Beer of the Week: Snake Dog IPA

BY BRIAN ALBERT | JUNE 16, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Beer of the Week is a citrus-flavored, medium-bodied India Pale Ale bottled in Frederick, Maryland.

Snake Dog IPA, a brew available year-round, is concocted by Flying Dog Brewery and described on its site as “our resident hop monster.”

In addition to a big grapefruit flavor, Snake Dog also features a strong, hoppy taste and smooth caramel malt tones.

“It pairs quite well with spicy foods, especially curry,” said Joe Hotek, beer room manager at John’s Grocery.

It also smoothes out creamy, fatty foods.

“Drink it when eating Mexican, Thai, wasabi, buttery and spicy cheeses, and exotic fruits,” according to the brewery’s web site.

And though the beer ranks in at a powerful 7.1 percent, Hotek says the hazy, orange brew isn’t as overwhelming as you would think.

“It’s a great, refreshing beer for a hot summer day,” Hotek said.

Unfortunately for local beer enthusiasts, Flying Dog is planning to pull the product from Iowa store shelves soon. When this happens, interested customers will have to special order it from out-of-state providers.  

“It’s a tasty beer — a quintessential American IPA that I highly recommend,” said Hotek. “Many local stores are still stocked with Snake Dog IPA, so get it while it’s still here.”

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