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Snake Handler Double IPA | Good People Brewing Company

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Snake Handler Double IPASnake Handler Double IPA

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
103 IBU

Added by ddarden on 05-30-2009

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Reviews: 102 | Ratings: 488
Photo of BigRedDog
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this many times while in college, but just now sat down to review it. I have had this many times in the 4 years that I have been drinking it. Remains consistent.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a chalk white head.

Smell is dank, sticky, resinous hops. Slight orange and citrus sweetness comes through.

Taste follows through with sweet and sticky hops. The ABV is well hidden. Sticky pine and sweet orange and clementine. Bitterness is present on the back end on a big flourish that lingers slightly then subsides into a nice balance between malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich for a DIPA. Sticky mouthfeel.

Overall a great IPA and one of the IPAs that got me to like hops. The particular can that I am currently reviewing is just around 2 months old. Tastes the same as fresh. Holds up well.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | 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

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Drei
4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A friend brought a sealed growler back to New York with her.

It poured a lovely head.

There's definite evidence of hop-bursting and dry-hopping with a good amount of hops.

The aroma is flowery with hints of grapefruit. It's one of the best Double IPAs I have ever tasted.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice solid but opaque orange with a white head that just has a slight tint of yellow in the middle.

S: Peach, fresh orange, tropical fruit and papaya.

M: Fresh orange, peach, papaya, tropical fruit, taste is basically the same. Almost a bit sweet.

M: Full side of medium bodied with typical IPA carbonation levels.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mello Mushroom is Tuscaloosa. Served in a chilled goblet.

Golden color with off-white head that lingers pretty well in glass.

Smell is malts and some sweet fruit. Not as much hop character as I expected.

Taste is sweet malts. Much maltier than expected. There is some nice hop fruitiness, but definitely not as hoppy as I would have expected for a DIPA. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was good, but a bit of a disappointment given the ratings. Perhaps the hops have fallen off a good bit. Not sure how old the keg is. I will definitely try this one again to see if this was just an old serving.

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Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy gold with an off white head that leaves a good amount of lace
S-citrus, hops, pine and sweet malts
T-a citrus sweet malt at the front with a strong hop bitterness in the aftertaste that stays with you until the finish
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-great Alabama beer with a good punch. Will have to make my way to the brewery soon and try some of the other brews

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Photo of zookerman182
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden orange color with a two finger white foamy head.
Aroma is super tropical, citrus, apricot, peach, pineapple.
Flavor is pine, citrus and tropical flavors. Bitter on the tip of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is semi dry with mild carbonation and slight lingering bitterness.
My favorite local ipa or DIPA.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

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Photo of surfcaster
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Big Mike

Enjoyed fresh out of a can in a pint glass. Orange with a little haziness and creamy full head.

Up front there is a sweetness aroma in the glass that lingers all the way down.

Taste is BIG. Big body with really strong tropical fruit and some citrus-alittle pine. No alcohol burn but you know it is there. A bit over malted. Smooth.

Lingers. Slightly on the syrupy side.

Really big big DIPA. My first and enjoyed. A little dangerous given how easy to drink. Reminded me of Oracle..

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Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orangy amber in color with lots or whitish creamy head. Great lacing and persistent head. Aroma is caramel and some hoP bitterness. Taste is about the same with some orangey citrus. Medium body, high carbonation. Good brew. I'd drink this again, but not go out if my way for it.

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Photo of richj1970
4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of MWilcox20
4.67/5  rDev +12%
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

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of dowen17
4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of bozodogbreath
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of SMiles1976
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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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Photo of ehammond1
3.42/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of maleman
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
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!


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Photo of sommersb
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of nedvalton
4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
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

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.