Cunningham (6228) - Halden, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2012 Bottle. Hazy copper colour with a white head. Rich citrus/grape nose. Fruity flavour with citrus and grape, together with a nice malty caramel backing.
Barrelbelly (730) - BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large head, disappearing quite quickly. Aroma of flower hops, taste is nicely bitter but somewhat watery.
theyshookhands (243) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours slightly hazy copper with a small off-white head. Aroma is of West coast hops, citrus, grapefruit and pine. Nice hops, lots of citrus, grapefruit and pine. Overall a fair IPA.
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Old bottle (I know itís unfair). Caramel malt backing on this past itís prime ipa.
Brenhophead (674) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly cloudy copper hue with a very nice citrus/grape fruit dry hope aroma. The malt hits the taste buds first then a nice dry citrus finish. Overall this is a very nice American IPA i would have it again.
omega (866) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My sort of beer. Biggest complaint would be that it was only a 355ml bottle so I had to nurse it a bit more than I would have liked. Even though this is a hoppy beer it does not have that syrupy oiliness that can be prevalent in the hop monsters.
blafa (511) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at SBWF. Stockholm, September 30th, 2011.
Soft and flowery aroma of hops. Grapefruit, hay and grass is also present. Some tea notes in the sweet nose. Taste of caramels and bitter grassy hops.
Chad9976 (1538) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into an oversize wine glass.í
Appearance: Beautiful shade of red/copper, very clear with noticeable carbonation. Forms a large, white, frothy head which retains and laces pretty well.
Smell: Pine sap with tropical fruit juice concentrate as well as some seemingly confectionary qualities.
Taste: Sometimes I think itís unfair to pigeon-hole a beer as a "West Coast" or "East Coast" or "English-style" India Pale Ale. Some beers have elements of multiple styles and Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA is a good example of that. It does lean more towards the eastern American style, though, which isnít that much of a surprise considering the breweryís location. Itís got the sticky piney, resiny quality from the east, the tropical aroma of the west and the overtly malty backbone from across the pond.
The beer is the prototypical IPA: immediate and strong bitterness from beginning to end. Itís a dry, needle-like bitter that lightly stabs the tongue with thousands of tiny, light prickles. Through the middle comes a rich, juicy sweetness of mango, guava and pineapple juice. Itís not acidic or tart at all, and the finish is remarkably sweet as well. Noticeable toffee and caramelized sugar-like tastes, akin to a British pale ale bring up the rear and linger on the tongue, along with plenty of hops. Itís a simultaneous palate of dry hoppy bitterness and sugary sweetness. Delectable, but itís pushing it for me.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with good carbonation. Mostly smooth. Cloying aftertaste of hops and brown sugar that dries out the mouth.
Drinkability: Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA is certainly a bold beer with a palate thatís mostly satisfying if not a tad challenging. It has a mostly comfortable mouthfeel, but the drying sensation during and after the swig can be trying. Itís at least very smooth, and perhaps a bit refreshing for a moment or two while the tropical fruit qualities kick in. It certainly seems much lighter than its 7.1% ABV would have you believe. Not that I recommend sessioning it, but itís an ideal beer to pair with very spicy food.
HardingG (76) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2012 Impressed with Flying Dog in general. Altho none of their beers I have tried are my favorites; this is one of few breweries that I would strongly consider purchasing a sampler or variety pack. All I tried have been servicable and above avg. This IPA didnít have the standard profile. I felt the aroma was subtle in comparison to others. A shallow color and little head that lasted far too little. That being said, the taste was a one off fo me. I really sensed a spice to this brew, and it didnít overpower. The ABV is hidden amidst the hopping well. It was great. The palate a nice bitter and again a spice. Overall, this and the raging bitch are great IPAa
brian60625 (744) - Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle in a pint glass. Thereís a spicy warmth and medium body. Grassy and bitter with a strong abv bite.