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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

199 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 7
Gots: 11 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

spycow, Oct 12, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
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 brentk56
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
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

brentk56, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
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
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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. single from Family Liquor in East Dubuque, IL.
"All profits to charity" on the label, that's pretty damn cool.

Golden orange body, slim cap of foam, only a tiny amount of spotty lace. The foam fades to a wispy skim, with a crescent shaped break along the edge. Nice color, faint visible carbonation.

Toasted malt and grassy hops in the nose. Somewhat mild but pleasant. Earthy, slight citrus rind, and mildly catty.

Moderate bitterness, slightly buttery feel, clear notes of pine and more toasted malts in the middle. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Easygoing, a decent IPA. Probably the best from Potosi that i've tried.

emerge077, Aug 02, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

zeff80, Jul 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

Stinkypuss, Aug 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

KAF, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, $5ish at Star

appearance: served in tyranena pint, clean clear copper body, thin bubbly beige head with light retention

smell: fresh citrus hops, tangerine, lemon zest, lots of citrus

taste: nice IPA from a brewery i wouldnt normally have purchased...refined citrus hopping, moderate bitterness, oily citrus hops, light evergreen

mouthfeel: slick and oily, prickly hops

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Serve at less than 45 degrees F, no date.

A - Poured a clear inactive golden amber with a massive off-white, bone-colored head. Decent retention with tons of rich, thick lace coating the glass.

S - Lightly hoppy aroma but fresh and crisp that's inviting. A mix between floral and herbal in the aroma. Light malt backing with a caramel drizzle. A solid IPA aroma.

T - A decent level of caramel malts balance well behind the bouquet of hops. Floral hints resemble pedals while the little bit of resin leans towards a pinch of citrus and pine.

M - Good malt and hop balance with a medium body and light dry finish with a low level of bitterness for an IPA.

D - Solid drinkability with good balance between the caramel backing malts and hoppy bitterness. A solid sessioning IPA.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 18, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark golden, one fingered head. Leaves medium lacing for the style.

S- Fresh citrus.

T- Grapefruit! The warm alcohol after taste is here, reminiscent of a DIPA...which makes sense at 7%

M- Mouthwatering.

D/O- Could definitely put down a few of these. One of the better IPAs I've had in awhile.

Duff27, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of ZAP
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

enelson, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer! Got the bottle last week at the brewpub in Potosi. Poured with friends into sample glasses. Had a nice head and good lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is slightly perfumey, hoppy, malty, and fresh. flavor's 'bout the same. Perfume is real evident up front. Body is good and so's the carbonation. Decent finish. Could be a session beer.

drpimento, Sep 05, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden copper with a moderate stack of stained ivory suds.
The nose is fairly closed, grapefruit and pine squeak through, as does some toasted breadiness. It smells decent, but requires strong inhales...though it does open a bit over time.
Through the mouth, it brings a sturdy breadiness, backed with hints of toast and nuts. It turns a tad sweeter as it goes, approaching fry bread. Hops are boisterous, but lack a certain amount of clarity. Grapefruit and pine are here, as well as pineapple, hay, and metal, and some gin-centric botanicals.
The body is fleece like, with a medium carbonation. It doesn't distinguish itself uniquely in the IPA realm, but it has some session capacity.

cokes, May 20, 2010
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3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Aug 14, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

unknown IPAs from the dirtman

a: nice bone white head set on the lightly hazy, deep amber beer, retention is decent

s: nice tropical hop nose - not ridiculous but certainly well into ipa territory, malt influence is mild - just a little pale and caramel, somewhat tealike

m: medium carbonation, light-medium body, bit of a watery feel

t: tropical and citrus hops on a bare-bones structure of pale and caramel malt, an elusive skunky aroma in the back, sweetness level is low, allowing the grapefruit pith bitterness to really dry out the finish, totally digging this - probably my favorite part of the beer

d: easy - while the uncomplicated malt body may have kept scores down in other areas where a touch of complexity could easily pull in some 4.5s, this along with the crisp hopping make for high drinkability

blackie, Feb 28, 2010
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3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy red with a small white head. Very much your average AIPA.

Smells faint. Light hops, light malt. Balanced, but light.

Tastes much more assertive, but a little off balance. Big toffee malt moves into a syrupy, aggressively alcoholic malt middle, with the west coast pine hops rushing in at the end.

All of Potosi's old school beers were delicious and expertly brewed. This--this seems like a poor attempt to buck the trend, like if your grandpa started wearing one of those douchebag hoodies with fake graffiti printed all over it. The hoodie might fit well, and there isn't necessarily anything wrong with him wearing it, but it just doesn't seem right.

mynie, Apr 27, 2009
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

KarlHungus, Apr 06, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Crystal clear golden orange body. Tall, two fingers of thick, whipped, light beige head. Nice lacing too. Slightly subdued nose with notes of pine sap, lemon rind, and sugary malt.

Light toasted malt up front. Shortbread cookie and a little toffee malt in the background. Hop flavor and bitterness starts slow but builds toward the finish. Muted pineapple mixes with pine to provide moderate hop bitterness. Fruity malt before a drier, herbal-bitter finish. Moderate body with a slightly slick feel. Not bad, but I can't tell how fresh this is (nothing on bottle), so I don't know if it is supposed to be hoppier. Still, as it drinks now, it is a nicely balanced IPA.

alexgash, Oct 12, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Florida9, Dec 30, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

bigred89, Apr 03, 2012
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Snake Hollow IPA from Potosi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.