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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Photo of jmich24
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A: Hazy dark golden with orange hues. One finger off white head. Nice sticky lacing.
S: Hoppy, orange and floral notes mostly. Sweet Carmel maltiness. Nothing spectacular.
T: Starts with a touch of sweet maltiness and then finishes dry and bitter.
M: Creamy mouthfeel for an IPA. Finishes dry with a bit of bitterness.
O: Overall this was just okay for me. Too many better IPAs out there will not purchase again.

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

Appearance - Cloudy amber/orange 1 finger of off white head that dies fast looks kinda creamy. A little lacing but its thick.

Smell - Bready malts with citrus hops very pleasant to smell this.

Taste - Sweet malts with hops on the finish but wheres my hop bite Flying Dog? The abv isn't hidden all that well here getting a good warm alcohol taste on the after taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body light carbonation, alcohol warmth going down while being a little dry.

Overall - This isn't what I look for in a normal IPA. That said I still liked this a lot and would definitely buy some more, go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of lsrose
4.47/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beer poured an amber/orange color with a thin but sufficiently covering head.

S - Smell was definitely citrus, but I can't exactly pinpoint any variety. Very pleasant though.

T - Beer tastes very good. Not overpowering, but still has a late IPA kick to it.

Overall I really like this one. A very good IPA with good drinkability.

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

12oz. bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a slightly hazy golden orange color with a very nice 2 fingers of creamy, foamy white head. good retention with lots of nice lace.

not that appealing of an aroma. more of a grassy herbal hop nose with some citrus thrown in there. as it warms some dank floral skunkiness comes out. kind of vegetal like. just a hint of bready malt.

herbal, grassy, slightly vegetal hop. some citrus hop in the finish. a slight bready malt tries to balance. sharp bitterness within a medium body. almost a touch skunky, not bad beer skunky, more like bad hop. somewhat of a dry finish, leaves kind of a slick oily feel on the palate.

overall, not a beer i am likely to revisit anytime soon, but im sure itll be offered, and im sure ill happily drink it. too many unappealing hop flavors here, columbus hops i believe.

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Photo of Holland
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

A: good head, lacing that stays for a while. Amber/golden color is delicious looking.

S: Lot of hops. Hints of malt and honey.

T: Where did the hops go? Maybe I wrecked it by drinking a better IPA first? Okay, there they are. This tastes of hops and malt, just like it smells. Not overly impressed so far.

M: Feels thin for an IPA of this ABV. Still very good, but not quite of the medium build that one comes to expect in the 7%+ range.

O: Good beer, and tastes great in certain circumstances. It's an IPA, there isn't too much about it. Not as sweet as some other IPAs, and I appreciate that.

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Photo of bayougutter
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from a bottle to a snifter, nice clear light amber orange color with a one inch thick white head that didn't stay long.

Not a lot on the smeel, I have a good nose and just didn't get much other than very faint citrus hops.

Taste was very bitter hops that dominated front to the end with undertones of citrus peels.

Mouthfeel was avg. just a little watery

Overall a little dissapointing, not much on smell and too bitter that take took over all aspects of taste.

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

I had this brew on tap at a restaurant and found this brew fairly boring in flavor, smell, appearance etc. Perhaps their lines from the keg weren't clean and perhaps it would be much better fresh or from bottle. It has some hop bite and moderate bitterness/aftertast but it seemed to just lack flavor and like some of the other Flying Dog's was somewhat rough to drink. It wasn't awful and I could drink it again, it was just a little harsh and lacking in balance and flavor.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.66/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost-crystal-clear amber/orange color with a medium white head that diminishes very quickly. Scent doesn't have too much going on. Faint floral hoppiness with a bit of malt and citrus. Taste, however, is much better than the aroma. Although the hops are not as "in your face" as I typically like my is a well-balanced beer. This bottle happens to be fairly fresh I might add. I could see this being an absolutely awful beer if it weren't though. There are some lovely pine flavors and floral notes along with nice bittering hops. There is a pleasant caramel malt presence as well. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a crisp finish. Strong bitter taste at the end. Drinkability is fairly high for the ABV. Overall, a solid IPA. I could see this beer taking a turn for the worst in the near future though. Glad I got it when I did.

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

had this in the bottle and poured into a pint glass after the golden ale from the same company.
A: pale orange color with a decent head.
S: smells a little like apricot - probably palisade hop and a bit of pine.
T: citrus flavors don't really follow through. kind of unbalanced. too much bitterness.
M: okay carbonation and body
O: kind of disappointing. not terribly so. but i figured with the nice look and initial aroma appeal it would taste a bit better.

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Photo of Guden
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Beautiful pale orange color with 1 inch of head made of large pretty bubbles which fade into a thin layer leaving lots of lacing. Little carbonation bubbles pop up throughout with a ton on the initial pour.

S- Beautiful bouquet of apricot, nectarine and lavender with notes of pine, lemon, malt and cherry.

T- None of the fruit or citrus flavors really come through with bitterness on the front, middle and end. Theres a bit of a hop oiliness that sticks on the tongue and seems to hint at fruit flavor but nothing stands out. The balance is terribly high in the bitter direction to the point of overwhelming anything and everything else that could be there.

M- Thin and highly carbonated with a hop oiliness that doesn't offend but makes the beer seem even more thin in comparison.

D- Would not go back for another of these. At 7.1% ABV the alcohol is well hidden by the bitterness, unfortunately so is everything else. This is a one-note wonder and frankly I don't find that note very enjoyable. It does look great going into, and sitting in a glass.

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Photo of patreely12
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes.

A - 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. light copperish amber. one finger of white, fluffy (almost lumpy) head. the head doesn't last long and there is no lacing. good bit of carbonation.

S - floral, pine and some metallic. slight hint of citrus. also there is a corn like aroma.

T/M - fresh, floral hops which ride out the rest of the drink. piney, moderate bitterness. some citrus which is bitter like orange rinds. slightest hint of malt presence, which is completely overshadowed by the hops. light bodied, high carbonation. bitter and piney aftertaste that coats the tongue.

Overall this is an okay but not great IPA. at 7.1% this is a little high in ABV, but still decently drinkable. worth trying.

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Photo of bum732
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Citrus rind, grapefruit, slightly resiny, caramel sweetness

L: Golden yellow, bright white head that mostly dissipates.

T: Semi-sweet resiny malt, medium bitterness, with some sweetness before drying slightly. Orange rind mostly.

M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation.

Ok IPA, a little sweet, nothing special.

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Photo of legatovibrato24
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber, or diluted copper color. Has a head that quickly dissipates to a lacing layer.

Smells of hops upfront, more on the piney side than citrusy.

The taste is not near as strong as i would hope from an ipa. Its not watered down but does not have the punch that a typical ipa packs.

Feels biting and acidic in the mouth. Isn't overloaded with body, but does have a decent consistency.

This is drinkable but nowhere nead my favorite ipa. Does represent the style but not the best characteristics of the style.

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Photo of NATOuk
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A translucent amber colour which forms a great head over an inch in height dying down to a half inch. Very impressive.

A distinctive sweet citrus around with some earthy, grassy notes, also a hint of caramel. Strong but not overpowering aroma.

Sweetness at the front of the mouth, mixed with the start of a notable alcohol tang which builds up to a very prominent finish along with a little hop bitterness.

Moderate carbonation and a medium body

I'm not a massive fan of the alcohol tang to this one, it's got a pleasant smell and a very impressive appearance but the taste left at the back of the mouth was not expected, does taint the overall experience. Still a lot better than most commercial beer mind you.

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Photo of dataskatt
2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pretty disappointed in this one. Amber colored with medium carbonation. Biscuity malt smell. Are there hops in this? Taste...yes there are hops, and they are very, very bitter (and not in a good way). This tastes more like an amber that has been mixed with an IPA. Very funky taste to me. No depth to smell or taste. Just funky, bitter malt with strong, strong alcohol. No floral, pine, grass....nothing. Very flat taste. I'm glad I only got a single. Would not buy again.

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Photo of Rschis16
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decent looking beer on the paler side with a big white head that slowly dissapates and leaves heavy lacing on the glass. Smells heavy of sharp hops that usually go with good IPA's but not much else to it. Flavor is chock full of very bitter hops at first and its a good start to the taste, but then it kind of just loses it shortly after. Not much complexity, just a crap ton of hops on the front of the palate and then not much on the back. Feels close to water in the mouth, not very creamy or crisp. I give this beer props for the huge bitters on the front side of this beer, but would love to see some more depth to the flavor profile. Decent beer, just not quite cutting it in the competitive IPA market.

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

A: Poured into Pint glass. 2 finger rough head, quickly dissipates. Color is pale golden, faint cloudiness

S: Very mild, kind of disappointing for an IPA. Faint citrus/pine hops, nothing too exciting here.

T: Similar to the pale ale but with a slightly sweet and pine hops, and dry bitter finish

M: Solid fine carbonation, dry and bitter, with an alcohol bite. A little rough

D: OK, pretty dry and bitter finish without much sweetness or pine, more akin to an extra pale ale than an IPA

I thought this was a rather boring IPA. Hop profile was bland, might be better labeled as EPA?

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

Thanks to larryi86 for this 12oz bottle. Fresh by date of 153a11 (153 days into 2011). Poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear golden amber. Moderate pour produces half finger white head. Head dissipates into thin film. Looks like spores. Moderate lacing on the glass.

S- Bitter. Hops convey the bitterness, but the predominant smell is from a sweetish malt. A burnt caramel smell.

T- Bitter at the front. Smooth out with a caramel toffee malt. Hops hit at the middle of the palate. End comes through with the same bitterness as the front.

M- Medium body with little carbonation. Nice linger of bitterness and a little caramel. Sits nicely on the tongue.

D- Decent IPA. Would drink it again, if it was available, but im no means would I search for it.

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

an ok brew for a night out with friends, wings, and hockey

A - average gold color, the real star here is the head, which is pure white, super frothy and creamy, and sticks everywhere

S - no frills, just some malty sweetness with brushes of hops

T - instant hit of hops with underlying cracker taste, hops are a little sharp and tart for my taste, this beer would be excellent with a better hop style choice, something fruitier and less like a simple jab to the tongue. finishes good with a nice warm mix of all flavors

M - getting a good dose of head with each sip makes this feel thick and bubbly, very nice

D - as stated before, this is perfect with bar food, had some spicy garlic wings and jerk chicken sliders

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Photo of feylure
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like flying dog, and I liked this brew!

Appearance is a light golden with moderate amount of carbonation.

Smell is quite hoppy with a faint caramel flavor.

Taste is what an IPA should be. Bold and hoppy with the carbonation not getting too much in the way. It's quite well balanced too.

This is a good brew with nothing too extravagant or crazy; well balanced and tastes great, so I find it quite drinkable.


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

Poured into my Affligem goblet. Nice 1/2 to 1 inch head with some ridges that dissapated in about one minute (not as much staying power as I hoped). Not much smell until the foam was gone; after that, the piney citrusy smell I was hoping for. Taste is somewhat hoppy and citrusy with some complementing malts. Overall a good IPA taste but maybe missing the complexity of their double dog and CA IPAs. Mouthfeel is almost good. Seems a bit watered down next to the IPAs but not complaining since Cruz Campo is the normal beer in my region. Drinkability is good, don't notice the 7+ABV and I do have at least 5 more to drink.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snake Dog smells malty and citrusy. The taste is on the lighter side. In style, this is what I like. It has a fruity complexity. It poured hazy amber and had one finger of foamy head. The ABV is high, but not detected up front, but a little in the after taste. There is a little bit of a bite, but I fear that the hops have mellowed. This beer has been in my closet for a few months...oops. Overall it's good. Flying Dog puts out a good product, you cant go wrong.

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

Orange, reddish hue with huge retaining 1 inch head. Good lacing. Floral hops, biscuit with citrus notes. A little alcohol is present in the smell. Not as much in the nose as some other IPA's. Nice bitter hop and caramel malt flavor start it off. There is grapefruit like lingering bitterness, but not too much. Good for an IPA in my humble opinion. Nice citrus finish with a little alcohol punch. Not overly complex, yet effective. Bitter hops at the very beginning give way to a smooth middle and nice ending with lingering bitterness. Medium Carbonation. A very nice all around IPA. Not outstanding. But very nice

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden and a little bit hazy. There is a big, rocky, eggshell colored head.

S - Leafy hops, the slightest hint of pine. Some biscuit underneath. The aroma is a bit weak, but the right smells are there.

T/M - Bitter leafy hops with biscuit and sweet fruits. The leafy, floral hops dominate at first but then the biscuit and the fruit start intermingling and no one flavor dominates. Very interesting and enjoyable. At the end the flavors all seem to mellow out and the finish just doesn't pack the hoppy punch I'm used to in most IPAs. The finish is dry and a little watery from somewhat low carbonation.

D - A drinkable IPA, but it is lacking something. The way the flavors intermix is great but the way it gets weak at the end just leaves me wanting something more. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy this beer, but there are better IPAs and compared to those this is about average.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very clear amber/orange color with several bubbles streaming to the top. Some bright yellow highlights at the bottom. A decent sized off white head that was kind of fluffy and soapy. Pretty good retention and some ok lacing.

Smell - Very nice floral, citrusy, piny smell. Very nice dose of grapefruit notes. Smells perfume-like even. As the brew warmed the aroma became a bit more tame, but it was still well balanced and appropriate.

Taste - Very solid amount of grapefruit citrus along with the piny flavors in the taste. considerable amount of hop bite. Resinous in the flavor with a mild bready malt background. Small touches of alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium. Dry. Smooth. Mostly crisp. Small amount of alcohol warmth. Covers the palate in a more than average way. As it warmed it lost some of it's dryness and became a little bit thin.

Drinkability - Pretty good brew here. Decently balanced in all aspects. A worthy IPA. Very easily drinkable. Good for both Spring and Summer. A little high in ABV for a session brew, but it would still be easy to down a few.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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