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Snake Dog IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA
3,352 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Ratings: 3,352 |  Reviews: 1,220
Photo of rjvanston
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of nhindian
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.

A - Pours a sunburst orange with two fingers of light tan-colored head. Retention is great as it lasts for ages afterward. The lacing is nice as well with shimmering curtains of foam streaming down the glass.

S - The aroma has a bit of caramel malt backbone but for the most part it is all hops. Fresh pine and juicy citrus grapefruit flood the nose.

T - The taste has more malt than the nose exhibited, but it gives the beer a nice support. It has a lingering caramel flavor that lasts well into the finish. The hops come in shortly after the initial wave of flavor, and they are quite bitter. In fact, the bitterness tends to shroud the pine and citrus, which are somewhat muted as a result. Long, bitter finish with malty overtones.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with good carbonation. The hops are somewhat sticky and leave a distinct impression on the palate.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. While the appearance and nose were highly enjoyable, the bitterness of the hops were a bit much for the taste. While still possible to get the hop flavor, the bitterness really took it down a notch.

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Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of bmur112
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Autoeros
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Maudite snifter from a 12 oz bottle

A: Big head and a pretty lucid brown, with plenty of carbonation and good lacing down the glass.

S; There’s a little pine, almost a hint of citrus, but really nothing given away on the nose. Very little of the usual suspect IPA aromas

T: The taste follows very close to the nose, with very little taste and a bitter slap in the face on the end. It doesn’t morph much as it moves over the palate.

F: It feels sticky and resinous, and runs easily over the tongue.

O: Overall, the beer wasn’t terribly pleasant simply because there wasn’t much to it. The nose was fairly empty, the taste was bitter with very little backing complexity for balance, but the beer was very nice to look at. I would rather pour and look than drink it. Not drain-pour, but, for me, a bit of a waste of time.

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Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of justintcoons
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of garuda
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of y2jrock60
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Copper orange semi opaque hue with a creamy bubble head that laces well.

S- Mild citrus, piney and floral aromas followed by a hint of alcohol.

T- Straight forward single piney hop bite that fades away to a slight sweetness with a presence of alcohol.

M- Medium body with medium-light carbonation.

D- Average drinkability. The blandness and alcohol presence takes away from the drinkability.

This IPA has a nice appearance and a pronounced heavy hop bite. However, it lacks balance. The hop signature is singular and the presence off alcohol is too noticeable. I would say this is an Average IPA.

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Photo of Derranged
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint.

A- Hazy amber/orange/brownish in color with a thick fluffy white head. Lots of retention on the glass.

S- Very sweet and fruity. Citrus, mango, pineapple and malty caramel with hops.

T- Not quite as sweet as the smell. Malty and hoppy flavor dominate, but I am getting some faint tropical fruits. The bitterness alternates between sips, but the bitterness is strong and it lingers. There is slight boozy/vodka aftertaste.

M- Medium body with a fair amount of carbonation. Numbs the lips slightly.

O- Wasn't crazy about this one. Too much hops, not enough sweetness. Needs more balance.

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Photo of match1112
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured this one into a pilsner glass.a three finger thick sticky head sat atop a medium copper colored body. taste and smell were both very hoppy. mostly pine and earth with a fair amount of citrus. a little malt also detectable. mouthfeel was medium body with loads of bitterness. overall i felt as thou this could use a better malt presence to balance out better.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this in a six-pack, 12 oz bottles, poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful amber-orange color, with a thick, three finger head. Sticky lacing is left along the glass as I drink.

Smell: Smells of hops, citrus, and an almost flowery aroma. Very non-discernible alcohol smell.

Taste: Tastes of strong hops and with a bit of citrus and caramel, with a faint alcohol taste. Fairly strong bitterness lingers for awhile afterward. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, smooth mouth feel, with a light body of carbonation. Pretty crisp, as well.

Overall: A very good beer with a nice appearance and great flavors. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Craibcr
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked it up in a sampler pack.

A: Amber in color with a large head. The head decreases a bit but certainly stays around for a while.

S: Smells a bit like grapefruit and hops

T: Very bitter hop flavor at the beginning with a taste of citrus. The hops stick with you throughout the beer and test excellent.

M: Extremely smooth flowing throughout the entire beer.

O: An excellent choice. It delivers on what it says it is and is modestly priced.

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Photo of PoorArtist
3.86/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: medium amber, nice sticky head and persistent lacing
S: hoppy and floral, the standard American IPA bouquet
T: Surprisingly pleasant. Understated, but sophisticated. No one note hits you over the head, but instead expect a nicely balanced mix of citrus, floral, and grain
M: smooth, even feel to the bottom; sessionable.
O: I've been drinking a lot of this because it's the cheapest IPA the local grocery story presently.
V: I'm not supposed to do this but I give it an extra half point for good value, partly because you get the great Ralph Steadman label to go with the high quality contents, a nice package for $10 a six-pack.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky, copper-tinged amber with a thick, lingering white head. Looks good, but looks like many other American IPAs.

S: Not as astringent as I was expecting. There are pleasant suggestions of pine, grapefruit, caramel, and an earthy (almost onion-like) scent on the nose.

T: Opens hoppy and rather bitter with notes of pine, lemon, and grapefruit leading the way, but quickly dries out and mellows, as flavors of biscuits, caramel, and cream make their presence known. It's a nice effect and is very reminiscent of Flying Dog's Double Dog. The finish is tart and surprisingly earthy with notes of lemon, grapefruit, and caramel joined by a subtle vegetal bitterness and a quick prickle of alcohol. Nicely layered and not over-the-top.

M: Medium-bodied, resinous, and sticky at first, but dries out nicely on the finish. Nothing out of the ordinary for this style, but still rather nice.

O: This beer was a pleasant surprise for me. I honestly wasn't expecting much, but have come to feel that this beer is somewhat underrated. This would be a perfect introductory IPA for someone wanting to get into this style.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a murky brownish amber color with a half inch of head. Minimal lacing. Aromas of citrus and floral hops, caramel malts, and a bit earthy. Taste is a small amount of hops along with some earthiness and sweet malt flavor. Some floral hop notes at the end as well as some bitterness. Somewhat sweet with a bit of brown sugar flavor. Overall, nothing special but an alright beer to find in a mix 12 pack.

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Photo of Kylito87
3.27/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back to hopefully a point in life where I can sit down and do a reveiw more frequently.
Got a 6er of this from my GF for sweetest day.
Poured into a snifter .

Appearance: Light golden amber orange with a cap of bone white head. Very small bubbles and some spotty lacing on the glass. A decent looking IPA .

Smell: Some piney resin with a small touch of sweet malt. After inhaling deeper I pick up alot orangy citrus. I waited five minutes and I pick up a slight alcohol note as the beer warmed.

Taste: Not the hop blast I was expecting. I know it is a single IPA but this is a bit more malty than I would want an IPA to be. The hop flavor I get is a earthy and piny resin with a touch of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice oily IPA feel with a decent dry finish. Not mind blowing but a decent example of what an IPA should feel like.

Overall: It is a decent IPA but I guess after being more into double imperial IPAs I find it hard to go back to singles. I think this would be a good IPA to get someone into the style without freaking them out. A valliant effort by the folks at flying dog but I am unsure if I will pick this one up again.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: This brew poured an orange hue with blonde highlights. White, frothy, one-fingered head that lingers for awhile and dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Strong hoppy aroma from beginning to start. Mild hints of citrus in the background.

T: Very hoppy IPA as called for by the style. Each sip brings more of a hoppy flavor and bitter malt goodness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Solid IPA. Very hoppy, just the way I like it.

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another from the World Market 6 pack. I feel guilty judging anybody on these "not so fresh" beers from WM. Anywhoo, pours a cloudy light amber color with lots of bubbles. Not much head to speak of. Smell is way more malty than I would have expected. I detect no hint of hops on the nose. Malty taste as I would expect, biscuity and bread-like. The hops come through in the finish to balance nicely. Decent tasting beer that I would buy again if it were cheap enough, but def. not something that I would go out of my way to find.

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Photo of GeorgeAldi
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light copper with lightly tanned, light head. Grassy, hoppy aroma. Slightly oily texture, full-bodied, bitter, acidic taste with an astringent finish. A decent beer but other IPA’s have left me more enthusiastic. This one just seems like it is made for the mass-produced market.

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Photo of AgentMunky
2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Good two fingers of head. Decent retention. Clear yellow. It looks okay.

S: Distant grapefruit and hops. Limited and boring.

T: Ehhh. I don't like it. Not terrible, but the mundane hoppiness detracts from the otherwise any otherwise pleasant aspects of the flavour. The aftertaste is full of grainy alcohol.

M: Bah. Nothing good or bad; neutral.

O: Not recommended. Will not have again. It's not horrendous, but it's surprisingly poor. Not my cuppa tea and not a good example of an American IPA.

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Photo of imbibehour
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a plastic cup.

A slight cloudy amber orange body with a lot of visible carbonation. Head is off caramel tan in color, and leaves some good spotty lacing.

Nose is a soft chewy sense of hop and malt lingering. Little bit of citrus more on orange kind of tangerine.

Good bitter on this for the palate, a sense of small pine and powdery malt. Hop bitter strong in the finish truly "biting" finishing with red pepper, and a bitter orange rind and zest.

Overall a fun good example and easy drinking ipa. I like this orange hop angle on this beer.

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Photo of david18
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a review I did of the bottle version:

I want to like flying dog but they don't make a lot of beers that stand out for me. The IPA is a good example of that. Decent drinkability it doesn't have that much else to distinguish it. The best beer to get from this brewery is definitely the double dog, double ipa, which actually is great.


Ditto on the draft.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 2.5 finger head some lace with light amber, clear beer with golden hues.

S: pine and hops. Hint of citrus

T: very light grapefruit to start but that goes away rapidly to be mostly piney with hops background and bitter finish and aftertaste.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: the pine and bitterness are a little too much. The aroma is weak. Not a favorite.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 3,352 ratings
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