Snake Dog IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Photo of wesl56
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- pours a dark, somewhat opaque amber... verry small almost no head, very little/no lacing

s- FLORAL! is all i get

t- not overly hoppy, but still has a considerable bite

m- seems to be lacking carbonation, but served very cold it is pleasant

d- drinks very well for an IPA, certainly on the hoppy side

this review makes it sound not so great, but i really enjoyed this IPA. Seems a hair unbalanced, as it is very very floral, but it isnt overly hopped. not my favorite IPA but ill buy it again

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Photo of schoolboy
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dog, schmog. They are all good, these winged creatures. I have long felt the Flying Dog's sampler was worth the extra bucks (generally around $16 in carry outs around here).

Everything has character and everything is drinkable. I have purchased the samplers at least a half dozen times and numerous Flying Dog 6 packs. I am a fan.

This IPA has a nice, pungent, hoppy taste, as they should. But it does not overpower. You could easily drink a dozen of these! OK, maybe 6 or 8 and then you really should stop.

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Photo of UncleRicoII
4.41/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought b/c of label and I love IPAs.

Pours out with large head that sticks around with what appears as big bubbles and white. Appearance is more cloudy pale ale than amber that I see in most IPAs.

Aroma is true IPA with floral hops, citrus, and earth. Pavlov's dog effect! Taste buds get fired up waiting to join in.

Taste is great, especially after worry of large head. Hoppy, perfect bitterness, and as the bottle says "attitude." Slight sweat after-flavor.

Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Derek
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this beer is under-rated. Perhaps it's because it claims to be an IPA, while the gravity is a little light, and the bitterness is SO smooth!

A: Yellow/amber, with a small white head.

S: Pacific Northwest hops.

T: Bitterness is VERY smooth. Hard to believe there's 48 IBU's here! VERY citrousy flavour... I'd swear there were Cascade hops here!

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation.

D: Truely is exceptional. So smooth, yet plenty of flavour for all the beer geeks!

I'm loving those Columbus hops! I'll have to get my hands on some for my next Pale Ale!

Thanks for the bottle Len!

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Photo of leefx
4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice golden amber color and a very nice head (2 inch thick).

Fresh smell, slightly citrus.

Sweet at first, bitter in the after taste. Just awesome.

Stingy bitterness, which I love. Maybe a little harsh for some.

One of my favorite IPA; i'd prefer it over just about any.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask tonight at Max's in Baltimore.

I was absolutely amazed by both the smell and taste. It appeared no different from the regular Snake Dog, but it was chock full of hop oil aroma and tons of herbal hop flavor. There must have been an addition of wood as oak came through full force leaving this one to be remembered.

3.5 A
4.5 S
4.5 T
4.0 M
4.5 D

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured in a pint glass

A - very nice clear orange/amber color with a big sticky white head that leaves a very nice sticky glass lacing.

S - piney hop/alcohol aroma.

T - piney hop bite upfront, sweet malty middle, bitter hop finish, very good balanced brew.

M - medium bodied, crisp flavor, dry ending, very nice all around mouth feel.

D - very drinkable beer once you get used to the Colorado style IPA taste. Different and drinkable

I recommend trying this flying dog brew, it's good beer, no shit.

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Photo of stirgy
4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice IPA. Pours a very light and clear copper color and topped with a small white head of foam, which delicately laced the glass. Lively aroma of citrus hops and lemon. Also some sweet graininess. The flavor is lightly sweet with a light to medium body of sweet malt and the beer very drinkable. Pleasantly bitter in the finish. A quality beer.

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Photo of troysoy2
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the Flying Dog sampler case, dated 4/12/12.

Poured into a pint glass, this is a pretty dark IPA. An intriguing red-gold. Half finger of eggshell head, decent retention, and a fair amount of lacing.

The smell is pretty deep and leans towards the piney side. Other than that, it's hard to say, but there is a faraway malt background, and just a tinge of citrus.

I'm guessing this is a pretty fresh case, because the taste is just awesomely hoppy. Resiny bitterness on the front, with a sweet to citric, dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel works really well with the taste. Prickly carbonation, dry on the finish. Not too thin, and it doesn't turn into a mouthful of foam either.

If it has anything working against it, Snake Dog is not the most complex IPA. But hey, it's remarkably drinkable, given its ABV, it's nice and bitter. I will thoroughly enjoy the other 3 in my case. Wish I had more.

Maryland Hype!

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Photo of gmfessen
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a clear, golden-amber color with a dense, pillowy head. The smell is all American hops; grapefruit, orange and pine come to mind - nice. The taste is an excellent bouquet of formerly said hops, citrusy with a good malt base that balances the beer. Not a hop bomb by any means, but a great tasting AIPA. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a creamy carbonation. A very drinkable beer, this is one of my new favorite Flying Dog brews!

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Photo of aleigator
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean orange color, with a fluffy, bubbly head.

Has a lime topped dankness to it, defined by wild flowers and wet hay, coated up by a resinous note. The hops evolve additional depth, by revealing passion fruit and orange zest, which results into an almost perfume like blend. The nose comes beautifully together, outlining zappy lemon all the way, with just a whiff of cakey malts to balance the hops.

Drinks close to creamy, while a lively carbonation adds bubbly refreshment, catapulting a unique hop profile on the palate. Turns a tad slicker during the finish, due to prominent malts, which then get absorbed by a slightly metallic minerality.

Convinces from the get-go with a great interaction between dough bread, mineralic qualities and leaf supported lime juice. This first impression builds the beer's flavor foundation, convincing by its intriguing balance and silkness, which gets replaced by a luscious lemon bitterness, enhancing the hop presence with a pungent bite after the swallow. Shortly before that, the malts produce a well developed, cakey quality, which gets almost completely swept away, as the hop bite exhibits a tremendous, lime defined dryness. During the finish, there is an earthy quality coming from the malts, which gets very well along with the long lasting, lime infused hop aftertaste at the very back of the palate, again with a soft minerality to it, preventing the beer from becoming too slick.

Been drinking this for several years, and it is still one of my favorites. Aromas and taste complement each other perfectly, creating a bright, citrussy hoppiness, which gets gently balanced, while the beer remains its beautiful mouthfeel and complexity.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always have been very anxious to try this, but could not get ahold of it until we finally popped that rediculous cap. Now I can get all my favorite brews and try out some good new ones. Awesome label as all the flying dogs have, and being the IPA lover I am, cannot wait for this one.

A - Poured a deep hazy, almost reddish amber with a big thick white sticky lacey and frothy head. Great retention lead to a thin layer of lace left up on the top. Very nice residual lacing down the sides and great carbonation evident from the streaming bubbles.

S - Crisp clean hops. Notes of pine and light citrus, not overpowering, but very clean and fresh.

T -Yummy, a thick tasting IPA.Deep bitterness hits immediatly. Very nice blend of flavors here. Lots of pine and a thick malt back. You can taste the earthy grain flavors all the way. Very well rounded. Nice dry finish. Touch of grapefruit or pineapple as it warms.

M - Very smooth. A Thick IPA, not the thin taste. Not oily, however there is a touch of resin in it. Good carbonation lets the flavor roll accross the tongue.

D - Awesome session IPA for sure. Has that sipper quality if you want it, but it could be downed all night as well. Not too heavy that it will fill you up too quick, but not that light as water feeling either.

Overall I really liked this and was very glad it was as good as I had hoped. Another classic brew from Flying Dog. I cannot wait to dry the Double IPA, as this was fantastic. A classic sessioner for me that will find its way into regular rotation.

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Photo of godlessape
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured this one into a Samuel Adams pint glass. The body has a beautiful electric amber color to it that seems to actually glow, and it's topped with a creamy white head of foam.

The aroma is a well balanced mix of caramel malt notes along with a earthy floral, citrus and pine atmosphere that I expect with an IPA but could never grow tired of in a million years. The orange zest presents it's self rather nicely, and I swear I smell bud in here--the good kind.

The malt stands out proudly in the flavor, but only briefly before it gets body slammed by the hop bitterness. There's a lot of grapefruit here as well as peaches and weed that just jumps out at you like the Ralph Steadman art work on the label.

The mouthfeel is heavy and the carbonation moderate.

Overall I like this brew, and now wonder why I ignored it for so long.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Papago brewing. This beer had a fluffy half-inch light foam top with great retention. Sweet aroma of citrus hops and sugary malt. Flavor was excellent, sweet orange and grapefruit-like hops with a tangy bitter finish that goes down smooth. Mouthfeel of moderate thickness and subtle carbonation, very smooth again. I would have had many more of these but unfortunately I had to move on and try some of the other goodies available to me. Not sure if I would recommend the Snake Dog IPA in general, but if you are lucky enough to find it on cask than surely have a pint...

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Nice red/golden yellow color with a thin white head.

S - Hops sweet hops.

T - Just like the smell, it's sweet and hoppy. There's a good bitterness and clean finish.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great IPA. I love this one.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this over the weekend camping, made an excellent fireside companion.

Poured a clear crisp orange with a thin bubbly white head.

Smells of hop and citrus with some earthy undertones.

Taste is great, grassy hop leads with an assertive citrus back presence. Superb.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, with a clean crisp bite and a dry finish.

Drinkability is good. The best IPA I've had yet and at the very least, a great choice for a 6'er.

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Photo of praufs01
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Deep amber color with creamy off-white head and a good amount of lacing that lined the entire glass.

Aroma – Very fruity hop dominates the nose. Freshly cut pink grapefruit sprinkled with sugar is what I get when I close my eyes.

Palate – Smooth and clean.

Flavor – Piney hop taste with strong grapefruit notes.

Final thoughts – Awesome! An excellent, well crafted IPA. Smooth clean and refreshing.

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Photo of ksbrainard
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy but somehow brilliant dark orange color, with a fair head that quickly retreated to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Flowery and citrusy hops invade the nose, leaving little room for much else. What else would you expect from an IPA?

Taste: Hops all throughout. Cascade citrus and pine flavors (actually Columbus according to the Flyin Dog web site - oh and Goldings - there's the flowery smell) with a solid background of hops bitterness. Plenty of hops all around. Not a killer to leave your tongue begging for mercy mid-glass, no, rather a nice realistic everyday IPA. As you get into it, the alcohol begins to warm you from the inside. Flying Dog's site claims 7.1%, which is more believable than the 5.8% shown here, based on the sensation.

Mouthfeel: Full and fizzy. It is remarkably smooth, soft, and full, especially considering the healthy dose of hops that could have easily erased any softness with their bitterness.

Drinkability: This is easy to drink and also enjoyable. Again, it isn't the most extreme IBU IPA, but it is tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper colred with ample, creamy head at pour. Good lacing.

S: Hops present - pale, citrus, spices.

T: Nicely balanced hop flavor with a bit of sweet malts - maybe some Belgian Candi Sugar to sweeten the finish.

M: Good depth of flavor and lots of nice things happening on the tongue. Not too heavy.

O: Very nicely done brew.

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Photo of granger10
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clearer orange with a twinge of red in the middle. Large foamy white head. Good lacing. Smells floral and resiny. Nice pine acidity and grapefruit flavors in the aroma. Taste is fruitier. Good malt base with a touch of residual sugars in there. Nice hop combination. Sort of English in style with the fruity flavors, but more piney towards the end. Hops control but it's very balance and smooth. Good creaminess in the mouthfeel as well. Enjoyable.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden color, thin white, fizzy head sticks to the inside of my glass after every sip. Lots of carbonation visible.
Sweet, strong hoppy aroma.
Smooth first sip, finish has a nice bite to it that sticks on the tongue. Much more bitter than the smell implied.
Sweet and hoppy. Really crip with a strong bitter kick.
Very nice IPA.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber, hazy with a very mild white foam head, almost no retention. Aroma is hoppy and sweet. Taste is very well balanced, not too bitter. Medium body with low carbonation. Nice IPA:

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden red amber color with a nice thick head which has great retention. Lacing remains on the glass as the beer slowly disappears into my mouth.

Smell is pretty good, strong hop aroma more pine than citrus. Good malt aroma also detectable.

This beer tastes very good, great hop presence as you would expect from an American IPA with a perfect malt balance. Pine and citrus floral hop notes appear, very smooth finish.

This beer has a great level of carbonation for an IPA, a rather thin mouthfeel though.

Very drinkable beer, Flying Dog has come through with quite a solid IPA here.

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Photo of stephendr
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle- color of golden yellow , with a medium white head - nose of bitter hoops , piney hopps , sweet perfume , cannabis , and resin – taste of grapefruit , pine hopps , bitter hopps , and - body light watery , and medium carbonation– aftertaste of tar, hopps , and grapefruit

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appearance is very nice. A stiff, white head forms, followed by some very nice lacing. A slightly chill hazed dark straw colored beer lies below the surface.

Very nice grapefruit aromas. Not the bitter kind but the sweet kind. Tons of caramel malts as well to add a nice balance and body to the aroma. Grasses and hays follow suit. Lots of hop flavors which are what I love in an AIPA.

Nice hop bitternes greets the palate. Fruity and grassy. Tastes very fresh (not sure of the bottling date; too lazy to get up and look). The caramel backs that up and makes for a very we balanced beer. Just a little bit of an astringent, metallic, chalky characteristic near the finish. Hop bitterness lingers in the finish to entice the consumer to whet his palate once more: I will gladly do so.

A very nice beer here, especially considering the price of around 8 bones per sixer. Medium bodied and finishes a shade on the dry side. As far as the drinkability, damn near perfect. Definitely give this one a go. Well worth my money.

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