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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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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Photo of boudreaux
4.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly opaque amber brown; head is white/mocha, about 1.5 fingers thick, with beautiful, lingering lacing

S: Heavy floral, spicy hops suggest bitterness, with a hint of citrus/grapefruit; an aroma fit for a full, complex IPA

T: Grapefruit zest, tart, and spicy bitterness evidence the high level of dry hops in this beer; a slightly sweet malt undertone leaves a well-balanced flavor in the aftertaste

M: creamy, medium body; stingy bitterness gives way to the satisfying, full maltiness; light and crisp, but also satisfyingly strong

O: really great IPA; covers a wide range of quality characteristics for a top-notch IPA to possess

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

On cask at Churchkey in D.C.

The beer is transparent and orange colored with a big, fluffy, white head. Quite a nice appearance, actually.

The aroma brings a healthy serving of hops and citrus.

I have no doubt that this beer is quite different from a fresh cask than when purchased in a six pack format from a warm shelf. The beer heavily favors hops over malt, and offers tasty citrus notes, as well as a healthy, fresh bitterness throughout. Good, not great.

Smooth and creamy feel. Goes down easy.

I'm a big fan of a good ale on cask. I had a 16 oz. pour of this, and enjoyed every bit of it. This is a marked improvement over the draft and bottled versions of this beer I've had previously.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a small bottle of this beer. I know some of the FD brews, and the quality of different styles is variable, imo.

IPA with ibu of 60. Amber colour, beige head, hardly any carbonation.
Smell is ok. Pine and citrus, but not that extreme.
Taste is quite good. It has a lot of bitterness, and it lingers.
Easy drinkable. The abv is not a problem.
Overall, it's an ok IPA. It has all the bitterness, but the flavours are not very distinct.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 08/25/11 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pour a murky, dark orange-yellow color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, fruity malts, and light citrus hops. Not bad but very malty and not a lot of hops.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bready malts, pale smooth malts, and citrus hops. Again, not a ton of hops, but more than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a pretty average beer. Not bad, but very malty for an IPA. Probably wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: The beer is a cloudy bronze with copper highlights. The head builds up to a two finger creamy and soapy beast. As it drops down it leaves a nice bit of bubbly lace on the side of the glass, lots of craters and burst bubbles on the top of the orange tinted white head.

Smell: A very different head for an IPA. I really don’t smell any citrus or hop bite here. Just bready malts if one can believe it. I’m going to have to go back in for another couple of sniffs. The hops are barely there, just the slightest hint of clementines. Not really much to this one.

Taste: Uhm, not a very good flavor for an IPA. It doesn’t taste skunky so I don’t know if I can use this as an excuse, although, there is also no discernible born on date or good until date on this thing. It’s just really bland. That is what I notice. The hop profile is what comes through the most I suppose.

It’s a general bitterness that sort of reminds me of oranges. The bready malts are also extremely noticeable. There are even hints of vanilla. It finishes bitter and just a little dry, but it is not near the intensity of any other IPA I have ever had.

Mouth feel: Despite the fact that the hops are not very present or as intense as they should be, the mouth feel is pretty good. It is creamy and easy to drink. I wish that the hops really worked over my palate but no such luck.

Overall: While it looks great and feels good on the tongue, the flavor is a big swing and a miss.

The bottle compares the great qualities of this beer to an ex-girlfriend. Honestly, I think if I had my choice of drinking this with my choice of company or drinking a better IPA with an ex, I’d have to track down the ex and take her out to a local tap house.

Do not bother with this one, way too many good IPA’s out there that deserve your time.

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Photo of SDtastentune
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Lighter golden yellow, transparent, some lace, and some small head but nothing big at all.

S - Smells kinda musty single hopped maybe, a little sweeter apricot like but not too strong.

T - Taste is bitter apricot mixed with some golden malts, not too complex and very straight forward.

M - Feel is pretty good, goes down smooth with a little fizz on the way down. Slight bitter after taste/feel.

O - Overall, good IPA but nothing to rave about. This beer seems like it has only one or maybe 2 hop variations added to the recipe... I expect a little more for an ipa these days. Although its not bad its not overly good or anything.

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Photo of sloambbr
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Poured a crisp copper orange color with an average white head.

S: After popping the cap you can really smell the hops that give this beer its great bitter kick. After the pour its more of a light bready smell laced with honey. Nice compliment to the taste.

T: Really kicks right off the bat. Definitely a classic IPA bitter. I was hoping for a little more floral hop flavor though. Most of the flavor comes through after the bitter with a light honey, caramel aftertaste.

M: Crisp and light. Makes for an easy drinking IPA (as long as your a hophead!). Especially palatable for 7.1 abv.

O: Really a good IPA. Nothing crazy about it, but much better than your average IPA. Easily worth multiple buys. Not as good as their Belgian style IPA though..which is an unreal beer...

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Photo of mikeg67
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours clear orange with a fluffy white head and a good amount of lacing.
Aroma is of bready malt in the beginning, and then citrusy hops come through. The body is medium, sharp. Citrusy, herbal hops dominate the palate, while biscuit and caramel malt provide some balance.
Long, bitter greapfruit finish. Very good IPA for hopheads, I enjoyed it with a curry chicken.

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

Ba Review #26
Served On: 8/9/2011
Glassware: Pint

I actually work right down the road from Flying Dog’s brewery in Frederick, so this offering makes it’s way into my beer fridge quite often. This particular beer was from the Alpha Collection mixed pack.

Look: Poured a copper – almost honey color with a modest 1 finger light tan head. Absolutely no shortage of carbonation bubbles; a very clear beer.

Smell: I picked up on some honey notes in the aroma (again with the honey). I also noticed sweet malts hiding behind a strong bitter pine.

Taste: At first the pine dominated the palate, right before the sweet malt bill kicked in. The finish seemed to alternate between a dry hoppines and sweet honey with some spice on the back end.

I think this beer can easily hold up to a Sierra Nevada Torpedo all day long (talking from experience). It's a well crafted and balanced IPA. There is something to be said about a brewer who can precisely incorporate a hoppy pine with an almost honey sweetness.

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

I was reviewing this and due to a browser error lost my entire review. As a result, this redo will be a bit more brief than usual, because I'm rather pissed.
Bottle into imperial pint glass. Reviewed live.

A: Five finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a dark copper with tinges of amber.

Sm: Lemon ester hops and bittering hops, with barley somewhere in there. The aroma is of moderate strength.

T: Pleasant lemon esters comprise the open, with a smooth barley foundation beneath. The bittering hops emerge at the midpoint but depart before the finish, a welcome change from bittering hop overloaded IPAs that destroy the style. Some pine lurks through the first two acts and surfaces to dominate the finish. It's nicely balanced and well built. For a beer in my least favourite style, it's pretty good.

Mf: Smooth and wet, complementing the flavours on the body. Not overly dry and coarse like many IPAs.

Dr: Very drinkable for the style, decently priced as an import, and very good quality. I don't often like IPAs, but this one makes the cut. The best beer I've had from Flying Dog yet.

12/25/17 impression from a bottle:

Crisp and overcarbonated. Flavour drifts tropical.


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

Nothing more than an average IPA in my opinion. Nothing really standouts in this brew onther than above average hoppiness in taste.

Don't get me wrong Snake Dog would be in my fridge before most IPAs found at the average grocery.

Overall I do like it; and what makes it totally worth buying... The price.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snake Dog is indeed a "hop monster," though oddly, the nose doesn't fully reflect it. There is, admittedly, a definite hoppy aroma present, but the nose focuses in an almost equal portion on the malts, showcasing brown sugars and lightly toasted grains.

But the tongue doesn't lie, and here hops gleam enormously, presenting themselves immediately and in towering, grapefruit-bitter waves that leave the tongue lightly tingling. Notes of pine are also strongly present because of the hops, but the brew does attempt to at least partially counter the 60 IBUs through a good amount of sugar. The result is a lychee nut-like backbone that provides a wonderful, if light counterpoint. Also present are strong toasted grains, and hints of nut.

Overall, this is a very good IPA, but it does run the risk of alienating itself because of its heavy bitterness. Fans of hops will find this fantastic, but I doubt anyone who's had anything stronger than a pale ale would deem it the least bit palatable.

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Photo of engagechad
4.11/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased in a case from Costco - dfh snifter

Pours an incredibly clear amber color with tan head. The clarity on this beer in impressive. Head stays around and is easily agitated back to foam. Smells perfect, fruity and citrus on the nose, taste is pefect balance with amazing finish.

This is a very very good IPA and to be honest I am upset that I have waited this long to try the beer but the artwork for this brewery is off putting for me as a consumer for some reason..

I have 5 others to try!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: vibrant clear gold with about a cm of dense white head, great retention, heavy lacing, this one looks really nice!

S: rich caramel comes first with earthy hops to follow. Notes of pine are faint in the background. Hops aren't very aromatic.

T: The hops definitely make themselves known on the taste as a firm bitterness is present throughout. The malt profile is apparent initially, but it is lost in the bitter hop finish.

MF: medium carbonation, relatively heavy body for the style.

O: This is a nice IPA, but I'm a sucker for the late dry hop additions in my IPAs, which this beer seems to lack. The bitterness builds up pretty strongly by the end and throws off the balance a bit.

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Photo of larryi86
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- A clear light copper color with a one finger one head

S- Light floral and citrus hops, caramel malt

T- Very close to the smell, very piney/earthy finish, could really use some more flavor up front to balance out the finish, bitter after taste

M- Lighter body, crisp

O- This isn't a bad beer, but it really doesn't stand out against other IPA. I would drink it again, but not seek it out.

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard tumbler.

A: Light coppery/orangy color. Light effervescence. Generates a one finger off-white foamy head, that regenerates well. Head does die down a bit, but leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma isn't as 'spicy' as some other IPA's that I've had, and is a little bit subdued, BUT, you can certainly tell this is without a doubt an IPA. A nice faint bready smell, with an clean earthy/grassy undertone.

T: Citrusy hops hit the back of the tougue right away, but don't linger for too long. Very faint pine notes on the finish as well. For an East Coast brewed IPA, this is certainly a good representation of the West Coast 'citrusy' IPA syling. But the slight pine after the finish has that East Coast touch. And for 7.10 ABV beer, you can feel it, but you cannot taste it. Very clean tasting IPA.

M: The mouthfeel on this IPA is great. A nice medium body, coupled with light carbonation, and citrusy hop bitterness make this tingle and dance on the tounge. And for a IPA of over 60 IBU's, this one doesn't have that sticky/resiny texture to it, like some Singles, Doubles or Imperials may. The head, when regenerated, makes this have a creamy texture to it.

O: Overall this is a very solid IPA, not the best I've ever had, but still very solid. I had this beer about a year ago, back when my palate was less refined and liked it then, and I STILL like it now.

Final Thoughts: Certainly and a good tasting and drinker friendly IPA. Would recommend!

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Photo of cocogan
3.14/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Gold, light pink hue. no head. decent lacing

Nose: Spicy hop aroma-floral with a pungent oily character, honey, toast.

Taste: The spicy hop taste is all the way through, a little lemon-pineapple citrus, followed by a not so pleasant vegetable taste.

Mouth: Sticky, bit chewy at times.

Drunkability: Not my ideal ipa. I like the spice to it, but it could lose the veggie taste. I would also like it to have more of an up front citrus character.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a perfect clear copper color. It has a nice 2-figner off-white head on it. The head has goo retention, and it leaves behind some nice lacing.

S - It smells of lightly toasted malt and nice earthy grassy hops. There are also some scents of citrus and a bit of fruitiness.

T - The taste starts off with a nice toasted malt flavor. That is immediately followed by some nice citrus and piney hop flavor. There are also some flavors of light fruits and caramel. The finish leaves some lingering hop bitterness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a bit of a slick oily feel to it. There is some bitterness from the hops, but I also found it to be a pretty refreshing beer.

D - This has good drinkability. I would have no problem drinking a 6-pack of this in an evening. Overall, I thought it was a very nice IPA, and I would certainly drink it again.

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Photo of BigDRS
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Color is a deep apricot that's slightly hazy. I get roughly a finger of head that leaves a film sitting on the beer and just a touch of lacing.

S - In line with the style. I get a nice dose of floral and citrus hops.

T - Umm ... this is an IPA? There's a bit of hops up front, but they quickly go away. Malts take over with a bit of a metallic edge towards the end of each sip. The finish is rather dry and bitterness is ok, but the flavor is nothing close to what I was expecting out of this beer.

M - The mouthfeel is way too light and close to watery.

O - Until I actually started drinking this beer it seemed awesome ... not so much. This is the first time that I've picked up a 6 pack of this beer and I certainly won't be buying again.

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Photo of tigg924
2.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, medium carbonation

Smell: toasted malt, leaves, and citrus hops

Taste: follows the smell with a bit more caramel

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet start with bitter backbone and bitter aftertaste

Overall: Kinda what I think of when I think average ipa. Not a bad beer, but also one that does not leave a lasting impression. I could have a couple, but I would just as well have an ipa that tasted a bit different from the norm.

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