Snake Dog IPA | Flying Dog Brewery

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-22-2001

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Ratings: 3,332 |  Reviews: 1,218
Photo of donniecuffs
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber color with a good head into an American pint glass, with little carbonation. This is a great beer for hopheads, as both the nose and flavor were overpowering with bitterness. The taste did yield more hints of citrus than the nose, but the finish was very bitter, and extremely dry. I felt like taking a sip of water for every two or three sips of beer. The body was medium, with soft carbonation, but I couldn't escape the dry-tongue feeling. Mildly good session beer for the hophead.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber. Reddish and brown. Lot of carbonation. 2 fingers of off white head that fades to one. Transparent. Very appetizing. Lacing a little disappointing.
S - Smell is great. Right out of the pour you can smell the hops from a few feet away. Not very complex, just straight hops.
T - Again, strong hops but not much else. I think it's cascade and saaz hops, but I can't be sure. Not much balance, but again, it's an IPA.
MF - Nothing special here. Medium body, good compliment to the flavor.
D - Great time to drink. Doesn't get too alcoholic, but might get a little boring. Every sip packs a punch.

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

appearance: nice beutiful red amberish color

smell: light hop smell. could have used more

taste: not a loaded IPA, but good pine/grapefruit flavor, decent flavor fro an IPA

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA

drinkability: overall a decent IPA, not the best but if Im in the local area I will hit it up

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Photo of baos
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into dog-faced mug.

A: Golden-amber with a three finger white head. Head dwindles down to a few dollops of foam here and there with good lacing. A dark pale ale? lol?

S: I love a powerfully hopped brew from time to time. This one is extra spicy floral and grapefruit rind hops. Warrior and dry hopped with Columbus hops. Nice!

T: Floral hops, grapefruity zestiness, piney kind-budness, and actually after the hops reside a bit there's some maltiness detectable. Ends dry and bitter; a good beer.

M: Light to medium-light

D: Pretty drinkable. I like this one cold cold. The coldness goes well with the hop (snake dog) bite. Wasn't snake dog a character from Road House or something?

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Photo of Anthony1
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured into a perfect pint

pours a standard IPA gold with lots of carbonation and a pretty good head, not so much lace.

smells hoppy, floral and citrusy, but underdeveloped. would have liked a little more aroma. taste was pretty standard as well. not much variety. A bit hoppy but no defining features. pretty weak flavor.

light body with plenty of carbonation. i liked the snakedog label though

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Photo of pmccallum86
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear golden red amber color with a nice thick head which has great retention. Lacing remains on the glass as the beer slowly disappears into my mouth.

Smell is pretty good, strong hop aroma more pine than citrus. Good malt aroma also detectable.

This beer tastes very good, great hop presence as you would expect from an American IPA with a perfect malt balance. Pine and citrus floral hop notes appear, very smooth finish.

This beer has a great level of carbonation for an IPA, a rather thin mouthfeel though.

Very drinkable beer, Flying Dog has come through with quite a solid IPA here.

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Photo of adamb02155
4.2/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice copper color, lighter than expected, and a good head when poured.

S - Sweet hoppy smell.

T - This is one of my favorite IPAs. Slight metallic bite but overall, great hop taste.

M - First impression is a nice little kick, but not a ton of carbonation and kick here.

D - 7% ABV means you can't drink a ton but I personally like the hop flavor here, which is strong enough to be assertive but not so strong to be offensive. Not the most balanced IPA but has been my standby this summer!

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this beer during my last vacation trip to Maine in 2009. Tasted on August 9, 2009.

A: Very clear beer with a copper looking color. The head is superb and is formed of big bubbles. The head remains and is very sticky to the glass. Nice.

S: Inviting sent and of medium intensity. Mainly floral hops, and the malts are difficult to get. It's me however, I'm always overwhelmed by hops and like it so much that I can focus on anything else.

T: The taste present mainly a bitterness from hops. This is more intense in the taste than in the aroma. Yeah, the more I drink it, the more I find it intriguing, but good, the taste is a lot more aggressive than the smell.

M: Medium body and very harmonious in the mouth. I like this.

D: Easy to drink, not sure I would get more than 2 per session 'tho.

This is a good IPA in my opinion, and it is very balanced.

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

Had this beer three weeks ago in the Vlaamse Reus, a very nice pub specialized in Belgium beers, in Wageningen. The beer has a clear amber color, with a rather small, white head.

Smell: sweet malts, some caramel and very strong grapefruit nose.

Taste: malty, sweet caramel, spicy hops and a very nice, bitter aftertaste, with a clear grapefruit flavor in it. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, the beer feels a bit thick. The alcohol is medium-hidden

Overall: Surprisingly nice American IPA, with a unique bitter grapefruit taste. Well balanced sweetness and bitterness. Had already several ones and will have it for sure again.

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Photo of wknight167
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apearance - Pours a clear goldencopper with a quickly dissapating 1 finger head. slow but steady stream of bubbles.

Nose - Citrus, grapefruit and orange? Pine. strong classic American IPA nose

Palate - Unrefined almost grainy. Piny, lemony then spicy notes from the hops. Alcohol level is in your face. Slight malt sweetness in the finish. In my opinion, unbalanced. The hop profile doesn't match the malts, allowing the alcohol to show through.

Mouthfeel - lively carbonation, medium bodied, almost grainy in texture.

Drinkbility - Not a bad IPA, but not my favorite either.

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Photo of brentk56
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear honey color with a modest head that fades rather quickly but does leave a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Vaguely citrusy in a floral way; a nice aroma but a bit underpowering

Taste: Grainy malt flavors at the outset with a growing piney bitterness that has some soapy elements to it; after the swallow, there is a surprising amount of sweetness that fades as the grainy elements take over the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer by any stretch but there are a lot of IPAs out there that I prefer

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Photo of wesl56
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- pours a dark, somewhat opaque amber... verry small almost no head, very little/no lacing

s- FLORAL! is all i get

t- not overly hoppy, but still has a considerable bite

m- seems to be lacking carbonation, but served very cold it is pleasant

d- drinks very well for an IPA, certainly on the hoppy side

this review makes it sound not so great, but i really enjoyed this IPA. Seems a hair unbalanced, as it is very very floral, but it isnt overly hopped. not my favorite IPA but ill buy it again

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Photo of jsg2220
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served - 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Shiny copper with a tan head over 1" with a few medium bubbles rising up.

S - Mild citrus and pine infusion. Neither is dominant.

T - Lots of mellow piney flavor and a smooth bitterness.

M - Crisp.

D - Nice middle of the road I.P.A. Just bitter enough and in good balance with the malt. Not at all overpowering.

Etc. - 7.1% ABV, 60 IBU (on the label)

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

@ Flying Dog brewery, Frederick, MD

Decent, amber color with a light tan head and light carbonation. Medium body that is slightly hazy and contains aromas of truffle butter and grass seed. A touch sour, but the hops are full of life and very grainy (this seems to be the dominant characteristic of most Flying Dog beers I've had).

A touch dry, with a moderate-strong ABV of 7% and a moderate, hoppy finish. A bit sour on the back end. Comparable to many other grainy IPAs of its style, with predictable Cascade hops and a moderate complexity.

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Photo of noknife83
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into a pint glass... nice inch or so of thick creamy head... pours light amber and has a smell of tree sap and citrus... a very good beer, i'm surprised that it's 7.1, because it don't taste that strong... reminds a lot of stone IPA... a good beer i'd recommend.

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice rich dark amber color, very transparent. A thick creamy head. Smells like a hopped IPA with a slight wisp of something else that didn't appeal to me. Tastes lake a darker malt almost porter-ish. Over all I'd go with something else if I had the choice.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a pretty clear golden orange color with an off white head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of pale, bready malts, piney and citrus hops.

T- Taste is resiny hop flavors, followed by an assertive bitterness over caramel and toasty malts. As the malt fades, the bitter remains, but then there is something else sliding in that I can't put my finger on but I don't like it.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- I think there are many better IPA's out there. I could drink this if I was in a pickle but nothing I'd seek out.

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Photo of bmwats
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber color. Really light carbonation. Pours into a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Slowly settles leaving little peaks and craters, substantial sticky lacing remains as it does.

S: Roasted malt, sharp hops, and pine nuts.

T: "Woody" lightly malted flavor. Biting hops, and the requisite [IPA] pine nut flavor cap this one off.

M: Really dry, and steely. Hops will make your mouth draw up.

D: Pretty nice. (Of course, I'm a pretty big IPA fan.) Nice, sharp biting, hoppy brew. Maybe a bit too dry.

Really solid atmosphere. Great appearance, solid nose pretty characteristic of the style. Decent flavor. . . again pretty much in lock-step with the style. Although this style is going to be dry, this is profoundly so. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass:

A: Dark orange-gold with highly apparent carbonation, large, though thin head, dissipated quickly, but left decent lacing and cap.

S/T: Substantial fruit, peatiness, and an herbal complement.
A weird, and rather strong combination of booze, hops, and heavy bready caramel and barley malts. It's got a bit of a spicy finish.

M: Modest, unremarkable, but serviceable.

D: Not the truest IPA. The hops are definitely present, but they're overwhelmed by everything else going on. Not a bad brew, shows a great complexity, but it doesn't necessarily all add up.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. No date apparently. Last one of the Flying Dog sampler.

A - Totally clear amber color with a rich and sudsy off-white head that was not only large, but long-lasting. Sticky spots of lacing down the glass.

S - Incredibly strong hops consisting of rich citrus and pine aromas. Complex with fruity hints of grapefruit in the background. No malts detectable here. Delicious smelling.

T - Sharp and crisp hop flavor with little in terms of a malty backbone. It's hop taste is strong yet delicate. It's comprised of mellow pine needle in comparison to the lemon-wedge-like citrus squirt. Finishes with a grapefruity zest. Very hop-heavy in flavor.

M - Crisp, light, and refreshing, it's a lighter-bodied beer. Well, actually it doesn't have much of a body at all. The malts are absent.

D - As it should be, it's a drinkable beer that's crisp and refreshing especially on a hot summer day. Delicious and the best of the Flying Dog sampler I think.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Snake Dog produces about a finger thick of light tan head with a moderate strength pour, and has a golden copper colored body, with slight haze.

The aroma is exceptional with strong hints of pine, grassy, and buttery caramel fragrances.

Upfront the hops dominate the taste: very piney and grassy--Very prickly in the mouth feel, and leaves the palate nice and wet. This makes for a good thirst quencher even with the moderate ABV level.

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Photo of sofakingawesome
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep gold with a bit of head

Smell: hops, grains and fruit

Taste: BITTER aaand bitter

Mouthfeel: good carbonation but the bitter aftertaste sticks

Drinkability: tried this at the bar after having a few. thought the alcohol was well balanced by the hop-taste, but wasn't overly impressed.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P- Al's of Hampden

A- a golden orange color pour with a sticky lacing head. Rises about half a finger but the end pour out of the bottle is all head. Quite clear!

S- faint citrus hops but barely there. I had to sniff a few times to get any. a salty maltness as well.

T- pungent grapefruit hops on the tastebuds. Where was this in the smell? That is the only thing to comment on taste.

M- dry and hoppy. Coats the mouth smoothly but the hops are sticky.

D- not a bad ipa but i wouldnt buy a sixer of it. This is a nice beer to try and get a feel for if you like IPA's.

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Photo of wl0307
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Notes of 02/2009) Tasted during a horizontal tasting of two American IPAs, the other one being the Harpoon IPA; BB 02/10/2008, served only mildly chilled in a wine glass. NOTE: This bottle comes at only 5.6%abv., way lighter than the 7.1%abv. reported here.

A: mildly carbonated dark reddish amber hue with light haze, topped with a creamy off-white frothy head settling to a thin blanket to last throughout the drink, with uneven sheets of lace left behind.
S: the aroma is "deeper" in a sense than the Harpoon IPA tasted alongside, with a richer honey-ish malt base vis-à-vis a slightly understated hop profile; but still, the lychee-fruit fragrance remains intact, added by cara-malt, and a rather deep touch of overripe, faintly stinky-sweet fruits (like peaches) in terms of the yeasty influence.
T: surprisingly, the foretaste is pleasantly tea-ish from the beginning, showing rich and mildly tannic bitterness with a mild flowery-scented and lychee-shell-ish hoppiness following closely behind; leading towards a deep-running, increasingly bitter and lively finish (as if from whole hops) alongside random hints of nutty malts. However, the long finish is rounded even, more like an English IPA overall on the balance of flavour.
M&D: compared with the Harpoon IPA, the texture/mouthfeel is so much softer and more rounded, the body comes roughly medium, and the alc. hides very well indeed. Overall, between the two this might be the quieter one in terms of flavour and hop profile, but it benefits from a better depth and balance, highly attributable to the bottle-conditioning I think.

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Photo of Brencr
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

OK so it is not the uber IPA, but it is a great deal compaired to others in the class. As with most Flying Dog products, it has little head with a filtered appearance. What I realy like about this IPA is the flavor and the ABV. If I'm going to spend money for a decent drink, I expect it to fall with in the catagories of it's name. For my money, this is one of the best IPAs on the market when all things are considered.

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