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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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92
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90 Reviews
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Reviews: 90
Hads: 427
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 196
Gots: 94 | 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

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Beer added by: ddarden on 05-30-2009

103 IBU
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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 427
Photo of richj1970
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just realized that I've not reviewed this one just yet, and picked up some fresh cans last week...

A: Nice golden almost copper colored with 2 finger off white head that left fair amount of lacing.

S: Sweet malts mixed with some citrus, but not as big as I would like.

T: Some sweet malts early, but big bitterness from the hops in the finish. Some grapefruit and other citrus but masked somewhat by bitterness. Alcohol fairly apparent.

M: Nice body and good carbonation. Coats the tongue but not too heavy.

O: Enjoyable brew if you are looking for a big hop punch. Feels like I've been bitten by a snake after drinking it, but in a good way. (647 characters)

Photo of MWilcox20
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had a lot of double IPAs from all over the country. This is my favorite hands down. Good People is bringing Alabama beer back and The Snakehandler is only proving that. Appearance, smell, and mouthfeel are all what you would expect from a premium double IPA, but the taste is what set this one apart. Outstanding flavor, not too overpowering with the hops and a nice citrus touch. Wow wow wow i love this one (415 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (559 characters)

Photo of dowen17
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Let me prefix this review by saying that, although I am from Alabama, I am not some bandwagon beer rater. I will fairly rate ANY and EVERY beer I taste regardless if where it is brewed.

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a semi-hazy copper color with a huge off-white head with great retention and lacing. If you see people complaining about lack of lacing or head, they either poured wrong or didnt get it fresh. This pours perfectly.

Smells like fresh apricots at first. After a few more smells I pick up grapefruit. Some alcohol. Pine notes and some musty hops but very VERY fresh.

Taste is amazing. I'm not an IPA guy. And this is my first double IPA but WOW. Perfectly balanced. Fresh grapefruit at first and then the hops begin to take over. Piney, citrus hops. Resin and pine is alll finish. Alcohol is noted, but not overbearing at all.

Perfectly carbonated. Resin really coats the mouth and leaves that pine feel and taste in the back of the throat.

This beer is great. Would definitely buy again and will. Really took for granted how readily available this is when it ships but man, this is such a great beer. Well worth the try. (1,165 characters)

Photo of bozodogbreath
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i scored this a while back in a trade with mrw1zard. A 12 oz can aggressively poured into a Samuel Smith's metric pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy, amber/copper colored with a quickly dissipating vanilla hued head.

S: A nice malt backbone wafts through the fruity/mango aroma.

T: Citrus hop flavors with a lovely malt backbone. It has a tasty orange/citrus tang to it. This is delicious!

M: Full, oily and resinous. Coats the tongue.

O: This DIPA from Good People Brewing Co. is right up there with the best of them. I highly recommend. (539 characters)

Photo of SMiles1976
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my favorite beers found in my fridge. I can only get it on tap or in growlers around here usually as it sells out pretty fast when it hits the shelf. The appearance is an appealing copper color with just the right amount of foaming. The smell...again, I usually don't smell my beers. The taste bombards your senses with multiple flavors that mix very well over your taste pallet. The flavors are very in your face with just the right amount of hoppy bitterness, malt flavor, and citrus flavors. Great alcohol content as well. This is one to sit back and enjoy slowly as you would a good stout. As for DIPA's, it is in the tops. As for Good People, this is their best. (682 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (916 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.42/5  rDev -18.4%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden color with a thin white head and decent retention. Very deep golden yellow hue on this. Looks beautiful. Smells of piney hops and bitter esters, but with a malty profile as well. Taste follows the nose as you get the astringent hops at the front but it fades into the malty backbone in the finish. Thick, chewy body. Very well balanced beer. The hop profile balance perfectly with the malty sweetness and the body is almost as thick as a stout. I love it. It's a very smooth DIPA. By far Good People's best brew. Snake Handler is up there with some of the best DIPAs in the world. (600 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of maleman
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a Tervis tumbler (only thing that was clean!).
A - poured dark, opaque amber with an off-white two-finger head that laced well.
S - pine resin, grass, pepper, some grapefruit.
T - nice bite. really floral finish with a tinge of phenol right at the last.
M - taste in the very back of my mouth. a little past medium-bodied. oily.
O - a really good DIPA. it's got the kick you expect from the genre but not so overpowering that you have to force yourself to drink it. it's even better on tap at good people's taproom. the guys that work there are aptly named!

RB (591 characters)

Photo of sommersb
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 01-03-2013
Freshness: Canned on 12-05-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. can
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: 4-pack from Great Spirits, Huntsville AL

A: The beer is a bright, hazy orange color with a cream-colored small head. Head retention isn't much but I do get a nice amount of lace.

S: Aromas are first of big and assertive citrus hops, then followed by a malty sweetness and fruity quality. I really like the smell on this beer.

T: The taste begins with some sweet caramel malts which quickly give way to a punch in the face of bold grapefruit hops. Alcohol warmth is noted.

M: Highly carbonated and full-bodied. Finishes with lots of hop bitterness with enough malts to keep them honest.

O: Overall I enjoyed this potent DIPA. It's not a style I usually like, but the balance in this one makes it a real treat. (817 characters)

Photo of nedvalton
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very good iipa. not astingently bitter very well balanced. hops are in your face but has the malt to back it up. alcohol is very well hidden and not hot for 9%. on the top of my iipa list for sure. i see it making its home in my fridge. higly recomend trying if able to find (276 characters)

Photo of Mojo
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can -> Dogfish Head Glass

This beer is not for the faint of heart. It pours up a hazy golden orange, almost the same shade as honey with a nice one finger head, good retention, and lots of residual lacing. The nose is notes of pine, citrus, oranges, malt, and biscuit. Taste is an initial citrus sweetness followed by a powerful and massive hop bitterness. Even though there is a fair amount of alcohol it is well hidden; there is a barely perceptible warming at the very end. Mouthfeel is nice with a big hoppy aftertaste. Not for the faint of heart as I stated before, but it you like massive bitterness, you will love this. (639 characters)

Photo of Ell
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is fantastic DIPA. Huge hop character balanced well with nice, beefy malt backbone.

Big, citrus blast followed with a great bitterness. This is not a beer to be taken lightly. It's got a ton of alcohol (10.2ish), so while it's drinkability is awesome, it's not to be trifled with.

It's also available (and fantastic) in the can. Great beer from a great brewery. (369 characters)

Photo of wspscott
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can in pint glass
no date

A: Hazy copper/orange color with a not quite white head that refuses to completely disappear and leaves lots of lace.
S: Caramel sweetness and piney bitterness
T: A fruity bitterness, lots of pine and citrus with a little something hidden in between. A definite shot of caramel malt with what seems to be some biscuit as well. No hint of alcohol.
M: Enough carbonation to keep from being cloying, but there is a creaminess to the mouthfeel. The load of hops linger on the tongue.
O: An excellent example of a DIPA, lots going on, but very easy to drink. Very glad I got to try this (thanks JC). Highly recommended for any hophead. (663 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (331 characters)

Photo of NicKentros
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
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. (1,161 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (1,093 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.98/5  rDev -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. (975 characters)

Photo of PhxHorn
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (879 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.36/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (613 characters)

Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.