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: 576 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of plumlmr
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CurtisMcArthur for hooking me up with this one. Cheers!

Deep orange color, slightly hazy with a one finger off-white head that leaves lots of spots of lace.

The aroma is very light, even after letting this beer warm up for a while before serving. A bit of orange rind just tickles the nose. While the hops may be a bit stealthy on the nose, they are all there on the palate. Big, dank hoppy flavor - pine, grapefruit, orange.

Juicy with a big peppery bitter finish. Medium body with good carbonation. A bit of sweetness resolves to a dry finish.

A very nice DIPA. I recommend it and would definitely have it again, given the chance.

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Photo of BenSelf
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good People recently released this beer in cans and I was eager to try it out, as I enjoyed it so much on tap. This beer pours up with a creamy head and a warm amber hue. The aroma is loaded with sweet orange, floral, and pine notes. The flavor is full of orange and lemon zest, honeysuckle, fresh grass, and maybe a little grapefruit. The mouthfeel is excellent, coating every taste bud for hours. While not especially bitter, this beer is a palette wrecker. Enjoy it while it lasts; I understand they're only canning it once a quarter!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sepharious
4.92/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Snake in a can...more than a joke you pull on unsuspecting friends, this beer is a hoppy explosion of malt that now can be taken to the home fridge in a convenient package. The piney, citrus nose gives way to a rich malt backbone that would stand up well to spicy foods or an intense philosophical debate. From first pour to last sip, Snakehandler is a beer that doesn't shy away from being bold yet does not overwhelm as it snakes its way into your veins and massages your brain. Poured correctly, the thick frothy head rests comfortably atop liquid gold, a visual delight that is only eclipsed by the forthcoming tasting. Assembled in a judicious four-pack (believe me, it's for the best) it will make for a evening of fun and delight for all involved. Pick some up and see if you can handle the Snake.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz canned Jan 23, 2012. Super fresh. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy orange with a good light tan head that leaves pretty lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma features tons of citrus hops, particularly orange and tangerine, but also some grapefruit, apricot, floral hops, hints of grass and pine with a good caramel malt presence that plays nicely with the hops.

Flavor also features tons of orange and tangerine citrus with more grapefruit than the nose, resinous hops, a little pine, good caramel malt backbone offering a bit of sweetness to combat the good bitterness on the finish. A bit of alcohol detected, but not bad at all for over 9%.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, creamy, a bit sticky with nice carbonation.

Really impressive stuff. Very juicy DIPA, very drinkable. Quite a treat!

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Reaper16
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of GPHarris
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a - poured a one finger creamy tan head into a snifter that left good lacing and sheeting throughout. the beer billowed nicely as well. the body was a bright amber color.
s - this beer is very aromatic, i can smell the hops from 2-3 feet away after i poured it in my glass. overwhelmingly piney with some grapefruit aromas but it has a nice caramel backbone here as well.
t - big piney and resiny hops with some peppery spice in there.
m - thick and coating yet slightly bubbly from the carbonation. really nice.
o - this beer was canned 2 days ago so it was fresh as fresh can be. terrific beer and snakehandler is dialed in right now. for a while i thought i was drinking a dreadnaught.

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

This is a big DIPA. Great brew a little sweeter than I like but wow is this good. The alcohol is there but not overwhelming. You most definitely will not drink many. Great to have this brew made in Alabama and also great to hear that they are going to can this beer also.


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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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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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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 576 ratings