Snake Hollow IPA - Potosi Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
12-30-2011 03:17:12 | More by Florida9
3.88/5 rDev +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
11-06-2011 00:31:47 | More by mobius387
4.15/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
11-01-2011 03:55:15 | More by WastingFreetime
4.22/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
10-14-2011 01:33:43 | More by schoolboy
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
08-04-2011 23:52:16 | More by AmericanGothic
3.25/5 rDev -13.3%
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
07-08-2011 16:42:00 | More by Mako82
3.1/5 rDev -17.3%
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.
06-08-2011 16:16:43 | More by HopHeadHurls
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Presented in a brown 12 oz. bottle and poured aggressively into a Delirium Tremens tulip.
Pours an orange amber with a one-finger, bone white head with decent retention and excellent lacing. Aromatics of fresh citrus hops and juicy pineapple.
Creamy mouthfeel with a sweet caramel malt opening and hint of rosewater. Bittering hops announce the middle with suggestions of pine, grapefruit and floral notes. Great balance between malt sweetness and bitter citrus hops. Mild carbonation continues throughout session. Finishes bitter.
Crisp, clean and refreshing. Nice interpretation of the style. All profits to charity? Give it a 5 for altruism.
05-22-2011 20:15:10 | More by CaptainIPA
3.33/5 rDev -11.2%
Clear pale amber body with a fluffy white head. Mild citrusy hop aroma combined with a sweet pale malt backbone. Flavor follows the nose with a biscuity malt sweetness, florally citrus hops and a bitter grassy finish. Well carbonated and medium bodied. Well balanced mellow IPA.
05-15-2011 22:44:08 | More by muttyd
4/5 rDev +6.7%
A-Pours a light sttraw amber color with slight head.
S-Aromas of citrus and sweet malt. I notice a hint of straw aroma as well.
T-Herbal and citrus hop flavor with very good malt to balance the bitterness.
M-Decent malt body. Good carbonation.
Overall, this is a very good IPA. Great balance of hop flavor and bitterness with malt backbone. For someone looking for a good representation of the style this is a solid beer.
05-11-2011 00:38:04 | More by adman08
4/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
04-07-2011 00:23:31 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
Bottle thanks to Barrythebear. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange with a half finger of head that settles to a thin layer.
Smell: Primarily earthy, piney hops on the nose.
Taste: Very grassy and earthy taste. A slight hoppy bitterness, but not too intense.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a dry finish.
Overall: Decent beer that is focus more on the bitter aspect than a citrusy one. Would drink again.
03-21-2011 01:31:26 | More by Axic10
4.35/5 rDev +16%
Yeah, wow. IPA. Hops! Fresh and wonderfull. Great beer. Floral aroma. Lots of Pacific Northwest hop character. Orange zest and wild flower. Delicious. Not sweet, and not terribly bitter if you are used to hoppy beers. very good. I'm guessing this is very fresh as I've had and enjoyed this beer in the past, but this is in another realm. Goes to show that freshness is key when it comes to hoppy beers and reviewing obviously old ones is futile and stupid.
02-28-2011 03:15:33 | More by mjryan
3.38/5 rDev -9.9%
Pale cloudy orange, good head.
Pine and citrus are the main smells.
Very big pine note, some citrus peel. Lots of power, not a lot of balance.
Mouthfeel full and quite resinous.
This was all right, but I didn't find the hop blast to be countered by anything else.
02-20-2011 23:40:41 | More by Strix
2.63/5 rDev -29.9%
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.
02-02-2011 01:59:44 | More by Thorpe429
3.05/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
D: Easy to drink once it warms. It had an unusual aftertaste that was a bit unpleasant.
01-03-2011 22:33:56 | More by stbo101
3.73/5 rDev -0.5%
A: Initially pours a very creamy orange, but that clears up instantly to reveal a sparkling, well carbonated, orange/gold beer with a two finger fully off white head. There's a little haze, but the head is so beautiful and that balances it out. 4.5
S: Hoppy, mostly citrusy, but there's a little grassy spice in there. There's something a little off, I can't tell if it's a little skunking or maybe a little solventy? I'm just not digging the aroma, the hops don't seem to blend together very well. 3.5
T: Not as hoppy as the aroma would have suggested, and much less citrusy. There is more herbal/grass notes in the taste. It's also a little sharper/more bitter than I was expecting from the aroma and would like to see. There's no off flavors, and the hoppiness is balanced by a little malt which lends some nice caramel notes, but overall, it's nothing phenomenal. 4.0
M: Sharp and lacking in body. There's a nice carbonation, but this beer just doesn't push through enough body for my palate. 3.0
D: It's ok, definitely something I would suggest to people to go ahead and try, and good enough I'll try other beers from Potosi, but I personally won't seek this beer out again. 3.5
12-20-2010 14:37:22 | More by mdwalsh
3.13/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
12-17-2010 04:06:54 | More by ZAP
Snake Hollow IPA from Potosi Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.