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 ChainGangGuy
2.97/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours out an exceptionally bright, clear orange-gold color. The head, though frothy and hearty at first, soon dissipates to a thin, fizzy cap of bubbles.

Smell: A rather lively, energized scent of citrus hops, wildflowers, and a trace of malt.

Taste: A brief hoppy citrus zing followed by a languid malt flavor and a metallic twang. Finish is dry and notably herbaceous. All in all, a rather unexceptional example of an IPA. The smell was misleading.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, though there's a slight oily slickness. Standard carbonation.

Drinkability: Not one of my preferred IPA's. This beer's just not nearly as assertive as I'd like it to be.

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

Review from notes.

A: Pours a pale orange color with a one finger foamy head. Dissipates rather quickly to little bits of foam on top. Spotty lacing that does not last very long.

S: Nice citrus hops aromas, a good bit of fruit comes out - apricots, lemon, orange peel, and a hint of pine.

T: Unfortunately, the aroma did not indicate the flavor profile very well. Very little hop presence, little hints of citrus fruits, mostly the orange peel. Some doughy malt on the back end. Seemed a bit watered down.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. There is a slight hop oiliness to it.

O: Looked and smelled good, but the taste fell flat, being just too weak. Would try it again just to be sure, but still not something I am going to run out to get.

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice amber color with good God almighty head retention! !!!

Nose: All I can smell is hops, some morehops, .. & then some malts///

Taste: Tastes of hops malts & vallhalA

moithfeel & drinkinesesss....tHE LAST 2 COLUMNS ARE SUMMED UP AS.... yum& then some yummmm...


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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 smcolw
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber and clear, the beer pours a nice head with good lace on the glass.

Interesting aroma of very light hop and stale malt. This is a surprisingly under-smelling beer.

A much better taste than smell. Crisp, clean with a malt to hop transition in the taste. The hop bitterness lasts through the swallow and aftertaste, although it dies more quickly than expected. Richer than most IPA's, this beer is also highly carbonated.

A nice beer, but certainly not at the top of the IPA world. Since this is my favorite style, I would probably pick this up before most. Still, it has an opportunity to excel and falls short.

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Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 08/25/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pour a murky, dark orange-yellow color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, fruity malts, and light citrus hops. Not bad but very malty and not a lot of hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, pale smooth malts, and citrus hops. Again, not a ton of hops, but more than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average beer. Not bad, but very malty for an IPA. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed 2/3/2013. Original review from 11/15/2005. My thoughts are that in 2005 I thought this was amazing, nowadays I just think it's really good. Seems like there are so many better IPAs around that this one has become overshadowed.

Original review:

The color is a standard IPA copper with the standard IPA level of carbonation. The head is off-white and about average in height. The aroma had a strong citrissy hop smell with just a hint of the underlying malt flavors. The flavor is bursting with hops, very citrissy, with a mild, oily component. An underlying biscuity malt provides an almost perfect balance. In my book this IPA seems a little underated around here, the hop flavor is excellent with a nice, moderate bitterness.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I'm thinking this will be the final beer of the night. It pours a clear amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, light orange zest, very light pine, and rich caramel. The taste holds notes of pine sap, light grapefruit rind, light orange peel, and mild caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, nothing special, but drinkable and enjoyable enough for an occasional downing.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is one of those rare beers which I have the opportunity to review in multiple serving types, all of which actually exist. I knew that Flying Dog had begun CANning their beers, but I did not realize that this was one of them until my recent visit to a bottle shop in Ardmore. The CANQuest (TM) always benefits from these finds!

From the CAN: "He slithers through the city in search of his face. No place too seedy, no place too fake - they're all on the menu tonight. And of course she'll find him irresistible, for it's the forked tongue she prefers."; "'It snakes down the throat like a faithful friend' - Anna Steadman"; "'Good people drink good beer' - Hunter S. Thompson" Rest assured that the spent CAN with its Steadman art will go into my Collection of Cool Stuff.

The Crack revealed a puppy that was eager to come out and play. The Glug netted me two fingers of foamy, fizzy, tawny head that fell more quickly than I could type. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy orangish-amber. Nose smelled of winter snow in an evergreen forest - cool, minty and man, was my hops jones starting to act up. I had a Victory Hop Devil on the way home tonight and to follow it up with this was to invite trouble. I live for trouble, however, and dove in like the world was about to end. Mouthfeel was medium and the minty hops went to work scrubbing all of those weak, hanger-on taste buds off of my tongue. Phew! My mouth was alive like not in a long time and that snake was slithering around like he knew exactly where he was headed. Yeah, down my throat like a faithful friend. My eyes watered and I gasped for breath as it coiled around my neck with its intense dryness. Jeez-O, man, I've used antiperspirants that were less dry. I was ready for another hit, I mean, swallow and so I lifted the glass back up to my swollen lips ... This is NOT a beer for the faint of heart, but given my habit(s), I CAN shoot the works whenever the opportunity arises. Man and boy, this is a definite CANdidate for Hula in the Coola Day (01 Feb, annually) as it is sure to take the chill off.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is transparent and orange colored with a big, fluffy, white head. Quite a nice appearance, actually.

The aroma brings a healthy serving of hops and citrus.

I have no doubt that this beer is quite different from a fresh cask than when purchased in a six pack format from a warm shelf. The beer heavily favors hops over malt, and offers tasty citrus notes, as well as a healthy, fresh bitterness throughout. Good, not great.

Smooth and creamy feel. Goes down easy.

I'm a big fan of a good ale on cask. I had a 16 oz. pour of this, and enjoyed every bit of it. This is a marked improvement over the draft and bottled versions of this beer I've had previously.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours copper with slight tint of amber and a large fluffy two finger in width cream hued off white head leaves nice thin rings of even lacing around my pint. Aroma contains a butterscotch esque malt profile with a fair hop aroma thta seems a bit timid for an IPA with some fruit tones thrown in for good measure. Flavor is a bit rusty hop bitterness blended with a syrupy sweet caramel sweet finish not bad just less hops than I expect from an IPA somewhat cloying and not as smooth as I yearn for. Mouthfeel to this medium bodied brew from CO has a great residual sticky texture clings to the palate and doesn't wanna let go. Drinkability is decent if no better IPAs were around I would go for the one with the weird looking dog wth a snake crawling up it's ass. I could drink a few just not as spectacular as the Pale Ale from Flying Dog in my opinion.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a decent sized white head that shows moderate retention and spotty lace. Smells of pine resin and grapefruit with a hint of bread and caramel malt backbone. The flavor is a bit sweeter than I thought based on the nose. Sweet caramel and light sugar and honey malt with a solid hit of grapefruit, earth, and pine. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation, and a sweet resinous mouthfeel. Decent ipa, very clean and tasty if not just a bit plain.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes....Tried the Snake Dog IPA and really enjoyed this beer. The appearance was a decent amber. The aroma was filled with citrus/grapefruite which led to teh nice taste, which came off the pallet clean. The mouthfeel was good even with the higher abv. Quite a decent IPA.

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Photo of tdm168
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a moderate amber with a hint of orange; big, soft, foamy, dense, off white head; great retention

S - faint biscuity malt; floral; piny; earthy; petey

T - faint, biscuity malt; light malt character; piny, earthy hop character; strong, lingering bitterness; faint floral notes; faint grapefruit, citrusy character in the finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is an easy drinking IPA, but the intense bitterness will quickly lead to palate fatigue. The malt character is rather tame and the hops run all over it. A better sense of balance would be great for this beer, but as it stands it's worth trying.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/gold. Good head that falls fast and leaves a lot of lace. Nose is sweet with a pine tone. Hello hops. Taste is robust from the hops and has a citric edge to it. Flavor stays with you and doesn’t leave your tongue. Feel is carbonated and thick with a slight syrupy edge. Very drinkable if you don’t mind the large hop presence.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a plastic cup.

A slight cloudy amber orange body with a lot of visible carbonation. Head is off caramel tan in color, and leaves some good spotty lacing.

Nose is a soft chewy sense of hop and malt lingering. Little bit of citrus more on orange kind of tangerine.

Good bitter on this for the palate, a sense of small pine and powdery malt. Hop bitter strong in the finish truly "biting" finishing with red pepper, and a bitter orange rind and zest.

Overall a fun good example and easy drinking ipa. I like this orange hop angle on this beer.

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Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness date, but nice Steadman artwork. Very "fear and loathingesque" Pours a light golden amber, not much head, but does leave some tiny bubble and moderate lacing. Light floral hop nose. Missing some malt in the middle of this one, a tad thin and watery. Hops are moderate, grainy and citric, but again a bit weak for an American IPA. More British in attack. So so IPA, they need to toss in more malt and alot more hops to get this one up to speed.

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a thin head that soon becomes patchy, but reappears upon gentle swirling.

The smell is of citric fruitiness and a touch of pine.

The taste is of tropical/citric fruits with a leafiness and a hint of pine. Bready malt backs it up. It has a nice taste. I found though, that it seems that the malt comes out more at certain times than at others - not really mixed in together. Still, overall, it has an assertive hoppiness as well as a bready malt character. The alcohol is pretty well covered.

This one thins a bit. It's fairly smooth. Nothing extraordinary or over-the-top, but tasty enough to be enjoyable and easy enough to drink.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful orange color, and a nice, but swiftly receing head. Aroma is terrifically fruity: apricot, peach, tangerine, citrus. This is my first time drinking this in at least a year, and something tastes different, for I don't recall the aroma being quite so vivid.
The label used to read :"Snakes down your throat like a loyal friend", a quote attributed to Anna Steadman, the illustrator's wife?, but the slogan is missing now. It remains a true endorsement, however. Hoppy, but not wildly so . Wonderfully soft and delicious palate. At times, I'm reminded of Anchor Liberty, but it's closer to Bass in smoothness and drinkability. Much less hoppy than many a MidWestern IPA. Ideal as a session beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.17/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, crystal clear, orange-copper coloring with a thin, fluffy, foamy, bright white head that quickly settles into a surface cling that also coats the glass. Aromas on a toffee backbone are very complex and blended very well. Hints of orange zest, with basil and oregano spicing, highlight a hops presence that is dynamic, while still providing the nose with the resiny and bitter character people come to expect from an IPA. Smells extremely tasty. Flavors are full and rich, and you get a mouthfull of toffee sweetness on the forward tongue followed quickly by a subtle resiny profile and a little stronger pepper and basil highlight that really balance everything well. Very spiced offering, with a strong malt component that is not usually seen in the IPA field. Borderline malt-bomb, but very tasty. The aftertaste has a great balance of the malt rich and sweetness, with a solid peppery tone that remains consistent from beginning to end. The aftertaste lightens up quickly as the beer approached the end of the palate, and the finish is slick, smooth, with a touch of drying and spicing. Very unique IPA, and the higher ABV never rears its head because it is held in check by the balance of the beer itself. I would seek this out again...this is a very solid brew.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/22/04- Purchased at Piazza's Market in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle with some weird ass snake-dog mutation of an animal. Suprised it didn't give me nightmares last night. Code of 020A05 at the bottom of the bottle. Poured into my Moab Brewery pint glass.

Appearance- Amber brew with a smaller head and less than average lacing.

Smell- This one definitely smelled yeasty. It had that kind of yeast smell I don't particularly like. Other than that, some fruity hops.

Taste- More on the conservitive end when it comes to hops. Not as intense as I enjoy. Flavors of lemon and orange come out.

Mouthfeel- Thicker than your average IPA, well carbonated and goes down without a problem.

Drinkability- Overall, besides the smell, a pretty average, run of the mill IPA. Decent, but nothing special.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice thick head at first, strong hop aroma, the aroma fell away as the head shrank, leaving a steady and persistent head that covered the top of the beer. Carbonation moderate with medium sized bubbles. No lacing left on the glass. Beer was dark yellow / orange in color.
Taste was bitter but not overwhelming, hardly any aftertaste, but the bitterness builds as you drink. Mouthfeel was full and satisfying. I really like this beer. I think its OK as an IPA but a good beer overall. I recommend it as an East coast pale ale. Seems a little weak for an IPA over all, but probably a bit too strong as a pale ale. Check it out.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Review from 7/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light medium copper orange amber. Half finger white head and light lacing. Faint aroma of hops and light malt, very muted. Taste of neutral malt and a moderate hop kick. Finishes with hoppy bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Hard to pick out anything noteable, but actually very nicely balanced and pleasant to drink. Would do quite nicely in a pinch.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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