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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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285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 125
Gots: 33 | FT: 4
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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bcal16

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

03-03-2012 03:00:45 | More by bcal16
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msubulldog25

Oregon

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!!!

Serving type: can

03-01-2012 14:55:14 | More by msubulldog25
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QueenOfLibations

Alabama

5/5  rDev +17.1%

03-01-2012 00:02:25 | More by QueenOfLibations
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immobilisme

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-27-2012 01:53:16 | More by immobilisme
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Holland

Illinois

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.

Serving type: can

02-20-2012 23:28:17 | More by Holland
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Andlemc

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-17-2012 04:04:43 | More by Andlemc
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Pete27lax

New York

3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

02-16-2012 06:06:54 | More by Pete27lax
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bmohead

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-16-2012 04:02:35 | More by bmohead
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DocAJ

Alabama

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-15-2012 21:01:11 | More by DocAJ
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plumlmr

Alabama

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-15-2012 02:33:41 | More by plumlmr
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jophish17

Georgia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-10-2012 22:20:29 | More by jophish17
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Huntbuc

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

02-06-2012 05:08:31 | More by Huntbuc
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for hooking me up with this one. Cheers!

Deep orange color, slightly hazy with a one finger off-white head that leaves lots of spots of lace.

The aroma is very light, even after letting this beer warm up for a while before serving. A bit of orange rind just tickles the nose. While the hops may be a bit stealthy on the nose, they are all there on the palate. Big, dank hoppy flavor - pine, grapefruit, orange.

Juicy with a big peppery bitter finish. Medium body with good carbonation. A bit of sweetness resolves to a dry finish.

A very nice DIPA. I recommend it and would definitely have it again, given the chance.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 00:14:59 | More by CliffBrake
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BenSelf

Alabama

4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good People recently released this beer in cans and I was eager to try it out, as I enjoyed it so much on tap. This beer pours up with a creamy head and a warm amber hue. The aroma is loaded with sweet orange, floral, and pine notes. The flavor is full of orange and lemon zest, honeysuckle, fresh grass, and maybe a little grapefruit. The mouthfeel is excellent, coating every taste bud for hours. While not especially bitter, this beer is a palette wrecker. Enjoy it while it lasts; I understand they're only canning it once a quarter!

Serving type: can

02-05-2012 21:15:17 | More by BenSelf
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UAyeroc2425

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-05-2012 00:44:19 | More by UAyeroc2425
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whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-04-2012 18:48:05 | More by whartontallboy
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RKel888

Alabama

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-04-2012 05:22:11 | More by RKel888
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Riverared

Alabama

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-03-2012 23:25:50 | More by Riverared
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sepharious

Alabama

4.93/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Snake in a can...more than a joke you pull on unsuspecting friends, this beer is a hoppy explosion of malt that now can be taken to the home fridge in a convenient package. The piney, citrus nose gives way to a rich malt backbone that would stand up well to spicy foods or an intense philosophical debate. From first pour to last sip, Snakehandler is a beer that doesn't shy away from being bold yet does not overwhelm as it snakes its way into your veins and massages your brain. Poured correctly, the thick frothy head rests comfortably atop liquid gold, a visual delight that is only eclipsed by the forthcoming tasting. Assembled in a judicious four-pack (believe me, it's for the best) it will make for a evening of fun and delight for all involved. Pick some up and see if you can handle the Snake.

Serving type: can

02-03-2012 21:59:56 | More by sepharious
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JebediahScooter

Vermont

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-01-2012 14:07:22 | More by JebediahScooter
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz canned Jan 23, 2012. Super fresh. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy orange with a good light tan head that leaves pretty lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma features tons of citrus hops, particularly orange and tangerine, but also some grapefruit, apricot, floral hops, hints of grass and pine with a good caramel malt presence that plays nicely with the hops.

Flavor also features tons of orange and tangerine citrus with more grapefruit than the nose, resinous hops, a little pine, good caramel malt backbone offering a bit of sweetness to combat the good bitterness on the finish. A bit of alcohol detected, but not bad at all for over 9%.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, creamy, a bit sticky with nice carbonation.

Really impressive stuff. Very juicy DIPA, very drinkable. Quite a treat!

Serving type: can

02-01-2012 03:37:10 | More by elgiacomo
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xxcarpxx

Alabama

5/5  rDev +17.1%

01-30-2012 02:11:40 | More by xxcarpxx
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CarolinaKevin

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-29-2012 00:57:41 | More by CarolinaKevin
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Reaper16

Alabama

4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can consumed out of the can, but some was poured out in a pint glass to assess appearance and aroma.

The first run of Snakehandler cans just came out this week here in Alabama. It's a very good Double IPA that I've enjoyed on-tap on many different occasions. Will the quality translate to this canned release?

Pours golden-hued sunshine tangerine color. I mean, that sounds fancy I guess, but lots of double IPAs have that color. Nice, sudsy head here. It's a fine looking beer. Not much to say other than that this is how IIPAs are supposed to look.

Resiny, oily, pine aromas abound from the glass/can. This that sticky-icky. The aroma is more pine-focused than I remember this beer usually being. The lush stonefruit of the draught version is still here, but is taking a backseat to the stickier aromas. You can also smell a significant amount of malt sweetness.

The flavor is very balanced between the beer's three central elements: resiny hop flavor, fruity hop flavor, and sweet malt flavor. The sticky pine from the nose is still here, but the ripples of peach and nectarine flavors are in fine balance with them. The malt comes across candy-sweet with its caramel malts so it's a good thing that the pine is there to counteract what is frankly more maltiness than I prefer in my double IPAs. Not much a finish on this can, which is disappointing. This beer exists in a middle-ground between what we traditionally think of as East Coast IIPA and Midwest IIPAs.

Despite the malt flavors being strong here, the body isn't East Coast-thick. It coats the tongue with an oily slick feeling but it isn't thick (which is nice). Overall, this is a good double IPA. I've had better renditions of Snake Handler on-tap, but it is really nice for Alabama craft beer drinkers like me to have a fresh, local double IPA meet the versatility of cans.

Serving type: can

01-28-2012 21:00:50 | More by Reaper16
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-28-2012 17:04:28 | More by GehenHerzog
Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.