Snake Handler Double IPA - Good People Brewing Company

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Snake Handler Double IPASnake Handler Double IPA

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 195
Gots: 88 | 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: 419 | Reviews: 104
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 maximum12
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
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.

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 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 chippo33
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.

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 TrappistJohnMD
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.

Photo of AgentMunky
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color capped by a nice head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Caramel and resinous hop tones; more piney than citrusy

Taste: Caramel sweetness on the front end with a growing resinous bitterness; piney and very bitter, after the swallow, though the residual sweetness never fades; somewhat fruity, in the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A decent DIPA but like all of the Good People beers, it has a bit more sweetness than what I would prefer

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 ncfranklin
3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large snifter at Mason's in Huntsville Al.

A : A very dark caramel color with a huge creamy head. Very robust in appearance.

S: Piney hop is heavy, with only a slight level of sweet malt in the nose.

T : Far more balanced than the smell would indicate. The hops are prevalent, but not overpowering. A middle sweetness leads to a small tingly finish. Only a trace of alcohol is just a minor warming.

M : Thick and heavy. Seems very carbonated, but the body keeps it from being fizzy in the mouth.

D : A delight to drink, but the ABV will shy me away from too many.

Photo of Vukusich
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tons of malt. Minimal hop presence. Tastes like a faded MARS. Probably better fresh.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to the ever generous drabmuh for the gift.

The beer is pretty hazy and appears sunburst orange colored with a gargantuan crafted white head. Excellent head retention with ample lacing plastering the walls of the pint glass.

The aroma is a combo of sweet, fruity malts and resiny pine, with a slight leaning toward pine.

Good flavor. Balanced for sure. This is not a west coast hop bomb, but rather, a well crafted and balanced beer. Alcohol presence is well masked. The finish brings a touch of bitterness that is mitigated by caramel malts and a mild fruit character.

The feel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Not particularly aggressive in either the hop or malt domain, but again, a balance of the two. A blue collar DIPA.

Overall, a solid offering. While not among the greats of a highly competitive style, this is an enjoyable and drinkable brew.

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 ztaylor1
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is my first dipa review, so bear with me...

a- good looking beer, poured a hazy amber with a nice creamy one finger head. very impressive.

s- lots of piney goodness, and a bit of an orange/citrus aroma. very sweet smelling.

t- the sweet, caramel malt balances the powerful pine flavors. the alcohol is very dominant, but not overbearing.

m- much smoother than i expected. the carbonation is just enough to delight.

d- the alcohol is the only reason i had one. but a very good offering from a very rad brewery.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Many thanks to richj1970 for sending some cans of this stuff!

A - Pours a clear, copper/amber color with a nice white frothy head and a moderate, lively amount of carbonation.

S - Sweet caramel malt, citrus, and some spicy pine.

T - Fusel alcohol, caramel malt, some herbal spice, and a serious dose of pine citrus bitterness. Balanced up front with a serious hop punch in the face at the end which gives way to a long lingering piney bitterness.

M - Medium body with gentle carbonation.

O - .Packs a serious lingering bitter punch with a boozy presence.

Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can - best guess is canned 12/23/2014 from labeling:
This beer pours a lovely, orange-tinged yellow-golden. It's hazy at least, cloudy is a stretch. The head is quite lovely, sitting atop the beer with only a mildly aggressive pour for quite a while. Lacing is strong.

Nose is a bit disappointing compared to the visual aspects. It's sort of ambiguous, the obvious one note coming out is onion, which is (spoiler alert) not indicative of the beer. I get a light citrus note also, but overall, the nose is close to a fail for me. (Note: GF indicated a very light citrus note, but not much else, including onion. We both agree her nose is mildly defective, though ;).

Taste is a tad on the malty side, caramel to citrus candy sweet, but muted compared to other beers with a similar profile. Perhaps it's how the bittering nature counters quickly. The feel is carbonated up front, but still a tad thick. I do get onion in the taste, but the grapefruit rind I get a bit more. The final feel, however, ends up a tad oily, not nearly as dry as I'd like.

I am glad I got to try this beer. I think this is a solid DIPA, but a tad overrated as of this review. It's slightly woody/grassy drying, despite its lack of the equivalent obvious taste profile.

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

A: Pours a coppery orange color with a small white head that retains fairly, but doesn't lay down much lacing.

S: Not really intense, but noticeable spicy, herbal, and citrus hop presence. The aroma is rather unique for a DIPA, they definitely focused on the spicy and herbal aromas rather than citrus, which is interesting.

T&M: Rather well balanced with spicy and citric hop flavor. There's a cracker, bread-like malt base that keeps things in relative balance. Body is medium to heavy, on par for style.

D: For a DIPA, this is actually quite drinkable. The hops aren't overpowering, but they're strong enough to make the flavor quite enjoyable. It's well crafted and really a joy to drink. Nice job, GPBC.

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 grub
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

64oz growler.

pours crystal clear amber with a nice cap of fine white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is good. pine and grapefruit. biscuit. caramel. whole wheat bread and cracker. light alcohol. hops are a bit powdery.

taste is good. powdery grapefruit and pine, slightly resiny. medium bitterness level. biscuit. whole wheat bread and cracker. caramel. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. great balance. not all that complex, but a good dipa.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep orangish color with good carbonation and a huge dirty white cap and great lacing

S: Grapefruit, caramel malt and light booze

T: Big body and boozey with a malt forward presence, hops present grapefruit, grass and orange peel with a light dash of pineapple. Finishes w/ a medium bitterness and booziness

M: Medium to big body on this, loads of flavor, malty

O: A cut above average and pretty darn tasty overall.

Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can't quite decipher the dating code, so I'll skip that part. From can to tulip. It's still ice cold from the fridge, so I'll have to stretch the tasting out a bit.

Fit about three-quarters of the can into the tulip on a careful, but sharply-angled, pour. Bountiful haze in a tangerine brew. The head is still sitting at three-fingers height after deliberation time. Not sure what to do at this point; the retention is unreal. Everything touching the inner glass wall sticks like a boss.

Mild hoppy aroma. Soapy, floral, and herbal. Sparing citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. Faintly tropical.

Herbal and citrus hops infused with flower petals. Orange blossom, cilantro, cucumber, and edible flowers. Grapefruit and pine in the hop profile, too. Sizable maltiness with some honey breads and light caramel. Slanted just on the sweet side. Leafy bitterness.

Drinks a little boozy. Strong point is the carb. The body is a little weak and exposes the strength, and then some.

Enjoyable brew. Wouldn't have another in the same setting, and would only pick up another down-the-line for fun.

Photo of Pete27lax
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 2/16/12. Thanks to Kirkpjr for sending me this one!

Pours from the can a hazy amber color. Not too much head on this one, not great retention. Decent lacing around the glass as well.

Smell is pretty good, not particularly strong. The strongest smell im getting is citrus hops. Grapefruit is a noticeable scent. Caramel malts are also slightly noted.

Taste is very good. Blast of hop bitterness up front, strong citrus and floral hops are noticed. Alcohol is also present but is expected due to the ABV. Alcohol isnt overwhelming though and is less noticeable after a few sips. Malt sweetness is also very nice.

Mouthfeel was awesome! Not intensely thick but a nice slickness to it. Coats the mouth nicely and has just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall this was a really good iipa in my opinion. Great taste and backed up by an awesome mouthfeel. Only downside would be the light smell but very enjoyable overall.

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.