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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3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into becker pint glass; clear orange/amber with a thin white head that fades after a short bit into nothing. Smell is big floral hops, not much malt to back it though. Taste is bitter spiky hops all over the palate, no citrus/floral flavors at all, and not enough malt to back it up. It's not a bad IPA, but it could use some balance. I love hop bombs but this one is just out of whack.

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle was from a 6pk purchased at Wegmans in Warrington, PA

Poured and sampled from a DFH Pint Glass

A - Beer pours a reddish/copper color. Slightly hazy. An aggressive, foamy two finger head on the initial pour that gradually fades. Moderate lacing left on the glass.

S - Not a very impressive aroma. More of a sweet, malty smell as opposed to a hoppy, citrusy aroma that I normally associate with an IPA. Not off-putting but not quite spot on for an IPA.

T - For what it is, the taste isn't bad. But it's more of a pale ale taste than a true hoppy, citrusy, piney IPA taste. A caramel-like maltiness is dominate. The hops are there and the familiar grapefruit/citrus taste is there but no where near what is commonly found in other IPA's. There is a mild bitterness also. The ABV isn't noticeable.

M - Thin consistency. Mild carbonation.

O - The beer itself isn't bad. The taste isn't horrible nor is it a beer I'd never drink again. It's just not what I'm looking for when I purchase an IPA. There are much better examples of American IPAs out there.


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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

We pour a toasted copper colored brew. It holds a two finger tall vanilla colored head. This shows nice retention, leaving thick sheets of patterned lacing along the walls of our glasses. There is a definite haze to it, with no sediment, while carbonation appears moderate. The nose fills with notes of crisp pale malts, with a hearty toast, and a nice mix of floral and citric hops. The latter are dirty, and a bit muddy with minerals, but otherwise bright and fresh. Booze and pine take up the back, and are enhanced in strength by warmth. Our first impression is that the hops begin nicely, but allow too much room for a steely malt to break them down. As we sip, spicy hop bitterness hits first. Pineapple and passion fruit pop in for a bit, especially within the first few sips. Booze is apparent right off the bat, adding puckering and more sour bitterness. Malts and steel come to mix, persisting to the peak, where the malts shine thoroughly through the initial hop bite. The toast to the malts from the nose works in too, adding a bit more bite. Honey nectar sweetness comes to the finish, with more citric rind bitterness to round things out. That same mud and mineral come in from the nose, giving it a near-adjuncty vibe right at the end. The aftertaste breathes heavily of ethanol, citric and floral hops, light plastic phenols, bitter steal, and minerals. The body is lighter to medium, and the carbonation is even. There is hearty slurp and smack, thanks to the head, with a nice finishing pop to the lips. The tongue is cooled from the booze, feeling icy as if with spearmint. The entire mouth is rather cooled and lightly coated, with a final sting from ethanol all the way down. The abv is getting up there for a single, but the beer drinks fine.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose and the slurp. All the notes in the aroma were relatively fresh, and the sweeter, fresher hops made for an inviting brew. The taste did little to hide the big booziness, so that became a bit overpowering at times. This is a nice treat for us in the hop-deprived Caribbean, but it doesn’t stand up too well against some of the more robust East Coasters it’s up against.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an Imperial pint glass.

A - Pours an off-white, medium sized head. The beer is a light shade of amber, a slight haze to it. Left a little bit of lacing.

S - A blend of lemon and piney hops. A touch of some spicy/powdery yeast. Some very mild crystal malts.

T - The malt stikes a little bit of balance to the herbal and piney hop flavors. Has quite a bit of bitterness hitting halfway through the taste. Finishes pretty dry with a lingering hop bitterness.

M - Medium-light body, medium-light carbonation. Good dryness.

O - Pros: Has a good deep color to it. Bright lemony hop smell was pleasurable. Light malt smell was nice. Good flavor balance. Dry.

Cons: Slight haziness. Saison-esque yeast smell was out of place to be classified as an American IPA.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 3,308 ratings.
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