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Snake Handler Double IPA - Good People Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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world-class

392 Ratings
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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 180
Gots: 81 | 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: 392 | Reviews: 101
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3.29/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The booze is too much for me.

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3.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks over the airwaves to pwnzilla once again for another brand-spanking-new brewery & beer. Hope it's as good as the last surprise that came out of that box. 12 oz. can with some cool graphics & what appears to be an arcane dating code in a small box. Huh.

Pour is a mix of orange & yellow with an antsy, jumpy head on it. Make sure you use a big glass, or prepare to wait on the decanting process. Nose is classic IPA, big citrus & pine with a side of sweet malt. Nice.

Snake Handler is one balanced IIPA, & that's not usually a complement coming from me. Way too much malt means a malty breadiness, gathered together with light caramel, dominates this beer. The nice hopping so evident in the nose steps back into the shadows, with gooey pine slipping out only after the malt has had its way with me (against my will, I might add). Bitterness does come along decently at the end, but it's mixed with an aspirin, close to metallic twang that really brings me down. Almost a gulper.

If this were a little cleaner & hoppier, it would be on the fast-track to win-dom. As it is, this is just a pretty good IIPA in a market overcrowded with excellent ones.

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3.36/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to drabmuh for the can. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a clear copper color with a touch of an amber hue. Initial head is rocky and large with great retention and loads of lacing on the way down. Thin cap and collar throughout.

The nose carries some nice initial tropical notes with plenty of backing malt. Light caramel and a fairly-heavy level of breadiness. The flavor pushes through a good dose of sweetness along with some light heat. Lots of bread and malt. CItrus and other fruit notes behind that. Medium body with chewiness. Moderate booze and a semi-dry finish.

Quite a bit too malty for my tastes, though I enjoy the hop notes that are present.

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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.

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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.

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3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

1 week old. Malty, but drinkable.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.58/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mello Mushroom is Tuscaloosa. Served in a chilled goblet.

Golden color with off-white head that lingers pretty well in glass.

Smell is malts and some sweet fruit. Not as much hop character as I expected.

Taste is sweet malts. Much maltier than expected. There is some nice hop fruitiness, but definitely not as hoppy as I would have expected for a DIPA. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was good, but a bit of a disappointment given the ratings. Perhaps the hops have fallen off a good bit. Not sure how old the keg is. I will definitely try this one again to see if this was just an old serving.

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3.61/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a St Bernardus glass.

A: The clearest double IPA I've ever seen. A gorgeous red amber with a yellow tint. Very nice! No head to speak of.

S: Grapefruit cuts through the scents and is the main aroma. Some hops are noticeable as well.

T: Strangely watery; I feel it could use more carbonation (it's been in a growler for only three days, but this could have contributed). Despite this, flavours are strong. Snake Handler tastes like an IPA -- crisp hops have a muted, oily character and citrus shines through -- but has a malty bent. The aftertaste is clean and lightly bitter. It's an okay beer, I just wish it had a heavier main taste.

M: Not much here. Watery-smooth.

D: Very drinkable (alcohol is only vaguely present), but not great as far as the style goes. In the end, it is just too *thin*. I can't recommend it, but I might buy it again.

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3.67/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.