Snake Hollow IPA | Potosi Brewing Company

78 Reviews

Brewed by:
Potosi Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of mobius387
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass

Appearance: golden and clear

Aroma: this beer smells great. Strong grapefruit on the nose

Palate: medium body, little carbonation.

Taste: along with the pine and citrus this beer tastes very sweet. Honestly I think I taste some candy corn or some sort of candy

Overall: a very good brew and a nice ipa

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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 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 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 Mako82
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into snifter glass

A - Golden in color, slightly cloudy. Poured an off-white head that was foamy and lasted quite long.
S - First smell was of hops and citrus, with soft smell of malts.
T - Taste did not quite live up to the smell. I thought there would be a stronger hop and citrus taste. Picked up some piney flavor. Fairly bitter from start to finish
M - Little carbonation, fairy dry feel

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Photo of ErmahgerdPhD
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pretty amber/copper-ish color, more straw like and light than a lot of IPAs I have seen recently. About a 1.5-2 finger head on the top that recedes very quickly, leaving some semi-heavy lace around the glass.

S - Honestly, the first smell I got was metallic, which is NOT a good sign of things to come. However, this was fleeting and was quickly replaced by a surprising and pleasant smell. This definitely smelled fruitier than I thought it would and less piney (than I thought it'd be - pine is still the main smell other than citrus here). You can smell some lemon, orange, and maybe grapefruit in there I think, and it doesn't smell quite as hoppy as a lot of other IPAs or pale ales in general. Very pleasant smelling unless you get that metallic smell up front...very odd.

T - So this beer was quite odd...I thought the citrus smell came through more than the pine smell, which surprised me. Also, you get the hop feel without a lot of hop taste here...there is a big grassy hop taste that comes through briefly, but I feel like the citrus and malts overpower that. I actually find it interesting that it seems more grassy than piney. It does not hide the ABV very well and gives you a bit of a spicy taste to it with a very bitter finish. My biggest issue with this beer will now be stated: before you hit that hop bitterness I got a HUGE wave of a metallic taste (granted it was only slightly metallic, but it seemed to linger forever before the hop bitterness kicked in). I am not sure if this is an issue with just getting a bad bottle or if that's just how it tastes based on their brewing equipment, etc. Either way it was not pleasant. This beer just wasn't quite as balanced as I like...something (besides the metallic taste) seemed off.

M - The mouthfeel was also surprising, as it was quite a bit lighter than a lot of IPAs that I've had, but still had that resinous feel to it, that it coated your mouth and sort of stuck there. This beer definitely dries your mouth out as you're drinking it.

O - Don't get me wrong, aside from the metallic aspects this beer is not bad, it is quite decent. However, if I'm going to pay money for a craft beer, I expect something more. I'd try it again to see if the metallic deal was just a one time thing, but I don't see myself clamoring for this beer, especially with all of the good IPAs out there.

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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 muttyd
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale amber body with a fluffy white head. Mild citrusy hop aroma combined with a sweet pale malt backbone. Flavor follows the nose with a biscuity malt sweetness, florally citrus hops and a bitter grassy finish. Well carbonated and medium bodied. Well balanced mellow IPA.

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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 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 Axic10
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to Barrythebear. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden orange with a half finger of head that settles to a thin layer.

Smell: Primarily earthy, piney hops on the nose.

Taste: Very grassy and earthy taste. A slight hoppy bitterness, but not too intense.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a dry finish.

Overall: Decent beer that is focus more on the bitter aspect than a citrusy one. Would drink again.

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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 Strix
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale cloudy orange, good head.

Pine and citrus are the main smells.

Very big pine note, some citrus peel. Lots of power, not a lot of balance.

Mouthfeel full and quite resinous.

This was all right, but I didn't find the hop blast to be countered by anything else.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.64/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle. Served in a Cantillon tulip.

Pours a transparent copper color with a single-finger white head that leaves behind quite a bit of lacing as it falls into a thin collar around the edges. The nose brings forward some bready caramel with a hint of toffee. Some mild citrus in the background, though not all that much. The flavor has a mild hop bitterness, though no real hop flavor. There's way too much caramel malt that adds too much sweetness and body. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slightly-bitter finish. Not much going on here. Some hop bite, but certainly nowhere near what I would expect from an IPA.

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Photo of stbo101
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: This poured a dirty yellow/gold with a medium off white head which dissipated slowly.

S: Light smells of hops, malts and citrus which are not overpowering.

T: This is not the heaviest IPA I've tasted, but it was a bit bitter for me when served cold. As it warmed it became smoother and much more enjoyable.

M: Thin.

D: Easy to drink once it warms. It had an unusual aftertaste that was a bit unpleasant.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Initially pours a very creamy orange, but that clears up instantly to reveal a sparkling, well carbonated, orange/gold beer with a two finger fully off white head. There's a little haze, but the head is so beautiful and that balances it out. 4.5

S: Hoppy, mostly citrusy, but there's a little grassy spice in there. There's something a little off, I can't tell if it's a little skunking or maybe a little solventy? I'm just not digging the aroma, the hops don't seem to blend together very well. 3.5

T: Not as hoppy as the aroma would have suggested, and much less citrusy. There is more herbal/grass notes in the taste. It's also a little sharper/more bitter than I was expecting from the aroma and would like to see. There's no off flavors, and the hoppiness is balanced by a little malt which lends some nice caramel notes, but overall, it's nothing phenomenal. 4.0

M: Sharp and lacking in body. There's a nice carbonation, but this beer just doesn't push through enough body for my palate. 3.0

D: It's ok, definitely something I would suggest to people to go ahead and try, and good enough I'll try other beers from Potosi, but I personally won't seek this beer out again. 3.5

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Photo of ZAP
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice workman like IPA. Not a ton of bitterness but the hop flavors are good....grassy hop feel with a touch of citrus. A little spritzy feeling and about medium bodied. Gives off a touch of a hoembrew flavor.

Nothing special about this but nothing terribly wrong with it either. Definitely a drinkable IPA.

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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 Buebie
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown bottle, producing about a half inch of white head. Color is a pale haze filled marmalade of orange. Head is slow to recede, leaving behind a thin cap and generous collar.
Aroma is sweet malt, mild hops producing an earthy spice and floral leaf. Really minute though for aroma in the hop department.
Hops much more present in flavor with leafy fresh hop hemp, spice and earthy flavors. Also not so forward in flavor are the hops and its almost sour like. With a 'I just brushed my teeth and am now drinking beer' flavor. Malt coming through all of that, lemon peel.
Mouthfeel is spot on, carbonation zing.

I have one more bottle and will alter the review if necessary. But overall, not the best ipa I have encountered.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"All profits to charity" - guess ya' can't go wrong on that (within limits I guess). Poured into Sam Adams glass.
Kinda' a classic herbal, grass and citrus American hops aroma. Reasonable balanced and reasonable interesting. Citrus increases with time.
Orange-gold and mostly clear. Big head, especially as poured aggressively only towards the end. Good lacing.
Grassy/herbal bitterness a dominant taste and part of the very long finish (and not quite pleasing enough). Starts complex yet kinda' clean. No apparent fruit or sweetness at start. Malt flavor is a bit bland and mostly for tempering the bitterness and hop presence and less for addition to the flavor profile. Bitterness bigger than the hop flavors, which didn't match the best of the aroma.
Feel is good. Smooth body and carbonation.
Certainly a drinkable beer. Nothing remarkable, but worth a try and would pick one up in the brewpub.

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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 BlueCat1
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While this beer doesn't have much of a nose it immediately attacks the tongue with it's well balanced hops. I'd guess they use multiple hops varieties because a single style cannot be detected. Just enough malt taste to provide good mouth feel and provide a platform for the rich and darker hop flavor. A lingering aftertaste that is almost smoky is very pleasant. A 'masculine' IPA! Would definitely order this again. The first time I tried it was on tap and was very good also.

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Photo of alexgash
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Crystal clear golden orange body. Tall, two fingers of thick, whipped, light beige head. Nice lacing too. Slightly subdued nose with notes of pine sap, lemon rind, and sugary malt.

Light toasted malt up front. Shortbread cookie and a little toffee malt in the background. Hop flavor and bitterness starts slow but builds toward the finish. Muted pineapple mixes with pine to provide moderate hop bitterness. Fruity malt before a drier, herbal-bitter finish. Moderate body with a slightly slick feel. Not bad, but I can't tell how fresh this is (nothing on bottle), so I don't know if it is supposed to be hoppier. Still, as it drinks now, it is a nicely balanced IPA.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Mr. Dostal. Much appreciated.

A - Nice copper body with a frothy white head and decent lacing.

S - Grainy malt with a slight grapefruity hop aroma.

T - Bitterness throughout with increasing intensity as the brew moves to the finish. While difficult to get much through the bitter flavor, there is a hint at floral hops trying to get out.

M - I think the feel is this brew's finest quality. Thick and almost chewy.

~ This a decent drinker. I would really like to try it on tap because I think the bottling may have taken a bit out of it. There seems to be some lurking complexity I think may be visible on draught.

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Photo of KI9A
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Into the tulip. Deep gold, nice heaad, nice lace.

S: Citrusy hops dominate, not much else.

T: Way too much on the bitter hops, not balanced well. No real detecable malt backbone. Almost reminds me of an amber ale, that had a butt load of hops added to it.

M: Medium body, decent carbonation

D: Too unbalanced to really enjoy. It's not a mess, but, a bit unpleasant. With all of the really nice IPA's around, this is one that not on my list.

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Snake Hollow IPA from Potosi Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 243 ratings.
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