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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Reviews: 1,205 | Ratings: 3,295
Photo of Diggitydustin
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: as always, a well put together beer by the dudes over at FDB. Nice bottling. Beer pours a slight amber/red color. Not a lot of head. Lacing lasts throughout.

Smell: I laughed pretty hard because my wife said it smells like Budweiser. Ha. But it smells pretty stout. Very common IPA smell. Can't complain. It's very aromatic to me

Taste: a very spot on IPA. Really nice taste. Not too bitter. If you've never had an IPA this might be the one to get you into them

Mouthfeel: pretty pleasing to the taste buds and palates. I'm a big IPA fan so nothing new or extraordinary.

Overall: very enjoyable. FDB never let's me down

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Photo of tillmac62
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 073/14. Clear medium amber pour with a hint of red. Well formed head with lasting lacing. Nice nose of citrus over a light background of pine and biscuit or caramel malt. Medium bodied with a nice smooth mouthfeel - not quite slick. Well carbonated. The flavor profile is quite complex and very nice. It begins with a brief biscuit that progresses to slightly sweet, then effervesces into a tart grapefruit against a light pine. In the middle the bitterness takes the forefront against a lingering tartness. It finishes with a bit of sweetness over a tart bitterness that lingers. Not the usual IPA, but very nice.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly opaque golden yellow. White head that goes to a lacing throughout the beer.

Smell: A lot of citrus with some hops.

Taste: Not as hoopy as most IPAs. Citrus is there. Malty.

Mouthfeel: Pretty crisp, mild carbonation.

Overall: A decent IPA. Definitely not the best, but noteworthy. Wouldn't go out of my way for one, but I would grab one if available.

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Photo of foglemgs
3.08/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Snake Dog pours a nice amber color with a one finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Not a whole lot going on here, but not unpleasant either. I sensed some hops and a hint of caramel, but I shouldn't have to shove my nose this far into a beer to really get the scent.

T: Matches the smell. There are some hops up front, then an odd (for an IPA) sweetness that didn't really resonate with me. The pleasant dry finish helps this beer stay on the positive side.

M: I found the carbonation to be a bit strong with this beer, but I do like the dryness that dominates the finish.

O: I may be overly critical when it comes to IPAs; however, along with stouts, IPAs are my favorite kind of beer, and there are so many good ones that my expectations are high. With that being said, I found this effort from Flying Dog to be somewhat lacking, especially in the flavor department. All in all, not a bad beer, particularly for those who may be shy with stronger brews.

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Photo of DougAppleby
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog is close to home, so it is interesting to try the local brewery's.

First time for Snake Dog IPA, not to bad light on the hoppy side. Sort of like the grapefruit presence. I would drink it again maybe on tap since Flying Dog is close to home one of my stops will feature it.
I like the label Flying Dog uses, sometimes this will sell a beer if you are undecided in your selection.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a can.

Oringally gave a rating on 13-11-03 of 3.0.

A middle of the road IPA. Maybe this is an IPA variation some like, but not me. One that is local to me, but one I will not drink again. Too heavy to be a nice beer refreshing beer on a hot summers day. 3.0

A – Pours a clear golden with a two-finger off-white moosey head. Good head retention. Sediment in the can, which I poured into the glass accidently. Lots of sticky lacing. This beers only redeaming quality. 4.25

S – Hoppy resins and slight floral. Some pilsner hop aroma as well. 3.25

T – Big malty backbone, bready with caramel and some slight sweetness, even some raisins. Not as bitter as the nose might lead you to believe. 3.0

MF – Medium bodied with a medium dry finish. A nice bitterness in the finish as well that dissipates quickly. Almost chewy with such a big malt backbone, which unfortunately lasts on the palate. 3.00

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Photo of kami
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12. oz. bottle poured aggressively into a 500 mL Unibroue tulip.No legible bottling date, just a random brewery code revealing nothing on the label.

A: Aggressive pour into an oversized vessel reveals a hazy golden beer with 2 fingers of head which stick around after the beer settles.

S: Unimpressive. Despite aggressive swirling and getting ones' nose right into the glass, Hop aroma is lackluster. Slight hints of earthy/citrusy hops when agitated. A faint tinge of musky/caramel-ly malt.

T: Much the same as the nose. Initial perception is slightly bittered malt. Finish is hoppier but is still muddled and hard to place. Starting to wonder if the cryptic date code actually translates to "We bottled this beer 6 months ago."

M: Carbonation is fine. Lingering bitterness in the mouth finishes with appropriate carbonation. Can't fault the mouthfeel on this review..

O: Could be great fresh. But I feel like the sample I'm reviewing has been left to it's own, improperly handled devices. Which is a shame, since I feel Flying Dog typically has its shit together =/

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date 316A13 printed on the label. Damn you Flying Dog for not making it easier on me. It's been a long time coming since I last drank this beer, so I thought it was time to revisit it.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a nice burnt sienna orange colored body with a bit of a haze, but still lighter in color and more clear than one would expect from a 7.10% abv beer. Aggressive pour conjures three to four big billowy fluffy off-white creaminess. Looks pretty damn nice.

S - Smell is pretty light on the hops, but they are in there. Light grapefruit and lemon zest, and some crisp biscuit malt. Not a powerful aroma, but hits it's mark.

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp biscuit malt, some coppery metallics, and lots of bitter grapefruit hops. Very clean malt bill. A bit herbal and grassy, with a mild peppery spice on the finish.

M - Feel ends bitter and resinous from the grapefruit hops, with some mild peppery spice lingering behind. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a very drinkable beer at 7.10% abv; an all around clean, pleasant drinking experience. Definitely one of Flying Dog's more memorable beers from their regular line-up. I would have this again.

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA ---4/5.

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Photo of MistahBeah
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy orange bordering on amber. Some visible carbonation. Big frothy white head with some sticky lacing

Smells of sweet grapefruit juice as well as grapefruit rind. Some caramel and bready malt. Sweet tropical fruit - notably pineapple, possibly mango. Overall juicy

Taste falls a bit flat. Sweet bready malt. Spicy pepper. Citrus pith. Grassy. A touch of salt and a slightly metallic aftertaste

Feels somewhat thin yet sticky and resinous

Overall not a terribly impressive IPA. Has a lot of elements of better IPAs but they don't really mesh here. Lingering saltiness kinda ruins it for me. I've had worse but I wouldn't get this again

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Photo of Offa
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a fairly mediocre IPA to me.

Deep gold, it has a medium white head steadily shrinking to thin foamy top, then ring, a few weak wisps of lace.

Aroma is grapefruit rind, disposable diaper hint, cat pee hint, underlying hint of sweet bread.

Taste is a sharp, peppery bitterness up front, but not too strong, but it then lingers with light raisiny sweetness. It's a bit boozy and alcoholic and not complex at all but quite simple. That said, full is good, and has a nice well-rounded quality.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle slightly cloudy gold. Aroma of rather faint pine, a bit of grassiness to this. Flavor follows with light caramel malts behind what seem to be bland bittering hops. Light to medium mouthfeel, slightly dry, and not as juicy as I like my IPAs. Pretty standard for the style, nothing wrong with it, but certainly not exciting.

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Photo of sfprint
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Quite transparent with little rising carbonation and a dirty seafoam head.
S: Very much like these Lagunitas amber/IPA beers. This one even has a slight edge of christmas.
T: indeed similar to Lagunitas Amber/ipa styles but more on the ipa side. a hair of dirty hop bitterness that i associate with german beers. lots of rich and interesting flavors
m: slightly drying, barely on the light side
o: quite good, interesting, full flavored

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Photo of maxefforthop
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cool Flying Dog offers this in a can, an awesome looking can at that. Poured into Westbrook Brewing goblet, very impressive looking brew with a dark gold almost orange color to it. About a finger and a half of head from a fairly aggressive pour. Big hop smell instantly followed by a somewhat citrus aroma, grapefruit or mango maybe? Smells great. Very similar to the smell was the taste with big hops upfront with somewhat of a mild citrus flavor, wish there was a little more there honestly. Mouthfeel is average, somewhat thin I guess. Overall a good quality IPA, one of my favorites but also not the best I've had. I consistently keep this brew in the fridge just because it's sessionable, high quality, easy to find and because I love Maryland.

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Photo of horshamguy
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a tankard.

A--Copper/amber, with a nice, frothy, rocky head that hangs around for quite a while and leaves some lacing. Looks like an IPA that's darker and richer than normal.

S--Some citrus, some flowers. There's both prominent hops and underlying malts going on.

T--Both hops and malts are clear and upfront. A little biscuit and graininess from the malt and some lemony citrus and floral notes from the hops. Quite good. Not by any means the typical hop-bomb; much more subtly enjoyable.

M--A good amount of carbonation keeps some crispness apparent. Refreshing and quenching. A bit of astringency at the finish.

O--Very good to excellent. I'm a Flying Dog fan, and this isn't their best. It is, however, really good. Quite a good example of what an IPA can be in the hands of quality brewers.

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Photo of ali1987
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- clear amber body, minimal off white head.

S- smells piney and malty with musty undertones; not as hoppy as I'd hoped for

T- tastes bitter and hoppy with very little citrus. Quite boring.

M- moderate carbonation. Crisp.

O- disappointing IPA. Very one-dimensional.

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Photo of beergoot
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear, copper body with a sticky, foamy white head. Resiny, pine-like aroma. Light caramel malt flavor with a bold hop bitterness. Medium body; thick and chewy; dry finish.

If you're looking for hop bitterness in your IPA, then Snake Dog should hit the mark. A pretty good if rather ordinary IPA offering.

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Photo of Huffs
3.82/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured to a nice full heas, off white in color, which had good retention and lacing. Appearance was slightly hazy with light orange to gold color. Aroma was of some hop and citrus with a little malty / caramell background. Tasted malty and hoppy with citrus notes and some spice. Nice full mouthfeel with a lasting aftertaste

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Photo of I3eck
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a wine glass

A: Light orange/amber, looks like weak iced tea, medium white head.
S: Citrusy hops, slight malty caramel. Smells pretty solid.
T: Hoppy, grassy, lingering (back of tongue) bitter orange hoppiness.
M: Surprisingly thin given that it is 7.1% & highly hopped. Not overly carbonated.
O: Hops really hung around long after each gulp. Love the hoppiness but not much complexity. High alcohol content hidden well. Taste doesn't quite back up the punch it delivers with the aroma. Good beer, just was hoping for a little more body.

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Photo of crzepilot
3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance clear with an oranger hue than golden. Not much head not sure if it was the glassware.

Smell was not overwhelmingly hoppy but pleasant.

Tasted refreshing but very middle of the road clean fermentation with mild to moderate bitterness. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was a medium bodied beer.

Overall I enjoyed this beer and thought that it was well balanced and drinkable but I didn't did anything notable. I would drink this one again though.

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Photo of zillime
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly earthy on the nose. This bellies the bright citrus on the tongue. The color is on the Orange side of golden. A slight speckled lace follows the level of the liquid as the glass is slowly raised and lowered and the bottom comes closer and closer to the top. Not a session beer by any means but refreshing on a hot summer's evening.

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Photo of scotorum
3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decoding the label, which Flying Dog makes a bit of a challenge, this one was apparently bottled about May 7th 2013. Bought July 31st at The Beer Shop in East Longmeadow Mass. So getting close to the end of its freshness limit of 140 days according to the brewer.

Poured into a Harpoon IPA glass from the 12 oz. bottle

a: Clear amber with an inch high off-white head which declined to surface foam and moderate lacing.

t: Moderate hops up front over an undistinguished malt base. Went fine with my Subway club sandwich.

m: Light to moderate, refreshing.

o: A good solid medium IPA. If the three and a half months which elapsed between bottling and consumption negatively affected the taste, Snake Dog is even more impressive.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker orange color with a slightly reddish hue.

Caramel malt and citrus fruit.

Flavor matches aroma mainly citrus fruit, but a strong caramel malt backbone.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, decent but nothing great.

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Photo of deadxmastrees
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Clear, honey-colored pour. Not much head. After reading some of the other reviews I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle because what I taste is almost completely the opposite from what others tasted. I looked all over for a bottled on date but none. Not to say its bad either - just very different from expected based on reviews.

I found it to be very bitter which I like. There was almost no scent which was disappointing. It also tastes very hoppy to me(but not citrusy). I like bitter, hoppy IPAs but this was almost too much. If it had been better balanced I would have loved it.

I would of bought this regardless, just to ad the bottle to my collection - love Steadman's art!

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Photo of Floyd-O
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The appearance of the bottle was almost comical which wasn't quite up my ally. Although that's Flying Dog's trademark.

Had a thick almost flat mouth feel that I noticed right off the bat but finished dry.

Smelled great! Hoppy / piney like a good IPA should also sweet.

As for the taste bitter and citrusy right away but that died off quickly and I was left with very little aftertaste. I should preface that by saying I had this right out of the bottle from a gas station, so I'm not so sure how fresh the beer really was. I will say it lacked something in flavor I just couldn't put my finger on it.

Overall: Decent beer! Good for beginner IPA drinkers and great for hot days when you wanna drink more than 3 or so. It drinks very well. Would I have it again? Yes! I would love to find it on tap.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not much to say about this one - it's unremarkable. Some citrus hoppiness on the nose that carries through to the taste, along with a little mango. Everything seems a little stale and flat, but this sixer is fresh as can be. Hop profile is too thin to cloak the high ABV - the effect is like a slightly hopped up cheap malt liquor.

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Snake Dog IPA from Flying Dog Brewery
3.56 out of 5 based on 3,295 ratings.
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