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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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.21/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: smell is weak but definitely citrusy, floral and a little piney.

Appearance: Beer is amber, with a short lasting ivory 1-finger head, following a moderately vigorous pour. There is minimal lacing that subsides fairly quickly. However, a thin white creamy film remains.

Flavor: There is a distant carmely flavor in the middle, but the expected intial nose is mainly piney and grassy with some citrus. It is definitely hop-forward, with little malt to balance.

Mouthfeel: The body is medium-low with moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish. There is some resinous flavor as well that lingers on the tongue.

Overall: This definitely meets the american IPA cookie-cutter standards. I could drink this all-day, as I am an all-american hop-lover. However, at 7.1% I would become inebreated somewhat quickly. In conclusion, this standard IPA that does not stand-out for me, and I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out, but I will finish my supply.

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3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a textbook golden amber color with incredibly vibrant luster. The head is a three finger offwhite color with impressive retention and lacing. Not particularly different from the textbook IPA, just more than solid aesthetic execution.

S: Moderately strong grapefruit and mango augmented with some floral, piny scents. Nice, but nothing groundbreaking.

T: This is where this IPA sets itself apart from the pack slightly. The hop bitterness on this is almost all front loaded and floral/piny in nature, but there are also notes of coriander, mint, and black pepper, which smoothes out and delivers a malty finish with a touch of candy-coated hops, lighter fruit, and booze. Dare I say this is slightly strong ale-esque? It's different for sure, and I kinda like it.

M: This has one of the drier finishes I've seen on a single IPA, not to mention it's fairly sticky and astringent, though nowhere near a palate killer. It's not terribly heavy on the palate, thankfully, but there's a touch of alcohol burn on the tongue (but not the throat), and it unfortunately hinders its drinkability somewhat. Well carbonated.

O: A strange beast, for sure. It's not as drinkable as it could be (due to its sticky dryness and palpable alcohol), but it's unique flavor profile makes it well worth at least a try. Pair it with sharp cheddar cheese to cut down the astringency some.

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Gold copper color, totally transparent, lots of large bubbles. Head was less then one finger and thinned to a slight lace that stuck around for a little while.

S: Floral hops, with some sweetness. Citrus, maybe some sweet grapefruit.

T: Bitterness comes on REALLY strong from the get go. Makes way to some sweetness, and citrus bitters and then in a strange manner, the bitterness slowly goes away as the alcohol makes its presence known. Aftertaste is that of bitter grapefruit, amost like ur chewing on grapefruit pulp.

M: Sharp carbonation leads the way for the strong punch of the hops. Left with a hint of mouth dryness.

O: Not a bad IPA by any means, i've def had worse. Still not a total hop head though but I really enjoyed the grapefruit after taste.

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear copper color with slight goldiness to its hue, moderately carbonated with off-white foam that dissipates into a slight ring of lacing.

smell: hops are very light and crisp, floral with a sharp pineyness.

taste: begins sharply bitter, the hops remain consistent throughout, with underlying piney notes that complement the bitter notes; malts notes are present and sufficient.

overall: very consistent, decent abv, very good for a go-to IPA.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip

A- Slightly hazy dark orange pour with a three finger soapy, sticky off white head. Lacing is excellent as it recedes to a thin cap.

S- Strawberries and grapefruit with a sweet malt profile. Somewhat piney this probably isn't the freshest of bottles. There is a touch of caramel.

T- Bitter floral hops with a bit of juicy citrus (mostly oranges) there is a bitter lemon zest than a sweet malt backing. Not over the top but still very good.

M- Thin the medium bodied, good carbonation with a lingering finish.

O- I wish this was a fresher bottle, I really did my best checking dates but I wasn't able to figure out the dating system for Flying Dog so I took a chance. Not bad at all though.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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1/5  rDev -72%

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4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly hazy amber colored body with a fairly large white lumpy head that slowly dissipates into a small lightly foamy lacing

S: rich fruity and extremely sweet maltiness. Some caramel was slightly noticed as well.

T: centered around the normal bitter hops of an IPA but also had a very good malty backbone.

M: light to medium, smooth, sessionable, bitter aftertaste, no finish

O: this is an extremely well balanced IPA that I would come back to.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours slightly hazy amber with a massive whipped-cream-like thick off-white head, that slowly dissipates into pretty nice lacings.

S: Rich fruityness from the floral hops; oranges, peaches, grapefruits and some red apples. Rich malt, caramell. Sweet.

T: Very nice malty backbone, sweet and bisquity. Rich bitter hops complements the floral with oranges and grapefruits toghether with pine(-apple). Complex.

M: Long bitter aftertaste that also carries the fruityness. Body is on the fuller side, while carboantion is held back.

O: A well balanced beer; the American hops are very obvious but still held back and further more in fantastic balance with the malt. Probably this is a bit from how the style is described, but in my book; rewrite the description for the style!

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 3,328 ratings.
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