Snake Handler Double IPA | Good People Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 113 | Ratings: 533
Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one well balanced and easy drinking dipa. Definitely hard to believe this bad boy is 10 percent, abv is definitely well hidden, though I definitely felt it after a few. Nice hop profile, not overly sweet. I can see why this one is so well regarded.

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Photo of FBGordon
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured on draft.

A: Pours a copper orange with a full off-white head that maintains nicely and laces throughout.

S: Solid and well-balanced notes of piney and citrus hops.

T: Big pine and citrus hops up front with a nicely pronounced bitterness. Finishes clean. Citrus settles on the back end, with lasting bitterness taking a while to settle in.

M: The bitterness creates a little astringency for me, has a nice tight carbonation.

O: For a DIPA and considering I don't care for big hop bombs, this one has a great hop profile and isn't overwhelmingly bitter. A great beer, nicely well-balanced.

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Photo of AraBama
3.32/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a golden cooper . Ordered on tap by the time it was brought to me had only a slight trace of a head. Smells of grapefruit but taste less bitter than the smell . I didn't like this beer at first but the taste grew on by the time the glass was empty.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold going to a copper-orange. 1 finger cream colored head doesn't last too long but leaves good lacing.

Rather pungent aroma. Pine, grapefruit, and tropical fruits. Big caramel malt. Cut grass and mango.

Big hops flavors, pine being what I get first. Grapefruit, lemon, and grass. Some peppery spice and sharp floral notes. Malt at the end, caramel and biscuit.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Fair amount of bitterness. Lingering pine.

Really nice DIPA. Strong hops with a variety of different aspects to it. Good malt balance.

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4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here is another beer that has been on my want list for quite a while. A friend of mine was gracious enough to make a trip down to Nashville to pick these up for us.

The poor generates a solid 2 inches of frothy light beige head. Bubbles are big and fade and medium rate leaving a scattered wall of lace. Body is a deep classic Amber in tone. Nose is very resinous with lots of sticky piney hops back by a nice multi bill. I am taken quite nicely by how well this beer is balanced as soon as I take first sip. Don't get me wrong I know A lot of those hop loving diehards really enjoy that punch you in the face hop character, in this one still packs a lot of hops. The Hops develop more on the backend of the pallet with a Piney dry character. Overall I really enjoyed this beer and I think that it would go to a whole Nother level with just a little bit more floral or citrus contrast.

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Photo of jhavs
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice looking copper color, slightly off-white head, settles to ring around the glass. Foam sticks to side of glass.

Not much hop aroma, bit of alcohol on the nose.

Hops comes through as bitterness, strong bitter aftertaste. Bit of alcohol flavor and burn.

Kinda coats the tongue, bitterness lingers.

My review doesn't seem like kind words, but overall a very good brew. Does not list the ABV, but the alcohol is noticeable. Not necessarily a bad thing for a big DIPA. Not a ton of hop flavor or aroma, but lots of bitterness.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
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 ChillbroSwaggins
4.64/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have had canned and draft. Both equal in quality.

Pours a beautiful orange/golden color with a nice white head. Lacing is perfect.

The aroma is citrusy, right up front that it's a hop bomb of a beer.

The flavor is, again bursting with citrus. Hints of pineapple with some caramel undertones. A little malt on the back end with some bitterness, but very subtle. This beer is dangerously drinkable for being 10%. The booziness is wonderfully hidden. I've tried several other beers with a lower ABV that had a stronger alcohol presence.

Overall, this is definitely one of my favorite DIPAs. Get your hands on some if you can.

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Photo of Vestlake
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can pour. Orange color with half an inch of head. Aroma is mostly pine. Taste follows the nose with a nice bitterness at the end. For a 10% beer, I didn't get a lot of alcohol. I've been wanting to try this beer for a while and it did not disappoint. Hard to find, but worth the hunt.

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Photo of ordybill
4.79/5  rDev +15.1%
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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Photo of rushtopher
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Bright copper pour, surprisingly pleasant pine aroma. Strong hops edge and ABV, as expected. Oak and citrus undertones, probably my favorite double IPA.

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Photo of xICooRsYIx
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 cjgiant
3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
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 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 tempest
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This came strongly recommended from Hop City Beer and it delivered. It has a great mix of bright, tropical fruits over biting citrus and a hit of smooth doughy malts. On the drinkable side for 10% so watch out.

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Photo of Srbelow
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. Pine, citrus, and pineapple on the nose and heavy pineapple on the taste. Mouthfeel borders on the heavy side but finishes dry. If I could get this in Ohio it would be in my regular rotation.

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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 SammyJaxxxx
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Got this can in a trade with @RocketCityvol poured into my SN IPA Glass

A: - Beautiful golden color, 2 finger thick head and great lacing.

S: - Citrus and pine aroma up front. The fruits ling on the nose.

T - Very little bitterness. Sweet fruits like tangerine and orange maybe some green apple in there as well. There is some malt there but it doesn't get in the way of the hoppy goodness.

M - Surprisingly viscous for a DIPA but in a good way. The fruits linger but the pine and some grassiesss is there in the finish. Very little alcohol burn for a 10%.

Overall - Wow, what a great DIPA. If this was available to me I would pick it up constantly. The only way I would improve it is put it ina 16 oz can instead of the current 12 ouncer.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was a golden copper color with a big white head.

Smell - Orange and hops make the impression in the aroma.

Taste - The initial impression is the orange followed by spicy grassy hops, caramel, and a sweet malt backbone. The aftertaste runs slightly warming.

Mouthfeel - The thickness allows the orange and spice to linger. The taste lingers an exceptional amount of time.

Overall - This is a great DIPA. It is better than many that are rated higher.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery.

A: A Gold amber with a billowy one finger whtie head that started at me from the glass.

S: So nice. Lots of grapefruit and citrus notes. A slight malt background.

T: This one bites you from the start. Piney hops with lots of juicy citrus. Smooth, balanced with a malty background. I could drink this one all day.

M: Medium with very creamy carbonation.

O: Now why I see why this one is so hard to find. Glad I got to try one. A special DIPA.

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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 CIBoy10
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Look - pint draft at Loosa Brews in Tuscaloosa. Pours a nice dark gold. Big fluffy head that goes down to a nice creamy thin retainment. Great lacing.

Smell - Solid IPA fare, citrus and pine. Nothing special.

Taste - nice bitter hops - heavy bitter citrus. Honestly not as hoppy as I'd like. Solidly balanced though.

Feel - silky smooth. Definitely the strong point here. Might be the most dangerous beer I've ever had. The 10% goes down like 5%.

Overall - Noteworthy for the incredible smoothness for its ABV. A solid DIPA.

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Photo of NUtwist
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy with a clean finish. The hop is very present but not overpowering with mid taste charisma. One of my favorite local beers. Found mostly on tap. It is hard to have a glass of this then drop back to an ale.

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Photo of senglish7
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally found cans! Awesome head on the pour. Nice aroma as well. Mostly juicy tasting. Stays with you on the palate after each sip. Great DIPA for this region...if you can find it.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap into a snifter

Clear russet, great lacings

Great fresh hop tropical aroma

Hops on the side and back of the tongue

Lingering bitter aftertaste, 10%abv is well hidden

Nice start to my introduction to Good people

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
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