Snake Handler Double IPA | Good People Brewing Company

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Snake Handler Double IPASnake Handler Double IPA
Snake Handler Double IPASnake Handler Double IPA

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 129 | Ratings: 605
Photo of detgfrsh
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Fee
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

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Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerNCue
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of rajendra82
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of AyatollahGold
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Davidstan
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of TomEfiller
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of StraightNoChaser
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.52/5  rDev -17%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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4.77/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Erikdrinksbeer
4.67/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of mecmd
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of SomethingClever
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.03/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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...

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Photo of Buck89
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of HopBomb515
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper orange color, big off white head, chunky lacing. Soft citrus, boozy, and hoppy aroma. Notes of grapefruit peel, crushed bitter herbs, pine and dank resinous hops. Medium toward full body, alcohol heat comes through a bit, strong linger from a heavy coating on the pallet.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer, probably more than their single IPA which was really good. Sweet smell, pours with a solid head that foams down a bit but slowly to leave a good feel to it. Tastes sweet, hoppy, and then a tad bitter all in a row - but what I'll say for sure - this beer hits you with a lot of flavor from sip to swallow.

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Photo of gopens44
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yet vibrant orange with a decent sized foamy white head that provides terrific, picture perfect lacing throughout. Nose is candy sugar sweet citrus, like a Two Hearted on steroids. Get past that initial sweetness and a little floral hint sneaks in. While not overwhelming in a west coast or NE kind of way, the taste is solidly pleasant up front as the sweetness comes through immediately, only to be runoff by a very precise grapefruit bitterness. Like actually taking a bite of grapefruit. Finish maintains the bitterness but in a slightly different taste, as dandelion seems to work its way in.

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Photo of Mateo2699
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour is a semi clear, copper off-orange color. Maintains a tight white bubbled ring of head that lasts. Smell is primarily sweet malt, with a resinous oily hop presence and hints of orange peel. Taste is that same big malty bomb, hints of pine and a subtle booziness. Mouthfeel is a little mouth coating, pretty low carbonation and a little oily. Overall, not a beginners IPA and definitely big malts, and in your face.

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, bright yellow in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is dank hops, hemp, and grapefruit. Medium bodied and bitter. Makes for a solid sipper. I have other DIPAs I prefer, but this one is good and worth a try.

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
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