Snake Handler Double IPA - Good People Brewing Company

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Ratings: 418
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 10.98%
Wants: 195
Gots: 88 | 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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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 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 BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Showing the ability to take their craft serious but without taking themselves so seriously, Good People brewers bring a lightness to the religious culture of the bible belt with clever marketing and a light-hearted attitude.

Snake Handler his a rich imperial IPA that tantalizes the tongue with initial caramel, toffee and pound cake bready sweetness. Strong hop aromas float just above with honey-dipped pink grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and a grassy, piney, peppery tone.

Its strongly malted body is slow to release as a near-balanced sense between sweetness and hop character tramples side by side across the middle palate. Slowly drifting sweetness eventually allows the citrusy hops to pull ahead, doing so with an herbaceous and grassy flavor. Complex fruit and spice tones emerge with apricot and nectarine first, then rye and solvent later.

Barley-soaked sweetness continue to fade slowly into finish, just as the hops morph into sharp pine resins, fresh-cut grass and a peppery-bitter culmination. Retaining its fruity edge, the creamy beer is spicy-dry to close even though a malty-dry texture remains.

The beer's overall dense hop character is also evident with a deep hazy gold appearance and its ecru-stained whipped foam appearance. Its a highly formidable hoppy beast with more heft than standard IPA but not as verbose as so-called "triple" ale of the style.

Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured out as a nice looking orange color with a white head on top. The lacing is pretty sticky with a thin retention over the beer. The smell of the beer is has a sweet citrusy aroma, really nice balance of malt and hops on the nose. The taste of the beer has a big citrus pop upfront that fades into a pine-like bitterness. The malts give off a subtle sweetness. The mouthfeel of the beer is oily, medium bodied with a decent carbonation. Overall this is a pretty damn good brew, found it to be really enjoyable from start to finish.

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 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 drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this beer is #42 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com, also #2 on the "Top Beers - South" list. Served in a Good People pint glass, if you could you would too. Beer is orangish / clear with a huge off white head, moderate retention, moderate carbonation. Lots of lacing, looks like a good IPA.

Aroma is piny, sweet, a little resiny, and mild fruits, Smell fine, this one is going to be a little on the malty side I can tell.

It hides the alcohol well. Medium in body, very bitter finish, hops, very nice, it is a little sweet / malty, nice but not excellent. I could definitely drink a few of these and I'd be relatively happy if this were my local DIPA but there are definitely better IPAs out there. I might have this again.

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 yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can served in a tulip. Thanks to drabmuh for hooking this up.

Pours a chilled dark copper with a massive frothy cream head. Excellent retention and thick clumps of lace. Malt dominant nose, caramel and toasted with a sweet citrus hop balance and mild citrus pulp. Flavor follows the nose with a strong caramel malt body, chewy and sweet with a potent wallop of hop bitterness, more resiny and pulpy than the nose. A little too much booze is present in the finish but otherwise this is very nice for a large, malt forward DIPA. If this were a local DIPA I'd be very happy, but overall not worth seeking out.

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 Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber with a somewhat short, but decent head. Given that this is a growler, that certainly seems acceptable. Very malty for a DIPA, but quite a nice hop profile to go right along with it. Lots of pine and some bitter citrus, with a zing of sweetness at the end from all of the malt. Actually somewhat balanced with all the big malt and big hops together. Personally, I'd prefer a little less sweetness, but that being said, I enjoyed this.

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 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 Axnjxn
4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Bama beer. Thanks CliffBrake.
12oz can into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark orange with a huge light tan head. Amazing retention and lacing.

S - Oranges mostly, some mango and pine as well.

T - Pine, herbal, oranges, grass.

D - Slightly bitter, great carbonation.

O - Bama! A solid IPA. Glad I got to try it.

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 rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy orange hue with a good one finger head that fades to leave light lacing and a nice thin blanket. Quite pleasant.

S - Aromas of nice tropical fruit, pineapples and the like with great orange/tangerine peel as well. Some faint malt and some very, very faint spicy alcohol. Real good.

T - Taste is pretty good. Not nearly as much tropical notes as in the nose, which is unfortunate, nice light pine and nice tangerine notes. Lots of resin here, like gnawing on an orange peel. Solid bitter finish, again the alcohol is hidden nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is really solid. Once more, the alcohol is hidden well and its nice and clean.

O - This came from Alabama? Could have fooled me. Very well done. Quite drinkable and enjoyable.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazy copper-amber with an average head - rather appealing. Aroma is strongly hoppy and has a good evergreen component, promising a worthy IPA. Flavor matches the aroma, being richly hoppy, slightly evergreen and just a little bit fruity. Texture is lively and fizzy. Recommended to all IPA fans.

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 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 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 woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-gallon milk jug (I guess it qualifies as a growler for serving type, as it was filled from a keg at a package store - damn Alabama liquor laws; even after the hops have been freed, things are still far from right - but I digress) into a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Clear, brilliant copper/mahogany body with a 3/4", creamy, light tan head; solid retention and tons of tight-knit lacing. Beautiful, rich-looking beer - by far the best I've ever seen come out of a plastic milk jug!

S: Pungent aroma of piney hops, caramel malt, and...Belgian yeast? Really? In a DIPA? There's definitely a deep fruity, nutty spiciness on the tail end. Unexpected and delightful; I can't wait to dive in.

T: Follows the same progression of flavors as the nose, with a hearty slap of pine right away, followed by a thick, rich dose of toasted & caramelized malts, and then an intensely complex wave of spicy yeast. All of this is rounded out with a supremely bitter hop finish - too bitter, in fact, to the point of being somewhat acrid; this is the only flaw I can find, though.

M: Medium body with very light carbonation.

D: The acrid edge on the finish recedes halfway through the second glass, making it easy to drink the third, and the fourth, and the...

Notes: One of the most complex and engaging DIPAs I've encountered, this is not a beer to miss. Good People make great beer.

Cheers!

Photo of Holland
4.42/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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 Florida9
4.07/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Mildly cloudy light copper in color. Forms a very large, fluffy, tannish, yellowish colored head. Great retention and excellent lacing.

S: Aroma is a strong blend of malts and hops. The hops are fairly pungent. Pine, grapefruit, and a strong dose of fusel spice.

T: Taste is strong and not at all nuanced. There is a pretty good malt backbone. Some caramel malt. Then there is a lot of hops. Orange, grapefruit, herbal spice. But the hops are overextracted and there is a borderline soapiness. Finishes with a tannic astringency that leaves the beer with a bit of a dirty quality.

M: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Strong, astringent bitterness. Slight soapy quality.

O: I have mixed feelings about this beer. I enjoy it for it's in-your-face hoppiness and alcohol levels, but at the same time, there is no nuance to this beer. It's just full of malt, hops, and bitterness, with little restraint.

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.