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Snake Hollow IPA - Potosi Brewing Company

Snake Hollow IPASnake Hollow IPA

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172 Ratings

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%

Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: KeefD on 12-22-2008)
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Photo of cyclonece09


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours semi cloudy orange with a nice white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of citrus and floral hops, very inviting. Tastes of nice citrus hops, decent grain body. Beer is slightly heavily carbonated but still finishes nice for light body. Overall, a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 23:41:58 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of vette2006c5r


3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Snake hollow pours a dark cooper color with a small lacing head. There is a bold aroma that is similar to dirty hot dog water. The taste has a nice bold malty backbone with a good spicey hop kick. Good bold flavors. Overall strong flavors and very balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 04:03:07 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Graze after the never-fail-we've-just-run-out-of what-you-ordered that seems to follow me without care or concern for my well being.

I've had Snake Hollow numerous times and have even had remnants of six packs lie dormant in a fridge only to be rediscovered on beerilogical digs. That stressed, I've never been particularly fond of this beer nor have I felt compelled to review it. That changed last night.

Served in a pint at Graze, this incantation of Snake Hollow explodes with a ripe juicy orange on the nose and an understated yet welcomed prop of light and doughy caramel.

While admittedly disappointed that my first beer of choice was unavailable, and feeling a bit like a little bitch for feeling at all disappointed on a night out with the wife on a beautiful evening, Snake Hollow took me by surprise early a didn't let up. Lots of juicy pink grapefruit through, which is fat pitch in my discerning zone. Malt props and supports but doesn't mangle what the fresh hops seem bent on delivering. The finish is nice and pine driven with a lingering bitterness that slowly fades back to grapefruit and leaves me desirous of another sip.

I frequently lament on the fact that while Madison gets a very solid selection of beer, many of the frequently available IPA's are lacking....at least in what I seek out in a hoppy beer. And while I've had relatively ho-hum experiences with this beer, this version, on this night, was exactly what this guy needed. A very surprising and welcomed glass of beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2013 18:34:10 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of dhannes


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a lone bottle into a standard pint glass.

A=Brownish, greenish gold...very unappealing...very faint yellowish white head reached 1" and lasted a minute.

S=Grapefruit and lemon from the hops.

T=More malted creaminess than I expected, but the bitter/sour combination was present as well. A sweeter grapefruit flavor. Could taste the alcohol at the halfway point.

M=Slightly less than average body, and very low carbonation...enjoyable.

O=I'm not a fan of IPA's, but this one grew on me...if I had to drink an IPA, this would likely be my choice.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:33:41 | More by dhannes
Photo of matjack85


3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for a single 12oz. bottle. No freshness date.

The beer poured a crystal clear champagne color but only produced a ½-finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left only a few spots of lacing.

The beer has a really nice citrus hop aroma with a little bit of pine in the background.

This is a really dry IPA. Heavy on the hops and low on maltiness. Pine and grapefruit flavors dominate with just a touch of bready malt for balance. 70 IBU's in this one and it leaves a mild bittering aftertaste.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

They went for a west coast style IPA with this one, but it didn't overwhelm me. Drinkable, but I'm not going to seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 03:31:38 | More by matjack85
Photo of Ryan011235


3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bell's Tulip on 7/25/12

A) Straw-gold and faded amber. Rather clear. One and a half finger head drops evenly despite being fed by rising bubbles. Hit-or-miss collar retention and very little lace.

S) The aroma is tilted too far in favor of the malts for my liking. Notes of caramel, biscuits and bread mask pine and sporadically placed citric tones - grapefruit pith, lemon zest and some orange peel.

T) The palate is greeted by a better hop snap than the piddly nose would suggest. Piney with an herbal twist. Interwoven dry, prickly citrus. Moderate bitterness, mainly on the finish. Mild caramel and bready flavors. It is maltier as it warms.

M) Light side of medium, as far as the feel goes. Carbonation is ample but subservient to the hop fuss.

D) Tastes better than it smells but I definitely like it better while cold. All in all, I've had better.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:00:57 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed light orange color, short lived white topping and minimal lace.
Aroma of mandarin orange, a bit of floral notes. In the taste, orange and grapefruit rind, jasmine and menthol. Pale malt with faint toffee. Mild bitterness to go with a honeyed malt character. Light refreshing body. There is a good level of carbonation. Overall this is a nice IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 20:18:52 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of woosterbill


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Clear deep amber body beneath two inches of creamy off-white forth. Good retention, great lace. Lovely.

S: Good balance of hops and malt, with the former featuring both herbal and citrus notes. Lemon and caramel. A little sweeter than I like, but good.

T: Follows the nose - grapefruit, lemon, and herbal hops alongside substantial malt sweetness. Bitter, caramel-tinged finish. Pretty tasty, but nothing special.

M: Lively, frothy medium body. Bubbly enough to avoid stickiness.

O: Thoroughly respectable IPA, but not one I'll be seeking out in the future.


Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:05:05 | More by woosterbill
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a fingers worth of foam; some shards of lacing are left behind

Smell: Very earthy aromatics; slightly fruity and slightly vegetal

Taste: A hint of the biscuit, up front, and then a bit of stone fruit but by mid-palate, the earthy/tobacco bitterness arrives only to be followed by an herbal/piney character after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: What an intriguing beer - builds up like an English IPA and, all of the sudden, pulls a switcheroo with an American hop profile; really enjoyed this one

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:49:55 | More by brentk56
Photo of BeerLover99


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: orange/amber, mild cloudy,
firm white finger head, nice lacing

S: citrus, pine, hint of floral

T: refreshing grapefruit, bready malt,
mild earthiness, long solid pine bitter finish

M: med body, solid oily mouth

O: This brew surprised me, haven't had this beer
company in years and this impressed me.
Willing to try it again and buy others from them.


Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 19:36:58 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of nickapalooza86


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange color. clear, white head

Smell is sweet orange, bubble gum, pine, grapefruit

Taste is sweet citrus, honey, malt, bitter herbal hop, and a strange after taste that I can not pin point

Mouthfeel is a little thicker then I like my IPAs.... Not crazy thick but could be a little thinner and crisp

Very interesting IPA.... Very different, not bad but probably will have this 6 and then go back to my go tos and leave this one on the shelf in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:34:27 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of TMoney2591


3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Frankly, I'd rather have a hollow snake, 'cause at leas then I'd know what I'm dealing with... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear copper-brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, light grapefruit peel, pine resin, and sweet caramel. The taste holds notes of sharp grapefruit rind (and peel), sweet toffee, and sharp pine needle. Everything has an astringent quality to it, making for a not-so-enjoyable experience. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, not the best IPA by any stretch of the imagination, but not horrid. Just kinda sub-average.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 17:23:23 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of WolfsbaneBloom


4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden orange with three fingers of creamy, bubbly white foam.

Smell: Sweet honey, light floral and citrus hops, and some biscuity malt. Pleasant but fairly muted.

Taste: Mild pine, honey, floral hops, and light orange peel with bready and caramel malts. Very sweet, almost like candy corn, with a nice hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, lively, refreshing, and smooth.

Overall, this is a solid little IPA from the good folks at Potosi Brewing. I found this a really simple but well-balanced IPA with a pleasant sweetness and amazing drinkability, especially considering it's 7% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 16:01:51 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
Photo of pweis909


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Well carbonated with a big white head that recedes quickly to a thin, persistent head. Golden-orange in colore, with a chill haze.

Smell. Citrusy aroma with some Fruity Pebbles tossed in there. The fruitiness gives way to citrus, which is more persistent.

Taste. Sweetish first impression gives way hop bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable in the dry finish.

Mouth feel is ever so slightly slick initialy, prickly in the middle, and slightly astringent in the finish.

I was really impressed with the initial smell and hop flavor I got from this beer, almost scored it a 5 on that count. The alcohol (both my ability to taste it and ABV) detracts a little from my enjoyment of this beer, as I prefer something more in the 5-6% range.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 22:00:31 | More by pweis909
Photo of Jparker37


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint.

A - Medium sized cap of off-white head holds a nice cap. Great clarity to a light copper beer. Left a couple little specs of lacing to the glass.

S - Real nice citrus (orange rind) hop profile, maybe some cascade or centennial. Even getting some lemon tones.

T - Malts try to sneak through early but are swallowed up by citrusy hops (orange peel like). The toasty malt backbone actually sits in the background nicely. Solid punch of bitterness with a strong hop flavor lasting beyond the finish.

M - Bone dry, medium body, medium carbonation.

O - Solid IPA. The more I drink the more its bitterness comes across as sharp. Citrus throughout but alright balance to it. Nice and dry finish, crisp and quenching.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 00:45:07 | More by Jparker37
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had anything from these guys so I grabbed some of this when I was in WI last week. No date on the bottle which always worries me with this style, but I went agianst better judgement and grabbed some. Poured into a pint glass.

This beer pours a dark orange with a thick white head. Nose is pungent with orange, pine, lemon. Good moderately full mouth. The alcohol is noticeable in this one as the 7% comes with a bang. I wouldn't want to down too many of these at once, and this is on a full stomach. Nice bitter character, wih a mild spicy profile. but there is a dry sweet biscuity character as well which makes this more English to me. I would think this is a nice hybrid between American and English IPA. Bitter and tasty, but plenty of sweetness and dry finish as well. A tasty beer that I am glad I picked up.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 18:30:15 | More by Onenote81
Photo of FreshHawk


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Light copper color with a medium sized, foamy, soapy, airy, bright white head. Average retention leaving a decent ring of lace.

S - Caramel malt is pretty strong. Pretty balanced IPA. Some citrus, some pine, and some earthy/herbal hops. A little disjoined hop aroma, but the fact that it's so balanced hides it well.

T - Very balanced caramel malt heavy IPA. Some toffee and bread flavors as well. For the hops there are orange and earthy hops with touches of herbal/pine hop flavors. Much earthier than sweet or fruity. Reflects the malt driven flavor with the hops not necessarily jumping out of the glass.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Fairly slick and oily.

D - Easy to drink and not too bitter (a bit of a kick on the finish). But I can't see me wanting to grab another like some of the better IPAs I've had.

Notes: Very balanced and malt driven. Not a citrus or fruit bomb and more of an American/English hybrid (more American though). Ok but not anything noteworthy.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 02:28:28 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of RoamingGnome


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dr. K for the bottle. I poured this into a New Belgium tulip.

A) Nice clean copper, with a half a finger of head. There was okay retention and a little lacing. Carbonation also noted.

S) Nice sweetness, which included pineapple and a fruit cocktail aroma. There was a nice floral presence as well.

T) Not as sweet a the aroma. There was light citrus, but more hop bitterness, pine, definitely a little alcohol. Finishes with some citrus rind. A nice balance.

M) Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. This was really pretty smooth. The bitterness and rind to this one really coat the mouth.

O) This was a pleasant surprise. It's not that my expectations were really low, but this beer definitely exceeded them. Worth a try....

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 01:47:23 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of Florida9


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint with only a minimal white head. Slightly hazy amber in color. Light lacing. Aroma is a blend of toasty malts, pine, pine resin, and a mild skunkiness . Flavor is much better: a blend of clean, grainy malts, toast, and pine with some lighter citrus notes. Strong dry bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, with good carbonation. Borderline astringency. This is an IPA that pushes the line with bitterness, but still seems able to deliver.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2011 03:17:12 | More by Florida9
Photo of mobius387


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: golden and clear

Aroma: this beer smells great. Strong grapefruit on the nose

Palate: medium body, little carbonation.

Taste: along with the pine and citrus this beer tastes very sweet. Honestly I think I taste some candy corn or some sort of candy

Overall: a very good brew and a nice ipa

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 00:31:47 | More by mobius387
Photo of WastingFreetime


4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transferred over from my tasting notebook.

Really amazing craggy four finger head that stayed up like a meringue on this one, very pretty lacing, clouded orange-amber in color, I couldn't say for certain what texture the brew itself was because the head kept getting mixed in with every sip and making it all creamy. Not like that's a bad problem to have, I suppose. :) Almost too carbonated, the foam just kept regenerating right up until I finished the pint off, although the rise of it did slow down some after five minutes. This foaming action kept throwing heavy doses of the nose into my face throughout the session. Produces a lovely aroma of pineapple, tangerine, pine needles, orange peel, lemon peel. Taste starts out sweet but quickly flashes from sweet caramel coated pineapple chunks to the bitterness of juicy grapefruit pith and changes back to pine resin for a the lingering finish.

A top 20% finisher American IPA by my standards.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 03:55:15 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of schoolboy


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my few beers I brought back with me from Wisconsin. I had one along the way and it went down nicely. I wasn't really in the mood for beer tonight but that seems like a good, objective time to do some tasting.

It doesn't taste as good as it did late Monday night in Chicago (when I was in the mood) but it's good. nice floral, hoppy taste without a great aroma. The aftertaste is first rate.

The label says all profits go to charity! Go figure.

This is a real IPA/AIPA. Before my trip into the Wisconsin countryside this past week, I thought that most of their micro-brews tasted too much like macros. That may still be a problem, but I found plenty of 100+ year old micro breweries like this that are making great stuff. THey just don't make it to Ohio. Cool.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 01:33:43 | More by schoolboy
Photo of AmericanGothic


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, golden orange color with one finger of off white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Peaches and mangoes, a little understated but still inviting.

T: Leads with mellow, dry biscuit, followed slowly by a growing pine bitterness. Pine lingers on the long finish. Very mellow, and yet plenty tasty.

M: Light and refreshing, very soda-like and a bit astringent.

O: A calm and thoughtful IPA. Not my top pick for an IPA, but plenty good enough (and also individual enough) that I would surely buy it again. Well done, Potosi.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 23:52:16 | More by AmericanGothic
Photo of Mako82


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into snifter glass

A - Golden in color, slightly cloudy. Poured an off-white head that was foamy and lasted quite long.
S - First smell was of hops and citrus, with soft smell of malts.
T - Taste did not quite live up to the smell. I thought there would be a stronger hop and citrus taste. Picked up some piney flavor. Fairly bitter from start to finish
M - Little carbonation, fairy dry feel

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 16:42:00 | More by Mako82
Photo of HopHeadHurls


3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pretty amber/copper-ish color, more straw like and light than a lot of IPAs I have seen recently. About a 1.5-2 finger head on the top that recedes very quickly, leaving some semi-heavy lace around the glass.

S - Honestly, the first smell I got was metallic, which is NOT a good sign of things to come. However, this was fleeting and was quickly replaced by a surprising and pleasant smell. This definitely smelled fruitier than I thought it would and less piney (than I thought it'd be - pine is still the main smell other than citrus here). You can smell some lemon, orange, and maybe grapefruit in there I think, and it doesn't smell quite as hoppy as a lot of other IPAs or pale ales in general. Very pleasant smelling unless you get that metallic smell up front...very odd.

T - So this beer was quite odd...I thought the citrus smell came through more than the pine smell, which surprised me. Also, you get the hop feel without a lot of hop taste here...there is a big grassy hop taste that comes through briefly, but I feel like the citrus and malts overpower that. I actually find it interesting that it seems more grassy than piney. It does not hide the ABV very well and gives you a bit of a spicy taste to it with a very bitter finish. My biggest issue with this beer will now be stated: before you hit that hop bitterness I got a HUGE wave of a metallic taste (granted it was only slightly metallic, but it seemed to linger forever before the hop bitterness kicked in). I am not sure if this is an issue with just getting a bad bottle or if that's just how it tastes based on their brewing equipment, etc. Either way it was not pleasant. This beer just wasn't quite as balanced as I like...something (besides the metallic taste) seemed off.

M - The mouthfeel was also surprising, as it was quite a bit lighter than a lot of IPAs that I've had, but still had that resinous feel to it, that it coated your mouth and sort of stuck there. This beer definitely dries your mouth out as you're drinking it.

O - Don't get me wrong, aside from the metallic aspects this beer is not bad, it is quite decent. However, if I'm going to pay money for a craft beer, I expect something more. I'd try it again to see if the metallic deal was just a one time thing, but I don't see myself clamoring for this beer, especially with all of the good IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 16:16:43 | More by HopHeadHurls
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Snake Hollow IPA from Potosi Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.