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Snake Dog IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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Snake Dog IPASnake Dog IPA
3,352 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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Ratings: 3,352 |  Reviews: 1,220
Photo of vdread
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA pours a clear bright orange with a ton of froth on the top that clings as it goes down, leaving dozens of tiny sheets down the glass.

smells are strong with citrus, mostly grapefruit and orange. some caramel malt is detectable as well.

taste is heavy with citrus like grapefruit and orange, along with a faint apricot taste, all backed by thin malt. the hops are tasty, and the bitterness is firm, sometimes abrasive. the alcohol is remarkably well hidden, though.

mouthfeel light, especially for the style, but passable. otherwise very smooth, with good carbonation.

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Photo of tchenery
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

Color of the beer is a light amber-orange with slight hints of yellow around the edges. Very 'pale' looking, not too dark like some IPA's. There was a nice bone-white head on top.

It smells floral. The hops definitely overpower any malt smell and give a nice prequel to the initial tasting. Citrus hops are the predominant smell.

It tastes great. The hops are flavorful but not completely overpowering. The malt is there, but it's completely subdued due to the hop presence. It has a milky smooth mouthfeel that sticks with you after each taste.

I like this beer and would go for it again.

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Photo of alkchrios
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up because I had heard nothing but good things about this brewery... I must say I was rather unimpressed. Poured into a standard pint glass the dark copper colored beer gave way to about an inch head that went away rather quickly. Giving the beautiful color I assumed this was going to be a rather hoppy IPA.. unfortunately this wasnt the case... mouthfeel was very nice.. very smooth and creamy... but the taste was lacking in the hoppiness ipas usually have. Slightly fruity and not very carbonated... I wouldnt really suggest it if asked about a good ipa....not a bad summer beer though..

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Photo of regspeir
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Draft into a standard pint glass @ Prohibition Taproom.
Poured a light amber with a small, one-finger head. Lacing was thin but lasting. Not a great deal of carbonation was visible. Nose was citrus (grapefruit) and pine. Taste - citrus and pine and relatively sweet malts underneath. There is some bitterness fighting with the sweetness. Mouthfeel is lighter than many IPA's (watery?). I found this an OK IPA but without much to set it apart. It wasn't awful but not terribly interesting either.

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Photo of dpaulmiller
2.05/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I almost poured this out upon first nose/taste, but decided to weather this storm. My opinion is close to most others - Happy with the appearance, but upon smell, and taste, could not find an affinity. Somewhat musty nose, also reminds me of an electrical-ion sort of essence. To me, not a lot of hop character, hardly drinkable, decided to sewer the last 6 ounces. Sorry Flying Dog, until now, I hadn't met an IPA I didn't like.

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Photo of aepb1
3.29/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden yellow with a white 1 finger head

S- Floral, citrus and piney hops

T- Hoppy foretaste and piney in there too. There's a malty-butter taste in there before the dirty bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied as expected, no surprises here

D- Meh... ok but certainly not the best IPA out there. It was nice to have that different buttery taste from other IPAs but I am still not sure if I like that or not!

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

Tried this at the recent City Paper Brew Fest in Baltimore. This one was one of my favorites of the day. Very hoppy and very drinkable throughout. Would definitely seek this one out again and am looking forward to trying other offerings from Flying Dog. Best of all, I get to support "local" breweries.

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Photo of hdog09
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

-Poured into glass, golden/amber in color looks appealing.

-light citrus smell from the hops, lacking more smell than expected

-Taste is good just not as hoppy as I would like in an IPA

-Not a bad beer by any means just prefer other IPA's over it.

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Photo of cantloveemall
2.5/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - pale yellow
S - hops, malts, floral notes
T - alright, not really hoppy enough for me, has a really strong chemical taste to it
M - biting but not in a good way
D - Not too smooth

O - I'd never buy this again, however if a friend offered I'd drink it.

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Photo of ocelot2500
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a frothy white head that leaves little chunks of lacing.

Smells of some floral and citrus hops.

Tastes of a decent malt backbone, but little hops. Little to no bitterness and not much in the way of hop flavor. Malt is grainy and a little raw. I also pick up some diacetyl.

Mouthfeel is medium light with a fizzy amount of carbonation.

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, dark amber with great creamy 2 finger head. Great retention. Smell Sweet with some malt but predominant fruity hop character. Taste was similar, but an unpleasant watery character up front. Not bad, just not good. Big fan of the big Flying Dog beers but their smaller ones dont seem to measure up.

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Photo of Stigs
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - poured with a big inch+ of incredibly frothy, just slightly off-white cream colored foam. barely fit the entire 12oz bottle in my pint glass. the beer is slightly burnt amber colored, crystal clear.

S - very pungent piney hops, slightly grassy. malts struggle to make their wa through for some balance but succeed...laying a nice thin layer of caramel and brown sugar underneath it all.

T - expectations are met here. only a modest bittering kick of earthy piney hops, left tasting a bit oxidized and cardboard-y. malts lay a typical bed of caramel, butter, and a very subtle pepperyness underneath. aftertaste is actually decent with hops shining through.

M - very thin body for the stlyle, carbonation is adequate but overpowering with the watery body. alcohol is pretty well hidden though.

D - mixed on this. started with high hopes but quickly came down to earth. not a bad IPA though, desperately needs some body to carry everything else. might go down well on a hot summer day.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 355 ml. bottle marked 216FX10. Sampled on April 9, 2010. The pour is copper in color with a bit of cloudiness and a quarter inch foamy off-white head that really lingers on. The aroma is notably hoppy as expected but also it carries a bit of orange zest or other fruitiness in the background. The texture of the body is creamy and smooth. The taste has a great hoppiness up front and a little more bitter in the backside. But overall it is a fairly nioce IPA.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear orange-gold color with a fairly dense 1 1/2 inch head.

S: Nice hoppy smell, citrus with a slight floral presence. There's also a little chemical smell there. Glass was hand-washed and smelled clean, so I think it's coming from the beer.

T: Decent grapefruit tastes carries in from the smell, but is gradually replaced with a bready-malt taste that is unwelcome. Finishes a little bitter, leaving a chewy mouth feel.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation. In line with expectations.

D: Average at best. It's not a bad beer, but given the number of solid IPAs available right now, this one won't be a go-to anytime soon.

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Photo of BostonBrewins
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear golden amber with a white head. Not too many carbonation bubbles.

S - Citrus and spice notes smell pretty damn good.

T - Citrussy, earthy, herbal hop flavor dominates. Finish is earthy, almost dirty tasting, a bit overpowering.

M - Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation, maybe a bit too high.

D - Not a bad beer but there are much better IPAs out there.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle stamped "103FX10" to a tulip glass. Another nice Christmas gift from my sister-in-law.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby red/orange color with thick, billowy, slightly dirty white head that hangs around for a while.

Smell: Grapefruit dominates the aroma, followed by nice piney hops.

Taste: Again, the grapefruit taste dominates here. Bitterness is decent for an IPA, with lots of pine flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, smooth and maybe a tad too sweet for my liking. Good carbonation though.

Drinkability: Too sweet for more than 2 or 3 in a sitting for me, but overall, not a bad tasting IPA.

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Photo of Briken
3.39/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Snake dog is a clear, almost red amber with an nice egg shell meringue head with great retention. A light grapefruit hop aroma belies the chocolate malt beginning. It doesn't stay for long as the herbal hops fight for position. The fight doesn't last long and the hop bitterness bites back at the end with an overwhelming grapefuit finish. Great mouthfeel with a smooth, foamy feel to it.

This started off very promising but eventually any malts are drowned out by the hops which wouldn't bother me except for the hops just aren't that interesting.

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Photo of nickd717
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Chip's in Kill Devil Hills.

Pours clear amber with a medium-sized white head.

Aroma is sweet malt and tea, with some fairly faint herbal hops.

Flavor is sweet malt with a really herbal hop character that is not quite assertive enough for my tastes.

Average palate for style - a little short on the hop oils.

Overall this beer is not bad, but really not impressive for the style.

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Photo of bump8628
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden with a tight cap of white head.

Snake Dog is all about Columbus hops with their signature sharp, herbal punch present throughout the taste, although their influence in the aroma is a bit weak, and instead a toasty graininess comes through.

A decent American IPA. It lacks depth, then again the beauty of using a single finishing variety is that the drinker gets schooled in its character.

***A less than 1 month old bottle enjoyed 6/19/12 revealed a much better IPA. Still a bit one-dimensional with the Columbus hop onslaught but juicy, fresh, and punchy***

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Photo of BeerGodz
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Amber color, medium white head, decent retention and lacing

Smell: Floral hops, some citrus

Taste: Up Front: Sweet malt. Finish: Floral hops

Mouthfeel: Medium body & carbonation, slightly sticky

Drinkability: Smooth and easy to drink

Overall Impression: Not a bad IPA, and it's not a bad value. Certainly worth trying out

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Photo of al3
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Great looking beer, orange/amber, frothy top w/ lots 'o retention, and a good bit 'o lacing.

S - floral/citrus hops, with some sweet candy aroma.

T&M - somewhat sweet up front then bitter grapefruit, and hops bite. Dry on the finish. Feel is medium and fits the flavor. Well carbonated.

D - It's drinkable, but I've had better.

Overall, it looks great, but only has decent flavor, It just seems to be missing something, just not as good as some other American IPA's out there. This is one I would still want to try on draft.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow I can't believe I came on here and see some hop heads dissing this beer. I figured as long as it has hops it was awesome is was drinkable. cool!

A - Nice dark amber with a decent head. Poured carefully
S - Floral or citrus hops. Hard to tell since this is a basic IPA :P
T - Well at first it seemed like a hop bomb. I do not dare drink the double dog tonight but it seemed just the right amount of hops to be considered an IPA.
M - Dry but refreshing. I can truly enjoy any of Flying Dogs offerings over the Tire entry
D - Well I have 4 more and really don't like IPA's but I almost reviewed it as the Gonzo which says it's almost as drinkable as a porter!

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Photo of teovaldi
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with a one finger light brown head that lasts for most of the beer leaving nice lacing.

Smell is of sweet citrusy hops.

The taste doesn't really do much...its quite hoppy, but it's a "bland" hoppiness, none of the citrus or sweet from the nose. Very minimal on the malt end. Finishes crisp and dry.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability suffers from lack of balance. Don't think I'll be trying this one again. I like hop bombs but there are so many more out there that have much better taste with equal hop bitterness.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber color with a 2 finger off white head that took a minute or two to dissipate. left some nice lacing down the glass. Not a bad ipa. Nothing incredible, but very drinkable. Nice floral notes throughout, with a slight bit of hop citrus as well. Tiny bit of a sweet malt backbone, which was enough to keep it balanced as the hops werent overpowering at all. Nice mouthfeel, medium bodied with a noticeable but not offputting amount of carbonation.

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Photo of WOTO97
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: 2-finger head with great retention, golden amber in color, no lacing

S: big standard IPA hop character--bright orange, some lingering spice notes

T: sweet malt and orange on the front, very mellow hop bite on the back end, some floral notes on the mid-palate, slight chalky finish

M: very light, finishes clean (perhaps too much so for the style), nominal hop feel

D: sessionable but too mild for my personal liking; having so many west coast styled IPAs, my palate simply may not be accustomed to such lighter IPAs, probably won't go back to it any time soon

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 3,352 ratings
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