Snake Handler Double IPA - Good People Brewing Company

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 423
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 195
Gots: 89 | FT: 7
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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: 423
Photo of CIBoy10
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - pint draft at Loosa Brews in Tuscaloosa. Pours a nice dark gold. Big fluffy head that goes down to a nice creamy thin retainment. Great lacing.

Smell - Solid IPA fare, citrus and pine. Nothing special.

Taste - nice bitter hops - heavy bitter citrus. Honestly not as hoppy as I'd like. Solidly balanced though.

Feel - silky smooth. Definitely the strong point here. Might be the most dangerous beer I've ever had. The 10% goes down like 5%.

Overall - Noteworthy for the incredible smoothness for its ABV. A solid DIPA. (529 characters)

Photo of NUtwist
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy with a clean finish. The hop is very present but not overpowering with mid taste charisma. One of my favorite local beers. Found mostly on tap. It is hard to have a glass of this then drop back to an ale. (214 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a snifter

Clear russet, great lacings

Great fresh hop tropical aroma

Hops on the side and back of the tongue

Lingering bitter aftertaste

Nice start to my introduction to Good people (207 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours an awesome copper color with a very small head. Super piney smell (awesome). Sweet, piney and bitter all at once in the taste department. It has a kick but it is pleasant. Bitter at the end but has some fruit or pine to go along with it. A great DIPA that I could drink all day long. Wonderful beer that I wish I could get my hands on more often. Drink it if you get the chance!

Wife's Review: "Too bitter for me." (421 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | 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 (572 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,384 characters)

Photo of Drei
4.8/5  rDev +14.6%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (320 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (387 characters)

Photo of zookerman182
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (317 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
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! (287 characters)

Photo of surfcaster
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
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.. (506 characters)

Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (278 characters)

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)

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