good light IPA....think this is an underrated IPA...

Mar 16, 2015
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fscottkey from New York

3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] Gave it an aggressive pour that yielded a 2 1/2 finger head. The head is nice tight dense bubbles. The brew is a slightly hazy amber color. The head starts to break down in chunks leaving nice frilly lacing. The bottle lists the ABV (7.1%) and the best by date code translates to today! Have to drink fast!

S: [4.00] I get slight pineapple and citrus on the nose. It is not pungent - just hints of nice fragrances.

T: [3.50] The beer has a slight citrus front then moves to a bitter back end. There is a slight "buttery" flavor that is nice. The bitter is balanced out with some sweetness from the malts.

M: [3.50] Decent mouthfeel - maybe a slightly elevated carbonation level. There is a bit of a dry finish with the hops.

O: [3.75] I was hoping that the taste would follow the nose and present with stronger citrus/pineapple (these are flavors that I really like in an IPA). As the beer warmed these became more prevelant. Good overall flavor. I'd like to try one fresh.

Dec 23, 2014
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KrissyKat6 from New York

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was pretty awesome and delicious.

Jan 11, 2015
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jonb5 from England

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

330ml bottle, poured into a tester glass.

A: Bronze colour, clear, one finger head faded to tiny rim of film, minimal lacing.

S: More earthy thanwhat is the norm for an American IPA, the fruity notes were strawberry, also had some darkchocolate.

T: Strawberry, malts, molasses, slight dark chocolate. Well balanced, slightly boozy.

M: Slightly thick texture, coarse edge.

O: Less hoppy and fruity than other American IPAs, seemed to work though.

Nov 15, 2014
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Brent from Kentucky

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

Hops get down to business right away, with a somewhat raw, unrefined character that asserts itself up front, rather than at the finish. Not much in the way of floral or citrus in the hops, just a 'bite this hop cone" bittering that is actually a nice change of pace from some other American style IPAs and perhaps more in line with the traditional English version. Very drinkable.

Dec 22, 2001
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Jordan from California

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

Definate grain aromas with a hint of fresh hops. A light and flufy white, practically weightless, head. Nice looking slightly hazey amber. Mellow malt character with an odd hoppy character. The flavors are in conflict. Confusing signals of citrus, flowers and a mouth puckering hops sensation is in the mix as well. Not a bad beer, however, nothing to rave about. Was expecting something more from the Flying Dog Brewery, instead we are given a second rate rendering of what could have been. Think I.P.A. Light, would be a more fitting name.

Feb 09, 2002
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InkedinRi from Rhode Island

3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok ipa.. Didn't blow my mind.. Has more of a malty taste then hop. No alcohol on the taste at 7.1%

Dec 18, 2014
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ADR from Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No opinions on the labels or childish names for Flying Dog beers...

So, I did a "face off" between Snake Dog and the easily available (around here) Summit India. Summit's IPA represents the "post- modern blast of hops" India made in the US that I'm used to and like. As someone used to a rush of hop bitter/citrus, the Snake Dog was not there -- even almost heavy on the tongue and "floral" at the end (more like a mild Special Bitter, but not). As an IPA, Snake Dog is mid-pack and only OK to me...

Feb 21, 2002
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rjs246 from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Flying Dog's best effort at an IPA. I find that FD usually trades some taste in favor of higher alcohol content. This version manages to nail the best of both.

Oct 02, 2014
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, brownish light orange liquid... tight, cottony, off-white foam - retention fairly long, slow fade

S: honey graham underneath (minus the cinnamon)... fragrant sweetish orange peel... mild toasted notes complimented by spicy (vaguely coriander) hop aromas... is that new shoe smell??... smell mellow overall, while the fruit notes shine brighest

T: not quite as bitter in the middle as expected - concentrated on the sides of the palate... herbal spice in the aftertaste... bitterness does build with a touch of alcohol lingering... nice balance - hops are quite fruity but matches well against the clean malt backbone

F: not much of a fizzy bite... hop oils in the foam seem to enhance the marshmallowy cushioning effect in the flow... medium-bodied, but light in weight... mildly silky smooth

O: pretty well made... clean, soft, fairly balanced... hops are bitter enough and the bitter is bright, clean, un-obscured... English-leaning subtleties...

Jan 30, 2015
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Bisco42 from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very average, lacking in any burst of flavor. This beer was fresh too, but didn't have any standout qualities worth mentioning.

Jan 28, 2015
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whiskaudio from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Aug 27, 2013
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Cloudy amber pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Great lacing.

S: Light... grainy.. mild citrus.

T/F: Grainy malts. Somewhat thin... mild citrus hops. Mild to moderate bitterness... a slight mineral quality. Herbal notes. Carbonation is on point.

O: Looks good... taste is a bit all over the place and not sure where they were going with this. Fairly high ABV for what you're getting in terms of flavor, so not terribly sessionable. Not one I'd pick again when there are much better options easily available.

Aug 18, 2017
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Quej from Canada

4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange, very clear with little head and almost no retention.
S - Smells floral and hoppy with some sweet citrus notes.
T - Tastes very bitter and hoppy at first, lingers long and dry, with an aftertaste full of citrus. Nice refreshing bitterness throughout.
M - Very drying and almost leafy and sharp, quite rough and pleasant.
D - Almost too bitter, but not. Great refreshing ale.

Jan 07, 2009
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Beerasaurus from Virginia

3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Jun 04, 2015
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Aug 05, 2013
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mkostuch from Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Nice bronze color and off-white head.

Smelled like I expect an IPA to smell, nice and hoppy.

I really like the taste. I've become a hop-head recently.

If you can get past the cartoon label, this is a good IPA. I'm glad I took a chance.

Dec 05, 2010
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