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Snake Handler Double IPA | Good People Brewing Company

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Snake Handler Double IPASnake Handler Double IPA
BA SCORE
4.25/5
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553 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#941
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
553
pDev:
10.59%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 553 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of Sparky44
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of egrace84
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First Bama beer. Thanks CliffBrake.
12oz can into a pint glass.

A - Pours a dark orange with a huge light tan head. Amazing retention and lacing.

S - Oranges mostly, some mango and pine as well.

T - Pine, herbal, oranges, grass.

D - Slightly bitter, great carbonation.

O - Bama! A solid IPA. Glad I got to try it.

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Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can - best guess is canned 12/23/2014 from labeling:
This beer pours a lovely, orange-tinged yellow-golden. It's hazy at least, cloudy is a stretch. The head is quite lovely, sitting atop the beer with only a mildly aggressive pour for quite a while. Lacing is strong.

Nose is a bit disappointing compared to the visual aspects. It's sort of ambiguous, the obvious one note coming out is onion, which is (spoiler alert) not indicative of the beer. I get a light citrus note also, but overall, the nose is close to a fail for me. (Note: GF indicated a very light citrus note, but not much else, including onion. We both agree her nose is mildly defective, though ;).

Taste is a tad on the malty side, caramel to citrus candy sweet, but muted compared to other beers with a similar profile. Perhaps it's how the bittering nature counters quickly. The feel is carbonated up front, but still a tad thick. I do get onion in the taste, but the grapefruit rind I get a bit more. The final feel, however, ends up a tad oily, not nearly as dry as I'd like.

I am glad I got to try this beer. I think this is a solid DIPA, but a tad overrated as of this review. It's slightly woody/grassy drying, despite its lack of the equivalent obvious taste profile.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a St Bernardus glass.

A: The clearest double IPA I've ever seen. A gorgeous red amber with a yellow tint. Very nice! No head to speak of.

S: Grapefruit cuts through the scents and is the main aroma. Some hops are noticeable as well.

T: Strangely watery; I feel it could use more carbonation (it's been in a growler for only three days, but this could have contributed). Despite this, flavours are strong. Snake Handler tastes like an IPA -- crisp hops have a muted, oily character and citrus shines through -- but has a malty bent. The aftertaste is clean and lightly bitter. It's an okay beer, I just wish it had a heavier main taste.

M: Not much here. Watery-smooth.

D: Very drinkable (alcohol is only vaguely present), but not great as far as the style goes. In the end, it is just too *thin*. I can't recommend it, but I might buy it again.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Zazzi82
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Zuidman
3.45/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a slightly hazy copper-amber with an average head - rather appealing. Aroma is strongly hoppy and has a good evergreen component, promising a worthy IPA. Flavor matches the aroma, being richly hoppy, slightly evergreen and just a little bit fruity. Texture is lively and fizzy. Recommended to all IPA fans.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A couple 4 oz. pours into a taster glass.

4.0 A: Clear medium orange. About half a finger of creamy, white head. Retention is average with just a touch of lacing.

4.0 S: Mix of citrusy, spicy, and piney hops. Grapefruit, lots of pineapple, some mango, and orange. Malts offer a fairly strong caramel aroma with biscuity malts overall. Nice.

4.0 T: Same fruitiness as listed in the nose, though surprisingly a lot more intense. Malts offer a good bit of caramel and a strong biscuity vibe. Good taste, but too biscuity for me. Light sugary flavor. Moderate bitterness.

3.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation, especially for a growler. A bit chewy and could be creamier.

3.5 D: Good beer despite being overly biscuity.

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Photo of jophish17
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-gallon milk jug (I guess it qualifies as a growler for serving type, as it was filled from a keg at a package store - damn Alabama liquor laws; even after the hops have been freed, things are still far from right - but I digress) into a Mad Elf tulip.

A: Clear, brilliant copper/mahogany body with a 3/4", creamy, light tan head; solid retention and tons of tight-knit lacing. Beautiful, rich-looking beer - by far the best I've ever seen come out of a plastic milk jug!

S: Pungent aroma of piney hops, caramel malt, and...Belgian yeast? Really? In a DIPA? There's definitely a deep fruity, nutty spiciness on the tail end. Unexpected and delightful; I can't wait to dive in.

T: Follows the same progression of flavors as the nose, with a hearty slap of pine right away, followed by a thick, rich dose of toasted & caramelized malts, and then an intensely complex wave of spicy yeast. All of this is rounded out with a supremely bitter hop finish - too bitter, in fact, to the point of being somewhat acrid; this is the only flaw I can find, though.

M: Medium body with very light carbonation.

D: The acrid edge on the finish recedes halfway through the second glass, making it easy to drink the third, and the fourth, and the...

Notes: One of the most complex and engaging DIPAs I've encountered, this is not a beer to miss. Good People make great beer.

Cheers!

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Photo of ordybill
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the tap at Good People Brewing. The appearance is a stunning orange color with a small off-white head. The aroma is chock full of malt and caramel and you can barely smell the substantial ABV. The flavor is incredible. Big caramel with citrus and some hops. A fantastic DIPA

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 553 ratings
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