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Snake Hollow IPA | Potosi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by KeefD on 12-22-2008

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Reviews: 75 | Ratings: 232
Photo of djhowell
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  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.

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Photo of Chaz
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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)

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Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of deereless
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
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?

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Photo of crossovert
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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

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Photo of cokes
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.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crisply clear golden wheat color. Blanched head retains nicely, good deal of lacing left all over.

Smell is frankly unimpressive. Way too citrusy and pine-based. Overwhelming to the point where it almost smells like someone washed grash with an orange-scented cleansing agent.

Taste is equally forgettable. Probably honestly one of the worst IPA's I've had so far, though the one's I have had were quite good.
The hops are certainly present, but again lost behind the citrus/pine blast that is unwarranted and overdone. The maltiness behind this salvages this into a drinkable beer.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my boy Andy for splitting this one.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is an amber golden hue. The off white head fills a solid three fingers of the glass and recedes slowly to leave a thick coating of weblike lace. Great retention on this one.

The aroam is a bit hard to pick up. What I do get with deep whiffs is malt and light citrus hops. Nothing out of ordinary.

The flavor is yet another average lightly hopped beer with a good dose of malt. Not much to see here people keep moving.

Medium body with average carbonation.

Overall drinkable yet forgettable.

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Photo of bashiba
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.

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Photo of daledeee
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new brewery with nothing but growlers.

I poured this into a glass and noticed it is very cloudy with an orange brown color. Head was medium and white the last hung around.

Nose is very fresh and appealing. Hops and floral are most of it.

Taste is very citrus oil and hops. Finish leans toward grapefruit and is wetter than other IPA I have had. Mouth feel is not overly carbonated. The instructions said "drink very cold, less than 40 degrees". I am not sure this has enough depth to emerge and very tops but it is worth drinking and very refreshing.

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Photo of blackie
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

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Photo of dirtylou
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is amazing, highly hoppy, very citrusy and piny, it smells just like a freshly opened package of hops, one of the most intense, fresh hop aromas I've experienced, no joke. The flavor is highly hoppy with high bitterness and just a hint of malt sweetness background. The carbonation and body are medium. Overall this a well made beer with an amazing nose and good flavor. My only knock is the hop flavor, bitterness and dry finish all combine to keep the drinkability down a bit on this beer.

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Photo of drpimento
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.

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Photo of karst
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An tap at Potosi Brewing Company/ National Beer Museum. Served as part of a 5 glass sampler/pint and in bottles and growlers. Amazingly we did all of the above, which I think speaks well for this IPA.

Although flavorful it borders on an APA in regards to its malt hop bitterness balance. Its hop flavor, body and carbonation are ideal for this style. An excellent brew overall pairing well with most food orders. Brewmaster is a former Bell's brewer and the brewing equipment is new and well maintained as evidenced by a brief tour and a pig-tail sample of the oatmeal stout that is about to go on tap in a few days.

Anyone turning out this quality of beer should be able to formulate and brew most of the styles they offer.

Saw several growler of this leave while we had their Sunday food bar. We had decided against traveling 700 miles with a growler but discovered a growler came free with the purchase of a shirt at the gift shop.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy StumptownBadger for this one. Bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours bright orange with nice clarity. Steady stream of carbonation up the middle of the glass. 1 finger of off-white head. Pretty good lacing.

Smells pretty good. Light caramel malt with some subdued grapefruit and orange. A hint of something spicy/medicinal- cloves? Subdued, but well balanced.

In the mouth, once again this beer is somewhat subdued, but there is a nice malt/bitterness balance. A healthy dose of caramel malt, but not too sweet. Some juicy grapefruit and orange, then a surprising earthy bitter finish. Didn't pick up that earthiness in the nose.

Medium body and carbonation. Aside from the earthy hop bite on the swallow, finishes fairly crisply without lingering sweetness.

Pretty good IPA. Put down the bomber with ease.

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Photo of mynie
3.33/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited the brewery and had the beer both on tap and in bottle. This rating is for the bottle although the on-tap version is near identical.

A: very nice light brown color
S: nice malty nose with definite hop presence but not overpowering, leaning more towards malt
T: very nice and enjoyable, impressive for a small brewery that's not even a year old, style is reminiscent of an English IPA with more of a malt backbone and not all the in-your-face piney, grapefruit, hops of an American IPA, a nice change of pace and well-made
M: great mouthfeel, well-balanced
D: very drinkable and smooth

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Photo of KeefD
4.77/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewery. The brewmaster, Steve, told me he thought this beer weighed in at 6.2% ABV and that the tap lines came directly from the bright tank. Poured a hazy dark orange color with a small off-white head that left some nice rings of lacing at went down. Very nice hoppy aroma, plenty of citrus notes going on including orange and grapefruit, maybe hints of pineapple and a balanced malty sweetness. Flavor is excellent. This beer has all the great hop flavors you'd expect from a top notch IPA without any of the bitterness. Juicy hops, plenty of orange and grapefruit with a solid pale malt backbone. medium bodied, crisp, ultra refreshing. I was very impressed by this beer. So tasty, incredibly drinkable, bitterness is low while keeping lots of hop flavor. Excellent IPA. Well done, Potosi.

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