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Snake Handler Double IPA - Good People Brewing Company

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410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 189
Gots: 87 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ddarden on 05-30-2009

103 IBU
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Ratings: 410 | Reviews: 103
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Photo of GOBLIN
3.38/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sigh . . . Must have gotten my hands on an old can. Way to malty. If this can is anywhere close to being fresh I am having trouble seeing this being a world-class beer.

Photo of Droopy487
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been searching for the next big DIPA that truly satisfies my taste buds, and I have found one finally. I was skeptical of this beer because it's not from the northeast or California. My initial question was, "can a brewery in Alabama really put out a dynamic DIPA that is juicy, full of hop goodness, and hit my palate like a runaway train?" Surely not. Surely all those good ratings and reviews I see are from homers that just want to support their local brewery.

I was proved wrong. This beer is very smooth and it's everything I want in a DIPA. It's got a nice, subtle malt backbone that is present, but it doesn't overwhelm you like a lot of breweries versions of a DIPA. I do sense the caramel and biscuit notes coming through softly. As I finished my first sip the 5 varieties of hops smacked me in the face like they are supposed to. There was a lot of pine, citrus, and hint of pineapple coming through on this beer. It's very nice. A lot of people like to use the word balance when describing beer. To me, this beer balances everything quite nice.

According to the website, it's now over 10% ABV, instead of the 9.3 listed, and 100+ Ibu's. If you're not wanting a hop lover's beer, don't buy this. I understand it's not for everyone. But, for the hop heads, we all should rejoice. I feel ashamed I have never searched out this beer before now. I was really missing out.

Photo of dar482
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a rich red orange.

The aroma hits with a pop of sweetness and big resinous qualities and pine.

The flavor follows with pine, resinous hops, grapefruit, and a touch of pineapple surrounded by a big malty character and some caramel sweetness. The beer is heavy and full on the bitterness on the finish.

Clean, but the maltiness and bitterness drags down the beer a good amount. Reminds me towards older recipes like Odell Myrcenary and Hopslam.

Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure about the can date, but assuming its fresh like i was told, this is a dissapointment.

Nothing but malts and a little alcohol note. The best part about this beer is in the nose where you get sweet tropical fruits. But you take a sip and just a complete malt bomb.

Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orangy amber in color with lots or whitish creamy head. Great lacing and persistent head. Aroma is caramel and some hoP bitterness. Taste is about the same with some orangey citrus. Medium body, high carbonation. Good brew. I'd drink this again, but not go out if my way for it.

Photo of ehammond1
3.42/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Clear dark copper and amber. Fairly large near-white head. Fairly sticky.

Some tropical and pine notes in the aroma along with some sweet malt caramel as well.

Sweet IPA, with decent amount of hop bitterness, and a little bit of sticky pine. A touch of alcohol presence. A hint of citrus character.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Big and sticky.

Decent, but nothing to seek out again.

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by unclejedi - thanks!

Pours a deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells very good - robust caramel and pale malt aromas serve as a backbone to loads of citrus and tropical fruit hop notes.

Tastes good. Caramel malt flavors start things off before making way for good amounts of citrus and milder amounts of tropical fruit flavors. The hops fade surprisingly quickly and muddled malt flavors take over and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was all set for this one to blow me away after getting my nose over the glass however the malt flavors didn't seem to agree with the rest of what was going on. Still, a good beer but with a few tweaks it could be great.

Photo of dowen17
4.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Let me prefix this review by saying that, although I am from Alabama, I am not some bandwagon beer rater. I will fairly rate ANY and EVERY beer I taste regardless if where it is brewed.

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a semi-hazy copper color with a huge off-white head with great retention and lacing. If you see people complaining about lack of lacing or head, they either poured wrong or didnt get it fresh. This pours perfectly.

Smells like fresh apricots at first. After a few more smells I pick up grapefruit. Some alcohol. Pine notes and some musty hops but very VERY fresh.

Taste is amazing. I'm not an IPA guy. And this is my first double IPA but WOW. Perfectly balanced. Fresh grapefruit at first and then the hops begin to take over. Piney, citrus hops. Resin and pine is alll finish. Alcohol is noted, but not overbearing at all.

Perfectly carbonated. Resin really coats the mouth and leaves that pine feel and taste in the back of the throat.

This beer is great. Would definitely buy again and will. Really took for granted how readily available this is when it ships but man, this is such a great beer. Well worth the try.

Photo of tempest
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This came strongly recommended from Hop City Beer and it delivered. It has a great mix of bright, tropical fruits over biting citrus and a hit of smooth doughy malts. On the drinkable side for 10% so watch out.

Photo of Krobinette
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Tasty...strong IPA, a little less hoppy than anticipated.

Photo of nhudson
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glad this beer is now in can form. Good news is that it will be available once a quarter. This beer fresh is just amazing and can stand up with any DIPA in the country. Its malty, resiny, piny, hoppy and amazing...

A: Slight orange haze color, with a good white head with excellant lacing. Pour this in a pint glass and it will stick!

S: Amazing that this beer can produce such an aroma. When fresh its Resiny and Piney with Citrus notes. Not only do you get this but the smell of a faint maltiness is in there as well. I would also say that it might have a slight bready aroma that comes through in the finish.

T: Up front the hop bitterness takes over then the alcohol comes in which brings in a welcoming maltiness to this beer. Its citrus, melon, piney and the ever so longing of malt that rounds everything out. This is a big beer and it's very balanced among hops, malt and alcohol

M: Very nice mouthfeel, sticky and well carbonated for style.

O: I wish I could get this beer fresh on a weekly basis, but I can't and neither can anyone else. I know the amount of reviews are up there, but in all seriousness this is among some of the best DIPA's in the country.

Photo of wspscott
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can in pint glass
no date

A: Hazy copper/orange color with a not quite white head that refuses to completely disappear and leaves lots of lace.
S: Caramel sweetness and piney bitterness
T: A fruity bitterness, lots of pine and citrus with a little something hidden in between. A definite shot of caramel malt with what seems to be some biscuit as well. No hint of alcohol.
M: Enough carbonation to keep from being cloying, but there is a creaminess to the mouthfeel. The load of hops linger on the tongue.
O: An excellent example of a DIPA, lots going on, but very easy to drink. Very glad I got to try this (thanks JC). Highly recommended for any hophead.

Photo of maleman
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Tervis tumbler (only thing that was clean!).
A - poured dark, opaque amber with an off-white two-finger head that laced well.
S - pine resin, grass, pepper, some grapefruit.
T - nice bite. really floral finish with a tinge of phenol right at the last.
M - taste in the very back of my mouth. a little past medium-bodied. oily.
O - a really good DIPA. it's got the kick you expect from the genre but not so overpowering that you have to force yourself to drink it. it's even better on tap at good people's taproom. the guys that work there are aptly named!

RB

Photo of richj1970
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just realized that I've not reviewed this one just yet, and picked up some fresh cans last week...

A: Nice golden almost copper colored with 2 finger off white head that left fair amount of lacing.

S: Sweet malts mixed with some citrus, but not as big as I would like.

T: Some sweet malts early, but big bitterness from the hops in the finish. Some grapefruit and other citrus but masked somewhat by bitterness. Alcohol fairly apparent.

M: Nice body and good carbonation. Coats the tongue but not too heavy.

O: Enjoyable brew if you are looking for a big hop punch. Feels like I've been bitten by a snake after drinking it, but in a good way.

Photo of bushwhacker
3.87/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had it draught. A darker amber color with minimal head and little lacing. Respectable robust appearance with a 'here it comes' smell. Good balance of heavy malt and hops with some bitterness on the aftertaste. Not what I expected but a welcomed surprise. A good beer.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a big DIPA. Great brew a little sweeter than I like but wow is this good. The alcohol is there but not overwhelming. You most definitely will not drink many. Great to have this brew made in Alabama and also great to hear that they are going to can this beer also.

Cheers

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

again big thanks to deacon for another great growler. served cold and enjoyed on 09/05/2010.

the pour was superb, rich amber in color with a lightness to it that came through the slightly hazy body. a big head of white pops up on top of it quickly and rises to about two fingers in height before falling back down to earth.

aroma of light pine, rich malts coming through the air almost immediatly. a light biscuit and buttery sweet flavor coming through cuts the piney hops wonderfully providing a really nice balance here. the first sip was near perfect feel for me, rich medium body with a great carbonation allowed the flavor to just pop. nice piney hops, light citrus notes, mostly sweet orange and tangerine like are coming together with a great bit of sweetness. finishing with a stellar dryness and light pop of alcohol. it was a hit with everyone.

overall a very solid dipa and a really great beer to chill and relax with after dinner. really liked this one.

Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DeaconBluez shipped a growler of this from Georgia to California to share with some locals. Thanks!

This one lost some carbonation in transit, but it wasn't completely flat. Pours clear and copper colored, a shade or two darker than your average DIPA. A small reverse-cascading head forms and eventually settles to a collar.

Nice grapefruit and pine hop aroma, very perfumey. It has a substantial crystal malt backbone, but while it's malty it isn't terribly sweet.

The flavors follow the aroma closely, opening with semi-sweet caramel malt that supports big hop flavors of candied grapefruit, pine and bitter orange peel. Medium-bodied, the carbonation took a hit in transit but it's still lively enough. It finishes resiny, moderately bitter and quite smooth. This is solid stuff, I wasn't familiar with this brewery before, but after this I'll be looking out for more of their beers in the future.

Photo of RayReed522
3.29/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The booze is too much for me.

Photo of CaskBeerouac
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy amber. About a finger of off-white head that dissipated quickly. Good lacing that stuck around throughout.

Beautiful aroma. Pine, citrus, floral, all hoppy goodness.

Pine and floral notes really shine through. Great malt backbone to balance out, slightly biscuity and bitter. Alcohol is well-incorporated.

Leaves your mouth high and dry, and ready for more. It's a pretty easy drinking brew considering how big it is. Well crafted.

Not quite as much of a citrus bomb as some other DIPAs, but make no mistake...this is a hop bomb. Good quality brew.

Photo of bozodogbreath
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i scored this a while back in a trade with mrw1zard. A 12 oz can aggressively poured into a Samuel Smith's metric pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy, amber/copper colored with a quickly dissipating vanilla hued head.

S: A nice malt backbone wafts through the fruity/mango aroma.

T: Citrus hop flavors with a lovely malt backbone. It has a tasty orange/citrus tang to it. This is delicious!

M: Full, oily and resinous. Coats the tongue.

O: This DIPA from Good People Brewing Co. is right up there with the best of them. I highly recommend.

Photo of NUtwist
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy with a clean finish. The hop is very present but not overpowering with mid taste charisma. One of my favorite local beers. Found mostly on tap. It is hard to have a glass of this then drop back to an ale.

Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can shared by Ravot.

A: Murky orange with a nice white head.

S: Lots of citrus, caramel, and doughy malt in the nose.

T: Pleasantly assertive bitterness, orange and papaya, a bit of earthy tobacco, plenty of toffee and bready notes from the malt.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is a pretty good DIPA.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A couple 4 oz. pours into a taster glass.

4.0 A: Clear medium orange. About half a finger of creamy, white head. Retention is average with just a touch of lacing.

4.0 S: Mix of citrusy, spicy, and piney hops. Grapefruit, lots of pineapple, some mango, and orange. Malts offer a fairly strong caramel aroma with biscuity malts overall. Nice.

4.0 T: Same fruitiness as listed in the nose, though surprisingly a lot more intense. Malts offer a good bit of caramel and a strong biscuity vibe. Good taste, but too biscuity for me. Light sugary flavor. Moderate bitterness.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation, especially for a growler. A bit chewy and could be creamier.

3.5 D: Good beer despite being overly biscuity.

Photo of punkska20
4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On a scale of 0 to 1, I'd definitely give it a 1.

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.