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Brewery Name: Flying Dog
Beer Name: Snake Dog 20 (7.1% – India Pale Ale)
The legacy of Flying Dog Brewery’s iconic Snake Dog IPA continues with a recipe that now includes Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe, Columbus and Warrior hops. The beer is available on draft and in 6-pack bottles in all markets where Flying Dog is sold. Twelve-pack cans will be on shelves in early May.
“The beauty of our craft is the ability to be nimble and evolve alongside the industry,” Flying Dog COO Matt Brophy said. “Some of these hop varieties weren’t even available a few years ago, let alone 20.”
With an evolution of the hop landscape, there’s been a shift from more earthy and pine flavor profiles to more citrus-forward character. Snake Dog now has layers of complex fruitiness with both lemony brightness and bold tropical fruit. Over two pounds of hops are used per barrel. “Wait until our accounting department hears about that,” Brophy said.
This evolution of Snake Dog was over a year and a half in the making, and one person critical to that development is Ben Clark, who was recently named brewmaster of Flying Dog.
Release Date: March 2017
Format: 12 oz bottles, draft