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Snake Handler Double IPA - Good People Brewing Company

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329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 11.45%
Wants: 147
Gots: 55 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company visit their website
Alabama, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
103 IBU

(Beer added by: ddarden on 05-30-2009)
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Photo of NicKentros
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of maximum12
3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of thecheapies
3.95/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.5%

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5/5  rDev +16.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of NODAK
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Certainly has a sharp resinous hoppy aroma to it from the instant the can is opened...later, the boozy, sweet malts do show through a bit but it's predominately a resiny, hoppy smell.

Pours dark golden in my glass with a very healthy, fluffy head.

Taste isn't much of a surprise from the aroma. Starts out with the pine resin bitterness found on the nose, but the hops seem to be more of the tropical variety than anything...and while they definitely pack a punch, it isn't overwhelming. There's a pretty fair sweet, candied malt sweetness there as well in the body which tempers the bitterness and creates a pretty good balance. Decent bitterness tingles the sides of the tongue on the finish. Subsequent belches come across with the aforementioned resin.

Pretty good, and balanced, DIPA. Not going to please those who want a DIPA that rips their tongue off or that is extremely thick...it's just down the middle and comes across as extremely quaffable for its 9.3% ABV.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.