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 gskitt
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was not sure what to expect with this IPA and my taste buds. Have been drinking stouts. Poured a nice golden amber/orange. Pillowy, fluffy head with some good lacing and stick. Tasted like a solid IPA. The citrusy hops is front and center, some malt but not much. Has some woody characteristics as well. Average mouthfeel, not sticky. I would say this is a pretty drinkable American IPA.

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Photo of mountsnow1010
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - brown with a thin white head, reasonably thick lacing
S - Not much going on, hint of floral hops but that's about it
T - Initial bitterness followed by floral and citrus flavors. pretty clean, would like a stronger malty backbone though
MF - would like more body. very tingly carbonation.
D - Could easily have 4-5 of these

Very nice fresh/on tap - have had this in bottles and was quite disappointing.
Good, but not great.

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

Nice normal American IPA

A - depends on the pour but sloppy pour can give you a nice rocky head that lasts for five minutes and diminishes to 1/2 finger. Copper/pale color with slight sediment.

S - Cascade hops - slight malty linger - honey

T - clean low astringency, honey which diminishes over time. Piney with low pepper for a cascade IPA

M - light with slight sweetness linger and dry

D - that's the probem, I could drink a sixer pretty easily. But, maybe that is my problem.

Overall this is a simple, good, American IPA. Good to drink and doesn't hurt you too much. I return to this on many occassions.

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

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium egg-shaped, stemmed glass. Small but lovely head that hung around and left lacing. Deep copper colored ale. Good looking IPA.

Taste is balanced with a fizzy bitterness on the tongue and a pleasant bitter finish that begs another sip. A slightly different flavor profile than their Doggie StylePale Ale. Actually I found the pale ale more hoppy. Of course that was yesterday and my taster could be a little off.

Overall, a good American IPA. I wouldn't hesitate to drink another, but I don't think I'd buy a sixer if there were other possibilities.

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Photo of Genuine
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was able to try this while watching a local holiday light parade.

Poured from the bottle and the nose immediately picked up on the very pungent citrus, pine and grapefruit notes. It is dark amber in color with a head that sticks will to the sides of the glass.

Smell - as stated before, citrus and pine notes come across first, along with some fruity essence.

Taste - a clash of pine and citrus hops that seem to battle for the forefront, while the malt backbone reaches forward to bring things into balance. Very nicely done and I'm surprised, as this is my first flying dog brew.

Mouthfeel - creamy and bubbly, but not overly carbonated.

Drinkability - I could have a few of these without getting tired of it. pretty solid IPA from flying dog and glad this is the first brew of their that I tried.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.34/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured an amber color with a nice creamy white head, pretty good retention.

The scent is strongly aromatic, full of citrus and sweet fruit, some bread and floral hops.

The taste was almost entirely citrus, it was difficult to get much else, the citrus just took over.

Light bodied, very crisp feel, high carbonation.

I didn't really enjoy this beer, at first it looked and smelled great, but the flavors were way out of balance.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark golden amber and presents with almost no head. What head there is forms at the edge along the glass and does leave a little Belgian lace, so that at the end it appears you drank a more substantial beer than you did.

Smell: Average for the IPA style, as in hoppy. It is difficult to get any other smells out though. This leads to the assumption this will be a strong hoppy beer.

Taste: While the taste is good and hoppy, it is not as powerful as the aroma would lead you to believe. The bitterness of this beer is a bit subdued compared to other IPA's, but the other flavors of citrus (grapefruit?), pine, malt, and an earthy tone that I can't quite describe all come together to make this a pretty tasty brew. As is typical, it leaves with a pronounced maltiness that fades into the hoppy bitterness that defines the style.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is good for the style, slightly more carbonated than others, but not "fizzy". The bitterness provides some bite, but again this is something sought out in the IPA style.

Drinkability: Slightly above average. I appreciate this beer, but compared to other selections it isn't my first choice. It comes across a bit restrained. Definitely a great beer to pick up when you see it, but not one to go out of your way for.

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

snake dog ipa

a 4 clear medium amber, frothy head sticks pretty well

s 3.5-4 about equal parts nougaty citrus, pine, and bread. if it were powerful it would earn the next higher score.

t 3.5-4 the pine is apparent on the palate. the bitternessd is of both a spicy and citric variety, and there's plenty of malt to go around. a lot of hopheads would think it's too malty, but the lingering citrus somewhat makes up for it imo.

m 4-4.5 on the full side of medium and the carbonation is creamy.

d 3.5-4 this is a big, flavorful, "balanced" ipa that i am presently holding in high esteem. it's piney, spicy, and citric all at the same time. more dry hopping (or maybe a fresher bottle? don't know the bottling date of this one) would quell concerns about bogging down in the malt and boost this beer somewhere into the statosphere. flying dog seems to me a very underrated brewery. i stayed away for the most part due to their ugly labels and juvenile naming. but let them put out some more stuff that ages well (haven't tried the horn dog yet; there is but a single bottle in my cellar) and flying dog could make it into my personal top 5.

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

12 oz bottle. As always, dig the Ralph Steadman artwork on the label..

Pours a clear, carbonated dark gold. Nice patchy head that's got some stick. The nose is a feast of hops, a few distinct smells battle it out. First taste is like wave of piny, citric hops, that ebbs a few times, then retreats back into a subdued malt base. But, oh the splash of hops cannot help but linger on the pallete. Dry finish, a bit of alcohol burn. A suitable IPA that almost acts like an imperial.

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

Pours a lightly hazed amber color with thin cap of white froth... scent is of grassy and earthy hops with touches of pine and citrus, some nutty malts and some damp notes... taste comes out muddled, grassy and earthy hops are present, but light in flavor, somewhat high in bitterness. Some off notes of damp paper and mud, a fairly big nutty malt backbone. Medium bodied, ok carbonation. A disapointment of an IPA.

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Photo of beveritt
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is Steadman drawing of a dog with a snake head. No clear freshness date, although 017A11 is printed on the back.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of very light tan head. This settles slowly to a thin, incomplete layer of puffy foam leaving behind very nice lacing coverage. The beer itself is medium amber and perfectly clear with a small amount of activity. Some loose sludge in the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Piney hops upfront with hints of pineapple and honey.

Taste: Spicy hops upfront with strong pine and citrus fruit flavors, layered over a solid, slightly sweet, biscuity malt backbone. Hints of toffee and smoke. Finishes with a medium high hop bitterness that lingers well after each sip.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is great, viscous with a slick after feeling.

Drinkability: Despite my distaste for their labels and sophomoric names, I tend to be impressed with the solidness of Flying Dog's beer. Another well put together one here.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Surprised to see this classified as an American Pale Ale, as the bottles I've purchased seem to be almost devoid of hops, except in aroma. Lovely colour, but the predominant taste profile is entirely roasted malts - dark, caramelized & lovely, but certainly not hop-centric.

There are some incredible Flying Dog beers, so perhaps my expectations were unreasonably high - but I would vote this beer as an American Amber or a British Pale Ale...

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Photo of slackerlack
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nutty light brown, golden, honey color, cloudy.
S - Smells of hops and citrus
T - Very hoppy and bitter, but has a great flavor behind the hops.
D - Even with the mouth puckering explosion of hops present, its still a smooth ride down. Leaves the mouth a little dry.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Gritty's pint glass.

The is a clear amber/gold with three fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is sticky with hops. The bitterness rules in the nose with some real funky, earthy hops that smell a little like they've been stepped on, just a little bit dirty or dusty.

The taste is bitter and feels like a quick smack of hops hits you but then leaves with little earthy flavor again and some citrus flavor that has a slight acid like flavor. There is a tangy flavor that holds the end up a bit but goes away quickly.

This beer has a medium body with a slight aftertaste that seems to wash away quickly and does not leave a bitter footprint on your tongue. It has a nice drinkable feel and it hits you with a well padded alcohol punch.

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Photo of CheckmateBrew
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - small head with a nice amber to light orange color.

S - Hops rule, but for an IPA, a touch light.

T - This is a good beer, but only slightly above average for an IPA. Hops good, but needs a touch more malt.

M - Not bad, just not great. Well carbonated, more of a lighter feel on the pallet.

D - I am giving this bonus points for the one thing that does impress me is that for a 7.5% brew, the alcohol is well hidden. Very drinkable on a hot sunny day.

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Photo of eporter66
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - About a quarter inch head that quickly retreats back to just a covering over the beer. Amber copper coloring

S - A nice citrus aroma along with a more earthy smell

T - The earthy smell comes across more in the taste with the citrus retreating. The fruit flavor does stay with you after finishing the beer. A good bitter bite, but would like the fruity flavor upfront more. Very little malt comes through

M - Rather light, well carbonated

D - For 7.1% ABV, I thought it was hidden well, which for me is a good thing. I do prefer a more citrusy flavor, this leaned more towards an earthy/pine flavor. Good beer, just nothing special

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Photo of Phillie
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled out of a bottle and into a tumbler glass.

Using a relatively liberal pour, I achieved a half inch off-white head. The colour of this beer to me is a beautiful bronze/gold showing minimal carbonation as the bubbles ascend towards the surface. The head retention lasted several minutes and as the beer was consumed the lacing was very apparent and abundant.

This ipa has the typical nose characteristics of evergreens and hops. The smell is quite inviting.

A large swallow of the beer invites the hops to burst forth from the liquid. The smell and taste are closely one in the same. I can taste subtle evergreens among the hops. The taste is very refreshing and easily hides the flavour of alcohol. The after taste is not overwhelming for a hoppy beverage but certainly exists; however, it doesn't disappoint.

This beer rolls off the tongue with great flavour and to me is somewhere between medium and light. This beer is a solid contender for a typical ipa and has very solid drinkability.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my Duvel.

A - Golden wheat colored. A bit cloudy. Pours with a fairly thin one inch head that disappears quickly. Not much in the way of lacing.

S - Earthy smell almost grass like. Smells a bit on the sour side. Citrusy.

T - A fair amount of bitterness here. You get that familiar citrus taste. The hops come through as well.

M - Light to medium bodied. Leaves just a bit of aftertaste. Not sure why but not all that pleasant.

D - I think this one is fairly average. I'm sure you could sit and have a couple but there are better.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Nice bronze color and off-white head.

Smelled like I expect an IPA to smell, nice and hoppy.

I really like the taste. I've become a hop-head recently.

If you can get past the cartoon label, this is a good IPA. I'm glad I took a chance.

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Photo of king75
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light gold color with an inch of creamy white head. Head quickly dissipates little lacing.

S- is very BMC, can smell some hops and citrus, but smells more like chemicals then beer. It literally kind of has a garbage smell to it.

T- Has a descent hop flavor, very little citrus flavor. nothing special that makes it standout, most distinct flavor is the watery taste that makes this beer mediocre at best.

M- very light kind of watery, leaves a slight puckering in the cheeks.

D- could throw back several with ease but why would you want to when there are so many IPA's that are superior to this one.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper pour with a 1 finger white head and some nice lacing. Great pine and floral aroma with earthy malt and some tropical fruit notes. Lots of bitter pine flavor upfront with a balance of topical fruit and sweet chewy malts in the finish. Medium body with a nice creaminess to it. I've gotten to be a little jaded after drinking so many ipa's lately but this stands out. Lots of great hop character without going over the top for the style.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.49/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a tan head over a nice amber liquid. A thick film is all that remains of it. Good lace, though.
Smell is hops. Period.
Taste is hops with really light malt and a bit of alcohol as well.
A bit rough. Medium bodied, medium effervescence. Some warming. Decent but could use a bit of nose and more taste.

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

A: Copper hue, creamy head when poured aggressively. For an IPA, it is a very appropriate and appetizing look. Decent lacing.

S: Big on malt aroma, crystal and caramel malts by the smell. Caramel more-so. Citrusy hop character

T: Caramel again, good malt flavor, balanced out with a hop finish, nice bitterness, columbus hops.

M: Good body, carbed well for the style.

D: Could definitely sit down with a friend and six-pack and thoroughly enjoy it.

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Photo of Adamthome1
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle

Nice coppery pour with a good finger oh head that retains as consumed.

Sweet taste, with plenty of hoppy bite but it doesnt really complement anything, the malt doesn't seem to match the hop flavor too well, lots going on here, nothing concrete just a bunch of directions.

I mean if you're in it for the hops this is a 60 IBU beer, pretty average american IPA, drinkable just not great.

Pretty strong alcohol bite at 7%. I could drink 2 of these in a night, wouldn't want to try for more.

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Photo of philbertk
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Brewery--Snake Dog IPA--India Pale Ale 12 oz. Bottle purchased 11/24/2010, Sampled 11/24-25/2010. 6-Pack $8.99 @ Colorados Liquor Outlet, Colorado Springs, Colorado. 7.1% ABV. 60 IBU's. No sediment. Thin foamy mild lace white head. Clear rich bright light amber gold color. Mild citrus grapefruit floral Columbus hop front. Medium textured mild sweet caramel citrus fruit mildly hop infused body. Clean slightly bitter dry citrus end. Mild hops, thin tasty body. Good, but not exceptional. (3.75 / 5.0)

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
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