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Snake Dog IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA
3,349 Ratings
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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice copper color with a one inch white fluffy head. The head dies eventually and a nice lacing remains as I drink.

S - Very malty smell akin to an amber ale. Caramel, earthy, and some pine hops.

T - Starts somewhat sweet with caramel malt. The hops then kick in and make for a dry bitter finish of grass and pine.

M - Good carbonation and a nearly medium thickness.

O - Slightly above average IPA. It is pretty easy drinking and the flavors aren't unbalanced. Nothing spectacular, but not bad.

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Photo of Vicsvapo
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BierAdvoNikk
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of carrollmel7
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jolesen83
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Bitonti
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer i've somehow managed to avoid all my life until now.
Bottle printed with date code "272 11" on the bottom, making the bottle 3-4 months old at this point.

Glowing saturated candy orange tone, lasting white cap of foam that leaves behind a delicate halo of lacing. Lazy trails of rising carbonation.

Smooth and sweet with caramel and bready malt flavors. Hops come across as dried citrus fruit with minimal bitterness. Aroma is a dull sweet malt/vague fruity hop combo. Medium bodied, slightly watery, light and fairly easy to drink, though I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of javiernano
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of tgorgz
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: 12oz into pint glass.

A: Excellent carbonation, the head lingers throughout the drink. Dark orange to lighter amber.

S: Pine. Lots of pine- probably Cascade hops. A decent amount of spicy attempts to balance it out, but I think it's a little off-balance.

T: Definitely a lot of pine. Too much for my liking.

M: Pleasant, medium-full body.

O: I think they need to tone down the Cascades to let the other flavours shine through.

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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of hosehead83
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear,copper/gold in color, with a nice two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint citrussy hops
Taste-Lots of earthy hops, toasted malt, grapefruit-rind bitterness in the finish. Somehow the earthy hops don't quite jive with the toasted malt leaving things a little unblanced. Seemed more an English style IPA than American.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Etan
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A: Hazy dark orange, bright at the base of the glass. Rocky, off-white head with a bunch of coarse lacing. Nice retention.

S: Bright grapefruit hop pushed up by sweet grainy malt.

T: Much more restrained than the nose indicates. Moderate piney bitterness along with some nice grapefruit and orange hop notes pop up first, to be washed away by mildly sweet, buttery malt. Strong grain and a little bit of bitterness lingers in the finish, along with a noticeable presence of alcohol. Somewhat sweet in the finish.

M: Body is pretty thick, but could use a little more carbonation.

O: The hops are more restrained than I would have liked, leaving the malt profile, which isn't itself that amazing, as the main event. Certainly not bad, but could have been executed better.

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Photo of PatDreadful
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH Chalice.

Appearance: Nice looking IPA with a nice clear copper body and a big tight head. The head recedes and the lacing is super sticky.

Smell: There is some bright citrus up front but the fresh hop smell gives way to the herbal/vegetable smell of hop pellets. Not awful but not entirely pleasant.

Taste: Much better than the smell. Lemon and subtle orange lead the charge with light pine following close behind. This gives way to a mild malt flavor which is rounded out with a nice sweetness cut with your typical IPA bitterness. The cloying sweetness reminds me of Flying Dog's Belgian IPA (which I love) and imparted hints of candied stone fruit into the finish. Even though this isn't what I look for in a 7% + IPA, it was still pleasant.

Mouthfeel: This is a winter IPA with a heavier body and low carbonation. It sits heavy on the palate which is great for a cold snowy night by the fire.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a rather clear amber with foamy 1.5 finger head. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom.

S - Pretty earthy here. Touch of grapefruit and zest in the nose. But a bit floral and even a tad onion-y.

T - Pretty bitter, not a lot of the fruit coming through. Somewhat of an onion-y biscuit malt bill. Finishes with some piney hop kick.

M - Pretty dry, very carbonated. But pretty clean and crisp.

Overall - Not a great IPA here. It seems to overplay the bitterness and forgo the elements of what makes an IPA truly tasteful. Pretty average IPA.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of hiku7
3.11/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moderate citrus hop aroma presence. Sweet and malty caramel aroma.

Clear deep copper. Low carbonation. Off white moderate head.

Less hoppy than most pale ales, let alone IPAs. Malty caramel flavor with toasted malt as well. Moderate woody bitterness. Tastes oxidized.

Medium body. Moderately low carbonation.

Overall, tastes like a mild amber ale. Not hoppy enough for an IPA. Very malty. Mine could have just been old and oxidized. Drank in Feb 12, and label said 080A12 so it should have been okay until mid March (80th day of 2012 expiration). That said, it was not refrigerated when purchased. I may have to try again.

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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kennylopez
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
appearance: a reddish golden color with an off white head that fades but leaves nice lacing.
smells: a amber malt with a pine hop coming through.
tastes: a toasted amber malt with a slight citrus hop at finish with pine.
mouthfeel/overall: at a tad above seven percent this is a refreshing and smooth ale. the carbonation doesn't last to long, but its there.
overall: I tried this one in a mixed six pack and from the first taste I think I would buy a pack when I see it.

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3/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +12%

Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 3,349 ratings
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