Snake Handler Double IPA | Good People Brewing Company

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Snake Handler Double IPASnake Handler Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States
goodpeoplebeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
103 IBU

Added by ddarden on 05-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
550
Reviews:
117
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
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188
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Reviews by Reaper16:
Photo of Reaper16
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. can consumed out of the can, but some was poured out in a pint glass to assess appearance and aroma.

The first run of Snakehandler cans just came out this week here in Alabama. It's a very good Double IPA that I've enjoyed on-tap on many different occasions. Will the quality translate to this canned release?

Pours golden-hued sunshine tangerine color. I mean, that sounds fancy I guess, but lots of double IPAs have that color. Nice, sudsy head here. It's a fine looking beer. Not much to say other than that this is how IIPAs are supposed to look.

Resiny, oily, pine aromas abound from the glass/can. This that sticky-icky. The aroma is more pine-focused than I remember this beer usually being. The lush stonefruit of the draught version is still here, but is taking a backseat to the stickier aromas. You can also smell a significant amount of malt sweetness.

The flavor is very balanced between the beer's three central elements: resiny hop flavor, fruity hop flavor, and sweet malt flavor. The sticky pine from the nose is still here, but the ripples of peach and nectarine flavors are in fine balance with them. The malt comes across candy-sweet with its caramel malts so it's a good thing that the pine is there to counteract what is frankly more maltiness than I prefer in my double IPAs. Not much a finish on this can, which is disappointing. This beer exists in a middle-ground between what we traditionally think of as East Coast IIPA and Midwest IIPAs.

Despite the malt flavors being strong here, the body isn't East Coast-thick. It coats the tongue with an oily slick feeling but it isn't thick (which is nice). Overall, this is a good double IPA. I've had better renditions of Snake Handler on-tap, but it is really nice for Alabama craft beer drinkers like me to have a fresh, local double IPA meet the versatility of cans.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sigh . . . Must have gotten my hands on an old can. Way to malty. If this can is anywhere close to being fresh I am having trouble seeing this being a world-class beer.

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Photo of Droopy487
4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been searching for the next big DIPA that truly satisfies my taste buds, and I have found one finally. I was skeptical of this beer because it's not from the northeast or California. My initial question was, "can a brewery in Alabama really put out a dynamic DIPA that is juicy, full of hop goodness, and hit my palate like a runaway train?" Surely not. Surely all those good ratings and reviews I see are from homers that just want to support their local brewery.

I was proved wrong. This beer is very smooth and it's everything I want in a DIPA. It's got a nice, subtle malt backbone that is present, but it doesn't overwhelm you like a lot of breweries versions of a DIPA. I do sense the caramel and biscuit notes coming through softly. As I finished my first sip the 5 varieties of hops smacked me in the face like they are supposed to. There was a lot of pine, citrus, and hint of pineapple coming through on this beer. It's very nice. A lot of people like to use the word balance when describing beer. To me, this beer balances everything quite nice.

According to the website, it's now over 10% ABV, instead of the 9.3 listed, and 100+ Ibu's. If you're not wanting a hop lover's beer, don't buy this. I understand it's not for everyone. But, for the hop heads, we all should rejoice. I feel ashamed I have never searched out this beer before now. I was really missing out.

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Photo of dar482
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a rich red orange.

The aroma hits with a pop of sweetness and big resinous qualities and pine.

The flavor follows with pine, resinous hops, grapefruit, and a touch of pineapple surrounded by a big malty character and some caramel sweetness. The beer is heavy and full on the bitterness on the finish.

Clean, but the maltiness and bitterness drags down the beer a good amount. Reminds me towards older recipes like Odell Myrcenary and Hopslam.

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Photo of Coorsy
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure about the can date, but assuming its fresh like i was told, this is a dissapointment.

Nothing but malts and a little alcohol note. The best part about this beer is in the nose where you get sweet tropical fruits. But you take a sip and just a complete malt bomb.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of madprops67
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Nyved
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ghostman74
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcorn
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orangy amber in color with lots or whitish creamy head. Great lacing and persistent head. Aroma is caramel and some hoP bitterness. Taste is about the same with some orangey citrus. Medium body, high carbonation. Good brew. I'd drink this again, but not go out if my way for it.

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Photo of tigg924
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
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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Photo of aquazr1
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dankjohn
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of nasa60
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of ehammond1
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Can (2013)

Thanks for opening this with me, DarthKostrizer!

Clear dark copper and amber. Fairly large near-white head. Fairly sticky.

Some tropical and pine notes in the aroma along with some sweet malt caramel as well.

Sweet IPA, with decent amount of hop bitterness, and a little bit of sticky pine. A touch of alcohol presence. A hint of citrus character.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Big and sticky.

Decent, but nothing to seek out again.

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Photo of Ice_cyclops86
2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of Zonian1
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by unclejedi - thanks!

Pours a deep copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells very good - robust caramel and pale malt aromas serve as a backbone to loads of citrus and tropical fruit hop notes.

Tastes good. Caramel malt flavors start things off before making way for good amounts of citrus and milder amounts of tropical fruit flavors. The hops fade surprisingly quickly and muddled malt flavors take over and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I was all set for this one to blow me away after getting my nose over the glass however the malt flavors didn't seem to agree with the rest of what was going on. Still, a good beer but with a few tweaks it could be great.

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Photo of Beer21
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Zachb4au
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of johnyb
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of B-rad024
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of acurtis
3.79/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lcdawg
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
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