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Snake Hollow IPA - Potosi Brewing Company

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Snake Hollow IPASnake Hollow IPA

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191 Ratings

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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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Photo of Strix
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

Strix, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.63/5  rDev -30.1%

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 stbo101
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

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 mdwalsh
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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

mdwalsh, Dec 20, 2010
Photo of ZAP
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%

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
Photo of kgkraus
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%

This beer provides a very thick, rich, yellow/tan collored head when poured. Citrus/piney notes to the aroma. This beer has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Not dry or crisp at all. The flavor lingers in the mouth for a while. The taste is low on hops for an IPA. It would be a good transition beer for people who haven't aquired a taste for a full blown IPA. As far as drinkability goes, I don't think I'd want more than 2 at any one time.

kgkraus, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Buebie
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%

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 garymuchow
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

"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.

garymuchow, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of fear025
4.6/5  rDev +22.3%

On tap at the GLBF 2010.

Aroma:Subdued hoppy aroma.

Appearance:Cloudy and honey colored. Very nice head with good retention.

Taste:On first sip, I get tons of citrus. Grapefruit, orange, lemon all mixed together, very tasty. Sweet base. This tastes really fresh.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, a little hop astringency.

Drinkability:This is an amazing IPA, tons of complex flavors, very pleasant.

fear025, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of BlueCat1
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

While this beer doesn't have much of a nose it immediately attacks the tongue with it's well balanced hops. I'd guess they use multiple hops varieties because a single style cannot be detected. Just enough malt taste to provide good mouth feel and provide a platform for the rich and darker hop flavor. A lingering aftertaste that is almost smoky is very pleasant. A 'masculine' IPA! Would definitely order this again. The first time I tried it was on tap and was very good also.

BlueCat1, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of alexgash
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

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
Photo of cdkrenz
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Thank you Mr. Dostal. Much appreciated.

A - Nice copper body with a frothy white head and decent lacing.

S - Grainy malt with a slight grapefruity hop aroma.

T - Bitterness throughout with increasing intensity as the brew moves to the finish. While difficult to get much through the bitter flavor, there is a hint at floral hops trying to get out.

M - I think the feel is this brew's finest quality. Thick and almost chewy.

~ This a decent drinker. I would really like to try it on tap because I think the bottling may have taken a bit out of it. There seems to be some lurking complexity I think may be visible on draught.

cdkrenz, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of KI9A
3.05/5  rDev -18.9%

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
Photo of Duff27
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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 jera1350
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

jera1350, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of UpNorthLager
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A nice IPA from Potosi. Plenty of hops, but nothing too complex. Nice brown color, a bit of fading head on the top of my pilsner glass. A standard mouthfeel. I might say this is on the lighter side of IPA's, but I'm still learning (quite an enjoyable field of study.)

UpNorthLager, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of djhowell
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

A: On tap, poured into a pint glass. Opaque amber body with two fingers of fluffy white/tan head, leaves spotty lacing all the way down the glass.
S: Citrus and some pine hops, sweet and toasted malts.
T: Very similar to how it smells. Nice bitterness without in-your-face hoppiness.
M: Medium bodied, dry finish, good carbonation
D: Refreshing and very easy to drink, smooth. I would certainly have another if I see it on the tap list.

This is the best beer I've had from Potosi thus far. It wasn't available when I visited the brewery earlier this year unfortunately.

djhowell, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

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
Photo of Chaz
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours an orange-ish, golden in color, topped with a brownish-tan head. There's reasonably good duration with respect to the head, and there's enough lacing to please those who get into that sort of thing ; )

Big rush of West coast hop goodness (Cascades, mainly) followed by equal parts of sweet and biscuit malt notes. But truly, it's the piney stuff that folks will respond to, here.

Zesty, sweet/tangy/bitter on the first sip, with a relatively dry finish. Bitterness lingers a while then fades. Impressive balance here, but it might be a little too "easy going" for some of the folks who like themselves some palate-bruising hop bitterness! Smooth, very smooth mouthfeel and altogether a dangerously drinkable 7% ale -- especially in the summer heat!

I was perhaps equally impressed with the "Good Old Potosi" and Pure Malt Cave Ale brands during a recent tasting, and can recommend these to the curious and/or skeptical. I will most definitely be buying a six of each the next chance I get (my wallet hurts just thinking about it . . . )

Very fresh bottle (1820)

Chaz, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of samie85
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

A-Pours a very clear orange with some red hues to it with a one and a half finger head.

S-Smells very piny and has an orange zest thing going on with it as well with some grapefruit and caramel malt.

T-Bitter pine and orange upfront with some grapefruit and some caramel malt on the end to balance.

M-Smooth mouthfeel, with a medium body and low carbonation.

D-This is very similar to some WI Pale Ales I've had recently in the hop profile department, namely New Glarus Moonman and O'so Hopdinger. Definetely a solid beer, but I'm starting to see trend here.

samie85, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of deereless
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Thin layer of head, some sticky spots of foam scattered about the inside of the glass, medium gold with the slightest hint of amber - 4.00, S: Tons of citrus, lots of grapefruit and some mild pine, my guess is that some of the c-hops are used, an extremely nice aroma all around - 4.50, T: Considerable hop bitterness, plenty of bready malts, pine and grapefruit pith - 3.25, M: Medium bodied, dry sensation - 3.75, D: A drinkable beer unquestionably - 3.50

deereless, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%

12oz bottle poured into standard pint.

A- Pours a light copper that is completely transparent and tons of carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. A good finger and half worth of head that sticks around for a while and leaves a little lacing.

S- A little bit of hops comes through right away and a lot of breadiness. A little bit of malt in there to go with some sweet sugar.

T- Like the nose, faint hops with no real bite. A big malt backbone and again some slight yeastiness. Balanced but underwhelming.

M- A lighter bodied brew with an abundance of carbonation that tickles the tongue. No real hop bite to speak of.

D- Light in body and pretty refreshing. Pretty middle of the road IPA from a smaller brewery in WI.

Wisconsinality, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

Poured from a twelve once bottle into a Czechvar glass.

Pours a medium honey, almost dark with a towering hop head that almost comes over the rim. Lacing is apparent even after just a swirl. Looks very tasty indeed.

Nose is of caramel malt up front. Malt is bready and substantial. Hop nose comes in the middle. Hop aroma is fruity, with a tropical fruit type aroma. Tannic aromas come in the finish, with mineral rich malty goodness.

Flavor opens with malty goodness, bready, substantial and caramely without diacetyl. Middle yields to big bittering and fruity hops. Hops are pineapple and grapefruit. Very juicy, with a nice dose of bitterness. Flavor closes with bitter and piney, resionous hops. Clean and slightly bitter, it washes away the malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Perfect carbonation and a bit of oiliness on the tongue. Not too heavy, not too light.

I could drink this all night, and it's local. Torpedo has just lost it's place as my go to.

wheatyweiss, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.63/5  rDev -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?

htomsirveaux, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

crossovert, Jun 07, 2010
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