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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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Ratings: 554 |  Reviews: 117
Photo of PIF
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Lizbeth
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of jsprain1
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber copper with a one finger head. Good lacing to it.
S- Aroma has a nice citrus fruit aroma. Assertive hoppiness but there is a sugary presence.
T- Big hops right away. Plenty of citrus flavor. I would not have anticipate 100+ IBUs though. At the end a light caramel sweetness blends in.
M- For as big of a beer as it is, it's very smooth. A lingering sweetess to it.
O- A very good IIPA. It's big in flavor and alcohol so it's hard to put down a bunch, but the componants are all there. Pretty darn good.

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Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jmhart
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of wndsrfr
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

@ the GP tap room is the best place to enjoy this libation. Fresh, scented and full of flavor.

This is a high gravity offering that has become my favorite.

The color is is inviting with a rich head.

Taste is strong with a delicious and mild bitter.

Extremely smooth, dangerously smooth!

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Photo of bushwhacker
3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had it draught. A darker amber color with minimal head and little lacing. Respectable robust appearance with a 'here it comes' smell. Good balance of heavy malt and hops with some bitterness on the aftertaste. Not what I expected but a welcomed surprise. A good beer.

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

Pours a dark amber with a somewhat short, but decent head. Given that this is a growler, that certainly seems acceptable. Very malty for a DIPA, but quite a nice hop profile to go right along with it. Lots of pine and some bitter citrus, with a zing of sweetness at the end from all of the malt. Actually somewhat balanced with all the big malt and big hops together. Personally, I'd prefer a little less sweetness, but that being said, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
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 CaskBeerouac
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice hazy amber. About a finger of off-white head that dissipated quickly. Good lacing that stuck around throughout.

Beautiful aroma. Pine, citrus, floral, all hoppy goodness.

Pine and floral notes really shine through. Great malt backbone to balance out, slightly biscuity and bitter. Alcohol is well-incorporated.

Leaves your mouth high and dry, and ready for more. It's a pretty easy drinking brew considering how big it is. Well crafted.

Not quite as much of a citrus bomb as some other DIPAs, but make no mistake...this is a hop bomb. Good quality brew.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

lantern corps beer summit 2010 - day 1, oct 8/2010. Jw347 contributed this one. thanks john!

64oz growler.

pours crystal clear amber with a nice cap of fine white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is good. pine and grapefruit. biscuit. caramel. whole wheat bread and cracker. light alcohol. hops are a bit powdery.

taste is good. powdery grapefruit and pine, slightly resiny. medium bitterness level. biscuit. whole wheat bread and cracker. caramel. light alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is good. great balance. not all that complex, but a good dipa.

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Photo of crizmo2352
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a burnt orange amber color with a thick 2 finger head sprinkled with large bubbles. Head sticks around nicely, eventually reducing to a thin pad that stuck with me to the bottom of the glass, leaving lacy rings all the way down. The nose is pretty pungent. Bright floral citrus balanced with pine. The palate follows the nose with grapefruit and orange mingling with resiny evergreen up front, tamed a bit by a warming malt sweetness mid palate. Just enough malt to prevent it from becoming medicinal. Finished with a lingering resiny bitterness in the back of the throat. Gracefully treads the fine line between hop heads dream and astringent tonic. Although I enjoyed it, drinkability isn't great for me because it just gets too intense. That may be the case for the style in general though. Overall very impressed with this brew.

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Photo of ztaylor1
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is my first dipa review, so bear with me...

a- good looking beer, poured a hazy amber with a nice creamy one finger head. very impressive.

s- lots of piney goodness, and a bit of an orange/citrus aroma. very sweet smelling.

t- the sweet, caramel malt balances the powerful pine flavors. the alcohol is very dominant, but not overbearing.

m- much smoother than i expected. the carbonation is just enough to delight.

d- the alcohol is the only reason i had one. but a very good offering from a very rad brewery.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

again big thanks to deacon for another great growler. served cold and enjoyed on 09/05/2010.

the pour was superb, rich amber in color with a lightness to it that came through the slightly hazy body. a big head of white pops up on top of it quickly and rises to about two fingers in height before falling back down to earth.

aroma of light pine, rich malts coming through the air almost immediatly. a light biscuit and buttery sweet flavor coming through cuts the piney hops wonderfully providing a really nice balance here. the first sip was near perfect feel for me, rich medium body with a great carbonation allowed the flavor to just pop. nice piney hops, light citrus notes, mostly sweet orange and tangerine like are coming together with a great bit of sweetness. finishing with a stellar dryness and light pop of alcohol. it was a hit with everyone.

overall a very solid dipa and a really great beer to chill and relax with after dinner. really liked this one.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large snifter at Mason's in Huntsville Al.

A : A very dark caramel color with a huge creamy head. Very robust in appearance.

S: Piney hop is heavy, with only a slight level of sweet malt in the nose.

T : Far more balanced than the smell would indicate. The hops are prevalent, but not overpowering. A middle sweetness leads to a small tingly finish. Only a trace of alcohol is just a minor warming.

M : Thick and heavy. Seems very carbonated, but the body keeps it from being fizzy in the mouth.

D : A delight to drink, but the ABV will shy me away from too many.

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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 largadeer
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DeaconBluez shipped a growler of this from Georgia to California to share with some locals. Thanks!

This one lost some carbonation in transit, but it wasn't completely flat. Pours clear and copper colored, a shade or two darker than your average DIPA. A small reverse-cascading head forms and eventually settles to a collar.

Nice grapefruit and pine hop aroma, very perfumey. It has a substantial crystal malt backbone, but while it's malty it isn't terribly sweet.

The flavors follow the aroma closely, opening with semi-sweet caramel malt that supports big hop flavors of candied grapefruit, pine and bitter orange peel. Medium-bodied, the carbonation took a hit in transit but it's still lively enough. It finishes resiny, moderately bitter and quite smooth. This is solid stuff, I wasn't familiar with this brewery before, but after this I'll be looking out for more of their beers in the future.

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Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this (and two other draft only 'bama beers) on a friend's trip back from Alabama - thanks Jen!

A. Pours an amber tinged rust color with a fairly white head that explodes after the pour. Nice residual lacing left along the glass.

S. Floral hops with some pine resin on a sweet caramel malt background. As it warms some tropical fruit smells come out - pineapple and mango.

T. Robust floral pine upfront that develops into a thick complex sweetness with caramel malt and Belgian candi sugar (?) - lots of spiciness on the tail end.

M. Thick and luscious with a bit of bite on the swallow/ aftertaste. Delectable.

D. Superior drinkability - seriously. It's complex and interesting, but it doesn't rip your face off. I polished off most of a growler of this in a sitting. I wish this was available in Ohio.

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Photo of mklinger
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on draft at Wilhagen's in Tuscaloosa. Poured into a shaker pint. Nice bright golden color. Very clear for a heavily dry hopped beer with a nice thick white head that left great lacing behind.

I thought the aroma was very hop balanced for a double IPA. That is, it wasn't a grapefruit bomb or a dankness dominated beer. Lots of great hop aroma, but balanced and complex. I don't know what they dry hop with but I'm guessing it's a blend of several hop varieties. Nice subtle, malt sweetness to balance things out, too.

Taste was similar. Though here, I might have wished for just a smidge more assertiveness. The balance, which I liked in the aroma made the taste somewhat less perfect.

On the other hand, this was a highly, highly drinkable double IPA -- hard to believe this is a 9+% abv beer. It flows down as easily as a Two-Hearted Ale. Light in body and nicely carbonated. This is a very good beer.

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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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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 woosterbill
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.


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Photo of PeterLemonjello
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the J Clyde

A - Nice hazy rusty orange hue with a nice think head. Sufficient carbonation and sticky lace down the side of the glass. Looks like an IPA. Lacing looks as it's dripping with hop oil.

S - A touch of sweetness following by intense hop aroma. Pine, pungent, lemon zest, orange, spice....lost of aromas.

T - Very good. A touch of caramel sweetness making an appearance but being dominated by hop flavor. Nice bitterness followed by flavors of pine, herbal hops, pungent, lemon zest, orange, simcoe, grapefruit ending in a dry finish.

M - Nothing thin about this beer but not too think to take away from being refreshing. Has a certain slickness to it which is very nice.

D = Hard to believe this is a 9% beer. Very drinkable for such a beer and complex beer.

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Photo of Vancer
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, got a chance to sample this fine beer, hauled in from Alabama by my nieces' great husband, Cody - thanks big guy!

Strong, big and powerful in all aspects - this has been a treat. Caramel color, strong sweet malt and orange/citrus aroma and taste. Damn close to barleywine with the orange liquor aftertaste - which is a 'sweet" and pleasant surprise.

Rich bodied brew, but no hint of any booze in this bad boy, except for the lingering red cheeks.

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 554 ratings
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