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Snake Hollow IPA - Potosi Brewing Company

Snake Hollow IPASnake Hollow IPA

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BA SCORE
84
good

173 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 173
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KeefD on 12-22-2008)
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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
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 01:59:44 | More by Thorpe429
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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
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emerge077

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 02:43:06 | More by emerge077
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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
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dirtylou

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 23:55:06 | More by dirtylou
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 21:58:25 | More by BeerFMAndy
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:06:54 | More by ZAP
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2010 06:38:23 | More by cokes
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blackie

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 04:28:07 | More by blackie
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 02:05:05 | More by woosterbill
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drpimento

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 00:47:21 | More by drpimento
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 02:06:01 | More by alexgash
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mynie

Indiana

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 16:18:18 | More by mynie
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Pale amber, clear with a sizable head. This one is dry hopped to the hilt, with big aromatics of citrus, peppercorn, pine and fruit. Smoothness is not shy and wraps tightly around the tongue. Hop flavor has a soft oily character that unleashes sugges- tions of pine, grapefruit, wild herbs and mild tobacco. Malt rings in with ample sweetness and a firm biscuity flavor within to build a great foundation. Spicy warm alcohol is a bit fruity. There's balance over the boisterous bitterness, yet the hops are still showcased. A good drink that we'd love to come back to.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 00:23:31 | More by BeerAdvocate
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"All profits to charity" - guess ya' can't go wrong on that (within limits I guess). Poured into Sam Adams glass.
Kinda' a classic herbal, grass and citrus American hops aroma. Reasonable balanced and reasonable interesting. Citrus increases with time.
Orange-gold and mostly clear. Big head, especially as poured aggressively only towards the end. Good lacing.
Grassy/herbal bitterness a dominant taste and part of the very long finish (and not quite pleasing enough). Starts complex yet kinda' clean. No apparent fruit or sweetness at start. Malt flavor is a bit bland and mostly for tempering the bitterness and hop presence and less for addition to the flavor profile. Bitterness bigger than the hop flavors, which didn't match the best of the aroma.
Feel is good. Smooth body and carbonation.
Certainly a drinkable beer. Nothing remarkable, but worth a try and would pick one up in the brewpub.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 02:20:17 | More by garymuchow
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Florida9

Illinois

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
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bashiba

Iowa

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

Poured a nice amber/orange with a touch of haze, a thick off white head with nice lacing.

The smell was dominated by juniper and grapefruit.

A decently balanced IPA, very green hops with a big bit of pine and a touch of grapefruity citrus with just a bit of bready malts making it through the hops.

The mouthfeel was a touch thick and oily with a bit of a dry finish.

Easy drinking and solid IPA, I liked this the best out of the 3 Potosi Beer's I had.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 23:42:24 | More by bashiba
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crossovert

Illinois

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

22 oz bomber.

Pours a clear amberish/gold with a foamy off white head. The head sticks for a while before receding leaving rows of thick lacing.

The smell is surprising. It smells really fresh and hoppy, like smelling fresh dry-hopped brew. It is heavy on citrus, and basically just that, no pine here.

The flavor is ripe with hop flavors. Perhaps not the the best hop choice, but a solid one nonetheless. It could be more bitter, but it is a decent level for standard IPA. The hops are very raw and up front. The aftertaste is of grapefruit peel.

The mouthfeel is right on and it is drinkable enough.

This one surprised the crap out of me, a solid IPA that came out of nowhere.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 02:14:39 | More by crossovert
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Ryan011235

Ohio

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
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear burnt orange color with a thinner tan head. A little lace, not much.

Very nice citrusy hop nose. Oranges and tangerine. A little malt sweetness.

The hops taste a little more earthy and piney. Not quite as enjoyable as the nose let on. The bitterness is not real strong. A good beginner tasting IPA. The malt is there and adds sweet balance. Kind of hard to describe this one.

The carbonation falls a bit short, could use a bump up. Otherwise this one is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

A decent run of the mill IPA. As mentioned before, this would be a good introductory IPA. I don't think it would scare off the masses because it's balanced. I got a six pack and will enjoy them, but I probably wouldn't pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 02:03:29 | More by jera1350
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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
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BeerLover99

Illinois

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.

QUITE GOOD; GIVE IT A GO!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 19:36:58 | More by BeerLover99
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 00:22:09 | More by gatornation
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 9 Jun 2010. Courtesy of R&S, thanks!

Poured in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker glass. Very big off white head. Medium carbonation. Hazy orange amber color. Sweet and resiny aroma, a touch soapy. Lightly orange sweet, then becomes fairly bitter. Lightly resin throughout. Touch of aspirin again. Dry mineral aftertaste. Medium body. Warming ethanol.

Not sure where the aspirin is coming from, have we not noticed it in IPAs before?

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 03:47:03 | More by htomsirveaux
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Snake Hollow IPA from Potosi Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.