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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Reviews: 1,205 | Ratings: 3,295
Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful pour - a mostly clear, just slightly hazy golden orange with a healthy, fluffy white head. Aromas and flavors are of light biscuity malt with herbal and slightly floral hops; not a ton of complexity. Mouthfeel is a little thin and under carbonated, but creamy. Overall, an average IPA.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Color: amber, clear. The head of white, fine-bubble, very long time does not change its size.
Aroma: sweet fruits, mango and pineapple, blood orange beside them, in the background with soft caramel and a little resin.
Taste: mango again plus a bit of sour oranges and lemons.
Gentian: dry, grapefruit, on a slightly spicy finish. Saturation average.

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Photo of drmeto
2.56/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

-Pine resin upfront and a medium to high bitterniss
-slight grapefruit,slight juniper berries,slight caramel
-Bittersweet finish with a slight grapefruit note

Very Disappointing

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.27/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber, hazy with a very mild white foam head, almost no retention. Aroma is hoppy and sweet. Taste is very well balanced, not too bitter. Medium body with low carbonation. Nice IPA:

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

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a soft hazy ruddy amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly.
The smell had a slight toasty malt coinciding with a light earthy to citrusy bitter hoppiness.
The taste was moderately bitter with a light sweet caramel maltiness about it.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium in body with a great sessionability about it. Carbonation hits my tongue appropriately.
Overall, good enough AIPA, slightly leaning towards that old school styled AIPA. Still worthy of having again.

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Photo of cmf
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a small pint (like) glass. Poured a little foggy with yellow and amber highlights. Nice foam head that disappeared after a couple of minutes. Extra strong bitter hops taste. Also grapefruit albedo taste. The strong bitterness also lingers as an aftertaste. It is hard to consider the mouth feel with such a strong pervasive flavor. Overall the beer is called snake dog and I assume they wanted a beer with a sharp bite, but the beer lacks any balance and does not have a unique hops flavor. I like the brewery, but this beer almost defies categorization.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Ted.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy burnt orange to ruddy amber color. A one finger white foamy head dissipated immediately. Light lacing sweeps nicely in rings around the edges.
The smell had a bittersweet lemon zest to citrusy blend over a delicate caramel and grassy hops.
The taste followed the nose nicely adding a light little bready kick in the aftertaste. There's a dry finish.
The mouthfeel had a nice sweet sticky feel allowing it to sit about a light to medium on the body. It has a good drinkability to it.
Overall, this is a good AIPA that I could have again. Nice to try.

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Photo of aleigator
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean orange color, with a fluffy, bubbly head.

Has a lime topped dankness to it, defined by wild flowers and wet hay, coated up by a resinous note. The hops evolve additional depth, by revealing passion fruit and orange zest, which results into an almost perfume like blend. The nose comes beautifully together, outlining zappy lemon all the way, with just a whiff of cakey malts to balance the hops.

Drinks close to creamy, while a lively carbonation adds bubbly refreshment, catapulting a unique hop profile on the palate. Turns a tad slicker during the finish, due to prominent malts, which then get absorbed by a slightly metallic minerality.

Convinces from the get-go with a great interaction between dough bread, mineralic qualities and leaf supported lime juice. This first impression builds the beer's flavor foundation, convincing by its intriguing balance and silkness, which gets replaced by a luscious lemon bitterness, enhancing the hop presence with a pungent bite after the swallow. Shortly before that, the malts produce a well developed, cakey quality, which gets almost completely swept away, as the hop bite exhibits a tremendous, lime defined dryness. During the finish, there is an earthy quality coming from the malts, which gets very well along with the long lasting, lime infused hop aftertaste at the very back of the palate, again with a soft minerality to it, preventing the beer from becoming too slick.

Been drinking this for several years, and it is still one of my favorites. Aromas and taste complement each other perfectly, creating a bright, citrussy hoppiness, which gets gently balanced, while the beer remains its beautiful mouthfeel and complexity.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Me and my bro picked up a nice cold variety pack of Flying Dog. This review is centered on the Snake Dog variety which is 7.1% ABV and is an American IPA.

Look-It pours a clear amber color that reminds me of orange blossom honey glazing a hot buttered biscuit straight out of the oven. The head is bready and foamy and lingers a short while. The lacing is sticky and sparse.

Smell-It smells of biscuit malts and citrus hops, but there is something different about this one that convinces the taster that it is unique. It has a quaffable characteristic and is definitely a bit piney, but mostly floral and citrus lemon.

Taste-It tastes of bitter floral hops and a grassy note that lingers among the lemon and orange peel zest. The malt base is delicious and perfectly well-timed. I get buttered biscuit and mealy malts with an oily base. Grapefruit and lemon as well as a true grain malt base grace the bulk of this beer. It is delicious and refreshing and slightly more bitter than most beers which is a nice change for once.

Mouthfeel-It is medium-bodied and refreshing. It does have a bit of a bite from the hops and the alcohol, but is tampered nicely by some subtle malts. The alcohol warms the body as the flavors linger on the tongue. I get a lingering taste of alpha acids and bitter hops that coat the tongue.

Overall-I don’t know why this review has had so many negative reviews. It is a true American brew with a color that is reminiscent of the “Amber waves of grain”, but morphed into liquid beauty and drinkable deliciousness. Cheers!

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

One of the many bottles brought back from Utobeer in Borough Market, London. Pours a golden colour with a 1cm white head. Aromas of orange & malt. Tastes very much of the ABV level with fruits as a after thought as well as bitterness. Feel of medium carbonation. Overall a bit of a let down, and may pass next time as I'm finding it hard to finish.

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Photo of Raime
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Snake Dog.

Only brew I ever had outta these guys was Gonzo a few years back and it was one of the greatest porters to have ever been made in my opinion. Wonder how their IPA will fare.

Look - Popped the top and was met by a large amount of froth attempting to escape the bottle. Not sure if this one is infected, old, or what. Pours a sunset amber with a two and a half finger slighty off white head that has broken down to half of its former self after about a minute of sitting. Carbonation appears to be on medium with this one. Leaves quite a bit of lacing. 4.5.

Smell - Mostly malty with floral hops and a squeeze of lemon. Alcohol is known which is surprising for the lower ABV on this thing. A moderate amount of spicy pepper is present as well. 3.25.

Taste - Malts are dominate but no overbearing and are met in the middle by lemon zest. A spicy feature is pretty well pronounced upon swallow and I cannot quite finger where it would come from. Grapefruit works its way into the mix in a light amount, and the beer finishes soapy and smooth. 3.5.

Feel - Sits medium bodied with a high level of prickly carbonation. Fairly creamy, but it again has a soap bubble like texture within the mouth. 3.25.

Overall - It isn't exactly complex, but it is easy to drink and fairly light on the flavor profile. This would be a fine introductory beer for somebody just getting into DIPAs or craft beer in general. Very easy drinking and sessionable. However, there are my flavorful choices in the price range. If handed one I would drink it, but I wouldn't buy it due to my last statement. 3.5.

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Photo of Chinasky
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a 20 oz. ipa glass.

apparence : Copper-amber low foam

Smell : Sugary malt flavor with some floral hops.

Sweet at first followed with a sharp hop finish.

Strong bitter IPA, but not my favorite taste .

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Photo of Tucquan
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2015-07-30 in Pineville, NC from a 12 oz bottle.

Lots of orange and hop spice in the aroma. Follows into the flavor and is joined by pine, biscuit, earthy spice and quite a lot of orange zest bitterness. I like the initial flavor although the bitterness lingers too long.

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Photo of vabchbrewer
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light amber color with a two finger head with lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma of malt sweetness and hops.
Immediate sensation of sweetness followed by floral and bitter notes. The bitterness moves into astringent in the aftertaste and lingers, a bit unpleasant for me and I love IPAs.
All in all, a bit disjointed, but drinkable.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle in a 20 oz. ipa glass.

Copper-amber color, 1f white head does a fast fade to a film. Lots of spot lacing.

Sweet malt aroma.

Sugary malt flavor with some floral hops.

Sweet at first followed with a sharp hop finish. Not smooth.

Oddly named beer with unattractive label art on the bottle, so it's not surprising that the liquid itself was underwhelming.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A drinkable IPA that just doesn't really deliver with the hard hitting flavors you thought it would. The label makes it look like the type of beer that is going to be an assault on your taste buds. It was far from it though.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Auraan
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber body with a half finger of white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice IPA, true to style. Scents of tropical fruit, with pineapple prominent, sweet pale malt and caramel in the East Coast style, citrus in the background, mostly orange zest and some orange flesh, some herbal hop aromas and a light presence of alcohol. Overall impression of flavor is of a fairly nice IPA. It doesn't wow like some examples, but it is a solid example of an East Coast IPA aroma. Flavor begins highly bitter, more so than the nose lets on with mingled notes of bitter medicinal and herbal hops, alongside some pine resin and grapefruit rind. This is balanced by a light presence of sweet pale malt contributing caramel-like flavors in the background. Middle increases in bitterness with pine resin and grapefruit rind becoming dominant, yet still with a lightly discernible malt backbone. Finish is bitter with nots of pine resin, grapefruit rind, floral hops and a bitter medicinal flavor, though the pale malt is still present in the background. Aftertaste is bitter with grapefruit rind and pine notes and a biscuit-like malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather bitter IPA with a strong hop character, yet it is kept from being too bitter overall by the hint of malt that underlies the hops. Not bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel that ends slick. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good IPA, true to style. Overall this is a pretty good IPA. While far from the best the style has to offer it is solid in aroma and flavor and enjoyable to drink. The high level of hoppy bitterness is welcome and the malt seen in East Coast IPAs is displayed in aroma and flavor leading to a nice overall package.

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Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
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 itshartshaped
4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very similar to Raging Bitch. It has nice grapefruit hops, it's not bitter. It has caramel malts. Its great tasting American Ale. Luv it, Luv it!

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Photo of elvishfarmer
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This was a disappointing beer from Flying Dog, considering some of their remarkable craftsmanship. In all aspects, it is nothing more than "average with hops." You'll end up paying about $9 a 6 pack for something the Macros can make for nearly half the price.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a solid layer, and laces well.

S: Pungent citrus, grapefruit rind, a little pine, and a little light malt.

T: Strong grapefruit rind, some lemon, resinous pine, a bit spicy, and a little light malt. Strong bitterness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Strong assertively bitter IPA, but not my favorite taste wise.

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Photo of fank2788
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Pours a bright copper color with an ample two finger head of fine bubbles that fall quickly to leave a thin layer on top of the liquid. The aroma is a bit subdued for an IPA as I only get some light citrus and floral character with a touch of sweet caramel. The taste too is a bit below what I'd expect. While there is a malty base of caramels and biscuit the hop presence is a bit light. There is a good deal of bitterness but it comes without much in the way of hop flavor other than some floral tones. This has a nice dose of tingly bitterness which combines nicely with a good dose of carbonation. The body of the beer itself may be a little light however. Overall its just ok or maybe even a little disappointing given my expectations for this.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is underrated. It's smooth, fruity with some lemon, and had an enjoyable pine bite at the end. I say y'all should get some if you can find it. Cheers!

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


I love IPAs. I remember the first time I had an IPA. I didn't even know what IPA stood for or what it meant. But I did notice that distinct aroma and the bitter taste that I couldn't get enough of. Yeah.

This is an IPA. The smell is ok although that may be too strong of a word. But the feel and taste are just shallow and totally lacking in smoothness. It's got the IPA taste, but that's it. The liquid is so thin. With so many other options available, I won't be getting this anymore.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Fast Eddie’s pool hall during date night poured into shaker pint. The appearance suffers due to the pour - no head and super cold. The beer itself is a clear copper and there’s some sticky lacing left after each sip. The aroma consists of citrus and floral hops over top of caramel malt. Citrus juice and biscuit sweetness taste up front with floral and citrus peel bitterness in the middle which mixes with caramel malt in the finish. Medium-light body, a touch thick/resinous, a notch below moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 3,295 ratings.
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