Snake Dog IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA
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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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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pale golden-orange with an egg shell color of fluffy head on top. Nothing going on in the body of the beer. Some bubbles here and there, but mostly a bore. I'm looking for bubbles, sediment, complex colors, and they aren't here.

S: An earthy aroma with a strong generic malt background. There's some citrus in there if you look hard enough. The smell isn't kind to the nose -- it isn't offensive, but there just isn't enough of anything. Kind of just there instead of being a bright feature of the brew.

T: The flavor matches the aroma to a "T". An earthy flavor with a heavy malt backbone. Kind of a stinky, somewhat boozy finish. The beer isn't boozy, but it kind of flashes in the aftertaste. But, this beer isn't crisp, refreshing, and doesn't have that fresh hoppy flavor I'm looking for. Really, just about average for me.

M: For me, this is a heavy body that borders on syrupy. It feels dull -- don't know if that makes any sense. But, that what I think of the feel. Very chewy, which can be nice sometimes, but not in this case.

O: Sucks because I so want to like Flying Dog. I think they have so much untaped potential. Raging Bitch isn't bad, but this isn't doing it for me. A dull, generic, lazy offering.

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2.5/5  rDev -30%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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3.75/5  rDev +5%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +26.1%

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