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 aleigator
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clean orange color, with a fluffy, bubbly head.

Has a lime topped dankness to it, defined by wild flowers and wet hay, coated up by a resinous note. The hops evolve additional depth, by revealing passion fruit and orange zest, which results into an almost perfume like blend. The nose comes beautifully together, outlining zappy lemon all the way, with just a whiff of cakey malts to balance the hops.

Drinks close to creamy, while a lively carbonation adds bubbly refreshment, catapulting a unique hop profile on the palate. Turns a tad slicker during the finish, due to prominent malts, which then get absorbed by a slightly metallic minerality.

Convinces from the get-go with a great interaction between dough bread, mineralic qualities and leaf supported lime juice. This first impression builds the beer's flavor foundation, convincing by its intriguing balance and silkness, which gets replaced by a luscious lemon bitterness, enhancing the hop presence with a pungent bite after the swallow. Shortly before that, the malts produce a well developed, cakey quality, which gets almost completely swept away, as the hop bite exhibits a tremendous, lime defined dryness. During the finish, there is an earthy quality coming from the malts, which gets very well along with the long lasting, lime infused hop aftertaste at the very back of the palate, again with a soft minerality to it, preventing the beer from becoming too slick.

Been drinking this for several years, and it is still one of my favorites. Aromas and taste complement each other perfectly, creating a bright, citrussy hoppiness, which gets gently balanced, while the beer remains its beautiful mouthfeel and complexity.

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Photo of hopphead31415
4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Me and my bro picked up a nice cold variety pack of Flying Dog. This review is centered on the Snake Dog variety which is 7.1% ABV and is an American IPA.

Look-It pours a clear amber color that reminds me of orange blossom honey glazing a hot buttered biscuit straight out of the oven. The head is bready and foamy and lingers a short while. The lacing is sticky and sparse.

Smell-It smells of biscuit malts and citrus hops, but there is something different about this one that convinces the taster that it is unique. It has a quaffable characteristic and is definitely a bit piney, but mostly floral and citrus lemon.

Taste-It tastes of bitter floral hops and a grassy note that lingers among the lemon and orange peel zest. The malt base is delicious and perfectly well-timed. I get buttered biscuit and mealy malts with an oily base. Grapefruit and lemon as well as a true grain malt base grace the bulk of this beer. It is delicious and refreshing and slightly more bitter than most beers which is a nice change for once.

Mouthfeel-It is medium-bodied and refreshing. It does have a bit of a bite from the hops and the alcohol, but is tampered nicely by some subtle malts. The alcohol warms the body as the flavors linger on the tongue. I get a lingering taste of alpha acids and bitter hops that coat the tongue.

Overall-I don’t know why this review has had so many negative reviews. It is a true American brew with a color that is reminiscent of the “Amber waves of grain”, but morphed into liquid beauty and drinkable deliciousness. Cheers!

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

One of the many bottles brought back from Utobeer in Borough Market, London. Pours a golden colour with a 1cm white head. Aromas of orange & malt. Tastes very much of the ABV level with fruits as a after thought as well as bitterness. Feel of medium carbonation. Overall a bit of a let down, and may pass next time as I'm finding it hard to finish.

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Photo of Raime
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Snake Dog.

Only brew I ever had outta these guys was Gonzo a few years back and it was one of the greatest porters to have ever been made in my opinion. Wonder how their IPA will fare.

Look - Popped the top and was met by a large amount of froth attempting to escape the bottle. Not sure if this one is infected, old, or what. Pours a sunset amber with a two and a half finger slighty off white head that has broken down to half of its former self after about a minute of sitting. Carbonation appears to be on medium with this one. Leaves quite a bit of lacing. 4.5.

Smell - Mostly malty with floral hops and a squeeze of lemon. Alcohol is known which is surprising for the lower ABV on this thing. A moderate amount of spicy pepper is present as well. 3.25.

Taste - Malts are dominate but no overbearing and are met in the middle by lemon zest. A spicy feature is pretty well pronounced upon swallow and I cannot quite finger where it would come from. Grapefruit works its way into the mix in a light amount, and the beer finishes soapy and smooth. 3.5.

Feel - Sits medium bodied with a high level of prickly carbonation. Fairly creamy, but it again has a soap bubble like texture within the mouth. 3.25.

Overall - It isn't exactly complex, but it is easy to drink and fairly light on the flavor profile. This would be a fine introductory beer for somebody just getting into DIPAs or craft beer in general. Very easy drinking and sessionable. However, there are my flavorful choices in the price range. If handed one I would drink it, but I wouldn't buy it due to my last statement. 3.5.

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Photo of Chinasky
2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a 20 oz. ipa glass.

apparence : Copper-amber low foam

Smell : Sugary malt flavor with some floral hops.

Sweet at first followed with a sharp hop finish.

Strong bitter IPA, but not my favorite taste .

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Photo of Tucquan
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2015-07-30 in Pineville, NC from a 12 oz bottle.

Lots of orange and hop spice in the aroma. Follows into the flavor and is joined by pine, biscuit, earthy spice and quite a lot of orange zest bitterness. I like the initial flavor although the bitterness lingers too long.

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Photo of vabchbrewer
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light amber color with a two finger head with lacing that lasts throughout. Aroma of malt sweetness and hops.
Immediate sensation of sweetness followed by floral and bitter notes. The bitterness moves into astringent in the aftertaste and lingers, a bit unpleasant for me and I love IPAs.
All in all, a bit disjointed, but drinkable.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle in a 20 oz. ipa glass.

Copper-amber color, 1f white head does a fast fade to a film. Lots of spot lacing.

Sweet malt aroma.

Sugary malt flavor with some floral hops.

Sweet at first followed with a sharp hop finish. Not smooth.

Oddly named beer with unattractive label art on the bottle, so it's not surprising that the liquid itself was underwhelming.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A drinkable IPA that just doesn't really deliver with the hard hitting flavors you thought it would. The label makes it look like the type of beer that is going to be an assault on your taste buds. It was far from it though.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of Auraan
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber body with a half finger of white head. Overall impression of appearance is of a nice IPA, true to style. Scents of tropical fruit, with pineapple prominent, sweet pale malt and caramel in the East Coast style, citrus in the background, mostly orange zest and some orange flesh, some herbal hop aromas and a light presence of alcohol. Overall impression of flavor is of a fairly nice IPA. It doesn't wow like some examples, but it is a solid example of an East Coast IPA aroma. Flavor begins highly bitter, more so than the nose lets on with mingled notes of bitter medicinal and herbal hops, alongside some pine resin and grapefruit rind. This is balanced by a light presence of sweet pale malt contributing caramel-like flavors in the background. Middle increases in bitterness with pine resin and grapefruit rind becoming dominant, yet still with a lightly discernible malt backbone. Finish is bitter with nots of pine resin, grapefruit rind, floral hops and a bitter medicinal flavor, though the pale malt is still present in the background. Aftertaste is bitter with grapefruit rind and pine notes and a biscuit-like malt. Overall impression of flavor is of a rather bitter IPA with a strong hop character, yet it is kept from being too bitter overall by the hint of malt that underlies the hops. Not bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sticky, resinous feel that ends slick. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a good IPA, true to style. Overall this is a pretty good IPA. While far from the best the style has to offer it is solid in aroma and flavor and enjoyable to drink. The high level of hoppy bitterness is welcome and the malt seen in East Coast IPAs is displayed in aroma and flavor leading to a nice overall package.

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Photo of mactrail
2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Plain, lemony, grapefruit tinged. Quite drinkable but not very aromatic. If this was 4.5%, it would be a decent session IPA. It's more like a Pale Ale with a touch of cat pee. Burnt biscuits and some bitter mineral taste for the finish. A totally forgettable hoppy beer. From the 12 oz can.

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Photo of itshartshaped
4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer is very similar to Raging Bitch. It has nice grapefruit hops, it's not bitter. It has caramel malts. Its great tasting American Ale. Luv it, Luv it!

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Photo of elvishfarmer
2.87/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This was a disappointing beer from Flying Dog, considering some of their remarkable craftsmanship. In all aspects, it is nothing more than "average with hops." You'll end up paying about $9 a 6 pack for something the Macros can make for nearly half the price.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a solid layer, and laces well.

S: Pungent citrus, grapefruit rind, a little pine, and a little light malt.

T: Strong grapefruit rind, some lemon, resinous pine, a bit spicy, and a little light malt. Strong bitterness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Strong assertively bitter IPA, but not my favorite taste wise.

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Photo of fank2788
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Pours a bright copper color with an ample two finger head of fine bubbles that fall quickly to leave a thin layer on top of the liquid. The aroma is a bit subdued for an IPA as I only get some light citrus and floral character with a touch of sweet caramel. The taste too is a bit below what I'd expect. While there is a malty base of caramels and biscuit the hop presence is a bit light. There is a good deal of bitterness but it comes without much in the way of hop flavor other than some floral tones. This has a nice dose of tingly bitterness which combines nicely with a good dose of carbonation. The body of the beer itself may be a little light however. Overall its just ok or maybe even a little disappointing given my expectations for this.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is underrated. It's smooth, fruity with some lemon, and had an enjoyable pine bite at the end. I say y'all should get some if you can find it. Cheers!

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


I love IPAs. I remember the first time I had an IPA. I didn't even know what IPA stood for or what it meant. But I did notice that distinct aroma and the bitter taste that I couldn't get enough of. Yeah.

This is an IPA. The smell is ok although that may be too strong of a word. But the feel and taste are just shallow and totally lacking in smoothness. It's got the IPA taste, but that's it. The liquid is so thin. With so many other options available, I won't be getting this anymore.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Fast Eddie’s pool hall during date night poured into shaker pint. The appearance suffers due to the pour - no head and super cold. The beer itself is a clear copper and there’s some sticky lacing left after each sip. The aroma consists of citrus and floral hops over top of caramel malt. Citrus juice and biscuit sweetness taste up front with floral and citrus peel bitterness in the middle which mixes with caramel malt in the finish. Medium-light body, a touch thick/resinous, a notch below moderate carbonation, semi-dry finish.

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Photo of Eeroomnhoj
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had two of these beers after a few hours of shoveling and chopping wood so i was real thirsty. I prefer IPA's in the winter after working outside for a few hours. Not a fan of IPA's in the summer.
I'd buy this again if I find it on tap and I'm real thirsty.

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Photo of ravisingh
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: As far as color, it's a definite pale amber with a 9 on the SRM chart IMO. Not very cloudy. Head started off at about off white to ivory on color and about half an inch of thickish foam. It did not last long though. I didn't notice much lacing at all in the beginning or later.

S: Fruity aroma with definite orange notes. The orange definitely is the strongest notes as far as the fruity scent. Floral notes no doubt, light but definitely there, I would say like the floral aroma in a grassy wild field on a summer day as opposed to something indoors like the cooler in the shop when you're buying flowers for your girlfriend. No sulfery aroma - a tiny tiny bit at the way end of the after taste maybe, but that's it. Not much caramel or toastiness, but I didn't really find that to be a problem.

T: Definite hop bitterness which was surprising a little because there was no burnt or bitterish type aroma. Definitely grassy flavor with orange notes and a mild floral flavor just sitting in the middle of that balance, but a little too mild for me. There is a breadiness, wheat-like, no caramel and even though the bitterness of the hops is there I wouldn't say it's toasty or burnt much. Not much as far as sulfur. Fairly high ABV for an IPA but not much alcohol in the taste.

F: There is a definite medium body I'd say and some astringency to it- not too much, and decent carbonation leaning towards the low end of high. It is a stronger version with 7.1 ABV and there is definitely a warmth, not huge but there.

O: I'm not experienced enough to tell how it compares to English or American Pale Ales, but it is definitely hoppy and there is definitely the fruitiness from the yeast. It's stronger and that was definitely noticeable for me, anyway. Good beer, I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, brownish light orange liquid... tight, cottony, off-white foam - retention fairly long, slow fade

S: honey graham underneath (minus the cinnamon)... fragrant sweetish orange peel... mild toasted notes complimented by spicy (vaguely coriander) hop aromas... is that new shoe smell??... smell mellow overall, while the fruit notes shine brighest

T: not quite as bitter in the middle as expected - concentrated on the sides of the palate... herbal spice in the aftertaste... bitterness does build with a touch of alcohol lingering... nice balance - hops are quite fruity but matches well against the clean malt backbone

F: not much of a fizzy bite... hop oils in the foam seem to enhance the marshmallowy cushioning effect in the flow... medium-bodied, but light in weight... mildly silky smooth

O: pretty well made... clean, soft, fairly balanced... hops are bitter enough and the bitter is bright, clean, un-obscured... English-leaning subtleties...

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Photo of Paul_Hutchinson
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a frothy head with a slightly cloudy body. Head remains for a while before simmering down to a lacy finish. Tropical fruits - particularly pineapple but also caramel fro the malted barley. The malted barley comes through strongly on the taste - a little too strong for me - which presents plenty of bitterness. Not much taste of alcohol considering it's over 7% and the hops are over powered by the Martinez. Lingers well in the mouth. Probably a nice beer if you like malted ales, but too bitter for me

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Photo of fscottkey
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: [4.50] Gave it an aggressive pour that yielded a 2 1/2 finger head. The head is nice tight dense bubbles. The brew is a slightly hazy amber color. The head starts to break down in chunks leaving nice frilly lacing. The bottle lists the ABV (7.1%) and the best by date code translates to today! Have to drink fast!

S: [4.00] I get slight pineapple and citrus on the nose. It is not pungent - just hints of nice fragrances.

T: [3.50] The beer has a slight citrus front then moves to a bitter back end. There is a slight "buttery" flavor that is nice. The bitter is balanced out with some sweetness from the malts.

M: [3.50] Decent mouthfeel - maybe a slightly elevated carbonation level. There is a bit of a dry finish with the hops.

O: [3.75] I was hoping that the taste would follow the nose and present with stronger citrus/pineapple (these are flavors that I really like in an IPA). As the beer warmed these became more prevelant. Good overall flavor. I'd like to try one fresh.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Pours light amber - brown, and retains a nice head for a few minutes.

S: Hops and Alcohol, maybe a slight piney kick. Nothing is very strong, though.

T: This is a nice, easy to drink beer considering it's higher alcohol content. The hops are very present, along with a citrus, lemony element. The alcohol is there, but not very strong, and it all finishes with a bitter bite.

F: It's a lighter, we'll carbonated IPA, as it should be.

O: A good, easy to drink IPA with a nice hoppy touch and a surprising alcohol content.

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Photo of jonb5
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

330ml bottle, poured into a tester glass.

A: Bronze colour, clear, one finger head faded to tiny rim of film, minimal lacing.

S: More earthy thanwhat is the norm for an American IPA, the fruity notes were strawberry, also had some darkchocolate.

T: Strawberry, malts, molasses, slight dark chocolate. Well balanced, slightly boozy.

M: Slightly thick texture, coarse edge.

O: Less hoppy and fruity than other American IPAs, seemed to work though.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 3,289 ratings.
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