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Snake Handler Double IPA - Good People Brewing Company

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Snake Handler Double IPASnake Handler Double IPA

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Ratings: 304
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 132
Gots: 44 | 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 PhxHorn
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one, direct from Alabama, pours a cloudy light orange color with 1.5 inches of thick head. The foam lasted a long time and left a light lacing on the glass. Smells lightly of citrus, and tastes of bitter grapefruit, a touch of sweet pineapple, with a bitter aspirin aftertaste. One of the best DIPA's I've had in quite awhile, a great beer.

PhxHorn, May 09, 2012
Photo of bnole
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

bnole, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of mtrog313
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

mtrog313, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of freethehopspc
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

freethehopspc, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3/5  rDev -29.7%

coreyfmcdonald, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev -6.3%

sliverX, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Huhzubendah, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -22%
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.

Thorpe429, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

yourefragile, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Crimsontider22
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Crimsontider22, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Zachb4au
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Zachb4au, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of TheBeard89
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

TheBeard89, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of indiapaleale
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - an absolutely stunning head of thick, off-white foam sits atop this orange-yellow brew. It looks as though I could float a quarter on top of this. Just a great looking pour and it looks so innocent. But this snake is about to strike.

Aroma - dried pineapple, raw sugar, slight alcohol notes, mango and other tropical fruits. Aromatic with a lot of sweet fruits and also some of that piney resiny notes that accompany these big, sticky, double IPAs.

Taste - one sip and it hits your palate (and your brains) that this has some strength and this snake can bite. Big tropical fruit flavors up front such as mango and passionfruit along with grapefruit and pineapple. It sits heavy on the tongue and warms the throat going down. Plenty of hop bitterness lingers and you're definitely feeling those 103 IBUs as your tongue slowly dries out and your palate waves the white flag (which you'll ignore like you always do).

Overall - what's not to love? A big, strong, hopped-up beer that's befitting of its name and the can it's delivered in. You're not going to drink one of these by mistake. If you're looking for a stomach-warming, tongue numbing beer that satsifies your jonesing for hops than look no further. Also, if you're a lover of canned craft beer and aren't yet a collector of cans then this one might be a good start to a collection as its going to be really tough to recycle one of these and just keep it around.

indiapaleale, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of Treebs
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a Founders snifter. Huge thanks to Holland (Eric) for hitting this obscure want!

A: Pours a solid amber color with a little chilled haze to the body. A mild yellow head roughly one finger in height forms on the pour and dissipates to a thin collar.

S: Smells of resin, mild pine and sweet vine fruits fill the glass. There is a subtle honey sweetness in there as well with light flowery notes. A sweet doughy malt smell is present as well.

T: The flavor resides on the maltier side of things with a bready and honey flavor, but the hops really pop up mid palate with a resin and bitter pine flavor. There is a slight alcohol twinge, but it is short lived. The finish is again sweet with a floral quality.

M: Medium bodied with a semi-sticky mouthfeel. The carbonation is medium, but bordering on the lower end of that.

O: This was a very balanced and overall delicious DIPA. I feel like the nose was a little better and more complex than the taste, but it didn't stray to far from that. My first beer from this brewery and I'm excited to try more. Bring on the Fatso!

Treebs, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

barleywinefiend, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

drabmuh, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of HopJack
4/5  rDev -6.3%

HopJack, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of nhudson
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

nhudson, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of bcal16
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

bcal16, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can, sent to Portland via my buddy bluepred (who, I believe, got it from unclejedi - great teamwork!). Cracked and glugged on a rainy/snowy day, the last vestiges of winter before (we hope) spring arrives. Poured to a pint glass.

A: Caramel orange-brown with the finest haziness, a little reddish glow at its core, warm and inviting. Carbonation is adequate, not overly abundant. Head is phenomenal, almost 2 fingers of dense ivory, rocky and pitted, very sturdy. Lacing is equally amazing, clinging in foamy clumps and dripping film - the similarity between and the melting snow outside is noteworthy.

S: Evergreen/pine whiffs and an enticing spice. Oranges and a hint of cloves(?)... an oddly 'holiday' aroma. Good strength but not what I'd call 'powerful'.

T: Sappy pine resin and herbal/green lupulin are strong in this one. Leafy bitters and mildly tangy citrus are offset by enough sugary caramel and toasted grain to strike a balance. Big, robust flavor profile - a bit shocking to my taste buds, to be honest. But I like it a lot - there are no punches pulled and the result is a memorable DIPA. I wish there wasn't a notable metallic twang marring the finish - that's a little disappointing.

M: Body skews just slightly to the heavy side, with some latent stickiness (but its not negatively 'cloying'). A spark of biting bitterness, then mellower/creamier feel. Long-lasting finish with a 'cheery' alcohol warmth - and that hint of metal.

O: An enjoyable DIPA, one that ranks among the better I've recently tried. Drinks far too easily for a +9% beer, balance is excellent, flavor is spot-on. I'd like to get more of this - thanks Mark & Jim!!!

msubulldog25, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of QueenOfLibations
5/5  rDev +17.1%

QueenOfLibations, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of immobilisme
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

immobilisme, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Holland
4.43/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Holland, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Andlemc
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Andlemc, Feb 17, 2012
Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 304 ratings.