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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA
3,352 Ratings
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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of LXIXME
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
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 jlindros
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dull golden-brown color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very fruity and sweet with citrus and some berries. There’s some of hops in the background, but very little for the style.

T: Just like with the smell, the taste starts out with very fruity citrus flavors. Again, the hops flavor is only in the background and isn’t the more prevalent flavor as you would expect from an IPA. Even as the beer warms, what hops flavor that comes in is quite pale and only stays for the after-taste as the sweetness finally fades.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is sticky and dry.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not very filling, this is definitely not a beer that I would continue to drink or even start drinking, if I had another decent choice.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -30%

Photo of oberon
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
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 -1.4%
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 Gagnonsux
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
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 Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -21.3%
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 vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of smithj4
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 3,352 ratings
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