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Snake Handler Double IPA | Good People Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
519
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
24.28%
 
 
Wants:
190
Gots:
138
For Trade:
7
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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 519
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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Photo of Brackh
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours an awesome copper color with a very small head. Super piney smell (awesome). Sweet, piney and bitter all at once in the taste department. It has a kick but it is pleasant. Bitter at the end but has some fruit or pine to go along with it. A great DIPA that I could drink all day long. Wonderful beer that I wish I could get my hands on more often. Drink it if you get the chance!

Wife's Review: "Too bitter for me."

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

Had this many times while in college, but just now sat down to review it. I have had this many times in the 4 years that I have been drinking it. Remains consistent.

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a chalk white head.

Smell is dank, sticky, resinous hops. Slight orange and citrus sweetness comes through.

Taste follows through with sweet and sticky hops. The ABV is well hidden. Sticky pine and sweet orange and clementine. Bitterness is present on the back end on a big flourish that lingers slightly then subsides into a nice balance between malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich for a DIPA. Sticky mouthfeel.

Overall a great IPA and one of the IPAs that got me to like hops. The particular can that I am currently reviewing is just around 2 months old. Tastes the same as fresh. Holds up well.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a clear amber color capped by a nice head that leaves a fair amount of lacing

Smell: Caramel and resinous hop tones; more piney than citrusy

Taste: Caramel sweetness on the front end with a growing resinous bitterness; piney and very bitter, after the swallow, though the residual sweetness never fades; somewhat fruity, in the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: A decent DIPA but like all of the Good People beers, it has a bit more sweetness than what I would prefer

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Showing the ability to take their craft serious but without taking themselves so seriously, Good People brewers bring a lightness to the religious culture of the bible belt with clever marketing and a light-hearted attitude.

Snake Handler his a rich imperial IPA that tantalizes the tongue with initial caramel, toffee and pound cake bready sweetness. Strong hop aromas float just above with honey-dipped pink grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and a grassy, piney, peppery tone.

Its strongly malted body is slow to release as a near-balanced sense between sweetness and hop character tramples side by side across the middle palate. Slowly drifting sweetness eventually allows the citrusy hops to pull ahead, doing so with an herbaceous and grassy flavor. Complex fruit and spice tones emerge with apricot and nectarine first, then rye and solvent later.

Barley-soaked sweetness continue to fade slowly into finish, just as the hops morph into sharp pine resins, fresh-cut grass and a peppery-bitter culmination. Retaining its fruity edge, the creamy beer is spicy-dry to close even though a malty-dry texture remains.

The beer's overall dense hop character is also evident with a deep hazy gold appearance and its ecru-stained whipped foam appearance. Its a highly formidable hoppy beast with more heft than standard IPA but not as verbose as so-called "triple" ale of the style.

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Photo of Drei
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A friend brought a sealed growler back to New York with her.

It poured a lovely head.

There's definite evidence of hop-bursting and dry-hopping with a good amount of hops.

The aroma is flowery with hints of grapefruit. It's one of the best Double IPAs I have ever tasted.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice solid but opaque orange with a white head that just has a slight tint of yellow in the middle.

S: Peach, fresh orange, tropical fruit and papaya.

M: Fresh orange, peach, papaya, tropical fruit, taste is basically the same. Almost a bit sweet.

M: Full side of medium bodied with typical IPA carbonation levels.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Mello Mushroom is Tuscaloosa. Served in a chilled goblet.

Golden color with off-white head that lingers pretty well in glass.

Smell is malts and some sweet fruit. Not as much hop character as I expected.

Taste is sweet malts. Much maltier than expected. There is some nice hop fruitiness, but definitely not as hoppy as I would have expected for a DIPA. Moderate bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with average carbonation.

Overall this was good, but a bit of a disappointment given the ratings. Perhaps the hops have fallen off a good bit. Not sure how old the keg is. I will definitely try this one again to see if this was just an old serving.

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

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy orange hue with a good one finger head that fades to leave light lacing and a nice thin blanket. Quite pleasant.

S - Aromas of nice tropical fruit, pineapples and the like with great orange/tangerine peel as well. Some faint malt and some very, very faint spicy alcohol. Real good.

T - Taste is pretty good. Not nearly as much tropical notes as in the nose, which is unfortunate, nice light pine and nice tangerine notes. Lots of resin here, like gnawing on an orange peel. Solid bitter finish, again the alcohol is hidden nicely.

M - Mouthfeel is really solid. Once more, the alcohol is hidden well and its nice and clean.

O - This came from Alabama? Could have fooled me. Very well done. Quite drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-slightly hazy gold with an off white head that leaves a good amount of lace
S-citrus, hops, pine and sweet malts
T-a citrus sweet malt at the front with a strong hop bitterness in the aftertaste that stays with you until the finish
M-medium body and medium carbonation
O-great Alabama beer with a good punch. Will have to make my way to the brewery soon and try some of the other brews

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Photo of zookerman182
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a golden orange color with a two finger white foamy head.
Aroma is super tropical, citrus, apricot, peach, pineapple.
Flavor is pine, citrus and tropical flavors. Bitter on the tip of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is semi dry with mild carbonation and slight lingering bitterness.
My favorite local ipa or DIPA.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

can thanks to glen @ beer study. teku glass.

pours a dark copper with a nice head. smell is MASSIVELY hoppy ... rye too. god Damn....taste is superb, wow. so hoppy but drinkable. this is terrific. medium bodied with mild carbonation

overall I'm super impressed with this. recommended!

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Photo of surfcaster
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Big Mike

Enjoyed fresh out of a can in a pint glass. Orange with a little haziness and creamy full head.

Up front there is a sweetness aroma in the glass that lingers all the way down.

Taste is BIG. Big body with really strong tropical fruit and some citrus-alittle pine. No alcohol burn but you know it is there. A bit over malted. Smooth.

Lingers. Slightly on the syrupy side.

Really big big DIPA. My first and enjoyed. A little dangerous given how easy to drink. Reminded me of Oracle..

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Photo of mverity
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Orangy amber in color with lots or whitish creamy head. Great lacing and persistent head. Aroma is caramel and some hoP bitterness. Taste is about the same with some orangey citrus. Medium body, high carbonation. Good brew. I'd drink this again, but not go out if my way for it.

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Photo of richj1970
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just realized that I've not reviewed this one just yet, and picked up some fresh cans last week...

A: Nice golden almost copper colored with 2 finger off white head that left fair amount of lacing.

S: Sweet malts mixed with some citrus, but not as big as I would like.

T: Some sweet malts early, but big bitterness from the hops in the finish. Some grapefruit and other citrus but masked somewhat by bitterness. Alcohol fairly apparent.

M: Nice body and good carbonation. Coats the tongue but not too heavy.

O: Enjoyable brew if you are looking for a big hop punch. Feels like I've been bitten by a snake after drinking it, but in a good way.

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Snake Handler Double IPA from Good People Brewing Company
4.16 out of 5 based on 519 ratings.
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