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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 oelergud
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear light golden body, low carbonation, uneven rocky almost white head, great lace and retention.
Scents of bitter hop citrus and slightly masked malt.
Brisk hop flavors with underlying malt presence. Grassy and herb in a mix with a citric twist. Long lasting citric/bitter aftertaste.
Moderate fullness, clasical IPA feel, some oily residue on the tongue.
I think this was a good IPA, great hops but not too bitter, the malt was there to balance things out. Could make a good session beer.


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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 ppoitras
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12ozer bottle from prepackaged mixed 12- pack from Austin Liquors, Shrewsbury, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a half inch tall almost white head, which fades to a bubbly film rather quickly. Golden hue, good lacing present. Kind of a fruity nose, and a flavor consistant with that. Would expect more hoppiness, alhtough it does kick in at the end of the taste. Quite drinkable, for sure.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Soft golden sunshine hazy yellow color with some steady carbonation bubbles at first but calms to lightly lifting and in less amounts. Nice finger high head of off-white foamy froth that diminishes with a steady flow, lacing leaves broken, thin stringy sheets and tiny spots. Smell is mostly malts with a dryish biscuity caramel, touching some sweet fruitiness and floral attributes with the hops, but nothing strong enough to portray a hopped up IPA. Flavors aren't as hoppy as I like but its not a bad tasting beer overall. Its mostly malts with a biscuity dry caramel, a bit oxidized and plain, but comes across soflty enough, yet starchy as well, which doesn't help much. Hops are tame in its bitterness, just a bit of a bite but doesn't carry much character or length, just some slight floral and woody dryness floating around in the finish that has a fairly decent dryness thats mild and pleasing. Mixing in a bit more are another layer of the biscuity drying malts that has a whole grain touch. Feel is a bit harsh and scratchy in texture thats a bit chalky too just before the finish, other then that its medium in body and would be quite nice if it was smoother. I wanted to like this beer, I seemed to like it, but I didn't. It has effort but no results for an IPA.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden amber in color with some copper tones thrown in. About an inch and a half thick rocky off white head with medium carbonated body resulting in an attractive appearance. Aroma is pine resin, and mandarin orange with a hint of grass. Bite of citrusy hoppy bitterness in the taste is relatively mild (for an IPA). The underlying malt is not terribly complex, but does add caramel like sweetness to the mix. Medium to thin body with smooth mouthfeel. A sessionable IPA that is well above average.

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Photo of merlin48
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/red amber, with a small beige head that retains well and leaves behind some patchy lace. Aroma is disappointing, being very subdued. Some pine hoppiness and caramel maltiness are barely picked up. Mouthfeel is actively carbonated with a mild hop bite. Taste is not very complex, with caramel malt sweetness and pine oil hoppiness. Finishes dry and bitter with a pine oil aftertaste. Not bad, and pleasantly drinkable. A middle of the road American IPA.

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Photo of Zorro
2.06/5  rDev -42.1%
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 TastyTaste
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

For some reason this poured with an enormous head on it (I didn't think i shook up the bottle at all). Very mild smelling for an IPA, smells lightly of hops, that's about it. Taste is pretty unpleasant. Has a sour flavor that taste like hops and melted plastic. This is the worst IPA I have ever had, and this is the 10th different one I have tried. There are many better IPAS out there, and I wouldn't waste your money on this one.

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

Pours a somewhat hazy orange-gold with a tall three finger soapy tan head. Leaves thick sticky webs of lace.
Grapefruit nose with a touch of lemon.
Spicy, bitter taste, toasted malt backbone mainly hides behind the hops, some pine. Caramel and biscuits.
Medium, oily feel, very good drinkablility, I wish the taste and aroma were a little better.

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

Pours a nice dark gold with an average white, frothy head. As I drink this ale the lace forms thick rings around the inside of the pint glass. Looks like there's lots of carbonation. The smell is very light, nothing dominant, but the citrus aromas are most prevalent and the hoppiness very subtle. Slightly viscous mouthfeel, and here the carbonation is less than I expected. The taste is sweeter than most IPA's; there's a little touch of apple, perhaps. This is a nice friendly brew.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid gold with a nice full off-white head, good carbonation, and decent lace. Light perfumy hop aroma. Hop bitterness is prominent but too perfumy and not well balanced or citrusy. Light-medium bodied (leans light) with a dry bitter finish.

Per F.D. website: "English Marris Otter pale malt and Golding Hops. Dry hopped with Chinook & Golding hops"
Original Gravity: 14.0 Plato
Specific Gravity: 1.056
Alcohol by Volume: 5.8%

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Photo of waughbrew
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks good with a light copper color and sticky medium-sized head. Smell is dull hops (English?) and a malt aroma that hints at some oxidation. Taste is lifeless - bready caramelly oxidized malt and lackluster hops. As it warms some esters start to come out, but they are not enough to save the beer. There is a chance that this beer was past its prime, but the lack of a drink-by date on the bottle leaves me unsympathetic. This is not worthy of my consumption and I will not purchase another.

(Re-rate 2/2/04) I was given one of these, so I tried it again. Wow what a difference! This beer has either been changed or the last one I had was a mistake. This one was a beautiful gold color with an amazing big head with huge stickiness. Smells of strong citrus and cookie dough. Tastes very bready with vanilla notes and a tannin bite that fades a little as it warms. Feel still sucks though, very slick and watery. A decent brew.

My guess is that sales were low so they tried to make it more like other successful IPAs. Either that or I had gotten an off-bottle.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.88/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz single I bought almost as an afterthought as I continue chasing around after India Pale Ales. This IPA had a slightly chill-hazed orange color and a modest, bubbly white head that left very little lacing.
The smell was a rather ho-hum blend of caramel, crackerbarrel maltiness, some minor floral hops, and a dose of butterscotch diacetyl. The taste had all the same characteristics: a prominant biscuity malt flavor laced with some caramel sweetness that held sway over an inferior citric hops profile. The hops never were able to rise to meet and balance the toasted malt profile of this IPA. Lastly, that butterscotch diacetyl twang came through in the finish, adding that final (fatal, in this case) blow to Snake Dog's taste profile. The feel was medium/light, smooth and not very lively, considering the level of carbonation observed.
This brew does have a certain drinkability but just doesn't seem to fit what I've come to expect in an IPA. Snake Dog comes across more like a pale ale than an IPA. If you want a modestly hopped IPA, look no further. If you're looking for an assertively hopped IPA, keep on looking.

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Photo of pezoids
4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice IPA. Pours a very light and clear copper color and topped with a small white head of foam, which delicately laced the glass. Lively aroma of citrus hops and lemon. Also some sweet graininess. The flavor is lightly sweet with a light to medium body of sweet malt and the beer very drinkable. Pleasantly bitter in the finish. A quality beer.

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

This IPA poured a amber color with a decent head that sported big bubbles and created some nice lacing on the glass. There was a mellow floral aroma. The flavor was basic, mostly malt and hops with a tinge of citrus. The hop bite did not ride the tongue for long after swallowing. Slight dryness in the mouthfeel.

This is a medium bodied beer that is sweeter than other IPAs, but the hop bite still shows up. Definitely drinkable and a little above average in the IPA world.

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Photo of mntlover
3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sample came from a mixed litter of ales, have 5 more Flying dog brews to try :) This one poured a clear golden with a thumbnail sized head that diminished quickly. Smell of citrus dominates. Tastes of a light IPA flavors with nice bubbles and a little hop bite on the tounge. Good tasting brew, but mild for IPA more like a good pale ale. If I were reviewing this as a pale ale would definitely rate it better. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing bubbles and hops make your tounge tingle. Maybe I just have become to use to Stone brews and don't consider other brews hoppy? Would hit the spot next summer for sure.

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Photo of Shiredave
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A very pretty beer, deep, golden amber with a stable, lacey head. Aroma is inviting; grapefruit and orange with crushed flower petals, buttery notes of diacytal in the background. Very low carbonation.
Grainy sweetness up front followed by hot, assertive hop bite on the tongue. Body is a bit thin with a distracting metalic flavor that doesnt compliment the "sugar smacks" malt trying to fight through.
Finish is warm and hoppy, chewy green leaves and bread crust stuck in your teeth.
A good session IPA that lacks a little body. It seems alot of bottled beers lack the body and character of thier Keg versions. But this is not news to most. This beer suffers that affliction, as I know it is fuller and more balanced on draft. Either ultra filtration and/or forced carbonation at bottling seems to suck some of the life out of this dog.

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Photo of inebrius
3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What's a snake dog?

Definitely seems to lean traditional English. Butter jumps right out at you, especially at the end of a belt. Velvety smooth. Leafy, toffee nose. Earthy bitterness balances out a honeyed malt fairly well but the whole package seems disjointed somehow. Lingering blood at the back of the tongue.
I wouldn't pass a free one down but it's just not my cup of tea, old bean.

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Photo of Lafe
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon pour, the appearance of this brew shines through. A tight, white head forms over the beer, with a crystal-clear amber base. Beautiful!

Aroma is a medium, orangy-citrus, hoppy nose. The first taste gives an ambiguous bitterness backed up by a fairly weak malt base. Subsequent tastes show a strong hop bitterness reminiscent of orange or grapefruit with a slight malt base. Carbonation is medium-high, and necessary for this brew.

This brew is slightly overbalanced in the direction of hop bitterness, but for hopheads this is a good thing. Not exceptional for an American IPA, it is still a strong showing for the style.

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Photo of CBFanWish
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snake dog IPA comes in a bottle with one of the coolest labels I've ever seen. I take it upon myself to test it for myself and for the good of mankind (don't say I've never done anything for the planet) So much frothy head!!! The georgous head slowly backs down leaving a pretty lace covering the entire glass. The head leads to a coppery amber color.The smell is fruity... orange. Lots of orange. The taste is also quite orangy. There isn't much to speek of in the terms of hops, but I do very much enjoy this beer. It's very refreshing... much like a fruit beer. This beer is without a doubt step two for the rookie beer drinker.

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

This beer poured a very light amber color with a thin pillowy white head that left slight lace down the glass. The smell was very strong on oranges with a very slight hop scent comming through as well. The taste was quite dry with a touch of hop flavor, but other than that there was not much else to taste other than a slight hint of orange. The mouthfeel was a little too carbonated for my taste and could have been toned down quite a bit. This beer had potential it seems, but it is just unbalanced and not as flavorful as it could have been.

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Photo of Shiloh
4.18/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium amber in colour, lively carbonation, short white crown with a tall glass cling. The aroma is yeast and the taste is like biting into an orange peel and I mean that in a very positive way.
The body seems just a tad cloudy.
A very nice IPA, I will definetly consume more of these.

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Photo of oldgrowth
2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange copper color. No head to speak of. Sweet citrus mainly orange/ some grapefruit. A little yeasty. Citrusy lemon orange hops with a toasty toffee malt flavor. Linguring bitterness. Kinda syrupy, but not thick. Very drinkable. Not bad, doesn't distinguish itself from the pack though.

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Photo of clvand0
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a small head that is gone quickly. Aroma is citrusy with a little hops and malts in the back. The flavor is orange peels with the malts detectable in the back and the finish is a little dry. I wasn't too impressed with this one.

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

Appearance – Nice, light copper coloring in the body with a decent head that went down slowly and laced the heck out of my glass.

Smell – The citrus hop aroma opened up a little as the beer sat. There’s also a slight yeasty malt scent, but you have to dig for it.

Taste – The hops, orange rind in flavor with a measure of bitterness, came out well at the taste. There seems to be a slight malt balance in there as well, but this is all about the hops. The finish is a thick, orange syrup.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is light, and the beer itself is thick and chewy, especially for an IPA. The classic dryness of the style is present as well.

Drinkability –It went down very smooth, felt good from beginning to end, and left me wanting another.

Comments - I thought this was well done. Clearly, I favored this more than most of the other BAs, but to each his own. However, when reviewing this beer, I would suggest letting it open up a little in a wide-mouthed glass. This one is packed in there pretty tight.

Update – I was the high ball review over a year ago so thought I should revisit this fella’ with a 2004 vintage. I massaged the ratings a bit but overall I still stand by my recommendation. This is a terrific and fresh (new) IPA.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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