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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 Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Buckeye Brew Engine. C-hop aroma. Yellow with a thick white head and thick lace. Astringent bitterness but drinkable with the offsetting malts that kick in. 60 IBU, Crystal Malt, Warrior and Columbus hops, and dry hopped with Columbus.Interesting IPA and worth a try.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark clear amber orange with a short white head that rapidly fades but comes back nicely with a quick swirl.

Belgian fruit juxtaposed with grapefruit hops in the nose that yields to the fruit.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and full.

Flavors follow nose. Front end of Belgian fruit that gives way to big hops. This is a strange one for me. Tries to be two beers in one and it actually may pull it off! This is a Belgian like a Maredsous 8 blended with a "hop head." I think it works although it takes getting used to. Malt, fruit in the front and middle; huge grapefruit and pine resin in the end an finish. Very complex and layered.

I've decided I like it a lot and that it would really be good with all kinds of food flavor profiles.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 1/31/13.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is pretty tasty but has a better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 2.5 finger head some lace with light amber, clear beer with golden hues.

S: pine and hops. Hint of citrus

T: very light grapefruit to start but that goes away rapidly to be mostly piney with hops background and bitter finish and aftertaste.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: the pine and bitterness are a little too much. The aroma is weak. Not a favorite.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

like the few other flying dog brews ive had, this one was also a considerable disappointment. I kind of see why they got out of Denver now. this ipa is lackluster. it smells more like an American pale, with nothing at all distinct about the hop profile, and quite a bit of sweeter grain too. the flavor is balanced, but its boring. the hops are mildly bitter, but there is some red malt pushing back. the feel is way too heavy for the style, its filling after one, and its just uninspired to me. the carbonation is fine, upbeat even, but the heft of the body is overpowering, especially without the typical hop bomb type finish to rev me up. I probably am done buying flying dog beer for awhile. it will take something really special to turn me back around on these guys, any suggestions?

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Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was better the second time I had it. This beer poured out as a nice looking copper color, it had a white soapy head on top that had a decent lacing. The smell of the beer was moderately hoppy with some malts in there too. The taste of this beer seemed hoppier to me the second time over the first time I drank it. The bitterness was pretty good in this one. The mouthfeel had a solid crisp feel to it along with a good dryness in the back. Overall this beer was pretty good.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper in color, the beer has a light amount of carbonation visible in the form of rising bubbles. It poured with a thin yet dense white head that has good retention properties and never completely disappeared.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the hop flavors really stand out in the taste and are accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: Despite being a hop bomb, this beer isn't that difficult to drink because the bitterness balanced to a large degree by the underlying malts.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: high boquet of florals. Smells of various hops. Mildly malty. Refreshing even to the nose.
Appearance: dark copper colored. Off white, chunky head. Tight and excited carbonation. Decent lacing. Head flatens steady over 5 or so minutes. Flying Dog undoubtedly has the best bottle art in the business.
Taste: Bold hops, spices, and carbonation at the nose. Medium round body. Balances nicely with malts. Mild notes of ethinol. Body and flavor develops through the finish. Finishes drying and refreshing.
Aftertaste: definate hop bittering and flavoring lingers. Continues to dry. Maltiness returns within seconds. Picks up a bit metalic.
Impression: very good beer. Never disapoints. A thirst quencer for those hot summer days.

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Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly but does leave a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Vaguely citrusy in a floral way; a nice aroma but a bit underpowering

Taste: Grainy malt flavors at the outset with a growing piney bitterness that has some soapy elements to it; after the swallow, there is a surprising amount of sweetness that fades as the grainy elements take over the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer by any stretch but there are a lot of IPAs out there that I prefer

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A small to medium sized off white head settles nicely above a clear reddish golden colored beer.

Big nice citrus, pine, and floral hops aroma blends well with a sweet light caramel malt.

Pine, citrus, and light floral hops balanced with a light sweet malt taste.

A dry aftertaste with lingering aspects of the taste on this medium bodied beer.

A decent beer from Flying Dog, worth a try.

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Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer i've somehow managed to avoid all my life until now.
Bottle printed with date code "272 11" on the bottom, making the bottle 3-4 months old at this point.

Glowing saturated candy orange tone, lasting white cap of foam that leaves behind a delicate halo of lacing. Lazy trails of rising carbonation.

Smooth and sweet with caramel and bready malt flavors. Hops come across as dried citrus fruit with minimal bitterness. Aroma is a dull sweet malt/vague fruity hop combo. Medium bodied, slightly watery, light and fairly easy to drink, though I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was reviewing this and due to a browser error lost my entire review. As a result, this redo will be a bit more brief than usual, because I'm rather pissed.
Bottle into imperial pint glass. Reviewed live.

A: Five finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark copper with tinges of amber.

Sm: Lemon ester hops and bittering hops, with barley somewhere in there. The aroma is of moderate strength.

T: Pleasant lemon esters comprise the open, with a smooth barley foundation beneath. The bittering hops emerge at the midpoint but depart before the finish, a welcome change from bittering hop overloaded IPAs that destroy the style. Some pine lurks through the first two acts and surfaces to dominate the finish. It's nicely balanced and well built. For a beer in my least favourite style, it's pretty good.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours on the body. Not overly dry and coarse like many IPAs.

Dr: Very drinkable for the style, decently priced as an import, and very good quality. I don't often like IPAs, but this one makes the cut. The best beer I've had from Flying Dog yet.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was just a bit funky for me. Besides the terrible Tire Bite, the rest of the mixed pack was pretty good.. except this one. I mean I like IPA's and all but this one had something odd going on with it and the taste didn't sit well with me. Maybe a little out of balance? Either way I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an amber/burgandy color with a small, short-lived head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and grain.

T - It tasted mostly of grassy hops and malt. Slight bitterness.

M - It was crisp and a little dry. Light-bodied.

D - Overall, it is an okay IPA. It just isn't hoppy enough to be considered great.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

G: Poured into a Stone Arrogant Bastard ping glass.

A: Slightly copperish; more the color of grain--doesn't appear as "heavy" as the typical IPA. Decent single-finger head to start off, although this dissipates quickly, leaving a little bit of lacing.

S: Slightly hoppy. Not much citrus, and a little bit of pale malt. A tiny bit of amber as well.

T: Quite malty. I would say that there is a decent balance, although I think this tends a little too much toward malt for the style. With the hops, I'm not getting all that much--I don't know where the 60 IBU's are. The malt is slightly biscuity.

M: Smoothe with light carbonation. Mellows in the mouth.

D: Drinkable enough, nothing too special. I'll try this on tap if I see it, just to see if it's any different.

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Photo of oberon
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden with a two finger head that settles nicely,I pick up some grapfruit in the aroma from the large dose of hops with some nuttiness that lingers as well.Taste is pretty blazee,not much going on here some soapiness and some zesty hop in the aftertaste thats it Iam still tryin to get get more from this beer but nuttin.Man Flying Dog really needs to check themselves there beers are pretty lackluster.

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Photo of nickfl
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper-orange with a foamy, white head a finger and a half high. A bit hazy but not too bad.

S - Lemon and pepper hop aroma. A little bit of caramel maltiness, surprisingly spicy overall.

T - More of the same lemon peppers hop character, but with more grapefruit. There is some nice caramel maltiness followed by stiff bitterness. The bitterness gets somewhat acrid in the finish and may be accompanied by darker grain flavors.

M - Medium body with moderately high carbonation and some definite astringency in the finish.

D - Pretty good IPA. The hop character is excellent but I am not too pleased with finish. It gets kind of harsh and soapy and leaves a lingering, astringent bitterness.

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A light creamy bubbly head fades over clear toasty orange color.

Nose of light crystal malts with light spicy and earthy hops and a bit of chewy hops.

Taste is semi malty light crystal malts, fairly bitter with strong earthy almost UK style hops with a bit of chewy hops and a bit of astringency. Light sweetness but finishes a bit drier. Very light fruit with apricot etc. long bitter semi astringent herbal UK bitter hops.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability is so-so with an overpowering bitterness and stringency and light minerality. Not much in the way of booze though.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/1/2013. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and piney spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of grapefruit, pine, caramel, orange zest, lemon zest, floral, grass, herbal, bread, pine resin, hop earthiness, and piney spiciness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, citrus zest, floral, grass, herbal, light caramel, bread, hop earthiness, and piney spiciness on the finish for a while. Good balance and complexity of piney citrus hops, with a decent malt balance; and hardly any cloying bitterness present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly creamy, very crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a pretty nice IPA. Nicely balanced with lots of piney citrus hops; and very easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Snake Dog IPA was a disappointment to me. I like most of the Flying Dog beers, but this one just falls short of my expectations. I thought of it more as an extra-hopped amber ale than a true IPA. It's slightly hazy golden body rests beneath a frothy head of off-white that holds fairly well and and leaves some nice splotchy lace about the glass. The nose delivers a caramelish and biscuity malt that's fluffed with leafy and mildly floral hops (seems like Fuggles to me), but regardless, it's very English in nature. The body is medium and it's soft and slightly creamy across the palate; again, very English in nature. The flavor is full and bold, with it's sweetish caramel malts dominating at first; followed by earthy, leafy, and even mineral-like hops towards the swallow and into the lingering finish. The bitterness is well-balanced, however, and once that initial note of sweet malt is reigned in it slowly waltzes to a long and dry hoppy finish. (I keep thinking Fuggles, and I'm not fond of Fuggles.... so maybe it's just me!).

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Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Plain, lemony, grapefruit tinged. Quite drinkable but not very aromatic. If this was 4.5%, it would be a decent session IPA. It's more like a Pale Ale with a touch of cat pee. Burnt biscuits and some bitter mineral taste for the finish. A totally forgettable hoppy beer. From the 12 oz can.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated (apparently) 12/2011 served in a pint glass. Different label.

Pours a slightly hazy light amber topped by 2 fingers of sudsy head. Head has decent retention.

Citrus hops are definitely in the aroma, but there's not a lot of hop aroma for an Amer. IPA. A bit of dank off-odor.

Taste has too much hop bitterness for the level of hop taste and aroma, and is too earthy. . Long lasting bitter aftertaste. [IBU = 60] Comments about minimal hoppiness from some reviews done several years ago make me suspect that Flying Dog changed their formulation for this one -- it has an appropriate hop and bitterness level for an IPA.

M - good body and carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, but only a bit above average. .

(re-visited and tweaked March 2013).

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber with a small amount of orange. The crown is ivory in color, average in size, descends to a thick, lumpy cover and leaves abstract patterns of lace at the top, rings in the middle and sheets down near the surface of the beer. The aroma is pleasant enough and features a floral and citrusy hoppiness.

Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't do justice to the nose. The biggest problem is that hops are too far in the background. I've had APAs that were more hoppy than this. IPA? Not even close. Grain-like malts are too noticeable due to the lack of lupulins.

The mouthfeel is not only lighter than it should be for the style, it's lighter than it should be for an APA. Work needs to be done here for damn sure.

Snake Dog's label got me in the mood for a big time IPA, but the beer doesn't measure up. The appearance and the aroma are good enough. Trouble is, flavor and body/mouthfeel are much more important and make or break a beer as far as I'm concerned. This doggy might not be broken, but he's cracked. Or is that neutered?

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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