Snake Handler Double IPA
Good People Brewing Company

Snake Handler Double IPASnake Handler Double IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #162
ABV:
10%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,208
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 10.33%
Reviews:
134
Ratings:
615
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Good People Brewing Company
 
Alabama, United States
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Year-round
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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.

103 IBU
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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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osheamatth from New York

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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detgfrsh from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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Fee from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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superspak from Michigan

4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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BeerNCue from Alabama

4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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
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rajendra82 from Georgia

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a pint glass. This is a hazy golden orange beer with a thin frothy yellowish crown. The smell has a smell that reminds me of southern IPAs for some reason. Smells sweet and dank. The taste is the same way. Idk what it is about it that reminds me of southern IPAs but this has it. Sweetness is almost like a honey but mixed into green tea effect. A little toasty. Piney and citrus with a resin presence. It does have an alcohol presence to it but at 10% if you're not expecting something then idk what you've been drinking. But it's not too much and goes well with the drink. The mouthfeel is wet, juicy and just coats the mouth in stickiness. Overall, this is a good dipa. Surprising coming from Alabama. Glad I tried it.

Jun 21, 2018
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argock from Virginia

3.74/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can into Duvel tulip. No freshness date.
Appearance is hazy amber with 1-2 fingers of frothy off-white head with good retention and solid lacing.
Aroma is highly citrus with grapefruit, orange, and lime cut with pineapple and pine resin. Malt component is slightly cookielike pale maltiness.
Flavor is quite harshly bitter with a lot of resin, pine, pineapple, and grapefruit hop notes but more harsh bitter finish and only slightly sweet and bready from the substantial malt backing. Very high bitterness.
Feel is tacky in the finish with a dry character and medium body and carbonation.
Definitely disappointed in this beer after reading the excitement in patrons' reviews.

May 09, 2018
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Davidstan from Alabama

4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent taste, addicting in fact. Hint of tropical, fresh pine resins and NO burn which is saying something for 10% abv. Wish it was more like 8% abv but why not splurge.

Mar 14, 2018
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TomEfiller from Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The Snake is a vicious creature and to handle a snake you must be a willing participant. This beer is only for those of us with a little wild eyed side. A darker amber that sets the tone for things to come. An aroma that will fill you with fruits and flowers. The taste is boozie but that’s what we want. An easy slow drinking beer that feels great and will make you feel great too (10%ABV). Late winter availability in cans ( 4pack only) but on tap all over. If you like trying DIPAs this one is a Must Try. Best one in Alabama

Mar 11, 2018
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StraightNoChaser from Georgia

4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

look: Clear orange-amber with a big foamy off white head. Foam lingers and leaves messy lacing.
smell: candied pineapple. Honey is not listed as an ingredient but I think i get more here than Hopslam.
taste: Piney and dry counters the sweet pineapple, and the opposites compliment and live peacefully together.

Mar 04, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.52/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lightly sparkling amber with a very large, active dense off-white foam that recedes quickly to an uneven lump leaving thick spongy chunks of lace around the glass.

Smell is toasty pine and grapefruit rind with hints of wood, cracker and PEZ.

Taste is pretty classic West Coast IPA, exuding bitter pine and grapefruit with an earthy, slight fieriness, Spree and a touch of celery.

A crisp, moderate fluid body has a semi-dry finish.

Feb 04, 2018
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thought this was good on draft, but chewy with some boozeyness. Hops seemed to play second-fiddle the malt & boozeynesss. Nose was was mostly cakeyness. Would to love try again, but has super high hopes for this.

Jul 30, 2017
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ALHOPLOVER from Alabama

4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh can poured to YETI
L: Unique bright orange/pale amber color. Nice thick and creamy off white head, good lacing.
S: Aroma was great; soft fruity hops, tangerine. Nice tropical aroma.
T: Very nice and powerful balance of tropical fruit, hops, malt, alcohol.
F: Slightly boozy but not in a negative way. Very drinkable.
O: Perfect balance of strength and flavor; bold but not overpowering in any category. One of my favorite Bham brews. Love the tropical flavor and aroma that lasted throughout the session.

Apr 15, 2017
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Erikdrinksbeer from Japan

4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer! Don't drink more than 3! Haha. Delicious out of a can and delicious on tap. Pours nicely. For a 10% you definitely have to respect it, because it's easy to drink and too many will have you HAMMERED. No overpowering tastes and significantly better than their regular ipa.

Mar 19, 2017
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mecmd from Tennessee

4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canning date is smeared but this is definitely fresh (probably 3 weeks old based on other postings). Poured into a snifter.

Golden orange-copper orange in color with 1.5 finger off white head that very slowly fades to very nice ring and nice full cap.

Dank, earthy, and pine aromas hit you first and then some citrus and tropical notes with some malts.

Taste similar to nose with some citrus and tropical fruits briefly at first but mostly dank, earthy, and pine with balanced malt backbone.

Medium body with slight alcohol burn and dry, bitter finish.

A very good IPA but a little boozy.

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Feb 07, 2017
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SomethingClever from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into pint glass canned on 1/9

A: Nice creamy small bubbled off white head. Body is a hazy light caramel orange.

S: Nice grapefruit, orange, with a little resin and some hints of caramel malts

T: Lots of the orange and grapefruit with a sharp bitter resiny taste then a hefty malt backbone.

M: Nice medium body with a little bit of a carbonation bite, but not overly carbonated. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

O: This is a nice citrus and malty DIPA. Mostly if you are used to DIPAs with almost no malt characteritics you probably wont care for this. Surprisingly bitter for a DIPA.

Feb 03, 2017
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a pretty malty IPA. The caramel sweetness hits first followed by a resinous hop note. It's pretty heavy on the mouthfeel and is full on bitterness, it's good, but It's definitely an older school IPA.

Feb 01, 2017
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very very good.... Boozy? Slightly... Delicious? Definitely... Loaded with citrus... Like a Damn Sun Drop on steroids... Been desiring a shot at this one for a few years now... Not disappointed.... Excellently put together... The grain backbone is there and provides some body but this is all about that grapefruit and orange... At 10%, there's a little booze here but it doesn't bother me...

Like it a lot... Glad I grabbed a couple of 4 pks...

Jan 27, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a one-week old can. A moderately hazy burnt orange color with a frothy off-white head. Nice lacing as the foam slowly settled. The nose was a bit restrained and featured oranges, grapefruit, and a bit of bread. A big punch of bitter grapefruit pith on the first sip, with mixed in earthy and piney notes. A solid and balanced malt presence. A bit boozy and dry on the finish but a great DIPA.

Jan 18, 2017
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