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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Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Head grows quickly to two fat off white fingers after a medium pour. Stands patient and slowly drops into a nice residual thickness with a snowflake tapestry of lace around the glass. Oily hop and minimal fruit aroma to the nose. Big oily hop taste with a grainy and fruity middle. A bit earthy as well. Some spice is noticed well into the glass. Medium bodied and edgy going down. I could wish for more balance, but I wouldn't want to waste a wish on something so trivial with this beer. Good stuff and probably slightly underrated since its not a craft rock star.

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.42/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

crystal clear. nice copper color. big head retention.

smells like hops. lots of hops. grassy floral hops. smells a little bit malty too.

malty up front. big time hop flavor nice hop bitterness. not overpowering. grassy citrus hop flavor. the hop flavor lingers well past the finish.

this is a medium body ale with a nice medium crisp finish typical of an ale.

very good ipa. very straight forward, but by no means an underachiever.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American IPA from a bottle into a pint glass. It produced a nice clear amber color and a white creamy head. The lacing was only average. The aroma was full of malt and only slight hop aroma. The taste of the American IPA is a mix of malt, hop bitterness and sweet pear. Medium in body, easy to drink just not as aggressive as i like my IPA's. Very average.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber, with massive carbonation. Beautiful and detailed lace.

Nose is sweet and piney. Nice.

Taste is nicely bitter, with more pine and sour grapefruit. Not a lot of complex flavors here, but Snake Dog remains a perfectly solid IPA - not outstanding but certainly worthy.

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Photo of rrski198
3.54/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: little to no head that disapears quickly. A little sticakge and a predominately yellow/orange colored brew.

S: Sweet citrus rinds. A minor boozyback end.

T: Spicy hop citrus punch followed by an abosolute assault of hop bitterness. It really take ahold of everything and the flavor comes and goes quickly. My tongue is in shambles.

M: This is one of the more bitter IPA's with an absolute bite and spice wallop. The carbonation is above average and really carries these characteristics to the forefront. The beer fiishes a little thin in terms of creamyness. THere isn't a whole lot of body at the end of the beer. Odd.

O: an aboslute hop beating. My mouth is numb. I would have liked to get some more sweet maltyness or some other flavors from the hops but I just got my ass kicked.

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Photo of devilben02
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, medium yellow-orange color with a modest, creamy, cream-colored head. The aroma is predominately a musty hop character, but a little bit of lemon brightens the dull hop character and makes this one seem somewhat light and clean. The lemon comes through in the flavor as well, but there is also more of an herbal character, creating a nice, varied hop bitterness. There is also a subtle bready malt character that balances the flavor profile to some extent. The texture is somewhat resinous, but it finishes quite clean, making it easy to drink down. Overall, although not a remarkable IPA, I enjoyed this beer and consider it to be one of the better selections from Flying Dog's base lineup.

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Photo of theghost3
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a transparent, light copper with a 2-finger, very fluffy white head that mostly sticks around.

The smell is subtle--just some grassy and floral hops. Taste is bitter floral hops with a hint of lemon and some grainy malts. Mouthfeel is carbonated, medium-bodied, and somewhat sticky.

The could be a refreshing brew on a hot day or perhaps with some spicy food. It's nothing I would go out of my way for because the flavor and smell are so subdued.

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Photo of FeloniousDrunk
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Beer is the color of rose gold with a slight haze, 1-finger head, and a touch of lacing as you drink.

S: Bread notes, grass, light hops, some dark fruit (cranberry, cherry, pomegranate,) and grains are the dominant aromas.

T: Toasted bread up-front with a dry-hop middle and a bitter, fruity finish. Notes of cracked whole grain toast with sour cherry jam on top, dry pine needles, earth, sediment, brick, and a touch of dry hops are present. A clean, slightly bitter pomegranate finish leaves a nice presence in the mouth.

M: This has a good body to it that adequately matches the flavor profile: not too big, not too small. It feels a bit muddy in the mouth, but finishes with a fairly clean afterfeel that isn't uninviting.

O: Not a bad IPA. In line with the likes of Harpoon or Long Trail. Good if hops aren't really your thing, and you enjoy the hint at fruit, without there being any. Also a fairly decent session beer despite the 7.1% abv tag.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a light copper color with minimal haze and a light tan head.

Nose is sharp and floral, a little grassy even. Malts are grainy with a touch of toffee. Light fruitiness from the yeast.

Taste lacks much hop flavor, maybe some leafy greens but most of the hop effect is on the back end. Grain, caramel and toast show off malt at first, then a rough bitterness takes hold and does not want to let go, lingers for quite some time. The beer lacks any sort of flow, or smooth characteristics. The label descriptions say it best "...bite and your psycho EX..." yea, not bad - reminds of an old school IPA before all the rage was new hop varietals, dry hopping and juicy hop flavor.

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Photo of pburland23
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard shaker pint.

Beer pours a beautiful, clear light copper color with about a finger of fluffy white head. Moderate head retention and lacing.

Aroma is muted. A deep inhale reveals some floral hops, but not much else. It smells nice, but isn't nearly bold enough.

Again, the taste is fairly muted. There's a decent amount of bite from the hops, but the malt backbone is lacking. There's a touch of caramel but not enough, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly quaffable. The carbonation is moderate and adds a slight creaminess to the beer.

Overall, a fairly middle-of-the-road IPA. With so many great IPAs, so readily available, I don't see myself going back to this one.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle.

A: Clear amber color with 1/4" offwhite head of loose bubbles.

S: Malty, whiffs of bitter hops, grain

T: Hoppier than the nose, with piney and citrus hop flavors, followed by a sweet malt and some lingering dry hop bitterness.

M: Pretty carbonated, light-medium body, with a dry finish.

O: It's a little better than your run of the mill IPA. The lingering bitter finish makes it an interesting beer, but it's really lacking the umph for me to ever buy a sixer of it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I'm thinking this will be the final beer of the night. It pours a clear amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, light orange zest, very light pine, and rich caramel. The taste holds notes of pine sap, light grapefruit rind, light orange peel, and mild caramel. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a pretty nice IPA, nothing special, but drinkable and enjoyable enough for an occasional downing.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: cloudy pale orange; modest head; nice lacing
S: malty, sweet; no hoppy aroma until it warms a bit
T: solid, strong IPA, a bit on the drier side; hops are not prominent
M: silky, smooth, but leaves a film

overall, a solid but not outstanding offering

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear copper colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a large amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of malts and caramel. I can also pick up on some hops and some tea mixed with just a little bit of citrus. Unfortunately I could also really taste the alcohol... The beer finishes with a sweet malty aftertaste and a lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - The beer would benefit from a little less carbonation and more of a citrus flavour. The beer comes across as more of a English IPA. It's still very drinkable but I wouldn't buy this beer again.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear, crisp, bronzed orange color. Good sized, fairly thick, slightly creamy, foamy, white head. Good retention with a nice layer of lace left over.

S - Not aggressively hopped, with herbal, floral, and tea like hops being the strongest. Touches of pine and citrus in the background that comes out a little stronger as it warms. The dominating herbal tea/floral aroma with a fairly strong malt background make it smell a bit like a strongly hopped amber ale.

T - Like the nose, not a very hop forward IPA. Plenty of herbal, floral and tea flavors along with some caramel malt and amber ale like flavors. Slight pine flavors in the back. The hop flavors don't really jump out though.

M - Light body with good carbonation. Way too thin and watery for what it is.

D - Easy to drink beer. Enjoyable beer to drink, although not hop heavy. Pretty balanced.

Notes: Tasted somewhat like a hopped up amber ale. Good although not really a hoppy IPA. Enjoyable for what it is and worth a try. Not going to satisfy a hop fix, but good for a summer night.

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Photo of dhartogs
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at an Orioles game, after a Loose Cannon. Overall, I'd have to say this is a perfectly average IPA. Very strong grapefruit after taste, nice color, solid hop aroma and good mouth feel. I prefer others over this but if you are after a tyipcal IPA, get this one.

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Photo of brian44556
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into a Schlafly Pint Glass. No date on bottle.

Pours a light amber color that forms a thick white head. The head leaves sporadic lacing along the sides of the glass. Smells of bitter hops, malt, and grass. The hop profile I smell isn't the piney, citrus I prefer in a IPA. Almost smells more of English Hops. The taste falls into the same boat as the smell. The hops are very bitter, but the citrus and pine doesn't shine through. Has a very malty backbone that kind of throws the taste off a bit. This beer is well-carbonated. Overall this is a middle of the road beer. I picked up a 6 pack and won't have a problem drinking them, but I doubt I will ever reach for this one again.

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Photo of nach0king
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours: Pale gold, slightest touch of amber, with awesome lacing and a short head.

Smell: Not much. Slightly floral, slightly hoppy. What's there is good.

Taste: When this first crosses the palate... not much. It takes a second, then the flavour breaks, and you've got something special. Starts hoppy, then you get the oranges, bitter lemon, yeast, pepper, the slightest hint of menthol. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Thin and crisp, which is what I wanted.

You'd never guess this is 7.1% ABV without reading the bottle. There's so much going on that the alcohol can't dominate.

Will definitely get this again.

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Photo of BeefyMee
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Like the head and lacing but not the pale yellow color. Smells sweet and hoppy. Taste is citrusy hops upfront with a bready finish. Alcohol is evident when it nears room temperature. A decent ipa but pretty boring compared to their other offering, Raging Bitch.

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Photo of Chaney
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can't believe I'm ticking a beer at a Nationals game, but here goes:

A: Fairly clear golden color, with a 1/2 finger or so head that stuck around throughout the session.

S: I got a good bit of fresh bread, followed by a tinge of grapefruit and other hop inducing citrus.

T: I got more yeast than hop, which was kind of a shame. However, this had a very refreshing taste, if somewhat subdued hop profile. I got a good bit of bitter linger on the finish that I honestly didn't mind.

M: Not too sweet or cloying, the bitterness was there but not too intense, and the carbonation was fine.

O: I've had the bottled version of this beer many times... and having it fresh from the tap was definitely a much better experience. If the ABV were a shade low, and this was categorized as an APA, with a little tweaking, this might be world class. As it stands though, this was a meh brew....

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a pale orange color with a one finger foamy head. Dissipates rather quickly to little bits of foam on top. Spotty lacing that does not last very long.

S: Nice citrus hops aromas, a good bit of fruit comes out - apricots, lemon, orange peel, and a hint of pine.

T: Unfortunately, the aroma did not indicate the flavor profile very well. Very little hop presence, little hints of citrus fruits, mostly the orange peel. Some doughy malt on the back end. Seemed a bit watered down.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation. There is a slight hop oiliness to it.

O: Looked and smelled good, but the taste fell flat, being just too weak. Would try it again just to be sure, but still not something I am going to run out to get.

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Photo of TheClampdown
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured a clear golden orange. 1/2 inch off white head that lasted for a few minutes.

S- scent of grapefruit and other citrus fruits, sweet malt. Muted notes of pine and spice hops.

T- Starts with heavy citrus flavor, hop bitterness, and malty sweetness. Slight spiciness and pine taste, much like the smell.

M- Medium to light body with medium carbonation. Finishes dry and a slight alcohol warmth.

Overall, the beer was a good middle of the road IPA. Lots of citrus and malty sweetness flavors, but not very complex. Easy to drink and will more than likely buy again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Notes....Tried the Snake Dog IPA and really enjoyed this beer. The appearance was a decent amber. The aroma was filled with citrus/grapefruite which led to teh nice taste, which came off the pallet clean. The mouthfeel was good even with the higher abv. Quite a decent IPA.

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Photo of StaEva
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear dark honey/apricot color with an extremely fluffy and pitted eggshell-colored head. Great retention (lasted till the final sip) and exceptional lacing.

Super fresh nose: lemon zest, grapefruit, honey, slight yeast from the head and ambrosia.

Opens with hopcentric bitterness that rolls in waves and numbs the back of the palate. That first sip is super hoppy...but subsequent sips reveal a medley of citrus and tropical fruit; flavors of apricot, peach, lemon and mango. Deftly balances its hop bite with the tangs of fresh fruit and subtlety of malt. Relatively light bodied, refreshing carbonation and highly drinkable. Finishes nice and dry.

Definitely recommended.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.91/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First IPA of the day, a cool, overcast Mothers Day (08MAY11). Love the label blurb "Chock full of bitterness..."...

I poured it into an imperial nonic... Color was a rich, deep golden, with a touch of cloudiness present. Slow, steady carbo was heading to the surface where it met a short, off-white 1/4" layer of foam. The head was frothy and fine, leaving very nice lace behind. The nose was not as robust as I expected, but still displayed some citrus. It was more sweet than bitter, like apricot or tangerine. Basic, standard middle of the road medium mouthfeel here; decent body and fairly smooth.

Flavor is lightly sweet and a touch toasty. The fruitiness here, at the start, is like the aroma, with some sweetness akin to apricot marmalade. Later hopping is a bit pithy and rindy, with more citrus present. A solid, bitter bite, as advertized, finishes things. May have to try some more of this one...


look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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