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

The brew is hazy amber, a large off-white head that leaves some laing and has curtains.

The smell is citric and floral, grape-fruit, pine cones and grass.

The tastes starts with caramel, the grape-fruit marmalade, lemon, some hay and pine needles.

Low carbonation, small soft bubbles, a smooth texture and large body, a dry finish.

A good IPA, well balanced, refreshing but yet inspiring.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint...

A: pours a pale yellow gold with a big sudsy off white head. leaves big arches of sticky lacing after slowly settling to a good cap of foam atop the beer.

S: big aromas of earthy hops, lemon peel, white peppercorn, and meringue, with a toasty and nutty malt backbone.

T: tasty and sweet caramelized orange peel upfront, then becoming nutty along with lemon pepper, finishing with flavors of pine, white pepper, and buttery toast with a long bitter fade.

M: medium body with a low carbonation, makes this one seem almost creamy until the crisp, dry hop character sets in to finish it off.

Overall, a good IPA all around. Nothing that really breaks the mold, however. Still, a beer worthy of my fridge space anyday. Could, and did, drink several of these in one sitting, no prob.

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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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