Snake Hollow IPA | Potosi Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by KeefD on 12-22-2008

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Photo of KeefD
4.77/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewery. The brewmaster, Steve, told me he thought this beer weighed in at 6.2% ABV and that the tap lines came directly from the bright tank. Poured a hazy dark orange color with a small off-white head that left some nice rings of lacing at went down. Very nice hoppy aroma, plenty of citrus notes going on including orange and grapefruit, maybe hints of pineapple and a balanced malty sweetness. Flavor is excellent. This beer has all the great hop flavors you'd expect from a top notch IPA without any of the bitterness. Juicy hops, plenty of orange and grapefruit with a solid pale malt backbone. medium bodied, crisp, ultra refreshing. I was very impressed by this beer. So tasty, incredibly drinkable, bitterness is low while keeping lots of hop flavor. Excellent IPA. Well done, Potosi.

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Photo of fear025
4.54/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the GLBF 2010.

Aroma:Subdued hoppy aroma.

Appearance:Cloudy and honey colored. Very nice head with good retention.

Taste:On first sip, I get tons of citrus. Grapefruit, orange, lemon all mixed together, very tasty. Sweet base. This tastes really fresh.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, a little hop astringency.

Drinkability:This is an amazing IPA, tons of complex flavors, very pleasant.

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Photo of kgkraus
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

This beer provides a very thick, rich, yellow/tan collored head when poured. Citrus/piney notes to the aroma. This beer has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Not dry or crisp at all. The flavor lingers in the mouth for a while. The taste is low on hops for an IPA. It would be a good transition beer for people who haven't aquired a taste for a full blown IPA. As far as drinkability goes, I don't think I'd want more than 2 at any one time.

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Photo of mjryan
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yeah, wow. IPA. Hops! Fresh and wonderfull. Great beer. Floral aroma. Lots of Pacific Northwest hop character. Orange zest and wild flower. Delicious. Not sweet, and not terribly bitter if you are used to hoppy beers. very good. I'm guessing this is very fresh as I've had and enjoyed this beer in the past, but this is in another realm. Goes to show that freshness is key when it comes to hoppy beers and reviewing obviously old ones is futile and stupid.

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Photo of karst
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An tap at Potosi Brewing Company/ National Beer Museum. Served as part of a 5 glass sampler/pint and in bottles and growlers. Amazingly we did all of the above, which I think speaks well for this IPA.

Although flavorful it borders on an APA in regards to its malt hop bitterness balance. Its hop flavor, body and carbonation are ideal for this style. An excellent brew overall pairing well with most food orders. Brewmaster is a former Bell's brewer and the brewing equipment is new and well maintained as evidenced by a brief tour and a pig-tail sample of the oatmeal stout that is about to go on tap in a few days.

Anyone turning out this quality of beer should be able to formulate and brew most of the styles they offer.

Saw several growler of this leave while we had their Sunday food bar. We had decided against traveling 700 miles with a growler but discovered a growler came free with the purchase of a shirt at the gift shop.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my few beers I brought back with me from Wisconsin. I had one along the way and it went down nicely. I wasn't really in the mood for beer tonight but that seems like a good, objective time to do some tasting.

It doesn't taste as good as it did late Monday night in Chicago (when I was in the mood) but it's good. nice floral, hoppy taste without a great aroma. The aftertaste is first rate.

The label says all profits go to charity! Go figure.

This is a real IPA/AIPA. Before my trip into the Wisconsin countryside this past week, I thought that most of their micro-brews tasted too much like macros. That may still be a problem, but I found plenty of 100+ year old micro breweries like this that are making great stuff. THey just don't make it to Ohio. Cool.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Visited the brewery and had the beer both on tap and in bottle. This rating is for the bottle although the on-tap version is near identical.

A: very nice light brown color
S: nice malty nose with definite hop presence but not overpowering, leaning more towards malt
T: very nice and enjoyable, impressive for a small brewery that's not even a year old, style is reminiscent of an English IPA with more of a malt backbone and not all the in-your-face piney, grapefruit, hops of an American IPA, a nice change of pace and well-made
M: great mouthfeel, well-balanced
D: very drinkable and smooth

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Transferred over from my tasting notebook.

Really amazing craggy four finger head that stayed up like a meringue on this one, very pretty lacing, clouded orange-amber in color, I couldn't say for certain what texture the brew itself was because the head kept getting mixed in with every sip and making it all creamy. Not like that's a bad problem to have, I suppose. :) Almost too carbonated, the foam just kept regenerating right up until I finished the pint off, although the rise of it did slow down some after five minutes. This foaming action kept throwing heavy doses of the nose into my face throughout the session. Produces a lovely aroma of pineapple, tangerine, pine needles, orange peel, lemon peel. Taste starts out sweet but quickly flashes from sweet caramel coated pineapple chunks to the bitterness of juicy grapefruit pith and changes back to pine resin for a the lingering finish.

A top 20% finisher American IPA by my standards.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Graze after the never-fail-we've-just-run-out-of what-you-ordered that seems to follow me without care or concern for my well being.

I've had Snake Hollow numerous times and have even had remnants of six packs lie dormant in a fridge only to be rediscovered on beerilogical digs. That stressed, I've never been particularly fond of this beer nor have I felt compelled to review it. That changed last night.

Served in a pint at Graze, this incantation of Snake Hollow explodes with a ripe juicy orange on the nose and an understated yet welcomed prop of light and doughy caramel.

While admittedly disappointed that my first beer of choice was unavailable, and feeling a bit like a little bitch for feeling at all disappointed on a night out with the wife on a beautiful evening, Snake Hollow took me by surprise early a didn't let up. Lots of juicy pink grapefruit through, which is fat pitch in my discerning zone. Malt props and supports but doesn't mangle what the fresh hops seem bent on delivering. The finish is nice and pine driven with a lingering bitterness that slowly fades back to grapefruit and leaves me desirous of another sip.

I frequently lament on the fact that while Madison gets a very solid selection of beer, many of the frequently available IPA's are least in what I seek out in a hoppy beer. And while I've had relatively ho-hum experiences with this beer, this version, on this night, was exactly what this guy needed. A very surprising and welcomed glass of beer.

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Photo of pweis909
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Well carbonated with a big white head that recedes quickly to a thin, persistent head. Golden-orange in colore, with a chill haze.

Smell. Citrusy aroma with some Fruity Pebbles tossed in there. The fruitiness gives way to citrus, which is more persistent.

Taste. Sweetish first impression gives way hop bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable in the dry finish.

Mouth feel is ever so slightly slick initialy, prickly in the middle, and slightly astringent in the finish.

I was really impressed with the initial smell and hop flavor I got from this beer, almost scored it a 5 on that count. The alcohol (both my ability to taste it and ABV) detracts a little from my enjoyment of this beer, as I prefer something more in the 5-6% range.

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Photo of blackie
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

unknown IPAs from the dirtman

a: nice bone white head set on the lightly hazy, deep amber beer, retention is decent

s: nice tropical hop nose - not ridiculous but certainly well into ipa territory, malt influence is mild - just a little pale and caramel, somewhat tealike

m: medium carbonation, light-medium body, bit of a watery feel

t: tropical and citrus hops on a bare-bones structure of pale and caramel malt, an elusive skunky aroma in the back, sweetness level is low, allowing the grapefruit pith bitterness to really dry out the finish, totally digging this - probably my favorite part of the beer

d: easy - while the uncomplicated malt body may have kept scores down in other areas where a touch of complexity could easily pull in some 4.5s, this along with the crisp hopping make for high drinkability

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Photo of dirtylou
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, $5ish at Star

appearance: served in tyranena pint, clean clear copper body, thin bubbly beige head with light retention

smell: fresh citrus hops, tangerine, lemon zest, lots of citrus

taste: nice IPA from a brewery i wouldnt normally have purchased...refined citrus hopping, moderate bitterness, oily citrus hops, light evergreen

mouthfeel: slick and oily, prickly hops

drinkability: good

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Photo of Florida9
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint with only a minimal white head. Slightly hazy amber in color. Light lacing. Aroma is a blend of toasty malts, pine, pine resin, and a mild skunkiness . Flavor is much better: a blend of clean, grainy malts, toast, and pine with some lighter citrus notes. Strong dry bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied, with good carbonation. Borderline astringency. This is an IPA that pushes the line with bitterness, but still seems able to deliver.

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Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear golden orange with three fingers of creamy, bubbly white foam.

Smell: Sweet honey, light floral and citrus hops, and some biscuity malt. Pleasant but fairly muted.

Taste: Mild pine, honey, floral hops, and light orange peel with bready and caramel malts. Very sweet, almost like candy corn, with a nice hop bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, crisp, lively, refreshing, and smooth.

Overall, this is a solid little IPA from the good folks at Potosi Brewing. I found this a really simple but well-balanced IPA with a pleasant sweetness and amazing drinkability, especially considering it's 7% ABV.

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer is slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a fluffy white head. The aroma is amazing, highly hoppy, very citrusy and piny, it smells just like a freshly opened package of hops, one of the most intense, fresh hop aromas I've experienced, no joke. The flavor is highly hoppy with high bitterness and just a hint of malt sweetness background. The carbonation and body are medium. Overall this a well made beer with an amazing nose and good flavor. My only knock is the hop flavor, bitterness and dry finish all combine to keep the drinkability down a bit on this beer.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #49 (Feb 2011):

Pale amber, clear with a sizable head. This one is dry hopped to the hilt, with big aromatics of citrus, peppercorn, pine and fruit. Smoothness is not shy and wraps tightly around the tongue. Hop flavor has a soft oily character that unleashes sugges- tions of pine, grapefruit, wild herbs and mild tobacco. Malt rings in with ample sweetness and a firm biscuity flavor within to build a great foundation. Spicy warm alcohol is a bit fruity. There's balance over the boisterous bitterness, yet the hops are still showcased. A good drink that we'd love to come back to.

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Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice amber/orange with a touch of haze, a thick off white head with nice lacing.

The smell was dominated by juniper and grapefruit.

A decently balanced IPA, very green hops with a big bit of pine and a touch of grapefruity citrus with just a bit of bready malts making it through the hops.

The mouthfeel was a touch thick and oily with a bit of a dry finish.

Easy drinking and solid IPA, I liked this the best out of the 3 Potosi Beer's I had.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Serve at less than 45 degrees F, no date.

A - Poured a clear inactive golden amber with a massive off-white, bone-colored head. Decent retention with tons of rich, thick lace coating the glass.

S - Lightly hoppy aroma but fresh and crisp that's inviting. A mix between floral and herbal in the aroma. Light malt backing with a caramel drizzle. A solid IPA aroma.

T - A decent level of caramel malts balance well behind the bouquet of hops. Floral hints resemble pedals while the little bit of resin leans towards a pinch of citrus and pine.

M - Good malt and hop balance with a medium body and light dry finish with a low level of bitterness for an IPA.

D - Solid drinkability with good balance between the caramel backing malts and hoppy bitterness. A solid sessioning IPA.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a couple of bottles of this while assembling a “make your own” 6 pack.

12 oz brown longneck poured into a shaker, the beer is a chill hazed copper with a decent & clingy beige head.

I thought the beer had a decent amount of pine and citrus in the nose all backed with some cracker like malts.

The taste is pleasantly bitter with some resin and citrus notes. There are caramel malts for balance and just a hint of fresh apple. This seems to be to a solid take on an American IPA. While it is not super bitter, it is balanced for the style with a nice hop bite.

Mouth is decent and a bit coating. It has mid-range carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of adman08
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light sttraw amber color with slight head.
S-Aromas of citrus and sweet malt. I notice a hint of straw aroma as well.
T-Herbal and citrus hop flavor with very good malt to balance the bitterness.
M-Decent malt body. Good carbonation.
Overall, this is a very good IPA. Great balance of hop flavor and bitterness with malt backbone. For someone looking for a good representation of the style this is a solid beer.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear, golden orange color with one finger of off white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Peaches and mangoes, a little understated but still inviting.

T: Leads with mellow, dry biscuit, followed slowly by a growing pine bitterness. Pine lingers on the long finish. Very mellow, and yet plenty tasty.

M: Light and refreshing, very soda-like and a bit astringent.

O: A calm and thoughtful IPA. Not my top pick for an IPA, but plenty good enough (and also individual enough) that I would surely buy it again. Well done, Potosi.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown 12 oz. bottle and poured aggressively into a Delirium Tremens tulip.

Pours an orange amber with a one-finger, bone white head with decent retention and excellent lacing. Aromatics of fresh citrus hops and juicy pineapple.

Creamy mouthfeel with a sweet caramel malt opening and hint of rosewater. Bittering hops announce the middle with suggestions of pine, grapefruit and floral notes. Great balance between malt sweetness and bitter citrus hops. Mild carbonation continues throughout session. Finishes bitter.

Crisp, clean and refreshing. Nice interpretation of the style. All profits to charity? Give it a 5 for altruism.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer! Got the bottle last week at the brewpub in Potosi. Poured with friends into sample glasses. Had a nice head and good lace. Color is a hazy medium amber. Aroma is slightly perfumey, hoppy, malty, and fresh. flavor's 'bout the same. Perfume is real evident up front. Body is good and so's the carbonation. Decent finish. Could be a session beer.

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color capped by a fingers worth of foam; some shards of lacing are left behind

Smell: Very earthy aromatics; slightly fruity and slightly vegetal

Taste: A hint of the biscuit, up front, and then a bit of stone fruit but by mid-palate, the earthy/tobacco bitterness arrives only to be followed by an herbal/piney character after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: What an intriguing beer - builds up like an English IPA and, all of the sudden, pulls a switcheroo with an American hop profile; really enjoyed this one

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Photo of emerge077
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. single from Family Liquor in East Dubuque, IL.
"All profits to charity" on the label, that's pretty damn cool.

Golden orange body, slim cap of foam, only a tiny amount of spotty lace. The foam fades to a wispy skim, with a crescent shaped break along the edge. Nice color, faint visible carbonation.

Toasted malt and grassy hops in the nose. Somewhat mild but pleasant. Earthy, slight citrus rind, and mildly catty.

Moderate bitterness, slightly buttery feel, clear notes of pine and more toasted malts in the middle. Lingering hop bitterness in the finish. Easygoing, a decent IPA. Probably the best from Potosi that i've tried.

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