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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Reviews: 1,204 | Ratings: 3,293
Photo of francisweizen
2.23/5  rDev -37.4%
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 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 Hagbard
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a very thin head. Not very much lacing results as the glass is emptied. The aroma is on the weak side, but what is there seems nice. A bit of floral hops with a malt touch to the background. The taste begins with a touch of bitterness before a segue into a floral hop aspect. The bitterness stays present in the background. Throughout, the malt background stays constant, providing nice blance. This IPA is not nearly as complex or hoppy as some, but it is still a very tasty brew, one that I genuinely enjoyed drinking. I imagine this would be a great choice to show someone "what an IPA tastes like," not too overpowering but still exhibiting the trademark hp bite in the taste. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

You know what's weird? I had the Flying Dog Pale Ale on tap a few weeks ago, and then I had the bottle version of their IPA today. The relative hoppiness in the Pale is greater.

It's strange. This IPA did not taste like an American IPA to me. Maybe, just maybe, it could have been classified as an English IPA.

The beer poured a deep golden color. There was not that much of an aroma though, and most of the aroma was dominated by a caramel malt nose.

The beer was well balanced, albeit a little off-balanced for an IPA. What seemed to be lacking was a strong hop presence upfront... perhaps a strong dose of bittering hops needed.

The beer was medium bodied, and seemed to be slight in carbonation.

Overall, it was a very drinkable beer, even though it seemed a bit out of style.

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

This was part of the mixed case of flying dog brews purchased at Costco in the late summer.

Apprearance is amber, poured an initially nice head that dissapated quickly but is leaving a nice lacing in my glass. Nose is of floral hops and of malt that has a buiscuity tone to it. Taste is of a slightly unbalanced match of citrus, malts, and dry hops. Mouthfeel is reasonably full, the beer awakens the palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good. It is a fine beer for a tailgate but is something I would not go after to enjoy after a hard day's labor.

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Photo of cncbofh
2.93/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thin, lazy white head that clings to the side of the glass tightly.
Noticeable hoppy scent, hardly noticeable malt, slightly astringent.

This beer is too bitter for my tastes. Not well balanced with malt of hops flavor. The hops were used too much to bitter this brew, rather than flavor it. The alcohol is warming and doesn't seem to interfere much. Not a great example of what I think an American IPA should be.

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.92/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle it displays a golden color with almost no head. There's a light floral and piney hop scent with a bit of malt a roma as well. The flavor has a light hop bitterness to begin but it fades fast into a thin malt flavor. It is smooth with a sweet, clean finish but it lacks the body to leave a good flavor in the mouth. Overall, this is just not a good IPA.

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Photo of mobyfann
2.55/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Paid $1.49 for a single...

The beer pours a pure amber base with a small white head, good rentention but minimal lacing effects. The aroma was a decent mix of hops, one would expect this from any IPA though.

The taste just didn't do it for me in any way, after the beer relased down the throat the taste was a blast of alcohol, thus leaving that as an aftertaste. Before this aftertaste, the IPA works, but that's it. Mouthfeel is just average, a little rough in the mouth and it isn't highly drinkabile, I wouldn't drink another at all.

Final Thought: This was disappointing, after the first drink I took I wish I would have chosen the Anchor Liberty to review instead... Not a good beer!

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Photo of longarm
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great amber color and thick carbonation. The foam doesn't just stick to the sides of the glass, but clumps and juts-out over the amber liquid bubblin below.

Aroma has toasted malt attributes with mild hops and a slight touch of alcohol. Since it's an IPA, I would rather catch a little more hops with each smell, but it's still above average average.

Somewhat uninteresting Flavor. Moderate hop bitterness and mild to moderate hop flavor. Malt flavors are a little nutty with some touches of toasted/biscuit malts. A light alcohol taste on the finish fits the style.

The body is a little thin, but not too detracting.

It's a mild IPA, but seems to be a good example of a beer that's greater than the sum of its parts. In spite of its weaknesses, this is quite drinkable.

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

pours a slightly watered down looking amber colour. body looks crisp but not full. the head is nice and thick and very sticky here. at first whiff a nice aroma of sweet hops comes out, but subsequent whiffs are met with a struggle to find anything above a thin layer of sweetness and hop. weird how that first one is the only good whiff you get. anyway, the flavour is quite nice: floral hops with a nice earthy malt background. the finish has a bit of a sweet (and juicy) spice kick to it. in terms of hop levels, i'd say this one is middle of the road, but can still be pleasing to everyone. mouthfeel is just about right here. this one is failry nice overall. it's a step up in terms of boldness (though not thoroughly bold by any means) from something like harpoon ipa, which seems to have targeted the masses in recent years and dumbed itself down a bit. i certainly wouldn't mind a few more of these. the best flying dog offering i've had thusfar.

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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 mynie
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog gets a bad rap, if you ask me. All their beers are at least decent examples of style, and some are even exceptional. This beer falls somewhere in between.

Very pretty amber, full head, great retention, full lacing.

Smells sweet with hints of corn and citrus. Tastes bittersweet, with that great IPA hop bite that I've come to love. Very nice bitter aftertaste.

If there's anything wrong with this beer it's that its body is a little thin. Aside from that, this is one damn fine Pale Ale.

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

Snake dog IPA is one other among the Bogota Airlift.

The appearance was very much following the pattern of the american micros i've tried, which is an amber like tone with a medium head, sort of tan and consistent.

The smell is not all that strong, giving off malts and hops mostly, in a moderate fashion.

The taste, despite this being my first IPA, was very much what i'd expect for an average Pale Ale. the brew wasn't magnificent, with a lot of malty sweetness combined with a strong flavour/mouthfeel experience from the hops, making it a decent experience.

Snake dog is certainly "worth a try", but not necessarily a premium.

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

A decent IPA with a cool label that can entertain the drinker.

It pours golden amber with thin white head and leaves a thin lace line after each swallow. It pleases the way an IPA should with solid malt sweetness blending with a slightly roastiness.
It transitions into a pleasing hop bite that has some length.
I found it quite drinkable as well, and would easily do another.

But, there are so many better IPA's available. This one fits somewhere about the middle of IPA territory.

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

Poured Clear Orange Copper color with ivory foam head.
Good Hop Aroma, but not overwhelming. Bottom of bottle
was clean, so this beer does not appear to be 'bottle conditioned'
that might explain why it is clearer that some other IPA's that
I have recently had.

Taste is malty and sweet, hop flavor lingers on the back
of your tongue.

I think this American Style IPA is better than the 'average'
and very drinkable. Very nice !

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rather weak, for something that claims to be an IPA. It's a lovely amber color, and smells rather tasty, but something just goes wrong on the flavor. It's nowhere near as strong as I expect an IPA to be, and though there hops are definitely there, something doesn't taste right in these.

I did, however, fry up some catfish in this stuff, and it came out quite well. Still, the hops in it are oddly bitter in a less than appealing way. I know Flying Dog has a devoted following, but this one's really failed to stand out. I do, however, slightly prefer it to their standard Pale Ale.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased fall of '03. (Meant to enjoy these sooner)

Appearance - slightly clouded translucent orange. The last few drops contain some sediment that create some inky like tendrils trailing into the beer. Thin head settles into a creamy top, and leaves some lacing.

Aroma - the hops have lost much of their snap, but I can still pick up some floral stuff. Orange-like, mostly, and generally sweet-smelling.

Taste - good malt base, transitioning to some hoppiness. Some grapefruit comes out on the swallow and into the aftertaste. Pretty good balance, not overly hopped. Slight metallic taste, not sure if that's because of age or what, but it's only a minor point.

Mouthfeel - carbonation is medium to soft, pairing well with the low-level hop smoothness/oiliness.

Drinkability - good all around drinker, very easy to drink a session's worth.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange-amber with a smallish white head. Nice hoppy aroma, with minor notes of orange, brown sugar, and biscuit. Slightly foamy, creamy body holds a palate of sweet citrus, very light malt, and a fair amount of hops. Aftertaste is a nice, sweet parting shot. Not hoppy enough to be west-coast caliber, but a decent IPA.

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Photo of RocketWidget
2.49/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cool label on this beer, but that hardly makes up for the rest of it. Pours a pretty, translucent gold, with good head retention. Smell is hoppy but unremarkable. Taste disappointed me. Aren’t IPA’s supposed to be hoppy? Might pass for a pale ale. Dry and plain, slightly sour, there are far better IPA’s out there.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours down a clear orange with a white fluffy head.
Has a sweet, citrusy hop aroma.
In both cases, nothing spectacular.

The taste was definately malty. In fact, way too malty for the India Pale Ale appellation. The hop finish was discreet to say the least. Mouthfeel was medium, and moreso because of the malt than the hops. The first one off my sixer I tasted about half an hour after a DFH 90 minute IPA, so at first I concluded that the huge alpha acid trip kinda short-circuited my tastebuds, so I had another the next day with a clean palate to compare and the taste didn't change a bit. Pretty weak for an american IPA, but would fit in nicely in the american Pale Ale slot. I'll bet if I serve this to friends in a blind tasting they'll say PA instead of IPA for sure.

Does it fit the style? I don't think so.
Will that stop me from finishing off my 6-pack? Hellz no. It was quite quaffable in fact.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Totally mediocre IPA. Pretty much a lighter-style ale with a hop flavor. No challanging flavors, no daring spices thrown in, just a straight forward weak hoppiness. Though not a bad beer, in a world full of supurb IPAs this doesn't make a memorable mark.

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Photo of Gusler
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The evacuates the 12-ounce brown bottle a luminous burnished copper color, the head is pythonic in size, light tan in color with a semi-creamy texture as it slowly evaporates, the lace forms a thick and sealing blanket upon the glass. Nose has a nice hop floral spiciness, sweet malt, citrus like in its crispness, fresh and clean to the senses, start is sweet with decent malt and the top light to middling in feel. Finish is passably acidic, the hops pertinent to the style, very dry aftertaste, cannot help but feel it lacks just a bit of body to make it a good IPA instead of a mediocre one.

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Photo of FormatKid
4.05/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer out of the variety 12-pack of flying dog picked up in Cleveland. This is the one I’ve been wanting to try the most as it is one of my favorite styles.

Pours out a very transparent tone of copper colored amber. A perfect creamy, frothy head rolls up a good three fingers high and sticks around nicely. Sticky swirls and rings of lacing cling thickly to the glass. Millions of ultra-fine bottle conditioned carbonation bubbles race swiftly up to the head.

The smell is lovely and laden with juicy piney hops at the front, citrusy hops are apparent around the edges and the smooth chalky malts lay the background.

Taste is exactly just what I thought it would be after trying the pale ale. Piney resinous hop flavors lead the taste. This transitions into the sweet, chalky malts…there is definitely a noticeable amount of malt flavor here. The finish zigs and zags with a break-down of citrusey hop flavors. Mouthfeel is a little light.

I enjoyed this beer and I will have to say it's a decent IPA…no big dog, but I can definitely handle drinking it. Great session IPA.

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Photo of kegerator
4.21/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

i enjoyed this beer quite a bit.
poured a nice orange amberish with a nice 1 inch head that left great lacing throughout...
smell was pleasing, floral and citric hops and a little maltiness in the background.
taste was very pleasing as well, noticeable hops up front with a blast of malt in back. surprising.
this one was felt a little watery in the mouth but this is very drinkable, great session beer for sure.

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