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

A: Deep coppert color, hazy, big white head, light lacing.

S: Some grassy aroma is present and a hint of some hop bitterness.

T: Citrus is there, tastes a bit like a bitter orange. Hops are well balanced here.

M: Medium-bodied with large bubbles.

O: This is a good IPA, not the best, but good nevertheless. The 7.1% ABV cannot be detected, which makes this an easy drinking summer beer.

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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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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 3,369 ratings