Snake Dog IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

BA SCORE
81
good
3,312 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
flyingdogbrewery.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,312
Reviews:
1,212
Avg:
3.57
pDev:
12.89%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
629
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 3,312 |  Reviews: 1,212
Photo of LDemarais
2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of Rhen19
2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of hxcryne
2/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2/5  rDev -44%

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2/5  rDev -44%

Photo of dpaulmiller
2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I almost poured this out upon first nose/taste, but decided to weather this storm. My opinion is close to most others - Happy with the appearance, but upon smell, and taste, could not find an affinity. Somewhat musty nose, also reminds me of an electrical-ion sort of essence. To me, not a lot of hop character, hardly drinkable, decided to sewer the last 6 ounces. Sorry Flying Dog, until now, I hadn't met an IPA I didn't like.

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Photo of Zorro
2.06/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy red brew.

Smell is too mild for an IPA, very mild hop and malt smell and that is all that there is.

Taste is sweet and weird. Noticeable hops but not really bitter and a weird pine and egg taste. An IPA should be drier than this. Yep Pine and egg flavor, how they did that I have no idea.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkable, but why would I want to drink this? YECH!

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Photo of jrallen34
2.11/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into my Narke tulip...A dark but clear copper, lots of light tope head, good retention and lacing...At first the aroma is really nice and sweet but then the alcohol comes through, too strong so it starts to turn me off...The taste takes the aroma to a new level, all piney alcohol and incredibly strong, I almost gagged my first sip. This is beyond a beer for hop heads, this just needs to go away. Its as if they almost poured grain alcohol in the beer, how is this 7.1%.

Yuck!

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Photo of cokes
2.14/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A slightly darker shade of golden with slow rising bubbles. The head is not much more than a patchy skimming.
Like inhaling through a damp cloth, the aroma is all muted and obtuse. Bread and yeast come through as do green apples. Some citrus? Maybe. Toasted caramel? I guess. Mostly, it just smells wet.
Begins with a hollow maltiness. Vaporously toasty and toffee sweet. More breads and loads of yeast. Off flavors to boot. Metals and veggies and butter. Turns apple sour during the final half, increasingly so as it warms. Ends with a quick and flaccid UK hop snap.
Pale bodied and lifeless.
This is needy in almost every catagory. And I might be willing to forgive it, and relocate it as a half-assed sessionable brew. But the parade of off-flavors prohibit any generosity.
This is borderline sink-bound. Off and boring aren't things I embrace.

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Photo of srletend
2.16/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: very clear, light amber, minimal head
S: none
T: not much
O: not much of an IPA

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Photo of mjurney
2.19/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

[Appearance]: Amber orange color, clear, some carbonation, foamy head, lacing looks quite nice.
[Smell]: Bitter citrus nose.
[Taste]: Malty, bitter citrus (orange peel like) from the hops, I could detect some piney, some slight coffee at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light bodied, carbonation is light, has harsh bitter coffee aftertaste that lingers.
[Drinkability]: Not too drinkable, very harsh.

Note: Probably the worst IPA I ever drank.

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Photo of hammerhead
2.21/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw this beer at my regular beverage store for the first time, so I had to try it. Cool label, but that was about it. Beer is definitely not an IPA. Tasted astingent with minimal hop presence. Color was an appealing orange, but taste and aroma were not pleasant. At ten dollars a sixer, I won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of francisweizen
2.23/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Muddy, ruddy brown/amber with a big sticky head of foam. Aromas are of dirty water (no joke), and some sort of sickly sweet malt and hop combination. The taste is icky, with bad water, and sweet, tainted hops making this taste like horrible-ness. Mouthfeel is average but drinkability is horrible, as the aromas and flavors of this beer are just wrong. My first flying dog beer, from a super-fresh 12ouncer. I'm not interested in trying their other beers! (Well *maybe* the wild dog)

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Photo of Malone47
2.25/5  rDev -37%

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2.25/5  rDev -37%

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2.25/5  rDev -37%

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2.25/5  rDev -37%

Photo of Minn_Joe
2.25/5  rDev -37%

Photo of Beerney
2.26/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is not good. My usual issue with IPA's is that they can be way too bitter. This beer is not bitter at all and has no hop aroma. Very malty. Carbonation dissipates really quickly...after writing this quick review, now I need to finish this flat, slightly warm beer.

Cool looking can.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.3/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Finger and a half off-white head, with quickly deteriorating retention and some foamy lacing. Dark golden color with nice clarity.

S- light fruits and citrus, sour mash, fruity hops and bitter malt backbone. Smooth and tart sort of smell.

T- Strange flavor that balances metallic bitterness with earthy hoppiness. Not digging this one. Watery in the background, too hop forward in the fore.

M- Slimy wetness, dry finish.

O- Unless you are a fan of the brewery or the style, avoid this one.

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Photo of biking4beer
2.32/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint tumbler.

Pours a nice, foamy 2 finger head. leaves lacing that stays after the beer is gone. the beer is a nice golden amber color. Good looking beer . . .

but it's all donwhill from there. Not much for the sniffer in this beer. Very very slight hoppiness. Nothing special. I even got a slight metallic smell as if it were still in the bottle.

Taste is on the same level with the smell. the hops don't stand out except for the bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very slight orange citrus. This beer probably leans more towards a regular pale ale as opposed to an IPA

Not very pleasing in the mouth. On my hand written notes, I put down that I could have a couple of these. I remember thinking that I would finish the 6 pack, but not buy it again. Now i'm looking at my glass, and there is a very tiny sip left. I don't know if I'll drink it.

I've tanked a local small brew. An IPA at that. I guess I'm officially a snob. This one was really disappointing, and I like this brewery.

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Photo of Hophead717
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Everything about this beer is well below average.

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Photo of everetends
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle out of a Flying Dog mixed 12. Poured into a pint tumbler.

A: Poured a clear, golden amber that produced a light fluffy head. Not bad looking.

S: Smelled of citrus hops and sweet malt.

T: Tastes like a metallic bag of ass. All that I am getting is the metallic flavor with a touch of sweetness before it. Once again I think this must be their hops but every Flying Dog beer I drink has this metallic flavor. This is by far the worst.

M: It is smooth, clean and crisp but that metallic aftertaste lingers on your tongue.

D: Not for me. Wish I could chalk it up to a bad bottle but I have had several of these out of my optimistic nature, and each has failed me.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
2.33/5  rDev -34.7%
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.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 3,312 ratings.
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