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 Doomcifer
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber with a small but foamy head. Smells slightly tropical with melons and oranges. Taste follows with slight tropical notes, sweet up front, leading to just kind of a harsh bitterness...Aspirin. Astringent mouthfeel and finish. Well carbonated. Not too bad, slightly better than your average IPA.

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

A good IPA that lingers on its malty side and for a brief instant is almost reaching out to a DIPA.

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle. Perennial Ralph Steadman label design this time with the image of a dog with the neck and of a snake and a hybrid head. Side rambling note about a generic and unfortunately not very PC story about how the profile of the brew mirrors the behavior of annoying exs... Not particularly funny either. Lacks a clear best by or bottling date but offers a batch number (103FY10). Notes IBUs (60), and Alc. by Vol. (7.1%). Served in a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to deep amber pour, with a good head, medium retention, nice surface memory and lacing.

S - Citrus, and pine hoppiness with a nice and small floral touch.

T - Hoppy sense with a hefty malty sense that takes command. Caramel malt and a citrus and pine hoppiness that offers a good if a bit short counter-balance.

M - Medium body with fair carbonation and a creamy finish.

D - Not bad at all. Maybe not stellar as an IPA but it is rather nice.

Notes: It´s true that this may not match the bill of an IPA for most, and maybe my appreciation that for an instant made me think of a DIPA, is more of a wish on my part of what it could be than what this is headed for. Hoppy amber then? Dunno, and in any case is rather quaffable. Good but sure enough not the best offerings from Flying Dog and while not avoidable not an IPA that I will look for in particular.

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Photo of goldbot
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. undated bottle.

Pours mostly orange in color with thick, frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation going on and tons of lacing.

Heavy hops smell - a lot of grapefruit and pine sap here, with a nice planty hop aroma. That's it though, not much else to speak of.

Some of the hops are carried over in taste but there is less "oomph" compared to the aroma. Still a strong bitterness present however, with lots of pine flavor. The citrus is very diminished in taste. Leaves a bit of a clingy pine taste but the finish is mostly clean, with just a touch of malty sweetness detectable.

A medium body owing to the strong bitterness of the hops and the moderate ABV. The pine flavors adds a sticky feel to the beer.

Good drinkability here. Sometimes you don't need a total hop bomb, this is a pretty good balance between lots of hop flavor without being overly bitter or intense.

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Photo of cbutova
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear light orange-amber with a two finger head that has decent retention and is creamy. The off-white head leaves medium-thick lacing behind as I drink this one down. Smell is of nice, fresh hops. The hops are mostly citrus/fruity to me with some earthy ones in the background. The pale malts come through in the aroma a bit also. A well balanced aroma starts this beer off well. The only criticism is the aroma could be a bit stronger. Taste is good. The fruity, earth and citrus hops have less flavor than aroma but their bitterness is not missed. The bitterness is a bit too high in comparison to the hop flavors. The malts in the background come through well and help balance but the bitterness still dominates. Tone down the bitterness and this beer is much, much better. Mouthfeel is good for the style. Light to moderate body with medium carbonation and really no warming. Nothing wrong here but I would like a tiny bit more substance/creaminess. Drinkability is good. The price/ABV ratio is spectacular and the flavors are nice. The bitterness might get to me after 3-4 of these but it is still certainly sessionable. I am glad I tried this beer and will continue to try the Flying Dog ales.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orangy hazy yellow sunsetty color with a huge 3 finger foamy, honey comb like head. Lots and lots of lacing down the glass, huge head retention. One of the best in this style.

Smell: light musty pine and grapefruity aroma. Slight orange peel aroma and yeasty breadyness like a crepe on the nose.

Taste: Tastes clean crisp and fresh. I cant believe this isnt rated higher. Smooth transition from hop bitterness to bready malts. Pastry like breadyness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Hides the 7.1 abv very well. the carbonation is vanished quickly despite the great head retention. Sort of flat on the palate. Slight metallic aftertaste.

Drinkability: Overall its above average for drinkability: ABV is a bit on the high side but nonetheless its drinkability is pretty good. I would try this again and its often passed over when i go to the store.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass, this light caramel colored beauty poured to leave a 1.5 inch head of medium density. Hop heads like myself ought to love this IPA with its slightly sweet, moderately robust but smooth taste that lightly slaps the palette and tingles the tip of the tongue after every drink. Light lacing. Average drinkability. Enjoyable...

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Photo of Wasatch
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little off-white creamy head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus notes, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, hoppy, malty, bitter, with some citrus notes and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this one is pretty tasty.

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Photo of Beerisgood3
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: a light and transparent amber with a 1.5 finger slightly off white foamy head which dissipates within a minute leaving a film of head floating on top and some lacing down the sides of the glass. More lacing left around the glass as you drink.

S: Very faint smell. Slight citrus notes, maybe a bit of grass and a tad of hops. Not much at all...overall has very little smell, especially after the head has faded.

T: Hops up front, bitter, but not overly so. A tiny hint of malty caramel comes in half way through the sip (if you look for it) which succumbs quickly to a lingering hop finish as you swallow. Seems to be fairly one-noted - hops. As the beer warms over a few minutes the taste becomes slightly more complex. There is a more noticeable malty presence which lasts longer than before, and comes in earlier. Also has a less intense hop finish. the 7% alcohol isn't noticeable in the taste, but does leave you with a slightly warm belly.

M: Coats the mouth nicely but the finish is fairly clean. If you let the beer come to temperature a bit the finish becomes less clean, leaving a slightly sticky mouth feel.

D: Could drink a few of these though the 7.1% alcohol will certainly creep up on you. Not my first choice, but wouldn't turn one down.

Overall, seems a little one dimensional. It's above average, but not by much. There are better IPA's out there.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: the body is a shiny golden orange with plenty of bubbles rising to the top. A good dose of sticky alabaster foam has adhered all around the glass. The head itself provided only a brief showing

S: rather malty, sweet, and lackluster in hops for an IPA. However, things still smell good and have a floral citrus tinge in the nose

T: a tough biscuit malt flavor is rather strong and large in profile. Hops are somewhat hidden in the back and range from mild mannered citrus to a few floral leaves, some pine notes show as things progress. Hops are bigger on the palate than what the nose sought out and I am finding this IPA rather enjoyable

M: somewhat creamy and mild to medium in body and feel. Carbonation is in good order...maybe a touch strong. Sometimes it feels thin to me

D: should reach my fridge from time to time. Flying Dog has some nice stuff and this is one is of good caliber. Sweetness takes hold a little more than I care for in an IPA and I think that the hops could stand to be amped up a bit. Anyway, still pretty solid

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.86/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Amber; lots of carbonation; lots of head.

S - Very hoppy; not a whole lot going on.

T - Extremely bitter and hoppy. Had a bit of a piney flavour to it; didn't pick up any citrus at all (which I was expecting).

M - Very chewy. Expected a lot of carbonation based on the appearance but carbonation was average.

D - Not a very drinkable beer. The bitterness makes it difficult to even get through one bottle. Not enough going on with the flavour aside from the bitterness.

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Photo of claminat420
3.36/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a transparent amber color with a solid one finger head. medium lacing that hangs alil.

S- biscuity malt with some earthy hops. you can detect the alcohol just a tad.

T- same as the smell but with a tad citrus hop taste.

M- light bodied. decent carbonation.

D- can handle 4 or 5 out of the 6.

Overall- not to shabby of a brew but nothing special. i don't get the watery oily feel from the mouthfeel. i would recommend trying just a single first and take it from there.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light fall amber color with lots of lively carbonation and a finger of white foamy head that hung around for quite a while. Left some nice, thick lacing around the glass.

The aroma consists of lots of citrusy and piney hops with maybe a small amount of malt in the background.

Flying Dog must have changed the recipe for this beer, because a lot of the older reviews said that the hops were lacking and it was mostly dominated by malt. I do not find this to be the case at all; the hoppiness is up front and although its moderately bitter, Snake Dog is pretty tasty, with citrus and pine resin up front, then attempting to be balanced by a bit of caramel maltiness and some fruits before the hops take back over. Pretty damn good taste, I say.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me, though. What I do like about the mouthfeel is the way the carbonation works with the flavors to cover up the 7% alcohol, which I can't detect at all. Other than being thin, it's pretty smooth.

I like this IPA quite a bit. Not the best I've had by far, but it fills out the basic checklist for what an IPA should be: flavorful, hoppy, and refreshing. Pretty solid beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours out like a standard pale ale. A little yellow orange to it, standard head depth, carbonation. Aroma, not hoppy, a little alcohol, something else going on, not necessarily good.

Taste, a little better, a more British style than you typically see this far West (Edit: When the heck did this brewery move to MD? I always knew them as a CO brewery, but I digress).

Not the customary hop profile. A little sweeter, but still bitter. Degrades through the drink. Now that they're on the other side of the country, and no bottle dating, getting a fresh bottle is even tougher.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Flying Dog, Thirst Dog, Red Dog, Dogfish Head...I'm sick of dog beers.

Clear amber and very stagnant looking. Large white head that disappears by sip #3. Citrus hop aroma with some pine fortification. Mild alcohol and cider malt. Taste unimpressively parallels aroma. 60 IBUs come through primarily in taste and aftertaste rather than bitterness. Juicy mouthfeel with a crystal sugar blob in back. This is pretty lame.

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Photo of tone77
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mostly hops, some citrus. Taste is very hoppy and bitter, a bit to much for me. Feels light in the mouth. One of these was enough for me. Overall not a bad beer, but not really to my liking.

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Photo of mjurney
2.19/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

[Appearance]: Amber orange color, clear, some carbonation, foamy head, lacing looks quite nice.
[Smell]: Bitter citrus nose.
[Taste]: Malty, bitter citrus (orange peel like) from the hops, I could detect some piney, some slight coffee at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light bodied, carbonation is light, has harsh bitter coffee aftertaste that lingers.
[Drinkability]: Not too drinkable, very harsh.

Note: Probably the worst IPA I ever drank.

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Photo of BeerSingh
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great brew from the FD stable. Awesome label like always.

Pours a deep hazy, reddish amber with a big white & frothy head. Decent retention with a thin sheet of lace left on the rim and below. Random lacing on the sides. Lot of streaming bubbles can be seen dancing in the glass. This turns out to be a beer full of life.

The hops come across clean and isolated in the nose. Fresh grapefruit and citrus oils waft in the air around the glass. The bitterness is all the way in front in here supported by a nice blend of flavors - strong malt backbone with an earthy flavour. Nice dry finish. As it warms, it turns more fruity - citrus and pineapples - enough to make you pucker.

Smooth IPA, good body but not syrupy or oily. The carbonation ensures that the flavors get to every nook and corner of your palate. A sessionable beer - well bodied to be a sipping beer, yet not too heavy not to be considered for sessions. Overall, another class act from Flying Dog.

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

The pour was clear and golden amber in color. Strong citrusy hops with some pine residue in the nose. There's also a hint of sweetness...maybe caramelized brown sugar. Taste was decent, but all I could think was grapefruit. I was just left with a bitter grapefruit taste. I typically like such a finish, but this was just a bit overdone. It was very drinkable and the alcohol is unnoticeable at 7.1. I'd just like to be left remembering tastes other than simply grapefruit.

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Photo of Kitt
2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep cider color with a weak ivory-colored head that dissipates rapidly. Some lace.

Aroma is pleasant - malt with a butterscotch background.

Taste too recalls a combination of butterscotch, malt, and hops. Hops are vivid at first but not particularly bitter....fading rapidly. Carbonation is a bit stark. There is a lingering taste I can't quite place - kinda like plastic. For an IPA, this beer is a bit simple. The bare ingredients of malt and hops are pleasant on the palatte but they aren't complemented by any eclectic background enhancement. I'm simply not impressed with the taste of this IPA.

Mouthfeel is good - on the thin side but not too watered down. About right for the taste.

Drinkability is adequate but this is not a brand I'd want to throw down several of at a single sitting.

The best thing this beer has going for it is the 7.1% alcohol volume. With all the terrific American IPAs out there I doubt I'll be anxious for another Snake Dog anytime soon. I'm simply not impressed.

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

Pours a burnished amber-gold colour. Bright in hue, but quite light. Head is a little filmy and thin, but the lacing is nice. Body looks pleasantly heavy, leaving some static carbonation on a swirl. Very nice. Looks good.

Classic fruit aroma with a little cider sweetness. Some rust aromas. Not terribly floral, but quite robust. It grates on me after a while, as though the edge has been taken off. It makes me wonder if it's not entirely fresh - this may be what the US breweries complain about when their stuff gets grey-market exported to countries like Australia.

Taste is fresh and clear, though, with a good vector of straight hop bitterness. Clean and crisp - like spring water, in a good way. Sweetness is subdued, as it bitterness, leaving just a fresh biting note on the palate. Very drinkable, not huge. Mouthfeel is a little thin, but it kind of goes with the rest of the palate anyway.

Drinkable enough, with a very nice smooth and clean profile. Tasty, but a little subdued, with true notes of the classic American IPA.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden colour, fairly flat with slow light bead. Head is modest and beige, lacing is nice and sticky and falls in sheets. Looks OK apart from the stillness in the glass.

Nose is very malty, with a lot of caramel and cake notes. Some hops back up, quite floral in character with hints of lavender and a mineral kind of smell. Pleasant, and fairly mild.

Taste has a fair amount of sticky malt, some cookie dough sweetness with a slight starch character, mildly bready perhaps. A rubber character comes through especially on the mid, then descends into a fairly tangy hop bitterness towards the back. Some light passionfruit and even some berry tartness as well. Good journey through the palate with pleasant flavours but very mild overall, not pummelling me with flavour, and I appreciate that.

Has a good body and a great texture through the mouth. Very smooth but with a nice foamy feel. Excellent.

A tasty drop with nothing leaping out to ruin or mar its flavour in any way. For a 7.1% IPA, very mild, and yet with all the right flavours in the right doses. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Travlr
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: cloudy orange soup, looks more like a warm apple Christmas cider than a beer. No bubbles, no lacing.
S: intense aroma of freshly mowed grass with summer flowers and dandelions.
T: over the top hops. Bitter and astringent, with lots of pineapple, apples, and a sour and acidic finish.
M: thick and chewy body.
D: a struggle to drink, from start to finish. Unsubtle.

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

A: Nice Amber, crazy hardcore strength head that lingered to the bottom of the glass.

S: Good IPA hoppy stink I expect with an distant malt undertone.

T: Holy Bitter Batman! I almost blew out my tongue. Massive early hop addions in this one. If you or your friends are not big hop-heads you may have problems with this one. The hops are nice piney kids they were just added in massive quantities way early in the boil.

M: Fine considering the crazy bitterness. I did not get any weird twitches.

D: I prefer more balance in my IPA's. (I know that sounds weird.) This one feels like someone was going for the bitter win.

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

12 oz bottle picked up in Buffalo.

Pours a clear light orange, some golden highlights, maybe a touch of orange, medium sized white head forms, settles to a medium sized ring and layer, lace chunks stick to the glass, looks good.

Smell is nice, simple but effective, some grapefruit jumps out, orange, lots of citrus character, a bit of pineapple, caramel malts, honey, a bit of fruity alcohol, biscuit and toast come out near the end, not bad.

Taste is similar, big fruity front end, some caramel sweetness, berries, orange, pineapple and grapefruit, alcohol, almost a bit of roasted character or biscuit in the finish, nicely balanced with a good herbal bitter bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, easy drinking IPA. Not the best but I'm digging this one.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.17/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours orange-red. Nice caramel-beige head builds with big and small bubbles. Fizzes down quickly leaving minimal amounts of foam on the sides of the glass. Smell and mouthfeel are definitely the high points of this beer. Honey drizzled oranges and apricots with freshly cut spruce limbs in the nose, the taste brings bitterness midpalate and less so in the finish. Spruce, bitter orange and lemon peels with a ruby grapefruit character in there cleaning up towards the end. Mouthfeel has tiny bubbles, yet ample amounts of them making the feel silky and bubbly and lively on the tongue. Overall not very impressive, much better examples are more readily available in my city. Still worth a try. Kind of.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 3,314 ratings.
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