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Snake Handler Double IPA - Good People Brewing Company

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Reviews: 91
Hads: 429
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 196
Gots: 96 | FT: 7
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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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Reviews: 91 | Hads: 429
Photo of wndsrfr
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

@ the GP tap room is the best place to enjoy this libation. Fresh, scented and full of flavor.

This is a high gravity offering that has become my favorite.

The color is is inviting with a rich head.

Taste is strong with a delicious and mild bitter.

Extremely smooth, dangerously smooth! (292 characters)

Photo of sepharious
4.92/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Snake in a can...more than a joke you pull on unsuspecting friends, this beer is a hoppy explosion of malt that now can be taken to the home fridge in a convenient package. The piney, citrus nose gives way to a rich malt backbone that would stand up well to spicy foods or an intense philosophical debate. From first pour to last sip, Snakehandler is a beer that doesn't shy away from being bold yet does not overwhelm as it snakes its way into your veins and massages your brain. Poured correctly, the thick frothy head rests comfortably atop liquid gold, a visual delight that is only eclipsed by the forthcoming tasting. Assembled in a judicious four-pack (believe me, it's for the best) it will make for a evening of fun and delight for all involved. Pick some up and see if you can handle the Snake. (804 characters)

Photo of Droopy487
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
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. (1,391 characters)

Photo of jaysnooginz
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sampled at the Magic City Brewfest in Birmingham on June 6th, 2009.

First, let me say that double IPA is my favorite style of beer. I've had many different DIPA's, and Snake Handler rates at the top of the list.

The smell is spicy and citrusy, not unlike lemon zest. The color is deep copper with 2 finger head and great lacing.

The taste is full of various hop varieties, with incredible complexity due to the insane amount of different hops used. Malty foreground gives way to impressive hop aftertaste. This is a hophead's dream beer.

Even at such a high ABV, I could session this beer all day tastewise. (611 characters)

Photo of NicKentros
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers available in the south. If you can get it, its a must drink. It is a Double IPA, so bitter beer haters beware, but it's bitterness is not unreasonable or out of control like some IPAs. But what is really fantastic about this beer is that it's the easiest drinking 9.3% ABV beer I've ever had. Honestly I wouldn't think it was much higher gravity than about a 6% if I didn't know. It's just that smooth, doesn't have an overwhelming amount of body, and isn't too heavy. Quite simply the best beer you can buy that is brewed in Alabama. (556 characters)

Photo of Drei
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A friend brought a sealed growler back to New York with her.

It poured a lovely head.

There's definite evidence of hop-bursting and dry-hopping with a good amount of hops.

The aroma is flowery with hints of grapefruit. It's one of the best Double IPAs I have ever tasted. (277 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours an awesome copper color with a very small head. Super piney smell (awesome). Sweet, piney and bitter all at once in the taste department. It has a kick but it is pleasant. Bitter at the end but has some fruit or pine to go along with it. A great DIPA that I could drink all day long. Wonderful beer that I wish I could get my hands on more often. Drink it if you get the chance!

Wife's Review: "Too bitter for me." (421 characters)

Photo of Ell
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is fantastic DIPA. Huge hop character balanced well with nice, beefy malt backbone.

Big, citrus blast followed with a great bitterness. This is not a beer to be taken lightly. It's got a ton of alcohol (10.2ish), so while it's drinkability is awesome, it's not to be trifled with.

It's also available (and fantastic) in the can. Great beer from a great brewery. (369 characters)

Photo of CaskBeerouac
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of MWilcox20
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had a lot of double IPAs from all over the country. This is my favorite hands down. Good People is bringing Alabama beer back and The Snakehandler is only proving that. Appearance, smell, and mouthfeel are all what you would expect from a premium double IPA, but the taste is what set this one apart. Outstanding flavor, not too overpowering with the hops and a nice citrus touch. Wow wow wow i love this one (415 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got this can in a trade with @RocketCityvol poured into my SN IPA Glass

A: - Beautiful golden color, 2 finger thick head and great lacing.

S: - Citrus and pine aroma up front. The fruits ling on the nose.

T - Very little bitterness. Sweet fruits like tangerine and orange maybe some green apple in there as well. There is some malt there but it doesn't get in the way of the hoppy goodness.

M - Surprisingly viscous for a DIPA but in a good way. The fruits linger but the pine and some grassiesss is there in the finish. Very little alcohol burn for a 10%.

Overall - Wow, what a great DIPA. If this was available to me I would pick it up constantly. The only way I would improve it is put it ina 16 oz can instead of the current 12 ouncer. (756 characters)

Photo of SMiles1976
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers found in my fridge. I can only get it on tap or in growlers around here usually as it sells out pretty fast when it hits the shelf. The appearance is an appealing copper color with just the right amount of foaming. The smell...again, I usually don't smell my beers. The taste bombards your senses with multiple flavors that mix very well over your taste pallet. The flavors are very in your face with just the right amount of hoppy bitterness, malt flavor, and citrus flavors. Great alcohol content as well. This is one to sit back and enjoy slowly as you would a good stout. As for DIPA's, it is in the tops. As for Good People, this is their best. (682 characters)

Photo of rushtopher
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Bright copper pour, surprisingly pleasant pine aroma. Strong hops edge and ABV, as expected. Oak and citrus undertones, probably my favorite double IPA. (152 characters)

Photo of dowen17
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,165 characters)

Photo of BenSelf
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good People recently released this beer in cans and I was eager to try it out, as I enjoyed it so much on tap. This beer pours up with a creamy head and a warm amber hue. The aroma is loaded with sweet orange, floral, and pine notes. The flavor is full of orange and lemon zest, honeysuckle, fresh grass, and maybe a little grapefruit. The mouthfeel is excellent, coating every taste bud for hours. While not especially bitter, this beer is a palette wrecker. Enjoy it while it lasts; I understand they're only canning it once a quarter! (537 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can thanks to glen @ beer study. teku glass.

pours a dark copper with a nice head. smell is MASSIVELY hoppy ... rye too. god Damn....taste is superb, wow. so hoppy but drinkable. this is terrific. medium bodied with mild carbonation

overall I'm super impressed with this. recommended! (287 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was a golden copper color with a big white head.

Smell - Orange and hops make the impression in the aroma.

Taste - The initial impression is the orange followed by spicy grassy hops, caramel, and a sweet malt backbone. The aftertaste runs slightly warming.

Mouthfeel - The thickness allows the orange and spice to linger. The taste lingers an exceptional amount of time.

Overall - This is a great DIPA. It is better than many that are rated higher. (478 characters)

Photo of ddarden
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jason was kind enough to give me an advanced sampling. Its a top quality DIPA with tons of hoppy goodness and a well-balanced malt character. The malt sweetness is spot on for a DIPA, but the hops somehow bring a citrusy-floral sweetness. Very much the equal of any DIPA I've had. A must-have at the Magic City Brewfest! (320 characters)

Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger creamy tan head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the beer billowed nicely as well. the body was a bright amber color.
s - this beer is very aromatic, i can smell the hops from 2-3 feet away after i poured it in my glass. overwhelmingly piney with some grapefruit aromas but it has a nice caramel backbone here as well.
t - big piney and resiny hops with some peppery spice in there.
m - thick and coating yet slightly bubbly from the carbonation. really nice.
o - this beer was canned 2 days ago so it was fresh as fresh can be. terrific beer and snakehandler is dialed in right now. for a while i thought i was drinking a dreadnaught. (688 characters)

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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 (280 characters)

Photo of mklinger
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at Wilhagen's in Tuscaloosa. Poured into a shaker pint. Nice bright golden color. Very clear for a heavily dry hopped beer with a nice thick white head that left great lacing behind.

I thought the aroma was very hop balanced for a double IPA. That is, it wasn't a grapefruit bomb or a dankness dominated beer. Lots of great hop aroma, but balanced and complex. I don't know what they dry hop with but I'm guessing it's a blend of several hop varieties. Nice subtle, malt sweetness to balance things out, too.

Taste was similar. Though here, I might have wished for just a smidge more assertiveness. The balance, which I liked in the aroma made the taste somewhat less perfect.

On the other hand, this was a highly, highly drinkable double IPA -- hard to believe this is a 9+% abv beer. It flows down as easily as a Two-Hearted Ale. Light in body and nicely carbonated. This is a very good beer. (915 characters)

Photo of NUtwist
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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. (214 characters)

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this (and two other draft only 'bama beers) on a friend's trip back from Alabama - thanks Jen!

A. Pours an amber tinged rust color with a fairly white head that explodes after the pour. Nice residual lacing left along the glass.

S. Floral hops with some pine resin on a sweet caramel malt background. As it warms some tropical fruit smells come out - pineapple and mango.

T. Robust floral pine upfront that develops into a thick complex sweetness with caramel malt and Belgian candi sugar (?) - lots of spiciness on the tail end.

M. Thick and luscious with a bit of bite on the swallow/ aftertaste. Delectable.

D. Superior drinkability - seriously. It's complex and interesting, but it doesn't rip your face off. I polished off most of a growler of this in a sitting. I wish this was available in Ohio. (812 characters)

Photo of nhudson
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,173 characters)

Photo of Holland
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden orange color with a decent sized off-white head and great lacing throughout.

S: melon, citrus, sweet caramel malt, and a touch of bread.

T: focused on the hops - melon, citrus, great bitterness with a touch of sweetness.

M: coats the tongue, but the carbonation alleviates that. Crisp for how much body there is. Too thick when cold - let it warm up and release more carbonation.

O: very drinkable and excellent overall. This is one of my favorite double IPAs. Can't think of a much better way to be introduced to a brewery. This is awesome. (556 characters)

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.