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Snake Hollow IPA - Potosi Brewing Company

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Snake Hollow IPASnake Hollow IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

191 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 191
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KeefD on 12-22-2008)
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1.5/5  rDev -60.1%

melissab318, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a transparent copper color with a single-finger white head that leaves behind quite a bit of lacing as it falls into a thin collar around the edges. The nose brings forward some bready caramel with a hint of toffee. Some mild citrus in the background, though not all that much. The flavor has a mild hop bitterness, though no real hop flavor. There's way too much caramel malt that adds too much sweetness and body. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly-bitter finish. Not much going on here. Some hop bite, but certainly nowhere near what I would expect from an IPA.

Thorpe429, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of Buebie
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle, producing about a half inch of white head. Color is a pale haze filled marmalade of orange. Head is slow to recede, leaving behind a thin cap and generous collar.
Aroma is sweet malt, mild hops producing an earthy spice and floral leaf. Really minute though for aroma in the hop department.
Hops much more present in flavor with leafy fresh hop hemp, spice and earthy flavors. Also not so forward in flavor are the hops and its almost sour like. With a 'I just brushed my teeth and am now drinking beer' flavor. Malt coming through all of that, lemon peel.
Mouthfeel is spot on, carbonation zing.

I have one more bottle and will alter the review if necessary. But overall, not the best ipa I have encountered.

Buebie, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -20.2%

virinow, Mar 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

dav2080, Mar 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Rand_ale_Thor, May 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

atone315, Dec 31, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

mkennedy119, Oct 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

fiveiron83321, Dec 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

tgraven, Jul 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Beerlover, Sep 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Stevie_Janowski, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.01/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

TMoney2591, May 18, 2013
Photo of Ryan011235
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Ryan011235, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of KI9A
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Into the tulip. Deep gold, nice heaad, nice lace.

S: Citrusy hops dominate, not much else.

T: Way too much on the bitter hops, not balanced well. No real detecable malt backbone. Almost reminds me of an amber ale, that had a butt load of hops added to it.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation

D: Too unbalanced to really enjoy. It's not a mess, but, a bit unpleasant. With all of the really nice IPA's around, this is one that not on my list.

KI9A, Sep 06, 2010
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3.05/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a dirty yellow/gold with a medium off white head which dissipated slowly.

S: Light smells of hops, malts and citrus which are not overpowering.

T: This is not the heaviest IPA I've tasted, but it was a bit bitter for me when served cold. As it warmed it became smoother and much more enjoyable.

M: Thin.

D: Easy to drink once it warms. It had an unusual aftertaste that was a bit unpleasant.

stbo101, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of HopHeadHurls
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

HopHeadHurls, Jun 08, 2011
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3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice workman like IPA. Not a ton of bitterness but the hop flavors are good....grassy hop feel with a touch of citrus. A little spritzy feeling and about medium bodied. Gives off a touch of a hoembrew flavor.

Nothing special about this but nothing terribly wrong with it either. Definitely a drinkable IPA.

ZAP, Dec 17, 2010
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3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a very nice clear copper orange color with minimal lacing and diminutive head..the smell is citrus and toast/bread ,some pine grass and malt..everything a good ipa should have but in this case its all slight to me..the taste is the same all the ipa ingredients are there but is to slight not enough punch or flavor to savor over..mouth feel is crisp its medium..its drinkable but not one i would go out of mt way to buy..probably wont try this one again

gatornation, May 30, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

SoCalBeerIdiot, Jul 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Wiscodrinker, Mar 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

enelson, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of Mako82
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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

Mako82, Jul 08, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

doucmehu, Apr 23, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

mkel0365, Apr 07, 2014
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Snake Hollow IPA from Potosi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 191 ratings.