Sunday, February 24, 2008

Beer Review: Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA

Flying Dog Snake Dog IPA

This is one bad-ass brewery. Every bottle has some awesome artwork containing unique and quality craft beer. This ale pours a deep amber color with persistent head and lacing. Aroma is strongly of hops (cascade?). I am trying to develop my hop sense and as time goes on I should get more adept at picking individual hops out.

Flavor is classic American IPA mixed with a richer than usual body. Tastes like they increased the amount of malt as well as the amount of hops used to construct this beer. A large citrus hop flavor present with a small amount of malt coming through. Enough hops to deliver the bite but doesn't overpower the flavor of the malt. The head retention is one of the strongest characteristics of this IPA, it just hangs around and all over the glass.

This is one to give the Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA good competition. I would like to review the two side by side at some point and crown a victor. I can find very few faults with this beer and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good IPA.

Final Score: 87% (A truly American IPA, Generous and Balanced Flavor)

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