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Snake Dog IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA
3,349 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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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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 attitude...like 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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Photo of ChugginOil
2.99/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Flying Dog: Snake Dog IPA

Pours a translucent golden orange and leaves two fingers of white head that leaves small traces of bubbly lacing as it dissipates.

The nose offers a less than impressive array of aromas. A earthy rust smell is noticed upfront followed by vague wheat, sweet malt, and citrus.

The taste is rather lacking for the style. A light fruity taste is noticed followed by light sweet and bready malt. Theres really not much going on here but bitterness and carbonation.

The mouthfeel is super crisp, overly carbonated, and dry.

Overall, not the best option for the style but its managable.

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

Pours a very clear golden light amber with a persistent white head. Aroma of biscuit and light floral hop with just the slightest hint of citrus. Taste is spicy, vegetal and light citrus rind in balance with a solid malt backbone. A pleasant east coast IPA.

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

Poured from a bottle into a stein glass.

Look - light amber color, somewhat murky, with about half a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - lightly hopped smell, at least for an IPA.

Taste and Mouthfeel - more of the flavor of the hops comes out in the initial taste and in the middle. Later in the middle and in the finish a real bitterness comes out. Can't ID the hops. Texture is pretty well-balanced but leans a little more toward the watery side.

Overall - a little too bitter for me to personally enjoy on a long term basis, but for general tasting and enjoyment it's not bad.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a medium orange gold. the head is white and very creamy. It sticks around throughout the tasting.
The smell is weak and hints citrusy hops and little else.
The Taste up front is dominated by those citrus, grapefruit notes and changes to some sweeter aromas in the middle. Those little malt notes will finish the beer with a bittersweet ending.
Overall an ok IPA for everyday drinking and a well hidden 7.10% ABV.

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Photo of tbrown4
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in this in the Alpha Dog mixed 12 pack from Cindy's in Elkridge, MD for about $21. Includes three each of Single Hop Imperial IPA with Simcoe, Raging Bitch Belgian-Style IPA, Snake Dog IPA, and Doggie Style Classic Pale Ale. I've long been a fan of their brews. Bought this pack for the new Imperial IPA.

12 oz bottles stamped "221A11" -> Weyerbacher tulip. From what I can figure that means that it is "best by" August 9th, 2011 and bottled on March 22nd, 2011, making this bottle about 6 weeks old at the time of this tasting. Not super fresh, but certainly not stale.

A - Pours copper, slightly hazy, fluffy white head, decent light lacing, decent head retention through the tasting

S - Not as pronounced as I had hoped. Very light grassy aromas. Only a faint note of some hop bitterness.

T - Sharp citrus bitterness up front, tastes of very bitter grapefruit. There is an earthy feel to it as the burnt sugar sweet middle sets in. Finishes with a long slow tart flavor.

M - Thin to medium in body

O - This feels to me like a good entry level IPA. It's not overly complex or bitter is well balanced between sweet and bitter. The aroma left a lot to be desired, but the flavor profile is good. I'd have to assume that a fresher bottle would have a much more robust aroma. The 7+% alcohol content cannot be found at all which makes this very easy to drink.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle

Flying Dog Snake Bite IPA poured a clear clean orange gold color with a generous 2-finger off-white head that formed chunky lacing all around my mug. The smell was dominated by citrus hops with just a [small] touch of malt. The flavor copied the aroma – with plenty of grapefruit hop bitterness, a hint of pine and backed-up with some light malt. The finish produces a little alcohol punch and a good herbal bitter bite, however, not over the top bitterness.

Snake Bite is not an overpowering IPA and that is just fine with me – a non-hop head.

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Photo of chinchill
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated (apparently) 12/2011 served in a pint glass. Different label.

Pours a slightly hazy light amber topped by 2 fingers of sudsy head. Head has decent retention.

Citrus hops are definitely in the aroma, but there's not a lot of hop aroma for an Amer. IPA. A bit of dank off-odor.

Taste has too much hop bitterness for the level of hop taste and aroma, and is too earthy. . Long lasting bitter aftertaste. [IBU = 60] Comments about minimal hoppiness from some reviews done several years ago make me suspect that Flying Dog changed their formulation for this one -- it has an appropriate hop and bitterness level for an IPA.

M - good body and carbonation.

O - Not a bad beer, but only a bit above average. .

(re-visited and tweaked March 2013).

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 3,349 ratings
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