Snake Handler Double IPA | Good People Brewing Company

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

Brewed by:
Good People Brewing Company
Alabama, United States

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

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

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks over the airwaves to pwnzilla once again for another brand-spanking-new brewery & beer. Hope it's as good as the last surprise that came out of that box. 12 oz. can with some cool graphics & what appears to be an arcane dating code in a small box. Huh.

Pour is a mix of orange & yellow with an antsy, jumpy head on it. Make sure you use a big glass, or prepare to wait on the decanting process. Nose is classic IPA, big citrus & pine with a side of sweet malt. Nice.

Snake Handler is one balanced IIPA, & that's not usually a complement coming from me. Way too much malt means a malty breadiness, gathered together with light caramel, dominates this beer. The nice hopping so evident in the nose steps back into the shadows, with gooey pine slipping out only after the malt has had its way with me (against my will, I might add). Bitterness does come along decently at the end, but it's mixed with an aspirin, close to metallic twang that really brings me down. Almost a gulper.

If this were a little cleaner & hoppier, it would be on the fast-track to win-dom. As it is, this is just a pretty good IIPA in a market overcrowded with excellent ones.

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sparky44
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAsbill
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of egrace84
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Zach136
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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 AgentMunky
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
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 +6.1%

Photo of khargro2
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SDRedDevil
4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of MDDMD
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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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4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Gatordaddy
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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 NolaHopHead
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can. Pours bright clean copper orange, two finger white head slowly fades, rings of lace. Not much nose but a bit of mild bread and citrus. Taste is malt forward with some big pine and woodsy earthy hops coming in. Some alcohol burn in the end. Thin but slick mouthfeel. Decent DIPA but not on the level I was expecting.

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Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
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