Snake Handler Double IPA
Good People Brewing Company

Snake Handler Double IPASnake Handler Double IPA
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Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #462
Ranked #2,202
4.24 | pDev: 10.38%
Apr 22, 2022
May 30, 2009
Snake Handler Double IPASnake Handler Double IPA
Notes: This Double IPA brew is a spirited celebration of all things hoppy. Aromas of pine, citrus, flowers, spice, pineapple, and grassiness complement a biscuit and caramel backbone. Hands down, our most requested beer.

Hops: Columbus, Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook

100 IBU
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4.29 by BrewsOverHoes from Georgia on Apr 22, 2022
4.65 by mquinn on Mar 09, 2022
4.11 by Avitra from Switzerland on Jun 29, 2021
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3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

12oz can at share. Light amber pour, small silky head. Resiny, hoppy aroma. Taste is caramel malts, hop resin, and orange peel. Comes together quite nicely.

Feb 03, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SHODriver from North Carolina

A: Poured into a nonic pint glass to a slightly hazy golden orange which is topped by a monsterous four fingers of cream colored head. The head is dense and rocky which makes it look somewhat soapy. Retention is excellent and the lacing is phenomenal.
S: Smells of citrus, pine, and tropical fruits. All sorts of lupilin goodness with slight caramel and biscuit notes.
T: Taste is piney, cirtus rinds, tropical fruits with some pineapple notes and a malt backbone providing some balance and sweetness with some caramel and biscuit notes. On the swallow there's juicy citrus, more pine, and another onslaught of tropical fruits with some slight lingering sweetness.
M: This beer has a moderate amount of body with a slightly creamy feel on the palate. Carbonation is a little soft but I also may have poured this a little too aggressively. The beer has an oily finish from all the hops before transitioning to being drying.
O: Overall this is really good. Definitely one of the best DIPAs I've had in recent memory. Really nice flavors and complexity and it fires on all cylinders. Well worth a try if you can find it.

Sep 13, 2020
3.95 by dschwartz13 from Tennessee on Sep 08, 2020
4.25 by paulish from New York on Aug 08, 2020
4.18 by RAFH from Michigan on Jun 30, 2020
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by mntlover from Tennessee

Nice burnt amber color with a thick condesnsed cream colored bar pour head gobs of lace.

Aroma is wierd not as hoppy as the blonde I just had? Has a rich caramel backbone though with deep citrus notes, almost like an aged Barley Wine. Not sure if it just set at the bar to long or what, just not a aromatic IPA.

Taste is luckily more mighty, but like the aroma maybe it is rich thick caramel malts that doesn't really taste like alcohol but you know it's there. Nice malty base with deeper citrus hops and danky pine that's been ages a while. Flavor is good but not what I would consider a I2PA. More BW with that lingering pine resin that coats your tongue.

Mouhfeel is nice bigger medium with carbonation that's mellow and lightly peppy at the same time mellow.

Overall as a double IPA eh good except the nose, more like a aged BW or an old ale.

Jun 08, 2020
4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on May 05, 2020
3.75 by C_Adams from Ohio on Mar 25, 2020
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3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by captaincoffee from Virginia

On draft at the Nook in Huntsville. Pours a shiny brass color indicating a solid malt backbone with a thin head that had good retention and lace. Nose was old school pine with the citrus and light malt in the background. Taste is pine with enamel-stripping bitterness. Holy cow, it is like I'm back in the early 2000s when IPAs we're about IBUs and not flavor. Except this is extreme even for that. Not easy to drink the whole pour due to overwhelming bitterness. Does have a reasonable malt backbone. Overall, a pass.

Mar 05, 2020
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3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by osheamatth from New York

On draft in Alabama. Gorgeous burnt orange hue with minimal head and superior lacing. A forest of pine there in the nose which follows onto the palate with sweet floral tasting notes. My one beef here is the biting aftertaste. If they smoothed this out it would be a top beer.

Feb 23, 2020
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4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by mothmanscott from Georgia

Pours a clear pale amber producing 3 fingers of eggshell beige, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves a dense wash of lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Aroma is sugary orange and tangerine, pineapple, melon and thin pine backed by caramel and biscuit malt. Taste follows the nose: SWEET, orange, tangerine and pineapple with grapefruit and pine joining the party to a lesser degree just after mid-sip. Caramel and biscuit are also present in the taste. A slight bitterness develops in the finish until it balances briefly with the sweetness. The bitterness increases and astringency appears in the developing aftertaste. Both linger long. The balance of bitter and sweet is very short-lived. Mouthfeel is medium to the low end of heavy bodied, wet and mouth coating with a drawing aftertaste.

Feb 22, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

Picked this up when I was in Birmingham, after attending a Barons game across the street. This was rated highly and although it wasn't quite as good as the IPA's that I get from this neck of the woods, I enjoyed this a lot and how easy it went down for the amount of booze it contained. This checked off all of the boxes and was true to it's description, with the best aspect of this beer being that it's from a place that could use a good, local IPA!

No date on this can nor was there anything written on the bottom of it as I took a look before pouring it out. Lots of foam filled my glass and the lacing left behind was in the form of a thick ring near the top with scattered sections of rings below that. A rich amber hue had me thinking that this was an American Imperial Red Ale and the maltiness of the taste reinforced that notion. Caramel from the malt, deep forest, citrus, and pine also stood out to me but this was a very heavy, malt-forward beer that continued that way in the taste as the biscuit gave this plenty of body on top of that. Somewhat slick, there was a leathery undertone and boozy aftertaste with a bit of Pine Sol and solvent lingering once this fully went down.

A bit of blood orange juice made this easier to swallow, in more than one way, as this was certainly an Imperial beer. Fun to drink but one was enough for a night and although this wasn't fresh, it held up well in my basement. Would love to give this another go as I loved it's balance and chewiness.

Jan 13, 2020
4.5 by JustOneMorePlz from Tennessee on Oct 26, 2019
3.79 by Aquatherm_SE from Alabama on Jun 12, 2019
4.46 by bigdog3838 from Florida on Apr 14, 2019
4.46 by Samnem from Georgia on Apr 08, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by detgfrsh from Texas

From a can courtesy of an Alabamian friend. Dark orange color with a finger of white head. Smells of grapefruit and pine. Medium, slightly sticky feel. Taste is a mix of citrus and pine hop flavors with some malt flavors underneath. Nicely balanced and the 10% ABV really sneaks up on you.

Mar 10, 2019
4.23 by dlakerz from Tennessee on Feb 25, 2019
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4.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Bamapepper from Tennessee

This was is my favorite local beer.

Feb 22, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Fee from Pennsylvania

A perfectly balanced DIPA. Marvelous golden color, floral, citrusy nose and excellent mouthfeel. Bitter - but not overly so. A very powerful beer without seeming boozy.

Feb 15, 2019
4.68 by Chapuline44 from Kentucky on Feb 14, 2019
4.38 by hophead37 from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
4.5 by MTKATL from Georgia on Jan 27, 2019
4.21 by Sorrydog7 from Alabama on Jan 27, 2019
4.82 by moose1950 from Kentucky on Nov 11, 2018
4.57 by KensWorld from Florida on Nov 09, 2018
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

Got in a BIF from KMitch. 12 ounce can into tulip glass, no can dating. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy medium orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big ruby grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, wood, mint, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big ruby grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, wood, mint, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, wood, mint, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 10%. Overall this is an awesome DIPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink for the big ABV, with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Awesome Columbus, Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Chinook profile. Very juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy balanced hop complexity; nice sized bready malt backbone, but not overly sweet/heavy from crisp/resinous dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive classically hopped style example!

Oct 27, 2018
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4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Stamped canning date is '08/06/18'.
Mostly clear, pale amber colored body. One finger white head settles back to thin cap. Leaves behind a oily cascade of lacing spots.
Aroma is a good mix of citrus, floral, piney and spicy hops.
Strong taste of heavy pine, citrus and spicy hops. Good malt base.
Mouth feel is dank, with a little resin. Good carbonation.
More of an in your face double IPA. Strong and dank.

Oct 20, 2018
4.4 by jprince3470 from Alabama on Sep 28, 2018
4.08 by Kinczx17 from Tennessee on Aug 26, 2018
4 by Gerred from Missouri on Aug 23, 2018
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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by BeerNCue from Alabama

First off, realize that the real Snake Handler here is the consumer... This beer will catch you off guard if you let it. Exceptionally easy to drink at 10% ABV. Proceed with caution.

Pours a hazy copper with a fluffy off white head that sticks around. Offers great lacing as you drink it. Smells piney, dank, citrus and a little sweet. Feels slick and slightly oily as you roll it around your mouth, very well done. The taste is balanced. Citrus, pine, sweet malt and the booze is hidden, which is quite the feat for an IPA at 10% ABV. If you have the chance don't pass this one up!

Aug 20, 2018
4.25 by mrcraft from California on Aug 18, 2018
5 by standr from Tennessee on Aug 10, 2018
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by rajendra82 from Georgia

The color was a amber, with just a tinge of red. The body was quite clear, and the head was nicely proportioned, topping out at two finger thick. The smell was quite a bit milder than most DIPAs, as the hop mix appeared to lean towards less aromatic. i could detect some apricot and hay in the nose, followed by some honey. The first sip felt little too fruity and sweet, but as I drank more of it, the bitterness seemed to kick in quite a bit. There was an herbal and woody quality to the bitterness, reminding me more of angostura bitters than hops. As I drank it, it reminded me somewhat of the flavors of a Manhattan. The feel was light for the style, and balanced between sticky and slippery, and the finish was very dry. I ended up liking this a lot more in the end, than when I first started.

Jul 28, 2018
Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
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